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Footsteps to Freedom

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Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Features, General

For Eileen Baker-Wall, the Levi and Catharine Coffin house is more than just a state historic site and national landmark. It’s also something as deeply personal and cherished as her family’s rarest heirloom. Her great-great grandfather William Bush perhaps owed his life to the Coffins, their home and the Wayne County community of Newport. Perhaps… Continue reading.

Mylar balloons: No Valentine for power lines!

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Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Electrical Zingers, Features, Willie's World

Those shiny balloons and ribbons used to celebrate Valentine’s Day and other special occasions are coated with a thin layer of metal. That makes them an excellent conductor of electricity and a potential danger to anyone holding it if the balloon, for example, is carried outside near equipment like the electrical service connection. Here are… Continue reading.

A River ~ not so far away

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Features, General

The Wabash River is Indiana’s river. It’s the official state river, and the state song also sings its praises … “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.” But the Wabash River is not so far away for anyone living in Indiana. It enters the state at Jay County, not far from where it begins… Continue reading.

Christmas Ornament Contest

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Features, General

It’s been looking a lot like Christmas around the Electric Consumer office for a couple of months. Tiny parcels and big boxes bearing angels and reindeer, Santa Claus and snowmen have been dropping in regularly, courtesy of the postman. Now it’s our turn to post the winners of our Christmas Ornament Contest for all to… Continue reading.

‘Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas’

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Features, General

As sure as Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman come rolling around this time of year spreading Christmas cheer and baby boomer nostalgia, electric cooperative mascot Willie Wiredhand pops in to remind us that the REMC “Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas” gift records from the 1960s are on Electric Consumer’s YouTube channel. These… Continue reading.

Indiana: An Attitude of Thanksgiving

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Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Features

Within days of Indiana’s statehood in December of 1816, Thomas Lincoln moved his family across the Ohio River from Kentucky for a fresh start in the brand new state. And his 7-year-old son, Abe, grew up a Hoosier. Throughout this bicentennial year, Hoosiers all over the state have celebrated and commemorated the state’s past, present… Continue reading.

Race for the State

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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.

Race for the Senate

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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.

September: Spitz blitzed Munich

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

With the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil now over, here’s a look back at one of the most incredible Olympic performances of all time: Indiana University’s Mark Spitz winning seven gold medals while setting seven world records in 1972.     Mark Spitz was already setting world records as a high school swimmer in California… Continue reading.

Stepping up for Flight 93

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Features

Like most Americans on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, staff members at Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative in Pennsylvania were following the horrific morning events unfold on televisions in the office. Two hijacked commercial jet liners, loaded with fuel, smashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and a… Continue reading.

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