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

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I've Seen The Dam Light

One thing I have always been able to do, is to change my stance when given better information than I hold. Otherwise, I am stubborn as a mule.

Recently, I have been reading "better information" than I had before regarding the Hammant Brook situation. To remove the dams, or let them be? Originally I was all for just letting them be. They had been a part of the landscape for decades, and their removal, I felt at the time, would change the landscape in a negative way. Well, after reading the words of others involved in dam removal elsewhere in the state, and how it does increase the fish population, and return things back to a better state, and after reading what the Commonwealth is expecting in inspection fee's, repair and maintenance costs for the dams I have shifted my stance.

All it takes is "better information" than I had, and after many months of discussion I have found it.

It is time to take the dams down. Their removal will not have a negative impact on the environment, according to the experts, and our town, will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs associated with keeping them.

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