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

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Now That You Finally Caught the Ball, Run With It!!

Maybe it was the candles I lit, as I chanted the mantra, "eekotoahism, eekotoahism" that did the trick.

The towns Economic Development Committee is looking at ways to hold onto the folks passing by on the Pike and I-84. Selectmen are even talking about kayaking, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing. One even stated that tourism was "the core of what we do here".


There was even talk about how to market what we have here in the way of shops, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and the like. There was discussion about how to expand and enhance what we have here. And, it was also thrown around that Old Sturbridge Village has long been a draw for people to the area and should be a pathway to other businesses in town.

Freakin' amazing.

When I read the article on page one of this weeks Tantasqua Town Common, "EDC eager to begin. Board seeks clear direction" I almost fell off my chair. I felt like shouting, "By George! I think they've got it!"

Finally, people are beginning to see things clearer, and are starting an action plan. They are talking about studying the business trends here in town in earnest, and maybe loosening up on the permitting process for new businesses. Town zoning, planning and signage regulations were mentioned with the realization that they may be too restrictive.

I like the direction this is going. The article went on to mention another EDC / Selectman's meeting in June. Too far away. Now that things are being discussed, and people seem to be on the same train, they should put it into high gear, set some realistic goals, and implement them by June instead of waiting.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to light another candle.

"Sehtsumgoals. Sehtsumgoals. Begindaplan. Begindaplan."

Hey, if it worked before...

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