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  • The Gold in the Garbage

    May 12, 2021 by

    In Winchenden, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont, food waste generates many $100,000s in revenue. In Sterling, waste management is on track to cost us over $1,000,000 by 2025. Why are we using our resources this way? Garbage is certainly gold for somebody. Why not us? Ten years ago, we were doing a pretty good job of… Read more

  • Is Trash Eating Too Much Cash?

    May 12, 2021 by

    If garbage collection in Sterling is the same in coming years as in recent past, we may find ourselves spending as much as $705,000 next year for the service. That’s not the biggest town expenditure, but it ain’t hay. If it were hay, we could compost it or feed it to my neighbor Dave’s cows.… Read more

  • Sterling’s Own Encyclopedia

    May 12, 2021 by

    It was a long time in the writing – and more than a year of reviewing and revising — but Sterling’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) is complete, state-approved, and available at the town website and Conant Public Library.  That’s actually kind of exciting for all of us, in addition to being a big… Read more

  • MVP: Keeping Sterling’s Future

    May 12, 2021 by

    What makes Sterling strong?  Where is Sterling vulnerable? What are the most important actions to take to keep Sterling strong?  How are the answers to those questions affected by our changing climate? In September of 2020, 33 of us in Sterling participated in a workshop to answer these questions about our strengths, vulnerabilities, and priorities.… Read more

  • Is Residential Solar a Good Deal for Sterling?

    September 19, 2020 by

    by Susan Aldrich Solar installations can be a pretty sweet deal. My solar system generates about a megawatt per month, which is in the ball park of what I use. The bill for my all-electric, 2,000 square foot, net-zero energy house is less than $20 per month, on average. Plus, I get about $4,000 per… Read more

  • Composting in Sterling

    September 19, 2020 by

    When we put something in the trash, we have decided we’re done with it. We’ve used it up and worn it out. But we are not truly done with it, because trash has to be taken somewhere, by someone, and dealt with in some way. Can we “reuse” that garbage instead?  In fact, trash can… Read more

  • Keeping Sterling Strong

    September 19, 2020 by

    Here in Massachusetts, we didn’t need Coolidge or Eisenhower to remind us of our Yankee mantra: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without.”  This mantra contains the twin concepts of sustainability and resiliency. Sustainability and resiliency are related, but not the same. Here’s the difference. Imagine a town on the Cape that… Read more

  • Farm Fresh, Farm Safe

    September 19, 2020 by

    I think we can all agree that food should be: safe to eat, delicious, easy to prepare, and safe and easy to shop for. Up until March this year, each of us had our own idea how to get fed. For most, this involved restaurants, take out and frequent trips to the grocery. Now how… Read more

  • Keeping Sterling Farms

    September 19, 2020 by

    In 1911 electricity arrived and made Sterling a great location for cider mills. The mills in turn caused a bloom in orchards in our town, orchards we still enjoy today. Fifty years ago, Sterling was known as the Gem of Worcester County. We produced nearly all the Virginia Hams sold on the east coast. We… Read more

  • Who is Sterling?

    January 31, 2020 by

    Most likely, “Sterling” is a 53-year-old white woman born in Massachusetts earning $73,000 per year from her professional career, living with 2 other people in the $340,000, oil-heated home she owns.  Mrs. Sterling is a composite based on census data and estimates. But as we know, averages don’t tell the whole story. After all, the… Read more

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