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Kankakee Valley REMC Employees Give Back to Starke, Porter Counties

Gov. Mike Pence has declared this “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day.” Kankakee Valley REMC members are spending it giving back to the community. They are adding a new section of privacy and security fence at the Phoenix House in Knox. It’s a transitional facility for women and children who have left home to escape domestic violence. They are also painting a 700-foot-long fence for longtime REMC member Mrs. Dolores Hammerlund at her home on 350 West in Knox. Continue reading

Power Restored Across Kankakee Valley, More Storms Possible

The lights are back on for NIPSCO and Kankakee Valley REMC customers after a strong thunderstorm rolled through the area yesterday afternoon. Neither utility is reporting outages at this time. Yesterday more than 1,000 NIPSCO and 230 Kankakee Valley REMC customers were without power. Continue reading

Expert Says Proposed Coal Regulations Don’t Consider “Big Picture”

The proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations of coal-fired power plants could hit Hoosier energy consumers hard in the pocketbook. That’s the contention of organizations like Kankakee Valley REMC, NIPSCO and even Gov. Mike Pence, who are all opposed to what they say is an overreaching proposal by EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Kankakee Valley REMC Shows Support for the Starke County Fair with a Generous Donation

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KVREMC Communications&Marketing Director Amanda Steeb presents a donation check to Starke County fair board members, Roger Ferch and Ed Troike.

Kankakee Valley REMC is committed to serving their community. They provide electric services to approximately 18,000 individuals in Starke, Pulaski, Porter, Lake, Marshall, St. Joseph and La Porte counties.

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Post-Storm Power Restoration May Take Days

NIPSCO officials say it could take several days to restore power to areas affected by Monday night’s storms. As of 4:30 this morning, nearly 35,000 customers are still in the dark. That number includes more than 700 in Starke County, more than 600 in Marshall County and a handful in Pulaski County. Nearly 2,000 NIPSCO customers in LaPorte are without power as well. Continue reading

Storms Leave Kankakee Valley in the Dark

Power is still out this morning across much of the Kankakee Valley after two lines of strong storms tore through the area last night. NIPSCO and Kanakee Valley REMC crews are working as fast as they can to restore power to affected areas. About 3,800 REMC customers in Starke, Pulaski and Marshall Counties are in the dark. More than 86,000 NIPSCO customers across the northern Indiana are without power as well. Continue reading

Electric Cooperatives Formally Oppose Proposed EPA Rule Change

Indiana’s electrical cooperative are among the first to file opposition to proposed federal changes to the way coal-fired power plants are regulated. REMC officials say the restrictions on emissions are too strict and will drive the cost of power significantly higher for all utility customers. They also fear Indiana will lost its competitive edge in recruiting and retaining businesses because of the state’s current low-cost electricity. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register this week, which marks the beginning of a 120-day public comment period. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Receives Operation Round Up Grant

Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Irene Szakonyi and Amanda Steeb from Kanakee Valley REMC

Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Irene Szakonyi and Amanda Steeb from Kanakee Valley REMC

The Starke County Youth Club is benefiting from Kankakee Valley REMC members who choose to round their monthly bills up to the nearest dollar. The organization received a $3,000 Operation Round Up grant from the electrical cooperative. SCYC Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the money will provide supplies for the many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects the club offers at sites across Starke County. She says the activities the club offers in an after-school setting help youngsters develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills and build confidence. Visit www.thescyc.org for more information. Kankakee Valley REMC is a member-owned rural electric cooperative serving approximately 18,000 members throughout portions of Starke, Pulaski, Porter, Lake, Marshall, St. Joseph and LaPorte Counties. Members who take part in Operation Round Up donate an average of $6 per year, which is then distributed to local nonprofit organizations throughout the service territory.

 

KVREMC Sets Little League Light Poles

The little league diamond at the North Judson Town Park is shining brightly, thanks to a recent assist from Kankakee Valley REMC. A crew from the utility company set the three new light poles the town purchased for the park. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town board sent them a thank you letter.

Knox Man Reelected to Kankakee Valley REMC Board

Ronald Singleton

Ronald Singleton

A Knox man will continue to serve parts of Starke and Marshall County as a member of the Kanakee Valley REMC Board of Directors.

Ronald Singleton was reelected to the District 4 seat for another three-year term during the cooperative’s annual membership meeting Tuesday night. He’s served on the board since 1987. During his tenure he has held numerous leadership roles, including secretary-treasurer from 1988-2003 and 2008 to 2010. Singleton received his Credentialed Cooperative Leadership Certificate in 1991 and Board Leadership Certificate in 1996.

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Proposed Regulations Could Increase Electric Costs By 32 Percent

Electric utility customers across the state may have heard of a potential rate increase through NIPSCO or Kankakee Valley REMC, or really any other electric provider, due to proposed legislation that, if passed, could cause an increase in the area of 32 percent for electric bills. KVREMC’s Amanda Steeb told WKVI that the EPA has proposed additional regulation placing intense limitations on carbon emission from coal power plants, which, for a coal producer like Indiana, can cause steep increases in electric utilities.

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KVREMC Operation Roundup Grants $5000 to Starke County Organizations

The Kankakee Valley REMC Operation Roundup Trust grant program has awarded $7,050 to area nonprofit organizations, showing their support for such organizations as they have for the past 14 years.

Amanda Steeb, communications director for KVREMC, said they’ve been able to give more than $850,000 since their start in 2000 because of their members and generous contributions by those who round up their electric bills each month.

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Cold Weather Possible Culprit for Widespread Power Outage

Kankakee Valley REMCLast night’s sub-zero temperatures are likely to blame for a widespread power outage that left more than 1,300 Kankakee Valley REMC customers in the dark. The initial outage was reported around 6 p.m. in the Bass Lake and Monterey areas and affected more than 450 members. REMC crews identified the problem but had to cut power to additional customers in order to safely make repairs to the damaged source that was feeding an REMC metering point. Kankakee Valley REMC spokeswoman Amanda Steeb told WKVI news The cold makes the metal wire contract or shrink and break at a weak point or where a prior repair has been made. The Bass Lake Fire Station opened last night as a temporary warming shelter for affected residents. IU Health Starke Hospital is the county’s permanent warming center for the duration of this cold snap. The hospital lobby is available 24 hours to anyone who needs to get in out of the cold.

 

Operation Round Up Scholarships Available

Operation Round Up is offering a total of six scholarships for high school seniors who are planning to continue their education at a college or university in 2014. Operation Round Up Scholarships are available for students whose parents or guardians are Kankakee Valley REMC members and have been participating in Operation Round up since Jan. 27, 2014, which is one month prior to when the applications are due.

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Local Store Benefits from Energy Rebate

Darrell Marks, energy advisor for Kankakee Valley REMC, presents a check to Mark Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Discount Center.

Darrell Marks, energy advisor for Kankakee Valley REMC, presents a check to Mark Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Discount Center.

“America’s Bargain Capital” is quite a bit brighter thanks to an energy efficiency incentive offered by Kankakee Valley REMC. Mark Bailey of Bailey’s Discount Center opted to replace all of the old fluorescent and metal halide fixtures in the warehouse with modern, higher-efficiency fluorescents after talking to REMC officials about the Power Moves incentive program. Wabash Valley Power, the organization that supplies wholesale electricity to Kankakee Valley REMC, pays cash incentives to commercial and industrial facilities that replace older, less-efficient lighting and other equipment with higher-efficiency devices. As an REMC member, Bailey’s was eligible for the program. Kankakee Valley REMC Energy Advisor Darrell Marks recently presented Bailey a rebate check for $7,600.

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Pillowcase Ladies Receive Grant from Kankakee Valley REMC

Young patients at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis will continue to enjoy bright, colorful, handmade pillowcases made by volunteers in Winamac thanks to the generosity of Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up program.

The Pillowcase Ladies recently received a $1,000 grant from the cooperative to help purchase fabric. The women have been making pillowcases for patients there since 2012. They were inspired by Winamac Community High School cheerleader Cierra Schmicker, who was hospitalized there for treatment. Their initial pillowcase sew was funded by donations from individuals and businesses. The ladies have continued to congregate and make pillowcases and have held successful fundraiser to cover the cost of their materials. Each pillowcase costs about $3 to make.

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KVREMC Makes $5000 Donation to 4-H Fairs

Kankakee Valley REMC recently made a donation to the 4-H fairs in Starke and Pulaski counties in the amount of $5000 to assist with the 4-H program and maintenance to the fairgrounds. Amanda Steeb, communications director for KVREMC, said the company is committed to providing these donations each year for the next decade as part of their commitment to the community.

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REMC Replaces North Judson Utility Pole

A combination of winds and rotten wood recently caused a utility pole in the North Judson Town Park to fall down. Kankakee Valley REMC donated a pole and set it in place for no charge, even though the utility does not have any customers within the North Judson town limits. Town board members expressed their appreciation for this gesture when they met this week.

Porter-Starke Services Receives $5000 Grant For Parenting Class

A $5,000 grant was recently awarded to the Porter-Starke Services Foundation to continue the “You and Your Baby” program designed to build parenting skills for first-time mothers.

The free four-week program covers basic needs of the baby, techniques for discipline, how to trigger natural responses from the baby and how first-time parents can connect with their child. The program was initially started through a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso and will be continued with the funds provided by Kankakee Valley REMC made available through REMC’s Roundup program.

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