Wales not to be bullied by James Wettlaufer.

Wales residents sent a clear message to the “leaders” of Holland; the rejection of the proposed regionalization of Wales’ and Holland’s Elementary Schools came as no surprise for many. Read more»

Posted on 20 May 2010, 00:01 - Category: Town Politics
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Wales voted NO!

I’m attending the Wales annual town meeting. The voters of Wales just voted on article 12. Article 12 is the question on the warrant whether the voters of Wales are in favor of regionalizing their elementary school with the one of the town of Holland. The vote count is:
54 votes in favor, 101 against the regionalization of the elementary school. More when I'm back home!
Peter Frei

Posted on 19 May 2010, 21:50 - Category: Town Politics
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Brian Johnson, where are you?

Big-unsecured-hole-in-Maybrook-Road I got a phone call from an upset resident who is living on Maybrook Road. He allegedly called the Highway Department several times in an attempt to report a big hole in the road caused by a tree that got blown over during the recent windy days we had. His phone calls were ignored, allegedly nobody answered the phone and at least one message was left with the request to be called back.

I know that you, Brian Johnson, are only “working” a four day week and that there is nobody at the Highway Department on Friday's.
Brian Johnson founded and incorporated his own Construction Company back on November 18, 2008. Brian Johnson is the President of J&G Construction Inc., J&G stands for Johnson&Gendreau. Scott Gendreau is one of the Highway employees and is listed as the vice president of the Company who's business is officially “GENERAL CARPENTRY AND ROOFING.” Kyle Rutkowski, another Higway Department employee is also involved in the cosy company as the director. The Holland Blog reported about Brian's busines in the piece Office or residence?
The large hole in the road is not marked or secured and is a potential safety hazard, especially at night. Maybrook Road is very narrow at the spot where the hole is and something needs to be done before somebody gets hurt!
I called the HPD and informed the dispatcher of the situation.
Peter Frei

Posted on 17 May 2010, 16:49 - Category: The Town Common
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Candidates Night Tomorrow Night, Tuesday May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the town hall.

Robotic-arm-microphone-stand The Holland Blog received this notice:
May 18th at 7:30PM directly following Selectmen’s Meeting, it will be televised!
Town Hall Community Room.

Questions will be allowed, and must be in written format, SIGNED and addressed to the Moderator, Dora Metrelis. Questions must be directed to both candidates for an office, not a particular candidate, because both candidates will have the opportunity to answer. Questions will not be allowed if they are personal in nature, obvious attacks or in any way deemed inappropriate by the moderator.
The Candidates Night is organized by Kristin LaPlante, our town clerk.

The Holland Blog initiated the idea in the piece, We need a debate between candidates.
I will submit the questions that I received so far without revealing the name of the individuals that emailed me the question(s). If I see individuals that I know and that emailed me a question(s) in the audience, I will not submit the question and leave it up to the individual whether to ask his/her question.

Posted on 17 May 2010, 14:19 - Category: The Town Common
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Selectboard Meeting of May 4, 2010.

Tuesday. May 4, the selectboard met the first time this month. The three selectmen don't really inform the viewers about the on-goings; the televised meetings are more of a platform abused to misinform voters.
Following Paul Harvey's spirit, the Holland Blog brings you “The Rest of the Story.” Read more»

Posted on 17 May 2010, 13:59 - Category: Board Of Selectmen
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In case you missed it, there is still time to stroll around the fields and make some bargains at Brimfield’s Antique Show.

The spectacle will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow, read more»

Posted on 15 May 2010, 13:44 - Category: The Town Common
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John H. Goodhall passes away at age 83.

John Hindle Goodhall Sr. WEST DENNIS — John Hindle Goodhall Sr. of West Dennis peacefully passed away Feb. 18, 2010, at the age of 84.
Mr. Goodhall was born in Stafford Springs, Conn., and raised in Eastford, Conn.
He was the son of the late Wallace I. Goodhall and Ruth Fenlon Goodhall. John proudly and valiantly served his country by enlisting in the Army. He served in the Italian and French theaters and was injured prior to the Battle of the Bulge, thereby earning his Purple Heart. He had the rank of sergeant when he was discharged. After returning home he met and married his wife Corinne Hulburt. John and Corinne formerly resided in Holland Mass. where he held the position of town selectman, police chief, fire chief and highway superintendent; served as Commander of the local American Legion; owned his own construction business and school bus operation and joined the Masons and Melha Temple in Springfield, Mass. He and his wife owned a seasonal cottage colony in West Dennis where they retired to in 1980.
He lovingly leaves Corinne, his wife of 62 years, his daughter Ruth C. Goodhall of Dennisport, his son John H. Goodhall, Jr and daughter-in-law, Patricia of Grafton, Mass. and grandchildren, Maura of Bridgewater and Eric, of New Bedford. He leaves a sister, brother, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Dennis Community Church, P.O. Box 487, W. Dennis, MA 02670.
Burial with military honors will be at the Holland Cemetery, Holland, Massachusetts on the June 12th. It is at 1:00 and then there will be a gathering with refreshments at the Senior Center right after.
Posted with permission of the Goodhall family by Gerry Germaine Hisgen House Bed & Breakfast Holland, MA 01521

