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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Pownal, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in Pownal, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in Pownal, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in Pownal make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in Pownal, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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Complete our hormone test and body composition scan so we can track your progress.

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During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South Pownal - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in Pownal, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in Pownal, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in Pownal, ME.

Build-Bigger-Muscles

Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in Pownal, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in Pownal, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Pownal clerk first from town to earn certification

POWNAL — Town Clerk Julie Weber knew she had qualified to become the first from Pownal certified by the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association; she just didn’t know when that certification might arrive.Two fellow clerks from Bennington County — Anita Sheldon of Manchester and Marlene Hall of Shaftsbury — took care of the when.Knowing that Weber was unable to attend the association’s annual meeting in Fairlee on Sept. 20 and 21, Hall and Sheldon decided to deliver the framed certificate...

POWNAL — Town Clerk Julie Weber knew she had qualified to become the first from Pownal certified by the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association; she just didn’t know when that certification might arrive.

Two fellow clerks from Bennington County — Anita Sheldon of Manchester and Marlene Hall of Shaftsbury — took care of the when.

Knowing that Weber was unable to attend the association’s annual meeting in Fairlee on Sept. 20 and 21, Hall and Sheldon decided to deliver the framed certificate in person during a Pownal Select Board meeting Thursday.

“We felt that was something that should be presented publicly,” Hall said this week. “The Select Board was very cooperative.”

During the board’s meeting, Sheldon, who is on the clerk association’s board, told Weber, “We not only respect you as an individual, but we really appreciate everything you do and your willingness to give back.”

The announcement that Weber would also be the first in town history to earn the certification brought a round of applause from the board, other officials and residents in attendance at Town Hall.

“This is a special day,” said town Executive Assistant Tara Parks. “This is probably the best thing I’ve gotten to do at Town Hall so far.”

Weber, who began serving as an assistant town clerk in 2014, said Wednesday, “They surprised me. I knew I was getting it but didn’t know when. ... I’m excited, and I am excited to be the first one from Pownal to become certified.”

Weber, 50, became acting clerk after longtime Clerk Karen Burrington became ill. She was elected for the first time in 2018.

In her first campaign statement, she said in part, “My ultimate goal is to become a fully certified town clerk.”

Hall said Weber has been a fellow classmate, along with Sheldon, in taking a range of classes toward certification by the New England Association of City and Town Clerks.

That certification normally takes about three years, she said, but that turned into five years, because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Hall said Weber should have more than enough credits to qualify for that certification as well.

Weber also was the subject over the summer of a Banner feature article that described how she had overcome the loss of both feet to an infection related to diabetes.

Jim Therrien writes for Vermont News and Media, including the Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and Brattleboro Reformer. Email jtherrien@benningtonbanner.com

North Pownal footbridge plan wins $375,000 grant

NORTH POWNAL — Gov. Phil Scott announced $375,000 in grant funding for a footbridge across the Hoosic River in North Pownal, a years-long project to secure hiker access to more than 700 acres of town-owned, mountainside land west of the river.Pownal Parks and Recreation Committee members traveled to Danville on Monday for the announcement, which included funding for several other recreation-oriented projects around Vermont.“Vermont’s natural beauty, combined with outdoor recreation opportunities, are economic ...

NORTH POWNAL — Gov. Phil Scott announced $375,000 in grant funding for a footbridge across the Hoosic River in North Pownal, a years-long project to secure hiker access to more than 700 acres of town-owned, mountainside land west of the river.

Pownal Parks and Recreation Committee members traveled to Danville on Monday for the announcement, which included funding for several other recreation-oriented projects around Vermont.

“Vermont’s natural beauty, combined with outdoor recreation opportunities, are economic engines for our state and a driving force for why people visit and live in Vermont,” said Scott. “These grants will help continue to connect trails to downtown centers, develop new recreation assets and promote all we have to offer.”

“We were elated that this was approved,” town committee Chairwoman Jennifer Boucher said after the governor’s news conference. “Lots of folks persevered through the years, and now we can provide access for Pownal residents and visitors to the Strobridge Recreation Area.”

The vision for the bridge, she said, is for a suspension foot structure similar to one spanning the Hoosic River near the Tourists Hotel on Route 2 in North Adams, Mass.

