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*TONIGHT* Groveland Firefighters Conducting Training on Murray Avenue

Groveland Firefighters will be conducting a training operation on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6-9 p.m. at a house on Murray Avenue that is scheduled for demolition.

The training will feature a smoke generating machine and several firefighters and fire department equipment but NO FIRE will be present during the training. Residents may see smoke rising or dissipating in the area. This is part of the training, and there is no danger to the community.

The Groveland Fire Department asks residents to avoid the area this evening to allow firefighters to train.

Town of Groveland, Massachusetts

Town of Groveland Highlights Events Hosted by the Groveland Council on Aging

GROVELAND — The Town of Groveland and the Groveland Council on Aging are pleased to share upcoming events and programs hosted by the Council on Aging this fall.

Friends of the Council on Aging will be hosting a Summer Barbeque Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. under the tent in the Town Hall parking lot, 183 Main St. 

Food and drink will be served, including hamburgers and hot dogs. Sign-up is required prior to the event.The event will also feature raffles and music.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door. To sign up, call the Council on Aging (COA) at 978-372-1101. Free transportation will be provided by the COA. 

Movie Tuesdays

Movies will be played every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the center meeting room. The movies scheduled are:

  • Sept. 13, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’. A 2022 Drama/Romance, rated PG, stars Maggie Smith and Hugh Dancy. (2 hours, 5 minutes)
  • Sept. 27, ‘Elvis’. A 2022 Musical/Drama, rated PG-13, stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. (2 hours, 39 minutes)
  • Oct. 4, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. A 2022 Mystery/Drama, rated PG-13, stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith. (2 hours, 59 minutes)
  • Oct. 18, ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’. A 2022 Drama/Comedy, rated PG, stars Leslie Manville and Alba Baptista. (1 hour, 55 minutes)

Programs

Watercolor Class

This is a beginner watercolor class taught by Peggy Poppe. Classes will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Classes are $40 for the four-week session. Checks should be made out to “Margaret Poppe.”

Exercise Classes

Bones Brain Balance!

Fitness classes will be held Tuesdays at 9 a.m., under the tent in the Town Hall parking Lot. Classes are $5 per class and run by certified personal trainer Brian Coyne who has over 15 years of experience. In the event of inclement weather classes will be held in the Fire Station meeting room. For more information call the COA at 978-372-1101

Walking Club

The walking club will meet Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at Haverhill Stadium, 155 Lincoln Ave, Haverhill. For more information contact Paola Hussein at 978-374-2390 x 3916.

Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga will be held Fridays at 10:45 a.m. on the Town Hall lawn. Classes are $5 per class and taught by Mary Van Abs. In the event of inclement weather classes will be held in the Town Hall meeting room.

Get Movin! Strength Class

Strength class will be held Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. in the center meeting room of Town Halls. Classes are $20 for a four-week session and taught by Leah Miller. Pre-registration is required and there is an 8-student minimum to be able to hold the class. Checks should be made out to “Leah Miller.” Please bring your own TheraBand or loop band, and a 5 pound weight.

For more information on programs or events, click here or contact the COA  directly at 978-372-1101.

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Groveland Historical Society Hosts 19th Annual Pines Speedway Reunion

GROVELAND — Town Administrator Rebecca Oldham and Groveland Historical Society President Claire Walsh are pleased to announce that the Groveland Historical Society will host the 19th annual Pines Speedway Reunion. 

On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., the Groveland Historical Society will host a vintage car show at Pines Speedway, 183 Main St.

The event is free and will feature vintage race cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, with former competitors being honored. There will be a live band, raffles, and food and drink will be served during the event.

Vendor space is available for $25 per table. Interested vendors should contact Director Walsh at clairew1401@aol.com

The reunion will also honor Peter Fiandaca of Fitchburg, MA as the 2022 Special Legend Honoree, and Ernie Gilbert as the 2022 Honoree.

Fiandaca was also known as “The Traveling Man” for often competing at different racetracks on the same day with his No. 135 race car. He had a 40-year career as a race car builder and driver which included nearly 400 victories. Fiandaca was inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in 2010.

Gilbert, also known as “The Flying Frenchman” began driving ‘midget’ division race cars in the late 1940s before switching to stock cars in 1948. He won the Manchester Speedway Championship in 1949. A week after breaking the track speed record at Bryer Motorsports Park driving the Lil Devil yellow No.51 coupe, Gilbert clinched three wins at the former Loudon, New Hampshire track.

Residents are encouraged to attend the reunion to explore vintage cars and view racing memorabilia.

About Pines Speedway

The quarter-mile track, opened by Oscar “Cannonball” Ridlon and John Smith in 1940, was home to ‘midget car’ racing. ‘Midget cars’ are a class of four-cylinder racing cars that are small with a remarkably high power-to-weight ratio.

The track closed during WWII and was reopened and paved in 1946. 

The track officially closed in 1973 and was home to thousands of race car drivers and fans. The Town of Groveland bought the 38-acre property of ‘The Pines’ which included the speedway in 1974.

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Town of Groveland, Massachusetts

Town of Groveland Invites Community to Annual Groveland Day

GROVELAND — Town Administrator Rebecca Oldham, the Groveland Board of Selectmen and the Groveland Day Committee would like to invite the public to this year’s Groveland Day. 

Groveland Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Pines Recreation Center, 222 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include games, crafts, raffles, music and entertainment, an animal petting area and a cake-walk. Food and drinks will be available throughout the event. A vendor fair will be held for residents to get to know businesses in the community, and receive prizes. 

Groveland Day is held each year to celebrate the town and bring the community together for a fun, family friendly event. 

There will also be a Touch a Truck event hosted by Groveland public safety departments and the Highway Department. Town Officials will also be in attendance throughout the day to meet and greet residents and visitors.

Community members are also encouraged to volunteer for the event by completing the online volunteer form here. 

The weekend also features the annual Groveland Day 5K run, which will be held Sunday, Sept 11 at the Pines at 11 a.m. and food and drink vendors will be available after the race. For more information and to register for the race click here.

“Groveland Day is a great time for residents to come together as a community and celebrate our town,” said Town Administrator Oldham. “We encourage residents to participate in all the activities we have to offer as it should be a great weekend for everyone!”

The weekend events will happen rain or shine, so residents and vendors are reminded to plan accordingly. 

For more information on Groveland Day follow the Groveland Day Facebook page here or contact the Groveland Day Committee via email at grovelandday@gmail.com

A limited number of vendor tables are still available. Those businesses and individuals/crafters who wish to obtain a vendor spot should download the vendor table form here and submit it to grovelandday@gmail.com.

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