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Energy independence program planned at winery

The Yates Progressives will host a talk by Don Barber, supervisor of the Tompkins County Town of Caroline, on “How to become Energy Independent,” beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Hunt Country Vineyards.

A snack and dessert reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Under Barber's leadership, Caroline became one of the first towns in the state to purchase wind power using private donations to cover the pricing premium. He has worked with Energy Independent Caroline, a group cooperating to initiate projects on energy conservation and renewable energy. Barber has served as Caroline town supervisor since 1997.

The Yates Progressives, a nonpartisan group of Yates County residents who share an interest in public issues, have recently been studying wind power. Some in the group have said that in Yates County, issues of energy efficiency and renewable energy are important because of their impact on local government, business, agriculture and individual families.

Barber's talk is free and open to the public; Hunt Country Vineyards is at 4021 Italy Hill Road in Branchport.

Barber and his wife, Rita Rosenberg, operate a dairy farm. He is also sole proprietor of Sunnybrook Builders, a residential construction firm. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in ceramic engineering from Alfred University, and previously worked as an engineer for Corning Inc.

For details, call Lynne Kerwin at (315) 536-2812 or e-mail her at