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Old 01-25-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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Recently both the Chairman of the select board and the Chairman of the school board were picked up for DUI, that proves when you know what's really happening in Springfield it drives you to drink.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Wildomar, CA
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His sister Rosemary worked with my Father at Furmans! .
Furmans! Boy that brings back some memories. I bought a Harley from Alan Pinders in 1979.

I lived there in the late 70's - early 80's before I moved to Keene and then later to So Cal. I drove truck for Idlenot Dairy, hung out at The Pub, drank a lot and generally raised hell! I was in my early 20's and pretty much pizzed away several years of my life. But, it was a great place back then and I had a blast. We used to hang out in The Plaza with our muscle cars, one of us would go into the grocery store there (I don't remember the name of it) and buy a "rack of beer", hand them out to our buddies. We'd repeat this until the cops came by and kicked us out, knowing full well that we were all wicked blasted! So we'd drive around town for a while, maybe up to the dam or maybe over to Claremont before ending back up in The Plaza.

Sometimes we'd go over to Chester to the P-House. Is that still there? There'd be parties up the end of Carley Road or we'd go to someone's house for a pig roast. Mostly a lot of driving around looking for something exciting to happen which never did.

Pretty boring place for a 20 something but now I would probably appreciate it. I miss VT but not the winters. It's going to be in the 70's here this weekend so I'll be out riding my motorcycle.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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If the P-house was the place by the RR in Chester Depot, it is no longer there.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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P-House in now multi-use retail space. Anyone remember the annual P-House clam bake? I was just a kid back then but the way I remember it I've never seen a party like it since.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Wildomar, CA
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If the P-house was the place by the RR in Chester Depot, it is no longer there.
Yup. The Pioneer House. Too bad it's gone. What about the Pub on River Road in Springfield? Used to be owned by Bruce Lachapelle.

Where do young people go to drink now?
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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You can now check out the new Springfield Community Market, which is happening every Saturday 10-1 on Main St in downtown Springfield: Springfield Community Market ~ live music, family fun, local produce and crafts, a nice home-spun time.

As far as young folks going to drink/let down your hair/etc., there is still KJ's on the River Rd in N Springfield, and nearby MacLaomann's Scottish Pub in Chester.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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I live in Springfield, moved here when I was of high school age because the schools here were better than the surrounding towns. We had very good schools. I think the schools have declined, but only because the student population has changed. We have many, many families that come here because it is a full service town, welfare, low income housing. We have a new prison which honestly brought inmate's families to town. Several students speak of their "dad being in prison," like it's no big deal. Schools must focus on helping students with Special Education needs (IEP, Emotional, 504) and not as much on providing for higher level students. The classes that redeem the school are taught by veteran teachers: Junior and Senior AP/Advanced Classes. I hear the journalism program at the school is the best in the state.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Used to live in Springfield for about 10 yrs, it's a dead town. Lots of ideas of improving it, but just talk for the most part. Crime is unfortunately there to stay since it's so slow and have not been impressed with the PD and seeing how they worked. Windsor or on the outskirts is not bad. If you like country living your better off.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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my dad worked in springfield at J & L for many years, used to be an okay area. All three of my sisters now live in Claremont, the entire area seems very depressed to me. Every time I visit, it just depresses the heck out of me.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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my dad worked in springfield at J & L for many years, used to be an okay area. All three of my sisters now live in Claremont, the entire area seems very depressed to me. Every time I visit, it just depresses the heck out of me.

That's small town america and the vanishing middle class for you. Very few nice small towns unless there's a college that keeps the town economically sound or a lot of bed and breakfast/antique shops to draw wealthy yuppees.

I used to travel a lot - the only states that seem to have little Mayberry type towns are Minnesota and Wisconsin. Especially Wisconsin. I imagine it's only time before they go to crap too.
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