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Power tools 101

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Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in General, Product Picks

Whether feathering a first nest or tackling fix-it tasks around the apartment, these basic tools can help beginners take projects from DIY to done. FULL CIRCLE FIVE EASY PIECES Equip a powerful DIY toolbox, ready to build, install or repair, with the five-piece, cordless Ridgid Gen5x Combo Kit. It comes with five basic pieces: circular… Continue reading.

There’s an APPLE for that!

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Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Features, General

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.

Apple Slices of trivia

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Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Features, General

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.

International food etiquette rules

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Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in General

Chile: Avoid eating anything with your hands. Chileans are formal with manners to identify with European culture, so make sure to use a knife and fork when eating. France: Don’t eat bread as an appetizer. Save it to eat with your meal or with the cheese course at the end. Place the bread directly on the table,… Continue reading.

10 tips for campfire cooking

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Posted on Jul 01, 2015 in General

Pack your cooler in layers. Start with the last day at the bottom of the cooler and place the first day on top. Packing in layers limits how often the cooler is opened. Prepare food ahead of time to save time and to avoid bringing extra cooking utensils. Add logs to your fire slowly. If… Continue reading.

Honor Flight Network serving Hoosiers

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in General

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization of almost 140 “hubs” (or chapters) across the nation that flies veterans to Washington D.C., to visit memorials built to honor their service. The hubs rely on private and corporate donations and fundraisers to allow the veterans to fly at no charge. Four hubs operate in Indiana. They… Continue reading.

A MONUMENTAL ‘THANK YOU’

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Features, General

‘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.

Foods to avoid feeding pets

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Posted on May 01, 2015 in General

  • Alcohol and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system problems, and more. • The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which is harmful to dogs, birds and rodents. • Chocolate, coffee and caffeine all contain methylxanthine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and more. Dark chocolate is the most… Continue reading.

Celebrating National Electrical Safety Month

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Posted on Apr 29, 2015 in Features, General

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.

Preparing for Spring storms

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Posted on Apr 07, 2015 in Features, General

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.

Love our Linemen

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Posted on Apr 07, 2015 in Features, General

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.

Coffee grounds are good for …

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Posted on Apr 02, 2015 in General

After brewing a pot of coffee, don’t pitch the spent grounds. Did you know they have several uses once your cup of joe is ready? • Place a small amount on a dish cloth to scour away grease and grime from skillets and saucepans. It also works as an exfoliant for hands and can help… Continue reading.

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