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Kiwash Electric will close on November 27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.


To report a power outage during this time, please call our 24-hour outage hotline at 888-832-3362.


Please have a safe holiday!


Security Lights for Darker Nights


Daylight Savings Time officially ends on November 2, 2014. For some Kiwash Electric members, this could mean arriving home from work in the dark.


If you’d rather not fumble your way to the front door, consider installing a security light from Kiwash Electric Cooperative.


Kiwash Electric security lights operate automatically from dusk until dawn, providing increased safety and illumination around your home, garage, barn or outbuildings.


To sweeten the deal, Kiwash Electric offers a $25 rebate for the first- time installation of a 150-watt high pressure sodium security light, and a $40 rebate for the first-time installation of a 200-400 watt high pressure sodium security light.


Maintenance and care of the security light is handled by your co-op. If a bulb burns out or gets broken, simply call Kiwash Electric and we will provide the labor free of charge.


Find more details on your co- op’s security light service online at www.kiwash.coop, or call Kiwash Electric at 888-832-3362 .


Dog Power! T


hanksgiving is a time for counting our blessings and reminding ourselves of the many positive


things that happen around us. The other day I heard a story on the news on training service or therapy dogs for the blind, handicap, elderly, etc. I was inspired to research the subject matter to find out more. Did you know Dr. Charles Mayo co-founder of the Mayo Clinic realized the therapeutic benefit of dogs during World War II? Dr. Mayo was another outstanding member of the ‘greatest generation,’ as Tom Brokaw’s book might attest.


As you continue to read you will quickly discover that I’m a dog lover as well. Therapy dogs are an important part of life for many people. They are known to reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression. Therapy dogs bring comfort to people in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and reading centers. Therapy dogs are patient and calm. They don’t mind being hugged, tugged on, or patted. They are not afraid of wheelchairs, walkers, or jerky movements.


How did we, as a society, discover the benefits of the therapy dog? It all started in 1944 during WWII. A member of MacArthur’s 5th Air Force (a photo recon squadron) found a tiny Yorkshire Terrier in a fox hole in New Guinea. Not being a huge fan of dogs, he gave her to another member of the unit, who needed $6.44 to get back in his poker game. That’s where Corporal Bill


Wynne came in. He paid for the four- pound Yorkie and named her Smokey.


Smokey spent the next 18 months by Wynne’s side in combat. In January 1945, Wynne’s unit had a problem. They had to run a communications cable across an air strip. One way to do it would require shutting the strip down for several days, a dangerous proposition that would have exposed the planes to enemy bombing.


They found a better solution in Smokey. Smokey crawled through a pipe that ran under the air strip with the wires attached to a string, which was attached to Smokey’s collar. Smokey also participated in 12 combat missions and was awarded eight battle stars.Most dogs would retire proudly at that point, but not Smokey.


When Smokey’s partner, Wynne, became ill, his friends brought her to the hospital to visit him. And that’s when therapy dogs were born. Dr. Charles Mayo noticed the little dog and took a liking to her. He observed that the wounded soldiers’ spirits were lifted when Smokey was around. He allowed Smokey to visit recuperating soldiers and even sleep with Wynne in the hospital. Smokey continued to visit hospitals for the next 12 years.


I have first hand-knowledge that dogs and therapy goes together. I know a young lady in Hobart that has struggled with a life-threatening illness. She recently received a dog and will attest to her dog’s therapeutic value. I believe she named her dog Princess. Her wish to have a dog over a trip to Disney World made me believe in the power of a dog. So the next time you see a friendly dog looking for attention, take time to pat that critter and remember old Smokey or Princess. Dogs can be great companions and are one of the many blessings in this world.


2 | NOVEMBER 2014 | Kilowatt


BY DENNIS KRUEGER G E N E R A L M A N A G E R


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