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Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and dates are subject to change.


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New Year’s Day Choctaw Electric closed for the holiday. To report an outage, please call 800-780-6486.


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Eagle Watch, Beaver’s Bend & Hochatown State Park Broken Bow, 580-494-6300


First Day Hike, 11 am Heritage Tree Trail Beaver’s Bend State Park 580-494-6300


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Eagle Watch, Beaver’s Bend & Hochatown State Park Broken Bow, 580-494-6300


Spring Livestock Show & Sale McCurtain Co. Fairgrounds 580-286-3305


Bass Fishing Tournament Broken Bow, 580-584-3393


Spring Wood Art Exhibit Forest Heritage Center Broken Bow, 580-494-6497


Early Bird Bluegrass Festival Choctaw Co. Fairgrounds, Hugo, 580-326-7511


Birthday Greetings to CEC Employees


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Johnathan Adams Elliott Fenley


Shonda Hendon


Richard Standridge Mike Knox Jake Phillips


Jennifer Boling


Youth Tour Contest Kicks Off CEC will select three teens for adventure in Washington D.C.


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hoctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) wants to send three outstanding teens to Washington D.C. on the Rural Electric Youth Tour.


Youth Tour will be held June 13-19, 2014. The trip includes stops at countless historic sites, monuments and museums, plus visits to fun, cultural hot spots such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Pentagon Mall, Ford’s Theater and more.


CEC Youth Tour Coordinator Tonia Allred said that teens will remember for the rest of their lives. “The friends they make and the places they visit make a lasting impression on these kids,” she said. “They see where decisions are made that affect our country, meet with their congressional representatives, and get a feel for how our government works.”


CEC Youth Tour winners travel with over 60 teens from around the state, touring the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums and other famous sites. The trip kicks off with a “get acquainted” banquet in Oklahoma City. ”They start out as strangers but by the end of the week, these


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kids have made lifelong friends,” she said. “It’s not unusual to see a few of them shedding tears when the trip is over.”


CEC will select the three winners based on a writing assignment. “We want our students to understand the importance of participating in the political process, and to realize that solutions don’t happen unless they get involved.”


To enter, students are asked to write a letter to the elected official of their choice. The letter should describe a problem or issue they would like resolved, explain the problem and its effects, and provide at least one possible solution that would require action by the elected official.


Students who enter the contest must be juniors attending high school or home school in CEC service territory.


Interested teens are encouraged to contact their high school counselor for contest details and entry forms. Information is also available online at www.choctawelectric.coop, or contact Tonia Allred at 800-780-6486, ext. 217.


2013 Youth Tour winners pose for a photo near the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. The building is one of many stops on 2014 Youth Tour, which will take place on June 13-19.


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