Rambling Through Holland

From: Brent Abrahamson, To: Holland Blog.
Hi Peter,
I'm not sure if you would be interested, but I have placed some of my slide shows on YouTube. If you think your readers would be interested, or if you are, here is the code:

Brent Abrahamson

Posted on 31 Mar 2009, 19:48 - Category: The Town Common
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“01521” Number One on Google!

The Holland Blog went online for the first time on February 14, 2009. After only five weeks, the Google query 01521 produces the Holland Blog as top ranking result out of a staggering number of 3,240,000 results.
Peter Frei

Posted on 21 Mar 2009, 15:01 - Category: The Town Common
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Opacum Land Trust Annual Meeting

Opacum Land Trust, Inc. is a regional, all volunteer organization formed in 2000 to protect natural and cultural resources in South Central Massachusetts. The Trust will hold its Annual Meeting this coming Thursday, March 26, 2009 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Holland Senior Center at 40 Brimfield Road, Holland. The organizers, all volunteers, will offer pizza and inform members and friends about what’s going on. If you are interested in becoming more involved or becoming a member or just attending the meeting, call 508-347-9144 or email info@opacumlt.org.
Peter Frei

Posted on 20 Mar 2009, 13:00 - Category: The Town Common
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Broken Light Safety Issue

" From: A Concerned Citizen
To: The Holland Blog

I’ve lived in Holland about 10 years and currently have a child attending Holland Elementary School. For app. 8 years the blinking light driving eastbound on Sturbridge Road near the school has not been working. This is a safety hazard for school children crossing the street nearby. Moreover, the lettering on the sign(s) is almost impossible to read. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen - especially if you, Mr. Blogger, forward my note to the “powers that be” in town and still nothing is done.
I notice that Mr. Selectman Johnson claims to be concerned with safety issues. I find this hard to believe, for it appears that there are other unrelated road issues that are getting attended to, but this sign (a mis-reading of which could cause the serious injury to or death of a child and a lawsuit against the town) should have been fixed years ago.
Mr Blogger, could you see what you can do?

Posted on 20 Mar 2009, 00:04 - Category: The Town Common
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Post about William Medina Arrest top story

At this time, the story about the assault by William Medina was viewed 435 times, whereof 250 views were unique views. The total time this story was viewed is 15 hours, 26 minutes, and 44 seconds. This is an average of 2 minutes and 8 seconds per view.
Peter Frei

Posted on 11 Mar 2009, 1:33 - Category: The Town Common
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Holland Market burglarized twice

These are desperate times, the increase of burglaries does not only affect residences, Dave‘s store got burglirized twice within three days, read more»

Posted on 8 Mar 2009, 17:35 - Category: The Town Common
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Keough condemned Brimfield Town Hall

Brimfield town officials had called for an emergency meeting to be held this morning at 10:00 to find solutions to keep the town running outside the walls of the Town Hall as its roof is in danger of collapsing. Read more»

Posted on 7 Mar 2009, 15:41 - Category: The Town Common
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Holland resident William Medina arrested for assault

Twenty-two year old Lisa Marques, a Holland resident, was hospitalized after a vicious attack by twenty-eight year old William Medina, also known as Will, a Holland native who attended Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School from 1995 to 1999, read more»

Posted on 28 Feb 2009, 18:31 - Category: The Town Common
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Connecticut Prison Guard Fishing Derby on Hamilton Reservoir

Dennis Sturbridge resident Dennis Bonetti and his two fishing buddies Norm Butler and Glenn Tracy from Holland are upset and disappointed. After paying the $10 ticket price they feel “ripped off” by the organizer. Bonetti claims, “we where there on time, they took our money and ran!” Glenn Tracy claimed that after the organizer saw their catch the organizer decided that they were one minute too late to be considered.

