Tuesday May 14, 2013

One candidate for two positions? Just say ‘no’

Editor of the Reformer:

To The Voters of Bellows Falls,

I am writing this letter to inform the voters of Bellows Falls about a serious concern regarding one of the candidates in this years election (May 21, 2013). Deborah Wright has decided to run for two positions. She apparently wants to be the Village President and a Bellows Falls Trustee. In reality she can only hold one office at a time ... but here is the concern. If she is elected to both positions, the one she chooses not to fill will be appointed by the Board of Trustees, not the electorate.

This is not "Wright." Her dual candidacy, in my opinion, is an attempt to "fix" the Board to suit Ms. Wright. The electorate is the appropriate body to choose its representatives.

The solution to this concern is simple. Go to the polls on May 21 and vote for the other candidates that are running for Village President and Trustee. Send Ms. Wright and others that want to manipulate our Village Government a message.

Jim "Jiggs" McAuliffe,

Bellows Falls, May 10

The rebirth of Wilmington

Editor of the Reformer:

A demise of Wilmington is not to be.

Volunteers bless them one and all helped rebuild and restore our town and area. Even now volunteers are on the front line improving our lives and community.

Because of them we have an extensive parking area on West Main Street, very usable and still being improved.


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Lighting is being installed so that the Village Trail, a walk along the river, can be lit in the evening. After a nice dinner in downtown Wilmington, our guests may walk along the River Walk. As I write this a bridge is being built to extend the river walk and enhance the walking pleasure. I’m told that the volunteers will be decorating it with flowers.

The Beautification Committee will again plant flower containers in front of our buildings. The Chamber and Village Association published a walking tour map of the village. The Historical Society of Wilmington is planning activities as well. Maintenance, improvements to buildings and grounds are seen daily. Ann Coleman Art Gallery will shortly be built next to the chamber.

Dot’s Restaurant is near completion and we look forward to The Parmelee and Howe building to be occupied by an exciting new restaurant.

It takes time to rebuild after 6-plus feet of river water runs thru a town. Most of the retail buildings are restored and functioning. Most are operating seven days a week, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. To insure a quality business district all must open daily without fail. Any person or business that can’t compete needs to step aside, not complain, and let a new adventurer step in.

Running a Mom and Pop business is not for sissies, it’s tough work. The big chains are our problem. In Wilmington we offer better quality and friendly service.

The 1836 Country Store and The Norton House [A Quilters Paradise] our family businesses took no government nor private grants. In addition The Deerfield House on the Norton House land was a total loss. With the help of volunteers, much stress and the loss of our family savings we opened to serve our loyal customers.

We have several good restaurants in the village as well as on Rt. 100 north. Route 9 east and west [The Molly Stark Trail] intersects with Rt. 100 north and south [Rt 100 Byway] in the center of Wilmington. Check us out on Google.

With each passing day our town is more beautiful than the day before.

Al Wurzberger,

Wilmington, May 13

Vote nothing more than creation of a blank check

Editor of the Reformer:

Vernon voters at a special Town Meeting will be asked to authorize the Vernon Selectboard to buy development rights to a gentlewoman farmer’s land ("Vernon moves to preserve farm property," Reformer, May 8).

Development rights usually are bought from the current owner, who, instead, "prefers to sell the property outright, leaving the next owner to accept or reject the town’s offer for development rights." Why would Vernon Town Meeting voters authorize the Vernon Selectboard to buy development rights from an unknown new owner at an unknown price? If the new owner is a developer, which is likely, development rights will cost whatever the developer would have made by developing the land, many times the proposed $100,000.

Vernon Town Meeting voters are being asked to sign a blank check.

Howard Fairman,

Vernon, May 10

Why waste your waste?

Editor of the Reformer:

There’s a great opportunity for community members to recover their long-ago healthy toddler fascination with bodily fluids and immediately benefit the environment at the same time. (Did you know that each year you produce nearly enough fertilizer to grow one year’s worth of food?)

We’re all full of a renewing cycle of liquid gold (read a slim volume by Carol Steinfeld by that same name), and The Rich Earth Institute right here in Brattleboro needs to have 3,000 gallons of it by July 15. Fairwinds Farm in Brattleboro applied 600 gallons of urine from 60 donors last summer to its hay fields with exciting results. We currently have 130 donors and need 75 more to join us in order to make our 3,000 gallon summer 2013 goal.

It’s easy. The collecting jugs and equipment are provided free of charge, and liquid contributions can be delivered to the office on Fuller Drive (just behind Pine Heights).

Recycling our urine has many advantages: it saves about 4,000 gallons of clean flush water per person per year -- also reducing your water bill; reduces pollution of rivers and estuaries; creates an inexpensive, sustainable fertilizer; and transforms a waste we all produce into a resource we all need.

The Rich Earth Institute is a USDA-funded research project, the first field trial in the USA of using sanitized human urine as fertilizer. This is something Germany, Sweden, and other European countries have been working with for over a dozen years.

Kim Nace and Abe Noe-Hays are pioneering the field trials in the U.S. Those wanting more info can reference Becky Karush’s front page Neighbors column in April’s Reformer and visit www.RichEarthInstitute.org. To sign up, send an email to info@RichEarthInstitute.org, or call 802-579-1857.

I’m a second-year donor participant, along with others from Centre Congregational and Guilford Community Churches, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, participants in Brattleboro Curbside Composting and members of the wider Brattleboro and Greenfield-Northampton communities. Please join us.

Elizabeth Christie,

Putney, May 6