The Pownal bridge would cross the river near the wastewater treatment plant where the Hoosic Bend Trail now ends on the eastern side.

“For me personally, I am so grateful that Pownal was considered for this award,” said Select Board liaison Rebecca Dragon, who also attended the announcement. “Jennifer and I were lucky to walk in on years of work that had already been done by other people on procuring, developing and gaining access to that land. We just had the pleasure of brainstorming and writing a grant proposal. The project was already ripe for the picking, and that is on the ideas and work of dozens of other people, if not more.”

She said residents visited the Tourists Hotel owners and inspected that bridge, deciding they would like to see something similar over the Hoosic in North Pownal.

The next steps include developing a project design and gaining permits for the project, Boucher said.

In addition to other Parks and Recreation Committee members, the women gave credit to Catherine Bryars, director of planning with the Bennington County Regional Commission, for her assistance; to Donald Campbell, of the Vermont Land Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the forestland; and to the Hoosic River Watershed Association.

“The decision to request funding for a footbridge was an 11th-hour pivot,” Dragon said. “After evaluating all other points of potential access, most of them through private land, this seemed to be the solution with the least invasion on home and land owners, and the most ‘destination site’ possibility. A beautiful footbridge over the river will be an attraction all its own, even for people who aren’t planning to access the trails on the other side.”

After the Pownal Tanning Co. ceased operations in 1988, and the immediate factory site was cleaned up in a $7 million federal Superfund project, the town acquired the mountainside forestland in 2002.

That land once included a reservoir owned by the factory, which dated back to 19th century textile mills in North Pownal and once supplied water to the central village area.

When the forestland was acquired, the town entered into a deed restriction agreement with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, which supplied grant funding to help meet the reported $210,000 purchase price.

However, access via Woods Road to the forestland, which is at the base of the Hoosac Range along the New York border, was later washed out in a storm. Town officials have struggled since to secure rights-of-way over private land to the forested parcel.

The land is well-suited for recreation purposes, with the Taconic Crest Trail winding along the top of the ridge — a 37-mile hiking trail extending from Petersburgh, N.Y., south into Berkshire County, Mass.

According to a statement from the governor’s office, the funding will go toward “creating better community access to a 700-plus-acre recreation area and trail network by building trailhead parking and an informational kiosk, constructing a pedestrian bridge, installing trail blazes and maps for wayfinding, improving trails and developing an ongoing trail management plan.”

Among the 23 other Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative program recreation grants announced by Scott was $82,212 awarded to Pawlet and Rupert to alleviate parking issues near the D&H Rail Trail and to designate new areas and improve existing lots.

“The substantial funds provided for this round encouraged communities to think big to leverage outdoor recreation and the many benefits that stem from it, from economic impacts to environmental stewardship to public health,” said Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder during the announcement. “This is an exciting time for Vermont: Not only do we realize in new ways the importance of outdoor recreation, but we’re also seizing meaningful opportunities to make outdoor recreation even stronger and more accessible.”

Jim Therrien writes for Vermont News and Media, including the Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and Brattleboro Reformer. Email jtherrien@benningtonbanner.com

Potato chip company to make its home in Pownal

Photo courtesy of Andrew HanscomPOWNAL — A new potato chip manufacturing facility promises to bring changes to small, rural Pownal.The town of about 1,500 will welcome Vintage Maine Kitchen, a small-batch, artisan potato chip company currently based in Freeport. The company will move into the ground floor of the former North Pownal General Store at 83 Fickett Road.The Pownal Board of Appeals unanimously approved the change last Thursday, with a few limitations to ease neighbors’ nerves. The business&rs...

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POWNAL — A new potato chip manufacturing facility promises to bring changes to small, rural Pownal.

The town of about 1,500 will welcome Vintage Maine Kitchen, a small-batch, artisan potato chip company currently based in Freeport. The company will move into the ground floor of the former North Pownal General Store at 83 Fickett Road.

The Pownal Board of Appeals unanimously approved the change last Thursday, with a few limitations to ease neighbors’ nerves. The business’ hours of operation must be between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ingredient deliveries can only arrive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Alice and Louis Hanson, who live next door to the former store, were the only opposing voices in the decision, according to a letter they wrote to the board.

