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)FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. THREE 'OPEN THE REAR DOOR PLEASE, LEAE' 'I'M AFRAID I CAN'T DO THAT, TED.' Pictures by Ivy Ashe 0000h00.ctric Car Is Cutting L and 'Hokey' TED BAYNE RECHARGES HIS NISSAN LEAE over the Cronig's Market parking lot in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Bayne's charging station is his house. Running from a small panel next to his driveway, a cord with a nozzle at the end is lodged in the car's front end. From the comfort of his laptop, Mr. Bayne can see how much juice his car needs (a full recharge typically takes six to seven hours while more expensive so-called quick chargers can power a efii' iii 'hal fan  h0 U'r) :Btif there ar bth6f', more interestingStatistics'aqi/abld 011 his computer.' While he is drivitg/Mt. Bayne's car uses 3G mobile to com- municate with the Nissan cloud about his driving performance. Afterward, he is able to compare his energy usage to other Leaf owners. Like an arcade game, the rankings on the leaderboard are intended to bring out the driver's competitive spirit. "I'm at 3.4 metres per kilowatt hour which is pathetic," he said. Atop the leaderboard onWednesday a veritable Captain Planet taunted Mr. Bayne with a driving performance of 17 metres per kilowatt hour. Still, the greenness of any electric car is depen- By PETER BRANNEN Ted Bayne approached one of the signature hilly turns on Lambert's Cove Road and hit the -- well, not the gas. "If you turn off eco-mode, this thing screams," he said. Pulling G forces in an all-electric car, you are quickly disabused of the notion that going green means sacrificing per- formance. But while Mr. Bayne's new Nissan Leaf (what may be the only all-electric car on the Island) can still go from zero to 60 in seven seconds and top 90 miles an hour, carmakers like Nissan are trying to change the way gas-guzzling Americans drive. When he drives in eco-mode, Mr. Bayne's car employs what is known as regenerative braking, slowing the car's forward motion and converting that resistance into more electricity, much like an alternator. All the while, Mr. Bayne is coached by a display of trees on his dashboard that slowly light up the more economically he drives. "It's so hokey," he laughed. When he drops below 19 miles an hour the otherwise nearly silent car pumps out artificial noise to alert pe- destrians of its engine-less presence. If the Martha's Vineyard Commis- sion is to be believed, this is the next big thing on the Vineyard. The com, mission's 2009Tslahd Plhn envifiOri' etriisiOh-ffeeVtheytrffiOdacg. .... : ""th the long term, replacing the'rise of combustion engines with other avail- able technologies such as electric mo- tors.., in combination with locally gen- erated energy from renewable sources will allow us to work toward the goal of zero emissions for the Island's trans- portation sector," the plan says in part. Mr. Bayne is a board member for Vineyard Power, the Island's fledgling energy cooperative that among other things is committed to help make that vision a reality. Last week the energy cooperative unveiled plans at the MVC for six electric car charging stations attached to a canopy of solar panels well-behaved and friendly Maine coon- cat; and last but certainly not least is our lovely Kitty Randolph, a genuine striped tiger kitty, loving and friendly. Our one dog at the shelter is Riley, a handsome, young, well-behaved coon hound-American bulldog cross. He is quiet, obedient and only 10 months old, so sure to get better with someone who will give him a loving home and take him for nice, long walks. If you would like to see any of our animals and perhaps sit and rock them in our cat room, please come to the shelter. Shelter hours are Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sat- urdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The shelter is closed Sunday through Tuesday. The telephone number is 508-627-8662. Please Adopt Us Our featured animals this week are all the beautiful cats at the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard who need to find new homes. All are beautiful, well-behaved and very well-socialized, thanks to our great volunteers who spend hours with each cat in our won- derful new rocking chair. Chloe and Butter are two lovely brindle tortoiseshells; Annabelle, Lily and Ceilia are black or black and white (Lily is fun to watch because she has unusual eating habits; she eats with her paws); Westie, Deacon and Eric are beautiful yellow tiger tabbies; Eric is our senior citizen and the shelter will forgo the adoption fee for him if some kind person will