Sustainable Wellesley will hold an action meeting on Sunday, October 20, 2pm – 3:30pm at Wellesley Village Church, 2 Central Street. The church is accessible.
There are many ways Wellesley residents of all ages can make a difference and feel like they are “doing something.” Learn about the many campaigns, projects, and opportunities there are for you to participate in, or bring your own ideas for making a difference, both here in our community and as we work for environmental justice throughout the Commonwealth. No experience necessary; just come with you variety of talents, enthusiasm and knowledge.
Some of the items on the agenda include:
Recent planned gas releases
Legislative Action Day
Environmental Voters initiative
Renewable energy to meet the Town’s 2020 goal
Food recovery, composting, and waste reduction
For more information, contact [email protected]
After eighteen months of neglect, the results proved predictable. My garden had gone to rack and ruin. Blame it on an intense bout of Sandwich Generation stuff. I do. It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times when the most important people in my life had to completely uproot their situations and settle into something brand new. Some went skipping, happy to leave behind the responsibilities of a big house. Some went kicking and screaming, loathe to give up independence and familiarity. Still others eagerly moved into a new college dorm or an apartment, with hardly a backward glance.
Whether the transitions were easy or difficult, welcomed or fraught, commonalities popped up. There were many applications to fill out. There was much proof of this and that to provide. There were the outward trappings of entire lives to box up and move. A pile of things to keep. A pile of things to donate. A pile of things to toss. I can do it in my sleep.
A pile of feelings to sort through. A pile of memories to store. A pile of experiences to compartmentalize. Those parts of the process are what kept me awake.
You all know what I’m talking about. So many of you have helped loved ones through transitions, and something gave somewhere. For you, it may not have been the garden. Maybe it was cooking nutritious meals, or keeping up with friends. Maybe what fell by the wayside for you was nurturing your spirit with a favorite hobby, or that weekly yoga class. Whatever you lost in the shuffle, I’m sorry you went through that. I hope the loss is temporary.
I want my garden back. I’ve gone to it, literally, on my hands and knees, begging for forgiveness. My garden says it’s going to take a lot of time and effort on my part. My garden says it has trust issues. My garden says it can’t guarantee anything, but that it will try to work with me, provided my efforts are in good faith and that I show it some consistency. My garden has always been kind of a tough taskmaster that way, but what can I do? I agreed to all terms.
The good parts of a garden are always in a stage of temporary. The roses bloom, for now. The peonies stand proud and upright, until a spring hailstorm comes through and shreds each delicate petal. The tomatoes are red and perfect, the basil unblemished and licorice-scented. Then your guests devour every beautiful slice of Beefsteak and every herb leaf in your famous Caprese salad. It’s all good. Gardeners generally aren’t looking for forever. It’s all about the ethereal, the attempt to appreciate a certain dreaminess in a fleeting moment. The dawn dewdrops on the Lady’s Mantle. The hosta leaves before the deer get to them. When the poppies and the irises and the Nelly Moser clematis all bloom at the same time and you know for right now you nailed the art of combination planting.
The bad parts of a garden are always in a stage of permanence. While I was preoccupied, the Japanese Knotweed made a dash from the edge of the woods to the interior of the garden. Meanwhile, the wild oregano took full advantage of the neglect situation. I’ll forevermore be yanking mats of it out from underneath shrubs. I once considered Norway maples eradicated in my yard, but more than a few were able to evade the lawn mower’s blades. Their secret: the invasive saplings sidled right up to established trees, which they used as their protectors. No mower could get that close, and the weed whacker isn’t used around trees in my yard, so as to prevent the “death by 1,000 cuts” fate that befalls so many trees in aggressively tidied spaces.
Here’s what I’ve been up to in my garden lately. It’s good to be back. My mantra these days is “process over outcome.” I used to think that was just a nice way of saying it’s ok if your project looks like hell. At least you tried. Now I use “process over outcome” as a way to focus on what it is I’m trying to do out there. I’m trying to dig in the dirt again. Something good may come of it. We’ll see.
Learn about ways to cut your utility bills at a Home Energy Savings & Solar Seminar on October 18 at the Tolles Parsons Center. If your home is cold and drafty, or you just wonder if you could be more energy efficient, this seminar will help you learn how to reduce your energy bills and familiarize you with a home energy audit process. An introduction to solar panels will be included in the program.
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant and National Grid offer no-cost energy audits, free light bulbs and significant rebates and assistance on insulation, heating equipment and appliances.
Please bring your oil, gas and electric bills with you. Volunteers will help you calculate your benchmark energy rating and assist with the audit process. Sign up with the Council on Aging at 781-235-3961. Walk-ins are welcome.
DATE AND TIME: Friday October 18, 1pm
LOCATION: Tolles-Parsons Center, 500 Washington St. Wellesley.
This program is sponsored by the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee.
The third planned natural gas release in Wellesley since August 18, 2019 is scheduled to go forward on Tuesday, October 8. Due to planned maintenance work, Algonquin Gas will be releasing odorized natural gas near Walnut Street in Wellesley.
The release location is at the valve site near 68 Walnut Street in Wellesley and Quinobequin Road in Newton.
This gas is being intentionally released from the Algonquin pipeline, the main gas distribution line for the northeast. A segment of the pipeline runs through Wellesley.
Work will occur during the day between 7am and 7pm.
Equipment will be in the area through Wednesday, October 16 while the maintenance work is done.
There will be a slight odor and noise associated with this work. Gas company personnel will be on site throughout the release process and maintenance work.
Residents in the release areas have been notified, as have Wellesley Fire and Police Departments. Town officials have no further details on this work.
According to Sustainable Wellesley representatives, “Very high levels of methane were recorded in the area by Dr. Nathan Phillips of Boston University during the August releases. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to the devastating effects of global warming. Methane is also known to have a negative effect on human health.”
For questions, contact Algonquin Gas at 781-329-3750 during regular business hours. You may also call the Spectra Energy Gas Control 24-hour call line at 1-800-726-8383.
On Saturday, October 12, 2m – 3:30pm Sustainable Wellesley and World of Wellesley (WOW) will honor Indigenous Peoples with a land clean up at Longfellow Pond at Oakland Street. Visit the WOW event website for more information and to RSVP.
Wellesley Department of Public Works employees could be seen Wednesday removing debris from a dam constructed by beavers at the State Street pond near the track and football field parking lot. The beavers’ project was obstructing the culvert and causing flooding concerns along the Fuller Brook Path, according to Natural Resources Commission Director Brandon Schmitt.
The town left the beavers alone. Wellesley contracts with an outside firm for beaver removal/relocation in some cases, though only between Nov. 1-April 15.
“As the beavers are still there (and busy as beavers), it’s very likely the debris will be back and have to be removed again,” according to the town. “We work very hard to find a way to coexist with the beavers.”
A contraption called a Beaver Deceiver (best animal thwarting device name since the Mosquito Deleto) has been used to prevent damming at Rosemary Brook But State Street pond doesn’t have the depth and size to allow for this technique there.