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Trucks and trees

Branching out


You might call Owen Electric the Johnny Appleseed of Kentucky’s electric cooperatives. Mike Stafford, manager of business and government relations for Owen Electric, and his colleagues at the cooperative learned that the Grant County Public Library needed trees. They turned the need into action as part of the co-op’s Community Service Initiative.

“It’s very important to us to be involved in our community,” Stafford says, “and this was something practical we could implement.” So one Thursday morning this summer, co-op employees reported to the library and planted several persimmon and serviceberry trees.

“This project benefited a facility that serves the county as a whole and the 7,000 Owen Electric members in Grant County,” Stafford says. “It was a very basic but cool way for our cooperative to be involved in the community.”


Future members of Shelby Energy Cooperative get an introduction to electric cooperatives as they explore the big trucks the cooperative uses each day to keep power flowing to members. Photo: Paul Shovlin

Touch A Truck


The large trucks with buckets that extend into the sky are one of the first things most people notice about their electric cooperative. That is especially true for children, who are often enamored with the oversized vehicles.

Shelby Energy Cooperative recently gave children a chance to explore those trucks up close during their “Touch A Truck” event at Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville. Children could go inside the trucks and see the controls and also touch the vehicles. Line technicians Rick Shaw, Gary Warford, and Mike Mason, with Manager of Engineering Paul Shovlin, were there to answer questions and tell the kids about the trucks and their jobs.

“Many day cares and preschools in Shelby County brought their students out to learn about the trucks and the jobs that require their use,” says Debra J. Martin, president and CEO of Shelby Energy Cooperative. “Being a part of this fun event gave us the opportunity to connect with the children in our community.”

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