History repeats itself, the old adage contends. It’s certainly true in Gary Gerlach’s case. This month, the Pulaski County farmer will take over the presidential reins of Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC), the service association for Indiana’s member-owned electric utilities. He was elected to the post at IEC’s annual meeting Dec. 4, 2017. Gerlach, a director… Continue reading.
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.
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.
Spring’s renewal traditionally means cleaning time, too: sweeping out the winter dirt from the garage, washing the windows, scrubbing the floors … While you’re spiffing up the house, don’t neglect your appliances: Dust the refrigerator. Refrigerators exchange heat through a system of coils. A buildup of dust and pet hair will make the unit run… Continue reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Furnaces are supposed to have a filter installed in the return air duct to clean the air as it is drawn in from the home and recycles back through the heat exchanger. A clean air filter is a must; don’t let it gather dust! Remember, a dirty filter: reduces the airflow through your system and… Continue reading.
As Indiana’s bicentennial celebration reaches the crescendo, Willie and friends take a final curtain call on our magical Hoosier history tour. President James Madison took his pen in hand, and with the stroke of his signature on Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state — as he signed an act of Congress admitting Indiana… Continue reading.
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.
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.
From cooking in a nursing home kitchen to ringing a Salvation Army bell, from helping a Habitat for Humanity home project to collecting pillowcases which will be turned into clothing to helping mark a community trail, this year’s group of Youth Power & Hope Awards winners serve all walks. From the edges of the state… Continue reading.