Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

VOD New Movie Releases - Steve Jobs

Conway Corp movies are Video OnDemand because they’re ready to watch when you’re ready to watch them. There’s no driving to the store, no checking the mail and no waiting for the latest titles to be available. Movies are digitally streamed to your cable box so you don’t have to worry about DVDs to return or possible late fees.

The best part about Conway Corp VOD movies? Most of them are available to watch weeks before they’re released to Netflix, Redbox and other rental companies. Plus, some of our movies are even available on VOD while they’re still in theatres. They’re easy to watch – access the VOD menu via digital channel 200, select your movie, sit back and enjoy!

These movies were just released and are now available:

33 Disaster strikes on August 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.

Black Mass While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

Steve Jobs With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve "Woz" Wozniak (Seth Rogen) get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston) and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac.

Trumbo In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Also stars Diane Lane, Helen Mirren and Louis C.K. and

Click here to see all the movies currently available OnDemand with Conway Corp. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Cooking with fats & oils? Can the Grease

Fats, oils and greases aren’t just bad for arteries and waistlines – they’re bad for sewers too. Fat, oil and grease from cooking and food are a real “pain in the drain” because they all contribute to buildup in pipes and are the major cause of problems like blockages in sewer lines. They may not appear to be harmful, but things like oil, butter, margarine, shortening, pan drippings, dairy products and sauces solidify into masses that can clog sewer lines. This buildup restricts flow and leads to sewer spills which can be extremely expensive for homeowners.

In addition to sewer spills, pouring grease down the drain can lead to other problems as well including clogged drains or toilets; sewage backups into your home; sewer overflows in neighborhood parks, yards and streets; rancid odors; potential contact with bacteria and viruses that can cause illness; expensive cleanup, repair and replacement of damage property and higher operating and maintenance costs for Conway Corp potentially resulting in higher sewer bills for you.

Once in a pipe, grease never goes away. Over time, any household can put enough grease down a drain to clog its pipes and create serious problems. Even a little bit of grease here and there builds up over time and will soon be a problem. Apartments are especially vulnerable to grease clogs because there are so many kitchens draining into the sewer system at one point.

The best way to prevent sewer problems is to never pour fat, oil or grease down the drain. Instead, Conway Corp encourages customers to Can the Grease. Let grease cool down, collect it in a container and throw it away in the trash. You can make your own grease can using any empty metal container like a soup or vegetable can. Just toss the cans after full or use disposable, heat-resistant oven bags and reuse the can. Please use caution when pouring hot grease or wait for it to cool slightly as hot grease can burn skin.

Don’t believe the myth that it’s okay to pour grease down the drain as long as you run hot water at the same time. No amount of hot water keeps grease from eventually congealing, and once it cools it will stick to the walls of the pipes and create expensive and messy problems of sewer backups.

Following a few other dos and don’ts will help you and your neighbors avoid expensive sewer backups, plumbing emergencies and rate increases to cover sewer maintenance and repairs while helping protect water quality in the Conway community.

Dos

  • Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it by pouring it into a sealable container and placing the sealed container in the trash. To recycle large amounts, contact a local recycler or use clay cat litter. Mix the oil a little at a time with the litter. When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag, seal the bag, then dispose of it in your regular trash.
  • Wipe or scrape your dishes before washing them. Commercial additives in detergents only dissolve grease temporarily.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans, garbage bags or compost piles.
  • Remove excess oils from pots and pans with a paper towel and throw away the towel in a trash can.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles.
  • Use strainers in sink drains when rinsing dishware or peeling or trimming or food to collect small food scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain then throw away the scraps in the trash.
  • Rinse dishes with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher. Hot water melts the fats, oils and grease off the dishes and into the sewer pipes.

Don’ts

  • Never pour grease down sinks, toilets or any drains including storm gutters or storm drains. Even a tablespoon can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid using your garbage disposal. It grinds food but doesn’t keep grease from going down the drain.
  • Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will still end up in the sewer.

In addition to helping residential customers learn about grease control, Conway Corp works with food service facilities to help prevent grease-related problems by requiring best kitchen practices and guidelines. If you have questions about grease or about sewer system operations and maintenance for residential or commercial accounts, call Conway Corp at 450-6000 or click here to email.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Carroll earns APPA Public Power Manager certification

Chief Financial Officer Bret Carroll recently earned his Public Power Manager (PPM) certification from the American Public Power Association. 
 
“The public power industry is complex and always changing,” CEO Richard Arnold said. “This APPA program is designed to prepare participants to provide organizational direction and leadership.  
 
This certification demonstrates Bret’s knowledge and skill in this area. We are proud to have him on our leadership team.”
 
To earn his PPM certificate, Carroll completed three required courses and submitted a plan that outlined an issue, challenge or opportunity within Conway Corp and worked through it by applying six key leadership principles: accountability, character, community, empowerment, service and sustainability.
 