Posted on 15 May 2010, 9:08 - Category: The Town Common
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Ray Korny, Holland's New Beginning.

I've lived in Holland for my entire childhood till I was 21 years old. I moved permanently back to town in 2005.
Since that time we've lost a lot of our old timers who helped build this town and make it what it's become.
People like Tom Mulrain, our police chief, John Goodhall who ran the Holland Fire Dept. for many years,
Fred Henke who served us as Selectman/Police Officer along with many other positions, my dad, Gerry Germaine, who took care of the Holland School as janitor for many years and more recently Walter Woods who made sure we could always get home in a storm running our Highway Dept., All people who took care of US by taking care of our beloved town . They did it on a shoestring and dedicated countless hours of their own personal time and money and often times with great sacrifice to their own families with no reward.

I moved back to Holland only to find the town immersed in political strife that can only be rivaled by the Hatfield and McCoys.

The upcoming election will prove to be an opportunity for the people of Holland to make a change away from the direction of past politics. We have such a person here in Holland who I believe holds the ideals and dedication of some of his past predecessors who can help implement some much needed changes here in town. I believe Ray Korny who's running for Selectman has the character, honesty, and integrity needed for Holland to go forward to a new beginning. You only have to talk to Ray Korny a few minutes to find out he's articulate, well read, educated, and detail oriented and that he isn't afraid to speak up for what he feels is right or WRONG. You only have to drive by his property or go to his web site for his and his wife Barbara's bed and breakfast ( to see how dedicated and detail oriented he is to a project. I believe he will be just as dedicated to the Town of Holland. He has served in a number of capacities for the town already, and he's here in town almost 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As such he is familiar with the interaction of our existing officials.
Holland has a rare opportunity right now for that New Beginning. I hope the people of Holland will throw all their support behind Ray on election day and do what's necessary by voting for him. It's rare that a town has the opportunity and willingness of an individual like Ray Korny to serve it's people. It may be a long time before we have another chance at such a quality individual. Let's not miss this one!.

Gerry Germaine
Hisgen Farm
Hisgen House
Bed & Breakfast
78 Hisgen Road
Holland, MA

Posted on 13 May 2010, 12:19 - Category: Town Politics
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There will be more, Mr. Wettlaufer!

First-Cattle-in-over-a-hundred-years-on-Blodgett-farm For the first time in more than a century there are once again cattle at the former Blodgett Farm on Mashapaug Road.
Northeast Concepts/ Huguenot Farm recently constructed a cattle barn on their hillside property and today brought two of their Polled Hereford Cattle from their Oxford Farm to the Holland Farm.
We now have a source of prime beef growing here in Holland. Finally..
James P. LaMountain

Posted on 8 May 2010, 15:04 - Category: The Town Common
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Cypripedium acaule, or the pink lady’s slipper.

Just 50 feet from my house is this pink lady’s slipper, one of two orchid species that grow right next to my house. I took this picture yesterday.
The cypripedium acaule is native to our region but you will not find any on your lawn. Keeping your surrounding s natural produces this wonder of nature’s beauty and splendor and keeps the lake clean.

Even if you do not live on a lake, you can help keep it clean. One of the easiest ways is to use lake-friendly, phosphorus-free fertilizer for your turfgrass. Hamilton Reservoir and Lake Siog and all other downstream water bodies will appreciate it.
When too much phosphorus enters the lake, algae and weed growth become uncontrollable. Using a lake-friendly, phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer will help protect the lake and will not compromise your lawn’s appearance.
Peter Frei

Read also: Lake Siog and the cyanobacteria.

Posted on 8 May 2010, 01:04 - Category: The Town Common
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