Groton Fall Festival is October 5th

Join us on Saturday, October 5th for a family-friendly day of fun at Poquonnock Plains Park in Groton for our 14th Annual Groton Fall Festival! Groton Utilities is proud to be the premier sponsor of this event and this year will be better than ever: we’ll have traditional fall activities, family tournament games with prizes, food and beverage trucks, and nearly 100 local vendors and businesses including artists, artisans, crafters and non-profits from around the Groton and Mystic regions sharing their businesses with the Greater Groton & Mystic communities.

Among the many fun activities is a pie baking contest. To enter the competition just register here. Your pie must be homemade, fall-themed, and any flavor goes, as long as it makes us think of the autumn season! Pies will be judged on flavor, appearance, and creativity, so no holding back!

Bring your best Fall-themed pie to the Groton Fall Festival on October 5th to be judged at 12:30 PM. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your baking skills to our special guest judges and win prizes throughout the day! Email kearney@mysticchamber.org with questions.

Who doesn’t like a good game of Cornhole? Nobody, that’s who! Come join the fun in the Fall Festival Cornhole Tournament. The games begin at noon with registration opening at 11:15 AM. Head to the Greater Mystic Chamber booth and register to participate for the opportunity to win a fantastic prize from one of our member businesses!

These are just a few of the activities going on at the Fall Festival. Bring the whole family on October 5th and have wonderful day. Additionally, if you are a vendor or a business and would like to have a booth it’s not too late to sign up. Just follow this link and sign up  – registration deadline is September 20th.

 

Groton Utilities Issues Telephone Scam Alert

Groton Utilities has issued a telephone scam alert as some customers are currently receiving unsolicited telephone calls threatening to shut off their electricity. The callers are claiming to be the utility company and are “demanding” immediate payment or your service will be shut off.Scam Alert

We urge all Groton Utilities customers to call customer service at 860-446-4000 if they have any doubts about these types of calls. All calls of this sort will be responded to promptly as we are aware that there is a scam going around.

Groton Utilities will never disconnect a customer’s service without following our policies and procedures which insure a proper review of a customer’s account and reasonable opportunities to pay a delinquent account. If Groton Utilities contacts you directly, we will always identify ourselves at the outset of the telephone call as being specifically from Groton Utilities.

Groton Utilities recommends that you always ask for identification of any caller and their telephone numbers. You can always call us directly at our Customer Service Center at 860-446-4000 to confirm the legitimacy of any unsolicited calls to your residence or business.

Never give your personal financial information to anyone whom you do not know. This includes credit card numbers, social security numbers or bank account numbers.

Rebate Presented to Sacred Heart School

Sacred Heart School Rebate PresentationOn Wednesday, September 4th Groton Utilities presented Sacred Heart School with a rebate check in the amount of $8,850 as part of their energy conservation program. Groton Utilities encourages customers and businesses to embrace energy conservation and offer a number of rebate programs to assist customers and businesses in making the switch to energy-conscience technologies.

Sacred Heart School was eligible for the rebate by purchasing and installing seventeen qualifying heater/air conditioner units throughout their building.

At the presentation were (from left to right) Rev. Dariusz Dudzik (Sacred Heart Church), Mike Comeau (Sacred Heart School Custodial Supervisor), Dr. Gail Kingston (Principal Sacred Heart School), Daniel Bouges (GU Manager of Communication) and Len Mediavilla (GU Key Accounts GM).

Groton Utilities offers residential and business customers a variety of energy conservation programs to help reduce energy costs. These programs are designed to help people reduce energy costs by promoting the installation of more energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heat pump water heaters, electric motors, and refrigeration solutions.

In addition to these programs Groton Utilities has started a pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars and level 2 chargers. Read more about Groton Utilities energy conservation programs on the company website (www.grotonutilities.com) under the Energy Conservation section.

Hurricane Season – Storm Preparation

August/September is the peak of Hurricane season and there are certain things that everyone can do to be as prepared as possible should a storm hit the region.

Prepare for a Storm:

  • Have candles and flashlights available for emergency light, and a battery-operated radio for weather reports and other information. Make sure you have matches and fresh batteries, too.
  • Create an emergency kit with essential items such as food, water and communication devices. It should include non-perishable food, water bottles, medicine and supplies. There should be enough items to survive at least 72 hours.
  • If you see that a major storm is coming be sure to charge all your cellphones and tablets as well as any backup batteries you may have.
  • Please note: Customers with special medical problems such as having oxygen requirements should have a backup plan.

During an outage:

  • If all your power suddenly shuts off, the main breaker in your electrical breaker box may have tripped. You can restore power simply by moving the switch to “off,” then back to the “on” position. Check your fuses, too, if you have them.
  • If your area is without power, or you see any downed wires, call Groton Utilities at (860) 446-4000. Call us if you see damage to electrical equipment, or anything out of the ordinary such as trees or branches on wires. Do not go near any wires. Even a downed wire may be dangerous.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers closed. Contents should be safe for at least 24 hours. Turn off your appliances. When power is restored, turn them back on gradually.
  • Don’t worry. We respond to outages immediately and continue to work until all customers have power. Check our Facebook page and grotonutilities.com for outage updates. In the case of a full hurricane, your patience would certainly be most appreciated.

