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Spring Peeper Stampede Winners

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS IN THE 2021 SPRING PEEPER STAMPEDE!! Marie Blauvelt and her husband Tom were out for a late afternoon walk, standing at the boat ramp on Lake Mansfield at 5:55 PM on Tuesday the 23rd when they heard their first Spring Peepers. Very early in the Stampede, Carla Turner of Turner Farms Maple Syrup fame predicted with great specificity that the first hearing would be on March 23rd at 5:55 PM.  AMAZING!! I cannot recall in 20 years of Spring Peeper Stampedes two people’s prediction and hearing coinciding at precisely the same date and time. Close, yes, …

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Piggeries and Peculiar Lost Zoning Particulars.

With all the recent activity generated by the controversial auction of lots in Richmond Shores, I became curious about some particulars of zoning dimensional requirements. Gloria Morse and Holly Stover were also asking questions about when certain changes in zoning occurred, as they work on the upcoming Richmond Pond book. But, no good, accessible resource for all of Richmond’s zoning chronology exists. Or, at least until I started putting one together… I spoke briefly with the current zoning czar (aka Chairman of the Planning Board) John Hanson, and learned that even though he’s been on the planning board for 40 …

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Pseudacris crucifer Stampede.

From our esteemed Conservation Agent: When ere wee froggie wakes, en strugglen outa tha muck, gaspin fer breth, clingin ta sticks en reeds, suckin up warm sun, en at lass calls out ta ‘nother wee froggie, ”Peep Peep Peep Peep Peep Peep Peep…” ‘Tiz Spring me thinks, en its time fer fun en frollik. -Anon.   Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of all ages, the time has come – after a long and cold winter – for another fun filled cliffhanger of a competition that will limber up your biological clock and test your auditory acuity like none other. It …

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400+ Years of Service

Fifty-three.  That’s the answer I have been looking for these past couple of days. Because it is my intention to tell the story of Richmond’s Conservation Commission through all of the people who have served. Because I think that each one who gave of their time, and their talents, and their passion — should all be honored. Because it is my intention to post some of each person’s story and their recollections of their time on the commission. Because I wanted to know how many darn pages that would run to… There are 53 people who have served. Some for …

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Melting Ice.

Yesterday, with a temp near 50° F, the surface of the 12-14 inches of ice on Richmond Pond was safe enough for ConCom Chair Emeritus, Holly Stover, and I to spend an extremely pleasant afternoon walking about. I’m sure the ice will soon be gone with these warming temps and the longer days but, yesterday, the sun and beauty of surrounding had our spirits soaring. And metaphorically, the long-frozen impasse with the damage to the western slopes of Lenox mountain also seems on the verge of melting. At our ConCom meeting Tuesday evening, DCR Senior Ecologist, Nancy Putnam spoke about …

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Corner of Shore and Town Beach

Tonight, 2/24, at the Selectboard meeting, I’ll be presenting information about the research into who owns what at the corner of Shore Road and Town Beach Road. And, how it doesn’t match the current assessors maps. Because the assessors map information ends up driving what you see for “tax-parcels” in the mapping systems like

Eating History.

Today I’m back to work on the site. Pumpkin Warrior, my orange cat is ‘assisting me’ by chewing up my notes. But it is a great reminder that fire, floods, and all manner of other calamities can destroy records. At the sixty-year mark, so much institutional memory has disappeared into the mists. 


I’ve been building the basic scaffolding of the website and that’s always an iffy venture once I get going because I like to build/design a bit organically, not with some buttoned-down, cookie-cutter design right out of the starting gate. And because my hope will be a welcoming harbor for at least two distinct audiences. There will be some whose main curiosity are the many details of past conservation efforts — the history of it all. While other visitors may be caught up in challenges presented by the demands of a present-day issue — folks who are trying to …

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Welcome to These pages are meant to become a valuable resource for present-day commissioners and everyone in our community who would like to discover more about the history of conservation in Richmond, Massachusetts.  And about important emerging stories. Why For myself, it began when I discovered a small discrepancy between the number of current ConCom members — seven — and the limit of five maximum members in Richmond’s most recent official bylaws. Which was correct? Five? Seven? No one I asked could remember when the change had occurred. The answer was out of anyone’s living memory! Nor could …

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