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, May 31, 2012
Thanks For Your Patience; Still Here, But Busy As Heck
Until next time, have any of you ever undergone a home renovation involving a general contractor, and several sub contractors?
How'd that go for you? I'm curious. I'd like to know if my expectations are set too high, or there is a stupidity portion of the licensing exam one must pass in order to be a licensed contractor in Massachusetts.
Just thinking. More later.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Where Is This?
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tantasqua Junior High Memorial Day Ceremony May 25
Tantasqua Regional Junior High School
Brimfield – Brookfield – Holland – Sturbridge – Wales
Memorial Day Ceremony
May 25, 2012
Dedicated to all those who answered the call and bravely served our country
Air Force Army Coast Guard
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Updated Memorial Day Schedule
Sunday, May 20, 2012
bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....SMACK!; There Is A Better Way
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note, this program will begin May 29,
and current weather conditions and the backlog
of service requests may delay our response to
some extent; your patience is appreciated.
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Another Voice: Vote Carefully At Town Meeting In June
Letter to the Editor
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Venting Out Loud In Sturbridge
Sharing. It's a good thing.
- School systems are either considering, or have already banned bake sales during school hours. As if this is going to help with childhood obesity. If they want to help, schedule PE for an hour a day.
- Parents encouraging their children to have heart attacks in their 20's by not serving the right food, not teaching them to eat the right food, and allowing them to sit in their rooms for days on end playing World of Warcraft until their butts are too big to fit through the door.
- The same parents accepting a phone call from their child's bedroom, and the child asking what was for dinner.
- Toddlers in Tiaras.
- Anybody in a tiara with a show on cable.
- Anybody with a last name that starts with a "K", and has a show on cable.
- A cable show about housewives from anywhere.
- Dr. Phil
- Anything at all on the Maury Povich Show
- Any housewife with a last name beginning with a "K", wearing a tiara, asking for life advice from Dr. Phil on Maury.
- Any cable show that the cable network states is not exploitative, but stars little people, toddlers, hoarders, addicts, or everyday kids from the Jersey shore.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Wool Days" Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village - Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tomorrows Office Hours For John Kerry's Staff at Sturbridge Town Hall
Memorial Day Parade Schedule And Dedication Of New Veterans Honor Roll
9:00 Form At Community Center (dance studio at the corner of Route 20 and Route 148 in Fiskdale)
9:15 Step - Off
9:25 Ceremony at Legion 9:45 Ceremony St Anne's cemetery a. Honor Guard salute and "Taps" 9:55 Leave St Anne's for buses at Senior Center 10:15 Reform at Safety Complex (break) 10:30 Ceremony Fire/Police Monument 10:40 Step Off from Complex to North Cemetery 11:00 Ceremony at North Cemetery a. Honor Guard salute and "Taps" 11:15 Leave North Cemetery for Town Hall 11:30 Regroup at Town Hall for dedication of new Monument: a. guest speakers and dedication of new monument b. Armed Forces musical tributes c. Revolutianry gun salute and "Taps" d. replacement of flags and National Anthum 12:00 Open House American Legion Hall Post 109 on Main Street.
Bus transportation will be available before, during and after the parade. Anyone needing transportation is asked to contact the American Legion at 508-347-3248 and leave a message.Submitted by Mike Splaine
Meet The Selectmen Sessions Announced
This is where most elected to office fail, the follow up. I've expressed concerns, and I've been told that a follow up would be done, and have had to wait longer than a year, and then again asked for more time. For some, I am still waiting two years out.
If Mary wants to succeed, she is starting off in the right direction, and as long as she doesn't follow the lead of others that fail with the follow through, and resolution parts, she will do fine. Her head appears to be in the right place.
Of course, I have thought the very same thing about others in the beginning of their service to the town as well, and have been disappointed. Disappointment, and politics seem to go hand in hand a good deal of the time. I hope that every once in a while there would be one time that it wouldn't, and that the disappointment would be replaced by excitement, and hope.
"...Something new…. Just getting started. A Meet the Selectman session will be at The Sturbridge Coffee House from 9: 30 to 10:30 on Tuesday morning, the 10th of May. Another will be Saturday morning, the 12th of May, same place, same time. Since I am the newest member on the BOS I bought this forward as an informal way to talk with people. All information will be taken back to a future BOS Meeting. There will never be a quorum, no long discussions or problem solving, as only a maximum of two selectman will be there every time. This is a simple, basic effort to reach out and hear some concerns.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Want Some Free Money?
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The New And Improved Trolley Trail
Sometimes we will park in the lot in front of the main gate, and head west on the trail along the river, and above Old Mashapaug Road. The trail offers a great view of the river below, and the sound of the water rolling over the rocks is nice to hear. After a bit, we will come to the Ed Calcutt Bridge, a steel bridge that crosses the Quinebaug River. After starring off down the river from the midle of the bridge, we take a short walk over the bridge, and up the grade to River Street, where we turn left and head down the road to Old Mashapaug road. At Old Mashapaug Road we take another left, and follow it along the other side of the river. The view is equally as good from high over the water on the this side as it on the other side. After awhile, the old abandoned road feeds onto the the portion currently maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers along the river, and after short time, we are back at the parking lot.
That walk is just about three miles, and if we are in the mood, we keep going for a lap around the dam.
The Westville Dam area always has a number of walkers, hikers, bicyclists, dog walkers, and folks pushing strollers around the trails. It has picnic tables, and two covered pavilions for large groups that can be reserved for events. The compacted stone dust makes for good walking, and biking.
|The Trolley Trail extension looking up towards the |
East Brimfield Dam area from where the trail
used to end..
|Looking toward the old terminus of the trail with the |
Quinebaug River on the right.
Yesterdays hike was very different. The old trail has undergone a major face lift in 2011. It was widened, covered with a new layer of stone dust, brush cleared from along its edges, new drainage, and culverts installed, and when Mary and I got to park bench at the river we were amazed to see that the trail had been extended all the way up to the dam!
The extension had been hacked out of the woods, the stumps removed, a new trail bed laid down with drainage, and culverts along its edge. The Brush along the river was cleared away and offered a wonderful view of the rushing water from the dam.
We really were amazed.
We asked him where the trail would go now, would it just stop at the lakes edge, and one would have to walk along the unprotected shoulder of Route 20 to access the Brimfield side. Keith said that that was the big question, and that nobody had had an epiphany as of yet.
I asked if they had considered along side of Route 20 with a separate bike path separated by guardrails from the main road, which I was sure they had, but wanted to know how they felt about it. Keith said they had, but he preferred that the hiking trail be lower than the road way in order to make those on foot, and on bicycle, safer from the traffic on Route 20.
I like that idea.
Now all it takes is money to design and build it that portion of the trail, and also a bridge on the Brimfield side to cross the Quinebaug River like the Ed Calcutt Bridge in the Westville Dam area.
Simple ideas, not so simple in obtaining funding.
In the meantime, take a morning, and check out the new trail, or maybe bring a lunch, and enjoy it along side of the river.
Places like this are special, and meant to be enjoyed by all.
In the meantime, I am sure Keith and Tom will eventually come up with a plan to complete the Sturbridge end of the trail, and a way to fund it. What was considered impossible has been done before, what's one more impossibility to conquer?