Rural Missouri - August 2011 - (Page 4)

C O M M E N T S “Devoted to the rural way of life” August 2011 Volume 63 / Number 8 Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Kyle Spradley, field editor Megan Schibi, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Caitlyn Emmett, summer intern Angie Jones-Gerber Dusty Weter Co-op page designers No strings attached aking ends meet these days is a difficult proposition for a lot of folks. The price of just about everything is on the rise. From food to fuel, there’s just too much month at the end of the money. In such tight times, no one would literally throw their hardearned cash out the window, yet for those living in energy-inefficient housing, the dollars slip right through the poorly insulated walls and around unsealed doors and windows. Fortunately, there’s help with no strings attached. In cooperation with local weatherization agencies, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Weatherization Assistance Program is offering no-cost weatherization to Missouri residents — including electric cooperative members — who might not otherwise be able to afford the up-front expense of making their homes more energy efficient. The state has received more than $128 million in federal stimulus funding for the project, and much of the funding remains. All stimulus dollars must be spent by March 31, 2012. Income guidelines determine eligibility for the program. For example, a family of four earning $44,700 or less would qualify for no-cost weatherization. According to DNR estimates, the typical Missouri household can save as much as $437 annually with this weatherization assistance. These energy-efficient measures may include adding insulation to walls and attics, as well as weatherstripping windows and doors. Professionally trained local crews use the latest energy audit technologies to identify the best energy-saving steps for each home. “It’s a lot more affordable to make somebody’s house M Assistance is available for no-cost weatherization USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2011, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Call for reprint rights. Rural Missouri is published monthly by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Barry Hart, executive vice president. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year or $21 for three years, taxes and postage included. Group rate for members of participating RECs $3.99, taxes and postage included. Delivery as specified by subscriber. If not specified, delivery will be by periodical class mail at subscriber’s expense. Periodical Class postage paid at Jefferson City, MO, and additional mailing offices. graphic courtesy of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources more efficient to heat and cool than it is to keep paying their utility bills,” says Chris Rohlfing, manager of member services at Boone Electric Cooperative in Columbia. “If you don’t qualify for the limited-income program, however, your electric co-op still can help.” For more information on Missouri’s Weatherization Assistance Program, contact the weatherization agency for your region (listed in the graphic above), call 573-522-6353 or visit Postmasters: Send address changes to Rural Missouri, P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Rural Missouri. Advertising standards: Advertising published in Rural Missouri is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services offered are accurately described and sold to customers at the advertised price. Rural Missouri and Missouri’s electric cooperatives do not endorse any products or services advertised herein. Advertising that does not conform to these standards or that is deceptive or misleading is never knowingly accepted by this publication. Advertising information: 573-659-3400 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market; 611 S. Congress St., Suite 504; Austin, TX 78704 573-659-3400 Member, Missouri Association of Publications and Missouri Press Association P.O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-659-3423 Rural Missouri Find us on Veatch new manager at Osage Valley Electric mer member of the Butler Rotary Club, aryl Veatch, who was previously serving as past president; the Butler Area assistant manager at Osage Valley Chamber of Commerce, serving as past Electric Cooperative in Butler, has president; and the Butler R-V School Board been named the co-op’s new genvice president. He currently is a member eral manager. of the Harrisonville Rotary Club and the Since 1999, Veatch had been the assistant Abundant Life Baptist Church. He is a manager at Osage Valley Electric. His tenure former president of the Missouri Electric with the co-op began in January 1989 when Cooperatives Human Resource Associahe was hired to serve as office manager. tion, Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives Veatch’s cooperative career began in 1972 Accountants Association and the Region 8 at Grundy Electric Cooperative in Trenton as REC Accountants Association. a part-time employee working in the office During his years of service to Missouri’s and in line construction. He was hired as a electric cooperatives, Veatch has seen many work order clerk in 1973. In 1978, he was changes, and he looks forward to continupromoted to accounting supervisor. ing to work with the members and employA 1972 graduate of Trenton High School, ees. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Veatch attended college at North Central Daryl Veatch Pam; his children, Aaron and April; and Missouri College in Trenton. He attained an with his step children. associate degree and moved on to Tarkio College where he Missouri’s electric cooperatives welcome Veatch to his earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. new role. Veatch is active in local community affairs. He is a for- D 4 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - August 2011

Rural Missouri - August 2011
Stop and smell the barbecue
2011 Missouri Youth Tour
The fight on Bloody Hill
Missouri snapshots
Out of the Way Eats
Eight seconds to win
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
Touring history
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - August 2011