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.
While Indiana has been the home of five U.S. vice presidents (and potentially a sixth in the making with Gov. Mike Pence on the ticket Nov. 8), the state has had only one resident elected president. That was Benjamin Harrison, who served from 1889-1893. In his four years, Harrison left lasting legacies, including one of… Continue reading.
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.
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.
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.
Ten years ago, another 200th commemoration left a powerful legacy for Indiana. The bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, 2003-2006, raised awareness that the historic “Voyage of Discovery” shoved off from the Hoosier shores of the Ohio River. William Clark was in the Indiana Territory in the late spring of 1803 not… Continue reading.
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.
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.
One bright blue-sky Tuesday morning 15 years ago this month, the world changed forever in four blinks of an eye. Most Americans could only stare and weep, transfixed to TV screens, as the horrific events we now refer to as “9/11” unfolded. At Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, which straddles the turnpike in southwestern Pennsylvania, the… Continue reading.
NCAA’s Oliver Luck to be 2016 Youth Power and Hope special guest … oh, yeah, he just happens to be dad to a well-known quarterback Indiana’s electric cooperatives and Electric Consumer are thrilled to welcome Oliver Luck, executive vice president of regulatory affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and father of Indianapolis Colts… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling As a writer, I find fonts are my friends. Vocabulary is my vocation. Words are my wheelhouse. If you want to play a game of Yahtzee, I’ll probably opt out. But if you’re up for a SCRABBLE challenge, I just might be your girl. Did you know SCRABBLE fans can flaunt their… Continue reading.
With a theme of “Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial,” the 2016 Indiana State Fair is acknowledging what makes our state great by honoring its agricultural heroes. As a follow up to last year’s Year of the Farmer promotion, this year 17 Featured Farmers will be recognized, one for each day of the fair’s run, from Aug. 5-21…. Continue reading.
From 1996 until 2005, Electric Consumer readers reached for glue guns, polymer clay, paint brushes and other craft supplies to fashion handmade ornaments for a Christmas tree ornament contest sponsored by the publication. Through the years, we received nearly 500 creations in a variety of mediums. Some were sculpted, some carved, some sewn. There were… Continue reading.