SALEM — After another winter storm, there’s no better way to end the weekend than a Christmas tree bonfire.
The 11th annual bonfire is set for Sunday at 6 p.m. at Dead Horse Beach.
The Rev. Phil Wyman of The Gathering and his crew will be handing out free hot chocolate and providing music.
It’s not too late to drop your tree off at the beach, or you can always bring it along on Sunday. Just make sure to remove any decorations, lights and small pets. (That’s a joke, animal lovers).
In the event of snow on Sunday, the bonfire will be moved to Monday night.
It was interesting to see that Dominion, the former owner of Salem Harbor Station, has begun commercial operations of two “clean energy” facilities in Connecticut.
Where were they when we needed them?
The Virginia energy giant, if you recall, came to Massachusetts in 2005 to buy coal plants in Salem and Somerset — both of which are on their way to the slag heap.
Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell produces 14.9 megawatts using an electro-chemical process that converts natural gas into electricity. The Somers Solar Center has more than 23,000 solar panels and will generate ... drum roll, please ... 5 megawatts of renewable energy.
That’s about 20 megawatts of clean energy, which is nothing to sneeze at; it will power about 20,000 homes. To put that in perspective, however, the natural gas plant Footprint Power wants to build in Salem will produce about 674 megawatts.
State Rep. John Keenan has sent out this year’s holiday and New Year’s card, a nice photo of Friendship at Derby Wharf.
Knowing Keenan’s affection for the power plant, we’re surprised it wasn’t a tasteful shot of the coal pile — the last coal pile in Salem.
If you’re one of those people who like to plan ahead, we have an idea for you. How about a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament for next year’s tree?
Boy Scout Troop 24 made an ornament that depicts the 1976 Washington Arch on Salem Common. It even features a red leather ribbon tied, of course, with a square knot.
The troop has adopted the arch restoration project and is raising funds for the cause. It has a limited number of ornaments for anyone donating $50 or more. Donations go to the arch project and the troop.
To place an order, write to Salem Troop 24, c/o Winter Street Architects, 209 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970. Make the check out to “Salem Troop 24” and be sure to include your name and address.
The Holy Name Society at St. Anne Church is looking to grow.
The men’s group, which began back in the 1940s when soldiers returned from World War II, has extended an invitation to men throughout the Salem Catholic community. This is one of many initiatives of the new Catholic collaborative, a cluster of all four Salem parishes.
The Holy Name Society meets in the St. Anne school hall after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on the second Sunday of every month — which would be Jan. 12 this year.
For more information, please contact Don Raney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Dalton can be reached at email@example.com.