Monday, November 23, 2009

Cape Women Online posts its Holiday Issue

The Holiday Issue of CapeWomenOnline is here!

Visit to read all kinds of fun holiday stories and recipes.

I've written an article on why people should be asking Santa for ebooks this year, as well as an environmental story on choosing eco-friendly gifts from local Cape Cod stores.

My fellow author Marissa Doyle has a great article on Victorian Holiday traditions, and my good friend Nicola Burnell tells us why women really want handmade chocolates for Christmas. Yum!

Take a few minutes to check out these articles, and the great recipes for the holidays. You won't be disappointed!

Holiday Happenings Listed by Town

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and we all know what that means: the Holiday Season is upon us.

While there may be no more sun and summer fun here on the Cape, we have a ton of Holiday Happenings to chose from, and keep you busy if you should chose to visit the Cape this December.

Check out the online magazine that I edit - CapeWomenOnline - to find a nice listing of all the things going on Cape-wide, as well as all the helpful websites each town has to tell you the details of where and when.

Go to and click on the Community Action section to find our town-by-town listings. Off the top of my head, I know that the Orleans street fair is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, from 4-8, and the Harwich Holiday Stroll is scheduled in downtown Harwichport for Friday, December 4th. If you go on December 4th, the elementary school chorus will be performing for the tree-lighting (in the park near the Harwichport CVS) and my Girl Scout troop will be selling handmade ornaments and dog toys inside the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Main Street. Stop by and say hello!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holiday Season!

P.S. more beach photos coming soon...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Harwich Special Town Meeting Thursday Nov. 12th

Paraphrased from the November 9th Cape Cod Times, for the information of our off-Cape neighbors:

Voters will consider ways to save money and the environment during the town's 13-article special town meeting Thursday, 7 pm in the gym at the Community Center.

The main reason for the meeting is to adjust the town and school budgets as required and expected after state budget cuts. But several energy projects will also be on the warrant.

If voters sign on, the town will pursue building 2 wind turbines on town-owned land, placing large solar panels on the elementary school roof and placing a "solar garden" of panels at the transfer station.

By installing the 2 turbines, the town could save $274,000 in the first year of operation, according to a study by the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which would lease the turbine sites from the town. The nonprofit, tax-exempt agency was created to help member towns, including Harwich, develop renewable energy projects to stabilize electric rates.

Most of the savings would be in a $174,109 cut in the town's electric bill, now $922,470 a year, The rest — $50,000 a turbine — would come from rent the cooperative pays to Harwich.

The town still needs to get necessary permits and state approval for the use of the water department land. As the first step, voters are being asked to authorize the lease of turbine sites on 72 acres off Westgate Road and 19 acres off Headwaters Drive.

The school committee also is working with the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative on a solar project at no cost to the town. The project would expand the solar panels on the roof of the Harwich Elementary School and cut electricity costs.

A third project — leasing space on the town's capped landfill for solar panels — is also in its first steps. Luke Hinkle of My Generation Energy of Brewster is asking to lease space at the capped landfill off Queen Anne Road for 800 to 900 panels. The finance committee has voted against the project, but the selectmen are interested enough to pursue it, if voters agree. The state also must approve the use, and the town must ensure the landfill cap is protected.