Sustainable Stow talk focuses on how trees protect climate

This month’s talk from Sustainable Stow and the Randall Library focuses on the role trees play in drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It takes place Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/3IHbuTh

The speaker is Glen Ayers, a soil scientist and long-time advocate for forests. Glen will explain the important role that trees can play in addressing climate change. New research on forests and climate shows how the old trees in our yards and conservation areas can really make a difference. The state’s new 2050 Roadmap even looks to forests as a key means of getting the Commonwealth to net zero.

Also, if you missed the last Sustainable Stow talk on “Current Living: No Gas, Less Noise, Better Health,” you can tune in on Stow TV’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGlBeLgFKd0. Learn about electrifying your home, from cooktops to lawn mowers. As a follow-up to last month’s session, the Randall Library can now loan you an induction cooktop to try out at home!

Lake Boon Commission meets March 1

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

The meeting will be held online via Zoom, and you are encouraged to participate online. You can also participate by phone. See the posted agenda at https://www.townofhudson.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif3281/f/agendas/3-1-22-lbc-agenda.pdf for the Zoom link.

Agenda topics:

  • Public Comment
  • Solitude Contract for Weed Treatment – Discuss/Approve
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

“Current” Living: No Gas, Less Noise, Better Health

Last month’s Sustainable Stow/Randall Library talk focused on changing your heating and cooling systems to electric heat pumps. (If you missed it, you can watch it online here.) But a furnace is not the only source of pollution in a home. What if you got rid of all household appliances that run on fossil fuels? Join this month’s talk from Randall Library, Stow TV and Sustainable Stow, which will address switching other appliances and lawn/garden equipment to electric alternatives. The speaker is Paul Reisberg, an Acton native and advocate for greener living. Paul retired from the faculty of Wellesley College where he was a professor of chemistry. The talk takes place this Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Visit https://bit.ly/3s9o2f5 for a zoom link to attend.

Lake Boon Commission meets February 3

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 3. The meeting will be held online on Zoom. Meeting topics include:

  • FY23 Herbicide Warrant Article Requests (Hudson & Stow) – Discuss/Approve
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

You can participate online or by phone. Instructions and the Zoom link are available on the agenda posted at the Town of Hudson website, here.

Barton Road Dam Update on the Stow Conservation Commission agenda for February 1

Here’s the agenda for the Stow Conservation Commission meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, February 1, starting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held on Zoom, and you can also participate by phone. Log-in info is available on the posted agenda here.

Appointments and Public Hearings

7:45 p.m. Public Hearing – Don McPherson – Minute Man Air Field, 302 Boxboro Road
Notice of Intent for log processing operating, access road improvements, and headwall
reconstruction

8:15 p.m. Appointment – Stephen Spink, Weston & Sampson and Steve Nadeau,
Stow Superintendent of Streets

Lake Boon Dam Design Update & Discussion

  • Action and Discussion Items (may be taken up in any order)
  • Review/Approve Minutes
  • Review/Approve 2021 Annual Report
  • Staff and Commission Member Updates
  • Decisions: 302 Boxboro Road

Materials for presentations are posted on the ConCom website at: https://www.stow-ma.gov/conservation-commission/pages/wetland-permit-applications-and-plans-under-review

Snowmobile safety

As we now have a blanket of snow across the ice, Boonies ask that snowmobilers use caution. Just 15 years ago Matt Brennan was killed at Pine Point after speeding across the lake with inadequate visibility in a blizzard. Previous to that a dog was reported killed in the narrows from being struck by a snowmobile. Please use caution! Massachusetts regulations restrict operation within 150 feet of residences and 50 feet of pedestrians among other prohibitions. See the Massachusetts Snowmobile Safety Laws.

Lake Boon Commission meets January 27

The Lake Boon Commission will meet virtually at 7 p.m. on January 27.

Agenda topics:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  3. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  4. Annual Report – Review/Approve
  5. FY23 Herbicide Budget Requests – Discuss/Approve
  6. Herbicide RFP Responses – Discussion
  7. New Business
  8. Date of Next Meeting
  9. Adjourn

This meeting will be held online using Zoom. You can participate via computer or call in by phone. For instructions, see the agenda posted at the Commission page on the Town of Hudson website.

Don’t Burn Fuel, Move Heat! Learn more at “Air Source Heat Pumps 101” talk

You can do something good for yourself and the environment by replacing your old fossil fuel furnace with an electric heat pump. A heat pump moves heat from a cool space to a warm space. Electric heat pumps provide superior heating for many reasons including safety, comfort, and flexibility.

To learn more about heat pumps, join Sustainable Stow for the next Randall Library talk on January 19th, when our speakers will be Bob Zogg and Steve Breit from the HeatSmart Alliance, presenting Air-Source Heat Pumps 101. An air-source heat pump can also cool your home in summer.

Register in advance for this session: https://tinyurl.com/5xabddez. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by Zoom.