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Check your home for safety hazards

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Posted on Apr 21, 2021 in Features

Electricity causes over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. There are many measures you can take to ensure the safety of your loved ones. Use these helpful tips from ESFI to safeguard your home: In the… Continue reading.

Grow an eggshell garden

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Posted on Apr 09, 2021 in Features

What you need Eggs Bowl Egg carton Newspaper Cup Potting soil Water Spoon Grass seed Spray bottle (optional) What to do Crack each egg, very carefully, really close to the top of the shell, all the way around the shell. (Crack it close to the top so that you have a deep cavity in which… Continue reading.

A letter to myself

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Posted on Apr 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Letter writing — and the process of sitting down, capturing thoughts and ideas, and actually communicating — seems to be a lost art in these days of texting and social media.  But a documentary released last fall called “Dear Future Me” shows us how writing letters to our future selves can provide clarity and allow… Continue reading.

‘Co-op’ is in his blood

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Posted on Mar 25, 2021 in Profile

If ever someone was destined for a career in the electric cooperative industry, it would have to be Blake Kleaving. The Perry County native is a third-generation co-op guy who’s already had multiple jobs, including college internships, with multiple electric cooperative organizations large and small. “Every step of the way,” he said, “it’s all been… Continue reading.

Utopia on the Wabash

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Posted on Mar 25, 2021 in Travel

Robert Owen’s Utopian experiment in New Harmony, Indiana, may have lasted only a few short years. But through the coming months of 2021, his legacy in the historic and beautiful southwestern Indiana Wabash River town will be revisited in various in-person and virtual events celebrating his 250th birthday.   Owen was the Welsh-born industrialist and… Continue reading.

Community clean-up

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Posted on Mar 25, 2021 in Features

By Richard G. Biever This year marks a half century since the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful first aired an unforgettable and now iconic ad campaign. The ad depicted a Native American in full buckskin paddling a canoe through a modern world of polluted water, air and land. “Some people have a deep, abiding respect… Continue reading.

County Profile: Decatur County

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Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in County

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of each April. But one Indiana county holds a special place in its heart for a tree that towers daily over the county’s affairs — an attraction that has been around for over 150 years. That county is Decatur County. That tree is none other than “The… Continue reading.

How to start saving energy and money

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Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in Features

By Paul Wesslund If you want to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, start by making your home more energy efficient. Below are three efficiency tips from energy expert Brian Sloboda of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Look around your home for no-cost ways to be efficient. Close the curtains in the summer and… Continue reading.

From cupboard to cleaning up

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Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC

Head to your pantry or fridge for help with some common household chores. Clean and disinfect your computer keyboard by gently brushing on and between the keys with an old toothbrush that’s been soaked in a solution made with equal parts water and white vinegar. That same solution can remove water stains on glasses. Pour… Continue reading.

Cleaning house cleanly

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Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC

If you’re concerned about harmful chemicals in some cleaning products or are just curious about making your own all-natural alternatives to store-bought cleaners, try these simple recipes that are also good for the environment. Furniture Polish 1 cup mineral oil 1 t. lemon oil Combine. Store in a spray bottle. All Purpose Cleaner 1 part… Continue reading.

Plan before you plant

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Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in Features

Trees add beauty and value to your home. They also attract melodic songbirds to your yard and can help save energy by shading your home in the summer.  If you plan to join in Arbor Day celebrations on April 30 by planting a tree this spring, here are some things to remember: Choose the right… Continue reading.

Buying from baggage

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Posted on Mar 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. And finding unusual things to buy from unusual places is especially enticing to a shopaholic like me. That’s why I was so excited to learn about the Unclaimed Baggage Store which, just like its no-nonsense name suggests, sells all kinds of items that were lost in transit or… Continue reading.

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