adopt him and DESIGNING & BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE SINCE 1975 WE BUY GOLD CASH OR STORE CREDIT CBSTARKjEWELERS VINEYARD HAVEN 508-693-2284 R.D. ARCUDI & ASSOCIATES 395 State Road, Vineyard Haven (behind Vineyard Electronics) TAX PREPARATION Individual Partnership Corporation give him a loving warm home and a lap to cuddle in; Tigger is a sweet gray and white cat, so friendly; Napoleon a FINANCIAL SERVICES Bookkeeping and Payroll Services Serving Martha's Vineyard Year-Round Since 1973 dent on its energy source. "CO2 emissions are a difficult thing because if you compare a gas car go!ng 100 miles versus an electric car going 100 miles you're still generating CO2 emissions because of the generating plant," he said. "Still, it::ends up a, ery favorable toward the electric car." In other words, being truly green means plugging'into energy from sources other ehan coal and fossil fuel- bised tittlit? r: ' ................  :" ..... ' But lhS'6if ' als0has"it eidda0rrfle benefits.After a $7,500 federal tax Credit the 2012 Leafs base price is $27,700, but without the need for gasoline as fuel, naturally the savings continue long after. "It costs me $4.75 to charge the bat- tery completely and I get 100 miles," Mr. Bayne said. "If I drove 100 miles in my Camry and filled up the tank it would take four gallons at $4.25 a gal- lon. So that's 18 bucks." To improve those economics, Mr. Bayne is continually modifying his be- havior to maximize his car's range. The mild winter has been a boon to Mr. Bayne's energy usage; heating drops the car's range to 85 miles. To avoid los- ing range, Mr. Bayne has been heating the car while its plugged in before he drives and uses only the heated steering wheel and heated seats that are pow- ered by a separate 12-volt battery that is powered by a solar panel on the car's roof. He said when it gets truly cold he and his wife may being a blanket in the car rather than turn on the energy- sapping climate control system. But as battery standards continue to improve Mr. Bayne said the phe- nomenon of so-called range anxiety, familiar to some mainland electric car owners, has less relevance on the Island. "I could drive to Aquinnah and back five times," he said gleefully. "The Is- land is perfect for this." EDGARTOWN INTERIORS at the CHARLOTTE INN Specializing in elie dign, English wallpapers, fabri, anique, lihin and a=esori for :,our home. A hill 508-693-3997 FAX 693-2216 service business :[or over ;30 years. Contact: Paula Conover at 508-627-4751 GO PATS! and MUCH MUCH MORE! Islanders Express Passionate Ooinions on Mill Pond's Future By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL Opinions on the future of Mill Pond and the future of Mill Brook were more varied than the options at a Saturday afternoon forum held at the West Tis- bury Library. The townspeople and others who packed the meeting room kept coming back to a central point: The pond and the brook that feeds it are among the town,s most valued resources and worthy of concern and some kind of action. Without any action, experts say the pond will continue to choke as more and more sediment and organic materi- als continue to arrive and fill it. They came to hear Michael Hop- per talk about a controversial option to remove the current dam and take Mill Pond back to a rambling brook. Mr. Hopper, president of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition who has had experience with dam removal, said it was the most affordable and environ- nentally friendly choice as. a way to ive bk to nature, and help native brown trout remain connected to their historical waters and the sea. Much of the impetus for the public forum was driven by Prudy Burt, a long-time resident amateur natural- ist, who's charge was to encourage members of the community to look at all options before locking into the most expensive which for now calls for dredging the pond. A large contingent of residents came who sought to leave the shallow pond alone, but dredge it to a depth to help restore aquatic life to, the pond. The most outspoken included members of the town's own Mill Pond Committee, including chairman Robert Woodruff, Craig Saunders and Rick Karney. Mr. Woodruff supported the notion of removing dams across the northeast as a way to help anadromous fish."They have done it successfully in Maine," he said. However, Mr.Woodruff said that fish ladders can also be successful. "I don't think returning Mill Pond to a brook will receive enthusiasm in the town," he said. Mr. Karney, the Island's top shellfish biologist, spoke of his own concerns about Tisbury Great Pond and the threat the pond may suffer from