The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, presented a check to Arick L Lore American Legion Post 274 at the Calvert Board of County Commissioners meeting on November 18, 2014. Mike Frederick introduced Commander Jay Bolles, saying “Dominion has a company-wide commitment to establishing a strong network of support for military veterans. Our Troops to Jobs initiative provides training and stable employment opportunities for military veterans. We also support organizations whose missions include serving the veteran community. The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization. The local chapter’s efforts are known as being both valuable and admirable. We know that Calvert County, and Southern Maryland as a whole, shares Dominion’s passion for supporting our veterans. Therefore, we felt it was not only appropriate but necessary to support the American Legion chapter right here in our backyard. We are here today to give back to the community, to an organization that helps community – American Legion Post #274 in Lusby. The $20,000 check will help the post make energy efficiency improvements, another issue that is important to Dominion as an energy company”.
Fast Forward to August 31, 2015 and the post has accomplished the energy efficient upgrades. The work that was done will continue to provide valuable energy savings far into the future. The upgrades included removing multiple ceiling fans and obsolete smoke eaters from the social hall. Over 850 drop ceiling tiles were replaced with a higher insulation rating tile and the two plexi-glass style windows in the vestibule entrance were replaced with double paned glass windows. The vestibule was upgraded with new insulation, doors and wall coverings, improving energy savings.
The post home also worked with SMECO, the local electric cooperative, to upgrade significant portions of both the internal and external post lighting systems, including the flagpole at Dowell Road and H G Trueman Road, under the State of Maryland’s EMPOWER program. The outdoor sodium-vapor parking lot lights were replaced with energy efficient LED style area lights. The twenty-six large fluorescent overhead lighting fixtures were replaced with dimmable LED lights. Many other lights in the post were upgraded to LED style as well.
Commander Jay Bolles said “we couldn’t have done this without the generous donation from Dominion. We are extremely grateful to have made the upgrades to our post home. We hope that in the future, Dominion Cove Point and their construction partners will keep our newly refreshed and energy efficient social hall in mind for future meetings and events. Our hall can comfortably accommodate 200 people, depending on the event.”
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon