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2017

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2016

January 2016 - In This Issue

41 community grants begin new program READ NOW
Season for scholarship applications arrives READ NOW
Four co-op board seats to be decided READ NOW

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February 2016 - In This Issue

Seeking retail big or small READ NOW
Automated calls keep you informed READ NOW

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March 2016 - In This Issue

Luling float is a roving ambassador READ NOW
Town Hall meetings reach out to members READ NOW
Four board seats to be decided in May READ NOW
Goliaths on wheels help out substations READ NOW

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April 2016 - In This Issue

Student leaders heading to D.C. READ NOW
Town Halls showcase the co-op READ NOW
2016 Annual Meeting READ NOW
Freight Reigns READ NOW

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May 2016 - In This Issue

Home, Smart Home READ NOW
Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Season READ NOW
2016 Truck Giveaway READ NOW
2016 Annual Meeting Details READ NOW

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June 2016 - In This Issue

Avoiding late payment fees READ NOW
Flood watch READ NOW
Smart home security in 2016 and beyond READ NOW
Handling an estate READ NOW

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July 2016 - In This Issue

The Storms' Toll READ NOW
2016 Annual Meeting READ NOW
April 2016 Grant Recipients READ NOW

FireSmart: Wising Up to Wildfires 

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Bluebonnet mourns the loss of Co-op Director Kathleen Handy 

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August 2016 - In This Issue

Bluebonnet scholarship recipients READ NOW
Wildfire Wisdom READ NOW
The Perfect Temperature READ NOW

Government Youth Tour 

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Fixing Faults Faster 
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Board members earn top credential from NRECA 

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September 2016 - In This Issue

All about growing Blinn College READ NOW
Lightbulbs smarter than ever READ NOW
Linemen competed at 20th rodeo READ NOW

Communities share $60,000 in grants 

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October 2016 - In This Issue

Matt Bentke takes helm at Bluebonnet READ NOW
The State of Solar READ NOW

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November 2016 - In This Issue

Power Producers: More members lowering their electric bills READ NOW
Q&A: Bluebonnet scholarships for high school students READ NOW
Airing of the Quilts: Colonial-era tradition alive and well in Smithville READ NOW

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December 2016 - In This Issue

Smart gifts make life easier and more fun READ NOW
Thank you, platinum sponsors READ NOW
Money-saving New Year's resolutions READ NOW
How area towns got their unusual names READ NOW

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2015

January 2015 - In This Issue

Music in the Bluebonnet Area READ NOW
Bluebonnet Member Profile: Gaeke Construction READ NOW
Member Services Q&A: Winter energy savings READ NOW


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February 2015 - In This Issue

Connectivity in the country READ NOW
Switching to an online account READ NOW


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March 2015 - In This Issue

The Next Big Things - The greatest gadget show on Earth READ NOW
Battle of the Bulbs - CFL vs. LED READ NOW
Substation dedication - Lyle Wolz READ NOW
Junk Gypsies - Amie and Jolie Sikes READ NOW


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April 2015 - In This Issue

Culture of European immigrants still strong READ NOW
Brenham, Bastrop students to visit D.C. READ NOW
Grants will help McMahan, St. John Colony READ NOW
Q&A: Capital credit benefits explained READ NOW


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May 2015 - In This Issue

Five area distilleries part of booze boom in Texas READ NOW
Three incumbent Bluebonnet directors re-elected READ NOW
Safety training put to use by co-op employees READ NOW 
Check in your steed at Happy Horse Hotel READ NOW


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June 2015 - In This Issue

Collecting rain data is a calling for Dime Box family READ NOW
Beware of the energy-guzzling garage fridge READ NOW
Giddings nursery keeps Central Texas in bloom READ NOW

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July 2015 - In This Issue

The U.S flag unites us on the Fourth of July READ NOW
Past and future discussed at Annual Meeting READ NOW
New grants program boosts non-profits READ NOW
Memorial Day storm met with dynamic response READ NOW

