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The distinction of being the birthplace of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative belongs to the community northwest of Adair known as Wauhillau (pronounce wah- hee-lah). The community was home to the first co-op substa- tion and to Howard Freeman, the first-ever board of trust- ees president. 96-year-old Bessie Kinion was there during the inception of the coopera- tive. She helps us understand life before electricity on page 4 inside this issue of Northeast Connection.


All Around Green Country


Events are published as space allows and must be submitted at least 60 days in advance. Include a telephone number for publication. Send information to Northeast Connection Events Calendar, P.O. Box 948, Vinita, OK 74301. Email: kelly.rush@neelectric.com, or fax: 918-256-9380. Please call ahead to confirm dates and times.


MARCH 2 — Ketchum Welcome Back Weekend Arrowhead Yacht Club 918-782-3214


MARCH 2 — Miami Annual Peoria Stomp Dance Ottawa-Peoria Cultural Center 918-540-2535


Annual Taste of Pryor Mid-America Expo Center 918-625-5720


MARCH 7 — Pryor 21st


INSIDE: Sticker shock


Here are some things to consider when dealing with higher seasonal electric bills. 3


Where it all began Adair resident Bessie Kinion provides a unique historical perspective on our cooperative. 4


Stake your claim An unclaimed patronage capital check could be waiting for you. 6


Light up your life


Compact fluorescent light bulbs don’t really deserve the bad rap they get. 10


No Lucky Charms here Our recipe feature focuses on Irish lore and legend, just in time for St. Paddy’s Day. 11


Don’t become a statistic Resolve electrical issues before they become a problem in your home or business. 12


Northeast Connection


MARCH 7-10 — Miami Theatre NEO’s Thoroughly Modern Millie Fine Arts Center, NEO Campus 918-542-8441


MARCH 8 — Grove Grand Lake Boat & Sport Show Grove Civic Center 918-786-2289


MARCH 8-9 — Claremore Green Country Hamfest Claremore Expo Center 918-664-9991


MARCH 9-10 — Grove Antique & Gun Show Grove Civic Center 918-786-9109


MARCH 14 – 17 Tulsa Tulsa International Auto Show Expo Square QuikTrip Center 918-742-2626


MARCH 15-17 — Grove Almost, Maine


Grove Community Playmakers 918-786-8950


MARCH 22-24 — Claremore Rogers County Home and Garden Show Claremore Expo Center 918-343-8688


MARCH 30 — Grove Genealogical Workshop Community Center 918-542-4148


APRIL 5-6 — Miami Retro Signs & Advertising Show Buffalo Run Casino www.retrosignshow.com


Counting poles in western Oklahoma N


OW a member of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Afton resident Larry Farmer recalls vividly from his boyhood anticipating the arrival of electricity at


his family’s farm in western Oklahoma. It was around 1947 when the rural electric cooperative began building lines into rural Roger Mills County, Farmer remembers. “Each day I rode the school bus I counted power poles to see how much progress had been made towards our family farm,” he said. “The progress was painfully slow.” Farmer said his family finally received electricity about one year after a local resident aquired the first television set in the county.


Do you have a story to share? N


ORTHEAST Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is celebrating its 75th year of business in 2013 and we would like to hear from members who were with us during our forma- tive years. If you have a story to share about the arrival of electricity in northeast Okla- homa, please email us at publicrelations@neelectric.com or contact us by mail at: Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Attn: Public Relations, P. O. Box 948, Vinita, OK 74301.


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