Williams is committed to being a good community neighbor and environmental steward. That’s why we established a grant program to benefit local communities where the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project is being constructed.
Established in 2015, the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program has shared more than $2 million across the 10-county Atlantic Sunrise project area in support of noteworthy projects.
Eligible organizations can apply for grants up to $10,000 per applicant to fund projects that provide benefit to local communities or the environment. Projects funded by the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program include:
Emergency/first responder support
Youth or senior services
Enhancement of open spaces and park land for recreational enjoyment
Assistance in the enrichment of wildlife habitat
Promotion of environmental education
Purchases of property for preservation of wetlands and wildlife habitat
Purchases of property to access public lands, water resources, scenic and wildlife views, and for enhancement or development of active recreational areas
A group in Lancaster County hopes to bring a piece of history back to life, and they’re one step closer thanks to a $10,000 Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant.
Vietnam War veterans will be able to take a trip back in time in once The Liberty War Birds, a Lititz-based group of veterans who specialize in restoring Vietnam-era helicopters, are finished with their renovation of a 1966 HUEY 823 helicopter.
For everyone on board with the War Birds, there’s a new mission to execute: restore a “Huey,” the iconic UH-1 helicopter that defined America’s presence in Vietnam, and return it to the skies. The group hopes that one day the restored helicopter will be a touchstone for local Vietnam War veterans.
“How great would it be to take this to the Coatesville VA center and deliver Thanksgiving dinner to the veterans there?” Michael Caimi, vice president of the Liberty War Birds, said.
Caimi and a team volunteers gather each weekend in a hangar at the Lancaster Airport where they’ve been working on the aircraft since April 2015. Lead crew chief Kevin Schnetzka showed off the ongoing project during a tour last year, and said nearly everything on board is original to when it was built and used in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. Even the nose art has been restored to its original design by a fortuitous resource — Vietnam veteran Russ Mowry, who was the Huey 283’s pilot at one time and painted original nose art on the unit’s fleet of helicopters.
Jim Haga, president and founding member the Liberty War Birds, said the group was overjoyed last summer when Mowry came to see his old chopper. While in Carlisle, Pa., during Army Heritage Days at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center Mowry repainted the nose with a fire-breathing dragon and a curvy, bikini-clad woman to signify the chopper’s call signs, “The Flying Dragons” and “The Bikinis.”
The Huey is already drawing veterans together, Haga said. They gather inside the hangar to share stories. Some sit silently, quietly observant of the project unfolding before them.
There’s no telling when it will get back in the air — the group projects the complete restoration will cost about $475,000. They’ve successfully raised more than $200,000 so far, and the group received another big financial boost during the sixth round of the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program.
Williams awarded $42,300 in grant money to a number of Lancaster County groups during the fall grant cycle. The Liberty War Birds received a $10,000 grant, designed to go towards buying a new engine for the helicopter — a significant step toward taking flight again.
“To see us be able to help them accomplish their mission, it’s very important,” Joe Horvath, spokesperson for Williams, said.
The Huey 823 is a trip in a time machine for the many veterans who see the helicopter up close. For them, it’s the unmistakable sound of an era. It’s not easy, Haga said, but for many veterans, hearing the iconic helicopter fly and seeing it up close is a way to help them cope with their post-traumatic stress disorders.
“Probably the last time they saw this helicopter was a bad memory for them, likely being Medivac’d out of the country. They walk in this hangar door and it’s instant tears,” Schnetzka said. “They step inside this helicopter and they turn to all smiles. We’ll come up to them and by the time they leave here and they’re telling stories their families probably never heard.”
The group has even enlisted the help of PTSD therapist and Vietnam veteran Alexis Lake, who talks to some of the veterans who visit the hangar.
“The Huey gets them talking. It’s a starting point, and a touchstone for a generation who came home and didn’t have anyone to talk to about what happened,” Lake said. “When Vietnam vets came home, we were told, don’t tell your stories. The stories may be buried, but the emotions are always filtering up. We want this to be a project that begins the healing.”
Lancaster County’s economy is reaping the benefits from the construction of Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The area is projected to receive a $75.5 million economic boost, a great delight to businesses, but especially to those that slow down during the winter.
