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New Solar Project Comes to Virginia

A first of its kind solar energy project is now on Virginia’s grid. The BARC Electric Cooperative is operating a 1,750-panel solar energy garden and offering customers in Bath, Alleghany, Augusta, Highland and Rockbridge counties the chance to purchase a portion of their energy needs from the central facility. For a 20-year fixed rate, project subscribers can get up to 25 percent of their average energy consumption fulfilled with solar power from the communal facility located in Rockbridge. The project also features an educational center designed to help visitors understand solar energy.

Mini-Series Brings New Hope for State Tourism

Last night (12/13), PBS premiered its latest series at the Byrd Theater. The company’s new civil war drama Mercy Street is based and filmed in Virginia. It's PBS' first American-made production in a decade and state officials are hoping the series will bring sight-seers and add a boost to the economy.

Tourism is one of Virginia’s five largest industries.

The Blue Sky Fund Lets The Sun Shine In

The Blue Sky Fund is a non-profit that is letting the sun shine into the lives of city kids. The stated mission of the Blue Sky Fund is to provide “transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education.”

Larson Wijesooriya is Executive Director of the Fund.

They design monthly field trips to teach science and life skills for third and sixth graders from eight Richmond elementary schools.

Hanover Crisis Intervention Center Opens

On Friday morning (10/10), there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville to officially open the Hanover Crisis Intervention Center. The new center is a partnership with Hanover supervisors, Community Services, and the Sheriff’s office.

Yvette Johnson-Threat is the acting chief medical officer at Memorial. She explained that there will be a specially trained sheriff’s deputy assigned to the center as well as a crisis clinician and a peer specialist.

The Scientist of the Year and String Theory

Theoretical physicist and University of Maryland Professor, Jim Gates, is well known for his work on Super String Theory, a theoretical framework for the universe composed of one dimensional filaments that act extra dimensionally in a multiverse.

Dr. Gates is the second of a series of speakers at the Science Museum of Virginia addressing science and spirituality. He is the Harvard Foundation’s Scientist of the Year for 2014, and also serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.


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