When I was younger I was regrettably optimistic that I could drive to my destination with my gas gauge on empty. How long has it been on E, I would wonder. I was falsely reassured that if I got the warning motor stutter I could go ahead and stall, but roll down Main St. and into the Citgo Circle gas station. Saved again! Just a slight delay in my busy farm day.
Now, with my youth behind me, I’d like to start the process of converting the Citgo gas station to a green way shade stop for pedestrians. Purchasing and demolishing the garage and removing the asphalt would give way to trees, grass, flowers, shrubs and benches, completing the green surround of our rotary. The current sale price is $300,000.
Who’s in? I’ve talked with a couple of folks in town, Al Patenaude, George Hayes, Andrew MacLean and Paula Terrasi, about donations and methods, offering a pursuit of grant money to pay a greater part of the bill. It would be beautiful and would will relieve an identified heat island. Paula offered to look at any possible pollution problems that might exist there. All agreed it would be a great improvement. I will be meeting with our Economic Development Committee, and the Selectboard to brainstorm the possibility.
I welcome any messages for or against this project and please follow the project news. I hope other drivers won’t miss the emergency fuel source I used too often I want the pleasure of sitting on a bench there, talking with friends and counting the electric cars going by, on their way to a municipal car charging spot just down the road.