MAC: Union Solar Farm Mailing Crossed the LineBy Joe DeFelice
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MAC recently received an interesting postcard in the mail informing him that there is a “time bomb” in Canton and quickly noticed that this postcard was a political piece sent out by the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). MAC believes that the IBEW is simply unhappy because they bid on the job of doing the solar installation at the Canton landfill on Pine Street and were not competitive enough and lost the bid. Selectmen Chairman John Connolly called the postcard depicting a ticking clock and a burning fire on the back “out of line and full of numerous false allegations.” It appears that the IBEW is twisting the facts to lead people to believe the town is building the solar farm, but it is actually being constructed by a private developer — and with the proper building and electrical permits, according to town officials. The town has leased the land, and the private company, Southern Sky Renewable Energy, is building the solar farm for its own business enterprise — albeit with the promise of substantial energy savings for the town. Southern Sky claims it is using workers that comply with all state laws and applicable codes.
The Board of Selectmen believes that the IBEW is twisting the story and stirring up all this trouble because they lost the bid and not out of any concern for the safety of Canton residents. MAC hopes that Canton residents can see through the IBEW’s union rhetoric and ignore them. (Editor’s note: The position of the IBEW is shared by other industry groups, including the non-union Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association.) Perhaps the IBEW will turn its attention to the town of Carver where town officials recently gave the same private company the okay to build a solar farm on their capped landfill. It is not right that the IBEW is attempting to discredit everyone involved in this project with widely publicized, misleading information to cause fear and confusion.
The Canton Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pequitside Farm on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. sharp. The Easter Bunny will be there, and there will be refreshments for those attending.
The get together of Canton High Alumni planned for April 15 at the Turnpike Café has been cancelled.
The American Legion Post #24 will hold a member recognition night on Friday, April 20, from 7 p.m. to midnight. They will recognize those members who have 25, 35, 40, 45, 50, or 55 continuous years of service. If you are interested in joining the Legion for this special event, call Freddie at 508-942-4077.
MAC congratulates John and Ellen Jennison, who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Stoughton Town Manager Francis Crimmins recently terminated his three-year, $162,700 contract with the Stoughton Board of Selectmen because of “philosophical differences.”
According to the U.S. Census, 24 percent of Massachusetts residents are of Irish ancestry.
The median age of residents in Massachusetts is 39.1, while in Utah it is 29.2, and in Maine it’s 42.7.
From the Trivia Department: William H. Taft was the heaviest United States president at 329 pounds, while James Madison was the smallest at only 100 pounds.
The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh is lettuce.
Too many people confine their exercise to “jumping” to conclusions, “running” up bills, “stretching” the truth, “bending” over backward, “lying” down on the job, “sidestepping” responsibility, and “pushing” their luck.
This is all for now folks. See you next week.
Joe DeFelice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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