Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Increased use of candles, fireplaces and electrical decorations set the stage for an elevated risk of house fires during this holiday seasons. In many cases, heat sources near Christmas trees are the biggest culprit.

In the United States, a quarter of the reported Christmas tree fires are sparked by some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, placed too close to the tree, according to The National Fire Protection Association.

Co-op donations bring holiday cheer to local families

Roanoke Electric Co-op employees joined forces recently to make the holiday season a lot brighter for three underprivileged families.

Working  in collaboration with Northampton County’s  Department of Social Services, the co-op donated more than $600 in gifts to the local families with children ranging from ages 3 to 17.

“As we prepare to enter another year as a co-op, our commitment to community is something that remains the same no matter the season,” said Kirby Jordan, vice-president of member services, marketing and public relations for the co-op.

Documentary premier highlights achievements of sustainable forestry program

“Can we plant some more?”

Those are the scene-stealing words spoken by the four-year-old grandson of South Carolina’s Mary Hill in the closing moments of “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell.” Hill is among three African-American landowners featured in the program that shows her grandchildren planting young pine trees on the 100-plus acres of land her family has owned since the 1860s.

Roanoke Electric Co-op announces new discount rate option for electric vehicles

Roanoke Electric Cooperative has announced a new pilot program that will offer member owners a reduced rate for charging their electric vehicles.  The discounted “subscription rate,” approved recently by the co-op’s board of directors, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. 

The co-op is encouraging member-owners who own an electric vehicle or who are interested in purchasing one to participate in its EV Pilot Program. 

Co-op awards local schools nearly $8,000 in Bright Ideas grants

As part of its Bright Ideas program, Roanoke Electric Co-op has awarded $7,892 in grant funding to six local teachers in support of innovative classroom learning projects for their students.

The teachers were selected based on a competitive evaluation process. This year’s winning projects underscore the co-op’s commitment to educational opportunities emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, referred to as “STEM.”

Community declared winner in co-op’s food drive contest

Employees of Roanoke Electric Co-op  kicked off this season of giving with a friendly competition between their respective departments.  The challenge: To see which one could contribute the most goods, as part of a food drive.

Who won?  At the end of the challenge last week, they all relished in the sweet taste of victory. The competition served to bring employees together as one for a greater cause, with one winner ultimately in mind: the community they serve.