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Re: Invite: FREE Quiet, Healthy Yards Workshop - Oct 1st - Win an Electric Tool

Jon Dreyer
 

I recently moved out to Stow, and not coincidentally, my yard got a lot bigger: about about 1/2 acre of it is lawn. A lot of folks suggested a riding mower for that size, because the job takes about half the time. But I decided that I'd rather spend twice as long getting exercise as opposed to just sitting. And for environmental and noise reasons, I wanted to get a battery-powered electric rather than gas.

By far the biggest electric walk-behind mower I could find is the Mean Green WBX-33HD, at 33", but at around $10k, it was a little out of my price range.  :^}

I ended up getting the next biggest I could find, a 25" Greenworks GMS 250, one of their commercial products. With batteries and charger (extra) it cost about $1k. I got two 4Ah batteries, which are more than enough for my 1/2 acre, though I almost never use the self-propelled feature. (Consequently, my watch says that the 2+ hours of mowing burn 800+ calories!) It really works well, and it's very quiet. BTW, the Greenworks consumer division introduced a sort of little sibling of that mower, the Pro 60V 25" Self-propelled cordless brushless lawn mower for somewhat less, but that one only goes about an hour on a charge, which is probably plenty for a lot of lawns.

If you're jonesing for a riding mower, there are lots of battery-powered options out there as well, but I didn't look much at those.

Anyway, I've been surprised at how much battery-powered yard equipment is available.

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Jon "Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet. We'we Hunting Wabbits" Dreyer
Math tutor/Computer science tutor
www.passionatelycurious.com

On 2020-09-21 13:46, Judith Glixon via groups.io wrote:
Just passing along this announcement to all you Lexington folks!

You're invited to a FREE regional workshop hosted by the Town of Lexington, Town of Wellesley DPW, Quiet Communities, and the American Green Zone Alliance - see registration and information below. 
  • Participants have a chance to win a brand new, state of the art battery powered tool.
Massachusetts is becoming a leader in zero emissions, low noise landscape maintenance, creating the first procurement contract for this type of equipment and prompting transitions by state agencies, towns, schools, and homeowners. 

Quiet, Healthy Yards: A Regional Residential Workshop via Zoom, Thurs, Oct 1st, 7-8:30 pm. Register Now.
We hope to see you there.  


Jamie L. Banks PhD, MS, Founder

Quiet Communities Inc. 

quietcommunitiesinc.org

Co-Chair, Noise & Health Committee

American Public Health Association

Web  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn APHA Connect (members only) 

Email: jamie@...

Tel: 781.259.1717

Quiet Communities, Inc. (QCI) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the public health, the environment, and quality of life for everyone for everyone --children, families, seniors, minorities and disadvantaged -- by reducing noise and related pollution. QCI hosts 4 programs: The Quiet CoalitionQuiet Conversation on Policy, Healthcare Acoustics Project, and Quiet Communities.



fire weather watch Tuesday #Weather

JJ Krawczyk
 


Good news: frost issues are staying outside Lexington and we'll be having a significant warm up the next few days.

Bad news: drought situation isn't getting any better and we now have a Fire Weather Watch for tomorrow.

JJ Krawczyk



Alert for Southeast Middlesex County

Fire Weather Watch
NWS Boston/Norton MA
3:48pm EDT Mon Sep 21 2020

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING FOR ALL OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND...

The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton has issued a Fire
Weather Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday morning through
Tuesday evening.

* AFFECTED AREA...All of Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island.

* TIMING...9 AM until 8 PM on Tuesday.

* WINDS...North winds. Western areas 10 to 15 mph with gusts of
20 to 25 mph. Eastern areas 15 to 30 mph with gusts of 30 to 45
mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Range from 20 to 35 percent. Driest
conditions over the interior.

* TEMPERATURES...In the 60s to lower 70s.

* IMPACTS...Dry weather and gusty winds will result in critical
fire weather conditions.

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.


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HELP are these lilies? Possible poisoning

April Smith Ziegler
 

Might have poisoned my cat. But can’t tell if these are lilies. Pls advise quickly. Ty


Re: Reseed front yard

Judith Glixon
 

My recommendation is that you create a meadow in at least part of your yard - to attract pollinators and sink more carbon! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me about it!

Judith


Invite: FREE Quiet, Healthy Yards Workshop - Oct 1st - Win an Electric Tool

Judith Glixon
 

Just passing along this announcement to all you Lexington folks!

