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Thank you to all who helped to make the Anchor to Windward Fundraiser at the Gerry a huge success. The success of the fundraiser was due to many people – our staff who set up and served, our Board of Directors who contributed items to the Auction, the Gerry Five whose staff went “above and beyond” to accommodate us with their support and fabulous food, and to Gene Arnould, Marblehead’s “Auctioneer Extraordinaire”. In addition, we couldn’t have raised the money that we did without those who attended and bid on auction items and contributed to our Fund a Need in memory of Barry Weed, our late and beloved Vice President. Because of the generosity of so many, our clients who are developmentally delayed adults will continue to receive high quality programs and social activities which will allow them to develop to their full potential. In appreciation, –Judy Jacobi, president, Pam Foye, clerk, and Charles Ball, treasurer

Spring is here and it’s time to have your dogs and cats vaccinated against Rabies. The Veterinary Association of the North Shore is holding its annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic on WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd from 4-6 p.m.The clinic will be held at The Central Fire Station in Marblehead on Pleasant Street. The cost is $10 per pet, dogs and cats only. Dogs need to be leashed, cats need to be in carriers, and previous valid rabies certificates need to be brought with you in order to receive a 3-year vaccine. VANS is a non-profit organization. The veterinarians at the clinic donate their time and all proceeds go towards veterinary student scholarships. Please note that this is a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats only, there is no health exam given, and your participation is completely voluntary. Please also note that it is Massachusetts State law that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies. There is a $50 fine for not having proof of a current, valid rabies booster. More importantly, rabies is 100 percent fatal and vaccinating your dog and cat not only protects them, but it also protects you.

Call to Residents to Support Environmental Articles at Town Meeting All of us who care, let’s get to Town Meeting this year on May 7 at 7 p.m. at Vet’s Middle School. Why? Mainly because of three Warrant Articles – 33, 44, and 45. They are a way of getting us on the path to really doing something about climate change. The explanations and advantages will be clearly laid out. The Marblehead Planning Board commends them to you. We just need folks there to vote “yes” because we do care about the future for our kids. –Mimi Hollister Gardner, Glover Square

An article on page 1 of the Reporter of April 19 states that the School committee voted to close the Gerry School. The same article states that repairs to the building are continuing. Why is money being spent on a building whose future is yet unknown? Why update the wiring for classrooms that will never again be used as classrooms? Why not postpone repairs until you know what the building will be used for? Turn off the electricity and the water, drain the pipes, lock the door and wait. Perhaps the building could be used for housing for elderly, handicapped or low-income people. Rents are now unaffordable for many. This has been done in several other communities. Such a use would require extensive work, including plumbing and electrical, which obviously cannot be done without a proper plan. I would suggest that the school committee or Mr. Lord respond to these questions in the Reporter. Surely, many other people have the same questions. Another question: Could the insurance money not already spent for repairs be saved or used for the new Bell School building? –Tim Parker, Arthur Avenue

I found it interesting that Whoopie Goldberg and Joy Behar, advocates of women’s role in society, would feature Stormy Daniels as a success story. She portrayed herself as a woman who through hard work becamse a successful independent film director and respected business woman. I wonder a few things:

Speaking of school, do you remember the teacher saying there is no such thing as a stupid question? I will let you be the judge. My wife and I just returned from a cruise where the captain shared with us some questions that passengers asked the crew.

Stretch Code Clarification On behalf of Sustainable Marblehead, I’d like to make it very clear which version of the stretch energy code we hope voters will pass at Town Meeting as part of our efforts to help Marblehead achieve “Green Community” status. The language that appears on the town warrant under Article 44 inadvertently refers to an older version of the stretch code which applied to renovations as well as new construction. Since this was never our intent, we will be offering a friendly amendment at Town Meeting to replace this language with alternative language that references the newest version of the stretch code. This more current version only applies to new residential construction and new commercial construction over 100,000 square feet or new commercial construction over 40,000 square feet for conditioned spaces (labs and supermarkets). It does not apply to renovations, additions, or repairs to existing buildings. We have been told by town officials that this is an acceptable way to correct the mistake. We’re sorry if this has caused any confusion or concern. –John Livermore, Executive Director Sustainable Marblehead

I spent three hours over coffee and doughnuts with a former commissioner in a wide-ranging conversation. It was gratifying. Here we were two people, unremunerated, trying to puzzle through how the MMLD (Marblehead Municipal Light Department) will respond to the revolutionary changes in the energy markets. We talked electric vehicles, state grants, microgrids, and local politics. In a follow-up conversation, I realized how much we could learn from each other simply because of our different outlooks. One area in particular illustrates my point. We talked about “Energiewende.” The very fact that both of us knew that this was the German word for their renewable energy push proved we shared common ground. Following the Fukashima nuclear catastrophe in Japan, the Germans decided to quit nukes and push hard for wind and solar through subsidies. Rates, my interlocutor pointed out, have skyrocketed and the Germans have ended up producing more greenhouse gasses than if they had stuck to nukes. I agreed, having read some of the same articles he had. But, I also noted, polls show overwhelming support for “Energiewende” nonetheless. The lesson he took away from this parable is that rash decisions have unintended consequences. As I said to him, I fully agree. Nevertheless, I added, the continued support for the program – warts and all – should remind us that how we produce, distribute, and consume electricity is not merely a technical question. It is a political question. He is an engineer by training I am a historian. We did not come away from that conversation disagreeing. We were not arguing. We were working together to develop a complete picture of the energy situation with an eye toward what lessons MMLD could learn from it. The case for my candidacy is straightforward: my background, outlook, and skill set will complement those of the existing board members. My agenda, such as it is, is in line with those on the board. As the Light Commissioners have acknowledged in replacing Andrew Hadden as General Manager, Marblehead’s Light Department is entering a new era. Simply put, the technology, politics, and regulations around electricity are changing rapidly. I think the board, and the town, would benefit from someone like me being part of the conversation. –Daniel Albert, Leicester Road