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A Leg Up on Life

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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

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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

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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.

July: From Boilermakers to ‘moonrakers’

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Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

Purdue University may be best known among rural electric cooperative members for its incredible contributions to agriculture. But there’s another side of the campus that has played an astronomical role in our nation’s space program. Two dozen graduates have taken their Purdue education out of this world as astronauts. Seven rays on the Indiana state… Continue reading.

More farm photos

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Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in Features

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fit all of the farm photos we received from our readers into our July magazine. However, we’re happy to share some more reader-submitted photos here for you to enjoy!

More father, son photos!

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Posted on Jun 03, 2016 in Features

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fit all of the father and son photos we received from our readers into our June magazine. However, we’re happy to share some more reader-submitted photos here for you to enjoy!  

June: A state ‘made in the shade’

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

The year 1816 has been called the “Year without a Summer,” as unseasonable cold was felt across North America and Europe. But in the Indiana Territory, where a new state’s constitution was being forged just north of the Ohio River, it was unseasonable heat that added yet another colorful chapter to our Hoosier history and… Continue reading.

Carrying a Torch

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Features, General

How far would you go chasing a firefly? Across town? Across the state? To the ends of the Earth? In the cool of the evening this time of year, these little bioluminescent beetles emerge and begin beckoning both their mates and us with their tiny flashing greenish gold beacons. It’s easy to fall under their… Continue reading.

Oh, Say, can you see if it’s a Say’s Firefly?

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Features

Over 40 varieties of fireflies have been seen in Indiana. And while most folks will simply recognize all fireflies as a state insect, Purdue University entomologists distinguished several characteristics that set Say’s Firefly apart for the sticklers: First sighted: Say’s Firefly is one of the earliest emerging fireflies in our area and may be seen… Continue reading.

Harnessing the power of the lightning bug

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Features

Someday, consumers may be using lights that won’t show up on the monthly “light bill” or electric bill. The lights, which could replace fluorescent and be much more efficient than LED lamps, will glow using the science found in fireflies. Scientists at Syracuse University have made what they are calling a transformational advance in an… Continue reading.

This firefly shines his light on safety!

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Posted on May 31, 2016 in Features

While electric co-ops have mascot Willie Wiredhand promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency as a “spokes plug,” the electric world as a whole has a special “spokes BUG” — Louie the Lightning Bug — who’s willing and able to teach safety and efficiency to consumers of all ages and of all electric utilities. Louie’s caretakers at… Continue reading.

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