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                                                                P Box 357 • McGregor, TX 76657 • www.mclennanelectric.com • (254) 840-2871

                                                  GREENER GREENS
W     ith summer approaching, lawn maintenance and
      groundskeeping become popular topics. Bear Ridge
Golf Course, served by MCEC since it opened in November
2001, shares expert advice on how to handle general
maintenance issues.
   Bear Ridge Golf Course is Baylor University’s home
course. The Baylor golf team has exclusive teeing, chipping
and driving areas, as well as a clubhouse for team func-
tions and training. Robert Sloan, former university presi-
dent, plays golf there regularly.
   Terry Stephenson, Bear Ridge Golf Club superintendent,
focuses mainly on the tees, greens and fairways. The rough
areas are maintained inside the golf cart track but are left
to grow naturally outside the track. Typically, Stephenson
and his full-time crew of seven will spend 350 hours a
week on the routine maintenance needed to keep the                             This gets rid of dead thatch built up from the previous
course playable, such as mowing, weed-eating and raking                        summer and allows heat to get to the soil, encouraging
the edges. During the summer months, the crew will grow                        vigorous growth.
to nine or 10 full-time employees.                                                The greens are aerated about three times a year; the fair-
                                                                               ways and other areas, twice a year. Aerating allows air and
                                                                               water to penetrate the soil, and helps combat soil com-
                                                                               paction. Timing is important. A good rule of thumb is to
                                                                               wait until the daytime high and nighttime low tempera-
                                                                               tures added together equal 150 to ensure that soil temper-
                                                                               ature is high enough for strong, rapid growth.
                                                                                  Watering is monitored precisely. The weather station at
                                                                               the golf course records how much water evaporates on a
                                                                               daily basis and instructs the automated sprinkler system to
                                                                               water accordingly. The entire course can be watered in two
                                                                               to three hours by utilizing the three large pumps. One wa-
                                                                               tering session can use 350,000 gallons of water or more.
                                                                               However, in the interest of lowering energy consumption
                                                                               and easing pressure on the irrigation pipes, the course is
Scott McDonough (left), general manager of Bear Ridge Golf Club, and Terry     normally watered over an eight- to 10-hour period.
Stephenson, Bear Ridge Golf Club superintendent.                                  Mowing schedules vary according to the type of grass and

   Stephenson recommends using a good pre-emergent
treatment to control weeds, fungus and fire ants before the
growing season starts. Even though preventative treatment
is generally more expensive than curative measures, pre-
treating helps ensure a less problematic growing season. If
applied properly, pre-emergents largely eliminate the need
for further treatment as the season progresses. Crabgrass,
especially, should be treated by a pre-emergent because it
is difficult to eradicate once it begins growing in the
spring. Due to the rural location of the golf course, insects
are prevalent but unpredictable, so they are dealt with on a
curative basis.
   To encourage lush grass, scalp the grass in the spring.

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the time of year. Generally, no more than one-third of the                    to spend on lawn maintenance. As a general rule, grass
leaf blade should be removed during a cutting.Therefore, the                  should be allowed to grow longer during the hot summer
shorter the grass is kept, the more mowing it requires.                       months to avoid burn-off and disease and to help con-
    Bear Ridge uses a new hybrid of Bermuda, called Tiff                      serve water.
Eagle, on the greens and cuts it to one-eighth inch. Tiff                        Trees and shrubs, even well-established ones, should be
Sport, used on fairways, is maintained at one-half inch.                      fertilized once a year. Be sure to note where fertilizer is
    For general lawn maintenance at home, Terry advises                       being applied. Stephenson pointed out a common mis-
using a good general pre-emergent weed control and fer-                       conception that trees and shrubs need to be fertilized
tilizer to get grass off to a good start.                                     close to the trunk. Actually, they should be fertilized for
    Scalping and aerating should be conducted once soil                       several feet around the trunk so that nutrients can be
temperature is high enough to encourage solid growth.                         drawn up through the root system. A mature tree in the
    For most lawns, one-and-a-half inches is an acceptable                    middle of the lawn, for example, will draw nutrients from
mowing height, but that can vary according to the type of                     the lawn fertilizer, eliminating the need for specialized
grass, outside temperature and how much time is available                     fertilizer.

                              OPERATION ROUND UP® NEWS
      A Voluntary, Member-Funded Program Supporting Local,
          Nonprofit Organizations in MCEC’s Service Area.

I  n its first quarterly meeting, the Operation Round Up®
   Board voted to distribute funds in the amount of
$3,873.85 to local organizations in the MCEC service area.
                                                                              are also available online at www.mclennanelectric.coop, or
                                                                              at the MCEC office at 1111 S. Johnson Dr. in McGregor.

