Bob Baker and his family completed construction of a post and beam retirement home on Meriden Hill in Columbia NH in 1999. Meriden Hill is the site of two dozen permanent residences and approximately 20 vacation homes and camps surrounded by land managed by the Nature Conservancy, private wood lots and farms dating back to the early 19th century. Two miles of the original preferred route announced by Northern Pass would have created a new transmission corridor crossing over Meriden Hill. Bob is an attorney licensed to practice law in Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Sandy and Jim Dannis are the current stewards of the early 1800s Tenney/Blakslee farm in Dalton NH. They live on the farm and manage the property for forestry and hay. The farm and adjoining lands extend from the Connecticut River eastward to Dalton Mountain and embrace twelve pre-Civil War homesteads. Sandy and Jim learned about Northern Pass when the local newspaper published a map showing an alternate route through the length of their property. Sandy’s experience includes finance and marketing. Jim’s background includes asset management, investment banking and law, with extensive work on energy projects.
Tim Duggan is President of the Mountain River East Condominium Association. Mountain River East consists of 80 homes on over 300 acres of forestland overlooking the Pemigewasset river in Thornton NH. The Northern Pass proposed route runs alongside and crosses the Mountain River East property in close proximity to several homes. Tim holds degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has spent over 20 years working with advanced technologies in a number of Research & Development organizations.
Susan Schibanoff bought one of two remaining early 19th century plank-framed houses in Easton NH as a ski getaway in 1978 and later acquired nearby land with a PSNH ROW on it, which is now Northern Pass’s preferred route. Susan has hiked extensively in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She retired to Easton in 2006 after 35 years of teaching Chaucer at UNH Durham. Her academic career focused on helping readers develop the critical skills to understand the past and its implications for the present and future.
Bill Schomburg and his wife Barbara have three children and four grandchildren. As a family, they chose to live with deep connections to the land and to the heritage of their communities. Bill retired in 2000 after teaching for 30 years at Colebrook Academy. He has served as selectman, planning board member, and he is presently a board member of the Upper Connecticut Valley Community Coalition. He is the New Hampshire coordinator of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and is working with the Vermont River Conservancy to establish the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail.