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March 10, 2012
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Irene: How the Storm Made us Stronger

POULTNEY--When Tropical Storm Irene roared through Vermont last August it caused several deaths, destroyed or severely damaged more than 1,300 homes, washed out roads and bridges, and caused more than half a billion dollars in damage. It is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history.

Despite the widespread devastation left in its wake, Irene was also an opportunity for Vermonters to pull together, rebuild communities and patch together lives of displaced neighbors. Join a distinguished panel of guests for Green Mountain College’s annual Voices of Community Plenary on March 27 at 7 p.m. at GMC’s Ackley Auditorium. A reception with refreshments will follow.

This open forum bears witness to the devastating events of Irene and the strength that Vermonters drew from each other as the region struggled to recover.

Panelists include Chris Nyberg, president and general manager of Killington-Pico Ski Resort Partners LLC; Brian McCloskey, general manager of The Lodge, Green Mountain College’s Killington residence hall; Marli Rupe, district manager of the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District; Rebecca Purdom, assistant dean of environmental programs and associate professor of law at Vermont Law School (and a FEMA clinic organizer); Mandy Hulett, a West Pawlet dairy farmer; Philip Picotte, of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission; and Ethan Swift, watershed coordinator at the Agency of Natural Resources.

Each panelist will make a brief presentation and a question and answer session will follow. The moderator is Vermont Public Radio reporter Nina Keck.

The event is free and open to the public.
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