The Army selected Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy to construct a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky., the first step in a process expected to culminate in a contract award, officials announced Wednesday.The Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville picked the firm from its multiple award task order contract’s (MATOC) small business solar pool. The Army plans to award Bithenergy a 27-year power purchase agreement for the solar photovoltaic array to be built on 25 acres at the post that had been used as a landfill, according to a Corps press release.Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said the announcement “represents a positive milestone for the Army in that this demonstrates installation-level ability to utilize the MATOC.”The project is the second phase of a 5-megawatt solar array. In May, Fort Campbell broke ground on an initial 1.9-megawatt portion of the array that is being carried out through a 10-year utility energy services contract with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and a $3 million energy efficiency/renewable energy grant from the state of Kentucky.Fort Campbell received an additional $800,000 Department of Energy grant that will be awarded to Bithenergy when it formally receives the task order. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Selectmen’s Meeting, the board received an update on the town’s early voting efforts.“Once again, Wilmington will be doing early voting ahead of the November 6th General Election,” wrote Town Clerk Sharon George in a memo to the Selectmen. “My office will be providing many hours for the convenience of voters.”“We will be open on Monday, October 22nd and Monday, October 29th until 7pm as many voters work out of town. We will also be open on Saturday, October 27th from 8:30am to 12:30pm as requested by the Secretary of the Commonwealth,” added George. “The Secretary is providing funding for cities and towns that open that Saturday.”The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm for all other days of early voting, October 22 through November 2. The schedule is below:Monday, October 22, 8:30am to 7pmTuesday, October 23, 8:30am to 4:30pmWednesday, October 24, 8:30am to 4:30pmThursday, October 25, 8:30am to 4:30pmFriday, October 26, 8:30am to 4:30pmSaturday, October 27, 8:30am to 12:30pmMonday, October 29, 8:30am to 7pmTuesday, October 30, 8:30am to 4:30pmWednesday, October 31, 8:30am to 4:30pmThursday, November 1, 8:30am to 4:30pmFriday, November 2, 8:30am to 4:30pmGeorge noted that 5,790 Wilmington voters took advantage of early voting the last time it was offered in 2016.Contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Voter Turnout Expected To Be 85%; Early Voting Begins October 24In “Government”VIDEO: Town Clerk Sharon George Explains Early Voting In WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”
CHELMSFORD, MA — Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Princesses and Pirates: Winter Family Concert” on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2pm at the Chelmsford Senior Center (75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford).Five Wilmington Middle School strings students — Hannah Bryson, Anna Jancsics, Lindsey Kane, Kyla Kelley, and Priscilla Vo — will be among the musicians performing.This family-friendly concert is geared towards introducing children of all ages to classical music. The theme is “Princesses and Pirates.” Come and have a listen and enjoy the soothing sounds of a program that features music from the hit film Pirates of the Caribbean, “Princess Leia’s Theme” from Star Wars and several lively classical tunes.The winter concert series also features our String Student Play-In, a yearly tradition in which young string students of various levels of experience join the orchestra in performing a portion of the concert program.And stick around after the concert program for a 30-minute “Meet the Instruments” session. This gathering allows children to meet the wonderful musicians and get a closer look at and learn more about the instruments that make up the ensemble.Admission costs $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens; and $5 for children and students with ID. Free admission to those who dress up as a princess or pirate. Tickets can be purchased online HERE.About The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Inspiring the Greater Lowell community with quality musical performances since 1987, the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra continues to provide audiences with lively classical and pops music each season. The Orchestra offers casual, lighthearted concerts, making audiences of all ages comfortable and engaged.Comprised of passionate semi-professional and amateur musicians, the LPO not only offers an outlet for local talent, but fosters future generations of musicians and music lovers by actively encouraging area youth to become involved with local music. The LPO enriches youth through the appreciation of concerts, skill development, and showcasing local young musicians’ excellence.(NOTE: The above information is from the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra’s Facebook event.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Audrey LaConte Participates In Prestigious Band CampIn “Education”Wilmington To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Woodstock: FREE Tribute Concert Set For October 18In “Community”12 Wilmington Performing Arts Students Selected To Attend Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Program At TanglewoodIn “Education”
WILMINGTON, MA — Earl R. “Ray” Allen, age 93, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 24, 2019 at the Winchester Nursing Center.Ray was a U.S. Navy Veteran who proudly served aboard USS Balch (DD-363) during WWII. He was a self-employed upholsterer for many years, then earned a Master’s degree in Education and taught Industrial Arts in the Medford Public School System for 24 years.Ray was the beloved husband of 63 years of Phyllis (Bradley) Allen, devoted father of David M. Allen of Wilmington, Barbara J. Griggs & her husband Douglas of Maryland and the late James A. Allen of Florida, loving “Grampa” of Daniel Griggs and Brian Griggs, cherished son of the late Arthur F. Allen and Charlotte C. (McClellan) Campbell, dear brother of Lois Smyth of Florida and the late William R. Allen, the late Ralph A. Allen & his wife Lorraine of Salem, MA. Ray is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, February 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon immediately followed by a Funeral Service at noon. The Service will conclude with Military Honors.In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray’s name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA 01801.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”
