Tantasqua Teachers receive wage increase

During yesterday’s Tantasqua School committee meeting, a majority of the committee voted in favor of raising teacher’s salaries four percent over the next three years. In favor of the raise despite the uncertain economic future was Tantasqua representative for the town of Holland Howard Fife. The other of the two Holland representatives, Michael Kennedy, opposed the salary increase.
The 10-5 vote accepted the proposed union contract for the years 2010-2012. Other roll call votes in favor were cast by Tantasqua School committee chairwoman Kathleen Neal, Sheila Noyes-Miller, William Haggerty, Steven Andstrom, Patricia Barnicle, Michelle Fitzgerald, Susan Hilker, Mary McGlynn and Elizabeth Tichy.
Other opposed voters were James Ehrhard, James Cooke, Brenda Tooley, and selectman representative Michael Valanzola of Wales who served on the contract negotiating subcommittee that voted 4-1 to present the contract to the School Committee. The following individuals abstained from the vote to prevent any conceivable conflict due to direct relations to people affected by the contract: Geoffrey Earls, Francis Simanski and Donald Faugno. Peter O’Connell was absent. The raise is designed to increase 1 percent the first year and 1 1/2 percent for the next two years, for a total raise of 4 percent. According to Boyd, Tantasqua may face a $250,000 shortfall in state reimbursement for their regional transportation.
Peter Frei

Posted on 20 May 2009, 15:48 - Category: Town Politics
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If it aint broke, don't fix it

From: Mr.fixit To: The Holland Blog
There is an old slogan that many new englanders have used for years. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, it is broke, and it has to be fixed. What is broken is the trust in Holland’s government. There are too many obvious illegalities that have taken place over the years. Government is supposed to be “by the people for the people,” not “by some people for some people.” I have known Peter Frei for many years. Besides being extremely intelligent, Peter is exceedingly headstrong and very persistent. He is honest, aboveboard, and courageous. When Peter first bought the land he lives on in Holland, he had problems with town officials. He asked “how can they do these things to me?” “Do they have laws to protect me in this country?” I advised him to get a lawyer. Much to my surprise, Peter represented himself. After hours and hours of study by himself at the law library in Springfield, Peter was able to get his cases heard. Sure it cost the town of Holland some taxpayers money, but in the long run, Peter will be seen as the hero that saved the town. It is ironic that a Swiss man would save Holland. This man deserves more than thanks. He deserves a key to the town and a parade. He is a true American. Single handed, Peter started this movement. Now this blog has made him the Pied Piper of Holland.
Guess who started this blog? VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Speak up! Clean up!

Posted on 15 May 2009, 22:29 - Category: Town Politics
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Wettlaufer’s documented Lie No.1

The Holland Blog is starting a LIE-Counter; this lie-counter will start at zero and will increase by one increment with each documented past or new significant lie by one of our selectmen.
I know, the word “LIE” has an extreme negative connotation; I do not use it lightly. To allege that a selectman is lying is a serious allegation as the act of lying by any town official is an outrageous act. Some of what you will read here is ugly; most of you will only read about it, a few of us actually have to live with Wettlaufer’s and Earl Johnsons’s lies on a daily basis. While some slanderous lies only affect certain individuals, other lies affect the entire community in a most harmful way and will only be realized by unassuming trusting individuals when it is too late. The truck stop is a prime example of a development where nepotism and cronyism rule over commonsense and the entire community will suffer the consequences.
The first lie the Holland Blog is documenting here is a lie perpetrated during an interview by James Wettlaufer that he gave to the Southbridge Evening News just days before the election back in 2007. The evidence the Holland Blog provides to expose Wettlaufer’s lie could not be more credible. The evidence is a court document, the MEMORANDUM OF DECISION AND ORDER ON THE DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS, HAMPDEN SUPRIOR COURT CIVIL ACTION NO. 2006-00651.
What the Holland Blog here does is not slandering the chairman of the selectboard James Wettlaufer, the Holland Blog here proves that Wettlaufer is slandering one of the residents of Holland. To read Wettlaufer’s LIE, click here!»
Peter Frei

Posted on 13 May 2009, 00:00 - Category: Town Politics
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Ex Chief Gleason investigated

