Sun Outages May Occur in the Coming Weeks

​It is that time of year again. Fall sun outages will begin on or around October 4th through approximately October 11th. A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal. Interruption in TV service, due to sun outages, may last up to several minutes a day. During this time, you may experience interference with picture quality and sound when watching television. Sun outages do not affect internet or phone service. This […]

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Easton Velocity launches V-Fi, managed Wi-Fi

Easton Velocity announced today the launch of V-Fi, a managed whole-home Wi-Fi solution powered by Plume®, the creator of the world’s first Smart Home Services Platform. “This new service is designed to seamlessly connect the internet service provided by Easton Velocity with the devices used by our customers, enabling consistent connections in every room of the home,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Easton Velocity. V-Fi, Easton Velocity’s managed Wi-Fi is designed to improve, personalize and secure the internet connection in the home. The system is comprised of hardware and robust software technology which includes a user-friendly app. Utilizing sleek, […]

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Easton Utilities Awarded $13 million for Rural Broadband

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that Easton Utilities was awarded $13.1 million in grant funding to extend broadband to significant portions of Talbot County with insufficient service. “The benefits of this project will be immeasurable to Talbot County and the positive impacts will last a lifetime,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. The total project will cost $17.5 million and will cover 122 square miles, reaching up to 3,447 households and 144 farms, plus several additional facilities located within the geographic footprint. The proven financial model will be comprised of investments from the […]

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Easton Utilities Begins Annual Flushing Program

The water main flushing program, conducted by Easton Utilities on an annual basis, is scheduled to begin in mid-July throughout the service territory. “This successful program allows us to focus on any areas of concerns within the infrastructure to ensure Easton Utilities can continue delivering high quality water,” stated Doug Abbott, Water and Wastewater Department Manager for Easton Utilities. The annual flushing program consists of opening certain hydrants in brief intervals to flush out sediment that may have collected in water mains over the past year. This enhances the long-term water quality, confirm adequate fire flows, and identifies possible malfunctions […]

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John Horner promoted to Chief Operating Officer

Easton Utilities announced the promotion of John J. Horner, Jr. to Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, John is responsible for the oversight of daily operational activities, strategic planning, project management and providing leadership to the multi-disciplinary teams in the organization. “John is a visionary leader who is personally committed to ensuring our people are inspired by our core values and work together to provide safe, reliable services to our customers,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. The Senior Vice President of Operations and COO is critical in the […]

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Easton Utilities Recognized for Reliable Service for the Community

Easton Utilities has once again received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2019. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. “We are proud to receive this recognition as a true testament to the hard work of our entire team to ensure that we keep our community powered,” said John E. Hines, Electric Department Manager for Easton Utilities. Easton Utilities had an average outage time of 21 minutes per customer during 2019 as compared to the US average of 143 minutes per year for all […]

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FREE Drive-Up Wi-Fi Hotspots

Community members needing access to high speed internet can now enjoy free Drive-Up Wi-Fi Hotspots provided by Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities. “As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we’ve been working diligently to implement this offering in hopes we can help those in our community who may need internet service,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Easton Velocity. Currently, the Wi-Fi Hotspots are temporarily available at: Talbottown Shopping Center parking lot (closest to Washington and Harrison Streets) Idlewild Park parking lot (near basketball courts) Moton Park parking lot (closest to park entrance) Library parking lot (closest to […]

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Doug Abbott Named Manager of Water & Wastewater Departments

Easton Utilities promoted Douglas R. Abbott to the Water & Wastewater Department Manager. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Doug will oversee the entire water and wastewater operation. “I am excited to work with the individuals on these crews who are dedicated to endlessly fulfilling the goals of providing safe drinking water to our customers and returning clean effluent water to the environment,” stated Abbott. In this new role, Doug will provide leadership for the two departments. This includes oversight of the team focused on water treatment, storage, and distribution as well as those who manage wastewater […]

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John Horner, Jr. Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2020

Easton Utilities Vice President of Operations and Easton resident one of 52 selected for professional development program. Annapolis, Md. (February 13, 2020) – Leadership Maryland announced today that John J. Horner, Jr., MBA, ’20, Vice President at Easton Utilities, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Horner is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 28th class – the Class of 2020, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and […]

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Easton Utilities holds Cyber Defense 101

