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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.

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

Revisit the REMC “Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas” gift records from the 1960s. These 45 rpm records were distributed by Indiana electric co-ops each holiday season from 1964-68 and in 1970. They told sweet tales of farm kids anticipating Christmas, taking sleigh rides into the woods, and meeting Santa and elves and learning about the… Continue reading.

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