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COUNCIL REJECTS BEST FRIENDS OF SPRINGSIDE PARK PETITION TO SAVE SPRINGSIDE PARK FROM MT. BIKE DEVLOPMENT

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY SEPT. 15, 2021) — In a 7-3 vote, the Pittsfield City Council last night voted to shoot down a request by citizens for councilors to conduct a public hearing on the controversial Springside Park pump-track proposal.

Councilor Tony Maffuccio, who introduced the petition on behalf of the Best Friends of Springside Park, voted to allow the hearing along with Kevin Morandi and Chris Connell. Helen Moon, Nick Caccamo, Dina Lampiasi, Peter White, Yuki Cohen, and Earl Persig voted no to giving citizens a voice. Patrick Kavey didn’t attend.

The hearing would have allowed citizens formal say on a matter in which officials have shut them out since late last year. That’s when city officials secretly launched the plan to pimp out Springside to a private, for-profit developer from New Hampshire, Powder Horn.

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Dan Miraglia, a member of Best Friends and one of the park’s most involved stewards, decried the council action.

“Caccamo made a statement that the council could not vote to have hearing,” Miraglia told THE PLANET late last night. This was an attempt to get councilors off the hook by not having to vote for the record. “Marchetti [council president] then asked the city solicitor, who explained that councilors did in fact have the power to vote on a public forum.” So much for pyrrhic victories.

Maffucio blasted colleagues who voted down the request, saying the requested hearing was an attempt by citizens to save the park and get answers to the troubling questions that have dogged the serpentine project. He asked why councilors were “afraid” to vote for the hearing. Even more telling was Connell’s question asking if there had been a request for proposals. The city solicitor said he wasn’t aware of one.

Yeah, that’s because, contrary to assurances given by city purchasing agent Colleen Hunter-Mullet, the project hasn’t been put out to bid. It’s been Powder Horn’s gig from the get-go. School committee member Alison McGee, president of the New England chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), has a cozy relationship with Powder Horn’s senior management. McGee did not respond to THE PLANET‘s questions.

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Parks director Jim McGrath — who also has ignored THE PLANET‘s numerous requests for comment, as has his boss, Deanna Ruffer — initially said the pump track facility would occupy one acre of the park and cost $400,000. The present proposal has grown to a seven-acre grid in the center of the park, with cost estimates between $3 million and $4 million. Opponents say the development will rip out the heart of the park, endangering wetlands and wildlife while ruining the woodland refuge for the type of passive recreation that citizens have long enjoyed.

Mysteriously, beside no RFP being issued, backers never looked at any other alternative location, although several have been identified. If ultimately approved by the Parks Commission, the deal essentially enacts a legal end-run granting a private, for-profit developer rent- and fee-free control control over one of the city’s most treasured public facilities.

The Parks Commission is expected to vote on the pump track Sept. 21.

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THE PLANET has been asked numerous times by many citizens: “Why would city officials prostitute themselves this way?”

Great question.

There’s seems to be the city’s typical the lack of accountability and oversight in this project, and there’s millions of dollars floating as if they were weightless in John Glenn’s Mercury capsule Friendship 7.

In any case, here’s the full text of a press release issued by the Best Friends prior to the council meeting last night:

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At Springside Park & Best Friends of Springside Park, P.O. Box 344, Pittsfield, MA 01202 royaljhartigan@gmail.com

Sept. 11, 2021

PRESS RELEASE—For immediate release
SPRINGSIDE PARK FIGHTS MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPLEX PROPOSAL
Pittsfield, MA—The Pittsfield City Council will meet at Pittsfield City Hall council chambers on Tuesday, September 14 at 6 pm, to vote on a petition from Councilor Anthony V. Maffuccio to have a public forum at the September 28th city council meeting regarding Springside Park. At issue is whether the the Board of Parks Commissioners will approve plans proposed by Jim McGrath of the Community Development Office, in coordination with NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) and Powder Horn Trails, LLC, of New Hampshire to replace a historic baseball field and natural parkland preserved since 1910 with a mountain bike “pump track” and training complex taking more than 7.2 acres.
A new subgroup of the Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at the park, Best Friends of Springside Park, contends that the proposal violates the park in a number of ways. It wants the public forum on Sept. 28th, so all the public can consider the proposal and inform the city council of its views, before the proposal can move ahead. The next Board of Parks Commissioners meeting on the subject will be held on September 21st.
Background: Since last November, Mr. McGrath, who holds multiple city positions—parks, open space and natural resources manager, green commission and harbor master—has worked with NEMBA, and Will Conroy, president of Powder Horn Trails, LLC of Belmont, New Hampshire, to spearhead the proposal and implementation of a 7.2-acre mountain bike complex in historic and natural Springside Park at 874 North St. Powder Horn Trails has said it is donating a $30,000 design plan for the bike complex.
The public will be allowed to speak for three minutes each at the Sept. 14th meeting, to petition for a public forum. A specific proposal for the complex is tentatively expected at the parks commission meeting Tuesday, September 21 at 6 pm at Pittsfield City Hall.
The Best Friends of Springside Park formed this summer as a sub-group of the Vincent J. Arboretum, “a rare library of trees,” flora and fauna, spread throughout Springside Park. The city approved a master plan for the arboretum, but never implemented it. Much of the park shows neglect, including rocks underneath the children’s swings; the city has dumped gravel and mulch containing toxins.
Illegal mountain bike trails have been made and are in wide use in the park, and hikers, dog walkers, and animals who live in the park now cannot safely use those paths. Recently, a woman attended a conservation commission meeting because she had to leap out of harm’s way when a mountain biker came hurtling down the trail.
BFSP doesn’t argue against mountain biking fun, just not at Springside Park.
The BFSP argue that to place a more than 7-acre “pump track complex” on this land violates the original deed and the documented intentions of its founders to keep the park “forever” protected from “unreasonable intrusions” out of the “affection” the family bore the city. The group says that a locked, partly asphalt complex to be used by a non-profit group violates the public’s full right to use the park in a truly passive, non-invasive way. While some argue that mountain biking is “passive” recreation, others say that this sport’s very goal is to be aggressive in use, going as far as to name the activity “shredding,” (one local bike group is the self-dubbed “Shire Shredders”) as well as uprooting vegetation, causing animal habitat fragmentation, and disturbing bird migration pathways. The group of Berkshire citizens is working to protect the park’s historic character and its natural qualities from the sounds and other physical disturbances to animals, plants, and passive users by blocking the complex and having it relocated to another city space such as the former East Street Softball Complex.
“Mountain biking is not passive recreation like playing ball on the field they propose to replace. The sport’s speed and peril have caused one park in Oregon to be shut down because the city won’t insure it for liability. A similar site in Keene, NH requires users to watch a video showing the leaps and speeds on narrow paths, over boulders and among trees, and to sign a waiver of liability in order to use it at all. Some mountain bike sites actually sell liability insurance and protective equipment including spine protectors. These are not the hallmarks of “passive” recreation,” said Royal Hartigan, treasurer of the Hebert Arboretum.
“This summer, an ambulance had difficulty extracting an injured biker from Springside Park. Injuries elsewhere are often catastrophic, resulting in paralysis and death. We simply are saying that the bikers may pursue this hobby, but do it elsewhere, where it will improve a blighted area, not violate this place of quiet refuge. So many of us used parks during COVID, as a place of peace. The bikers already have nine trails to use elsewhere in the Berkshires across more than 400 miles and 30,000 acres. Why does the city want to support this project at this location?”
Springside Park is named for the many springs that comprise interlinking wetlands, much of which is underground and so, unseen. Its perennial streams ultimately flow into the Housatonic, affecting all of Berkshire County. The park encompasses more than 237 acres, and is home to hundreds of species. It also serves as a major migration route for warblers, who, once disturbed by activities in the park may never return. Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that nearly three billion birds are extinct—about 29%—since 1970. This happens a bit at a time when habitat is changed.
Springside Park began in 1910 with a donation of land from the Miller family, then owners of the Berkshire Eagle. The entire park is documented and numbered on the National Register of Historic Places; and one of the members of BFSP is Mark Miller, a direct descendent of the family.
Mr. Hartigan, who grew up near the park, added, “The proposal has changed twice so far, with public input limited to three minutes per person at one meeting in July. A survey was put out but basically, only the bike groups had news of it and answered, so we don’t consider it fair and unbiased. COVID and Zoom made other meetings all but unknown to the public. To date, we have not seen the exact proposal. Each time we object to what has been shown, we are told by various city officials that we can’t object yet, because this is not the final proposal. We have many questions that have gone unanswered, despite our group’s appearing at various meetings. One city councilor, when called with polite questions about this issue, actually hung up. We hate to say it, but from our efforts to follow this matter, we have not found clear, forthcoming behavior on the part of the city. We are hoping to clear up any mutual misunderstandings, rectify that and to speak for the voiceless creatures who need us to protect their Springside home. We hope others will join us in this cause.”
For more information, contact Mr. Hartigan at royaljhartigan@gmail.com.

