Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Friday, January 11, 2008
I am a Town Board member. (60%)
I know several business owners in town on a first name basis. (80%)
I am an artist. (20%)
I am a photographer. (0%)
I have access to maps. (40%)
I am very familiar with flora and fauna of our area. (40%)
I am very familiar with the geography of our area. (60%)
I am very familiar with the geology of our area (20%)
I am very familiar with the hydrology of our area. (20%)
I am very familiar with the wetlands of our area. (40%)
I am familiar with the endangered and threatened species of our area.(40%)
I can volunteer my time in the field. (60%)
I can volunteer my time at home. (40%)
I have equipment to assist with trail clearing.(20%)
I know the history of the area very well.(20%)
I have "connections" (non-political) to assist us in our efforts. (60%)
My skill is not listed, and I will email you. (0%)
What does this tell us? Well, for one there are a lot of talented people here in town that are able, and willing to lend their talents to projects in town. Whether their talent is being an artist, or just "having connections", they are all extremely useful. So, what now? Begin by offering your talents to the town. Apply to be on one of the boards that have a vacancy, write to the chairperson of a particular board and volunteer your talent, or attend a meeting in town and, when the opportunity presents itself, offer up yourself. There will be a regional Trail Meeting on January 14th at 6:30 PM at the American Legion (see previous post: http://aroundsturbridge.blogspot.com/2008/01/regional-trail-meeting-january-14-2008.html ). This may be a good place to begin.
What we have accomplished thus far? We have found a common voice for change and improvement within our town. We have established that we are pro-active, and not reactive, we are talented, and we are willing to volunteer our time. Sounds like a good start.
We are also becoming privy to the town plans for improvment, and we are responding to the plans in a good way.
All in all, it seems that this space has done some good. As the "catalyst" I can only do so much, now take your skills, and willingness to help to those that will appreciate it. Attend the Town Meetings, and use your voice there.
We are going to make things happen in our lifetime, the ball is already rolling.