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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.

May: Hoosiers on first?

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Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

April: Saluting Hoosier heroes

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

February: Victory at Vincennes

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

January: Indiana celebrates 200 years

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Posted on Apr 06, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

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.

March: Indiana’s Bright Lights!

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Posted on Feb 26, 2016 in Bicentennial Zingers

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.

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