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The Dispatch, January 30th, 2024

Wastewater Treatment Plant News:  We're thrilled to share that Nate Brown, Peterborough's Utilities Superintendent, has been honored as a 2023 EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the year!
Nate's dedication to the Town of Peterborough spans an impressive 23 years, during which he climbed the career ladder from Public Works Laborer to Superintendent. Overseeing the Town's sewer system, wastewater treatment plant, and drinking water system, Nate also plays a crucial role at the Peterborough Recycling Center. As if that weren't enough, he's been a driving force behind numerous capital projects, with his latest significant contribution to the ongoing Cold Springs Project. Hats off to Nate for this well-deserved recognition! The Town of Peterborough is truly fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated professional on our team!

Below is an excerpt from a press release issued today by the EPA:  “Nate Brown, who is the Utilities Superintendent of the Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Facility, was recognized for his outstanding work over the years operating and maintaining the facility. Mr. Brown was one of only seven individuals across New England to receive this award. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in Brown's nomination. The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. Wastewater operators and staff work diligently to protect public health and the environment, often with limited resources.”

Recycling Center: Northeast Resource Recovery Association Environmental Impact Report: Congratulates the Town of Peterborough on our active recycling efforts. In 2023, we reported 389,300 lbs. of scrap metal recycled and 166,776 lbs. of mixed paper &/or cardboard recycled. This would translate to saving 580,057 lbs. of iron ore mined and saving approximately 1,418 trees!

Avoided emissions is also an outcome of recycling. Recycling uses much less energy than making products from virgin resources, and using less energy means fewer greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. By recycling the materials above, we helped to avoid about 2,499,738 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions which is equivalent to removing 253 passenger cars from the road for an entire year!

The Recycling Center Advisory Committee: has been revitalized and plans their first meeting of 2024 for Thursday February 8th at 4pm at the library. If local recycling efforts interest you, please plan to check out the committee’s site on the Town’s webpage for meeting minutes and educational material.

Fire & Ambulance Building Committee: On Thursday, 1/25/24, the Fire and Ambulance Building Committee unanimously voted to progress the fire station project to the Town’s annual budget process. Although there is still significant work ahead to refine the final design and make crucial decisions, the Committee chose to move the project forward. They have gathered sufficient information from architects and the construction manager, giving them confidence that the project can adhere to the prescribed budget cap and fulfill the programmatic needs of the fire department. The next step involves presenting the project at its first budget hearing with the Budget Committee and Select Board on Tuesday, January 30th, at 5:00pm. Project Manager Seth MacLean will provide an overview of the process thus far, followed by presentations from Jason Lacombe of SMP Architects and Keith Kelley of Harvey Construction, who will delve into the design details and current budget estimates.

The Peterborough Renewable Energy Project (PREP) Workshop on the advantages of heat pumps on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Come to the Eben Jones Classroom at the Peterborough Town Library to attend in person or register at https://bit.ly/heatpumpworkshopfeb3 to be sent a Zoom link for online attendance.

Obtain a $200 rebate if you install a heat pump. Visit https://blocpower.io/electrify-peterborough to start the process and get more information.

Recreation:   Summer Seasonal Positions at the Peterborough Recreation Department

The Peterborough Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2024 Summer Season! Multiple divisions have positions that need to be filled. The Peterborough Recreation Department is looking for energetic, motivated, friendly, and committed staff members to make the facilities enjoyable to use or have the summer programs run efficiently and effectively. CPR/AED and Basic First Aid is required, but we will train you if you are not currently certified. Clean background checks, drug tests and possible driving records are required.  Positions will be available until filled.  The Town of Peterborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information on these positions, please go to https://www.peterboroughnh.gov/community/job_and_contractor_opportunities.php.

Seasonal Maintenance:  The seasonal maintenance positions run between mid-May and mid/late-August.  These positions are 40 hour per week positions, running between 8am and 4:30pm. Some weekend work may be required. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Responsibilities include grounds and building maintenance at several locations, from the facilities, including the pool, at Adams Playground to maintaining the facility at Cunningham Pond. Pay starts at $15.50/hr.

Pool Lifeguards:  Adams Pool is open from the last day of school in June for the Contoocook Valley School District’s calendar until around the 16th of August. Current lifeguard certification is required. If you do not have your certification, we can hire contingent upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding Course. We will be able to help pay for it after successful completion of the course and working with the Peterborough Recreation Department through the end of the summer. Some lifeguards participate in swimming lessons instruction for children. One must be 15 years of age to attain certification. Lifeguards have bi-weekly in-service trainings. Pay:  Starting pay is $15.00/hr. for first year lifeguards.  Part-time and full-time seasonal positions available.

Bathhouse Attendants: Responsible for patron assistance, money management, as well as the cleanliness of facilities at Adams Pool and Cunningham Pond. Good interpersonal skills required. Some lifting is required, especially at Cunningham Pond. Depending upon one’s age, we cross train at both facilities. Most of these open positions are part-time, but we do have the ability to accommodate full-time seasonal employment requests. Pay:  Begins at $12.50 per hr.

At Adams Pool, the bathhouse attendant is responsible for the checking in of patrons, collecting pool fees, monitoring the chlorine levels, helping patrons with life vests if they need them, maintain safety standards, and other duties as assigned. While a 15-year-old may apply for this position, we need employees over the age of 18 to go into the filter room and handle the chlorine briquettes.  At Cunningham Pond, assist patrons with kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Collect boat rental fees and monitor car stickers in the Cunningham Pond parking lot. Maintain the cleanliness of the facility.

Teens in Action (TIA) Counselors:  Design, organize, and implement two fun-filled and safe programs for teens entering 7th through 10th grade in the fall of 2024. New this year, the program will be offered in two, two-week sessions with a break in between the two sessions. A great job for college students or teachers looking for summer income! Applicants need to be over the age of 18. Strong communication and organizational skills are important and a commitment to safety is a must.  The training for and planning of the program begins in June. Session 1 runs between July 8th and July 19th.  Session 2 runs July 29th through August 9th.  On average, TIA counselors work 40 to 50 hrs. per week. The pay is $18.00/hr.

Library: Natural New Hampshire Join us for fascinating lectures this winter. Each lecture will feature some of the most knowledgeable and intriguing experts working in the NH environment fields.
Thursday, February 22nd 6:30-7:30pm Conserving Monadnock: A Historical Narrative with the Forest Society.  Speaker Matt Scaccia will discuss the history of Monadnock Mountain. Matt is the Recreation & Community Relations Manager at the Society for the Protection of NH Forests.

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