The Ease of Living with Solar

by Jane Dressel Schaller

Diane Kovanda
Diane Kovanda loves her
limitless hot water

Sustainable energy is Occupying Cape Cod. Our prominent peninsula not only stands out geographically, but also leads the way environmentally. While many talk the solar power talk, others walk their own solar power walk.

Owner/Teacher of Kind Yoga School and mastermind of the current Yoga Everywhere project, Diane Kovanda and husband, Jack Adams, chose to install a solar hot water system in their modest Centerville home eight years ago.

Also featured in this article is Patricia Fater:

Dr. Patricia Fater
Patricia Fater enjoys the
efficiency of Solar

Eight years ago Patricia Fater, a family practitioner and owner of Complete Wellness in Cotuit, and her family chose to do their part by having both a system that produces electricity and a solar hot water system.

Having their own solar system "seemed like a practical thing to do as well as a good thing to do and feasible due to rebates," Dr. Fater reflects.


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9 am Buzzards Bay Park, Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Use your feet to help our finned and flippered friends!
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Helping the Endangered Herring Run

by Jaci Barton, Executive Director, Barnstable Land Trust

The annual herring migration is a natural wonder. For centuries, people have watched in awe as hundreds of thousands of herring migrated from the ocean upstream to spawn in freshwater ponds, drawn by some unseen force of nature.

Today, the once plentiful river herring are being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The dramatic decline in the herring population has many wondering if this is a specter of things to come.

Could river herring be the aquatic equivalent of the "canary in a coal mine"?


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April 20 9:00AM - 11:00AM
April 21 10:00AM – 4:00PM

A ten mile, two-day beach clean up from Herring Cove to MacMillan Pier!

The Goal? To collect a ton of trash!

Meet at Herring Cove parking lot.

For information contact Jesse at
508-487-3623 x 103

or email

Fun Springtime Events at the National Marine Life Center

Wondering what to do with these gorgeous Spring days? Check out some of the following fun events hosted by the National Marine Life Center. In addition to having a great time, you may just learn a thing or two about your local marine environment!

April Vacation Week Events

Little Flippers Club

Story Time, Arts & Crafts

April 16 – April 20
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The National Marine Life Center
120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Marine Animal Medical Mystery

April 16 – April 20
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The National Marine Life Center
120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay

"BAG IT" Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, April 21

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay

Feet, Fins & Flippers 5K
Sunday, May 27, 2012, 9 am

Buzzards Bay Park
Main Street, Buzzards Bay

Use your feet to help our finned and flippered friends! Join runners, walkers, and animal-lovers in a 5K run/walk to raise money for the National Marine Life Center! This is a family oriented event.


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For more information about how to "Help the Herring Run" and other land-saving initiatives, or to learn about membership, events and volunteer opportunities, contact Barnstable Land Trust at:
or call 508-771-2585

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Bird-a-thon 2012 – May 11 & 12

Get your binoculars ready! Bird-a-thon, our annual fundraiser where teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts, will kick off a 6 pm on May 11.

291 State Highway, Route 6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663