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For the Ages; But Not for Now?

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Posted on Feb 10, 2008 in Commentary, Features

(This commentary originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Electric Consumer.) Abraham Lincoln was many things to many people … the greatest president, the Great Emancipator, savior of the Union, Honest Abe, a martyr to freedom. Poet Walt Whitman pined, “O Captain, My Captain” upon his death. Some go as far as to see… Continue reading.

For more information on stamp collecting…

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Posted on Sep 13, 2007 in Features

American First Day Cover Society Contact: Douglas Kelsey Executive Director PO Box 65960, Tucson, AZ 85728-5960 520-321-0880 afdcs@aol.com www.afdcs.org A full-service, not-for-profit, noncommercial society devoted exclusively to First Day Covers and First Day Cover collecting. Publishes 90-page magazine, First Days, eight times per year. Offers information on 300 current cachet producers, expertizing, foreign covers, translation… Continue reading.

Stamps of approval

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Posted on Sep 13, 2007 in Features

Electricity is probably the most profound and pervasive man-made power to touch our lives. It’s a product and a service. Electricity is power plants and poles, wires and meters, outlets and switches. But it’s also the light in the night, the world at our fingertips, TV and music. Electricity is the roar of machinery from… Continue reading.

Celebrating Cars

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Posted on Jul 13, 2007 in Features

Trips together down memory lane began with a flat tire My husband and I met over a flat tire in 1959. He stopped to help me fix it. We started to date and in 1960, he bought this beautiful car: a 1960 red Chevy Impala convertible. One of our great memories is driving to Indianapolis… Continue reading.

Gene Stratton-Porter remembered

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Posted on Jun 12, 2007 in Features

Gene Stratton-Porter was a self-taught naturalist, novelist, photographer and illustrator. Here’s a glimpse of her life. Born: Aug. 17, 1863, Wabash County. Family: Charles Porter, husband (married 1886); Jeannette, daughter (born 1887). Died: Dec. 6, 1924, in Los Angeles in a traffic accident. Milestones: Moved to Geneva in 1889. By 1900, photographed birds and animals… Continue reading.

Back to nature

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Posted on Jun 12, 2007 in Features

Ten years ago, restoration began on small sections of the long-lost Limberlost, the inspiration to Hoosier writer and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter a century ago. From the limb of a tall dead tree, a lone and lordly bald eagle perched undisturbed and almost unnoticed. It looked down over a shallow lake lined with reeds and cattails… Continue reading.

Powerful lessons on safety

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Posted on May 12, 2007 in Features

How do you get high school students to pay attention to a show and tell on electrical safety — stuff they’ve heard a million times before? For starters, you might unsnap your left hand at the wrist and pass it around. Or hold up one of your spare right legs. Or tell them what it’s… Continue reading.

A Cart of Student Art!

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Posted on Apr 12, 2007 in Features, For Youth

A black cat crossing the path might be considered bad luck. But for Evelyn Walker, a high school sophomore from Sunman, a black cat proved most fortunate. Her pen and ink illustration not only won the 10th grade division in the recently completed cooperative student calendar art contest, it also was picked “Best of Show.”… Continue reading.

Cranking up the “negawatts”

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Posted on Feb 12, 2007 in Features

Benjamin Franklin’s old saying “a penny saved is a penny earned” is the sound wisdom behind “negawatts,” the notion that a megawatt saved is a megawatt unburned — a megawatt we don’t need to generate. Coined back in the late 1980s, the term negawatts is once again gaining mainstream attention across the state and nation… Continue reading.

Once upon a Christmastime

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Posted on Dec 10, 2006 in Features

In September, we began asking readers to submit their favorite memories of this special time of year. As they did with last year’s Thanksgiving memories, readers did not disappoint. We received 85 letters and e-mails from all over the state. Some of the memories were funny. Some were sweet. And some were sad. We tried… Continue reading.

Batten down the hatches!

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Posted on Nov 09, 2006 in Energy, Features

If your home has air leaks around walls, doors and windows or if you’ve left the fireplace damper open, it’s the same as having your money blow right out of your house. You’re paying for that heat that’s lost with the wind. So, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to prepare your… Continue reading.

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