I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference, held in Richmond, Virginia. The SIA is an interdisciplinary professional organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of industrial history and artifacts. While there, I gave a presentation about my recent research topic, the historic manufactured gas industry of Massachusetts, […]
My name is Jhonatan Escobar and I joined O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. (OTO) after obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering in 2017. Working as a full time field engineer represents a lifetime milestone for me.. This achievement was greatly facilitated by Western New England University (WNEU) and the extracurricular activities that were available […]
New England Trail: Hike 50 Challenge As an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, I often head to the breathtaking White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks of New York for weekend trips. My goal for 2018, was to find and explore local trails that I could visit on weeknights […]
Winter has been unusually cruel to Bostonians this year. Record snow storms and arctic cold have blanketed the region.
With all the writing I do about serious environmental and regulatory issues, this seemed like a good time to switch focus and write instead about the more enjoyable side of the environment. So today’s topic is three of my very favorite Massachusetts places: Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield; Laughing Brook in Hampden; and 40 Steps in […]
On February 7, 1978 I was sitting comfortably on the lanai in Honolulu Hawaii’s charming Manoa Valley. The morning edition of the Honolulu Star Bulletin was on my lap and every story above the fold was about the giant snow-storm that had completely paralyzed the northeastern United States; a storm that would be known ever-after […]
On a recent trip to the Berkshires my husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Blantyre. A “Relais et Chateaux” and Forbes 5 Star property located in the charming Berkshire town of Lenox, MA. While discussing options for afternoon sight seeing, Blantyre’s wine director, Christelle Cotar, invited us to tour the cellar of […]
What’s your idea of a great vacation destination? Exploring the Mayan ruins? Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands? Or perhaps doing a bit of skiing in Vale, Colorado? Consider visiting an engineering marvel, a hotel that is built anew each year. Yes, you read that right. This hotel is demolished and reconstructed year after […]