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Watch out for fa-la-la-la-fakes

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Features

Whether you’re buying lights to trim the tree or power tools to wrap as gifts, beware of bogus “bargains” this holiday season. Many home products can be illegally counterfeited, placing the purchaser — or the recipient of the perilous present — in danger of using faulty electrical equipment that does not meet product safety standards…. Continue reading.

Hohman for the Holidays

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Travel

By Richard G. Biever If words and phrases like: “You’ll shoot your eye out” “Triple-dog dare” “Fragil-ee” and “Oh, fuuuuuudge!!” immediately bring smiles to your face and visions of BBs ricocheting in your head, have we found a home for you this holiday season! Hammond’s “‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home” is a holiday exhibit and… Continue reading.

Toy Wonders

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Features

By Richard G. Biever When Christmas dawns and children scamper with wide-eyed anticipation to the tree, often the most anxious to gather are the parents and grandparents bringing up the rear.  As the wrapping paper and ribbons start flying, there are so many things for the adults to ponder among the wonder. Will each child… Continue reading.

Give gifts that save energy

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Features

Holiday gift giving may warm hearts, but it generates a million tons of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. To offset some of it, why not stuff those stockings with energy-efficient small appliances like kitchen aids and grooming devices? Look for the Energy Star label on TVs, DVD players and computers. It guarantees that… Continue reading.

Bring only safe toys into your home

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Features, General

December is the month when you’re most likely to buy toys and gifts. Purchase safe ones.  If you’re shopping for children, buy toys that are age appropriate. You don’t want your gift to turn a child’s holiday into a nightmare. Here is a checklist for buying safe toys: Check the minimum age recommendation on the… Continue reading.

Career Profile: Energy Advisor

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Profile

Meet Josh Durbin, energy advisor at Steuben County REMC Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Data Analysis. Finding solutions to issues our consumers are facing and answering residential and commercial bill questions. Energy Evaluation. Determining usage and trying to help consumers understand their bill and how they can be more efficient. Commercial Accounts. Energy analysis inside… Continue reading.

How to tell if your kitty has heart disease

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 in Pets

The Purdue University Small Animal Hospital provides 24/7 assistance and a referral practice for questions and concerns about your pet. 765-494-1107, or visit: https://www.purdue.edu/vet/vth/small-animal/. Many a cartoon shared among cat lovers on Facebook depicts skeletal remains of cat owners who died rather than upset snoozing kitties, still on their laps. While “cat naps” are part… Continue reading.

He helped build Apollo

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Profile

By Richard G. Biever In 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to commit itself to landing a man on the moon. That same year, Harold Stark put the skills he learned as a Rush County farm boy on the same trajectory. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that “one giant leap”… Continue reading.

A Christmas trip back in time

Posted on Oct 25, 2019 in Travel

The simplicity of a “Currier and Ives Christmas” may seem long ago and far away. But it can be as near as your breath in the frosty air before you if you plan to spend just a little time in Shipshewana this holiday season. The northern Indiana town and the surrounding LaGrange County, home to… Continue reading.

County Profile: Dubois County

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in County

By Richard G. Biever Enter Dubois County through its southeasternmost doorway, and you’ll think you’ve somehow crossed into rolling European countryside. Gently sloping fields flow around a hillside where ascends … a castle. The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, a magnificent red brick Romanesque structure with its dome and corner turrets, majestically looks over the… Continue reading.

IT person doing job

Career Profile: Information Technology

Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in Profile

Top 3 responsibilities in a day: Manage all IT-related operations for the cooperative. Oversee infrastructure for the tower, radio and metering. Manage vendors to keep projects on task, on time and on budget.  What’s a typical day like? My “day-to-day” changes often, but I like to check in with all departments first thing in the morning… Continue reading.

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