Poggio a Caiano, Italy, is a two-square-mile municipality in the
Italian province of Prato in the Tuscany region. The city has a population of about 10,000. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia user Massimilianogalardi.

Sister cities, brotherly love

Little more than 40 years ago, former Charlottesville mayor Nancy O’Brien received an unexpected letter. Sent from Poggio a Caiano, a tiny, two-square-mile municipality in the Italian province of Prato, the epistle recounted the tale of a very special—and very old—friendship. “We were preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and […]

SolUnesco’s solar farm in Albemarle will be similar to Dominion’s in Louisa, which produces enough energy to power 5,000 homes a year. Courtesy Dominion

Environmentalists say new farm is bad for the birds

Clean energy is on the rise, and Reston-based group SolUnesco is planning to build a 70-acre solar farm in Albemarle County, which would be the first of its kind in the area. One local nature enthusiast, however, says these “so-called green energy sources” aren’t as harmless to the environment as many people think. “Although green […]