rising levels of nitrogen in the water should there be so dramatic a change. "The biggest threat to ponds on Martha's nutrient overloading." Mr.'Kamey said, adding that towns down-Island are look- ing at the options of building additional wastewater treatment systems to deal with the issues around Lagoon Pond. Mr. Saunders, an environmental con- sultant, added his doubts. Mr. Saunders said changing the pond to a stream would de-water the wetlands, and the nutrient rich waters would end up in the great pond, instead of being treated naturally. He said converting the pond to a stream would be a detriment far- ther down stream. But David Thompson, of Edgartown, said leaving Mill Pond as a static pond was a flawed way to treat nutrient-rich water. Mr. Thompson described himself as an avid recreational fiy-fisherman who had fished 30 years in the freshwa- ter streams of the Island. Mr. Thompson said there are native brown trout on the Island and they are worth saving. "You have indications of good water quality when there is brown trout." He sug- gested looking at returning the pond to a stream not only to protect the fragile trout population but to improve water quality. Mr. Thompson said the best way to treat nitrogen-enriched water is to keep it moving, introducing oxygen, just as in a stream. Mr. Thompson, who said he is the plant operator at the Edgartown waste- water treatment plant, said and a that bubbling stream is far preferable to stagnant waters left standing in wet- lands. Virginia Jones of West Tisbury asked whether there really was much of a native population of trout on the Is- land. She was quickly informed that a freshwater survey inventory done Mark Lovewell MICHAEL HOPPER SPOKE OF ADVANTAGES OF REMOVING DAM. in the past year by the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reported a substantial trout population. But it was also reported that trout cannot handle warm water in Mill Pond, where the temperature can get to 85 degrees. Dam-removal proponents said that a brook, fed by waters upstream and pooling springs is considerably cooler and friendly to aquatic life. David Steere, an abutter to the brook, said he liked the pond and it was worth preserving. "I don't want to lose the pond," he said. A draft report in October by ESS Group, of East Providence and com- missioned by the Mill Pond committee, proponents of dredging, recommended dredging as a solution.A dredging proj- ect would have a price of between $215,000 and $250,000 and most likely would have to be borne by the town. Mr. Hopper said dredging did not have to be the only option. In com- munities where he had seen success- ful stream restoration, the work was funded primarily through federal, state and some private sOurces. Nelson Bryant, 88, has memories of recreational fishing in Mill Brook as a kid with a cane fishing rod and a can of worms. He said he thought Mr. Hop- per's idea as clearly the best option. "My feeling is that if we are going to do something to the pond, this concept is a good one. "I love the pond: But it wouldn't trouble me to see a brook meandering through there." Ms. Burt, who with friends hosted the afternoon talk with other townspeople, said she favored the idea of making the pond a stream as a serious option. She said that while thore is no immediate plan to do anything to the troubled pond, she wants to continue to hold forums to raise public awareness about the options ahead. "I want people to have the opportunity to hear more ideas," she said."I want people to have an open mind." For Mr. Woodruff, dredging keeps the appearance and the system the same. "The pond is a visual resource. It has interesting wildlife, such as otters, and unusual migrant waterfowl, such as the American wigeon and the ring-necked duck. These birds stop to refuel in Mill Pond annually," Mr. Woodruff said. A video copy of the presentation is now available at the library, as well as on MVTV. Vineyard Teams Keep Winning As Regular S00,ason Winds Down Rv IVY ASHE Both varsity hockey teams play on home ice Saturday in a pair of league matchups, with the boys playing their last Eastern Athletic ConferenCe game of the regular season. Be sure to sup- port the girls' basketball team during one (or all) of'their three home games thB  eek.qrlldtea pt0ys ,4,'30 ivm. today, Tuesd Anc(rsay. ' v " :' Boys' Basketball The Vineyarders brought home two more wins this week, defeating league challenger Somerset, 68-65, in a nail biter last Friday, while taking down non-league opponent O'Bryant,78-54, on Monday. The boys jumped out to an early lead against O'Bryant and never relin- quished it, scoring 40 points in the first half