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Walton Gas is Fighting Breast Cancer — One Clay Pigeon, One Step at a Time

More than 10,000 Georgians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. With the help of area target shooting enthusiasts, Walton Gas is fighting breast cancer – one clay pigeon and one step at a time.

On Aug. 17, we were the presenting sponsor of the Walton EMC Charity Shoot 2018, which raised $16,700 to benefit local breast cancer organizations. To date, the annual event has raised a total of $120,000.

The event raised another $16,700

to benefit local breast cancer organizations.


The funds raised benefit numerous agencies that provide information and services to breast cancer patients. Every clay pigeon shot down during the Charity Shoot helps to fund free breast health education, screening, examinations, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as assistance to individuals who are financially challenged by a cancer diagnosis.

A Shout-Out to Shooters

This year’s contest attracted 33 teams, bringing together 165 individual competitors. Among them was Buddy Johnson, a member of the Southern Sanitation team that claimed first overall. Buddy has participated in the competition every year and says everything about the event is “first class.”

Vickie Rollins of Statham has participated since we started a ladies division three years ago. Not only is she winning in life as a breast cancer survivor, but she’s also a sharp shooter who has won the ladies’ division every year.

Be sure to see the complete list of winners at the end of this post. Congratulations to every winner and all the competitors for helping us shoot down cancer.

As the presenting sponsor, Walton Gas provides funds

as well as manpower for the Charity Shoot.

Making it happen

As the presenting sponsor, Walton Gas provides funds as well as manpower for the event. Without the behind-the-scenes work of many Walton employees and their families, the Charity Shoot would not be possible.

Before the big day, Walton office employees manage registration and put together goody bags and snack bags for participants. Meanwhile, others handle logistics such as setting up the shooting stations, putting out tents and signs and filling coolers.

An army of employees are on hand the day of the event to register arriving teams, sell raffle tickets, work at the shooting stations and keep score — whatever is needed to ensure participants have a good time. And when the competition ends, shooters head back to the gun club pavilion for a BBQ chicken lunch prepared by Walton employees who started cooking before most got out of bed that morning.

Next up: Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Though we’ve closed the books on another successful Charity Shoot, the active community caring by Walton Gas employees doesn’t stop there. It’s just one of the many hands-on community activities we are actively engaged in as a company throughout the year.

Walton Gas is a sponsor of the Georgia 2-Day Walk

for Breast Cancer, Sept. 29-30.
 

Next for us is the 16th Annual Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Sept. 29-30. Walton Gas is proud to be a sponsor of this event that funds grants that provide breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services and continuing care for Georgians.

Earlier this year, Walton Gas helped those affected by breast cancer as the official rebranding sponsor for the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer (formerly named the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer). We designed a new logo and helped to introduce the event’s new name in January.

Walton employees are also stepping up for the cause. Several have been training to participate in the 30-mile walk that runs around and through metro Atlanta. Funds raised at the Charity Shoot will be donated by the team. If you’re in the area, keep a lookout for the hundreds participating in the event. If you see the Walton team, give them a wave and a shout.

We’re caring for the community — one shot, one step at a time. It’s simply the Walton Gas way of doing business.

RESULTS

Walton EMC Charity Shoot
Cherokee Rose Gun Club
Aug. 17, 2018

Class 1
1st place: Alex Doster, Monroe
2nd place: Jeff Brewer, McDonough

Class 2
1st place: Doug Ruark, Monroe
2nd place: Jere Rowe, Monroe

Class 3
1st place: James Brooks, Sandersville
2nd place: Chip Morrow, Braselton

High Individual Overall
Men: Barry Zuckerman, Roswell
Women: Vickie Rollins, Statham

Team – Men
1st place: Southern Sanitation
2nd place: Cobb EMC
3rd place: Jackson EMC

Team – Women
1st place: Coweta-Fayette EMC

Get Grillin’ for a Super Shindig

Chicken Wings Score for the BIG Game

Super Bowl Wings

Here in Georgia, it seems we can’t get enough of football. That’s why it’s a sure bet that many Walton Gas customers will join about a third of the nation’s population — an estimated 115 million people — to watch Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. For many, though, the day’s gridiron matchup in Minneapolis will play second string to the real star of the game... food.

