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When tree roots surface

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Backyard

By B. Rosie Lerner Much to the dismay of homeowners, landscape trees sometimes grow roots on top of the surface of the lawn or possibly even buckle sidewalks and driveways. These surface roots can be quite a nuisance to lawn mowers and human feet. There are several reasons why the roots come to the surface…. Continue reading.

Indiana Eats — King of the Coney

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017 in Indiana Eats

Just as Philadelphia has its cheesesteak and Chicago has its Italian Beef, Fort Wayne is famous for its Coney dog. That’s thanks to a small downtown diner that is the oldest hot dog stand in America. Founded in 1914, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island has been in the same family since 1916. Five years ago,… Continue reading.

Flying high at Marcella’s

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Indiana Eats

By Holly Huffman Situated in the small northwest Indiana town of Wheatfield, just a short drive off of I-65 between Chicago and Indianapolis, is Marcella’s. For nearly 12 years, the restaurant has been serving up delicious pizzas, wings, sandwiches and more to locals and visitors a like. The eatery is best known for its buttery… Continue reading.

Introducing Indiana Eats!

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Posted on May 30, 2017 in Indiana Eats

By Holly Huffman All along Indiana’s highways and byways there are great places to eat. Perhaps it’s a greasy spoon that serves up the most mouthwatering cheeseburgers and fries around. Or, it could be a charming tea room replete with cucumber sandwiches, pastries and beautiful gardens. Whatever the case, or taste, Electric Consumer is on… Continue reading.

The Green Team

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Posted on Apr 01, 2017 in Features

By Holly Huffman One thing’s for certain if your power goes out: you’ll be playing the “blame game.” What caused the outage? Storms or high winds are the usual suspects. Others might blame those cute little squirrels or other furry friends that seem to make their way atop power poles. Storms, wind and little critters… Continue reading.

Natural sweets for the sweet

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Backyard

By Rosie Lerner Looking for a fun gardening project for chasing away your winter blues? Why not try growing Stevia in your windowsill garden. It may not be the most ornamental of plants, but hopefully will present a sweet reward for your efforts. Stevia rebaudiana, also known as sweetleaf and sugarleaf, is a low-growing, tender,… Continue reading.

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Air-squirrel at the birdfeeder

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding When I first installed my sunflower seed birdfeeder, I hung it from a single cable attached to a high limb and positioned the wire basket 42 inches above the ground. At that height, I knew it was safe from all ground attacks by chipmunks and squirrels. They simply could not reach the… Continue reading.

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Make your office work for you

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Product Picks

By Marc Rapport The ideal office environment has a mix of gadgets for productivity, collaboration, comfort and even portability (for when the work goes on the road). OFFICE SPACE GO ERGO Say you really want to personalize your keyboard—which keys go where, what sound they make, how much pressure you use, whether it’s one piece… Continue reading.

Can energy apps save money?

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Energy

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Smartphone apps number like the stars these days, it seems. Some you might want to be aware of can help you determine how energy is used in your home and provide information that helps you choose efficiency upgrades that make the most sense for your home. Here are a… Continue reading.

Do You Know Luck?

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Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Features

NCAA’s Oliver Luck to be 2016 Youth Power and Hope special guest … oh, yeah, he just happens to be dad to a well-known quarterback Indiana’s electric cooperatives and Electric Consumer are thrilled to welcome Oliver Luck, executive vice president of regulatory affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and father of Indianapolis Colts… Continue reading.

For those who dabble in SCRABBLE

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Posted on Aug 05, 2016 in Commentary, Features

By Emily Schilling As a writer, I find fonts are my friends. Vocabulary is my vocation. Words are my wheelhouse. If you want to play a game of Yahtzee, I’ll probably opt out. But if you’re up for a SCRABBLE challenge, I just might be your girl. Did you know SCRABBLE fans can flaunt their… Continue reading.

What is a ‘Zero Net Energy’ Home?

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in Energy

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I am considering installing solar, and a neighbor asked if I was going to have a “Zero Net Energy” Home. Can you explain what that is? A Zero Net Energy (ZNE), or Net-Zero, Home is one where all of the energy that is used in the home is completely offset by… Continue reading.