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Winning for charity

Children and the homeless will reap the rewards from the Georgia Bulldogs’ successful 2018 football season. On the way to repeating as the SEC Eastern Division champion, the Dawgs posted 11 regular-season victories. Every win scored a $1,000 contribution from Walton Gas’s Champions for Charity, adding $11,000 to the total being donated to three local nonprofits.

Through Champions for Charity, Walton Gas and its customers are contributing money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes. The $11,000 football donation is supplemented by contributions from new Walton Gas customers.

Through Champions for Charity, Walton Gas and its customers
are contributing money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes.

 

Every new Walton Gas customer can choose between receiving a $25 bill credit or donating that amount to Champions for Charity. Every customer donation is matched by Walton Gas, meaning another $50 is added to the year’s Champions for Charity contribution. This year’s total will be finalized after May 30, the last day of the giving period.

During a Georgia Bulldogs game last fall, Walton Gas presented checks totaling $42,000 to the three organizations. This represented the amount raised during the 2017-18 giving period. Since 2013, when the program started, Walton Gas and its customers have contributed $218,000 to the charities that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

The Results Are In!

After all the donations are tallied, this year’s contributions will again be divided among the three charities based on online voting by Walton Gas customers. Voting concluded with the Bulldogs’ final post-season game on New Year’s Day.

Now…drum roll, please….

The top vote-getter for 2018 is Camp Twin Lakes! The camp received 70% of all votes cast. The donation will help subsidize the cost of attendance at the camp, which is designed exclusively for children with extraordinary medical needs. Camp Twin Lakes serves Georgia youths with a range of serious illnesses and special needs, from cancer and diabetes to kidney disorders, asthma and burn injuries.

The Salvation Army was second in the voting, receiving 17% of the total. Their share of the Champions for Charity donation helps the organization further its mission of offering prevention, refuge and stability to men, women and families who find themselves without shelter due to personal and financial circumstances.

Third place goes to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), which garnered 13% of the votes cast. Treating more than 400,000 Georgia children and teens annually, the not-for-profit pediatric hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report.

Thank You

Thanks to all the Walton Gas customers who voted during the 2018 season — and thanks to the Dawgs for delivering 11 victories to benefit charity. And a big thanks to every new Walton Gas customer who has chosen to donate to Champions for Charity. Together, we’re scoring a big win for children and the homeless in our communities. 

Does your home need a natural gas makeover?

Add powerful pizzazz with new appliances

For too long, natural gas appliances were regarded much like sensible shoes and push mowers — practical but not terribly interesting or much fun. But times have changed.

Manufacturers are now featuring new twists on traditional appliances as well as fun modern offerings — all perfect for a room makeover in 2019. And we’re not talking about just furnaces, water heaters or cooktops. More than ever before, Walton Gas customers can choose from a wide array of natural gas appliances all perfect for adding some powerful pizzazz to your home, inside and out.

Family Room

Focus on the fireplace to improve the ambience and comfort of your family room.

  • Ventless fireplace – The year’s hottest natural gas appliance requires no flue or chimney. Additional benefits include energy efficiency and better standards of heating. Even better: It requires little maintenance and looks just like a real fireplace. What’s not to like?

Ventless fireplaces are the year’s hottest natural gas appliance.
  • Wall-mounted fireplace – Stunning modern design and efficient heat output are why homebuilders name this ventless fireplace the top “wow” factor in new natural gas-supplied homes. It’s lightweight and thin. Wall-mounted models are available in a variety of decorative fronts and shapes, including narrow vertical ones ideal for a small wall.
  • Gas log alternatives – Fire gazing takes on a modern look when rocks or colorful jewel-colored stones replace traditional gas logs. Manufacturers use shaped ceramics or glass to create the contemporary look. A set of ceramic stones retail for around $50, making this a low-cost way to modernize your fireplace.

Laundry Room

If your New Year’s resolution was to become more energy efficient, consider this: The average American family does almost 400 loads of laundry yearly. Drying all that laundry gobbles up about 6 percent of the average household’s utility costs. High-efficiency natural gas dryers dry your clothes quickly, so they can save up to 50 percent in dryer energy costs, estimates the Consumer Energy Center. They also fluff and freshen your washables with less wrinkling, shrinkage and static cling.

