The Chandler Road neighborhood must say goodbye to this familiar curtain of trees and the footpath that has invited many generations of hikers into the woods.
Here’s Mill Pond Estates. It will be sandwiched between Chandler Road and the Mill Pond conservation area, like all real estate on that side of Chandler Road. Developers are clearing a new path downhill from the old one.
But never mind all that. Here’s the real news: Brad Cushman of 14 Red Coat Lane found this shopping bag in a pile of debris at the construction site.
Notice the faint slogan, “You’re important to us.” That slogan caused a big argument, according to Robert Gorin, whose family owned the Almys chain. He says he butted heads with car dealer Peter Fuller about use of that slogan, each company claiming it as its own. Gorin finally told Fuller, “Fine, go ahead and use it. Everyone will think of us anyway.”
Almys closed in Burlington in the mid-1980s. So let’s do a quick calculation. Anyone have a calculator? Oh, here’s one.
The bag is at least 35 years old. This should remove any doubt about the environmental impact of plastic shopping bags. They really do stick around. Keep that in mind when your biodegradable, earth-friendly paper bag breaks in the Shaw’s parking lot and your strawberries go rolling around the parking lot. Paper bags may be a pain, but plastic is the greater evil, for it never really dies . . .
So when you’re trick-or-treating this year, beware of the Ghost of Almys. It roams the land once again!