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Steven C. Hunt, President & CEO

Congratulations to all the 2017 graduates across the area! I have noticed the “Book” has been bombarded with prom pictures along with cap and gown pictures from kids of all ages.  As I look at their smiles and hear statements such as “I am glad that is over with” from the kids, I chuckle to myself and think of how many will look back some time in the future wishing they were back at school without all the hassles of this thing called adulthood. Let me also remind all the parents, it is time for these kids to exit the “nest” and begin a new chapter in their lives. My wife called me a few weeks ago in a “meltdown” when our baby came in her office with her cap and gown trying it on for fit. I reminded her it is part of the circle of life and just one of the many gateways to enter in the coming years. My wife then sharply stated “you only deal with it better, because you see and treat both of the girls like they are still 10 years old refusing to accept the truth they are both young adults”. Oh well, I guess we all have our own coping mechanisms!

Not only is it graduation season, but June 21st also ushers in the first official day of summer. The forecast for June reflects the potential for a hot start to summer with the potential for much above average warmth overall along the East Coast. The temperatures thus far in 2017 have been milder than normal, but I am sure you have already noticed that in lower utility bills for the first quarter of the year. In fact, our total revenue is approximately 21% less than budgeted due to the milder temperatures thus far in 2017. I simply wanted to take some time and remind you due to warmer temperatures in the forecast, please expect your total utility bill to increase based on your kWh usage. This would be an excellent time to get your HVAC serviced by a certified technician as it is estimated approximately 48% of your usage can be attributed to your HVAC system. I would also like to offer the services of Misha Melvin, Energy Services Specialist for Lumbee River EMC. Misha is certified by the Home Energy Rating System and Building Performance Institute credentialing her to do whole home energy audits for existing and new homes. This is a very valuable service we offer to the members of LREMC, but very much underutilized. Please feel free to contact Misha at (910)-843-7911 allowing her to put her expertise to work for you.

In closing, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads! It is times such as this I am reminded it is by His mercy and grace that I am able to say that my earthly father may have passed in 1999, but my heavenly Father still owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10) and He sits at the right hand of His Father making intercessions for you and I (Romans 8:34).

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