Representative Shawn Dooley reads a Proclamation from the Legislature, with Mike Sullivan, Jeremy Marsette, Mark Fisher and my better half (I barely made the photo) looking on.
Medfield First Solar PV Array opened at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on 4/28/16
The new 237 KW solar PV array at the Waste Water Treatment Plant went online after a ribbon cutting yesterday. This opening was the combined achievement of Energy Committee member Fred Davis obtained a $12,500 state DOER grant for the town in 2014 that allowed the Committee to study solar options in three town locations, the Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator, Bob McDonald, getting a $180,000 state grant for almost half the construction costs, and the Energy Committee pushing the project forward to completion via eh efforts of its staff person, Facilities Manager, Andrew Seaman.
It is actually a hugely instructive lesson in how important a paid town staff person is to a volunteer town committee, as this whole process did not really take off until Andrew was hired and began to staff the Energy Committee and its meetings.
Adam Stuhlman wrote a good article for the Medfield Press – click at
Photo by Colleen Sullivan, and nice article by Colleen on Patch too about this important need. Thanks to Liz Sandeman (pictured with BoS) for bringing this forward in honor of her sister.
Medfield Woman Spurs Town to Participate in “National Donate Life Month”
Selectmen officially recognize April as National Donate Life Month.
At St. Edward’s this afternoon, above are the 17 MHS seniors in Girl Scouts, who as Ambassador Scouts bridged over to Adult Scouts. 7 of them also got Gold Awards.
Below are some of the Mom’s of the Gold Award scouts who made it all possible.
Katherine Steeger and Linda Frawley have been leading a remarkably strong resurgence of Girl Scouting in town for many years, and both of their daughters were among those being honored.
Gold Award projects were impressive, covering poverty, poetry, bats, bridges, tutoring, and volunteerism. See the longer descriptions I posted before.
Bonnie Wren-Burgess had Maris Abbene and me judging her 10th grade Honors English debates this morning. The debaters did impressive jobs of speaking and rebutting on their feet and on the fly, on topics they themselves crafted, vetted, and chose. First debate was on using genetic modifications in health care, and the second was on religion as the only moral course. The debaters are to use Pascal’s method of reasoning.
Great project Mrs. WB!
The Girl Scout celebrate 100 years of scouting in Medfield at its spring gold awards and bridging ceremony on 3/19. The gold award recipients always have such interesting, thoughtful, and substantive projects. It is also great to see so many girls having such a good and productive time together and with family.
“Most Likely to Succeed” Film Screening & Discussion: A Medfield Community Event
Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of when given the opportunity. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia, and Bergen. It has been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school.
The film will be shown from 6:30-8pm, with small group discussions with Medfield Public School Administrators from 8-9pm.
You are invited to see the film and join the conversation! This is not one solution to education. This film asks us to ask questions, which will hopefully lead us to our own answers.
When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Medfield High School Auditorium – 88 South Street, Medfield
Please visit the MCPE website to view the trailer and to register: www.medfieldcoalition.org