Payments no longer accepted at Huntingdon district office starting June 3
May 13, 2013
As of Monday, June 3, payments will no longer be accepted at the Huntingdon district office. In addition, there will not be a night deposit box available at that office. However, members can still apply for service at that location.
To make payments in person in the Huntingdon area, please visit Valley REC’s corporate office, located on Fairgrounds Road and open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. After hours, please use the night deposit box at the employee entrance to the corporate office, or take advantage of online and telephone payment options by using a credit or debit card.
The district offices in Martinsburg and Shade Gap will continue to accept payments as usual.
Thank you for your cooperation with this change that will enhance the productivity of our employees.
May is National Electrical Safety Month
From the Electrical Safety Foundation International
May 6, 2013
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to promote a healthy respect for electricity and increase awareness of electrical hazards.
Electricity is an increasing presence in our modern lives. As our reliance on electricity grows, so does the potential for electrical safety hazards. Electrical incidents and fires disrupt countless lives and result in the loss of billions of dollars in productivity and assets each year.
The most recent statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association indicates an annual average of almost 51,000 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction, claiming nearly 500 lives, injuring more than 1,400 people, and resulting in more than $1.3 billion in property damage. In addition, statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the United States each year.
The ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities will prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. Making a few easy changes to improve safety can also lead to increased energy efficiency and savings on utility bills.
Visit ESFI’s Virtual Home at http://virtualhome.esfi.org to learn more about home electrical safety.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.electrical-safety.org.
NRECA and NREA offer mini-grant program for rural teachers
May 6, 2012
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), in cooperation with the National Rural Education Association (NREA), is offering a mini-grant program for rural teachers. The program is sponsored and funded by NRECA. Every year ten grants of $500 each are offered for student-based projects dealing with the science of energy or electricity. This year’s grants must be expended during the 2013-2014 school year.
As stated on NREA’s web site, “Any rural K-12 classroom teacher whose school or community is served by a local Rural Electric Cooperative, or whose students’ homes are served by a local Rural Electric Cooperative, is eligible to apply for a mini-grant.” All entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2013.
Guidelines to apply for a mini-grant are listed below.
- An eligible project should feature an investigation of the science of energy or electricity.
- Project ideas could include a study of the local geology, the history of hydro-electric generation in the community, or alternative sources of energy for the next generation.
- The project should be limited only by the imagination of the students and by the available resources.
A copy of the mini-grant program’s description and grant proposal application is available here.
Mini-Grant Program and Application (Word document, 109 KB)
Mini-Grant Program and Application (PDF, 113 KB)
For more information, visit the Awards and Programs page on the NREA web site and scroll down to the Mini Grant Program section.
Please note that Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is not responsible for and is not offering this program. Do not send applications to Valley’s offices or drop them in Valley’s night deposit boxes. If you have any questions about the mini-grant program, please contact NREA at 765-494-0086.
Valley REC members elect two new directors, one incumbent at annual meeting
By Doug W. Roles
April 12, 2013
HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The 592 voting members in attendance at Valley Rural Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting Friday, April 12 at Huntingdon Area High School elected two new directors and one incumbent director to represent the utility’s nearly 22,000 consumers.
Chosen to serve on the co-op’s board of directors for a three-year term were: District 7 – Gregory M. Henry of Hustontown, Fulton County; District 8 – Linda J. McMath of Shade Gap, Huntingdon County; and District 9 – Cindy D. Bigelow of Williamsburg, Blair County.
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative President and CEO Wayne Miller (left) and Chairman of the Board James Stauffer (right) offer congratulations to elected directors (left to right) Greg Henry, Linda McMath, and Cindy Bigelow at the co-op’s annual meeting. Photo by Robert H. Wareham
Incumbent David Wright of Needmore, Fulton County, ran against Henry; and incumbent Earl E. Parsons of Blairs Mills, Huntingdon County, ran against McMath. Bigelow ran unopposed on the ballot.
