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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.

Crowning Achievement

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Posted on Apr 16, 2009 in Features

Childhood dream comes true for Katie Stam From the age of 3, Katie Stam had a dream. Some would have called it an impossible dream. But, of course, anything is possible at an age when imagination is limitless, when pageant sashes can be fashioned from Christmas ribbon, and coveted tiaras can be created from empty… Continue reading.

Green Power Shopping

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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