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State steps up to STEM challenges

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Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in General

A discussion about careers in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — often involves statistics. That’s not surprising. We are, after all, talking about a field focused on facts, figures, and formulas. So, consider this:  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development projects that opportunities in all occupations will grow by 13.9 percent from 2010 to… Continue reading.

Footsteps to Freedom

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Posted on Jan 28, 2017 in Features, General

For Eileen Baker-Wall, the Levi and Catharine Coffin house is more than just a state historic site and national landmark. It’s also something as deeply personal and cherished as her family’s rarest heirloom. Her great-great grandfather William Bush perhaps owed his life to the Coffins, their home and the Wayne County community of Newport. Perhaps… Continue reading.

A River ~ not so far away

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Features, General

The Wabash River is Indiana’s river. It’s the official state river, and the state song also sings its praises … “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.” But the Wabash River is not so far away for anyone living in Indiana. It enters the state at Jay County, not far from where it begins… Continue reading.

Practice makes pysanky

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in General

(Note to readers: This story originally was published in the December 2003 issue of Electric Consumer.) When Paul Batz enters what he calls “The Egg Zone,” there’s no telling where he’ll end up or when he’ll get there. In this oval universe, Batz travels along thin ribbons of wax that en-circle and crisscross the surface… Continue reading.

Christmas Ornament Contest

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Features, General

It’s been looking a lot like Christmas around the Electric Consumer office for a couple of months. Tiny parcels and big boxes bearing angels and reindeer, Santa Claus and snowmen have been dropping in regularly, courtesy of the postman. Now it’s our turn to post the winners of our Christmas Ornament Contest for all to… Continue reading.

‘Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas’

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Features, General

As sure as Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman come rolling around this time of year spreading Christmas cheer and baby boomer nostalgia, electric cooperative mascot Willie Wiredhand pops in to remind us that the REMC “Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas” gift records from the 1960s are on Electric Consumer’s YouTube channel. These… Continue reading.

Race for the State

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Posted on Oct 24, 2016 in Features, General

With this November issue, Electric Consumer focuses on Indiana’s gubernatorial race between Democratic Party candidate John Gregg and Republican Party candidate Eric Holcomb. Though Holcomb is currently Indiana’s lieutenant governor, the general public is still getting to know him. He was appointed to that position March 3 by Gov. Mike Pence after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann,… Continue reading.

Race for the Senate

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Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Features, General

Come Nov. 9, this long election season of twists and hairpin turns will have passed — providing there are no glitches, ties, challenges or hanging chads. Few observers would view the 2016 campaigns — from the presidential three-ring circus to the state’s musical chairs — as run-of-the-mill. The fireworks in Indiana’s usually placid political sky… Continue reading.

A look back on 9/11

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in General

Anyone born before 1995 or so, will never forget what they were doing on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when they heard the news that a plane had struck a tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. A terrible accident? What kind of plane? Terrorism? Then, about 15 minutes later,… Continue reading.

Honoring ag heroes

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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.

Electrical safety warning for Pokémon Go players

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Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in General

Indiana’s electric cooperatives and other utilities are reminding players of Pokémon Go to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment. The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real world places to “catch” Pokémon. Pokémon turn up everywhere — from grocery stores to hospitals. But they’re also appearing at electric… Continue reading.

A Leg Up on Life

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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.

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