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Friday, July 10

Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m., Williams Barn Farmers Market will open for the season at the Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton, open every Friday through Oct. 9. This year, the market will be held in the field behind the barn, in hopes that the location will be safer and easier to navigate.

Twenty vendors are signed up for the 2009 market including farmers with vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, fruit, frozen meat, and berries as well as food products made or processed in the Groton area with local ingredients such as breads, baked goods, honey, eggs, maple syrup, jams and jellies. The market has been certified by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and its vendors are eligible to accept WIC coupons and Elder Coupons.

It will also offer programs and demonstrations as well as children’s activities. The Farmers Market is supported by a grant from the Peter E. Bertozzi Trust from the town of Groton, and the special talks are supported by the town of Groton Lecture Funds.

This season’s programs include:

July 17 Jodie Gilson on seasonal herbs;

July 24 Brad and Sally Smith of Common View Farm will discuss backyard chickens;

Aug. 7 Al Horton and Carl Flowers on bees and honey;

Aug. 21 John Ott and Charlie McColough on farm tools then and now;

Sept. 4 Stu Shuman on Grilling seasonal pizzas using produce from the garden;

Sept. 18 Eno Kauppi on fly fishing in the Groton area.

All programs will be held at 4:30 p.m. , and all are invited.

This is the sixth year of the market, which has grown steadily as more people enjoy the benefits of locally grown food, and want to meet the people who produce the foods they eat. Groton has a long and rich history of agriculture that the Williams Barn Committee has worked to preserve, through the restoration of the barn, silo, and engine shed and through its mission of using the restored Barn for the benefit of the community. Tours of the barn and walks on the surrounding conservation trails are encouraged during the market.

For more information on the market or to become a vendor, please check the Web site:

Monday, July 13

Economic Development Committee, 5 p.m.

Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m.

Electric Light Commission, 7 p.m.

Conductorlab Oversight Committee, with Board of Selectmen 7:45 p.m.

Groton Concerts on Monday: Groton will present Monday evening concerts on the Groton Bandstand (behind the Library on Main Street) at 7 p.m. On July 13, Singer Coretta Sellers will appear sponsored by the Commission of Trust Funds, Lecture Fund and the Main Street Cafe, also doing food. If you would like to sponsor or perform on future dates call Jane Bouvier, 978-302-3783 or e-mail

Tuesday, July 14

Conservation Commission, 7 p.m.

Sign Committee, 7 p.m.

Water Commission, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15

By-law Review Committee, 4:30 p.m.

Sewer Commission, 5:30 p.m.

Historical Commission, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 16

By-law Review Committee, Information hearing for charter change, 9:00 a.m.,

Station Avenue Design Review, 5 p.m.

Squannacook River Rail Trail, 7 p.m.

Lost Lake Sewer Committee, 7 p.m.

Planning Board, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Festival

Come to a summer festival at the Christian Union Church on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be something for everyone: food, yard sale, bake sale, car wash, face painting along with other surprises. Stop by, browse, buy and eat while your vehicle is being washed. The church is located on West Main St. (Route 225) in West Groton, diagonally across from the fire station. Watch for further details as they develop.


Groton Community

Dinner: July 31

All are welcome to a free, monthly dinner on the last Friday of every month, held at First Parish Church, located at the intersection of routes 40 and 119 in Groton. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner is served continuously from 6 to 7 p.m. Come for live music, delicious food, and good company. The menu for July 31 includes pasta salad, sautéed chicken, green beans, ice cream with blueberries and cookies. For more information, contact Brenna at 978-448-0116 or, or visit Groton Community Dinners: fostering community by offering a healthy, delicious meal for all, free of charge, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Hike Gibbet, Scarlett hills

Join a group hike led by a member of the Groton Trails Committee on the trails of Gibbet Hill and Scarlet Hill. The hike will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, and will last an hour and a half.

Families with children and well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome to join the hike. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking boots or running shoes and bring water and snacks. Bug and tick spray is also recommended.

We will meet in the parking lot at the Gibbet Hill Grill located on Route 40 near the center of Groton.

Our next hike is scheduled for Aug. 16 on the trails of Indian Hill.

For future reference regarding our schedule for organized hikes and activities visit For inquiries please e-mail — Groton Trails Committee

Save the Date

Annual Boy Scout

Yard Sale

Once again Troop 1 W. Groton will hold a HUGE yard sale on Labor Day, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. (no early birds please) to 2 p.m. at H&V Field in West Groton. Donation drop-off Sunday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More details to follow in August so please save those donations and watch here for updates and contact information for pick-ups at your home (seniors or very large items only please). PLEASE, no electronics of any kind (including computers, printers, TVs, clocks, electric coffee pots, etc.), gas powered equipment, mattresses, text books. Thanks for your support.

Shepherd of the

Valley Lutheran

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St. in Groton, has changed the worship time to 9:15 a.m. as of June 28 and will run through Sept. 6.