Patio

If you can’t score a ticket for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, invite the gang over to your house. Natural gas patio appliances are big sellers here in Georgia because they allow hosts to take the party outside — even in February. In addition to firing up the gas grill for Super Sunday snacks, consider these additions:

  • Pool and spa heater – Keep water temperatures comfortable to extend your swimming season or enjoy your hot tub throughout the year. Gas pool heaters are up to 97 percent energy-efficient and warm the water twice as fast as electric heaters, according to the American Gas Association.
  • Patio heater – Durable and effective, patio heaters let you enjoy your outdoor spaces throughout the cooler seasons. They add about 10 degrees Fahrenheit to the surrounding air (12- to 20-foot diameter), so they're best when temperatures range between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Fire pit – One of the top-selling gas appliances now, fire pits bring the warmth of a cozy campfire to your home’s patio or deck to your home’s patio or deck. No worry with the mess or hazards of a traditional fire.
  • Lighting – Once a sentinel at many front walkways, gaslights have returned as a beautiful patio accessory. They provide a warm glow for your outdoor area, which is a welcomed substitute for the harsh glare of an electric porch light. Gaslights can be mounted on a post or wall or on top of a brick or stone wall. Automatic light sensors mean you won’t have to worry about wasting energy.

Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more contemporary, adding a natural gas appliance is a clean and convenient way to amp up your home’s ambience. Learn more about natural gas appliances at http://www.atlantagaslight.com/residential/appliances

Grill Up a Great-tasting Holiday Turkey

If yours is like most Georgia homes, a typical holiday gathering means a house full of family and a small kitchen putting out a lot of food. To gain a little elbowroom, take your turkey outside — to your natural gas grill.

Take your turkey outside — to your natural gas grill.

Grilling your holiday bird outside is an easy and fun solution that will allow you to serve up a succulent, great-tasting turkey. It also frees up oven and cooktop space for preparing all the side dishes, breads and pies featured on your holiday menu.

So, let’s get grillin’ with gas!

Prepare Your Turkey

Preparing your turkey for the grill is no different than readying it for the oven. Begin with a completely thawed or fresh bird.

Remove the neck and giblets. Remove and discard excess fat. Rinse the bird inside and out and pat dry.

Season the body cavity with salt and pepper or other seasonings of your choice. Tie the bird’s legs together and twist wing tips under its back. Brush the turkey with salted butter and finish with a rub of salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. For deeper flavor, refrigerate the bird overnight.

Better With Butter

Before you slide your bird into the refrigerator, consider this: The only way to ensure a completely juicy turkey is to use a butter injection. You’ll need a flavor injector, which can be purchased at most grocery stores.

The injector is a syringe that has a heavy gauge needle attached to a plunger type tube. There are several holes in the last few inches of the tip of the needle. The holes allow melted butter to be released into the meat of the turkey in all directions.

To make the butter mixture you’ll inject, melt one whole stick of salted butter and mix in one teaspoon of fresh, finely ground black pepper and (optional) one teaspoon of garlic powder.

Draw the butter mixture up into the injector. Inject it into the thickest part of the turkey breast and slowly withdraw the needle while carefully applying pressure to the plunger. Do this at least four or five times in each breast to ensure complete coverage. Reserve enough of the mixture to repeat the process in the thickest area of each leg and thigh.

Fire Up The Grill

A three-burner gas grill works is best for grilling a turkey because the left and right burners can be used to provide indirect heat, while the middle burner remains turned off. Preheat the left- and right-side burners to a temperature of 350–400 degrees F.

Place turkey breast side up in an aluminum drip pan. If the turkey legs are hanging out of the aluminum pan, cover them with a small piece of foil to protect them from the heat.

Position the aluminum pan over the middle, inactive burner. Keep lid closed while grilling.

Allow about 11 to 13 minutes per pound for the turkey to cook.