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“-end-” indeed.

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“Why bike when you can walk?” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Pittsfield politics treats the proverbial Kapan$kis like a doormat! Mayor Linda Tyer is literally sitting on tens of millions of dollars in “Kold hard Ka$h”, while Mary Jane and Joe Kapan$ki are shut out of their local government. Springside Park nature supporters are being given the bureaucratic run around by City Hall. I think that they should be given a public hearing about the proposed mountain bike project there. Pittsfield’s public parks equals deferred maintenance. Pittsfield should market itself as offering lottery tickets, cigarettes, booze, marijuana, social services, and level 5 inner city public schools – just keep it all out of the Lovely Linda’s millionaires-only gated community!

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

FJB !

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

And his treasonous cabinet!!!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/report-milley-told-china-secret-phone-call-give-ccp-advance-warning-us-ever-going-attack/

Milley Told China in Secret Phone Call He Would Give the CCP Advance Warning if US Was Ever Going to Attack

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

One of Millie’s calls went to Pelousey, she should be up on treason charges too.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Yes,3rd in line and speaker of the house.Trump was mentally unfit.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Treason is a capital offense.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants” -T. Jefferson

The tree is thirsty

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

And Little Red Lying Hood

https://civildeadline.com/watch-jen-psaki-cant-explain-why-illegal-immigrants-dont-have-to-be-vaccinated/

Jen Psaki Can’t Explain Why Illegal Immigrants Don’t Have to be Vaccinated
They get a free pass into the country to spread the virus in perpetuity to keep the Democrats’ stranglehold on America firm.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2021/09/15/white-house-biden-has-full-faith-in-general-milley-n2595940

“The President has complete confidence in his leadership, his patriotism, and his fidelity to our Constitution,” Psaki said. “The president believes he is patriotic. His fidelity to the constitution is unquestionable.”

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Sure, he’s part of the deep state like O’Biden!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

You missed it Fritz, She’s the little redheaded spokes-lair for the IM-POTUS.

Bidenesque in the way she runs off when asked a question that’s not staged….

The School committee
The School committee
2 months ago

Trump told Vice President of the United States of America to go to Congress on1/6/2021 and make him President.Trump did that in Georgia telling the Secretary of State to find more votes to make him President…..Only Trumpers would not see how big a story this is.We came very close to a strongman dictatirship….Then the well planned attack on our Capital as the certification was being conducted…..

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The School committee
2 months ago

We have a banana republic president in place now TSC

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

TSC postings gets dumber every day (as if that’s possible).
Somehow TSC manages to pull
that off. It’s his ‘super’ power.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Joe Bananas

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  The School committee
2 months ago

Fake news again from you

Nikolas J Hackamo
Nikolas J Hackamo
2 months ago

Forget Joe, F-NC. Williamsburg is waiting. GO! Ward 3 deserves a real councilor representing them

Then roughly 5 people will use the parking, I mean bike lanes, on Elm St you championed.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Nikolas J Hackamo
2 months ago

I saw 4 bikers today.It is 73 and sunny.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

By this description it seems like the city is endorsing child abuse at Springside. It’s not for the children except to maim them! I thought by last report it was going to be 1 acre? All who voted not to hear citizens at a city hall meeting should be kicked out of the council and not allowed to run again. I still haven’t heard anything on reviewing the b
voter rolls to make sure the people who moved and died can no longer vote in the GOB

Top Judge
Top Judge
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Well if anyone gets injured, BHS will be there.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

As voters give more and more of their power away to big government, this is the end result. Government cares about the concerns of big government, not the people. This is only going to get worse until people wake up. All we hear about is empower women, empower this group, empower that group, at the same time as big government is taking power away from everyone. The longer that people buy into these lies from big government, the longer it will take to bring sanity back to this country, if we can, before it goes too far and we end up with totalitarian rule. Berkshire County was one of the first areas in the country to go down the far left rabbit hole so this area represents the future of the entire country unless people see the light of freedom before it’s too late.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

To put it another way Pat is….Depower white wealthy men.You owe them nothing.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Did you ever get a job from a poor person?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Agent 86
2 months ago

I’ve worked on farms. Hardest workers and little pay.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Then who will be left to help make sure EBT, Medical, Welfare ,Rent etc.. accounts are loaded?

royal hartigan
royal hartigan
2 months ago

thanks dan, for truth telling about saving springside park from the adventure junkies. the mountain bike-advocating actors in this grade D movie are dancing around in a snake-oil medicine show. all obsessed with the thrillcraft that give them the bourgeoise rush they are addicted to, whether it is money, cheap thrills, control, ego, or rape of nature, democracy, the peoples’ trust, and pittsfield itself.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  royal hartigan
2 months ago

There was nothing “secret” about the MTB plan, Royal. Spare us this quixotic nonsense about the “rape of nature.”

