Thursday, November 25, 2021

Pioneers of RG&E Newsletter - 11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our last post was before the Pioneer's Picnic, I really don't know where the time goes. 

I hope that everyone is doing well, I see the crowd on Facebook is a little more active and I'll start pulling some posts and information from there to share here so that the non-Facebook crowd can see some of what is going on. 

For my vaccine friendly folks - booster shots are now available, don't forget to get yours! The current eligibility is as follows:

If you are 18 years and older and received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna initial vaccine series at least six months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago, you are eligible for your COVID-19 booster dose. Boosters can help provide additional protection, especially for those over the age of 50 and others with underlying conditions. ~

I'm grateful for my health, my families (work and home), and all of you out there. I wish you all a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas and/or whatever Holidays you celebrate this and next month.

Warmest regards,


Pioneer Picnic

The picnic was yet another beautiful day - perfect weather, excellent turnout and the same simple BBQ style food. I think on behalf of everyone there, I can say it felt good to get together with folks again in person. This year there was around 195 people in attendance - which is pretty much what we have every year. Interestingly though, there were a lot of first time attendees. 

Ken Kuzia has been kind enough to take and share his pictures of the picnic this year. You can enjoy them at this link: Picnic 2021 Pictures

Looking all all of these pictures makes me wonder why we don't try a group picture one of these years. I usually make folks do that for every other event I put on. Maybe we'll try in 2022. A few larger group pictures, trying to get everyone looking at the camera sounds fun doesn't it?!

The 50/50 was entertaining and fun - Jim White had a blast selling tickets (thanks again Jim!) and Karen Foote joined in with that fun (thanks Karen!). 

We also had a couple of raffles for some old RG&E toy trucks and I think I finally got rid of most of our freebie giveaways. Someone brought some old pictures to go through, I have some of those leftover to bring next year. It is always a treat to see what folks want to share each year. 

The March FL Pioneer Picnic

[From Jack and Christy Klein]

The Florida Picnic is March 14, 2022 at Lake Seminole Park, same pavilion as always.  11 AM until the last person leaves.

Bring your own food and drink.  Join friends and catch up on everything going on in our lives and the world.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible.  The group is slowly fading into the sunset.

John (Jack) and Christy Klein,, 585-355-0090

A note from E. William Prytherch (Bill) - 8/2/21 

[MJ  reformatted layout]




Bonnie & I have recently MOVED to Holland, OH a suburb of Toledo. We lived in Greece NY for over 50 yrs & moved to be with our daughter, husband & family. IT WAS A BIG DECISION AND CHANGE TO DOWNSIZE, SELL & MOVE BUT WE ARE VERY HAPPY WE HAVE DONE IT! I RETIRED IN 99 with the fossil/hydro gang as i was chemist for both stations. 

We're healthy & well, but age is creaping up on us with "stuff". SORRY we won't be coming thursday as its my daughters birthday but expect we will be in FLA & hope to attend there. 

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!! I give thanks to GOD above that has made today & everyday possible!

Veteran's Day Event

[Content from Facebook, MJ reformatted]

Post from David Payne - 11/12/21

Yesterday, Veterans Day 11-11-21, members of the RG&E Armed Forces Club met at the dedicated flagpole at the Scottsville Rd Operation Center to remember the war dead of all wars.  Especially remembered were the nine RG&E employees who gave their lives in World War II and the Vietnam War.  The Vet's Club has conducted these tributes for 74 years.  

I am not a veteran, but I am honored to have been the club bugler and an honorary member since about 1973.  The members are some of the nicest people I have come to know.  Sadly, many and most are now departed.  

Thanks to all of them for their service and good they have done as a club, including work at senior homes, our many Christmas parties at the Auditorium Theater and continuing the tradition of celebrating our veterans, both alive and dead.

It is also sad that this Veterans Day marks the last official gathering of this club.  When I came to RG&E, Earl Clark was the MC and for the last many years, WWII veteran Ray Dunn (he will be 96 next month) has been our commandant.  Lee Loomis has served as our chaplain in recent years.  The Club's formal activities were concluded 10 years ago and now the official flag pole ceremonies are ending.  The club motto has always been "lest we forget".  

I will not.

The day before Thanksgiving

There were a handful of folks that got together (yesterday) for a visit - I guess these guys have been getting together for 40 years...haha, it was nice to see folks. 
In attendance - Mary Kay and Jeff Masters, Karen Douglas, Kevin Sullivan and Molly Johnston, Hugh Ives (and Cheryl), Jim Kula, Sue and Jim Fackelman.

Kevin Woolever

Article by Don Dunn published in the Wayne Co. Times can be found HERE


[Not necessarily in order. Sourced from Facebook posts, Legacy online obituary notifications and emails to MJ]

Jane C. Brown (mentions working at RG&E for a bit)
Dave Lovgren (no obit found, from Ginna)
Sylvia Lohrmann (Al Lohrmann's wife) 


  1. Thanks for all you do for all us pioneers. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays and good health in the New Year.

    1. Thanks Johan! This is the first time I've ever had anyone comment on here - how exciting :)