Autumn in the North Cemetery.

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

Monday, January 7, 2008

Regional Trail Meeting January 14, 2008

It's interesting. The Town of Sturbridge does not have a Trail Committee despite all the land recently acquired, and all the trails on the drawing board. They do have a committee that works with Army Corps of Engineers, and adjacent towns on the Grand Trunk Trail.

According to Tom Chamberland, "The next community volunteer day is set for this April 19th, 2008 from 8 am to noon and is regional in in focus as it is hosted by the Corps, and the three local towns involved in the GTT. The event will organize at the Westville Lake Park. Project lists are currently being developed. The next regional trail meeting is on Monday Jan 14th 6:30 Pm at the American Legion Hall, 507 Main St. Any one interested in learning more about the GTT and the planning group, or want to sign up for the next trail day is welcome to attend.

If you are making a calender of events, National Trails Day (NTD)is the first Saturday in June , the 7th, and again out at Westville Park. NTD events usually focus on discovering our trails and the groups that promote local trails.

In the Fall, Sept, 27th. is National Public Lands Day (NPLD), again 8 - noon, hosted out at Westville. A broad based effort for volunteers to help maintain THEIR public lands. Last year at this event we had 60 volunteers show up and actually ran out of prepared projects!" -- Tom Chamberland

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