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August 2015 - In This Issue

Our growing region reflected in 2025 projections READ NOW
Mobile app update provides more options READ NOW
Grants boost Winchester and Martindale READ NOW
Two teens: ‘great learning experience’ in D.C. READ NOW

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September 2015 - In This Issue

A journey from trees to shapely creosoted poles READ NOW
Q and A: What’s improved in our new mobile app READ NOW
Kenny Roland remembered at Lineman’s Rodeo READ NOW
Learn the lingo that line crews use on the job READ NOW

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October 2015 - In This Issue

With few primary doctors, rural hospitals struggle READ NOW
More residents of 14 counties now insured READ NOW
This month pink is again a Bluebonnet color READ NOW
Call us if unsure about tree trimmers for the co-op READ NOW

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November 2015 - In This Issue

Manor Mustangs exemplify Friday nights spirit READ NOW
Unclaimed capital credits await co-op members READ NOW
Check home and business heaters before winter READ NOW

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December 2015 - In This Issue

Bluebonnet’s mettle proven again by fire and flood READ NOW
‘Defensible space’ helped cancer center and homes READ NOW
Deadline in February for co-op board seat filings READ NOW
Lights of Tejas brighten Christmas near Giddings READ NOW

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2014

January 2014 - In This Issue

75 Years of Power - We're telling Bluebonnet's Story in 2014
As bright as the sun - Memories of getting electricity
Q&A: Energy vampires and phantom loads
Martindale's post office

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February 2014 - In This Issue

The Power Broker - Lyndon B. Johnson
C.A. McEachern: Co-op's first Board President
City Meat Market, Giddings

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March 2014 - In This Issue

Riding the Growth Wave
Life & Light on the Farm
Q&A: Security Lights
$25,000 grant to benefit Chappell Hill Museum

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April 2014 - In This Issue

Engineering the evolution of Bluebonnet - Jim Wolf
Q&A: Annual Meetings
Longtime member profile: Prairie Lea Independent School District

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May 2014 - In This Issue

The Grand Gatherings: The history of Annual Meetings
In Memoriam - Co-op marks passing of former Board members 
Q&A: What are capital credits?
Longtime member profile: Burton State Bank, E. J. Muehlbrad

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June 2014 - In This Issue

Room with a View, Control Center and Ted Tonn (lineman)
Outages by the numbers: most common causes
Tagging along on a Bluebonnet lineman's typical day: Donnie Medack
Saints Peter and Paul Mission

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July 2014 - In This Issue

The Cooperative Way
Q&A: What is the best way to report a power outage?

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August 2014 - In This Issue

Better Living Through Electricity 
A short history of electric appliances time line from 1882-1946
Q&A: Bluebonnet’s automated phone system
Longtime Member Profile: Brenham Country Club

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September 2014 - In This Issue

A Leader and a Gentleman, Henry Umscheid
All for one, one for all: The lineman’s rodeo
Q&A: Saving money on your bill
Ladies and gentlemen, charge your engines: Hyatt Lost Pines
Salt Flat Pipe and Supply

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October 2014 - In This Issue

The Growing Industry of Organic Farms
Next-door entrepreneur
Q&A: Bluebonnet's program for LED security lights
Brenham employees mark decade-long safety milestone

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November 2014 - In This Issue

All about the members: Mark Rose
Tasty Traditions
Turning pink to support breast cancer 
Camp Tejas: more than a million holiday lights
Koenig and Strickland Funeral Home

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December 2014 - In This Issue

Power Predictions
Q&A: Monitoring your usage
Camp Swift

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2013

January 2013 - In This Issue

The Mighty Dams - The Highland Lakes Dams
Meet the Graduates - Bluebonnet's apprentice program
Q&A: Ceiling fans 
Bricks with a history - Acme Brick Company near Elgin

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February 2013 - In This Issue

Hot jobs in power - Diverse options in the evolving electric industry 
Q&A: Help keep heat from escaping a room in the winter
The People - Bluebonnet's community representatives 
Camp for All near Burton

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March 2013 - In This Issue

Miles and Miles of Flowers - Central Texas' biggest show
Q&A: Making you air conditioner energy efficient
Same location, new address: 155 Electric Avenue
Grant will help build a new fire station
St. David's medical center

