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, November 17, 2009

Quick, Someone Call A Plumber

It all sounds a bit secretive, almost secret agent-ish, but in actuality, it's just small town silliness.

The Worcester Telegram article posted earlier today tells of yet another "leaking" of information to the press before it should have been made public. There is, of course, denials of doing so, but in reality, it was. This is all concerning the search for a new town administrator. One would think this was about filling an empty senate seat with so much activity around this one chore.

It's to replace the old town administrator with a new town administrator. Nothing more. The thing that has thrown a wrench into the works is the dream of a local man to be in the list of those considered for the job. It was that "wrench" that sidelined that last search committee and the establishment of a new one, and now, more accusations, and again, the search is in the news.

Here's how I see it. We have a group of folks on the search committee for a new town administrator, all good people, with one thing on their agenda, to fill that position with the most qualified person. Then there is the fact that at least one of the previous candidates is a local guy with ties to town government going back many years. It may be his dream to be considered, if not to obtain the position. Finally, there are those that just can't help not waiting out the process, and have to speak out of turn, at the wrong time, share information with the media they shouldn't, and others calling for their heads on a platter. They may be good people, too, but there sense of timing, and motive are frazzled.

In the end we have a small town, with folks that are small town folks doing what some in small towns sometimes do when they don't have a lot of experience in the larger scheme of things, act out. Not to say that others in the big world don't act out as well, but in little places like Sturbridge, it seems to happen a little more often, and is just plain sillier when you look at it.

Personally, I can't wait till the search is over, and the candidate chosen, and then all the leaking, personal agendas, and demands for resignation energy can be shifted to our next big scandal. It won't ever stop, the energy just gets shifted to another person, subject, or project like the town recycling center and the Board of Health. That is something we can talk about later, in the meantime, everyone should just concentrate on the matter at hand, and if you are not involved in the process, stay out of it, and if you are, then attend to it only in the meeting room, and nowhere else.

Doesn't take a whole lot of thinking to figure that out.


  1. The only people talking are the ones with quotes in the newspapers. The remaining information comes from the minutes of the public portions of those meetings; those are public record.

    You might wanna get 'em.

  2. Yep, Public records are there for all to see. Same as always. It's the "leaks" of information not public that is concerning, among other behaviors.

    Naw, don't have to "get 'em". Things have a way of figuring themselves out, and ending ujp just how they should eventually. In the meantime, we'll keep watching. Being under the lens is sometimes enough to cause one to behave better.

  3. Interesting post. It provides much food for thought for all. Thank you for taking the time to provide your perspective.


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