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, April 21, 2008

Possible Scenic Views Ahead

There are so many beautiful areas in town that are hidden by overgrowth, and brush. It would be great if these areas could be designated scenic views, and cleaned up. A small turnout could be cleared and some gravel put down. Nothing fancy. A nice sign, maybe a picnic table in some spots. The view would be free.

A brochure could be made listing all the areas and with a little about each one written inside with a map of where the other sites are. Area businesses could place ads inside the brochure, or even ADOPT a Scenic Site.

Sure, some sites would require more work than others to make them scenic and safe, but others would not need as much work, By offering an Adoption plan, the business, or individual adopting the site would make a contribution, and their name would be posted at the site. Some of the costs could be dealt with in this manner.

If we did three sites each year, and designed it so that one of the three would be a place needing more work than the others, we could pace ourselves.

In the meantime, what special places in town would we designate? Think about it. Keep in mind they don't have to be on the main roads. There are many back roads, country lanes, dirt roads in town that offer wonderful views. If you have a suggestion, send an email to

One more thing, if you think that this idea could fly, then talk it up and write your selectman. You can even use the little envelope icon at the bottom of this post to send this to others you know that may have an interest.

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