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      Here's a Map of Planned Wind Towers

      Sandi sent us this; she's not sure of the origin. We're told each tower will be 500 feet tall. They'll be highly visible from the summit of the mountain. On Monday, Jen Tuthill of NHWindwatch will speak at the Select Board meeting. 

      Click on the thumbnail for the full image. If you can't see the thumbnail, go to the website, http://www.orangenh.us. (The email is an automated message for members of the site.)


      Missing a cat?

      I found a copper colored cat, very friendly, outside my cabin at 148 Cardigan Mt. Rd., 5:30 pm Wed. Call me at 727-6070 if you're missing it. -Jay Heinrichs



      Do We Want a Town Notice Sign?

      Sandi Pierson sent us this. Feel free to comment on the blog post on Orangenh.us.

      The Orange Historical Commission has worked diligently to have our picturesque Town House placed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. Their efforts came to fruition on July 28, 2014. Thus, when a resident suggested a sign for the front yard be erected to notify residents of municipal meetings and events, a couple of members from the Historical Commission took the project in hand. They felt it was important that the essence of such a sign harmonize with the historical spirit of the building. The resident who came forth with the idea for a sign also generously pledged a $500 donation for it. 

      Members of the Historical Commission drove around the central NH area to see what other towns had for signs. Attached is a photo of the sign they propose if one is to be erected; the cost is slated at $500. The letter set for the sign is an additional $250 and members of the Historical Commission anticipate that these will be provided by donation also, i.e., there will be no cost to the town for the sign or the transferable lettering set. The proposed announcement sign would be constructed by Alan Charbano. He did the new Orange “welcoming sign” that is at the Cardigan Mountain Road town line. The Town House sign will be made of the same, durable material. A sketch of the proposed sign is attached to this email.

      When members of the Orange Historical Commission brought their results to the Select Board meeting, the Board felt that the acquisition and erection of a sign should be the decision of the townspeople—after all, they cited, it is their Town House. Questions and discussions arose at the meeting about where the sign should be placed and if indeed a sign was a good idea in the first place. Someone suggested it should be considered at town meeting.  In any event, the strong consensus from both the Select Board and people attending the meeting was that a structure that is permanently placed at our Town House, even one as small as a sign, first needs to be supported by the residents of Orange.

      The Board welcomes and encourages your comments.


      Catching Up with the Select Board

      I've been really slow in posting minutes--my apologies. You'll find the whole shebang here.

      Why put them on a website at all? Because I think it's useful to have a permanent place where people can easily find what their government is doing. That's why this site also has links to our representatives' voting records

      As soon as I can find the time, I'll begin putting Orange documents and forms up, so you won't have to make a trek to the Town House for every form.  Stay tuned!

      Meanwhile, please let me know if there's anything else you'd like the site to do. You can email me directly at o.speech at gmail.

      - Jay


      Wind Turbine Update

      Sandi Pierson sent this:

      Wild Meadows and NH Energy Policy Updates

      Iberdrola withdrew their Wild Meadows Wind project application in early June, and the Groton project on Jewell Hill has apparently withdrawn, while EDP's Spruce Ridge project targeting the northern shoulder of Mt. Cardigan is still in play. Recently, the NLRA LAnd Management Committee met with NH Wind Watch and the newly-renamed Newfound / Mt. Cardigan Legal Fund to discuss a partnership to protect the waterhsed using our combined efforts and strategies. 
      Meanwhile, the State's draft energy policy has been released for public comment, due by July 25. The NLRA is investing time and effort into this process as well as the NHSEC rules revisions, to better balance our energy demand with a high-quality environment.