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TEC’s Response To COVID-19

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Contents countrylines.com

May 2020 Vol. 40, No. 5

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Michigan’s Electric Cooperatives

EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Casey Clark EDITOR: Christine Dorr GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Karreen Bird RECIPE EDITOR: Christin McKamey PUBLISHER: Michigan Electric Cooperative Association Michigan Country Lines, USPS-591-710, is published monthly, except August and December, with periodicals postage paid at Lansing, Mich., and additional offices. It is the official publication of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association, 201 Townsend St., Suite 900, Lansing, MI 48933. Subscriptions are authorized for members of Alger Delta, Cherryland, Great Lakes, HomeWorks Tri-County, Midwest Energy & Communications, Ontonagon, Presque Isle, and Thumb electric cooperatives by their boards of directors. Postmaster: Send all UAA to CFS.

Association Officers: Robert Kran, Great Lakes Energy, chairman; Tony Anderson, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, vice chairman; Eric Baker, Wolverine Power Cooperative, secretarytreasurer; Craig Borr, president and CEO.

CONTACT US/LETTERS TO EDITOR: Michigan Country Lines 201 Townsend St., Suite 900 Lansing, MI 48933 248-534-7358 editor@countrylines.com

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Please notify your electric cooperative. See page 4 for contact information.

The appearance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services advertised.

Michigan Country Lines, Your Communications Partner For 40 years, our co-op members have received Michigan Country Lines because it is the most effective and economical way to share information. Michigan Country Lines keeps members up-to-date about everything going on within their electric co-op. Issues contain news about co-op services, director elections, member meetings and management decisions that members need to know about as owners of the co-op. The magazine also includes legal notices that would otherwise have to be placed in local media at a substantial cost. Sending Michigan Country Lines helps the co-op fulfill one of its essential principles——to educate and communicate openly with its members. The board of directors authorizes the co-op to subscribe to Michigan Country Lines on behalf of each member at an average cost of $3.97 per year, paid as part of members’ electric bills. The current magazine cost is 49 cents per copy. Michigan Country Lines is published, at cost, by the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association in Lansing. As always, we welcome your comments at editor@meca.coop.

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6 A DEEP DIVE WITH CHRIS ROXBURGH. As a diver and history lover, Roxburgh has garnered online attention for his documentation of underwater wonders in Michigan waters. 10 MI CO-OP KITCHEN Go meat-free with these vegetarian recipes.

Don’t you want to take this adorable white animal home as a pet? @kelli929kelli #whitedonkey Kelli Marshall

14 DISTILLING COMMUNITY Michigan distilleries join forces to make hand sanitizer during pandemic-driven shortage.

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18 GUEST COLUMN Tom McWhorter recalls the thrill of a ‘50s-era train ride to Grand Rapids with his mother and grandmother.

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HURON

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Happenings At TEC Dallas Braun, General Manager

Thumb Electric Cooperative

COVID-19 Impact

2231 Main Street Ubly, MI 48475-0157 1-800-327-0166 or 989-658-8571 E-mail: tec@tecmi.coop

The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order issued by Gov. Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic stipulates that an electric utility is considered an essential service. As a result, TEC remains open for business. That being said, there have been a lot of changes made to our business routines to reduce exposure to our employees, their families, and our community members. Please make note of the following operational changes and cancellations.

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• All office and outpost facilities have been closed to the public.

