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Hoosier Salon Honors Student Artists

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Posted on Nov 22, 2010 in Features, For Youth

Thirteen of the 22 winning students from the 2011 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art attended a special recognition reception at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Sept. 30. The event was the first in the new partnership between Electric Consumer, which produces the calendar each year for some 20-participating electric cooperatives, and the Hoosier Salon,… Continue reading.

Catching Wind

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Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Energy, Features

Tilt toward wind turbines needs to be more than a monetary quest Bartholomew County grain farmer Jay Shoaf could hardly be confused with Don Quixote, the retired country gentleman of 17th century Spanish literature. To make better the world, Quixote, the story goes, set aside sanity to become an idealistic “knight-errant,” and wound up jousting… Continue reading.

Stretching Her Wings

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Posted on May 12, 2010 in Features, For Youth

Contest’s youngest ‘Artist of the Year’ blazes her own artistic trail Heidi Ziebarth is an 11-year-old with a sense for adventure and a love for nature. Her family’s Warsaw home backs up to a small neighborhood lake where she spends much of her time outdoors exploring. And for the subject of an upcoming speech in school,… Continue reading.

Flights of Fancy

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Posted on May 12, 2010 in Features, For Youth

Blend the soaring imaginations and passions of almost 2,800 student artists from around Indiana with monthly calendar themes and what do you get? The 13th annual Student Art Contest and subsequent publication, Cooperative Calendar of Student Art, is what. The wall calendar, made available by participating electric cooperatives around the state and Electric Consumer in… Continue reading.

Utility Scale

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Posted on Mar 05, 2010 in Features

“Utility scale” is one of those vague phrases the media, including Electric Consumer, use in stories about the electric utility industry when no other words seem to succinctly suffice. “Utility scale” means something big … really big. “Utility scale” describes the size and scope of the generation, transmission and distribution equipment required to reliably and… Continue reading.

Gridlock

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Posted on Feb 28, 2010 in Features

Few things cripple power lines like an ice storm. A year ago at this time, in late January 2009, one of the largest such storms on record swept through the central United States, coating power lines with up to 3 inches of ice. Thousands of miles of power lines and tens of thousands of utility… Continue reading.

Lives on the line

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Posted on Jan 01, 2010 in Features, For Youth

  The day after Valentines 2009 was a gray, cold Sunday across northern Indiana. Four teenage friends from the Royal Center area were hanging out that afternoon at one of their homes. Toward dusk, the four, Lee Whittaker, Ashley Taylor, David Wooldridge and Joshua Kline, accepted an invitation to dinner from David’s mom. They climbed… Continue reading.

A New Day for Nuclear Energy

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Posted on Nov 16, 2009 in Features

Nuclear power in the United States has experienced a roller coaster ride of booms and busts. When the first wave of commercial reactors was built in the 1950s, Lewis Strauss, then chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission — forerunner of today’s federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission — envisioned a future where nuclear energy would be “too… Continue reading.

Hands-on America

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Posted on Jul 16, 2009 in Features, For Youth

‘Freedom is not free” is a quote engraved on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The price is evident on Washington’s war memorials all along the mall and on each white stone marker up the hillside across the Potomac River at Arlington National Cemetery. And our democratic republic form of government also comes… Continue reading.

A ‘Renaissance’ Girl

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Posted on May 16, 2009 in Features, For Youth

In Mikala Greenlee’s paintings, she mixes art with her heart and her mind. “If you’re going to do something, do something that you have an interest in or you’d have fun painting or drawing,” Mikala advises other student artists. “They turn out better if you’re having fun doing them.” For her, that combination produces works… Continue reading.

Artists in Bloom

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Posted on May 16, 2009 in Features, For Youth

For a dozen years now, a baker’s dozen pieces of art — one for each numbered grade in school representing each month of the year along with a kindergartner’s cover — has been picked in an Indiana student art contest sponsored by Electric Consumer and participating electric cooperatives. The spray is displayed in the annual… Continue reading.

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