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Friday, April 10, 2009

News from surrounding towns

The following items were compiled from online news sites:

Energy conservation. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School is participating in an electricity demand-response system to reduce peak energy consumption. The monitoring firm EnerNoc will pay the school in return for lowering energy use during periods of peak demand. (“Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High joins green energy program,”, April 3.)

Expansion planned for Minute Man Park. The House of Representatives has passed legislation to add Concord’s Barrett’s Farm to Minute Man National Park. The legislation allows for the inclusion of an additional 67 acres to the park. The Park Service is to buy the land, including Col. James Barrett’s Farm, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is currently owned by the non-profit Save Our Heritage. (“Legislation passes to add Barrett’s Farm to Minute Man National Park,”, March 25.)

Route 2 upgrade. A $1.8 million project to resurface a two-mile portion of Route 2 in Lincoln was scheduled to go out for bids on April 4, as one of the “shovel-ready” Massachusetts road projects benefiting from federal stimulus funding. About $438 million has been allocated for Massachusetts roads, with a target that at least $153 million will be committed and projects advertised by the end of June. (“Lincoln Route 2 project gets green light for stimulus funds,”, April 1.)

Cable license. Chelmsford is signing a contract with Verizon, which has agreed to provide fiber optic FIOS cable access available for all Chelmsford residents by the end of 2011. Comcast is the town’s current cable provider. Verizon will also provide funds for local access TV programming and is giving $10,000 to the Friends of the Senior Center. (“Selectmen grant Verizon a license,”, April 2.)

Bedford robotics team wins regional. The Bedford High School robotics team will take their robot “Blue Lightning” to the World Championships in Atlanta in April, after winning the seventh annual Granite State Regional competition held in Manchester, N.H. Roughly 1,500 students participated in teams that were given six weeks to design and build a robot from a list of parts. The machines were required to form alliances with other assigned robots and solve a variety of tasks. (“BHS robotics team to compete in Atlanta world championship,”, March 18.) ∆

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