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Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously 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 provide funds 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 $5,400 in grants to the following recipients:
Montmorency County Commission on Aging ($3,000) for kitchen upgrades at the Senior Centers in Atlanta ($1,000 to purchase an ice machine), Lewiston ($1,000 to purchase an oven and range), and Hillman ($1,000 for a food warmer).
Presque Isle County:
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department ($2,400) to purchase a vest, gas mask, and medical kit required for membership in the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Response Team (ERT).
At their June meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors awarded $12,000 in grants as follows:
Long Rapids Township Volunteer Fire Department ($2,000) to purchase a thermal imaging camera designed to assist fire fighters in search and rescue efforts and to locate from a safe distance internal fires sources in structures.
Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place ($2,500) to purchase food for The Caring Place food pantry. The pantry provides food and clothing assistance to approximately 232 households in the county each month.
New Beginnings Ministries ($2,500) to purchase food for the Hillman Area Resource Pantry (HARP).The pantry currently provides food to over 400 people per month.
Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation ($1,000) to purchase new age appropriate books for the Reach Out and Read program.
Presque Isle County:
Peace Lutheran Church ($1,000) to enable The Peace Project to purchase and distribute personal hygiene items to families.
Posen Consolidated Schools ($1,500) to defray the cost of student transportation and admission to the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI to further learning of American History.
United Way of Northeast Michigan ($1,500) for the purchase of food and personal hygiene products to be distributed at the Presque Isle County Project Connect Event, where two to three hundred people receive donated goods and services.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to more than 42,000 member-owners, and serves a nine county area across northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.
On April 18, 2016, volunteers from Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, together with seven other Michigan electric cooperatives, assembled 10,500 meals for donation to the Kids Against Hunger Coalition.
Child hunger remains a serious problem in Michigan, with one in five kids not getting enough food regularly. When children lack access to nutritious meals, they don’t have what they need to reach their fullest potential.
PIE&G employees helped assemble fortified soy-rice casserole-style meals specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of children. These packaged meals were then distributed by each co-op to local food banks in their respective service territories throughout Michigan. Recipients in PIE&G’s service area include Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place, Hillman United Methodist and Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry, Presque Isle Food / Baby Pantry and The Salvation Army – Cheboygan County Emergency Food Pantry.
“Participating in this service project with my cooperative colleagues and partnering with Kids Against Hunger was a rewarding experience,” says Brian Burns, CEO at PIE&G. “As an electric co-op, ‘Commitment to Community’ is one of our guiding principles. This project was yet another opportunity to put that principle into action.”
The 2016 food packing project was a new activity added to an annual conference attended by Michigan’s electric cooperatives.
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The lights flicker once, twice. You wait for it. Boom! A crack of lightning illuminates the night sky as thunder simultaneously rolls over your neighborhood, taking the power with it. Most of us start scrambling for flashlights, candles and the battery operated radio. But across town, a lineman grabs his gear in preparation for what could be a long night of restoring electricity.
I recently visited with a line crew from Cherryland Electric Cooperative. Dustin Ockert, a journeyman lineman, talked about those days and nights when the power goes out. “Leaving my family at home with no power can be stressful. They’re home in the dark without me and I’m out working to get the lights back on.” However, it’s work that Dustin finds enjoyable, despite its risks.
Every day, Dustin and his crew face a number of occupational hazards, including high-voltage contact, confined spaces, and challenging weather conditions, often while working at great heights. Deceptively simple-looking, power lines are connected by a complex arrangement of small parts that crews learn to manipulate while wearing heavy protective gloves. Handling up to 7,200 volts of electricity at any given moment, losing concentration for even a second could result in serious injury. When asked what wind speed would prevent him from taking the bucket up, Dustin confidently replied, “That hasn’t happened yet!”
Fortunately for Dustin and his crew, most days are quiet and filled with routine maintenance work and installations. Safety remains the crew’s first priority, even on normal days. But all concerns for family and safety aside, Dustin loves his job. During an outage, “The world is dark when we get where we’re going and by the time we leave, the lights are back on. That’s the glory of our job.”
If you’re like me you take your power for granted, forgetting the men and women who work in the dark, rain, wind and snow, ensuring that we can turn the lights on each morning. So take a minute, thank your local linemen, and do as Dustin suggests the next time you see his crew pulling up, “Stand back and watch what happens!”
- Excerpt from May Country Lines magazine, written by Jack O'Mally
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Capital Credits from the mid-1980's to be retired
At their regular meeting in April, PIE&G's board of directors took action to retire capital credits in the amount of approximately $1.225 million. Members who received electric service in 1984 and 1986-1988 will receive an amount of the above in proportion to their energy use. Checks will be mailed in the fall of 2016.
PIE&G is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization. When revenues exceed expenses, the co-op generates "capital" that is "credited" to individual members on a pro rata basis depending on their "patronage" or purchase of electricity or gas.
These capital credits are used to build the facilities needed to serve the co-op's members. Capital credits are retired and refunded whenever the board of directors determines that the co-op's financial condition will not be impaired. Since its inception, the co-op has retired and refunded approximately $10.8 million in capital credits back to members.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue 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 provide resources for grants and scholarships for use in their local communities within the PIE&G service area.
At their recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund board of directors awarded fifteen (15) scholarships of $1,000 each to the following 2016 high school graduates:
|Haley Bickhardt||Mallory Bunker|
|Danielle Boyd||Lauren Romel|
|Chelsey Closs||Isaac Nave|
|Delaney Whitlow||Brianna Kamyszek|
The A. Barkley Travis Memorial Scholarship, valued at $500, was awarded to Jolene Reese from Posen.