Cooking Tips

  • The turkey could cook a little quicker than you expect so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check progress at the halfway point and again at three quarters of the way.
  • Check the temperature of the turkey on the innermost part of the thigh and the thickest part of the breast.
  • Make sure the turkey is fully cooked to 165 degrees before removing it from the grill.
  • Place the grilled turkey on a platter and loosely tent a piece of aluminum foil over top. Allow it to rest for 20 to 30 percent of the total cooking time before carving.

Once your guests have a bite of your grilled, butter-injected turkey, they’ll be asking for more. It’s likely to become a new holiday tradition in your Georgia home.

Decking the Halls: Focus on the Fireplace

Decorating Ideas & Safety Tips for The Holiday Hearth, from Walton Gas

Ready to deck the halls for the holidays? Don’t forget the mantle or hearth around your natural gas fireplace. A cozy, charming fire is the perfect place to gather, so your fireplace is likely to take center stage in this month’s celebrations and family gatherings.

To help you make this space special, Walton Gas asked Dean Pannell, owner of Pannell Designs and Events in Bogart, to provide some tips for decorating your holiday hearth.

Georgia Master Florist Dean Pannell provides tips for decorating your holiday hearth below.

But before we get to the garland and lights, review these safety precautions to ensure the season isn’t spoiled by an accident.

Safety Tips

Gas fireplaces are far safer than their wood-burning counterparts — no matches, no smoke, no sparks, no backdrafts, no soot — but that doesn’t mean you should ignore basic precautions. Here are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe when enjoying time around the fire this holiday season.

  • Schedule a checkup - Modern gas fireplaces require far less maintenance than their wood-burning masonry cousins, but it’s still a good idea to schedule an annual maintenance inspection before you light the fire for the first time this winter.
  • Test alarms - Before using your fireplace, check all of your home’s life-saving safety devices, including carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms for functionality, and to ensure batteries are still working.
  • Beat the heat - The glass in front of a burning gas fireplace can get very hot — hot enough to cause severe burns. Consider adding a fireplace safety gate or screen to ensure children and pets remain at a safe distance. Remember: Even after you turn off the flame, it may take up to an hour for the protective glass and nearby metal to cool.
  • Hang the stockings with care - Many holiday items and materials are combustible, so place all gifts, trees and holiday décor a safe distance from the fireplace.
  • Have ‘the talk’ - Have a safety talk with any young holiday guests. Establish a “no-go zone” —about one or two feet in front of the fireplace — where they aren’t allowed to play when the flame is burning.

Pannell’s Pointers

Once you’ve taken care of the safety checklist, it’s time to dress up your hearth for the holidays. Georgia Master Florist Dean Pannell shares these ideas for festive and safe decorations:

  • Go flameless - Old-fashioned wax candles with real flames are a safety hazard on a decorated mantle. Opt instead for battery-operated, flameless candles. “They look so real that your guests won’t know the difference,” Pannell said.
  • Be unbalanced - Work for an asymmetrical design when grouping items on the mantle. “Make the elements on one end of the mantle higher than on the other end,” the florist suggested.
  • Get green - Drape a 9-foot evergreen garland across the mantle, being careful to keep it clear of the heat from the natural gas fireplace. The garland should drape about halfway down the side of the fireplace. Anchor each end with a large ornament to finish the look.
  • Freshen it - Put a fresh twist on your mantle décor by weaving fresh evergreens into a silk garland. Mist the live greenery to keep it fresh. “The smell of the fresh-cut evergreens is inviting,” Pannell said.
  • Tie it together - Be sure the ribbon used in your mantle garland matches what’s on your Christmas tree. Do not allow ribbon to hang too near the fireplace. The wire in ribbon can heat up and potentially cause a fire.
  • Add finishing touches - If you have a mirror above the mantle, hang a wreath on it. Complete your holiday hearth by adding a pair of topiaries or large, glass vases filled with colorful ornaments. Add a bit of sparkle with a string of battery-operated, LED lights. Be sure to keep hearth décor a safe distance from the heat of the fireplace.

Will Your Range Hold Up For Holiday Cooking?

