Rebuttal to Dave Kowalski's recall by Board of Health chairman Kenneth Ference.

Please read the account of events that forced Kenneth Ference to take over as the chair person and angered Dave Kowalski to the point where Kowalski, together with former chairman of the Board of Selectmen and angry Brian Johnson teamed up and fabricated a libelous recall affidavit to mislead the community into supporting the baseless effort, read more»

Posted on 31 Mar 2015, 23:58 - Category: Town Politics
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Johnson, Kowalski, Wettlaufer recall; please don't be fooled!

Two disgruntled former chairmen, James Wettlaufer and Dave Kowalski, joined angry Brian Johnson, to put Kenneth Ference, member and chair of the Board of Health (“BOH”), and Dana Manning, member of the BOH, into their place.
The two members of the BOH voted for a change by ending Dave Kowalski´s “one man show” by approving a motion to elect Kenneth Ference to the position of the chair.
Kenneth Ference and Dana Manning had no other choice, as the Board of Health was dysfunctional to the point were conducting official business became impossible.
Shortly thereafter, Brian Johnson walked into a public meeting by the BOH and was not very happy when he, instead as the usual sign-off by the “god ol' boys” system, had to answer some questions.
The exemplary conduct by the two members, Ference and Manning, who refused to engage in the preferential treatment Brian Johnson expected, was answered with a frivolous open meeting law complaint by Johnson against Manning.
Despite a letter from the Attorney General's office that the case is dismissed without finding any open meting law violation on the side of Dana Manning, the disgruntled trio Johnson Kowalski and Wettlaufer started a recall against Ference and Manning.
The recall is based on lies, Kenneth Ference's and Dana Manning's conduct towards the three men, all weathered members of the “god ol' boys” network in town, was not “official misconduct,” it was threatening their self-serving corrupt ways. The recall of the two members of the BOH is an affront on our community and in particular, on every resident of our town who believes in a free civilized society, read more»

Posted on 30 Mar 2015, 18:08 - Category: Town Politics
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Speak out Holland! (no.33)

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We have not done this for a long time... everybody is invited to go of topic here. I will soon re-activate the Holland Blog, just in time for the annual elections to give the community an opportunity to voice their opinion anonymous and also to inform the community about what is going on behind the scene.
Also, do you have any questions or suggestions? Comment about anything that is amusing you or about anything that is bothering you, but do it in a civilized manner! I will delete obvious lies and offensive comments. To read previous comments under this category, click on “Speak Out Holland” on the left of this blog under the heading “Categories.”

Peter Frei

Posted on 6 Mar 2015, 23:55 - Category: Speak Out Holland
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Happy Holidays to All of You from New York's Finest...

The video is about an Ellen DeGeneres dare to dance behind people and how that went down with the NYPD's finest:

If you run a LINUX platform, the video is at:

Posted on 31 Dec 2014, 09:45 - Category: The Town Common
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Holland / Brimfield Trail Ride, Lake Siog Pass and Grand Trunk Trail, Sat., Oct 18th, 10:00 am

(Rain or shine!)
Meet at the Canoe launch on Pond Bridge Rd.
A Bike Mechanic from Bicycle Concepts, Sturbridge, will be at the trail head at 9:30 to do FREE safety checks & minor adjustments.
The ride is from 10:00 - 12:00 and is 10 miles on flat terrain with options for a shorter ride. It is mostly on trails, though a small part is on little-traveled public roads. Helmets required
Great event for the whole family!
Find us online at:
Sponsored by the Holland Trails Committee, The Brimfield Trail Association, and The Last Green Valley.

Posted on 08 Oct 2014, 11:15 - Category: Things To Do
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Your Input is Needed;
Holland Open Space & Recreation Committee

A public meeting for all Holland residents will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00am - Noon at the Community Center located at 40 Brimfield Road. The Town of Holland is writing an Open Space and Recreation Plan and we are looking for input from residents of the town. The last plan was written in 2004. With a current plan Holland would be able to receive funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to purchase land for trails, recreational areas and open space.

This meeting will help identify the needs of the community and input from all residents is sought to create a comprehensive plan that addresses the kinds of open space and recreation opportunities the people of Holland would like.

