In Windsor: Solar project OK'd; surveying seniors; new town play cast

Solar project OK'd

WINDSOR — A photo-voltaic solar array is coming to a field beside the Windsor town offices, part of an effort to make the building self-sufficient for energy.

The town just signed a contract with SunBug Solar for a project that will cost a maximum of $95,900, according to Stuart Besnoff, chairman of the town's Green Committee.

The venture will also provide a new heating system as well as seal and insulate the building to improve its energy efficiency.

"It's always wise to do things to use less energy," said Besnoff, who has a background in electrical engineering and runs a solar company. "I'm in the solar business because I want to do what's good for the environment."

The ground-mounted solar panels will be installed to the southeast of the town offices, located on Route 9 at Peru Road.

"That's all going to start right away," Besnoff said of the installation. "It will be a bit larger than a residential system, but not extremely large."

The contract was signed before President Trump authorized new tariffs on imported solar panels. The system will produce 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, Besnoff said.

Local census packs a punch

It's not junk mail in Windsor — and if you don't return this letter, good luck getting rid of your, well, junk.

Town Clerk Madeline Scully just mailed envelopes containing this year's local census to 364 households. They contain questionnaires not only about who's living at each address in this town of 861 people, but also queries about what Windsor can do to improve life for its elders.

"We're trying to get a sense of what Windsor wants to do about 'aging in place,'" Scully said.

The envelopes contain not only the survey, but a return envelope complete with a stamp.

In the past, the town has been able to tally every household. Scully said she is intent on again getting a 100-percent return.

To put a little muscle into that, the town will not issue a building permit, dog license or dump sticker to anyone who fails to complete the census by July 1.

Curtain time coming once again

After a successful debut of its dinner theater last year, Windsor will be offering a second production this spring.

Last year, Scully directed a production of "Way, Way Off Broadway" by playwright Betty Tracy Huff, a work described by one script service as "a fun melodrama featuring the poor but honest Daisy Cornball, the villainous Count Von Cliche, and the rich society lady Mrs. Smythe-Dashington, in search of wealth and fame on the stage."

This year, Scully is passing the baton to town residents Cindy and Mark Efinger, who Scully admits have a bit more theater experience.

"Black Comedy," a one-act British farce by Peter Shaffer, is this year's show. It will be presented April 6 and 7.

Larry Parnass can be reached at, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.


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