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

Talk about the rape of clients. Why did you steal?

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

So, I read the story about McDonough that you incessantly link to. He didn’t steal from clients. Moron.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

You know the story all to well since it’s about you. Oh so you distinguish stealing from your employer from clients. Yep you think you are entitled. Clearly

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

No, it’s about Matt McDonough. I ain’t him. And, why are you obsessed with an 8 year old story about some lawyer who ruined his life?

Because you cannot post intelligently about the MTB track, about politics, about anything. Your posts are nothing more than anger and stupidity. You are incapable of staying on topic.

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
2 months ago

Paying fines and restitution of millions of dollars are just the cost of doing business,dontcha know? Never mind right from wrong. Diverting, embezzling, stealing rules do not apply to certain people.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

If the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, how can it be handed over to a private entity for development/destruction into a pump track?

I support the Best Friends of Springside, but I hope they are lawyered up and have an investigator exploring possible ethics violations over the “bidding” process!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

If they build a pump track, I hope the bums use it for a latrine

Charles Ivar Kronick
Charles Ivar Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

Fritz: Good question. Unfortunately the Hist. status is a weak link as the actual designation for that location does not bar modification. There are levels of classifications and SP has a relatively low one.

The legal questions regarding state regs and contracting between city officials and private party sans Council involvement, change of use, City’s exposure to adversity, and the most important question of park and natural integrity are the issues at stake.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

The friends of Springside are getting screwed from the friends of the council.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

If these councilors want to keep their free health insurance for themselves and their families they will do as they are told. EXACTLY as they are told.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

They follow their orders when it comes to certain people and they march in formation.

The school committee
The school committee
2 months ago

MadTrapper is free to comment about anything at anytime and in anyway he chooses.I wish I could do that.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Try backing up your posts, with some facts/verifiable links……….I forgot You can’t comprehend facts. Carry on…….

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I just cant watch FOX media and take them seriously as the loop propaganda addicts do.I mean it would make life easier if we all just let white news and white history be what it was in the Great years of denial and power.I just think its important to know all of our history without offending White Greatness.I think White Greatness should have more confidence in themselves snd not let the denied stories reduce the white historys accomplishments.What a great story we could tell if it was all told

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Your a slave to craziness!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

ROFL!!!!

Secret Tapes from Baltimore
Secret Tapes from Baltimore
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Go to Park Square with a megaphone. Be sure to wear your beanie with the propeller.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
2 months ago

This action last night just confirms once again that we have an Administration that feels they do NOT have to listen to taxpayers of Tyerville. They seem to have forgotten that taxpayers pay their salary and health insurance. Want to thank ONCE again Morandi, Connell and Maffuccio for trying to speak for us. Feel I need to speak out on another issue that was buried by this do nothing council. The taxpayers in the neighborhood of Dalton Avenue have had to listen to loud racing motorcycles for hours at all hours, especially in the middle of the night. This issue has been reported to the PPD constantly with no response from them! Councilor Morandi also attempted to have this problem stopped. A resident took it upon themselves to pass around a petition to have something done about this. Many residents signed this. Once filed, CC President Pee Pee Petie decided to basically shit can this petition onto Chief Wynn’s desk. If Chief Wynn was doing his job in the first place residents would not have had to create and sign this petition. This Petition landed on page 346 through 348, the last pages of the City Council agenda. So how many City Administration employees read this monthly novel? As far as I am concerned, these residents were also shit canned.

Just the other day the PPD placed their mobile sign stating your speed limit on Dalton Avenue. Yet, they neglected to list the proper speed limit on the bottom of the mobile unit. Just want to thank Chief Wynn and the Officer that place the mobile sign for creating a new toy for these speeders. Let’s all see how fast we can go! Talk about Dumb and Dumber.

Why do we even have a City Council if this is how they handle taxpayers voices. The pay offs must be a good chunk of monies or they for some reason are petrified to go against Linda/Barry and Deanna. Nothing is going to change until we rid Tyerville of these three and bring Pittsfield back.

Cole Laborate
Cole Laborate
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Well,I don’t think Maffuccio is so much with us or Connell or Morandi but he seems to be hell bent against everybody. The modern version of the great Greek God Peter G.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Wow, 348 pages. I think you might be the only one reading that full agenda. These elected officials really stink.

I think the legal challenge to the disposition of public land would be successful, especially considering they did not have a public vote. I recall there was a legislative procedure to be followed but maybe Crome Dome is handling this under cover of darkness like a snake.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
2 months ago

When your mayor and her umbilical connected council members tell you who they are, BELIEVE THEM. I personally do not believe this adventure is as much about bicycles as it is tossing large sums of taxpayer money to connected special interests for design and construction costs. A forensic audit might show the same for most all of the park improvements for the last ten years.
Get out if you can because before this is over it will cost 20 million and most of it will be on the backs of the tax payers. (see Colonial theater, Pittsfield airport, Stanley theater etc.)

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Wasn’t it Pete who said he was in favor of an audit in his recent campaign article?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

He was one of them yes. But I imagine he was taken to the woodshed for that slip up. By the way, do banks require forensic audits of business s before they give them large loans? Pete would know.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

pee pee was never in favor of an honest forensic audit of Pittsfield’s corruption. He only said he was because he knows there’s no chance in HELL of it ever happening in Pittsfield. On the issue of the multi million $$$$$$$$$ rape of Springside Park, and the malicious decimation of acres of wildlife, floral and fauna, the corrupt mayor won’t even replace the many missing pavers on the sidewalks outside schitty hall or fix and the heaving/crumbling steps of the neglected taxpayer owned property.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

+1 for Fizzey

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

I don’t disagree with you that the corrupt mayor and the corrupt constipated clowncilors have a creepy abnormal connection, I just disagree that its umbilical.

And will someone please flush the BIG DUMP-EARL-STER down the crapper along with all those offensive pee pee marchetti lawn doo-doos dumped all over the city. Its unsightly and its stinks. I don’t even care if the BIG DUMP EARL disposes of that schitt in the dumpsters behind Paul Rich’s. Just get them off the lawns and roadways all over the city. ITS REVOLTING!

