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EOS Ventures awaits state OK for largest solar panel project in Northeast

In Bennington, Energy, Environment, Pownal on August 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

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Story by Community Journalist, Bill Densmore

Tyler Fairbank

BENNINGTON, Vt. — EOS Ventures, of Hancock, Mass., is awaiting Vermont state approval to being construction of a $7 million to $10 million solar-electric generating project in nearby Pownal, Vt. Tyler Fairbank, CEO of EOS, described the project on Monday, Aug. 30, during a discussion on The Morning Show on WBTN 1370 AM. He was interviewed by Shires Media volunteers Bill Densmore and Michael Keane. The 2.2-megawatt facility will incude some 8,000 photovoltaic solar panels atop 4- to 10-foot poles on 10 acres. The site is at the former Green Mountain Park, a horse and then dog track that has been largely dormant for at least 20 years.   The key to the project working is a 25-year contract under which utilities will purchase the power it generates for 30 cents per kilowatt hour. That compares with 15 to 18 cents per kilowatt hour that consumers pay for electricity. The difference is a government subsidy that encourages renewable-energy projects, Fairbank said.  He said the project, when complete, will be the largest solar-panel array in New England.  Click on the link below to hear the interview.

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Privacy and medical records — a talk with SVMC’s “CIO”

In Bennington, Medical/Health on August 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

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Story by Community Journalist, Bill Densmore.

Richard Ogilvie

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is part of a national effort to move from paper to digital medical records.  In this 25-minute interview, Richard Ogilvie, chief information officer for the hospital, talks with WBTN hosts Bill Densmore and Michael Keane about the hospital’s clinics are using laptops to communicate with the Bennington hospital’s computers.  Ogilvie appeared on WBTN’s Morning Show on Monday, Aug. 30. Click on the bar below to play the interview.

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Seventy people participate in first Shires Media community event

In Bennington, Local News, Membership, North Bennington on August 7, 2010 at 3:14 am
Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. — Some 70 people turned out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 for the first Shires Media Partnership community meeting — at the Park-McCullough House here.

Board members of Shires Media, the 501(c)3 nonprofit which owns/operates WBTN-AM, invited civic and “thought” leaders to the two hours of conversation and mingling with refreshments and food. “We want to know: How can we foster collaboration among local groups to share information and entertainment that will be fun, information and necessary — that will bring us together as citizens and residents?” noted one invitation.

John Likakis

John Likakis

Brook Brown-Saracino

Brook Brown-Saracino

The goal of Shires Media is to educate, inspire, entertain  and enrich the civic roles and lives of residents of Bennington and its surrounding area through independent, participatory, sustainable services that are highly valued by the community.  The organization does so directly through both traditional radio and, increasingly, through  other state-of-the-art and innovative electronic media.

Bob Howe

Bob Howe

Michael Harrington, son of longtime WBTN station manager and announcer/newscaster Bob Harrington, opened the evening’s discussion and Shires Media board chair Bob Howe explained his sense of the vision for the station. Shires Media Executive Director John Likakis introduced Brook Brown Saracino,  Shires Media’s new Vista program member. Saracino is working to establish the new Community News Corp.  See photos of the evening:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediagiraffe/sets/72157624524744093
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