Jul 082015
This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series Check It Out

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Did you know that you can now have more free music through the library?  With Freegal, patrons can download up to 5 songs per week and now can have up to 3 hours of music streaming per day!

Just a reminder that Groton Public Library surveys are due July 15. The Library Trustees and Staff will use this information to guide our goals and objectives for the next five years, so don’t miss this chance to share your thoughts with us! Pick up a paper copy at the Library, Senior Center, Town Hall; print a copy at, or take our survey online at .

Summer Reading Programs for all ages! Please join us for some reading, fun, and prizes!

“Summer of Heroes” 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program — for ages 18 and Up! Read books! Have fun! Earn prizes! Honor real heroes! Try the Read Across the U.S.A. Superhero Challenge! Sign-up online or at the Library and pick up your starter packet. Sponsored by the GPL Endowment Trust.

Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Program for Grades 6-12. Sign up today, read, and earn prizes!  All prizes and events are Sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. Please sign up for all programs.
Pizza & a Movie, Star Wars: The New Hope.  Wed, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grades 5-12. Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, and a few friends to save Princess Leia and the universe from the evil Darth Vader. Movie Rated PG.  Pizza and refreshments served.
Robotics Club for  Grades 6-12. Thur, July 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Learn how to build and program robots using Lego© Mindstorms EV3 kits.
Pizza & a Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Thur., July 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Grades 6-12.  An unusual group of superheroes fight to keep the universe free. Movie Rated PG-13. Pizza and refreshments served. Please sign up.

You can still sign up for the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program, ages 18 mos. through 5th grade. Sign-up at the Library.
Ecology of Sound. Wed, July 15, 1-1:45 p.m. in Sibley Hall
Musician, Ricardo Frota entertains and educates while playing multicultural songs from indigenous peoples around the world.  Funded by a Groton Cultural Council Grant.+
Norbert: What Can Little You Do? Thur, July 16, 1-1:45 p.m.
Meet the real therapy dog who inspired the award-winning picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? and the newest book: Norbert: What Can Little You Do?, inspired by a 3-pound therapy dog whose mission is to spread smiles and kindness. Meet, greet, and photo opportunity with Norbert. Books available for purchase and signing at the program. All ages welcome.*+
Storyteller Diane Edgecomb presents Everyday Heroes! Fri, July 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m. 
Celebrate the hero in every child with these fun-loving tales & songs. For ages 4 and up.*+
Meet Groton Police Officer Nicholas Beltz and his partner-Police Dog K-9 Lola. Tues, July 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m.  A special story time, meet & greet.  For ages 3 and up.+
Drop-In Craft. Wed, July 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Make a Super Hero shield!
Singer Alastair Moock. Fri, July 24, 10:30-11:15 am. Sure to entertain the whole family! Alastair Moock is a two-time NAPPA Gold Award Winner and a Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner.  All ages welcome.*+

Jun 182015

Marianne Wood

Marianne Wood

AYER — Marianne F. Farrall Wood, 86, formerly of 148 Washington Street, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Apple Valley Center in Ayer where she had lived for three years.

Wood was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on April 6, 1929, a daughter of Byron H. and Beatrice H. Woods Farrall.

She grew up in Groton on a family farm with cherished horses Black Beauty, Starlight, and White Wing. She was a graduate of Groton High School, and continued her education at the New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, graduating in 1950. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked several years as a registered nurse at the Ayer Community Hospital.

She resided in Ayer for nearly sixty years. Her husband of 45 years, Harry L. Wood, died in April 1996.

She loved animals and enjoyed a second family of German shepherds that won ribbons and trophies for obedience and show. She was secretary of the Tracking Club of Massachusetts. She also loved horses, canaries, and aquarium fish. She was a creative and talented knitter and crocheter, artist (oils and sketches), and rug hooker. She sewed many of her children’s clothes. She loved orchids and African violets. She was a member of the Federated Church in Ayer.

