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, June 23, 2009

It's All Coming Together

There is a lot of activity here in town as of late. All of it good.

Students from Tantasqua High School built two bridges and lined the banks of the stream with plants on the Leadmine Mountain land, the Conservation Commission has begun the cleaning effort of the Riverland on the south bank of the Quinebaug River, another ADA trail is to be built around a pond on the Leadmine Mountain land, the vote for the dam removal on Hammant Brook, and a new organization comprised of Sturbridge merchants have been meeting and are formulating a plan to meet the needs of residents and those that visit us (see previous post).

Yes, a lot of positive things are being done here in town.

In the past few years there has been a slow increase in activity, and this year, much of that activity is gaining more steam. There are a lot of trains on the track.

If you add the renovation projects of the Town Hall, and Center School, and the reconstruction of Route 131, to the mix, then this year is an exciting time for our town despite the economy.

So, why the "sudden" positive movement forward? Well, it's not so sudden, it has been coming on for some time. Folks needed to get a lot of the negative stuff shaken out of their systems first. This happens when nothing is done for years, and opinions fester away and don't have an outlet. Those opinions, over the past couple of years, have finally been released, and folks have moved on. Have you noticed that since last summer, there has been little, if any, negative talk about things here in town? With that attitude behind us, people are now able to put their heads together and think toward a common goal.

It's a karma thing.

For the first time since I have been a resident here in town, I see positive, actual, and effective change coming in bunches. Not to say there wasn't any before, but it sure took its own sweet time to come to fruition.

We're beyond that now.

I can't wait till June of 2010 to look back on all the positive things our town has done for itself, and the new projects that will be in the works then.

In the meantime, I'll continue watching, and speaking my mind as needed. The field horse may be a good, strong worker, but every now and then it still needs a reminder to keep moving.

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