April 20, 2014

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Electric co-op schedules annual meeting for July 21

WELLINGTON – Climate change legislation and the cost of energy will be the hot topics at the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative annual meeting on July 21 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

The get-together – which includes free dinner to members – includes entertainment and a business meeting. A crowd of more than 2,000 members and guests turned out last year.

LMRE General Manager Markus I. Bryant and Buckeye Power CEO Anthony J. Ahern will address the crowd during the co-op’s business meeting, which begins at

7 p.m. Buckeye Power is the wholesale power supplier to LMRE and 23 other Ohio electric co-ops.

The Ohio electric cooperatives have opposed “cap and trade” legislation to reduce greenhouse gases, contending it is unaffordable for the average Ohio electric consumer and sets unrealistic and unachievable emission-control targets.

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a cap and trade bill last month, and the U.S. Senate is expected to take up the issue this fall.

The main purpose of the annual meeting is to elect trustees to the co-op’s board.

There will be a contested race for District 5 with Neal N. Gimben of LaGrange Township facing incumbent Judy A. Pickworth, also of LaGrange Township. Running unopposed in District 2 are James R. McConnell of Pittsfield Township and District 8 trustee Keith E. Lowe of Homer Township in Medina County.

Gimben is retired from the Local Union 129 of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Pickworth is a teacher at McCormick Middle School in Wellington and is completing her first three-year term on the LMRE board.

McConnell and Lowe have been on the board since 1997. McConnell’s district includes Camden, Florence, Henrietta, New Russia and Pittsfield townships. Lowe’s district includes parts of Medina and Wayne counties.

More information on candidates can be found in the July edition of Country Living magazine, which is sent to all cooperative members.

Matt Walch, a Frank Sinatra tribute artist, will take the stage at 6 p.m.

The business meeting features reports from LMRE President Kenneth Diedrick, Treasurer Keith Lowe, LMRE People Fund Chairman Wil Geiss, Bryant and Ahern.

Registration opens at 4 p.m. co-op members should bring the signed registration card sent with the July bill.

The Lorain County Farm Bureau will be conducting fire extinguisher training classes at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Each class participant will be able to extinguish a small fire.

Lifeshare will provide bloodmobile services. The Lorain County Chapter will be accepting blood donations at the fairgrounds. Anyone who is age 17 or older, weighs at least 110 pounds and generally is in good health is eligible to donate.

Dinner will be served to members by Big Dog Catering of Wellington from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a flea market and displays featuring businesses served by LMRE. There also will be displays featuring geothermal dealers, energy-efficient lighting and standby generators.

A inflatable bouncer is available for children and other activities for them also are planned.

LMRE serves 16,000 consumers in Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Wayne and Huron counties.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.