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

Thursday, June 4, 2009

More Dam Info

"Hello everyone,

Just want to update everyone: About 7 supporters turned out to tonight's Conservation Commission meeting, so first off, thanks to all of you for coming out and making your statements to the Conservation Comissioners. For those who couldn't make it, thanks for your well wishes.The five Commissioners voted: 3 yays: Bonja, Hanson, and Grehl; 2 nays: Goodwin and Barnicle. The vote was in support of sending a letter to Dept of Fish & Game (DFG) in SUPPORT of the project. DFG will now obtain a letter of support from Old Sturbridge Village, and once those two pieces are packaged with the application for funding. Though not mentioned at the meeting, three Selectpeople supported this proposal as well: Creamer, Garieri, and White.I will be back in touch when I have more news about the Phase I inspections (whether extension requests were granted or not) and funding for the proposal. For now, pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!Special thanks to Al Basile; Beth Lambert of Riverways Program; Peter Schilling of Trout Unlimited; and Brian Graber of American Rivers.

Thanks all!

Carol Childress"

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