J2S
J2S
2 months ago

And everyone of these current council members that voted against a public hearing that are running again, have been in recent campaign article write ups in the local media claiming how important it is to hear from the people. Again, Word Smiths as they really want to hear only from certain people and are listening to them.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
2 months ago

“Caccamo made a statement that the council could not vote to have hearing,” Miraglia told THE PLANET late last night. This was an attempt to get councilors off the hook by not having to vote for the record. “Marchetti [council president] then asked the city solicitor, who explained that councilors did in fact have the power to vote on a public forum.” So much for pyrrhic victories.

Any chance Caccamo was chosen by higher ups as a sacrificial lamb to make such a statement? Isn’t he leaving town and could care less about anybody thinking he is a sellout to his city? Where is the self respect? Isn’t being someone else’s puppet kind of humiliating? Apparently not on this city council.

Joshua
Joshua
2 months ago

The Google Alert rattled and now its time for mythbusting…

  1. Powderhorn LLC is design/build services company. They do not develop, own or manage any structures, skills areas or public land anywhere in the country. They are hired by a client, design what the client asks for, builds it and then moves on. As has been discussed at multiple public meetings, this is no different the contractor(s) hired to build any number of structures/amenities in Springside Park. This is a public amenity own, managed and used by the public. It is proposed by non-profit, paid for by a non-profit for the benefit of the public. The vast majority of skills areas and trails in the USA were created with this exact model. All those places are still public land.
  2. The project has not risen in cost to $3 million plus. Where this number has come from is mystery. Just some comparison here, the largest bike skills park in the country, Valmont in Boulder, CO cost $1.2 million dollars for bike specific areas, and its 8 times the size of the proposed Springside bike skills area.
  3. The size of the proposal has not increased to 7 acres. As was discussed at the August 26th Conservation Commission meeting, the 7 acres discussed there was to encapsulate the 2 possible locations of the bike skills area (the north option and the south option) and ribbon on land between. You can watch the meeting and hear this size discussed twice, once as the item comes up on the agenda and again, after public comment.
  4. There is no confusion, at least with regulators, as to what activities are considered active or passive recreational use. Ballfields or any regularly altered use (including just mowing grass) is active use. Quoting the EPA: “Active recreation refers to a structured individual or team activity that requires the use of special facilities, courses, fields, or equipment.” They list follow activates as active use: Baseball, Football, Soccer, Golf, Hockey, Tennis, Skiing, Skateboarding. Quoting the EPA again: “Passive recreation refers to recreational activities that do not require prepared facilities like sports fields or pavilions. Passive recreational activities place minimal stress on a site’s resources; as a result, they can provide ecosystem service benefits and are highly compatible with natural resource protection.” They list follow activates as passive use: Hunting, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Observing and photographing nature, Picnicking, Walking, Bird watching, Historic and archaeological exploration, Swimming, Cross-country skiing, Bicycling, Running/jogging, Climbing, Horseback riding, Fishing.[emphasis added] In 2009, the EPA was asked if trails for mountain biking built in the Kickapoo State Park would qualify as passive use & they agreed they would if built to post-2007 trail standards. Additionally, no matter what the EPA says, the state of Massachusetts as adopted 100% of Minnesota’s Trail Guidelines. Per those guidelines, trails allowing hiking, mountain biking or both are “natural trails” (MN DNR’s term), defined by those guidelines as a passive use trail. The skills area is active use, going in an active use area (former ballfield). The trails through the woods are considered passive use.
  5. The City of Keene (just called) does not require the viewing of a video or signing a wavier before using the bike park (its a public park, just like Springside will be). Where that falsehood comes from is unknown. Also, can not find any skills area or park in Oregon closed for liability concerns. If Mr. Hartigan would like list the place or link to a newspaper article, feel free to do so. Do private large resorts sell or rent protective equipment and allow the purchase of additional liability insurance? Yes. But those are privately held downhill/freeride resorts, with massively larger features, not public parks with skills areas, of which there are hundreds of such places across the country. In fact, the injury rates of mountain biking have been studied pretty extensively and are at or below other sports activities allowed in public parks. Catastrophic injuries are exceeding rare, which is why they make the news. It should be pointed out here there are different forms of mountain biking with different injury rates and many times rates for semi-professional, high-speed types, like downhill/freeride, are used by those who don’t understand the difference between them and other types, like skills areas or cross country.
  6. The skills area will not lock out the public. Again, there are hundreds of these types of skills area across the country, so we know what these look like when finished. Most (I would like to say all, but there might be that one…) use a wooden or other type of low (<60″) fence with gates just to delineate the area & denote when the area is closed for maintenance or due to weather (winter, freeze/thaw, etc.). Some don’t even have those delineation fences/closure gates, like Gnomewood.
  7. This hasn’t been a secret project nor is any person’s input being stifled. Anyone can get on Pittsfield TV right now and see the project progress through the Parks Commission, the Conservation Commission and see the supposed “silenced” individuals speak at nearly every meeting, 3 minutes per a person, as allowed by the City of Pittsfield guidelines.

If Mr. Hartigan (or anyone for that matter) wishes to debate the merits of this proposal, great. But making stuff up and misrepresenting what things are is not an honest debate.

There is way to get what the Best Friends say they want: a wilder Springside Park. And we can do that while integrating mountain biking. Remember that MA as adopted MN’s trail guidelines. Nothing prevents the City of Pittsfield taking the next step and start adopting best practices from that state that allow cities there to expand wild areas in parks along with trail access.

Dave Bubriski
Dave Bubriski
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Is there any good reason why this pump track couldn’t be built at the blighted and unused softball complex of of East Street.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

Well, as has been discussed before, the reasoning behind it being placed on the western edge of Springside Park is that a) it was an area being used presently as a mowed field (original location) and now in a former ballfield (current location); b) that said area was already being used for skills clinics; c) that there are existing trails within Springside Park used for mountain biking. The latter fits the norm of other skills areas across the nation – being adjacent in some way to existing trails in the same property as those trails.

Notice I said “western edge”. If you look on a map, while the site is about center north-south, due to the location of the school property, its on the west side of the property. Today’s Berkshire Eagle has a great drone shots of the proposed location. Its not some great virgin forest, its a field.

Dave Bubriski
Dave Bubriski
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

But Josh, you didn’t answer my question if there are any good reasons that this couldn’t be built at the old softball complex or on the PEDA grounds. That was my question. Do you think we could also have a drinking range, archery range and skeet shooting facility? Why should I have to pay to engage in these activities while bikers don’t pay a dime?

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

Don’t all those activities take place on private land or private clubs that require a fee. Why can’t mountain pumpers join a private club like anyone else?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

Pittsfield needs a public rifle range!!!

And Josh don’t want to give you a straight answer.

Softball complex would be VERY close to the proposed extended Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. And would be a use for an unused city property.

