Season’s Greetings: A Look Back & A Look Ahead

Well folks, it’s been a great year sharing stories with you about our company. Next year, you can find me on our Dominion Virginia Power Facebook Page – I will be sharing new and exciting things about our service reliability, our volunteers efforts and tips on how to help you, the customer!

But, before we bring this year to a close, I wanted to take a look back and share with you some of my favorite stories from 2013:

Dear Electric Lineman: There wasn’t a dry face around when I shared this story. The kids were the sweetest!

Packaged, Sealed, Delivered: Remember this? I spent the day volunteering with colleagues in Northern Virginia for a really great cause.

Thank You For Being a Friend: We couldn’t close out 2013 without thanking all of our fans and followers for helping us become #1.

Why is My Power Out? We spent some time this year presenting you with the facts: about service reliability and power outages, that is.

Storm Trackers: We even made sure we shared a peek behind the curtain – sharing stories with you about different jobs at Dominion.

And one of my soon-to-be favorites coming in 2014: A Lineman’s Journal. Make sure you stay tuned for this story next March!

Tell me, what was your favorite blog story from 2013?

Happy Holidays to all! That’s all from me,

Dee

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Wreaths Across America

Wreaths2December 14th, 2013 was a very special day for many of us here at Dominion. Each year, Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization, coordinates the laying of thousands of Christmas wreaths on gravestones at the Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia.

Dominion began volunteering in 2010 and last year about 300 employees from across our Virginia service territory participated. It truly is an honor to pay tribute to veterans who sacrificed their lives to serve and protect our country.

This year, in addition to Arlington National Cemetery, we also laid wreaths at the Maryland National Cemetery and at the historic Oaklawn Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.

Dozens of employee volunteers assisted George Richards and Tracy Stewart in realizing their dream to restore Suffolk’s historic, Oaklawn Cemetery. So far, this grassroots movement has cleaned up 9 of 13 acres where many prominent African American civilians and veterans are buried. And this year, the cemetery was adorned with beautiful wreaths.

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I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a better way to kickoff the holiday season than to give back to the communities we serve every, single day.

That’s all from me,

Dee

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A Lineman’s Journal

Next year, we’re taking you behind the scenes to get a real, inside view of the work our lineworkers perform every day. The goal is to keep the power flowing to you and no matter what the environmental elements bring, we’ve still got to get the job done.

Dennis McDade, a serviceman who works in our Northern Virginia service territory.

Dennis McDade, a serviceman who works in our Northern Virginia service territory.

Meet Dennis. He’s one of the many lineworkers in our company – that means he’s responsible for repairing and restoring your power when the lights go out.

I’m inviting you to get an up close and personal view of the electrical world told through a lineman’s journal. You don’t want to miss this story!

Check out this sneak peek!

That’s all from me,

Dee

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Most wonderful time of the year

Christmas Parade 20111203 022I’m excited about the annual Christmas parade in Richmond, VA this Saturday! It’s a great way to kickoff the most wonderful time of the year. The floats are always amazing and so is the entertainment.

The parade kicks off promptly at 10 am. I hope you and the entire family can join us for some fun this weekend. As always, get there early so you’ll have a good view!

Can’t make it to the parade this year? You can watch it LIVE on WTVR-CBS6 on the day of the parade from 10:00 a.m. to noon, or see it on Christmas Day.

Follow the Dominion Christmas Parade on Facebook or check out the web site for more details!

Hope to see you there!

That’s all from me,

Dee

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Light up your holiday!

If your stomach is stuffed full of delicious turkey and stuffing like mine, it may be a good time to round up the family and check out one of the holiday light displays sponsored by Dominion.

This year, we’re sponsoring four holiday light displays across our service territory. Visit one nearby or visit them all!

GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter. What a winter wonderland!

GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter. What a winter wonderland!

Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. Open nightly from 5 – 10 pm. Visit November 29, 2013 – January 13, 2014.

Dominion Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, VA. Open nightly from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. Visit November 28, 2013 – December 31, 2013.

Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights in Vienna, Virginia. Open nightly from 5:30 -10:00 pm. Visit November 15, 2013 – January 6, 2014.

Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. Visit November 20,2013 – January 5, 2014.

Hope to see you there! That’s all from me,

Dee

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Home on the range . . . to volunteer

It was fun hanging with some of my colleagues who spent a day volunteering at Serenity Farm in southern Maryland.

The farm is part of Farming 4 Hunger, a non-profit group that works with the Capital Area Food Bank and the Maryland Food Bank to grow more than 1.5 million pounds of produce annually and serves families in need in the region.

Volunteers removed an old barn roof and cleaned out several greenhouses. The greenhouse will be used as an educational opportunity for students throughout the area to learn about agriculture, sustainability and nutrition.

“In the beginning, we thought we were just growing food for families who were struggling,” said Bernie Fowler Jr., the founder of Farming 4 Hunger. “But we are feeding people now in so many other ways.”

Farming 4 Hunger invites schools, churches, youth groups and sports teams to harvest, box and package the food it produces each year and help load trucks.

That’s all from me,

Dee

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Our Salute

Dominica_GI_11.5It’s a great time to recognize and honor the commitment and sacrifices our veterans have made, as well as the specialized skills they have earned. At Dominion, we support these men and women by honoring their military service efforts and valuing their professional commitment to the Dominion family.

In fact, our company was among the first utilities in the country to partner in the Troops to Energy Jobs program and spearhead the program’s development. With the help of this program, and dedicated recruitment and outreach efforts, we are able to attract veterans who are seeking employment. For the past two years, one in four new hires have been veterans.

Recently, we were named, for the fifth year in a row, one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

This month, we are highlighting military & veteran employees around the company – past and present. We salute each of them and thank them for their service. You can follow the highlights on our Dominion Careers Facebook Page  and watch this video to learn more about them.

That’s all from me,

Dee

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