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PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $14,214 in Local Grants

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to give generously to assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings.  Member contributions to the Communities First Fund enable awards for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area. 

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized review of applications and made awards of $14,214 in grants to the recipients  below.

 

ALPENA COUNTY

South Shore Hubbard Lake Fire Department ($3,000) to assist with lighting replacement and conversion to LED lighting for the community center and fire department.

 

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY

Cheboygan Area Public Library ($923) to assist with the purchase of a Walker Arts Display System, which allows for 50-70 works of art to be displayed at a time. The display system will better serve the needs of the groups who use the gallery area to display their art work.

Cheboygan County Junior Golf Academy Foundation, Inc. ($2,500) to help cover the cost for the 2018 Junior Golf Academy Training Sessions. The foundation benefits children between the ages of eight to seventeen who live in Cheboygan County by providing educational, training, competition and mentoring program through the game of golf.

 

MONTMORENCY COUNTY

Hillman Community Schools ($1,900) to purchase new books and magazines to continue updating the library’s selection to keep kids interested in using library resources. 

 

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

Grand Lakes Sportsmen’s Club ($2,000) to assist the Fletcher-Gilcrest Park Boat Launch Improvements, by helping with costs of materials needed in the parking area improvements and stone for under concrete planks. By improving the launch site, the Grand Lake Sportsman Club and the Presque Isle County Road Commission believe it will allow more boating enthusiasts to use Grand Lake.

Senior Citizens Housing of Onaway dba Lynn Street Manor Apartments ($1,251) to purchase two entry way chairs and one end table to help provide a comfortable, inviting, and safe atmosphere for tenants to gather.

Posen Youth Football Program ($2,640) to purchase thirty-three helmets to provide players in 5th through 8th grades the equipment they need to practice and compete in organized football. This will be Posen’s first year in the five team youth football league with Hillman, Onaway, Atlanta, and Rogers City.

 

About Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G):

PIE&G provides electric and natural gas service to about 30,850 member-owners across northeast Michigan and its headquarters is in Onaway. When the first poles for electric lines were set in 1937, the founding cooperative served about 82 members. Today, PIE&G is one of the largest employers in Presque Isle County, with 76 employees servicing about 33,500 electric meters and nearly 13,500 natural gas meters. Since 1997, the PIE&G Communities First Fund has provided over $1.4 million in grants to local nonprofits. For more information, please visit www.pieg.com.

PIE&G Communities First Fund Awards $9,200 in Grants in Northeast MI

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to give generously to assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings.  Member contributions to the Communities First Fund enable awards for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area. 

At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized awards of $9,200 in grants to the recipients listed below.

Alpena County

Alpena Area Senior Citizen’s Council, Inc. ($1,000) to provide financial support for the “Liquid Nutrition Program” for the frail, home-bound and the most nutritionally at risk seniors that participate in the Alpena County Meals-on-Wheels program.

Alpena County Parks Commission ($2,000) for materials and construction costs needed to build a viewing tower at the Manning Hill Roadside Park in Green Township, Alpena County. The tower will sit upon a hill top in the park that will allow visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of miles of countryside.

District Health Department #4 ($1,200) for program costs for “Girls on the Run (GOTR) Sunrise Side”.  This ten week, twenty-session after school program incorporates physical activity as a way to develop self-respect and encourage a healthy lifestyle for 250 girls aged 8 to 14.  The program focuses on girls from 3rd through 8th grade living in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties.

Alpena County (Continued)

Thunder Bay Theater ($2,000) to assist with the Thunder Bay Theater Spring Educational Tour geared to introduce school age children in northeast Michigan to high quality, professional arts-rich experiences.

Cheboygan County

Straits Area Audubon Society ($1,000) for the “Snakes Alive!” hands-on nature program featuring live animals presented to 4th through 8th grade students in Cheboygan and Emmet Counties. The program helps students to respect Michigan reptiles and wildlife.

Presque Isle County

Presque Isle County Historical Museum ($2,000) to purchase and install a handicap accessible ramp at the museum’s historic Bradley House in Rogers City to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Two Northeast MI Charities Receive $10K in Grants from PIE&G and CoBank

The Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op Board of Directors recently approved $5,000 in grants as part of its annual participation in Co-Bank’s matching grant program, “Sharing Success”.  PIE&G’s board selected two recipients to share in the $10,000 grant.  According to Tom Sobeck, President and CEO of PIE&G, “This partnership has allowed us to bring much needed funds into our local communities to organizations that are best suited to identify members who are desperately in need.” The three organizations receiving funds are:

Cheboygan County 4H Council ($2,000) to provide financial support for charter bus transportation for up to 95 students travelling from northern Michigan to East Lansing to attend MSU’s 4H Exploration Days.

Kiwanis Club of Cheboygan Foundation ($8,000)   to help with renovations costs at the Kiwanis Park in Cheboygan so kids of all abilities and with special needs are able to use the park to play.  New playground equipment will be installed including swings, slides, a sway glider, a merry-go-round and climbing pieces.

CoBank, a non-profit, cooperative bank that PIE&G uses and is a member of, matches contributions by its cooperative members to charitable organizations of their choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000.  CoBank requires that the charitable organization is established as a non-profit under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code, the donation serves a public purpose and is consistent with the program’s purpose and guidelines.  For more information about CoBank, visit the bank's web site at www.cobank.com.

 

Two Apprentices from PIE&G Now Qualified as Journeymen Linemen

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op is pleased to announce that on Monday, May 7, the Joint Michigan Apprentice Program (JMAP) held graduation for its first class of electric linemen apprentices who achieved the status of qualified journeyman line worker. The ceremony was held at the Wolverine Power Cooperative Training Center in Cadillac.

The inaugural class celebrated the graduation of 18 apprentice linemen employed at thirteen Michigan utilities that collectively span Michigan’s entire Lower Peninsula. Among those who completed the program from PIE&G were Shaun Curtis and Andrew (“AJ”) Paulus.

“These linemen have invested thousands of hours of training to becoming a master in their craft to provide reliable power to our members,” said Tom Sobeck, President and CEO of PIE&G.  “Line workers place their lives on the line every day in service to our members in our local communities. We’re extremely proud of their accomplishment and commitment to their career.”

Upon graduation from JMAP, Curtis and Paulus will continue working alongside 23 other journeymen and apprentices at PIE&G. They provide the essential service of power line maintenance and first-response when outages and emergencies occur.

The JMAP is a U.S. Department of Labor-certified program committed to producing safe, high-quality journeymen through exceptional, state-of-the-art apprenticeship training. The program is a partnership between Wolverine Power Cooperative, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 (IBEW), and Northwest Lineman College—an industry-leading educational institution that provides pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey-level training for the power delivery industry throughout the United States and internationally.

“The Joint Michigan Apprentice Program is proud to prepare Michigan’s line workers of the future,” said Eric Baker, president and chief executive officer at Wolverine Power Cooperative. “We’re confident in their readiness to provide safe, exceptional service to their utilities, members, customers, and fellow line workers.”

The JMAP opened last September with 61 apprentices from 28 Michigan utilities that enrolled in the program’s initial class.

PIE&G Announces Purchase of Aurora Gas Company

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) reached an agreement on May 1 to purchase Aurora Gas Co. (AGC), in a move that will strengthen PIE&G’s overall operations by expanding its membership base, PIE&G President and CEO Tom Sobeck said on Tuesday.

 

Effective immediately, AGC natural gas customers will become members of PIE&G, if they are not already members taking electric service. PIE&G will be contacting AGC customers soon regarding the transition of their accounts to PIE&G’s system.

 

“The economic climate in rural northeast Michigan is challenging and opportunities to expand are limited,” Sobeck said. “The acquisition of Aurora Gas Co. is a unique opportunity for PIE&G to increase the number of people it serves, which in turn benefits existing natural gas and electric members by spreading overall costs among more members.”

 

The acquisition, executed May 1, increases PIE&G’s natural gas services by about 28 percent, or 2,800 accounts.

 

Sobeck stressed the importance of building on the financial investment and personal commitment of the John and Helen Tierney family, owners of Aurora Gas Co., to Onaway residents for more than 34 years.

 

“PIE&G is proud to be in a position where we can help to keep their investment working in our local community while supporting the regional economy in northeast Michigan," Sobeck added.  "The principals of both companies recognize and are committed to providing the essential services required to enhance the quality of life for northeast Michigan residents." 

