2013 Fall Newsletter








This year’s first place team was Joe Sbafoni, Rob Golden, Brent Jarrell, and Steve Breese.
This year’s first place team was Joe Sbafoni, Rob Golden, Brent Jarrell, and Steve Breese.

Annual Golf Outing

The 12th Annual RG Johnson Golf Outing was a big success once again this year!  September 9 was a great day for golf at the Chippewa Golf Club.  The weather was great, the food was delicious and the prizes were abundant.  We would like to extend a big thank you not only to the Chippewa Golf Club staff  for all of their help in organizing the outing but also to all the vendors that attended, we enjoyed your company and appreciated your generosity which added to our large list of prizes and raffle give-aways. 


Annual Refresher

I want to thank everybody for providing input into what was yet another great round of annual refresher trainings.  As always, we opened the lines of communication and had some great debate on issues that have risen in the past year.  I hope that our discussions have provided you with a renewed sense of vigor so that you will step up and make your workplace safer than when you entered it. 

As a review of our classes, this year let’s focus on speaking out about issues that may come to light and be part of the solution.

As always...Think Safe.  Be Safe.  Live Save.   -Rob


Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

Set a Schedule – Go to bed at a set time each night and get up at the same time each morning.  Disrupting this schedule may lead to insomnia.  “Sleeping in” on weekends also makes it harder to wake up early on Monday morning because it resets your sleep cycles for a later awakening. 

 Exercise – Try to exercise 20-30 minutes a day.  Daily exercise often helps people sleep, although a workout soon before bedtimes may interfere with sleep.  For maximum benefit, try to get your exercise about 5-6 hours before going to bed.

 Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol –Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant and keeps people awake.   Sources of caffeine include coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, non-herbal teas, diet drugs, and some pain relievers.  Smokers tend to sleep very lightly and often wake up in the early morning due to nicotine withdrawal.  Alcohol robs people of deep sleep and REM sleep and keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep.

 Relax Before Bed- A warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine can make it easier to fall asleep.  You can train yourself to associate certain restful activities with sleep and make them part of your bedtime ritual.

 Sleep Until Sunlight – If possible, wake up with the sun, or use very bright lights in the morning.  Sunlight helps the body’s internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep experts recommend exposure to an hour of morning sunlight for people having problems falling asleep.

 Don’t Lie in Bed Awake-If you can’t get to sleep, don’t just lie in bed.  Do something else, like reading, watching television, or listening to music, until you feel tired.  The anxiety of being unable to all asleep can actually contribute to insomnia.

 Control Room Temperature-Maintain a comfortable temperature in the bedroom.  Extreme temperatures may disrupt sleep or prevent you from falling asleep.

 See a Doctor If Your Sleeping Problem Continues-If you have trouble falling asleep night after night, or if you always feel tired the next day, then you may have a sleep disorder and should see a physician.  Your primary care physician may be able to help you; if not, you can probably find a sleep specialist at a major hospital near you.  Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively, so you can finally get that good night’s sleep you need.


Acting On Change

When Changes happen at home, at work, or at play, usually there is a reason or cause for that Change.  Yes, Changes can be planned or unexpected in life or to say it differently they’re either controlled or uncontrolled.  In either situation, your thoughts, beliefs, and actions in creating or responding to Change are the building blocks for how this Change will affect you and your environment. 

For instance, if you’ve ever gotten a new cell phone or computer, then you know technology change and what it means; some people hate to change while others embrace it.  Why?  What does it mean to you? Or people or organizations which it affects?  Process change:  We’re going to pan the shaft, dump muck buckets, or handle explosives inventory differently than in the past?  Is there conflict? Debate?  Do you support or reject the change, and more importantly, why do you have the positive or negative feelings regarding this difference or change? Cultural change:  At home or work, communications, responsibilities, functions, plans, interests,  goals, etc. and how they occur, happen, or change, whether you realize it or not have a direct influence on your quality of life.  On a simple level, just think of how phones, computers, faxes, music, photo’s and social media have changed and impacted our life through the years.   On a more complex level, why are some businesses or marriages more successful than others?  Think of how your business or personal relationships have changed over time and how you might want them to change.  How have you participated in this change?  Are you a negative Nelly tearing things apart or are you one who likes to build something better with the resources in front of you?

Where I’m going with this is that Change is a fact of life.  It usually occurs for reasons that promote improvement, enjoyment, productivity, innovation, safety, opportunity, etc.  If you think about “Acting on Change” by embracing it, learning it, using it, directing it, hoping for it instead of being afraid or avoiding it, you will exercise your mind and body in your community of friends, family and business associates.  In the process you will create new knowledge, joy, and happiness that will make your world at home or at work a better place.  So, make it happen… Change the world today!-Murray


EPA Admits New Coal Regulations Won't Reduce Global Warming

By Ashe Schow

Published September 26, 2013

An Environmental Protection Agency proposal designed to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce global warming will actually have no “notable CO2 emission changes.” 

 So a rule that will essentially ban new coal-fired power plants will actually have no impact on global warming.  Got it.

“The EPA does not anticipate that this proposed rule will result in notable CO2 emission changes, energy impacts, monetized benefits, costs or economic impacts by 2022,” the EPA writes under the comment section of its proposal.

The EPA also admits that “the owners of newly built electric generating units will likely choose technologies that meet these standards even in the absence of this proposal due to existing economic conditions as normal business practice.”


Putting Your Skills to Work

A few weeks ago, Mike Temple and his wife were visiting the flea market in Rogers, Ohio when they came upon a gentleman who had gone into cardiac arrest and stopped  breathing.  Mike decided to take action.  He asked his wife to phone the EMS while he performed chest compressions.  Mike was able to revive the gentleman!

Congratulations, Mike, for a job well done!



Congrats to Mr. John and Mrs. Tiffany Gump for tying the knot on August 27! 

A new arrival for Jim and Kendra Bowman.  Their beautiful baby girl, Josie, was born on  September 8 and was 7lb, 7oz and was 20 inches long. 

Elliott Clark and  his beautiful bride, Brandi, were married on September 21, Congratulations to you both!

The Metcalf family welcomed a new addition!  Colton was born on  September 11 of this year!

Brian Haught got hitched to the lovely Lisa on October 19!  May your joy last forever!

Justin and Lauren Donkers were married on September 21, 2013!  All the Happiness to you both!

Congratulations to Eric and  Tanya Riley on their marriage on August 31, 2013!  Best Wishes.

Congratulations to Elliott Clark and Max Vincenzo for passing their WV Electrician’s Test.


Apple and Spice Pork Roast
Apple and Spice Pork Roast

Recipe Corner


1 (4lb) boneless pork roast

1 cup applesauce

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp vinegar

1 tsp yellow mustard

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1 tbs flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp sugar

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp ground black pepper


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Stir together applesauce, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and cloves in small bowl; refrigerate half of the applesauce mixture and set aside remaining mixture.  Combine flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder and pepper in another small bowl.

Rub flour mixture evenly over entire surface of pork.  Place pork on rack in shallow roasting pan.  Roast, uncovered, until internal temperature is 140 degrees.  Spoon reserved applesauce mixture over roast.  Roast until the internal temp is 145; 1 to 1 1/2 hours total cooking time (18-20 minutes per lb)  transfer roast to serving platter; cover with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.  Heat chilled applesauce mixture in small saucepan until boiling; boil for 1 minute.  Spoon heated mixture over pork slices.


PA Coal Alliance

Check out RG Johnson featured in the "Company Spotlight" section of the PA Coal Alliance Newsletter.

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