Anders Bro will present his “Demonstration of Modular Solar Power System” on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. in the library … but only if the sun is shining! If it is overcast, the presentation will be postponed until the following Sunday, Jan. 31. He describes his presentation: “The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate a complete battery-based solar system and familiarize participants with the purpose of each component of the system. A procedure for calculating the size of a battery bank, as well as a solar array, will be reviewed (with handout worksheets), along with some ballpark figures of component costs. This demonstration system is battery-based, and as such, can be used independently of utility power. It can be easily augmented for remote or off-grid needs. In the event that Emera takes over ownership of the SI Grid, a grid-tied system becomes possible, with a significant cost savings in component costs.”
Many of us on the island were pleasantly surprised with a recent visit from summer residents Fran and Eric Chetwynd. While here, Eric reviewed and signed off on the lighthouse tower work with Josh Amburg and declared that the Light Tower Interior Restoration Phase 1 is completed. Fran thanks everyone who has supported this project, we all thank Josh for his fine work, and we extend a special thank you to the Chetwynds, an extraordinary couple, who even braved the winter winds to continue their work for our island.
Sadly, many exceptional members of our community recently have passed away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Beulah Ranquist, Sally Lawson Pierce, Gerald Wayne Orcutt (Jerry) and Charlene Adele (Burns) Carter.
Dr. Timothy Oh and the staff from Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center will offer dental services on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Health Center. Both current and new patients may call their office at 667-6789 to schedule an appointment. Mainecare is accepted for children up to age 20, and most dental insurances are accepted. Contact Donna Wiegle at 526-4101 with questions.
Happy birthday to Iver Lofving Jr., Per Lofving, Micah A. May, Desiree Grubbs, Penny Craig, Tiffany L. Farley, Caleb MacDonald and Sarah Joyce.
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