MCEC members are giving back to the local economy by                          First Quarter 2005 Fund Recipients
helping community organizations help others.                                  McGregor United Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $314.00
    Operation Round Up is a voluntary program in which                        Clifton Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . . $959.85
electric bills are rounded upward. Every month the addi-                      Senior Ministry–Meals on Wheels. . . . . . . . . . . . . $500.00
tional pennies, nickels and dimes are added to a special                      American Cancer Society–Relay for Life . . . . . . . . $500.00
fund. The Operation Round Up Trust Board, five represen-                      Bruceville Eddy Senior Citizens–Feed Shut-ins . . . . $250.00
tatives from MCEC’s service area, meet once a quarter to                      Valley Mills Lions Club–Golf Tournament . . . . . . . $100.00
review applications and to decide how the funds are to be                     Oglesby Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . $1,000.00
allocated.                                                                    Lorena High Project Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00
    The application deadline for the August meeting is July                   McGregor High Project Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00
31. Organizations interested in applying for funds may                        CADA Gatesville Project Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00
contact the McLennan County Electric office for informa-                      American Cancer Society–Relay for Life . . . . . . . . $100.00
tion, (254) 840-2871 or 1-800-840-2957. Applications                              Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,873.85

     Bruceville Eddy Senior Center                                            McGregor United Fund

     MCEC General Manager Rick Haile and Damon Boniface present a check       Veronica Grusendorf and General Manager Rick Haile present a check for
     for $250 to Herma Turner, director of Bruceville Eddy Senior Citizens.   $314 to Kevin Houchin for the McGregor United Fund.

MCLENNAN COUNTY EC EDITION                                                                                     MAY 2005    •   TEXAS CO-OP POWER         19

                                        COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
MOOREVILLE, TEXAS. Mooreville is on FM 107, 4 miles
northwest of Chilton in northwestern Falls County. It was
named for Robert Moore, who opened the first store in
the area in the 1850s. In the 1860s, Ed McCullough gave
land for a church, a school and a cemetery. A post office
called Mooresville was established in 1878; the name was
changed to Mooreville in 1892. The population of the
town grew from 25 in the mid-1880s to 180 by the early
1890s; local businesses included a general store, a grist-
mill and gin, and a grocery. The San Antonio and Aransas
Pass Railway built a section of track from Waco to Lott in
1889, passing 4 miles east of Mooreville but nevertheless
giving area residents easier access to markets. In 1900
Mooreville had 182 residents. After the post office at        converted to a community center. The community popula-
Mooreville was discontinued in 1906, the community re-        tion rose to 230 by 1931, but in 1933 fell to 150, where
ceived its mail through Bruceville and later through          it remained through the early 1960s. It was reported at 74
Chilton. The Mooreville school district had 97 students in    in 1964, at 101 in 1970, and at 91 from 1972 through
1933; the district was consolidated with the Chilton Inde-    1990.
pendent School District in 1950. The school building was                      (Courtesy of The Handbook of Texas Online)

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                                                                                        Holiday Closing
    We have surge protection equip-
ment available for purchase that will
offer peace of mind when those
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                                          $50 rebate on these heaters. Offering
                                          very competitive prices along with
                                                                                   M     cLennan County Electric Coop-
                                                                                         erative will be closed May 30
                                                                                   for Memorial Day. We hope you and
storms roll in. Call the MCEC office      friendly, courteous service to get you   your family enjoy a safe holiday
at (254) 840-2871 and ask for Ron         going, we are here to help you. Call     together.
Poston.                                   or come by for more information on
                                          these heaters.

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       From the front office to the outside crews, your electric
       cooperative puts a B-I-G emphasis on customer service

I   t seems like there’s a designated day or week for every-
    thing these days. We honor administrative assistants on a
particular day, bosses on another. A newspaper item re-
                                                                information, give us a call.
                                                                   Our employees spend time at area schools educating
                                                                students about electrical safety. Co-op employees on the
cently referred to a “National Customer Service Day.” The       road are always ready to assist in any emergency, even
article told how some businesses were offering special ser-     those that are not electricity related.
vices to celebrate.                                                We also have a major obligation to our members when
    Well, we like to think that we know something about         their power goes out. We wish we could just flip a switch
the customer service here at McLennan County Electric           and turn those lights back on, but unfortunately, most of
Cooperative, whether it’s a national week or day or not. We     the time that isn’t the case. But please know that our crews
pride ourselves on our customer service, and that service       work to find the problem and fix it as quickly as they pos-
doesn’t change just because someone                                                  sibly can. This is a commitment each
gave it a special day. From our recep-                                               one of us takes very seriously. It’s un-
tionist at the front door to each line                                               realistic to expect each of you to call
worker or right-of-way trimmer, we                   To us,                          or stop by to let us know if our cus-
make every attempt to ensure that you           customer service                     tomer service is up to your standards,
have a positive experience with your                                                 but we are very interested in your sug-
electric co-op.
                                                  encompasses                        gestions on what we can do to im-
    To us, customer service encompasses            all we do.                        prove. Next time you’re in our office
all we do. It certainly begins with a                                                or on the phone with one of our em-
cheerful face when you stop by our of-                                               ployees, please let us know if you’re
fice and a friendly voice when you call                                              happy with the customer service you
on the phone. Customer service extends to the folks who         receive. We want to extend the very best service we can,
make service calls to your house or business.                   but we can’t make improvements if we don’t know what
    Customer service also includes the programs and ser-        needs improving.
vices we offer our members, such as alternate payment              Here at McLennan County Electric Cooperative we are
plans, billing options and the like. If you want tips on how    proud of our relationship with our member-owners. Co-
to make your home more energy efficient, or if you’ve           operatives are all about working together, and we try to
heard about ground-source heat pumps and need more              uphold that philosophy as we work for you.

                  McLennan County Electric Cooperative
                               1111 S. Johnson Dr.
                              McGregor, Texas 76657
                        (254) 840-2871 or 1-800-840-2957

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