Groton Local Upcoming Events

Beyond Weatherization: Planning Your Home's Energy Future
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton
Are you concerned about the cost and environmental impacts of heating and/or cooling your older home? Do you feel unprepared to deal with uncertain fuel supplies and rising energy prices? Would you like to do something about it but aren’t sure what to do or where to begin? If so, please join us for an interactive presentation and discussion of sensible, cost-effective projects you can undertake to increase the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.
Starting with your questions, home energy experts Mike Duclos and Kerry Koskinen will lead the discussion and share their experience.
Mike is the founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House-related assessment and planning services. He designed the second certified Passive House in Massachusetts and helped prepare the Passive House Planning Package for the first EnerPHIT-certified retrofitted home in the US.
Kerry is the owner of RetroFuture Remodeling, a general contractor specializing in renovating older homes for higher efficiency and lower carbon footprint. Focusing on proper weather management and getting the insulation details right, he has completed two full Deep Energy Retrofits and countless partial retrofits.
This program is sponsored by both Groton Local and the Nashua River Watershed Association. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Leo Laverdure at (978) 448-5700, or email FREE

Come celebrate Earth Day in Groton
Sunday April 27th , 1 PM -5 PM, Rain or Shine inside historic Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton (approx. 1.6 mi off Main St/Rt. 119).  Our gathering will include local environmental groups, companies, craft demonstrations and artists. 

Gilson Greenhouses will be selling vegetable seedlings and Friends of Trees will be there with tree seedlings.  We'll have a professional garden planner with us to explain the do's and don'ts of gardening.  Groton's Bliss Bakery will be selling their goodies, including "Earth Pies" and  Groton Local will have our fund raising beverage table.   Professional local artist Rebecca Ranney's very popular renderings will be with us again this year.  Yoga Master Barbara Rich of Yoga for Daily Living will be with us to talk about the benefits of  yoga and  Morningstar Mandaye of Little Bear Massage  will give free chair massages.     
   Diane Carson of Groton's Nashoba Paddler will be present to talk about Kids River Camp and canoe rentals for  lazy "escape" days on the Nashua River.  Experts from Friot Water Treatment Co.will answer questions about your family's well water, and NRWA will be present to tell us about protecting our watershed areas.  The Groton Conservation Trust will update us on our town's sustained land.   Bee Keeper Jen Reed, selling her honey, and Maple Sugar professional Kevin Ritchie, selling his maple syrup, will answer all of your questions.  Woodworker Peter Benedict will be there to discuss his craft and we'll learn much from Lili Ott who will bring her preserves. You can save energy at home with Next Step Living's funded programs and Kerry Koskinen, owner of RetroFuture Remodeling, will consult on upgrading  your home-beyond weatherization.  We will have representatives from a newly formed Food Collection Group which will benefit local food pantries and soup kitchens on site and Groton's Sustainability Commission will be present to talk about their ongoing programs. 
   AND --- we will have an all day program of Live Music including
Seth Connelly, Hatrack Gallagher, John Fitzsimmons, Back to the Garden and Trusting Fate!  Please stop by and join us. 

For more info contact Jim Hubert at


The NEW Fitch's Bridge

Accessible from the end of Fitch's Bridge Road off Rt. 119 or from Pepperell Road
Fitch's Bridge had been a derelict, impassable one lane bridge left over from the era when Fitch's Bridge Road went over the Nashua River and met Pepperell Road. For the past 10 years townspeople have been working on finding a way to make this bridge viable again in order to link the vast trail network that the Town of Groton maintains on both sides of the Nashua River. The new bridge, which was made offsite and installed in July of this year has created a link for hikers, bikers and horse riders to both sides of the Nashua and will be an asset to the town for years to come.