A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Saving the Casino-Crunch time for Fred

In attending the meeting of the board of selectman in Ware last night the conclusions are inescapable. The engineering report was presented via powerpoint. Fred disputed it, the board does not.

However much I want to agree with Mr. McLennan, it is clear that the board have the power and are impatient.... They have said present the Casino plan in a reasonable time frame (not exactly defined by either side). Still, it was obvious the town government will not give way.

Stay tuned

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Will Brocktonitis come to Ware?

Brocktonitis is a term to describe a dying Massachusetts city. It signifies the downward spiral as municipal management is more interested in managing the decline than doing something imaginative.

Ware is not even a city, yet some in the town want to infect it with that dreaded disease. Brockton always seemed to equate destruction with progress much as the Ware River News does. If you think that is a great policy, please take a ride through downtown Brockton and view the gaping holes of progress.

If you disagree and think saving the Casino is worthwhile, come to the Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wed, July 28, 2010 in the Selectmen’s meeting room from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting is listed as a "Public Informational Meeting in regards to the Casino Theatre”.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ware River News joins the bandwagon for the Casino's destruction

There is the famous line of Tacitus, the Roman author, about his country's wars of conquest,

solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant

Translated, it means "They Make a desert and call it peace.

The July 22 Ware River News editorial more or less takes the same tack as regards the Casino Theater in Ware. Their comment,

"Don’t let nostalgia involving a lost building get in the way of progress." They make that statement full in the knowledge that they have no idea what progress is other than destruction. Later on in the editorial is written, "So what could work here instead of empty parkingspots? That’s up to the experts to envision." They never tell who the experts are. How much is this paper part of Ware? It is owned by a company that run many papers in many towns. The editor has positions on other papers in other towns. Does he know or care about the Ware? Has he ever lived in a town with its own movie house?

Then there is this comment, "the Casino Theater is arguable (sic) the most visible and valuable piece of commercial property in the entire town. A block of prime real estate situated downtown that is leveled and cleared to its foundation does not come along very often."

I do not want to be unkind, but have the lads and lasses at the Ware River News been out of doors lately? The pulse is gone in the commercial and residential real estate market. It is especially gone in towns like Ware where industry has fled. Love him or hate him, Fred McLennan is your only game.

Another editorial quote, "Unfortunately, we have already heard the chatter of
turning the Casino Theater into a municipal parking lot, possibly reconnected to the town’s back lot that is almost lost to a jungle of weeds and fencing."

Before, I said I did not want to be unkind. When someone mentions making the Casino part of a parking lot, it is hard to avoid the temptation to bitterness. I never have a problem getting a parking space in Ware. No one ever has trouble finding a space for their car in The Town That Can't Be Licked.

Oh, there was a time that spaces were at a premium. Of course the Casino was open then.

If Ware really does not want to be licked, come to a Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wed, July 28, 2010 in the Selectmen’s meeting room from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting is listed as a "Public Informational Meeting in regards to the Casino Theatre”.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Shameless self promotion-July edition

Well, not much to report for July. The Sturbridge Times Magazine is out and I have only two pieces.

On Page 12 starts an article about 4-H in the region. Two wonderful clubs, the Quaboag Clovers and Animals, Animals and more Animals, are high lighted.

My column is on Page 18.


I am not the only one writing. There are many entertaining and useful articles that I had nothing to do with. You can read the magazine online by clicking here and downloading a pdf, or you can click on the graphic below to find out where to pick one up.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's here, It's great-The West Brookfield Farmers Market

The first installment of the West Brookfield Farmers Market took place last Wednesday on the Common. It was a great success and Amy Dugas deserves congratulations.

Want a good time? Come tomorrow, June 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and stay for Concerts on the Common afterward.