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Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

Well, I did answer you question, just referencing the reasons given by the city and proponents. These type of infrastructures (skills areas) are used along with trails, they are not a stand alone use. A typical user would use the skills area to “warm up” or “cool down” along with a ride on trails. These skills areas are also used with clinics, where the persons engaged in the clinic are taught a skill or skills and then are transferred by teachers to the trails. That is the main draw of having a skills area with adjacent trails – the ability to immediately apply those skills when traversing trails.

If you detach the skills park from the trails, then it looses its #1 feature: the ability to transfer seamlessly from the place where you learn the skills and the place where you use those skills. Think of skills areas as those areas driver’s school use to teach the rules of the road and the trails as the roads where you apply your learning of those rules of the road.

Bikers are paying a dime, namely all of them. They are funding 100% of the proposal. They then will maintain the infrastructure at no cost to tax payers. This is the norm in the USA. Clubs raise funds, they then pay for the creation of items (trails, skills areas, etc.) and then maintain them.

To put this bluntly, there is a double standard at work here. The impacts from ballfields, mowed areas, barrow dumping, etc. are considered as little consequence, but a proposal that is from a demographic a certain group viewed as “less than” by some, even with similar or lesser impacts as the existing use is somehow Hell on Earth. Remember, there are hundreds of these types of skills areas across the nation, in every type of land imaginable (including a state park in the Gnomewood video linked in my first post). We have good evidence on what the long term impact of these are. And its not what the opponents claim it is.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

I think Bosquet would be another prime area for the “pump track” Josh.

Keep your private entity out of public places.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

I’ll answer your question. Milltown wants it where it is going.

Seventh Planet
Seventh Planet
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Will Amy Bertano be allowed on the course top less?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Seventh Planet
2 months ago

And the Gundelfinger girl too!!!

Bike Bilt
Bike Bilt
Reply to  Seventh Planet
2 months ago

Or gold fingers? AmdDont we already have a bike course……on NON

Mike Vandeman
Mike Vandeman
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

“there are existing trails within Springside Park used for mountain biking”: Indeed! And the park shouldn’t be used for ANY mountain biking – a very environmentally destructive activity.

“Its not some great virgin forest, its a field”: Once again, Joshua resorts to the tired old fallacy “The area has already been messed up, so THAT makes it okay to mess it up some more! Need I say more?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Well Josh thank you for your input but contrary to what you have said it was started in the dark and kept very quiet, one has to ask if Milltown and David Mixer have something to do with the project or Powderhorn. I would also like to know if Tim Burke is involved. Still unsure why that location is the strategic Nirvanah instead of other proposed sites that would be closer to the less privileged kids. Please let’s be more transparent and let the sunshine in on this proposal. And it is only a proposal which the council can and should reject

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

No, it was not kept quiet. There have been public meetings for months.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

I simply disagree that the City has somehow “prostituted” itself regarding this MTB proposal. There is no evidence that anyone at the City or on the Council is somehow “on the take.” There’s no bribery, no back room deals, no violation of procurement laws. And, it’s reckless to allege that there are.

And, this faux outrage over an MTB track in a park where people are already using mountain bikes is all a bit much.

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Can you link to this “smoking gun” document?

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

I work in Civil Engineering as my secular job. I see the whole, “we didn’t know about this project” a lot. Even when city meetings have been going on for months (or years) for a project. Its often because people don’t read local news or read minutes or watch video of the meetings.

The project was first proposed in November. Articles specifically about that proposal appeared within a few days. That has continued with every Parks Commission meeting, the Conservation Commission meeting and even yesterday’s City Council meeting. Additionally, all these meetings have been on Pittsfield TV. Not sure how one makes the argument this has been done in in the dark if its been in public meetings from day one.

As I mentioned to Dave Bubriski above (with more explanation), its the location that is connected to existing trails. I explained more with him.

The only group involved is the non-profit New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), specifically its Berkshires Chapter. They (NEMBA) contracted Powder Horn for design services, which is their right, to help produce the designs/layouts for the proposal. No other group is involved. (Again, this has been discussed in public meetings in the past in some detail.)

There is plenty of sunshine. What seems to be happening is an attempt to throw rain clouds up by the opposition, often misrepresenting facts or just making things up. (I just watched last nights council meeting, so this is fresh in my mind.) Claiming the entire 2.3 acres would be paved (its about 7,000 sq.ft. of asphalt) or that its location contains wetlands (its not even the buffer zone of wetlands per the Conservation Commission) or Title 97 applies (only applies to selling/swapping land to a non-public entity) or million dollar a year hospital costs (that was a spit take and good laugh). The list goes on. If the only thing a person knew about the proposal was what the opposition said, yeah, seems scary. Do some actual research with dependable sources and look at similar towns, with similar skills areas and suddenly, its not so scary at all.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Josh, have you or anyone you are associated with done any work for Milltown? Just curious.

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Nope. Never.

Dave Bubriski
Dave Bubriski
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

But why can’t trails be built in the former softball complex? Then you have a course and learning/practice trails. Would it be safe for the public to walk on these trails with bikers all about?

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  Dave Bubriski
2 months ago

Exactly, there is no compelling reason to put this in Springside. Just because you invaded the park with bikes doesn’t mean you have a claim to it. Put it somewhere else and leave the park in peace. I know people who have stopped going to Springside for fear of being run down by bikers.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

Let’s see Josh, it happened during a Pandemic and started at a Parks committee meeting that was zoomed or PCTV. BTW pctv use to be on the lower channels so everyone could watch, now spectrum has moved to higher channels. Our local paper yanked and did not publicize. The city did not have it on their web page unless in some section that no one has time to look. Now if the wonderful phone system was used or meetings happened in person and the paper reported you co7ld claim it wasn’t in secret. Now that the citizens have learned of it why can’t we have meetings in person to discuss it? What is the rush for? If it’s needed tomorrow it should be needed in 6 months. Why not give it time so everyone can hear the pros and cons. Be inclusive!

Joshua
Joshua
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

All public meetings across the country were on something like Zoom. That isn’t something nefarious on Pittsfield part. Other topics were discussed and decisions were made. Not sure why this one is somehow special. All comments, emails, etc. are included in the City of Pittsfield minutes/agendas on their website under Parks Commission tab.

The local paper did publish regular articles on this subject, including quoting the opponents. Just type in “pittsfield springside bike skills meeting” in Google to see the articles going back to November.

The city has had meetings since November 2020 and a special session meeting, an open format listening session, July 1st, 2021. There will be more meetings to discuss it. No one is denying anyone their right to speak. The issue isn’t that this is an emergency project, its that the opponents want to negate nearly a year of work, just because they think this project might get approved.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

I have a feeling when they said in an article write up “ That we hope Milltown would help fund the park “ they all ready knew it would.

