Archive for February, 2013

Starting Summer Early?

February 17th, 2013 Comments off

Peter Rocke sent in this photo of Middlefield getting an early start (February)  on the mowing season. Snow-Mowing

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2nd ruling in Land Ct

February 16th, 2013 Comments off

Feb 12, 2013, Judge Long of Land Court made another ruling against Plaintiffs Gita & Stephen Harris in the lawsuit they filed suing Middlefield and suing 10 individuals.  Excerpt: “This court has previously ruled against the plaintiffs’ contention that the road is public.  See Memorandum and Order on Defendant Town of Middlefield’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (Jan. 29, 2013)” [link to that document on Current History page of this website].  The ‘road’ that Plaintiffs were claiming as public is the gated off area after the end of Harry Pease Road, through to the gated end off of Alderman Rd near Arthur Pease Extension. 

Excerpts from the 1-29-13 ruling against the Plaintiffs:  [The road] “has been the subject of three town votes…, the latest on May 5, 2012 which described the road as “abandoned” and expressly discontinued it as a public way.”  And “I find and rule that [the road] is not presently public …and thus ALLOW the Town’s motion for judgment on the pleadings.  All claims against the Town in this action are DISMISSED.”  [Editor’s note: The Town is still being sued by the Plaintiffs in another lawsuit action in Superior Court, so this only dismisses the Town from being a Defendant in Land Court.]

The 2-12-13 ruling goes on to say: “The plaintiffs have also failed to show a likelihood of success on the merits” [of their claims in the case].  And, “The plaintiffs’ claims of easement by necessity fail because their properties have frontage on public ways.”  And the plaintiffs’ claims of “easement by estoppel” do not apply “when the grantor” [of the property deed] “never had rights to the entire way.  Such is the case here.”

Read 7 page decision of 2-12-13: Order denying Plaintiffs preliminary Injunction 2-14-13

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Sat 2/16/13 events

February 15th, 2013 Comments off

At Church 9am Bake Sale (’till noon or when out of goodies).  Coffee hour will be moved from Town Hall to Church, since the food will already be there.

At Senior Center 10am Democratic Caucus selects delegate and alternate to attend state convention in June.  Any Middlefield resident who is registered as a Democrat is welcome to come.  Meeting is usually brief.

At Town Hall, usual Saturday Zumba class Noon-1pm.  Drop-in, $6

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Snowstorm delays dinner

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

Friday POTLUCK Dinner is POSTPONED from tomorrow’s snow storm night TO FRIDAY FEB 15th.  Tell anyone you can think of who doesn’t do email and internet.  On 2/15 it’ll be usual time, 6:30pm, usual place: Blossom Center, 16 Bell Rd.

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A community that eats together…

February 6th, 2013 Comments off

We do like getting together with friends and neighbors near and far for good conversation and good food.  THIS WEEKEND the opportunities are:

Monthly Second Friday Potluck: Friday 2/8/13 6:30pm Potluck Dinner at Blossom Community Center, 16 Bell Rd.

Occasional Middlefield Fair Fundraising: Sunday 2/10/13 Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am at Town Hall, 188 Skyline Trail. All-you-can-eat $7 adult, $6 senior, young kids free.

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Voted down lawyer accts

February 5th, 2013 Comments off

A large turnout for a Special Town Meeting on Monday Feb 4th voted down all funding requests related to the lawsuits against the town by Plaintiffs Gita Jozsef Harris, Stephen Harris, and Michael Jamula.  There was heated debate about the choices and secrecy of 2/3rds of the Selectboard, which leaves voters with no clear idea of what the Selectboard is directing Town Counsel to spend time on.  Also questioned was why the Town Counsel account was overspent by $6,000 before holding a Special Town Meeting to seek authorization for the spending.  Articles which failed to pass requested $17,000 for Town Counsel account for the current fiscal year, 919.30 for the same account for last fiscal year, and $7,500 as the insurance deductible on an approximately $9,000 lawyer bill for the same lawsuits, which got handled through the Town’s insurance.

 Voters did pass the requests for money from free cash to fund a bill for last year’s Vocational Education for $5,488; and for funding a non-resident Veterans Agent Salary for $1,800 and a Veteran’s Benefit account for $2,500.  Voters also approved an additional $1,200 for the Election and Registration account to cover the unusual Senate election with Primary voting on 4/30, and Election on 6/25.

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2/4/13 Special Town Meeting

February 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Other title: A Hot Time in the old town tonight.

Come Monday Feb 4th to Town Hall for a 7pm Special Town Meeting to vote on spending over $36,000.

The Articles request: $17,000 for Town Counsel.  Plus $919.30 for an unpaid amount for Town Counsel from last year.  Plus $7,500 “insurance deductible” which may also be lawyer costs, since the Town Insurance company temporarily supplied a lawyer for the lawsuit brought against the town.

The lawsuit expense is caused by residents Gita Jozsef Harris (who is still chair of the Board of Assessors at the same time as she sues the town), and Stephen Harris (who is town webmaster, and was coordinating the GIS map contract, which would include the map data showing a road along 4000 feet of Gita and Steve’s property despite the fact that no public town road exists there.)

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Lambs to be born

February 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The sheep of Heather Baylis that live at Blossom Community Center will be having lambs some time in February 2013.   Comment if you would like to suggest names.  Or if you want to request a mini-4H class of introduction to sheep husbandry, or a designated visiting time.  First Lamb 2013

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5-fold Flower of Life

February 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The past we learn from, and the future we co-create.  These 2 aspects form a life journey upon which we forge 3 relationships of heart and soul –with people, with place, and with purpose.  We open our hearts to the people in our lives, the land we call home, and the path of destiny that calls to us.

So the 5-fold mission of life is this: Learning, Creating, Community-building, Earth-stewardship, and honoring Sacred-Spirit (Nurturing the soul’s potential to fullest blossoming).

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February 3rd, 2013 1 comment

I was trying to think of the ingredients needed to make pleasant and sustainable community organizations.  I got hung up on wording when I tried to name the group whole, rather than the individual participant.  The mainstream anti-communist bias has left a taint on words like ‘communal’ or ‘collective’.  What are your suggestions for words to describe the ‘multi-individual’ whole?  And what key ingredients would you list for smoothing the wheels of community interaction, if other than mine below?

I Pledge commitment to the common baseline for membership: Working Well With Others.  Assuming Personal Responsibility. Contributing my personal efforts harmoniously to the collaborative whole.

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