About NeVar


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.

Former Quarry

020quarryThe battle to stop expansion and close the seven-acre basalt quarry that threatened to carve out 91 acres from the face of Mount Tom took many determined minds from Holyoke and beyond. It says much about who we are and what we value.  The above  still image dates from the height of blasting and crushing operations.

Falcon chicks1Now that the quarry is closed, Peregrine Falcons are building nesting sites on ledges of the 125 foot high 

Images courtesy of friends of the Mt. Tom Range