Board Of Directors HURON COUNTY Randall Dhyse, Treasurer District 1 • 989-551-6533 Don Wolschleger, Director District 2 • 989-975-2027 Beth McDonald, Secretary District 3 • 989-550-7470 SANILAC COUNTY Kim Nunn, Vice President District 1 • 810-679-4291 Mike Briolat, Director District 2 • 989-284-3405 Duane Kursinsky, Director District 3 • 810-837-3828 TUSCOLA COUNTY Louis Wenzlaff, President District 1 • 989-683-2696 Jonathan Findlay, Director District 2 • 989-551-8393 Carl Cousins, Director District 3 • 989-871-4449 Dallas Braun, General Manager PAYMENT STATIONS Huron County Bad Axe—Northstar Bank Pigeon—Northstar Bank Tuscola County Akron—Northstar Bank Caro—Northstar Bank Mayville—Mayville State Bank Millington—Mayville State Bank Sanilac County Sandusky—Northstar Bank Thumb Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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• The office hours are now 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the drive-thru has been closed. • The number of employees working in the office at the same time has been reduced. Some office employees have been equipped to work from home. Others are working staggered schedules. • Some field employees are working remotely from their homes, and others are working in the field from company vehicles while limiting any in-person contact. • Line crews will only work on essential projects. Crews are available 24/7 to respond to outages and other emergencies. For the safety of everyone, please respect the social distancing guidelines and do not approach any TEC employees in the field. • Director Member District Meetings are canceled until further notice. These informal face-to-face meetings of 20 to 40 members allow for valuable conversations with district directors and management staff. There are typically nine meetings per year, one for each director. Past meetings have included topics about operations of the cooperative, renewable energy, energy-efficient programs, patronage capital, and more. The questions of those in attendance usually guide the discussions of the meeting. It is a great opportunity. If you have never attended and would like to in the future, please send an email to tec@tecmi.coop. • The nominating committee process for the upcoming 2020 District 3 director election has been postponed. Per TEC bylaws, the board of directors appoints TEC members to the nominating committee. The committee, made up of three members from each county, is responsible for the nominations to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming director election. If you are a member interested in future participation in either the nominating committee or running for a director position, please send an email to tec@tecmi.coop. • TEC’s Annual Meeting and director elections scheduled for June have been canceled. We are tentatively looking at rescheduling in August. The event could also be scaled down compared to past meetings. • Also canceled is the 2020 NRECA Youth Tour for this June. The Youth Tour program is a great opportunity for any junior or senior high school student who is a child of a TEC member. TEC typically sponsors two applicants each year for the week-long educational trip to Washington, D.C., which also includes many other students from the other 900 electric cooperatives in the U.S.


Other TEC Activities • At the March 17 teleconference meeting, the TEC board approved the 2019 year-end financial and audit report presented via Webex by representatives of Eide Bailly. The board also approved the 2019 patronage allocation of $1,622,363.39 and the 2020 retirement of patronage. • While our community solar project has experienced some setbacks, we still plan to have the program available later this summer. • Our AMI deployment has gone very well so far, with the majority of the Ubly circuit meters having already been replaced and several communication towers installed and operational. The COVID-19 pandemic will most likely delay the testing/integration of the Ubly circuit meters, as well as the full AMI deployment system-wide. • We continue to investigate the feasibility of providing FiberTo-The-Home (FTTH) internet services to TEC members. These efforts have already included two separate feasibility studies performed by independent consultants. The study results, which include the availability of FCC dollars, have been positive. While we have heard from many of our members regarding the need for internet services that FTTH service provides, we need input from all TEC members. With that, we request that you take the time to answer the survey and provide your feedback on tecmi.coop. As we all work together to keep the lights on and our communities safe, please call or email the office with any questions and concerns. We ask for your patience as we still work through some of the technical issues of our scaled-down workforce. For those that may be experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, please contact the office during regular business hours.

TEC Board Approves Capital Credit Refunds

Access To Rules And Rates Please be advised that the following information is available to Thumb Electric Cooperative members: 1. Complete rate schedules; 2. Clear and concise explanation of all rates that the member may be eligible to receive; 3. Assistance from the cooperative in determining the most appropriate rate for a member when the member is eligible to receive service under more than one rate; 4. Clear and concise explanation of the member’s actual energy use for each billing period during the last 12 months. The information can be obtained by contacting Thumb Electric Cooperative at 800-327-0166

AY OFFICE CLOSINGS HOLID Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 Independence Day, Friday, July 3 Line crews are available for 24/7 outage response. Please call 800-327-0166.

