Holiday Lights Parade – December 2nd

Come join the Greater Groton Community for the Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade on Saturday, December 2, at 5 p.m.  This is a special event, sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. The line of march is along U. S. Route 1 in downtown Groton from South Road to Drozdyk Drive. Plenty of free parking is available for parade attendees.Happy Holidays

This year’s marching musical units, include the Robert E. Fitch Senior High School Marching Band and Guard, the Nutmeg Volunteers Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Colchester Continental Fife & Drum Corp, the Westbrook Junior Colonials Fife and Drum Corps, and the Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corp.  There will be floats from community groups and local fire trucks.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza.   Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa

This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.  Dunkin Donuts of Groton is donating the refreshments.

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;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Judging will take place as participants pass by Chelsea Groton Bank.

For weather cancellation info, please call (860) 441-6791.

Customer Service Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

Groton Utilities Customer Service Department will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Thursday November 23rd through the weekend. If you have a service problem you can still call us at 860-446-4000 and we will attend to the issue. Have a great holiday weekend.

Groton’s New Streetlights are Using LED Technology

Groton Utilities is bringing state-of-the-art LED technology to local streetlights with a project that will save energy, cut costs, and improve areaLED Street Light lighting.

Begun this fall, the street lighting project will convert 2,000+ existing streetlights on public ways throughout the Groton Utilities service area to LED lights by the end of the year. The project’s estimated $850,000 cost will be funded through Groton Utilities’ conservation fund.

LED lights use 60-70 percent less energy than older technology, which saves money and is also a greener option as lower energy use means fewer emissions associated with power plants.

In addition, LED lights last three to four times longer than older lights, which helps hold down electric rates by cutting maintenance costs. And the improved light quality provided by LEDs – closer to a daylight spectrum – improves local safety. They also offer reduced light pollution with a more focused beam that lessens excess light spreading to unneeded areas.

What makes LED technology so efficient? Light- emitting diodes (LEDs) are solid-state devices that convert electric energy directly into light of a single color. Because they employ “cold” light generation technology, in which most of the energy is delivered in the visible spectrum, LEDs don’t waste energy in the form of non-light producing heat. In comparison, most of the energy in an incandescent lamp is in the infrared (or non-visible) portion of the spectrum. As a result, both fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps produce a great deal of heat.

You can get a preview of the new LED streetlights outside the City of Groton Municipal Building. We’ve installed them throughout the complex, so feel free to drive through and check them out.

October 29th Power Outage Log

10/29 – Multiple Power Outages throughout town

Update (10/31 11:58 p.m.)

Efforts are currently being made to power-up portions of Litton Avenue tonight. Brandegee Avenue will temporarily lose power during this period. This will take a few hours. We greatly appreciate your patience while we restore power to this area.

Update (10/31 9:06 a.m.)

Crews will be working on Bridge Street power running wires across the roadway this morning and then will head to Litton Avenue to focus on getting power back to all customers in that area.

If you still do not have power outside of those areas please call Customer Service at 860-446-4000 so that we can assist you.

Update (6:28 p.m.)

Groton Long Point is being worked on now by repair crews. Trees and branches have been removed from lines and a new pole is getting placed.

Mumford Cove has had its power restored. Crews are patrolling Nautilus Park in Navy Housing for further issues.

Litton Avenue restoration is planned for first thing on Tuesday morning. All crews and trucks with tree crews will be there near 8AM, possibly earlier.

We will attempt to replace some single residential services this evening as time allows. Crews will be working upwards toward 11PM.

Update (4:31 p.m.)

Groton Long Point – Crews are currently working on restoring power and hope to have most customers back up by early evening

Hickory Drive/Navy Housing area – This area is currently without power. Crews will be attending to the situation soon and hope to have a resolution tonight.

Litton Avenue – Due to trees having taken down power lines and two cracked utility poles Litton Avenue will not have power restored until Tuesday.

Please be sure to check your main breaker if you do not have power in your home. Call Groton Utilities Customer Service at 860-446-4000 if you still do not have power.

Update (11:43 a.m.)

Power has been restored to Old Farm Road/Blueberry Hill Road. Crews will now work to repair Briar Hill Road.

Update (11:31 a.m.)

Power has been restored to all of Brandegee Avenue. Crews are now working on power restoration for the Old Farm Road area. The hope is for that area to have power by early afternoon. Groton Long Point and Litton Avenue are going to take a good portion of the day to restore.

Update (9:35 a.m.)

Power has been restored from Fort Hill Road down Depot Road and in that general area. Bridge Street/Mitchell Street area power restoration has taken longer than we thought but we still hope to have it up soon.

Update (8:26 a.m.)

The Bridge Street/Mitchell Street area should have it’s power restored soon. Current estimates are within the hour.

Update (8:23 a.m.)

Power has been restored to Navy Housing and the Route 117/North Road area. Thank you for your patience while we work at restoring power. We will continue to work throughout town until everyone has their power back.

Update (8:18 a.m.)

Briar Hill Road will be closed due to clearing of a tree on the power lines near the school. Electric Crews continue to patrol and make repairs.

Update (8:14 a.m.)

Portions of Navy Housing is without power due to a damaged utility pole and wires on the ground. We hope to have power restored to this area soon.

Route 117/North Road area – crews are onsite performing repairs and hope to have power restored soon.

Groton Long Point is without power due to pole damage. Crews are currently assessing the situation. No time estimate to restoration.

There are several other smaller outages throughout town that we will be attending to. We appreciate your patience as we recover from this dangerous storm.

Update (8:10 a.m.)

The Litton Avenue/Rainville Avenue area is without power due to multiple fallen trees and a damaged utility pole. Crews are onsite working to restore power, but it’s going to be a while due to all the damage. No estimated time to restoration.

Bridge Street/Mitchell Street area is without power due to a damaged utility pole. No estimate on time to power restoration.

Update (5:32 a.m.)

Groton Utilities crews are currently working to restore power to Branford Manor and Groton Estates. Additionally, a very large tree is down on the wires on Litton Avenue. Electric crews will be working to make it safe for city crews to cut the tree away.

Update (9:36 p.m.)

Due to high winds there are multiple power outages in the Groton Utilities service area. Groton Long Point and the Bailey Hill area are without power. We will be bringing in personnel to assess the situation and to make repairs once the high winds subside. We hope to begin repairs soon but safety is always are #1 priority.

Power Outage (8:02 p.m.)

There is an electrical issue in the Hazelnut Hill area. Heavy rain is causing issues. Crews are onsite working on the problem.