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Grotton gives Christmas gift to Union Common

By Christine Simmonds | Jan 03, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Greg Grotton built and gifted a cover for an electrical box at Union Common.

Union — Union Board of Selectmen member and chairman Greg Grotton recently gave the town a Christmas present. The gift was an electrical box cover and two benches at the Union Common.

Grotton said he was tired of fixing the box when it got pushed over, and he felt that it was not an attractive sight as it was. So he built what he described as 'a tower' to cover the box.

Grotton further said he felt benches on either side would add to the aesthetic of the gift, so he built them as well. A small door on one side allows for access to the electrical box for maintenance when necessary.

“I like building things,” Grotton stated, “it’s a hobby I have.”

Grotton is retired, so he uses his free time to build in his shop. Frequently these projects are created with the aim of beautifying the Town of Union.

This project took him about a month to complete. Grotton said he has to take his time when building, due to a physical disability.

He used supplies he already had on hand, though he did purchase some extra materials from Lowes and Home Depot to complete the tower. This project, like all of Grotton’s beautification projects, was done entirely with his own time, money and materials and at no expense to the town.

Neighbor Jim Justice and Grotton delivered the gift to the Union Common Dec. 24, much like Santa and an official elf. The benches have a view of the gazebo at the Common.

Grotton has been a member of the Town of Union Board of Selectmen for several years, and is currently serving a term until June of 2020.

Grotton also built and erected the Christmas star on Clarry Hill, though sadly strong winds destroyed the decoration soon after it was put up. Rebuilding the star will be a project for the summer. Grotton and the town are still looking for a man-lift to use to put the star up. Union Farm donated the use of a man-lift in past years, but have since sold the machine that was used.

While he does not know what his next project for Union will be, Grotton said he will probably wait for spring. His next volunteer project was going to be an ice rink, but other residents he spoke with were interested in taking over that project so he stepped aside.

Grotton stated that if anyone has a suggestion for what his next build should be, he wants to hear it.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 05, 2020 14:56

The heart of the volunteer is duty bound and such love for a community is a precious gift to all. Such a great gift and am sure the community relishes its sight.

Posted by: Heidi L Washburn | Jan 04, 2020 16:39

Nice job!


Posted by: Robin Milliken | Jan 04, 2020 05:51

Greg does so much for Union. The town and the people in it matter to him.

Thank you Greg and before the flags go up again, give us a call so we can help you.

Tob,Robin and Branden

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