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

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

They Heard Me!! They Actually Heard Me!! But, I Still Can't Hear Them!

See post from August 13 for the beginning of the story. As of this evening, I still had no service unless I went onto the back porch.The following is from a press release from Verizon and found on

"Sturbridge, Massachusetts Residents to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network Expansion

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Voice, Multimedia and Internet Access

Last update: 11:51 a.m. EDT Aug. 19, 2008

STURBRIDGE, Mass., Aug 19, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Worcester County, Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site. The new site increases wireless voice and data coverage and capacity along I-90 (Mass Pike) and Route 148 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as well as the surrounding area."

For the rest of the article click here.


  1. This is what huge, corporate sinking ships do. Don't believe it Wally!

  2. Wally - this was cut and paste from WBJ. They followed up with Verizon on your comment and yeah, they heard you, but they weren't being truthful. There is not a NEW cell tower, they just attached their equipment to an existing tower. I'm sure it boosts reception for drivers on the Pike, but you are evidence that it doesn't cover as much as they would lead you to believe.

    Monday, August 25, 2008
    Following up for you...

    We ran this post about cell phone service in Sturbridge and got a reader response asking for more details. We asked the media relations folks at Verizon and received this helpful reply:

    "...We attached our equipment to an existing tower in the vicinity of the intersection of the Pike and Route 148. "

    So, there's no new tower, but there is boosted cell phone service, according to Verizon.

    Posted by Christina Davis at 1:50 PM
    Labels: telecommunications


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