Baked haddock supper March 28

Baked haddock suppers will be returning to Christian Union Church during Lent. The first one will be held on Friday, March 28, from 5-7 p.m. This meal is served plated. The second will be held on Good Friday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m.

There will be NO third Saturday supper in April.

Information may be obtained by calling 978 448-5480. Take-outs are available and no reservations required.

Free dinner, live music, and good company on Friday, March 28

All are welcome to the next Groton Community Dinner on Friday March 28, at First Parish Church, located at the intersection of Route 40 and Route 119 in Groton.

Dinner is served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m. Come for live music, delicious food and good company. The menu for March 28 includes salad with homemade dressing, shepherd's pie with beef, lentil shepherd's pie, green beans and molasses cookies.

For more information, visit or call 978-448-3035.

Pop-Up Gallery March 30

The public is invited to Groton Public Library's 2014 Groton READS Pop-Up Gallery on Sunday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the library, 99 Main St. The exhibit, which is free, will feature art by local and area artists, a music workshop, musical performances and refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.


All Groton READS programs are made possible by the GPL Endowment Trust. For more information, please visit, or call the library at 978.448.8000.

Democrats meet March 30

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall on 75 Hollis St. Our guest will be state Rep. Ton Conroy, candidate for state treasurer.

All Democrats are welcome for lively discussion of the issues of the day.

For information contact: or www.

Special Town Election April 1

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The ballot will contain one question, asking voters to exclude bond payments for the new fire station from the limits of Proposition 2 and a half. The money to pay for the fire station is currently paid from the town's operating budget. If the fire station debt is excluded from the operating budget and paid via the debt exclusion override, that money within the budget will be used to fund a portion of the regional school district budget. The fire station debt is approximately $448,000 per year.

The question on the ballot is:

Shall the Town of Groton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct the new Center Fire Station on Farmers Row?

A YES vote will exclude the debt and free up operating budget money to be allocated to the school budget. This will raise property taxes by $.29 (cents) per thousand of valuation

A NO vote will not exclude the debt. The debt and school assessment will need to be paid from the operating budget. This will not raise property tax. This will necessitate further cuts to the town budget.

-- Town of Groton website.

Republicans meet April 2

The Groton Republican Town Committee will be meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, April 2, at the Senior Center. Focus of the meeting will be on the fundraiser to be held by the committee on Saturday, May 17. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for discussion of last Saturday's Republican State Convention in Boston, and the implication of the results of that convention.

All are welcome to attend this meeting, More information about the GRTC is available at GOPGROTON.COM or by contacting Chairman Deirdre Slavin-Mitchell at 978-448-0488.

Groton-Dunstable Regional Preschool Screenings April 8, 9

Groton Dunstable Regional School District will have Preschool Screenings Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, at Boutwell Early Childhood Center, 78 Hollis St., Groton.

This screening is only for parents who have concerns about their child's development. Children between three and five years of age will be screened.

Parents with specific concerns about their child should call Boutwell at 978-448-2297 to schedule an appointment.

The appointment hours are between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Speech and Language or how the child makes his or her needs and wants known to the world will be done on both days.

Developmental Screenings or how the child processes information verbally, visually and using memory skills will be Tuesday, April 8.

Occupational Therapy and overall motor skill screenings or how children use their hands and move their hands and move their bodies will be Tuesday, April 8.

Easter Eggs/story at SOV Lutheran Church April 12

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is hosting its 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter storytelling for children (grade 3 and younger) on Saturday, April 12.

Arrival time and singing will start at 10:15 a.m. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. To ensure that there are enough filled eggs and goody bags on hand, please sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

This family event is offered free of charge. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Grange Hall at 80 Champney St. in Groton.

Hope you can join us for a fun-filled, meaningful time.

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair April 12

Celebrate spring with a visit to the Union Congregational Church of Groton's ninth annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It will showcase the talents of local artisans and crafters and promises something for everyone. Looking for gifts for Easter and Mother's Day? Stop by and shop from a variety of unique gifts and seasonal home decor, including rocking horses, oil paintings, painted glassware, embroidered clothing and gifts, baby items, jewelry, soaps, painted wood, photography, herbs and so much more. All items are handmade.

Make a day of it with breakfast treats and coffee in the morning and stay for a delicious lunch in the afternoon. Don't forget to stop by the bake table for goodies to go! Admission is free, so mark your calendars and come by for some shopping and great food. All vendor spaces are taken.

Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main St. (Route 119) on the corner of Willowdale Road.

Groton Garden Club's annual plant sale May 10

The first day of spring has just arrived, the green buds are poking through last fall's leaves and some early bushes have hints of the flowers-to-come on their branches. This marks the start of the Groton Garden Club's preparations for their Annual Plant Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 to 12 noon at the Groton Town Hall. Again this year, the club will feature a selection of plants ideal for shady areas, as well as those that flourish in sunny spots. Members of the club will be happy to assist in the selection of the best plants for your specific locations. The wide variety of perennial plants are grown in Groton in club member's gardens, and transplanted especially for this annual sale. An excellent selection of herbs and special heirloom tomatoes will also be available.

The Plant Sale is the day before Mother's Day so you have the chance to pick out a gift of perennials that will return to Mom's garden year after year.

Proceeds from this sale are used for the Club's many beautification projects in Groton

The sale is very popular so be sure to come at opening time. Early birds are invited to wait outside the area until the 'opening bell at 8:30'.

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