4H Members headed to Louisiana
Six young ladies, Hannah McDonald,
Bridget Murray, Morgan Strickler, Anna Shortt, Rachael
Getts and Deanna Madagan will be traveling to the
Southern Regional 4-H Championship Horse Show in West
Monroe, Louisiana this summer to represent Frederick
County and the great state of VA. They are all members
of the Golden Horseshoe 4-H Club here in Frederick
These girls will be
participating in various competitions and have spent
many hours riding and training their horses for this
wonderful opportunity to showcase their 4-H Projects.
Three of the riders,
Hannah McDonald, Anna Shortt and Rachael Getts competed
in the Horse Bowl this year and are the new state
to say the 4-H club is very busy trying to raise the
funds to get these girls and their horses there. They
are holding various fundraisers to raise the $8000.00
needed to make the trip. One coming up is a Basket Bingo
Friday May 31st at Gainesboro Fire Hall.Please contact
Leader Rose McDonald for tickets or anyone of these six
girls or if you want to help these girls complete a 4-H
dream. Also one will be at Ledos Pizza Monday night May
20th 5:30 to 7:30pm Stop by and get your dinner, part of
the proceeds will go towards the girls.
We are very excited for
these 4-H members and very proud of their
accomplishments. Ladies, we wish you all the best in
Louisiana and look forward to hearing about your trip
when you return.
ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE WARNS OF GREEN DOT PAYMENT SCAM –
AND “SPOOFING” OF SVEC PHONE NUMBER
MT. CRAWFORD – A
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) member
recently lost a substantial amount of money as a result
of several calls from a Green Dot Visa card scammer.
Apparently, in this instance, the scammer was
able to manipulate their phone number so that it
appeared the call originated from a legitimate SVEC
The Cooperative wants to make its members aware
of this form of fraud, called “spoofing,” which has
added another dimension to the scam.
The scammer called the
member, with a “spoofed” SVEC phone number, stating that
they were an employee of the Cooperative, and that the
member needed to pay the delinquent amount owed on their
SVEC account immediately by purchasing a Green Dot Visa
“First and foremost, we
want our members to know that no representative of the
Cooperative will ever mention a specific credit card or
payment method, and our employees will only communicate
about potential termination of electric service with
members through a mailed notification, not through a
phone call asking the member to pay for their service by
credit card,” SVEC President & CEO Myron Rummel said.
“Unfortunately, a member of Shenandoah Valley
Electric Cooperative has fallen victim to this crime.
The local authorities have been notified and will
follow up as necessary.
We want our members to be aware that
correspondence of this nature will not be generated by
Rummel suggested that
if members have any questions about their account, they
can call their local office for more information.
“Furthermore, if one of our members does receive
a call like this, we suggest that you contact our office
to verify your account status and contact law
enforcement immediately,” he said.
In Augusta County, the
941-0011 Ntelos, 515-0011 Shentel, and 213-0022 Verizon;
in Frederick County, 450-0111; in Highland County,
468-0011; in Page County, 743-1100; in Rockingham
County, 434-2200; in Shenandoah County, 477-1077, in
Warren County, 635-1110; and in the city of Winchester,
discussions and worksessions are now underway for FY14
(July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014). What are your thoughts or
concerns? Contact me with any ideas or strategies you
think are importatnt.
What is that boom?
Would you believe the electrical power lines?
The Mt. Storm-Doubs 500kV
Rebuild Project. Beginning later this month,
crews will be working intermittently in Frederick County
until May 2013, pulling cable between the structures in
After the cables are pulled into
place, they will then be “spliced” (joined together)
using a safe, reliable, and highly efficient technique
called implosive splicing. This technique utilizes a
sleeve containing a small, engineered implosive charge
that is wrapped around another specifically-designed
metallic sleeve. Upon detonation, the charge creates an
implosive compression, seamlessly joining the two
conductor (wire) ends. The split-second detonation
creates a loud "boom" that may be heard in the vicinity
of the work. To view a video of this technique, visit
our website www.Dom.com, keyword “MSD” and look under
Dominion and our contractors
will contact property owners in the immediate vicinity
of implosive splicing work and contact local law
enforcement and 911 call centers prior to causing these
noise disturbances. Please also check our website for
Thank you for your patience as we
continue this work to enhance safe and reliable electric
service in the region. Please maintain your distance
from construction sites and transmission easements for
your protection and to allow our crews to work safely.
If you would like to contact Dominion Virginia Power
regarding this project, please send an e-mail to us
anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-888-291-0190
from 7 AM to 5 PM, Monday – Friday.
FARM FAMILIES will
always need FARMLAND!
Virginia we lose over 100,000 acres of farmland
annually, and another 17,000 acres of forestland.
This tidbit of information caught my attention when I
attended a very enlightening presentation on June 18 at
the Farm Credit building on Valley Ave. A Land
Conservation Education event was hosted by the Frederick
and Shenandoah Conservation Easement Authorities,
featuring speakers from the
Conservation Partners, LLC. The focus of the event
was to raise awareness of the options available for
protecting land for future generations.
If you would
like to find our more about preserving your farm or land
and its associated benefits there are several agencies
that can help provide the answers to your questions.
Although we do not endorse any one agency or company a
good place to start your quest for information is on the
website of the company listed above. Click on the name
to be taken to their website.
If every household in the Northern Shenandoah Valley
spent just $10 a week on local foods, the area's economy
would benefit by more than $171 million per year. That was the finding of a recent study by the
Virginia Cooperative Extension.
So remember the next time you
shop for food, your money can go to a huge corporation
someplace or it can go to local farmers and stay here in
The County Finance Department has posted
Financial forms that gives some very good detail on our
fiscal standing and other interesting news. You can find
Agriculture and forestry
are Virginia’s first and largest industry, but Virginia’s farms and
your food could become threatened if we don’t all take steps to
preserve them. Find out how you can become a member of Virginia Farm
Bureau to put your support behind the farms that produce your