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As the Revolutionary War ended, America settled down to a peace- ful rest for nearly one hundred years with our new-found freedom. But America was quickly approaching yet another challenge of our freedom; the freedom issue of slavery. Even though America claimed to be a free country, African Americans were still bound in the chains of slavery. By the early 1860s, our nation’s different views caused a great unrest, splitting the nation into two parts, opening the door for the Civil War to begin. As the southern Rebel flag raised along side the great American flag, morale dropped greatly in the citizens, especially in the South. Although the South quickly arose as a major threat, those fighting for the freedom of slaves never gave up. Under the command of the honest Abraham Lincoln, fighting for the Amercan flag, African Americans won their right to freedom from slavery. America rose once again, lowering the rebellious flag of the South. Americans once again looked to the flag as a symbol of free- dom; not only for whites, but this time for all races. The great wars for America’s freedom finally began to come to an end; but even in present day America, people are sacrificing their time and lives to keep our freedom strong. For example, about 100 years after gaining their freedom, African Americans fought the battle of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, using their freedom of speech to openly show their disapproval of segregation. Our modern day freedoms still are being fought for every single day. Men and women fighting for

Each year at this time, the rules governing nonpayment disconnects change to the “winter regulations.” The changes are in effect until April 15 of the following year.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has established specific rules governing how CVEC and other utilities deal with discontinuance of service in summer and winter. Of course no one likes to have their electricity disconnected, especially during foul weather, but CVEC has to follow OCC rules on nonpayment disconnects. Since the coopera- tive disconnects only as a last resort, if payment of your electric bill becomes a problem, please contact us. We want to work with you to find a positive solution. The following is a brief overview of the OCC rules as they affect CVEC members. CVEC bills are mailed on the 5th, 15th and 25th of each month. Each member has 20 days from the date of the bill is mailed to make payment. If a member is unable to make a full payment, it is important that he or she contact the customer service department to make payment arrangements. Your bill statement will serve as a “disconnect notice” if you have a past due balance. Approximately five days before the due date of the disconnect reminder, a 48-hour notice is mailed. If by the 48-hour due date no payment is received or arrangements made, the account will be disconnected without further notice.

The following payment arrangement options are available if paying your electric bill becomes a problem. 1) Deferred Payment Plan: The plan is calculated within the OCC regulations. 2) Life Threatening Plan: This plan is limited to the members who are or have family members residing in the home who rely on life-sav-


BEGINNING BALANCE 8/31/12.........$171,561.48 Deposits ......................................................... 8,038.37

Interest Income ................................................ 66.25 Checks Issued ...............................................-3,400.17 Approved, not yet paid ............................. -8,945.87 BALANCE 9/30/12.............................. $167,320.06

our country are still being forced away from their families and every- day life. Missing out on family, friends and precious memories are only a few of the hardships that military families have to deal with. My parents both served in the Navy; my father for eight years, and my mother for 22. Being the son of two naval parents is hard; but luckily I had a lot of family to help out when I was younger. My father finally resigned after eight years of service once I was born. My mother con- tinued to serve in the Navy through my childhood, up until my early teens. It was difficult when I was younger since my father worked days; I stayed with my grandparents while my mother was gone. But as I grew older, I began to realize what freedom was and how my mother was working hard fighting for the reputation our country and our flag holds. I am proud of the background I came from. It has al- lowed me a better understanding of what meaning our flag holds. America has gone through great struggles as a country; dealing with obstacles such as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, even the Civil Rights movements. But no matter what has happened our flag still has proudly waved as a reminder of what we’re fighting for every day, our freedom.

In conclusion, to me the flag is a symbol of the freedom we have gained through the perseverance of our citizens. Like John F. Ken- nedy previously stated, “ ... And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

CVEC winter rules begin November 15

ing equipment such as oxygen equipment. These members must pro- vide appropriate documentation for verification that such circumstances exist within the residence. CVEC personnel will be required to make a visual inspection of the equipment. (3) Public Service Agencies: A list of public service agencies is available for eligible members. The Department of Human Services (DHS) can provide assistance to eligible persons. A list of the various county DHS offices can be rovided by the cooperative. The American Indian tribes and other agencies also have programs to assist members. If a payment is not received and no contact has been made with our

office, the cooperative will make a visit to collect the amount due or disconnect. For each trip required to collect back payment, a $25 ser- vice fee will be charged. If the service is actually disconnected, a $25 reconnect fee and deposit, if needed, will be applied. The reconnect must be requested Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calls for service to be reconnected after working hours will be charged $50, plus the $25 for any previous collection visits made for notification or cutoff of the service. Members wishing to pay by check at the time of the disconnect, who have a history of dishon- ored checks, can expect CVEC to contact the member's bank to verify sufficient funds before reconnecting the service.

Once disconnect is made the member will be required to pay all fees and charges before service is reconnected. A member seeking additional information can contact CVEC’s customer service depart- ment at 382-3680, 273-4680, toll free (877) 382-3680 or (918) 689- 3232. The OCC’s complaint, investigation and mediation department also may provide assistance at 521-2331 or 1 (800) 522-8154.

CVEC offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanks- giving. The office will reopen for normal business hours Friday, November 23.

The hidden account number hidden in The ElectraLite is worth $25. Remember the contest rules as you search. 1. The account number must be your own and found within the contents of the paper. 2. Your number must be reported by the 15th of each month.

3. You must report to our office by phone, mail or in person.



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