Pictured (l-r):  Nick Quayle, Nate Chaperon, Kevin Wright and Pat Aho received T-shirts from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority for their work during Hurricane Irma. 

Annually, Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) employees pledge $25/per person to a charity of choice in exchange for Casual Fridays. A check for $225 was donated to the Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette. Pictured from left to right are MBLP employees Mary Adamini, Patty Ryan, Theresa Sell, founder of the Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette, and her associate, Donna Miller and Tanya Laurin of the MBLP.

Mutual Aid Assistance in Florida

Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) Journeyman Line Electricians Kevin Wright and Nick Quayle (from left to right aloft in the bucket) and Nate Chaperon on the ground are shown performing power restoration work in Florida through a Mutual Aid call from the American Public Power Association.  The MBLP sent four Journeyman Line Electrician’s including Service Crew Foreman Pat Aho (not pictured) who were among approximately 28,000 linemen nationwide dispatched to help restore power in Florida due to the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Irma several weeks ago. The MBLP’s four (4) volunteer linemen drove two company vehicles more than 3,400 miles roundtrip to Fort Pierce, Florida where they were assigned to help the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. They worked long, 16-hour days for two weeks with heat indexes greater than 100 degrees to repair electric utility lines and customer services. Their efforts helped to restore power to almost 20,000 customers. After conditions in Fort Pierce improved enough to make any further repairs manageable by the utility’s own resources, MBLP’s linemen were asked to travel further south to Homestead, Fla. where the impacts of Hurricane Irma were more substantial and sustained. Acting Director Tom Carpenter said he was happy the MBLP was able to help those in Florida who needed our assistance. “We asked for Mutual Aid volunteers and our crews responded overwhelmingly. We were able to send four excellent representatives of the MBLP and Michigan. We are proud of them.”

Fort Pierce Florida


The Marquette Board of Light and Power recently held its Annual Food Pantry Charity Hockey Game at Lakeview Area.  Pictured above are the teams.  Employees representing Wright Street and the Shiras Steam Plant faced off with the Steam Plan crowned the new champions with a 3-2 win.

Steam Plant goals were scored by Tom Skewis, Jake Parske and Eastin Viitala.  Travis Niemi and Jonny Betz scored goals for Wright Street.  The teams included employees, friends, family members and a retiree.  Attendees brought in canned goods and boxed food items which were donated to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul's food pantries.  A total of $80 was also collected and divided evenly between the two food pantries to help stock their shelves.

Pictured on the left is Matt Zavislak, member of the Wright Street team and Tom Skewis of the Shiras Steam Plant team.


On May 19, 2017 in Lansing, MBLP's Executive Assistant/Community Relations Coordinator Noreen Collins received the 2016 Gatekeeper of the Year Award from the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging for her outstanding service representing this program.  In a letter from Governor Rick Snyder, Ms. Collins was recognized and congratulated for her exceptional acts in the interest of helping others. 

This program is to help identify and assist isolated at-risk older adults residing in their own homes.  These senior citizens may have little or no support system to act on their behalf and many experience serious difficulties that compromise their ability to live independently.  Through the Gatekeeper Program, they are referred to various community agencies, such as, local senior centers, DHS, AMCAB, to assistance them with available services, such as, financial assistance, meals preparation, grocery shopping, transportation, housekeeping services, personal care assistance, Medicare/Medicaid assistance and legal/safety issues.   

Pictured above (l-r):  Chair of the MI Commission on Services to the Aging Dona Wishart, Noreen Collins, Commissioner Jerry Irby and Deputy Director of Aging & Adult Services Agency Scott Wamsley.   


Gatekeeper Program Overview 5 2017


During the recent storm that ripped through the area with more than 70 mph wind gusts, the Republic, Ishpeming and Negaunee area had numerous trees toppled and power lines down.  Marquette Board of Light and Power sent two crews to the area to assist UPPCO workers to restore power to their customers.  Pictured are MBLP crew members that went to assist them:  Shawn Sheldon, Jon Betz, Travis Niemi and Chad Kauppila.  Executive Director, Paul Kitti stated “It’s all about helping our

Wind Storm - spring, 2017

Wind Storm - spring, 2017


The Marquette Board of Light and Power had its biggest employee, retiree, and family member turnout ever for the recent annual City-wide Spring Cleanup. Employees encourage their families to volunteer for this worthwhile event. Pictured is the group that cleaned up South Beach and along Lake Street to the Carp River.