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April 24, 2013

Reception tomorrow for retiring light department manager

GEORGETOWN — Residents, friends and colleagues of Wayne Snow, who is retiring as general manager of the Municipal Light Department, will have an opportunity to wish him well at an informal reception tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon.

The reception will be held at the Georgetown Light office at 94 Searle St.

Snow will be retiring on Friday after 37 years with Georgetown Light. A graduate of Plymouth State College with a degree in business administration, he started his career as an apprentice, later becoming a lineworker, foreman and acting general manager before being named general manager in 1993.

During his tenure with Georgetown Light, Snow was active in the electric utility industry, serving as president of the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts (MEAM) and as an active member of the New England Public Power Association (NEPPA).

As general manager, he often worked behind the scenes in the community, without fanfare, to provide lighting and other services for community events and organizations, including school education programs, holiday lights on Main Street and Camp Denison. He was also instrumental in donating energy-efficient Smart Strips for the Georgetown Senior Center to encourage energy conservation in the community and in community buildings.

It was under his tutelage that Georgetown Light increased its primary system voltage from 4.16 KV to 13.8 KV, built a new substation and rebuilt an existing one, and moved the department’s operations closer to the substation.

Snow’s commitment to Georgetown extended beyond his responsibilities as general manager of Georgetown Light, according to those who know him well. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Erie Fire Department for many years and worked with local youth as a Little League and soccer coach. He is also an active member of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club.

He and his wife Carol are the parents of Patrick and his wife Mindy, Mary, and the grandparents of Alison.

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