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State Fair fare

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Features, General

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.

Fresh look, same focus — You!

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Posted on Jul 03, 2017 in From the Editor

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.

I simply remember these things

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Posted on Jun 03, 2017 in From the Editor

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.

To D-I-Y, or Not to D-I-Y

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Posted on May 31, 2017 in Features

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.

Bringing Light & Hope

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Features

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.

The Iceman Returneth

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Posted on May 08, 2017 in Features

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.

Long may it wave in Gotham and Indiana

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Posted on May 03, 2017 in From the Editor

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.

Figure Painting

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

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.

Cats & Dogs Reign

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

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.

The Green Team

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Posted on Apr 01, 2017 in Features

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.

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