Conleth Hill as Lord VarysHBOGame of Thrones season 8 episode 5 “The Bells,” brought the end to several characters we have seen from the very beginning of HBO’s highly acclaimed drama series. As earlier reported, the first one to die in the episode was Lord Varys, who was burned by Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon. But you might have missed one crucial detail — Lord Varys did attempt to kill Daenerys before accepting his own fate.Spoilers for recently released Game of Thrones episode:After learning the truth about Jon Snow’s lineage, we saw a sudden shift in Lord Varys’ ideology. The character always chose people over queens and kings, and after realizing that Daenerys is not going to keep her calm after the death of her second dragon, Lord Varys decided to abandon her.Before getting burned down by Drogon, Lord Varys sent several letters to the Cathedral and several Maesters. In those letters, he revealed that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which makes him the true heir to the Iron Throne. But several eagle-eyed fans also realized that Varys tried to poison Daenerys. Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen with Conleth Hill as Lord VarysHBOIn the very beginning of the episode, Lord Varys had a conversation with one of his little birds, Martha, who informs him that Dragon Mother is not eating anything and is staying in her room only. This is how the conversation between Varys and Martha went down:Varys: “Nothing?” Girl: “She won’t eat.” Varys: “We’ll try again at supper.” Girl: “I think they’re watching me.” Varys: “Who?” Girl: “Her soldiers.” Varys: “Of course they are. That’s their job. What have I told you, Martha?” Girl: “The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.” Varys: “Go on. They’ll be missing you in the kitchen.”The above conversation made many fans to speculate that Lord Varys had asked Martha to add poison to Daenerys’ food and this is what she realized and that’s why Dany refused to eat anything. This also makes sense because when Tyrion Lannister comes to talk with her, she instantly tells him that she knows that someone has betrayed her.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 is going to air on Monday morning at 6:30 on Hotstar in India.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump told NATO allies to “reimburse” the United States for defence costs as he landed for the alliance’s most difficult summit in years.Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU’s top official that America should “appreciate” its allies.The leaders of the other 28 members of the NATO alliance are hoping for a show of unity despite stark transatlantic tensions on a host of issues, most notably Trump’s repeated invective against Europe over defence spending.“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made,” he tweeted while his plane was in the air. “Will they reimburse the US?”Trump had said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday “may be the easiest” part of his upcoming European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.“Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?” he told reporters.He vowed not to be “taken advantage” of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while blocking US imports into the bloc, the world’s biggest market.“It’s certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO,” Trump told journalists.‘Appreciate your allies’The meeting of Western leaders in Brussels has the potential to turn into another public bust-up following a divisive and bad-tempered summit of G7 nations in Canada in June.Trump has ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks-including in three separate tirades on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday-making the summit one of the most difficult in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II.European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union president Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the US leader on Tuesday.“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many,” Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had fought alongside Americans in Afghanistan following the 11 September, 2001 attacks on the United States.“Please remember this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit, but above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki. It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem,” he said.Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the US into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.Many European diplomats fear a re-run of a sequence in June when Trump clashed with his Western allies at the G7 summit, calling Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest and weak”, then praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “very talented” at a summit afterwards.“He chews out the allies then embraces the adversary,” one diplomat told AFP recently.‘Unwavering commitment’Trump set the stage for clashes at the NATO summit by writing to around a dozen allies to berate them for lagging on a 2014 pledge to try to spend two percent of GDP on defence by 2024.Speaking to a cheering crowd at a rally this week, Trump told them that the US would no longer be “the schmucks paying for the whole thing.”According to a joint declaration prepared in advance of the summit, which was seen by AFP, NATO members will make an “unwavering commitment to all aspects of the defence investment pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit” which includes the 2.0-per cent target.But it adds that they will also “submit credible national plans on its implementation” in language that will perhaps please the US president.New figures published on Tuesday showed that only seven European NATO countries-Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania-would reach the 2.0-per cent spending target in 2018.But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that military spending had been rising in Europe since 2014 and members were making efforts to meet the objective, particularly Germany, which is often singled out by Trump for criticism.Europe’s biggest economy is on course to spend just 1.24 per cent of GDP on defence in 2018.US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that Trump would also recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO-Article 5 — which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all.
Belden has acquired Snell Advanced Media (SAM) and will incorporate the company into its TV production and broadcast services business, Grass Valley.Grass Valley president Tim Shoulders will lead the combined business and said Belden’s investment in SAM demonstrates its commitment to the broadcast industry.He added that adding SAM’s employees and products to Grass Valley will extend its global reach and make the company more agile.Grass Valley is based in Montreal, Canada, while SAM is headquartered in Berkshire in the UK.