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May: Hoosiers on first?

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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.

Judicial Timeout

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

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.

‘How I met my Sweetheart’ …

Posted on Feb 01, 2016 in Features

One thing most all sweethearts get asked at some point: “How did you meet?” For some, it was like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening.” Sparks flew at the first meeting of eyes across a crowded room, love at first sight. Sometimes, one person felt that spark right away, while the other looked for the… Continue reading.

Making RE-Connections

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Features, Youth Tour

Even as a college sophomore with little experience being interviewed, Michelle Study-Campbell said she knew this one was not going well. Before a panel of politicos, she was applying for a statehouse internship for the 1996 legislative session. “As I was interviewing, I could see it was kind of flat. I wasn’t getting a lot… Continue reading.

Gov. Mike Pence

‘Out on the farm’

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Features

Gov. Mike Pence spent an autumn afternoon with a Warren County REMC board member, leading a town hall meeting and operating a combine — experiencing a short time in the boots of an Indiana farmer. Pence held the community meeting in Fowler, Indiana, at the family farm of Bruce Buchanan, secretary-treasurer of Warren County REMC’s… Continue reading.

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