Gerrit Stover: Just let Mount Tom heal

Published: 7/21/2021 5:33:44 PM

A little firsthand historical perspective on the Mount Tom quarry matter. I had the honor to know the late Terry Blunt, and at the time watched him engineer the protection of the surrounding land for the commonwealth — the former ski area, the Trustees of Reservations’ Little Mountain, and the Boys and Girls Club property.

Terry also secured the option on the quarry, with a deadline to cease operations (which happened, long ago). The Boys and Girls Club was to use its unique property to carry out its mission. Sadly, the Club did not (and I certainly can’t figure out why they sold out to the current owners. Some explaining to do, there.)

All of this land was to be preserved forever for the public benefit. That is what the commonwealth — we — and other funders paid for, and what the landowners promised. Now some players seem to think that inside politics and financial card tricks can undo that deal, and revive their dead horse to the detriment of the city’s chief natural treasure.

No: Instead these folks should step back and honor the commitments that the landowners, the community, and the commonwealth made. At long last, just let the Mountain heal. We, and Holyoke in particular, and Mother Nature deserve nothing less.

Gerrit Stover

Northampton


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