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Washington Electric seeking candidates for board election. Feb. 1 is the deadline to file. Washington Electric is owned by its members, who elect trustees to set financial goals and other policies for the organization. Once elected, trustees serve three-year terms. There are three open seats in the 2019 election.

Qualified candidates must be permanent residential members of the cooperative, be at least 18 years of age, and must not have had a felony conviction of record upon a criminal background check. Candidates also must not have filed for bankruptcy in the past 10 years, be fluent in speaking and writing the English language and not be a close relative of a current employee or trustee. Members who have been 60 days in arrears on any payment or obligation in the past three years are not eligible to run. In addition, candidates must not be in any way employed by or financially in control of an enterprise that is in direct business competition with the cooperative or that supplies goods or materials to or performs services for the cooperative.

Those who wish to be nominated should contact the cooperative at 740-373-2141.

A free community meal (ham) will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Tunnel United Methodist Church in celebration of Christmas. The meal will be served in the festively decorated multi-purpose building. Those at the meal are invited to sing carols, and Santa will be there with a gift for each guest. The public is invited. Tunnel UMC is located at Ohio 550 and Coffman Road. Handicapped parking is available in the upper parking lot by the church entrance. For delivery within a 5-mile radius, please leave a message at 740-374-5634.

The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Belpre Heights United Methodist Church at 720 Clement Ave. Everyone is welcome.

Santa and the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will be touring the Oak Grove area with treats for the children on Dec. 16. Starting at 1 p.m., children should listen for the fire engine’s siren to announce Santa’s arrival on their street.

The Village of Lower Salem will hold its annual Christmas holiday party on Dec. 15. Soups and sandwiches will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lower Salem Village Hall. Residents may bring cookies to share if desired. Santa will arrive around 5:30 p.m. with treats for the children. The event is free.

• For information: Janet Kidd, 740-585-2547.

The Suicide Awareness Alliance of Washington County is hosting “Hope for the Holidays,” a candlelight vigil to remember loved ones lost to suicide. The event will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 in East Muskingum Park on Front Street in Marietta. The public is invited.

• For information: 740-374-6990.