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.

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 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.

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 -- Sue Tully, Paul Debreceni, Jean McKinney, Linda Druwing, John Callahan, Laura Rothman, Lori Pestana, David Price, Peggy Lynch, Peter Reagan.


Free dinner, live music, and good company on Friday, June 27

All are welcome to the next Groton Community Dinner on Friday, June 27, at First Parish Church at the intersection of routes 40 and 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 June 27 includes house salad, chicken or vegetable fajitas with onions, peppers, cheese and tortillas, and black bean and corn salad, salsa, chips guacamole and strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

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

Groton Democrats meet June 29

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, June 29, at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St. Our guest will be governor's councilor Eileen Duff. All Democrats welcome for lively discussion of the convention, campaigns and hot issues. For information contact: or www.

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:


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: 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:; 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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