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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.

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.

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.

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