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The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes …

Another of the largest cooperatives in the nation is set to celebrate 75 years since its beginnings. Next year, Prairie Farms with its headquarters in Carlinville, will mark the milestone, having grown from its beginnings as Illinois Producers Creameries, a statewide association for co-op creameries. What started out as primarily an Illinois cooperative, has grown […]

Barns adorned by quilts

As the Barn Quilt Heritage Trail-McLean County started making headway on its project, someone said to Kay Henrichs, a Barn Quilt Heritage Trail committee chair and Bloomington resident, “it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to raise a barn quilt.” Henrichs said, laughing, “Yeah, that’s true.”             When […]

Curbing copper theft

By Maurice Martin, Cooperative Research Network Look at a piece of copper and you can see why it’s been popular with artists for 10,000 years. Its reddish-orange luster enhances jewelry and other decorative art. Ancient weapon makers also found it useful — axes with copper heads date back at least 5,000 years. More recently, engineers […]

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes …

While Farm Credit Services is acknowledging 2012 as International Year of the Cooperative, like other cooperatives, it considers every year to be something to celebrate. Farm Credit Services of Illinois is a farmer-owned and farmer-directed cooperative that serves more than 8,200 farm families, rural landowners and agribusinesses with competitive flexible financing and crop insurance risk […]

Clean coils mean higher efficiency

In addition to regular maintenance by a professional, keeping your air-conditioning unit free of debris and dirt can help keep it running efficiently. It is wise to make sure your existing central air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible to reduce your electric bills. And the way this summer started your air conditioner may […]

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes …

Just as the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 brought power and lights to rural homes, an amendment in 1949 was passed “to assure the availability of adequate telephone service” bridging the way for rural families and friends to hear one another across lines for the very first time. Of course a lot of work ensued […]

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Wellness resolutions check

As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2012, have you taken a look at your health and wellness resolutions? You know, the ones you made in January: eat healthier, have better portion control, lose weight, prune your schedule, get in shape and exercise regularly. Any of those sound familiar? One of the […]

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Manufactured Savings

Manufactured homes, sometimes dubbed mobile homes, often log disproportionately higher energy bills than traditional wood-frame or modular homes. But you can take steps to help manage energy costs and increase comfort. Manufactured homes come in several configurations: singlewide, doublewide and triplewide. Doublewides and triplewides require a crossover duct to provide air flow between the sections […]

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Home Grown Goodness

All over the country, people are taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures of growing their own vegetables and herbs. From small container gardens and raised beds, to community-based home farms where people grow food with neighbors, the idea of home-grown goodness has taken root. In fact, a recent survey from Triscuit found that […]

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The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives salutes …

That favorite sweater, afghan or suit, or any other product bearing a wool symbol, had to begin somewhere. That origin could have been on a farm in Illinois. The history of raising sheep and harvesting wool goes way back in time. It got its start in frontier times when J.G. Stolp, a New Yorker, built […]