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Marion Stoddart

In the 1960s, the Nashua River was one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country, clogged with multicolored, toxic sludge from nearby paper mills. The film “Work of 1000” documents the story of housewife, Marion Stoddart, her move to Groton with her family, while living so close to the Nashua...

Placing the skylight.

Substantial completion of the library roof project took place Friday, January 24, 2020 when the "cherry on top" was installed - the beautifully replicated skylight - shown here in the photo sequence. Look for the glint of the newly-installed skylight peeking above the roofline of the original 1893...
  "A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a...

Mary Minifie's portrait of former Massachusetts State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall.

by Michael LaTerz   To understand the important achievements of Mary Minifie's art, it is necessary to understand the Boston School of Art. The Boston School began as a group of painters in the early part of the twentieth century; not as an academic institution, but as a shared approach or...

 Groton Police Officer and Instructor Gordon Candow demonstrates a simulator scenario. He stressed the value of officers learning to deal with the emotional climate of a difficult incident in a simulated environment. He said the system teaches officers to protect themselves while practicing de-escalation techniques. “Your heartrate is up, but you have to think outside the box,” he said, adding that he chose scenarios appropriate to Groton stressing interpersonal communication when talking to a person.


by Connie Sartini   Members of the Groton Police Department spent last week testing their skills in a unique mobile simulator training center, where real life scenarios give officers the opportunity to practice their responses to a variety of serious situations that can occur at night, inside...

Portrait painted by Mary Minifie


Watch this spot for next week's continuation of Michael LaTerz's series on Groton artist Mary Minifie.

Warding off the darkness of mid-winter are the bright flames of Friday's bonfire at Town Field. The annual event draws a crowd out of their warm homes into the cold to witness this ancient rite. Photo by Russell Harris.

Long-time Groton resident Mary Minifie, an award-winning artist of national renown, paints in the tradition of the Boston School. Minifie explains that the classical realism of the Boston School is a way of painting, not an academic institution. It focuses not on painting a thing but on painting the light. Here, in her studio, Mary Minifie contemplates the challenge of her latest canvas. Photo by Michael LaTerz.


A Portrait – Mary Minifie Part 1 by Michael LaTerz   Groton is home to so many artists of so many types: authors and poets, inventors and designers, composers and musicians, luthiers and furniture makers, jewelers, sculptors and painters, too.      One day, the future will look back at...

How to State a Start-Up

The DifferenceMaker program at UMass Lowell teaches students of all majors entrepreneurship skills and helps them launch business and nonprofit ventures. Since the program began in 2012, participants have founded 33 companies, raised more than $2.5 million in funding for their startups and have...

Old-growth forest in Western Massachusetts


by Mary J Metzger   “Right now nature is taking out 29 percent of the carbon we are putting into the air. In the watershed, that is happening in wetlands soils and forests,” said Dr. William Moomaw of Tufts University when he spoke at the Nashua River Watershed Association’s River Resource...


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