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April 2013 - In This Issue

Polo Central Texas Style - near Manor
Bluebonnet 2013 Annual  Meeting 
Q&A: Energy efficiency tips for refrigerators
Leaders of tomorrow - Bluebonnet's government in action annual tour 
Weaving past and present - yarn shop in Paige

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May 2013 - In This Issue

Roping Royalty - Justin Maass has climbed the pro rodeo ranks
Q&A: Save energy when using your swimming pool pump
Q&A: Election, Referendums, Districts & Annual Meeting

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June 2013 - In This Issue

Juneteenth Nourishing the Dream
The Wolz Legacy, Lyle Wolz
42 Seniors receive $3,000 scholarships
Heart of Texas Green Expo

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July 2013 - In This Issue

A Texas-sized project - Ferguson power plant
A new way to serve - Community minded Kathleen Handy 
Q&A: Tips for caulking and weatherstripping 
President visits Manor New Tech High School
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas

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August 2013 - In This Issue

The Eagle Ford Oil Boom 
Boomtown Stories: Central Texas' History
Q&A: Using landscaping to conserve energy
Thank You! The 2013 BEC Benefit Gold Tournament 

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September 2013 - In This Issue

Let the sun shine and the wind blow. (Generating your own energy)
Q&A: Buying the right power strip
Ellinger chamber, Round Top library group receive grants
Rockin' the Rodeo - Bluebonnet's linemen at the annual state competition
Skiers' Paradise - San Marcos River Ranch

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October 2013 - In This Issue

In search of Haunts - Halloween in the Bluebonnet region
New LED security lights Shining in Central Texas nights
Community nonprofits receive grants from Bluebonnet, LCRA 
Q&A: Solar power at the Bluebonnet Eco Home in Brenham
Heavy or not, metal finds a home

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November 2013 - In This Issue

Welcome Them Home - Honoring those who served in Vietnam
Q&A: Inexpensive ways to winterize your home
A place for miracles, Miracle Farm

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December 2013 - In This Issue

Now that's a bright idea - The past, present and future of the light bulb
Q&A: Electronic signatures on documents and membership agreements
Camp Tejas lights the night
Smart tech talk: Ghana Electric tours Bluebonnet
The green dealer, Lost Pines Toyota

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2012

January 2012 - In This Issue

Wilder than you think
Co-op offers 40 scholarships to graduating seniors
TVs 'Extreme Makeover' builds new home for the Zdroj family
Luxe Fun in the Lost Pines: Steve Dewire Hyatt

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February 2012 - In This Issue

Historic sites and parks in winter
Green House: Innovations & lower costs make environmentally friendly homes easier
Transportation officials outline plans for region’s roads
Q&A: How can I tell if a power outage has been reported?
The Sweet Spot: Dan and Nahlee Waters' handmade candy

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March 2012 - In This Issue

Bright Lights, Small Town: Smithville 
Q&A: What is the wholesale cost that appears on my bill?
Members to vote on bored seats
Growth begins to pop up as toll roads near completion 
The Wood Masters: Native Furniture Works

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April 2012 - In This Issue

The Looming Boom: Huge planned developments along Texas 130 
Power Brokers: New online tool lets users track their consumption
Q&A: What are the ways I can pay my bill?
Watery Wonderlands: The Fountain People
2012 Annual meeting information

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May 2012 - In This Issue

The Source of Your Power Series
Going Green: Heart of Texas Green Expo
Witnesses to Democracy: Kameron Schnautz & Jarrett Namken
Greening the H-E-B

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June 2012 - In This Issue

Generating for Generations
Bright Ideas: Showcasing new energy-smart home products
Bluebonnet building energy wise demo home
Q&A: Simple ways to conserve electricity
Farming, Naturally: Coyote Creek

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July 2012 - In This Issue

Fine Vines: Three stops along Bluebonnet Wine Trail
Let it Rain: 2012 Annual Meeting
Bluebonnet directors approve change to district representation
Root for Bluebonnet lineman at rodeo
Booming Business: Chester Davis’ American Fireworks

