Monthly Archives: May 2019
Groton Fall Festival – Register Now
The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival is coming up in October but now is the time to register as a vendor or become a sponsor. It’s a great day for families and friends to meet up and enjoy some of the best of what this region has to offer. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019 and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with games, family tournaments with prizes, food trucks, demonstrations, and nearly a hundred local vendors and businesses including artists, artisans, crafters and non-profits from around the Groton and Mystic regions sharing this businesses with the Greater Groton & Mystic communities.
Highlights this year (so far) include a pie baking contest, a cornhole tournament, and likely much, much more as we fill out the schedule. Visit the Fall Festival Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce website to keep up on the exciting additions to the festival schedule.
To register as a vendor follow this link and submit to reserve your space. Registration closes on September 20, 2019. There is a limited number of vendor spaces so please register early to guarantee your spot.
You may also become a sponsor of the event if you wish. There are several levels of sponsorship which come with different packages. For more details visit the Fall Festival Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce website.
The festival is held at annually at Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton. For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones. For artists and crafters, it gives you access to thousands of new customers. For non-profit organizations, it is an opportunity to promote your message to thousands in person.
Groton Utilities has a long-standing relationship with the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce and is a proud sponsor of this event.
“Concerts in the Park 2019” Schedule Released
Another exciting summer of live music is almost here and with that Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to release the full concert schedule for the summer. There’s something for everyone this year, ranging from country to blues to rock to dance. We’ve brought back several old-time favorites (Cartells, 9Teen, etc.) while bringing in a couple of bands new to the concert series (Coyote Rover Band and the Strange Brew Band). Concerts are on most Fridays throughout the summer and all start at 6:30 p.m. It’s always a great way to spend a nice summer night and finish off the week – we hope to see you all there!
Groton Utilities Accepting Nominations For the Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award
Groton Utilities has announced that it is accepting nominations for the sixteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award. The purpose of the award is to honor a member of the community who has contributed his or her time, energy and resources to make the community a better place in which to live and work.
Persons eligible for the award must live in Greater Groton, which encompasses the City, the Town, and any of the subdivisions or fire districts. The person should exemplify all the qualities suggested by Groton Utilities’ slogan of “Giving back to the community.”
Groton Utilities will present the award to the winner of the sixteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award during City of Groton Day 2019 on August 2 at Washington Park.
Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years. She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families. Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.
Like Jackie, the nominee’s contributions to the community should make other citizens describe the nominee as generous, committed, and other similar admirable qualities, which exemplify “service.”
The closing date for nominations is June 28, 2019. Applications may be obtained at the Groton Utilities Customer Care Center at the City of Groton Municipal Building at 295 Meridian Street. In addition, you can call our Customer Care Center at 860-446-4000 and request an application be mailed to you. Or you can download a copy of the application located at the bottom of this web page.
Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award. Other winners were Robert “Bob” Leeney, E. Marion “Mimi” Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred “Al” Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance; Archie C. Swindell, Milly Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter, Charlie Eppenghaus, Marcia R. Gipstein, and Martin Cloudas.
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Groton Utilities Presented with Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award
On Monday, May 13th the Groton Utilities Water Department was presented with the 2019 Operator Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award. This award is given out annually during National Drinking Water Week by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to system operators who exemplify exceptional work practices on the job and contributions to the public health and safety of drinking water.
The ceremony was held at the City of Groton Municipal Building on Monday morning and was attended by, amongst others, most Groton Utilities water department employees, Mayor Keith Hedrick, Utilities Director Ron Gaudet, Water Division Manager Rick Stevens, and six members of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, including Public Health Section Chief Lori Mathieu – who presented the award.
“We truly appreciate the work that you do every day and the professionalism that you provide to this profession. And we want to recognize you and your day-to-day work. And also the investment of time that you’ve put in for decades,” said Public Health Section Chief Lori Mathieu during the proceedings.
“You are the champions of drinking water quality.”
Mathieu also marveled at Groton Utilities’ ability to continue to provide top-notch water quality while simultaneously building a new water treatment plant.
“It’s so incredible to watch,” said Mathieu, “this evolution of this treatment plant being built – while you are running it at the same time. To me it’s amazing. You’re able to run this plant at the same time while you are reconstructing it. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it in the state.”
In addition to Matheiu, Mayor Hedrick, Ron Gaudet and two other Public Health employees spoke at the ceremony.
“I’m extremely proud of you guys, “ said Hedrick when addressing the Water Department.
The following is a portion of the news release from the Department of Public Health announcing the award:
Your certified water treatment plant operations staff is receiving this award in recognition of their work as certified water system operators of the Groton Utilities Poquonnock Treatment Plant. The CT DPH recognizes their contributions and proficiency in water system operations and controls. Special recognition is given to the leadership of Rick Stevens, who has created a culture of teamwork, excellence and redundancy within the operations staff. In addition to the daily operations and maintenances of the water system, your team of treatment plant operators have exemplified exceptional work practices with the preparation for the large scale water treatment plant upgrade project. Mr. Stevens has involved his certified operators at every step so that the project is truly a team effort.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section (DWS) helps protect public health by assuring the quality and adequacy of the state’s more than 2,500 public water systems through administration of state and federal drinking water regulations.
Read the Connecticut Department of Public Health Press Release for more information.
Drinking Water Merit Award to be Given to Groton Utilities
Groton Utilities is proud to announce that the Department of Public Health will be awarding the 2019 Certified Operator Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award to Groton Utilities on Monday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. This award is given during National Drinking Water Week to Connecticut DPH certified public water system operators who exemplify exceptional work practices on the job and contributions to the public health and safety of drinking water. Groton Utilties Water Treatment Operators were chosen out of more than 2,500 Public Water Systems and over 20,000 Certified Operators in the State.
All are invited to come to Monday’s celebration in the City of Groton Municipal Building in Council Chambers. DPH Leadership and Staff will be present along with local government officials.