April 2011 NewsBrief


 

North Stonington Citizens*

Land Alliance NewsBrief

Published each April, June, August, October, December, and February

with extra e-mail news at certain times

April 2011

In a Moment of Silence

In northern Japan, on March 11, Earth and Mankind unexpectedly confronted each other in violence:   Earth, with earthquake and water; Human kind, with malfunctioning nuclear reactors,

It is this same Earth, of Spring’s green shoots and budding trees; it is this same Human Kind whose piano music is filling the next room with beauty.

Earth Day Is Every Day… April 22… Pick Up a Pine Tree Seedling gift from

The Land Alliance at Wheeler Library, April 20-23

The seedlings are purchased from The Eastern CT Conservation District, Inc, a non-profit Natural Resource Conservation Organization that does great work (www.ConserveCT.org/eastern). Trees will be lovingly wrapped this year over coffee and sandwiches by Kit Johnstone and Madeline Jeffery.  Give a call to join us

An Invitation to 2 Special Walks on Private North Stonington Family Lands

Yes, Land Trusts and the State do offer open lands for walking to the public. We know, however, that most of North Stonington’s lands are owned privately with few of us ever getting to see some of these great hidden places. Land Alliance encourages private land owners to show off their beautiful lands and paths and trails and we are thrilled to invite you to visit  the Cote’s on May 28 and Borden’s as a CT Trails Day event on June 4.

Walk Clarks Falls Farm, May 28, home of Hilaire and Kathie Cote

9:30 am, May 28, Saturday, 32 Clarks Falls Road

(1/3 mile from Rt.49 and Rt. 216 3-way stop, take driveway about ½ mile through fields to house, park along drive.)

To hike trail along Spalding Pond, rock outcroppings, hay fields and corn lots, abundance of wild flowers, wild azalea, lady slippers, white spire, wild blueberry, a resident peacock, and even some chickens.  Heavy rain cancels.

CT TRAILS DAY CELEBRATION JUNE 4 AT BRAD AND MIMI BORDEN’S

Land Alliance will be one of over 160 groups to sponsor Statewide Hiking Events organized by CT Forest & Park Association on this weekend

Land Alliance requests that you accept this personal invitation from Brad and Mimi Borden, 107 Swantown Hill Road, North Stonington, to walk the moderate, green forested foot  trails they have created within their 121- acre family lands.  Wear hiking footwear; brook crossings, stands of mature trees, vernal pools, birds. Deer-sightings possible.  Rain cancels.  Yes, to dogs on lead.

Cheers and More Cheers, you can now click on our brand new WEB site

With many thanks to Chrissy Rathbun and Betty Perkowski who designed this new WEB site and have begun gathering information for Land Alliance members, friends, and the whole world.  Just click on .nslandalliance.org to open up the site, or landalliance.org. We expect to run a busy WEB site with questions, ideas, and information,   We look forward to hearing from you.

Real Volunteer Dedication

It is the beginning of a new year of Watershed Watch Monitoring, University of Rhode Island’s Volunteer Program. William Hixson and Joseph DiBrino are eager to continue testing certain North Stonington sites; Blue Lake, Assekonk Swamp, Green Falls, and Wyassup Lake. Hixson and DiBrino are seasoned monitors and will be out on the water for Tri-Season testing May through October.  Their test results will now be included in Land Alliance’s new WEB site with explanations for all of us to understand. If you are interested as a possible new volunteer, you are welcome to take part, e-mail or call.

CUSH, Inc.’“Clean Up Stonington Harbors”, also participates in URI’s Watershed Watch Programs.  CUSH’s president, Gracelyn Guyol, is passionate to find ways to reduce water pollution in Stonington’s harbors, from the Mystic to Pawcatuck Rivers, with hopes to restore a more healthy marine habitat.  Bill Hixson and Ms Guyol have talked about finding possibilities to link our work in North Stonington to the harbor monitoring

Every Bit of Extra Protection

North Stonington Village falls within The National Register of Historic Places, an extra layer of protection for what is there

Individual farmers of Clarks Falls and East Clarks Falls farms with rich farm soil earned their rights to fall under The Farm Development Rights program as a collective extra layer of protection for farming. now and in the future.

