Let me wish everyone the best for the holiday season. The town center looks very festive at this time of year with the decorations on the town buildings, especially the wreaths, and the lighting on the caboose. Look for more next year since we’ll have more time for planning.

Today we signed an agreement to change the lighting in the Day Care Center, Town Hall and the Town Garage from its current fluorescent bulbs to LED’s. Eversource has given us a grant to convert these over to the more efficient lighting. After the grant money is applied to the cost of purchase of the new fixtures, the savings in electricity per year offset the remainder, which is paid off by a four-year interest free loan provided by MCAP. While this won’t be a huge cost savings on a monthly basis in the initial four-year period, it will save the town about $4,000 per year in ensuing years. The LED’s come with a five-year warranty to boot. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it is a move to greater sustainability. Plus, the lighting is greatly superior.

Like many of you in the village, I am taking off to spend Christmas with my family. I wish you safe travels and a happy gathering with friends and family wherever you may be.