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, August 18, 2010

Warnings And Responses

"Low Bridge".

 "Yield" signs.

Brake lights coming lighting up on the car in front of you.

Someone yelling "Fire!" in a apartment house.

A prison tattoo on your date reading "3 Strikes and I'm Out.  C'mon #3!".

These thing are all there to make one aware of something that may be dangerous, and your job is to react appropriately.

Ducking, slowing down, running out of a building, and pretending to be dead with the tattooed date, are all ways to avoid a problem.  The warnings are merely that, warnings.  They are only there to make the one aware so that they can make a decision.

Sometimes I am that "Yield" sign.  I'm only there to make others aware of an issue, or a real, or potential problem.   Sometimes I may be way off base, other times I am right on the money.   I don't have the power to correct it, others do.  I'm just the guy that will tell you your pants are on fire.  What you do with the information is up to you.  Hopefully, you will do the logical thing

The sign to the left is great for a couple of reasons.  It warns you that the bridge is low. If you are driving to fast to read it, or don't believe it, the yellow sign will strike your vehicle if it is too tall.  The words, and the impact should be enough to warn you if your vehicle is too tall, and cause you to change your route.

It should, but as with most warnings, they are largely ignored.

Last week I wrote of the dangerous intersection at Haynes and Main Street.  I am not sure why I wrote about it.  I've written about Arnold and Main, New Boston and Route 20 before, and both of those intersections are treacherous.  One was the scene of a double fatal accident a few years ago.  I've written, and nothing has been done.  No, I don't expect immediate change, but what I do expect as a resident of this town is acknowledgment, and a plan.

I expected it last week when I wrote about Haynes Street.  I got a couple of emails from a selectman, and that was good, but nothing else.  No acknowledgement of the problem from the TA, or the Board of Selectmen as a whole.  I don't need the acknowledgement made directly to me, but something in the paper would be nice.

So far, I've heard bupkis.

I could go on a rant.  I could yell and scream, and not get off the subject ever.  I could become a general annoyance, but that is not what I do.

I offer the warning.  It is now out there.  It's public record.  So, if the intersection is not corrected right now with all the equipment right here, and it is left as it is then where will the Town stand when something bad happens at the intersection?

We know where it will be standing.  Up to its neck in quicksand, probably standing on some bricks.

Warnings, and responses.

Excuse me, Sturbridge, your pants are on fire.


  1. Appreciates the TruthWednesday, August 18, 2010

    Thank you, Wally, for telling it like it is.

  2. I saw that on the eastbound side, in front of the center school, are a couple of granite pieces that are knocked out of place, and chipped now. Please, BOS, and TA, will you at least tell us your plan?

  3. How about changing the name of Haynes Street? People coming on to Haynes St. might take notice if the street was renamed "Come into my Web," said the Spider to the Fly Boulevard.

  4. Seems to me that you would get a better and quicker response if you wrote or called the source that has the answers.

    I would not expect people at town hall to check local blogs for information or complaints from residents; viewing blogs while at work is a waste of taxpayer money.

    But I would expect them to respond quickly to a letter or phone call from a resident that is directed to the appropriate person at town hall. If they did not respond, then there would be a reason to express dissatisfaction.

  5. They were notified, and we've been waiting for any little sign of something being done to "mitigate" the problem. A warning? Anything?


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