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August 2012 - In This Issue

The Source of Your Power Series
Cool tips for hot days
THANK YOU: 2012 Scholarship Golf Tournament
After survey, co-op developing strategy for burned trees
A Model Project: Project-based learning at Cedar Creek High

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September 2012 - In This Issue

Bluebonnet's 2012 High School Football Guide
Green Building: Bluebonnet's new demo home
Texas-Sized Treasure Hunt: Round Top, Texas
All in a Day’s Rodeo
Built to Order: Longwood’s specialty rubber products

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October 2012 - In This Issue

Harvesting the Wind
The Source of Your Power Series
Advanced Meter Pilot Program Launches
Bluebonnet to remove more than 40,000 trees posing threat to power lines
Picture Perfect: Spiderwood Studios

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November 2012 - In This Issue

A Ride for Everyone
Going Mobile: Bluebonnet launching mobile app
The Power of Pink: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Formula 101: Your guide to the glamorous sport
Pies in the Sky: Berdoll Candy and Gift Co.

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December 2012 - In This Issue

The Joy of Twinkling: Energy-saving and safety tips
Lessons in Power: Government Youth Tour
Chill Boosting Your Bill?: Energy saving tips
The Tree Tradition: Lee County Christmas Trees farm

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2011

January 2011 - In This Issue

Let an Educational Scholarship Jump-Start Your Career
Bluebonnet Families, Businesses Begin Pilot: Money saving energy technology
Regional Resolutions: Bluebonnet area leaders look to stronger, smarter 2011
Net Energy Market: Don’t  let your electric bill run your budget
Caring for Communities- The Ronald McDonald House

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February 2011 - In This Issue

A Bluebonnet Evolution: A greener pace
Preserving Justice: Texas Historical Commission, counties restore courthouses
Tito + Vodka + Reliable Electricity= Success 
6 Ways to Pay Your Bill
Working Together to Build a Bright Future

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March 2011 - In This Issue

The Buies Are Believers: Family turns to Net Energy Market 
Smart Technology Pilot Program
Growing a piece of Texas History: Pecan seedlings from towering trees bring history to your yard
Celebrating Community: Festivals, parades and homecoming events

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April 2011 - In This Issue

2011 Annual Meeting Information
On the Brink of a Boom: Major land developments are coming
Texas Proud: Independence Day 5K run
Not the Same Old Energy-Saving Solutions
Spring's Brilliant Colors

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May 2011 - In This Issue

Some Gave All: In Smithville, big plans to honor area's fallen heroes
Power Overload?: Unplug from unsafe home practices
New technology gets thumbs up from Bluebonnet members
"Smart grid" gets national attention in Rural Electric Magazine
Capital Idea: Government Youth Tour of D.C.

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June 2011 - In This Issue

Power Brokers: Bluebonnet members harnessing the sun and wind
Energy-Smart Innovations: A sleek lineup of bright ideas for the home
Scholarship Winners
Kudos for the co-op: Magazine, website note innovations
Smile! You've Got Water!: Aqua Water Supply Corp.

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July 2011 - In This Issue

From Wood to Steel: Utility poles are changing for the better
Two incumbents, two new members elected to Bluebonnet's board
Hard Hat Rodeo: Bluebonnet to compete in annual state event
Fulfillment of a Dream: Rodrick Emanuel 
Embracing Change: Russell Jurk
Dressing Success: Briannas salad dressings

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August 2011 - In This Issue

Electric Road Test: The new hybrid Volt
Tips Today: Cut your energy bill tomorrow
Q&A: Monthly minimums
Development money awarded: Maxwell Groups
Cancer detectives: MD Anderson research center 

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September 2011 - In This Issue

Ancient Oaks' Deep Roots
A Course in College sSafety: 8 Tips to avoid electric fires in dorms, apartments
Bluebonnet, LCRA give to Fayetteville youth club
Linemen bring home trophies from annual rodeo
Powered Shopping: New Bluebonnet substation keeps San Morcos' malls running

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October 2011 - In This Issue

