NWPCA is seeking nominations for awards given annually to the best facilities and individuals. Awards include facility safety (large and small categories), operator of the year, collection system operator of the year, mechanic of the year, and service to the Association during 2012. The nomination form can be found under the Membership Tab. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1st. Awards ceremony will be held on May 16th at the Cranston Country Club starting at 7 PM.
In addition to the NWPCA awards, you might consider nominating someone for a New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) or Water Environment Federal (WEF) award. For more information, go to: http://www.newea.org/AboutUs/AwardsRecognitions/tabid/168/Default.aspx.
NWPCA is continuing its monthly Wastewater Technology Training Series with a session on duoble-disk pumps to be conducted by New England Environmental Equipment at the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Field Point facility on January 15th. Future sessions will cover other operations and maintenance subject matters including turbo blower technology, process monitoring and flow measurement technologies amongst other O&M topics. All sessions are from 9 AM to Noon and cost only $10 for members (which includes lunch). Please see TRAINING PROGRAM Spring 2013 for more information.
December 19, 2012
Shortly after the Holiday party and elections I sat down to write what I thought would be a reflective look back at the events which shaped our Association in 2012. Little did I know of what was going to come to pass before the end of the year. So when the news began to trickle out of Newtown, Connecticut, last Friday and we all became aware of the full scope of that horrific event, I knew that I couldn’t just ignore it in my Presidential message.
In the next weeks and months much will be debated and proposed in an effort to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Many of us will join in those debates and voice our own opinions. This too is important. However, amongst the many sound bites of news that I have read over the past week was an idea which allowed all of us to change our little part of the world now, today. That idea was for each of us to perform 26 acts of kindness in honor of those children and teachers whose lives ended so tragically last week. This doesn’t require a response or commitment on your part to anyone. You don’t have to sign up or send any money. There are no time restraints. You don’t have to report to anyone or keep score. I thought this was a great idea and I do believe that perhaps, it just might make us all feel a little better inside.
For the NWPCA, the coming year has a busy schedule of events. Please check our website often and mark your calendar. I hope you will make every effort to attend as many of those events as you can. Our meetings take place on a monthly basis. We will also try to do a better job of getting the word out prior to these events and you can help by sharing that information as well.
NWPCA has begun to sponsor some monthly training sessions and I encourage you all to attend as many as you can. Give us some feedback so we can improve upon this training and perhaps add some additional subjects as well. I know you all join me in wishing the Operations Challenge Team the best in the coming year.
To all our members and friends — I wish you a safe and happy holiday and the best for the coming year.
Doug Nettleton, President
NWPCA returns to the Kelley Gazerro Post in Cranston for the annual holiday get-together. As always, NWPCA will hold elections for Officers and Executive Board members. This year, the membership will be asked to votes on some small changes to the By-Laws which will add two (2) vendor representative positions to the Exectuive Board.
The event is FREE — we just ask that you bring several non-perishable food items to go to the Rhode Island Food Bank as well. Last year we donated almost 350 pounds of food! This year there will be a door prize and raffles (also to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank). For more information, check out the event flyer: Holiday Party 2012
Following on the success of last year’s informal bowling league, the Rhode Island Wastewater Bowling League is excited to announce its second season beginning Wednesdays at 4 pm, October 24th, and returning to AMF Cranston, 1450 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston. Come join our loose league 10-pin style bowling any Wednesday for a fun-filled evening out. Open to all skill levels. Cost is just $2.09 per game and shoes are free. For more information please contact Fred Croy – 781-664-8143 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help passing the Grade 2 Wastewater Operator Exam? We are offering a Grade 2 Exam Preparation Class starting in Ocotber. See this flyer for more information: Grade II Exam Preparation Class
I wish to take this opportunity to thank those who worked so hard to make this year’s Trade Show a successful one. First I would like to thank Janine Burke for all her hard work and her committee, Joe Laplante, Bernie Bishop, Kathy Perez, Peter Eldridge, Lisa Feitelberg, Scott Goodinson and Ron Goodinson. I would also like to thank all the people at Twelve Acres who continue to provide us with a great place for the event as well as a good meal. Thanks to the Operation Challenge Team which includes Scott Goodinson as the coach, Joe Crosby Team Captain, Mike Spring, Dave Perotta, and Michael Ceasrine for carting all the equipment and pipe to Twelve Acres and then providing some great entertainment. I also want to thank the guys for the excellent video they produced and I would like to thank the Bay Commission for their financial assistance in its making.
I would like to thank all the vendors who year after year continue to support us by showing up and participating in this event. A special thanks to Aqua Solutions and Boerger Pump for providing the beverages and to all the vendors who helped us by providing raffle items.
Finally, I would like everyone to take a few minutes and read the following letter from Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management, who was unable to make the Trade Show this year: Letter from Janet Coit She really understands and appreciates the important work we do and continues to support our efforts.
Fall 2012 Wastewater Technology Series — 4 half-day training sessions by manufacturers’ representatives for various wastewater technology and equipment. For more information, click here: TRAINING PROGRAM 2012
FREE training for senior officials on November 16, 2012, from 8 AM to Noon. See the training flyer for more information.