Our walk finished, Ken and I stopped in The Harp in North Amherst for a beer, chicken wings, and the Sox-Royals game. A patron at the bar writes his message to the governor. “The funding formulas for the schools in the state need to be changed. Rural towns are drying up due to very high taxes and no industry. As the local school continue to close so go the rural towns.”
(I also learned that the elementary school building in Heath, which was still pretty new IIRC when I walked through in 2006, is boarded up now because there are far fewer children in the community… The remaining students are being bused to a regional elementary school a couple towns away).