Residents are also invited to fill out an online survey; to do the survey, click here!

The survey asks questions regarding the kinds of recreation people participate in, the special “sights” of Holland and what kinds of family activities people are interested in such as enjoying the lake, taking a walk, playing baseball, hunting, etc... Take the survey to help create the plan. Paper copies are available at the town hall, library and community center.

Volunteers are also needed to help write the plan. Howie Fife and Jennifer Ohop, Holland Residents are spearheading this effort.

For more information, please call Howie at 413-245-2124 or email

Posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:37 - Category: Announcements
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2014 Annual Town Election Results, Congratulations Mr. Mandell!

A total of 437 voters made the annual trip to the town hall to exercise their constitutional right to participate in forming the government of their community.
The big surprise this year is the failed attempt by incumbent chairman of the Board of Selectmen, James Wettlaufer, to keep his seat on the Board of Selectmen. Wettlaufer was defeated by a large margin by newcomer Larry Mandell, read more»

Posted on 9 Jun 2014, 20:27 - Category: Town Politics
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James & Heather Wettlaufer, not true!

I learned that Heather and James Wettlaufer attended (for the first time) the annual pan cake breakfast organized by the Hamilton Reservoir Association. The Wettlaufer's showed a picture they carried on their cell phones to everybody who would listen and claimed that it would involve me or the Holland Blog. The picture shows Earl Johnson's gravestone right next to one of James Wettlaufer's campaign signs. The Wettlaufer's downloaded the picture from the facebook page with the name I have neither anything to do with that facebook page, neither do I have anything to do with the picture. As far as I know, the facebook page was created and is maintained by James LaMountain. I also learned today that someone allegedly pored gasoline over Earl Johnson's gravestone. I denounce actions like that in the strongest terms. The fact that a jury found Brian Johnson's behavior to be, “extreme and outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency and intolerable in a civilized society,” does not give anybody the right to behave the same way towards the Johnson's. Heather and James Wettlaufer, I assume, didn't know any better and are excused as they must be under a lot of stress right now (and desperate).

Posted on 9 Jun 2014, 16:43 - Category: The Town Common
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Please Vote Today, Monday June 9!

This is an important Election, we need every vote! Wettlaufer and his supporters who have a financial interest in him being re-elected will go to the polls guaranteed!
Please do the right thing for a better future, for a better Holland.
Peter Frei

Posted on 9 Jun 2014, 13:45 - Category: The Town Common
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Wettlaufer's Board of Selectmen wasted $68,540.48 on unnecessary lawsuits and counting.

The Holland Blog obtained invoices in the amount of $68,540.48 Wettlaufer's BOS paid to attorney Sapirstein for unnecessary frivolous lawsuits, private lawsuits, appeals, and also defending Brian Johnson against a Criminal Harassment Prevention Order sought against him.

Picture: Annual town meeting, May 27, 2014. James Wettlaufer, chairman of the Board of Selectmen sitting on the left; William Hardy, moderator, standing on the right.

The invoices can be viewed by the reader, read more»

Posted on 7 Jun 2014, 23:28 - Category: The Town Common
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Choose one, or do both!
10:00 Trail Ride:
The Holland Trails Committee & Brimfield Trail Committee will be leading a Trail Ride (rain or shine). Meet at the kayak/canoe launch by the bridge at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland. 9:00-10:00 safety check & minor adjustments by a mechanic from Bicycle Concepts Ride: 10:00 - 12:00. About 10 miles (options for a shorter ride) mostly on trails, though a small part will be on little-traveled public roads. Conditions: flat terrain; a few rough or sandy spots, but generally very good.
Helmets required.
For info: 413 245-7745
1:00 Canoe/Kayak Paddle:
The Army Corps of Engineers will be leading a scenic paddle through wildlife habitat on the Quinebaug River. There is little current, and no portage. 
Meet at the kayak/canoe launch by the bridge at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland. Guided paddle: 1:00-3:00.
Boats are not provided, so you must bring your own canoe or kayak.
PDFs, personal floatation devices, are required.
Preregistration is requested by calling the Army Corps office at 508 347-3705.

Posted on 6 Jun 2014, 08:18 - Category: Things To Do
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