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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Course Adjustment

Somehow, over the past couple of years, this blog has taken the shape of a political rant by many, and, has become regional bitch fest.

That was not my intent.

What I wanted to do, some of the time, was to stimulate conversation that would lead to ideas, and those ideas lead to change for the better.  The rest of the time I wanted to ramble on about the area, the history, and let loose all those elfin thoughts that play inside of my head all day long.  Most of those synaptic leaks may be worthwhile reading.

Hence, "Thinking Out Loud".

I am going to get back to more of the latter.  The political side is fine, and the thoughts spilled here have got folks talking, and acting.  Best part is they have brought many issues to light that would have been barely spoken of elsewhere, and have started folks talking, and acting, but there is more I want to say, and for the most part,  those thoughts can be taken, digested, and used anywhere.

I liken these pages to the drone of conversation at a party; you only tune in what interests you, and then move closer to those words.  The rest is only white noise.

There are still issues that I have addressed that have yet to be taken care of, such as the warning signs on Brookfield Road warning of zero tolerance for speeders promised by the Police chief five years ago.  Still have the speeders speeding, and in the past year alone three, or four accidents within 75 feet of my front door.

The dump we purchased along the Quinebaug River was a topic addressed here several times, with pictures, still it was purchased, and the toxicity of the land was denied by Town Hall for years at the same time no work was allowed on the property until the thoughts of building on toxic waste blew over.

It didn't blow over, and we are in over our heads as just what to do with the land.

No worries.  It is what it is.  People can only fix, and change the things they have power to change, or are allowed to change.  That is something else we have learned here on these pages.

We can complain about the behavior of people on boards, or the entire boards, or committees themselves, but unless we complain loud enough, strong enough, formulate a plan to resolve the issues, and move on, then all we are doing is making white noise, and that is easy to ignore.

If the FinCom is consistently upsetting people with their recommendations, then fix the charter to enable that those appointed can be removed, and to change the way members to FinCom are appointed and by whom.  Is the Town Meeting moderator the best person to appoint members, and why is that?

Words need to inspire thought, or action.  The thoughts can be entertaining, relaxing, provocative, educational, or whatever, an action is taking that inspiration, and running with it.  More inspired action would be a good thing.

So, expect more rambling from my keyboard.

Summer is a lazy time.  A book at the beach, games at the field, a drink in the yard, and nonsense from me.

Good times.


  1. At the May 29th selectmen’s meeting Creamer went ballistic on the TA. If he had a point to make it was lost on his unrelenting bullying style. He needs to step down as he can not control his temper. The other select people just sat there in shock it appeared what do you say to someone out of control? Mary D. did address Creamer but what can you say to someone blinded by rage? This went on for a very long time and needs to be addressed Creamer must go. He is the "white noise" of Sturbridge.

  2. 'Watched the Creamer show last night. The smell of sulphur poured out of the television set. 'Had to open the windows. It still reeks.

  3. "Rage", and "out of control" are symptoms of stress. Stress from angering those in Boston, the Fire Marshall, and others. From being the apple of a communities eye that did not know of his shenanigans from when he used his blog to rip out the heart of anyone he disagreed with, to being compared to a crazed Nero now. He offers nothing of value, only frustration, anger, rage, revenge, struggle for power. He curries favors, and strikes out at those weaker than himself. All because of his misguided, and warped sense of leadership. Rage is a not only a symptom, it is part of a personality that, as we have seen, is explosive, yet we continue to endure it. I just don't understand why he is not asked to step down, or we recall him.

  4. Go head, he is daring us.

    Section 4-13 Recall Petition.

    (A) Any holder of an elective office, as defined in Section 4-1(A), may be recalled by the
    voters as herein provided.
    (B) Recall Petition – Any voter may file with the Town Clerk a signed and dated affidavit
    containing the name of the officer sought to be recalled and a statement of the grounds
    for the recall. The Town Clerk shall deliver to said voter making the affidavit copies of
    petition blanks demanding such recall, and keep printed copies of the petition blanks
    available. The printed petition blanks shall be issued by the Town Clerk with his signature
    and official seal affixed. They shall be dated, shall be addressed to the Selectmen and
    shall contain the name or names of all persons to whom they are issued, the name of the
    person whose recall is sought, the grounds of recall as stated in the affidavit and shall
    demand a recall election. A copy of the petition shall be entered in a record book to be
    kept in the office of the Town Clerk. The recall petition shall be entered in a record book
    to be kept in the office of the Town Clerk. The recall petition shall be returned and filed
    with the Town Clerk within thirty (30) days after the filing of the affidavit and shall have
    been signed by at least twenty (20) percent of the voters who shall add to their signatures
    the street and number of their residences. {Amended 4-9-12 by referendum & STM 11-
    The town clerk shall within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt submit the petition to the
    Board of Registrars of voters in the town, and the registrars shall forthwith certify the
    number of signatures which are names of voters.
    (C) Selectmen’s Action on Receiving Petition - If the petition shall be found and certified by
    the board of registrars to be sufficient they shall submit the same with their certificate to
    the Selectmen without delay, and the Selectmen shall forthwith give written notice of the of the certificate to the officer sought to be recalled and shall, if the officer does
    not resign within five (5) days thereafter, order an election to be held on a date fixed by not less than-five (25) days nor more than thirty-five (35) days after the date
    of the board of registrars’ certificate, provided however, that if any other town election is
    to occur within sixty (60) days after the date of the certificate, the Selectmen shall
    postpone the holding of the recall election to the date of such other election. If a vacancy
    occurs in said office after a recall election has been ordered, the election shall
    nevertheless proceed as provided in this section.
    (D) Incumbent Holds Office Until Recall Election - The incumbent shall continue to perform
    the duties of his office until the recall election. If not recalled he shall continue in office for
    the remainder of his unexpired term, subject to recall as before, except as provided in this
    section. If recalled he shall be deemed removed from office, and the vacant office filled
    by appointment by the Board of Selectmen until the next election.
    (E) Proposition on Ballot - Ballots used in a recall election shall submit the following
    proposition in the order indicated:
    For the recall of (name of officer):
    Against the recall of (name of officer):
    Title of office:
    (F) Repeat of Recall Petition - No recall petition shall be filed against an officer within three
    (3) months after he takes office, nor, in the case of an officer subject to a recall election
    and not recalled thereby, until at least three (3) months after the election at which his
    recall was submitted to the voters.
    Appointment of Person Recalled - No person who has been recalled from an office, or
    who has resigned from office while recall proceedings were pending against him, shall be
    appointed to any town office within two (2) years after such recall or such resignation.


  6. Conduct unbecoming a human being is Creamer his latest rant should be a violation of the code of conduct.

  7. I'm ready to sign ............... hope someone's at the dump .... ooops "recycling center" tomorrow! Of all the Selectmen, Mary Blanchard's the only one I've ever seen there. Some places that I've lived before, that was the one place where you'd see candidates and petitioners.


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