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Thursday, November 13, 2008

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWEC) is offering members a chance to win one of three $100 Meijer gift cards in its annual Holiday Light Contest.

Here’s how it works: set up your outdoor light display, take a picture of it (digital cameras work best) and forward it to HWEC -- along with your name, address, phone -- by Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 9 am:

Via e-mail: (jpg’s preferred, must be smaller than 1.4 MB)
Via mail: Holiday Light Contest; HWEC, P.O. Box 190, North Baltimore, OH 45872-0190

All entries, as well as your home address, will be displayed at so others can take a drive and enjoy your exterior lights in person if they wish. You can only win in one category, so let HWEC know in which category you’d like to compete. Plus, HWEC will award $100 Meijer gift certificates as prizes for one winner in each category:

1. Most overall lighting/brightest
2. Best “reason for the season” display
3. Most unique and distinctive

If HWEC’s employee-judges have difficulty determining a winner from the pictures, they will visit homes the week of Mon., Dec. 15-Wed., Dec. 17, 2008, so contestants should have their lights turned on during that week (during morning darkness, as well as night) just in case. Winners will be contacted sometime on/before Mon., Dec. 22, 2008. (If your entry is not received on time it cannot be entered in the contest.)

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