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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

An Update From Selectman Tom Creamer

As I maintain limited group contacts in my Blackberry, I respectfully request your consideration in forwarding this correspondence out, in hope this information will reach those without power but who may be accessed via other means.

Per National Grid Conference Call I participated in earlier: 1,166 (approximately 25%) of Sturbridge customers without power. It may be up to 2 1/2 days for power to be restored fully due to Transmission + Distribution damage along the route of the tornado.

Residents should be aware that National Grid crews are working as quickly as possible, as are local and State assets. Please be advised that trucks and crews in the area does not necessarily mean power restoration is imminent as Transmission damage further away is likely.

Additional information can be found on Town website and via National Grid's website Storm Center, which will be periodically updated.

As there is no power or internet access from many locations, it is hoped that residents receiving this information will be able to update those with no access.

Minor to significant damage to homes, property, trees, and infrastructure (i.e. power, phone, cable) along Fiske Hill Rd., Whittemore Rd., Willard Rd., Rt 131 between Farquhar and Hall Rd., as well as Stallion Hill Rd., and Holland Rd. has resulted in road closings or reduced access in order to address issues.

Residents are encouraged to refrain from traveling those areas unless absolutely necessary in order to reduce any possibility of hindering work crews as they strive to bring relief to those most affected by.

Fortunately, despite the extensive damage to areas of our community, we have experienced no loss of life and only a small number of minor injuries reported.

Our thoughts and support are with those struggling to cope with the damage they have sustained.

Thomas R. Creamer

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