To the editor:
My name is Caleb Richert, from Troop 45, writing to you to complete a Boy Scout requirement.
I would like to address the complaints of Mount Southington’s snow-making from nearby homeowners. In case you are not aware, residents who live near Mount Southington have complained about the ski area’s long nights of snow making, because the machines are loud. However, this should not be a problem because when you take into effect all of the pros and cons Mount Southington really does benefit our town.
I am on the Mount Southington race team and am very thankful that our town has its own ski area. The fact that my friends and I can ski somewhere 10 minutes away is awesome when the other option is a three-plus hour long trip up north. The mountain gives everyone a chance to try out snow sports close to home and fosters a love for winter recreation. It also encourages a passion for the outdoors, exercise and healthy living (until you visit the waffle hut:) The mountain gets the people of Southington involved in positive activity.
Mount Southington helps our town with business. There are few ski areas in Connecticut, none that are as convenient as Mount Southington, which is in central Connecticut right of I-84. This helps put us on the map, attracting visitors and tourists around the state. These people help our businesses and get the town money. Is this really less important than some buzzing at night?
Most people in our town love and take advantage of the awesome opportunity to ski or snowboard in our own town. Mount Southington has been around for over 50 years, so the majority of homeowners were aware that they were buying near a ski area.
For an attraction that benefits our town as much as it does, there shouldn’t be complaints over a problem that can be fixed with simple earplugs. Mount Southington should be around for a long time, so I hope that we can get 100 percent appreciation from the citizens of Southington.
Caleb Richert, Southington