Co-opConnection Aiken Office 2790 Wagener Road • PO Box 417 Aiken, SC 29802 (803) 649-6245 (800) 922-1262 Edgefield Office 1195 Bauskett Street • PO Box 583 Edgefield, SC 29824 (803) 637-3189 (803) 593-4457 North Office 8381 North Road • PO Box 520 North, SC 29112 (803) 247-2121 (800) 453-1934 New Ellenton Office 315 Main Street New Ellenton, SC 29809 (803) 652-2226 Lights On (877) 264-5368 Board of Trustees President V. Wayne Furtick Vice President O. Dewitt Livingston Secretary/Treasurer P. Edward Swartz Assistant Secretary/Treasurer O. Frank Dorn Linda S. Bramlett Robert Curry Raymond A. Hutto Dana H. Moseley James E. Stewart, Jr. Theo R. Williams
The mission of Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc. is to provide reliable, competitively priced energy and other services that are desired by our membership.

Don’t forget about your most important spring project

sure you are seeing work inside and outside your home that needs to be done. When planning your spring game plan, make sure you include some weatherization upgrades. You’re probably wondering, “Will it really help me save money on my electric bill?” The answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Even small energy-efficiency measures will save money. For as little as $2, the cost of a replacement air filter, you can begin to drastically improve comfort around your residence and save energy. It’s the easiest and most important maintenance you can do each month. Looking for other areas of focus? Start with the basics: applying weatherstripping and caulk around doors and windows; replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs); and replacing your water heater with our H2O Select PLUS program. Then look at some bigger expenditures: adding insulation to


your attic, installing a programmable thermostat and sealing ductwork. You can find even more ways to save at togetherwesave. com and in our 101 Low-Cost/ No-Cost Home Energy-Saving Measures booklet. Download a copy at To track your energy use, try setting up an account at We at Aiken Electric Cooperative are committed to doing everything possible to keep your electric bills affordable. And we are controlling costs through innovation—our energyefficiency programs are just one way we can help you manage your energy use. Rest assured we are looking out for you.

Gary L. Stooksbury Chief Executive Officer

Co-op Connection Editor Muriel Carter



AEC News
Prescription savings top $4 million in S.C.

have now saved more than $4 million on pharmacy costs using their Co-op Connections discount card. The total is $4,131,269.20 since the program began in 2007 In 2010 alone, . consumers saved nearly $2.5 million, Touchstone Energy reported in early January. Touchstone Energy, the nationwide co-op alliance that coordinates the program, reports that Aiken Electric Cooperative members have now

saved nearly $280,000. Nationwide, the total is more than $26 million. Your Co-op Connections card is good for 10- to 60-percent discounts on prescription drugs at more than 60,000 national and regional pharmacy chain stores, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target. Find participating pharmacy locations at For retail discounts from local and regional businesses or to print a Co-op Connections card, see our ad on page 20D.

Thanks for helping
grow greener.
by supporting electricity generated from renewable resources such as methane gas, solar and wind. All revenue from the sale of

South Carolina

When you purchase Green Power from Santee Cooper and Aiken Electric Cooperative, you help our environment

2011 Annual Meeting Saturday, May 21
Trustees will be elected at time of registration from the following districts: Trustee District No. 2 Edgefield Area Trustee District No. 5 Warrenville Area Trustee District No. 7 Springfield Area

Green Power is invested in the future development of renewable energy resources. Thank you for your continued support of Green Power to expand renewable resources statewide and help the environment. If you are not currently a Green Power participant and want to become one, call Aiken Electric Cooperative or visit us at

Aiken: 649-6245 • Edgefield: 637-3189 New Ellenton: 652-2226 • North: 247-2121 Toll Free: 1-800-922-1262 •



I had no idea how much of my money was leaking out of my manufactured home. Until I saw it for myself. After a few things like caulk, insulation and skirting, now my manufactured home is a lot more comfortable. About $585 per year more comfortable. What can you do? Find out how the little changes add up at


Natural, fresh
Local restaurant serves up tasty dishes with a SC flair


BY KAYLA YATES AiKEn ELEcTric coopErATivE mArKETing inTErn

INDy GINGrEy, aN aIkEN  ELEcTrIc cOOPEraTIvE  MEMbEr, haS LOvED  cOOkING FrESh,   

Co-owner Cindy Gingrey and her daughter, Katlyn Gingrey, take a quick break from serving delicious, fresh food at Magnolia Natural Market & Café.

Gerald Freeman chats with co-owner Bill Gingrey about the regionally famous Castra Rota Bread.

