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AmeriGas Crystal City, MO Supports Veterans and Military Service Members with Meals and Reserved Parking

Every day AmeriGas locations across the nation host and participate in drives and events to support their local communities. July begins our #SummerofService to highlight the events our offices participated in this year.

Military Food Pantry Donation Drive

AmeriGas in Crystal City, MO is dedicated to veterans and military service members. During the month of July the team is running a food drive  to support a local food pantry  benefiting military families.

Matt Schmitt, AmeriGas District General Manager and Purple Heart recipient, said veterans are proud to put the needs of other people first, so many of them in need will not utilize a food pantry that is open to the public. He said they feel they are taking food away from someone else, so by having a food pantry specifically for military members, it takes that feeling away. It gives them a resource to help provide for their family. Those who  donate nonperishable food items to the AmeriGas office in Crystal City will be eligible for a propane discount.

Schmitt said military families with young children love canned vegetables, soups, stews and chili, and fruit. The food will be delivered in August when the Crystal City location receives their new ACE delivery truck and the food items will be packed in and delivered just like propane cylinders.

Along with their food collection, the Crystal City office has dedicated one parking space in front of their office for Purple Heart recipients. Schmitt said many wounded Veterans do not qualify for a Disabled Parking tag, so this is our way of thanking those that were wounded while in combat. The spot is clearly marked; painted bright purple for any customer to use during their visit to the AmeriGas location.

Purple Hear Parking Space

The Purple Heart is given to veterans who are killed or wounded in service. Schmitt was awarded the Purple Heart after he was wounded in August 2005 serving with the 220thEngineer Company of the Missouri National Guard in Yusifiyah, Iraq.

For more information about the military food pantry food drive, contact AmeriGas Crystal City at (636) 931-6740. We appreciate your donation of unexpired, nonperishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at our office located at 2475 N. Truman Blvd. Crystal City, MO 63019.


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AmeriGas Team in Gridley, CA Supports Red Suspenders Parade

Every day AmeriGas locations across the nation host and participate in drives and events to support their local communities. July begins our #SummerofService to highlight these events our offices participated in this year.

AmeriGas Propane Team Members

On May 21st our team from Gridley, Calif. represented AmeriGas in Gridley’s annual Red Suspenders Parade! The Red Suspenders Parade began in 1961 as an event to raise money for volunteer firemen and has evolved into the exciting event that it is today, supporting the entire Fire Department in Gridley. The parade occurs each May and this year there were an estimated 5,000 spectators.

The AmeriGas team in Gridley took home second place for their decorated truck last year. This year the team decorated a bobtail and a knuckle boom truck, in a patriotic theme of course, with lots of red balloons and streamers to support the Red Suspenders.

“This year we were striving for first place,” said Ed Leon, District General Manager. “ We haven’t received the results yet but we had a lot of fun!”

Leon said him and his team went out early the morning of the parade to decorate their trucks and prepare to hand out candy to spectators. He said although the event takes weeks of preparation, he is proud that his team carrying on the tradition of supporting their community and for bringing their relatives to help decorate and walk in the parade. Leon stressed that 5,000 spectators was a lot for their little town and the event is highly anticipated each year.

“This is a great way to get our name out there and we’re proud to sponsor such a great event,” said Leon.

AmeriGas was the only propane company in the parade this year. The Gridley team has participated in the Red Suspenders Parade three years in a row and is committed to participating in years to come. Way to go Gridley! We hope you win first place this year!

AmeriGas Propane Truck

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Summertime Inspired Grilling

Summertime Inspired Grilling

We love grilling out in the summertime! Check out these amazing recipes to make a healthy and fresh summer-inspired meal.

Grilled Avocados

2 ripe, fresh  avocados
2 Tbsp.  fresh lime or lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
As needed:  Seasoned salt to taste
1/2 cup fresh salsa, optional for half shell version

For Grilled Slices:

Cut avocado in half, seed, peel, and slice. Drizzle with fresh lime or lemon juice and brush lightly with olive oil. Gently place slices on propane grill for 2 minutes on each side. Season with salt to taste.

For Grilled Half Shells:

Cut avocado in half and remove seed. Drizzle with fresh lime or lemon juice and brush lightly with olive oil. Gently place cut side down on propane grill for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Optional: fill with fresh salsa or your favorite fresh ingredients.

Makes a great accompaniment to grilled meats or fish.

