Briefs

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran summer worship

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, which meets at the Grange Hall in Groton at 80 Champney St., will be switching to 9:15 a.m. for the summer worship time. There will be no Sunday School or Adult Discipleship for the summer but there will be Vacation Bible School from July 7-11 for children who are four through those who have completed Grade 4. Please call Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095 for registration. This event is free for all families.

Special Town Meeting June 30

The selectmen of Groton have called for a Special Town Meeting to be held on Monday, June 30. The warrant will contain one article, asking voters to approve a nonbinding resolution in opposition to the natural gas pipeline being proposed by Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas. Further information about this proposal can be found at www.townofgroton.org.

The voter registration deadline for new voters for this Special Town Meeting is Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. Voters may register by mail, using a Mail-in Voter Registration form, or in person at the Office of the Town Clerk.

For information, or to check your voter status, please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org.

The Special Town Meeting will be held at the Performing Arts Center, Groton-Dunstable Middle School, 344 Main St. on June 30, beginning at 7 p.m.

Free Vacation Bible School

"Weird Animals: Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind"

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will be hosting "Weird Animals," a free Vacation Bible School for children ages four to fourth grade graduates at Groton Grange Hall (located at 80 Champney St.) mornings July 7-11.

In the Bible stories each day, we will see Jesus' love in action as he heals a group of lepers, reaches out to a needy Samaritan woman, washes the disciples' feet and willingly goes to the cross.

We will dramatize these stories each morning when we gather together for our large group sessions. Following the skit and singing time, we will rotate in small groups through the VBS stations: Crafts, science, small group sharing, games and snacks.

Please visit Shepherd of the Valley's web-site www.sov-lc.org where you will find the VBS registration form. The registration deadline is June 27. If you need a registration form mailed to you or for information, contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

Dunstable Summer Concerts

Are you ready to party? Well, the summer concerts will begin June 18 and run through Aug. 6 and we think we've got a great line-up.

June 25: Studio Two-Beatles Tribute ( Reza from Hoop About)

July 2: The 45's , & Dakota O'Driscoll (strawberry shortcake)

July 9: Monadnock Blue Grass (pony rides)

July 16: Brian Templeton (yard sale)

July 23: The Transistors (vehicle night)

July 30: The Kim Poesse Band, Country Western

Aug. 6: The Rampage Trio (Reza from Hoop About)

As usual, the Common Chefs will be on hand to cook up great hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage, and the concert committee will be selling ice cream. This year in case of rain the concert will be held the following night (Thursday).

So spread the word. If you are interested in helping, contact any committee member or email sjt0213@verizon.net -- Sue Tully, Paul Debreceni, Jean McKinney, Linda Druwing, John Callahan, Laura Rothman, Lori Pestana, David Price, Peggy Lynch, Peter Reagan.

Calendar

Free Shredding Event sponsored by The Friends of Groton Elders Saturday, June 21

Gather your old tax records, bank records, credit records and other papers. Bring them to the (now closed) Sacred Heart Church parking lot on Main Street, Groton, on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. till noon. The Friends of The Groton Elders is sponsoring this FREE "Shredding Event." You can watch your items being shredded. Please note that the machine accepts papers that are stapled or paper-clipped together in addition to individual papers. 

Boutwell open house at Groton Historical Society June 21

On Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Groton Historical Society is sponsoring an open house of its headquarters, the Boutwell House at 172 Main St. It will be a chance to celebrate summer and see the changes made over the last three years with new exhibits, new gardens and repair of previous damage. The new gardens were sponsored and installed by the Groton Garden Club, the Groton Woman's Club and the Friends of the Trees.

The new exhibits tell the stories of the Boutwell family and the house itself, which was built in 1851 and used as a museum for the town of Groton since the 1930s.

The open house is free for all, and refreshments will be served.

Guided Trail Hike June 22 at 1 p.m. sharp

Join of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, owned by Mass Audubon. is a great area to hike in, with a beautiful observation point on Long Pond, a beaver marsh, hills and impressive ledges, a true bog, and extensive woodlands. The sanctuary supports moose, beavers, and porcupines, as well as nearly 100 species of birds and more than 240 plant species. Our hike will take about two hours and is suitable for families with hiking-experienced children.

Dogs are NOT permitted on this specific hike per this land owner's policy. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Take Boston Road (Routes 119/225) in Groton to Robin Hill Road at the Rocky Hill Sanctuary parking area off of Robin Hill Rd in Groton. 42.5811N, 71.5311W. Lathrop 978-742-9014, olin@embedinc.com.

Organ Concert June 22

Organist Hans U. Hielscher will present a concert at the Union Congregational Church, 220 Main St., Groton, on Sunday, June 22, at 4 p.m., on the church's historic 1932 Estey pipe organ.

The performance is being jointly sponsored by the Union Congregational Church and the Estey Organ Museum in Brattleboro, Vt.

