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2017 Halloween Safety Tips

Carved pumpkins line the sidewalk, patiently waiting to greet your little Darth Vaders, unicorns and pirates alike, lighting the way through the festive night. The doorbell rings and an assortment of candy fills each bucket and bag. We are less than a week away, and there is more to plan than what shoes will look best and if there are enough treats to go around. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween with some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Have a Safe Walking Plan: Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in each house, no matter if it is across the street or down the block. Help them to remember to look left, right, and left once more before holding the hand of an adult and crossing the street. Also, don’t forget to put down any electronic devices as you cross, and choose spots further away from the street to stop and take pictures.

Find Creative Ways to Add Safety Precautions to Costumes: Have your kids use fun metallic stickers or reflective tape on their candy bags, it could be a fun way to personalize their goodies and help them be seen by passing drivers. Glow sticks could be another fun way to brighten up the nighttime walk!

Be a Cautious Driver: Just because you are not in costume, does not mean you are not a large factor in Halloween safety. As a driver, make sure to eliminate any distractions inside the car and be especially alert in residential areas. Allow extra time to look for kids between parked cars and at intersections. Typical trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so buckle up and stay alert for all the little witches and skeletons walking the streets.

For more tips, check out the Safe Kids Worldwide website and remember that Great Plains Communications hopes you have a fun and safe Halloween! Let us know what creative safety tricks your family uses each year in the comments section on our Facebook page.

Our Favorite Food Network Halloween Crafts

There is still time for some Halloween crafts and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorites from our cable channel, Food Network.

Gingerbread house decorating is a classic Christmas activity, but what if that gingerbread house was turned into a haunted house? Watch this example from the Food Network, then build your own spooky creations.

 

With just a few ingredients that many have around the house already, you can make this glow-in-the-dark goo for the kids to enjoy or even to add some fun surprises to your Halloween party.

 

Speaking of a party, add the flavor of fall to your next gathering with this pumpkin keg and bourbon-apple punch.

 

Lastly, you can’t pass up the simplicity of this no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream. And don’t worry crust lovers, this recipe layers the baked crust throughout the ice cream for the full pumpkin pie experience.

 

Watch for more delicious recipes on Food Network. If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Tribal Lifeline Awareness

Once again, Great Plains Communications is helping raise awareness about one of the Universal Service Funds’ varied programs to help provide affordable telecommunications services to Americans. This time it is the Tribal Lifeline Program, which provides discounted telephone services for those living on Tribal lands.

Those who live on Tribal lands are eligible to receive many additional benefits through the FCC’s Lifeline Program. According to the FCC website, eligible telephone subscribers on Tribal lands may receive basic local phone service for as little as $1 a month. Link-Up provides eligible consumers with a one-time initial hook-up discount of up to %50.

Eligible subscribers include those who have participated in:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start (those meeting income-qualifying standard)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Federal Housing Assistance

We know how important having a landline can be for the safety and convenience of your family, particularly in rural Nebraska. Further eligibility information about the Tribal Lifeline Program can be found at http://transition.fcc.gov/indians/financialassistance.html. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 for more information.

Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing Reminder

Are you still marking your calendar with payment due dates, worrying about making sure you send your check in on time? Great Plains Communications wants you to stop stressing over late fees and sign up for Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing.

Paperless Billing

Paperless Billing eliminates the hassle of waiting around for your bill to come. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, you will be set-up in our convenient and user-friendly online eBill system. This system allows you to track your long-distance minutes, see your billing history, and pay your bill online if you don’t use our Auto-Pay service.

 

Auto-Pay

Take the stress out of bill paying by signing up for Auto-Pay. Your payment will automatically be made from your account, saving you checks and eliminating late fees. You can also have your bill automatically charged to your credit card.

 

To show our appreciation, when you sign up for these services, Great Plains Communications automatically enters you in our monthly drawing to win up to $200 in Visa gift cards! Take a minute now to sign up by going to ebill.gpcom.com and following the steps below or by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

  • Once registered, select Maintain Services, then select Stop Paper Billing
  • Select Recurring Payment for Auto-Pay details
  • Upon completion, click Submit
  • You will receive an email confirming your preferences

2017 Guide to Halloween TV Specials

Horror fans are welcoming the season as Halloween approaches. October is for picking apples and the perfect pumpkin, crafting a costume and watching the classics. From Hocus Pocus to Carrie, Great Plains Communications has put together a list of some of our favorite scary movie marathons, Halloween specials, and more you won’t want to miss throughout the month.

13 Nights of Halloween – Freeform

Starting October 19, the network celebrates the holiday by counting down with movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, and even an all-day Tim Burton marathon on October 23.

AMC FearFest – AMC

Running from October 21-31, FearFest will include the horror you have been missing with movies such as all the Halloween movies, Carrie, as well as more recent thrillers like Annabelle.

Classic Horror – TCM

The Turner Classic Movies has dedicated specific days of the week to different Halloween themes. Today would fall under Classic Horror Tuesdays with iconic films from the 1930s – 1960s, such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Are you a Dracula fan? You will want to check out Dracula Sundays as they celebrate one of the most memorable movie monsters.

