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, April 16, 2014

Spring Along The Grand Trunk Trail

The same view as the above photo of the Grand Trunk Trail as it is seen today.  Thanks to Tom Chamberland for submitting the photo below.  He is one man that truly knows the past, present, and future of our trails in town.   Tom is a ranger with the US Army Corp of Engineers, and our local Tree Warden, and has been involved with all aspects of trail design, and building here in town.

So much work has been done along the Grand Trunk Trail over the past decade, or so.  From an abandoned railroad right-of-way to a recreational venue used by so many.  Mary and I have walked, and biked,  this trail, and other trails in town,  many times.  The enjoyment is free, natural, and comes with a smile back guaranty.  OK, the last part is just me being me, but if you walk the length of the trail, and don't smile at least once, then I owe you one.

Grand Trunk Trail at Westville Recreational Area in Sturbridge, MA

Photo by Tom Chamberland

1 comment:

  1. Thomas ChamberlandThursday, April 17, 2014

    Thanks Wally, over 90% of all trail work in town is done by volunteers and donations. This Saturday (April 19th) is the first "third Saturday of the month" trail work day. We will be meeting at the Riverlands at 0900 - noon, with a focus on building a shed roof to store supplies and conducting a general cleanup of the riverlands ( Earth Day is April 22!) from past operations on this property. Bring Gloves and a water bottle...... Trail Committee will be holding volunteer work days every third Saturday of the month from now thru November. See you on the trail!


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