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Lineman License Plate

Virginia’s electric cooperatives are leading an effort to establish a state license plate honoring electric linemen, the people who keep your lights on.

To make the this plate available to the general public, at least 450 plate-holders in Virginia must commit to buying it. The design, shown here, features a lineman climbing a pole against a backdrop of rugged mountains and pines. At the bottom of the plate is the slogan, “Keeping the Lights On.”

The plate is officially titled “Honoring Powerline Workers.”  Before the license plate can be produced, there need to be 450 pre-paid applications ($25 for the plate, $35 for the plate, personalized) and approval by the state government. Delegate Terry Austin will sponsor legislation to authorize the license plate in the Virginia General Assembly.

In addition to honoring electric linemen, this project will generate funds for the Education Scholarship Fund of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, which is coordinating the effort. This foundation awards scholarships to students from the 15 member cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware to attend college and trade school, including the Power Line Worker Training School in partnership with Southside Community College.  Over $500,000 in scholarships has been contributed to Virginia youth through the foundation.

To pre-order your plate honoring powerline workers, download the application here: Honoring Powerline Workers State License Plate Application.

Please print and fill out the application form. Then mail form and check or money order to:

Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives
ATTENTION: Dathie Washington
4201 Dominion Boulevard
Glen Allen, VA 23060

Check or money order should be in the amount of $25 for the plate, or $35 for the plate, personalized.

If you have questions, need additional information or would like to receive an application form via mail, contact Dathie Washington at [email protected] or 804-968-4091.

 

A Trip To The Zoo!

Cooperative Living magazine’s 18th annual Youth Art Contest is now underway and all youthful artists are invited to show us your best work!

The theme for this year’s Youth Art Contest is “A Trip to the Zoo.” Artwork entries should reflect the young artist’s conception of that theme.

The contest is open to all children in kindergarten through fifth grade. There are three winners in each grade category — first, second and third place. All winning entries will be published in the July issue of Cooperative Living.

First-place winners in each category will receive a $25 gift card. The entry judged best in show from all categories will receive a $100 gift card and will be featured on the cover of the July issue.

Deadline for entries is May 4. For entry rules and guidelines, click here: www.co-opliving.com/contests/youth-art/
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Electric co-ops in Virginia made their presence known Jan. 9 at the annual Virginia Agribusiness Council Legislative Appreciation Banquet, traditionally one of the most important events held in conjunction with the yearly kickoff of the General Assembly.

More than 100 electric co-op leaders packed 21 tables as the single largest segment among nearly 1,000 attendees, including representatives from government and the private sector who highlighted the importance of agribusiness to the Virginia economy.

The evening included a reception with samples of Virginia’s Finest products from peanuts to to oysters to sweets to wine, and a buffet-style dinner featuring Virginia products.

Banquet sponsors included Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative NOVEC Northern Neck Electric Cooperative Prince George Electric Cooperative A&N Electric Cooperative Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Virginia's Electric Cooperatives

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Susan Gay sent us an email about the Virginia Legislative Guide that was included in her January issue of Cooperative Living magazine. She wrote, "I want to communicate how much we appreciate and enjoy the Cooperative Living magazine each month. We particularly appreciate the January issue with the informative Virginia Legislative Guide. A recent poll indicated that the vast majority of Americans were unable to list the three branches of government, so this is most helpful! Love your recipes too. We are proud to be cooperative members."

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