December 2016

Turkeys trot in Bloomfield; Richland High School soars to Blue Ribbon

Turkey Trot

Wow! Thank you to all walkers, runners, band members, fans and volunteers for coming together on November 12 to make SEMO Electric Cooperative’s first 5k Turkey Trot a success. It was a brisk morning, but the sun was shining bright. We appreciate the City of Bloomfield to allow the park to be used as the turkey trot nest, the Bloomfield Police Department and Stoddard County’s Sheriff’s Office for traffic control and the Bell City Fire Department for racer support. The funds raised from the event go directly to Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's Veterans, for the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the cemetery, map your way to 17357 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, MO 63825. It will be worth your time.

Richland High School

Congratulations to Richland High School’s staff, students and parents for being named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The national award – given to only 329 schools nationwide this year – honors schools whose students achieve at high levels. The school located near Essex, Mo., is a SEMO Electric Co-op member-owner. Only eight public schools and three private schools in Missouri were honored as 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools. The U.S. Department of Education says the award affirms the hard work of students, educators and families in creating a safe and welcoming school where students master challenging content. Outstanding job!

Winter Safety

Heavy accumulations of ice and snow coupled with fluctuating winter temperatures can bring down utility poles, trees and limbs. This can disrupt power for days on end. With this, comes a threat to property and also to life itself. Today is a good day to locate your battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra blankets. Plus, you may want to stock bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener and a first aid kit for your safety. Let’s learn from 2009’s ice storm about the value of being prepared versus being surprised.

In a winter storm emergency, restoring power and heat – safely – to you is our highest priority. Even so, it can take days to repair the devastating damage of a winter storm. Please remember downed power lines could be submerged in snow and ice and difficult to identify. When outside, treat all downed and hanging lines as if they are energized electric lines: Stay away, warn others to stay away and immediately contact us. Remember that downed power lines do NOT have to be arcing, sparking or moving to be live and deadly.

Book of the Month

“Imagine what might come up if we shared our thankfulness at dinner every day and turned a holiday tradition into a way of life. If you find you take too much for granted, try to imagine what life would be without a major blessing, such as a spouse, a child or a job. Gratitude is good for you. Studies show grateful people are happier, healthier and better able to withstand hardship. Happier people make a difference.” Steve Gilliland – Making A Difference

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo, Vanslyke individualizes safety manuals for each member of Team SEMO. Reliable energy for you starts with the safety of the co-op’s employees.


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