The Holland Blog was informed by a reliable source at the town hall that Kevin Gleason was the “town official” that gave cause to the executive sessions held by the board of selectman during the last two regular official Board meetings. In a letter sent on or around May 5, 2009, chairman of the board of selectmen, James Wettlaufer, “empowered” first Assistant District Attorney James Orenstein, Hampden County Bureau, to move forward with an investigation to determine if any wrongdoing took place. The recent resignation of Police Chief Kevin Gleason caused the selectboard to change all the locks and security codes and claimed that this would be “normal procedure.” Gleason cited medical reasons for his resignation a week ago and Wettlaufer has yet to admit to the residents of Holland that Gleason’s resignation brought “certain irregularities” to light.
Peter Frei

Posted on 11 May 2009, 14:01 - Category: Town Politics
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Write-In Campaign Info

"Sign"width=200 James LaMountain is organizing a “WRITE-IN” campaign to replace some of the most notorious and corrupt town officials at the annual town election. The corruption is systemic at the town hall in Holland. Instead of checking each other they cover each other. The ousted Chief of Police Kevin Gleason is just a manifestation of the Problem. Spend some time reading posts on the Holland Blog and it will be an eye-0pener! Start with the post about the Johnson Landgate. Then read about the proposed Flying J truck stop and its devastating impact on our community and the myth that it will increase the tax base.
Instead of moving out, we fight back. Holland is a beautiful place already, lets unleash its full potential instead of letting a few ruining it. Click here to read more»

Posted on 10 May 2009, 06:13 - Category: Town Politics
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Officials still cover Chief Kevin Gleason

Every word in bold italic on the entire Holland Blog is a link, click on any to read the original document.
I do have knowledge that the State Police conducted an investigation about a larceny, implicating Kevin Gleason, around the time our Board of Selectmen, Earl Johnson, James Wettlaufer, and Christian Peterson promoted Kevin Gleason and trusted him with the safety of our community. I sent a letter and requested a copy of the report on the investigation under the “Freedom of Information Act.”
The answer letter written by Joan O’Brian from the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel, 470 Worcester Road, Farmington Ma 01702, is telling. The answer was written at a time Kevin Gleason was still the Chief in Holland. The letter insinuates that there is no limit to the cost that such a request could potentially incur. This of course is BS. Under the law, they have to supply me with copies at a cost of $1 per page. If they can’t find the report because they have a mess and are not organized it is their problem. Officials instead of checking each other they cover each other, it is a phenomena I witnessed throughout government, including all three branches. Our selectboard had many opportunities to oust Gleason. It is telling that it did not!
I try to find humor in everything; I could not do what I do otherwise. My answer letter to Joan O’Brian needs to be read with this in mind to be appreciated.
Some day I will have a copy of the report, I promise! I will thereafter add a piece about Kevin P. Gleason under his name to the “Who Is Who” section of the Holland Blog to bring closure to the Gleason saga. If you have knowledge of criminal conduct by Kevin Gleason, you can file a report with the FBI, click here to get to the website where you can file a tip!
Peter Frei

Posted on 9 May 2009, 12:34 - Category: Town Politics
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Police Chief Kevin Gleason resigned under duress.

The moral bankruptcy of our town government claimed its first victim in Gleason; criminal charges will allegedly follow, read more»

Posted on 4 May 2009, 23:48 - Category: Town Politics
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Sturbridge Voters Not As Smart As Holland Voters?

This is an intriguing question, find out for yourself by reading more»

Posted on 3 May 2009, 18:21 - Category: Town Politics
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Write-In Campaign Info

James LaMountain is organizing a “WRITE-IN” campaign to replace some of the most notorious and corrupt town officials at the annual town election, read more»

Posted on 30 Apr 2009, 22:13 - Category: Town Politics
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2009 Town Caucus Report

Last night, 44 voters attended the 2009 town caucus at the Holland Elementary School. Candidates for a total of 18 positions were proposed to be put on the ballot for the annual town elections to be held June 8, 2009, from 10:00 hours to 20:00 hours, read more»

Posted on 15 Apr 2009, 11:57 - Category: Town Politics
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Editorial on Tantasqua’s interim principal

As the readers of the Holland Blog may know, Tantasqua High School’s Superintendent Daniel G. Durgin hired a new interim principal, Michael P. Lucas. Lucas is replacing former principal Steven B. Bliss. Brent Abrahamson is following Daniel G. Durgin’s hiring of Lucas on his blog, click here to read his interesting editorial.
Peter Frei

Posted on 10 Apr 2009, 10:43 - Category: Town Politics
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