Richard G. Biever, Author at Electric Consumer

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In with the Old

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Features, General

 “Nostalgia,” some quip, “ain’t what it used to be.” But, that’s an old joke that’s just gotten older. “Vintage” is now in. What’s old is hotter, cooler, groovier and hipper than ever. Thanks to Pinterest, eBay, HGTV and popular TV shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and (the granddaddy of them all) PBS’ Antiques Roadshow,… Continue reading.

31 on 31

Posted on Jul 27, 2018 in Features, General

It’s designated “U.S.” Route 31. But perhaps more than any other single state or federal highway, Route 31 truly traces the heart of Indiana. It’s really “Us 31.” Literally, U.S. 31 wraps itself around Monument Circle in the very center of our state capital, and splits Indiana down the middle. North of Indianapolis, it’s a… Continue reading.

A Golden Age

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Features, General

You can hardly call yourself a “Hoosier” if you’ve not heard of the “Milan Miracle” — the David and Goliath tale of the tiny Indiana high school that won the 1954 state basketball championship and inspired the movie “Hoosiers.” But there’s another Milan miracle. It’s about another David. And it’s just as amazing. It’s the… Continue reading.

Living in a Connected Hometown

Posted on May 22, 2018 in Features, General

When Chris Muegge went off to college in 2007, he thought his days working with his dad on the family farm were done. Leveraging his education in animal/feedlot nutrition from Oklahoma State University and then Purdue to come back to his parents’ 1,200-acre grain and livestock farm in southeast Hancock County seemed economically improbable. “I… Continue reading.

Indiana catches elusive state insect

Posted on May 01, 2018 in Features, General

The Indiana state flag features a torch with stars beaming out from its flame against a dark blue field. Every summer night, that flag comes alive in the fields and forests of rural and suburban Indiana in the form of fireflies lighting up the dark blue night with their illuminating flickers. How appropriate, then, that… Continue reading.

Calendar of Student Art 2019

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 in Gallery of Art

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

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

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Features

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

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

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

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

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.