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.

Bray Lake

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In 1911 two brooks, Trout and the Cascade, were dammed to create Lake Bray which quickly became popular for picnicking, fishing, canoeing and skating. The surrounding trail, a 2/3’s mile section of which is wheelchair accessible, leads to other trails ( See map page ). The lake supports diverse habitat but its waters are becoming chocked with invasive plants, cutting off oxygen for fish, food for turtles and dependent animals and birds. The options are to dredge but this is costly and using weed control is a potential problem too. ┬áImages courtesy of friends of the Mt. Tom Range.