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Halloween is a little more than a month away, and with the COVID-19 outbreak still causing restraints in social gatherings questions need to be asked and addressed as to how, if at all, will the holiday be celebrated in the Village of Groton.

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement this past week that low-risk scholastic sports are allowed to compete beginning on Sept. 21 – and high-risk sports may only practice with no physical contact at the same time – has kickstarted the discussion among local school districts of …

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Families who are looking for ways to relieve their children from isolation and time spent watching a screen during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new “story walk” has been set up along the Groton Trail System behind the community pool at Sykes Park.

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After receiving complaints from residents regarding the smell being emitted from the village’s wastewater treatment plant, an inspection revealed that there is a large backpile of biosolids – or sewer sludge – located in the plant’s drain beds.

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Now that the 2019–2020 academic year is over, the focus for school districts county-wide is on what the structure of the 2020–2021 academic year will look like and how accommodate students, teachers and families with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Former Groton Fire Chief Lee Shurtleff was elected as the President of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs – an organization that represents more than 10,000 career and volunteer fire chiefs, officers and emergency services personnel in the state – on June 13.

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The Groton Central School District was able hold an in-person graduation ceremony for the 2020 graduating class on June 27, despite the setbacks created by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A previous version misspelled the name of one of the companies referred to in this article. The correct spelling is "Fromage à Trois," not "Fromage á Trios." Also, the cheese is ripened in an aging "cave," not "cage." The Independent regrets the errors.

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One side effect of the COVID-19 outbreak so far has been an increase in xenophobic behavior nationally and globally. When President Donald Trump refers to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” it provokes hostility towards the Asian population, thus invoking fear inside the minds of Asian citizens. 

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Tompkins Cortland Community College announced on April 13 that it will not hold its commencement ceremony in May due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The college will try to hold some sort of celebration for graduates in August.

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The Town of Groton Planning Board unanimously voted to approve a preliminary and final site plan review for an 154-foot AT&T telecommunication tower located, with a five-foot lightning rod attached to it, on 601 Sovocool Hill in the town at a meeting on March 5.

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Town Supervisor Donald Scheffler announced that Delaware River Solar, a solar development company that builds solar projects in New York State, and NYSEG have come to a solar interconnection agreement to build a solar project in the Town of Groton, which sparked a lengthy discussion on the T…

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Multiple Groton residents have reported over the past two weeks that someone shot and injured their pets with a pellet gun. Julie Reeves and Dominic Barillaro both filed reports with the state police after discovering their cat and dog, respectively, had been shot with either a BB or airsoft gun.

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An assembly was held in the morning on Jan. 31 at Groton Elementary School to announce the honoring of an award from a national organization to one of its own students.

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On Jan. 28, at 11:56 p.m., Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a business located in the 100 block of Salem Drive in the Town of Ithaca for a reported suspicious incident. 

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The Groton Fire Department, in conjunction with the Police Department, searched and found two missing girls who were reported missing along the trail system behind Groton Memorial Park on Jan. 11. Both girls, one 10-year-old, the other’s age unknown, were missing for approximately three and …

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Even though the celebration is more than a month away, this year’s Groton Cabin Fever Festival is already taking shape as preparation for the event is heating up.

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Those who live in nearby towns like Groton and Dryden and are in desperate need of some spring cleaning but do not just want to simply throw out their goods will have the opportunity to donate items to be repurposed at a future reuse center in Cortland.