After almost two years without a water superintendent, the Rowley Water Department has promoted from within and named Robert Gray as its new superintendent, which was effective July 30.

Gray has been the Water Department’s distribution foreman since 2014, and has more than 30 years of experience in water treatment and distribution systems. Previously, he had been the water superintendent for Alton, New Hampshire, and the chief water treatment operator for Rochester, New Hampshire.

“Bob has proven to be an invaluable member of the department,” Mark Emery, chairman of the Board of Water Commissioners, said in a press release. “His extensive knowledge, work ethic and calm manner make him a pleasure to work with. We all are very excited to have Bob take on the role of superintendent.”

Gray steps in after the last superintendent — MaryBeth Wiser — resigned in October 2017 amid alleged questionable actions on her part. She had been on administrative leave since June 23, 2017. 

At the time, then-selectmen Chairman Joe Perry would not provide details on the situation, except to say: “It would be nice to move on and have everything (in the Water Department) go smoother.”

Emery said he had ensured the Water Department was “in full compliance with the DEP and had a very competent team running the operations,” both during the time of Wiser’s leave and since her resignation.

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The work of local artist Nick Rao is on display this month at Rowley Public Library. Rao’s photographs are the result of him wanting to “freeze moments so they’re not just memories passing by.”

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Did you know? A senior health clinic is available to Rowley seniors on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Council on Aging on Central Street. General medical questions are welcome.

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The adult summer reading program through Rowley Public Library ends Saturday. Any book read over the summer counts toward the program, and lucky participants to the prize drawing have a chance at the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card.

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If school starting signifies the official end of summer — it’s here!

Students in the Triton Regional School District start school Sept. 3. According to Triton Superintendent Brian Forget, bus routes will remain mostly unchanged this year, but updated routes are expected to be posted to the Triton website (www.tritonschools.org) early this week.

View the school calendar at www.tritonschools.org/2019-2020-school-year-calendar/ to review all the school holidays, professional development days and school breaks.

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The Rowley Book Club is back in session after a summer hiatus. The group will meet Thursday at the town library at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea. Future titles for the group reads are posted on the library’s website at www.rowleylibrary.org.

Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net.

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