Football fans will nosh their way through the game at more than 25 million Super Bowl parties this year, a National Retail Federation study predicts. By the time the battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy ends, party-goers will have packed away a feast amounting to the year’s second-highest food consumption day, topped only by Thanksgiving.

What’s on the menu at these super shindigs? Chicken wings — and lots of them! Last year, chicken wings eclipsed pizza as the most-consumed food during the game. The National Chicken Council estimates more than 1.33 billion wings will be gobbled on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s an average of four wings per American!


FUN FACT: 1.33 billion chicken wings weigh about 166 million pounds —338 times more than the combined weight of all 32 NFL teams.


That fowl fact is good news for the more than 100,000 Georgians employed in the poultry industry. Georgia leads all states in chicken production. Our state produces 26 million pounds of chicken each day, which amounts to a whopping 7 billion pounds annually. From farms to processing to allied industries, poultry packs a powerful economic punch, adding $38 billion to Georgia’s economy, according to the Georgia Poultry Federation.

Wing It!

Game day is synonymous with grilling for many. Super Bowl Sunday is the seventh most popular grilling day of the year. This year, you can get your grill on to make no-fuss, no-mess grilled chicken wings.

Here’s your Game Day Playbook for making these savory meat appetizers, according to the gas grilling experts at Char-Broil:

  1. Purchase about 5 pounds of wings, either whole or separated.

  2. Prep a baking sheet with two layers of aluminum foil. The first layer should fit the sheet tightly. The second should just lay on top of it.

  3. If you bought whole wings, cut them up into smaller pieces. You’ll be cutting through two joints. Cut through the joint that connects to the wing tip first. Discard the tip. Then cut the wing in half through the other joint, which is between the middle section and the drummette.

  4. Put the wings on the baking sheet and cover them with a light coating of oil. Season both sides with salt, pepper and onion powder.

  5. Preheat your gas grill to medium. Too much heat will char the outside of your wings while leaving the inside undercooked. Let the grill heat up for about 15 minutes. Discard the top layer of foil from the baking sheet.

  6. Now it’s time to cook the wings. Put them on the grill and reduce the burners to medium/medium-low.

  7. Cook the wings for about 20 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes. Check the internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer. Poultry needs to be cooked to 165°F.

  8. Remove the wings and place them on the baking sheet to rest.

  9. Once the wings have finished on the grill,  sauce them with different flavors — buffalo, barbecue, peachy mango jerk sauce. Simply toss the wings with your sauce in a large bowl. Then enjoy!

Get Cooking with Walton Gas

Each month, we feature a New Recipe Shared by a Walton Gas Customer in the Gasette newsletter. See what’s cooking at Walton Gas Recipes.

Going the Extra Mile

Walton Gas Powers Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

At Walton Gas, our employees are supporting breast health one step — one mile — at a time. A team representing our company and sister organization, Walton EMC, has walked in the 30-mile Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer annually since 2010. Securing pledges for every mile completed, our Pink Power Teams have raised more than $200,000.

Walton Gas supplements our employees’ charitable efforts by sponsoring the annual fundraising event. That has added another $38,000 to money that It’s The Journey, producer of the Walk, can use to fund grants that pay for breast health and breast cancer programs throughout the state.


As a subsidiary of electric cooperative Walton EMC, caring for community is a natural part of who we are as a company.


Over the years, we’ve seen first hand how these grants benefit our customers and communities through breast health and breast cancer programs that focus on screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, support services and research in Georgia. So when Kim Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey, asked for our help with a special project last year, we enthusiastically agreed to go the extra mile.

New Name

What Kim needed was help launching the event’s new name. After 15 years at the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, it was being renamed the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Walton Gas stepped up as the official rebranding sponsor.

Walton Gas employees Savannah Chandler and Kathy Ivie were on hand at the walk’s 2017 closing ceremonies to help Kim and other volunteers unveil the refreshed name and a new logo.  

