Subject: Hartford Courant Covers Forum...
From: Keep The Woods
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 21:10:25 -0500


THANK YOU to the 150+ attendees Thursday night at Eno Memorial Hall for our forum - Forging a Vision for Simsbury:  Balancing Conservation and Development.  Read the synopsis of the event from the Hartford Courant.  See a few pictures of the event here.
State Representatives Tom Herlihy and Rob Heagney attended, as did associates of the Ethel Walker School who support preservation of the school land.  A parent and a former EWS student commented specifically on how grateful they are to our group for raising awareness, ultimately benefiting the school and this region long into the future.  
A subset of the groups represented includes the Simsbury Land Trust, Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion (CARE), Tariffville Village Association, Friends of Open Space, Trout Unlimited, Farmington River Watershed Association , Simsbury Homeowners Advocating Responsible Expansion (SHARE), Friends of the Town Farm Dairy, Rivers Alliance, Trust for Public Land, Sierra Club, Northern Simsbury Coalition and 1000 Friends of Connecticut .
This forum is just one part of our general educational campaign.  Another part is an episode of the Buzz Holmes show "Our Simsbury" about aquifers.  It will be shown throughout February on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM on SCTV Channel 5.  (See the SCTV AM schedule here.)  A third part of this campaign is comprised of our recent displays in the Simsbury Post on land and water use.

Don't forget to visit our website for additional upcoming events and educational programs.  
If you haven't already, please sign our on-line petition supporting preservation of the Ethel Walker Woods.  It reads...

"We value the Ethel Walker Land in its natural undeveloped state.

We urge the Ethel Walker School to gain fair market value and national recognition through this historic opportunity to partner with the Trust for Public Land for preservation."

Please forward this information to others and encourage them to sign the online petition and to subscribe to receive these regular updates.

Our next community meeting will be Wed., Feb. 8 at 7 PM at Flamig Farm (NOT Feb. 1 as previously posted on our website).

Thank you for your support.

Preservation is the Best Option.

Keep The Woods!