It’s fitting that International Skeptics Day may be celebrated on Jan. 13. Because some say it takes place on Oct. 13 instead. Others claim it’s always on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Or is it really celebrated at all? The creators of this special day successfully inspired skepticism when setting a date… Continue reading.
When Nick Stainbrook joined JCREMC in 2001, he came in as a 19-year-old local kid waiting his turn to become a lineman. But he had to wait in line for an apprentice position to become available. So, for the first year and a half, his position meant taking care of the JCREMC building, cleaning, mowing… Continue reading.
How a roadside produce stand called “The Big Peach” could become so iconic in the heart of southwest Indiana’s melon country says a lot about marketing. While the popular family-owned market along U.S. 41 north of Vincennes began with a peach orchard on the property in 1954, its giant 20-foot-tall concrete peach alongside a yellow… Continue reading.
Shopping for dorm décor, searching for extra-long sheets, and stocking up on microwavable food and lots of snacks are musts for students going off to college for the first time. Another must, which is often overlooked, is being mindful of electrical safety concerns associated with communal living. College is the first time most young adults… Continue reading.
When Candice Hinkle — then Layman — first asked if she could don the fuzzy black suit and oversized head of her high school’s mascot, she let more than one cat out of the bag. Her high school was Logansport. The mascot was Felix the Cat, the famous feline of film and funny pages —… Continue reading.
Back-to-school preparation means more than just toting a list of must-buy classroom items to the store or buying a new pair of jeans and some sneakers. Consider these health and nutrition issues before the first bell sounds. You are what you eat Packing lunch ensures that you control what fuels your child’s body. The National… Continue reading.
Bartholomew County celebrates its bicentennial this year. Parts of the county’s yearlong celebration will focus on looking forward to what’s next. But in celebrating the county, the story of county seat Columbus cannot be emphasized enough. For a city of its size, Columbus, population around 46,000, has a unique place in the nation for its… Continue reading.
Parents — take a few minutes to sit down with your child and go over this checklist to prepare him or her for a safe school year. Be sure your child knows his/her phone number and address, has your work number and the number of another trusted adult and knows how to use 911 for… Continue reading.
Those who’ve lived in their homes for many years probably have boxes filled with forgotten treasures tucked away in seldom-visited nooks and crannies under the stairs, in the basement or in the attic. I know I have. So, for the past few months, I’ve devoted several hours each weekend to unearthing what’s inside my collection… Continue reading.
Nothing inspires giggles and glee in even the youngest kids as much as blowing soap bubbles. Though bubbles can be blown anywhere, it’s extra-fun to create them outside and watch them shimmer in the sunlight! It’s very easy to make your own bubble solution. Just mix 2 T. of dish soap with 1 cup of… Continue reading.
Born with a natural curiosity, children are always exploring, asking questions and trying new things to understand the world around them. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dangerous — and even deadly — when it comes to electricity. Whether your kids are keeping cool inside or soaking up some vitamin D outside, they can always run… Continue reading.
School may be out for the summer but that doesn’t mean learning has to take a vacation. As a parent, you can teach your children how smart savings and money-management behaviors can help set them on the path to greater long-term financial security. No matter how old your kids are, there’s one basic premise: Live… Continue reading.
Stop nagging your kids to turn off the lights or TV or water when they’re finished with them. Instead, make them official officers in your energy-efficiency “police force.” Or soldiers in your “environmental army.” Or even kings and queens of the Land of Low Electricity Bills. If you want your kids to help you in… Continue reading.