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Letter: Help Protect Weathersfield

To the Editor:

I attended Weathersfield’s schools, graduated from UVM and have since lived and worked in the general area. I live in town now and have two young children. Many residents are not aware that paraphernalia is being sold in Weathersfield, this allegedly being used for tobacco or drugs. There are other towns in Vermont that have passed ordinances that prohibit businesses from selling such items. Weathersfield did not have an ordinance in effect when such a business was established. A draft of an ordinance will be brought to the Selectboard on Tuesday at Martin Hall at 7 p.m. The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent the expansion of the present business and to keep similar businesses from setting up anywhere in town. Because Interstate 91 runs through Weathersfield and there is cross traffic from New York state and New Hampshire, we are a prime location for this type of business. A group of concerned citizens, which is working through the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Program, is asking the Selectboard to take a strong stand against this type of commercial establishment. We are deeply concerned about what the future of our town will be like in regard to providing healthy choices for our children, the overall image and reputation that we present, and the value of real estate. Please attend this important meeting. Your support will make a difference.

Mavis Shand

Ascutney

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