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. […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sliced Tomato Salad

Congerville School Centennial Cookbook


So many words to describe Opa

Honorable, veteran, loving, wise, funny, compassionate, strong, supportive, generous, irreplaceable, encourager and greatest cheerleader. These are just a few of the words his grandchildren used to describe Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative member Ernest Sjuts of rural Urbana on his 80th birthday. Sjuts is Opa (a German nickname for grandfather) to 15 grandchildren and three great […]

Father of the Year Nomination Letters 2014

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Reducing e-waste

In keeping with the theme of this month’s feature article, let’s talk about recycling. Specifically, what do you do with e-waste? E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to all of those old electrical devices out there either already discarded, or waiting to be discarded. Many electronic devices now have such a shortened lifespan, the amount of […]

Recycling Revolution

Shelby Electric Cooperative The Power of Green Shelby Electric Cooperative officially opened its Power of Green program July 10, 2010, in Shelbyville. “We saw a need and are filling it,” says Josh Shallenberger, COO at the cooperative. Among the items accepted are newspapers and magazines, office paper, steel and tin cans, aluminum cans, #1 and […]


Quesadilla Burger

200 Years of Home Cooking Who: West Eden United Methodist ChurchCost: $15 includes shippingDetails: soft-back, comb boundPages of Recipes: 199Send checks to: West Eden UMC, c/o James Anderson, 2740 West Eden Rd., Cypress, IL 62923 or call 618-634-9508