LOOK WHO WENT ON TOUR!
Selection for the weeklong leadership tour of the nation’s capital is based on an applicant’s grades, extracurricular activities, civic responsibility and leadership potential. Diverse Power annually chooses two or three delegates from its 14-county service area. Applicants submit two recommendations and write an autobiographical essay including their future plans and goals. Semifinalists are interviewed and
Recipe by: Jackie Kennedy, LaGrange, Ga. 1 (11-ounce) box vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/4 cups crumbs) 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered sugar, divided 1 cup finely chopped pecans 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/4 to 1/3 cup bourbon or rum In a large bowl, combine by stirring crushed vanilla wafers, cocoa
A Word from Wayne: A time for reflection
As we near the end of 2019, it’s inevitable that we take pause to reflect on the past 12 months. Simply put, 2019 has been a year of progress. Progress in education, communication and storm assistance. The spring of 2019 ushered in a new group of students eager to learn and jog down their paths
A simple manger started it all
When Pastor Ralph Estes, of Fort Gaines, Ga., was a young boy, his parents planted a seed for a love of Christmas with a simple manger scene. As the years went by, Estes moved from Miami, Fla., to Ohio and from Ohio to Georgia, where he and his wife, Rachel, now reside. Thirty-three years ago,
Green Power EMC receives Green Power Leadership award
Congratulations to Green Power EMC for becoming a recent recipient of the Center for Resource Solutions’ (CRS) 2019 Green Power Leadership Award in the Market Development category. Georgia’s first renewable energy program, Green Power EMC, provides electricity through its 38 member EMCs (electric membership corporations), including Diverse Power. Green Power EMC Members’ renewable energy projects
Service area schools demonstrate sportsmanship and class
From figuring out their next steps in life to juggling extracurricular activities and schoolwork, high school students have much to accomplish—all while they develop their character and habits that will shape the rest of their lives. For those who engage in athletic activities, this is amplified as they not only worry about their actions in
A Word from Wayne: Give thanks for rural electric pioneers
They did their work more than 80 years ago, and most of them have passed away. But the legacy of the men and women who petitioned, paid for and built the electric cooperative that serves your neighborhood lives on every time you turn on the lights, watch TV or charge your cellphone. This holiday season,
This cell on wheels (COW), telecom infrastructure placed on a mobile platform, will enable Diverse Power to better respond and assist natural disaster affected areas. Currently Diverse Power, Flint Energies, Snapping Shoals EMC and Cobb EMC, Harris County government and Georgia Right of Way have joined together in building a (TETRA) radio system, which efficiently
A Word from Wayne: Celebrate Cooperative Month in October
October is the month when members and employees of cooperatives celebrate being part of businesses that are consumer-owned and run by the community. The nation’s consumer-owned, not for-profit electric cooperatives are unique within the $391 billion U.S. electric utility industry. More than 900 cooperatives in 47 states provide electric service to 56 percent of the
Church to home: Nearly 50 years in the making
What used to be a Stovall community church, currently serves as a loving home to James Jackson and his wife of 62 years, Betty. In 1970, the couple purchased the church along with the 4 acres it stands on for the sum of $3,500. “We lived in LaGrange and were driving through the area one
Strawberry Nut Salad
August Recipe – 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin– 1 cup boiling water– 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen, sliced strawberries, thawed and drained– 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained– 2 medium bananas, mashed– 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans– 1 pint sour cream In a large container, combine gelatin with boiling water, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Fold
Traveling exhibition heads to Cuthbert
Museum on Main Street (MoMS), part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, is headed to Cuthbert, Ga., in January. Here the traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” will be on display off the square at 72 Dawson Street. Crossroads is presented in Georgia by Georgia Humanities, the Center for Public History at the
Receive faster responses by updating your contact information
When storms strike and outages occur, Diverse Power is often flooded with calls. Having the correct contact information helps us to access account information at a lightning pace. In addition, by using the My DPI mobile app to report outages, consumer-members are able to monitor outages in real-time as well as bypass the calling queue
A Word from Wayne: Back to school
As students return to school throughout Diverse Power’s service territory, I’m reminded of how important young people are to the future of our communities. In a decade or so, the teenagers starting their senior year at area high schools will be working in local businesses and serving in community organizations. A few may end up
Back to school safety: Dormitory 101
When the words “back to school” are uttered, most think of children returning to grade, middle and high school. Those in college are often not top of mind as they have heard the warnings of “look both ways” and “stranger danger” their entire lives. However, college students should be aware of overlooked and often under-taught
Introducing a new feature of Co-op Connections®
Roadside Assistance is a new feature brought to the Co-op Connections program by Nation Safe Drivers (NSD). NSD has provided premier 24-hour towing and roadside assistance for over 50 years. With access to more than 45,000 towing providers nationwide, including the U.S. and Canada, you can travel with confidence wherever the road may take you.
