October’s pages were filled with inspiring stories for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a part of Ruralite Magazine’s ongoing series on rural health care, Lisa Jacoby took us on a journey to Alaska, where a mobile mammography unit travels to save lives in remote areas. In Oregon, Umatilla Electric encouraged their members to join the fight against breast cancer, sharing photos of staff raising awareness and details on how to help. For Douglas Electric and Midstate Electric in Oregon, Craig Reed profiles cancer survivors who want to inspire others to be vigilant by performing self-exams and getting regular mammograms. For more information on how to help, visit NationalBreastCancer.org.
October is also National Cooperative Month and several utilities highlighted what that means to their members. Scott Corwin, executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association, shares the importance of the cooperative story in the VoiceBox column. For PowerLines, Florida Currents editor Pam Blair celebrates the power of community and shares how public power is driven to make a difference. In Florida, Peace River Electric Cooperative shared the seven cooperative principles and how they guide a business model that puts members first.
National Cooperative Month carried over to the back pages, with several managers stressing the advantages of being community owned. In Washington, Columbia REA CEO Scott Peters shared what makes electric co-ops unique. Surprise Valley Electrification in California also stressed how locally governed co-ops care about their communities. Annie Terracciano, general manager of Northern Lights in Idaho, shared programs that allow members to help their community with their power bills. To celebrate National Co-Op Month, Copper Valley Electric in Alaska encouraged members to participate in their local clothing and blanket drive.
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