To the Bluebonnet Community: Devastating wildfires 
The Price to Power it All: Cost estimates for Bluebonnet members' appliances
Q&A: Verifying personal information
New service center in  Brenham going green
A New Way to Learn: Manor's New Tech High School
Generator Safety: Avoid "Backfeeding"

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November 2011 - In This Issue

In the Thick of it: Working together during Bastrop County fires 
The War at Home: Vets return to face long waits for help
Bluebonnet waives fees for those rebuilding after losing homes
Getting Quail to the Table: Texas Quail Farms

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December 2011 - In This Issue

Let there be Lights: A guide to area community holiday events
Technology, teamwork and training: Bluebonnet's rapid response to the wildfires in Bastrop County
Bluebonnet member cooks up winning recipe
Co-op sends burned trees to be made into mulch
Poinsettia Power: Spreading bright red holiday cheer from Down Home Ranch

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2010

January 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: Smart grid technology provides more information
Interactive Voice Recognition: Information at your fingertips 24/7
Country at Heart: A gift shop and a way of life
Around the Area: Mycha Harris journals a Saturday
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Market Square

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February 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: New web portal
Go green, Save Green!
Bluebonnet's Website: Information at your fingertips
Step to the Music You Hear: Country Music Monday Giddings
Around The Area: Manor

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March 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: Website is First Smart Grid Milestone in 2010
Look into the Future: Online Web portal
Harnessing the Wind: Turbine Generates Electricity, Savings
Spring Break on a Budget: It can be done! 
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Market Square

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April 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: The Smart Grid, a smarter way to help you save
Get Smart: The new Bluebonnet dashboard
Bluebonnet NEWS: Bluebonnet's Annual Meeting
Where the Wild Things Are: Showers bring brilliant flowers 
 

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May 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: Laying the foundation for a more efficient future
Capital Credits: Another benefit of buying power from Bluebonnet
Bluebonnet NEWS: Vote for the future of your Cooperative
Eyes on the Sky: Storm season, Bluebonnet crews ready to roll
Hot Tips for a Cool Summer: Calculating your energy savings

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June 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: High tech advances bring home savings
These Kids are Our Future: 35 Scholarships to area teens
Bluebonnet NEWS: Go Green 
Family Values: Lessons from Dad
Saved by the Bill: The Muras family lives large and pays less

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July 2010 - In This Issue

Mark's Remarks: Information is power
I'm  Ready to Listen: Milton Shaw
Bluebonnet NEWS: No Bull, Lineman will show skills at unique rodeo
Red, White & Historic: Round Top's July Fourth parade 
Bluebonnet's Annual Meeting: A 2009 report card and a look into the future

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August 2010 - In This Issue

Thank you to our 2010 Golf Tournament sponsors
Bluebonnet NEWS: Save with online options
Spotlight in Excellence: Bluebonnet's communication team working for you
Balanced supply and demand results in reliable electric grid
Are You Ready for Some Football? 

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September 2010 - In This Issue

Power Climbers: Lineman's rodeo
When Demand Exceeds Supply: Companies agree to briefly power down
The Post Office Murals: The work of struggling artists of the Great Depression 
Bluebonnet NEWS: Bluebonnet launches new economic development website

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October 2010 - In This Issue

Bluebonnet NEWS: Your Carbon Footprint
Net Energy Market: Bluebonnet's Web Portal 
Help is Only a Neighbor Away: Volunteer firefighters in service area 
No Excuses, Get Outside!: Bluebonnet area trails 

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November 2010 - In This Issue

Camp for All 
Bluebonnet NEWS: Bluebonnet Empowers Area Youth
Public Utility Commission Chairman Tours Bluebonnet Headquarters
Battlefield Brothers, Peacetime Friends
The Nutcracker: Ballet Austin’s 48th year

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December 2010 - In This Issue

Bluebonnet NEWS: Bluebonnet Apprentice Lineman Takes Fourth in International 
Bluebonnet's new technology sets a course for smarter future
The Ornaments' Stories: Decorating the Christmas tree with memories and love
Carl Claus is Coming to Town

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