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July 10, 2018

Ky Power joins in celebrating Lineworker Appreciation Day

ASHLAND, Ky. – Kentucky Power’s aggressive efforts to improve tree trimming has reduced outages by trees inside the right of way by 70 percent over seven years.

A Kentucky Power contractor for Asplundh Tree Expert Co., works to remove a fallen tree from a roadway in Carter County. Kentucky Power’s vegetation management program has reduced outages by trees like this inside the right away by 70 percent over seven years.A Kentucky Power contractor for Asplundh Tree Expert Co., works to remove a fallen tree from a roadway in Carter County. Kentucky Power’s vegetation management program has reduced outages by trees like this inside the right away by 70 percent over seven years.

In 2010, customers experienced 2,250 outages when trees within the right of way contacted overhead powerlines. That number dropped to 660 in 2017. The dramatic improvements are the result of steps Kentucky Power took with approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to increase spending on vegetation management. Since 2010, Kentucky Power has cleared 9,853 miles of overhead lines in eastern Kentucky. That distance is equal to nearly four coast-to-coast trips across the United States.

“Kentucky Power has made significant progress in removing vegetation from within the rights-of-way to improve reliability for our customers,” said Greg Bell, Kentucky Power’s region support manager. “There are more opportunities in front of us with our 5-year trimming cycle.”

Kentucky Power recently completed the first phase of its efforts to trim every mile of its lines. Trimming every mile of line at least once during the first phase was necessary before moving to a 5-year trimming cycle.

Kentucky Power has made such good progress on its trimming plan that the Kentucky Public Service Commission earlier this year approved a proposal to scale back vegetation management spending to save customers money. The plan reduces annual spending from $27 million in 2017 to about $21.5 million in 2018. The first 5-year cycle will begin in January 2019.

“We are proud of this achievement,” Bell said. “But we are far from done. We remain focused on widening opportunities, dead tree abatement and removal of overhanging branches.”

Before 2010, Kentucky Power cleared vegetation, including trees, brush and other growth based on performance. Lines that showed poor reliability and frequent outages were scheduled for clearing. The 5-year trimming cycle is proactive rather than reactive, Bell said.

Bell said Kentucky Power could not have been successful without its forestry contractors. Kentucky Power partners with several vegetation management companies to support clearing efforts: Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Nelson Tree Service, Wright Tree Service, and Davey Resource Group.

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KY POWER JOINS IN CELEBRATING LINEWORKER APPRECIATION DAY

ASHLAND, Ky., July 10, 2018 – Kentucky Power on Tuesday joined with other investor-owned utilities and electrical and utility unions in recognition of National Lineworker Appreciation Day. The day of celebration salutes nearly 75,000 men and women who work to maintain and enhance the energy grid every day across the United State

National Lineworker Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on July 10, and honors the life and work of Henry Miller, the first president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Kentucky Power employees in Hazard took a brief break on a hot Tuesday afternoon to celebrate with ice cream and watermelon inside in electricity-powered air conditioning.

“Whether working here in eastern Kentucky or elsewhere in an emergency, I am proud of the work Kentucky Power employees do every day,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “They are dedicated to their work to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers, and I thank them.”

The nation’s lineworkers are the face of America’s electric companies and often work in dangerous and difficult conditions, said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electrical Institute, the association that represents U.S. investor-owned electric companies.

“Lineworkers are heroes and are among the first responders in the wake of storms and other disasters,” Kuhn said. “The 2017 hurricane season was a massive and unprecedented undertaking, and I am proud of our nation’s lineworkers who pulled together and answered the call for help in Texas, the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. We are grateful to these dedicated men and women, and they truly are deserving of this recognition and our appreciation.”

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Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, provides electric service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S.

 

 

July 7, 2018

ARC 'success story' Misty Borders gives testimony, info about programs 

Shown L to R at Thursday's ceremony are Rotary member Dr. Elaine Desario, Brandon Howard, award winner Joshua Ferguson, and ESGR area chairman Ernest Pitt. Shown L to R at Thursday's ceremony are Rotary member Dr. Elaine Desario, Brandon Howard, award winner Joshua Ferguson, and ESGR area chairman Ernest Pitt.

 

Rotarians met for their weekly meeting on Thursday, July 5, 2018. After the opening prayer for the community, Pledge of Allegiance and reciting of the four-way test the meeting began.

Joshua Ferguson, an employee of Abarta Oil & Gas Co. from Martha, Ky. was Honored by Kentucky’s committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. (ESGR) The presentation of an 'ESG are patriotic' award was made at the meeting in front of the Louisa Rotary club.

