A big “Thank You” to Jeannie Hebert of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to participate in a legislators’ breakfast at newly opened Galliford’s Restaurant, on the premises of Mendon’s Southwick Zoo. Jeannie provided copies of Easy Walks in Massachusetts as gifts to the area legislators who attended the breakfast and spoke with the group: State Senators Ryan Fattman, (with his little one, Hadley) and Michael Moore, and Representatives Kevin Kuros, Brian Murray, Joseph McKenna, and Paul Frost. Not able to be present were David Muradian and US Congressman Jim McGovern.
Legislators answered questions from Chamber members, who were concerned about minimum wage legislation, possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the state budget and proposed budget cuts, marijuana legislation, and more.
Legislators emphasized that they are given perhaps two weeks to get acquainted with up to 6000 pieces of legislation. “If you know about specific legislation, contact us–let us know what is important to you,” Chamber members were urged.
This was a great opportunity for folks in the business community to speak with their legislators. Getting all the legislators in one picture with copies of Easy Walks in Massachusetts was impossible, but we managed to catch several of them for pictures. Here’s hoping they will get a chance to get out into the communities they represent and learn even more about what makes this area such a special place. Happy trails!
Marjorie Turner Hollman
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! On the board of directors of the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com