The Thumb Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently approved the allocation of $1,622,363.39 of 2019 margin to TEC’s members as capital credits. Approximately 7.4 cents of every dollar paid by TEC members in 2019 is being returned or allocated back to its members. The board also authorized the capital credit retirement amount of $686,088.86 for the years of 1990, 1991, and 2019. Since its inception, TEC has retired just under $12 million in capital credits. Capital credits represent your ownership or equity interest in the cooperative. You furnish capital (equity) when you pay for your service and the cooperative’s income exceeds expenses to finish its fiscal year with a positive margin. Positive margins become “capital credits” through a process known as “allocation.” The cooperative allocates “credit” to each member who took service during the years of positive margins. The amount of capital credit is proportionate to the revenue received from each member for their energy use. Each dollar of positive margin is tracked and accounted for by allocation to each member. Active TEC members will see their portion of the $686,088.86 in approved capital credit retirements on their May electric bills as a credit on a separate line item called “Patronage Refund.” Members’ total patronage amount earned for 2019 will also be listed on the May electric bill. For nonactive members who have left TEC’s system and have provided a forwarding address, checks will be mailed later in the year.

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A DEEP

DIVE WITH CHRIS ROXBURGH By Emily Haines Lloyd

1979 Ford Pinto, aka the mussel car, Haserot Beach, Traverse City. Photo by Chris Roxburgh

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s an electrical contractor, Chris Roxburgh spends his working days bringing light to dark areas. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Roxburgh spends his recreational time doing more of the same.

A few years ago, Roxburgh posted his first pictures from the depths of Grand Traverse Bay, revealing a 1979 Ford Pinto covered in zebra mussels. The photos quickly gained online recognition, and while it was the beginning of Roxburgh sharing the wonders beneath the waves, it was by no means the beginning of his love of water.

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Roxburgh has been obsessed with the water since he was a child growing up in Traverse City, Michigan. “Our family was always finding a way to the water,” said Roxburgh. “Every weekend we’d take out the boat and as I got older, I’d take a deep breath, and hand-overhand, I’d follow the anchor chain down as far as I could manage to hold my breath.”

Free diving, also called skin diving, is when the diver holds their breath until resurfacing. Roxburgh may not have been familiar with the distinction as a child, but that didn’t keep him from building the skill. Roxburgh’s free diving continued into adulthood and he used this method to get a closer look at the shipwrecked George Rogers tugboat, located in Grand Traverse Bay at the northern tip of Leelanau County. Roxburgh and his wife Bea had been stand-up paddle boarding when they saw the wreckage below


“I hope to shine a light on how we can all do our part.” –Chris Roxburgh

Drone footage over the Alva Bradley shipwreck, North Manitou Island. Photo by Dusty Klifman

Eber Ward shipwreck in the Straits of Mackinac. Photo by Chris Roxburgh

Chris Roxburgh with his new Sony a7 III camera with Aquatica deep dive housing. Photo by Dusty Klifman

scuba school to see if they would let him get his that winter. With a rented 7mm wetsuit, in 36-degree weather, Roxburgh spent three wintery days with instructors to complete his open water certification. It was the beginning of more than a hobby, but a passion.

Chris Roxburgh on the Francisco Morazan, South Manitou Island. Photo by Bea Roxburgh

the water’s surface. A couple of days later, Roxburgh came back with photographic equipment and his wetsuit to free dive the sunken treasure. “I was so excited by that dive. I became obsessed with the history,” said Roxburgh. “I knew right away that I wanted to get my scuba certification and I couldn’t wait any longer.” And Roxburgh didn’t wait. While most divers get their open water certification in the spring and summer, Roxburgh reached out to the local

Over the course of his new obsession, Roxburgh crossed paths with another Michigan diver who had a similar interest in shipwrecks and history as well. “When I met Dusty [Klifman], things really kicked off,” said Roxburgh. “We had a similar inquisitive mindset and we were gung-ho to explore more.” Klifman, who had been open water diving for 20 years, while Roxburgh had two under his belt, worked as a lineman for an electric company. Their mutual love of water and exploration has led to some epic adventures including the Alva Bradley, a schooner in the Manitou Passage; the Jane, a small freighter off the shore of Arcadia; and the Typo, a schooner that was crashed into by a steamship in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. The two have a massive wish list for

the coming year, including the Thomas Hume in southwest Michigan and the Newell A. Eddy in Cheboygan. In the meantime, groups like the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society have invited Roxburgh to share his experiences. Hundreds of people have come to hear Roxburgh’s thrilling stories, as well as witness his testimony as an environmental and conservancy advocate. Roxburgh has seen how pollution, dumping, and everyday littering have impacted the Great Lakes. “I want future generations to have a chance to explore what I’ve been able to experience,” said Roxburgh. “I hope to shine a light on how we can all do our part.”

Follow Chris’s diving adventures: Visit countrylines.com to accompany Chris on an underwater video tour of the Eber Ward shipwreck in the Straits of Mackinac. @chris_roxburgh_ youtube.com/Roxburgh

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EXHAUSTED from doing lawn work with GAS-POWERED equipment? Make the switch to battery-powered lawn equipment and get money back from Thumb Electric Cooperative’s energy rebate program. Equipment Type

Rebate Amount*

Purchase Price*

Battery-powered lawn mower

$100

Pre-tax purchase price of $200-$400

$300

Pre-tax purchase price of $401 and up

$25

Pre-tax purchase price less than $100

$50

Pre-tax purchase price of $101–$200

$100

Pre-tax purchase price of $201 and up

Lawn care equipment (batterypowered) including edger, trimmer, chainsaw, pole saw, power washer and leaf blower

*Lower of rebate amount or half of purchase price will be rebated.

Download rebate form at tecmi.coop


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Submit your best photo and encourage your friends to vote! The photo receiving the most votes in our Facebook contest will be printed in an issue of Country Lines along with some of our other favorites. Our May/June theme is Festivals and Fairs. Photos can be submitted through May 20 to be featured in our July/August issue.

Enter Your Photos And Win A Bill Credit! To enter the contest, visit facebook.com/thumbelectric and click “Photo Contest” from the menu tabs. If you’re not on Facebook, that’s okay. You can also enter the contest at tecmi.coop/photo-contest. Enter your picture, cast your vote, and encourage others to vote for you as well. If your photo is printed in Country Lines during 2020, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $50 credits on your December 2020 bill.

On The Farm 1. Blue eyes in the barn. Brent Alent 2. Calving season is the best season! Joshua Daniels 3. Watch me roll it, Mom! Ona Warchuck 4. Sunsets and puddle splashes. Bren Timko 5. Future farmer. Heather O’Kronley 6. A future “FarmHer” out with her cows. Ashley Kennedy 7. Rhino rides with Papa. Diane Kish 8. Maggie playing on the MinneapolisMoline! Kelli Roberts

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MI CO-OP Recipes

Photos by Robert Bruce Photography || Recipes Submitted by MCL Readers and Tested by Recipe Editor Christin McKamey

VEGETARIAN Go meat-free with these healthy recipes.

WINNING RECIPE!

SWEET POTATO AND QUINOA BURGERS Katie Schneider, Midwest Energy & Communications

2 large sweet potatoes 1 cup uncooked dry quinoa (makes 2 cups cooked) ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped ¼ small red onion, finely chopped ½ cup kale, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon oil

Win a

$50

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RECIPE CONTEST

Kid-Friendly Cooking due July 1 • Easy Recipes due August 1 Submit your favorite recipe for a chance to win a $50 bill credit and have your recipe featured in Country Lines with a photo and a video. Go to micoopkitchen.com for more information.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake, boil, or microwave the sweet potatoes until soft. Discard skins; then mash and allow to cool. Cook quinoa as per packet instructions; cool. In a bowl, add the mashed sweet potato, cooked quinoa, bell pepper, onion, kale, garlic, thyme, and pepper. Mix everything well. When cool enough to handle, take ½ cup each of the mixture and form into patties. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush the patties liberally with oil of choice, then place them on the baking sheet and bake until the patties are deeply golden on the outside, about 35–40 minutes, flipping halfway. Patties can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen for fast meals.

