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Town Meetings Played Big Role in Founding Our Nation. Now Its Your Turn.

To The Editor, 

  The audience at Saturday’s performance of Patriots’ Paths: Groton 1765-1776 left with many lessons from the founding of our nation, including this one: town meetings played a big role in founding our nation.

   From Boston to Groton and beyond, town meetings enabled colonists to voice their grievances and act. On June 27, 1776 – days before the Continental Congress would vote – Groton Town Meeting issued its own declaration of independence.

   I was privileged to participate in the Patriots’ Paths original production, and for the opportunity, I thank the organizers, the Old Groton Meeting House Preservation Fund, the Groton History Center, and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

   Almost 243 years since that historic vote, Groton Town Meeting convenes again on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at the Middle School Performing Arts Center, to consider 36 articles on the warrant, which has been posted and mailed to all residents. 

   I hope you are able to make time in your schedule to attend Town Meeting, which I anticipate will take two sessions, with the PAC reserved for the evening of May 6th.  As in 1776, Groton’s voters decide how the town spends money and what bylaws are enacted.

  As moderator, I will hold office hours on Saturday, April 20, from 8-11 a.m., and Tuesday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m., in the Groton Electric Light Department conference room on Station Avenue. 

  Voters are welcome to discuss procedural issues regarding the April 29th Spring Town Meeting.  Voters may also call me at (978) 391-4506 or email

Jason Kauppi

Moderator,  Town of Groton

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