Walton Gas reminds that November is the best time to shop for a new natural gas oven, stove or range.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens! With the holidays almost here, your kitchen appliances are about to get their biggest workout of the year.

Will your oven have the big bird roasted on time for Thanksgiving dinner? Is your range up to the job of cooking a holiday feast for the family? Nothing will put a damper on a holiday feast quite like the death of an old appliance.

Now is your last chance before the holidays to snag a great deal on gas appliances.

If you’re considering buying a new gas stove or converting from an electric to gas range, now is your last chance before the holidays to snag a great deal. You’ll find some bargain prices at this time of year. Plus, new kitchen appliances equipped with latest technology and features can make cooking more pleasurable.

Walton Gas provides these tips for buying the appliances that will help you successfully cook your way through the holidays.

1. Shop this month

The best time to buy major appliances — kitchen and otherwise — is in the fall when manufacturers unveil their latest models. To make room for these, stores discount their year-old appliances.

The deals can get even sweeter when a holiday sale is involved. Major appliance sales tend to correspond with holidays, especially those associated with three-day weekends. Great deals can be found in November. If you can wait, great deals can also be found on Black Friday.

2. Heed the signs

The only thing worse than an overcooked turkey is an undercooked one. Pay attention to these signs that may signal impending death for your cooking appliance.

  • Items don’t cook or bake in the amount of time they should.
  • Error codes show on the stove’s display screen.
  • Burners don’t heat properly, or at all. On gas stoves, if the flame is no longer blue or flickers or sparks from blue to red to yellow, it may be time for a replacement.
  • Glass on the oven door is cracked.
  • It’s over 15 years old.

Danger sign: You smell gas

That rotten egg smell indicates there’s a gas leak somewhere between the gas source and the stove. This is a serious problem that requires immediate attention for your safety. DO NOT turn on your stove. Exit the area immediately and leave the door open. Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877.427.4321 or 911 once you are out of the area and in a safe place.

3. Make the switch

Up your cooking game by making the switch from electric to gas. If you already have a capped gas line in your kitchen, an installer can easily hook up your new gas range, stove or oven. If you have an existing gas line but it’s too far from where you plan to install the new appliance, you’ll need a licensed plumber to run a new line. Today’s gas stoves also require electricity to ignite the burners. A licensed electrician can convert your existing wiring configuration to accommodate gas cooking appliances.

4. Know before you go

If you head out to shop for a new stove or range without a good idea of what you want or need, prepare to be overwhelmed. Some stores have as many as 60 models to choose from right on the showroom floor. The variety of features available can number in the hundreds. Before you go, take a look at websites such as Consumer Reports to learn more about the features, performances and prices of current models. Tip: Don’t be afraid to check out professional-grade gas ranges. Some of the top-rated ones have a median price point.

5. Stay open to options

While doing your homework, be sure to read up on these on-trend options that can help make holiday cooking a snap:

  • Flexibility – At least one manufacturer is offering a removable barrier that divides the oven in half, allowing you to cook at two different temperatures.
  • Connectivity – Many models are now equipped with WiFi and apps that will let use your smartphone to adjust the time and temperature of the oven remotely.
  • No preheat – A special setting lets you bake foods without having to preheat.
  • Better burners – Newer models now have more burners, including a mix of high-power and low-output simmer burners, an oval burner for larger pots and a griddle option.
  • Continuous grates – Slide heavy cookware from one burner to another with no heavy lifting.
  • Convection cooking technology – If you want a gas range with a convection oven, look for dual-fuel options.

Talking Turkey: How much does it cost to cook your Thanksgiving dinner?

Here’s something Walton Gas customers can be thankful for this holiday season: Those priceless memories created around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends come at a low cost. The natural gas energy it takes to cook a holiday meal for 12 guests costs about 42 cents.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says you should cook a thawed stuffed turkey of regular size for 4-4.5 hours. The cost of natural gas needed to operate an oven set at 350 degrees for one hour is about 6¢. So a turkey roasted for four hours costs about 24¢ in natural gas.

