Letter: Maynard Pond dumping
SHAME! To whomever was responsible for the depositing of brush, branches and other vegetation into Maynard Pond, Overland Road, Greenfield.
To destroy this Greenfield landmark in any way is to deface part of Greenfield’s history. Known as the “Black Pond” some 60 or 70 years ago, or the “Ice House Pond” during the period when ice was harvested by local companies and delivered to homes prior to the arrival of the electric “ice box,” the pond has been a landmark for young fishermen/women as well as for those photographers who take pleasure in the vista at any time of the year.
Prior to the arrival of David Bete (and sons Dave and Matt and families,) Sam Kaeppel was the “pond master” as were many before him. David Bete Sr. was responsible for sprucing up this lovely natural area and has taken it upon himself to watch for problems. Today, July 5, he and his tractor were forced to clean out a huge pile of branches and other materials, some of which had jammed the pipes leading from the pond to Cherry Rum Brook. He does this as a good citizen as well as owner of the land. This material was not the result of rain. It was the direct result of some uncaring individual who thought that throwing their trash into this lovely waterway was a fine idea. I hope that Mayor Martin and our police (including those who are aware of the location) will take my message to heart.
In the 50 years in which I have lived on Lillian Street (east of Maynard Pond), there has only been one time during which Overland Road was covered with pond water, due primarily to vegetation carelessly disposed of by some individual. That was prior to Mr. Bete’s fine work in dam remediation and the installation of tubes for water flow to pass into the brook. Fifty years without some person defiling a part of nature, dear to many. As my 84th birthday approaches, it pains me to think that the City Known As The Town Of Greenfield would not be concerned. Highland Pond no longer exists in its previous condition. We shall defend Maynard/IceHouse/Black Pond for future generations.