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June 22, 2012

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Roulet Report Here is something a little different for this issue of the Unplugged. In my travels around Oklahoma, I see many interesting sites. If you are the first person to identify all four of these Oklahoma sites, you will win $20 in merchandise from WFEC logo room. Please email or call Maria Crowder at Ext. 4371 with your answers.


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Home Savings The warm weather is here to stay, and that means it's time for home improvements and house cleaning. Before you run out to stock up on supplies, keep these home saving tips in mind. Skip the expensive cleaning products. Messes are inevitable, but buying cleaning products for them is not. Baking soda is something many people have at home, but rarely use. Yet there are tons of uses for it, like cleaning the kitchen. Vinegar is another useful item. And to help loosen those stuck on bits in the microwave, and remove any odors, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water and microwave on high for about a minute, longer for the really tough messes. Homemade cleaners 07369 that don't contain harsh chemicals are healthier for your household. End of season savings. Wait to replace your grill, lawn mower or outdoor furniture until the fall, when stores mark down their summer stock to make room for winter inventory. The amount you'll save is worth sticking with your older items for another summer, or borrowing from friends and family. You can also save big by buying used items. Reuse your plastic bags. Instead of spending money on liners or bags for your smaller trash cans, use grocery bags instead. They cost nothing in most states, and during the summer month's smaller bags can help get you to take the trash out more frequently, thereby avoiding odor development. Plus, it's more environmentally friendly. Source: feedthepig.org

Oklahoma Fun Facts In Bristow it is against the law to serve water to a customer in a restaurant unless one peanut in a shell is also served. The consequences for this “serious” offence can result in a fine of up to five dollars. Vinita was the first town in the state to have electricity. It is also the oldest incorporated town in the state. If you play catch in the streets of Bartlesville, you’re breaking the law. In Tulsa, you may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. The Port of Catoosa, just north of Tulsa, is the nation’s largest inland port. Guthrie has the nation’s only museum devoted to the collection of lighters. At the National Lighter Museum, nearly 20,000 lighters and “fire starters” are displayed. Source: legendsofamerica.com


TAKE ACTION: Contact EPA by Monday Today, we have a critical issue that needs your attention. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced misguided regulations of carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-based power plants. Unfortunately, the EPA proposal takes our nation’s energy and environmental policy in exactly the wrong direction. Tell EPA you oppose this proposed standard for power plants at www.ourenergy.coop (Click on the ‘Take Action’ Button). The EPA plan effectively outlaws coal as a fuel source for the next generation of power plants – quite contrary to the bipartisan goal of an “all of the above” energy policy. The proposed standards would require new coal plants to install a technology that is not yet commercially available called ‘carbon capture and storage.’ Because the technology is not yet available, this rule would eliminate coal as a fuel source and reduce America’s fuel diversity. Electric cooperatives support a comprehensive energy and environmental policy that embraces all fuels (nuclear, natural gas, renewable, and coal), maximizes energy efficiency, and emphasizes the development of technologies that continue to improve our environment. Comments to the EPA are due by this Monday, June 25. Please join the thousands of Americans like you who are concerned about how energy policy is decided – send your message of concern to EPA today by visiting www.ourenergy.coop

Popcorn Goes Mobile Does the smell of popcorn wafting down the hallway near Operations drive you crazy? Well, thanks to the invention of the wheel we’ve taken our popcorn on the road. Recently seen in the hallway near the Control Room is the popcorn machine sitting atop its new matching cart. The commercial popcorn machine was donated to the operations group a few years ago after they burned up several of the smaller home popcorn poppers. The matching cart was just recently completed after several months in the making. Operations will occasionally make popcorn available to all employees that want to make the trek over, across, or down to help themselves. So the next time the smell of popcorn gets to you, come by Operations. P.S. – any and all donations for popcorn and supplies will gladly be accepted.


Pulis Celebrates 35 Years of Service at WFEC Chief Transmission Operator Wayne Pulis and the staff of Transmission, Engineering & Operations recently celebrated Wayne’s 35 years of service at WFEC with a luncheon in Lawton where Alan Derichsweiler presented Wayne with his service award.

Eat locally; Save energy It’s a no-brainer that buying fresh fruit, produce, milk and meat from local farmers helps the community’s economy. It’s also an energy saver. When you patronize local farmer’s markets and produce stands, you forego the food sold in grocery stores, which ship in much of their fare from out of town. The more traveling your bananas, bread and beef have to do before you buy it, the more greenhouse emissions they contribute to the environment. In fact, some estimate that between 5 and 20 percent of the energy spent in the production of food is for 01297 transporting it—sometimes as much as 1,500 miles from where it was grown—to your local grocer. So do yourself a favor by enjoying fresh, flavorful, locally grown food. Do your neighbors a good turn by buying from the food producers in your own community, or at least who grow within a 100-mile radius. And do your small part for the environment by choosing your chow from the many locals who can deliver it to you with a far smaller carbon footprint than stores that import it from far away. Note: Anadarko’s Farmers Market is held on Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Save A Lot Parking Lot on Central Boulevard.


Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Nick Nixon 6/22 Rex Day 6/24

Tommy Miller 6/24 Bryan Elwood 6/24 Scott Williams 6/26 Trae Norman 6/27 Jim Nesbit 6/30 Tony Bruce 7/04 Kalun Kelley 7/04 Lacey Owen 7/04 Chance Laughlin 7/05 Charlie McLemore 7/05

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” Arnold H. Glasgow

Hidden Employee Numbers

Congratulations to John Parker and Jeremy McElroy for NOT finding employee numbers in the last issue of the Unplugged. You could be the next winner of a $10 Logo Room credit. If you find your employee number in this edition, call Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335. Please use your credit before the next payday if possible.


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