My daughter and I want to commend the crew of the Groton Electric Light Department for their outstanding service and readiness at the first sign of a problem.
On June 18, just before 7 p.m., the power went out at our house on Skyfields Drive. As I have done during previous blackouts, I sent an email using my iPhone to my neighbor, Dave Brewster. He reported back that they had all their lights with no hint of an outage. That's when I knew that we were in a pickle.
I placed a call to Groton Electric and asked if anything had been reported. "No," came back the reply, "nobody has called in any disturbances." On short order, GELD sent up John Patterson, who began investigating in the woods outside our home. A little later, he was joined by Gil Finch. Together and armed with torches, the two braved nightfall and swarms of mosquitoes to look for the source of the problem.
As it turned out, there was a significant meltdown inside the transformer where our driveway meets the street, (I do not know the technical electrical terms). Apparently, we are one of the last houses in Groton to receive the new 8,000 units of electric service.
Within days, large excavators, backhoes, bulldozers and compactors appeared at our home. In the ensuing two weeks, our entire driveway was ripped up and new conduit laid down for modern electric service. On a daily basis, Dan Johnson and Bruce Dubey, Jr. appeared at 7:30 a.m. to conduct the difficult work of replacing the 50-year-old
Today, everything is back to normal and, in fact, is better than normal. Gil, Bruce, Dan, and John did an excellent job of replacing our electric service and our driveway. My small family is grateful for the big job that they accomplished. Thanks, GELD.
GUS AND SOPHIE WIDMAYER