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Please sign the petition asking President Obama to deny the EPA’s approval of the 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide combination developed by Dow Chemical Company. Thousands of schools are within 200 feet of corn and soy fields, putting children at risk of inhaling this toxic mix.

Maryland Renaissance Festival - some days during August, September and October; check site for specific days

Here'a s look at the plug-in version of the Prius.

If you want to eat healthier and want to try plant based foods, lots of new restaaurants are opening. Native Foods Cafe is opening 200 restaurants in the US; the first ones in the DC area are opening this fall. Soupergirl has a second location, this one is in DC. Soupergirl does not use any GMO ingredients and is Kosher. You can find their soups in many health food stores in the area. The Randy Radish has a food truck serving the area; they also don't use any GMO's. The Vegetable Garden has reopened; now they are in Silver Spring.

Skyline Drive opening day

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Folks have enjoyed the fall colors along the Skyline Drive since it's opening in 1932. Here's last years fall color report to give you an idea of the best time to go. mountain view webcam

There's several farms in the area that let you pick your own apples and other fruits and veggies. Maryland Virginia

You can pick your own pumpkin. Maryland Virginia

Here's some of the Maryland and  Virginia Fall Festivals.

Waterford Fair Oct. 3-5

Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest Oct. 4-5

Tour of Solar and Green Homes Oct. 4-5

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary 17th annual Open House and Fundraiser; RSVP requested. Oct. 5

Springfield Town Center (formerly Springfield Mall) opens October 17.

Barktoberfest by Washington Animal Rescue League at Yards Park Oct. 25

An updated Prius is expected in December (update; the release date has been pushed back to December 2015). The big news is that there will be a battery option. Buyers will be able to choose from a standard battery, like what's used now. Or an optional lithium-ion battery will be available, which a Toyota senior manager said would give fuel economy numbers "that will surprise everyone".

Toyota is expected to begin selling a fuel cell vehicle in 2015. This is zero polluting, fueled by compressed hydrogen, refuels in a few minutes and has a range of about 300 miles. The price in Japan is about $69,000, so that gives us a ballpark price for the US. California has a small network of refueling stations, so this is a logical place for initial sales.

Here's an all electric bus that's already in use in some cities. The manufacturer, Proterra, makes these buses in Greenville, SC.

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Some of the cheese used by companies like Dominos, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns came from a supplier that used milk from the farm in this video.

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Recommended electric vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids - mileage figures are miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); prices are BEFORE federal tax credit. These credits (for electric vehicles   for plug-in hybrids) range from $2,500 to 7,500. Note, the Volt is not actually a hybrid; it's considered an electric car, so it qualifies for the $7,500 credit.

base price
price after tax credit
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid 95 $29,99027,490
Chevrolet Volt 98
Ford Focus Electric 105
Smart fortwo Electric Drive 107
Nissan LEAF 114
Honda Fit EV
(available at Maryland dealers)
lease only

Probably the best values in LED bulbs:
Philips 433227 10.5-watt Slim Style Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Soft White

Ledare bulb from IKEA (60 watt equivalent for $4.49)

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Search pics of lots of pets from area shelters.


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Companies are stepping up to the plate and making very large green power purchases:


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