The Estey organ was installed as part of a bequest to the church in 1932 from the estate of John H. Robbins, in memory of his father Andrew Robbins. The Estey Organ Company, at a cost of $10,575, constructed the organ.

The Estey Organ Museum, located in a part of the original buildings of the Estey Organ Company, seeks to preserve and celebrate the heritage of this iconic organ manufacturing company. From its founding in 1846 until the company closed in 1960, some 520,000 reed organs were built and shipped all over the globe, as well as 3200 pipe organs, and, in the years before it closed, and unknown number of electronic organs.

In 2009, after 77 years of service, the organ was restored by the Andover Organ Company (www.andoverorgan.com).

Admission to the concert will be by free-will donation. A brief reception will be held following the event.

The Friends of Groton Elders Talk with Tom June 23

Discussion Group led by Tom Hartnett, 10:30 a.m., Groton Senior Center.

Kevin Kelly, manager, Groton Electric Light Department, will be Tom's guest to lead a discussion on "Need for Pipeline A Reality" and other topics of interest. Please join us for coffee and bring you questions and concerns. The group is open to everyone. Hope to see you there.

Dunstable Gardening Group June 26

A meeting will be held Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. for a Mass. Dept. of Wildlife program, Co-existing with black bears.

Black bears have been increasing in numbers and distribution for the past 35 years. The statewide population of bears is estimated to be over 4,000 animals.

Black bears live and breed in Worcester County, northern Middlesex County and west to the Berkshires. Bears, mostly young males, have been seen in other eastern Massachusetts communities.

We know that there have been many bear sightings in Dunstable and the surrounding communities. Come and find out how we can co-exist with our newest neighbor.

Special Town Meeting June 30

The Board of Selectmen has called a Special Town Meeting for Monday, June 30, at 7 p.m., at the Middle School auditorium with one article on the warrant. The voter registration deadline for new voters to participate in this town meeting is Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m.

The article is as follows:

ARTICLE 1: NON-BINDING RESOLUTION

To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following non-binding resolution opposing the Northeast Expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts:

Resolution Opposing the Northeast Expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts

WHEREAS, a proposed High-Pressure Pipeline carrying natural gas may come through Groton and our neighboring communities, en route to Dracut, Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, a high-pressure gas pipeline, by its nature, carries the potential for leak, rupture or devastating explosion causing untold damage to property and lives; and

WHEREAS, said pipeline may potentially destroy forests, wetlands, conservation land and farmland, and would pass beneath the Nashua River, and require maintenance in perpetuity of a 50 foot right- of-way through the possible use of herbicides; and

WHEREAS, said pipeline may adversely affect property values, adversely affect residents' livelihood and otherwise may negatively impact the integrity of the town's bucolic character; and

WHEREAS, the cost of said pipeline may require Massachusetts citizens to pay a utility bill tariff, as well as environmental costs not required by law for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. ("TGP", a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.), potentially making ratepayers bear financial risk for the endeavors of a private corporation; and

WHEREAS, our energy challenges are better addressed through investments in energy conservation measures as well as green and renewable energy solutions; and

WHEREAS, the currently proposed pipeline route was chosen in a private, closed process so that there has been no chance for open, public discussion or debate of alternate routing possibilities and tradeoffs; and

WHEREAS, federal eminent domain powers will be used to forcibly take pipeline easements from unwilling landowners; and

WHEREAS, the proposed pipeline route crosses the grounds of the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and threatens the safety of students, faculty and facilities.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the people of Groton, Massachusetts:

1. Hereby call on our Selectmen to stand in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C.'s Northeast Expansion pipeline and not allow it within town borders;

2. Oppose any pipeline that potentially threatens the safety of any Groton students, faculty or school facilities; and

3. Hereby request that our state and federal legislators and executive branch officials to enact legislation and take any such other actions as are necessary to disallow such projects that go against our commitments to life, the environment, our economic well-being and our bodily safety, and, instead, to legislate more stringent energy efficiency and further exploration of and subsidies for renewable energy sources.

or take any other action relative thereto.

-- BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Board of Selectmen: Recommendation Deferred Until Town Meeting

Finance Committee: Recommendation Deferred Until Town Meeting

Patriotic Sunday July 6 at First Baptist of Groton

First Baptist Church of Groton will present a patriotic musical entitled "Stars and Stripes Forever" on Sunday, July 6, at 10:45 a.m. This powerful 40-minute presentation takes us through the history of our American flag and the legacy on which it was founded. Join us and show your patriotism to the greatest country on earth -- America! First Baptist Church is located at 365 Main St. in Groton. Website: firstbaptistofgroton.org; phone: 978-272-1335.

Groton Farmers Market begins July 11

Please join us for the Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn, which begins on Friday, July 11, from 3-7 p.m. The barn will be open to the public during market times.

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