Our Annual March Pot-luck will be held on Sunday, March 12. Our speaker will be Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos. Carol has been working with the local group that has been taking action to keep us all informed about the proposed gas pipeline that would be built in this part of the state. Carol plans to bring several committee members with her to tell us more about the drawbacks of having another pipeline built in Grafton. This pipeline is not one that would bring gas for home heating to residents. We will discuss what are the best options for clean energy in New England.
A small group of members is researching the possibility of proposing a Warrant Article at May town meeting to ban certain types of plastic bags from being used by retail stores to bag items. About 40 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed this type of bylaw in recent years. Most of the laws passed allow only certain types of plastic bags to be used by stores. The preference is for re-usuable bags: cloth, paper, plastic or a combination of materials. The current plastic bags used in local stores do not de-compose and are causing environmental problems. We will need support from other groups in Grafton that are concerned about the environment in order to make this viable for Grafton.