Lowell, Vermont

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Lowell is the westernmost town in Orleans County, Vermont, United States. The population was 738 at the 2000 census.

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Local government

Town

  • Treasurer - Pam Tetreault[3]
  • Road Commissioner - Reginald Pion

School District

  • Budget - $1,199,600
  • Principal - Scott Boskind
  • School Board Members - Steven Mason, Chair - Tammy Blanchard, Member - Ray Ostiguy, Member

Lowell Graded School offers Pre-K - 8. There are 119 students. 56 students from Lowell attend North Country Union High School.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.1 square miles (145.2 km2), of which, 56.0 square miles (145.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.11%) is water.

Geology

400 million years ago, large and slow moving upheavals formed the serpentine rock and the asbestos fiber which sometimes accompanies serpentine. This serpentine comprises Brown's Ledges at the Lowell-Westfield border. Today, a rare fern species grows there which can tolerate the high nickel content of serpentine. Serpentine also contains iron, so much so that some rocks can be magnetized. This affects where cell towers can be placed in town. The iron oxide gives the color brown to "Brown's Ledges."[5]

The major Baie Verte fault line runs through Lowell. The Burgess branch of the river follows the fault with serpentine rocks on one side and nonserpentine rocks on the other.[5]

The Lowell (chrysotile) quarry on Belvidere Mountain was the last asbestos mine to operate in the Eastern U.S. It closed in 1993.[6]

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