Easton Utilities held a free educational event for local businesses focused on cybersecurity. Over 70 attendees participated in the event which was held at The Milestone. “Cybersecurity should be an important focus for businesses and individuals alike, and we believe sharing the expansive knowledge our IT team possesses was of great value to our community,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. The educational event was conducted by Easton Utilities’ Chief Information Officer, Fred Christie, who has worked in the IT and computer fields for over 35 years. Mr. Christie works with numerous government agencies on cyber […]

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John Hines Promoted to Electric Department Manager

Easton Utilities named John E. Hines III, P.E., as the Electric Department Manager. In this position, John is responsible for all aspects of the operation for the safe generation and delivery of power from transmission through distribution to the customer. “I am honored to be chosen as the next leader of this department comprised of knowledgeable, dedicated individuals focused on providing safe and reliable service to our community,” stated Hines. John joined Easton Utilities in 2004 and has held several positions within the electric department. In this role, he replaces Arnie Boughner who retired from Easton Utilities in early January […]

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Easton Utilities to Negotiate Purchase of Coca-Cola Warehouse

An Ordinance was introduced by the Easton Town Council authorizing Easton Utilities to proceed with the purchase of the Coca-Cola distribution warehouse at 8670 Commerce Drive. “Over the past several years, Easton Utilities has been exploring options for additional warehouse, and this location is ideal,” said John J. Horner, VP of Operations for Easton Utilities. A draft purchase agreement has been developed and submitted to the seller of the property. The 24,000 sq. ft. warehouse will provide ample space to accommodate the increasing demand for storage. This opportunity enables Easton Utilities to discontinue leasing and borrowing space at other locations […]

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Easton Utilities Plans for EV Charging Station

Easton Utilities obtained unanimous approval from the Easton Town Council to utilize four parking spaces at the bottom of Brewer’s Lane to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in partnership with the Town of Easton. “Providing this valuable amenity in downtown Easton will benefit residents and visitors who drive an EV, while reflecting our commitment to sustainability and technology,” stated John J. Horner, VP of Operations for Easton Utilities. The EV charging station will consist of pedestal mounted Level 2 Tesla and universal chargers. Easton Utilities studied several locations based on charging technology, vehicle accommodation, infrequently used parking spaces, downtown […]

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APGA Congratulates Easton Utilities for Operational Excellence!

Washington, DC- (August 16, 2019) – At its 2019 Annual Conference, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) presented Easton Utilities with the prestigious APGA System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) for excellence in operating its natural gas utility. Public natural gas systems are entrusted by their customers to deliver clean and affordable natural gas through a safe and reliable distribution pipeline system. To accomplish this mission, a forward thinking natural gas utility constantly strives to improve its operating capabilities, overcome challenges and adapt to its changing environment. Out of approximately 750 APGA members, Easton Utilities was selected for SOAR level Bronze […]

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Tree Maintenance and Reliable Power

Trees are one of the biggest drivers of power outages in the United States, ranking in the top four with squirrels and other wildlife, weather and overhead equipment issues. Utilities across the country have strict programs in place to ensure power lines remain free and clear of any hazardous vegetation to maintain safe, reliable power. “Our tree trimming program is imperative to our overall operation and requires a balance between necessity and customer expectations,” stated Kelly A. Simonsen, Marketing and Communications Manager for Easton Utilities. Failure to maintain vegetation can lead to unnecessary power outages, unsafe conditions for crews to […]

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Easton Utilities announces promotion of Steven Ochse

Easton Utilities has promoted Steven “Steve” Ochse to Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO. Steve’s responsibility includes oversight of all financial activities by providing strategic financial leadership for long-range planning. “Steve has been instrumental to our success over the past four years and this promotion reflects his ability to oversee our fiscal management practices and strategic financial planning,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. The role of Senior Vice President of Finance and CEO is an executive level position focused on developing, implementing and enforcing policies in a challenging financial and regulatory environment. Steve works […]

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Easton Utilities Honored for Worksite Wellness Achievements

On Friday, June 7, Easton Utilities was recognized by Healthiest Maryland Businesses as a Gold level recipient of the Wellness at Work awards. The Wellness at Work awards took place at the 10th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. “We are thrilled with this gold level award for the second year in a row as we work hard to incorporate health and wellness into our daily work,” said Melissa Book, Human Resources Generalist for Easton Utilities. The Wellness at Work awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces.  Any Maryland […]

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Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

