What are Mountain Occupiers Doing These Days?

What are Mountain Occupiers Doing These Days?
We’ve been busy plotting our next event, and it’s gonna be a big one!  After last summer spent fighting a single (albeit very important) issue, many folks were feeling like we needed to work for change on a bigger scale as well, looking at the larger picture and going for the roots of the problem.  Enter: 
 
The Rendezvous.  
This will be a free 2-day event, August 17-18 in Irasburg, VT.  There will be workshops, presenters, activism, camping, live music, a performance by Bread and Puppet — a place to learn more about the issues confronting us – and the solutions available- while networking with folks from activist and environmental groups from around the state.  We’re especially excited about our first keynote speaker, Peter Brown, author of the book Right Relationships: Building a Whole Earth Economy.  We’ll be announcing our second keynote speaker soon, so stay tuned!  You can learn more about what we have planned and keep up to date on developments by checking our website: http://therendezvousvt.wordpress.com.  You can also join our Facebook group –www.facebook.com/therendezvousvt  
 
We Need You!
Here’s how you can help:
First, spread the word about the event– forward the website to your friends, share the facebook page, or print out flyers from the website and pass ’em out
Second, we need workshop presenters!  If you or someone you know has knowledge to share, submit a workshop proposal to this e-mail by July 8!  You can find all the details on being a presenter by clicking on “Request for Presenters” on the website. 
Third, we need volunteers!  We need help with media outreach, the logistics of finding equipment and setting up for the event, and before, during, and after we need help with things like putting up tents, building a stage, cleaning up recycling and compost, parking, making signs, etc.  Send us an e-mail and we’ll find you a job! 

Green Mountain Power has applied for a permit to kill endangered bats. Now’s your chance to tell ANR what you think!

A public meeting is scheduled for June 20 in Lowell, or send in your comments-  all the details are below:

The Agency of Natural Resources has received Endangered Species Permit applications for the taking of state threatened and endangered bat species incidental to the operation of two different wind power facilities: Green Mountain Power Corporation (Lowell)

A draft permit has been issued for takings of state threatened and endangered bats at these wind facilities.  The permit applications, recommendations from the Endangered Species Committee and draft permit may be found at:

http://www.anr.state.vt.us/site/cfm/etstp/index.cfm

A public meeting has been scheduled for:

        June 20, 2013 at 7 pm. at Lowell Graded School, 52 Gelo Park Road, Lowell, VT 05847

Public comments are welcome and must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. on June 24, 2013.  Comments may be sent by email to ANR.EndangeredPermit@state.vt.us or regular mail to:

Comments c/o Catherine Gjessing, General Counsel

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Commissioner’s Office

1 National Life Building, Davis 2

Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702

 

Open House This Sunday, Father’s Day

Mountaintop Open House hikes to the top of the Lowell Mountains continue to take place on the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer.  The next one is this Sunday, June 16, which is Father’s Day and a great way to spend time with your father or son.

Guides will be available from 10AM-3PM to show you the way and provide information about the project and the mountains before and after turbines. Hikes leave from the end of the Bailey Hazen Road in Albany (just past the Nelson’s place). The hike is 1 mile each way on steep and muddy terrain.  E-mail mountainoccupiers@gmail.com or call 744-6122 to RSVP or for more information.

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CHICKEN BBQ SPONSORED BY THE LOWELL MOUNTAINS GROUP

JUNE 9  11:30-5:00 P.M.

RAIN OR SHINE

BBQ CHICKEN, BAKED BEANS, COLE SLAW, ROLLS, AND BEVERAGE

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, HORSE SHOES, VOLLEY BALL, BADMINTON

DONATION:  $12 ADULTS   $6 FOR CHILDREN

LOCATION: HAZEN NOTCH CAMP GROUND

RSVP BY JUNE 2 IF POSSIBLE

DIRECTIONS: RT. 58 WEST FROM LOWELL VT 3 1/2 MILES RT ON GREEN HILL RD

CONTACT INFORMATION CALL 802-744-6612

 

Mountaintop Open House is Back!

Mountaintop Open House hikes to the top of the Lowell Mountains will re-start May 19th and continue to take place on the third Sunday of each month throughout the summer.  Guides will be available from 10AM-3PM to show you the way and provide information about the project and the mountains before and after turbines. Hikes leave from the end of the Bailey Hazen Road in Albany (just past the Nelson’s place). The hike is 1 mile each way on steep and muddy terrain.  E-mail mountainoccupiers@gmail.com or call 744-6122 to RSVP or for more information.

Several people have inquired about the possibility of the Mountain Occupiers’ Open House Hikes being on posted property. We have been conducting hikes to the Lowell Mountain ridgeline since the fall of 2011 and have scrupulously avoided all travel on posted land. We respect a landowner’s right to post his/her property and we avoid those areas.
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Please tell your friends and legislators about the Open House!
-Seeing the mountain up close and personal is more powerful than seeing dozens of news articles or pictures
-Things have changed up there – see the difference from your last visit
-Hiking is a great way to spend your Sunday!
Please Consider Helping with the Open House! 
We need:
-The open house flyer printed out and hung up in area bulletin boards and in Burlington and Montpelier
-Guides to come show the way (if you can find your way up the mountain, or greet people at the base, you can help!)
mtntop open house poster

Green Mountain Power to Pay Barton Chronicle Reporter’s Legal Bills

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Posted by  on February 27, 2013 at 07:35 AM in EnergyMediaNewsVermont | Permalink

Fourteen months after Green Mountain Power had a Vermont reporter arrested for trespassing, the electric utility company has agreed to foot the reporter’s legal bills.

Barton Chronicle editor Chris Braithwaite said Tuesday afternoon he planned to drop a lawsuit against the company after it promised to compensate him $22,500 for legal fees he racked up defending himself against a previously dismissed trespassing charge.

The dispute stems from Braithwaite’s December 2011 arrest for failing to leave GMP-owned property on Lowell Mountain as he covered a protest against the company’s Kingdom Community Wind project.

In a written statement, Braithwaite called the settlement “a fair resolution of this matter.” Continue reading