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

Friday, February 8, 2008

I Felt the Ripples

Every once in awhile something is done that may not seem earth shaking at the time, but the ripples sent out from that one kind act touch us in such a way as to make many of us nod, and smile, "Yes!"

At the recent Town Meeting, funds were not approved for the pruning and cabling of the McGilpin Oak. Opponents to the tree continuing its days alive and as firewood, were like the crowd around the guillotine in Tale of Two Cities; they wanted it dead, and gone.

Well, that wasn't going to happen, but the pruning and cabling was something that did need to be done.

What to do?

Linda Cocalis of McGilpin Road knew exactly what to do. She ponied up the $1600.00 herself to pay for the cabling and pruing of the oak.

The giving of the money says one thing, but the act itself says far more, and all I can say is, "Thank you", and "End of story".


  1. Well said. If only this is the last we heard about it. I guarantee the bullies will be back and turning that good deed bad.

    Thank you Linda - You are a shining star!

  2. Yes thank you Ms.Cocalis for the generous donation. This should put an end to the madness and make the tree as safe as the many on the Town Common in similar condition. Sounds like a win win situation.
    Thanks for the generosity.

  3. Good job, Linda. I hope that when and if this happens again, residents have you to thank for stepping up and setting an example.


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