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To the editor:

I was born on Oliver Avenue in Pittsfield. I delivered The Berkshire Eagle for four years, and when I was 18, I enlisted in the Air Force. Our community was a tight neighborhood. Everyone helped and cared for each other. From what I have heard, it's still that way. Putting a cell tower up in this neighborhood would greatly disrupt this community.

When I returned from the service, I settled in Hinsdale with my wife and children. We moved into an old farmhouse on Route 8. We built a home and an old country store in Peru. I helped put an athletic field behind the old Home Club in Hinsdale. I coached Little League and Pop Warner football.

Because I am a carpenter, I traveled Route 143 from Peru to Hinsdale daily for work and other activities two to three times a day. Ashmere Lake made the daily travel worthwhile. Its beauty is what draws people to have homes built here. I have built a number of homes at Ashmere Landing because of the lake and the country atmosphere. I made sure not to disrupt the lake and surrounding areas.

It disturbs me and my neighbors that a permit could be given to build a pot farm on Route 143. This will spoil the beauty of Lake Ashmere and living in the country. It will also decrease the value of surrounding homes and the condos at Ashmere Landing.

There is a contractor who has building lots on 143 and he has built homes on these lots. This contractor is advertising more building lots. He is planning to put more homes on 143.

I built a home and have been living in this home for 38 years near Ashmere Lake. It is one of the nicest areas in Berkshire County. I and my family are part of the Hinsdale-Peru family.

Please, save our community!

Stuart Sargent,



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