Lo­cals par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond an­nual Tar Sands Free King­dom Walk

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Franklin County, VT Sher­brooke

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.

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