Cedar Plank Salmon

2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons mild honey or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon minced rosemary
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1 (2-pounds) salmon fillet with skin (1 1/2 inches thick)
Equipment: a cedar grilling plank (about 15 by 6 inches)


Soak cedar grilling plank in water to cover 2 hours, keeping it immersed.Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium-high heat for gas); see Grilling Procedure . Open vents on bottom and lid of charcoal grill.Stir together mustard, honey, rosemary, zest, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Spread mixture on flesh side of salmon and let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.Put salmon on plank, skin side down (if salmon is too wide for plank, fold in thinner side to fit). Grill, covered with lid, until salmon is just cooked through and edges are browned, 13 to 15 minutes. Let salmon stand on plank 5 minutes before serving.

Refreshing Peach Iced Tea 

3 cups water
3 family size tea bags
2 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons stevia powder

Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the tea bags, and steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Meanwhile, place peaches with 1 cup water into the jar of a blender, and blend until very smooth. Pour the peach mixture, tea, and stevia powder into a 1 gallon pitcher. Fill the pitcher to the top with water, and stir until blended.

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Top 9 Cheap and Easy Backyard Upgrades

With summer in full swing, I’m sure you’re looking to have friends and family over to eat, play and relax in your backyard. There are just two problems—you’re backyard’s a little dated and your budget is a little sparse. But there’s no need to stress! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite, budget-friendly backyard upgrades.

1.  Use cinder blocks unconventionally.  Cinder blocks are great for cheap, yet chic, backyard updates. With cinder blocks you can build sleek outdoor seating or add some urban touches to your garden. With prices as low as $1 in stores (and free on Craigslist), your options are endless with cinder blocks!

2.  Plant tall grass for added privacy.  Looking for some extra privacy? Tall grass is not only a cheap alternative to traditional fencing, but it’s also much more pleasant to look at! Ornamental grass (tall grass) comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors—so I’m sure you can find something that fits your style. BONUS: Plant your tall grass in a pot or trough for a mobile fence (that can also be used on decks and patios)!

3.  Add color and texture to your fire pit.  One of the great things about owning a propane fire pit is the ability to swap out the toppings. You can create a serene atmosphere by using lava stones, which resemble river rocks, or you can hone in on a more modern aesthetic by incorporating glass toppings. And the fun doesn’t stop there—fire pit toppings are also available in an array of colors!

4.  Build a living wall.  Living walls are awesome, and building your own is super cheap and super easy (you probably already own most, if not all, of the required materials). You can build living walls from old wood pallets, lattices, picture frames, rain gutters—seriously, the list is endless! Get some inspiration here.

5.  Hang lights and lanterns from your trees and/or fence.  Set the mood in your backyard by simply hanging lighting from your trees. Set a more festive tone by hanging globe lights from your trees and around your fence. Looking for something with a little more whimsy? Hanging lanterns from your trees are a great alternative! Just make sure you’re using battery operated lighting in your lanterns!

6.  Build an auxiliary cart for easy grilling.  Don’t you just love having to run back inside every time you’re grilling because you forgot something? Yeah, didn’t think so. That’s why this DIY auxiliary cart is actually pretty ingenious. All you need are a few old fruit crates (you can also get the same effect with these Ikea crates), swivel casters, some hand-held power tools and you’re one step closer to easy grilling!

7.  Define your outdoor spaces.  The easiest (and cheapest) way to update your backyard is by simply defining your outdoor spaces. Your backyard should house separate areas for cooking, eating, playing and relaxing. Just a few furniture moves, and you’ll have a new backyard!

8.  Plant lemongrass to repel mosquitoes.  If you haven’t invested in a propane mosquito trap, then you should seriously consider planting lemongrass in your backyard. Citronella (yup—just like the candle!) is actually a natural oil found within lemongrass, which is why its lemongrass is such a powerful mosquito repellant!

9.  Old pallets make great walkways.  Have an old pallet lying around? Then it’s time to break out your crowbar and put that pallet to use! By simply disassembling your pallet, you’ve got yourself a rustic garden walkway for your backyard. And this backyard hack won’t cost you any money and minimal work is required! Check out the tutorial here.

Do you have any cheap and easy backyard updates? If so, share with us in the comments section below!

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Top 4 Ways to Cruise Through Summer With AmeriGas

June 20 was the first official day of summer and AmeriGas wants to help your family cruise through the rest of the summer season with peace of mind. Whether you’re going on a cross country road trip or a fun weekend getaway, AmeriGas is here to ensure your propane needs are met while you relax this summer.  Here are the top 5 ways to cruise through summer with AmeriGas:

1. Automatic Delivery

With automatic delivery you will never have to worry about running out of propane. Signing up for automatic delivery is quick and easy. You will won’t have to call for a delivery and we will monitor your tank level for you! Relax on your summer getaway, we have your covered.

