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Elected or Appointed? Town Clerk Decision Challenges Basic Principles of Best Way to Govern Ourselves

by Connie Sartini
Saturday’s Groton’s Annual Fall Town Meeting produced one of the lowest turnouts of voters to act on several significant changes to the operation of the town. The meeting was held indoors at the Performing Arts Center and opened with only 82 voters present, out of the town’s 8200 registered voters. This is just one percent of those eligible to vote.

Relaxation of Cannabis Bylaw Holds Out Promise of Significant Revenue

by Connie Sartini
Town Meeting voters supported, by a two-thirds majority, a zoning amendment that would allow for Marijuana Retail Establishments with Special Permit requirements. These include Marijuana product manufacture, Marijuana retail business, Marijuana transportation or other distri- bution facilities and any other type of licensed cannabis-related businesses.

Spotted Lanternfly, Invasive Threat to Groton Apple Orchards, Sighted In Fitchburg

Spotted lanternfly in Brooklyn Botanic Garden, from Wikipedia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


Approximately 12 miles directly west of Groton’s apple orchards and farms, a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly was discovered a few weeks ago at a Fitchburg orchard, prompting the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, MDAR, to alert the public to be on the lookout for these invasive creatures.

Town Meeting Corrects Mistake, Extends Sewer District to Parcel Abutting Former Deluxe Property

by Connie Sartini
Voters approved, by a two- thirds majority, extending the Groton Center Sewer District to include a two-acre parcel of land that abuts the Deluxe Property on Main Street. This parcel is being acquired by the same copany that purchased Deluxe and will be added to the multiuse development planned for the site.

OP/Ed: Two Views of Town Clerk--Elect or Appoint?

Town Meeting heard presentations of the two opposing views on whether to elect of appoint the Town Clerk, both thoughtful and respectful and soundly based in history and reason in the best tradition of democracy. Mike Bouchard, who has held the position for the past 13 years, is an advocate for appointment; long-time town resident and participant in public affairs, Bruce Easom, favors election.


In response to last week’s Groton Herald article on re-districting, Rep. Harrington stated, "I may not be invited to as many Eagle Scout Ceremonies or 100th birthdays, but mostly everything else remain the same.” Actually, no. Everything does not remain the same. The voices of Groton voters will be diminished in both State Rep. districts for at least the next decade.


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