Today had a few twists out of our regular routine on the mountain. There were campers and hikers on the top prepared to be arrested for trespassing and protesters on the bottom facing off with Dorothy Schnure! There was media everywhere! WCAX on top and Fox 44 at the bottom along with reporters from VPR, The Hardwick Gazette, The Chronicle and The Caledonian Record.
FROM THE BOTTOM
There were 75 of us in all. We were a peaceful bunch but fired up and ready to make a statement, standing along route 100 across from Trip Wileman’s property where GMP has set up it’s headquarters on Route 100 in Lowell. Route 100 is a busy road. We did our best to stay off the road and not be a nuisance to the fast-moving traffic. We parked our cars farther down on Mink Farm road just off of route 100 and walked about 1/4 mile to position ourselves across from the GMP driveway. Dorothy Schnure herself was across the road from us in her hard hat and long skirt, pacing around with her security guard. She was very cordial by letting the press park on her side of the road along with the Orleans County sheriff.
We had a truck that we used as our “Soap Box” parked farther into the little field on our side. Everyone seemed to be carrying a sign of protest, along with a large 24 foot banner and plenty of resolve to make our message heard and support the Mountain Occupiers! We were there from 12:00-3:30, at times standing as a long line chanting our chants and waving at the cars and trucks that blew their horns in support of “No Wind Towers On Lowell Mountain” or gathered around the truck soap box listening to comments from petition signers and singing our rendition of “This Land Is Your Land!” People brought muffins, cookies, apples, and hard-boiled eggs to share. I belive a good time was had by all! We were comrades in the fight to save our mountain. There were many veterans to the cause and a lot of new comers newly educated to the destruction of our mountain.
Some were fresh from the “First Wind Funeral” and we were happy to hear they successfully made the governor hear about the problems he is causing Vermonters through his wanton wind support. Through periodic phone calls we gave updates on developments at the mountain top. Each message was eagerly awaited by both the crowd and the press.
I would like to make a special note that this afternoon, Dorothy Schnure, mistress of Public Relations for GMP, refused both cookies and organic Hardwick apples offered by our friendly demonstrators. We were concerned for her as her expression indicated that our rally was leaving a bad taste in her mouth.
FROM THE TOP:
Twenty people climbed the mountain today, with the first in place around 9:30. Our fashion conscious protestors were wearing hand-decorated t-shirts sporting their favorite anti-industrial wind slogans (t-shirts courtesy of a kind volunteer). Other occupiers waited at base in order to guide a WCAX news crew up the mountain. We’d like to take a moment to express our appreciation and admiration for these guys, lugging their (very,very heavy) cameras up the slippery mountain path. Thanks for going that extra mile – literally! Blasting was scheduled for between 2:00 and 4:00, so we settled down to wait for whatever might happen next.
At about 1:00, our two TRO reading buddies showed up at the property line to (you guessed it!) read the temporary restraining order. We waited with anticipation for the blast –or proposed law enforcement – but as time went on it became increasingly clear that no blast would take place. We called down to the Route 100 rally to let them know, and the folks there gave some inspiring cheers as they heard that our presence had actually stopped blasting for the day! FOX news had just rolled in to capture it all on camera—as well as the disbanding of the rally to the chant “LowellMountains – We’ll be back!”
What an excellent adage with which to end this post. Lowell Mountains and all of Vermont’s mountains, we WILL be back. Tomorrow and the next day and the next day.
P.S. You too can call the governor and tell him what you think about industrial wind and the mountain occupation: 802-828-3333
There will be pictures of today’s event in tomorrows post….For now check out our press….