Tracks in the Snow

“A perfect weekend to stay inside and warm,” the meteorologist said on the morning newscast earlier this week. I couldn’t agree more. Rain, followed by several inches of snow, followed by a cold front predicted to grip the midwest and east.

As I was making chili, wearing the new wool socks I got for Christmas and making another cup of hot chocolate for the little one in the living room, I noticed how perfect the snow across our yard already was. We hadn’t had memorable snow in some time. It seemed it was finally winter. Winter is sure pretty from the picture window.

Hours later I was folding clothes upstairs when I noticed the perfectly imperfect snow in front of our house. There were tracks I’d not noticed before.

You see, while I was enjoying our warm home, hot chocolate, wool socks and a picture-perfect scene from my warm home, someone came and filled our fuel oil tank without me even knowing.

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How differently those strapped with the responsibility of heating homes, businesses, schools, and churches must view winter from the rest of us.

I was thinking of how pretty the snow looked, he was probably thinking how it makes pulling a hose just a bit tougher.

I was thinking of my feet getting too warm in my new wool socks and he was probably img_2001thinking that he should have left the house at 5:30 this morning with another pair.

I was thinking of chili and hot chocolate on my menu, he was probably wondering if he could scarf down his cold meat sandwich on the way to the next house.

I was thinking that it was a great weekend to stay home, and he was out making sure every home on his route was safe and warm.

I was thinking of a weekend with no plans, he was thinking that he’ll be on-call all weekend for those who need a fill.

This weekend – and always – we salute the many Harvest Land fuel truck and propane drivers who put in extra hours when school is canceled, businesses close early or roads are unpassable.

It is when we are safe and warm at home

that this team suits up and goes to battle.

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Many thanks to the fuel and propane drivers, service technicians, support staff and part-time crew for stepping in on these bitterly cold days to serve our communities and families. We appreciate your tremendous effort in keeping us warm.

 

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785 Years of Service

785 years.

That is the total number of years of service our 2018 honorees have dedicated to Harvest Land Co-op. Annually we recognize employees by five-year increments and thank them for their continued work on our cooperative’s behalf. At the Christmas party in December, we recognized the following individuals.

According to an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in November 2018,  the average number of years that wage and salary workers have worked for their current employer is currently 4.6 years. With that statistic, we’re quite proud to honor the following folks for their commitment to Harvest Land.

Note that not all honorees were in attendance. 

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Five Years

Five Years of Service:

Teri Dunlavy Richmond
Kipp Huth Junction LP
Shannon Bodey Lena Ag
Sara Nave Lena Ag
Kyle Brooks Central Crops
Brigette Mauck North Crops-Durbin
Troy Bane YieldPro
Tim Hammond YieldPro
Curt Naylor Reg. Mgr./Seed
Garet Ribel Decatur
Cindy Kay Richmond Energy
Tim Gibbs Kalmbach
James Thompson Versailles
Nicole Pyott Risk Dept.
10
Ten Years

Ten Years of Service:

Steve Miller West Liquid Fuels
Darren Klein Pershing
Jeff Riester Central Crops
Tiffany Miller Rushville
Robert Moore Rushville
David Williams Rushville
Mike Hartsock Rushville
John Rines Limberlost
Royce Kukelhan Limberlost
Joe Werling Williams
Dennis Mount Ohio Energy
Terry Miller Ohio Energy
15
Fifteen Years

Fifteen Years of Service:

Mike Klein Hagerstown
Lance Eyler Transportation
Mark Smith R&F
20
Twenty Years

Twenty Years of Service:

Vickie Fleenor Richmond
Duane Brooks Hagerstown
Henry Branscum Jr. Monroe LF
Mike Reed YieldPro
Bob Newhouse Director
25
Twenty-Five Years

Twenty-Five Years of Service:

Michael Chalfant Junction LP
Jay Scharnowske Junction LP
Tim Lanman Pershing
Ivan Brumbaugh Transportation
Greg Hayes Richmond LF
Jeff Osborn Richmond LP
Todd Duncan Ohio Energy
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Thirty Years

Thirty Years of Service:

Susan Metzger Randolph Ag
Jamie Cressman Decatur
Brian Becker Director
Tom Tucker Director

Thirty-Five Years of Service:

Brent Stang West LF
David Taylor YieldPro
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Forty Years

Forty Years of Service:

Mark Garretson North Crops
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Forty-Five Years

And finally, Forty-Five Years of Service:

Stan Hicks Richmond

We asked Stan Hicks, our Chief Operations Officer, about his forty-five years at Harvest Land. Here are a few words from him:

“It’s been amazing to look back over the years and see how the farmers within our trade territory have banned together, consolidated their 19 co-ops into one very solid cooperative and established an organization that works for their long-term well-being in the agricultural community.”

 

“The Cooperative System has been for me, and many others, a long-term career in the field of agriculture when the means were not afforded to be a farmer that planted, harvested and marketed their own production.”

We offer sincere thanks to Stan and all others who celebrated another year with Harvest Land. We truly appreciate you.

 

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