You're invited to a FREE regional workshop hosted by the Town of Lexington, Town of Wellesley DPW, Quiet Communities, and the American Green Zone Alliance - see registration and information below. 
  • Participants have a chance to win a brand new, state of the art battery powered tool.
Massachusetts is becoming a leader in zero emissions, low noise landscape maintenance, creating the first procurement contract for this type of equipment and prompting transitions by state agencies, towns, schools, and homeowners. 

Quiet, Healthy Yards: A Regional Residential Workshop via Zoom, Thurs, Oct 1st, 7-8:30 pm. Register Now.
We hope to see you there.  


Jamie L. Banks PhD, MS, Founder

Quiet Communities Inc. 

quietcommunitiesinc.org

Co-Chair, Noise & Health Committee

American Public Health Association

Web  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn APHA Connect (members only) 

Email: jamie@...

Tel: 781.259.1717

Quiet Communities, Inc. (QCI) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the public health, the environment, and quality of life for everyone for everyone --children, families, seniors, minorities and disadvantaged -- by reducing noise and related pollution. QCI hosts 4 programs: The Quiet CoalitionQuiet Conversation on Policy, Healthcare Acoustics Project, and Quiet Communities.





Lawn seeding, fertilizer and weed control recommendations?

Cortez,Rachel
 

We're looking at NaturaLawn of America.  Does anyone have experience with them?  Does anyone have recommendations for other good companies?

Thank you,
Rachel Cortez


Re: Reseed front yard

umicha2
 

Fall (Labor Day and on) is the best time to reseed.
If you want to do it yourself:

Consider having a soil test done.  UMassAmherst does them though it may end up being beyond optimum reseeding time accounting for time to have test results returned.
https://ag.umass.edu/services/soil-plant-nutrient-testing-laboratory

Soil test will tell you pH level with suggested amount of lime to apply.  Lime moves slowly through soil, so it is best to incorporate lime deeper into soil by rototilling or  dethatching.  Either of those also loosen soil and can mix in additional compost etc. Weeds should be removed first of course.  Dead drought brown grass could be tilled in.  There are two forms of lime- calcium and magnesium.  Some bags are predominantly one vs. the other, some are more equal.  The soil test will tell if deficient in calcium or magnesium which can help make decision as to which form to use.  Lime is also “fast acting” which is a powder and slower pellet form. 

Wagon Wheel sells a bulk mix of loam and compost “Super Soil” that has been screened to 3/8 inch and has very few stones or wood chips.  Other suppliers screen to 1/2 inch and have visible stones and pieces of wood etc.  Beware of bagged soil from big box stores as they often do not actually contain soil but rather shredded wood product.  Even the manufacturers (Scott’s etc.) admit to that, as seen in product questions/reviews.  

Soil can can be spread onto lawn area with a garden rake (not leaf rake) perhaps easier than shovel and wheelbarrow.  Seed will state a coverage area.   Note the area for reseeding over existing lawn is typically twice that for new lawn.  I actually found it necessary to use at least twice as much seed as the new lawn coverage area.  After sowing seed, cover with a thin layer of peat moss (1/4 inch) to help keep it moist and hide it from sparrows.  Water lightly as often as needed to keep moist. 

Steve Parus


premieres decouvertes books in good condition?

Helen Epstein
 


Does anyone have the premieres decouvertes books (ages 3-6) in good condition? Wuld be happy to buy second=hand for my grandson. Please email me if you do or have any good pop-up books about cars or trains. Thanks, Helen
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Re: Recommend a urologist?

Emily Passman
 

Yes! Weird, right? He goes there and he really has no idea whether he sees the same one from time to time.
Hope all is well with you and yours. Shana Tova!
Emily


On Sep 20, 2020, at 11:24 PM, Eileen Sussman <Sussmaneileen@...> wrote:

Allan sees Dr Mourtinzinos at Lahey Burlington Hospital.  Not exactly Boston!   He is Chairman of urology

Eileen Sussman


On Sep 20, 2020, at 9:37 AM, Jo Stringer <jostringer1954@...> wrote:

Rob Edelstein, Merrimack Urology, 978-256-9507.  He's great.

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 8:30 AM Susan Krupp <skng@...> wrote:

I am trying to help my cousin find a recommended urologist (preferably male) in the Boston area. Anyone have any recommendations?

Susan Krupp





Re: Recommend a urologist?

Eileen Sussman
 

Allan sees Dr Mourtinzinos at Lahey Burlington Hospital.  Not exactly Boston!   He is Chairman of urology

Eileen Sussman


On Sep 20, 2020, at 9:37 AM, Jo Stringer <jostringer1954@...> wrote:

Rob Edelstein, Merrimack Urology, 978-256-9507.  He's great.

