"Friendly" greetings welcome you to Wilbraham on the Massachusetts Turnpike
Spectacle Pond or "Spec" as its known to the locals is a popular place to relax in the warm weather, but is usually deserted at this time of year
Route 20 rolls by in the background of the far shore of Spec Pond
Driving up to Main Street in Wilbraham, residents get news of the day from Greg the Barber. He has been displaying messages on his window for many years.
The center of town in Wilbraham is marked with a memorial park. This is a Civil War monument.
The plaque on the monument
Monuments to veterans from Wilbraham. From left to right the pillars list the names of Wilbraham veterans of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
Small town store and cafe on Main St - a place to get a quick bite, meet friends, pick up the milk and bread, and for Girl Scouts to sell cookies.
Directly across the street from the Village Store is the drug store. My camera batteries died while I was doing this photo essay - luckily I was able to pick up some more right here!
A place of bittersweet memories - high school!
This view, driving up the long driveway to school, won't be here much longer. My high school will soon be rebuilt and the old school demolished. My older daughter's class (2013) is expected to be the first graduating class of the new school.
Where the school bus dropped us each morning as we wondered what the day held for us.
This scoreboard is in memorium of one of our own who was lost in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was a senior when I was a freshman, star quarterback admired by many.
Just down the road from Minnechaug - a family farm business, unfortunately no longer in business. As a nearly lifelong resident of Wilbraham, I feel how many here feel - belonging to "this town of ours."