She is survived by three daughters: Marilyn W. Daudelin and her husband, Dennis, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Patricia W. Hall of Ayer; and Kimberly Wood of Hartland, Vermont; and a grandson, Michael Hall, of Shirley.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Howard Hall of Ayer and her brothers, George Farrall of Schenectady, New York and Huntley Farrall of Ayer.

Wood’s family will receive family and friends on Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road (Route 2A), Ayer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Groton Cemetery in Groton, Massachusetts.

May 102015

Emily Katherine Yeadon

Emily Katherine Yeadon

Emily Katherine Yeadon, 23, became one of God’s angels on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 9, 1992, Emily grew up in Groton, Massachusetts. She was a 2010 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and attended the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. While at MCLA, she pledged to become a sister of the sorority, Pi Upsilon Omega, making her a forever member of the Pines Family. Her creative passion and love of the written word found her able to express herself through poetry, as well as sketch and collage, which she generously shared with others who needed a reminder that the world is ultimately a good place.

Music was as essential to Emily as the air she breathed. Her tastes ranged from Backstreet Boys to obscure alternative and garage bands. Emily was fearless when it came to fashion and design — her face to the world was ever changing and beautiful. No matter her hair color, or how trending her outfit and makeup may have been, the camera loved her from every angle. Emily had the gift of making wherever she was her home. She was close to her many aunts, uncles, and cousins — her brother, Sam, was her dearest ally and friend. Her friends and family will continue to celebrate her gifts and share her stories because she danced her way across so many hearts along the way.

Emily was the beloved daughter of Dan and Susan (Marshall); loving sister of Samuel Marshall Yeadon of Groton; granddaughter of Gloria Bomba of Berlin, Connecticut, Joan Menchin of Belmont, New Hampshire, and the late Richard Marshall, Fred Yeadon, and Robert Menchin. She was a niece of Linda and Tom Grzeika, Lenore and Francis Beebe, Paul and Jessica Marshall, Brian and Jane Yeadon, Barry and Pamela Yeadon, Warren and Lois Yeadon, Bonnie Pavone, and Jill and Mike Shaughnessy. She is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn Street, Burlington, Massachusetts, on Monday, May 11 from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the United Church of Christ Congregational, 6 Lexington Street, Burlington, Massachusetts on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Emily’s name may be made to Make A Wish Foundation of Greater Boston, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or

Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home

Apr 282015

Dear Editor:

Jason Kaupi deserves a round of applause for how he conducted the town meeting Monday night. It is not every day that over 350 people gather in one room to deliberate about a potentially volatile topic and conduct themselves in such an orderly and respectful manner. I also want to thank the majority of voters who demanded an open and transparent process. An open town meeting is probably the purest form of a democratic government. My take from Monday’s meeting vote on article 4 is that the voters want the issues confronting our town be conducted in a way that is transparent. They do not want hidden agendas. They want our leaders to be able to articulate and openly present their positions. Only then can the voters assess whether the motives behind our positions are in the best interest of the community at large. Thank you, the voters for participating. There is still a lot of business to be conducted for this spring town meeting. I ask that you bring the same expectations to the continued town meeting(S).

Anna Eliot

Apr 262015

A three car crash near 245 Boston Road injured five people and sent two of those to the hospital.Tyngsborough Emergency Blog

A three car crash near 245 Boston Road injured five people and sent two of those to the hospital.

Route 119 was closed for about two hours Saturday, April 25 after three vehicles were involved in a crash near 245 Boston Road.

Fire Chief Steele McCurdy said, “Fire department personnel treated five patients, transporting two with nonlife threatening injuries to Nashoba Valley Medical Center. The remaining patients were treated on scene.”

The crash occurred at 10:54 a.m. and the highway reopened shortly before 1 p.m. after all three vehicles were towed.

Apr 172015

car-seatOK, it’s a kid’s car seat. How hard can it be to use it correctly? You could be surprised… but it’s better not to be.