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 8:30 AM Susan Krupp <skng@...> wrote:

I am trying to help my cousin find a recommended urologist (preferably male) in the Boston area. Anyone have any recommendations?

Susan Krupp





Reseed front yard

jpsaks1125@...
 

I am looking for recommendations to replant grass in entire front yard.  Any suggestions?
Thanks ~ Jan Saks


Please support the Tanaka family in Lexington

Ragini Pathak
 

Dear Lexington neighbors:
 
As we try to adjust to the new ways of living, Tanaka family is going through immense grief and face uncertainty.
 
Makoto Tanaka(49), a member of our Lexington community, passed away suddenly of a pulmonary embolism, leaving behind his lovely wife, Yoko, and three children, Hina, Yuki, and Tora, all in middle school and high school. Outgoing, curious, and unfailingly positive, Makoto had deep ties in our community. Some of you will remember him from his involvement in town hockey.
 
The family continues to grieve and manage each day. They are now faced with financial obligations and insecurity, as Makoto was the only income source. They are forced to make decisions about housing and whether they can remain in their home, education, health insurance, and daily expenses.
 
As they figure out these painful transitions, Neighbor Brigade, Japanese Americans of Lexington, along with friends of the family are hosting a fundraiser to help the family tide over these difficult times.
 
 
Please consider donating to this fundraiser and share it widely with your friends and family.
 
In gratitude,
Ragini Pathak and Harshini Joshi
 
Note: Please note that an earlier fundraiser, which has now ended, was organized by a co-worker of Makoto's and was shared mostly in his business community. If you have already donated, we thank you. Since then, numerous needs have arisen and the family needs additional support to manage these difficult times.


For Sale: Womens Capelli New York Rain Boots

Peter Albin
 

$15

New, open package, never used

Size 7M, Solid Black

Similar item picture attached

Peter Albin


fire weather Monday #Weather

JJ Krawczyk
 

Same deal tomorrow. There will probably be a frost advisory issued also shortly.

JJ Krawczyk



Alert for Southeast Middlesex County

Special Weather Statement
NWS Boston/Norton MA
3:54pm EDT Sun Sep 20 2020

...ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER ON MONDAY...

The prolonged dry weather across southern New England has resulted
in very low live and dead fuel moisture. With low relative
humidity and gusty winds Monday, any fires which escape initial
containment and become established, could potentially become
serious.

Consult your local fire warden if planning any outdoor burning
this weekend.


Re: computer storage question

Ryan Mack
 

If you have some sort of USB device, you can download old versions of Mac OS installers by finding the right link to the App Store and install the OS onto an external USB device. Then boot from that device (which may require some tricks to get around Apple's security, everything can be explained by Google thankfully!) and you should be able to access the data and copy it to the other device.


On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 3:17 PM Henry Stevenson <henry25@...> wrote:
You cant find someone with an older Mac that would be compatible with the drobro?

The connector cable I used with mine was
A fire wire cable.  I'm a pc person, never had that issue.  I thought the drobro was very slow.

Good luck.

Henry


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Betsy Schwartz <betsys@...>
Date: 9/20/20 1:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Betsy Schwartz <betsys@...>
Cc: Toby Sackton <tsackton@...>, lexington@groups.io
Subject: Re: [lexington] computer storage question

On rereading, if the existing system has   a proprietary file system
format, the above might not work. But, it looks to me as though the
drobo uses 'ext3' so, worth a try. Just don't write anything.

In fact, I would expect catalina to be able to mount an ext3 file
system at the command line:
here's another thing to try:
https://hackmylinux.com/2018/02/18/how-to-mount-and-read-a-linux-partition-on-a-mac-ext2-ext3-ext4/

(I'm a unix geek, not a  mac geek. macs are kinda-sorta unix)

