David Rodgers from Craftsbury, one of the six people arrested at a protest at the Lowell wind project, raises a cup of fresh-pressed apple cider to the crowd that gathered on Saturday morning to build a fence along the entry to Kidder Hill Road in Irasburg. The Good Fences Project was designed to build solidarity as well as to make a symbolic statement about land ownership and the importance of the homes on Kidder Hill. Photo by Elizabeth Trail
copyright the Chronicle November 11, 2015
by Elizabeth Trail
IRASBURG — About 30 opponents of the proposed Kidder Hill Community Wind project in Irasburg showed up with shovels, hammers, and a backhoe Saturday morning to build a fence — two L-shaped segments flanking Kidder Hill Road where it opens onto Route 58. The project was officially dubbed the “Good Fences Project.”
The fence is symbolic, said Judith Jackson of the Irasburg Ridgeline Alliance (IRA). Ms. Jackson is also a member of the newly formed town planning commission.
It’s also meant to show that people live there, Ms. Jackson said. And it’s meant to show that the people who live there care about their property, their neighborhood, and their community. And, specifically, it’s to send a message to David Blittersdorf, the renewable energy developer who is planning to put two 500-foot wind turbines on property he owns on Kidder Hill.
“He needs to see that the actions that developers take here affect people’s lives,” Ms. Jackson said.
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