Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antibiotics, obesity – are these boring subjects? Maybe not. Three hundred thousand fish, escaping confinement, jumped into the Salish Sea from human-built pens August 19 and sent me on an Internet surfing orgy – only to find there is hot debate over the health benefits of wild fish over farmed fish. Farmed fish are over half of the fish consumed by humans worldwide. Putting more than a million fish in an enclosed pen is analogous to “industrial” chicken farms, containing massive, windowless sheds, each holding tens of thousands of birds. Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Clever directors offer a route through a play’s story. At the Whidbey Playhouse’s “Beehive, the 60s Musical” Thursday, Stan Thomas, their board president, followed directors Eric George and Allenda Jenkins’ instructions, dropping crumbs on the stage floor before the lights dimmed. Using the metaphor of audio technology, he walked a timeline from iPods back to LPs. When the lights came on the six-member cast started this musical revue doing the twist. Over the next two hours they sang their way through the 1960s. Their 28 songs were broken into four periods: girl groups, the “actual” 1960s ushered in by President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the British invasion (the Beatles change everything), and Woodstock and beyond. Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Electricity powers appliances, electronics, lights and, now, bikes and cars. When we plug our devices into wall outlets, that power typically comes from electrical utilities and distant power plants. More and more, the sun and wind generate electricity for businesses and homes on site. Jon Mills and Peggy Bissell have 33 solar panels on their farm in Bow. Banner Power Solutions in Burlington installed the system. Co-owner and general manager Eric Hull said going solar comes with a few advantages.