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      Greater Hartford Sierra Club Hike Penwood State Park, Sunday 4/13 10am (Simsbury, CT).  Free event open to club members and the public.

      Let's wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park.  We meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance.  We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!   Please RSVP yes only by 4/11  here

      If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead.  You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

      Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield.  Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178.  Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185.  Turn right onto Rte. 185.  Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance. 

      Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us.  Messes on the trail must be removed.  All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.   SNOW/RAIN CANCELS.

      The most unusual solar tour yet! This May 3rd you can visit a 1960 Ranch house in Plainville and see how good credit and equity can equal a NET ZERO ENERGY HOME!
      The tours are at 12 noon and 2:30 PM on Saturday May 3rd. Tickets are $15
      This house features:
      50 Solar World PV panels with microconverters, two Caleffi solar thermal panels, Daikin heat pump sized to 2,000 sq ft house, new efficient hot water tank, upgraded insulation (from R-9 to R-49), and sophisticated computer information. Solar, heat pump, and financial experts will be on hand to answer questions. There will be handouts on incentives, rebates, and installers. There will also be a Toyota Electric Prius, Tesla, and Chevy Volt!  Tickets available through PACE (128 Melrose Rd, Broad Brook CT 06016 or you can email Donna Grant here
      Going Solar For The Average house Tour! Join us May 3rd for a tour and seminar of a 1960 ranch house gone completely utility free and oil free! See how they did it! Click on the picture below for a printable PDF poster with all the details!

      John D Calandrelli,
      Mar 27, 2014, 8:56 AM