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM Betsy Schwartz via groups.io
<betsys=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> I'm not particularly familiar with drobo, but it looks as though it
> should be mountable on a linux box, or an older windows box. Either of
> which should be easy to beg borrow or buy.
>
> http://drobo-utils.sourceforge.net/
>
> What sort of connector does it have? If it has thunderbolt, the hard
> part will be plugging it in. Booting your mac from linux (either via
> CD/USB or creating a linux partition) might be one way through this.
> If you find that you need to install drobo-utils you'd need to create
> a linux partition.
>
> https://www.howtogeek.com/187410/how-to-install-and-dual-boot-linux-on-a-mac/
>
> On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:28 PM Toby Sackton <tsackton@...> wrote:
> >
> > this is a bit technical, but I am hoping someone on the list may help.
> >
> > I have a 2nd generation drobo raid storage unit with about 3 T of data distributed over 4 separate hard drives, largely from 2005-2010.  The Drobo unit was purchased in 2009 for backup, as it allows for failure of one or two drives and still preserves the data.    It was disconnected for a few years.. now I would like to copy the files to a newer drive.
> >
> > Problem is that drobo and this old model is now incompatible with Mac OS catalina.  Even though the drives are in good shape and the data is there, there is no way I can get the drobo software to mount the drives.  I even looked into buying a newer model to swap out the drives.. which could work, but they are not currently available due to shortage, backorder.
> >
> > I need to find someone familiar with drobo who may be running it on an older, non-upgraded computer or a recommendation for a data recovery group familiar with Drobo.  With the right equipment it is simply a matter of copying the files to a new device.
> >
> > I took the unit to Tech Fusion thinking they could simply copy it, as the drives were working. But they wanted to do a data recovery.. ie destroy the raid and then rebuild it.. at a cost of $1500 or more.
> >
> > I said no, there must be a simpler way. Any suggestions from this list.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Toby
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>






Re: computer storage question

Henry Stevenson
 

You cant find someone with an older Mac that would be compatible with the drobro?

The connector cable I used with mine was
A fire wire cable.  I'm a pc person, never had that issue.  I thought the drobro was very slow.

Good luck.

Henry


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Betsy Schwartz <betsys@...>
Date: 9/20/20 1:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Betsy Schwartz <betsys@...>
Cc: Toby Sackton <tsackton@...>, lexington@groups.io
Subject: Re: [lexington] computer storage question

On rereading, if the existing system has   a proprietary file system
format, the above might not work. But, it looks to me as though the
drobo uses 'ext3' so, worth a try. Just don't write anything.

In fact, I would expect catalina to be able to mount an ext3 file
system at the command line:
here's another thing to try:
https://hackmylinux.com/2018/02/18/how-to-mount-and-read-a-linux-partition-on-a-mac-ext2-ext3-ext4/

(I'm a unix geek, not a  mac geek. macs are kinda-sorta unix)

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM Betsy Schwartz via groups.io
<betsys@...> wrote:
>
> I'm not particularly familiar with drobo, but it looks as though it
> should be mountable on a linux box, or an older windows box. Either of
> which should be easy to beg borrow or buy.
>
> http://drobo-utils.sourceforge.net/
>
> What sort of connector does it have? If it has thunderbolt, the hard
> part will be plugging it in. Booting your mac from linux (either via
> CD/USB or creating a linux partition) might be one way through this.
> If you find that you need to install drobo-utils you'd need to create
> a linux partition.
>
> https://www.howtogeek.com/187410/how-to-install-and-dual-boot-linux-on-a-mac/
>
> On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:28 PM Toby Sackton <tsackton@...> wrote:
> >
> > this is a bit technical, but I am hoping someone on the list may help.
> >
> > I have a 2nd generation drobo raid storage unit with about 3 T of data distributed over 4 separate hard drives, largely from 2005-2010.  The Drobo unit was purchased in 2009 for backup, as it allows for failure of one or two drives and still preserves the data.    It was disconnected for a few years.. now I would like to copy the files to a newer drive.
> >
> > Problem is that drobo and this old model is now incompatible with Mac OS catalina.  Even though the drives are in good shape and the data is there, there is no way I can get the drobo software to mount the drives.  I even looked into buying a newer model to swap out the drives.. which could work, but they are not currently available due to shortage, backorder.
> >
> > I need to find someone familiar with drobo who may be running it on an older, non-upgraded computer or a recommendation for a data recovery group familiar with Drobo.  With the right equipment it is simply a matter of copying the files to a new device.
> >
> > I took the unit to Tech Fusion thinking they could simply copy it, as the drives were working. But they wanted to do a data recovery.. ie destroy the raid and then rebuild it.. at a cost of $1500 or more.
> >
> > I said no, there must be a simpler way. Any suggestions from this list.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Toby
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
>






Re: computer storage question

Betsy Schwartz
 

On rereading, if the existing system has a proprietary file system
format, the above might not work. But, it looks to me as though the
drobo uses 'ext3' so, worth a try. Just don't write anything.

In fact, I would expect catalina to be able to mount an ext3 file
system at the command line:
here's another thing to try:
https://hackmylinux.com/2018/02/18/how-to-mount-and-read-a-linux-partition-on-a-mac-ext2-ext3-ext4/

(I'm a unix geek, not a mac geek. macs are kinda-sorta unix)

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:41 PM Betsy Schwartz via groups.io
<betsys=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I'm not particularly familiar with drobo, but it looks as though it
should be mountable on a linux box, or an older windows box. Either of
which should be easy to beg borrow or buy.

http://drobo-utils.sourceforge.net/

What sort of connector does it have? If it has thunderbolt, the hard
part will be plugging it in. Booting your mac from linux (either via
CD/USB or creating a linux partition) might be one way through this.
If you find that you need to install drobo-utils you'd need to create
a linux partition.

https://www.howtogeek.com/187410/how-to-install-and-dual-boot-linux-on-a-mac/

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:28 PM Toby Sackton <tsackton@seafood.com> wrote:

this is a bit technical, but I am hoping someone on the list may help.