A Word from Wayne: Rural broadband follow-up
For more than 80 years, electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) have powered millions of Georgia homes, schools and businesses with reliable, affordable power. But, for many years, there has been a growing “digital divide” between rural Georgia and more urban areas, putting hundreds of thousands of Georgians without high-speed broadband internet at a tremendous disadvantage. During
Diverse Power Annual Meeting: 83 years and counting
On May 8, 949 guests attended Diverse Power’s Annual Meeting of Members, including 824 registered consumer-members at the co-op’s LaGrange headquarters and 125 registered consumer-members at Cuthbert’s Pataula District office. Diverse Power President/CEO Wayne Livingston updated members on progress made in the Georgia General Assembly regarding rural broadband and the passing of Senate Bills SB
Smokin’ Mo’s Hawaiian Wings
chicken seasoning of choice 4 pounds wings (drummettes and flats) 1 gallon vegetable oil 1 lemon 1 lime 4 tablespoons butter small bottle hot sauce of your choosing Season and fry wings in oil at 350 degrees until golden brown. In the meantime, slice lemon and lime into quarters. Heat butter and hot sauce to
A Word from Wayne: Get your home in shape for summer
Servicing your air conditioning system and home energy efficiency are a lot like getting an oil change or tuneup for your car. Sure, it’s an expense—but it’s still cheaper than waiting until your unit breaks down to call a technician. It will also save you the stress of being left in the heat and scrambling
Operation Round Up cents turn into dollars
Operation Round Up turns consumer-members’ cents into dollars as 37 students were recently awarded scholarships by the Diverse Power Foundation. Headed by a nine-member volunteer board, the Foundation distributes funds raised through Operation Round Up®, Diverse Power’s philanthropic program, in which consumer-members round up their power bill to the next dollar with the extra change
Updating Pataula’s farmers
Diverse Power hosted its annual luncheon for Pataula District farmers on Jan. 18. The event brings the southwest Georgia cooperative’s senior staff and board of directors and proves to be a perfect way for farmers to communicate their needs to the co-op and for Diverse Power representatives to update farmers on improvements to the electric
A Word from Wayne: Rural broadband
Internet connectivity has become a common thread linking advancing industries and the technology that plays an important role in our day-to- day lives at home, thus making rural broadband essential. Many industries such as manufacturing, education, agriculture and health care all depend on steady and reliable connectivity to utilize the technology of today and keep
April 8th is Lineman Appreciation Day
Many of Georgia’s electric cooperatives, including Diverse Power, are recognizing April 8th 2019 as Lineman Appreciation Day. These men and women work in the most extreme and, at times, extremely dangerous conditions. They venture out into terrible thunder and ice storms, knowing that thousands to millions of people depend on them to keep electricity flowing.
