Chris Chastain’s first experience with an electric cooperative was as a “fuzzy” — a nickname the linemen and outdoor crews gave to college kids hired as summer interns. “I suppose that probably derived from the peach fuzz still on our faces,” Chastain says. But, what the Rose-Hulman electrical engineering student saw at his hometown electric… Continue reading.
Indiana State Fairgoers may want to bring much bigger appetites to the annual event this month. The 2017 theme is the “Wonderful World of Food.” We all love food. We grow it, sell it, cook it and eat it! And at the 2017 Indiana State Fair we will celebrate it with a featured food each… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling Things that can be refreshed: hat glass of iced tea you’re sipping our computer our attitude our wardrobe our electric cooperative magazine Welcome to the first issue of a refreshed Electric Consumer. Your electric cooperative magazine celebrates its 67th year with this issue. It’s an opportune time to change things up a… Continue reading.
When Decatur County REMC lineman Brian AmRhein began his career at the Greensburg-based electric cooperative he had some pretty big boots to fill. His grandfather, William Howard “Willy” AmRhein, was a lineman and construction foreman at the REMC from the 1950s until 1976. Though AmRhein, who was born in 1978, never met his grandfather, nevertheless,… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling I’m a perennial list maker and most of what I commit to paper are my “to dos,” also known as “the list that never ends.” I may check stuff off, but, alas, the list continues to grow with new tasks that must be completed, usually ASAP. Therefore, any sense of accomplishment is… Continue reading.
When planning home improvement projects — especially those that involve electrical work — do you know when to DIY and when to hire a professional? Here are some tips to keep in mind. Those wanting to do it themselves can tackle many types of projects, but when safety becomes an issue, seek a professional with… Continue reading.
Indiana’s electric cooperatives put boots on the ground — and into the clouds — to bring electricity to a remote and mountainous village in Guatemala in March. “Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” electrified a part of the Central American country where no electricity was available as part of an international initiative…. Continue reading.
During the summer, the best way to cool down your beverage is to put a few pieces of ice in it. Soon, an even bigger chunk of ice could be responsible for cooling down your home as well! Sound weird? Well, many commercial buildings are already using ice-based technology to do just that. Ice-chilling your… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling Baddies of gotham city, beware! The Caped Crusader is out there — and so is the city’s striking royal blue flag. But did you know that Batman’s hometown flag is inspired by the current Indiana state flag and our state’s previous banner which featured Indiana’s state seal? Why a fictional playground for… Continue reading.
Naomi Schroeder paints with words. Though just a fourth grader, she loves combining her illustrations with her writing in picture books she’s been creating since she was a tot. And at the intersection of words and pictures, she’s discovered the fun within figures of speech. She used one well-worn phrase to turn out a whimsical… Continue reading.
It rained cats and dogs on the 20th annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. And because of that, a kennel of critters will rule the 2018 cooperative wall calendar! From kindergartners through high school seniors, students depicted furry friends of the feline and canine kind. Winning entries in first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling I’m what you might call an “aspiring crafter.” I scout Pinterest with every intention of making something cool and cute. I wander craft store aisles picking up charms and chains for necklaces I plan to design. I just never get around to it. I’m also obsessed with Ball jars. Others seem to… Continue reading.
By Holly Huffman One thing’s for certain if your power goes out: you’ll be playing the “blame game.” What caused the outage? Storms or high winds are the usual suspects. Others might blame those cute little squirrels or other furry friends that seem to make their way atop power poles. Storms, wind and little critters… Continue reading.