07/05/14 12:00pm

A transmission and distribution power substation would be a huge boost to our power infrastructure.

By tapping into the 69Kv underground cable, we will not only reduce black outs, but we would also avoid brownouts. That would mean our air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances will operate more efficiently and not burn out because the voltage is too low for too long. (more…)

07/04/14 12:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY

AMBROSE CLANCY

We all have those moments when we see signs of the End of Civilization.

But correcting myself at the outset, not all of us — it’s only people of a certain age who see signs and portents of the E of C. For the most part, young people don’t care, which proves again that wisdom doesn’t come with age.

Nevertheless, on the anniversary of the day we decided to break from British civilization, disturbing signs are everywhere that the barbarians are not just at the gates, but are manning the tollbooths. (more…)

06/27/14 4:30pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

REPORTER FILE PHOTO |Jo Ann Kirkland

When I first starting writing a column for this newspaper, a wise editor and writer suggested that I not use peoples’ names. If there’s no name, it makes it more universal; the reader may subconsciously insert their own husband/child/dog’s name instead of getting a mental image of my kid.

Good advice. But not this time. (more…)

06/26/14 4:32pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Nothing is lovelier than a bush of pink peonies in full bloom.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Nothing is lovelier than a bush of pink peonies in full bloom.

Where beauty is concerned, peonies are the only flower that can rival the rose for the title “Queen of the Garden.” They leave roses in the dust, however, when it comes to hardiness, ease of care and longevity. A single peony plant can live for more than a century. (more…)