Kilowatt Riders hit the road for a cause
by Nathan Stone
The Ride for Missing Children of Central New York began its mission over 20 years ago when seven cyclists made the 400 mile trip from Utica, NY to Washington D.C. on bicycles to help raise awareness to the plight of missing children throughout the country. Inspired by this, groups of cyclists have been making localized trips in June every year to raise money and awareness.
On June 10th of this year, the Kilowatt Chasers completed a 100 mile ride through central New York for the organization. The group consists of National Grid crew members and is made up of linemen, servicemen, substations, gas mechanics, and underground personnel.
For this particular event, Rome and Utica Overhead Line Barns set up one American Flag display in their respective service territory. The National Grid employees from those barns who participated included: Terry Anweiller, Josh Conway, Ed Faatz, Mike Flanagan, Kevin Gates, Glenn Hopsicker, Shawn Louis, Josh Lasher, Chris Miller, Dana Moreau, Louie Paciello, Jay Palmer and Dan Riccardi.
Dick Jordan, a 35 year retired lineman, had the idea for the flags, and was grateful for the nice touch:
Jay Palmer, Overhead Line Manager echoed this sentiment.
“This event meant a lot to the National Grid employees that participated with the America Flag displays,” he said. “The appreciation from the riders to National Grid was absolutely amazing. I personally felt very proud to have been a part of it and very proud that my company helped make it happen.”