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January/February 2000 6 Circuit S ome people relax by lounging in a hot everyone equal,” Mahar says. That’s what she tub or listening to soft music while enjoys most. “It’s hard to be unhappy when sitting in front of a fire. Dulcy Mahar, talking about gardening,” she says. Mike Deason is manager of BPA communications, relaxes Another BPA employee who makes time to teach by teaching a gardening class at Portland Commu- is Tony White of the Power Business Line. White a hot stick trainer M nity College. Mahar says, “Having something says he teaches because he loves “to see a light go completely divorced from work is mentally relax- on” when students understand a difficult concept. ing. It’s a mental vacation.” And White’s subject itself is one that many may Mahar loves her BPA job and works long hours. find difficult. He teaches basic statistics and ike Deason has an uncommon job. She makes time “technological innovation” to He’s one of only a handful of BPA people certified to teach because, graduate students in public adminis- as live line hot stick trainers. And he’s so good at she says, “It’s fun After hours tration at Portland State University. what he does that other utilities ask BPA to let to turn people on When White arrived at BPA in Deason train their workers on high voltage lines. to something you classes suit these 1989, he already had a lot of teach- Hot sticks are so named because workers use love.” She says ing experience. He had taught at the them to perform critical service on energized, or she enjoys being folks fine University of Delaware, Mt. Hood “hot,” power lines. Although they look like long a mentor and Community College, Marylhurst sticks, they’re really tools. The tools are made with loves to see the University, Lewis & Clark College long rods of insulated fiberglass. Linemen use spark in people when they realize and Portland State University. them like extended robot arms to work around the they can do something they Since 1995, White has been hot lines. So a utility didn’t know they could do. secretary to the U. S. Entity that doesn’t have to shut off Mahar sees a correlation implements the Columbia River Treaty electricity to an area to between teaching and managing. with Canada. He works with BPA replace insulators or Both jobs are about “growing Administrator Judi Johansen and make other repairs. people,” she says. She believes both General Carl Stock, division Before he came to BPA roles involve helping others develop engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of in 1998 as a lineman, ideas. She sees herself as a sounding Engineers. Deason worked for hot board and a catalyst. She says, White says one of the things he stick companies, includ- Mike Deason “Sometimes a staff person will have enjoys most about teaching is “taking a ing A.B. Chance of a great idea and just needs someone to Dulcy Mahar likes to concept you know students are Missouri. For 11 years, he traveled throughout the say ‘Try it!’” teach gardening. nervous about and making them want western states. He demonstrated equipment and In her gardening class, Mahar finds to go out and learn about it.” He says taught hot stick training. He is well known by that most people have the right instincts but lack he assumes every student starts out with an “A” on Northwest power companies. confidence. They just need someone to say “do it.” the first night. After that, he says, “It’s in the So when he came to BPA two years ago, Deason So she tries to create an atmosphere, in both man- students’ control if they keep that A.” brought his hot stick expertise and reputation with aging and teaching, in which people feel comfort- Both Mahar and White say a teacher needs to be him. Since then, he has been BPA’s high voltage able to grow and learn and challenge themselves. flexible and willing to make changes to meet a hot stick trainer in the Snohomish region. He Mahar has developed a reputation as a garden- student’s need. They agree that to be a good trains BPA linemen and people from other utilities ing expert in the Northwest. She gives gardening teacher, you must know your subject. And Mahar through the joint BPA/Snohomish County PUD talks, writes a weekly garden column for The says a sense of humor also helps. worker exchange program. Oregonian and travels abroad to get inspiration and When he’s not traveling to Canada for BPA this Snohomish recently recognized Deason for his knowledge from gardens all over the world. winter, Tony White will be teaching evening “outstanding instruction.” Deason led a two-week Mahar says she enjoys the democracy of garden- graduate classes at Portland State. And come this hot stick program at the PUD’s center in Everett, ing. People from all walks of life find pleasure in spring, you can take an evening gardening class Wash. (See the front page article on BPA’s exchange gardening, she says. When she rides the elevator at that Mahar will teach at Portland Community training). Portland headquarters and someone asks her a College. Her program will include a tour of several Working around hot power lines can be risky gardening question, Mahar says all the people in Portland gardens. business. But a lineman trained by Mike Deason the elevator get involved in the conversation. will have the know-how to do the job well and It doesn’t matter what their position or grade is, Nicia Balla is editor of BPA This Week and the safely. she says. “Gardening crosses all lines and makes BPA Journal January Valerie A. Lefler, Financial Analyst, Financial Analysis & Requirements, Portland 30 years William C. Latimer, Electrician Foreman II, Transmission Field Services, Celilo . Robert W Beraud, Environmental Analysis Manager , anniversaries Connie M. Howard, Public Utilities