PIE&G Awarded Grant to Participate in Fiber to the Home Feasibility Study

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) is pleased to announce selection by the Post Road Foundation for a study to evaluate the costs and benefits of deploying a fiber optic communications network to homes, businesses and other institutions in northeast Michigan.  Northeast Michigan and PIE&G are one of only five communities in the nation to be selected by the Post Road Foundation.  The PIE&G study, targeted for completion by September 30, 2018, will be used to evaluate means for deploying high-speed internet and intelligent infrastructure in PIE&G’s service territory in the most effective ways possible for digital inclusion, efficient resource management and economic growth.  Funding for the Post Road Foundation program, and related research at Harvard University, has been provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.                                                                                                

PIE&G’s successful application was the result of collaboration between PIE&G, Wolverine Power Cooperative (WPC) and Target Alpena – Development Corporation.  According to Tom Sobeck, President and CEO of PIE&G, “This partnership between PIE&G, WPC and Target demonstrates what can be accomplished when we work together to achieve common goals on behalf of our rural communities. The degree of economic success in our region depends very much on the ability of key community stakeholders to identify opportunities where working together maximizes future economic development and sustainability in northeast Michigan.”

The President and co-founder of the Post Road Foundation, Waide Warner, commended PIE&G and the other community partners: “We are very gratified by the exceptional response to our program from a number of deserving applicants around the country, but the leadership of PIE&G was particularly impressive. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with PIE&G, the other communities, and our research colleagues at Harvard, to explore the potential for bringing high-speed internet to underserved areas of America. We are also grateful to The Rockefeller Foundation for the funding that made this program possible.”

PIE&G Expects to Complete Restorations Later Today

PIE&G just completed repairs to 49 outages in the Beaver Lake (Turtle Lake Club) area.  Crews have been assigned to all of the (18) remaining scattered outages. Deep snow and remote locations interfered with the crews’ ability to reach damaged lines that were not accessible by bucket trucks or service vehicles. PIE&G brought in additional special off-road equipment and snowmobiles to reach a broken poles and trees on lines in the deep woods and swamp areas.

PIE&G expects that crews should be able to finish up all repairs by this evening, barring weather and other complications.

PIE&G cautions that, as temperatures climb by the end of the week, additional new power outages may be caused as trees and power lines start to release melting snow and come in contact with each other. PIE&G is prepared and will have crews standing by to respond as conditions require.

Once again, PIE&G is grateful to all affected members for their patience and understanding during this historic Winter Storm Xanto. 

Storm Update 7:30 pm Monday

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) has all but 137 services restored this evening. Crews are still working, but deep snow is impacting their ability to reach damaged lines that are not accessible by bucket trucks or service vehicles. PIE&G brought in additional snow machines and other special off-road equipment to gain access to deep wooded areas where some of the problems are located. Most of the remaining outages are in Alpena and Montmorency counties.

The Tip of the Mitt received additional snowfall today, and current snow depths are estimated to be around 12 inches. Due to the widespread nature of the storm damage and weather conditions, some repairs are expected to continue into Tuesday. A few of the individual outages that are difficult to reach may carry into Wednesday.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates for Tuesday, April 17 will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

Outage Update 9 pm Sunday

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) had restored all but 750 services at 6 pm Sunday evening, but persistent strong winds caused additional line outages in the Mullet Lake area and also southeast of Cheboygan. This evening, PIE&G is predicting approximately 1,960 outages remaining. Most are in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. PIE&G estimates that crews have restored over 12,800 of approximately 14,800 outages that were predicted to be off at some point since yesterday.

Sustained wind speeds of 40 to 48 mph, along with the cold and blowing snow, caused additional new outages today and affected repair times.  PIE&G has had help from three Wolverine Power line crews and additional contract line crews together with outside tree removal crews. Due to the widespread nature of the damage and continued adverse weather conditions, some repairs will continue into Monday evening.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

Storm Update 2 pm Sunday

Approximately 1,100 outages are being predicted by Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) this afternoon. The largest line outages are near Atlanta, Canada Creek, Hillman, Lewiston, Lake Avalon and Beaver Lake in Montmorency County. Smaller line outages in Presque Isle County are near Hammond Bay, Hawks, and Posen, and in Cheboygan County near Indian River/Mullet Lake and Fingerboard Corners. PIE&G estimates that crews have restored over 11,400 of approximately 12,500 outages that were predicted to be out on its system since yesterday.

The sustained wind speeds of 40 to 48 mph through Monday, along with the cold and blowing snow, may cause additional new outages today and affect repair times. PIE&G has additional contract line and tree crews and special equipment to aid them in their efforts.  Due to the widespread nature of the damage and continued adverse weather conditions, some repairs may continue into Monday evening.

PIE&G extends sincere appreciation to affected members for their patience while crews strive to make repairs as quickly and safely as possible under the circumstances. Updates will be posted on our website home page, outage map and on Facebook.

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