Groton on the Inside: Every vote counts in Village of Groton elections

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If you’re a resident of the Village of Groton, you are eligible to cast your vote in the local elections. The polls will be open in the Village Offices, 143 Cortland St., from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.


There are no contested races in this election, but it is still a privilege to have the freedom and the ability to show support for the candidates you might like to encourage with your vote.


The term is up for village mayor, Christopher Neville, who will let his name stand for another term of office. Two of the four village trustees are also up for election. Incumbent candidates Elizabeth Conger and Michael Holl will also seek to serve another term.


I received statements from each of the candidates for trustee, and share them with you, both to inform your decision to vote in this election and to help Groton residents get to know these incumbents a bit better.

From Elizabeth (Betty) Conger:
“Having served several terms, I want to continue working on the projects we have on the table. This includes the new Public Safety Community Building and working with the Groton Joint Youth Commission, where I serve as vice-chair and Joint Recreation Committee. I have represented the Village of Groton on the Tompkins County Council of Governments for several years (serving this year as co-chair). I represent the Village of Groton on the Joint Committee on Plan Structure and Design of the Greater Tompkins County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium. I feel that by representing the Village on these committees, I show the people of Tompkins County that Groton is involved and cares about what happens to our residents.


I have lived in Groton my entire life. I am a 43-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. I care about what happens to the people of our community. I am willing to work tirelessly for the safety of our residents. I especially work for youth and veterans.


I hope to see more programs that enrich the lives of our youth by continuing to work with the Joint Youth Commission and Groton Recreation Committee. Also, working to get more shared services with neighboring communities.
I bring dedication and caring to make our village a better place to live and raise a family. I hope that Village residents remember to come out and vote on March 19.”

From Michael Holl:
“Six years ago I was inspired to run for the Village Board of Trustees because I care deeply about this community and wanted to make our village the best possible place for my family, friends, and fellow community members to live. I wanted to make sure that Groton was a place where people bought property, started businesses, and raised their families. Ultimately, I wanted to ensure that the people of Groton remained proud of where they come from and that our village was a safe, clean, and prosperous place to live.


In the six years I have been on the Board, we have faced, and continue to face, several important issues affecting our community. As we all know, things in government do not happen overnight and countless hours have been spent on projects that may not come to fruition immediately. However, I will continue to be a listening ear for all constituents’ concerns and be a voice for all of the citizens of the Village of Groton.”

Happening at the library
One of the main hubs of our community is the Groton Public Library, and there are things to do there aside from reading books. The activities offered have a range of diversity, and the upcoming opportunities may have appeal for you.
The free community meal will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. If you’re a village resident, the vegetarian chili with pumpkin cornbread might hit the spot before or after casting your ballot that day.


Certified instructor, Aniiyah Klock, will lead an adult wellness class on restoring the liver and gallbladder and learning how to balance anger and persistence at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20.


That same evening, at 5:30 p.m., the public is welcome to attend a special board meeting at GPL to open and award the bid for Phase 1 of the Library Expansion.


Free and open to all, The GPL book club book will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23. This month’s book is “Delicious” by Ruth Reichl. Stop by the library anytime to claim your copy.


Construction on the library expansion is scheduled to begin during the first week of April. During the estimated three months of construction, some areas of the Library will be closed to patrons at various times. This will also result in some of the collection being reduced during the three months. Please keep an eye out for updates via future newsletters, social media, signs posted in the Library, and here in this column!


Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit news ideas to Linda Competillo, lmc10@cornell.edu or 607-227-4922.

In Brief:

Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day
The McLean fire station will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef hash and a special “green dessert” added to the menu at its monthly breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17. In addition, they will celebrate dairy farmers by adding fresh milk as a beverage option.


As usual, they will be serving regular and blueberry pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, ham, sausage gravy with biscuits, an assortment of juices, milk, regular and decaf coffee, tea, and water.
Cost for adults is $8, senior citizens $7, and all children $5. For further information call 607-838-8249 or 607-838-3444.

Update on Bruce Graham
The full story on Bruce Graham, who suffered a “widow maker” cardiac arrest on Jan. 3 of this year may be found in the Jan. 16 edition of this column, but Graham is now at home with a long road to recovery still ahead.


Graham is no longer in a coma. He is walking, talking, eating soft foods, and breathing on his own. The downside is that he suffers from a brain injury that affects his speech, memory loss, balance, and a heart issue that has not been fully resolved at this point.


While at home, Graham requires 24-hour care and intense cognitive therapy for the next six to 12 months. There is still an opportunity to help Graham, his wife Loretta, and their three daughters at gofundme.com/ctagp4-living-a-dream.

Don’t forget Annie!
Just a reminder that Groton High School will present the classic, family-friendly musical, “Annie,” Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m., and two shows Saturday, March 16 at 1 and 7 p.m. Admission is $7, $5 for children under age 10. To order tickets, call (607) 898-4550, or purchase at the door.


The Drama Club will be fundraising at the performances by selling small stuffed dogs resembling Annie’s dog, Sandy, for $5 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Graham family of Groton, who are still facing medical and other costs.

Superintendent’s Conference Day
No school for students at Groton Central School District on Monday, March 18 because of the Superintendent’s Conference Day.

Crayola ColorCycle
Groton Parent Teacher Organization is starting a new program in conjunction with Crayola. All around Groton Elementary School, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around.

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