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Annual BSOHA Spring Golf Tournament


June, 12 2017 Program:
June 21st
10am Registration,
11am Shotgun Start,
4:30pm Dinner

Location:
Schuylkill Country Club
877 West Market St.
Orwigsburg, PA 17961

American Energy Coalition Update

The AEC has been busy getting the word out, online and over the air.


By Thomas J. Tubman

The American Energy Coalition's mission is: "To respond to the challenges faced by the heating oil industry today, and in the future, through a constant, sustained, unified message and all-inclusive marketing program."

The AEC pursues this mission in a variety of ways, most of which you are probably well aware of. Bill inserts, data sheets, the creation of radio commercials, the sponsorship of regional radio campaigns, our weekly e-Alerts that draw attention to topics of interest to the heating oil industry, and so on. Perhaps one of the more important AEC marketing initiatives is our website. The website is rich with pro-oilheat information that is a valuable resource for retailers and homeowners alike. It also has a treasure-trove of truthful data on natural gas that the utilities, and the natural gas industry more broadly, would prefer not to discuss. All of our e-Alerts are archived on the site and there are also pages devoted to: the value provided by full-service dealers; conservation; pricing; science and research; safety; truth vs. myth; service; and the environment. The site is also interactive and can be used to research energy-related topics. By entering a search term you can find information like the Cornell Study that concluded burning coal to generate electricity is better for the environment than burning natural gas from fracked wells; or you can find the NORA/NBB report to Congress that shows ultra-low sulfur heating oil with a two percent biodiesel component is cleaner-burning than natural gas. You can find information on almost any energy-related subject you are looking for. If you haven't visited the AEC website recently, I urge you to do so. Encourage your customer service representatives and front-line people to do the same.

One AEC activity you may not know about is our pro-oilheat outreach. Certainly, we have been at trade shows, annual meetings and conferences with presentations discussing AEC activities and sometimes discussing other energy industry subjects. In October, AEC was asked to represent the Berks Schuylkill Oil Heat Association in Pennsylvania during hour-long radio interviews at radio stations in Reading and Pottsville to discuss energy issues with a pro-oilheat focus. This is the third year that AEC has been asked to represent the BSOHA in these interviews, which have been well received by the association’s members and local radio listeners.

One of the key aspects of these radio interviews is the AEC's, and the BSOHA's, ability to direct the conversations. Prior to the interviews, the AEC prepares questions and answers focusing on the topics we want to discuss: pipeline safety; supply; price; production; environmental issues, and the like. Three years ago, natural gas expansion projects, oil-to-gas conversions and the spread between oil and gas prices were the focus. This year, the issues that were central to the interviews were: lower heating oil pricing; the environmental benefits of ULSHO and Bioheat; and the glut of crude oil worldwide, caused by increases in U.S. oil production, which promises to keep oil prices low. One subject that hasn't received much press-two new, recent, crude oil discoveries here in the U.S.-did generate considerable interest this year among the radio hosts, retailers and the public. If you haven't seen any news reports on these two new discoveries, Apache Corp., Houston, Texas, announced in early September that it had a major new find in Texas that it is calling "Alpine High." And in early October Caelus Energy LLC, Dallas, Texas, announced a new discovery in Alaska, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Apache says the size of its newly discovered reserves is at least two billion barrels; and Caelus says the size of its discovery is 1.8 to 2.4 billion barrels. The Alaska find is particularly important to the Trans Alaska Pipeline, which is in danger of freezing up as volumes from the North Slope wane. So this is good news for Alaska's North Slope, which had been looking for new volumes to keep the oil flowing. AEC has reported on both of these stories through its e-Alerts. More information on both of these discoveries can be found on the AEC website.

So please, do yourself a favor, and take a few minutes to visit http://americanenergycoalition.com/

Thomas J. Tubman is the executive director of the American Energy Coalition.

BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium


July 7, 2016

Thank you to all who attended this year's BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium to catch the Reading Fightin Phils!

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,500 to the Salvation Army Virginville, PA - 2/19/16


February 24, 2016

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,500 to the Salvation Army (BSOHA) donated $4,500 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on Thursday, February 18, 2016 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $50,540.

