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The Dispatch November 16th, 2021

Thanksgiving Holiday: The Townhouse will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday the 25th & Friday the 26th.

Peterborough Renewable Energy Planning (PREP) Team Offers PREP Talks!
Who couldn’t use a good PREP Talk in times like these—and some renewable energy to get us through the day?

The Peterborough Renewable Energy Planning (PREP) Team was created following passage of Article 11 at this year’s town meeting, by which voters committed the town to transitioning to 100% renewable sources of energy for electricity by 2030 and for other energy consumption, such as heating and transportation, by 2050. The PREP Team is charged with developing an initial plan to achieve those goals. To do that, we need to hear from all members of the Peterborough community. 

One way for you to let us know your thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns about these ambitious goals is to attend any of a series of gatherings that we are calling PREP Talks. They’re just conversations among groups of citizens, including members of the PREP Team, that we hope will ensure that our plan is responsive to your needs. You can attend in person at a meeting room in our newly refurbished and well-ventilated Library, or you can Zoom in online.

If you would like to attend one of our 2 upcoming PREP Talks, please register by clicking on the appropriate link below and we’ll email you with a Zoom link and more info:

PREP Talk November 18 Noon 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApf-irqzouHNUvI9SR5gyiXcPbWRTiUyno

 PREP Talk November 29 5:30 P.M. 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-2hrD0uEtx90CAWi-lI-D-AV2k2p7vu

Peterborough Renewable Energy Planning Team (PREP) 
info@prepnh.org

Human Services: “Keep Peterborough Warm” 
‘Keep Peterborough Warm’ is a town-administered program to benefit middle-income families who don’t qualify for State fuel assistance programs but still find it challenging to afford to heat their homes. The program is 100% funded by donations and charitable grants. Those who qualify may receive up to $1,000 in fuel assistance annually, and funds are sent directly to the fuel provider.  Applicants must meet the program’s household financial criteria and manage their own heating bills (which may disqualify some renters). Applications are available in the town offices or can be emailed upon request - call (603) 924-8000 ext. 101 for more information. If you would like to donate to Keep Peterborough Warm, kindly send a check to the Administration office made out to ‘Town of Peterborough’ with ‘KPW Donation’ in the memo line. 

Public Works, Recycling Center
Due to supply-chain issues with our typical manufacturer of the small blue Town of Peterborough trash bags, we will temporarily be utilizing yellow bags. These yellow bags will begin to be seen in local stores in approximately three weeks; we will provide additional updates as that date draws nearer.  This only pertains to the smaller-sized blue bags, and not the large bags.  We expect to be back in-stock on the smaller size blue bags sometime in January.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation on this matter. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call Scott Bradford at the Peterborough Recycling Center at 924-8095, or Seth MacLean at the Office of Public Works at 924-8000 ex. 102.

 The GMPH Network and MCH announce two free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
The Greater Monadnock Public Health Network and Monadnock Community Hospital have teamed up to offer two free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the New Ipswich Family Medicine office located at 821 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich, on Saturday, November 20th and Saturday, December 11th.  Both clinics will be held from 10AM – 1PM. 

The two FREE COVID-19 vaccine clinics are for everyone 5 years old and older in need of their first, second, or booster shots with both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines being offered. Parental consent is required for those ages 5 - 17.  Birth Certificates are required for minors who don’t have a photo ID/license to prove their age.
Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are accepted. 
To sign into an existing VINI account, go to https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/

To create a new account in VINI, go to https://vini.nh.gov/providers/s/

For more info, or to sign-up for emailed updates go to mchvaccine.org

New Hampshire’s vaccination rate is the lowest in New England and both hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 have been on the rise.

Peterborough Tips & Tricks: Thanksgiving Safety
National Fire Protection Association: nfpa.org

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food. 
Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. 
Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away. 
Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. 
Keep knives out of the reach of children. 
Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 
Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet. 
Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle. 
Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags. 
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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