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

Sunday, January 31, 2010

James Ehrhard Announces Candidacy For Selectman

ames Ehrhard has announced his candidacy for the office of selectman. For more information about Mr. Ehrhard, and his agenda, please go to

"James P. Ehrhard is the owner and manager of the firm of Ehrhard & Associates, P.C. ( He concentrates his practice in bankruptcy and general litigation. Prior to managing the firm, Mr. Ehrhard concentrated his practice on insurance and corporate defense litigation along with plaintiffs' trial work. He has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout Massachusetts. His firm is one of the largest bankruptcy firms in Massachusetts in terms of bankruptcies filed per annum.

Mr. Ehrhard received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mr. Ehrhard has been a faculty member for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and he is a frequent lecturer to professional groups. He was a recurring guest host on WTAG's radio program "The Legal Express" and currently guest hosts on WESO's radio program "Money Matters".

Mr. Ehrhard is an elected member of the Tantasqua Regional District School Committee. He currently sits on the Building and Facilities subcommittee. He also serves on the Labor Negotiations subcommittee, representing the District in contract negotiations with various unions. In addition, Mr. Ehrhard is chairman of the Sturbridge Town Administrator Search Committee.

Mr. Ehrhard is married with a four year old daughter and three year old son. He is a member of St. Anne-St. Patrick Parish."-- from the candidates web site.

Editors note: All candidates are invited to post their announcements on this page. They are also welcome to submit articles on topics that they feel would be beneficial to the residents of Sturbridge.


  1. Good for him. I voted for him last year, but with some hesitation. But he has shown some real leadership since the last election with that committee searching for the new Town Adminstrator. He will have my vote again, without hesitation.

  2. Ehrhard seems to have a good balanced message this year. I read his agenda and he is focused on residential property taxes. If he is willing to try to stop that insanity, he has my vote.

  3. Don't we get enough of him at town meeting?

  4. I think we need more people like him at Town Meeting. I actually find him interesting to listen to. I often agree with him. Sometimes I do not. It is nice to have someone with a fresh perspective not scared to speak his mind.

    I spoke with him after the last town meeting regarding the hotels tax and he listened intently to what I had to say and gave me constructive comments in return. We need more of that on the BOS.

  5. I will not vote for Ehrhard; not after watching the most recent Selectmen's meeting where he announced the candidates. He said some things about the candidates that I was surprised would come out of a lawyer's mouth. Everytime I have seen Ehrhard speak at town meeting, he embarrasses himself and the town.

    No WAY.


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