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SRNS employees reach safety milestone

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees ushered in the new year on Jan. 2 by surpassing the company’s 20 millionth safe-work hour without a single injury resulting in a lost day of work. This marks the second time SRNS has passed the 20 million safe-work-hour mark since becoming the Savannah River Site’s Management and Operations contractor in 2008. The company record stands at 24.8 Million. This milestone accounts for more than 680 days without a lost-time injury for the 5,680-person workforce. SRNS employees are responsible for the environmental management of the 310-square mile site, providing the nation’s supply of Tritium, securing and operating large chemical manufacturing plants and transforming nuclear materials into assets and stable waste forms.

Dominion Energy expands Plant It!

RICHMOND, Va. -- Project Plant It! – the free environmental education program created by Dominion Energy in 2007 to teach kids about the important role of trees in the ecosystem – has been expanded to 18 states, including the Carolinas. Online enrollment for the program is now being offered in regions of North and South Carolina previously served by SCANA gas and electric companies. Dominion Energy and SCANA merged in early January.

Arbor Day 2019 will mark the 13th year for Project Plant It! and we are so pleased to extend this popular environmental program in communities that are now part of the Dominion Energy family," said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. "So far, thousands of children have been able to learn about and celebrate trees by planting seedlings received from Project Plant It!."

This year, Project Plant It! will ship 75,000 tree seedlings free-of-charge to participants in time for Arbor Day plantings on April 26. The program is open to groups serving children and teens of all ages and grade levels. Schools, scout troops, civic and church groups, environment clubs and other entities that work with youth are eligible to request tree seedlings at http://www.projectplantit.com/. The deadline to register is Feb. 15, 2019, or while supplies last.

The 2019 program includes several improved features to engage adults and youth in learning about the science and environmental benefits of trees:

  • A newly refreshed website, at http://www.projectplantit.com/, offers an easy sign-up procedure for tree seedlings and highlights the educator resources and lesson plans that can be downloaded for free.
  • Three new educational games are featured on the website for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. These games are perfect for rainy day fun when kids can't play outside.

SAFE gives $1.2M to members

SUMTER – Members of SAFE Federal Credit Union received annual bonus dividends and interest rebates on Dec. 31 totaling more than $1.2 million, based on their account usage.

The payments were based on members’ account usage. Deposit accounts, including certificates, received a 10 percent bonus based on dividends received in 2018. Loan accounts (except credit cards) received a three percent rebate based on total interest paid in 2018.

SAFE has paid more than $31 million in bonus dividends and interest rebates to its members over the last 22 years.

SAFE Federal Credit Union, founded in 1955, is the largest credit union based in the Midlands, with over $1 billion in total assets, 125,000 members, and 17 branches. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Sumter, Lee, Kershaw, Clarendon, and Florence counties, as well as parts of Richland, and Lexington counties.

Mall plans Color for Cause

Prince of Orange Mall announced the launch of Color for a Cause, an event that raises funds and awareness in support of local organizations. The event will be held at the mall on Tuesday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. Organizations can visit wecolorforacause.com to register to participate in this year’s event.

Participating organizations are provided a 6-foot mural and coloring supplies. Everyone has two hours to color their mural and shop on behalf of a cause. Patrons can shop anywhere in the mall and show their receipt in center court to earn a point for a participating cause. The mall donates $1 for each point earned and a $250 prize donation is awarded to the organization with the most points and the winning mural design as determined by local guest judges.

Color for a Cause is held at the Prince of Orange Mall at no cost to participating organizations. Registration is currently open and local organizations looking to sign up or learn more can visit wecolorforacause.com or email mallevents@hullpg.com. The registration deadline for participating organizations is Jan. 30.

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