Georgia Magazine - February 2010 - (Page 10)

COMPILED BY VICTORIA SCHARF DECASTRO EMCs promote safety at Sunbelt Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs) and Touchstone Energy welcomed thousands of visitors to their exhibit during the 32nd Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, held Oct. 20-22 in Moultrie. While always focused on getting out the message of electric safety, this year the exhibit also promoted awareness of the metals theft issue (and reward). Georgia EMC also partnered with the Georgia Forestry Commission to remind visitors to keep utility poles out of harm’s way when burning their fields. The exhibit offered visitors a place to sit down, relax and enjoy a cold bottle of water and a free bag of popcorn, a bounce house for the kids, a “climbing pole” photo opportunity for kids of all ages, a solar panel, high-voltage demonstrations and the ever-popular Oscar the Robot. The Touchstone Energy hotair balloon carried the U.S. flag above the expo each morning during the national anthem. For the second year, Marathon BILL DURDEN,WASHINGTON EMC CHUCK CUTLER Scouting for repairs Washington Electric Foundation at Washington Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Sandersville recently presented Boy Scout Troop 74 of Sandersville with a check in the amount of $2,400 to assist them in making needed repairs to the troop’s Scout hut. Funding was provided through voluntary donations from Washington EMC member-consumers through the cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. Back row from left, Nathan van Loenen, Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Riner, Scoutmaster Paul van Loenen, Bill Banthrip and Taylor Veal. Front row, Sean Taylor, Joshua Lemon and D’Andre Storey. Oscar the Robot entertains the crowd. Water Heaters donated an $800 water heater as a door prize, and Gresco Utility Supply Inc. coordinated shipping to the winner’s EMC. This year’s winner was a member of Okefenoke REMC. Co-ops involved in the event included Canoochee, Coastal, Colquitt, Coweta-Fayette, Diverse Power, Flint, Grady, Habersham, Hart, Irwin, Jefferson Energy, Little Ocmulgee, Mitchell, Okefenoke, Planters, Satilla and Southern Rivers Energy. Before REA Living without electricity Georgia’s electric cooperatives this year celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA, now Rural Utilities Service, or RUS), established May 11, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to bring electricity to rural farms and homes. While those in America’s cities had experienced the benefits of electricity since the late 1800s, their country cousins remained in the dark three decades into the 20th century. Prior to the REA, rural folk relied on candles or the glow of a kerosene lamp for light. Streetlamps sparkled along city sidewalks, but farms remained isolated and dark according to the sun’s schedule, and hot or cold, depending on the season. As city residents enjoyed water from an indoor faucet and washed clothes in a rotating machine, their rural neighbors hauled buckets filled with water from a stream or backyard well. Cleaning clothes was relegated to one day a week due to the extraordinary effort that went into the backbreaking chore, which called for beating clothes on tree trunks to loosen grime before boiling them in iron pots. Ironing clothes consumed the bulk of another day, according to Lillian Champion of Pine Mountain. “We’d wash and iron on Friday and Saturday to be sure to have a clean shirt for church on Sunday,” she recalls. Rural residents hoped for electricity to ease the burden of their daily chores. —Jackie Kennedy IMAGES REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION © COPYRIGHT NRECA GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - February 2010

Georgia Magazine - February 2010
Picture This?
Oh, Atlanta!
Good Stewards
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - February 2010