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, September 7, 2010

National Public Lands Day is September 25

National Public Lands Day is Saturday Sept 25th. Brimfield, Sturbridge,
Southbridge, the Grand Trunk Trail Blazers, and the Corps of Engineers will
all be holding trail work events in their communities/public lands. As you
can see from below the National organization is looking for the "volunteers"
to participate. I am hoping in the next few weeks you can give this some
exposure in your blogs as you can. Contact Any one of us to meet with you and go over specific projects. They are:

Brimfield: Working on several sections of the GTT along 5 bridge RD
to US Rt 20. Work includes brush cutting, root and rock removal and trash and litter clean up (along RT 20 is really bad). Contact either Tony Bys at
413-245-9297, emailtbys9297@charter.netor Rick Costa at
Sturbridge:Working on completion of final sections of trail on the
Heins Farm Conservation Lands, contact Randy Redetzke at 508-344-9823 or email

Southbridge:Working on trails in Cole forest, brush trimming,
invasive plant removal, contact Maureen Doyle at

Corps of Engineers: Working towards completion of needed shoulder
work by spreading loam and grass seed along the Grand Trunk Trail.

Contact Tom Chamberland at 508-347-3705 or

Pre registration is requested, of note several Girl scout troops have
already volunteered ( see NPLD web site below) Registration starts at 8 AM In Brimfield (5 bridge rd), Sturbridge (Heins Farm) and Westville Lake (Corps
and Southbridge) with crews working from 8:30 to 11 am.

At 11:30 AM there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on the recently
completed 1.2 mile section of Grand Trunk trail from Wallace Rd to the Ed
Calcutt Bridge. State and Town officials along with the Corps of Engineers
will be present. Pizza lunch and cake for all volunteers following at
Westville Lake Park. Donations of bottled water is still needed. Volunteers
are requested to wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring work gloves
and water bottles. All other tools and materials will be provided. For any
general question please contact me.


Tom Chamberland
Park Ranger

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