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Clarksville Featured in Statewide Magazine


The “Lake Country” Town of Clarksville is the subject of a four-page feature article entitled “Down Home in Clarksville” in the February edition of Cooperative Living magazine.  Over three-quarters of a million readers throughout Virginia who are members of Virginia’s electric cooperatives receive this magazine in the mail and have the opportunity to learn more about Virginia’s only lakeside town that is home to approximately 1,400 residents.

The article, written by local author, Tucker McLaughlin, Jr., describes the town as “an invigorating tourism destination, renowned for its Southern charm, hospitality and generous community spirit.”  McLaughlin notes that the anchor of Clarksville’s attraction for visitors is the picturesque, sprawling John H. Kerr reservoir, also called Buggs Island Lake. 

He quotes local residents, including Justin Eubank, president of the Chamber of Commerce, who says, “Even though it’s a small town, it’s very diverse.  I grew up here and moved away.  But I moved back to raise my family because I enjoy the quality of life.”  Others interviewed for the article are Sam Caparatta, Dale Hite, Shelia Cuykendall, Joe Davidson, Teresa Beck, Cathy Ramsey, and Barbara Martin.

The article mentions  several points of interest, including Prestwould Plantation, the Clarksville Regional Museum, and the impressive 15,000-square-foot Clarksville Enrichment Complex which offers high-quality, affordable adult education classes, workforce training opportunities, and a fitness and wellness facility. 

In the “If You Go . . .” section, it lists community events like the Fourth of July Parade, Harvest Days Festival, and Lakefest  that has been named "One of the Top 20 Events" for many years by the Southeast Tourism Society.  This festival alone draws nearly 100,000 visitors and offers a wide range of attractions including hot air balloons, helicopter rides, a wide choice of delicious foods, live music, and hundreds of arts and crafts vendors.

Down Home in Clarksville” includes color photos of the downtown area, the lake and municipal dock, the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial, and other points of interest.

Published by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC), Cooperative Living magazine profiles a town or village in Virginia in each of its ten issues annually.  The year 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the magazine’s popular Down Home feature.   The Town of Clarksville was previously featured in a 1997 edition. 

The press run of the publication is over 494,000 and it has the largest circulation of any publication in the Commonwealth.  The circulation includes over 25,000 members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC), who receive the magazine as one of the benefits of cooperative membership.

Organized in 1938, MEC provides power to homes, farms and businesses in portions of the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and SussexIt is headquartered in Chase City and has district offices in Chase City, Emporia, and Gretna.

Down Home in Clarksville” can be viewed on Cooperative Living’s web site at www.coopliving.com. Those who would like a copy of the February issue of Cooperative Living magazine can call Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative at (434) 372-6182.  Annual subscriptions are free to MEC members and are also available to non-members for $10 by calling the VMDAEC office in Glen Allen, Virginia, at 804-968-4021.

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