May 2015

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Celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day and Safe Digging Month
Indiana 811 spread the safe digging message this spring by participating in several Earth Day and Arbor Day events, including Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 18 in Valparaiso, Indy Free Tree on April 24, and Earth Day Indiana on April 25 in Indianapolis. WXIN-TV (FOX) in Indianapolis aired a story about Indy Free Tree and mentioned the importance of calling 811 before planting a tree.
In addition to Earth Day celebrations, Indiana 811 partnered with stakeholders throughout April. To kick off National Safe Digging Month, Indiana 811, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, Southwest Ohio Utility Safety Council and Kentucky 811 displayed 811 messages on their vehicles during the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. On April 24, representatives from Indiana 811, Kentucky 811 and Common Ground Alliance rode in Indianapolis’ famous Chicken Limo with a banner that said, “Don’t become a Fried Chicken. Call Before You Dig,” throughout the city for a unique and memorable way to spread the call 811 message.

NIPSCO Sponsors Cement Truck with an Important Reminder
NIPSCO recently partnered with Speedway Concrete Aggregate Supplies to unveil a concrete mixer truck with a new look. The revolving drum of the new truck has been decorated with high-impact graphics displaying 811. The graphics were sponsored by NIPSCO, and the unveiling was covered by Fort Wayne media, including WPTA-TV 21 Alive ABC. Check out a picture of Holey Moley with the truck below!

Fire Stations in Indiana Promote Safe Digging
This spring, Indiana 811, Vectren and NIPSCO asked fire stations across the state to show support for Indiana Safe Digging Month and promote the importance of safety in their communities by posting "call before you dig" messages on the marquee in front of their station or on their organization's Facebook page, or by hanging an Indiana 811 banner. All firehouses who submitted a photo received a $50 donation and were entered into a grand prize drawing for a $1,000 donation. All donations were made possible through the support of Vectren and NIPSCO.

Indiana 811 at the Stadium and Beyond
To coincide with peak digging season, Indiana 811 sponsors several in- and out-of-stadium programs put on by sports teams across the state. At part of its sponsorship of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana 811 will have a booth at Colts Fan Fests in Columbus, Evansville and Logansport this summer.  Indiana 811 is a sponsor of the Indianapolis Indians' Triple Play Little League Program, which funds the growth and development of youth baseball in Indiana. Indiana 811's sponsorship helped to provide the teams with uniforms, and Indiana was able to attend several of the teams' games this spring. Indiana 811 is also a proud sponsor of the South Bend Cubs' Swoops Reading Club, which reaches more than 20,000 students each year, as well as the Evansville Otters and Fort Wayne Tin Caps. 

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
Vectren is pleased to announce its expanded damage prevention department. Five Damage Prevention Specialists are now in place as a resource to excavators across the state. Their roles include educating our excavation community on safe digging practices, the state law requirements and overseeing locating performances. Please reach out to these Damage Prevention Specialists at any time with questions or comments, as they look forward to working with you to prevent damages to the Vectren underground infrastructure. 

Natasha Ayers ( – SE Division
Troy Carson ( – NW Division
Kyle Herbert ( – NE Division
Matt Tapp ( – SW Division
Jim Wooten ( – OHIO Division

Marathon Pipe Line Plans Awareness Event for 8/11 Day
With National 811 Day quickly approaching, Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) is busy planning a unique awareness event. On Aug. 11, MPL will sponsor the Indianapolis Indians VS Toledo Mud Hens game at Victory Field. The sponsorship will be used to further emphasize the importance of calling 811 before digging. MPL has invited Indiana 811 to partner with them to raise awareness about the 811 message at the game. Indiana 811 will be onsite with a mobile display and be available to answer questions about 811. MPL’s National 811 Day will extend beyond the game sponsorships. In an effort to further build relationships with landowners along their pipelines, MPL will host an event for up to 250 of them at the game. The landowners will receive free tickets and have the opportunity to win more than $1,000 in prizes. MPL will also sponsor games and host similar events in Louisville and New Orleans. “At MPL, we look at events like this as a great way to spread the safe-digging message while working to earn the trust of our landowners,” said Karen Byers, MPL Damage Prevention supervisor. “These residents are one of our most important assets in maintaining the integrity of our pipelines. These events are a way to get to know them personally and thank them for their role in protecting our pipelines.”

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