German Chocolate Pie
– 1 (4-ounce) package Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate – 1/4 cup butter – 1 2/3 cups evaporated milk – 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar – 2 tablespoons cornstarch – 1/8 teaspoon salt – 2 eggs – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 2 unbaked deep-dish pie shells – 1 1/3 cups coconut – 1/2 cup chopped
Diverse Power Service Awards presented
Another year brings new service awards to the Diverse Power family. Awards were recently presented to employees at its annual Celebration Luncheon held Dec. 20 at the cooperative’s headquarters in LaGrange. Employees were greeted with congratulations from President/CEO Wayne Livingston and applauded by all in attendance. Honored were, front row, from left, Anthony Talley (10
A Word from Wayne: Mobile app streamlines communication and account access
With technology so readily available in the palm of consumer-members’ hands, Diverse Power is aiming to make communication and account access fast, convenient and reliable by empowering our consumer-members with tools that are easy and intuitive to use. The My DPI mobile app assembles many account features that are also available online in one portable
Space heater safety tips
• Buy space heaters that have been safety tested and have a tip-over shut-off feature. • Before using a space heater, it’s a good idea to make sure your smoke and CO2 detectors are working properly. • Use a space heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface – NOT on carpet, furniture or a countertop.
Highway 27 Purple Heart signs unveiled
After many months of planning and preparation, the dedication and unveiling of Purple Heart signs finally came to fruition on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. A well-suited day for the ceremony, the dedication was held on Veteran’s Day at the Weston C. Lee Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffton, at 2:00 p.m. The local veterans park was
Formula 24 race coming to LaGrange
LaGrange is proud to be the home of two teams making big moves in single seat, electric-powered car racing. Yes! That’s right. Cougar Strong Racing is the name of Long Cane Middle School’s two GreenpowerUSA Formula 24 racing teams. Each team is comprised of 15 elementary students, 5 students from each grade, who build, man
Why should you apply to go on the 2019 Washington Youth Tour?
You could stay home this summer, or you could kick it off with a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C., with more than 100 peers who quickly become close friends. On the Washington Youth Tour, you’ll laugh until your face hurts, sing songs on a tour bus, crane your neck to look at tall buildings, stand
A Word from Wayne: Winter weather and galloping lines
Winter weather can be harsh and cause havoc many months of the year, but severe winter weather is more prevalent in the South January through March. During extreme and fluctuating cold weather conditions such as high winds and freezing rain, lines may begin to gallop. This is when lines take on a jumping, whipping or
Washington Youth Tour delegates wear Georgia Grown pride on their sleeves
The term “Georgia Grown” usually brings to mind something edible, perhaps peanuts, peaches or pecans. But it also refers to apparel, including Georgia Grown T-shirts, which were highly visible in the nation’s capital last June during the annual Washington Youth Tour (WYT). “We thought it would be special for our students to not just wear
Don’t miss out!
Give yourself a holiday gift: Apply at Diverse Power for community and school grants, scholarships and the summer Washington Youth Tour. Deadlines to apply for each of these are in January. For information and applications for Diverse Power Foundation community/school grants and student scholarships, visit dpfi.org or call Executive Assistant Lisa Booth at (706) 845-2000,
Dry Christmas tree equals fire risk
If you bring a live Christmas tree into your home every year, you’re in good company. The National Christmas Tree Association estimates that up to 30 million households celebrate the holidays by decorating a fresh fir or pine. The downside is that tree needles can dry out, turn brown, fall off or even catch fire.
