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, January 3, 2013

The Sidewalks Are Clear! The Sidewalks Are Clear!

I was driving along Route 20 from Route 148 this morning, on my way to do some errands, when I saw in the distance, a small Bobcat type type tractor with a snowthower attachment on the front of it clearing the sidewalks.  It was actually clearing the sidewalks on the north side of Route 20 while being trailed by a "support" pick up truck.

The tractor was taking out the entire snow berm that usually separates the street from a cleared sidewalk leaving only small mounds of snow around the utility poles where it could not reach.  One long section that had been cleared by hand the owner of the property along the side walk was left intact, and not bothered by the tractor.  Good idea. 

The cleared sidewalks looked great, and safe passage along Main Street in Sturbridge has been restored.

Now, whether the timing of the sidewalk clearing had anything to do with yesterdays post here on this page, or folks contacting the town hall on their own, or maybe it was just scheduled to be cleared today anyway, it doesn't matter at this point. The clearing may be a few days late, but what matters is the sidewalks along Route 20 have been cleared by the town, as it always should be.  Pedestrians can once again safely walk along Main Street without having to run the gauntlet in the street from driveway to driveway.

To whomever made the decision to clear the sidewalks today, thank you.  Well done.  Nothing can replace keeping our residents safe when it is within our power, and is our responsibility to do so.  

It's going to be a long winter, keep up the good work.


  1. I don't think they did all the sidewalks as I was on my way home this afternoon I saw much of the sidewalk snow covered. I will pay more attention tomorrow.

  2. We drove down 131 today. The sidewalks sure are not all cleared now. I wonder who would be sued if someone was injured on a PUBLIC sidewalk???

  3. Yes I noticed the sidewalks were not cleared 24 hours after the storm. What is up with that?


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