Below are some information sources you may find helpful in preparing for a major storm:

FEMA Hurricane Preparedness

National Hurricane Center

CDC – Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

FEMA Family Emergency Plan

FEMA Emergency Supply Kit

Groton Utilities Employees Help Those in Need

At Groton Utilities we value safety. That’s a good company policy, but not all that uncommon. Where we may differentiate ourselves is that we value the safety and well-being of everyone – from co-workers to family to the people in our community. Groton Utilities is a publicly owned utility and it is very important to us that we can be a valuable and contributing member of this community. That being said, I’m not sure even our best laid plans would have led us to believe we’d be out in the community lending medical assistance the amount that we have.

Early this year 102 utility employees attended first aid training and became certified in CPR/First Aid/AED. Additionally, 111 employees attended the nationally recognized “Stop the Bleed” training, which teaches students how to handle a variety of bleeding scenarios. For most, these classes were a “good to know” situation, where students tucked away useful tips and life-saving procedures into the back of their minds, perhaps never to use them in real life situations. However, for a surprisingly plentiful group of employees, this knowledge was put into action in short order.

Soon after the training Matthew Lyon and Matthew Cook, both employed in the Electric Division of Groton Utilities, assisted an elderly man who had fallen on a sidewalk due to icy conditions. The two were driving across town returning to the Groton Utilities Operations Complex when they saw the man on the ground. They pulled their company vehicle over, helped the man up and walked him back to his house – making sure he was ok before they left. While no medical assistance was required, it was their heads up awareness and their willingness to jump right in and help that served the elderly man well.

The Water Division’s Kevin Ziolkovski works as an EMT when not at GU, so we can’t fully give credit to the company’s safety training classes for his actions – but that doesn’t take anything away from his decisive actions. In early spring Kevin was driving to his worksite in Groton when he saw a woman lying on the ground on the side of the road. When he stopped to provide aid he noticed that the woman had a significant head injury and had bitten through a section of her tongue as well. Kevin provided the necessary care while also calling 911 and attended to the patient until an ambulance arrived. There’s no telling what could have happened if Kevin hadn’t noticed the situation and acted decisively.

 Later in the spring Dawn Brown, a laboratory technician in the Water Division, was driving back to the lab from the City Municipal Building when she noticed a man having a seizure on the sidewalk near the REM Boot Company on Route 12. Dawn pulled her vehicle over to assist another person who was already trying to help, but realized soon after that the good Samaritan was panicking and not sufficiently helping the convulsing man. She recalled her recently learned CPR and First Aid training and instructed the man to call 911 right off. At that point she noticed that the man was frothing at the mouth and, again using her training, rolled him on his side so that he would avoid choking, while at the same time holding his head to help him from banging it against the sidewalk, as he was still convulsing. She then stayed with the man until professional medical assistance arrived.

And in yet another scenario where just being a concerned citizen paid off, Tim Pray and Tate Bailey of the Electric Division were driving on Poquonnock Road when they saw an individual who initially looked like they were exercising. Something didn’t look quite right to them so they decided to pull over to make sure everything was ok. It turns out the person was in medical distress and Tim and Tate called 911 and stayed until medical help arrived.

The combination of employee first aid training and high-quality individuals and their decisive actions led to several Groton residents or visitors receiving first aid earlier than they may have – if they would have received any at all. No one will ever know what would have happened if Groton Utilities employees hadn’t been eager enough and knowledgeable enough to lend a helping hand.

Groton Utilities places a high value on having all of its employee trained in the basics of first-aid. Its CPR class is a comprehensive six-hour class that each employee must attend annually. The class is taught by Jim Healey, GU’s Safety Coordinator contracted from A/Z Corporation. Additionally Former City of Groton Fire Chief Nick Delia taught the “Stop the Bleed” course that many employees have commented as finding particularly enlightening. The “Stop the Bleed” program is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action enacted in October 2015 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

*Correction – Previously it had been erroneously reported Jim Healey taught the “Stop the Bleed” course.

Strange Brew Band Playing this Friday at Concerts in the Park

The Strange Brew Band will be playing at our last concert of the season this Friday night. These guys are new to our concert series, but have no doubt, they can rock with the best of them. The Strange Brew Band are a five-piece rock and roll outlet that bring energy and musicianship every time out. Their sets have ranged from Black Crows, Doors, White Stripes, Zepplin, Sabbath all the way to Stevie Wonder. Come down and check them out – they rock!

Here’s something new and exciting – for this year’s concert series we have partnered with Q105! Q105 will bring their event fun-and-games team to the park, so get to the show early to play some games and win Q105 prizes. It’ll be fun for the whole family.

We have an exciting line-up for our Friday concerts that features some of the bands that we’ve had in the past plus a few new ones to keep us all entertained. Check out the complete concert schedule below:

June 21st – Coyote River Band
June 28th – Souls on Fire
July 5th – 9Teen
July 12th – The Cartells
July 19th – Mass-Conn Fusion
July 26th – F & Blues Band
August 9th – The Strange Brew Band

All concerts are held on Friday nights in Washington Park in the City of Groton and begin at 6:30 p.m. Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concerts.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site – Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

The concerts offer families a fun, inexpensive evening. The concert site has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.