“We wanted the event name to better represent the scale of what we do and the fact that our grants serve people in over 100 counties in Georgia,” Kim said. Since 2003, the 2-Day Walk has raised more than $14 million and awarded 300 grants to breast cancer organizations in Georgia. 


More than 10,000 Georgians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.National Cancer Institute


Two Days, 30 miles

The new name debuts with the 16th annual walk, which steps off on Sept. 29–30. Walkers will individually raise funds before striding through a 20-mile walk on Saturday and a 10-mile walk on Sunday. Members of Walton’s Pink Power team invite our customers and friends to join us as participants in this year’s event. Registration is now open at 2daywalk.org. All money raised by the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer stays in our local communities.

10 Home Security Facts that Burglars Hope You Won’t Read

What are the odds you will be a victim of a home burglary this year? Better than you might think.

A few weeks ago, the FBI released its latest crime statistics (from 2016 records), which reveal that a home burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, about 10 homes will have been burglarized somewhere.

We’re sharing this startling statistic with Walton Gas customers because burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. EMC Security, another Walton EMC company and one of Georgia’s most trusted service providers, offers these facts every homeowner should know to protect your precious valuables and home from thieves.

1. Burglars Tend to Avoid homes with Security Systems

Multiple studies show that a home without a security system is three times more likely to be broken into. Sorry, that beautiful privacy fence around your yard or that cute puppy your son received for Christmas doesn’t count as reliable security.

Prevention: Get a monitored home security system, such as those offered by EMC Security (link https://emcsecurity.com/). Use the yard signs and window stickers you’re provided to alert potential intruders to your security system. Good to know: EMC Security is currently offering two free months of monitoring to new customers. Use the code WALTONEMCSECURITY when ordering.

2. Most Burglaries Occur Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. Burglars tend to strike when most people are at work or school.

Prevention: A monitored security system will automatically alert police if a burglar enters your home when you are away.

3. The Highest Percentage of Burglaries Occur During the Summer Months

A report from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that from 1993 to 2010, on average, burglary rates were highest when homeowners were away on vacation and on hot days when windows and doors are most often left open or unlocked.

Prevention: Alert trusted neighbors and your security company when you plan to be out of town. Ask someone to bring in the mail and pick up newspapers out of the driveway. Arrange to keep the lawn mowed.

4. The Majority of Break-Ins are Committed by Someone Living Nearby

The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home.

Prevention: Vary your routine as much as possible. Set timers or use your smartphone to turn on lights in the evening. 

5. About 30% of Burglars Enter a Home Through an Unlocked Door or Window

First floor windows and doors, especially those concealed behind overgrown vegetation, are especially attractive to would-be intruders.

Prevention: Keep all entry points closed, locked and alarmed, even when you’re at home. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed back.

6. An Astonishing 34% of Burglars Enter Through the Front Door

Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Prevention: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

7. The Master Bedroom is the First Thing Burglars Target

This is a jackpot room for the burglar because items like jewelry, collectibles, safes and cash can be found here. Next on the burglar’s list is the home office, living room and dining room where valuables are often openly displayed.

Prevention: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely locations.

8. Money, Electronics, and Weapons are the First Things Stolen

Intruders are looking for items that are easy to sell at a pawn shop. Insurance claims indicate the items most often appealing to burglars are cash, electronics, gold, guns, jewelry and silver.

9. Most Criminals can Burglarize a Home in 8 to 10 Minutes

Burglars look for homes they can easily enter, get what they want and take off before being noticed.

Prevention: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a monitored home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked and installing a high-quality front door.

10. On Average, a Burglary Results in a Dollar Loss of About $2,361

The FBI reports that burglary victims in 2016 lost a total of $3.6 billion, and nearly 70% of the burgled locations were residential properties.

Prevention: A basic security system will cost you far less than what the average burglary will. EMC Security offers monitoring for as little as $16.95 per month. Additionally, most homeowners insurance companies reduce premiums by up to 20% with proof of having a security system installed in the home. 

