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Concord Earns Grant from the Dept. of Environmental Protection

State Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, has announced that the state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $1,250 grant to the town of Concord as part of the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.

Learn more here

Bittersweet: Not the best decoration for Fall

Although it's pretty color attracts the eye at this time of the year, it's not a great idea to decorate with this vine. See here for why it should be left where it is.

Do You Have A Football-Sized Hole in Your Living Room Wall?

Of course not. But, the average house has many small leaks, which altogether, can be equivalent to a large hole in your wall. Think about all the heat that would escape through a football-sized hole. Read More »

Smart Grid Progress Report - Oct. 2010

See here for the latest update and lots of information on "Smart Grid" which will take the load off the electrical grid during peak demands. 

Concord's Marshall Farms stays in the family

Early Monday afternoon, Richard Marshall bent down and, for what he figures was the millionth time, plucked a weed from the ground.

It’s been a farmer’s life for Richard, who started out picking berries for 5 cents a basket, then worked for 50 cents an hour, then partnered with a neighbor and then, in 1970, established Marshall Farms in West Concord with his late wife, Diane.

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Updated Bottle Bill Has Support in Concord

In the local fight against plastic bottles piling up in the Pacific Ocean, Concord’s vote to ban the sale of drinking water in plastic bottles was the shot heard ‘round the world, but it wasn’t fired in a vacuum.

Jean Hill’s petitioner’s article, which seeks to ban an everyday item she calls superfluous and wasteful, made a splash. Others in Concord and Carlisle are making waves by backing an updated Bottle Bill that would add bottled water, juice, teas and sports drinks to the state’s existing redemption program. Read More »

Composting Site Open for the Season, Starting April 3, 2010

The Compost Site at 755 Walden Street opens on Saturday, April 3.  The site will be open on Saturdays between 9-3 through October.  Concord residents can bring leaves and grass clippings for composting free of charge.  Brush and Branches less than 4 inches wide and 4 feet long are also accepted for a minimum charge of $5 (attendant will determine the exact charge based on volume).  Payment by check only.

Call Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240 if questions. Read More »

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

If you purchase an energy efficient product or a renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit! See here for more info.

Hutchins Farm Winter Message

The sun climbs higher and stays longer, gets warmer and stronger each day, but it's a long slog before it really feels like Spring.  Our seed orders for the coming season are almost complete, and our crew is largely in place.  We are fortunate that the core of our crew, who have been instrumental in all our successes for the past two years, will be returning again this season, along with a number of new members.  We will also be joined by Taylor Bemis (John's son) and his girlfriend Andrea. Read More »

Green Energy Challenge (Feb. 1 - 5, 2010)

The Green Education Foundation (GEF), with support from National Grid, is launching it's Green Energy Challenge as part of National Green Week 2010 (Feb. 1 -5, 2010).

More than two million students are expected to participate in this history-making Pre K-12 environmental education campaign that couples standards based lessons with hands-on eco-challenge programs.

See here for more info.

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