The place to get the fish measured no later than 3 PM was simply described as P.J’s bar. Bonetti, Butler, and Tracy spent about five minutes just locating the measuring station that turned out to be in the back of a pick-up truck in the parking lot of PJ’s. There was no sign, Tracy stated. Bonetti was upset over the fact that the person in charge of determining the winner participated himself in the derby. “He should not have been allowed to participate,” Dennis Bonetti said. He proudly claims his bass was the third largest, “I should have made third prize in the category of largest fish.” Norm Butler claims he had the forth largest fish, also a bass. The three are buddies and have been ice-fishing together for many years and vowed never to participate in the Connecticut Prison Guard Derby again.
Glenn Tracy made this video and put it on YouTube:

Posted on 25 Jan 2009, 18:39 - Category: The Town Common
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Oops !!



Police Chief Kevin Gleason's favorit toy has a dent!

I guess it could be worse. I wonder if he was drunk again but nobody there to arrest him as back on November 23, 1999 when he rolled over his car and was arrested for OUI and speeding just yards away form his home. It happened in the middle of the night, shortly after he joined the Southbridge Police Department. No surprise that his carrier in Southbridge didn't last. You didn't know? You can't belive it? Click here to see the police citation of the arresting Police Officer and Court Documents.

Rumor has it that the Board of Selectmen took his favorite toy away from Gleason as he allegedly put on lots of miles while hardly spotted on Holland's roads. Gleason is driving the Police SUV for now.

I wonder how this happend, does somebody know? Give me a call if you do, 413 245 4660. The cruiser has since been fixed. I wonder who paid for it ....

I remember it well when Officer Hogan rolled over the Police SUV while horsing around in the woods near the Rod and Gun club on Union Road. The SUV was only three years old. This happened back on September 12, 2003. During an executive session attended by the selectboard and Chief Gleason, Hogen resigned. Officer Hogen was not reapointed in Brimfield where he served on the Police Department before. Guess who payed for the totalled police SUV...

Peter Frei

Posted on 5 Jun 2008, 11:03 - Category: The Town Common
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Trash Bin

I think there are too many rules in this world and not enough common sense and responsibility. If there wouldn’t be any bad apples we wouldn’t need any rules. What is even worst is the fact that some of the bad apples are in a position that allows them to distort the rules and apply them discriminatorily to the good ones, while disobeying the rules themselves.
The first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gives every individual a right to freedom of speech is very important to a free society. Filing lawsuits to fight for your rights is one of the freedoms protected under the First Amendment.
For years the selectboard claimed I had filed several frivolous lawsuit all of which I lost when in fact the opposite is true. The town has yet to win a victory by final judgment yet. Every lawsuit I did not win in any lower court was won by me on Appeal. But the selectboard and other town officials do struggle with the rules and laws that characterize a civilized free society on other ways as well. Freedom of speech does not allow an individual to just say anything anywhere as some of the town officials believe.
Selectman James Wettlaufer’s distorted interpretation of “freedom of speech” is documented in a letter signed by him in his official capacity as chairman of the Board of selectman. The letter was in response to a complaint addressed to the Board of Selectmen in regards to a verbal attack by elected Highway Superintendent Brian Johnson directed towards my person for no obvious reason inside the town hall. The incident took place on Tuesday May 20, 2008, in front of town clerk Kristin LaPlante. To read my letter with the complaint, click here! To read the revealing response signed By James Wettlaufer click here!

I will not censor the Holland Blog by removing comments. However, if a comment is misplaced, off topic, an unqualified personal attack, a plain lie, or in other ways offensive, I will move (not remove) such comments to the right place, the “trash bin.”

You will even find comments here that I personally wrote and later found offensive and inappropriate.

Some of the “moved” comments include explanations by me that are written in all capitalized letters inside square brackets to distinguish my notes from the original comment. The five digit number is the number of the post under which the comment was posted.
Due to the number of comments, the latest comment is on top for your convenience, and not on the bottom as it is with all the rest of the comments on the Holland Blog.

For all which like trash, this is for you!

I no longer add trash to the trash here, I just don't have the time. You read a few comments here and you will realize, you read one of them and you have read them all, and you will also know what gets deleted on the Holland Blog.
January 28, 2011, Peter Frei

Posted on 1 Jan 2008, 01:01 - Category: The Town Common
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