Claudette Korzniecki, co-owner of Flory’s Cottages & Camping in Ronks, Pa. recently told LNP that Atlantic Sunrise has “helped us pay our bills. Wintertime is always tough.”
She added that pipeline workers are “spending a fortune in this area. People don’t realize how much they spend. They go to musical shows, doctors, dentists, buy groceries and fuel.”
The 10 Pennsylvania counties that will be home to the 197-mile Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will all see economic benefits from pipeline construction. For many, such as Cleveland Brothers in Ephrata, Pa., the project means “high-paying jobs that are needed,” as company director of marketing Todd Regar told the newspaper.
For others, it means jobs and upgrades to equipment. Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services CEO Gail Lehman told LNP that the Elizabethtown company’s Atlantic Sunrise work afforded it the opportunity to buy a new truck, as well as having her drivers work on Saturdays “for the first time in months.”
“It’s been a blessing. It’s created a lot more business for us,” Lehman said.
While Atlantic Sunrise will bring more abundant, affordable natural gas to U.S. homes and businesses, it’s also benefiting local businesses in the project area. Maybe the benefits of this project were put best by Rob Wraihay, co-owner of Manheim, Pa.-based Warihay Enterprises:
“It’s like spring in winter!”Read the entire article to see how Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is working for Lancaster County.
Everyone knows there’s a lot of energy on Super Bowl Sunday, but what you may not realize is much of that energy is made possible thanks to natural gas.
Williams handles about 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas, transporting it through pipelines like the Atlantic Sunrise system currently under construction in Pennsylvania. That’s why it’s natural for us to take a moment to reflect on how natural gas impacts this annual event.
As you sit down on Sunday night and turn on your television, which is likely powered by natural gas, enjoy your drink of choice in a cup made with natural gas and snack on your own favorite football treats on a plate made from natural gas, consider how important the benefits of this abundant domestic resource are in our everyday lives.
Natural gas powers football. Look for these during the Super Bowl to see how natural gas does more than just provide clean-burning energy:
Is there a better feeling than curling up near a warm fire on a cold day? Fireplaces are a must for many current and potential homeowners. Realtor.com reported that they were the No. 1 feature on 2015 homebuyer listings, with gas as the leading type of fireplace mentioned.
If you own a natural gas fireplace, you know why they are so desired. They use abundant, low-cost natural gas, like Atlantic Sunrise will provide. They’re convenient and efficient, and they do not require you to cut wood or clean up ashes. All you have to do is click a button or flip a switch and, voila, a warm fire is ready to go.
However, as is the case with other fireplace types, you need to operate natural gas fireplaces safely. Here are five tips to ensure you are safe with your gas fireplace:
Hire a licensed contractor to install it
Are you switching from wood to natural gas? It’s not a DIY job. Hire a licensed contractor to perform the conversion. A natural gas line or propane tank will need to be installed, and these should be handled only by experienced professionals.
Keep your gas fireplace clear
A natural gas fireplace produces a lot of heat. It’s important to keep the area around the fireplace free of objects and people. You should keep all objects at least two to three feet away. Install a safety screen to ensure pets and small children cannot go near the fireplace.
Install carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are a must if you use any gas appliances in your home. You should put a detector on every floor in your home. Change the batteries at least twice a year.
Use a safety pilot in your gas fireplace
A safety pilot is an oxygen-depletion sensor. It will automatically shut off the fireplace if it detects too much carbon monoxide buildup. This, like anything else with your fireplace, should be installed and maintained by a licensed professional.
Maintain your gas fireplace with annual inspections, cleanings
A safe fireplace is a clean fireplace. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your fireplace on an annual basis. The inspection will involve cleaning and adjusting the log set, glass, and fan and air circulation passages, removing obstructions from vents, and replacing carbon monoxide detector batteries.
By keeping your fireplace safe, you’ll enjoy affordable warmth for years to come!
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The Pennsylvania Farm Show isn’t just a great way to connect with our state’s agriculture industry, it provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate those who help others.
At Williams, we did just that on Jan. 10 during the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Public Officials Day luncheon. We were honored to attend this event with Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH), a nonprofit organization that coordinates hunters’ deer harvests with meat processors to distribute venison to food banks.
It’s a worthwhile cause that we’re proud to support. HSH, now in its 27th season, donated more than 120,000 pounds of venison last year to more than 5,000 local food banks, missions, homeless shelters and other providers. HSH Executive Director John Plowman said during the event the organization is on track to have another bountiful year.
Public Officials Day at the Farm Show serves as a reunion for HSH supporters and friends, allowing all of us to discuss and exchange ideas, and learn about the program’s successes. This year’s luncheon had a record turnout, with members of the natural gas industry, the HSH board of directors and statewide business and government leaders coming together.
We love giving back, and we enjoy working with our friends in the agricultural sector, an important component of our state’s economy. How important? During the luncheon, a new economic impact study of agriculture was release that found the industry has a $135.7 annual impact in Pennsylvania.
This year’s Public Officials Day luncheon was a tremendous success, and we’re proud to support Pennsylvania agriculture and great charitable causes.
Williams was a proud sponsor at the PA Farm Show, which brought agriculture and natural gas — two of Pennsylvania’s largest industries — together. We love attending the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, not only because it gives us the chance to eat great food and look at adorable animals but also because we get the opportunity to catch up and talk with our friends in the agricultural community. This year’s Farm Show has been notable for many reasons, but here are five that stick with us the most:
Horse hitching Williams was proud to co-sponsor the Celebrity Draft Horse Team Driving Contest, which benefits the Farm Show Scholarship Fund. The Jan. 9 event with legislators and representatives from the agricultural industry was great fun to watch.
Public Officials Day The Jan. 10 luncheon saw the announcement of a new economic impact study of agriculture, which found that the industry has a $135.7 billion annual impact in Pennsylvania. Agriculture, along with natural gas production, is one of the state’s biggest industries, and the two have a long history of working together.
New calving corner Just look at how cute these new additions to the world are.
DEP clean water exhibit The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection featured an educational exhibit of clean local water actions and activities. The importance of clean water is a value shared by Williams, which is why we’ve been proud to support efforts such as a community rain garden in Wyoming County and other environmental stewardship programs through our grant program.
The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show has been amazing, and we look forward to participating again next year!
Agriculture is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries. In fact, the state Department of Agriculture and Team Pennsylvania found that the commonwealth’s agricultural industry has a $135.7 billion annual impact, with nearly 580,000 jobs created and $27 billion in wages paid as a result of agriculture.
This impact is on full display each year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event. The 102nd Farm Show is sure to be as popular as previous ones, with hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to the more than 1 million-square-foot complex to check out the latest and greatest in Pennsylvania agriculture while looking at adorable farm animals and eating delicious food.
The event is also a perfect example of how agriculture works in tandem with other industries, such as its close relationship with natural gas. Natural gas and other energy sources are essential to heating the massive Farm Show complex, and many of the most popular food and drink items wouldn’t be possible without natural gas. Here are five examples:
For many visitors, PA Dairymen’s Association milkshakes are synonymous with the Farm Show. The milkshake stand is one of the event’s most popular food vendors, and lines are often long. Whether your favorite flavor is chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, a Farm Show milkshake will be served to you in a plastic cup, which is made from natural gas byproducts. Drink up!
Butter is for more than just for toast: It can be used to create artistic sculptures. The butter sculpture is a fixture at each Farm Show, and it is designed with a specific theme in mind. The creation is revealed with fanfare ahead of the event, and this year’s masterpiece, “Strength in Our Diversity,” highlights the career choices available in agriculture.
The sculpture is kept from melting by being continuously cooled through electricity generated in part by natural gas. Once the Farm Show is over, the half-ton butter creation will be melted in a methane digester to power a Juniata County farm, as well as homes in the area.
There are a multitude of ways to eat potatoes at the Farm Show. You can have them baked and topped with butter, deep fried into french fries or rolled in sugar as a potato doughnut. All of these options are available at the Pennsylvania Co-Operative Potato Growers stand. The fryers at the stand use propane to make some of your favorite potato treats.
Roasted almonds and pecans
The Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association stand has a variety of nuts for sale, and roasted almonds and pecans are among the most popular. The preferred source of energy for outdoor roasters? Propane.
Fried vegetables and chicken
Deep-fried delicacies at the Farm Show are more than likely powered by natural gas. Mouth-watering trays of fried chicken and lightly battered fried vegetables at the PennAg Industries Association stand are deep fried in fryers fueled by natural gas.
Enjoy all the food at this year’s Farm Show, and congrats to our friends in agriculture on another successful event!
What do you get when you have an Eagle Scout with a mission to create something of value, a $5,000 grant provided by the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program and a wide open space outside the special education classroom at Hegins-Hubley Elementary School? You get an all-inclusive playground geared towards the special needs of these students.
A safe place to play
Micah, a senior at Tri-Valley High School and an Eagle Scout, was looking for something that would have a positive and lasting impact for his Eagle Scout Project, so he asked Kate Herb, the Life Skills teacher at Hegins-Hubley, if there was something that her students needed. Herb did not hesitate and showed Micah the open area outside the Valley View, Pennsylvania classroom that she thought would be a perfect place to create an all-inclusive playground. She explained that an all-inclusive playground would give the Life Skills class a playground they could utilize more safely than the school’s playground.
Now, with a project in mind, Micah got to work. He assembled a team of experts – the school’s special education chair, the Schuylkill County Master Gardeners and the Schuylkill Herb Society – and explained what he had in mind. All were very supportive and more than happy to help turn his vision into reality.
The result of this combined effort was an all-inclusive playground that allows the students to exercise muscles they normally don’t get to work in the course of their everyday activities, enjoy some fresh air and play in a safe environment and have an area where they can relax and enjoy while learning.
Join Micah on a visual tour of the playground:
The project also received some local media attention. Read more about it here.
Across the country, Williams employees display their giving spirit. Whether it be toy drives, food drives, warm clothing drives, preparing care packages for our military or providing supplies for seniors, our employees are committed to making sure others in their community and those serving abroad have the happiest of holidays.
Some examples of holiday giving include:
Our teams working on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project in Pennsylvania collected toys and gifts for kids in the communities near the project. We partnered with area organizations including the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.
Employees at the Susquehanna Supply Hub in Tunkhannock provided gifts for the Children Service Center of Wyoming County, delivered care packages to the senior center and took a turn as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.
Employees at our Echo Springs Plant in Wamsutter, Wyoming, collected toys and Williams sponsored the 2017 Toys for Tots annual toy drive, which provided toys to over 800 children in Carbon County this year.
The ACH Child and Family Service organization in Fort Worth, Texas, was once again the happy recipient of toys, clothing and baby items donated by our ARC Park Fort Worth employees.
Ohio River Supply Hub employees in West Virginia donated Hoodies and Hams for the Holidays to students at Moundsville and Cameron Middle Schools. Other employees were busy preparing their float and stocking up on candy to share with kids lining the streets at the three local holiday parades.
Collecting much-needed items, knitting scarves and hats for a local senior center and playing some rousing games of Bingo was the focus for a group of Pittsburgh employees, while others participated in the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber’s Jinglefest raising funds for the 171st “Military Family Support Unit.”
Pittsburgh employees also collected, sorted and delivered toys to Santa’s Toy Warehouse as part of the annual Toys for Tots drive
Our Utica Supply Hub employees collected items for special holiday care packages for some very special people who are not so close to home – active duty military members who cannot be home for the holidays.
In north central Oklahoma, Williams employees continued a four-year tradition by hosting a food drive to help those in need in their community. Our Waynoka, Oklahoma, field office employees gathered food and donations and delivered the supplies to the Waynoka Food Bank. Wherever we operate, Williams employees support our communities and we’re proud to salute that volunteer spirit in Waynoka.
At our headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, employees hosted both a Toys for Tots drive and a Salvation Army Toy Drive. Our employees not only work in these communities, but they live and raise their families in these communities, so helping make sure a happy holiday is had by all is very dear to their hearts.
To our readers – we wish you the happiest of holidays and a prosperous new year.