Will wind towers go up?
Representativesfrom the Encore Redevelopment company of Burlington held an information session at the Stanstead town hall last Wednesday. Those developers would like to build two wind turbines, each over 400 feet tall, on Grandview Farm and on Smugglers Hill Farm in Derby Line, Vermont, not far from the Canadian border.
An earlier information session on the same topic was held at the end of March at the Derby Elementary School. Almost one hundred people, a divided group, attended that Public Service Board meeting. Proponents of the project say they want renewable energy while those against it are concerned with potential health risks and a reduction in property values.
The local American daily reported that Derby Line village clerk, Karen Jenne, had concerns about chemicals leeching into the ground water and about national security since the potential sites of the wind towers is so close to the Canadian border.
Thereis only one month left in the Stanstead Culture and Recreation Centre’s after school homework program called “Devoirs Actifs”. This program has students from grades 4, 5 and 6 doing homework together after school and then playing some kind of sports together like soccer or street hockey. It takes place every Monday and Thursday, from 3:15 to 4:30. Although only students from the local French elementary school have been taking part in this program since it began last year, Centre coordinator Maryse Trepanier would like people to know that any students from Sunnyside who would like to take part in the program before it finishes up at the end of the month are more than welcome and the service is free.
The Club Ado is also hoping more teens will join in the fun every Thursday night at the Centre from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The kids hang out in “le lounge” and play Wii, air hockey, foozball and other games. They also cook supper for themselves once a month with Collective Kitchens chef Chantal Lambert. “They get to cook their own supper, then eat it, and then clean up after – that’s the fun part,” joked Maryse. The next cooking night is April 19th. It is free to join this group, however, to take part in the cooking night you must first register by calling Ms. Trepanier at 819 704-0660 so she can order enough food.
The Monday night knitting group that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, hosted by award-winning knitter Linda Durocher and Lynn Wood, is going strong and lots of locals are learning how to knit. “Anyone who wants to join this group can just show up on Monday night with their needles and wool. This group is also free,” said Maryse.