NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 24, 2013

Tech business earns top recognition

Seabrook Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — Superior Controls Inc. of Seabrook was recently named “Manufacturing/Technology Business of the Year 2013” by Business NH Magazine.

Superior Controls is a leading provider of custom automation and information technology systems for the biotech, food and beverage, and energy industries. Since 1993, the company successfully automated and implemented more than 400 validated automation systems for the biotech industry, winning multiple awards from leading life sciences and food and beverage manufacturers.

“We are very proud to receive this honor,” Rick Pierro, president of Superior Controls, said in a statement. “As with any recognition, this award is a reflection of Superior Controls’ continuing commitment to put our customers’ needs first, while also being good corporate citizens to the communities in which we live and work.”

The award also acknowledges the leadership Pierro has assumed as trustee of the NH High Tech Leadership Council and board member of the regional chapter of International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Superior Controls is recognized for its extensive civic and charitable support, including local fire and police organizations, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, and the Cystic Fibrosis and Muscular Dystrophy Associations.

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On Sunday, residents and visitors will have a chance to honor those who gave their lives for their country at the commemorative services, while also enjoying the town’s annual Memorial Day parade.

Seabrook officials and its American Legion Post 70 hold Memorial Day service Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Smithtown War Memorial at Trinity United Church, located in front of Town Hall.

Following the service, the parade steps off from Town Hall heading down Walton Road to Washington Street, and South Main Street to Rand Memorial Church and Wildwood cemetery, where closing services will be held.

The parade is again shaping up to be a great event, and will include members of the town’s police and fire departments, selectmen and state representatives, along with floats and four bands: the Winnacunett High School Band, Ancient Order of Hibernians Bagpipe Band, the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps and the Sons of Italy Bugle Corps.

Also in the parade will be Gold Star Mothers, the Winnacunett High School ROTC Color Guard, members of the American Legion, last year’s pageant winners and the town’s baseball and softball teams, along with many others.

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The water department is working to bring back online one of the town’s most productive water wells, after an electrical fire occurred earlier this month.

Drilled in 1954, gravel pack well 1, located at 46 True Road, has been offline since May 7 when the fire took place, according to Water Superintendent Curtis Slayton. Preliminary findings indicate the fire originated in its transformer, Slayton said, but why the transformer burst into flames is still unknown.

Especially during the summer months when water usage increases, this is one of the town’s most productive well, he said, pumping 400 gallons a minute.

Slayton believes that insurance should pay for all or most of the repairs needed to get the well up and running again, hopefully before the summer heat hits in full.

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Seabrook girls between the ages of seven and 12 may sign up to take part in the Junior Miss Seabrook Pageant starting June 3 at the Seabrook Recreation Center. The 2013 pageant will take place on Friday August 16, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Recreation Center.

For more information, call Margaret Fogg at 603-474-5039.

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The Seabrook Recreation Department will sponsor an the AARP’s “55 Alive Program,” for drivers age 50 years of age or older. Taking place at the Recreation Center, the program runs Monday and Tuesday, June 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once both sessions are completed, participants receive a certificate that can be used to obtain discounts on car insurance through participating companies.

In the program, elder drivers will find out how best to safeguard themselves and others through this driver refresher course. The program explains how the body changes as it ages and how it can affect drivers behind the wheel. More than 700,000 Americans completed the course last year.

The cost for the two-day program is $12 for AARP members, and $14 for all others. Registration is required and is now underway. Call the Seabrook Recreation Department at 603-474-5746 to register or to get more information.

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Seabrook Public Library has two interesting programs coming up in June.

On Tuesday, June 11 the Seabrook Library will be host Joan Ryan, author of “Scholarship Matters.” The program begins at 6 p.m. This informative presentation can help students and parents alike with the laborious process of preparing and applying for college scholarships.

And at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, the library will present, “The Making of Strawbery Banke,” featuring J. Dennis Robinson.

Robinson is the author of “Strawbery Banke: a Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making,” and will lead a public discussion on the history of “America’s oldest neighborhood.” Tapping into private letters, unpublished records, and personal interviews, Robinson explores the politics of historical preservation. Through colorful and historic illustrations, the author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story of the formation of one of the Seacoast’s biggest attractions, Strawbery Banke, of Portsmouth.

This program is free and open to the public and presented as a result of a grant Seabrook Public Library received from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

For additional information, contact the library at 603-474-2044.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for the Daily News. She can be reached at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.