“As 45-year residential abutters of this property, we don’t want to see our property value decline,” they wrote. “The general store at this address never processed 1,500 pounds of potatoes per week in fryolators as the proposed manufacturing operation would. A general store is valuable to the community, a manufacturing facility is not.”

Kelly Brodeur, co-owner of Vintage Maine Kitchen, assured the board last Thursday that the business receives a few deliveries of ingredients each week while another truck comes to pick up the chips, but the box trucks won’t block passing traffic. Even if the company grows, the number of deliveries will not change, Brodeur said.

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“In the sense of growth that we’re looking at, we’re not talking about more frequent stops,” said Brodeur. “It’s a matter of whether I’m getting 20 bags of potatoes or 40 bags within the same stop, and the same for my pickups. That’s the sort of substantial growth that hits small, artisan food makers. We’re not looking to have factory-processed food, that’s just not what our business is.”

Pownal, by design, has a handful of small businesses, including a berry farm, cider maker and tasting room and sugar house for making maple syrup, said Andrew O’Brien, a member of the select board.

“With our comprehensive plan, people have said they want to maintain the rural character of the town,” said O’Brien. “We’re doing our best to encourage businesses that fit that model.”

Brodeur, a Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts alumna, owns the company with her husband, Scott. Together they employ four part-time workers.

According to the company’s website, the family-run endeavor uses local ingredients to create fresh, healthier, classic New England-style potato chips. The company offers just five flavors, from regular salted to a sweeter maple flavor that uses Maine maple syrup.

O’Brien said he had reservations when he heard a potato chip company wanted to move to Pownal, but soon realized Vintage Maine Kitchen is more than meets the eye.

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“I think we all wondered what it was until we heard what they were proposing,” said O’Brien. “It’s not a factory like the old Humpty Dumpty in Scarborough. I don’t think their operation will bother the neighbors too much any more than a general store would’ve.”

According to O’Brien, the building Vintage Maine Kitchen will move into has been a general store since the 1880s, but with limited success because it doesn’t get enough traffic to support a store.

Brodeur said the business won’t be selling chips on site, cutting the number of cars that would be parked around the building and the amount of traffic it’d add to the area.

The move will not impact the two apartments on the second floor of the building, said Andrew Hanscom, whose family has owned the building since 2004. He said the apartment tenants don’t mind their new neighbors because “they’d prefer that than have it be a general store that’s open until 10 p.m. with people coming in and out all night.”

“It seems to be a great fit for them and everyone and the community because it’s a very low impact company.”

LISBON — The town council is considering creating an electric car charging station in Lisbon Falls.

The town applied to a pilot program run by Central Maine Power that requires applicants to install at least four charge plugs mounted on two pedestals. Councilor Don Fellows said the station would be in the town parking lot off Main Street. The town would carry the $20,000 cost of the materials and CMP will spend $16,000 to construct the stations.

Fellows said Lisbon has been eyeing electric vehicle charging stations as electric cars grow in popularity.

“It turns out Lisbon happens to be a whole desert of lack of (electric vehicle) charging between the Brunswick and Lewiston area,” Fellows said.

Lisbon is located between those two larger metropolitan areas and having the charging stations will help draw electric and hybrid car owners to the town’s downtown area.

“The idea was to enhance businesses by getting people who drive electric vehicles to stop in town and these people look for charging locations,” Fellows said. “It makes us a destination for lunch and shopping or whatever.”

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Ross Cunningham, president of the downtown development group Positive Change Lisbon, said he didn’t yet have a comment on the proposal Monday.

Lisbon would get 240-volt chargers that are less expensive than some of the rapid charging systems on the market. They would charge cars faster than electric car owners can charge them at home. An hour of charging would provide an electric car with enough power to travel between 12-25 miles.

Charging stations will increasingly be in demand, Fellows said.

A 2017 analysis by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated how much electric vehicle charging infrastructure would be required in the U.S. in order to support a growing fleet of light-duty plug-in electric vehicles. Assuming there are 15 million light-duty plug-in electric vehicles on the road in 2030, the analysis determined 601,000 Level 2 chargers like Lisbon is proposing would be needed in the U.S. As of early 2020 there were only 71,975 public and workplace charging stations available in the U.S.

