Thanks to all of you who were able to attend last Saturday's "SavingME meeting that was hosted by the Gray family at the Harraseeket Inn. Nancy and Penny continue to be excellent benefactors to our overall anti-wind efforts. They provided not only the first class venue, but also a complimentary continental breakfast as well as a wonderful (and very tasty! ) lunch. Thank you ladies, your contributions are greatly appreciated by all. The next time you have an opportunity, stop into the Harraseeket for a great meal or for an overnight stay. This is a class operation with a professional staff that is trained to offer you a level of personalized service that you likely didn't think existed any longer. Check it out.
50+ concerned citizens attended the approximate 4.5 hour meeting. As I looked around the room, I was struck by three thoughts regarding the attendees. First, it was very positive to see folks from all parts of the state in attendance. Some drove great distances to be there. Secondly, it was reassuring to see that we had quite a few new faces along with most of the usual grizzled veterans. The third observation wasn't quite so positive. Of the 50+ people in attendance, I could count on less than one hand, those who haven't previously put their 50th (or 60th) birthday behind them. We need to make stronger efforts to get younger citizens involved in our effort to save our state from becoming the the largest industrial junkyard in the northeast.
The meeting was supported by several wonderful exhibits and quite a few informational handouts to take home and review.
I would be seriously remiss if I didn't take a minute here to thank our keynote speaker, Lisa Lenowes, who got a very early start to her day in order to travel to the meeting from southwestern NH. Lisa is a leading authority in the fight against industrial wind proliferation and shared a terrific power point presentation with the group. There was some valuable information there that I'm sure helped everyone in the room gain a better understanding of where the whole wind power movement came from and where it's headed. Lisa's information was presented in a clear manner with lots of footnoted verification. If it wasn't clear to you before now that the southern New England states (CT./R.I./MA) officials have unofficially declared their states to be turbine free zones for the most part, but have no qualms about decimating Maine's Quality of Place by pushing industrial wind projects on us and eventually turning YOUR state into an industrial junkyard of massive proportions, it sure should be clear following Lisa's presentation. Thank you Lisa.
We had other discussions and updates on several other wind power related topics, with the primary point of interest being current proposed legislation before the legislature, and an upcoming effort to seriously amend the Wind Power Act through the public referendum process. More on all of this to come.
Thank all of you involved in putting this meeting together, especially Dick McDonald from SavingME.org and Dan Remian who is heading up the C.I. (Citizen's Initiative) for referendum. It was good to see those in attendance working together for the mutual benefit of all industrial wind opponents again.
Thanks to all who organized this get together - all in attendance benefited from it.