About NeVar

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In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

B17 Memorial

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The B17 Memorial, on the service road to the top of Mt. Tom, stands in memory of 25 returning servicemen of WWII whose lives, while in route from Goose Bay Labrador in 1946, came to a close when their aircraft crashed near this site. The memorial stone is engraved with the symbols of the various branches of military service, brief words about the crash, names of the servicemen and a prayer by Norman Cote, originator of the memorial. The site is funded by people like you and maintained by dedicated volunteers.