Valley REC board Chairman James R. Stauffer of McVeytown, Mifflin County, presided over the meeting, which drew a crowd of about 1,000. He and Valley President and CEO Wayne F. Miller presented reports on how technological innovations are impacting the coop’s operating efficiencies and service reliability and the role members play as owners of the cooperative.
Other highlights of the meeting included entertainment provided by vocalist Joanne Stiffler, who presented “A Tribute to Patsy Cline.” Nearly 25 children attended the event. They enjoyed a big-screen viewing of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, refreshments, balloons, and a presentation by 2012 Huntingdon County Dairy Princess Samantha Bliss of Huntingdon.
(More details are available in the May 2013 issue of Penn Lines.)
Recruiting businesses for discount card program
August 1, 2012
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is currently recruiting local businesses to enroll in the Co-op Connections® Program. Along with other Touchstone Energy® cooperatives across the nation, Valley REC developed this discount card program to deliver more value to cooperative members and promote participating businesses. The program is available free-of-charge to both members and businesses.
Interested businesses do not need to be members of the cooperative, but they must agree to offer a discount or discounts of their choosing for a minimum of one year to all Co-op Connections cardholders. Cardholders will include all of Valley’s approximately 22,000 members as well as consumers served by other participating cooperatives. Co-op members will be encouraged to shop at participating businesses through promotions in Valley’s statewide magazine, Penn Lines, and in co-op newsletters, ads, bill inserts, website postings, and other materials.
If you have a business in any of the counties served by Valley REC and are interested in taking part in the program, download and print the participating business contract or contact Valley for a copy of the form. Complete and return the form to the cooperative. For more information, contact John Bookwalter, Jr., Special Projects Coordinator, at 814/643-2650 ext. 1630 or toll-free at 800/432-0680.
Participating Business Contract Form (PDF, 74 KB)
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned utility that serves homes, farms, and businesses in Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, and Mifflin counties in Pennsylvania. The cooperative has delivered electricity safely and reliably for more than 70 years.
Bill payment scam alert
By John Bookwalter, Jr.
July 11, 2012
While folks are seeking relief from high summer temperatures and higher electric bills, a nationwide scam is offering bogus help with those bills and stealing personal and financial information in the process. Contact is usually by phone; but it can also be via e-mails, social media, text messages, mailings, fliers, or door-to-door visits.
The fraudster claims that President Obama authorized the federal government to help pay the energy bills of consumers via a special federal program if they use a special bank routing number to pay their bills. The swindler might also ask for the consumer’s Social Security number and bank routing number. Instead of the consumer’s electric bill being paid, the scammers collect the money and use the consumer’s personal identifying information to commit further fraud and theft.
If you receive a call or other contact about the federal government paying your electric bill, protect your personal information. Do not give your credit card, banking, electric account, or social security information. If the person claims to represent Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, ask for the person’s name and then call our office at one of the numbers listed on this site or on your bill. You can then verify whether the person is one of our employees before supplying any information.
For more information about the scam, read the following articles.
September 22, 2009
Watch out for people posing as co-op personnel on the telephone.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recently reported that co-op consumers in various states have been receiving phone calls from fraudsters posing as co-op personnel and asking consumers to provide credit card or other financial account information and personally identifiable information over the phone. (Cooperatives have not been the only target; this is hitting utilities of all types.) There are at least two variations of this scam.
- The fraudster states that the consumer owes money on an account and will have service disconnected unless payment information is provided immediately.
- The caller claims the consumer can receive federal stimulus dollars to pay utility bills but must first provide personal information such as a Social Security Number and utility account number. (This scam appears aimed more specifically at seniors.)
All Valley Rural Electric Cooperative personnel remain vigilant in protecting member and consumer information and will follow current identity theft procedures.
If you receive a call from a person claiming to be a cooperative employee and asking for credit card, financial, account, or social security information, and you suspect fraud, do not give that information to the caller. Instead, ask for the caller’s name and then call our office at one of the numbers listed on this site or on your bill. You can then verify whether the call was from one of our employees before supplying any information.