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March 6, 2014 A few weeks ago, officials of the town of Ledyard announced a plan to close Lambtown Road Extension, the dirt road that runs alongside Avery Farm, year-round. Hikers, bicyclists, and runners will still be allowed through. Read more in the Feb. 22, 2014 article written by Steve Fagin of The Day.
February 15, 2014 Click here to learn more about Avery Farm, called “…one of the most biologically diverse and valuable sites for conservation in eastern Connecticut” by Dr. Robert Askins, Katherine Blunt Professor of Biology, Connecticut College.
February 15, 2014 Avery Farm Fundraising Update
It may be freezing out, but GOSA is building up quite a head of fundraising steam! Many of you are well aware (from our recent electronic newsletter and mailing) that fundraising for the purchase of Avery Farm has begun. We would like to update you with the news that a generous donor has set up a matching fund of up to $25,000 that will double your donation dollars received before March 31, 2014. Maximize the impact of your contribution by giving today! And don’t forget matching donations from your place of work. Click here to donate online.
February – March, 2014 For a tour of Avery Farm, click here.
December 10, 2013
Click here or on the GOSA Instant! News Alert image to the left to read our wonderful news!
December 9, 2013 Go to our volunteer page to catch up with our progress this fall at Candlewood Wood.
October 29, 2013
It has been one year since Superstorm Sandy walloped the CT shoreline. The media are full of reminders this week of its tremendous impacts on people and property. Our fall issue of GOSA News is dedicated to an exploration of changes happening in our seas that indeed affect us here. We also share with you GOSA’s activities and accomplishments over the summer and fall. Please click here or on the newsletter image to read more.
October 18, 2013 GOSA’s annual meeting was held on Wednesday, October 16. GOSA members and friends enjoyed refreshments and some socializing before GOSA President Joan Smith opened the business part of the meeting shortly after 7 pm. Joan, Vice President Sidney Van Zandt, and Treasurer Sue Sutherland delivered their reports, directors and officers were elected, and Spotted Salamander Awards, our highest honor, were presented to seven of the eight honorees. The meeting adjourned to listen to our featured speaker, Professor Robert Thorson. Click here to read Joan’s annual report.
Salamander Award recipients for 2013, above, left to right: Girl Scout Troop 65660: left to right, Eliza Williams, Katie Fairbank, Emily Ray troop co-leader in back row and Molly Ray in middle row. Not pictured from Troop 65660: Amelia Anderson, Aine O’Donnell, and co-leader Kristin Fairbank.; Girl Scout Cassandra Cini, first on left in middle row; Eagle Scout Russel Parker in center of back row; Mikayla Beebe to the right of Russell followed by Lon Thompson and Fred Ruszala. Front row, left to right, Joan Smith, GOSA president and awards presenter, and Eugenia Villagra. Award recipient not pictured: Mhari O’Donnell.
Robert Thorson, UConn professor and stone wall expert, educated and entertained the rapt 85+ GOSA members and friends in the audience. Lili Kane, with her back to the camera, advanced the slides.
The Sheep Farm waterfall on Saturday, June 8, after the storm. See Jim Anderson’s video. Photo below by Jim Anderson.
Go to the Groton Town Website for a complete schedule of town meetings. The only town meetings listed on this GOSA page will be those of expected special environmental interest. Once you are in the town schedule, click on the calendar displayed and move forward and backward with plus and minus signs. For a video of Town Council meetings, click on GMTV on Groton home page and then on Streaming Video.