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DECEMBER 2012 


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Want to share a story idea? Contact your co-op newsletter staff


Choctaw Electric service territory is filled with newsworthy people,


places and events. If you have story ideas, questions or comments to share with Inside Your Co-op, please contact the following staff members:


Jennifer Boling, 800-760-6486, ext. 207, or email jboling@choctawelectric.coop.


Jia Johnson, 800-760-6486, ext. 248, or email jjohnson@choctawelectric.coop.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY Tip of the Month


Help with winter heating costs LIHEAP accepting applications beginning Dec.11


this winter through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS.)


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The application period for assistance through OKDHS begins Tuesday, December 11. Applications will be accepted until allocated funding is spent. Applicants will need to provide identification, income verification, and their most recent heating bill.


“Many households, but not all, that are currently receiving public assistance


elp with home heating costs will be available for Oklahomans


through OKDHS may be automatically authorized for LIHEAP and will not need to make an application,” said Cari Crittenden, OKDHS LIHEAP coordinator. “These households will be notified in early November of their eligibility.”


Crittenden says applicants who may have moved recently, or households that are usually pre-approved but did not receive a notice this year should apply at their local OKDHS office.


Most households that receive other forms of public assistance, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly known as “food stamps”), Temporary


Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or state supplemental payments to the aged, blind or disabled will be mailed LIHEAP applications.


Eligibility for LIHEAP assistance is based on household income and assets. Low-income households not receiving other forms of public assistance may be eligible for home heating assistance.


NOTE: It is important that persons requesting LIHEAP assistance have their household’s most recent heating bill and income information available when applying.


A computer can draw as much electricity as a new refrigerator. Turn it off when not in use or switch on its energy-saving mode. Also, cell phone and mp3 player chargers, plasma TVs and entertainment centers pull power even when they’re off. Unplug these and other appliances to save on your electric bill. Find more ways to save at TogetherWeSave.com.


—TOUCHSTONE ENERGY COOPERATIVES


Convenient payment


locations Drop your payment by any of the


following authorized payment locations during regular office hours:


IDABEL • First Bank & Trust • McCurtain County National Bank • Choctaw Electric Cooperative • Idabel National Bank


ANTLERS • First Bank • Ameri State Bank • Choctaw Electric Cooperative


BROKEN BOW • First National Bank • First Bank & Trust • McCurtain County National Bank


Please save these important dates


December 18 and 20....Tinsel and Tots/Mother’s Day Out at CEC. Drop your children at Choctaw Electric Cooperative in Hugo (December 18) or Idabel (December 20) and use the free time to do your Christmas shopping! Kids spend their time making Christmas crafts with co-op staff members. Enrollment limited to fifteen so reserve your spot today. For more information, please call 800-780-6486, ext 248.


February 16.....3rd Annual Predator Hunt. The best team of hunters wins $1,000 cash in this CEC Relay for Life fund-raiser. Teams are invited to compete in the hunt for bobcats, coyotes, fox and crow. Entry fee is $60/team for crows; $100/team for bobcat, coyote and fox. Weigh in at the Antlers Fair Building. Watch your newsletter for more information.


CLAYTON • Shamrock Bank


HUGO • Choctaw Electric Cooperative • First Bank


HOCHATOWN • First Bank & Trust


VALLIANT • First State Bank • McCurtain County National Bank


WRIGHT CITY • First Bank & Trust


CEC


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