Customers asked to call CVPS if power still out

first_imgOver 500 workers continued to work to restore power to the last 300 CVPS customers in Windham County Thursday morning.”We made good progress Wednesday, and with the light so visible at the end of the tunnel, we’re giving it all we’ve got yet again today,” said spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Each repair is still coming slow, as crews continue to spend hours to restore power one or two customers at a time, but we expect every customer outage we are aware of to be restored by late tonight. Thus we encourage customers still without power to call 1-800-451-2877.”At daybreak Thursday, more than 75 contract lines crews were working with 40 CVPS line crews, 50 tree crews and hundreds of support staff to wrap up the $3 million restoration effort that began Friday.”This has been a long but amazing restoration effort. The ice and tree damage we’ve seen in Windsor and especially Windham County rivals anything we’ve seen in our service territory. And we could not have done this without the invaluable coordination and support of dozens of utilities and local businesses, and federal, state and local officials,” said CVPS President Bob Young. “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve seen from the customers, communities and businesses we serve. I cannot put into words how much we appreciate everyone’s efforts, patience and selflessness to restore normalcy to our customers. I also want to thank our employees, who have devoted themselves to customers while putting their own lives on hold.”CVPS estimates that it has resolved more than 1,200 separate problems on its system this week, in some cases rebuilding sections that were destroyed within Orange, Windsor and Windham counties. Over 80 poles were broken – more than 50 of those in Windham County alone, and thousands of trees brought down hundreds of lines.PLEASE CALLCVPS asked customers who are still without power as of 8 a.m. today to contact the company at 1-800-451-2877. Due to the extent of the damage in some areas that are affecting only single and small groups of customers, some without power may not be listed in the outage management system. As restoration efforts draw toward an end, the company wants to assure that no one is left without power.If customers see that others in their neighborhood have power, but they do not, CVPS asks that those customers switch their breakers off and on to assure the problem is not localized inside their home.The company also reminded customers that while service lines or overhead wires that run from a pole to a house or business are the utility’s responsibility, the service cable that runs along the side of the house is the customer’s responsibility.If those service cables are damaged, customers should contact an electrician. The service bracket that attaches the service line to the house is generally maintained by CVPS. However, the weather head, attached to the service cable, which prevents water damage to the wiring, is maintained by the customer’s electrician.last_img read more

New Nature Preserve Opens Near Shelbyville

first_imgSHELBYVILLE, Ind. — A nature preserve with century old trees is opened Thursday.Governor Mike Pence joined the Central Indiana Land Trust for a ribbon cutting at Meltzer Woods, a new nature preserve near Shelbyville that includes one of Indiana’s few old-growth forests – meaning it includes trees more than 150 years old that have been relatively undisturbed.Meltzer Woods is one of the few places Hoosiers can visit a forest that predates Indiana’s statehood, let alone (as in this case) the birth of our nation or even Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.Following the ribbon cutting, the preserve opened to the public for hiking, bird watching and enjoying.The preserve will be open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.last_img

Orchard Dale kids get a taste of rural life

first_img“This is so much better than going to the zoo,” said parent Antonia Jauregui, 43, watching her son Julian at the square dance station. “At the zoo, the kids have to walk for a long time and it’s hard to keep track of all of them. “But this gives us an opportunity to come to the school and share this with our children,” she added. “And it gives them a little bit of a farm experience, better than what they would just see in a book.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event was organized by special education instructional aide Cathy McIntosh and the school’s five kindergarten teachers – Sheila Maldonado, Michelle Barber, Andrea Carlson, Jennifer Ogden and Jamila Williams. “Normally, we would take the kids to the zoo. But the trip was always hectic, and the kids didn’t enjoy it as much,” Williams said. “But Scott Avenue \ does this every year and we were able to see it there. We thought it would fit well here.” The teachers created several stations to rotate the children through, including a supermarket game with fresh vegetables, a faux cow-milking stand, ring toss, petting zoo and bubble-blowing area. “Look,” said Williams, pointing to a giant poster atop a chain-link fence where students were free to paint farm animals and scenes. “See, they painted the fish in the pond – they’re not out floating in some other space. That means they were paying attention.” Students were also treated to a few quick square dance lessons by Melissa Gummick, a school district employee who also talked to them about the early morning duties of a farmer. • Photo Gallery: Farm Day at Orchard Dale Elementary EAST WHITTIER – Square-dancing, hay rides, ponies – the farming life doesn’t get any better than this. Just ask kindergartners who participated in Orchard Dale Elementary School’s first-ever Farm Day on Wednesday, which wrapped up a classroom course on farms and gave the city-slicker kids a feel for rural life. “I didn’t know anything about farms before this,” kindergartner Jordan Barber, 6, said after enjoying a solo hay ride – in a teal Fisher-Price plastic wagon – around the school’s blacktop. last_img read more