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Figure Painting

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

Naomi Schroeder paints with words. Though just a fourth grader, she loves combining her illustrations with her writing in picture books she’s been creating since she was a tot. And at the intersection of words and pictures, she’s discovered the fun within figures of speech. She used one well-worn phrase to turn out a whimsical… Continue reading.

Cats & Dogs Reign

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Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Features, For Youth

It rained cats and dogs on the 20th annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. And because of that, a kennel of critters will rule the 2018 cooperative wall calendar! From kindergartners through high school seniors, students depicted furry friends of the feline and canine kind. Winning entries in first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth… Continue reading.

Catch our ‘Web Gems’

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Posted on Mar 25, 2017 in Features

Play gets back into full swing at Major League ball diamonds this month. And it won’t be long before the pop of balls into leather gloves, and cracks or clangs of batted balls are heard on those fields of summer all around Indiana, too. Electric Consumer has been featuring the national pastime over the years… Continue reading.

Down to the River

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Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in Features

It all comes down to the water. Be it the biological essentials or the biblical allusions, something in our blood or in our souls draws us to it. All living things require it. And all that we put on the land, and even the land itself, eventually washes to it. That’s the lesson seventh graders… Continue reading.

Leading the way

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in Features

Mary Jo Thomas, CEO at Whitewater Valley REMC in east central Indiana, first heard of an accounting job opening at the cooperative when a colleague listed her as a reference. That candidate ultimately turned down the job offer, and Thomas called the REMC to apply. “The rest is history and a blessing,” Thomas said. “We… Continue reading.

Inspiring women

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Posted on Mar 01, 2017 in Features

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we asked you to share stories of the women who have inspired you. Linda Austin shared the following message: “This is what a radical feminist looks like” proclaimed the bumper sticker on the white Honda Civic that Eleanore “Ellie” Schafer was still driving at 96. At 5-foot-2 with cropped… Continue reading.

Coming Home

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Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in Features

  When Emily Howard finished college in the spring of 2012, like a lot of seniors she had no idea where life would take her. But she knew finding her niche may most likely mean leaving the small Marshall County community of Argos where she grew up. “I was pretty much up for whatever after… Continue reading.

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 Electric 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.

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