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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sharing Our Town And Ourselves

Shared by Tom Chamberland:

"Hi All,

I wanted to share a short story about Sturbridge's "Tree-Gifting Committee"
(TWAC-Tree Warden Advisory Committee) and the experience we had yesterday planting a tree at the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Lois Kelley and I were meeting to plant one of our last remaining 2011 Spring
plantings.  While in dialogue in the building we encountered a couple from
Holland (The Netherlands-ed.) looking for information about Sturbridge. We invited them to
participate in this auspicious event.  For the next 45 minutes or so we engaged in the most delightful time with these visitors to our community.  They learned all about planting a tree and trees in New England. Every tree in that space was exploding with flowers. Luckily I had many hand lens as an  entire world was revealed within the sugar maple and elm flowers unfolding. A breathless quartet immersed in the moment.... as traffic flew went by.

Lois and I also learned some really strange sounding words of our own from the Dutch language. Rene and Lucy were great!

They decided to stay overnight and I directed them to just what they were looking for. A twilight walk in a meadow................Heinz Farm

It never ceases to amaze me how trees can bring people, community and yes our world together. Being open to the moment and allowing it to unfold untethered. Holding spontaneity as grace.

How else could tulips show up at that very moment?


Ganesh Tree and Plant Health Care
Joseph A. Kowalski
235 Walker Road Box 192
Sturbridge, MA 01566
508-735-7322 "

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