Hadley haiku signs go missing from dike

  • Bicyclists pass a haiku poem by Wanda Cook, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Fourteen haiku poems are on display on the trail in Hadley, a project created by Cook, the first poet laureate for Hadley. Just one of the poems are by her. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Wanda Cook, the first poet laureate for Hadley, at her home, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Her first project as laureate is a collection of haiku that is now displayed on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Cyclists pass a haiku poem by Laurie D. Morrissey on June 23 on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. All 11 of the poetry signs moved to the dike last month are missing. STFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Wanda Cook, the first poet laureate for Hadley, at her home, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Her first project as laureate is a collection of haiku that is now displayed on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Bicyclists pass a haiku poem by Larry Kimmel, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Fourteen haiku poems are on display on the trail in Hadley, a project created by Wanda Cook, the first poet laureate for Hadley. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/4/2020 11:59:26 PM
Modified: 9/4/2020 11:59:12 PM

HADLEY — Eleven signs displaying haiku poetry, moved from the Norwottuck Rail Trail to the Hadley dike in mid-August, are missing.

Dina Friedman, a member of the Hadley Cultural Council, said the signs were reported taken from the location off West Street and bordering the Connecticut River on Aug. 29.

“We’d previously put 14 up on the bike path and when we moved them, three had been taken,” Friedman said. “Now all are gone.”

Friedman placed the signs at the new location Aug. 12 after getting approval from the Select Board to be placed in such a way that they wouldn’t interfere with Department of Public Works mowing.

Each sign offers written reflections on the warm weather months by Massachusetts and New England poets, including Hadley poet laureate Wanda Cook, who organized Haiku in Hadley.

The plans had been for the signs to be replaced this fall by haiku poetry with autumn themes, and the originals to be hosted on the front lawns of Hadley residents.

Police Lt. Mitch Kuc said the department has received a report about the possible theft, but added that it’s unknown when they were taken.




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