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Groton Local organizers would like to thank members of the public who attended its first public meeting in 2007, held on Monday, Jan. 15, and the Groton Grange for the use of its historic hall. About 30 individuals attended, in spite of icy weather, with interests in the areas of energy reduction, local food production and agriculture, education and outreach, local economy and transportation. Following an energized hour of conversation, each interest group put forward 2-3 action items to work on in the coming months.

Groton Local is about finding local, sustainable solutions to the global problems of climate change and the end of cheap oil. We are focusing on improving our ability to feed ourselves, lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, and developing local renewable energy resources. We work with other groups to build a strong community, guided by a fundamental belief that we’re all in this together. To date, over 100 Groton residents have submitted interest questionnaires. To learn more about Groton Local, and to complete an interest survey, visit www.grotonlocal.org.

We’re all about finding sustainable community solutions to global problems and look forward to offering ongoing educational community events. Of particular interest to citizens is an upcoming program presented by the energy interest group titled, “Ways You and Your Family Can Reduce Electric Energy Usage” with special guest speaker Kevin Kelly of Groton Electric Light Department (GELD). This event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St. (Route 225), in West Groton. There will be an opportunity for 50 households who participate in the evening’s presentation to sign up for a “special meter” program that could save them, and other GELD customers, energy and money. All are welcome to attend this free and wheelchair-accessible event. For further information call Jim or Lisa Hubert at (978) 272-1022.

Sincerely,

LEO LAVERDURE

NANCY TURKLE

Groton Local