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Green Power Shopping

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 in Features

Based in Indianapolis, new co-op to gather renewable resources for electric co-ops Indiana may not be wind-swept or sun-drenched enough for many high-profile, utility-scale renewable energy projects. But for over 70 years it has been tightly co-op-connected. Those connections just got stronger — at one of the most critical junctures in the history of the… Continue reading.

Celebrating Lincoln Home

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 in Features

Cooperative effort ‘earns’ Indiana $20 million Lincoln collection “Determine that the thing can be and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” — Abraham Lincoln, 1848 (This article originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Electric Consumer.) This Feb. 12 marks Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. But Lincoln-philes and historians in Indiana got… Continue reading.

A Mariner Remembers

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 in Features

(In honor of Veterans Day this month, we present this account of what it was like to be a Merchant Marine during World War II by Elwood DeHority, a consumer of LaGrange County REMC. The photo at right is of DeHority in 1943.) A turning point in my life happened 65 years ago when I… Continue reading.

Power From the People

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 in Energy, Features

Note to readers: The final element of the EPRI  “prism” strategy looks at on-site power.   Consumers find growing role in creating their own energy The electric meter on Revone Bauwens’ house was spinning backward one sunny morning last month. But nothing was wrong with the meter. Nor was the Floyds Knobs resident doing anything… Continue reading.

Purdue Cooperative Housing

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 in Features

‘Live, laugh, learn” is the tag line Purdue Cooperative Housing uses on its Web site to describe the university’s alternative to residence halls and Greek fraternities and sororities. Co-op housing students live and grow close to one another like family in the 12 various co-op houses. They enjoy free time socializing together and competing in… Continue reading.

Lost River Community Cooperative

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 in Features

The store is a consumer-owned cooperative, located a block off the courthouse square in Paoli. And while anyone can shop there, co-op members occasionally get discounts on its many locally-produced products. But more than that, members always reap the benefits of supporting a store dedicated to locally-grown, all-natural goods. They have a store dedicated to… Continue reading.

Reeling in the Years

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 in Features

 Nostalgia and family: double feature now playing at today’s drive-ins One Saturday evening in August, Misty and Robert Shaffer drove up to the Huntington Drive-In Theatre from their home in Gas City and backed their pick-up truck into an open slot, front row center. As their daughters, Gabrielle, 11, and Marrah, 9, went off to… Continue reading.

Black Pine Animal Park

Posted on Aug 16, 2008 in Features

In the heart of Noble County, a sanctuary offers a little “R and R” for animals. But here, that stands for “rescue and retirement.” The Black Pine Animal Park provides a permanent home for former performing circus animals and displaced exotic “pets.” And while caring for these animals, park personnel stress responsible pet ownership to… Continue reading.

In the Wind

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 in Features

  Electric cooperatives share in nation’s quest to secure the promise of renewables Green sprigs of young corn plants signaled spring’s eternal renewal. Their two or three leaves, looking oversized to the yet tiny stalk, waved in the gentle breeze blowing across the open fields  of rich brown earth. Nearby — and all around to… Continue reading.

Electrical Safety Is No Accident

Posted on May 20, 2008 in Energy, Features

Hazards commonly found in older homes are increasingly causing fires and fatalities in the United States. However, by taking a few simple steps and by incorporating newer technology, you can protect your home from many of these dangers. Each year the Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. For this year’s… Continue reading.

A Salute to Student Art

Posted on May 16, 2008 in Features, For Youth

Artist of the year ‘works’ at his art The work of art winning the Best of Show in this year’s cooperative calendar of student art contest depicts children at play. But “work” was the operative word for this piece of art. Sophomore Kenny Martin and his Whitko High School art teacher, Walter Malicki, both agreed… Continue reading.

Lighting the Candles on Lincoln’s Life and Legacy

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 in Features

 (This article originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Electric Consumer.) Before Abraham Lincoln belonged to the ages, he belonged to the Ohio, Anderson and Sangamon rivers. Before he belonged to the Union he saved, he belonged to the fields and flatboats, borrowed books and backwoods, creeks and courtrooms of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois…. Continue reading.

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