Carroll's project resulted in the implementation of credit checks through Online Utility Exchange to ensure fair and accurate customer deposits. 
 
Carroll will be recognized at the APPA National Conference and Public Power Expo in June.
Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Win a trip to the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards!

Win a family trip to the super-sized award show celebrating kids’ favorite things!

The biggest celebrities, hottest performances and most epic of slime will be at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – and you could be there, too!

Conway Corp customers can enter the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards Sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for four to Los Angeles to attend the big show on March 12 hosted by country music superstar and The Voice front man Blake Shelton.

The 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards will be larger than life with massive musical performances, colossal celebs and super-sized surprises all served up with slime, blimps and everything in between – and as a Conway Corp cable customer, you have a chance to experience it live!

Enter daily at NickKidsChoiceAwardsSweeps.com.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Many will enter, one will win. Official Rules and how to enter can be viewed at www.NickKidsChoiceAwardsSweeps.com. Certain Restrictions Apply. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC aged 21 years or older at time of entry who is a valid subscriber of one (1) of the National Cable Television Cooperative member cable system operators participating in the Sweepstakes and are the parent of a child between the ages of 6 and 17 years old at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 1/18/16 and ends at 11:49:59 p.m. ET on 2/12/16. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. One (1) Grand Prize available, total ARV $4,000.00.  Sponsor: Viacom Media Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc., 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Simpson celebrates 25 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize five employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 25 years or more.

Jim Simpson is celebrating 25 years with Conway Corp. Jim was hired January 3, 1991 in the Electric Department as a Groundman. He started the Apprentice Lineman program in April 1998 and became a Journeyman Lineman in April 2001 after completing the four-year program. 

Jim is currently a Journeyman Lineman in the Electric Department and is responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing both overhead and underground electrical power distribution lines and accompanying apparatus to keep the lights on for the residents and businesses of Conway.

Jim also works at community events like Toad Suck Daze and regularly visits local schools to help educate children on electrical safety and energy conservation.

In addition, Dispatcher Keith LaPlante is celebrating 29 years of service; Engineering and Planning Manager Greg Dell is celebrating 31 years of service; Senior Lineman Lance Woodcock is celebrating 33 years of service and Wastewater Plant Superintendent Bill Fulmer is celebrating 37 years of service.  

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Apply now for the UCA Richard Arnold Conway Corp scholarship

The UCA Foundation is currently accepting applications for foundation scholarships including the D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship. 

The D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship is open to full-time students who graduated from a high school in Conway, Arkansas or, if home schooled, resided in the service area of Conway Corporation at the time of graduation and have an ACT of 21 or above and high school GPA of 2.75 or above. Consideration may be given to financial need, and children of Conway Corporation Board of Directors are ineligible for consideration.

The UCA Foundation has 303 named scholarships funds and has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships to date. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are available until the deadline to apply which is March 11.

Click here to apply for the D. Richard Arnold/Conway Corporation Scholarship or another foundation scholarship or call 501-450-3650 for more information.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Energi recognizes Conway Corp for risk management excellence

Conway Corp has received Energi’s 2015 Excellence in Risk Management Award for being a leader in the implementation of Energi safety and risk management programs.


Energi, a leading provider of Insurance and Risk Management Programs to the energy industry, recognized Conway Corp as being the “Best of the Best” within the energy industry at the annual Energi Risk Management & Insurance Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 2015. 


Safety Director Steve Plant accepted the award on behalf of the company. 


“Conway Corp’s focused commitment to safety, implementation of risk management best practices, and willingness to learn and apply new safety techniques have enabled us to set a future standard of excellence among our industry peers,” he said.


The Excellence in Risk Management Award is given to select energy companies who have made significant commitments to loss prevention and safety programs.  


The criteria for this award include loss ratio, commitment to safety, implementation of Risk Management Best Practices and incorporation of Energi’s Safety Plus recommendations.

 
"Conway Corp's dedication to strict loss prevention processes and use of the best safety practices requires hard work from everyone in the company," Plant said. 


"Every action and commitment made to loss prevention and safety programs that have lead to our being recognized is very much appreciated and has not gone unnoticed."

 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Take the Conway Corp Energy Smart Challenge

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are officially over. We’re putting away the decorations and the treats and making lists of what we hope to accomplish this year. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions will be to lose weight and get fit, but the average treadmill uses between 600 and 700 watts of energy meaning a quick workout is the equivalent of leaving 50 CFL light bulbs on for 30 minutes.

This year, head outside to walk, run or bike instead and resolve to save energy and money in 2016 by participating in the Conway Corp Energy Smart Challenge. The Challenge helps Conway residents make home energy upgrades easy and affordable. Customers can work at their own pace choosing to start with small upgrades like replacing old lightbulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, or they can request a free energy audit from Conway Corp to identify goals and develop a tailored plan for their home. Zero percent interest loans are even available for many upgrades including attic insulation and appliances.

