Letter to the editor 4, May 19, 2016

Dear Editor,

I want to congratulate Elianna Beckman (Your Local Journal, May12) and her viewpoints on the changes going on in St. Lazare and Saddlebrook.

When she wrote about the bicycle path that runs through the hydro line towers, I am in total agreement. Ugh!

It is the most horrendous ugly wasteland with absolutely no beauty, nature, or greenery. I refuse to use it. I have lived here for 35 years and many other people I have spoken to feel the same way. All the birds have left; the blackberry bramble was mulched up with all the bushes along the servitude line for no reason. You do not hear the songbirds… Would the natural habitat interfere with the hydro pylons? There are no natural grasess left, only piles of sand and the bicycle path.

Did anyone do research into other nature paths, in Vermont, N.Y. State or Maine? The nature paths are left ‘natural’ with the abundance of wildflowers, wild berries, shrubbery, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bunnies, and wild turkeys. When I go for my street walk and pass the hydro servitude there is not a bird in sight, there are no spring violas, nor will there be any wild Shasta daisies, Black-eyed-Susans, wild snapdragons, and the very important milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies.

There is nothing… Everything was mowed down. May I also make a comment when there are bicycle enthusiasts, they have nothing at all to do with nature, they ride their bikes in great speed and are only interested in timing and when they can get to their destination and how fast they can get there. They would never notice a wild rabbit, or a cardinal or oriole. It doesn’t matter though because there are none. There is a Velo race this weekend, and it runs all through streets in Saddlebrook, will it be using the bicycle path? No!

I don’t know who planned and envisioned this bicycle path, but I think you may have to beautify it and spread wild flower seeds, grasses, and wild berry bushes for your citizens to use it. I am so very saddened by this area; it is not a proud moment for St. Lazare in the motto of a country and forest setting.

Someone at City Hall should admit to this big mistake and visit other areas for proper research and make changes to this area as quickly as possible.

Such a big loss for our once beautiful area.

Geordie Vincent William

Saddlebrook

St. Lazare

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