gourmet food since she was a teenager. The coowner of Magnolia Natural Market & Café says that her exploration of food began when she first tried an artichoke at a friend’s house. “It was so amazing, I said, ‘Where did you get that and how do I make it?’” Gingrey recalls. She spent much of her early years working at five-star restaurants in Charleston, where she delivered desserts in return for the odd cooking lesson. “Affording the restaurants was out of the question, so I figured I’d better learn to cook,” says Gingrey. That curiosity and love for cooking has landed her as chef and co-owner at Magnolia Natural Market and Café on York St. in downtown Aiken. Looking at the menu, you will find hearty, Southern food but in a healthier light. Dishes such as the mango shrimp and salmon salads, in addition to crab cakes served every Friday, appeal to a wide range of palates. Her philosophy is to keep things simple, as well as healthy and delicious. Gingrey uses only the freshest ingredients and, as a rule, buys from S.C. vendors. You’ll find

world-famous Edisto shrimp in all of her shrimp dishes. Other delectables include homemade bread from Castra Rota, located in Brunson, biodynamic wine, ciders and beers; spices, sauces and salad dressings; or gluten-free rice, flour and pasta. Accompanying tasty food is the staff’s friendliness and compassion that seems to draw people back, time and time again. “Everybody is happy when they come in here. And for first-time customers, it doesn’t take long,” Gingrey says. Once you walk in Magnolia’s, you’ll understand. The restaurant has turned into a family affair. Father-in-law, Bill Gingrey is co-owner and financial manager of Magnolia’s and can be found at the cash register every day. All of Gingrey’s children, Katlyn, Michael and Will, help out occasionally. “We’re constantly trying to figure out how to do more— and do better,” Gingrey states. The young girl that developed a love for cooking is now sharing her talents with local patrons at Magnolia Natural Market & Café.
Magnolia’s is open 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday–Friday and until 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the restaurant and a full menu, go to their website at www.magnolianaturalmarket.





AuTumn procTor, norTH cAroLinA YouTH LEAdErSHip counciL rEprESEnTATivE from ruTHErford ELEcTric

The staff at Magnoli Wilkinson, co-owne a’s create delicious entrees that are su r Cindy Gingrey, Zakk rpris Cherner, Kayla James ingly healthy. From left, Jacqueline and Michele Persone tte.

Super-fresh Tuesdays from Aiken Naturals
Every Tuesday at Magnolia Natural Market & Café, the Aiken Naturals team hosts an organic market with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, chocolates, nuts and more. The market is for those who love food and are striving to adapt a healthier lifestyle. The market is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to the public. As a bonus, Aiken Naturals also offers a co-op membership program, which entitles you to weekly discounts. Aiken Naturals’ partners Lynne Harrison and Naomi Frost-Hewitt provide ‘the very freshest’ certified organic produce in Aiken. Aiken Naturals is a project that Harrison started with a friend out of her house eight years ago and turned into a vegetable co-op business with Frost-Hewitt four years ago. Harrison teaches catering management classes in Lille, France, annually while Frost-Hewitt owns a certified organic farm in northern Aiken County. They bring their experience to create the European style Tuesday Market at Magnolia’s.

Magnolia’s signature wild-caught grilled salmon salad is served with fresh vegetables, black-eyed pea salsa and goddess dressing. Right, a delicious pie made with organic, local blueberries.

Aiken Naturals’ Lynne Harrison and Naomi FrostHewitt during a Tuesday Market at Magnolia Natural Market and Café. FrostHewitt’s Aiken County Timshel Farm provides inseason organic vegetables. Will Gingrey shucks oysters at one of Magnolia’s Saturday oyster roasts.


For information on how to become a member, visit



Save big with Co-op Connections Card
A program to benefit you, for free. Just another way we’re looking out for you.
LOCAL DISCOUNTS Aiken Pest Control B & H Self Storage Blue Star Rentals and Sales Bobby’s Bar-B-Q Buffet Booklovers Bookstore Butler Automotive Captain D’s - North Augusta Carriage House Inn C. Ashley Abel & Associates Connie’s Framing Country Inn & Suites Days Inn Desserves Everlasting Memories Florist Fermata Club General Elliot Inn Just Breathe Studio Law Offices of Tom Young, Jr., P.C. Mackley Jewelry & Repair Magnolia Natural Mkt and Cafe Material Things McCoy Juice Plus REGIONAL DISCOUNTS
Children’s Museum of SC
(Myrtle Beach) Show your Co-op Connections Card and receive $1.00 OFF Admission. Cypress Gardens (Charleston) $1 off adult tickets (excludes Spring and Halloween Festivals).

saved o np Electric rescriptions b y membe rs since Aiken May 20 09



Mr. Central Heating & Air M. Smart Custom Framing Oriental Rug Specialist Orkin Pest Control Panach Interiors Ltd. The Peach Tree Pipeline Work Clothes & Boots Quality Inn & Suites Richard Young Associates Right At Home - home care Riverview Realty Shoppe Smith Financial & Tax Advisory Group Southern Bank & Trust Sprint Sto-N-Go Storage Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant North Augusta

NATIONAL DISCOUNTS 1-800-PetMeds Advanced Auto Parts Barnes & Borders Days Inn E.L.F. Cosmetics Energy Savers Hertz Jenny Craig Lands’ End ProFlowers Ramada Sprint Travelodge

Tyler Brothers Vinny’s Pizzeria Bar & Grill Whiskey Road Storage Yonce Ford Mercury Zorba’s Pizza Bar & Grill

Receive a 10% to 60% discount on prescription drugs at more than 60,000 national and regional pharmacy chain stores— including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many more. For a complete list of participating pharmacies in your area, visit or call (800) 800-7616.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (Columbia) 28% off regular admission tickets purchased via the Zoo’s e-ticket store. South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston)
$1 off general admission, up to 5 people. $10 membership fees.

Dolphin Discoveries Boat Tours
(Hilton Head) $5 per person for groups of four or more.

Print your Co-op Connections card at or call (803) 649-6245.



Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful