Adams Electric to begin helicopter patrols

Weather permitting, Gettysburg-based Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc. is planning to start a comprehensive aerial patrol of its distribution system in portions of York County on or around March 13.

The aerial inspections will then continue until all critical lines and feeds belonging to the cooperative power system throughout Adams, upper Franklin and Lower Cumberland counties are also surveyed from the air. This can take two-three months to complete, depending on the flying conditions.

2019 Director Election

The Adams Electric director election process began in December as packets became available in each district office for interested candidates to apply. Packets were certified by the Credentials and Election Committee Feb. 6 at its first 2019 meeting. Seven candidates were certified and are listed below by zone. The process will conclude at the co-op's annual meeting May 4. All candidate information presented is posted as it was submitted to the committee.

Practice Cold Weather Safety

Health officials have warned residents to stay indoors as much as possible, since the brutal cold can become dangerous in just minutes. But what actually happens to your body in the frigid air? Almost as soon as you step outside, your body starts to siphon blood flow away from your extremities to focus on keeping your brain and internal organs warm. That’s why your fingers, toes and ears tend to get cold before your core.

Blood vessels start to contract and reduce blood flow to areas including the face, ears, nose and fingers as a “defense mechanism” against extreme cold.

2019 Zone Meetings

Adams Electric invites you and a guest to dinner followed by a brief presentation during which you will learn how Adams is helping its members to 'Let the Right Light Shine,' through energy efficient choices at one of three member (zone) meetings. Hear how the cooperative's rates compare to neighboring utilities and what the co-op is doing to continue to bring you safe, reliable energy.

Adams promotes two engineers to management

Adams Electric Cooperative recently promoted two engineers to management. Chad Thoman, of New Oxford, was named manager of engineering – electrical, and Jeff Turner, of Dillsburg, manager of engineering – mechanical, Dec. 3.

Thoman joined Adams Electric in 2002 as an engineer-in-training and was promoted to staff engineering – electrical in 2006. Thoman manages the co-op’s dispatch center and will add oversight of the key accounts/safety program.

Adams Electric promotes four employees

Adams Electric recently promoted employees to new positions within the cooperative.

Travis Rawlings, of Chambersburg, was named engineering technician within the engineering department, Nov. 1. He started with Adams as a staking technician C in August 2016, then was promoted to staking technician B in February 2017.

Rawlings reports to Brian Shearer, senior staff engineer. He is a graduate of Chambersburg Area High School and completed his associate degree in mechanical engineering through Hagerstown Community College.

Adams Electric names operations manager

Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc. promoted Michael “Mike” Feathers, of New Oxford, to manager of operations, Oct. 22.

Feathers started with Adams as a second year apprentice in 1996, was promoted to journeyman first class in 2002, line serviceman in 2009, and then line superintendent in 2012. He was named operations coordinator in 2016. He reports directly to CEO/General Manager Steve Rasmussen.

Do we owe you money?

When Adams Electric retires Ownership Rewards (patronage capital) to its current and former members, traditionally some of that money remains unclaimed after a year. By law, this money cannot be used to affect rates; therefore, the co-op uses the unclaimed funds to support high school and adult post-secondary education scholarships, invest in community projects and events, and aid members struggling to pay their electric bills.

Adams Electric employee earns supervisory certificate

Eric Altice, of Hanover, a journeyman first class lineman at Adams Electric Cooperative, recently completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) supervisory certificate program in State College, Pa.

Altice joins 51 other cooperative employees who have received their supervisory certificates since 1992. Altice joined the cooperative in 2007 as a first-year apprentice in the operations department. He moved through the ranks annually until he attained the level of journeyman first class in 2014.