Clarenville candidate dispels rumours about clothesline ban

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Lisa Browne loves to see clothes out on the line, drying in the open air.

"I haven't used my dryer since May some time," she says. "See, I'm a big believer."

And that's why Browne, a candidate for Clarenville mayor in the Sept. 29 municipal election, is troubled by rumours around town that she wants to ban clotheslines.

"In some ways, it's kind of amusing, because it's so far from the realm of reality," she says. But, she adds, it's no laughing matter when she's approached by angry citizens who accuse her of trying to ban the natural clothes dryers.

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Lisa Browne loves to see clothes out on the line, drying in the open air.

"I haven't used my dryer since May some time," she says. "See, I'm a big believer."

And that's why Browne, a candidate for Clarenville mayor in the Sept. 29 municipal election, is troubled by rumours around town that she wants to ban clotheslines.

"In some ways, it's kind of amusing, because it's so far from the realm of reality," she says. But, she adds, it's no laughing matter when she's approached by angry citizens who accuse her of trying to ban the natural clothes dryers.

"I've addressed it on my blog, and I've addressed it individually with those who have approached me. I even called into CBC Crosstalk," she says.

Still, the rumour persists.

Last year, councillors discussed the matter to ensure town regulations did not allow any developer to ban lines within a subdivision. Browne said councillors, including herself, were being forward-thinking in making sure nobody would try to ban lines within the town.

"There are so many reasons - esthetics, environment - for clotheslines," says Browne. "People are very attached to their clotheslines."

Geographic location: Clarenville

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