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Race for the State

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 in Features, General

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.

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Goin’ goo-goo for gadgets!

Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in General, Product Picks

By Ron Aiken Most babies born these days will live to see the arrival of the 22nd century. (That’s just 84 years away.) Give them a sneak peek of all the “star-techy” marvels they’ll be growing up with with some of the latest innovations in the baby-care market. EXTRA CARE High-Tech Peek-a-Boo Those early baby… Continue reading.

In a nutshell…

Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in General

Not all “nuts” are the same. Did you know that peanuts technically aren’t nuts? They’re legumes. Most legumes come in a pod and usually contain multiple fruit in a single pod. Nuts, on the other hand, come in a strong shell that doesn’t split open when they’re ready to be picked. Plus, drupes make the… Continue reading.

Race for the Senate

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Features, General

Come Nov. 9, this long election season of twists and hairpin turns will have passed — providing there are no glitches, ties, challenges or hanging chads. Few observers would view the 2016 campaigns — from the presidential three-ring circus to the state’s musical chairs — as run-of-the-mill. The fireworks in Indiana’s usually placid political sky… Continue reading.

A look back on 9/11

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in General

Anyone born before 1995 or so, will never forget what they were doing on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when they heard the news that a plane had struck a tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. A terrible accident? What kind of plane? Terrorism? Then, about 15 minutes later,… Continue reading.

Take a hike

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in General

I have to admit, I don’t know what I did before I got an iPhone. I use my phone for all kinds of things … as a camera, compass and calculator. And now, I can use it to take a hike. Finding a trail for hiking Hoosiers to explore will be easier this year thanks to… Continue reading.

Honoring ag heroes

Posted on Aug 04, 2016 in Features, General

With a theme of “Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial,” the 2016 Indiana State Fair is acknowledging what makes our state great by honoring its agricultural heroes. As a follow up to last year’s Year of the Farmer promotion, this year 17 Featured Farmers will be recognized, one for each day of the fair’s run, from Aug. 5-21…. Continue reading.

Deep fat frying safety tips

Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in General

Deep fat frying involves submerging food in hot oil until it reaches a safe minimum internal temperature. The outside is crunchy while the inside is cooked safely. While deep fat frying allows you to prepare fair food in your own kitchen, extreme safety measures must be followed. For grease fires, never use water to extinguish… Continue reading.

Electrical safety warning for Pokémon Go players

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in General

Indiana’s electric cooperatives and other utilities are reminding players of Pokémon Go to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment. The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real world places to “catch” Pokémon. Pokémon turn up everywhere — from grocery stores to hospitals. But they’re also appearing at electric… Continue reading.

A Leg Up on Life

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Features, For Youth, General

One of the seven cooperative principles electric cooperatives and all cooperative businesses adhere to is “Commitment to Community.” The principle also is underscored in gold as one of the four core values of all Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Nowhere does community commitment and giving back play out more than with the cooperative commitment to the young… Continue reading.

Cookie tips: 10 secrets for baking the tastiest cookies

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 in General

Read your recipe carefully before you begin. Baking demands accuracy. Unlike with other types of cooking, be careful when substituting ingredients. Not all ingredients bake the same way! Use fresh ingredients. Check expiration dates of ingredients and test, if necessary, before using. For example, baking soda should bubble when added to vinegar, and baking powder… Continue reading.

Meet the Candidates

Posted on Jun 09, 2016 in General

  District 1 Candidate Chris Birky and his wife, Melissa, reside in Pleasant Township with their children. The couple have been Kankakee Valley REMC members for 22 years. The Birkys own Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet in Kouts, where they operate a country market and bakery. They also run two seasonal restaurants called Piggies &… Continue reading.

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