Historic Vote On Walker Land

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ethelwalker.artnov21,0,7542892.story Historic Vote On Walker Land November 21 2006In years to come, the vote by Simsbury residents to purchase the development rights to more than 400 acres of Ethel Walker School woodland for $13.9 million should be remembered as a turning point in the town's growth and in the movement to preserve open space.The land not only sits on top of an aquifer that supplies drinking water to 70 percent of the town's residents, it is an important wildlife habitat and migration route, displays vernal pools and borders other protected forests. Recognizing how critical the purchase is to sustaining…

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courant.com: Reader Letters: Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Simsbury, Manchester, East Hartford

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-talkback1113.artnov13,0,2476708.story November 13 2006 Government Can't Protect Water Supply I would like to lay to rest the fantasy that no matter what we do to our land, "the government" will protect our water. Such an erroneous viewpoint was expressed once again in a letter to The Courant ("Mailing on Project Was Misleading," Oct. 26). According to the Ground Water Report to Congress by the Ground Water Protection Council (available online), incidents of ground water contamination have occurred in every municipality in Connecticut due to sources such as industrial activities, underground storage tanks, landfills, salt storage facilities and road salt…

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courant.com: Voters OK Money For Open Space

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simref1108.artnov08,0,1276391.story Voters OK Money For Open Space By MARK SPENCER Courant Staff Writer November 8 2006 SIMSBURY --Open space advocates succeeded Tuesday in their drive to preserve land owned by the Ethel Walker School by committing $7 million in town money for the first phase of a two-part deal.Several changes to the town charter also were approved in another ballot question.In a close vote, residents approved spending up to $7 million - $5 million from bonding and $2 million from town reserves - which will be used to purchase 330 acres of the 420-acre parcel. Although the fate of…

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courant.com: More For Open Space

http://www.courant.com/news/local/ec/hc-land1103.artnov03,0,3151538.story More For Open Space November 3 2006On Thursday, the state Department of Environmental Protection awarded $6.9 million in open space grants to 23 cities and towns across Connecticut. The state has protected 480,553 acres since the program started in 1998. The state has a goal of protecting 673,210 acres or 21 percent of the state's land by 2023.Here's a sampling of what some of the latest grants will protect:East Windsor secured a $390,000 grant to preserve the 40.7-acre Trombley/Tschummi property off Rye Street in the southern part of town. The property extends west past existing town-owned open space,…

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courant.com: Town To Vote On Land Purchase

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simethel1103.artnov03,0,4138182.story Town To Vote On Land Purchase $7 Million Would Be Appropriated For About 330 Acres Owned By Ethel Walker School By DIANE STRUZZI Courant Staff Writer November 3 2006 SIMSBURY --Voters Tuesday will decide whether the town spends $7 million to acquire and preserve land owned by the Ethel Walker School. The proposal was approved for a referendum question by the boards of selectmen and finance and is supported by the grass-roots organization Keep the Woods. But after months of public discussion about the acquisition, some residents question why the town is paying so much for the land…

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courant.com: Voters OK Money For Open Space

Simsbury Post Commentary October 20, 2006 Reader urges public to think with their heads, vote with their hearst regarding EWS property I applaud anyone who is seeking the facts with regard to the proposed purchase of the 424-acre Ethel Walker Property. $11.1 million dollars for a piece of real estate in the western part of Town is an investment neither the town nor her citizens should take lightly. However, a recent letter to the editor made some misleading points while advocating for NOT preserving this beautiful piece of land. I would like to try and shed some additional light…

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courant.com: Voters OK Money For Open Space

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simethel1018.artoct18,0,4596932.story Voters OK Money For Open Space By DIANE STRUZZI Courant Staff Writer October 18 2006 SIMSBURY --Voters Tuesday night overwhelmingly approved setting aside $1 million from town reserves to put toward the preservation of 427 acres at the Ethel Walker School.More than 300 attended the meeting at Simsbury High School to hear town officials discuss the proposal to acquire the property from the school. Residents also voiced their opinions on buying the land, which is west of Bushy Hill Road. Some opposed it, saying it would increase the tax burden. They asked town officials to do more research."How…

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courant.com: Caring, Not Hovering

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/letters/hc-lets1016.artoct16,0,226811.story October 16 2006Don't Develop Ethel Walker Land If we continue to develop beautiful, environmentally sensitive land, what will we leave for our children? I'm concerned about future generations having no place to go, to enjoy nature, to get away. Simsbury does not have a dilemma, it has an opportunity it should seize. The Ethel Walker School land needs to be preserved. I grew up in Hartford. Even when I was a child, going to Simsbury was a special treat. We would visit and drive around whenever my uncle (the only family member who had a car) would take…

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courant.com: $500,000 For Land Trust

http://www.courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simland1005.artoct05,0,2159409.story $500,000 For Land Trust Donation To Help Buy 400 Acres By DIANE STRUZZI Courant Staff Writer October 5 2006 SIMSBURY --A national nonprofit conservation organization working to preserve more than 400 acres owned by the Ethel Walker School said a town couple has donated $500,000 toward the effort.The Trust for Public Land announced Wednesday that it was told about the pledge a couple weeks ago. The couple wishes to remain anonymous, said Melissa Spear, project manager at the trust."We're very excited," Spear said. "We are well on our way, but we have a long way to go." The…

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courant.com: Navy Welcomed At Rentschler Field

October 9, 2006 Not All Laws Reflect Data The excellent article on the Simsbury aquifer by Susan Brachwitz and Mark Silverman [Place, Oct. 1, "Simsbury Dilemma: The Water Beneath"] makes a subtle point that begs elaboration. If scientific data showed that something is really harmful to our environment, wouldn't there be a law against it? No, our laws wouldn't necessarily take care of any pollution threat to the source water for 73 percent of Simsbury if the Ethel Walker land were developed. As Brachwitz and Silverman point out, it depends on who owns the land, and the legal aspects…

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