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Groton Tops State List of Economic Group — October 17, 2019

City of Groton Scarecrow Trail — September 20, 2019

Scarecrows displayed from: October 17—November 13

Scarecrow Registration Deadline: 4:00 pm on Friday, October 11 (Register)

Where: In City of Groton – Thames Street to Mitchell Street and streets in between
(see for map)

Who can participate: Individuals, Businesses and Community Organizations residing in the City of Groton. For those city residents/businesses who need space to display your scarecrow, contact Parks & Recreation at 860-446-4128 or indicate that on registration form online.
NO Entry Fees.

Need a spot on the Scarecrow Trail to display your creative Scarecrow?
If you are a city resident/business/organization in need of space to display your scarecrow, bring your fully assembled scarecrow to Thames View Park (343 Thames Street) on Thursday,
October 17th from 4pm-6pm
. At check-in, you will receive the pole assignment for your scarecrow, zip ties to attach the scarecrow to the post and a weatherproof sign with the name of your entry.

Prizes:     1st, 2nd & 3rd prize will be awarded in each category. Judging will be both by public voting and a judges panel.

Register Now!

Full Details on RecDesk website

US Census Discussion at Mayor and Council Meeting — 

Eva Bunnell of the US Census Bureau discussed the 2020 Census Count at the Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, September 16 at 7:30. For those interested the video is posted below.

Follow the link here for more information on US Census 2020.

City Athletic Fields to Close at 6:30 — September 11, 2019

The City of Groton Parks and Recreation is canceling any previously approved use of fields after 6:30 pm until a determination is made that such use is again safe is regards to the EEE situation. We realize that this will greatly affect many practices and games, but ask for your help in conveying the message that it is a wise decision to protect the health of our community. We will make every effort to reschedule previously scheduled games and practices.

Precautions to Avoid EEE — 

Mosquitoes in Groton, Ledyard, North Stonington and Stonington Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Ledge Light Health District announced today that mosquitoes trapped in Groton and Ledyard have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is in addition to the previously announced positive mosquitoes in North Stonington and Stonington. Some of the mosquito traps contained mosquito species that are known to bite humans.

EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Historically, the virus has been found in trapped mosquitoes in Connecticut, but only one person has died from EEE.

All residents of Groton, Ledyard, North Stonington and Stonington are advised to avoid outdoor activities from one hour before to one hour after dawn and dusk.

Additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites include:
• Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
• While outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
• Use mosquito netting if sleeping outdoors.
• Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also effective for brief periods of exposure.
• When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6% lasts approximately 2 hours and 20% for 4 hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to
wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months.

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:
• Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire
Swings, clogged gutters.
• Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
• Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use.
• Use landscaping to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.
Additional resources for information on EEE and mosquito management can be found at

Groton Fall Festival is October 5th — September 3, 2019

Join us on Saturday, October 5th for a family-friendly day of fun at Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton for our 14th Annual Groton Fall Festival! Groton Utilities is proud to be the premier sponsor of this event and this year will be better than ever: we’ll have traditional fall activities, family tournament games with prizes, food and beverage trucks, and nearly 100 local vendors and businesses including artists, artisans, crafters and non-profits from around the Groton and Mystic regions sharing their businesses with the Greater Groton & Mystic communities.

Among the many fun activities is a pie baking contest. To enter the competition just register here. Your pie must be homemade, fall-themed, and any flavor goes, as long as it makes us think of the autumn season! Pies will be judged on flavor, appearance, and creativity, so no holding back!

Bring your best Fall-themed pie to the Groton Fall Festival on October 5th to be judged at 12:30 PM. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your baking skills to our special guest judges and win prizes throughout the day! Email with questions.

Who doesn’t like a good game of Cornhole? Nobody, that’s who! Come join the fun in the Fall Festival Cornhole Tournament. The games begin at noon with registration opening at 11:15 AM. Head to the Greater Mystic Chamber booth and register to participate for the opportunity to win a fantastic prize from one of our member businesses!


These are just a few of the activities going on at the Fall Festival. Bring the whole family on October 5th and have wonderful day. Additionally, if you are a vendor or a business and would like to have a booth it’s not too late to sign up. Just follow this link and sign up  – registration deadline is September 20th.


Labor Day Garbage and Recycling Pickup — August 30, 2019

The Labor Day Holiday is on Monday, September 2, 2019.  Garbage and recycling pickup normally scheduled for Monday will be picked up on Tuesday.

Current Vacancies on Boards, Commissions and Committees — August 8, 2019

Below is the list of the current vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in the City of Groton.


Beach & Parks Committee

  • 1 Member


Conservation Commission

  • 2 Alternate Members


Eastern Point Historic District Commission

  • 2 Alternate Members


Economic Development Commission

  • 3 Regular Members


Harbor Management Commission

  • 1 Regular Member
  • 3 Alternate Members


Planning & Zoning Commission

  • 3 Alternate Members


Zoning Board of Appeals

  • 3 Alternate Members


To apply complete the attached application and return to the City of Groton Municipal Building. Applicants must be residents of the City of Groton in order to be considered.


2019 Community Service Award Winner Announced — August 6, 2019

From left to right, Scott Boyle, Tod Evers, Tim LeHouillier, Mayor Keith Hedrick and Dan Bouges

At “City of Groton Day” this past Friday Groton Utilities presented the 2019 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award to Timothy LeHouillier for his volunteer contributions to the Greater Groton Community.

Tim was given the award for his outstanding efforts over the years as a volunteer at the Center Groton Volunteer Fire Department as well for a noteworthy commitment to assisting those in need in his neighborhood. Tim loves to help people, works hard and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him.

Tim is of great help to the elderly in his neighborhood, assisting in cleaning up yards, planting gardens, splitting wood and plowing snow from their driveways, free of charge. Tim will often plow driveways at 5:00 a.m. so that people can get out of their driveways. He also volunteers at the Center Groton Volunteer Fire Department while also serving on its board. Additionally, he was instrumental in painting the firehouse in order to save money as well as assist the other volunteers.

In Tim’s honor Groton Utilities donated $1,000 to the John E. Boyle Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. Representing the Scholarship Fund were Scott Boyle and Tod Evers, who received the check at the ceremony. City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick and Groton Utilities Manager of Communications and Community Outreach Dan Bouges hosted the ceremony and gave out the community service award and charity donation.

The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award is given out annually by Groton Utilities at City of Groton Day to honor a member of the community who has contributed his or her time, energy and resources to make the community a better place in which to live and work.

The award is named in honor of Jacqueline B. Nixon to commemorate her service to the community she loved so much. Jackie operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years, distributing food to those in need. The winner of this award is someone who should contribute to the community and should be someone who others would describe as generous, committed, caring, and most of all someone who performs a “service” for the community. Tim LeHouillier embodies all of these attributes and therefore Groton Utilities is proud and honored to present him with this award as well contribute to his charity of choice.

Strange Brew Band Playing this Friday at Concerts in the Park — August 5, 2019

The Strange Brew Band will be playing at our last concert of the season this Friday night. These guys are new to our concert series, but have no doubt, they can rock with the best of them. The Strange Brew Band are a five-piece rock and roll outlet that bring energy and musicianship every time out. Their sets have ranged from Black Crows, Doors, White Stripes, Zepplin, Sabbath all the way to Stevie Wonder. Come down and check them out – they rock!


Here’s something new and exciting – for this year’s concert series we have partnered with Q105! 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.


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