2014 Summer Newsletter









Thank you to everyone that joined us on July 30 for the Life is Better With Coal Rally. It was great to see so many coal supporters including our group of 56 R G Johnson employees and vendors. We were part of a crowd of over 2,000 that took part in the rally on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The speakers were good, singer, Chris Higbee, was great, and the sun shined down wonderfully on us.

Many politicians and business leaders made pro coal-fueled-electricity comments. Chris Hamilton of the WV Coal Association provided a highlight: “…As I look out and across the City of Pittsburgh, I see a city that exemplifies our industry and environmental record today-a city that’s been transformed by the same technological forces that have transformed our daily lives over the past 25 years. Transformation… driven by coal-fired power and the electrification of our society. The skies here are blue, the waters clear. Wasn’t always like that but we have made tremendous progress, and, we get better at it by the hour and by the day. We have demonstrated ‘industrial leadership’ and environmental excellence to the world many times over.”

Similar comments were made that day by the Governors of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. U.S. Congressman and other politicians chimed in as well. All requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognize that coal-fueled-electricity can be more environmentally friendly and be the most reliable, lowest cost electricity source.

Thanks again to those that spent the day with us supporting the coal industry. Please considering visiting the following web site to add your comments:



We’ve all experienced that feeling of waking up in the morning knowing that you strained your back.  The question becomes, how do you prevent it again?  First, you have to have an understanding of the anatomy of your back and what causes injury.  Most back injuries occur in the lower back (lumbar region) and are the result of strained muscles.  These muscle strains can pull your back out of alignment and cause nerve pressure and irritation.  This results in pain in your back which can radiate to your extremities.  Some back injuries are more serious and include bulging and herniated discs.  Back injuries can be prevented in a number of ways.  First, try to maintain a healthy weight.  Being overweight causes more strain to your back and forces you into bad posture and overexertion.  Exercise can help eliminate back injuries by maintaining strong muscles.  Be sure to stretch prior to physical activity, this includes working.  Warming up and stretching can help reduce strains by keeping your muscles and joint limber.  Make a conscious effort to maintain good posture not only when lifting or performing other activities, but also when sitting.  When sitting, keep your back straight and your feet flat on the floor.  When lifting, keep you back straight, keep the load as close to you as possible and lift with your legs.  Avoid jerky or twisting movements as this can cause muscle strain.  Test the load to ensure it is not beyond your capacity.  Always get help with loads that are heavy or awkward, don’t let your ego stand in the way of a healthy back.  When carrying a load, try to avoid slippery or uneven surfaces.

If you suffer a back injury it is important to ensure the proper care.  In order for a back injury to heal, it needs plenty of rest, no heavy lifting.  Medication such as ibuprofen can assist with the inflammation associated with back strains.  For the first 48-72 hours, apply ice or cold packs in 15 to 20 minute increments 3 to 4 times a day to help reduce swelling.  Once the swelling goes down, apply moist heat in conjunction with ice.  Once the swelling subsides and the heat assists with loosening up the muscles, begin gentle exercise to help flexibility.  Avoid sitting on soft furniture, and twisting or bending that may make your symptoms worse. 

With back injuries, the adage is true . . . an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.



Annual refresher classes will be starting in September. Please keep an eye out of the schedule once posted. This year's classes will be held at the new Waynesburg Shop.


Summer is a time when routines and schedules go out the window, days are usually carefree, and bedtimes are pushed back.  But those relaxing days can make transitioning back to school difficult for both parents and students.  With some advance planning, however, the switch from summer to fall doesn’t have to hurt quite as much.  Here are some tips for going back to school.

l Set sleep habits.  Ease the transition back to early morning by implementing a bedtime.  Getting enough sleep is important for school performance.  If your child stays up late in the summer, start setting back the bedtime in small increments until it’s back where you want it.  Setting it back slowly will make early school hours easier to handle. 

l Establish a study space.  Create a specific place in the house for students to do homework, whether it’s at the kitchen table or in their room, and make sure there’s plenty of light and that it’s free from distractions.  Set a consistent time for them to work, before dinner or right after school, so it becomes part of their daily routine.

l Stay healthy.  Kids tend to be more active in the summer.  You can keep those habits going during the school year by adding physical activities to family time.  Instead of watching TV or playing video games after dinner, try a sunset stroll.  Maybe even sign up and train for a charity walk.  It’s also important to pack a healthy lunch filled with protein, fruits, vegetables, and water.

l Schedule help.  Before the year begins, figure out who will drop off and pick up your child each day, and keep a calendar to remind yourself of after-school activities and special events.  If you child needs help with homework or school projects, set aside library time or sign up for after-school tutoring.  And be sure to keep an open dialogue with your child’s teacher so there won’t be any surprises about work expectations.

l Spend less.  Buying new clothes and school supplies can be stressful on your budget.  You can save money by recycling certain supplies.  Hunt for deals online, where you can find discounted prices on everything from uniforms to lined paper.



In October, we will begin work for River View Coal, a division of Alliance Resource Partners, on a 24 ft diameter Intake shaft.  Several people from RGJ recently completed a very successful trip visiting other potential clients, MSHA, KY DEP, and River Coal customers.  The project is located as shown in the tri-state region of KY, IN, and ILL; a strong geological territory rich in bituminous coal and supported by economical transportation along the Ohio River to many regional power suppliers.  As we ramp up and begin our shaft operations this fall, it’s important to recognize that our success will be measured in the review we receive from our employees, vendor, customer, regulators, and others who will take part in our best efforts to create value for ourselves and more importantly the coal industry.



¶Welcome to the Company: Cory Briendel!

¶Congratulations to Evan Hollick and his new bride, Rachael.  They were married on 6/14/14.


¶Welcome to the World!  The following babies are new blessings to our RG Johnson families:

     Conner Lee Donkers - 5/6/14

     Waylon Mankey - 5/14/14

     Wyatt Keenon - 6/26/14

     Brennan Paige Mason - 6/26/14

     Hadley Fowler - 6/27/14




4 oz. cream cheese, cubed

1/4 cp milk

1/2 tsp garlic salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 cps fresh corn kernels, roasted and sliced off the cob, divided. (5-6 cobs)

1 tsp fresh lime juice

1 cp halved grape or cherry tomatoes

1/4 cp fresh basil leaves, sliced into ribbons and coarsely chopped.

Corn Chips or Tortilla Chips.


1. In a medium pot set over low heat, stir together cream cheese, milk, garlic salt, and pepper until melted and smooth.

2. Remove from heat and blend in 1 1/2 cups of roasted fresh corn kernels.

3. Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a blender or food processor and pureeing until mostly smooth.  You may add an additional tablespoon or two of milk if necessary for blending.  Not too much.  It’s ok if there are corn chunks.

4. Place remaining 1 1/2 cups corn kernels in a large bowl.

5. Stir in cream cheese puree and lime juice, and then fold in tomato halves and chopped basil.

6. Refrigerate for at least an hour before stirring and serving chilled with corn chips or tortilla chips.



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