Groton on the Inside: Santa’s on his way to Groton!


With Thanksgiving behind us, it is now safe to play Christmas music and such as we look ahead to enjoying that and the rest of the “sounds of the season.” As most of us know, Christmas is big in Groton. From the decorated streets to the special programs to the concerts in the schools and around town, it is hard not to sense that “feeling of Christmas” in the air.

Everyone gets excited about the annual tree lighting on Main Street, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 this year, followed by Santa’s arrival. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving in the village to help us all celebrate the ninth annual tree lighting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy some hot cocoa, sugar cookies, and candy canes. There will be gifts from Santa for every child!

For those who may not know, the exact location of the traditional tree is right across the street from Bun Appetit Bakery. The owner of this iconic bakery, Jodi Metcalf, is the primary driving force behind this annual Groton tradition, which is a lovely event for young and old alike.

Choir this weekend!
Don’t forget – this next weekend the Groton Community Choir will present the Christmas musical, “Unspeakable Joy,” at the Groton High School auditorium, 400 Peru Road, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 the performances will be at 3 p.m. at the Groton Community Church, 204 East Cortland St, and Dryden Baptist Church, 138 Virgil Road in Dryden, at 7 p.m.

Light refreshments will follow each performance. There is no charge for the concerts, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.

Spaghetti and a show?
In case the idea of dinner out before a choir performance might sound appealing, the Groton Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, 748 Salt Road, will open its doors to the public to serve a delicious spaghetti dinner Saturday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Spaghetti dinners include salad, dessert, and beverages at a cost of $9 per adult and $6 for children ages 4 through 12. Take-out dinners are available.

A “Beary” nice thing to do
The First National Bank of Groton is carrying on the tradition again this year of inviting the public to stop by either the Groton or Moravia branch of the bank to pick up a teddy bear to dress up for the holiday season. The bank provides the bear – you provide the clothing – and the finished products are distributed to local children during the holidays.

If this resonates with you as a way you can help children, stop by the Groton Bank and pick up your bear. The banks are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays.

The completed bears need to be dropped off at the banks by Dec. 7 and will be subsequently delivered to local children who will give the bears a loving forever home.

Library expansion moving ahead
The expansion plans for the Groton Public Library are well underway with the hope to break ground sometime next spring or early summer. Under the direction of the GPL Board of Trustees, its architect, Julia Hafftka-Marshall, and site-work engineer, Ed Keplinger, attended public meetings in early November with Village of Groton authorities, along with Sheri Shurtleff, president of the board of trustees and Carl Haynes, expansion liaison for the board.

Hafftka-Marshall and Keplinger presented the plans for both the interior renovation and the 2,000 square foot expansion to the library at the meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 5 and at the Village Planning Board meeting Nov. 6.

Each presenter represented GPL extraordinarily well and answered questions from the respective board members at each of those meetings; resulting in approvals from each board for proposed variances and the site plan.

If anyone would like to review the plans, they are available at the library or if any organization in the Groton community would like a presentation about the remodeling and expansion plans, please contact Sara Knobel, director of GPL at (607) 898-5055 or

While the fundraising campaign has officially ended, the needs for our library have not. Whether to support the possible extra costs of the expansion or to provide help with the broad range of programs and services offered by the GPL, charitable giving is extremely important. Donations may be made to the Friends of the Groton Public Library, 112 East Cortland St, Groton NY, 13073.

Outstanding CTE students
The Career and Tech Center at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES has recognized the following Groton students as outstanding students of the month for September: Christopher Hickox Jr., Auto Technology, Krista Kelly Jones, Cosmetology, Taylor Thompson, Nurse Assistant and Health Occupations, and Travis Totman, Welding. In the month of October: Nick Cote, Welding, and Taylor Thompson, Nurse Assistant and Health Occupations.

The outstanding students of the month are chosen based on character, leadership, citizenship, work ethic, and attendance. They must also be compassionate, honest, trustworthy, responsible, a positive role model, display exemplary behavior, be present, on time and prepared for class every day of the month, be respectful and cooperative with peers and adults, eager and motivated to learn, exhibit exceptional contribution to class or academic improvement in class, demonstrate a positive and helpful attitude toward fellow students, and have all assigned work completed for the month.

Congratulations to these exceptional career and tech students in our school!
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