I have a 2nd generation drobo raid storage unit with about 3 T of data distributed over 4 separate hard drives, largely from 2005-2010. The Drobo unit was purchased in 2009 for backup, as it allows for failure of one or two drives and still preserves the data. It was disconnected for a few years.. now I would like to copy the files to a newer drive.

Problem is that drobo and this old model is now incompatible with Mac OS catalina. Even though the drives are in good shape and the data is there, there is no way I can get the drobo software to mount the drives. I even looked into buying a newer model to swap out the drives.. which could work, but they are not currently available due to shortage, backorder.

I need to find someone familiar with drobo who may be running it on an older, non-upgraded computer or a recommendation for a data recovery group familiar with Drobo. With the right equipment it is simply a matter of copying the files to a new device.

I took the unit to Tech Fusion thinking they could simply copy it, as the drives were working. But they wanted to do a data recovery.. ie destroy the raid and then rebuild it.. at a cost of $1500 or more.

I said no, there must be a simpler way. Any suggestions from this list.

Thanks

Toby






Re: computer storage question

Betsy Schwartz
 

I'm not particularly familiar with drobo, but it looks as though it
should be mountable on a linux box, or an older windows box. Either of
which should be easy to beg borrow or buy.

http://drobo-utils.sourceforge.net/

What sort of connector does it have? If it has thunderbolt, the hard
part will be plugging it in. Booting your mac from linux (either via
CD/USB or creating a linux partition) might be one way through this.
If you find that you need to install drobo-utils you'd need to create
a linux partition.

https://www.howtogeek.com/187410/how-to-install-and-dual-boot-linux-on-a-mac/

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 1:28 PM Toby Sackton <tsackton@seafood.com> wrote:

this is a bit technical, but I am hoping someone on the list may help.

I have a 2nd generation drobo raid storage unit with about 3 T of data distributed over 4 separate hard drives, largely from 2005-2010. The Drobo unit was purchased in 2009 for backup, as it allows for failure of one or two drives and still preserves the data. It was disconnected for a few years.. now I would like to copy the files to a newer drive.

Problem is that drobo and this old model is now incompatible with Mac OS catalina. Even though the drives are in good shape and the data is there, there is no way I can get the drobo software to mount the drives. I even looked into buying a newer model to swap out the drives.. which could work, but they are not currently available due to shortage, backorder.

I need to find someone familiar with drobo who may be running it on an older, non-upgraded computer or a recommendation for a data recovery group familiar with Drobo. With the right equipment it is simply a matter of copying the files to a new device.

I took the unit to Tech Fusion thinking they could simply copy it, as the drives were working. But they wanted to do a data recovery.. ie destroy the raid and then rebuild it.. at a cost of $1500 or more.

I said no, there must be a simpler way. Any suggestions from this list.

Thanks

Toby



computer storage question

Toby Sackton
 

this is a bit technical, but I am hoping someone on the list may help.

I have a 2nd generation drobo raid storage unit with about 3 T of data distributed over 4 separate hard drives, largely from 2005-2010.  The Drobo unit was purchased in 2009 for backup, as it allows for failure of one or two drives and still preserves the data.    It was disconnected for a few years.. now I would like to copy the files to a newer drive.  

Problem is that drobo and this old model is now incompatible with Mac OS catalina.  Even though the drives are in good shape and the data is there, there is no way I can get the drobo software to mount the drives.  I even looked into buying a newer model to swap out the drives.. which could work, but they are not currently available due to shortage, backorder.

I need to find someone familiar with drobo who may be running it on an older, non-upgraded computer or a recommendation for a data recovery group familiar with Drobo.  With the right equipment it is simply a matter of copying the files to a new device.

I took the unit to Tech Fusion thinking they could simply copy it, as the drives were working. But they wanted to do a data recovery.. ie destroy the raid and then rebuild it.. at a cost of $1500 or more. 

I said no, there must be a simpler way. Any suggestions from this list.

Thanks

Toby



Sprinkler system repair

Linda Wolk
 

We’re looking for current recommendations for help in repairing and maintaining an existing yard watering system. We value your comments! Thank you.

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