SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 12 - december 2015

SMECO launches Patriot Connect

In November, SMECO launched its new Patriot Connect program to help veterans and active military personnel who may be having a difficult time transitioning back into the community.Read more

Make sure your contact information is up to date

SMECO uses the phone number it has on file for your account for a variety of services, so it’s important to make sure you provide up-to-date and accurate information for your account. Read more

Before you dig, call 811

Call Miss Utility by dialing 811 before you plant a tree or shrub, start a garden, or install a fence. SMECO will mark the location of underground power lines on your property.

Don't plant your trees near overhead power lines. Trees that will grow 20–50 feet tall should be planted at least 30 feet from overhead lines.

One call will save you a lot of time, trouble, and money. It could also save your life!

SMECO employees raise $41,000 for local shelters

SMECO employees held two fund-raising events in 2015 and donated $41,322 in proceeds to three local shelters in November. Safe Harbor in Calvert County; Lifestyles of Maryland, Martha’s Place Transitional Home, in Charles County; and Wrapping Arms 'Round Many (WARM) in St. Mary’s County each received $13,774. Read more

Save the date for the 2016 SMECO 75 Bike Ride

SMECO has set the date for the fifth annual SMECO 75 Bike Ride—June 4, 2016.

The bike ride features 29-, 47-, and 75-mile routes. Funds raised in 2016 will be contributed to Melwood’s "Operation: Tohidu." This program is a seven-day holistic retreat designed to help wounded veterans and active duty military overcome obstacles to their recovery and support their successful reintegration into their homes and communities. All monies raised will benefit military in Southern Maryland. Sponsors are the backbone of the Bike Ride’s success. For any local business interested in supporting the SMECO 75 bike ride and Operation: Tohidu, several sponsorship levels are available. Read more

Is there money waiting for you?

You may have unclaimed capital credits from checks mailed in 2012.

As a cooperative, SMECO is owned by its customer-members. Members finance their business by using SMECO’s services and allowing the Co-op to retain any money collected in excess of actual operating costs. The money is used to build and maintain the facilities needed to serve the Co-op’s members and to service our long-term debt. This money is capital furnished by the members—capital that is returned to the members at a later date as Capital Credits. Capital Credits are refunded at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Read more