Kevin Polito - Pottsville Corps, Mary Metzger - Pottsville Corps, Tony Calafaty - Reading Corps and Tajuana Destin - Reading Corps of the Salvation Army were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental, Portsmouth, NH.

"We were very pleased to make this donation to the Salvation Army. I am very happy with the charity of our membership and their willingness to help those less fortunate,"" stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: AMERIgreen, Angus Energy, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Carroll Independent Fuel LLC, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Pyramid Petroleum Terminals LLC and R.F. Ohl.

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of oil heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $5,350 to the Salvation Army


February 26, 2015

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $5,350 to the Salvation Army The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $5,350.00 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 20, 2014 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. In the last 9 years, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $46,040.

Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Salvation Army were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental, Portsmouth, NH. "We were very pleased to make this donation to the Salvation Army. This is the third largest annual donation we have made since the program's inception. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and their willingness to help those less fortunate," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: AMERIgreen, Angus Energy, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., R.F. Ohl and Petroleum Products Corporation (PPC).

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.

2015 Salvation Army Donation Details


January 2015

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Salvation Army/SHARE Program As tough economic times are upon us, we must always take time to remember our neighbors and friends who are less fortunate. We are writing to you today to ask your participation in our annual Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program. This Program is administered jointly with the Reading Berks Conference of Churches and Schuylkill & Berks County Salvation Army. It is a truly wonderful program for all involved. The SHARE staff works diligently to see that the funds go directly to those who need it the most, but they also insist that those who need help, help themselves. The SHARE staff offers assistance to families in completing LIHEAP applications and they help keep families warm when they have no fuel. They refer agencies to help weatherize homes to reduce heating needs, as well as offer financial assistance in times of need. Most importantly, they require those who receive financial assistance to pay a portion of the bill themselves. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $40,690. This year once again we are asking everyone to find it in their hearts to give to the less fortunate. This support has always come from both BSOHA Dealers & Associate members. The funds are then administered by the SHARE staff, to be used solely for oil heat needs.

Kindly send your donations, made payable to the Salvation Army to:
BSOHA
C/O Ted Harris, Treasurer
233 Briggs St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

We thank you in advance for once again supporting the association in this effort. All donations will be presented to The Salvation Army at the BSOHA monthly meeting in February. We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting for the presentation.

Sincerely,
Kevin Steele
President, BSOHA


2015 Reading Royals Game

Thank you to everyone who was able to make our 2015 night at the Reading Royals! We would like to thank the Reading Royals for hosting a great night for our association as well as putting on a great performance with a 6-2 win over the Brampton Beasts. Special thanks to Dave Trupe of PPC (www.ppcterminals.com) who donated food and refreshments. We look forward to seeing everyone at our golf tournament this spring and Reading Fightin Phils night this summer!


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2014 BSOHA Golf Outing


Fleetwood, PA
May 14th, 2014

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's BSOHA golf outing at Golden Oak Golf Course. It would not be possible without the help of all of the members and associate members that contributed to the event by participating, sponsoring, and donating prizes. With your help, it makes our golf outing one of the premier industry related events in the state. We hope to see you again in 2015 at the Schuylkill Country Club!


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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,875 to the Salvation Army


Virginville, PA
February 20, 2014
Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,875 to the Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $4,875 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 20, 2014 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $40,690.

Captain Tammy Hench and Lt. Staci Ferreira of the Schuylkill County Salvation Army as well as Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Berks County Corp were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Harris of Boston Environmental.

"We were very pleased to be able to make this annual donation to the Salvation Army. This winter has been very trying for families and their budgets due to the cold weather we have seen over the region. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and rising to the occasion to help those less fortunate," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: Angus Energy, Automotive Services, Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Global Companies LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Keller Oil, Kintzer Fuels and Petroleum Products Corporation (PPC).

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction. To find a member dealer or to learn more about the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association log onto www.bsoha.org.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.

Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program

Salvation Army/SHARE Program

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As tough economic times are upon us, we must always take time to remember our neighbors and friends who are less fortunate. We are writing to you today to ask your participation in our annual Fund Raising Drive for the Berks & Schuylkill County Salvation Army/SHARE Program.