Easton Utilities welcomed six interns to participate in the summer-long internship program, now in its tenth year. The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on the various services, infrastructure, and demands of each department at Easton Utilities. The most recent group of interns includes: • Julie Andrew, Business Administration Major from Salisbury University • Octavia Doughty, Information Systems Major from Salisbury University • Dylan Nepert, Mathematics Major from Washington College • Will Peerman, Geography & Business Administration Major from Salisbury University • Luca Tondin, Electrical Engineering Major from University […]

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Talbot County and Easton Utilities Partner on Broadband Grant Application

The Talbot County Council voted Tuesday night to partner with Easton Utilities and the State of Maryland’s Office of Rural Broadband to pursue a federal grant for funding to help extend high-speed internet service to areas of the county with insufficient access to broadband. “While there are no guarantees that Easton Utilities will receive funding for this highly competitive grant, we are confident we have a strong team working to prepare a thorough, professional application,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack. “We believe access to broadband connectivity is essential for our residents and businesses as we move toward the […]

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Mayor Willey Swears In Easton Utilities Commissioner

Mayor Robert C. Willey administered the Oath of Office to Easton Utilities Commissioner W. W. “Buck” Duncan, Jr. for an additional six-year term commencing April 1, 2019. As chairman of the Easton Utilities Commission, he is charged with governance and oversight of Easton Utilities, along with Rodanthe Hanrahan and William Stagg, per the Town of Easton’s charter. “I am honored to continue my role as a Commissioner and look forward to the exciting opportunities facing Easton Utilities. We will continue our focus on safely providing delightful customer experiences with reliable and cost-effective utility services,” stated Duncan. Mr. Duncan currently serves […]

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Easton Utilities Completes Spanish 101

Working in conjunction with Chesapeake College, Easton Utilities held a course for ten employees titled Spanish for Requesting Personal Information and Data. “The curriculum is customized for Easton Utilities’ employees and is aimed at preparing students [employees] to provide basic Spanish interactions for our customers’ needs,” said Tracie A. Thomas, Director of Customer Service for Easton Utilities. Anderson Watson, a bi-lingual Customer Service Representative for Easton Utilities and a part-time employee of Chesapeake College, was the instructor. He led the class through progressively difficult conversations targeted to billing, services, and installation needs for cable TV and internet. Team members from […]

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EU Welcomes High School Interns

Through a partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Easton Utilities welcomed three students to participate in the internship program for the spring semester. “TCPS is thrilled Easton Utilities has expanded their internship program to accommodate our high school students by offering a unique and meaningful opportunity that will significantly help these students meet their college and career goals,” stated Jodie Colombo, TCPS School-to-Career Transition Facilitator. The high school internship program at Easton Utilities is a formal, comprehensive experience designed for selected candidates to gain valuable experience in their field of interest. “Our program provides a foundation for learning professional etiquette […]

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Easton Velocity Upgrades Internet Infrastructure

Pardon Our Dust We are working hard to better serve you! Thank you for your patience as we continue to deliver high quality cable, internet and voice services. Construction has begun on our system-wide Velocity upgrade.  For detailed information, please visit eastonvelocity.com/system-upgrade.

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Easton Utilities Completes Landscaping for Easton Point Park

With a master plan in place and a strong, enthusiastic crew, Easton Utilities completed a noteworthy landscaping project for the future Easton Point Park. For aesthetics and to create a natural barrier, the landscaping features a variety of 45 trees and 53 shrubs. “This project aligns our mission and service to the Town of Easton with our proud tradition of environmental stewardship,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO for Easton Utilities. The entire staff of Easton Utilities, along with Town Councilwoman Megan Cook, planted trees, shoveled dirt and mud, and spread mulch on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Easton Utilities […]

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Easton Utilities Employees Mark Career Milestones

Easton Utilities recently celebrated ten and twenty year service milestones achieved by six staff members.  Sean Guschke, Senior Water and Wastewater Operator celebrated his 20-year anniversary during the past year. Ehren Hawks, Supervisor of Network Operations; Kim Harris, Accounting Assistant; Wallace Willey, Lab Technician/Water and Wastewater Operator; Joshua Shortall, Installer Technician; and Maria Pack, Credit and Collections Specialist, marked 10-year anniversaries with the company. “It is always a highlight to celebrate the commitment our people have to our organization and our customers,” said Vicki L. Petro, Director of Human Resources for Easton Utilities.

