Build the Mall!
Aug15

Build the Mall!

With a small corps of volunteers, your town, too, could have a transfer station “mall.” Here’s some advice from Karen Allyn of the Conway Mall to get you started: Seek shelter Start by asking your town for a small outbuilding at the transfer station where people can conveniently leave useable items. Because the Conway Mall is unheated, it’s only open April through October. But during those months, donations remain clean and dry, and...

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Community and conservation at the ‘Conway Mall’
Aug15

Community and conservation at the ‘Conway Mall’

For Going Green It’s late Saturday morning at the Conway Transfer Station and chitchat from the town’s residents slowly driving through is reminiscent of a coffee shop. As people climb out of their vehicles to throw trash into a dumpster, they greet that morning’s attendants — Lee Gray and Butch Rose. They talk about the weather and automatically eyeball items at the “Free Market,” a stretch in front of the attendants’ station...

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A makeover for milkweed
Aug15

A makeover for milkweed

Associated Press QUEBEC CITY — For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. “I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field,” Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf. So why does she have 60 acres of milkweed growing on purpose? It’s for the sake of butterflies — the iconic monarchs. And for a chance to turn milkweed into profit. “Every...

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DIY all-natural lip balms
Aug15

DIY all-natural lip balms

Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — With predictions of a long, multi-blizzard winter, homemade lip balm is just the thing to get cold weather off to a smoother start. Searching for tutorials online, I came across a wide variety of recipes involving about half a dozen ingredients mixed and matched in countless combinations. I soon discovered that while one single tube of balm would be significantly less expensive than commercially made...

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Fix-it clinic to the rescue
Jul19

Fix-it clinic to the rescue

For Going Green They arrived with wobbly wooden chairs and old lamps in need of TLC. There was a busted bread maker, a television on the fritz, a crock pot with a bad cord, an old motor that a new owner hoped to repurpose on an edger. On a recent Sunday afternoon, the community room at Amherst’s Hitchcock Center for the Environment began to look like the Island of Misfit Housewares, as people showed up with items in need to repair....

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Chasing the Sun
Jul19

Chasing the Sun

For Going Green The sun bounced off the surface of Ashfield Lake, painting the interior of Ken Condon’s living room with light. Outside, the March wind rustled the trees that surrounded the one-story home, pushing the struggling warmth down into winter temperatures. Inside the home, two heat pumps hummed softly, keeping the house a pleasant 68 degrees. Condon, a lean man with energy in his stride, moved through the interior, pointing...

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