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.
Thomas Say is the namesake for the “Say’s Firefly” (Pyractomena angulata), the variety of firefly that has been proposed as the Indiana state insect. Say is known as the “father of American entomology.” Born in Philadelphia in 1787, he was a self-taught naturalist, and one of the first American-born naturalists to gain renown. At age… Continue reading.
‘All my life’s a circle …,” the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin used to leave his audiences singing. “The season’s spinnin’ round again, the years keep rollin’ by …” As the calendar pages of 2017 begin turning, the names of student winners in the recently completed cooperative student art contest or the schools from where they… Continue reading.
From the time the Schuler kids were barely up off the floor, the rural North Manchester siblings were encouraged to create art. First came Eli, now a high school senior. Then came triplets Attie, Ellie and Hallie, sophomores. Then came Will, an eighth grader. And finally, there’s Lily, a first grader. While all are creative… Continue reading.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 may have been the first paid “professional” baseball team. But Hoosiers might be surprised to learn the first professional game was played in Fort Wayne. Few baseball fans have probably heard of the Fort Wayne Kekiongas. Though short-lived, the team will forever be noted as hosting and… Continue reading.
In April, Indiana marks the birthdays of two legendary aviation pioneers — one you may not even realize was born a Hoosier — and commemorates the anniversary of the loss of a beloved Hoosier journalist. Aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, brothers who developed the world’s first successful airplane, are rightly associated… Continue reading.
Our celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday continues with a historic Hoosier happening that took place 37 years before Indiana ever became a state. While our neck of the woods may not immediately come to mind when talking about the American Revolutionary War, a key victory — which ultimately opened U.S. westward expansion — was won… Continue reading.
Each month throughout 2016, electric cooperative mascot Willie Wiredhand will shine a little light on Hoosier history. Willie says let’s get the 2016 big bicentennial birthday bash off and running with some basic facts and figures … and fun bits of Hoosier trivia! Indiana was officially admitted to the United States on Dec. 11, 1816. It is the… Continue reading.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fit all of the hiking photos we received from our readers into our April magazine. However, we’re happy to share some more reader-submitted photos here for you to enjoy!
For years, Jim and Gloria Humphreys would gaze out toward the towering tri-bladed turbines of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm south of their rural Wolcott home. The colossal pinwheels, clustered across the land for as far as their eyes could see, had them wondering two things: • if they’d ever see the pair planned for… Continue reading.
When it comes to “bright ideas,” Hoosiers have boldly brandished the torch of enlightenment to lead the nation in electrification of town and country. On a dark rainy night in early spring 1880, an estimated crowd of nearly 10,000 people came from near and far to the northcentral Indiana town of Wabash to witness a… Continue reading.
In what many see as a stunning — even unprecedented — action, the United States Supreme Court halted the Obama administration’s sweeping rule to cut carbon emissions from power providers until the many legal challenges surrounding the 2015 regulation are reviewed by the courts. The 5-4 order came Feb. 9. For now, the stay stops… Continue reading.
Readers weren’t shy about sharing their love stories for February’s ‘How I Met My Sweetheart’ feature. Though we only had room for 13 letters and six excerpts in the print version of Electric Consumer, there were many more reader-written stories that touched our hearts. We’d like to share some of them with you. Check back… Continue reading.