Q: There was an approximately one-hour power outage in our neighborhood on Sylvan Road Tuesday morning. Duke Energy sends updates via text. When the lights came back on, we got a text saying that power was back on and that the outage was “caused by animals.” What kind of animals engaged in what kind of activity that caused 1,170 customers to lose power on that day?
Answer: It was a squirrel, and it’s already paid for its crimes.
“Our technician responding to the outage found a dead squirrel in the substation,” said Jimmy Flythe, spokesman for Duke Energy Carolinas. “We have animal protection measures on our equipment, but occasionally wildlife manages to find a way around it to make contact with a live wire and a grounded surface creating a short circuit and causing the breaker to operate.” He said the outage lasted about 30 minutes.
Q: On Memorial Day weekend, there as a Friday night concert at the Joel Coliseum Annex that was pitched as a salute to veterans. Ads said a portion of the proceeds would go to support organizations serving veterans. How much money was donated, and which organizations got the money?
Answer: The percentage had not been determined as of late last week, according to Brian Sizer, one of the owners of WBRF “Classic Country” 98.1 FM, the Galax-based radio station behind the Classic Country Concert series at the Annex. That will depend on the amount raised, but could be as much as half of the station’s portion of the revenue from ticket sales, Sizer said.
The money will be donated to No Greater Love Foundation, an Ararat-based charity that works with veterans and their families to help recover from stress and PTSD. Depending how much is raised, they may also donate to other veterans’ groups, he said.
It’s the start of the month, and time for another list of shredding events in the area:
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center event at The Children’s Center, 2315 Coliseum Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation of $5 a box or bag is requested to support Riverwood riders going to the TRAV horse show in Virginia. Another fundraising event will be held Sept. 16.
Union Cross Moravian Church, 4295 High Point Road, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Suggested donation $5 a box. Enter from High Point Road and drive through. They will unload, so you don’t need to get out of your car.
Kernersville First Baptist Church, 401 Oakhurst St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 a box or bag, to benefit the Child Development Center.
Elder Abuse Awareness Event, 9652 E. Mountain St. in Kernersville, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. An awareness walk and stroll and roll will be held. Donations will be accepted, and shredding is free to those who sign up for the walk.
Hopewell Moravian Church will hold an event at the Griffith Volunteer Fire Department, 5190 Peters Creek Parkway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 a bag.
If we hear of more events that are coming up before the end of June, we will run an update. Otherwise, the next shredding list (if any events are scheduled) will run in the SAM column on July 6.