On behalf of the Groton seniors, I want to thank Mark Lynch and the Webber family for providing a Thanksgiving dinner to over 200 Groton seniors Nov. 15.
This second annual volunteer event has taken on a life of it own. With the generous donation of food, location — Gibbet Hill Barn — and wait-staff volunteers, a delicious turkey dinner was served.
Groton’s new chief, Don Palma, and Middlesex Sheriff’s Public Safety Division Commander Daniel J. Moore, provided transportation for seniors who no longer drive at night. Twenty-six meals were delivered by Deputy Sheriff’s and Groton Police departments.
I also want to thank my staff, Deb and Kim, for coordinating with Mark Lynch at Gibbet Hill; and Chief Palma and his administrative assistant, Kathy Newell, for helping to make this event run smoothly; Council on Aging Chairman Marie Melican and members Paula Lantz, Michele Theroux, Hester Newbury, Frank Belitsky, Jan Dillon and Bert Tompkins; Fr. Paul Ring for the invocation; Margaret Perras, Onorina Maloney and Frederic Largen for volunteering to help anywhere needed; high-schooler Marie Jordan, who played the keyboard during dinner; John Love, our favorite photographer, who was there to feature this event; Norma Garvin and Sharon Wooding, who worked with Cindy Goddard’s fourth-grade class at Florence Roche Elementary School to make center pieces; Prescott School children for designing place mats; and the Girl Scouts for their cleverly designed candy bags.
Special thanks also to the deputies who drove the vans and the Groton Police department officers for leading the way. Please know that on Friday the thank-you calls never stopped coming into the center. It takes a loving and supportive community to make an event like this so memorable.
MARTHA A. CAMPBELL
Groton Council on Aging Director