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Easton Utilities Promotes Bilingual Customer Service

Easton Utilities is committed to providing exceptional service to all customers and is pleased to announce a new option for enhanced bilingual customer service. Easton Utilities is extending their reach to a growing population of customers through several communication methods, including a bilingual customer service representative, a secondary phone interpretation service, and a Spanish translation of our website and other communications material. “We strive to provide the same level of excellent service to every customer and this is just one example of how we can meet the specific needs of some customers,” stated Tracie A. Thomas, Controller and Manager of […]

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Easton Velocity Upgrades Internet Infrastructure

Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities is embarking on a system-wide technology upgrade to improve the infrastructure that delivers high-speed internet to current customers. The upgrade will offer increased speeds of up to one gigabit (down), 100 Mb (up), improved reliability, and the capacity to support next generation services. “We are excited to bring this level of service to our customers in Easton who expect quick and seamless connectivity,” stated Ted L. Book, Director of Easton Velocity. Construction is expected to begin in early September and will last approximately two years for full completion. The project plan focuses on […]

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Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

​Easton Utilities welcomed seven interns to participate in the summer-long internship program, now in its ninth year. The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on the various services, infrastructure, and demands of each department at Easton Utilities. The group of interns includes: • Julie Andrew, Business Management Major from Salisbury University • Eddie Burgstahler, Accounting Major from University of Maryland • Sydney Chance, Graphic Design Major from NC State • Emily Cohoon, Environmental Studies and GIS Major from Salisbury University • Martha Hutzell, Information […]

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EU Wins Gold for Workplace Wellness

On Friday, June 1, 58 Maryland employers were recognized as Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awardees for their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. Easton Utilities was awarded Gold this year with 22 other businesses. Howard Haft, MD, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, congratulated awards recipients at the 9th Annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium, noting, “In public health, we strive to improve health through community-based efforts. Worksites are one place that many Marylanders spend a majority of their day and are a crucial setting in which to make the healthy choice the easy choice. […]

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Easton Utilities Moves to Tobacco Free Campus

Beginning April 5, 2018, Easton Utilities’ Customer Service Center shifted to a 100% smoke, tobacco and vape free campus. This encompasses the building and its immediate campus, the inside of all other facilities, inside company vehicles including aerial buckets and all drivable equipment, and while on residential or commercial customer’s property. “We fully support a healthy work environment and continue to work with our employees to establish safe, positive behaviors,” stated Vicki L. Petro, Director of Human Resources for Easton Utilities. In addition, Easton Utilities offers a Cessation Program for employees and their spouses who wish to stop using tobacco […]

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EU Receives 2018 Community Impact Award

Easton Utilities receives “Community Impact” award at the 10th Annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast. The event, held on April 13, 2018 at The Milestone Event Center in Easton, was hosted by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission. The Business Appreciation Breakfast celebrates the contributions made by businesses throughout Talbot County. This years theme was “Community Impact” and awards were given to businesses that were recognized by the public for positively impacting the community in a significant way. “Business is more than revenues, profit, and the bottom line,” […]

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Easton Velocity Amps Up Internet Speeds

Easton Velocity is increasing the speeds for four of its five internet tiers for residential customers. The free upgrades will go into effect today, April 4, 2018.  “The demand for speed continues to grow and we must respond to provide our customers with high-performance, affordable solutions,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Cable and Communications for Easton Utilities. The upgrades are automatic and most customers will experience the faster service instantly. However, some customers with the current Value Internet Tier (25 mbps) may need an updated modem to ensure the new speeds can be supported. Easton Velocity is requesting these […]

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Easton Utilities Recognized for Reliable Service to the Community

Easton Utilities has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2017. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (www.PublicPower.org), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities. “This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland. Public power has a strong track record […]

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Steven Ochse Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2018

Leadership Maryland announced today that Steven Ochse ’18, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Easton Utilities Commission, has been chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Ochse is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 26th class – the Class of 2018, who will complete the eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intense sessions traversing the […]

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Easton Utilities Modernizes Natural Gas System

Easton Utilities is committed to safety, reliability and innovation to serve their customers with a superior experience. A true testament to this commitment is represented by the completion of the natural gas distribution system rebuild. Spanning approximately twenty years, Easton Utilities has been upgrading the underground system with polyethylene (PE) pipe, which has a lifespan of more than 50 years. “We approached this project in a methodical manner, addressing the most vulnerable areas first, and are proud to complete the final phase of this modernization,” stated James P. Crowley, Gas Department Manager. Easton’s first gas plant was built in 1860 […]

