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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Rowley Light Plant One of the Best Again By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– ROWLEY – The Rowley Municipal Light Plant has been named one of the most reliable public power companies in the nation. It was one of only nine Massachusetts public power companies that achieved the level of reliability of electrical distribution. For three years in a row, the American Public Power Assn. has recognized the Rowley Municipal Light Plant for being in the top quarter of the 2,000 public power companies in reliability. “We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers,” said Daniel Folding, General Manager at Rowley Municipal Light Plant. The association helps its members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities. “This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said Michael Hyland, the association’s senior vice president of engineering services. Public power has a strong track record of reliability, Hyland said. Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities. Formed in 1910, the Rowley Municipal Light Plant is a municipal utility company owned and controlled by the citizens of Rowley. For more information on Rowley Municipal Light Plant, visit www. News you can use... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH April 25 - May 1, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 26 FREE Pelican Fund Celebrates Hope for Recovery By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle REGIONAL – Whether you know it by its original name, the Black Rocks Beacon, or by the U.S. Coast Guard’s name, Day Beacon No. 10, or by its colorful nickname, Ben Butler’s Toothpick, the 25-foot wooden pyramid has been guiding boats and ships to safety in the treacherous Merrimack River for almost a century and a half. Standing 25 feet high on top of a stone pedestal at the edge of the Salisbury State Reservation, the beacon has been decommissioned by the Coast Guard. It was never lighted, meaning it was only useful in sunlight. But it still serves as a navigational marker for boaters and harbormasters. And if Salisbury has an icon, the toothpick might be it. At least, it is such a part of the town’s history that a photo of it graces the town’s official website. For those who are not regulars on the river, “Most people don’t know it is here,” said local amateur historian Larry Paul. Paul said Butler’s original plan was to build a second similar beacon on the Newburyport side of the river so boats could carry You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Don’t let joint pain bring you to your knees. Anna Jaques Hospital NOW OFFERS MAKO for TOTAL KNEE, Partial Knee and Hip Replacements. FIND A SURGEON TODAY! From left, Kim Keene and Elizabeth McCarthy Amesbury Aims at 20 Percent Energy Reduction By Stewart Lytle, Reporter POSTAL CUSTOMER Continued on page 3 ––––––––––––––––– AMESBURY – Tom Barrasso, director of the city’s year-old Energy and Environmental Affairs Department, is on a mission to cut the city’s own energy use by 20 percent. Since Amesbury was designated a Green Community by the state in 2014, Mayor Ken Gray has had Barrasso focusing on retrofitting the heating systems of the city’s schools, using more than $650,000 in state grants. The result of the school projects and other smaller ones is that the city has reduced its energy consumption by about 5 percent, Barrasso said. That would seem like a long way from 20 percent, but Barrasso is confident that Amesbury will make the 20 percent goal by 2019 with a few projects, primarily buying and replacing 1,100 to 1,200 street lights to LED lighting. “The streetlight project will make (hitting that goal) feasible,” he said. “There’s no penalty for not hitting the 20 percent. However (the city) would also not be eligible for any additional Photo provided by City of Amesbury grants until the goal is hit.” Tom Barrasso (center), with Mayor Ken Gray and state Rep. Jim Kelcourse, R- Gov. Charlie Baker announced last fall that Amesbury was Amesbury, and offi cials of Citizens Energy Corp., Conti Construction, Tighe & being awarded $84,000 from the Metropolitan Planning Bond Engineers, Waste Management Corp. at the opening of the new solar fi eld. Commission for its streetlight conversion project. It also gave Newburyport $114,000 to convert its streetlights to LEDs. The city of Amesbury has budgeted about $70,000 of its own funds and has applied to the state Green Communities program for a grant of $250,000 for the street light program. If it gets that grant, Barrasso said the city could buy the street lights from National Grid and replace them with Continued on page 3 AJH_MAKO_BW_5.04x2_04.18.indd 1 4/4/18 1:54 PM

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