News Maker Brian Wolfe on REC Scholarship deadline for applying

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has 17 scholarships available for students in high school or universities, colleges and or trade schools.

We spoke with Senior Public Relations Specialist for REC Brian Wolfe in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Brian explains how much the scholarships are worth.

He also tells us that the deadline for applying is tomorrow Tues. Jan. 25.

Brian tells us how the scholarships are awarded and how to apply.

To apply and find out more visit rec.coop/scholarships.

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REC accepting applications for several scholarships

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced in an email that they are accepting applications for several scholarships.

There are two scholarships for $2,500 and 15 scholarships for $1,000.

These scholarships are available to any high school student who will attend an accredited college, university or career and technical school.

The scholarships are also available to any student who currently is in any of those institutions.

One of the qualifications includes the applicant’s parent or guardian being a current member owner of REC.

Applications must be submitted by Tues. Jan. 25 and are available along with additional details at rec.coop.

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Agencies across Virginia prepare for possible snow

An email from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reminds member owners to prepare now ahead of the projected snow this weekend which looks to impact Jan.16 and 17.

SVEC suggest fully charging devices, prepare a home outage kit with flashlights, blankets, canned and packaged food and batteries.

For the ease of reporting an outage SVEC suggest you download the mysvec app on your phone.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative offers a storm preparation information page here.

The City of Winchester offered this page to prepare you for the possible Sun. storm in an email.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) offers advice for winter weather as well at their website here.

Tracking of the potential for the weather is available here from the National Weather Service.

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REC has restored 98% of the outages caused by the storm

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirms that the Cooperative has fully restored 98 percent of the outages caused by last week’s storm.

The amount of broken poles needing replacement has risen to almost 600.

More 1,200 field workers continue to work through the more than foot of heavy snow that downed thousands of trees in some locations.

The widespread damage to the power grid is expected to be completely fixed no later then Thurs. Jan. 13.

A restoration timeline and crew progress continues to be posted at myrec.coop.

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REC continues to make progress in the full restoration of power

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirmed that approximately 6,000 members are now left without power as of Sun. evening Jan. 9.

That is great strides in progress from the 98,000 total outages reported at the peak of last Mon.’s Jan. 3 storm.

REC crews, contractors and a mutual aid army from 10 different states are working tirelessly through the elements and expect full restoration in the coming days.

The army of employees have worked to replace 520 broken power poles, transformers and have strung new wire.

Replacement of poles alone can take hours at a time according to the email.

Then making necessary repairs to equipment to find more damaged equipment as they progress is time consuming.

REC’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins stresses that crews are making great strides each day in repairing the damage.

Hollins adds that members without power have not been forgotten and power is being restored as quickly as possible.

Pertinent information on restoration as well as warming stations for those in need is available at myrec.coop.

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REC continues restoring power

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power at thousands of members’ homes on Friday who lost power from Thursday’s snowstorm.

Roughly 21,000 locations remain without power.

REC estimates that the majority of those will be resolved by the end of the weekend.

REC has benefited from the help of hundreds of mutual aid crews from across the country to work alongside their field employees in continuing repairs.

Progress updates can be checked through their newly enhanced outage map located at myrec.coop or RECs social media pages.

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REC expands its workforce and readies for tonight’s 1/6 weather

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirms they are recovering from Mon.’s storm and prepared for tonight’s Jan. 6 chance of inclement weather.

REC has called in additional support in advance of the storm and to assist with past repairs.

The cooperative and their support have already restored more than 30,000 members who lost power in the previous storm.

REC has called in additional support with hundreds of mutual aid workers on their way.

Those on the way will join the over 1,000 employees who are already on the job for REC.

Needed information on preparing for the storm and or report past problems is at myrec.coop including warming shelters serving counties that are served by the cooperative.

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REC increases its workforce to restore power to its members

In an email from Marketing Director Casey Hollins of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) power restoration continues after storm Frida.

Newly discovered damage, downed trees, road conditions along with dozens of broken poles have hampered the repair efforts.

REC has recruited a workforce of over 1,000 crew members some coming from as far away as Missouri and Florida to expedite repairs.

As many as 100 more are expected to join the workforce as well.

REC expects full restoration by the end of this weekend if not before.

In all over 90,000 cooperative members were without power at the peak of the storm according to the email.

REC’s website myrec.coop provides an outage map, a restoration timeline and a place to report an outage should you have one.

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Power providers are working diligently to restore power

Emails from both Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) (listed alphabetically) show that all are working diligently to have full restoration of power as soon as possible.

The Jan. 3 storm Frida caused historic damage downing trees, breaking power lines and damaging equipment according to an REC email.

The overnight freezing temperatures and downed trees have added to hampering the efforts however.

All cooperatives are working together to restore full power as safely and as quickly as possible.

Reserves and resources have been called in to assist form as far away as Indiana and Florida in some cases.

Your power provider is offering an estimate of full restoration as well as outage reports at their individual websites.

If you are still experiencing an outage report it to your provider as soon as possible at their respective website.

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REC and SVEC respond to power outages across the region

Emails from both Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) (Listed Alphabetically) announced that they are responding to power outages across the region.

Both cooperatives and other providers are working together to restore power as quickly as possible.

If you have lost power it is recommended to unplug any devices that may have been on when power went off.

If you see a downed power line stay away and inform the cooperative immediately.

Call REC at (800) 552-3904 call SVEC at (800) 234-7832.

It is recommended to avoid any downed power lines and to stay at least 10 feet away.

If you are without power you are urged to call or use the provider’s website to report an outage.

REC ask that you use the outage tool at myrec.coop.

SVEC ask that you use their outage center at svec.coop.

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