Watch a video of this month’s winning recipe at micoopkitchen.com/videos


FALAFEL WITH FETA SAUCE Sondra Harr, Great Lakes Energy

FALAFEL: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 clove garlic 3 green onions • juice from ½ lemon 1 bunch parsley 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 egg ¹⁄ ³ cup flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder • flour tortillas or pita bread • oil for frying

FETA SAUCE: ½ cup feta cheese ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, minced To make falafel, place all falafel ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate for ½ hour. Roll dough into balls and lightly flatten. Fry in hot oil for 3 minutes per side. To make feta sauce, combine all ingredients and chill until ready to drizzle over falafel. Serve in a warm tortilla or pita bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and sliced cucumber.

CARAMELIZED ONION AND GOAT CHEESE FARFALLE Sandy Moyer, Great Lakes Energy

EGGPLANT PIE IN RICE CRUST

Shelley Ehrenberger, Cherryland RICE CRUST 1½ cups cooked rice 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 2 tablespoons onion, chopped 1 egg EGGPLANT FILLING 1 medium onion, chopped 1 large green bell pepper, chopped 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted 1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste 1 cup hot water 1 medium/large eggplant, quartered and sliced ½ -inch thick ½ to 1 pound mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. To make rice crust, combine rice with butter, chopped onion, and egg. Press into bottom and sides of greased 9-inch pie pan. To make eggplant filling, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until transparent. Add tomato paste and hot water, and bring to a boil. Add eggplant; simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon half of eggplant mixture into crust. Add half of cheese. Add the remaining eggplant mixture, and top with remainder of cheese. Bake for 30–35 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting.

2 teaspoons olive oil 4 cups sweet onions, thinly sliced 3 ounces goat cheese (can sub with cream cheese) ¼ cup skim milk 6 ounces uncooked farfalle (bow-tie pasta) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons dry white wine (can sub with vegetable broth) 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh sage (or sub with ½ teaspoon dried) ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook slowly until golden and caramelized, about 20–25 minutes. Stir occasionally. Combine goat cheese and milk in small bowl; mix until well blended. Set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Add garlic to onions in skillet; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add wine, sage, salt and black pepper; cook until moisture is evaporated. Remove from heat. Add pasta and goat cheese mixture, stirring to melt cheese. Sprinkle with walnuts. Serve immediately. MICHIGAN COUNTRY LINES

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The following is a list of uncashed patronage checks from 2014. If you recognize anyone’s name, please have them contact our Thumb Electric capital credit department at 989-658-8571, ext 212. 25021 17761 19900 22951 11673 3673 6975 5848 20836 24316 21804 2561 24655 25043 18355 20780 17500 14783 24333 14934 15830 24094 15857 25318 25112 18374 5015 16675 16540 8110 10205 18380 23639 25026 23901 14382 23637 22006 22603 25164 18731 9159 24912 18664 21742 24399 9742 25138 5414 21930 23978 24167 22973 23665 10140 15860 21274 1708 15682 24617 708 23506 24174 23925 21725 24522 15822 17845 13218 23987 15548 13736 24727 14683 16854 9948 24286 24821

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“Craft distilling in the U.S. is actually quite a tight-knit community.” –Chad Munger

“As a small business, we’re used to pivoting and adapting quickly.” –Kent Rabish

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“We started hearing stories of distilleries in the northwest of the United States who were starting to make hand sanitizer on their stills.”

flattening the curve of the impact of the virus. They noted that in lieu of soap and water, hand sanitizer was also effective.

“Craft distilling in the U.S. is actually quite a tight-knit community,” said Chad Munger of Mammoth Distilling.

