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Palmer Massachusetts casino information

Monson Voice on Casinos - Palmer Casino

Welcome to Quaboag Valley against Casinos
(Formerly Monson Voice on Casinos)

Next Meeting


Unitarian-Universalist Chruch, 177 Main St

Anyone, from any town, is invited

Even though the casino bill was defeated in the House of Representatives, we still need to remain vigilant

Write or email your Representative
with your thanks.

View photos from the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Evening

Educate yourselves, contact friends and neighbors, and call, write, or email your state legislators

Here are some phone numbers & email addresses for you:

Senator Steve Brewer 617-722-1540
Representative Mary Rogeness 413-567-1661
Sen. Therese Murray (Senate President - pro casino) 617-722-1500
Rep. Sal Di Masi (Speaker of the House - anti casino) 617-722-2500

Link to phone numbers, email addresses & snailmail for all
the members of the Mass House of Representatives
and to the Senate

The Quaboag Valley against Casinos meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm at the Monson Unitarian-Universalist Church, 177 Main St.

Notes from the April 9 meeting:

  • There was a discussion of the stolen lawn signs. MVC received quite a bit of positive media attention, both in the newspapers and on Channel 40 in Springfield
  • Since the Mass House of Representatives voted against the casino proposal on April 3, MVC will take a short vacation, but will remain alert for new developments
  • The next meeting will be on September 10
  • There was a discussion of how we could make our organization more inclusive - so that people from other towns will know that they are welcome. After some brainstorming in which quite a few names were suggested, it was agreed to rename it "Quaboag Valley against Casinos" QVAC
  • An election of officers will be held after the September meeting in hopes that others will be attracted from outside Monson and would be willing to serve
  • Our State Representative, Mary Rogeness is retiring. She is a strong anti-casino advocate. QVAC will explore ways to support an anti-casino candidate in the next Primary Election
  • At the September meeting the possibility of meeting in other towns was explored in order to be more welcoming to others

We're a grassroots anti-casino organization located in Monson (but welcoming any interested person). We are opposed to casino gambling in Massachusetts and specifically opposed to a casino in Palmer, MA. Our intention is to expose the rotten core in this alleged golden apple and our goal is to protect our homes, our families, our serenity and our way of life here in rural western Massachusetts. We invite everyone to attend our meetings.

Strong regional opposition to the potential siting of a class III casino in Palmer has been voiced by residents and business owners in the abutting region. Palmer is a town situated west of Worcester and east of Springfield with access from the Mass turnpike, Rt 90. Palmer has approximately 12,600 residents and is surrounded by small towns including Monson, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Ware, Belchertown, Warren, Brimfield, Holland, Wales and Sturbridge.

The Palmer Town Manager has conducted meetings with developers from Northeast Realty to discuss siting a casino there. The developers signed an exclusive agreement with the Mohegan Sun casino to create a class III casino should expanded gambling become legal in the Commonwealth. The proposed casino would be a commercial casino not an Indian casino and no issues of Sovereignty or IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) are applicable.

The Monson Board of Selectmen prior to the release of the Governor's endorsement for expanded gambling, voted unanimously to form a regional impact committee consisting of Selectmen and town managers/administrators from the 11 communities within the 30 mile radius of the proposed site. Stating that they would, "demand to have a place at the (decision making) table."

Although Govenor Patrick has filed legislation, casinos are not legal in Massachusetts, at this time.

Our treasury needs to be built up. We want to have lawn signs, bumper stickers, pins and T-shirts. We are accepting donations. Make checks out to Monson Voice on Casinos. Mail them to QVAC, c/o Jeff Lord, Treasurer, 33 Green St., Monson, MA 01057

If you would like to be included on our email list or if you would like more information, email me [email protected] Please put "casino" in the subject line.

If you would like to be a member of QVAC, there is a membership form here. You can print it out and mail it to us.

MVC wishes to thank the folks in Middleborough for their generosity in allowing us to use this link on their website



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