Be safe — winter isn’t over yet; work anniversaries and more

Management and the Safety Department would like to thank EVERYONE for a great start to the New Year. We appreciate everyone’s participation with Hazard Assessments and Job Box Talks, as well as completing all assigned Safety trainings.

We’d also like to remind you all that winter isn’t over just yet. Remain safe on the roads and always drive defensively!

In February, Elm participated in “Valentines for Veterans” for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Our Holly Lurgio reports that Elm collected and delivered over 70 Valentines on 2/14! Some were mailed in, some were homemade, some came in the shape of fortune cookie and all were appreciated!

Here’s a snapshot of what greeted the Veterans:

On Feb. 1, Elm recently a Veterans’ Luncheon — part of a new program put on by Westfield Veteran Services — and provided some Elm swag for the Veterans to take home.

Veterans and their spouses are invited for a free monthly luncheon put on by the Westfield Technical Academy at their Tigers Pride Restaurant. Reservations are required and they sold out quickly!

Elm’s very own John Bridgman, a Veteran who served with the 104th Air National Guard in Westfield, represented our company at the event and had this to say about the experience:

First, I would like to thank Elm for letting me represent the company. It was a great turn out. As I walked into the school for the first time since I graduated for Westfield Vocational, I met an old co-worker that I hadn’t seen in 20 years. We sat together and caught up on what had been happening over the last two decades. 

The veteran agent gave everybody an update on coming events. She also let everyone know there is a veteran’s support center in Agawam that has free help and new winter jackets for the veterans. She thanked Elm Electrical for supporting the luncheon. Westfield Technical Academy prepared the three-course meal, which was very good. Many of the veterans were able to take home leftovers because they feed us so well. 

The Westfield high school Technical Academy band played while we ate. 

I also saw a few veterans that I served with at the 104th Air National Guard here in Westfield. One of them was Gene Theroux. He has been cleaning head stones of veterans in local cemeteries. To date he has cleaned 6,600 head stones. His group is always looking for help. After I talked to him, my former co-worker said he had signed up to help clean head stones this summer. I then introduced him to Gene. 

This was a great event that was well received by the veterans. Many came up the me to thank Elm for the winter gloves and the note pads.

Another cool thing Elm did was to deliver 80 dozen muffins from the Morrisons Muffin project onto the community. The food pantry came and picked up about 50 dozen that they were able to distribute that same day to area families. The Boys and Girls Club took several dozen to use for their before school breakfast kiddos, Samaritan Inn took 4 dozen, Common Goods Food Pantry at WSU took 6 dozen. Everyone was thrilled with the donation.

Congratulations to the following employees who are celebrating a work anniversary in February!