New Co-op Connections Card partners
Diverse Power welcomes four new businesses to our Co-op Connections Card program. Co-op Connections gives our members an opportunity to save when purchasing products or services—and provides area companies free advertising to increase their business. About 100 area businesses participate in the Co-op Connections Card program, which offers money-saving deals to Diverse Power members who
Co-op response to storm: “Amazing”
Jimmy Webb, who operates Harvey Jordan Farms in Calhoun County, called the storm “the scariest thing I’ve ever seen” and its aftermath “a catastrophe.” Damage at his farm included irrigation systems flipped over, timber loss from pine trees clipped in half and equipment shelters ripped apart or left leaning. “The worst part was we had
A Word from Wayne: Plant Vogtle deal makes for a bright energy future
In 2007, when the price of natural gas was double or even triple what it is today, Diverse Power, through our wholesale energy provider, Oglethorpe Power Corp. (OPC), sought opportunities to acquire safe, reliable and affordable electric generation resources to make sure we met your long-term power needs. Natural gas-fired generation was not a competitive
Historic storm slams Pataula District
By Jackie Kennedy Hurricane Michael plowed through southwest Georgia Oct. 10, leaving trees toppled, homes destroyed and 90 percent of Diverse Power’s Pataula District without power. At the height of the historic storm, 210,000 members of multiple electric cooperatives in Georgia were in the dark after the crippling storm damaged transmission lines and substations that
Plant Vogtle deal makes for a bright energy future
In 2007, when the price of natural gas was double or even triple what it is today, Diverse Power, through our wholesale energy provider, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, actively sought opportunities to acquire safe, reliable and affordable electric generation resources to make sure we met your long-term power needs. Natural gas-fired generation was not a competitive
October Recipe: Goblin Cheese Ball
– 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened – 8 green olives stuffed with pimento, divided – 1 package dry ranch dressing mix – 1 red bell pepper, sliced – 1 pepperoncino pepper – coarse black pepper – slivered almonds – 2 tortilla chips – assorted crackers Mix cream cheese and ingredients of ranch packet thoroughly.
Diverse Power’s Wade Hall retires
Diverse Power Senior Vice President/CFO Wade Hall retired Aug. 14 after working at Diverse Power for almost 21 years. Hall came to work at the electric cooperative on Sept. 22, 1997, as division manager of Administration and Finance. While his role as chief financial officer remained basically the same, his title changed in 2000 to
Co-op Council hosts youth and couples conferences
(From left: Cheyenne Colley, Maddie Kirkwood and Devon Cushing attended the Georgia Cooperative Council Youth Leadership Conference in July.) Diverse Power sponsored three area high school students at Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference in July and a local couple at its Couples Conference in August. The Georgia Cooperative Council is composed of farm supply, financial, telephone,
Don’t miss out: Time to apply for grants, scholarships and Youth Tour
On Oct. 1, Diverse Power makes applications available for community and school grants, scholarships and the summer Washington Youth Tour. Applications for all of these are online at diversepower.com or dpfi.org. (See column at left for more information.) The Diverse Power Foundation will announce recipients of scholarships and school and community grants in late March.
1 pound regular or mild sausage 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos, drained 1 (2.25-ounce) canned sliced ripe olives, drained 1 (16-ounce) bottle ranch dressing 2 to 3 cups Mexican cheese, to taste 1 package (48 wraps) wonton wraps Brown sausage; when almost done browning, add peppers and onion.
Community helps school obtain bus
Students from Lafayette Christian School’s Discovery Cottage, in LaGrange, tried out their brand-new, handicapped-accessible school bus for the first time in May when they took a field trip to participate in Troup County Special Olympics. “We are so excited to have the bus,” says Headmaster John Cipolla. “The kids are going to get to do
Energy-Saving Tip – Water Heaters
Did you know you can use less electricity by replacing old water heaters with newer, more energy-efficient models? Old inefficient water heaters can account for almost 18% of your energy usage. For additional energy savings: • Drain a bucket of water from the bottom of the heater twice a year. The bottom can fill with
Long Cane’s GreenPower Tech spurs STEM learning
Long Cane Middle School seventh-grader Summer Horne has been working with her father on car maintenance for years. When she learned last year that she could transfer the knowledge she had gained from her father to the classroom, she signed up for the GreenPower Tech class and became part of the school’s Cougar Strong Racing Team.
Snake safety: Red touches yellow, dead fellow!
(Photo By Dorraine Stanley) Along with the Georgia heat, linemen and right-of-way workers sometimes have to deal with snakes in summer months. Fortunately, most encounters have no adverse consequences. Most snakes are harmless— and actually helpful as they feed on mice and other pests. It’s best to leave these snakes alone, allow- ing them to
Honoring the state’s top students
This past spring, Callaway High School graduate James Wood was one of 11 students in Georgia to receive the Walter Harrison Scholarship, which is sponsored by the state’s electric cooperatives, including Diverse Power. James was among 79 students from Georgia to apply for the $1,000 scholarship this year. Each year, applicants submit essays explaining why