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The collings foundation, based in stow ma (they fly the p51 mustang, b29 bomber, forget other bomber designation all over the country) need help to get the town officials to stop being douche nozzles. Call ones listed below to express support please, as would hate to see this incredible colchicine of things leave the state.

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Based in Stow, Massachusetts, the Collings Foundation (501c3) is recognized internationally for the preservation, exhibition and operation of unique and rare historic aircraft and organizing educational living history events. The Stow museum features an incredible collection of over 75 classic automobiles, historic aircraft, tanks, military artifacts and machines.
We are in the process of expanding the facility to build the American Heritage Museum. This will be a state-of-the-art museum that will feature America’s history in the periods of WWI, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War and Gulf War. Military artifacts will be presented in a museum environment that is both educational and captivating.
Over the last two years we have been dealing with the mind numbing process of getting the approvals needed through the Stow boards. Apparently, the Planning Board of Stow are the only ones who can dictate what is considered educational. After two years of Planning Board meetings, the board has determined that museums are not educational. The Collings Foundation had another meeting with the Stow Planning Board Wednesday, July 29th. In a three to two vote the Planning Board made the determination that the Collings Foundation’s living history events, staff and docent tours, preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts and aircraft, school tours, STEM programs, Veteran round-table discussions, and so on – are not educational. Sorry to say, we are not making this up. More so, two out of the three on the Planning Board of Stow, Massachusetts who say our programs are not educational and mere “entertainment” – have never attended a living history event or public tour at the Collings Foundation’s museum! Wow....
Most recently, the building inspector usurped the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Commission in regulating aviation. After 37 years of continuous flying from our Stow property, the Stow Building issued a cease and desist order against the Foundation on March 26, 2015 prohibiting take-offs and landings.
Roughly 95% of the Collings Foundation’s flight operations happen during our Open House / Living History events that total six days of the year. People from Stow and all over New England have enjoyed the fantastic experience of flying in these aircraft for years.
We operate in compliance with all FAA regulations and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission has long approved our airfield. The Aeronautics Commission, in fact, notified the authorities in Stow on May 5, 2015 that the bylaw the Building Commissioner relied upon for his actions was “invalid and unenforceable.” (I have the letter if you want to see it)
Litigation that concluded in 2004 in Middlesex Superior Court confirmed that our operations were in compliance with the bylaws. The Town of Stow’s Zoning Board of Appeals was a party to that action, and it defended, at considerable taxpayer expense, the Collings Foundation’s activities as being in compliance with the bylaws.
Ironically, the very same Town Council who then defended our airfield use is now taking, in the absence of any changed circumstances, but in the face of the same considerable expense, the contrary position that our activities violate the bylaw. No, you can’t make this stuff up!!
Our second living history event called Race of the Century happened on July 25th and 26th. A major part of this event is the exhibition of one of the oldest flying aircraft in the United States – a 1909 Bleriot. National Geographic TV had planned to document this incredible feat of early aviation. After all these years, it is a terrible shame that we could not fly this amazing machine for all to see.
This is just a sampling of the nefarious actions the Stow boards have created in their “selective” governance. We can’t begin to express our most deep disappointment in the town’s elected and appointed officials. What the heck is happening with this town? Is this the sign of things to come once our WWII Veterans are gone? According to the Stow Planning Board, anything that should be considered educational must have Planning Board approved curriculum and testing at the end.
Such a sad state of affairs. Are you as upset as we are with this? Contact the officials in the town of Stow and let them know what you think. As always, it is the people who support educational foundations like the Collings Foundation that make a difference.
Board of Selectman: [email protected] 978.897.4515
Town Administrator: [email protected] 978.897.2927
Building commissioner: [email protected] 978-897-2193
Zoning Board of Appeals: [email protected] 978.897.8780
Any questions? Call me directly.
Hunter Chaney
Director of Marketing
Collings Foundation
978.562.9182

If haven't ever been to their events, should really check it out in October. Or look for their country wide wigs of freedom tour.
 

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The 'Mighty Highty Tightys" at work again! I had a wonderful book as a child that was about these people, who were depicted as being cubic in form and who spent all their time acquiring power to force everyone else into cubic shape to conform to their repressive and ideological notions of what is 'right' and 'correct'. Resisting them resulted in humiliation and punishment but the non-cubic people eventually prevailed, although with great effort and sacrifice, etc.
I have sent the council a polite letter suggesting all the benefits to the town of lots of visitors to the "educational and informative museum" that can only be a benefit to the town.
Museums are not educational!! Unbelieveable!! Frickin Highty Tightys…….!
 

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embalmerSEZ: "....this incredible colchicine of things...."

Sorry, I don't know what this means -- is it good or bad? Colchicine is an anti-gout drug.


Carry On!
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Least getting positive replies here. Another site they ate strictly saying move. I don't want to see them move, as the only other place can see that many tanks is in Georgia (far to fAR to drive to, let alone don't think majority of old Aberdeen collections out for public to see)

Bs this is all cause of a butt hurt neighbor who bought adjacent land for some ridiculous amount of money (swampland) couldn't do anything with it, tried selling to collings for what he paid, and they refused. Now had whole town ect up in arms making them look like aholes
 

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You can bet there is some one that has plans for the airport, but first they have to throw out all the old junk taking up space that could be used for condos or one of those private airport communities, it makes me sick to see idiots like this, most likely some liberal is back there pulling strings!
 
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