No matter how large or small you start, saving energy is a resolution you can stick with that will save you money in the long run while making your home more comfortable too. Start with these five tips and put them into action in the next three months – you will definitely start to notice changes.

START USING POWER STRIPS

Many electronic devices and equipment continue to consume unnecessary energy even when not in use. Often called energy vampires, these devices cost families more than $100 a year. Use a power strip for electronic devices and turn it off when not in use to eliminate energy vampires. And be sure to unplug your chargers – they draw energy even when they aren’t connected to a device.

REPLACE INEFFICIENT LIGHTING

About 10 percent of the energy your home uses goes to lighting costs. By just replacing five of your home's most frequently used lights with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR bulbs, you could save $75 a year in energy costs. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs can yield as much as 75 percent energy savings and last six-times longer. You can get even more energy savings, longer life span and less wasted heat by switching to ENERGY STAR LED bulbs.

UPGRADE APPLIANCES

Installing and setting a programmable thermostat can save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating and cooling costs while switching to ENERGY STAR certified appliances can save nearly $750 over the lifetime of the item.

REDUCE WATER HEATING EXPENSE

Water heating is a large energy expense in your home, accounting for about 14-18 percent of your utility bills. By taking low-cost steps, you can reduce your water heating bills. Make sure your water heater is set to no higher than 120 degrees. Install low-flow showerheads or temperature-sensitive shower valves. Newer water heaters have more insulation than older ones. If your water heater is more than five years old, wrap a water heater jacket around it to stop heat loss from the tank.

BENCHMARK YOUR ENERGY USAGE

Staring down 12 months of utility bills can be daunting, but benchmarking is a key step toward seeing how your current enrgy usage stacks up, prioritizing your projects and ultimately making a dent in your utility bills. The myConwayCorp app is a great resource for the past 13 months of electric and water usage in your home.

Set an energy-saving goal that will both challenge you and serve as an attainable milestone to reach by year-end. Aim to reduce energy use by 5 percent or save $300 from last year. Whatever your goal – set it and work towards it.

Once you’ve made the commitment, click here to officially sign up to take the Energy Smart Challenge and pledge to reduce your energy usage and footprint in 2016. You will find other ideas and tips for energy efficiency along with information on free residential energy audits and zero percent interest loans for qualified energy efficient improvements.

Customers who register to take the Energy Smart Challenge will be entered to win a $100 Lowe’s gift card to help with energy efficiency improvements around the home. Winner will be selected by random drawing and announced February 1, 2016. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Three employees celebrate milestone anniversaries

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize three employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 25 years or more.

Mike McCaskle is celebrating 36 years with Conway Corp. Mike was hired in December 1979 as a Water Plant Operator and was promoted to his current position Chief Plant Operator in September 1998. Mike operates and maintains stationary mechanical equipment including water pumping equipment engines, air compressors, generators, motors, turbines and chemical insertion units to help provide fresh, plentiful and clean water to the residents of Conway.

Steve Plant is celebrating 37 years with Conway Corp. Steve was hired into the Electric Department in December 1978. He was promoted to Journeyman in October 1999 and to his current position Safety Director in March 2002. Steve provides expertise and direction in coordinating safety practices, activities and concerns for Conway Corp.  

Dave Bradley is celebrating 38 years with Conway Corp. Dave was hired in December 1977 in the Waste Water Department. He was serving as the Waste Water Superintendent when he was promoted to the Water Systems Assistant Superintendent in February 1997. Dave was promoted to his current position Water Systems Manager in October 1997 where he directs and coordinates all activities concerned with the operation of the Conway Corp Water Systems Department to help ensure fresh, plentiful and clean water for the residents of Conway. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is May 24, 2018

Energy Smart surpasses $500,000 milestone

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program recently reached a milestone as it surpassed the $500,000 mark in zero-interest loans provided by the company.

In 2009 Conway Corp launched the Energy Smart initiative. The company began with a residential energy audit program to help customers make their homes more energy efficient. With funding from the city of Conway, through the Stimulus Funding Act of 2009, Conway Corp began offering loans in early 2010. The loans range from $500 to $2,500 and can be used by residential customers to make energy efficiency improvements at zero percent interest.

In November, Conway Corp announced it has issued more than 200 loans totaling more than $500,000 during the course of the six-year program. In that same time, the company has provided more than 2,400 free energy audits.

“With the 2,400 audits and half-million in loans, the energy savings to our customers is estimated to be over $935,000 per year and $13,833,000 for the life expectancy of their home,” David Avra, Energy Efficiency Manager said.

“It has been rewarding to help our customers make the improvements we recommend through our audit program and to know the impact it will make for them and for the environment. Customers have used loans to replace old appliances, install new windows or attic insulation. It makes a big difference for them.” Avra said.

In addition to the audit and loan programs, Conway Corp encourages builders to build Energy Smart homes through its new home program. To learn more about the Energy Smart program, contact Conway Corp at 501.450.6000 or click here.

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