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Easton Utilities employees mark career milestones

Easton Utilities recently celebrated ten, twenty and thirty year service milestones achieved by ten staff members.  Allan Blessing, Operations & Maintenance Coordinator; Ron Haun, Operator; and Lynn Kline, Administrative Support, celebrated 30-year anniversaries during the past year.  Ted Book, Director of Cable & Communications, marked his 20-year anniversary. Samantha Jeter, Customer Service Representative; Kenneth Marks, Senior Water & Wastewater Operator; Paul Moffett, Engineering/Water & Wastewater Manager; Larry Smith, (not pictured) Assistant Operator; Jeff Starkey, Vehicle Maintenance; and Bryan Wilkins, Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection Operator, marked 10-year anniversaries with the company. “These dedicated individuals have talent and experience which makes […]

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Visit Easton Utilities during Public Power & Gas Week, Oct. 2-6

Easton Utilities welcomes all customers and community members to visit the Customer Service Center (201 N. Washington Street) during Public Power & Gas Week on October 2 – 6. This event is part of a nationwide celebration of the critical role not-for-profit public electric and gas utilities play to support their communities. “Easton Utilities celebrates this week by sharing the many benefits of public power and gas with our customers,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President & CEO of Easton Utilities. “We take the time to explain these advantages, share how we make a positive impact on the community, and provide […]

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Easton Utilities Supports Talbot Goes Purple

Easton Utilities is proud to support Talbot Goes Purple a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand up against substance abuse. The purpose of the project is to promote the ‘new conversation’ – one that includes prescription drugs. Talbot Goes Purple is an initiative from Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with several other organizations. The project is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of the Herren Project established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren. THP Project Purple assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Learn more at www.talbotgoespurple.org.

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Easton Utilities Participates in National Night Out

Easton Utilities participated in Easton’s 11th annual National Night Out hosted by the Easton Police Department on August 1. The event is held nationally in an effort for law enforcement, community leaders and neighborhoods to take back the streets from crime and addiction. The event is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit, police-community relations and to send a message to criminals that local neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. For more information about The National Night Out, visit natw.org.

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Officials Celebrate Sustainability at Solar Array Groundbreaking

It took creativity, innovation and teamwork to make the Easton Sustainability Campus what it is today and will be soon, officials said Wednesday, July 19, during a groundbreaking ceremony for one of the campus’ new aspects — a solar field. The Easton Sustainability Campus off North Dover Road is a “portfolio of renewable resources,” Easton Utilities President and CEO Hugh Grunden said. Easton Utilities is entering its third phase for the campus with the soon-to-be installed two megawatt solar array, one that will completely zero-out the utility company’s cost to run the wastewater treatment facility and further reduce the campus’ […]

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Easton Utilities welcomes summer interns

Six fresh faces have arrived at Easton Utilities eager to begin participating in the summer-long internship program, now in its eighth year. The company welcomed Morgan Kearney, Mining and Civil Engineering Majors from West Virginia University; Erin Sauter, Computer Science and Engineering Majors from Washington College; and Susanna Shaffer, Graphic Design Major from Liberty University, plus three Salisbury University students – Christopher Bounds, Environmental Studies Major; Nicholas Marshall, Accounting Major; and Will Peerman, Business Administration Major. The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on […]

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Easton Velocity increases speed

Easton Velocity is increasing the speeds for three of its four internet tiers for residential customers. The free upgrades will go into effect today, June 1, 2017, and demonstrate Easton Velocity’s commitment to customer satisfaction. “As technology evolves and the number of connected devices in the home expands, we must continue to make investments to not only meet, but exceed, the demands of our customers,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Cable and Communications for Easton Utilities. In addition to increasing speeds, Easton Velocity has also created a new tier and reduced the price of its high-end tier. “This new […]

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Maryland Board of Public Works Approves Solar Array

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $3 million grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for Easton Utilities to install a two-megawatt photovoltaic array at the Easton Sustainability Campus. “The addition of a solar array at the Campus will create a unique facility focused on resource conservation and provide a great benefit to our entire community,” stated Robert C. Willey, Mayor of Easton. The solar array is the third component added to the renewable energy portfolio at the Easton Sustainability Campus, located at the Enriched Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Facility. This array will provide 100% of […]