The Sandman

Saturday October 14, at 8 PM on SyFy

Watch as a young girl imagines the monster from her nightmares into existence.

The Watcher in the Woods

Saturday October 21, at 7 PM on Lifetime

Enjoy this remake of the original cult classic starring Angelica Huston.

1922

Friday, October 20 on Netflix

Based on the Stephen King novel, it is a story of Wilfred James, who has admitted to killing his wife with his son at their Nebraska home and now fears she is haunting him. Watch the trailer below.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

 

National Do Not Call Registry

Still receiving those annoying dinner-time phone calls? Kids being woken up each night by the phone ringing? That’s because legally, telemarketers are allowed to call until 9 p.m. each day. Now, you can register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry and get rid of that unwanted stress.

The National Do Not Call Registry provides the opportunity to block telemarketing calls at home. Registering your phone number will stop most telemarketing calls, but will not stop calls from certain non-profit and political organizations. Organizations with which you have established a business relationship will also be allowed.

You can register your residential and wireless phone numbers. To do so, either register over the telephone or by Internet at no cost to you. When registering on the Internet, you may register up to three numbers at one time. If registering via telephone, you can only register one number at a time and must call from the number you are looking to register. Your phone number will appear on the Do Not Call list the following day. However, telemarketers have up to 31 days to remove the number from their calling lists. A telephone number will only be removed from the registry when it is disconnected, reassigned, or if you choose to remove it.

To register or to remove a number from the Do Not Call Registry, call 1.888.382.1222, for TTY call 1.866.290.4236 or register on the Internet at www.donotcall.gov.

Internet Search Tips

Not sure of the capital of Portugal? Can’t remember who played Chunk in The Goonies? What’s the weather going to be like Friday night? Google it.

The internet is full of more information than we could imagine or even retain. While this is an exciting fact, it can also make for long tiresome searches as you wade through pages of results. Great Plains Communications has a few tips to help streamline your search.

  1. To help with a more specific search, try using the AROUND feature. It allows you to find articles with two key words not only on the same page, but inside a specific number of words apart. For example, if you wanted to search for articles on Selena Gomez and lipstick within 8 words of each other, it would look like the following:

“Selena Gomez” AROUND(8) “Lipstick”

  1. Instead of including an additional topic in your search, maybe you want to find results excluding a topic. For that you would use the minus sign. For example, if you wanted to search for washers and dryers but didn’t want the stacked option, it would look like:

“washer and dryer -stacked”

  1. You have found an article you like, but it is long. Do a quick search of the article for a key word or phrase by pressing Control + F (Windows) or Command + F (Mac).
  2. You have been working hard and finally found the information you have been looking for, but you accidentally close the tab. In most modern browsers, just press Control + Shift + T (Windows) or Command + Shift + T (Mac) and it will come right back up.

Last Chance for Back-to-School Special!

Don’t miss our Back-to-School Special, as it comes to a close next week! Not only can you save money by bundling services, but right now you can also receive up to a $100 bill credit.

Great Plains Communications is excited to celebrate the launch of NEW services and NEW options in your area, along with NEW tools on our website.

 

NEW Bundle Offer

Combine services and save up to 37%

$100 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle all three services*

$50 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle two services

$50 Bill Credit for existing customers who add one or more service

FREE Installation

 

NEW Bundle

Streaming Bundle**
Access your favorite prime time entertainment and news in real-time with our Basic Cable package, while streaming additional content on your Smart TV or tablet utilizing a high-speed Internet connection.

 

NEW Tools

Visit our newly updated, forward thinking website, complete with interactive tools to help you determine the best service options for your home with the “What Speed Do You Need?” and “Build a Bundle” tools.

 

If you have questions over what services we offer in your area, or would like to sign up, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

* $100 BILL CREDIT ONLY AVAILABLE WHERE VOICE, CABLE TV, AND INTERNET ARE AVAILABLE.
** STREAMING BUNDLE AVAILABLE IN SELECT CABLE TV COMMUNITIES ONLY.

New Channel to the Lineup – Olympic Channel

You may have noticed a change to your channel lineup, we have added the Olympic Channel! The channel offers year-round programming of Olympic sports from around the world, with a focus on American athletes and teams. Do you love when Olympics time rolls around? Well now you won’t have to wait to learn about your favorite team USA figure skaters or basketball players. To find where the Olympic Channel falls on your local channel guide, go HERE to our website and find your town in the drop-down menu.

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. We hope that you will take some time to check-out our newest channel, the Olympic Channel!

Fall Favorite Treats to Welcome the Season

With the current heatwave moving through, it is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall. Even still, Great Plains Communications is gearing up for all the excitement the fall season brings. We have looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some quick snacks to share with friends and family as the weather cools.

3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Talk about easy, these three simple recipes take barely any effort and pack all the warm flavors of fan favorite – pumpkin spice.

 

Pumpkin Spice Sangria

This recipe combines two fall favorites, pumpkin spice and apple cider. Place the bowl in a hollowed pumpkin for a quick and natural décor.

 

Mini Apple Pie Pops

Pumpkin not your thing? Try these adorable apple pie pops for a flavor of fall in a convenient hand-held fashion.

 

Are you not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and interested in learning more about the services we offer in your area? Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

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