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‘Linemen or Lions’ Calendar Supports Humane Society

by on October 25, 2013

Seel and WeeseNewark, Ohio — The low rumble of diesel engines is not the only thing “purring” at AEP Ohio’s Newark Service Center.

There are at least 20 cats showing their appreciation to the linemen and supervisors there.

Those felines, all residents of the Licking County Humane Society, were featured in various photos for a 2014 calendar, and each were held in the photos by an AEP Ohio Distribution line employee.

“I came up with the idea for a calendar to raise funds for the Humane Society,” said Dave Seel, a line servicer in the Newark Area. “We call the calendar ‘Linemen or Lions,’ and we had a blast doing it.”

The Humane Society obtained a photographer and shot the photos in August. The subjects are shown in front of an historic AEP Ohio company photo that was “photoshopped” into the background. The organization then produced 100 calendars that have sold by word of mouth for $25 each. The first production run is nearly sold out, raising close to $2,500 for the Humane Society.

“We donated $1,500 to the organization to help with production costs,” said Ron Winrod, manager-distribution system for the Newark District. “We are hopeful that this project will raise $3,000 to $4,000 for the Humane Society.”

Eighteen Newark Service Center employees, including Winrod, are featured in the calendar along with two line crew supervisors from the Columbus District. The featured employees include: Seel, Winrod, Travis Harless, Mike Flowers, Jody Shields, Adam Tackett, Jeff Robinson, Mike Mcconaha, Rick Creager, Jeremy Martin, Carl Redman, Scott Swartz, Jim Weese, Todd Owens, Justin Berkfield, Jeff Bachelor, Jarrad Conway, Dave Johnson, Dean Johnson and Sean Evans.

The calendar also includes reminders of various pet-related events throughout the year. For example, there is a notation that January 14 is “National Dress Up Your Pet Day,” and don’t forget the all-important “National Mutt Day” on December 2.

Calendars can be purchased through the Licking County Humane Society’s website or at 825 Thornwood Drive, Heath, Ohio.

“I think it’s wonderful that Dave Seel came up with this idea to help the community at a very low cost,” said Winrod. “Community involvement is one of AEP’s core values.”

Jeremy and Bertha

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