A 2009 change in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regulations has confirmed the quality of the wood ash from McNeil Station as a valuable fertilizer, and it has been used as that with the help of Resource Management, Inc.Burlington Electric Department has partnered with RMI for the past decade to remove all wood ash from the McNeil Generating Plant and recycle it into a useful product. Wood ash, which is produced during the generation of electricity at McNeil Station, is in high demand by farmers who use it as an organic fertilizer. RMI removes it from the power plant and takes it directly to the farmers to spread on their fields before planting their crops.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, said, It is important that we take every measure possible to reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas, and promote the economic vitality of the region. Turning this wood ash by-product into something useful for area farmers complies with these goals.Wood-fired power plants began developing in New England following the energy crisis of the 1970 s. These innovative wood-chip power plants were built on the premise that clean, local energy is vital to New England. Further, they were built with the intent to produce no waste; the wood ash produced is the perfect product for New England soils. When the 50 megawatt McNeil Generating Station came on line in 1984, it was the largest in the world. The fuel combusted by the power plant is primarily wood that comes from wood lots with forest management plans and clearing for development.Wood ash is unique because it provides an organic source of potassium and replaces lime. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps plants resist drought, increase the hardiness of plants and facilitates nitrogen uptake. The lime value in the wood ash quickly brings up the soil pH. While most wood ash goes on corn and hay ground, it is also very beneficial for vegetable crops, small grains and pumpkins. For farmers, commercial-grade wood ash has become a cornerstone of soil fertility in the northeast.Closing the loop on waste and turning it into a useful product is an important part of sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. Farmers who use this wood ash are contributing to the goal of sustainability.Source: BED
Marcus Garvey Garvey Extravaganza. Photo credit: Roy Sweetland LAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – The public meeting room at the City of Lauderdale Lakes Educational and Cultural Center was crowded beyond capacity on Saturday evening August 17, as over 500 guests celebrated the 132nd anniversary of the birth of Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey at the 2019 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza.The day was dubbed “Marcus Garvey Appreciation Day” in the City of Lauderdale Lakes by the city Mayor Hazelle Rogers.Guests at Saturday’s events were welcomed by Jamaica’s Consul General to the Southern USA, Oliver Mair, who hailed the service of Garvey and the inspiration he has offered to Jamaicans and the black race.Garvey scholar, University of the West Indies lecturer and author Professor Clinton Hutton delivered the keynote address in which he urged the attentive audience to revisit the teachings of Garvey and renew their confidence as black people. “Black people must be proud of their heritage. They should not allow themselves to be like roasted breadfruits—black on the outside and white on the inside.”The evening’s highlight was the presentation of Marcus Garvey Community Service Awards to Lauderhill dentist Dr. Milton Tomlinson and Washington DC-based social activists Karl and Valerie Phillpotts of the Shashamane Community Settlement Development Foundation.The Phillpotts have worked tirelessly for years in Ethiopia in aiding the development of the repatriate Shashamane community, particularly in the areas of education, healthcare, agriculture, and recreation. The Shashamane Foundation in establishing the Rastafari Development Community Kindergarten and Elementary School in Shashamane, which now has some 400 students and 32 staff members.Dr. Tomlinson has served the South Florida community as an outstanding dental practitioner in Lauderhill and has received many accolades for his work. He has also served the community as an ardent soccer coach since 1999 and has quietly sponsored several community projects, particularly those involving the youth.The program included live performances by master drummer Nanyamka Graham, the Drumming Fingers Children’s Dance Troupe, vocalists Shemana and Sister Moy, spoken word artist Sharon the Conscious One, and veteran Studio One keyboardist and one-man-band Pablove Black.A medical marijuana industry status report was provided by cannabis certified neurologist Dr. Anthony Hall and Holistic Naturopath Priest Douggie Smith. The reports expounded on the positives and the growing political and social acceptance of medical marijuana in North America and Jamaica.Co-Emcees for the Extravaganza were Sister Marsha and local radio personality Yvette Marshall.
Sumner Newscow report â€” Alan Roths of Wellington hits a hole in one on Hole #11 at the Wellington golf course. He used a 5 wood to hit it 165 yards on April 14. That happened to be the day of the Wellington High School golf tournament. Probably a few of the area high school golfers could have used that 1 to boost their score! He was golfing with his brother and friends when he made the shot.Â Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments