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In Loving Memory Margaret Walson September 17, 2014


Out of Respect for our co-founder, Margaret Walson, Who has passed away, the office will be CLOSED on Thursday September 25th, 2014 - Thank You

Margaret Walson, considered, along with her late husband John, to be the founder of Cable Television, has died.

Walson died Wednesday in Boca Raton, Florida, at home.

Margaret Walson was born Margaret Kowatch, in Hazelbrook, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and attended West Mahanoy Township School, graduating from Barrington High School, in New Jersey. She was always an active member of Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City, PA and Saint Michael's Byzantine Church in Allentown, PA.

Margaret married John Walson while he was a lineman working for PP&L Electric, and they opened an appliance store together, selling stoves, refrigerators and all kinds of furnishings for the home. Margaret took care of the store while John worked as a lineman. When television sets became available, John invented Cable Television as a means to market and sell them in his appliance store. Eventually, the appliance store closed and Cable Television became the family business.

Margaret continued to be an integral part of Service Electric, assisting John as a personal secretary and advisor, playing an important role in the growth and development of the business. Following his death in 1993, Margaret continued to play an active role as an executive of the Corporation, advising her children.

Margaret always had a keen eye for architecture and interior decoration, and played an integral role in the design and development of corporate and personal properties. Margaret also loved traveling the world, and fine dining.

Additionally, Margaret had the opportunity to become a professional singer, and once sang with Frank Sinatra at the Lakewood Ballroom. Although she decided to give up her musical career to devote time to building the Cable TV business and raising her family, she still enjoyed singing and dancing, right up until the time of her death.

Margaret was a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Muhlenberg College for her many accomplishments in the Cable TV industry.


Service Electric is pleased to announce that beginning August 1, we will begin deploying our DTA’s. A DTA also known as a Digital Transport Adapter allows digital television signal to be displayed on your TV.

In the past few months we have been sending out information leading up to this event. Now that we are ready let us tell you more of the benefits of going all digital, increased channel selection, faster internet speeds, more High Definition channels and the ability to add more services in the future.

For our customers that have broadcast basic service (2-22) you are eligible to receive up to two DTA’s free for two years. After two years the DTA will be billed at 1.95 a month for each. If you have more than two connections you would be billed at 1.95 a month for each DTA. Once you have a DTA on your additional connections the monthly fee of .50 would be waived.

For customers that have our expanded basic service you are eligible to receive one DTA free for one year. After one year you will be billed 1.95 a month for that DTA. If you have more than one connection you would be billed 1.95 a month for each DTA. Once you have a DTA or digital converter on your additional connections the monthly fee of .50 would be waived.

In August we will be sending out order forms with instructions to our customers that do not have any digital equipment. These order forms will include instructions for ordering on line through our web site. You will be sent DTA’s directly to your home. If you choose you can send the order form directly to our office and we can process it for you. You can order the number of DTA’s you will need for the number of lines you have connected to and are paying for on the cable system.

Remember if you already have a digital converter on each line you do not need to order a DTA. If you have connections without a digital converter then you will need to order DTA’s for those connections. If you wish to turn in your additional equipment in exchange for a DTA you will need to call the office to make those arrangements.

Please do not call the office before you receive your order form. We will make sure that our customers receive updates on this digital transformation. As we add more enhancements we will pass along the information to our customers in a timely manner. Watch for additional information on your billing statement, website, channel 10 and email blasts. Thank You For Your Support and Continued Patronage.

Sincerely The Staff at Service Electric Cable TV of NJ

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