By Richard G. Biever In 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to commit itself to landing a man on the moon. That same year, Harold Stark put the skills he learned as a Rush County farm boy on the same trajectory. As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that “one giant leap”… Continue reading.
It all comes down to the water. Be it the biological essentials or the biblical allusions, something in our blood or in our souls draws us to it. All living things require it. And all that we put on the land, and even the land itself, eventually washes to it. That’s the lesson seventh graders… Continue reading.
Mary Jo Thomas, CEO at Whitewater Valley REMC in east central Indiana, first heard of an accounting job opening at the cooperative when a colleague listed her as a reference. That candidate ultimately turned down the job offer, and Thomas called the REMC to apply. “The rest is history and a blessing,” Thomas said. “We… Continue reading.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, we asked you to share stories of the women who have inspired you. Linda Austin shared the following message: “This is what a radical feminist looks like” proclaimed the bumper sticker on the white Honda Civic that Eleanore “Ellie” Schafer was still driving at 96. At 5-foot-2 with cropped… Continue reading.
When Emily Howard finished college in the spring of 2012, like a lot of seniors she had no idea where life would take her. But she knew finding her niche may most likely mean leaving the small Marshall County community of Argos where she grew up. “I was pretty much up for whatever after… Continue reading.
For Eileen Baker-Wall, the Levi and Catharine Coffin house is more than just a state historic site and national landmark. It’s also something as deeply personal and cherished as her family’s rarest heirloom. Her great-great grandfather William Bush perhaps owed his life to the Coffins, their home and the Wayne County community of Newport. Perhaps… Continue reading.
As we begin the 120th term of the Indiana General Assembly, there’s been a lot of movement in committee assignments that could impact Indiana’s electric cooperatives — and members like you — throughout the state. One key committee that can really shape the landscape of safe, affordable and reliable electric service throughout the Hoosier state… Continue reading.
The Wabash River is Indiana’s river. It’s the official state river, and the state song also sings its praises … “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.” But the Wabash River is not so far away for anyone living in Indiana. It enters the state at Jay County, not far from where it begins… Continue reading.
It’s been looking a lot like Christmas around the Electric Consumer office for a couple of months. Tiny parcels and big boxes bearing angels and reindeer, Santa Claus and snowmen have been dropping in regularly, courtesy of the postman. Now it’s our turn to post the winners of our Christmas Ornament Contest for all to… Continue reading.
Revisit the REMC “Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas” gift records from the 1960s. These 45 rpm records were distributed by Indiana electric co-ops each holiday season from 1964-68 and in 1970. They told sweet tales of farm kids anticipating Christmas, taking sleigh rides into the woods, and meeting Santa and elves and learning about the… Continue reading.
From cooking in a nursing home kitchen to ringing a Salvation Army bell, from helping a Habitat for Humanity home project to collecting pillowcases which will be turned into clothing to helping mark a community trail, this year’s group of Youth Power & Hope Awards winners serve all walks. From the edges of the state… Continue reading.
Within days of Indiana’s statehood in December of 1816, Thomas Lincoln moved his family across the Ohio River from Kentucky for a fresh start in the brand new state. And his 7-year-old son, Abe, grew up a Hoosier. Throughout this bicentennial year, Hoosiers all over the state have celebrated and commemorated the state’s past, present… Continue reading.
With this November issue, Electric Consumer focuses on Indiana’s gubernatorial race between Democratic Party candidate John Gregg and Republican Party candidate Eric Holcomb. Though Holcomb is currently Indiana’s lieutenant governor, the general public is still getting to know him. He was appointed to that position March 3 by Gov. Mike Pence after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann,… Continue reading.