A grassroots group of people from Bolton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to build a strong, self-reliant community 
made up of people committed to living sustainably on the planet, in a way that inspires, builds friendships,
offers a hopeful vision for the future.

Planning Meetings for 2018

January 6
February 10
March 3
April 7
May 5

Please join us in the Houghton Building at 626 Main St for one of our planning meeting on November 11 from 9am -11am

Bolton-Harvard HeatSmart 

11/20/2017:  The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have selected, via a competitive bid process, seven communities (4 teams, including Bolton and Harvard) for the pilot round of the HeatSmart Mass program. Details are included in: Announcement

HeatSmart Mass seeks to increase the adoption of small-scale clean heating and cooling technologies in participating communities through a competitive solicitation process that aggregates homeowner buying power to lower installation prices for participants. 

"The participating communities will offer the following technologies to residents:

Bolton and Harvard: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps

Carlisle, Concord, and Lincoln: Air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps and modern wood heat

Great Barrington: Air-source heat pumps

Nantucket: Air-source heat pumps and solar hot water”

Next steps include supporting MassCEC/DOER in issuing an installer RFP by Monday, Nov 20, volunteer training at the MassCEC office in Boston (or dial-in), setting up the Bolton-Harvard HeatSmart website, and promotion of energy audits. The outlook for selecting installers is January, 2018 and we plan Customer Sign-ups during February through July. Installations may continue for up to one year after contract signature. The towns will be providing additional information about the program over the next few months through information sessions, newspaper articles, email lists, the website, and mailings. 

Interested parties with questions about participating and/or voluneerting in the program should contact solarizebolton@gmail.com

For more detail about HeatSmart Mass, visit: www.masscec.com/heatsmart.



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Repair Café
Next Repair Cafe is
January 20 from  9am - 1pm
The Florence Sawyer School Cafeteria ~100 Mechanic St., Bolton, MA



JANUARY 13, 2018 from 10-3

Bolton Local and the Bolton DPW are co-sponsoring a free recycling event at the Bolton Transfer Station on Saturday, January 13th from 10-3 where we will be collecting Styrofoam.

For Styrofoam, we will accept clean, dry, white, #6, pre-formed packing and coolers. This type of Styrofoam "snaps" when folded and is often used for electronics, toys, and small appliance packaging. We will also accept dry, white, CLEAN, food containers. New for this event, we will accept packaging marked #4 LDPE, "squishy" Styrofoam. Please keep the two types separate to help our workers at the event. Unfortunately, we cannot accept packing peanuts or colored Styrofoam.

Bolton Local

Lynn Dischler,
May 15, 2017, 5:28 AM