The country began to prepare for an anticipated influx of people contracting the virus and the pressure that would be put on the health care and first responder communities. Gaps began to appear in supply chains. Protective gear like face masks and gloves was in short supply. Medical professionals, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) all noted that hand washing was a critical step in

“You don’t realize just how much sanitizer is needed in health care and for first responders,” said Kent Rabish of Grand Traverse Distillery. “From reception areas, to disinfecting each exam room, to having on ambulance rigs for each call. And now suddenly, the country realizes, we are going to need even more.”

raft spirits in Michigan is an industry that speaks often about creativity, a sense of community, and of course, good times and fellowship. After the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19, Michigan distilleries, along with the bulk of their hospitality brethren, found themselves displaced, with dining and tasting rooms closed and the bulk of their workforce suddenly without income or purpose. It seemed like the good times were becoming a distant memory.

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Michigan distilleries quickly launched into action. Initially, they delivered or


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IRON SHOE DISTILLERY

“We rolled up our sleeves and got to work. I think that’s what our distilling community is all about.” –Chris Fredrickson

“We are here to serve our communities.” –Howard Tuthill

gave away the sanitizing runoff they had on hand, which is the byproduct of producing alcohol.

now adapting to a learning curve by distillery workforces who were grateful for a way to pitch in.

“Our employees were dropping off sanitizer to local firehouses, municipalities, and hospitals, just to support our community,” said Chris Fredrickson of Traverse City Whiskey Co. “It was a quick and easy way to step into a strange situation and find a way to help.”

“So much of our industry is about community,” said Howard Tuthill of Iron Shoe Distillery. “We are here to serve our communities. And when we suddenly weren’t able to share moments in person, it felt good to be able to reach out to our community in another way.”

Suddenly, the creativity, ingenuity, and adaptability of this craft industry kicked into high gear. Calls were made to source materials, ensuring they had the federal “recipe” for allowable sanitizer, and distilleries across the state began trading in corn and wheat for ethanol and glycerin.

Dozens of distilleries around the state and country have stepped into this space and are now producing hand sanitizer as quickly as they can acquire the supplies.

“As a small business, we’re used to pivoting and adapting quickly,” said Landis Rabish of Grand Traverse Distillery. “We stay nimble and adapt to new circumstances constantly. This is second nature to us.” Buildings that once hummed and produced handcrafted libations were

“We took the first step, simply because it was the right thing to do,” said Fredrickson. “We had the infrastructure to help people in a really unusual and weird time. This wasn’t a moment to sit back and watch things happen. That’s not who we are as a business. It’s not who we are as a team. So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. I think that’s what our distilling community is all about.”

If you are still looking for hand sanitizer, check out the American Distilling Institute website, distilling.com, for the most up-to-date listing of distillers who are producing it.

For more information, please visit their websites and follow these distilleries on Facebook and Instagram. mammothdistilling.com grandtraversedistillery.com tcwhiskey.com ironshoedistillery.com

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• All members who are signed up for paperless billing by June 11 will be entered in the drawing. • Sign up online at tecmi.coop or via SmartHub. • Winners will be announced in an upcoming issue of Country Lines.

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• Paperless members will receive an email or text letting them know their bill is available to view. No physical copy of the bill will be mailed unless a member falls into shutoff status.


Fuel Mix Report The fuel mix characteristics of Thumb Electric Cooperative as required by Public Act 141 of 2000 for the 12-month period ended 12/31/19.

Comparison Of Fuel Sources Used Regional average fuel mix used Your co-op’s fuel mix

Fuel Source Coal

Please note that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and current recommendations from the CDC and state and local health authorities regarding public gatherings. We have postponed our Annual Meeting and will adapt our plan in accordance with the most up-to-date public health recommendations. Updates will be shared with our members through Country Lines, our website and social media channels.

