Groton on the Inside

The Good Neighbor in Groton to offer fresh groceries, coffee, café fare and more


There has been a lot of action going on at 209 Peru Rd. in recent months, and many in Groton have been speculating about what the former site of Pontillo’s Pizza, followed by A Burger Shack, might become, as it has been empty since the latter closed in November 2022. Speculate no more, because Laura Hahn and her husband, Bill […]

Get ready for the Groton Cabin Fever Festival


Among the well-established traditions in Groton is its annual Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by the Groton Recreation Department (Groton Rec), which will be held this year on Saturday, March 2 from noon to 4 p.m. Activities will take place in the Groton Jr./Sr. High School (GHS) gym, 400 Peru Rd., where there will be offerings for everyone of almost every […]

Groton’s Bode and Shoemaker named co-firefighters of the year


When the Groton Fire Department (GFD) held its annual awards banquet in January, Mariel Bode and Daimon Shoemaker were co-recipients of the Firefighter of the Year award. Giving the award to two recipients is unusual, but Chief Eric DeForrest said, “Given that they both share the same passions, the fire chiefs felt it was deserving for both individuals to receive […]

Groton Fire Department awards Sam Rose and Matt Whitaker


At its recent annual awards banquet, the Groton Fire Department (GFD) honored four of its members: Mariel Bode, Sam Rose, Daimon Shoemaker, and Matt Whitaker. Bode and Shoemaker were co-recipients of the Firefighter of the Year Award and will be featured in next week’s column, but this week highlights Rose and Whitaker. Whitaker, a five-year veteran of the GFD, was […]

BJ Robison and Stonehedges celebrate decades of golf in Groton


Paul Robison Jr. is the operations manager of Stonehedges Golf Course & Banquet Facility, but everyone knows him as “BJ”. His father, the late Paul Robison Sr., went by the nickname of “Boomer”, so Paul Jr. was dubbed “BJ (Boomer Junior)” at a very early age. Paul Sr. and his wife, the late Sandy Robison, raised BJ and his four […]

Groton Small Engine Repair restructured and revitalized


Chris Clair has been the owner of his own business — Groton Small Engine Repair at 553 Cortland Rd. — since January 2020, and while many in the community may be aware of the shop that is located right next to the Groton Cycle Center (GCC),  some may not know that Clair, in his words, “took a pause to restructure […]

Groton High School Career Center: From vision to reality


It was December 2022 when Billie Downs, Groton Central School’s (GCS) K-12 district administrator and Groton Career Center (GCC) director, first brought  GCS Superintendent Margo Martin her vision to add a career center to the high school. Now, just over a year later, that vision has been brought to fruition and is evident in numerous ways.   In fall 2018, the […]

Andrew Gobel celebrates 25 years at First National Bank of Groton


When most people in the Groton community think of the name “Gobel” and equate it with the First National Bank of Groton, the immediate tendency is to think of its president and chief executive officer, Steve Gobel, but not everyone may realize that his son, Andrew, is the bank’s executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).   While Steve has […]

Groton municipal building and school district projects forging ahead in 2024 


As people begin a new year, there is often much reflection on the year that has just gone by, as well as a sense of hope, new beginnings and perhaps even some resolutions made for the new year.   Here in Groton, we can all have such ponderings individually, but also as a community. We can look back on what we […]

Groton’s First Day Hike bigger and better than ever


Shana Snyder is probably best known in Groton for her involvement with Scouts, or perhaps as president of the Groton Jr./Sr. High School (GHS) Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) or any number of things she is involved with in the community. Not everyone may know, however, that Groton’s First Day Hike (GFDH) was put into motion as a direct result of Snyder’s […]


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