I was really bummed out that I couldn't make it to the big ZBA meeting for Fort Rock Farm last Tuesday. No babysitter. Each day I am amazed at the amount of community involvement in the issue. I've been here 10 years and can't remember anything that even comes close. Maybe the Citizens For Smart Growth or whatever the anti-Wal-Mart group was. But even that dims in comparison to the scarcrow brigade.
No matter where I go these days, people are talking about the campaign to save the farm. We stopped in at the Tavern at River's Edge last night for a quick cocktail on the way home from dinner in Newburyport and even days after the meeting, it was all the buzz. Owner Jeff Roth said the issue has been great for business. People flocked to the bar after the meeting last week.
For those who missed what Alex Booth is calling the "near riot" in the downtown by people who couldn't get into the Town Hall, check out the piece by NHPR, which really captured the mood. Click here for the NPR piece.