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Talk to teens about driving

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Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC

Sleeping in, hanging out by the pool, and earning a little extra money are popular summertime activities for teenagers. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are also a common occurrence. Those at Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind parents to talk to their teens about safety hazards associated with driving. Parents should definitely discuss safe driving practices that are related… Continue reading.

Monumental tributes

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Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in Profile

By Richard G. Biever Danielle Long asked artist Bill Wolfe to hold her 1-year-old son as she stepped onto a riser in Wolfe’s studio. Then, she peered deep and long into the eyes and face of the sculpture Wolfe had conjured from clay. It was the face of her late husband, fallen Terre Haute police… Continue reading.

Meet Mina

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Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in Features

Mina Starsiak Hawk, the latter half of the dynamic mother-daughter duo of the HGTV show “Good Bones,” was enjoying a cup of coffee on a beautiful blue-sky morning in May near downtown Indianapolis. All around were the fruits of her labors. Down the street from the coffee shop, she could see four houses she and… Continue reading.

County Profile: Miami County

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Posted on Jun 26, 2021 in County

Our state may be called “Indiana” but only two of the state’s 92 counties, Delaware and Miami, honor groups of Native Americans by name. Miami County was founded in 1833 in north central Indiana, an area that was home to the Miami tribe. But at the very time the state was being forever dubbed “the… Continue reading.

How to be a rock star

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Posted on Jun 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Either I’m late to the whole rock painting trendor I was actually way early. The summer when I was 10, I found a rock that I thought was shaped like a foot. Immediately, I was inspired to pick up a paintbrush and enhance that resemblance. That was literally my stepping-stone to adorning a handful of… Continue reading.

Yard sale season

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC

It’s yard sale season and lots of people love getting bargains. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” But before forking over the cash, parents or anyone living in a household with children should stop, inspect and think before buying. Why? Old products that were once considered safe may have since… Continue reading.

Stop those summer energy drains

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC

Summer break can be a recipe for high electric bills if kids are home all day enjoying cool indoor air. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 9 percent of Americans’ household energy costs are dedicated to air conditioning alone, so try these tips to keep costs down when the temperature rises. Avoid ‘phantom’ load… Continue reading.

Seek shelter from storms

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Features

When you’re out on summer days having fun, it might be hard to do the right thing when bad weather suddenly approaches. But lightning can kill instantly and seemingly come from out of the blue. Don’t stay out when you hear the first rumbles of thunder; that’s nature’s warning! When storms approach: Seek shelter immediately…. Continue reading.

Professional Progression: Building Trust

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Profile

The day Mary Jo Thomas took the open accounting position at Whitewater Valley REMC in 1996, she began working her way up the career ladder. In 2013, she became president and CEO of the cooperative that provides electricity to consumers in several counties along the Indiana/Ohio state line around Richmond.  “I did not set out… Continue reading.

The hills are alive …

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Travel

To most folks, “bluegrass” probably conjures up the sprightly music played with a banjo, fiddle and mandolin from the hills of Kentucky or Tennessee. But for those who know their bluegrass music, the hills of bucolic Brown County come just as readily to mind. For over 80 years, the Brown County burg of Bean Blossom… Continue reading.

Light up the night

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Features

You toil all spring to make sure your garden and landscaping are beautiful. But come summer, enjoying your handiwork is reserved to glimpses on bright weekend days because work and other commitments keep you away from home during most daylight hours.  The solution? Plant a few lights among your bushes and plants. Outdoor lighting looks… Continue reading.

How to include your pets in the family vacation

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Posted on May 25, 2021 in Pets

Sixty years ago, author John Steinbeck wrote a semi-nonfictional travelogue called “Travels with Charley” about a road trip around America. Charley was his standard poodle. A decade later, singer Lobo had a soft rock hit that detailed road trips with “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.” While we may not be writing a… Continue reading.

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