Will wind tow­ers go up?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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