People seemed to enjoy the 'What's Your Water Footprint?' visualization from the other day, so I thought I'd post this article I came across with some easy action steps that can be implemented right away to save water. For the most part they're free - it's about being conscious of how we use resources. Go to article here:…
The Treasury Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a Web site that provides basic information for troubled homeowners about the Obama administration's "Making Home Affordable" program.
This program will potentially help about 9 million homeowners, and may postpone foreclosure sales if the minimum eligibility criteria is met.
To find out about the refinancing or modified mortgage payment programs, go to the site… Continue
Travels with Pop
I’ve had more than just a passing interest in trains, railroads and photography since I was a small boy. That interest can be directly attributed to the fact that I spent a lot of time with my grandfather, who we all called “Pop”, and was a machinist for the New York Central Railroad in the Harmon Shops, about twenty miles south of our home in Beacon, N.Y. Most Saturday’s were spent with Pop, either taking the train somewhere, or the ferry across the Hudson River to… Continue
This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, and our efforts to create the next generation of environmental… Continue
A bill has recently been proposed by a member of the House of Representative, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, that threatens the future of organic farms, CSAs, farmer's markets, and the locavore movement as we know them. Dubbed the HR 875, the bill proposes that ANYONE producing food that is transported for sale needs to follow an incredibly strict (and expensive to implement) set of restrictions and rules for production, and they would be subject to random… Continue
(later sunday night ...) I just want to say tonight's show at the howland center could not have been more of a success. Thank you to all who came out to the show.
Some back story here-
hope to see everyone sunday night. - Stephen
March 21, 2009
You get the chance every 1st and 3rd friday to express yourself, rift on guitar, sing a song, read poetry, spout political ideologies, play a melody, strum on banjo, compose an act, or to work out a comedic sketch at Zuzu's Leaf and Bean on Main Street Beacon. So come on down and release your angst, emotions, and expressions behind our mic. Don't worry about the embarrassment, I've got that covered, just handle the fun and try not to forget to enjoy the… Continue
You've heard of a carbon footprint...how bout a water footprint? I found this neat visualization by Good magazine of how much water we use both directly and via the products that we consume. Looks like the #1 thing we can do is cut down beef consumption. (it'll help with global warming too!)
A locavore is someone who makes a commitment to eating local food (within a 100-mile radius) as much as possible. Eating local is more sustainable, as you are able to enjoy fresh, seasonal food, while also supporting local farms, CSAs, and businesses that make an effort to carry those products. It's also environmentally friendly because it eliminates the pollution and burning of non-renewable resources associated with the transportation of importing food. Try to swap out even a few items that… Continue
figured i'd post these monthly - it's always fun to know what's selling around here. been slow so far this year, only 7 properties sold in january, 5 in february. as of today, here's what's on the market:
63 residential properties
10 commercial/industrial for sale
12 commercial/industrial for lease
11 multi units
9 pieces of land…
Spring is here and Main Street was hoppin' - and this isn't counting the annual community participation dance piece known as the Pub Crawl (and its attendant installation "Street of Broken Glass") - so if you're wondering what's up now and what you might want to see, here's a quick overview from last night:
bau - Catherine Welshman
Disclosure time – I’m a fan and a friend – but there is still just something about Catherine’s creations: delicate beauty quivering between… Continue
Been going through the back room and found a lot of random building supplies that I have no use for. It's free to whoever can use it, so please stop in if you want to sift through it and take what you can use. It all gets tossed at the end of the day on the 29th otherwise. Don't want to toss useful stuff out so, if you need nuts and bolts and tubing and glue and sealant and caps and on it goes for any project your working on, please come by before then to take what you… Continue
What is the Beacon Community Garden?
Out of concern for the rapidly rising costs of food, along with the current state of economic conditions throughout the country, a caring group of people came together to develop a community garden in Beacon, NY. The mission is that it be shared by those who benefit directly from it – families struggling with the rising costs of food. Families who participate in the garden and benefit from it, at no… Continue
FYI - I recently called Royal to find out about recycling and they take much more than what is listed on the City of Beacon website. A Royal representative told me they will pick up:
> plastic #s: 1,2,3,5, & 7
> cans / aluminum
> AND all kinds of other paper (junk mail, magazines, etc.)! The paper should be included with the newspaper in something like a brown paper bag when it goes out to the curb.
> They will also… Continue
I was reading an article this morning, Making the Most of the Stimulus Bill: It Pays to Go Green, and began to wonder how Beacon could entice investors/companies to start renewable energy projects here. There are so many empty factory buildings around - how would a solar panel production plant stimulate the local economy? Or something to do with wind or geothermal… Continue