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The King-Post Was Compost

Preparing to remove the weather vane and directionals from the steeple of the Union Congregational Church, a first step in securing, repairing and restoring the steeple. The weather vane and directionals have been watching over Groton since 1826, the year Massachusetts’ John Adams, author of our Commonwealth’s constitution, and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4. By 1826 Groton had been a town for 171 years.

Photo by Ralph Wiechmann. A gallery of photos of Ralph Wiechmann’s photos and others are available at Steve’s Studio on the Groton Herald website.


1The weather vane has been at the top of the steeple for 195 years.

by Russell Harris
The Groton Herald contacted Halsey Platt, owner of Platt Builders, for a status report on the Union Congregation Church steeple after a close inspection--thanks to the church’s hiring a massive crane for that purpose. [see photo]

Degen Resigns From Diversity Task Force; Asks Whether Select Board Rep Should Be On DTF

by Connie Sartini
At the Monday night Select Board meeting, Selectman Josh Degen made a surprise announcement to his colleagues that he was resigning from the Diversity Task Force (DTF) effective October 1, but said that he would continue to attend the DFT meetings.

How To Respond to Hate: A Public Discussion:

The next meeting of the Groton Select Board will be held on Monday, October 4 at 7 pm at the Senior Center. Chairman of the Select Board Becky Pine is encouraging residents to attend where the Board will be discussing how to respond to incidences of hate and discrimination. She said that she encouraged public participation and suggestions. She said that the Board wants to clarify what the response should be when someone becomes aware of an offensive symbol.

We Need To Pull Together, Not Tear Ourselves Apart

I was heartbroken to read both the article about the controversy at the Select Board meeting and the letter from Gwenneth Wallens which I presume is about the same issue. I think it is time for everyone to take a deep breath, step back and consider how we might create an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and civil discourse. Neither accusations of arrogance nor groups with rotten in the name are conducive to good will.

Tyrannical Elites Never Stop!

The elites trying to make the Town Clerk an appointed position are power hungry. They want to take control away from the voters and put an important town office under their thumb. These tyrannical elites just never stop.
Please attend the Town Meeting on October 23rd and vote against the change. Keep the Town Clerk an elected office. Let’s stop them this time.


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