Sales of electric vehicles continue to grow. Maine registered 966 plug-in hybrid vehicles and 2,010 battery electric vehicles in 2019 compared to 213 and 651, respectively, in 2015, according to CMP. According to a letter to the town from Barry Woods of ReVision Energy, Maine aims to have 40,000 plug-in hybrids on the road by 2025.

The town would charge a fee for using the service, which hasn’t been determined.

“The timing for this stuff is really good,” Fellows said. “Part of the council’s goals have been to reduce the carbon footprint.”

The town has switched to energy-efficient LED lighting, including the street lights, and explored solar power opportunities as well.

Fellows notes in a memo to the council that the town’s portion of the project can be funded from capital improvement project reserve funds or from the annual savings the town will get in solar credits for purchasing solar power.

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Pownal Rescue Squad chief of services awarded Basic Life Support Provider

POWNAL >>After 13 years serving as an emergency medical responder, Crystalee O'Dell is being awarded for her basic life support.This week marks the 50th anniversary for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Vermont. Tuesday, honorees were awarded by Health Commissioner Harry Chen at the State House in Montpelier. Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed May 15 to 21 of this year as EMS week to acknowledge the volunteers and professionals' dedication, according to a release.O'Dell works as an emergency technicia...

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After 13 years serving as an emergency medical responder, Crystalee O'Dell is being awarded for her basic life support.

This week marks the 50th anniversary for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Vermont. Tuesday, honorees were awarded by Health Commissioner Harry Chen at the State House in Montpelier. Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed May 15 to 21 of this year as EMS week to acknowledge the volunteers and professionals' dedication, according to a release.

O'Dell works as an emergency technician at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center but is also the chief of services of the Pownal Rescue Squad.

"Well, I'm trying not to cry. It's a big honor to be the one, it means a lot. I never thought I would be here, let's put it that way," she said. "I'm very privileged and had a lot of support pushing me along. I'm very thankful for everyone."

O'Dell's close friend who is a part of the North Adams Ambulance service in Massachusetts wrote a letter to the Vermont Department of Health as a nomination. She received a phone call and email with the good news, and attended the dedication Tuesday.

George and Dorothy Cook are the founding members of the Morristown EMS and will receive the first-ever Lifetime Award, according to a release. Jean Pierre Gervais from Lyndon Rescue Squad will receive the Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year, while Jillian McLaughlin will receive the EMS for Children Champion of the Year award, South Burlington Fire Department will receive the Ambulance Service of the Year award, Kate Soons from EMS District 3 will receive the EMS Educator of the Year award and Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol will win the First Responder Service of the Year award.

The public celebration ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with educational activities for all ages, displays of vintage equipment, search and rescue dog demonstrations, technical/rope rescue presentations, car seat inspections, blood-pressure checks, a coloring contest and "sidewalk CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)" training offered at no cost.

O'Dell started her career as a first responder at the Pownal Fire Department, then acquired her EMT (emergency medical technician) license, worked for 10 years with the Bennington Rescue Squad and ended up back where she is now. Her husband works as the town fire warden, and one of their kids in the junior fire department program while the other plans to pursue the medical field. O'Dell said that she's fortunate to have these opportunities with her family being associated with her primary work focuses.

Her goal is to continue to restore the squad.

"There's a lot of good and bad everyday, but I see the positive of every day and I'm fortunate enough that my family stands behind me," she said. "For 15 years we didn't have industry in Pownal and people couldn't leave their jobs to take calls during the day. I've rebuilt that. I want people to know that Pownal rescue still survives and that we can take daytime calls and can fulfill the need in the community. I'm trying to slowly bring that back around."

O'Dell does everything from CPR to holding someone's hand. "Sometimes that's all it takes to be their comfort."

Pownal Rescue Squad is a volunteer based organization. It was founded on January 24, 1959 and was the established first rescue squad in the state, according to its Facebook page.

The EMS' volunteering doesn't just happen on the weekends or weeknights, but all the time.

"Basically it's 24 [hours] seven [days per week]," she said. "When I'm not working my job at the ER [emergency room] I'm doing EMS whether it's training or attending classes. I'm the one people can come to if they have issues or I can refer them on. I enjoy doing it for the community for the people in Pownal, they don't have a lot there and I enjoy doing that."

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.

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