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The Groton Central School District will switch to remote learning for the final school day before winter break on Dec. 23 following the news of a positive case being reported at the elementary school on Monday Dec. 21.

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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.