Chris Birky | District 1 Chris Birky; his wife, Melissa; and their five children reside in Pleasant Township. They have been Kankakee Valley REMC members for 28 years. Birky owns and operates Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet catering and concessions, is the founder of South County Love Your Neighbor not-for-profit, and also owns a small… Continue reading.
Kankakee Valley REMC is excited to announce the most recent Operation Round Up grant recipients. This quarter’s giving accounted for over $12,000 going back into our communities. Pulaski County Scrappy Sewers: The volunteer seamstresses at Pulaski County Scrappy Sewers received $1,000 from KV REMC Operation Round Up to purchase fabric for pillowcases. The Scrappy… Continue reading.
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.