Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Celebrating the school going solar

Today we celebrated a major community achievement: the Ripton school going solar!

At noon principal Harrington welcomed the community.  Parents, school board members, workers, teachers, and all sorts of interested people listened as Tracey explained the course of the project.

The schoolchildren made signs explaining the achievement, like this one:

As we discussed the project, the school roof gleamed overhead with its new solar arrays, bright even under a cloudy sky:

One of the designers showed us how electricity and information combined in a series of panels:

Then the leading team assembled, including designers, builders, the school district's financial wizard, and those who dreamed up the project:
You can spot a thin red ribbon behind that group.  The latter then cut the former:
While we celebrated the solar systems busily generated power, as they have since November 8th.

In fact, you can check how much power the school's solar roof generates by clicking this link.  The results will look something like this:

This blog offers congratulations to the town, and many thanks to everyone who made this green initiative possible.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rikert is open

The Rikert Nordic Center is now open.
Mike Hussey is excited that his resort is one of the first to open its doors for the season. "In the past it's been mid-December, through usually the end of March. This year we started about a month early, thanks to the snow-making," Hussey said.
"Rikert is a great place, and I'm glad they have snow this early because it's really nice to be able to ski before Thanksgiving which is kind of unusual," Sophia Hodges from Cornwall said.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A blast from the past

Here's a story about old Ripton, concerning a spectacular crime at the General Store way back in 1910: "The Morning Henry Day Fought Back."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Sunday service and HOPE

This Sunday - tomorrow! - there's going to be a special Thanksgiving service at the Ripton community church, starting at 4 pm.
Please bring food donations for HOPE.
(thanks to Charles Billings)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ripton School solar celebration

The Ripton Elementary School's solar conversion is nearly done. Join us as we commemorate its completion!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A successful Ripton Ridge Run

This year's Ripton Ridge Run went off brilliantly.  We enjoyed great weather and no serious injuries. 235 runners participated, according to the Addison Independent.

I took some photos from the corner of North Branch and the Lincoln Road: