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March Madness Redefined in 2020

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  • Mar 30, 2020

I love the excitement and energy that comes with the NCAA college basketball tournament, which I’m really missing this year. COVID-19 has brought new meaning to the phrase “March Madness”.

It’s at times like these that we realize how vitally important reliable electric supply is to our health and happiness. Hospitals would be rendered useless without a reliable electric supply, and many more people would be at risk of death. Our health care workers are at the frontlines of fighting this virus and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and support. But, please remember, there are others playing important roles and struggling to get through this trying time, by keeping the lights on so that hospitals and each of our homes have the power needed to keep us warm and safe, as we all practice self-isolation. All those who go to work each day are helping us get through this March Madness – thank you for your dedication and courage.

Hopefully next year we will return to a more normal March Madness – Go UMASS!

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Matt Chester on Mar 30, 2020

I'm with you on all fronts, Dick. This situation should serve as a long-lasting reminder as the critically important roles that many people (in utilities and elsewhere) fulfill everyday without fanfare or enough recognition. Our hats should be off to them.

And I desperately miss my March Madness as well! The only tiniest sliver of silver linings? My alma mater UVA technically gets another year as 'reigning' champions! Though I'd trade that for some normalcy amid all the craziness

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Richard Brooks on Mar 31, 2020

"I'd trade that for some normalcy amid all the craziness"

Amen, Brother!

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Audra Drazga on Apr 1, 2020


While I don't really follow basketball, I am more of a football fan, I do miss the excitement that March Madness brings. And for sure March Madness has a whole new meaning this year. 

Many of us take our electricity for granted until it goes out.  We don't think about the lineman, plant operations personnel, and others who work hard every day to keep our power on.  Many young people don't even really know about career opportunities in our industry.   So, here is a shout out to all our utility professionals who work hard every day!  Also, don't forget National Linesman day is coming up, April 18th.  Let's remember to celebrate them!

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Richard Brooks on Apr 1, 2020

Good point Audra; The men and women serving as linemen are, dedicated, gutsy and unpretentious. They go about doing their work without seeking accolades or recognition in some of the most challenging and dangerous conditions nature has to offer. April 18th is your day linesman! We applaud you.

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Mark Silverstone on Apr 6, 2020

Talk about "essential services"!  What could be more so? They deserve a lot of credit and thanks.

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