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National Co-op Connections Day is October 14

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Co-op Connections® Card - National Co-op Connections Day - Save big on October 14, 2016 - #ImConnected

Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives and Valley Rural Electric Cooperative invite you to celebrate the first-ever National Co-op Connections Day on Oct. 14, 2016.

October is National Co-op Month

October is co-op month. Live cooperatively.October is National Co-op Month. This event recognizes the advantages of membership in a cooperative and the benefits cooperatives supply to their members and to their communities.

What does it mean to be a member of a cooperative?

It's a matter of principles, seven to be exact.

Local businesses, would you like some free advertising?

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is 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.

Valley REC awards 15 $1,000 scholarships to local students for 2016

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative recently awarded 15 $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year to high school seniors as well as students already enrolled in post-secondary institutions.

Chasing Pokémon? Stay away from substations!

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Valley REC reminds everybody, including those playing the Pokémon™ Go game, to stay away from substations and other high voltage equipment. Not only is it illegal for people (other than employees) to enter a substation or climb an electric pole (it’s trespassing), it is also extremely dangerous. People can suffer serious injury or even death from contacting high voltage lines or other equipment in substations or on electric poles.

Visit our booth at these 2016 local fairs

Valley REC members asked to dial direct when paying bills by phone

Valley Rural Electric has changed the way members pay their bills by phone. The co-op is asking consumers to call our IVR Secure Pay vendor directly at 866-999-4591. This toll-free, direct number is being provided to increase consumer security. Previously, members would select the "payment by phone" option from the co-op's phone menu or be transferred into the payment system after speaking to a receptionist. With this change, Valley's staff will no longer be able to transfer incoming phone calls to the phone payment system.

Possible Penn Lines rebate scam

Valley REC received a notice from the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) about a possible scam involving the Penn Lines magazine. Kathy Hackleman, senior editor/writer for Penn Lines, wrote,

Phone scam asking about meter readings and offering a rebate

A member notified Valley REC about receiving a possible scam telephone call June 24. The caller left a voice message claiming to be from an energy company. The caller asked about a meter reading and offered a rebate. The caller recited the member's address and asked the member to call back to verify the address.

When the member played the message, she did not call back. She suspected a scam and notified Valley REC. This was the proper thing to do.

Valley REC members elect three directors during annual meeting, learn about co-op’s commitment to reliable service

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The 497 voting members in attendance at Valley Rural Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting Friday, April 8 cast ballots to fill three seats on the nine-person board of directors that represents the utility’s more than 22,000 consumers.

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