A Visit to a Historic
Water Treatment Plant
by Matthew Marcil, MET Student
On Tuesday, November 25th, the Water Treatment Superintendent of Concord, Marco Pilippon, was gracious enough to give NHTI students and faculty from the Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Environmental Science departments an all-access tour of the water treatment facility he oversees on Hutchins Street, right at the tip of Penacook Lake.
Beautiful and pristine Penacook Lake has supplied all the water for the City of Concord since 1872.
Some students were surprised to hear that the facility has been running since 1872, when it first brought clean water to Concord's 12,241 occupants. Since then, Concord's population has grown to over 42,000, and the facility continues to provide all the water for the residents, businesses, and safety infrastructure of Concord.
Just a small, unassuming grate on the side of the facility lets in the lake water from the 3.8 billion gallon Penacook Lake. Approximately 4 to 8 million gallons is processed per day and sent to the roughly 12,000 residential and business water hookups and 1400 fire hydrants in the city.
NHTI students touring the water treatment facility at Penacook Lake.
Perhaps as impressive as these large numbers were the huge pipes and machinery the visitors got to see. From the chemicals and processes used in treatment, to the machines that got the water in, filtered, and out, to the very design of such as facility, there was something for any NHTI student who is interested in how stuff works.
Superintendent Marco Philippon pointing out features of the facility.
If you missed going on the tour in person, you can watch a tour of the water treatment facility on the city's website at www.concordnh.gov/index.aspx?NID=566.
NHTI Students Connect with Region’s Francophone Roots
On Thursday Nov. 20, NHTI’s French I students traveled to Chez Vachon, a Québécois restaurant in Manchester, to meet John Tousignant, the executive director (directeur exécutif) of New Hampshire’s Franco-American Centre to learn more about New Hampshire’s Francophone history. Currently immersed in their study of the French language, the students were able to connect well with the history of Manchester’s West Side. Tousignant said he is eager to engage the Francophone community in New Hampshire, which includes those with family ties to the original French-Canadian settlers, newer arrivals, students, and tourists from Québec who visit or pass through New Hampshire.
Sampling Québécois specialities at Chez Vachon, L-R: students Camille Katanga, Haley Lavarte, Joseph Foti, Wesley Couturier, John Godfrey, Michael Morrison, Aaron Baker, Brittany Taylor, Alyssa Lake, Franco-American Centre Director John Tousignant, Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt, and student Kimberly Henigan. (Not visible in photo: Elizabeth Bates.)
NHTI’s students sampled Chez Vachon’s regional specialties, including poutine, tourtière, and crêpes but skipped the restaurant’s challenge to eat 5 lbs. of poutine in an hour. Poutine is a dish of French fries (frites) topped with brown gravy and cheese curd. Tourtière is a spiced pork pie specialty that Chez Vachon ships all over the country. Students also became familiar with French crêpes, the thinner version of a pancake. NHTI French student Wes Couturier, a former employee at Chez Vachon, attended with Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt’s class, and attested to the authenticity of the cuisine and the Francophone ties of the clientele, some of whom stopped by the table to welcome and greet the NHTI students.
After feasting at Chez Vachon during their regular class time, the students had a rare opportunity to visit a “Merci Train Car,” a French 40/8 rail car that carried either 40 soldiers or 8 horses in France during World War II. The French government filled 49 of these cars with gifts and shipped them to the U.S. in 1949 to thank Americans for their part in the war effort. One of those train cars resides in Manchester about four blocks from Chez Vachon.
Inside the 40/8 “Merci” World War II rail car: Franco-American Centre Director John Tousignant, student Brittany Taylor, Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt, and students Kim Henigan, Michael Morrison, Aaron Baker, Elizabeth Bates, and John Godfrey.
NHTI student Kim Henigan said her great-grandfather participated in storming the beaches of Normandy and was part of that World War II history. Many of the students with last names like “Couturier” and “Lavarte,” who participated in the class trip, have French or Francophone family heritage, while several are hotel and hospitality majors who hope to use French and their knowledge of the region’s history in their careers. One student, Camille Katanga, brings his interest in French from his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo; another, Joseph Foti, a hospitality and tourism major, said French is commonly heard in his hometown of Berlin, NH.
NHTI Professor Paula DelBonis-Platt, who organized the trip, said that developing grammar and vocabulary are important in any French course, but knowledge of the fascinating cultures around the world and in our own backyard, including a knowledge of different cultural traditions, will help students negotiate our increasingly diverse world in their lives and future careers. NHTI offers French I and French II, both of which include a service/experiential learning component that allows students to use their skills and knowledge both in and out of the classroom.
Dec 5, 2014
Campus Safety Information
The following incidents occurred on NHTI property during the week of November 24-30, 2014. The numbers reflect only the incidents the Safety Department handled directly. To view the NHTI crime log of the past 60 days reported incidents please visit the Campus Safety office at One Institute Drive.
Lock/Key Issues: 3
Lost and Found: 6
Maintenance Emergency: 1
Motor Vehicle: 1
Motor Vehicle Lockout/Jumpstarts: 4
NHTI Campus Policy: 1
Tickets Issued: 4
Outside Vendor Assists: 13
(Cable/Phone Company, etc.)
The NHTI Campus Safety Department would like to thank everyone for another safe and successful semester at NHTI. Good Luck on your finals and congratulations to those of you who will be graduating this semester!!