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, April 25, 2012
Upcoming Events In Town
From One World Into Another
Many a great idea was deemed to be crazy at first. This just may be one of them.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Can You Identify This Flower?
Can you identify the flower?
Can you identify this flower?
It's in bloom now, we have a trail named after it.
|Can you identify the flower in the photo above?|
Friday, April 13, 2012
Am Not! Are Too!
After reading the article, by Craig Semon, I had a vision of a playground with a dozen or so nine years olds gathered around the slide. One kid, at the top of the slide, spins around and starts kicking those coming up the ladder, "You can't use this slide until I've had my turn!", the kid yells as they kick the air. "Besides, you don't know how to use it the right way! Only I do!" Then the kid sits at the top of the slide, refusing to budge.
Every playground had one. One kid that thought they were the best, and made it small town career of making it known to everyone else. They also made their feelings known about how everyone else was a ineffective dork, and would sooner eat a bug than give anyone else a chance to prove otherwise.
They say we change, as we leave childhood, and become a grownup. We mature. We evolve into what our environment has taught us, our family has shown us, and our friends show by example. For some, all these influences can do more to change us in a negative way depending upon what examples they experience. For others, positive examples spawn positive results.
As with most life lessons, this one is simple as well.
Another life lesson is when one way is blocked, and an obstacle stands in the way, someone will go around the other way, climb up the front of the slide, and clear the way by kicking that obstacle in the butt.
Playground, or boardroom, one has got to play well with others. Otherwise, all that will be on their minds will be planning , and figuring how to remove the obstacle in their way, and all that energy will be wasted. When that happens you can be sure little will be done as a group, and the kid on that's on top of the slide will realize this, and may even strike out on their own.
It's cliche, but too true to ignore, playing well with others fosters great success for all.
Creamer, Dowling clash over leadership in Sturbridge
STURBRIDGE — Thomas R. Creamer was voted in again as chairman of the Board of Selectmen, but not before butting heads with a fellow selectman.
Priscilla C. Gimas nominated Mr. Creamer as chairman, while Mary B. Dowling nominated Ms. Gimas and later Mary Blanchard for the position. Mr. Creamer accepted the nomination while Ms. Gimas and Ms. Blanchard both declined. But it was comments Mr. Creamer made about Ms. Gimas’ leadership skills — and by extension the lack of leadership skills of everybody else on the board — that rubbed Ms. Dowling the wrong way.
“She (Ms. Gimas) is a leader and she is willing to lead from the front and not from the rear. And I do not believe that we as the true elected executive body of leaders in our community should be leading from the rear. We should be leading from the front,” Mr. Creamer said. “I would completely support Priscilla. I can say that that would be the sole reason why I would be unable to support any other nominations.”
Questioning Mr. Creamer’s “leading from the rear” comment, Mrs. Dowling asked, “You think any other nomination would be leading from the rear?” And Mr. Creamer answered, “Based on what I have seen in the past year, yes.”
Mrs. Dowling called Mr. Creamer’s “leading from the rear” comment a “huge insult” and took Mr. Creamer to task for acting as an individual rather than a board member when dealing with National Grid after the June 1 tornado.
“Being told that anybody would lead from the rear is directly at odds with the qualities that I would look for in a chair,” Mrs. Dowling said. “I think that was an extremely inappropriate comment. And I would leave it at that.”
Mr. Creamer countered, “I would suggest to state as you have or suggest that the town administrator has not been able to develop because of the chair is equally inappropriate because the chair’s role is not to direct the town administrator or tell him how to do his job.”
Mrs. Dowling said she never said that. The reorganization discussion started with Mrs. Dowling suggesting a “different mix” mainly because she said she wanted to see how the town administrator’s leadership skills develop under various chairmen.
— Craig S. Semon
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sturbridge To Broadway June 2012!
8am: Bus will promptly depart The Center at Hobbs Brook Mall
(110 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA - Old Navy Parking Lot) to NYC!
11am: Arrive in New York City
11am - 1:30pm: Shopping on 5th Ave/Sightseeing in Times Square/Lunch on your own*
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Make your way to the theater for your show
5:45pm: Meet at Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway at 50th Street to board the bus
6pm: Depart NYC back to Sturbridge, MA!
9pm: Arrive in Sturbridge, MA!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Sometimes You Just Have to Be Shown
Now, every once in a while I am either directed to, or stumble upon, something that is too good to pass up, and it just may coincidentally go hand in hand with a recent "good idea" conversation. Yesterday I had one of those instances, but this time I had been oblivious, and had to be shown by Mary.
"Did you see the freezers for sale at Shaw's?", Mary asked yesterday morning.
"Freezers?", I asked, "They're selling their freezers?"
"No, Wally, they are selling small freezers for the home for $150, and with the purchase you get $160 in coupons", Mary said slowly so I could understand.
I still didn't get it, but I told her I would look next time I was in the store.
It's funny, but the next time we were in the store was about thirty minutes later.
Mary took me to just beyond the produce section, and there in the aisle were two small freezers stuffed with food representing the freebies that came with the purchase.
We took the freezer home, and the two of us took it to the basement and set it up beside the washer and dryer.
$150 for the freezer. $160 dollars worth of coupons. If I use every one of those coupons I would come out ahead by $10.00. Can't beat that deal.
Sometimes, no matter how much you say you are aware of the world around you, you still have to be taken by the hand and shown what you're missing.
Happens with lots of things, not just freezers.