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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.

Art Circles

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Posted on Apr 27, 2016 in Features, For Youth

‘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.

A Family of Art

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Posted on Apr 27, 2016 in Features, For Youth

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.

More Hiking Adventures!

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Posted on Apr 04, 2016 in Features

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!    

Wind in the Wires

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Posted on Mar 31, 2016 in Features

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.

Judicial Timeout

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Posted on Feb 26, 2016 in Features, General

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.

More ‘Sweetheart’ stories

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Posted on Feb 05, 2016 in Features

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.

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