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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
September 2011					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 PM
North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:
This will be a very short notification and a little bit of 'Do it Yourself'. First off, it was my observation that this summer more than any other, tested the mettle of even the most determined and disciplined gardener, and many probably aren't sorry to say adieu to the heat and rain and welcome in a hopefully cool, dry autumn. At the same time, after a difficult growing season, that usually means some spirited discussions during the break and Marty may have to repeatedly bang the gavel or scream at the top of her lungs to get everyone back to their seats for the business portion of the meeting. Except for Marty, that could be a good thing. Next Wednesday's speaker comes from American Renewable Energy, an energy and environmental services, design and installation company. Most are aware of rising electricity and gas prices, and with deregulation around for awhile now have been exposed to advertisements to select new suppliers like IDT at a lower cost while the delivery still takes place over the infrastructure provided by utilities such as PSEG. American Renewable moves deregulation one step further, where installing systems such as solar panels, geothermal or wind turbines lets the home owner be the supplier and avoids a whole host of fees and taxes for even greater long term savings. Plus in doing so there is the reward of helping the environment in general. Of course with most of the members getting up in years, the financial payback probably won't work. Now here's the 'Do it Yourself' part. Take five minutes to look at the web site. You'll read about a very interesting couple who founded the firm, some of the exciting accomplishments to date, and come away with a feeling that the program just may expose our club to the next major wave of innovation and change in our society.

This afternoon Marty sent out two announcements about outstanding gardening programs scheduled this Saturday in Morris County, one being a garden tour of several interesting homes and the other a flower show at Willowood. Definitely worth a peak if you have some free time.

Also one of the former scholarship students, Jason Husveth, now owning a consulting firm in Minnesota, returns to Rutgers Cook Campus on November 30 to give a talk at 4:00 PM called 'Landscape Architecture and Ecological Restoration: Design for the Other 99%. He sincerely hopes some members can attend and if not intends to meet up with others for dinner or a brief hello. Dottie can speak more on this at the meeting.

On a personal note, many members, knew I had some health challenges the past few months, and I want to mention that I'm doing very well. In a few weeks, though it may be huskier and perhaps even sexy sounding, my vocal cords should get stronger. Just as important, I've got to satisfy a craving for a chicken burrito and a sip of wine.

The September turnout is usually one of the strongest during the year. Let's keep that tradition intact and learn firsthand about the renewable energy options available today. I think you might be surprised and find the topic of great interest.