H.U.G.S. Presentation: Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty

(Pictured from Left to Right: Peace Treaty VP Joscelyn Nittler, HUGS members Brian Smith and Dee Longoria and Peace Treaty President Rick Swayden)

On Thursday Southern Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (HUGS) representatives presented the Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Association with a donation to renovate the association’s main street courtyard location.

The $6,000 donation from the HUGS committee will help the Peace Treaty Association beautify the corner of Medicine Lodge’s Main and Washington adjoining their offices. The City of Medicine Lodge is in the first phase of its Community Improvement District renovations and the area surrounding the corner has had new light posts, sidewalks and benches installed already.

“I think it’s wonderful that the Peace Treaty Association is trying to make an improvement for the entire area; that’s something that really resonates with Southern Pioneer Electric and really embodies what the HUGS program is all about,” said Southern Pioneer Electric HUGS representative Dee Longoria.

The Peace Treaty Association intends to repave the corner courtyard and create a functional, low-maintenance community space that compliments the Main Street enhancements with the ultimate goal of making the area a place for citizens to congregate and hold small events such as a farmer’s market. The courtyard is also bordered by the local teen center, making it an ideal location for the area’s youth to congregate as well.

Peace Treaty Association President Rick Swayden said, “On behalf of the peace treat association we truly appreciate this gift from Southern Pioneer so we can finish this corner and make it look pretty.”

The Association hopes to have the project completed by the spring of 2018, in time for Barber County’s biggest event of the year—the Peace Treaty Pageant. The project has grown into a town-wide event, with students from Medicine Lodge High School and various others having volunteered time to move the project along.

Longoria said of the plans, “When we can donate to something that will be used by an entire community, something for all ages, it just makes the experience all the more wonderful.”

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the HUGS program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services, Anita Wendt. (Phone: 620.424.5271 and E-mail: awendt@pioneerelectric.coop)