Locals participate in the second annual Tar Sands Free Kingdom Walk
Ahandfulof Franklin County residents - members of 350vt.org - put on their walking shoes last weekend to participate in the second annual Tar Sands Free Kingdom Walk. The 18 mile, two day trek from North Troy to Irasburg was held in order to protest the potential use of an existing pipeline to carry tar sands oil east across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for export out of Portland. In total, about 40-50 concerned U.S. and Canadian citizens participated in the Walk.
“The pipeline crosses the Missisquoi River in several places,” noted Montgomery’s Barry Kade. “A leak into the river of one of its tributaries would be a local disaster that would affect future generations. We are talking about a pipeline that has carried crude oil for 48 years now and is likely at the end of its planned design life. My second concern is with the development of the Alberta tar sands. The total carbon footprint, meaning the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere per British Thermal Unit (BTU) of energy, is much higher for tar sands than it is for regular crude.”
Paula Schramm and Wendy Scott of Enosburg and Sarita Khan of Montgomery were eager participants.
“I was inspired by walking through the beautiful, fertile farmland and woods - filled with streams, lakes and rivers -that this old pipeline passes through,” Schramm said. “We need to do all we can to never allow it to be ruined by a tar sands oil spill.”
The event began on Friday “a real sun-screen day and reached at least 90 degrees, when the group was escorted out of North Troy for the first mile by a fantastic marching horn band - tuba, trombones, flute, washboard, and drums,” according to Schramm.
At 11 a.m. the entourage stopped at the River Road Covered Bridge over the Missisquoi River for a press conference and a bag lunch. Guest speakers included Vermont State Representative David Deen, Chairman of the Wildlife & Natural Resources Committee, Art Greene from Trout Unlimited and Dr. Ron Holland from Irasburg. The walk then proceeded to the Dexter Randall Farm, a 400acre organic farm outside of South Troy. A bio-fuel bus met them periodically, supplying them with water, electrolytes and snacks.
“In the evening, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA), provided pizza baked in a portable wood-fired oven. Later, a band played for the crowd before they hit their sleeping bags and tents,” Schramm added. “The next day we followed the pipeline up over Black Hill. We enjoyed the relief of cloud cover for most of the day until a thunderstorm let loose the last mile. We managed to march into Irasburg singing anyway.”
Kahn aptly summarized the sentiments of the group, “I think it’s very important to protect the environment and draw attention to this pipeline. One spill will destroy tourism and quality of life for local residents. I am concerned about the lack of oversight on the pipeline; the state has none, only the Federal government does. And basically they leave it up to the company that owns it to do its own oversight.”
For more information, visit 350vt.org.
Inresponse to news of the July 6 train derailment, employees at Global Excel decided to organize two fundraising activities to support the community of LacMégantic. As a result of their efforts, these employees recently donated $10, 050 to Red Cross relief efforts in this neighbouring town.
“Having a tragedy such as this one happen so close to home made us feel we should do something to help our neighbours,” mem- bers of the company’s Charitable Giving Committee stated.
One of the fundraising activities organized was an impressive raffle draw. By making a donation, employees received tickets for the draw. The winners
were invited to choose their prize from a collection of more than 50 items that had been donated by local businesses. “The response we received to the raffle was incredible. People were really generous! We especially want to thank the local businesses that supported our efforts by offering us prizes. Without their support, the raffle would not have been possible.”
Proceeds from employee contributions for the two draws accounted for half of the total donation ($5, 025). In a show of solidarity with the company’s employees, Global Excel’s Chairman, Mr. Steve Allatt, and Global Excel’s CEO, Mr. Reg Allatt, elected to match, dollar for dollar, the donations made by the company’s employees. “We are proud the people at Global Excel were so generous in their contributions and we want to do our part to support them in their efforts. It is important to us that community involvement remains part of our company culture, and we believe the generosity of Global Excel’s employees demonstrates well the giving spirit that is present in our workplace, every day.”
TheBeaulne Museum of Coaticook is proud to present « Être à bout… portant » from the artists Claude Majeau and Nelson Tardif, from the 11th of August to the 22nd of September 2013. The grand opening will be held on the 11th of August at 2pm. The public and the press are cordially invited.
Claude Majeau and Nelson Tardif have different views on the world. However, the artists have similar momentum as well as the desire to express their need to connect with life. Two outlooks and two styles with multiple realities are presented within this exhibition. It is the force of this project.
The human being, alone or within a group will wander within horizons which are sometimes opened, sometimes closed. He will search the earth seeking his identity, but too frequently will allow others as well as society to define who he really is. Quite often, he will have had enough but will survive. However, there is room for improvement. Hope interferes and brings us to new horizons.
Firefighters from the Ayer’s Cliff and Hatley Fire Department raised $6,066 in six hours for Lac Megantic on Saturday, July 20th, with a carwash. Little Evan, seen in the photo, paid $2 to get his car washed!
Lennoxville Borough president David Price is seen here with a few generous Global Excel employees.