The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mystery Stone

What does it mean?

On Graves Avenue in Northampton there's this old house with a strange piece of marble on the lawn next to the sidewalk.



It has engraved on it "NPB 1887" but there is no clue as to how to decipher it.



My guess is it stands for "Northampton Police Bureau" but no visible evidence supports that. Besides, what would such a stone be doing in front of a private residence? Does anybody know anything about this mystery? What's your guess?

I remember when I was a little kid in Springfield they used to deliver milk to your house if you were willing to pay extra. In fact, my neighbor Frank Berry used to be a mechanic for Hood's Dairy Company which was one of the last to offer delivery service in Springfield. However, in Northampton, with the close proximity of the Hadley farms, it is still economically feasible to offer this service, as you can see from my neighbor's milk box.



Speaking of the farms of Hadley, the Northampton Farmer's Market is open for the season.



This early in the season the market is mostly about selling flowers and tomato plant saplings, but as the Hadley farms bring forth their bounty the market will fill with fresh, delicious and nutritious food offered at low prices since there are virtually no delivery costs.



One of our Valley's most popular bands is The Aloha Steamtrain. Here is some classic footage of the local favorites performing in Northampton way back in the year 2000.



Here they are in Hamp just last summer doing a song appropriate for Mother's Day.



After Chelsea Clinton returned from a date, Hillary asked her daughter if she had a good time.

Chelsea says she had a wonderful time and that she thinks she's in love.

Hillary said, "You didn't have sex, did you?"

Chelsea replied, "Not according to Dad."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Northampton Property Border. Its an old property marker like the concrete squares in other places

Tommy said...

Oh wow, that makes perfect sense! Thanks for sharing your historic knowledge!