♦ Last Call for Sponsors at Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
Last Call for Sponsors for Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival!
GROTON – Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival needs you. This is the last call for sponsors. Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017. The official deadline for businesses to become sponsors is Wednesday, October 4.
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a rain or shine event. This is a special community event created and hosted by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
You can obtain full information on how to become a sponsor by going to the GBA web site at grotonbiz.com or calling the Chamber at (860) 572-9578. It is easier than ever to pay. The GBA now accepts online payments.
The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event. They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors. Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.
For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones. The Festival gives you access to thousands of potential new customers to promote your message in person.
The main Festival site at Poquonnock Plains Park will feature exhibits by local businesses and organizations. Artists and crafters will be displaying their skill and have wares for purchase. A complete list of businesses, organizations, participating artists, crafters, and food vendors, can be found at www.grotonbiz.com. This is the official Groton Business Association (GBA) and Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall
The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
Contact us at:
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
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♦ Special CT Maritime Festival Water Taxi Fares and Schedule
Special CT Maritime Festival Water Taxi Fares and Schedule
The Thames River Heritage Park will offer special fares and schedules for the hop on-hop off water taxi service on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, during the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival being held at Fort Trumbull and City Pier in New London.
The Special Fares are: $10 for adult all-day unlimited rides (reg. $15); $5 for all-day unlimited rides for children ages 4-12 and active military (reg. $10). Children 3 and under are free.
The Water Taxi will operate continuous express water taxi service between Fort Trumbull and City Pier in New London from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It will operate continuous express water taxi service between Fort Trumbull and Fort Street Landing in Groton from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Water Taxi will operate on a regular schedule Friday, the 8th and after 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sunset tours will be available as scheduled. The last da of operation for 2017 is Sunday, September 17th.Go to thamesriverheritagepark.org for details.
The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along both shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation and our region.
The two water taxis are authentic Navy launches that were used to transport servicemen and women from larger ships to shore.
Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.
Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.
Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director
♦ Next GBA Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 21 and hosted by United Way of SE CT
Next General Meeting set for September 21 and hosted by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
The GBA monthly meeting will take place Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 pmat United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, located at 283 Stoddards Wharf Road in Gales Ferry. The meeting is free and open to the local business and civic community. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
Campaign Manager, Sarah Dudley-McDermott will discuss how the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. A representative from the Riverfront Children’s Center in Groton will join Sarah and share how partnering with the United Way impacts the work that they do.
Please bring a canned good to donate to the Gemma A. Moran Food Center.
For confirmation and additional information please contact:
♦ Groton Utilities Celebrates Completion of Community Solar Farms with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Groton Utilities Celebrates Completion of Community Solar Farms with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
GROTON - Groton Utilities has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a successful private and public community partnership which produced three solar farms in the Greater Groton Community.
The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, at Polaris Park, the site of the largest of the three solar farms. The other two solar farm sites are Trident Park and Pelican Park.
Among the expected speakers for the event are Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base, New London; City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick, and a representative from Balfour Beatty Communities.
The three solar facilities are expected to produce nearly seven (7) million kilowatt-hours of electric energy annually, including the following approximated lifetime benefits:
* 833 homes served 100 percent annually by solar energy;
* 94,000 tons of carbon eliminated;
* 1,137 cars removed from the road;
* 9,600,000 of gasoline avoided;
* 140,000 tree cleansing properties annually.
The site also contains electric storage capacity. When this storage is used in conjunction with the solar, it provides critical resiliency during the duration of the power outages.
The storage is large enough to extend electric supply for the equivalent of 100 homes for a 24-hour period.
The private and public community partnership includes a broad spectrum of interests, including the U. S. Naval Submarine Base, Balfour Beatty Communities, Groton Utilities, the City of Groton, the Town of Groton, the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, and Brightfields.
Groton Utilities has been a municipally owned and operated electric utility since 1904 and serves a population of more than 35,000 in the greater Groton area, including Pfizer, Electric Boat and the U. S. Naval Submarine Base. Groton Utilities also has a Water Division, which has 6,600 water customer accounts and serves a population of some 45,000 people. The Water Division serves the City of Groton, parts of the Town of Groton, Groton Long Point, Noank, and sells water to the Town of Ledyard on a sale-for-resale basis. The Water Division also sells water to the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Frank E. Winkler
Manager Economic Development
Groton Utilities Spokesperson