The five towns represented by their Town Halls shown below are tied together by the fact that these are the major sending towns to the Academy. During the school year more than 600 students from outside Woodstock travel to Woodstock to go to high school subsidized by a major slice of their respective home town tax base. Yet all of these sending towns have little or no relationship with each other. Most of us living in Woodstock know little about what’s happening politicly in these other town’s – we show little interest in our neighboring towns. With regard to sending their high schoolers to Woodstock, it’s my impression that all of these sending towns are perfectly happy unloading their students to Woodstock with a ‘what me worry’ attitude. Their attitude is to ‘Let Woodstock deal with the bullying tactics of the Academy. We don’t have a problem with the Academy, so we’re happy.’
I have to confess that I know little about what’s going on in these neigboring towns. I have been aware of certain hot buttons in each town through newspapers and statements here at the Cafe. I’ll tell you the little I know, but I am hoping to learn more from Eastfordites, Pomfretites, Brooklynites, and Canterburyians.
I’m closer to Eastford and drive through Eastford on the way to work. In the mid 1960′s when my parents started visiting Woodstock, we learned that the matriarch of the Bowen’s family (Bowens Garage) was the half sister of my father’s father, a family that originated in Spenser Mass – hence Spenser Bowen, the father of Steve who runs Bowen’s Garage today. Bowen’s is the oldest surviving Ford dealership. I bought a 2000 Ford Focus station wagon from them in December and had a problem with the door chime. They gave me a rental while they fixed it without charge. Then I had to get the car ready for Becki’s trip to California, and they discovered quite a few things that needed to be fixed. So again, they gave me a rental free of charge. A few years ago I gave Harold at Bowens my 1975 Jeep that was in significant dis-repair. He made it look and work like new, so you can see ’green weenie’ parked at Bowen’s every morning. Read the rest of this entry »