BELD Planning to Celebrate Power Week 2012

For more than 119 years BELD has been a nonprofit public power utility owned and operated by the citizens of Braintree.

(BELD) will celebrate national Public Power Week with a tent at the Braintree Farmers Market on September 29 and a Senior Breakfast on October 1. This annual celebration is observed by more than 2,000 electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 43 million Americans.

Look for the tent BELD donated to Sustainable Braintree, and join us at the Farmers Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. To promote the viability of solar energy, BELD has been powering a water cooler with a solar powered generator during Farmers Market hours. The generator was purchased with some of the money realized from the sale of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) received from the 10 KW solar array on the roof of BELD’s Operations garage.

We’ll serve refreshments, and guests can visit demonstration tables where staff will answer questions about BELD and our BGREEN program. Kids can pick up a hardhat and explore the bucket truck. There’ll be giveaways, drawings and a free raffle for Braintree residents for a “Taste of the Farmers Market” basket.

A mobile shredding truck provided by ProShred Security (www.proshred.com) will be on site to securely shred your sensitive documents. The service is free of charge—however any and all donations for shredding will support Sustainable Braintree. Got books for recycling? This year BELD is partnering again with the Friends of Thayer Public Library to collect books that need a new home. Bring them with you on Saturday, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Back by popular demand! In partnership with the Department of Elder Affairs, BELD will host a Senior Breakfast at the Department of Elder Affairs on Monday, October 1. Come to 71 Cleveland Avenue for a tasty breakfast prepared and served by the Braintree Rotary Club and hear a BELD representative give an
overview of what’s new at Braintree Electric Light Department. There’ll be giveaways and drawings as well.

Two seatings will be available—at 8:00 and 9:30—but seating is limited, so please call the Department of Elder Affairs at 781.848.1963 to make your reservation.

For more than 119 years BELD has been a nonprofit public power utility owned and operated by the citizens of Braintree. BELD Broadband offers affordable high-speed Internet, cable television and phone service to Braintree residents and businesses.



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