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Sullivan rabbit-processing facility reaches 50-year milestone

LaDonna and Pete Henson own Briarwood Valley Farms in Sullivan and are proud to be celebrating 50 years of operation. 
LaDonna Henson wears many hats at work. “Pete and I are the owners, but I’m the glue that holds it all together,” she said. In the first year, only 35 rabbits were butchered, but the business recently butchered as many as 25,000 rabbits in a year. The business even stayed operational through a fire in 1988. 

Trustee nominating petitions available Feb. 12

Nominating petitions for three district seats on the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees will be available Monday, Feb. 12, at the cooperative’s office in Wellington. 

Cooperative members interested in a seat will need to secure at least 25 signatures from members residing in their district, similar to the process that township trustees and school board members must follow.  

Petitions must be filed with the cooperative by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 12. 

Phone scam is targeting members

Multiple Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative consumers have called in to report that they received a suspicious phone call claiming to be coming from the LMRE office. 

People Fund trustees appointed

Joining the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric People Fund board in 2018 will be Jackie Johnson of Penfield Township and Cristy Edwards of Troy Township. They were each appointed by the cooperative’s board of trustees last fall.  

Rate adjustments effective Jan. 1

The new rate schedule for Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative went into effect Jan. 1 and will be reflected on members’ February bills. 

Dispelling time-of-day rate misconceptions

Last fall, we mailed everyone a Time-of-Day (TOD) Rate magnet showing our on-peak and off-peak hours for the calendar year. We have always been concerned that members may not understand the concept behind this rate. 
Last spring, we conducted our annual customer satisfaction survey and asked members a series of questions regarding their familiarity with the TOD Rate. The results were encouraging. Eighty-three percent said they were aware of it, and the percentage rose to 93 after being prompted by the person conducting the survey. 

Beat The Peak

Due to the extreme cold, wind, and high demand for power, load control to reduce power use may be necessary through the entire week for members who have load control switches.

LMRE supports repeal of Clean Power Plan

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative announced Tuesday that it supports the efforts of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to repeal the mandates of the Clean Power Plan in favor of a collaborative, common-sense approach that maintains the delivery of clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.

Cardinal Power Plant Tour

More than 30 members, employees, and Black River students toured the Cardinal Power Plant in Brilliant, Ohio. The trip included lunch at Froehlich's restaurant in Steubenville before the walking tour at Cardinal. Members took the opportunity to learn more about the facility that they, as Ohio electric co-op members, own. The students learned about the science behind the generation of electricity. 

LMRE sends lineman to help restore power following Hurricane Irma

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative is sending four linemen and two trucks to assist southern Georgia electric cooperatives in restoring power following the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. 

The four-man crew is expected to Wellington at about 5 a.m. Tuesday and will travel in a bucket truck and derrick-digger about 1,250 miles to assist the southern Georgia cooperatives. It has yet to be determined which electric cooperative they will be assisting. 

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