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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, April 22, 2010

Starts Today!! MassSave Appliance Rebates: Money For Free

Mary was able to get our reservations for rebates before the system
become overloaded , and went down.
Way to go, Mary!--ed.

From WGGB in Springfield, Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It's a program that could save you a bundle on your next appliance, but Bruce Durocher, a manager at Manny's in Wilbraham, says it's also a program that's causing a lot of confusion.

"It just seems that nobody's getting it right," said Durocher.

Starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, the MassSave Great Appliance Ex""change kicks off, allowing Massachusetts residents to receive stimulus rebates for trading in their current appliance for a more energy-efficient model, but unlike the Cash for Clunkers program, appliance retailers can't give you your rebate, instead the state is in charge of that.

Consumers must reserve a rebate voucher by either logging on to or by calling 1-877-MA-SWAP-1 and retailers are urging you to do so exactly at 10 a.m.

"Once they have the voucher," said Durocher, "they can come into the retail store and choose a qualifying appliance."

There are only a few thousand appliances that qualify and they fall into four categories.

The program will offer rebates of $250 for qualified dishwashers, $200 for qualified refrigerators, $175 for qualified clothes washers and $50 for freezers. Consumers can qualify for up to four rebates, one on each appliance type. But the program's money is limited to $6.2 million, and when that money runs out, the program's over.

In addition to the rebates offered by the state program, stores like Manny's are offering their own discounts, so whether you get a voucher Thursday or not, now really is the time to buy.

If you successfully reserve your rebate voucher on Thursday, you have up until May 5th to make your purchase and until June 19th to receive the item. The state will not release rebate money until the new appliance is delivered to the home and a working model has been traded in.

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