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Race for the Senate

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Features, General

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.

September: Spitz blitzed Munich

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

Stepping up for Flight 93

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Features

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.

Partners in Protection

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Features

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.

Do You Know Luck?

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Features

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.

For those who dabble in SCRABBLE

Posted on Aug 05, 2016 in Commentary, Features

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.

Honoring ag heroes

Posted on Aug 04, 2016 in Features, General

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.

Christmas Ornament Contest Returns!

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Features

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.

A Leg Up on Life

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Features, For Youth, General

One of the seven cooperative principles electric cooperatives and all cooperative businesses adhere to is “Commitment to Community.” The principle also is underscored in gold as one of the four core values of all Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Nowhere does community commitment and giving back play out more than with the cooperative commitment to the young… Continue reading.

August: Trailblazing speed

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Eighty years ago this month, Jesse Owens outran and out-jumped the world on his way to four gold medals in the August 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. But almost 40 years before Owens, another African-American athlete blazed a trail across North America and Europe. His mark was made on the bicycle.    … Continue reading.

65 & Pluggin’ On

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Features, Willie's World

“Your Indiana electric cooperative companion” turns 65 years old this month. But “retirement” is nowhere in sight! Rather, Electric Consumer staff hopes readers are still enjoying the publication’s 2013 upgrade to a magazine after being a newsprint tabloid all of its previous years (which began in 1951 as Indiana Rural News). In the past year,… Continue reading.

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