and 38 in the second. By contrast, the team was down 29-20 after the first half of the Somerset game, fighting back to within two points after the third quarter. Somerset pushed to a 51-46 lead with 6:12 left in the game, but a three- pointer from junior Jack Roberts fol- lowed by a Charlie Everett layup gave the Vineyard their first lead of the game. The score bounced back and forth for the remainder of the quarter, with crucial Vineyard scores coming from Roberts, and seniors Peter Ke- aney, Ryan Fisher and Delmont Araujo. Somerset attempted a three in the final seconds, but the shot bounced wide, allowing the Vineyarders to win. Roberts led the Vineyard scoring with 25 points (including five three- pointers). Keaney notched 19 points, and are clean, green and made in the USA! See store for details. Ivy Ashe CHARLIE EVERETT. while Everett had eight. The team is now 12-1 and 5-1 in league play. They are on the road this week, taking on Coyle Cassidy today and traveling to Bishop Stang on Tues- day. Gifts' Basketball The girls moved to a 7-6 season re- cord after wins this week against Nan- tucket and Chatham. The team took a 70-63 loss to EAC opponent Somerset last Friday. They will play three league games at home this week, beginning today with a match against Coyle Cassidy. Bishop Stang visits on Tuesday, while Bishop Feehan arrives.on Thursday. All games begin at 4:30 p.m. Boys' Hockey After suffering a rough 7-3 loss to Bishop Stang last Saturday, the boys reversed course and played what coach Matt Mincone described as "probably one of the most dominant games we played all year" against Bishop Feehan, skating away with a 6-2 win. The Fgehaname was a s howcs 9f. the'00ihe}hld'd600th'00oA'b00'th the ofeh2 sive and defefisive ide 6f'things, with goals coming from five different players and freshman goalie Noah Kleinheinz turning in a strong performance in net. The newly formed line of sophomore Sam Burke, junior Huck Burke and junior Shay Hill proved a powerful combination; Sam scored twice and Hill and Huck contributed two assists each. Senior Tyler Araujo drew first blood for the Vineyard in the first period on assists from sophomore Tyson Araujo and senior Colby Gouldrup. Junior Charlie Ashmun scored his first high school goal and Tyson Araujo landed an unassisted goal before the period was over. Junior Max Davies found the net on an assist from senior Nelson Dickson in the second Bishop Feehan managed their sec- ond goal in the final minute of the game; underscoring the growing strength and importance of the Vineyard defense, the team was "more upset about that goal than they were excited about the win," Mincone said. With 15 games already under their belt (11-4 overall, 5-2 in league play, the boys move towards a lighter schedule -- with five games slated over the next four weeks m as they begin to prepare for the postseason. They will play at home tomorrow, taking on Somerset at 6:10 p.m. Gifts' Hockey The Vineyarders had their most deci- sive victory of the season last Saturday, scoring eight goals in the first period en route to defeating visiting Mans- field 10-2. Senior Celia Mercier led the girls' onslaught with four goals. Junior Kassidy Bettencourt scored twice, and seniors Olivia Cimeno, Lizzie Kelleher and Callje Jackson each scored once. Fr6shmah:Sydney Davies lad'ed laer firgt'argff3, g6al: .... ' .... /" "' Junior goalie'Kai haith took home her first varsity start along with her first win. The girls play Whitman-Hanson at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. Youth Hockey News Youth hockey teams took home wins at all levels last weekend, with the Mites defeating Yarmouth twice on Saturday (5-3 and 2-1) and Gateway on Sunday (final score 3-1). The wins secured a playoff berth for the Mites. The Peewees move to a 10-2-2 record after two wins against Gateway on Sunday. This month brings a bevy of challenges for the team in the forms of undefeated Nantucket and league- leading Lower Cape. The Vineyard takes on Lower Cape on home ice this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Hunter Ponte amassed seven goals en route to a 10-4 victory for the Vineyard Squirts 2 team on Saturday. Hunter Meador, Hailey Meador and Jackson Pachico each found the net once, with Cabot Thurber contributing two assists. The Squirts play SWS at home on Sunday in a double header. Games are at 10:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solar for i:veryone! Cash or No Cash Remarkably favorable leases are now available (for the other 99%). It's time to plug in. Call us to schedule a solar lease consultation 508 693.4850 E N E R G Y 508 693.4850 SOUTHMOuNTAIN.COM/ENERGY t