Computer recycling creates job for TradeWinds workers with special needs

TradeWinds provides free computer recycling for individuals, businesses, schools and municipalities.

Computers, keyboards, servers, peripherals, etc. can be dropped off at the TradeWinds facility, 3198 E. 83rd Place in Hobart, located one mile east of Southlake Mall.

Donations of 10 or more computers will be picked up for free.

For pick-up information, call Helen S. Rutkowski at (219) 945-0100, ext. 226 or on her cell phone (219) 588-5865. Additional information is available on the TradeWinds website, www.tradewindsnwi.org.

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Boy Scouts earn Electricity Merit badge

MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County Electricians Training Center in Merrillville hosted an Electricity Merit Badge event for Boy Scouts from the Calumet Council on July 19.

This is the second time the union has hosted this event in its state-of-the-art facility. The center is self-sufficient, boasting its own solar farm and wind turbine situated just off Interstate 65.

Its primary function is to provide training for all aspects of electric energy, including harnessing, distribution, installation and service. Inside, there are some state-of-the-art tools to aid in the learning process, including a full-size home for instruction on residential wiring and a virtual welding platform for life-like applications in a safe environment.

In attendance were Boy Scouts from Troop 276, which meets at the Edward Schultz American Legion Post 697 in Lansing, and Troop 533, which meets at Elliott Elementary School in Munster.

Boy Scouts who worked toward their Electricity Merit Badge are pictured, from left, Ben Dodge, Cooper Christianson, Brandon Meyers, Stevie McDunn, James Mack, Jeremy Munoz, Brink Wolak, Austin Linguinsky, Joseph Boyquay, Mikey McDunn. The Scout troops are from Lansing and Munster.

Boy Scouts who worked toward their Electricity Merit Badge are pictured, from left, Ben Dodge, Cooper Christianson, Brandon Meyers, Stevie McDunn, James Mack, Jeremy Munoz, Brink Wolak, Austin Linguinsky, Joseph Boyquay, Mikey McDunn. The Scout troops are from Lansing and Munster.

Wind Turbine Installed at the Merrrillville IBEW Local 697

Business Manager Dan Waldrop discusses the project with Lake Shore Public Media.

It's Easy Being Green...

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697 has been building a 100-kilowatt turbine on its new environmentally-friendly campus at 7200 Mississippi St., near the Hobart border. The turbine – which is about a third as big as the turbines in the Meadow Lake Wind Farm off Interstate 65 near Brookston – will go online this week. The 160-foot-tall wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power 15 homes.

"We're embracing this future technology," said Ryan Reithel, business representative for the union.

Local union building trades and apprentices – including electricians, iron-workers, carpenters, and cement masons – have spent the last few weeks constructing a turbine that will be used as a working model for training, maintenance and tower rescue. The laborers gained experience the union hopes will come in handy in the future, since they expect wind towers will become a more prevalent part of the landscape in the future.

"There will be job opportunities to build turbines when these projects come to the area," Reithel said. "They will already have this work on their resume."

Union members already have been training on the 21.5-kilowatt solar panels on the roof of the building, which has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, which is like a Good Housekeeping Seal for sustainability. They maintain the panels, and earn certifications in the process.