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Changes Wrought By ‘The Great War’ Redefined Groton

The Legion Hall Memorial Cannon. It was a state-of the-art French design at the time. See details in the accompanying article.


The same model of cannon at Legion Hall is shown here (colorized) in action during WWI battle. By the end of the war, the French had produced more than 12,000 of these 75 mm guns. The US began manufacturing the gun in the spring of 1918.


by Michael LaTerz
It was called the Great War before we knew we had to number them. World War 1 began in 1914 in the old world, far away. For the most part, the people of the U.S. wanted none of it.

Water Filtered For Manganese Offered Free At Town Hall

by Connie Sartini
To assist residents concerned with elevated manganese levels discovered in the municipal water system and with particular concern for infants under 12 months of age, Groton Water Department Superintendent Thomas Orcutt announced that filtered water will now be available for all residents from any part of town, at Groton Town Hall.

Step-By-Step Public Visioning Workshop For FloRo Replacement On Saturday

by Robert Stewart
Studio G Architects, the design firm selected by the Florence Roche Building Committee, will host what is being called a “Visioning” session on Nov. 16 to present the thinkin Saturday,. 8-11:30 a.m. behind the effort to replace or improve space to the Florence Roche Elementary School located in Groton center.

Old Meetinghouse Bell Chimes in Honor of Veterans

At 11:11 on the 11th day of the 11th month, November, the Old Groton Meetinghouse Bell rang 11 times to salute the Veterans on the 101 anniversary of Armistice Day. Photo by Steve Lieman


At 11:11 on the 11th of November, the Old Groton Meetinghouse Bell rang 11 times to salute the Veterans on the 101 anniversary of Armistice Day. The bell has been saluting and honoring Veterans of all wars going back to the French and Indian War in 1755 - 1763.

EDITORIAL: Our Under-Appreciated "Ace in the Hole"

Taken just before the dedication of Kilbourn Place, this photograph frames a view of Main Street, giving a sense of removal from our daily worries, a chance to see our everyday struggles from a different vantage point, being a step removed from the daily grind, offering a link to our shared history of Groton. It’s almost as if the Stage Manager from Thormton Wilder’s play "Our Town" is about to step before us and talk about our place in the universe. "So—people a thousand years from now—this is the way we were in the provinces north of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century.—This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying."


Groton's Eyes & Ears on Beacon Hill: A Memorial At The State House For Deborah Sampson?

Deborah Sampson, aka "Robert Shurtleff" of the Fourth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 1782.

The Massachusetts House 158-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would establish a commission to investigate and report on a suitable memorial in the Statehouse to commemorate Massachusetts native Deborah Sampson, a heroine of the American Revolution who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.


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