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National Lineman Appreciation Day - April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 is National Lineman Appreciation Day.  #ThankALineman (Four lineworkers busy at work)

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has set aside the second Monday of each April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. For 2017, April 10 will celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of line workers across the nation. These men and women often work in difficult and dangerous conditions to keep your lights on.

2017 annual meeting scheduled

7 p.m. Friday, April 7
Huntingdon Area High School
2400 Cassady Avenue
Huntingdon, PA

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative operates according to democratic principles. Unlike private power companies, cooperatives are owned by their consumers, who choose representatives to run their business.

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Valley REC members will have the opportunity to use their voices and vote when Valley Rural Electric holds its annual meeting. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Huntingdon Area High School.

Co-op partners with Energy Education Council's Safe Electricity program

The majority of electrical accidents can be prevented if people take the necessary steps to be safe. That is why Safe Electricity®, the Energy Education Council’s (EEC’s) award-winning program, works to increase awareness of these safety steps and enhance attitudes toward safety through a variety of attention-getting resources. EEC-Safe Electricity is pleased to welcome Valley Rural Electric Cooperative as its newest member and applauds the utility for its dedication to safety.

Scholarship applications now available for 2017

Applications for Valley REC's Brighter Future Scholarship Program are now available. The co-op will award up to 15 $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to eligible students who apply. Adults returning to school to pursue further education or retraining can also apply. Previous Brighter Future scholarship recipients are not eligible. Applications and all required information must be mailed to Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and postmarked by April 15, 2017.

2017 district nominating meetings scheduled

Valley REC’s service area is divided into nine districts. One member from each district is chosen to serve on the co-op's board of directors for a three-year term. This year, directors for districts 1, 3, and 5 are up for election.


District 1 Nominating Meeting

Mon., Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.
Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, 201 S. Walnut Street, Martinsburg

The current director for District 1 is Randall Huntsman.

Winter Holidays Closing Schedule (2016-2017)

Offices closing early December 22, 2016

All of our offices will close at noon on Thursday, December 22.

Offices closed December 26 and 27, 2016

All of our offices will be closed Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27.
They will re-open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, December 28.

Offices closed January 2, 2017

All of our offices will be closed Monday, January 2.
They will re-open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 3.

Touchstone Energy to retire Kids Energy Zone

CFL Charlie® and LED Lucy will say goodbye to their online home December 31, 2016. On that date Touchstone Energy® will discontinue its Kids Energy Zone website. Although still dedicated to helping children learn about energy efficiency, Touchstone Energy will focus its resources on other areas.

Co-op employees support 2016 Toys for Tots campaign

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Valley REC! Co-op employees again this year helped provide gifts for the local Toys for Tots campaign. Employee donations were brought to the corporate office and to the Huntingdon district office. Employees also sold baked goods to raise money for the effort. A big "thank you" to all who supported the toy drive.

Parents who would like for Santa to have a little help this year can contact Toys for Tots at 814/506-6229.

Don't let electric space heaters shock your energy budget

As cold weather chills your home or buildings, you might be considering electric space heaters to supplement your heating. This could result in an unexpected increase in your electric bill. For example, with an electric rate of 9.95 cents ($0.0995) per kWh, using a 1,500-watt space heater eight hours every day for a month would add about $36 to a monthly bill.

Co-op wins first place for Halloween float two years in a row

Halloween Parade 2016

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative won first place for its float in the Huntingdon Halloween Parade held Oct. 24, 2016 and sponsored by Huntingdon Regional Fire and Rescue. The theme for the float this year was Cinderella. Co-op employees and their families posed on the float or walked along its sides passing out candy to onlookers on Washington Street.

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