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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


submitted by Leslie Wong

he Sturbridge Conservation office will be holding a Trail Clean Up on May 16, 2010 at the Leadmine Mountain Conservation Land. The trail clean up will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At 10:30 Patricia Lalli, Children’s Librarian at the Joshua Hyde Library will be holding a children’s Story Book Walk featuring the book “The Dragonfly Door”. At noon there will be a picnic lunch with bagged lunches provided by Rovezzi’s Restaurant (for those that have pre-registered by May 10, 2010). A memorial tree planting will be held at 12:30 p.m. to commemorate the first Adopt-A-Trail Program Volunteers, The Hoy Family. The tree is being planted in memory of Pam and Jordan Hoy’s late son, Eli Hoy. The memorial tree was donated by with funds provided by the Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program, administered by Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation &Development, Inc., for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau. The Forest Stewardship Program is one part of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Working Forest Initiative - helping landowners learn ways to sustainably manage and protect their woodlands.

Following the Tree Planting there will be an “Adopt-A-Trail” dedication ceremony Senator Stephen Brewer and State Representative Todd Smola. From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. a Forest Walk will be held with Michael Downey, Service Forester with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as representatives from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Assisting with this event will be the Tantasqua Skills USA students. Volunteers are being asked to pre-register for the event by contacting Leslie Wong, Open Space Assistant. Volunteers registering after May 10, 2010 will need to bring their own bagged lunches. Volunteers will be required to submit a signed waiver forms and take a volunteer “Do’s and Don’t’s” safety sheet. Volunteers are being asked to bring rakes, and work gloves.

For additional information please contact Leslie Wong, Open Space Assistant or Erin Jacque, Conservation Agent in the Sturbridge Conservation Department.

Contact: Leslie Wong Open Space Assistant Town of Sturbridge, or Erin Jacque Conservation Agent Town of Sturbridge 508-347-2506

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