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January 21, 2014

NH Town Meeting filing period opens tomorrow

The filing period for town offices in New Hampshire opens tomorrow.

Dozens of offices are open across Southern New Hampshire, including selectmen, School Board and Planning Board. Citizens should check with towns and school districts for open positions and terms.

Incumbents are still making decisions. Pelham School Board Chairman Brian Carton said Friday he will seek re-election, as did Pelham Selectmen Douglas Viger and William McDevitt.

Windham School Board member Michelle Farrell said she will not. Former Windham selectman Bruce Breton said he is planning to run.

The filing period closes Friday, Jan. 31. Town Meeting is March 11.

Free job training program has environmental twist

LAWRENCE — A growing partnership between the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and Groundwork Lawrence is turning Lawrence’s environmental challenges into job opportunities. The Environmental Technical Training Program is funded through the MVWIB by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The project offers training for the acquisition of the critical skills awareness and certifications needed to work in fields such as brownfield remediation, hazardous materials handling, storm water management, and recycling and solid waste management. The program is free to unemployed or underemployed residents of Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley.

The Environmental Technical Training Program is a five-week, 40-hour-per-week course that balances classroom lecture and discussion with active hands-on indoor and outdoor field experience. This balanced approach to lecture and hands-on training creates a fun, mentally stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Program participants gain certifications and trainings in asbestos abatement, lead abatement, OSHA 40, OSHA 10, confined space and fall protection, sustainable sites and recycling and solid waste. These trainings are often required for certain types of employment and are expensive and time consuming to obtain individually.

Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence’s Executive Director said, “The program is both mentally and physically challenging, yet fun. The participants learn how to ‘dress out’ in sophisticated safety equipment, from oxygen tanks to safety harnesses, and partake in interesting discussions about environmental issues from environmental remediation strategies to the potential impacts of climate change. It is kind of a cross between an outdoor adventure program and a great science class. The students really enjoy it and the certifications will help them secure work.”

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