Archive for March 22nd, 2013

Dearborn Historical Museum Hosts Michigan at War Lecture

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Dearborn Historical Museum will host a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the McFadden-Ross House, 915 Brady. The lecture is titled Michigan at War.

Dr. James McConnell, a local expert on the War of 1812, will speak on the “Struggle for the Old Northwest, 1812-1815.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Dearborn Historical Museum Guild and the Dearborn Historical Society.

The event is free, but donations to the Guild will be accepted.


Dearborn Residents can Register for Energy-use Reduction Program

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A March 31 deadline is approaching for Dearborn residents to register for a program that could reduce energy bills and potentially save them hundreds of dollars.

The potential cost-savings process begins when residents register for a $100 home energy audit through BetterBuildings for Michigan and the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office.

Participants in the BetterBuildings for Michigan program save an average of $230 per year on energy bills and can also access up to $5,000 in incentives if they choose to make energy saving home improvements, from adding insulation to replacing a furnace. Dearborn residents can register at or by calling 313-566-4801 by March 31.

The $100 energy audit identifies ways to save energy and money at home. It also includes installation of CFL lightbulbs, a low-flow shower head and a programmable thermostat.

The Energy Office is a coalition of nonprofits and communities that work to help local governments reduce their energy use and save money for their citizens through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Giving residents access to energy funding through BetterBuildings for Michigan was a key reason for the City of Dearborn’s interest in the Energy Office.

“This is a good opportunity for people to reduce their bills and invest in their homes,” said Mayor O’Reilly.

“We are also interested in seeing what opportunities are available for our city buildings,” he added, referring to grant seeking services for municipal energy projects that the Regional Energy Office also provides.