Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lighthall on the move

Carol Lighthall, who has helped guide Springfield On The Move, the town's downtown group for the past seven years, is leaving for a job in Barre.    


  1. Thank heavens she is leaving!

  2. This is an excellent opportunity for Springfield to initiate a national search and recruit a PROVEN professional for industrial development. And cut loose SRDC which is only a realty management entity that scams grant monies. I wont hold my breath though. The disappearing grant money has bought off the right influence in the community.

    Oh, and what about the wildly successful brewery that has been expanding its payroll to the benefit of the community, has any of the $60K loan been repaid? Maybe just a dime?

    1. From an article dated 1/14/15 it states

      "According to the terms of the loan, Beer Shapers will start paying back the loan April 1, at 3 percent interest, with a balloon payment due at the end of five years"

      I am also wondering if this is being paid. I havent heard anything about the brewery since that article. Are they still in business?

    2. Don't know about their finances, but the beer (and business) is flowing nicely.

  3. Lighthall, a resident of Baltimore...

    Carol revitalized Springfield so effectively that she had to live in a neighboring townnship where the taxes are substantially lower. Her racket was generating media coverage which exagerated her and her group's prominence, as well as its effectiveness. Her and those like her specialize in wealth distribution via wasteful government grants that have little to no enduring benefit for the towns who receive them. But the publicity machine churns on and creates an illusion of progress so that the schemes can continue. Springfield won't miss the grandstanding and self-promoting propaganda, but the good folks in Barre are about to receive a heavy dose of it!

  4. Maybe now we can get back some of the handicapped spaces on Main St. that were conveniently moved a few years back.

  5. So amidst all this negativity I would like to say something positive. Carol was extremely helpful when my son in law and I were looking to open a business on Main Street last year. She put us in touch with the owners of the various buildings and helped get us up and running at the Farmers Market, (which was much bigger last year because of her efforts).

    She has supported local business tirelessly and I am sorry to see her go.


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