The cooking costs breakdown for your Thanksgiving meal:

  • Roast stuffed turkey cooked 4.5 hours: 24¢
  • Large pan of mashed potatoes cooked for 20 minutes: less than 2¢.
  • Giblet gravy cooked on the stove for 10 minutes: less than 1¢.
  • Homemade dinner rolls baked for 30 minutes: 3¢.
  • Vegetable casserole cooked for 1 hour: 6¢.
  • Two baked pumpkin pies: 6¢

TOTAL: 42¢

Cooking Smart

Walton Gas offers these tips to get even more energy value while cooking your holiday meal:

  • Use glass and ceramic dishes. They hold heat well and allow you to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
  • Cooking turkey in a roasting bag can reduce cooking time by nearly half.
  • Keep the oven door closed. The temperature drops 25-75 degrees each time the oven door is opened, so monitor cooking time and peek through the oven window, if possible, to check on your food.
  • Plan to bake more than one dish or cook an entire meal in the oven to save energy.

Did you know?

  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Another 22 million are eaten at Christmas.
  • 34% of Thanksgiving meals are cooked in gas-powered ovens.
  • Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line, which the company has operated since 1981, employs 50+ experts who answer more than 100,000 questions each November and December.
  • You can talk turkey with a Butterball expert by calling 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). The company’s experts also answer questions via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, live chat, text and email.

Do I Really Need a Furnace Inspection Every Fall?

4 Good Reasons You Should Say ‘YES’ to an Annual Checkup

Most Walton Gas customers know that an annual furnace checkup is recommended, but very few actually take it seriously. Most put off calling a professional Georgia heating and air conditioning contractor until they wake up in a cold house one morning.

Natural gas furnace maintenance is necessary — and now is the time to do it. Before the cold weather hits, have your furnace serviced to keep it in good running order so it won’t conk out when you need it most.

Fall inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December.

Fall Inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December. Right now, many contractors are providing incentive pricing to encourage you to get an affordable tune-up instead of waiting until your furnace needs (yikes!) costly repairs.

A well-maintained furnace lasts much longer, which means you’ll get the most out of your investment. Still not convinced? Walton Gas provides these 4 additional good reasons for making an annual furnace checkup part of your fall routine.

1. Save money on repairs and replacements.

Would you operate your car without ever changing the oil? Of course not! The car would break down, and you’d likely pay dearly to get it fixed. After doing this a few times, you’d definitely need a new car since the number of breakdowns would quickly reduce the car’s lifespan.

That’s what it’s like when you fail to properly maintain your furnace. Not only will you be paying more on repairs, but you’ll need a furnace far sooner than you expected—and furnaces aren’t cheap!

2. Save money through energy efficiency.

Heating makes up about 29% of your energy bill, according to ENERGY STAR. That adds up, especially if we have a particularly long cold snap in Georgia this winter.

Your furnace has dozens of crucial parts that need to be professionally tuned-up and cleaned. This proactive step ensures your furnace is working at optimum efficiency, providing you with the most heat for the least cost.

3. Protect against health and safety risks.

Annual furnace maintenance helps to keep you and your family safe. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. In the U.S., nearly 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of exposure.

4. Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your furnace’s warranty to see what the manufacturer requires to honor it. It’s likely that professional preventative maintenance is expected.

If there’s ever a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, the manufacturer is going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, expect to pay out of your own pocket for costly repairs.

Don’t let a furnace failure leave you in the cold this winter. Along with raking leaves, putting away lawn furniture and stocking up on Halloween candy, make furnace maintenance a part of your fall routine.


Do you know a low-income senior who needs help
to repair a natural gas furnace?

When a gas furnace stops working, it’s a crisis for some elderly Walton Gas customers. HopeWorks Emergency Low-Income Program for Seniors  (H.E.L.P.S.), sponsored by Walton EMC and Atlanta Gas Light, provides a way to repair furnaces at no cost to qualifying low-income senior homeowners.

To qualify for assistance, individuals must be at least 65 years old and living in a home they own. Other program and financial guidelines also apply. 

For information or to apply: Visit www.hopeworks4us.org or call 404-872-0167.

Dawgs Win, Charities Score!

Vote now for your favorite.

The 2018 college football season is underway — and Georgia Bulldogs fans couldn’t be happier with how things are going. There are reasonable expectations that another Eastern Division championship is coming to Athens. And there are optimistic whispers of even bigger things to come before the post-season wraps.

But die-hard Dawg fans aren’t the only ones happily counting the numbers in the win column. Walton Gas customers as well as those who benefit from the work of three Georgia organizations are keeping close tabs, too.

Walton Gas is donating money to
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and
Camp Twin Lakes for every game the Bulldogs win this season.

Through it's Champions for Charity program, Walton Gas and its customers are donating money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes for every game the Bulldogs win this season. The company is donating $1,000 for every regular season victory. Plus, Walton Gas adds another $5,000 to the total if the Bulldogs win a bowl game.

Last year, Walton Gas donated $50,000 that was divided among the three organizations. Since 2013, when the program started, Walton Gas and its customers have contributed more than $175,000 to the charities that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

More than $175,000 has been donated to charities
that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

In 2017, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received a check for $27,000 for receiving the most votes and matching contributions from new Walton Gas customers. The Salvation Army was presented a $13,000 donation, and Camp Twin Lakes received $10,000.

On Nov. 11 when the Bulldogs host Auburn at Sanford Stadium, Walton Gas officials will join representatives of the three charities to present this year’s checks. If you’re at the game, keep an eye out for the on-field presentation of the donations during pre-game activities. Or, check the Walton Gas website the following Monday to learn which organization took home the biggest check this year. 

Choose your charity 

While every organization is a winner in Champions for Charity, it’s up to Walton Gas customers to determine which organization will collect the most money. Voting for the checks that will be presented during the 2019 season is now underway. To help you choose, here is some information about each organization.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)

From life-saving pediatric cancer treatments and organ transplants to fracture care and appendectomies, the not-for-profit CHOA is meeting the medical needs of Georgia’s children and teens. U.S. News and World Report ranks it as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals.

In 2017, more than 390,000 sick or injured children
received care at CHOA.

In 2017, more than 390,000 sick or injured children received care at CHOA. Its new Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which opened in July, is expected to welcome more than 100,000 patient visits per year.

All this care comes at a hefty price tag. The daily cost to operate all of CHOA’s hospitals is nearly $4 million. Donations like those made by Walton Gas provide amenities that aren’t covered by the operations budget.

With the $27,000 CHOA received from Walton Gas last year, the hospital could buy 13 wheelchairs for patients or eight special gliders where parents can sit and cuddle infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. The donation was also enough to purchase 54 iPads to entertain children while they are undergoing radiology treatments, plus 20 music soothers for infant cribs and also 100 sets of supplies that allow patients and their medical team to celebrate when something extraordinary happens.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers prevention, refuge and stability to men, women and families who find themselves without shelter due to personal and financial circumstances.

In metro Atlanta, three shelters offer 500 beds to individuals in need. The shelters also provide meals, laundry, rehabilitation and spiritual counseling. During times of natural disaster, such as hurricanes and flooding, Salvation Army units are deployed to provide food services and care to those in crisis.

Walton Gas’s $13,000 donation was enough
to provide a bed in a shelter for 390 nights this year.

The Salvation Army’s homelessness prevention program includes housing for low-income elderly, handicapped and disabled persons. The charity’s Veterans on the Move program is a three-month residential substance abuse program for homeless veterans with an honorable discharge. There are also residential recovery programs for individuals battling addiction and sex trafficking victims.

Walton Gas’s $13,000 donation was enough to provide a bed in a shelter for 390 nights this year.

Camp Twin Lakes

Georgia’s Camp Twin Lakes is one of only a handful of camps in the nation designed exclusively for children with extraordinary medical needs. The camp serves children with a range of serious illnesses and special needs, from cancer and diabetes to kidney disorders, asthma and burn injuries.

Each year, some 10,000 campers spend time at one of the Twin Lakes campsites (Rutledge, Winder, Warm Springs) or participate in its day camp program at children’s hospitals. The camp offers medically intensive services such as chemotherapy and dialysis as well as wheelchair accessible outdoor recreation and lodging.

