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Tory Tedder-Loffland


Larry West to retire After 33 years, Larry West is hanging up


his hard hat for good April 1—no fooling. "OEC has been a fine place to work,"


West said. "Te administration and the board have really supported us. Looking back, it's impressive how far OEC has come in 33 years." West won't just be laying around in


retirement—with a place and a boat slip at Lake Eufaula, he'll have plenty of recreation to fill his hours. But mainly, he's looking forward to doing what he loves—playing around with electronics. In a 2013 interview for the OEC News, West said, "I'm a piddler. I like to tinker with stuff. I take apart radios, TVs, air conditioners—anything electronic—fix them, and put them back together (hopefully)." (See the Sept. 2013 issue.) Good luck, Larry. We wish you much tinkering fun and send our regards to your patient wife.


Above, West trims trees out from under an electric line east of Norman.


Co-op Business


OEC receives Tree Line USA Utility designation OEC is recognized as a Tree Line USA utility for


its best practices in vegetation management. Tis is the eighth consecutive year the Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the co-op this designation. Te program recognizes utilities utilizing what


the foundation considers best practices in vegetation management to demonstrate how trees and utilities can coexist for the benefit of communities and their citizens. "While we need to keep trees out of the electric


lines for safety and reliability, we also need them for their land and energy conservation properties," says Joe Osborne, manager of vegetation management. Te awards were presented at the Oklahoma


State Capitol followed by a tree planting ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. OEC is one of five public utilities, 21 cities (Norman being one), seven college and university campuses, and two Air Force bases awarded the designation of a Tree Line USA utility, Tree City USA community, or Tree Campus USA in Oklahoma.


From left to right, OEC's Stan Ledgerwood, manager of business and member services and Jack Ferrell, member services consultant, plant a desert willow tree on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion with Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forestry Program manager with the USDA Forest Service and Jared Carlson, development manager with the Arbor Day Foundation.


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