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Calendar of Art 2019

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Posted on Apr 26, 2018 in General

The 21st edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art featured artwork created during the 2017-18 school year. The contest was judged in spring 2018. About 2,200 pieces of art were submitted for the contest. (See story from May 2018.) The Best of Show was 10th Grade/October winner Evan Olinger.     GO TO CALENDAR… Continue reading.

Art Safari

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Posted on Apr 26, 2018 in General

Birds and animals once again dominated the winning themes of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest. The 13 first place winning works will illustrate the cover and the months inside the 2019 calendar participating Indiana electric cooperatives make available to consumers. Nine additional works were selected for honorable mentions. They will appear in a… Continue reading.

Taking 5

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Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in For Youth, General

Anyone who’s ever had cats knows they are creatures of both habit and keen curiosity. Evan Olinger never has had a cat; he and his older brother are allergic to them. Still, the high school sophomore won his fifth consecutive grade division in the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest in March by modeling the… Continue reading.

Remembering Kennedy & King

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Posted on Apr 02, 2018 in Features, General

April 4 marks the 50th anniversary of one of Indiana’s shining moments in the darkness of a national tragedy. On April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy was campaigning in Indiana for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. That evening, he flew to Indianapolis for a planned inner-city rally. Upon landing, he was informed that Martin Luther King,… Continue reading.

Easter Eggs à la Ukraine

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Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Archives, General

(This story appeared in the March 1997 issue of Electric Consumer. Maria Fedyniak passed away in October 2005 at the age of 83.) When Maria Fedyniak was a little girl growing up on a little farm in Ukraine, the egg was always something special. Sometimes, she said, eggs were like money. Her family used them… Continue reading.

Happier Trails

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Posted on Mar 22, 2018 in General

For 17 seasons, Christy Menke’s Hope Haven Horse Farm helped kids and adults with special needs and injuries find relief from their challenges. When clients begin returning this month for the 2018 season, they will find a new name out front and a new emphasis on trail-blazing technology to help them even more when they get… Continue reading.

New Life for Old Bones

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Posted on Feb 21, 2018 in General

How do you breathe new life into 13,000-year-old fossilized bones? How do you retell stories almost as old as time itself? Visitors to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have a chance to find out later this month — just in time for spring break trips to the state capital. The state museum will unveil… Continue reading.

Lincoln Features from Past Issues

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Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in Archives

Revisit features about Abraham Lincoln from past issues … Did growing up in the free state of Indiana play a role in Lincoln’s views on slavery?; Lincoln’s years in Indiana are mostly surrounded in vague details and myths. How did artists fill in the missing pieces; Looking at Abe’s Bicentennial Birthday Bash; and much more!… Continue reading.

Traces of Lincoln

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Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in General

(This article originally appeared in the February 1999 issue of Electric Consumer.) Much is known and recorded, in words and pictures, of Abraham Lincoln as the Illinois prairie lawyer, orator and politician. Even more is revealed and preserved of Lincoln as the revered president who steered the nation through Civil War and saved the Union;… Continue reading.

In the Footsteps of Lincoln

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Posted on Feb 12, 2018 in General

“My childhood’s home I see again, And sadden with the view; And still, as memory crowds my brain, There’s pleasure in it too Near twenty years have passed away Since here I bid farewell To woods and fields, and scenes of play And playmates loved so well …” — from “My Childhood’s Home” Abraham Lincoln,… Continue reading.

Fireflies in space

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Posted on Jan 24, 2018 in General

‘Would fireflies light up in space?” is a reasonable kind of question only second graders studying the wondrous little bioluminescent beetles might be curious enough to ask. To find out, students in Maggie Samudio’s class at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette posed the question to Purdue University’s astronautics professor Steven Collicott. To answer it as… Continue reading.

Let It Snow!

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Posted on Dec 24, 2017 in Features

The weather prognosticators at the trusty Farmers’ Almanac and the U.S. Energy Information Administration agree this winter is shaping up to be a doozy. But just because the snow may fly and the mercury may drop doesn’t mean we Hoosiers have to hibernate till spring. Indiana might not be positioned like Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota… Continue reading.