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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.

 

Congratulations to Elnora Tompkins who received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) during its 75th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg last month.

A longtime teacher and guidance counselor at A.T. Johnson School in Montross, Mrs. Tompkins served for 32 years on the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative board of directors, including 26 years as secretary-treasurer.

In addition to her co-op service, Mrs. Tompkins, a graduate of Virginia State University, has chaired the board of directors of Rappahannock Community College and the VMDAEC's Communications and Public Relations Committee. She also served on the @wESTWestmoreland County Public Schools Board and her local American Cancer Society chapter, among other civic contributions.

Several of Mrs. Tompkins’ relatives, colleagues and former students (including Delegate Margaret Bevans Ransone) are in this video that was shown during the award ceremony.
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In the August issue of Cooperative Living, we feature the community of Scottsville in our Crossroads section. We highlight Baines Books & Coffee, a place the Scottsville community comes to not only read books and drink coffee but where groups come to meet and talk and hang out or bring their laptop to work.

There are places like Baines Books & Coffee in a lot of our communities across Virginia. Let us know if you have a spot like this that you like to go in the comments below.

#community #coffee #books #meeting #work #smalltown #crossroads #cooperativeliving #scottsville

Baines Books and Coffee Central Virginia Electric Cooperative
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The football season is ramping back up with preseason games already going on. We thought it would be the perfect time to revisit the Commonwealth Kitchen and showcase our tailgating treats column from October 2018.

Our Cooperative Living chef Kara created this video to show us how to make Baked Potato Salad.

For more recipes go to co-opliving.com/food/recipes/ or co-opliving.com/food/commonwealth-kitchen/. You can also submit your favorite recipe and maybe we will include it in an upcoming issue!
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Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
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