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
"As you can appreciate, my losing by 14 votes has caused a number of supporters to ask that I request a recount in the Town Election that occurred on Monday. I appreciate all the support I received in the election and do not take their requests lightly. That said, I cannot in good faith request a recount because it is not in the best interest of the people of Sturbridge. In these challenging economic times, the money that would be required for a recount is far better spent in support of our schools and public safety departments. Additionally, with Jim Malloy leaving, the Board of Selectmen needs to quickly begin the process of finding a replacement. I will not allow a recount and the instability it would bring to the Board to cause a disruption of that process. The voters have spoken and I proudly support Tom and Ted as Selectmen.
Ehrhard for Selectman
254A Holland Road
Sturbridge, MA 01518