This Program is administered jointly with the Reading Berks Conference of Churches and Schuylkill & Berks County Salvation Army. It is a truly wonderful program for all involved. The SHARE staff works diligently to see that the funds go directly to those who need it the most, but they also insist that those who need help, help themselves. The SHARE staff offers assistance to families in completing LIHEAP applications and they help keep families warm when they have no fuel. They refer agencies to help weatherize homes to reduce heating needs, as well as offer financial assistance in times of need. Most importantly, they require those who receive financial assistance to pay a portion of the bill themselves.

In the past seven years, we have raised $35,865 through the generous support of our members. This year once again we are asking everyone to find it in their hearts to give to the less fortunate. This support has always come from both BSOHA Dealers & Associate members. The funds are then administered by the SHARE staff, to be used solely for oil heat needs.

Kindly send your donations, made payable to the Salvation Army to:
BSOHA
C/O Ted Harris, Treasurer
233 Briggs St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

We thank you in advance for once again supporting the association in this effort. All donations will be presented to The Salvation Army at the BSOHA monthly meeting in February. We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting for the presentation.

Sincerely,
Kevin Steele - President, BSOHA


Happy Holidays!

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat wishes a happy holiday

On behalf of the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association, we would like to wish our membership, families, and customers a very happy holidays! There will not be a meeting in the month of December but we look forward to our January meeting.

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The Kelly Cup comes to BSOHA!

BSOHA is proud to be an annual partner of the Reading Royals each year. After the Royals championship season in 2012 - 2013, the cup made a stop at the first BSOHA meeting of the year. Below is the BSOHA board with a picture of the Kelly Cup. We will continue to support and root for the Royals this season as they look to repeat! Also be sure to check Royals game programs for BSOHA advertising throughout the season.

Learn more about the American Energy Coalition

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association is proud to partner with the American Energy Coalition to give homeowners in the Berks and Schuylkill areas a better understanding of the all the facts associated with supplying your home with Natural Gas. To learn more about the AEC please download their brochure below or visit their website below for facts and updates about current issues that could be affecting your home energy.

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BSOHA Night at the Reading Fightin Phils

June 11th, 2013

Thank you to all who attended this year's BSOHA night at FirstEnergy Stadium to catch the Fighting Phils vs. the Bowie Baysox. Unfortunately the game ended in a 7 - 4 loss for the home team but the amazing support from BSOHA members makes this one of the best attended outings of the season! Below are a few pictures from the game and we hope to catch you all again next Summer for this great event.

Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,825 to the Salvation Army

Virginville, PA - February 21, 2013
The Reading Royals Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,825 to the Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated $6,825 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army Corps on Thursday, February 21, 2013 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. This is the largest donation BSOHA has ever made to the Salvation Army SHARE Program. During the past 7 years, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of area residents to a total contribution of $35,865.

Captain Tammy Hench and Ms. Mary Metzger of the Schuylkill County Salvation Army as well as Ms. Mindy McCormick and Major Colin DeVault of the Berks County Corp were on hand to accept the presentation from BSOHA President Kevin Steele of H.B. Steele & Son, Inc., Orwigsburg and BSOHA Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Bostard of Hafer Petroleum Equipment, Ltd. Reading.

"We were very pleased to be able to make the largest annual donation to the Salvation Army that BSOHA has since the fundraisers inception. Our donation was $1,275 more than last year. I am very pleased with the charity of our membership and rising to the occasion in these tough economic times," stated Kevin Steele President of BSOHA.

Donations for the annual fundraiser were received from the following member companies of BSOHA: Boston Environmental, Buckeye Energy Services, BRT Inc., Earl R. Martin Inc., Elite Fuel Services LLC, Elk Environmental Services, Global Companies LLC, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., H.B. Steele & Son Inc., Jack Rich Inc., Keller Oil, Kintzer Fuels and Petroleum Products Corporation.

As an organization comprised of independent heating oil distributors and dealers, and associated industries, The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association exists to promote and educate current and prospective heating oil customers as to the benefits of Oil Heat and to support local oil companies, providing a wide range of products and services to enhance their customers' satisfaction.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God's saving purposes. To learn more about the Salvation Army log onto www.salvationarmy.org.

"Thank you for the wonderful dinner, fellowship, and kind donation. This is always a true blessing and helps us to help many more families in need."

- Mindy McCormick, The Salvation Army