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The Dispatch December 28th, 2021

The Town House and the Recycling Center will be closed Friday December 31stth and Saturday January 1st
Please be safe for the New Year’s Holiday

Public Works:
Driveway sand is available for the public at the Highway Garage by the front entrance gates.  Buckets of sand for personal use only.
Phase 1 traffic changes have begun for the Rt. 101 bridge. This is a State NHDOT Project with phases of the project occurring over a 2-year period.

WINTER PARKING BAN:
Pursuant to Peterborough Town Ordinance 156-17, the Town of Peterborough has enacted a winter parking ban effective November 1st to April 1st each year. This ban prohibits parking in or on the Town roads or right-of-ways (ROW) between the hours of 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM. The Town has the right to tow or ticket violators. The purpose of this winter parking ban is to allow winter maintenance crews unobstructed snow removal and ice control routes, as much as possible, to maintain the maximum effectiveness of their efforts.
 
Community Information:
The Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber is sharing an important opportunity for the local residents. We’re at the next phase of our research for our Branding the Monadnock Region initiative and just launched a survey for area residents.  
 
Here’s the link to take the survey: https://www.brandingmonadnock.com/
 
The questionnaire has been carefully crafted to determine the Monadnock Region’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities. All who live and/or work in the Monadnock Region are invited and encouraged to participate in this important community-wide initiative.
 
The goal of this project is to attract workers, young families, higher education students, and tourists to the area. 
 
Recreation:
The Boxwood Blight and Invasive Insect FREE Workshop, Thursday, January 13th, 1pm to 2:30pm. Held by the Department of Agriculture and the UNH Cooperative Extension, please register at www.peterboroughrec.com
 
The Peterborough Rec Dept. is looking for Indoor Futsal coaches. The program runs from the first week in March – for 6 weeks and registration will begin shortly. Indoor Futsal is currently for PK through 8th grade students. If you think you can help coach, please reach out to Julia at jchidester@peterboroughNH.gov.
 
Building & Planning:
Zoning Amendments
The Planning Board is working on a handful of minor zoning amendments that will be brought to a public hearing in the coming month. The public is welcome to review those proposals here: https://www.peterboroughnh.gov/agenda_detail_T34_R1273.php
 
The Master Plan Steering Committee has wrapped up their drafts of the revised Vision & Land Use Chapters. The Steering Committee has decided they would like to work towards updating the Population & Housing Chapter. They will be deciding their next steps and any other additional chapters they’ll be taking on, at their next meeting Monday, January 24th, 2022.

Peterborough Tips & Tricks:
Best Life Hacks to get you through the winter, Farmers’ Almanac.com

  • Socks on the Go! Pack an extra pair of socks in your vehicles glove compartment.
  • Orphaned or mismatched socks, use as great wiper blade covers!
  • Store a bag of non-clumping kitty litter in your trunk, put under your tires for traction when needed.
  • Get instant traction with your car’s floor mats. Place your mat under a spinning tire for more traction.
  • Use a fertilizer spreader for salting walkways
  • Spray the snowblower’s auger shoot and onto shovels with spray cooking oil before heading into the snow. Snow won’t stick!
  • Learn to walk “like a penguin”. Point feet out and hold your arms out slightly to your side. Shuffle and take short steps.
  • De-Ice with a Potato. The night before freezing temps, rub half a potato over your car’s windshield. The sugar from the potato creates a barrier over the window and prevents ice from forming, so you’ll come out in the morning and won’t have to scrape. Simply rinse and wipe with your wipers when you get on the road.
  • Unfreeze locks with hand sanitizer. Squirt a little hand sanitizer on them and the alcohol lowers the freezing point and can lock the ice inside within seconds.
  • Keep side mirrors frost-free: place plastic bags over your car mirrors at night and they’ll be frost-free in the morning. Reuse over and over.
  • Pack the duct tape! Not only does it fix everything, but you can use it as a fire starter.
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