ABOUT EMC SECURITY

EMC Security is the only company in the market that gives customers the freedom to choose how they want to purchase and pay for home security, including their popular no-contract option. Using the most advanced technology, EMC Security strives to provide the best security systems and monitoring service available, as well as additional features, such as remote system control, home automation, video monitoring and other connected services to protect life, property and peace of mind. Learn more at emcsecurity com.

Bundle Up! (Billing, that is.)

Here’s a great time-saving resolution for 2018 - Bundle your billing.

Two of Georgia’s most trusted service providers — Walton Gas and EMC Security — are now offering a combined monthly statement for customers served by both companies. With Bundled Billing, you’ll find bill payment is faster and easier, leaving you with more time for the things you enjoy.

What is Bundled Billing?

Billing from Walton Gas and EMC Security is combined into one clear, simple monthly statement. Your natural gas service and home automation charges are detailed separately in a single, easy-to-read bill.

Why should I sign up for Bundled Billing?

Convenience! In addition to providing outstanding value, we want to be easy to

do business with – and receiving one less bill saves time (and money!).

What if I am a Walton Gas and Walton EMC electric customer?

Good news! You are already receiving bundled billing as an added benefit for being our customer.

Who is eligible?

Any customer served both by Walton Gas and EMC Security is eligible. This offer, however, excludes Jackson EMC and Greystone EMC customers.

How do I sign up?

Simply call Walton Gas at 770-Gas Heat (427-4328) to bundle your bills today!

Here at Walton Gas, we’re always looking for ways to improve your customer experience. You can always count on us for competitive, reliable service. Now, you can count on us for an easier way to pay your bills, too.

Bundle up, for a better 2018!

Rising Natural Gas Prices due to Cold Weather

Cold weather brings many things: snow, cautious travels, and rising natural gas prices. The colder the weather, the higher natural gas consumption. About half of the households in the U.S use natural gas as their primary heating fuel, so many businesses and private homes turn their indoor heating on as the outdoor weather gets colder.

With natural gas having limited short-term alternatives, prices reflect the changes in supply as well as demand. A decrease in the supply will push prices up, and most likely discourage production and sales from storage inventories. An increase in the supply will do the exact opposite.

The winter weather will raise the demand for heating, as the summer will bring the need for cooling. This winter has brought many spontaneous storms and unpredictable weather, which results in even higher prices for natural gas, as there was not enough time for the supply to react.

With the cold temperatures this season, it’s important to keep an eye out for wellhead freeze-offs. What exactly is a freeze-off? The natural gas coming up the well pipe includes moisture. When the temperatures outside drop below freezing, the moisture will freeze at the surface, if not properly insulated.

Thankfully, natural gas has kept up with the severe winter storms this season through their consistent production. Hopefully Groundhog’s Day will reveal that we only have a few short weeks to go!

Atlanta Gas Light Pipeline

Quiet neighborhood

The Atlanta Gas Light pipeline allows natural gas providers such as Walton Gas to deliver efficient and affordable natural gas to customers across Georgia and several of its bordering states. Under the operation of the natural gas wholesaler Atlanta Gas Light, the pipeline delivers reliable natural gas to customers across 243 communities across the state of Georgia, supplying more than 1.6 million homes, businesses, and industrial facilities with clean, efficient energy. 

The Atlanta Gas Light pipeline has a rich history going back over 150 years, when the Atlanta Gas Light Company began operations. Today, the pipeline is the heart of the south-east US's largest natural gas distribution network. The pipeline has also stood at the forefront of innovation and renewal efforts, with the recent completion of a 15-year Pipeline Replacement Program; one of the first comprehensive gas pipeline replacement efforts in the nation, the program replaced nearly 3,000 miles of bare steel pipe across Georgia.

In recent years, efforts have begun to renew the pipeline infrastructure, through measures such as Georgia STRIDE, a multi-phase project which endeavors to upgrade and expand the pipeline to meet the growth of the rapidly-growing Atlanta metropolitan area. There is also the Vintage Plastic Replacement Program, which endeavors to replace nearly 800 miles of aging plastic pipe installed in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s with newer, longer-lasting, safer plastic pipes. Other efforts aim to make the pipeline more effective in delivering energy during peak hours, and to locations furthest removed from the natural supply points which fuel the pipeline.

