In 1999, the owner of the condominium I was renting notified me that the unit had been sold and I needed to vacate within 30 days.
Having grown up in Williamstown and having a daughter that had been enrolled in the Williamstown school system since kindergarten, I felt the need to stay in Williamstown. Finding an apartment in Williamstown within 30 days was close to impossible.
As the deadline approached, I found that buying a mobile home at The Spruces was my only option. Though reluctant to live in a mobile home park, that was what I did. I told myself that The Spruces was only a temporary solution and I would continue to look for another location in town.
As time went on, I found that I loved living in a small and quiet community in the center of town, and I loved owning my own home. I would never have to worry about my living situation changing again, unless it was by my own choice. Knowing this, I was able to add pets to my life.
The majority of rental properties do not allow pets, but The Spruces community does, and many of us have pets that we love and enjoy. If we are forced to move, where will we go with our beloved pets? And how will we afford the average $700 per month plus utilities? As this is a retirement community, most of us are retired with meager Social Security incomes. Some residents are disabled.
Over the years, I constantly upgraded my home: A new energy efficient furnace and hot water heater were a part of this along with replacement of "mobile home windows."
In March of 2011, a major renovation began. I had my open kitchen/living room completely gutted: Additional support rafters and heavy-duty insulation were placed under my new ceiling. The interior walls were removed, and 2x4 studs were added, along with more high-grade insulation. Wood floors and ceramic tiles replaced the linoleum. Beautiful kitchen cabinets, counters and appliances changed my 1967 decor into the kitchen of my dreams. I love my home.
The Spruces community has been there for 50 plus years and enjoyed by many, many residents throughout this period of time.
In the past, no one really paid too much attention to our community. Now, suddenly, we are considered to be "in harm’s way" by the town of Williamstown, and if the town has its way, our community will be destroyed. Do I feel that I am in harm’s way? Absolutely not! I knew when I moved here that The Spruces was located in a 100-year floodplain. No one has forced any of us to live here. We live here by choice.
Please help us to "Save The Spruces."
Linda J. Chesbro