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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.

July: From Boilermakers to ‘moonrakers’

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

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!

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’

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

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?

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.

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