Specialist, Generation Supply Portland , Environment Fish & Wildlife, Portland . Francis T Vukelich, Electrician, Substation Maintenance, Celilo Veronica L. Williams, Senior Policy Advisor, Human , Russell C. May Electrician Foreman I, Central Henry Fuller Jr., Materials Handler, Material Resources, Diversity & EEO, Portland 35 years Electrical Services, Vancouver . Charles W Marsh, Chief Substation Operator III, Handling & T ransportation, Vancouver Philip A. Livesley, Public Utilities Specialist, Power Joseph T. Renner, Electronics Engineer, Transmis- Victoria M. Pederson, Public Utilities Specialist, Transmission Field Services, Burley Billing sion Field Services, The Dalles Transmission Supply, Vancouver Lindsay D. Bruce, Electrician, Substation Correne A. Surface, Public Utilities Specialist, Mark T. McLean, Computer Specialist, Control Maintenance, Covington Transmission Supply, Vancouver Center Software Design, Vancouver 30 years Timothy D. Laughlin, Electrical Engineer, Control Lawrence V. Slate, Senior Substation Operator, Larry D. Mann, IS Projects Coordinator, Seattle Transmission Field Services, Colfax Sylvia M. Wynandts, Program Analyst, Accounting and Protection, Portland Donald L. Ruff, Structural Engineer, Transmission . Jennifer W Gronvold, Realty Specialist, Real Estate 10 years Operations, Portland Field Services, Portland Elaine S. Stratton, Environmental Specialist, Lines, Portland Thomas D. Huffman, Electrician Foreman III, Pollution Prevention & Abatement, Vancouver Central Electrical Services, Vancouver 10 years 25 years Betty J. Olsgaard, Public Utilities Specialist, Energy Efficiency Customer Services, Seattle Archie Washington,Electrician, Substation Cheryl A. Larson, Power Business Line Executive Maintenance, Vancouver Rebecca A. Dinsmore, Public Utilities Specialist, Deborah A. Becker, Public Utilities Specialist, Bulk Assistant, Portland . William P Winkoski, Electrician, Substation Generation Scheduling, Portland Power Marketing, Portland John M. White, Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic, Maintenance, Bellingham Michael G. Hoffman,Market Lead – International, Transmission Field Services, Chemawa Robert C. Dewald, Substation Operator, Transmis- Transmission Business Line, Portland sion Field Services– Kalispell Diane Cherry, Public Utilities Specialist, Power Kurt V. Dobin, System Protection Control Crafts- man II, Transmission Field Services, Franklin Anniversary Products, Pricing and Rates, Portland Larry R. Jones, Outage System Dispatcher, Munro Dispatch, Mead Norman C. Berry, Power System Control Gerald F Stangel, Power System Control Crafts- man II, T . ransmission Field Services, Redmond & Retirement Marsha L. Dejesus, Realty Specialist, Real Property Craftsman, Snohomish Charles K. (Rick) Gadd,Manager of Media Services, Guy A. Gansereit, Electrician, Substation Services, Portland William D. Spalding, Electrician, Substation had 35 years of service in November and retired Maintenance, Schultz Maintenance, The Dalles Nov. 26. Douglas J. Lamb, Electrical Engineer, Transmission Eric Crider, Electronics Engineer, Bell Substation, 25 years Bellingham Lines, Portland John P. Piccininni, Fish and Wildlife Team Coordinator, Environment Fish & Wildlife, Portland William J. Ramonas, Commodity Manager, Sheryl L. Emerson, Computer Specialist, Control Center Software Design, Vancouver Retirements Materials Management, Vancouver Roy B. Moad, Senior System Dispatcher, Munro Andrew J. Rapacz, Supervisory Public Utilities Michael J. Baca, Electrical Engineer, Test & Dispatch, retired Dec. 1 with 32 years service. Specialist, Contract Generating Resources, Richland Energization, Vancouver 20 years Raymond L. Classen, EER, PBL, Energy Efficiency , Michael J. Gruber, Computer Specialist, Power Kevin M. Smith,System Dispatcher, Munro Dispatch, Kurt E. Olds, Computer Specialist, Information retired Dec. 20 with 14 years service Billing, Portland Mead Technology Integration, Portland W ayne A. Larson, Technical Service Supervisor, Joanne P. Sutton,Office Manager, Construction & . David P Barringer, Budget Analyst, Financial Operations Services, retired Dec. 27 with 31 years Maintenance, Vancouver Forecasting & Budget, Portland service. Ronald J. Rhode, Electrician Foreman III, Central Electrical Services, Vancouver February , Sylvia L. Jensen-Fewel, Attorney Portland , Foster E. Johns, Substation Operator Transmission Roy B. Fox, Manager, Federal Hydro Projects, Suzanne H. Sivyer, Architect, Facility Development, anniversaries Generation Supply Portland , Field Services, retired Dec. 31 with 29 years service. S.J. Pongracz-Bartha, Electrical Engineer, Portland . Philip W Thor, Public Utilities Specialist, Federal Generation Supply, retired Dec. 31 with 39 years Gary L. Mentze, Data Systems Craftsman II, Control Center Hardware Maintenance, Vancouver 35 years Hydro Projects, Portland Rodney A. Aho, Customer Account Executive, service. Dwight M. Raikoglo, Supervisory General Engineer, Shirley J. Staggs, Executive Correspondence Eastern Power Business Area, Idaho Falls Coordinator, Executive Office, retired Dec. 31 with Construction & Maintenance Services, Vancouver 20 years Freddie M. Viray, Carpenter, General Craft Services, . Ronald T White, Facilities Maintenance Worker, 20 years service. Lester L. Davidson, Computer Specialist, Application Transmission Field Services, Franklin Melvin L. Barness, Chief, Substation Operator III, Vancouver Services, Portland Nancy L. Jacobsen,Substation Operator, Transmis- Transmission Field Services, retired Dec. 31 with 33 . Carson W Taylor, Electrical Engineer, Network Nancy H. Weintraub, Environmental Specialist, sion Field Services, Celilo years service. Planning, Vancouver Environmental Analysis, Portland
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