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Fairbanks Museum gets solar panels, EV charging station, with more improvements coming

It seems written in the stars that Vermont’s planetarium would go solar.



a room filled with furniture and a fire place: Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through vermontartonline.org.


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Due to the closure of schools because of COVID-19, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has ramped up online classes for students and can be toured virtually through vermontartonline.org.

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury received a shipment of solar panels from Sun Common for a solar canopy to be erected in the parking lot.

The museum will also get an electric vehicle charging station. For Burlington museum goers, the trip from ECHO Leahy Center in downtown Burlington to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is 76.1 miles, roughly an hour and a half drive.

In a social media post, the museum said the effort is “part of our ongoing commitment to lightening the Museum’s environmental footprint.”

Many museums have struggled during the closure due to the pandemic and have only recently begun to allow visitors back into their properties. As a result, some have put major projects on hold, but the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is an exception. 

An outdoor greenhouse learning space is in the works. It is designed to allow adequate air flow ventilation helpful in preventing the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19. The space is expected to be heated so classes can continue to meet there after the weather turns colder. 

The museum is also planning its first major expansion in 125 years of the historic, Victorian property. The museum has raised more than $600,000 and is waiting to hear if it will be awarded a $2 million grant for the project.

The annex would be a 6,000 square feet, 3-story addition housing hands-on meteorology and astronomy exhibits. There would be ground level access, including an elevator allowing access to the balcony, which houses much of the center’s collection. This

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Much needed improvements coming to Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Improvements are finally coming to one of the most dangerous intersections in Horry County.



the inside of a building: SCDOT is working on improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the county.


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SCDOT is working on improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the county.

Between backed up traffic down Highway 501, to last-minute lane changes before a confusing intersection, Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road in Conway can be an everyday headache for Horry County drivers.

But it’s not just a headache. It can be deadly.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in 2017, 2018, and 2019, throughout each year, there were over 100 accidents at the intersection. In 2019, a person was killed.

But the DOT said upgrades are coming.

“So anytime we look at improving intersections we look at a lot of these same type of corrective measures. As far as offsetting left-turn lanes, adding additional turn lanes,” Project Manager Stacey Johnson said.

He added there are multiple measures the department looks at when it comes to how to make this intersection safer.

“So the left turn lane, we offset it. One, it improves sight distance, so it allows anyone taking that left, to better see the oncoming traffic. And two, it allows for a shorter crossover distance to get onto West Cox Ferry,” he said.

DOT is also adding improved signs, reminding drivers not to turn right on red and to wait for the green arrow to turn left.

Just recently crews switched out the traffic lights at the intersection as part of the project.

And as part of the Ride III project, Highway 501 northbound and southbound from Gardner Lacy to Highway 544 will be expanded to three lanes rather than just two.

But Johnson said while there’s still a long road ahead, drivers should look

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Improvements Coming To Briarwood Recreation Center

September 25, 2020

Now that all of the new pool upgrades have been completed, Brookhaven is now focusing on improvements to the Briarwood Recreation Center itself.

At its regular business meeting on Sept. 22, the Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved a contract for Ambience Group in the amount of $84,911 for the renovation of the interior and gymnasium at the Briarwood Recreation Center. The improvements include:

  • Replace flooring throughout, including the resurfacing of the gym floor
  • Remodel men’s and women’s restroom with updated fixtures
  • Paint, replace, and repair trim fixtures of the interior common areas
  • Replace all exterior windows on the front and side of building
  • Replace the cabinets, countertops, sink, and shelving in the kitchen area.
  • The classroom and dance room get a facelift and equipment to enhance rental use

Work will begin in the next two weeks, and scheduled for completion by year’s end.

At its regular business meeting on Sept. 22, the Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved a contract for Ambience Group in the amount of $84,911 for the renovation of the interior and gymnasium at the Briarwood Recreation Center. The improvements include:

  • Replace flooring throughout, including the resurfacing of the gym floor
  • Remodel men’s and women’s restroom with updated fixtures
  • Paint, replace, and repair trim fixtures of the interior common areas
  • Replace all exterior windows on the front and side of building
  • Replace the cabinets, countertops, sink, and shelving in the kitchen area.
  • The classroom and dance room get a facelift and equipment to enhance rental use

“One of the reasons that Brookhaven was founded in 2012 was the desire of residents to have a premiere park system that all can enjoy,” noted District 2 Council Member John Park. “This is another step on the journey of fulfilling the vision of the Brookhaven community.”

The upgrades

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