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Date published: 11/28/2012

By Bill Freehling

Store, cafe planned near Brooke VRE site

Plans are in the works for a new store and cafe on Brooke Road in Stafford County, according to a legal ad in Monday's Free Lance-Star.

Lourdes A. Hernandez Setino has applied for an ABC license to sell wine and beer at 1741 Brooke Road. Other general stores have opened and closed in that space previously. It's near Virginia Railway Express' Brooke station.

The new venture will be called By the River Store & Cafe, according to the ad in Monday's newspaper.

The roughly 3,500-square-foot property where the new business will open is now for sale. It's listed with Ted and Anne Hupka, who are Realtors with Coldwell Banker Elite. The building, which is owned by Connie Wright, also includes an apartment on the second floor.

Ted Hupka said work is now ongoing to get the store open.

--Bill Freehling

REC members to get credit on Nov. bills

Qualifying Rappahannock Electric Cooperative member customers recently received a general retirement of more than $3.4 million in capital credits.

These are their share of the cooperative's margins.

"One of the benefits of cooperative membership is the potential for an annual credit," said Craig B. Lewis, REC's vice president of corporate services, in a prepared statement.

"Each year, REC's board of directors reviews the financial condition of the cooperative," he said. "Once they determine REC's financial condition is strong and able to meet operating costs, they can authorize the return of a portion of the margins as a capital credit retirement."

Each member is assigned capital credits based on the amount of electricity purchased during the year. This invested amount represents the value of a member's ownership in the cooperative. Members who were eligible for 2011 capital credits will see "Capital Credit-General" on their November billing statements identifying the amount being returned.

winners picked in Chick-fil-a contest

Customers at six local Chick-fil-A restaurants are among 45 winners in the fast-food chain's Washington-area VIP of My Chick-fil-A contest.

They are Brian Creed and Elody Shojinaga, who entered at a Chick-fil-A in Fredericksburg; Edgard Collazo and Suzanne Medina, who entered in Spotsylvania County; Kathy Truslow, who entered in Stafford County; and Jennifer Teller, who entered in Culpeper.

All six won a one-day trip with a guest to Atlanta that includes a tour of the Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters and historical company landmarks.

To participate in the contest, they had to submit a story via Facebook that explained why they should be elected as "VIP" of their local Chick-fil-A restaurant. Each restaurant then selected five "candidates" and posted their stories to the restaurant's Facebook page so customers and friends could vote on the finalists.

--Cathy Jett