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, June 2, 2008

The "Super Trail", Now, Why Didn't I Think of This?

The following was submitted by Tom Chamberland.--ed.

Grand Trunk, Quinebaug Valley, Airline and the Southern New England
Trunk Trail

For almost twenty years, people have talked and dreamed about a long-distance
trail through South Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut from
the Blackstone Valley to the Pioneer Valley. There has been considerable
progress on various parts of this trail and many towns have active trail
groups working to bring miles of trail online every year.
Now might be the time for all the various trail groups and other interested
people to meet each other and see what we can all do to help each other.

We're not talking about a new trail. This a "Super Trail" that follows parts
or all of the Grand Trunk Trail, Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail, the Airline
Trail and the Southern New England Trunk Line from Palmer, MA to Franklin,
MA. By promoting all the trails as one "Super Trail", we could get more
attention and more money to work on each trail individually. Good examples
of this are the Mass Central Rail Trail and the East Coast Greenway. This
"Super Trail" concept is similar to the Mass Central Rail Trail that includes
parts or all of the Norwottuck Trail, Wachusett Greenways, the Wayside Trail,
the Community Path, and others.

The goal of this meeting is for all of us to meet each other and discuss how
we might be able to help out on this "Super Trail" as well as our local
trails. We have planned a meeting for Tuesday, July 8th at 7pm. The place
to be announced later, but it will be half-way between Palmer and Franklin,
somewhere around Rt. 395 in Thompson, CT or Webster, MA. We will pick a
place when we have a better idea of how many people are coming.

I would please ask that you respond back by the 10th of June as to if you can
make it or not. If a majority of you can not make this date we will pick
another. I know we will never get a date that everyone can make, but we
would like to get a majority.


Scott Benoit
275 Woodstock rd
Southbridge, MA 01550

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