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Ohio co-op crews help restore power in New Hampshire

COURTESY OF BILL CARTER

With the reconnection of service to an empty cottage on Bear Island in Meredith, New Hampshire, on November 7, power was fully restored to all members of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) who had lost it — roughly two of every three members — in the worst windstorm on record for the utility, which blew through on Oct. 30. Ohio line crews were instrumental in the effort, as 40 workers from 11 co-ops around the state jumped in for a full week of mutual aid that restored power to 51,000 NHEC members — outages were reported in every one of the 115 towns served by NHEC — and the crews were recognized during television newscasts on WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. All of the Ohio crews had returned home by Nov. 9 — some had been gone as long as nine days.

Pioneer raises more than $2,000 for Pink Ribbon Girls Throughout October, Pioneer Electric Cooperative employees participated in various events to raise awareness and donations for Pink Ribbon Girls, a local organization created by women with breast cancer to support and empower others who are currently in the fight against breast and reproductive cancers. The group provides meals, housecleaning, transportation, and peer support to individuals with breast and women’s reproductive cancers, free of charge. Employees and trustees purchased T-shirts worn on designated dates throughout the month. Linemen and operations employees also wore pink hard hats throughout October to help spread awareness, and other employees participated in a chili cook-off. Both employees and Pioneer members had the opportunity to add pink ribbons to an honor wall in both of the co-op’s offices, in Urbana and Piqua. Each ribbon displayed the name of someone who has been directly affected by breast cancer.

Consolidated volunteers at camp for the disabled For its annual in-service day, Consolidated Electric Cooperative employees spent a day at Recreation Unlimited, a not-for-profit organization and camp serving individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Consolidated’s staff cleaned up trails, windows, life jackets, and rafts, and also assisted with office mailings.

NWEC employee retires after nearly half-century of service North Western Electric Cooperative’s Duane Peugeot retired on Nov. 3 after 47 years of service to the co-op. Throughout his career as a lineman, Peugeot served as a mentor to all who worked with him.

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