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

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Congratulations to Our New Selectmen

Something old, something new, and something unexpected.

The power of campaigning, and the power of casting a vote were in evidence this week in Sturbridge. Both Tom Creamer, and Ted Goodwin landed selectman's seats. An incumbent, and the new kid on the block.

The lesson here is to never rule anything, or anyone out. If one has the passion, and the ability to expend a little more sweat than the next guy, they can certainly overcome the obstacles in their way.

The really neat thing about the outcome of this election is both winners are at opposite ends of the spectrum. With the input from each of them, we will hopefully have a Board of Selectmen that will be self adjusting. They will be a throttle, so to speak, on the extremes of each camp.

This is a good thing for Sturbridge. It may not always be pretty, but I am sure that we are headed in good direction.

Congratulations, Tom, and congratulations, Ted. Now show us what you can do, together.

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