by Deborah E. Johnson
For Americans, involvement in World War I was very brief, lasting only from 1917 to Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. But just before the Armistice in September 1918, another kind of war was fought on the home front as Groton, and then Massachusetts, the nation, and...
by Ellen Todd
[Note: This article is the first in a series that Ellen is writing in support of the recent two-year Native Plant Challenge started by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM.) GCFM hopes that garden club members and others will be encouraged to plant more natives in...
Photo by Connie Sartini
The following is an edited excerpt from "Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England," an ecological history of pre-colonial New England by estemed historian and former Yale and University of Wisconsin professor, William Cronon.
English settlers were...
Fishers are secretive and elusive creatures, giving humans a wide berth. As such, they are solitary creatures, except during a brief mating season. Active during night and day throughout the year, fishers are one of the few mammals that prey on porcupines. According to Mass Audubon, “There are numerous YouTube sites with recordings attributed to screaming fishers, rather than what we believe is the actual vocalist, a red fox.” Photo made by Scott Eggimann in Groton.
During the month of February
Groton Animal Control
responded to the following calls:
• 2 found/lost cats
• 7 found/lost dogs
• 1 loose horse
• 1 report of a coyote in a parking lot
• 1 injured raccoon
• 2 dogs quarantined for bite attacks
• 1 injured turkey taken by...
The beautiful animals at Luina Greine on Common Street (see ewe photo above and alpaca below) were on view by participants in Groton Public Library’s community-wide program, “Groton Reads and Eats.” Photos by Steve Lieman.
Even with regular news coverage of town government operations and budgets, it is hard to know how well our town is being managed relative to other towns. Is our money being carefully and efficiently spent, not wasted? Generally, the public has a healthy skepticism of government claims of what a...
by Connie Sartini
With an anticipated vacancy on the Affordable Housing Trust, the Select Board discussed the charges for not only the Affordable Housing Trust, but also for the other two appointed committees in town that are also focused on housing – the Housing Partnership, and the...
It’s mating season. Lynx rufus [bobcat] activity has picked up the past couple of weeks because everybody is on the prowl. Look out your window at dawn or dusk and you could catch a glimpse of a bobcat. We saw a big one less than a mile from the Center of the town. Photo by Scott Eggimann.
Groton Dog License - 1878 - Courtesy of Groton History Center
by Michael LaTerz
A license for your dog is nothing new. In a recent search of the Town Clerk’s vault we found the earliest records of dog licenses dating from 1869. The earliest dog license we found came from the Groton History Center, dated 1878.
At $2, then, that would be the...