You can check things out this Saturday, April 18, when Officer Omar Connor of the Groton Police Department and Firefighter/EMS Paul McBrearty of the Groton Fire Department host a free Child Car Seat checkpoint on at the Groton Fire Department’s headquarters on Farmer’s Row from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The car seat event is the perfect opportunity for parents and caretakers to have their child’s car seat checked for a variety of safety factors including:
• Proper installation
• Determine if this is the proper seat for the child’s size and age
• Check for manufacturer recalls
• Check the car seat’s age and expiration date

For more information, call the police department at 978 448-5555.

Apr 102015

The Town of Groton Scholarship Committee would like to thank all the individuals, organizations, and businesses that generously donated to our fund since last spring. The Town of Groton Scholarship committee was able to offer $1,000 scholarships to four students last year thanks to very generous contributions by the residents of the Town of Groton. You may find the letter that was distributed to taxpayers below in case you did not donate already and would now like to make a donation. (View or download here.) The committee and the students would both greatly welcome your donation!

Scholarship applications for 2015 were distributed to area high schools last month (and can be downloaded here). The committee would also like to remind students that applications are due by May 1, 2015. All graduating seniors planning to attend a college or a university who reside in the Town of Groton are eligible. The funds received may be applied toward any education related expense.

Please contact Brian LeBlanc if you have any additional questions.

Brian LeBlanc,
Groton Scholarship Committee

Apr 092015

Dear Residents of Groton,

My name is Angela Donahue and I respectfully ask for your vote on May 19th to serve as a 3 year member of the GDRSD School Committee.

My husband and I moved to Groton almost 10 years ago when we decided we wanted to raise our three daughters in a rural community with an excellent school system.

When the District first started to have budget issues, I comforted myself with knowing that there were people that I knew in governance (the School Committee and the Administrators) who genuinely cared about the difficult problems the District faced and I was sure that in just a year or two all would be right and we would be back on track. While the intentions of the School Committee members to have the best education possible for our children were sincere, I believe that the track we have taken in the past 5 years has strayed dramatically from what would have been optimal for both our children and our town. Intimations that administration officials are to blame for missteps, leads me directly back to the School Committee members who were responsible for both hiring and approving the budgets put forward by said administrators. When I realized that the School Committee was headed down a path I could not condone, I began to get even more involved than I already was in volunteer work to restore excellence to our school system.

Throughout the last nine years, I have advocated for our schools and students, both at the individual school level as well as Districtwide. I have volunteered in classrooms, assisted with fundraisers, prepared and presented research that lead to the reinstatement of the Plimoth Plantation field trip, and researched and presented the “History of Cuts” that forwarded APEX’s campaign to get the Dunstable override and Groton debt exclusion vote needed to mitigate the school budget crisis. More recently, I assisted with APEX’s initiative to support our children’s educators by researching and presenting information to the communities and Superintendent that allowed for transparency regarding the mishandling of the teacher contract negotiations. Serving as a communications conduit, eliminating disinformation, and working with parties of differing opinions to achieve solutions is a unique skill set that I wish to bring to the School Committee, and one that I believe has been lacking in this institution for several years.

I can affect positive change on the School Committee by ending the continued practice of secrecy and failure to inform parents and taxpayers about what is truly going on with our schools. As a result of my advocacy work in the District both individually and as a member of APEX, I have demonstrated that I will always research the facts to get to the truth. I will continue to research and explore alternative funding, policy setting and communication initiatives. I recognize the unique needs of those on fixed incomes and I will welcome both those community members and parents of children in the District to become a part of the decision process and have their voices heard. I will ensure transparency so that taxpayers can make informed decisions about the funding of our schools. It is time for a change in the direction of the School Committee and it is time for higher levels of accountability. As I have done for the last nine years, I will advocate for our students and our schools and I will do it with transparency and integrity.

To learn more about me please visit

I thank you for your time and your interest in the community I love, and I ask you for your vote!



