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Lakeview Electric earns national award for longevity

Lakeview Electric, the village’s hometown electric utility, received the Century Award from the American Public Power Association at its 100-year anniversary. Established in 1987, the Century Award is given each year to public power utilities that have served their consumers and community continuously for 100 years.

"We're delighted to receive this prestigious honor," said Lakeview Mayor Ryan Shoffstall (pictured left with council members). "For a century Lakeview Electric has provided dependable electricity and service at a reasonable price and we look forward to serving the people of the Lakeview community for the next 100 years."

Lakeview Electric was established in August of 1912. In 2005-2007, Lakeview Electric upgraded the electric distribution system and increased the voltage of the system.

"Public power systems like Lakeview are an expression of the American ideal of local people working together to meet their community's needs," said Mark Crisson, president & CEO, APPA. "Like schools, parks, police, and fire protection, they are governed locally and operated to provide an essential public service."

Today, 46 million Americans receive electricity from more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-and state-owned electric utilities. As of 2010, one out of every three public power systems has celebrated a centennial.

APPA is the Washington, D.C.-based service organization representing the nation's more than 2,000 community and state-owned public power systems. Since 1940, it has provided services to ensure reliable electricity at a reasonable price, promoted proper protection of the environment, and advanced the public policy interests of its members and their consumers.

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