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Cottage Gardeners to screen ‘The Gardner’ on Dec. 13
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Cottage Gardeners to screen ‘The Gardner’ on Dec. 13

The Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott will be showing the movie, "The Gardener" on Dec. 13. The public is invited to attend free.  Please come at 12:30 p.m. to the Jewish Community Center (4 Community Road, Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945) for light refreshments in the Weiss-Kirstein Right Room.The movie will start at approximately 12:45 p.m. According to organizers, Frank Cabot was a major force behind establishing the Garden Conservancy. He was an award-winning horticulturist, garden designer and philanthropist, who in 2009 at the age of eight-four opened his world-renowned twenty-acre garden "Les Quatre Vents," located in La Mainale, Quebec. Please RSVP to Sara Ewing:  sewingjccns.com
Sustainable Marblehead offers primer on ‘the stairway to net zero’
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Sustainable Marblehead offers primer on ‘the stairway to net zero’

Sustainable Marblehead supplied a small audience gathered in the Unitarian Universalist sanctuary and zoomers with a “think globally, act locally” primer on ways to mitigate their carbon footprint and save money.  Lynn Bryant, the former Sustainable Marblehead executive director, moderated the two-hour presentation given by Marblehead Light Commission Vice Chair Lisa Wolf and Mark Adams, chair of the nonprofit's Green Homes and Buildings Working Group.  In opening remarks, Bryant and Wolf painted a dire portrait of the adverse effects that human-induced climate change has had on the world.  “In the news this week, the press was given a draft of the United States National Climate Assessment - a detailed look at the current and future consequences of global warmi...
Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3
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Marblehead Garden Club update, wreath sale kicks off Dec. 3

The Marblehead Garden Club is putting the garden at the Lee Mansion to bed, just in time to start prepping for a green and festive holiday season. This year’s Christmas Walk activities for the MGC include the popular wreath sale and a Christmas tree in a special (and surprising!) location.  The weather made the summer challenging, and it was a busy season for the MGC. In addition to protecting plants from drought conditions and ravenous rabbits, there were many new additions to the Garden. In the ongoing effort to only use native or historic plants, the Club chooses replacement plants that the Lee family could have had in the original garden. 2022 plantings include an American Hornbeam, Rhododendron maximThm, Ilex glabra (Inkberry), a Redbud Tree, Mountain Laurel, and Rosa virginiana....
Marblehead Light Dept. targets shortfalls with monthly rate increases
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Marblehead Light Dept. targets shortfalls with monthly rate increases

Increases to electricity rates are becoming a routine occurrence in Marblehead - with the average residential electricity bill to increase $23.83 in November. And ratepayers should expect monthly hikes though at least March, the Marblehead Municipal Light Department General Manager Joseph Kowalick recently told the Marblehead Municipal Light Commission. Forecasts and actual costs are not balancing from month to month, he continued. Marblehead electricity ratepayers should expect monthly hikes though at least March, the Marblehead Municipal Light Department General Manager Joseph Kowalick recently told the Marblehead Municipal Light Commission. [MARBLEHEAD NEWS PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD] When the MMLD raised rates in October to tackle the near $800,000 deficit, like a game of Wh...
Joe Brown’s Puddle? Are droughts speeding up the disappearance of Marblehead’s ponds
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Joe Brown’s Puddle? Are droughts speeding up the disappearance of Marblehead’s ponds

Marblehead resident Bette Keva walks her neighbor's dogs a lot through the town's conservation lands. Over the past couple of months (especially during the summer), she noticed the shallow water levels in Marblehead ponds and bodies of water.  Photos from resident Bette Keva depicting Joe Brown’s Pond, showing just how low water reached during the summertime drought. To convey just how bad the water level had gotten, she once suggested Joe Brown's Pond should be renamed “Joe Brown's Puddle.” She shared photos depicting the pond's water level from the Barry Road entrance and from the Browns' home and tavern.  “From the view, you can see just how dried up the pond is,” she said. “The ground was showing from the middle of it.”  Keva said she saw similar conditions...
Sustainable Marblehead, UU Church to educate public on ways to save energy, money
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Sustainable Marblehead, UU Church to educate public on ways to save energy, money

