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National Grid supervisor says thanks

July 29, 2011
By William N. Martin, performance supervisor National Grid, Saranac Lake , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

I have had a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of this region for the past eight years as supervisor of transmission and distribution for National Grid.

My territory includes AuSable Forks to Sevey's Corners and every town in between.

The end of July 2011 marks the end of my Career with National Grid. I am grateful for the opportunities National Grid has provided. Mostly, I am grateful for the last eight years serving this northern territory.

Included in my thanks is my Dad, who lives in the Saranac Lake area. He will be 92 in August. My Dad has been an inspiration and an example of humility and leadership throughout my life. He is a World War II veteran, and husband of 62 years to my Mother who passed in 2005. Thanks, Dad.

Next, I would like to thank the men and women of National Grid in Saranac Lake, with whom I have had the pleasure to serve with since December 2003. These are tough, talented men and women who endure all the weather and conditions this region can serve up, to keep the electrical infrastructure in tact and maintained. They have taught me many things, but most of all, they have taught me the strength that can be acquired and the challenges that can be overcome when a group works together with a strong focus under what initially may seem insurmountable.

Thank you to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and all the fire departments of surrounding towns whose volunteers have stood by for countless hours during car/pole accidents, storms and wires down, to keep the public safe until our crews could arrive. This includes the local Saranac Lake police, state police and forest rangers, who at some time or another have missed meals with their families to keep the rest of us safe until help could arrive.

I have been taught many things from the local electricians from AuSable to Piercefield, who have shown patience and understanding at times when there were challenges meeting their needs. Thank you for helping me help you. I have met with building contractors, developers, architects, homeowners, and many others that have increased my awareness of the bigger picture of the needs of our electrical system. Thanks for the phone calls and assistance from many of you that would call to help us zero in on the cause of an outage or even just to let me know your power was out.

Last, thanks to my family, who over the years has come to expect that I would not be available when the weather would turn. Thank you to the families of the men and women of National Grid of the Saranac Lake and Malone region, that have shared their loved ones with us and allowed them to miss family events and meals, so they could help keep our lights on.

I have had a wonderful 31-plus years in the Electric Utility Industry. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the chance to work with you over the past eight years. I have greatly appreciated your kindness and support under often difficult circumstances.



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