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New briefs from the Lakes Region 1.19

Rare species may hinder construction

CASTLETON-Reunion Power, planning to build as many as 20 turbines in the vicinity of Grandpa's Knob, may find its plans stymied by the state Agency of Natural Resources. Agency secretary Deb Markowitz recently announced that the project site lies on a section of the Taconic Range that is "a rare, irreplaceable natural area" of the state. The state has been careful to say that it is not saying no to the project, just expressing concern about the local habitat.
Reunion Power managing director Steve Eisenberg characterized meetings with ANR as normal and customary for major stakeholders. 
However, the agency's deputy secretary, Christopher Recchia, has said his organization's view is that there is no way "of overcoming these resource obstacles…there is no opportunity for nearby off site compensation."

Sounds to me as though the state has made up its mind but wants Reunion to expend more money before it finds the difficulties insurmountable.

FHGS baseball field fix

FAIR HAVEN-Local fundraising and a $10,000 state recreational facilities matching grant are coming together to revamp the Junior Babe Ruth Baseball Field in Fair Haven. Engineers anticipate grading will curb the field's long-time flooding problem; the field does not drain well, at least partly because of a layer of compacted slate dust.
Built in the 1940s, the field served as the high school's baseball field before the high school received a new field a few years back. Although volunteers work on the field before each game, doing so is often not enough.

In addition to fixing the field, the town recreation committee also intends to purchase new balls, bats and helmets to replace those damaged by flood water from tropical storm Irene earlier this year. 
Baseball league sign-ups begin the week before February break, continuing through March.

Poultney receives transportation funds

POULTNEY-The town of Poultney recently received $230,000 for pedestrian improvements to make foot traffic in East Poultney safer. A transportation enhancement grant provides most the $276,000 to build a sidewalk from Route 140 along Bird Street to the East Poultney green and connects to Thrall Bride. Thrall Bridge will become a single-lane bridge with a pedestrian lane on each side protected by rubber bollards.

Health career camp

FAIR HAVEN - Eleventh graders at Fair Haven and throughout Vermont's four southernmost counties who are interested in careers in healthcare may attend a residential summer camp through the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center. Scholarships are available if students are the first generation of their family to attend college or come from families with modest incomes.

"MedQuest students" spend six days on a college campus while they job shadow healthcare professionals, participate in health-related workshops, learn basic medical terminology and CPR, and make new friends. MedQuest West is at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, July 8-13; MedQuest East is at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, July 29 - August 3. Interested students should get in touch with school counselors; applications are due Friday, March 2.

Seniors meet for lunch

PAWLET-Haystack Hustler Seniors meet at Mettawee School for a noon-time lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The students will join them and tell of some of their activities. All Haystack Hustlers meetings include collecting food for the Pawlet Food Pantry and holding a 50/50 raffle. For more info, call Phyllis Mason, 325-3196.

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