Apr 072015

 (L-R) Bibi Fletcher, Dr. Susan Horowitz, and vet assistant Erin Langan at the Nashoba Boards of Health rabies clinicArt Campbell | The Groton Line

(L-R) Bibi Fletcher, Dr. Susan Horowitz, and vet assistant Erin Langan at the Nashoba Boards of Health rabies clinic

A steady stream of four-footed, furry visitors checked out Groton’s Central Fire Station Saturday as part of the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health’s annual rabies clinic. Groton Board of Health member and veterinarian Dr. Susan Horowitz delivered the $15 shots to a variety of critters, from Yorky puppies to big red tom cats and bigger German shepherd cross breeds. Twenty-one animals got their shots during the clinic. Fire Department officials were noncommital on queries from several dogs on the apparent lack of fire hydrants in the facility.

Mar 252015

Bennett Raddin Black

Bennett Raddin Black

Former Groton Fire Chief, police officer, and town official Bennett Raddin Black, 92, passed away on March 22, 2015 at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was born on October 26, 1922 in Everett, Massachusetts.

Bennett, “Ben,” graduated from Lawrence Academy in 1941 and from the University of New Hampshire at Durham in 1947. After graduation, he went to work for Hardware Mutual in Boston where he met and married Mildred Elizabeth Morris in November 1949 and with whom he shared and enjoyed 64 years of marriage, travel, and family life.

Soon after his marriage to Mildred, they moved to Groton and he began his career as a dairy farmer. A solid work ethic having been instilled in him by his parents and grandparents, he soon expanded his operation to include the business of trucking, excavating, and a local school bus route.

Pride and respect for his community saw him join the Groton Police Department in 1949 and serve until 1980. He was also a member or the Groton Volunteer Fire Department and served as Deputy Chief from 1965 to 1974. In 1975, he was appointed Groton’s first full time Fire Chief and fulfilled his duty faithfully until his retirement in 1985.

Never being one to sit idly by, he was a Director on the Board of Groton Water Commissioners from 1965 to 1980 as well as Sealer of Weights and Measures from 1980 to 2002. In 1999 at the age of 73, he was appointed Interim Fire Chief until 2000. His collective time in service to the Town of Groton exceeds 116 years.

But it was his service to his country of which he was most proud. In 1942, he left college to join the U.S. Army Air Corps. He entered flight training and became a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator and served in the Pacific Theatre. He was attached to the 370th Bomb Group of the 13th Air Force, known as the Long Rangers. He flew 39 missions over hostile territory, many of them exceeding 12 hours duration. He is credited with disabling the largest Japanese battleship ever built, the Musashi, by dropping three 1000 pound bombs on its stern, mid, and foredeck during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf in October of 1944. He continued to show his pride as a veteran in later years by gathering fellow veterans and riding in his beloved Army Jeep in the Groton Memorial Day Parade.

Bennett is survived by his sons Donald and his wife Alicia; Robert and his wife Cindy; Bennett Jr. and his wife Susan; and daughter Lucy and her husband David Alexander, all of Groton; grandchildren Katherine Bach, Peter Black, Megan Black, Stephen Black, Ashley Black, Shelby Morris, Nicole Lauria, Callie Black, Kelly Alexander, and Benjamin Alexander; his great-grandchildren Chloe Bach, William Morris, and Hailey Petka.

Extended members of Bennett’s family also include the three angels that upheld his quality of life to a high standard during the last several years. Holly, Meghan, and Sandra, you will always be considered members of our family.
Bennett was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred E. Morris, and his parents, Herman A. and Lucy B. Raddin of Melrose and Groton.

A Celebration of Life Reception will be held in the McNeil Lounge, Fred Gray Building at Lawrence Academy on Powder House Road, April 4, 2015, from 2 — 6 p.m. All who knew Ben are cordially invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you might consider honoring Ben’s memory with a donation to: The Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Rd., Suite 305, Devens, MA 01434. Condolences may be left on The Badger Funeral Home online guest book page at