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The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative has announced that its members now have access to discounts at nearly 250 businesses through its Co-op Connections card program. The program, which is a free benefit offered to all members, can save people money on meals, tires, lodging, plumbing, entertainment and heating and cooling. To find the most current listing of participating local businesses, visit myrec.coop and browse the website.

The Old Town holiday tree was donated by owner Jay Gregg and installed in Downtown Winchester on Tuesday. Gregg and his wife, Lorraine, first planted the tree in 1987 next to their house. He donated it this year in memory of his wife, who died in 2007. The city will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony on the Loudoun Street Mall immediately following the Old Town Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

John Coffman has been named as the Collections Officer at Capon Valley Bank in Wardensville, W.Va. Coffman, formerly with Virginia Savings Bank, resides in Edinburg with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of Central High School.

Deb Saine, MS, FASHP, FSMSO, has been honored by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices with a Cheers Award, recognizing her leadership as a patient safety expert. The Cheers Award is presented annually to a handful of individuals, organizations and companies that have set a high standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. Saine has served as the medication safety manager at Winchester Medical Center since 2006, was active in national efforts to improve medication safety and co-authored the 2013 Medication Safety Officer's handbook, now used internationally. She recently became the senior lean management engineer for Valley Health's managed physician practices.

Attorney Marilyn Ann Solomon of The Solomon Law Group participated in the George Mason Law School's Upper Class Moot Court Competition earlier this month. Solomon volunteered as a judge on one of the panels. The winning team goes on to compete in the statewide competition.

The USDA's Farm Service Agency is reminding farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to plan accordingly in fiscal year 2014 for automatic spending reductions known as sequestration. For mandatory programs, the sequestration rate for fiscal year 2014 is 7.2 percent.

Oasis Brands and Mercury Paper of Strasburg donated more than 50,000 tissue and towel products to the Congregational Community Action Project on Friday, according to a news release.

"Last year, the USDA reported that more than 46 million people in the US participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), most commonly known as "food stamps". However, basic hygienic needs such as toilet paper and paper towels are not covered by the program. And the need for paper products right here in the Shenandoah Valley - our own backyard - is astounding," the release notes.

"Local organizations can spend up to thousands of dollars each year in an effort to provide enough paper products to families in need, but they still lack enough supply to meet demand. Oasis Brands and Mercury Paper hope to put a dent in that with a donation to the C-CAP of over 40,000 rolls of bath tissue and towels, and 10,000 pocket packs of facial tissue, the equivalent to providing 900 families of four with enough product to last them through the holiday season."

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