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Is Milltown a construction company? Part of it? Connected to this totally out of the goodness of their hearts or making more than a few bucks from it?

Mike Vandeman
Mike Vandeman
Reply to  Joshua
2 months ago

“There is no confusion, at least with regulators, as to what activities
are considered active or passive recreational use”: One look at a knobby mountain bike tire will tell any thinking person that mountain biking isn’t a “passive” use. Anyone who has been hit by a speeding mountain biker (as I have) knows that mountain biking isn’t a “passive” use. Anyone who has seen reports of horrendous mountain biking accidents or deaths knows that mountain biking isn’t a “passive” use.

“The skills area will not lock out the public”: The “skills area” is designed to be attractive only to mountain bikers – a tiny minority of the population. It would effectively destroy a large section of the park for a tiny, effectively private, use.

“This hasn’t been a secret project nor is any person’s input being
stifled”::NONSENSE. My emails to the city officials have been blocked several times.Why are they afraid to hear the truth???

If the “:skills area” is such a good idea, why can it only be promoted by LYING? “making stuff up and misrepresenting what things are is not an honest debate”: correct, Joshua. How about taking your own advice?!

I emailed Joshua and asked him to give me one good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail. That was several weeks ago, and he still hasn’t answered (i.e. CAN’T answer) that simple question! If he can’t come up with even ONE good reason to allow bicycles on trails, why should we support this project??? (HINT: we SHOULDN’T.)

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

The people who live in Pittsfield and the beautiful Berkshires have NO real representation. The Ruling Elites are totally disconnected from the people they are supposed to be representing in state and local government. The Ruling Elites shut out anyone who doesn’t kiss their dirty behinds. Pittsfield politics = DISSERVICES!!!!

Over Seeze
Over Seeze
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Dan,would you consider NON an urban slum? I’m serious.

Lenny
Lenny
2 months ago

More disturbing vax results.
Also, in IL, 82% of new covid infections occurring in fully vaxxed students.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/idaho-doctor-reports-a-20-times-increase-of-cancer-in-vaccinated-patients/

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Lenny
2 months ago

“Lifesite News” is a garbage website. There is no evidence that the Covid vaccines cause cancer. Stop spreading misinformation. It’s ridiculous.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

You are garbage. Anyone who steals from their employer is

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Dan at your request 13 hours ago I stopped. However the other person did not as evidenced by his comment to me above from 10 hours ago. Also 10 hours ago he insulted Shirleyknuts. Respectively suggest he be blocked, suspended or bannef

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

I know you prefer the comics, so I’ll post this just for those readers interested in the subject.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2021-09-15/covid-propaganda-roundup-safe-and-effective-narrative-implodes

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

Zerohedge is for idiots. Idiots take ivermectin. Idiots think Covid is a conspiracy. Idiots think Trump actually won in 2020.

Enough already.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

Traitor Joseph Stolen “logic” 101

“The protected need to be protected from the unprotected, by forcing the unprotected, to use protection that didn’t protect, the protected”

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Are you vaccinated or not?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

That is not Yours or the Gooberments business.

Are the criminal alien Hordes crossing the southern border and Afghani terrorists imported by the Im-POTUS?

I might have had Covid? Mild cold/flu March 2019, lasted 3-4 days. No illnesses since.

Asshats promoting the jab have not done any studies to see who and how many have natural immunity from asymptomatic or mild infections. Now why is that?

Bleak House
Bleak House
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

The pandemic started in 2020.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

I got smallpox.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

14,000 jab deaths this year. Lots more permanently disabled.

https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

Would you believe the CDC and WHO?

India district with pop. > 200,00000 and only 5% jab rate has eliminated Covid, with Ivermectrin. The media ignores this and calls the drug that’s safe and prescribed to many millions “horse wormer”. In fact the drug is listed as one of the “essential” medicines by World Health Organization.

99% of people that contract Covid make a full recovery, and have 13X stronger immunity than from the jab. Most of the people that die/have severe illness, have one or several co-morbidity, or are >70 years old.

The USA is currently has an under reported rate of 70 deaths/day, from the vaccine, as per VERS CDC tracking. The media ignores this. 

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Instead of a vaccine frenzy the Indian Government is distributing a covid kit consisting of: Doxycycline, Ivermectin and zinc.

The cost is $2.65/person

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Bleak House
2 months ago

Who’s running the Asylum? (2021 version of who’s on third)

Bud: ‘You can’t come in here!’
Lou: ‘Why not?’
Bud: ‘Well because you’re unvaccinated.’
Lou: ‘But I’m not sick.’
Bud: ‘It doesn’t matter.’
Lou: ‘Well, why does that guy get to go in?’
Bud: ‘Because he’s vaccinated.’

Lou: ‘But he’s sick!’
Bud: ‘It’s alright. Everyone in here is vaccinated.’
Lou: ‘Wait a minute. Are you saying everyone in there is vaccinated?’
Bud: ‘Yes.’

Lou: ‘So then why can’t I go in there if everyone is vaccinated?’
Bud: ‘Because you’ll make them sick.’
Lou: ‘How will I make them sick if I’m NOT sick and they’re vaccinated.’
Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’

Lou: ‘But they’re vaccinated.’
Bud: ‘But they can still get sick.’
Lou: ‘So what the heck does the vaccine do?’
Bud: ‘It vaccinates.’

Lou: ‘So vaccinated people can’t spread covid?’
Bud: ‘Oh no. They can spread covid just as easily as an unvaccinated person.’
Lou: ‘I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. Look. I’m not sick.
Bud: ‘Ok.’
Lou: ‘And the guy you let in IS sick.’
Bud: ‘That’s right.’

Lou: ‘And everybody in there can still get sick even though they’re vaccinated.’
Bud: ‘Certainly.’
Lou: ‘So why can’t I go in again?’
Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’
Lou: ‘I’m not asking who’s vaccinated or not!’

Bud: ‘I’m just telling you how it is.’
Lou: ‘Nevermind. I’ll just put on my mask.’
Bud: ‘That’s fine.’
Lou: ‘Now I can go in?’
Bud: ‘Absolutely not?’

Lou: ‘But I have a mask!’
Bud: ‘Doesn’t matter.’
Lou: ‘I was able to come in here yesterday with a mask.’
Bud: ‘I know.’
Lou: So why can’t I come in here today with a mask? ….If you say ‘because I’m unvaccinated’ again, I’ll break your arm.’
Bud: ‘Take it easy buddy.’

Lou: ‘So the mask is no good anymore.’
Bud: ‘No, it’s still good.’
Lou: ‘But I can’t come in?’
Bud: ‘Correct.’
Lou: ‘Why not?’

