Monthly Archives: July 2015

Brian O’Connor’s East Gloucester Solar Install Gets Him A Federal Credit of $10,000 and A State Credit Of $1500 As Well As A $9.73 Electric Bill After Cranking His Air Conditioning All Month Long

This year he will get a federal credit for $10,000 as well as a state credit for $1500

What people may or may not understand is that there have been mandates to get states to get to certain percentages of green energy use and they are practically giving away these programs to try to get to those numbers.  These credits and incentives are not going to last forever so you’d be foolish not to take advantage while they are available. Once the cat is out of the bag those incentives will most likely be cut in half or go away entirely.

Sign Up For Your Free Solar Evaluation To See If You Too Can Pay Next Nothing For Electricity-

He used 564 kWh July 2014 and now his first full month with solar installed he used 33 kWh and paid only $9.73

Here he talks about his experience-


Pre-Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video From Scott Ide

Hi Joey,
Yesterday, my wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry, Scott Tyrrell and I paddled an outrigger canoe from Salem, MA to Corliss Landing on the Annisquam to get a 15+ mile practice in before next week’s Blackburn Challenge.  We made this a one-way journey from where our club Boston Outrigger Racing Association keeps our canoes in Salem so that we can have the boat near Blackburn Challenge’s race start.  Here’s a short video clip of the adventurous sea conditions somewhere past Kettle Island.

Queen Anne’s Lace Series

Queen Annes's Lace -3 ©Kim smith 2015 Queen Annes's Lace ©Kim smith 2015 Although not a native North American wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace has adapted to our climate well, reportedly growing in every state save for Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. A member of the Umbelliferae, or Carrot Family, Queen Anne’s Lace also goes by the common names Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest, and Bishops’s Lace. The root of young plants, although white, tastes like a carrot, and when rubbed together between fingers, the foliage smells of parsley (also a member of the Umbel Family).Black Swallowtail osmeterium ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

Queen Anne’s Lace is a caterpillar food plant of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Don’t despair butterfly lovers. Although the butterflies have been slow to awaken this year, I have high hopes that just as flowering plants are several weeks behind, so too will the butterflies emerge–only later than expected.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnia Male ©Kim Smith 2013.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Nectaring at Zinnia elegans

Please join me Tuesday evening  at 7pm at the Chelmsford Public Library for my lecture The Pollinator Garden. The event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

Queen Annes's Lace -4 ©Kim smith 2015

A Worthy Event Reid’s Ride

Reid’s ride was started by a mom who lost her son to cancer.  To see more information please follow the link below:

The participants ride from Lynnfield to Stage Fort Park for this worthy cause.  They all should be very proud and we should all thank them for helping find a cure for this horrible disease.


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