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Natural gas catching up with coal as an electricity fuel

Energy made history last April when more electricity in the U.S. was generated with natural gas than with coal. It lasted only a month, but it signals huge changes that are making the landscape of power production a lot more complicated. In April, natural gas fueled 32 percent of the electricity in the U.S., compared with 30 percent for coal. ...Read More


Making holiday spirits bright

One of the great sub-plots in the classic holiday movie “Christmas Vacation” features leading character Clark Griswold’s tireless pursuit of the ultimate Christmas light display. Countless hours on the roof coupled with dozens of extension cords and thousands of bulbs all are part of his struggles to finish decorating his suburban Chicago home. He could have saved himself much of ...Read More

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Photosynthesis process could create solar fuel

Argonne National Laboratory, headquartered in Argonne, is ­researching photosynthesis and the creation of solar fuel. Refined by nature over a billion years, photosynthesis converts carbon dioxide (CO2), water and energy from the sun into chemical energy. It has given life to the planet, providing an environment suitable for the smallest, most primitive organism all the way to our own species. ...Read More


Mexican Delight

Road Kill Feasts For 16 years, avid hunter, cook, and Egyptan Electric Cooperative member Virgil Hannig, hosted Road Kill Feasts each February in Carbondale. Hannig, and his “Road Kill Chefs”, served 85-90 men fare such as Amos’ Famous Barbequed Coon, Venison Stroganoff, Sharptail Grouse and Pheasant Pot Pie, and Turtle Mulligan. With the fall hunting season soon getting underway, Hannig ...Read More


Watermelon Cooler

4-H House 80th Anniversary Cookbook Who: 4-H House, University of Illinois Cost: $30 includes shipping Details: Hard-backed, spiral bound Pages of recipes: 470 Send checks to: 4-H House Cookbook, Attn: Linda Paydon Muehling, 703 N 1170 East Rd., Cissna Park, IL 60924 or order online at 4hhouse.com


How to avoid the hack

Here we go again. Hackers have once more found ways in which to exploit some of the new technology meant to make our lives easier. If you’ve watched the news lately, it seems to be a constant stream of attacks. Some of them are based in social media, while others take a more direct approach. As for the direct approach, ...Read More

Mary Higgs – 2015 Illinois Country Living Mother of the Year

Self-sufficient doesn’t begin to describe Mary Higgs of rural Altamont. In fact, this Norris Electric Cooperative member prides herself on being able to live off the land – literally. Higgs seems to hail from a simpler time when you grew or hunted the food you ate. This 75-year old grandmother of three and great-grandmother of two is most comfortable outdoors. ...Read More


Ditch the rule on ditches

The Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) has carefully analyzed the proposal to change the Clean Water Act that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published in the Federal Register on April 21. In doing so, we have concluded that it broadly expands federal jurisdiction, threatens local land-use and zoning authority and is ...Read More


Cloud caution

Last month, you read about how the “cloud” was not something to fear. In fact, you probably use cloud services right now. Like most issues though, there are two sides to the story. While you shouldn't fear using cloud-based services and storage, you should in fact exercise some caution. This month, we will take a look at some of the ...Read More


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Congerville School Centennial Cookbook