Despite the questionable whether forecast, the organizers of the show give it a go for this Saturday, October 10, 2009.
The show will start at 10 AM and will end at 4 PM. Admission is $5 and free for seniors over 60, children under 13, and Military & Veterans for the show which will take place in the Heart-O-The-Mart Antique Show Grounds, Rt.20, Brimfield, MA.
DJ Bruce Marshall of Oldies 1250 will provide the acoustic background, there will be food and other entertainment.
Cars will enter in 25 categories to compete for 75 trophies and 3 Best In Show. Tickets are available at all Country Banks branches and proceeds benefit the Brimfield Senior Center. For Info call 413 544 1644 (for exhibitor), 413 531 0843 (for general info).
Posted on 7 Oct 2009, 12:18 - Category: Things To Do
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As every 6th of the month, everybody is invited to go of topic here. Comment about anything that is bothering you, but do it in a civilized manner! I will delete obvious lies and offensive comments. To read previous comments under this category, click on “Speak Out Holland” on the left of this blog under the heading “Categories.”
Peter FreiPosted on 6 Oct 2009, 07:31 - Category: Speak Out Holland
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There is a pattern evolving that is most unflattering for one of our elected officials, Brian Johnson, son of selectman Earl Johnson. He needs to lie to keep his scheme going,
Posted on 2 Oct 2009, 10:31 - Category: Worst Person
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Despite the fact that you don’t see much of Earl Johnson's son Brian Johnson on the roads of Holland, he is a busy man; he also calls himself a president of a corporation,
Posted on 1 Oct 2009, 00:01 - Category: Town Politics
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The Holland Blog received an anonymous letter with two pictures by mail about irregularities in the Highway Department of our town. Brian Johnson is our elected Highway Superintendent and son of one of our elected selectmen, Earl Johnson. The Department is under the control of Brian Johnson. The Holland Blog has not altered the text or the pictures, to read the letter and view the pictures,
Any information is welcomed and will be posted! All sources are kept strictly confidential.
Posted on 29 Sep 2009, 21:02 - Category: The Town Common
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At tonight’s selectboard meeting in Brimfield, the selectboard unanimously appointed Harold Patrick Leaming to the position of building inspector for the town of Brimfield.
Last year, Mr. Leaming, known as Pat, was appointed in the town of Wales for the same position also to replace Jack Keough.
Posted on 28 Sep 2009, 20:12 - Category: The Town Common
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Today’s hearing during which Superior Court Judge Peter Velis was suppose to take ex police chief Kevin Gleason into custody and have him transferred to the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow was postponed to Friday October 1st, as assistant District Attorney James C. Orenstein celebrated Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday.
Earl Johnson will have a last chance to have breakfast at HooYas with his buddy Kevin Friday morning. However, the duo won’t be riding in the sharp Dodge cruiser of the HPD with the tinted windows.
Peter FreiPosted on 28 Sep 2009, 18:55 - Category: The Town Common
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Crystal Campbell, living at 2 Sunset Lane in Holland was arrested last Tuesday at Wells State Park in Sturbridge for car theft. She was born on March 19 1986. OnStar
was instrumental in locating the cars stolen form Diamond Chevrolet on Washington Street in Auburn and Herb Chambers Toyota also in Auburn. Motorcycles were stolen from private residences in Spencer. OnStar
is a built in system available in some GM models. Campbell was charged with four counts of receiving a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and number plates violations. She was released on her own recognizance and needs to be back in Court for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday October 15 with her partner in crime William Ebersold, 34 of Worcester.Posted on 27 Sep 2009, 10:17 - Category: The Town Common
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Last Tuesday, September 22, 2009, Howard Five handed Kristin LaPlante his letter of resignation. His resignation comes amid Howard’s frustration over Jack Keough’s (building inspector and zoning officer) refusal or lack of effort to enforce the zoning bylaws in Holland.
As part of the ongoing feud between James LaMountain and some of the town officials are allegations that some individuals live in a trailer on the hillside property. Howard Fife is also a member of the Conservation Commission who has ongoing issues with James LaMountain.
Jack Keough recently voiced his wish to be no longer zoning enforcing officer. Just last Tuesday, the selectboard appointed Nelson Burlingame from Charlton as the new Zoning enforcing Officer. Burlingame is also chairman of the Charlton Board of Health.
Nelson Burlingame is the president of NBC Construction Co. Inc. The company was incorporated in 2004 and constructs residential buildings with a staff of approximately six. The company is located on 184 Burlingame Rd in Charlton.
Posted on 25 Sep 2009, 06:52 - Category: Town Politics
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During a hearing before Superior Court Judge Peter A. Velis, former chief of police Kevin Gleason was sentenced to two years in prison.
The jail sentence will be followed by three years of probation.
Earl Johnson’s buddy Kevin Gleason admitted to three crimes; all three were larcenies over $250, one of which was by scheme. Gleason took more than $2,000.00 of cash that had been seized during drug raids and collected $1,600.00 as reimbursement for training he never attended or paid for.
Photo by Dan Gould, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
His guilty plea and the form of the hearing are consistent with the procedure whereby an accused accepts a deal offered by the prosecutor. There was no trial.
Earl Johnson’s buddy will have to report to the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow on Monday September 28.
Part of the plea was also that Kevin P. Gleason will pay $9,934.00 in restitution to the town.
According to assistant District Attorney James C. Orenstein, Earl Johnson’s companion Kevin Gleason admitted the following crimes:
Gleason purchased firearms with taxpayers money and sold some of them and the ones he replaced with the new guns to licensed dealers and individuals. The funds he kept for himself. The Holland Blog reported about this exclusively in the piece, Ex Police Chief Gleason before Federal Grand Jury?
His second crime he admitted to is a larceny of $650.00. The taxpayer of Holland paid for a conference that took place in Saybrook, CT. Gleason cancelled and kept the refund.
His third crime was the theft of $2,190.00 from the evidence locker for which Gleason had the only key. The funds were seized by another Holland police officer in a drug arrest. The Holland Blog was informed about the incident by an anonymous reader and filed a public information request
under the freedom of information act to obtain a copy of the report. After an initial refusal to produce the requested information, the Holland Blog appealed the decision to William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Public Records Division. On August 4, 2009, Alan N.Cote affirmed the decision not to produce a copy of the report stating, “According, to the records responsive to your request are part of an ongoing case, the disclosure of which would jeopardize said case, this office will consider your administrative appeal closed.” Click here
to read the letter.
Judge Velis punished Gleason with the maximum sentence of two years (if the $9,934.00 is a fine). Without a monetary fine, the maximum sentence would be five years. The question is whether the $9,934.00 is technically a fine or not, see M.G.L. c.266, s.30.
Other posts on the Holland Blog about Kevin Gleason and the town officials which protected him for many years, click on any link:
Ex Police Chief Gleason before Federal Grand Jury?
Ex Chief Gleason investigated
Officials still cover Chief Kevin Gleason
Police Chief Kevin Gleason resigned under duress.
A true tale that shows how close Earl Johnson and Kevin Gleason were...
The Victory claimed by Gleason & Wettlaufer comes at a hefty Price for the Taxpayer
Police Chief of Holland, Kevin Gleason, arrested for OUI
Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 14:42 - Category: The Town Common
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The twenty-ninth Nipmuck Indian Pow Wow attracted a large crowd,
Posted on 14 Sep 2009, 00:01 - Category: The Town Common
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