It’s hard to believe we are winding down another year and this combined November-December Cooperative Living issue will be the last one of 2023.
It has been an exciting year on many levels, but one of the highlights for me personally was to see the magazine exceed 600,000 issues and remain the top publication by circulation in Virginia and Maryland. I couldn’t be prouder of our folks who put so much into this magazine to ensure there is quality, family-friendly content that all our readers can enjoy. I want to take the time to thank them for all they do.
Our cover story combines the holiday season with the recognition of first responders. It is about volunteer firefighters from Southside Electric Cooperative-area fire departments who escort Santa Claus through neighborhoods to visit kids.
It’s a way to engage with the people in the communities they serve. It has become a beloved tradition that also makes for a very touching and interesting read.
We also have articles throughout this issue of the magazine that celebrate the holiday season and focus on cooperative members in all parts of our service territory.
We have articles about a Powell Valley-area chef who has moved to Nashville and is beginning to make a name for himself, Virginia Christmas tree farmers, a Delaware woman who has written a book about raising chickens in Delmarva, and, of course, our annual Holiday Guide.
I appreciate the opportunity to share this Viewpoint with you in each issue and pray everyone has a great holiday season along with a safe and healthy 2024.
Brian S. Mosier, President & CEO
Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives