Licking Valley Rural Electric Co-op, based in West Liberty, helped keep people safe with demonstrations at the Magoffin County 6th Community Day on August 15. In addition to the safety show for about 150 children, firefighters, and other interested adults, the Licking Valley co-op gave away 300 compact fluorescent light bulbs, fans, pencils, and energy saving information. The gathering of food, entertainment, and raffles raised nearly $75,000 for organizations like the Teen Coalition, Military Support Group, 4-H, Shriners, Boy Scouts, and the Rescue Squad. Parking problems were eased by a trolley car running throughout the day so visitors could park in town or at the Salyersville National Bank. In addition to planning and overseeing the event, host Salyersville National Bank makes a major contribution by matching money raised by the participating organizations through sales and raffles at the event.
Feeding the teachers
Owen Electric Cooperative, based in Owenton, kicked off the school year by serving at teacher appreciation breakfasts the day before school started in Falmouth and Owenton. Mike Cobb, senior vice president of customer service and marketing, Whitney Duvall, manager of communications and advertising, and Neva Fogle, customer service representative, served the Owen and Pendleton County teachers. Owen Electric Co-op also provided gift bags and decorated the tables.
For the second year, Grayson Rural Electric Co-op, based in Grayson, sponsored Kids in the Races at the Carter and Greenup County fairs. Some 30 children (and parents) come with their electric-charged, battery-operated cars, jeeps, and tractors, and race two at a time against each other. Families get balloons, treat bags that include safety information, and every child gets a trophy. A few days later, Grayson Rural Electric Co-op sends each entrant a photo of the driver taken at the race.