Brandon Howard, a staff sergeant in the 577th Sapper Company of the Kentucky Army National Guard, (Prestonsburg) recommended Ferguson for the award. Howard, who also works for Albarta Oil & Gas praised Ferguson and his employer for L to R -  Joshua Ferguson of Abarta Oil & Gas, ESGR Area Chairman Ernest Pitt, and Brandon Howard.L to R - Joshua Ferguson of Abarta Oil & Gas, ESGR Area Chairman Ernest Pitt, and Brandon Howard.being understanding of his military commitments. The company continues his pay and his benefits while he is away from work with the military commitments, Howard stated.

The 577th Sapper Company is attached to the 201st Engineer Battalion which has its headquarters in Ashland, KY. Sappers our combat engineers Who advance with the front line infantry and or some of the first people see it to assess damage. A Sappers role is similar to a combat engineer sweeping the battlefield to make sure the path is safe and clear before others go through.

Presentation of the award was made by ESGR area chairman Ernest Pitt, an attorney with Holbrook and Pitt in Ashland. He also gave Rotarians an overview of ESGR’s efforts To work with employers and Guard and Reserve members in the Commonwealth. “Supervisor’s like Joshua Ferguson and Company’s like Abarta Oil & Gas go beyond the legal requirements to support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves,” Pitt said. These companies represent the qualities we hold dear in the Commonwealth and we are pleased to make this most deserving award today. (See video HERE)

ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws And resolve conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR‘s mission is encouraging employment of guardsmen and reservist who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

Kensinger introduces ARC success story

Misty Borders,  ARC receiving her Four Way Test Coin,  presented by Rotarian Elaine Desario.Misty Borders, ARC receiving her Four Way Test Coin, presented by Rotarian Elaine Desario.After the award was given member Sheila Kensinger introduced ARC’s Misty Borders.

Misty is a recovering addict and employee of ARC that gave an inspirational speech about all of the things ARC has done in her life and countless others. She not only gave her testimony and path to recovery, but also gave Rotarians insight into how the treatment facilities work.

She spoke about how they are getting families involved and educating them as well to fight the epidemic destroying so many in this area.

Overall it was a very informative meeting and then was adjourned for the week.

 

 

July 4, 2018

YOU'RE INVITED ON JULY 5TH!

Masterpiece Cafe serves great coffee, with the best ingredients, and made from scratch foods in an environment filled with the work of talented Appalachian artists in the Painted Cow Art GalleryMasterpiece Cafe serves great coffee, with the best ingredients, and made from scratch foods in an environment filled with the work of talented Appalachian artists in the Painted Cow Art Gallery

 

LOUISA, Ky. -- Masterpiece Cafe, located in downtown Louisa, invites you to its one year anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 5th from 7am to 7pm. Come enjoy discounted specialty drinks ALL DAY LONG.

"It's hard to believe that a year has gone by already! The people of Louisa and the surrounding areas have supported us so much," said Masterpiece Cafe Manager, Melissa Fowler. "We love serving customers great coffee and getting to learn their favorite flavors and drinks. It has been a joy and we look forward to continuing to serve outstanding drinks and handmade baked goods to our wonderful community in the year to come."

(Hint, Hint - we’ve been hearing rumors of food and lunch delivery service coming in the future!)

Masterpiece Cafe owner Lelia Robinson said she is delighted with the reception of her unique business in Louisa.

“What a pleasure and privilege it is to serve our town with great coffee, the best ingredients and made from scratch foods in an environment filled with the work of talented Appalachian artists in the Painted Cow Art Gallery,” Mrs. Robinson said. “We have the friendliest baristas that are always working hard to add to the menu and serve our customers to the best of their ability. Since our customers have requested it, from here forward we will be open on Saturdays and will be adding lunches to our menu very soon!”

“Thank you, Louisa for supporting the local artists and small business by buying local at Masterpiece Cafe located inside Painted Cow Art Gallery - Main Cross Louisa.”

 

L to R - Chloe Robinson, Jerrica Robinson, Brooke Dials, Melissa Fowler, Shannon Pope.  Masterpiece has the friendliest 'baristas' that are always working hard to add to the menu and serve our customers to the best of their abilityL to R - Chloe Robinson, Jerrica Robinson, Brooke Dials, Melissa Fowler, Shannon Pope. Masterpiece has the friendliest 'baristas' that are always working hard to add to the menu and serve our customers to the best of their ability

 

 

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