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Stagg appointed as new Easton Utilities Commissioner

Mayor Robert C. Willey swore in William B. Stagg as a new commissioner of the Easton Utilities Commission on May 1, 2017 for a six-year term. Mr. Stagg has 35 years of experience in the mid-Atlantic region providing private and public sector master planning, site planning and landscape architectural design services. He is currently a principal with Lane Engineering, LLC directing much of the firms land development planning, design and engineering efforts. As a member of the Easton Utilities Commission, Mr. Stagg is charged with governance responsibilities for Easton Utilities. He succeeds David J. North who retired in April after […]

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David J. North completes his term as Commission

David J. North has completed his twelfth and final year as a Commissioner for Easton Utilities. Since 2005, Mr. North has been providing strategic direction and oversight for both operations and management. In his last two years, he served as Chairman of the Commission. “I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Easton Utilities grow and succeed amidst the ever-changing economy and landscape in our community,” said North. “Above all, I cherished the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary organization that simply shines with pride and professionalism from top to bottom in all departments.” Mr. North helped position Easton Utilities for a […]

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Easton Utilities receives highest RP3 designation from APPA

Easton Utilities has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Only 3% of more than 2,000 APPA public power members received the Diamond Level designation – the highest a utility can achieve. “Being recognized by the APPA RP3 Program demonstrates commitment to our customers, community, and employees and is an indication of a utility’s commitment to excellence in all facets of its operations,” said Arnold R. Boughner, Jr., Electric Department Manager of Easton Utilities. The RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, […]

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Landfill Gas goes GREEN!

Easton Utilities has officially commissioned a Landfill Gas to Electric Generator, which is currently utilizing methane gas and converting it to green energy. “This project is mutually beneficial for the environment, our customers, and the Town of Easton,” stated Hugh E. Grunden, president and CEO of Easton Utilities. Easton Utilities purchased a previously operated generator from the Worchester County Landfill, which created a very cost-effective solution. The expected life of the project in Easton is approximately eight to ten years, depending on the landfill’s ability to produce gas. Currently, landfill gas is extracted continuously and most of the gas is […]

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Cable and broadcast networks drive increase in Easton Velocity cable rates

Easton Velocity cable programming packages will increase between $0.20 and $4.00 after cable networks and local broadcast affiliates have increased what they charge Easton Cable to carry their programming. “As a not-for-profit, municipal cable company, Easton Velocity does not retain any of the revenue from these increases,” said Ted L. Book, Director of Cable and Communications for Easton Velocity. “These rates are driven by the media corporations who provide the content and we pass along the increases without markup.” Cable networks and broadcast affiliates charge all cable and satellite companies, including Easton Velocity, a per-subscriber fee to carry their programming. […]

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Easton Velocity Provides Gigabit Connectivity

How does a town like Easton help spur economic development and appeal to technology-savvy businesses? While the charm of our Town may be a driving force, there is one more compelling component. Gigabit connectivity. The expansive fiber optic network throughout the Town of Easton is providing gigabit speed to entities such as public health and education. There has been significant media buzz recently highlighting the impressive speed of gigabit, and various cities across the US are claiming designation as a ‘gigabit city’. The Town of Easton can tout they are a “gigabit town” thanks to Easton Utilities. Easton Velocity, a […]

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Easton Utilities enters Phase III of Sustainability Campus

To continue moving toward resource conservation and protecting the environment, Easton Utilities is pleased to announce the third phase of the Easton Sustainability Campus with the installment of a two megawatt photo voltaic solar array. The solar component of the overall project is being partially funded by a $3 million grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). “The investment by MDE will enable Easton Utilities to create a unique facility highlighting Easton and Maryland as leading innovators in sustainability and the use of renewable energy,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. “It is a […]

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John J. Horner, Jr. named Vice President of Operations

Easton Utilities is pleased to name John J. Horner, Jr. as the Vice President of Operations. Bringing over 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Horner joins Easton Utilities from Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), where he held various senior level positions. In this role, Mr. Horner will oversee the daily operational activities as well as charter and manage capital and operational projects. The VP of Operations is a critical role in the organization, combining technical skills with analytical insight to implement policies and spearhead the overall operational plan for Easton Utilities. “John’s significant industry experience will fortify the multi-disciplined team […]

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