Recent polar temperatures set records, for lows and lengths. And if they didn’t, it was cold comfort — they were close enough.
In the sub-zero midst, alert “06880” reader Scott Brodie sent this suggestion for Unsung Heroes: the folks at our local energy companies — like Hoffman and Gault — who worked overtime to keep so many home heating systems up and toasty.
Scott should know. The other day, his mother Esther noticed her house felt a bit chilly.
The furnace was not cycling on — even though the thermostat crept below the set point. She checked the tank monitor on her tank. There was plenty of oil.
Esther called Hoffman. She was told she was “3rd in line.”
Just an hour or so later — at 8:30 p.m. — a repairman knocked on her door. He quickly identified the problem: A thermostat wire had come loose. Within minutes, the problem was fixed.
On his way out, he even straightened out a glitch in Esther’s cable TV service.
“Warm thanks are clearly in order,” Scott says.
For sure. It’s service Westporters have come to expect from local companies like Hoffman and Gault.
But it’s service we should never take for granted. And always be grateful for.
(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email firstname.lastname@example.org)