One week ago yesterday, a nasty storm blew into Kennett at around 6 p.m. My son and I were at the grocery store picking up a couple things for dinner when the sky went black and the weather sirens began sounding.
When we got home, after having to wait out the storm in the store, I discovered there was no electricity. Funny thing about electric ranges, you can't cook on them when the power is out.
After making a couple phone calls I found out that the power was only out in my neighborhood and a couple other places around town. After discussing what to do about dinner, my wife and I decided that maybe I should "cook," so I hurried out to one of the local restaurant's to "cook" up something for dinner.
As I left the neighborhood, I couldn't help but notice the CLGW crews already at work trying to restore power to my neighborhood, even with the rain still coming down.
It was then that I realized how much we take for granted the utility infrastructure and the crews at CLGW who put it all on the line so that we can carry out our daily routines.
To those workers who left their families during the storm to bring my neighborhood back online, I say "Thank You." We all realized how important the various departments at CLGW are during the 2009 ice storm, but since that time, I think we have slipped back into our routines and forgot the men and women who keep our town functioning, not just the utility crew, but all departments -- water, water treatment, gas, Internet, customer service, and any that I may be forgetting.
They all deserve our gratitude on a daily basis.
PS. I called my wife after I saw the CLGW truck to see if the power was back on. It was, but she had already decided that she would prefer that I "cook."
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'Ham'ming it up
This weekend, the Bootheel Amateur Radio Club will host its annual Field Day at Oak Haven Park.
The two day event -- Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 -- will showcase the various technologies that BARC and other "ham" radio operators use to relay messages during disasters.
I'm not one to make claims to know anything about ham radio, or any radio for that matter, but I do know that the guys and gals involved with BARC have worked closely with the local authorities and Kennett Public Schools and they will be there when and if we need them.
This weekend's event should be interesting for anyone wishing to learn more about amateur radio.
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Anyone who knows me is sure to know that my wife is an animal lover. This past weekend, as a way to help the Kennett Humane Department, we hosted a $5 Dog Bath and Pet Adoption Day at her shop, Sudsy Puppy Grooming Salon.
Thanks to the generous citizens of Kennett and the surrounding area, we were able to raise approximately $100 before getting rained out. This money will be used to purchase a canopy for the Kennett Humane Department to keep the dogs out of the sun at future adoptions. Any remaining money will be donated to the department.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who showed up in support of the Kennett Humane Department. Humane Officer Tena Petix does an incredible job with these animals and deserves a round of applause.
For anyone interested, another pet adoption will be held at Goody's (formerly Stage), beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday. Those looking to provide a "fur"ever home for these four-legged friends are more encouraged to come out.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunkin Democrat.