Proposed Pipeline In Georgia

Above ground oil pipeline

Spectra Energy Corporation and several partners, including NextEra Energy Inc. and Duke Energy, are currently attempting to secure permission to build a new $3 billion, 516-mile natural gas pipeline across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, with the goal of providing a superior transportation route for power generation by Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy of Florida. 

The pipeline, known tentatively as the Sabal Trail project, is expected to increase the reliability of energy delivery within Florida and offer a positive impact to the economy of the states it passes through by providing jobs, increased tax revenues, and other benefits. The line will transport approximately 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Despite the potential benefits of the project, concerns have been raised from a number of groups and individuals, with particular attention drawn to the pipeline’s route through several low-income towns. It’s been suggested that the noise of compressor stations, risk of air emissions, and potential for leaks would overburden communities already facing unusually high rates of cancer tied in part to the presence of numerous hazardous waste facilities and pollutant-generating businesses in the region. 

The split on the issue extends to two federal agencies, with FERC stating that such concerns are without merit and giving a tentative all-clear - a position at odds with EPA concerns about proximity to fresh water supplies. The issue has drawn commentary from many community figures including church leaders, congressmen, and others. The public comment period on the Sabal Trail project remains open through the middle of December, giving those potentially impacted room to make their sentiments and thoughts on the project heard.

More Than A Gas Company

Formal hand writing

Oil companies have a definite social responsibility to provide reliable and affordable energy in a safe way that protects the environment and allows for human progress. But as the issue of social responsibility is being raised more often in the business world across all industries, it's becoming clear oil companies need to do more in and for the local communities in which they are privileged to operate.

At Walton Gas, we take our commitment to our community and our social obligations seriously, and one of the ways we demonstrate this is through our work with local charities.

Camp Twin Lakes

We are proud to support Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camp experiences for children in Georgia who are disabled, seriously ill or experiencing another life challenge. This organization offers camps in the summer and weekend retreats over all seasons at its medically-outfitted and accessible camp locations, a daycamp and its hospital “Camp-To-Go” program.

The Salvation Army

Walton Gas supports the globally recognized Salvation Army, in operation since 1856. The Salvation Army runs services and programs aimed at helping the most disadvantaged members of our community and is known for its holiday drives.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, one of the charities we help, works to improve and make medical services more accessible for Georgia's children and teens. From launching wellness initiatives to providing money for medical care for children, this non-profit is providing services to one of the most needed areas.

Walton EMC Natural Gas Donates $36,000 to Local Charities

Donation from Walton Gas

Last month, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Vols. The Bulldogs were not the only victors in this football game. A few Georgia charities also won big thanks to $36,000 in donations made by Walton EMC Natural Gas. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received $17,000, Camp Twin Lakes received $10,000 and $9,000 went to The Salvation Army. These donations were funded by Walton’s 2013 Kickin’ It for Charity and Big Gift campaigns.

In this year’s Kickin’ It For Charity campaign, Walton EMC Natural Gas will continue to donate $500 towards these three charities every time the Bulldogs scores a field goal. At the end of the season, the money is divided between the organizations based on the number of votes cast. Take part in the Kickin’ It for Charity campaign by voting for your favorite charity.

Walton EMC is also simultaneously running the Big Gift campaign. All new customers who sign up for natural gas services will be able to choose between a $25 bill credit or a $50 donation to their choice of the three charities.

“At Walton Natural Gas, we are focused on giving back. The Big Gift campaign demonstrates just how generous our customers can be,” said Savannah Chandler, Walton EMC Natural Gas communications representative. “We hope to have even larger checks for the charities next year.”

Walton EMC Natural Gas currently serves more than 70,000 customers throughout Georgia. Walton EMC also received the highest numerical score among residential natural gas service providers in Georgia in the proprietary J.D. Power & Associates 2011-2013 Georgia Natural Gas Retailer Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Learn how you can get better service and pay it forward with your “Big Gift” by making the switch to Walton EMC Natural Gas today.