Weekly Update

A late winter hello to all of our friends! New England is a funny place sometimes, especially where the weather is concerned. This past week we had two days that hit a beautiful 70 degrees, then a little snow the following day. But at least it looks like we will not be dealing with what we dealt with in 1886 and again in 1968! Below is a photo of the great "freshet" of 1886, when rains overwhelmed the rivers and brooks, causing severe washouts. This photo is taken looking south on South Street, towards Highland Street, where the brook crosses the road. You can see the damage done there by the running water. Another large washout occurred on Turnpike Street, near the Shoddy Mill site.

Weekly Update

Greetings from a sunny but cold Easton! Some new snowfall tonight proves Punxsutawney Phil got it right this year. Hopefully he'll predict an early spring next year! One of Easton's real treasures is Borderland State Park. If you have been there you know what I am talking about! The former home of Oakes and Blanche Ames, it was gifted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the enjoyment of all. Oakes was a professor and chair of the Botany Department at Harvard, and the leading expert on orchids. Blanche was many things including a leader in the Women's Suffrage movement, an inventor, and noted artist. The mansion is spectacular, the grounds are wonderfully full of historical features

Weekly Update

Greetings! Just think...forty years ago this week, we were shoveling our way out of more than 40 inches of snow! The great Blizzard of 1978 was a three day snow event that caused massive headaches. I vividly remember parking my car in our driveway, after a drive of more than an hour to get from Washington and Central Street to the Five Corners, and not being able to see it the following morning. At least I got home! Remember the people stranded on Route 128 or other highways? Or the crowd stuck at the old Boston Garden where the Bruins were playing? Well, I spent my days shoveling and my nights at the Tally Ho which we found out was open! So we walked right down Foundry Street for a war

Weekly Update

Hello all! The cold, crisp air is certainly a reminder that winter is still with us. So too is the Super Bowl! The Patriots continue to make history with another chance for a championship. John Ames, Jr. would be proud of the team that he helped found back in the 1960's! And yes, I have a prediction, and you will find it at the end of this email. Here is a really neat photo for you one of Main Street, looking south from the entrance to the Ames Shovel Works. An unknown photographer took it on June 3, 1935, a time when America was still in the midst of a Great Depression. Someone (perhaps the photographer) made notes on the photo, detailing a few of the interesting places pictured. Of

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