Meridian Industrial


10/1/19 | G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor


As a grizzled old ink-stained newspaper person, I should have a big coffee habit.

Cut a vein and either ink or coffee should flow out, right?

I have all the other bad habits associated with my profession – at least for my generation. I like cigars, swearing, cynicism and scotch and bourbon.

I’ve never developed a real coffee habit. I’ve been married for 40 years to a real coffee aficionado and over that time I have developed an appreciation for various coffee drinks and iced coffee.

A basic cup of Joe, though, is not among the beverages I drink.

My wife can tell you – like most of the members of my staff – where is the best coffee in the region. She is not a big supporter of chain coffee places, but instead prefers the independently operated establishments owned by people who are truly coffee fans like her.

One of her favorites is profiled in this edition of Go Local, Agawam’s Java Stop. It’s a frequent destination for her when she and her father are doing one of their weekly drives through the region.

She keeps telling me that she will bring me to it as they offer some delicious beverages.

That’s the whole point of Go Local – to present area people and businesses that contribute to the rich culture of our region.

The problem with reading the story about PawSafe Animal Rescue is that instinctively I just want to drive down and adopt. My wife and I are big animal fans. We currently have six cats – all of who were rescue – and a dog who we took from our daughter when allergy issues arose.

There are too many dogs who need and deserve a loving home.

I identify with one of my favorite American authors when it comes to dogs. Twain had many memorable quotes about our best friends. “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man,” he wrote. He also said, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”

He also said, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

They are doing God’s work in my opinion.

Speaking of the divine, is there anything better than some New England seafood? I will now put Cold Harbor Seafood & Market on my list of places to try.

Even though we are merely an hour and half away from the Atlantic, sometimes it’s difficult to find seafood that compares to what you can get on Cape Cod.

The folks at Cold Harbor make the trek to the fish markets at Boston South Seaport three times a week to ensure quality and freshness. I have to try it.

Although this issue features a guide to local day spas, I have to admit while their features sound relaxing, I probably wouldn’t be at ease at one. Instead I think a great idea for a spa for a person such as me would be a relaxing setting with a great glass of iced coffee, a puppy to pet and a plate of great seafood.

Now, that’s living!

Until next month, consider taking some of the suggestions listed here and enjoy western New England.

- G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor

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