As winter approaches, please join Sustainable Marblehead and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. for a Meetinghouse Series program on ways to save energy and reduce your home energy costs. This will be conducted both in person at the Unitarian Church at 28 Mugford St. and on Zoom (https://tinyurl.com/SaveEnergyTalk ). The program is free and open to all.  Marblehead Light Commissioner Lisa Wolf and Mark Adam the winter – while also reducing your home’s carbon emissions.   The program will be moderated by Sustainable Marblehead Board Member Lynn Bryant, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions at the end. Wolf will describe how to reduce your energy costs by shifting your electricity use to off-peak hours. This is an immediate ...
‘The planet is on fire.’  Learn about Marblehead’s sole net-negative home
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‘The planet is on fire.’ Learn about Marblehead’s sole net-negative home

Lisa Wolf outside her net negative home PHOTO: Leigh Blander Walk past Lisa and Steve Wolf’s home on Pitman Road and you might notice a peace sign, four feet in diameter and outlined in lights, on the front slope of their roof.  What’s harder to notice, surprisingly, are the 44 solar panels lining the roof’s southeast side. The panels deliver enough power to make the home the only net-negative residence in town, according to the Wolfs. Net negative means the Wolfs produce more electricity than they use.  An aerial view of the Wolfs' roof with 44 solar panels In fact, the couple sells extra energy back to the Marblehead Municipal Light Department (MMLD). “We have a $600 credit with MMLD right now,” Lisa Wolf said.  Lisa grew up in Marblehead and earned a mast...
Marblehead Museum exhibit pivots spotlight on bygone shipyard era
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Marblehead Museum exhibit pivots spotlight on bygone shipyard era

“Marblehead is a place that is full of lore,” said amateur historian, fine artist and proud Marbleheader Kristen Nyberg, who singlehandedly curated the Marblehead Museum’s new exhibit, "Growing Up in the Shipyard," opening Friday, Oct. 14. This multi-media show will introduce viewers to the once-vibrant Shipyard neighborhood seen through the eyes of the Nybergs, a family of Swedish immigrants who came to America in the early 20th century. “There’s rich history in this small neighborhood and I don’t want it to be forgotten,” she stresses. “This show represents a time and a place that is gone.” The inspiration for the exhibit literally came from a box, or rather, many boxes Nyberg explains, as she takes a few moments away from editing a video that will accompany the show. ...
BBC Radio 5 drops Rhod Sharp’s epic new series: ‘The Song of the Right Whale’
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BBC Radio 5 drops Rhod Sharp’s epic new series: ‘The Song of the Right Whale’

On Friday, BBC Radio 5 dropped a truly epic series - "The Song of the Right Whale," a longform journalism project that Marbleheader and British ex-pat Rhod Sharp produced, wrote and reported on over the last two years. Via BBC Sounds: North Atlantic Right Whales are no longer hunted but they still die because of human activity. Rhod Sharp finds out the threats, and talks to the scientists trying to save it. The six-hour series spans a half-dozen episodes as Sharp comprehensively covers the plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale, conflicting interests swirling around the 70-ton animal and the problem-solving efforts to save them. The mammal sits in the company of the world's most endangered large whale species - with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estim...
Marblehead fire chief briefs light commission on lithium-ion battery hazards
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Marblehead fire chief briefs light commission on lithium-ion battery hazards

Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous, powering everything form electric vehicles and electric toothbrushes to laptops and iPhones. Demand for lithium-ion energy storage systems is on the rise even in Marblehead.  Many residential lithium-ion battery systems are installed in homes and store electrical energy generated by a household’s solar panels. These energy-storage systems' benefits include: Less dependency on the grid  Long life and fast charging Mitigate a household’s carbon footprint  Lower electric bills Store more power with less space and use it during peak periods “Battery storage technologies are essential to speeding up the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy,” writes National Grid in a lithium-ion fact page. “Battery sto...