With the help of donors like Walton Gas, Camp Twin Lakes
subsidizes 70% of the cost of each camper.

With the help of donors like Walton Gas, Camp Twin Lakes subsidizes 70% of the cost of each camper. More than 70% of all campers attend camp at no cost to their family.

A $10,000 donation by Walton Gas sponsors 20 campers for a week of camp, or it can provide outdoor adventure programs such as horseback riding and rock climbing for 36 camper cabins. The donation can also fund 10 day camps at Georgia children’s hospitals. 

Promoting Georgia pride on a rainy day

New and renewing Walton Gas customers receive a free umbrella as thanks. But it’s not just any umbrella. Sure, the bright blue exterior emblazoned with the Walton Gas logo may look like the average, water-repelling, rainy-day gear. But pop it open and you’ll find a delightful surprise: a photographic mural featuring five iconic scenes from around the Peach State.

The unusual umbrella has garnered raves from recipients as well as awards for its unusual design. Even better, the umbrella is a great conversation starter. The next time it’s raining, put up your Walton Gas umbrella and show your Georgia pride with these fun facts.

Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah

Mention the ironwork in Georgia’s oldest city and ornamental balconies and fences may first come to mind. Most don’t realize that Savannah’s best-known landmark, the iconic fountain in Forsyth Park, is also a work in iron. Built in 1858, the ornate, cast iron fountain is the park’s centerpiece. When the fountain was first turned on, citizens in attendance quickly found themselves soaked when water spouted from the four triton figures with too much vigor. A much larger basin had to be constructed to catch the spray. The fountain’s characteristic spray effect didn't exist until 1873 when a recirculator was installed as a water conservation measure.

Atlanta Skyline

With 56 buildings rising at least 330 feet in height, Atlanta ranks seventh among U.S. skylines. Boasting a distinctive gold, glowing crown, the Bank of America Plaza on Peachtree Street is the tallest at 1,023 feet and 55 stories. Nine of the city’s 10 tallest buildings are on Peachtree Street; the exception is Buckhead’s Sovereign building on, appropriately, Peachtree Road. The Westin Peachtree Plaza (number 5 on the list) was the tallest hotel in the world when it was completed in 1976. Its 72 floors are the most of any building in the city.

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse is properly called the Tybee Island Light Station. In fact, though, there was no light in the first structure built in 1736 to guide mariners into the entrance of the Savannah River. At 90 feet tall, the day-mark (a lighthouse with no light) was the tallest structure of its kind in America at the time. After storms and an eroding beach destroyed two day-marks, a 100-foot tall brick and wood structure was constructed in 1773. It was lit with candles for the first time in 1791, making it a true lighthouse. The top 40 feet of the structure had to be rebuilt following the Civil War, but the remainder of today’s building dates back to the first true lighthouse.

North Georgia Mountains

Scientists believe the mountains in the state’s northeast corner — at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail — are over 1 billion years old. Visitors come by the thousands each year to enjoy the area’s rugged, natural beauty that includes Brasstown Bald. At 4,784 above sea level, it’s the tallest point in Georgia. A seasonal shuttle takes visitors to the top where they can view miles of the 750,000-acre Chattahoochee National Forest, as well as the Carolinas and Tennessee. The North Georgia mountains are also home to Amicola Falls, the largest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Georgia Agriculture

Agriculture is the state’s oldest and largest industry. It has played a dominant role in Georgia's economy since English colonists settled here in 1733. Today, agriculture contributes about $73 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development. Georgia is perennially the number one state in the nation in the production of peanuts, broilers (chickens), pecans, blueberries and spring onions. At the last agricultural census, one in seven Georgians worked in agriculture, forestry or related fields. There were 42,257 farms in the state encompassing 9.6 million acres of land.

Get your Walton Gas Umbrella

Ready to show your Georgia pride on a rainy day? The Walton Gas umbrella is available only to new and renewing customers who lock in a 2-year low fixed rate. And here’s even better news: You’ll also receive a $25 bill credit. Sign up now!  

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