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Second wind-farm protest held

ALLEGANY – For the second time in a week, area residents picketed against a proposed wind farm in Allegany with the hope that they might sway town officials’ vote on the issue Aug. 29.

Monday night’s crowd of protesters gathered in front of the Allegany Town Hall prior to the Allegany Planning Board’s meeting on an unrelated issue. As young and old stood with their signs near the street, passing cars tooted their horns and yelled words of encouragement to the group.

Kathy Boser, who helped organize the event, said the rally was set up before the planning board meeting to let town officials and the community know the protesters aren’t going away.

“I’m encouraged by the people because we’ve been speaking out consistently,” Ms. Boser said of the protesters at the event. “Hopefully we’ll make an impact on the town board, even though they said we won’t.”

Earlier in the day, Pat Eaton, supervisor for the town of Allegany, said it was the crowd’s constitutional right to hold the protest. Mr. Eaton said he believes that a group in favor of the wind farm also plans to hold a rally the evening of the vote.

A similar protest held last Wednesday in front of the Allegany Senior Center on Birch Run Road attracted close to 100 people. At issue is a 29-wind turbine farm proposed for the Chipmonk and Knapp Creek areas by EverPower Wind Holdings Inc. of New York City.

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