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Pole school

Twenty-four line workers from seven electric
cooperatives and one telephone co-op took part in a Tennessee Valley Public Power
Association climbing lab in February. Held at the Farmers Rural Electric Cooperative
pole yard in Glasgow, the five-day course covered climbing techniques, cross-arm
installation, and pole-top rescue, among other topics. Participating co-ops in
addition to Farmers were Pennyrile Electric based in Hopkinsville, Nolin Rural
Electric in Elizabethtown, South Kentucky Rural Electric in Somerset, Salt River
Electric in Bardstown, Blue Grass Energy in Nicholasville, Owen Electric in Owenton,
and South Central Rural Telephone Co-op, Glasgow.

Fund raising for life

A band of modern-day hippies from Fayette
County is the sort of group you see at Relay For Life events-the signature event
for the American Cancer Society since 1985. Almost every county in Kentucky
has a Relay scheduled sometime during April through July. At a Relay For Life,
communities come together to grieve for those lost to cancer and to celebrate
the lives of those who have survived. Relays are 12 to 24 hours long and go
overnight. Teams come from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals,
churches, schools, and service organizations. They compete to see who can raise
the most money and have the most fun. During the event, each team has a representative
on the track at all times walking, running, or jogging in relay-style shifts.
Obviously, costumes and groups of friends add to the fun and help keep people
awake and moving through the wee hours. Money raised by the Relays supports
the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy, and patient-service
programs. To find out more about a Relay in your community, call the American
Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345 or visit their Web site at www.cancer.org.

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