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Dave McCullough

 

The Grand Lake Stream Guides Association will be holding their Annual Meeting on May 10, 2013 at 5:00 at the James Brite Schoolhouse (Town Hall).  All area Guides and their significant others are invited to attend.  This event is hosted by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and will be serving a spaghetti feed with all the fixings at no charge.  Also invited is our local Game Warden, Regional Biologist and Forest Ranger. Get your guiding fire permit at the meeting and you can also pay your Association Dues and apply for membership.  Hope to see you there. 

The Women to Women Group of Grand Lake Stream is sponsoring Tamara Leland, Director of Nursing at Westgate Manor in Bangor. She will present a program at the James Brite Schoolhouse in Grand Lake Stream on May 13 th at 9:30 A.M.  “The  Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias”.  This program will be beneficial for all members of the family particularly spouses.  Westgate Manor has been known for its excellent program for over 25 years.  Everyone is welcome.

Here is the latest from the PPDLW and the Bowers commercial wind power project. The two days and two nights of DEP public hearings on the Bowers Wind Project are now behind us. We are appreciative that DEP held a public hearing (first ever for a wind project) which enabled PPDLW and David Corrigan to question First Wind, their consultants and MDIFW  under oath about everything from bat mortality to fire suppression and scenic impact. The daytime hearings were well attended - including a stalwart group of PPDLW supporters.

PPDLW appreciates our crackerjack team of ‘expert witnesses’ for the sacrifice they made to attend the hearing, their testimony and for enduring cross examination by First Wind and Conservation Law Foundation lawyers:

1. Michael Lawrence - Mike is our Landscape Architect. He commented on First Wind’s  Visual Impact Analysis. His report included a striking viewshed map that showed how many acres of our lakes would suffer turbine visibility. We’ve posted that image on our website. He attended both days of hearings, driving over from his home near Burlington, VT. He was happy to have some quiet time each morning down on Bottle Lake Stream and also to hear loon calls. (apparently they don’t have them over his way).

2. Charles Driza - Master Maine Guide and Co-Owner of Leen’s Lodge testified how critical the up lake view is to his business. He said his guests always notice the red light on Almanac Mountain and they will be devastated to see wind turbines on the horizon.

3. Dale Tobey - Master Maine Guide, GLS Selectman, on Boards of Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Maine Professional Guides Assoc and GLS Guides Assoc. Dale is also a master builder of Grand Lake Canoes and paddles (call early... he’s busy!). Dale specializes in lake fishing and bear hunting. He explained how the guides use the lakes closest to the Bowers project and how his sports appreciate the area’s wilderness feel.

4. Dale Wheaton - Master Maine Guide and until recently owner of Wheaton’s Lodge in Forest City,  retired professor of economics and author (his book “The View from the Stern” is a hilarious memoire of his guiding days). Dale spoke about how his clients and guests have reacted to turbines on Baskahegan Lake and how their reason for visiting the region is to get away from urban icons like wind turbines. Thanks PPDLW for this report.

Special Events this week: Thu May 9, 2013 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

John Bapst H.S. Student Club hosts Film & Discussion

Mon May 13, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Freedom of the Woods and Waters: Map, Compass, & GPS Instruction

Sat May 18, 2013 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Fishermen, Family, & Friends Breakfast (GLS Historical Society)

You are invited for an evening of music, humor, and camaraderie with others who share your desire to halt the inappropriate siting of inland industrial wind power projects in rural Maine.

When:Saturday evening, May 18th at 7:00 (Please arrive by 6:30 for a little socializing) Where: The historic Grange Hall on Rte. 6 in Lee, Maine Who’s invited:This is a private event, but all Wind Warriors statewide (and their invited guests) are welcome to attend.  For more information contact:

Passadumkeag Mountain Friends:  Elizabeth Johns - elizjohns@gmail.com or 207-866-4339 or PPDLW:  Kevin Gurall - mainlymaine@fairpoint.net or 207-738-2262

What a Great Week!  Happy Mother’s Day to all!  Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, dmccull1@maine.rr.com  207-839-4205