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Dear Petersham Common.com
You may be interested in knowing that just prior to Easter, I received a call from a woman who had seen my number on the website. She called it in hopes of getting our "Senior Center". It seems that she has an aunt who is a nun at the Novitiate, and she wanted to send her flowers for Easter. She had called the only Florist she knew in Athol and was told they would not deliver to Petersham for less than $30. She wondered if I knew any other in Athol who wouldn't charge so much. I suggested MacMannis Florist. She later called back to tell me how well she was received by them, and they would deliver her flowers gratis. She thanked me profusely for the recommendation. I guess there really are people out there who read petershamcommon.com. Just thought you'd like to know that!
John LePoer - 5/4
Dear PC: How much more are you going to
add to the Petersham site? Much more and
I won't need Yahoo anymore.
Steve F., Dery, N.H.
Dear Steve: We're just boppin' along, adding stuff every day. And you ain't seen nothin' yet. Yahoo already has enough people logging on. They don't know you. They don't need your clicks. We have more interEsting links anyway. Go ahead. Be the first kid on your block up there in New Hampshire to Make PetershamCommon your home page.
Please." Start saying this when they call to sell you stuff during
dinner. Then put down your phone and walk off instead of hanging up. Hang up
later. You can also use those return envelopes from credit card companies to
mail back lots of those inserted ads. Hey, it gives the Post Office something to
do AND cuts down on using those pretty mauve bags.
Hi Roy! Great site! Cool watching
Logan air traffic - not sure I want to fly anymore ;-) How do they
keep it all straight?? ! - S.M. Hardwick.
There is a room, in a building, in Nashua, N.H. The Place is called Boston Center. They have large, green radar screens and air traffic controllers there, people who watch planes and talk to pilots and keep everything sorted out. We are glad they do that.
"It's big in there. It's like New York City"
M. Said, Paris, France
Yes, It is. - PC
I called my sister in Arizona and told her she
could see a picture of Grampy on the Internet. I also found some great Quabbin
pictures. There's something different there every day"
"Wandering around in PetershamCommon.com
is a lot like rummaging around in somebody's grandmother's attic,"
G.Z., New Hampshire.
We'll take that as a compliment. Thanks.
I've just landed in Petersham after 8 years in Seattle's high-tech market (and after a stint as cook at the Insight Meditation Society). I'm trying to meet local folks, got your name from the Petersham web site (which is great--thank you!), and thought I'd just send you a little hello, along with a few getting-to-know-you questions. Do you know if Petersham is scheduled to be wired for broadband Internet access (DSL or cable modem)?
Hi to you too.
If you are saying you aren't used to the leisurely pace at which data moves through your modem and would prefer faster transmission speeds, us too. Look around. There are few houses, long spaces between them. Nobody ever put a cable service in here either. PC imagines that it will be some time before we get to that, if ever. Maybe satellites? Till then, tin cans and sticks anyone? I'm just happy to have DSL in the center of town. Sorry to everyone else.
I wish I had a digital camera because we have the coolest cat around and I would love to see her picture on the site. Which brings me up to the other major critter population in our fair burg- horses! There are a zillion horses in this town and they should be featured too.
AB - Petersham
PC respectfully suggests that your estimates of the local horse population may quite possibly be a trifle overstated, even perhaps overblown. Do you have any census data to support that assertion? Did you inquire of Beth? Have you told Katharine? And what DOES Obie think?
We note here that PC has recently observed that the population of men and women in neon spandex outfits and 10-speed bikes seems to be on the increase as well. But is that any reason to take pictures of THEM ? Even if they walk funny? Perish the thought! Don't they know how silly they look in those little outfits?
Next, the Petersham Gerbil Alliance (PGA) and the Ferrett and Iguana Marching Society (FIMS) will be very likely be clogging our mailboxes to demand equal consideration, we suppose.
We started with people and cows and dogs. Now we also have cats. PC does occasionally take roving photos of things -- And No We are Not Spies for the Government -- This or Any Other - so OK, squelch that indelicate rumour and expect to see an occasional horse picture on our pages from time to time -- but one simply must draw the line someplace. I mean, really... will they also want pictures of CURLING? What IS that, anyway? Ohhh. The stress of it all. Will PC finally have to consider meditation, counseling or even massage? Or possibly join a reading circle? Ride On, Dude!
