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.
Across the U.S., cases of fraud and identity theft are at all-time highs. In 2014 alone, there were over 40,000 cases of phone- or utilities-related fraud, or 118 cases every day. Energy scams are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent, and it’s possible for anyone to be tricked by them. The best way to stay safe… Continue reading.
Indiana has no officially designated “state fruit.” But if it did, chances are the healthy and wholesome apple would be the apple of Hoosier eyes. Not only is the apple by far the most plentiful fruit crop grown in Indiana, but Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer nurseryman who cultivated orchards from Pennsylvania to Illinois, was himself… Continue reading.
A bruised image: While the apple is commonly depicted as the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that tempted Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden, the Bible never called the fruit by name or described it. Archaeological evidence suggests that the apple was unknown in the Middle East at the time the… Continue reading.
Basketball is part of Luke Zeller’s DNA. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball and University of Notre Dame standout, Zeller worked his way to the NBA in 2012. His brothers Cody and Tyler followed similar high school and college paths and are currently playing in the NBA. His uncle Al Eberhard also used to play professional… Continue reading.
‘We can’t all be heroes,” humorist Will Rogers once observed. “Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by.” That’s a sentiment the national Honor Flight Network is founded on: flying veterans to Washington, D.C., so they can visit the memorials honoring their service to the nation and be… Continue reading.
BY DIANE WILLIS We take electricity for granted. We flip a switch, and there are lights. We push a button, and we connect with the world. This April, 14 Indiana linemen from 14 electric cooperatives — from Plymouth to Jasper, New Castle to Tell City — brought a village in Guatemala into the 21st century…. Continue reading.
Beginning in 2012, the International Year of the Cooperative, two teams of Indiana linemen spent a month electrifying three villages in Guatemala. Lives were changed, both here and there. In 2015, the vision grew into Project Indiana and sustainable change — moving beyond electrifying villages, to making them a better place to live and enhancing… Continue reading.
The year 2016 is a special year for Indiana. The state marks its 200th birthday. To celebrate, the 2016 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art — the 18th edition of the student art calendar — will blend Indiana history, culture, events and places with the monthly themes student artists depicted. The contest for the calendar was… Continue reading.
Each May, Indiana’s electric cooperatives celebrate National Electrical Safety Month. While safety for our members is top priority year-round, Electrical Safety Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of safety and prevention. This year, we’re focusing on electrical safety in the home. Electricity is the cause of over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more… Continue reading.
Greg Morrison said he’s long been interested in renewable energy. But when the Crawfordsville real estate broker researched residential wind and solar options over the past 10-15 years, he found little in both price and output that would make a true “alternative.” “It would run a lightbulb in a garage,” he offered of each discouraging… Continue reading.
Beware. Spring can usher in more than April showers. Now through the summer months, thunderstorms can quickly roll in and tornadoes can touch down, often during the afternoon and evening hours, according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory. Follow these tips from NOAA and the American Red… Continue reading.
To commemorate National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 13, readers share their stories of what makes our linemen great. The lineman I appreciate the most is my grandpa, Maurice (Bud) Hooven who started at Miami County REMC (now Miami-Cass REMC) in 1945. He shared stories with me about how they ran lines by hand… Continue reading.