Grafton Woodlands Programs (Reverse Chronology)

Windfall-documentary

Windfall documentary and discussion

Friday, July 1, 6:30pm
The White Church in Grafton, 55 Main Street
Free — All are welcome
Refreshments will be served

Windfall is an award-winning film that documents the experience of a small rural town in upstate New York, as residents weigh the impacts of industrial scale wind on their lives and the environment.

The situation shown in Meredith, NY, is so similar to our own in Grafton and Windham. In the film, residents both for and against the turbines relay their stories, illustrating the terrible divide in their community. Since we are all deeply saddened by the divisiveness in our own two communities, watching the struggles of these residents could help us to be extra thoughtful in our conversations and actions with our own neighbors. We all care very deeply about Grafton and Windham.

Please join us and bring your families, friends, and neighbors to this very personal, important event.

From New York Times review: “Laura Israel’s urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary … depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry.”

Author Mitch Frankenberg:
An Evening of Twists, Turns, and Industrial Wind

Wednesday, June 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Grafton Elementary School gymnasium

On Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.at the Grafton Elementary School, Mitch Frankenberg, a member of the West Rutland Select Board and author of the new book, “Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads: A Declaration of Independence, Empathy and Self-Control” will speak about why Vermont and land throughout the world is targeted for large-scale build-outs of wind, solar and gas and why as citizens we need to pay attention.

Frankenberg says: “Iberdrola is one of the world’s richest holding companies, and it is a corporation that trades on the Madrid Stock Exchange. By creating subsidiaries in America such as New England Wind LLC and New York State Electric and Gas Co, Iberdrola, has received more than $2.2 billion in free welfare money that was paid for by you, me and millions of American taxpayers.”

This is a free event sponsored by the non-profit organizations Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited; refreshments will be served.

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Geoffrey Goll:
Impacts of Ridgeline Wind Development on Vermont’s Water Resources

Friday, March 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Grafton Elementary School gymnasium

Civil and environmental engineer Geoffrey Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.

Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling storm water runoff from high-impact, high-elevation construction sites. He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project at Lowell. He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and downstream communities.

This is a free event sponsored by the non-profit organizations Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited; refreshments will be served. Snow/weather date is Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m.

Dr. Sandy Reider

Friday, February 19 – 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Room, Grafton Inn

Dr. Sandy Reider, MD, general practitioner and primary care doctor in Lyndonville for the past 17 years, will discuss the health effects of wind turbine noise. Dr. Reider’s presentation is based on a variety of in-depth, worldwide studies as well as personal experience with some of his patients who have experienced adverse health effects while living near industrial wind turbines. Dr. Reider, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1971, testified on 1/31/13 before the Vermont Senate and Natural Resources Committee, stating, “I believe the acoustic trauma caused by large wind turbines is real and significant.”

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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Renewable Energy Expert Ben Luce

Friday, January 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Room, Grafton Inn

Ben Luce, renewable energy expert and professor of physics and sustainability at Lyndon State College. Professor Luce spent several years in New Mexico, where he advocated with environmental nonprofits to pass significant renewable energy legislation; additionally, he was the head of alternative energy for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since returning to Vermont in 2008, he has conducted intense studies of the numerous proposed industrial wind projects sited on ridgelines in the Northeast. Professor Luce will speak to the negative environmental and social impacts of Vermont’s current energy plan and discuss the wide variety of better ways to develop renewables.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Read a statement by Ben Luce.

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A Retrospective on Vermont Environmental History

Wednesday, November 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Room, Grafton Inn

Bruce Post, Historian and Writer and a longtime congressional aide who also worked for presidential candidates Hubert H. Humphrey and John B. Anderson. He lives in Essex.
JFK’s Interior Secretary Stewart Udall wrote, “Not even in the cotton and tobacco belt where the soils exhausted faster and the forests mangled more thoroughly than on the hillsides of Vermont.” Bruce S. Post uses historic photos, maps, recordings and videos to shed light on Vermont’s environmental past and asks provocative questions about its present and future.

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Grafton Community Reception and Information

Monday, November 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn

Come and enjoy a complimentary variety of mouthwatering appetizers while gaining more understanding about the proposed Grafton/Windham industrial wind project.

Featured speakers:

  • Sen. Joe Benning (R), Caledonia county; Senate Minority Leader
  • Roger Allbee, CEO of Grace Cottage Hospital, former Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont
  • Larry Lorusso and Michael Fairneny, Neighbors of Iberdrola’s Wind project in Massachusetts

We look forward to seeing you there.
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Animals of the North, What Will Global Climate Change Mean for Them?

Wednesday, November 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Room, Grafton Inn

Featuring Sue Morse, Executive Director of Keeping Track

Sue is the founder of Keeping Track®, developer of its track and sign protocols, and leader of its field training programs and workshops. She has spent well over three decades researching wildlife, documenting her findings in articles and public presentations and being the subject of many publications herself. She is a nationally known naturalist, wildlife biologist and photographer. She lives in Jericho, Vermont. This program is designed to educate audiences about ways in which northern wildlife species are already being affected by climate change, with more serious challenges ahead. Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and arctic marine and waterfowl ecology are some of the species and subjects covered in this stunningly beautiful show. Sue Morse promises not to overwhelm the audience with bad news. Instead, the program will devote equal time to sharing remarkable images of animals and their northern habitats—all in the spirit of Jane Goodall’s “reason for hope.” The intent is to inspire attendees, young and old alike, to join in the vital crusade to change our fossil fuel-burning ways, conserve natural resources and share a healthy planet with all that lives.

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Vermont’s Energy Options: Balancing Climate Change Priorities

Wednesday, October 28 – 6:30 p.m.
Homestead Room, Grafton Inn

Featuring Mark Whitworth and Pete Antos-Ketcham from Energize Vermont

This talk will discuss how to achieve response to climate change that meets our energy goals while protecting our environment, enabling adaptation, and respecting our communities.

Mark Whitworth is on the Board of Energize Vermont: mark@energizevermont.org
Pete Antos-Ketcham is the EV Executive Director: pete@energizevermont.org
For more info: energizevermont.org

Windfall-documentary

Windfall documentary and discussion

Friday, October 23 – 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Grafton Woodlands Group Center, 205 Main Street, Grafton

From New York Times review 2/3/2012: “Laura Israel’s urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. An account of rural Meredith, in upstate New York, when wind turbines came to town, the film depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry. …the film’s implications are clear: The quest for energy independence comes with caveats. Developers’ motives must be weighed, as should the risks Americans are willing to take in their own backyard.

Refreshments will be served.