Bud: ‘Because you’re unvaccinated.’
Lou: ‘But the mask prevents the germs from getting out.’
Bud: ‘Yes, but people can still catch your germs.’
Lou: ‘But they’re all vaccinated.’
Bud: ‘Yes, but they can still get sick.’
Lou: ‘But I’m not sick!!’

Bud: ‘You can still get them sick.’
Lou: ‘So then masks don’t work!’
Bud: ‘Masks work quite well.’
Lou: ‘So how in the heck can I get vaccinated people sick if I’m not sick and masks work?’

Bud: ‘Third base.’

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Lenny
2 months ago

Besides the infected hordes, Traitor Joe is letting in down south…….these infected unvetted cutthroats he’s seeding across all of America.

I bet Tyer has applied for a few dozen already.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/sick-measles-found-among-afghan-refugees-wisconsin-virginia/

“Biden Effect: Afghan Refugees Bring Measles to Wisconsin And Virginia”

Two Cents
Two Cents
2 months ago

I just heard that Burbank Street near Morningside School will be closed to traffic all day tomorrow for a film production. (must be post-apocalyptic) Anyone hear what it’s about??

Cole Laborate
Cole Laborate
Reply to  Two Cents
2 months ago

Yes,maybe. The Hess gas station now on the historical Tyerd blighted scrolls will be used as an example of what not to demolish until the last second of newly developed urban sprawl.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Two Cents
2 months ago

Wondering if it is the Ruffles special on how great the city is with that actor doing the narrative?

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

That was my 1st thought J2S..But why there? Not the most attractive part of the city-But then again, what is anymore. Maybe they want to show to the new nature trials created by Tyer’s Hess Forest.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Two Cents
2 months ago

Easy to point a camera for close ups and specific points and leave out the blighted areas.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Two Cents
2 months ago

Schools in the bottom 20%?

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Two Cents
2 months ago

I am still waiting for the citywide 5am phone call to tell us this….wait it’s past 6 guess it doesn’t impede the hospital’s change of shift

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Nov 3 2020 redux………CA style……2,225,915 “yes” goes to 1,184,206 in the blink of an eye

Was broadcast on CNN for you liberals that don’t like facts….

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/watch-351000-yes-votes-disappear-totals-newsom-recall-election-live-cnn-video/

WATCH: 351,000 “Yes” Votes Disappear from Totals in Newsom Recall Election LIVE ON CNN (VIDEO)

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I heard Newsom had camels shipped in from the Egyptian desert to vote for him. If this is true I am disappointed in him.

M Borel
M Borel
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Was it ever in doubt? Fizz?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

I think he had enough, dead, dogs, and cats to cover the spread, along with the machines and corrupted election thugs.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

I heard it was Chesterfields.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

“When I heard my parents voted no of the recall of Newsom, I was shocked! I went to visit them and scolded them for almost an hour…….. Then I left the cemetery

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Hilarious…the cheat is in.You can not make these things up.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Trump is already organizing a Stop the Steal rally for 2024.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

4 years too late

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

“Twenty-seven active-duty U.S. Air Force pilots have resigned their commissions over the unconstitutionality of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s mandate requiring all Armed Forces members to at once receive a Covid-19 vaccination, Real Raw News has learned.

The exodus began on August 27, with 12 pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, submitting to their commanding officer letters of resignation only hours after they received a 4:00 a.m. text message instructing them to submit to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations by 10:00 a.m. that same day. It’s unknown whether the pilots collaborated ahead of resigning, but all 12 resignations were handed in within a 90-minute period.

One officer, a 29-year-old F-22 Raptor pilot, said of the situation, “We undergo routine physicals and must meet rigorous fitness standards to stay on flight duty. I think it’s safe to say all Air Force pilots are in good physical condition. We must be to endure extreme G-force stress on our body. There is no reason we should be at risk of Covid-19 or becoming sick from it. I know I’m not alone in rejecting this potentially dangerous and soundly untested shot.”

Pilots at other airbases apparently joined him in solidarity.”

https://threepercenternation.com/2021/09/11/alert-why-did-f-22-pilots-just-walk-off-the-job/

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Good. Get rid of all the babies and malcontents. They would be no help once the bullets began to fly anyway. No room for babies and malcontents in our military. We want real men with real balls who are not whiners or political activists.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Yea, like Millie.

And he/shes she/hes who can’t figure out which bathroom to use……..

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Sgt. bazooka
Sgt. bazooka
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

You mean General Jackwagon

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

That is a huge decision for some like you.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Yeah, no telling which ones haves queers crossdressers and other deviants in them now

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Best pilots in USAF Dan

And You agree?

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

And you agree with Fizze? That was the question.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Those were the best most highly trained pilots in the USAF.

You want social justice warriors fruits and nuts, not fighting men

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

If they will not vaccinate and protect their fellow troops then they are not with the program. Do you know who does not want American troops vaccinated? Your boy, Putin. But you knew that.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

“Do you know who does not want American troops vaccinated?”

Yes, the American troops

There is simple effective treatment with inexpensive readily available drugs, zinc, and vitamins. All of which are safe and more effective than the jab. India has proven it.

Soldiers could be given a small bottle of the above, and they’d be safer than getting jabbed, and Dr Falsey and his friends in Big Pharma would be out of work.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Choice is good.Women should have the right to choose.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
2 months ago

Sexist pig!!! Men have the right not to get jabbed too!!!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

What GOB/connected gets that one?

I imagine it’s a done deal already.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Holy crap! Another position being created for someone that will be connected.They know who has the job already and so does the person getting it. The search “bull shit “ process they always spew is just cover.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Of course she does. NO end to the partying.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Will he make more than 50k to start? And when will his assistant and Secratary start.What BS

Robem
Robem
2 months ago

Will this mountain bike track interfere with high school cross country meets?
Biking in Springside has a history.
Unsanctioned BMX structure in Pittsfield park surprises some city staff | Archives | berkshireeagle.com

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Robem
2 months ago

Has a history of a bum encampment, and a place to sell narcotics too.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Where is DA VIRUS COMING FROM JOE?

liberals, don’t forget to blame Texas!