Route 49, Pendleton Hill Road, from Route 184 through Voluntown and into Sterling, won the right after a lot of hard work to become a State Scenic Road, as its extra layer of protection.

And back in 1987, with town changes rapidly taking place, North Stonington Planning & Zoning went to Town Meeting and won its Town Scenic Road Ordinance, another layer of protection.

The Land Alliance supports each of these concepts being called into action as additional blankets of protection whenever possible. The programs and ordinances may lack the sharp teeth that a problem requires on certain occasions but their importance cannot be denied. They can be potent tools.

The Land Alliance hopes that townspeople add more areas in town to The National Register and that more Town Roads go to petition and Town Meeting and become Scenic Roads.

Please contact us if you have interest or questions and we will supply you with information and send you off to people in town who worked on these concepts and can help you directly.

Land Preservation:

Looking for Volunteers:  Looking for Board Members

T H O U G H T S   F O R   R U R A L

1.  A Sense of Quiet Earth: There is so much noise in town these days  and most of it is man made. And mechanized. If Amtrak trains now have “quiet cars,” we can aspire to quiet places where we live, too.

2.  A Sense of Dark Skies:  Everywhere you look there are more and more lights, day and night.   Let’s do something to return the town’s dark skies   What ever happened to that line our parents used, “And don’t forget to turn off the light!”

3.  A Sense of Clean Earth:  Perhaps one day soon we really will not have to think of snow and we can luxuriate in the brown earth and grasses around us.  This can be a good time to say goodbye to many chemical fertilizers and lawn grooming spreads. A blight ordinance is a timely thought.  And a continuing contest for all of us to pick up litter along our road.

4.  A Sense of Cold, Clear Water:  How lucky we are in North Stonington to have this grand supply of water. A large part of town sits over a Federally Designated Aquifer of great purity.  The dug and drilled wells in our yards and the streams and brooks in the woods are amazing resources. .

5.  A Sense of Clean Air: We all know that our favorite wood stoves, oil furnaces, and old pick up trucks pump impurities into the air at home. Air pollution is a constant and comes from inside and outside North Stonington and it is all around us.

Thoughts on 3 of Town’s Popular Meeting Places

At The Land Fill, after years of well defined and careful waste separation, now The Single Stream Land Fill concept requires that we mix up all the recyclables and throw recyclable paper, cans, and plastic on top of each other into the same bin.  It surely looks like one big disorganized, greasy mess down there and stuns the desire to be orderly and proud about recycling. (Even though we hear the system is working well.)

And at The Post Office, another anomaly, that after years of separate mail slots for “local” and “outgoing” mail, we put all mail into one slot with our letter to a North Stonington friend going to Norwich and back so that it can be delivered to North Stonington the next day.

This sense of being required to relinquish every day reliable procedures could very well be something like what North Stonington’s early Milltown residents experienced as the small mills became more and more mechanized, bringing a dubious end to every day habits.  We have read of towns in which hand weavers and hand spinners showed little welcome to the changes that even small steps in mechanization brought.

As For Town Hall, we put our leaders under tremendous pressure and we are quick to praise and even quicker to criticize.

And yet it is we, the residents, who enable them. By our choices to participate in town affairs, to vote or not vote, many decisions that actually take place in Town Hall fall on each of us:  a powerful thought, we are the enablers.

North Stonington Citizens Land Alliance, Inc.

Box 327,

North Stonington CT 06359

Tel:  860-599-5517 E-Mail:  landallianceinc@gmail.com

Board Members:  Madeline Jeffery, William Hixson, Julie Lanier, Elizabeth Perkowski, Helen Lauterio, Belinda Learned

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