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Beer Will Help Power Alaska Brewery

By Joshua Berlinger JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace [...]

If It Winds, Chirps Or Chimes, He’ll Fix It

By Brian Ojanpa ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) – As a kid, Steven Hultengren had wind-up toys that buzzed and clacked and annoyed his mother so much she broke them to bring her quiet. At which point her 8-year-old son would take them apart, tinker away in fascination of their mechanical innards and make them work [...]

Plant That Burned Natural Gas Now Distant Memory

By Adam Voge MIDWEST, Wyo. (AP) – The plant sits in a valley near Ship Rock, empty, broken and forgotten. Sixty years have not been kind to this building. The walls were once a solid, concrete gray. Fifty-four high school classes have come through Midwest since the plant’s closure, and members of most of them [...]

W. Pa. Duo Uses Solar, Recycling To Live Off Grid

By Janice Crompton LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) – How great would it be to have all the conveniences of modern life without most of the bills — or worries about power outages? It may sound too good to be true, but that’s life for Ted and Kathy Carns of Ligonier Township, who have managed to build [...]

Illuminating Career For Lighting Chief

By Spencer Soper ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Joel Spira revolutionized the home-lighting industry more than 50 years ago by inventing a light switch that made a dramatic feature once limited mostly to theaters – dimming – accessible to every home. Created in the spare bedroom of his Brooklyn apartment, it was also the product that launched [...]