41.8%

Oil

0%

0.4%

Gas

87.5%

23.6%

Hydroelectric

0%

0.8%

Nuclear

0%

26.6%

Renewable Fuels

TEC members: Our June 13, 2020, Annual Meeting is tentatively moving to August. Please stay tuned for further information and a firm date.

0%

12.5%

6.8%

Biofuel

0%

0.8%

Biomass

12.5%

0.5%

Solar

0%

0.1%

Solid Waste Incineration

0%

0.19%

Wind

0%

4.9%

Wood

0%

0.5%

Your Co-op’s Fuel Mix

Thank you for your understanding during this pandemic.

Regional Average Fuel Mix

Attendees Harbor Beach High School junior Andrea Booms and Ubly High School junior Levi Peruski were selected to represent Thumb Electric Cooperative as its Youth Tour representatives in Washington, D.C., this coming June. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been canceled. We hope to resume this valuable program in 2021. We are proud of Andrea and Levi for being selected and wish them well with all their future goals. Youth Tour allows students from Michigan and throughout the country to visit the U.S. Capitol, tour museums, visit Washington, D.C., landmarks and war memorials, and much more. Students also get the opportunity to meet with their legislators and obtain leadership skills for their future endeavors. If you are a high school student who would like to apply for next year’s Youth Tour event, please watch for information starting in the fall edition of Country Lines, on our website at tecmi.coop, or on the Youth Tour website at cooperativeyouthtour.com.

Emissions And Waste Comparison lbs/MWh

Type Of Emission/Waste

Your Regional Co-op Average*

Sulfur Dioxide

0.25

1.25

Carbon Dioxide

897

1,248

Oxides of Nitrogen

0.23

0.9

0

0.006

High-level Nuclear Waste

*Regional average information was obtained from the MPSC website and is for the 12-month period ended 12/31/19. The fuel mix data presented by Thumb Electric is the data from CMS Energy, which supplies nearly all of Thumb Electric’s purchased power.

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MI CO-OP Community Guest Column

Last Train Ride

Lake Odessa to Grand Rapids, Circa 1956 By Tom McWhorter, Cherryland Electric Cooperative member

y grandmother lived in Lake Odessa and sometime in the mid-’50s, she took a train to Grand Rapids. She needed to see a medical specialist and wanted our mother to accompany her. My mom took me, as she wanted me to experience a train ride. She said that I could tell my children about it one day, as she did not think passenger trains would be around much longer.

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Lake Odessa was on the Pere Marquette Railway (PMR) line. PMR was sold to Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) and is now operated by CSX. Passenger service was, in fact, discontinued from Lake Odessa in 1971. We went down to the depot, purchased our tickets and waited for the train to arrive. I was excited, I had seen trains from a distance but had no idea of how big and powerful the engine was up close. I am sure that I was filled with both amazement and fear! Unfortunately, I do not remember anything specific about the ride itself. We would have arrived at the old Grand Rapids Central Station, which was demolished in 1961 in order to make way for the construction of U.S. 131. After my grandmother’s appointment, we walked around downtown Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids was for sure the biggest city that I had ever been to, large buildings and department stores with strange names such as Herpolsheimer’s and Steketee’s. After some shopping, we went back to Lake Odessa. So, thank you to my mom and grandmother for giving me this story to tell a mere 64 years later! Tom McWhorter is a retired state employee who grew up in rural Eaton County and now lives with his wife Wendy in Leelanau County. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and his interests include history, writing and traveling.

Win a

$50

energy bill credit!

Where In Michigan Is This? Identify the correct location of the photo on the left by May 20 and be entered into a drawing to win a $50 electric bill credit. Enter your guess at countrylines.com. March 2020 Winner! Our Mystery Photo contest winner from the March issue is Aaron Wiers, a Great Lakes Energy Cooperative member, who correctly identified the photo as the Silverdale school building in Ogontz, located on the Stonington Peninsula in Delta County. Photo courtesy of Kelli Marshall Winners are announced in the following issues of Country Lines: January, March, May, July/August, September and November/December.

18 MAY 2020


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