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Ashburnham, Westminster feel brunt - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 18 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 16, 2008, titled Ashburnham, Westminster feel brunt - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Ashburnham and Westminster were hit hard by last week's ice storm and most households remain without power.

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man oh man

Ashburnham, MA

#1 Dec 16, 2008
The Town of Ashburnham has done a fabulous job! A storm of this type doesn't happen often and all town department's seem to have control of the situation. I can't speak for Westminster.
Someone Paying Attention

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Dec 16, 2008
Let me speak for my community. Westminster did an incredible job and it makes me proud to live in my town.

Westminster leadership, AWRSD, & Ashburnham showed how teamwork accomplishes so much in a disaster.

Thanks to all who chipped in and got us through it. We won't soon forget you!
Molly from Ashburnham

AOL

#3 Dec 16, 2008
The Ashburnham crew has been wonderful! The shelter was great. I gave the food 4 stars! We may bicker over political stuff, but when push comes to shove we the town works well together. I am really proud of being from Ashburnham!
Frustrated

AOL

#4 Dec 16, 2008
Granted Ashburnham has it's politics but the departments always do a great job. It is this dedication and professionalism that makes me glad we didn't have to let anyone go recently. Everyone has been going the extra mile as they always do. I am not from Westminster but I hear they are working just as hard.
nonsense

Quinebaug, CT

#5 Dec 16, 2008
man oh man wrote:
The Town of Ashburnham has done a fabulous job! A storm of this type doesn't happen often and all town department's seem to have control of the situation. I can't speak for Westminster.
are you serious???? we have only seen one cleanup crew in our neighborhood so far, NOT ONE COP!!!! there are people driving around looking for empty houses and the elderly to rob them, so remind me again why people voted to raise taxes??? what services? we were trapped on our road for two days while me and a couple neighbors chainsawed through ourselves!!! when the crew came they only did the main road, never came up ours. screw you ashburnham!!!
nonsense

Quinebaug, CT

#6 Dec 16, 2008
all four of you must work for the dpw or something, we have seen hardly anyone in our area, not one cop, lines and poles still hanging very precariously everywhere, unreal what a lack of response, i think im going to take my many thousands of dollars a year in tax money elswhere
Katie

Berlin, MA

#7 Dec 17, 2008
Being that I reside on one of the main streets in Ashburnham, I can also commend the town's speedy recovery of powerlines in the center of town. I have seen so many trucks driving around, often until 11 or 12 at night. They are definitely busting their butts to get things cleaned up, and the effort is well-appreciated.
Towns Friend

Lowell, MA

#8 Dec 17, 2008
I have to say the Town of Ashburnham has done a wonderful job getting everything cleaned up. The Crews have worked day and night since Thursday morning hardly getting any sleep and now They have todays storm to deal with and then The weekend potential BIG storm. I honestly hope everyone everyone was happy to see no layoffs because this fabulous job would not have been done and I am sure most would still be out of Power. I know some still are and I am sorry for that but they are working VERY hard.
GREAT JOB WORKERS!!!!
D on Minott Road

Newton Upper Falls, MA

#9 Dec 17, 2008
I live in Westminster, three miles from the center. We still have no power or water. It took two days and neighbors to be able to get a quater of the way down the street. We were so happy to see the National Guard clearing away the streets so that we could find supplies and basics.It is day seven and all of the power lines are down on the side of the road and no repairs are in sight. I can't say that I have seen any one from the town (government, DPW, or police) since day 1. I guess the center of town is a priority as is Mount Wachusett. They a skiing up there, they have all the power!
Frustrated

AOL

#10 Dec 18, 2008
To Nonsense,

I am not part of any clean up crews. I have been hearing the fire dept on the scanner day and night since this thing started as they cut debris from the streets. Do you live in an outlying area? Sometime the price of privacy is isolation.
Where are the crews

United States

#11 Dec 18, 2008
Live off of Minott.....no sign of life anywhere....no updates from the town....realize that things are tough but information would be helpful...you can't run generators 24/7
stupid people

Quinebaug, CT

#12 Jan 11, 2009
Frustrated wrote:
To Nonsense,
I am not part of any clean up crews. I have been hearing the fire dept on the scanner day and night since this thing started as they cut debris from the streets. Do you live in an outlying area? Sometime the price of privacy is isolation.
then perhaps we should not pay taxes! i pay more taxes than MOST residents, my kids do not and never will go to those crappy schools and my road is almost impossible, so why doi i have to pay them?
Frustrated

AOL

#13 Jan 11, 2009
If you pay more taxes than MOST residents sell off some of your property or buy a smaller home. Those that often complain about paying the most taxes often own the most land, largest home, or both.
so what

Quinebaug, CT

#14 Jan 23, 2009
Frustrated wrote:
If you pay more taxes than MOST residents sell off some of your property or buy a smaller home. Those that often complain about paying the most taxes often own the most land, largest home, or both.
duh, it is obvious i do own a large property and nice home of course. the question remains, why do some people get all the service and others get nothing? where are all these cops that are so necesary? i NEVER see any
Frustrated

AOL

#15 Jan 24, 2009
Where is it that some people get all the services? The so necessary cops aren't there. Quite often there are no more than two on and often times one. Given that they are spread rather thin. Your neighborhood is probably pretty safe if you never see them. If your road is so bad is it public or private (we have both)? If it is public and way off the beaten path road repair is prioritized due to minimal funding. Not that anyone is any less important but dollars have to be spent to mazimize effect. Sorry you think the schools are crappy. What was it that attracted you here, low real estate values that got you more house for the money compared to where you came from?
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#16 Jan 24, 2009
If you want more services in Ashburnham, just vote for more taxes, their voting record shows they will vote for anything
O-So-Lo-Mio

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Jan 24, 2009
Molly from Ashburnham wrote:
The Ashburnham crew has been wonderful! The shelter was great. I gave the food 4 stars! We may bicker over political stuff, but when push comes to shove we the town works well together. I am really proud of being from Ashburnham!
The "shelter" was Oakmont...it belongs to Westminster and to Ashburnham...the 4 star food was made in our state of the art kitchen at Oakmont...what would Ashburnham have done if you had to use Briggs? Would anyone come back? I think not.
my opinion

Berlin, MA

#18 Jan 25, 2009
It was a wise choice to use Oakmont as a shelter, as for being a much nicer facility, showers, ect..but I must add the food would have been just as 4 star if it was prepared at Briggs, just as it was at Westminster Elementary.

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