2. Online Account Management

When you register online you can access your AmeriGas account from virtually anywhere, 24/7! Online accounts allow you to monitor your tank level, request a delivery, or pay a bill without getting out of your beach chair. You can also enroll in paperless billing so you don’t get excess mail while you’re away on vacation.

3. Monthly Payment and Pricing Programs

Don’t worry about budgeting on the beach, plan ahead and secure your propane pricing or budget payment plan before your vacation. AmeriGas offers Guaranteed Pricing Programs, which allow you to lock in your price for the year, as well as monthly budget pay programs.  Worry about your next family adventure, not your propane account. Contact us for more information.

4. Refer a Friend

Could your vacation fund use an extra $100? Refer a friend or family member to AmeriGas and when they become a customer, you’ll both get a $100 VISA prepaid card. Rest easy this summer knowing your friends can enjoy the same great propane service as you. To refer a friend visit

Enjoy your summer knowing AmeriGas has you covered. For more information contact us.

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AmeriGas Swanton Collects 1,036 lbs of Food and Counting

Every day AmeriGas locations across the nation host and participate in drives and events to support their local communities. July begins our #SummerofService to highlight these events our offices participated in this year. 

AmeriGas team in Swanton after their first food donation to the Seagate Food Bank

Our Swanton, Ohio location is doing big #SummerofService for hungry people! Since March 2016  AmeriGas Swanton has made three large food donations to the Seagate Food Bank in northwest Ohio, amounting in 1,036 pounds of food!

AmeriGas Customer Service Manager in Swanton, Melanie Schutte, said she discovered the Seagate Food Bank when looking for ways for her office to serve their community.  AmeriGas offers a discounted 20 pound gas grill refill in exchange for a food donation and anyone is welcomed to donate. Schutte said at this time there is no end date for this great food drive because it is a success each month.

The donation totals include 445 pounds in April 2016, 210 pounds in May 2016, and 381 pounds in June 2016!

Schutte said they keep up with the drive because there is always someone that is hungry and in need of a meal. Food and water drives are some of the most successful events for AmeriGas locations.

The Seagate Food Bank provides assistance for over 114,000 food-challenged individuals every month. They distribute over 15 million pounds of food annually, to over 500 organizational programs free of charge to their participants.

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Why Use A Gas Grill?


In North America, gas is king. Gas grills hit the barbecue scene in the 1950s. Today, almost 70 percent of American families use gas grills. So why grill with gas? In one word—convenience. The convenience of push-button ignition. The convenience of turn-of-a-dial heat control. Gas is less dirty to handle than charcoal and burns cleaner than improperly lit charcoal.

Gas grills tend to burn cooler and wetter than charcoal grills, so you don’t get quite the same searing and browning as with the heat from charcoal or wood. However, it must be said that the newer, higher powered gas grills come very close to bridging the gap.

Propane cylinders will give you 12 to 18 hours of grilling, depending on the heat, the altitude, and what you’re grilling. After that time you need to refill the tank. To get the propane cylinders home from the hardware store, stand them in plastic milk crates; this keeps them from rolling around in your trunk. Store propane cylinders outdoors, away from the grill, and in an upright position. Always have an extra full propane cylinder on hand; the cylinders have the perverse habit of running out of fuel right in the middle of a grill session.

You can pick up a new or spare tank at any of our 51,000 locations nationwide!


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AmeriGas Propane Billings MT Raises Money for the Sherburn Family

Every day AmeriGas locations across the nation host and participate in drives and events to support their local communities. July begins our #SummerofService to highlight these events our offices participated in this year. 


At 5 years old Noah Sherburn is fighting the fight of his life. Thanks to a great team at AmeriGas in Sherburn’s home town of Billings, Mont., he can keep up the fight with support of his community.

Noah Sherburn was diagnosed with cancer in his kidneys. Noah has four other siblings and is the youngest child in the Sherburn family. Noah has received chemotherapy  in Salt Lake City for the past several months but was able to come home to his family in Billings for the weekend.

“Noah has drawn us all together because he has faith and he is a fighter,” said Katie Seibel, Manager of AmeriGas Billings, MT.

On the Friday before Memorial Day the AmeriGas crew in Billings fired up their grills and watched as cars steadily arrived to support Noah. An estimated 250 people came to the event over the holiday weekend. Supporters donated to the Sherburn family in exchange for free propane from AmeriGas and a hot dog or hamburger, grilled by AmeriGas Area Director Martin Mingay.

