Margaret Holman, 97, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Joy Home in Oxford, KS.Margaret HolmanFuneral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Oxford and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Margaret Lucille was born November 11, 1917 in Drumright, Oklahoma the daughter of Oliver and Sarah (Spray) Mastin. She graduated from Winfield High School. Margaret was united in marriage to Maurice Holman on May 26, 1934. She was a homemaker all her life. She enjoyed crocheting and needle work. Margaret also enjoyed listening to Fox News, and keeping up on politics and world news. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford.Margaret is survived by her grandchildren: Tammy Holman and Anthony Holman and wife Enya; and one great grandson, Jade Holman all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Leslie Holman, a brother Ollie Mastin and two sisters, Opal Martin and Lena Cope.
The Northwest’s geology holds the potential to offer a cavernous storage bank for excess energy on the regional power grid, according to a broad study released this week.Researchers with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Bonneville Power Administration believe the vast, porous underground basalt formations of eastern Washington and Oregon could provide relief for a transmission system sometimes strained by too much supply.The plan: Use storage plants to pump energy into the ground in the form of compressed air. The conversion would work two ways, allowing managers to deposit energy when it’s not needed, and withdraw it when it is. The study even developed conceptual designs for two large-scale facilities in Washington to make that happen at a practical cost.The findings give credence to a concept that’s been used elsewhere, but remains relatively unproven here.“We definitely have the geology in the Northwest that could work,” said Steve Knudsen, a BPA project manager involved in the study. “In a number of ways, it works even better.”The only existing compressed air energy storage plants are in Alabama and Germany. Both use man-made salt caverns. The energy bank concept is also used in the natural gas storage facilities that are common across the country.