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Coyote River Band Playing this Friday at “Concerts in the Park” — June 19, 2019

The Coyote River Band opens up our summer concert series with their infectious blend of classic rock, country and dance music. The band mixes three-part harmonies with top-notch musicianship to keep fans entertained into the night. Come on down and enjoy a great band.

Here’s something new and exciting – for this year’s concert series we have partnered with Q105! Come on down this Friday and see afternoon Drive DJ Bartley doing his thing live in Washington Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Q105 will bring their event fun-and-games team, so get to the show early to play some games and win Q105 prizes. It’ll be fun for the whole family.

We have an exciting line-up for our Friday concerts that features some of the bands that we’ve had in the past plus a few new ones to keep us all entertained. Check out the complete concert schedule below:

June 21st – Coyote River Band
June 28th – Souls on Fire
July 5th – 9Teen
July 12th – The Cartells
July 19th – Mass-Conn Fusion
July 26th – F & Blues Band
August 9th – The Strange Brew Band

All concerts are held on Friday nights in Washington Park in the City of Groton and begin at 6:30 p.m. Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concerts.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site – Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

The concerts offer families a fun, inexpensive evening. The concert site has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

 

Eastern Point Beach Summer Cabaret Concert Schedule — June 14, 2019

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 — June 12, 2019

Concerts in the Park Starting up on June 21st — June 10, 2019

The weather is warming up and everyone is starting to head outdoors, so that can only mean one thing – it’s time for Groton Utilities Concerts in the Park!

This year we have an exciting line-up for our Friday concerts that features some of the bands that we’ve had in the past plus a few new ones to keep us all entertained. Check out the complete concert schedule below:

June 21st – Coyote River Band
June 28th – Souls on Fire
July 5th – 9Teen
July 12th – The Cartells
July 19th – Mass-Conn Fusion
July 26th – F & Blues Band
August 9th – The Strange Brew Band

All concerts are held on Friday nights in Washington Park in the City of Groton and begin at 6:30 p.m. Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concerts.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site – Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

The concerts offer families a fun, inexpensive evening. The concert site has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

National Public Works Week – Sanitation/ Recycling and Hazardous Household Waste — May 24, 2019

National Public Works Week – Infosheet — May 22, 2019

Groton Fall Festival – Register Now — 

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Groton Fall Festival is coming up in October but now is the time to register as a vendor or become a sponsor. It’s a great day for families and friends to meet up and enjoy some of the best of what this region has to offer. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019 and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with games, family tournaments with prizes, food trucks, demonstrations, and nearly a hundred local vendors and businesses including artists, artisans, crafters and non-profits from around the Groton and Mystic regions sharing this businesses with the Greater Groton & Mystic communities.

Highlights this year (so far) include a pie baking contest, a cornhole tournament, and likely much, much more as we fill out the schedule. Visit the Fall Festival Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce website to keep up on the exciting additions to the festival schedule.

To register as a vendor follow this link and submit to reserve your space. Registration closes on September 20, 2019. There is a limited number of vendor spaces so please register early to guarantee your spot.

You may also become a sponsor of the event if you wish. There are several levels of sponsorship which come with different packages. For more details visit the Fall Festival Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce website.

The festival is held at annually at Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton. For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones.  For artists and crafters, it gives you access to thousands of new customers. For non-profit organizations, it is an opportunity to promote your message to thousands in person.

Groton Utilities has a long-standing relationship with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and is a proud sponsor of this event.

National Public Works Week – Don’t Trash Grass — May 21, 2019

Did you know that a ½ acre lawn in New England produces over 3 tons or nearly 260 bags of grass clippings each year?  Think of all the time, money and effort it would take to bag all those clippings.  Why go through all that hassle when it really not necessary?

You can have a healthy green lawn by leaving grass clippings where they fall! It’s simple…grass clippings left on the lawn will decompose and act as a natural organic fertilizer. This allows you to reduce the amount of additional commercial fertilizer you need to apply. Your lawn will still be healthy and green because each time you mow, you will be returning valuable nutrients to the soil!

The key word is “less”…less fertilizer, less water, less work, and best of all, less waste!

Recycling clippings back into the lawn requires less effort than disposing of them as waste. No one has to handle the clippings – not you, not your lawn care professional and not the waste management crew. You can reduce your mowing time by nearly 40% by not bagging, and spend less money on fertilizer and trash bags. And by not trashing grass, you’ll be doing your part for the environment by reducing waste!

 

Mowing Techniques & Tips

Any mower can recycle grass clippings. Simply remove the grass catcher! Ask your lawn mower dealer if a special safety plug or adaptor kit is needed to convert your mower into a “recycling” mower. You can also have a mulching blade installed.

Keep your grass mowed to 2″- 3″ tall.

Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade in any single mowing. For example, if your lawn is kept at 2″ tall, it should not be allowed to grow higher than 3″ before it is mowed again.

Mow when the grass is dry.

Keep your mower blade sharp because dull mowers tear the grass blade, injuring the plant, and create a brownish cast to the turf.

If the grass gets just a bit too high, simply mow over the clippings a second time to further shred and scatter them.

If excessive growth occurs between mowings, raise the mower height, mow, and then gradually lower it over a span of several mowings. This will help prevent shock to the plants.

When it’s time to replace your mower, consider buying a mulching, recycling, or a non-polluting reel mower. All of these do a good job of shredding and scattering grass clippings.

 

Other Uses For Clippings

Compost clippings at home: Clippings are an excellent source of nitrogen for your home compost pile. No more than 1/3 of the pile should be fresh clippings. Mix thoroughly with “brown” materials such as leaves or straw and turn the pile regularly to keep it well oxygenated and to prevent odors.

Use clippings as mulch: Apply dried grass clippings directly on the soil about 1 inch thick to reduce weeds, moderate soil temperature, and control soil spattering, erosion, run-off and evaporation. Avoid mulching with clippings which have been recently treated with herbicides. This can harm your plants. As a precaution, mulch with clippings from herbicide treated lawns only after two lawn mowings.

Incorporate clippings into garden soil: Mixing fresh grass clippings into the garden adds nutrients and organic matter which improves the texture and moisture retention properties of the soil. A two-inch layer of grass can be turned into the soil to a depth of 6″ about once a month.

 

Alternative Landscapes

Consider planting ground covers such as English ivy, pachysandra, and periwinkle; increasing shrub beds; or growing a wildflower meadow as alternatives to turf grass. They look beautiful, don’t need mowing and will help reduce lawn maintenance and yard waste!

 

 

 

“Concerts in the Park 2019” Schedule Released — 

Another exciting summer of live music is almost here and with that Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to release the full concert schedule for the summer. There’s something for everyone this year, ranging from country to blues to rock to dance. We’ve brought back several old-time favorites (Cartells, 9Teen, etc.) while bringing in a couple of bands new to the concert series (Coyote Rover Band and the Strange Brew Band). Concerts are on most Fridays throughout the summer and all start at 6:30 p.m. It’s always a great way to spend a nice summer night and finish off the week – we hope to see you all there!

National Public Works Week Announcement — May 20, 2019

The City of Groton is proud to celebrate National Public Works Week—In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services will be recognized during National Public Works Week, May 19–25. We will use public education opportunities as a way to remind the community of the contributions of public works professionals.

American Public Works Association, sponsor of National Public Works Week, values all communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly.  Our objective is designed to increase public awareness of their contributions as well as to enlighten the public about the duties, practices, and goals of public works professionals.

Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.

Please join us in thanking our Public Works Department for all of their contributions to the City of Groton.

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