According to Merriam-Webster quaint is defined as "having an old-fashioned or unusual quality or appearance that is usually attractive or appealing" Charming is defined as "very pleasing or appealing : full of charm"
In discussing the village and hearing people describe what they like about it or what they would like to see, the words "quaint and charming " are often used. Many people have commented that they like the rural charm and quaintness of a small New England town. So do I, but it may be a bit of a stretch to find a lot in our village area one would call "quaint" and "charming".
Okay, there are some spots that would qualify as both of course, the Old Country Store with it's people friendly porch is perhaps the very definition of small town New England. The Grange Hall, the Historical Society properties also qualify along with the Methodist church and a few others, but interspersed in between however are some ordinary buildings, nothing to be ashamed of, but not exactly screaming New England small town. People don't stop in the village to tour two four unit apartment buildings or a cement block convenience store and gas station. Great to have a gas pumps close in town and it does bring in some tourist traffic, usually for a fill up and some quick snack, but is it quaint? Or charming?
In a summer there is a bit of a transformation and a kinda-sorta small town feel as the flowers and landscaping reach their peak and the farm store is open, but it doesn't last. And we still have a few vacant properties, one of which is now owned by taxpayers.
A question we need to answer is what are the characteristics that make a town quaint and charming? What are the architectural elements and scale we want to encourage and promote and which are the ones we don't want? Maybe equally important will be how to integrate existing elements into this new vision. I'm not speaking of tearing anything down or requiring significant reconstruction, but looking for ways to better blend the village so that the overall look is appealing and inviting and conducive for people to visit.
I think that incremental changes in a thoughtful , well planned manner can go a long way to transforming the village into something more visually appealing. I don't see massive all at one change nor does that appeal to me, but we do need a well coordinated plan.