UPPCO believes in helping local communities. When we share our time, knowledge and resources, we help sustain our communities and enrich our neighbors’ lives. Here are some examples.
St. Vincent De Paul
Scott Roehl, UPPCO Operations Supervisor, presented a 2016 donation to Jo Callovi, president of the Sts. Cecilia and Agnes Conference, Society of St. Vincent De Paul. The donation will be used to help the charity’s efforts in Iron County.
Houghton County and Calumet Ice Arena Projects
Upper Peninsula Power Company made donations to support projects involving two ice arenas. Below right, UPPCO’s Dan Crane presented a donation to Ryan Markham (right) of the Houghton County Arena “A Building to Treasure” capital campaign. Right, Crane provided an UPPCO donation to Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto that will be used to help fund new boards and glass at the Calumet Colosseum. UPPCO’s 2016 donations, which did not involve customer funds, went to non-profit groups and other community causes across the utility’s ten-county service territory.
Emily Rushford, Upper Peninsula Power Company, presented a donation to Pat Bray, executive Director of Trillium House. The funds will be used to help build a planned eight-room hospice house for the Central Upper Peninsula.
Pelkie Centennial Farm Designation
Elizabeth Hakola proudly displays a sign recognizing her family’s farm as a Michigan Centennial Farm. In 1915, Hakola’s grandparents, Eli and Johanna Turpeinen of Finland, moved to the 80-acre farm located on Papin Road in Pelkie. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continually owned by the same family for at least 100 years. The Centennial Program, sponsored by Michigan electric utilities including UPPCO, commemorates the dramatic changes electricity brought to farm operations and family life. The plaque was presented to the Hakola family on behalf of UPPCO and the Michigan Historical Commission. For more information on the Michigan Centennial Farm program, call 906-485-2445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.