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/biden-effect-illegal-crossers-top-200000-2nd-straight-month-now-1-3-million-year-encounters-increased-317-last-august/

The Biden Effect: Illegal Crossers Top 200,000 for 2nd Straight Month – NOW OVER 1.3 MILLION For The Year; Encounters Have Increased 317% Over Last August
The number of illegal border crossers that were encountered on the southern border has officially topped 200,000 for the second straight month. We have now had a whopping total of 1,322,657 over the first 8 months of the year.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
Fossil Lowsee
Fossil Lowsee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Maddie. When there’s free cash involved it can come out of Vaguely Joes ass pipe. We knew these variants were nothing more than big pharma hysteria for more of the same. Orders please!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

September 15, 2021

Beacon Hill is sitting on around $5 billion in unspent Biden Buck$, along with a large surplus from fiscal year 2021, in which tax collections exceeded expectations by about $5 billion. Let’s do the math. Around $5 billion in unspent Biden Buck$ and about a $5 billion fiscal year 2021 state budget surplus equals around $10 billion in unspent state funds that should belong in the pockets of the proverbial Mary Jane and Joe Kapan$ki family. Why is Beacon Hill sitting on around $10 billion unspent state government dollars? Where will all of this large amount of public money go to when it will be spent by Massachusetts state lawmakers? The government makes no sense sometimes! Spending Biden Buck$ is NOT rocket science! Spend it on roads and bridges, spend it on transportation, spend it on public education, spend it on water and sewage plants, spend it on hospitals, spend it on government agencies and not-for-profits who help people and families, spend it on small businesses who were impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic, spend it on communities who need the funds for police and fire, spend it on public housing and affordable housing, and so on. Please don’t leave all of the billions of unspent dollars in the bank, Beacon Hill lawmakers, because that is yet another disservice against the people and taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jonathan Melle

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Probably won’t have that problem with Tyer. She and her cohorts will spend as much as she can and then raise taxes again to fatten the slush fund. I wish Kerwood had the balls to speak up.

Hammer Andeggs
Hammer Andeggs
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Maybe Denny will come back now that he would have the cash to fix things. What a quitter that bird was.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Another year and another top Massachusetts Democrat found guilty and sent to prison. Will this ever stop?What is it about the Democrat party of Massachusetts that they continually break the law?

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Shirleyknuts
2 months ago

Why is there none of that oversight in western Mass?

Top Judge
Top Judge
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

$$ that’s why

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Fizzlehead
2 months ago

Because if you are a good lapdog for Beacon Hill you don’t get sent to the pound.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Mary Jane & Joe Kapanski may want to read this news article:

Pittsfield City Council Votes Down Public Hearing On Springside Bike Park Proposal | WAMC

Mike Vandeman
Mike Vandeman
2 months ago

What is the city council afraid that they public might hear – the TRUTH about mountain biking? That children aren’t really the target of the bike park – that they are being USED as pawns?????

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Ward 4 decides most city elections in Pittsfield politics. The other six Wards don’t count to the skunks in City Hall and useless Beacon Hill.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
2 months ago

Maybe because the wards 3-4 get out and vote? If the other wards got out and voted things might change.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Mike Vandeman
2 months ago

Pittsfield might as well elect a mayor and let him or her hand pick their own council people because they pretty much follow her around like little baby ducks. Petrified to do the actual job were elected for. Almost all candidates who win have been backed and financed by the machine who almost always has financially backed and financed the winning mayoral candidate. The mayor and city council are supposed to be two separate bodies of our city government. Marchetti s council is supposed to be a check on the mayor. He and they, are quite the opposite actually aiding and abetting poor governing. They decieved the people who put their faith in them and they smirk and grin like good little children when the mayor pats them on the head for it.
Elections in Pitttsfield are basically a facade. The city keeps the unions happy with pay increases and perks. Then the unions repay the favor by voting for the people who gave them the goodies. Why do you think the teachers union gets to bust open a pinata every couple of years? If you really want to stop the steal in Pittsfield you will get a town manager who will come from a place far far away. (not Texas like Ruberto though )

Pointstoponder
Pointstoponder
2 months ago

You know who likes new trails? Kids with quads. Four wheeler s. And they can tear up a field or trail or yard or whatever in a matter of minutes. Is there a plan to keep these assclowns and their destructive machines away from the park trials?
Or will it not matter because the mountain bikes will tear the land all to hell by themselves. And what happens when heavy rain hits a sloped trail of dirt or mud?

Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
2 months ago

This just in, sources inside the DA’s office allege that Wrong Way Harrington is sending highly confidential material, evidence reports, victims statements, victim and crime scene photos, confidential informant documents, internal police evidence reports, and other highly sensitive and classified material out to Staples to be printed.
It’s alleged that they she is having staff email information over unencrypted email accounts. Persons not legally authorized to see any of this highly confidential information are making copies and disposing of misprints in the common garbage/recycling.

If this is true, and I don’t doubt that something like this is happening,

LegalEagle
LegalEagle
Reply to  Breaking Bad
2 months ago

Was anything ever done about campaign violations, public records violations, improper ex parte, hush money, etc etc? Squeaky needs an opponent, stat.

RNtoo
RNtoo
2 months ago

The Berkshire Edge has a lengthy article on the nasty disease weed causes that no one but health officials wants to talk about. It accounts for 2 out of 20 ER visist at one nearby ER and BMC ER says our rate is much higher. It comes with a raging case of denial. Too bad the Eagle doesn’t write about this. They’re too busy taking money from advertisers hawking health benefits.
https://theberkshireedge.com/cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome-when-cannabis-causes-the-pain/

Addicted Tulove
Addicted Tulove
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

Dan,give Mick a shout out. Respect byAretha Franklin voted greatest song of all time. NO WAY. GREAT SONG BUT NUMBER ONE? All time? I can think of a hndred songs better than that one….Stairway-to Heaven ring a Bell. Bob Dylan-songs we’re good also.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

Article is complete BS.

“Dr” Cohen claims 10% of ER visits are due, to cannabis. He’s high and it ain’t on weed!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Some references:

https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(20)30673-2/fulltext

https://www.thedesertreview.com/news/national/ivermectin-obliterates-97-percent-of-delhi-cases/article_6a3be6b2-c31f-11eb-836d-2722d2325a08.html

“A 97% decline in Delhi cases with Ivermectin is decisive – period. It represents the last word in an epic struggle to save lives and preserve human rights. This graph symbolizes the victory of reason over corruption, good over evil, and right over wrong. It is as significant as David’s victory over Goliath. It is an absolute vindication of Ivermectin and early outpatient treatment. It is a clear refutation of the WHO, FDA, NIH, and CDC’s policies of “wait at home until you turn blue” before you get treatment………

“………The fatal mistake would have been to NOT use Ivermectin. 
Mercifully they used it, and they saved Delhi. But tragically, Tamil Nadu did not, and their state was devastated. Their new cases rose from 10,986 to 36,184 – a tripling…….”

“……Will you believe this 97% eradication graph, or will you believe the propaganda pitched by the Big Media, Big Pharma, the WHO, and the FDA, who share massive financial conflicts of interest – those who say there is insufficient evidence?”