“What was really special was our AD Martin Mingay brought an AmeriGas cape for Noah,” said Seibel. “Noah loved it!”

Propane Pete and Sniffy the dog also made an appearance for all to enjoy.

By donating all the propane off the dock that day, AmeriGas raised a little over $3200 for the Sherburn family and an additional donation of $200 was made by a local RV company on Tuesday following the event.

“I’m very lucky for the staff that I have,” said Seibel. “Every single one of our employees devotes their time to the community because it makes us feel good; it makes the community feel good.”

Seibel said she grew up doing community service in school, which is why it now seems like second nature. This is the second large event the district has done for a local family.

It was a memorable day for the whole AmeriGas team and the Sherburn family. Thank you to all who came out to support in Billings!

Area Director Martin Mingay grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs for the event.

Noah’s grandfather (left), CRR Missy Sherman, and Noah’s father Cliff Sherburn with a photo of Noah in the AmeriGas office.

Special guests AD Martin Mingay, Propane Pete, and Sniffy the Dog.


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5 Cooking Essentials For Your Camping Trip

Whether you’re pitching a tent or making reservations for a cabin you probably have a long list of items to pack in your car for your summer camping trip. It’s easy to forget cooking supplies amid all the excitement for your trip and when you’re packing for a family there are many needs to consider. For stress-free preparation, here are five cooking essentials you need for your family’s mid-summer camping trip:

1. Ingredients

Preparing foods at home before you hit the road is a great way to have variety of camping cuisine. Prepare camping favorites at home like potato salad or a pot of chili. These dishes allow you to use ingredients you already own so you’ll cut down on spending at the grocery store when you get to your destination, if a grocery store is even available! If preparing great cuisine in the outdoors is your passion, stock up on fresh ingredients for major nature vibes and make sure to store them properly so they stay fresh throughout your stay.

2. Portable Propane Grill

There are so many great recipes for cooking on a portable propane grill or stove. Propane grills and stoves are essential for outdoor cooking because they provide instant and continuous heat for whatever meal you’re cooking up. Propane is the healthier option for grilling and with so many ways to prepare your meals the options are endless, even in the great outdoors. If you brought the whole nine yards, you can easily use your propane cylinder for each of your devices.

3. Storage

Storing your food properly, as I mentioned earlier, is very important when you’re staying for a long period of time. Also, if your campsite is prone to animals it’s important to be prepared so you don’t get your food swiped! Coolers, plastic storage tubs, and extra boxes of trash bags are essential for keeping your campsite organized and sanitary throughout your stay. Utilize animal-proof lock boxes, typically provided by the campground, or research other gear to keep your food items safe.

4. Supplies

This is a given. By preparing your recipes first, you can determine exactly what supplies you need to pack before you head out. The most common items campers forget are wet wipes, ice, and water. Think about the supplies you typically use for cooking at home, along with the specific items you need to make your recipes, and prioritize them to keep your packing light. One hack to keep in mind is creating a camping supplies kit so that you keep the essentials in one place, it’s ready to grab and go, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

5. Family and Friends

Dividing up the work in the kitchen is always more fun. In the great outdoors, cooking with the family can be a learning experience for everyone. Sometimes cooking in the outdoors can be challenging, so teaching your kids the fundamentals ahead of time and assigning everyone part of a recipe can make things run a lot smoother. Involving everyone in your family in preparing a delicious meal will make your mid-summer camping trip that much more special!

I hope you feel prepared with these cooking essentials to have a great camping trip! Remember to visit one of our 51,000 locations to grab your fuel before you head out on your adventure.

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Glazed Pork Ribs With Horseradish Apple Slaw

With the 4th of July knocking at our door, it is always good to be prepared for your party. However, sometimes life gets in the way! Here is a simple yet delicious recipe for those last minute party throwers this weekend!


  • 3 pounds baby-back pork ribs
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 head Napa or green cabbage, shredded (4 cups)
  • 2 crisp apples (such as Braeburn or Granny Smith), cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1 bunch scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced



Heat grill to medium. Season the ribs with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. In a small bowl, combine the Worcestershire, mustard, and brown sugar.

Place the ribs on grill, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes, turning often, until cooked through and tender. Baste with sauce during the last 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, horseradish, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the cabbage, apples, and scallions and toss.

Cut the ribs apart, divide among plates, and serve with the slaw.


Stop by any of our 51,000 locations this weekend and never run out!

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