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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(800) 989-0900

News Release
Yankee Gas Donates ‘Welcome’ Banners to 12 Connecticut Towns
Banners feature Connecticut state symbols, history
BERLIN, Conn., July 1, 2004 (NYSE:NU) – Thanks to Yankee Gas Services Company, beautiful full-color banners bearing the state's symbols are now displayed in a dozen Connecticut towns. The banners were presented to East Lyme, Middlebury, Norwalk, Oxford, Plainfield, Prospect, Plymouth, Seymour, Southbury, Stamford, Wilton and Woodbury. These are cities and towns where Yankee Gas recently added or expanded its natural gas distribution system. In East Lyme and Prospect, Yankee's expansion gave business and residential customers a new energy choice and access to natural gas for the first time.

"The banners are a reminder that Yankee Gas is committed to the communities we serve," said John Ferrantino, Yankee’s Director of Sales & Marketing. Each banner includes the name of the town along with illustrations of the state bird, flower, insect, mammal, tree and shellfish. "In these towns, Yankee Gas employees work closely with municipal employees on expansion projects. Donating the banners was a fitting way to thank these communities for supporting our expansion efforts, while providing a lasting benefit for residents and visitors alike to enjoy," he added.

"The banner is hanging in Town Hall and it's phenomenal,” said Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield. "We thank Yankee Gas for being so civic-minded," he added.

In Stamford, the banner is to be hung in front of the Ferguson Library. "Yankee Gas' banner is the first banner sponsored by a commercial company. We were motivated to do this because of its message (Welcome to Stamford), the quality of the art, and the tasteful way the sponsorship was handled. We think it's a good partnership," said Nicholas A. Bochicchio, Jr., the library's director of Administrative Services.
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Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut's largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut's energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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