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.

Well adult clinic June 12

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext. 333.

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.

Hielscher has been Director of Music at the Wiesbaden (Germany) Marktkirche, the Lutheran Cathedral, since 1979.


From 1987 to 2004 he served as Municipal Organist at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus Concert Hall. Since 1962 he has presented more than 2800 organ recitals throughout the world. He has presented three recitals on the large Estey pipe organ in the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro, VT.

Music to be performed will include selections well suited to the rather symphonic voice of large Estey organ. Composers include Alexandre Guilmant, Théodore Salomé, Josef Rheinberger, Noel Rawsthorne, Albert W. Ketèlbey, Noel Goemanne and Franz von Suppé.

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 of Brattleboro, Vermont, at a cost of $10,575, constructed the organ. It has 42 stops, 2052 pipes (all pipes are concealed) and five divisions. The divisions are: The Great, Pedal and Choir Organs, located behind the front right side wall of the sanctuary, the Swell Organ located on the left side, and the Echo Organ which includes the Chimes, found in the back of the sanctuary.

The Estey Organ Museum, located in a part of the original buildings of the Estey Organ Company in Brattleboro, VT, 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 ( The rededication recital was performed by internationally known organist Dr. John Weaver.

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

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