Most people celebrate July 4 by watching a local, professional fireworks show — supervised by firefighters. But if you’re starting the performance early with consumer fireworks, here are some tips: Your fireworks might be legal, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the U.S. Fire Administration report thousands… Continue reading.
BY BRIAN D. SMITH Fifty years ago this month, a man on the moon joined the man in the moon, pressing a human footprint onto the grainy gray lunar surface for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong’s July 20, 1969 milestone step (he was soon accompanied by fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) came 6½… Continue reading.
BY NICK ROGERS Spring Mill State Park boasts the usual activities, campsites and trails (eight to be exact, ranging from 1/3 to 2½ miles). But most parks don’t serve food using cornmeal made from an active, 202-year-old mill. And you’d be hard-pressed to find NASA spacecraft near nature elsewhere. On 1,358 acres about 3 miles… Continue reading.
BY BRIAN D. SMITH He’s old enough to get the senior discount at Arby’s. But 55-year-old Brian “The Human Fuse” Miser isn’t standing in line for roast beef. He’s on ABC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” preparing to be set ablaze and shot through the air from a giant crossbow as a panel of judges and a… Continue reading.
The summer sun quickly drives up outdoor temperatures — and energy bills with it! Rather than perpetually running your air conditioner, some strategic planning can save you energy, leading to lower electric use. Steps you can take to reduce your energy costs are to: Open the windows on cool summer evenings and nights. A cool… Continue reading.
Represents: District 1, which includes Perry and Elkhart townships in Noble County and part of Benton Township in Elkhart County Occupation: Owner and operator of Wysong Partners, which focuses on grain production, and Prime Care Ag, which is a farrow-to-swine production operation Local participation: Member of Cosperville Baptist Church, where he previously served as its… Continue reading.
Since they were formed in the 1930s, Indiana’s electric cooperatives have maintained an active political presence to ensure policymakers have a good understanding of the unique needs of modern electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. Because cooperatives provide electricity at cost, decisions made in Washington, D.C., and in the Indiana Statehouse can impact how… Continue reading.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY RICHARD G. BIEVER The last morning 14 Indiana electric cooperative linemen would spend at their worksite in rural Guatemala, Clay Smith was handed a guitar at the hotel that had been their home for two weeks. The 33-year-old line foreman at Whitewater Valley REMC sat down in one of the worn… Continue reading.
BY RICHARD G. BIEVER When we think of “treasures,” we might think of things buried in our own backyards — gold and gemstones left by the forces of nature … gold and jewels left by the devices of men. We might think of precious people who left marks on history, or precious plants and animal… Continue reading.
Indiana’s Home Teams In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings broke new ground as they stepped to the plate. For the first time, an assembled starting roster of baseball players was being openly paid to play. If ever a case was made for “getting what you pay for,” that team was it. The Red Stockings hit… Continue reading.
Hoosiers on first?Fort Wayne hosted first professional league game While Cincinnati is celebrated for its 1869 Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, the first professional “major league” game ever played actually took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In March of 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was formed. The “Kekionga Base… Continue reading.