Hi, how about a community bulletin board (like the one at the Country Store) where folks can post little tidbits, like an upcoming event, babysitter job, yard sales, etc??? just a thought.... thanks
JC - Petersham
Dear JC - Actually, that's a lot of what this site is
all about. Send event and meeting notices and we'll put them up where you can
find them, probably in Local News and Notes. Ads for
expensive stuff should cost money, but not much.
We invite local groups to send us e-mail to announce their upcoming events and have already published several this month.
PC is not dismayed but rather welcomes your comment, guidance and assistance as a positive development in the ongoing search here for truth, justice, information, the American way and correct English (including spelling, grammar and syntax).
Whenever "over 500
people" gather, we are prone to cringe against the possibility that someone
or something might fall on them. It would be an historic, if Herculean effort,
to revise the language toward correctness in every case. Lord knows how the
Parisians have tried to save French. Let us not chide you, gentle reader, for your supportive
correction except to suggest that PC would appreciate knowing the page on which
you found the offending apostrophe. PC will make haste in a spirit of probity
and correctness to expunge the error if
its location be known. PC and especially PC ABBY
support an open and free exchange of ideas. But in our effort, we have created
many more web pages than can be parsed for errors in retrospect. Indeed, some of
our content comes from others who may not be so well versed in the harmonies of
grammatical nuance as you yourself appear to be. PC does not mention this in any
attempt to shift blame, but rather to point out that our common is an
interesting and busy place and we welcome contributions of all kinds. With your
help, we will surely be able to maintain the highest editorial standards as we
Dear PC: I think you people are taking this
Petersham thing way too far. I mean, I was there once. I didn't see any THERE
there. You don't have a bank or a gasoline station or a shopping center or even
a McDonald's. Band concerts are one thing but Petersham is in the middle of no
place. Why would anyone want to BE there anyway? What do you all DO out there
anyway? I just can't imagine. Oh, I do like your website, though.
Dear D.R. - Thank you for
your insightful comments. Some things just can't be explained to all people.
We've pretty much given up on that. We have been to Chelmsford once or twice too.
(See Picture above.)
I discovered this website today and I think it is the
greatest thing EVER created on the web. It is so nice to have a slice of home
accessible anywhere in the world, and it really is quintessential Petersham,
from the Photos, to the Daily News,
even down to the way the little blurbs are written. It is exactly what Petersham
is, and I love it. I can't wait to show all my friends.
K.B - Away at School
Perkins told PC Common she was nearly late for work because she was busy
clicking links on www.petershamcommon.com. "It's a terrific web site.
There's so much stuff in there. I love the pictures of Petersham. I was just
looking around and all of a sudden, a half-hour had gone by. I was almost late
Fred was very excited that someone took a picture of his dog ( Kazak )today, while they were out walking. He came home and said that it was taken with a digital. I thought it might have been you. Tonight we came up to the computer to see, and found the picture. He jumped up and down laughing, CALLED HIS SISTERS (no less), and can't wait to tell everyone about Kazak. THANK YOU!!!
This is wonderful. It was good talking with you -- and
the people in my office will love this site. Stay
M.R., Shanghai, China
wow, congratulations on the activity on the
website. I know the article in the newspaper is responsible for that, that's how
we found out. I like being able to see the selectmen's
minutes, of course, we
can't all get to the meetings. we think you're doing a great thing here. also,
the links you've put up are very useful, the zip codes, weather, etc...... good
luck with it,
J. C., Petersham
Hi. I found the frog in the fish pond!
J. C., Petersham
it's awesome, great job. we sent the link to all our
friends and family ! I have not yet gone through it all
but I did see my son was in one of the pics from the
Center School (that was about 4-5 yrs ago) thanks a bunch,
B. C., Petersham
Love the News section of PC.com -- good comprehensive listing of upcoming
events&stuff and hope you keep the nutty little bits like Daddy/Mommy
Longlegs, etc. FYI: This morning I actually looked at PC.com BEFORE the NY
So, will this be the first of many web sites to come? I hear a lot of
small towns are doing this now.
S.F. Derry, N.H.
The site looks GREAT! Ill take some time over the next few days to look it
over... thanks for keeping me posted!
Congrats -- it looks great.
Hey, that's pretty spiffy. Will continue to look for the
R.T. Newport, RI
Thank you for the information. It was nicely done. I will pass it around as I know several people would like to see it. Thank you again., J.D., Petersham
You certainly have made a start - give me a few weeks to get my
teaching started then I'd love to get a couple of Historical Society pages