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UNSINKABLE! One family’s story of survival aboard the RMS Titantic as told by a Birmingham relative 100 years later

Row Your Boat Lake Guntersville’s rowing club

Artsy Eggs

Easter eggs painted the Ukrainian way

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VOL. 65 NO.4 APRIL 2012

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10 ‘130 Dishes’

The Alabama Tourism Department has added 30 new dishes to its brochure “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.” The brochure highlights dishes at award-winning Alabama restaurants, diners and barbecue joints.

12 Unsinkable

A Birmingham author has published a book about her relatives’ trials aboard the doomed RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic 100 years ago this month.

ON THE COVER The RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic 100 years ago this month.

18 Artsy Eggs

A Brundidge artist uses the old Ukrainian method of pysanka to create Easter artwork on eggs.

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Spotlight 10 Power Pack 16 Motorcyle Diaries 22 Worth the Drive 23 Fish&Game Forecast 24 Alabama Gardens 26 Cook of the Month 27 Apple Recipes 38 Alabama Snapshots 9

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Energy-Efficient Landscaping Increase the Beauty of Your Home and Decrease Energy Costs A well-planned landscape can enhance the beauty of your home and boost energy efficiency for years to come. Your landscaping decisions should depend on the climate where you live—whether it is typically warm, cool, or varies greatly with both high and low temperatures. Follow these tips from the Energy Education Council to develop a landscape that will save you money for years.

The biggest consideration in landscaping to increase winter efficiency is creating windbreaks to stop wind chills from having as much of an effect on the temperature around your home. Here are some important tips on planting windbreaks:

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• Dense trees, such as evergreens and shrubs make the best windbreaks. • Do not plant trees too close to the south of your home if you plan on using sunshine to help heat your home. A good rule is to plant your trees at a distance of 2 to 5 times the trees’ mature height. The biggest consideration in summer landscaping is shading your home from the heat. These tips will help you cut back on your cooling costs: • To the south of your home, plant tall trees to provide shade. If you plant these trees far enough away (2 to 5 times the length of a grown tree), you will still be able to allow sunshine to warm your home in the winter. • To the west of your home, shorter trees and shrubs will provide protection from the afternoon rays of the sun, which fall at shorter angles. • Bushes around the perimeter of your home provide shade and absorb the sun’s rays. Avoid dense plants in areas where humidity is a problem. Air needs to be allowed to flow freely to keep the soil from becoming over-saturated. Visit EnergyEdCouncil.org for more tips on energy safety and efficiency. A

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Choose the Right Trees Choose the Right Trees for Electrical Safety and Reliability When Landscaping Whether planting trees to provide a wind break, reduce carbon in the environment, or beautify your landscape, the Safe Electricity program reminds everyone of the importance of planting tall-growing trees safely away from power lines. Seek help in choosing and placing trees and bushes that provide shade, color, and screening that won’t grow to interfere with the electric supply. Take the time to research tree selections by consulting your local arborist, tree nursery, or utility experts who can provide assistance in designing a beautiful, shade-filled yard with trees appropriate for each area of the landscape. Choosing the right tree for the right place is crucial, especially when it comes to power lines. Trees and wood in general, conduct electricity and can create a safety hazard if grown close to electric lines. Power outages or momentary interruptions can occur when branches come into contact with overhead lines. Electrical arcing and sparking from a wire to a nearby branch also can cause fires. However, a greater concern is the safety risk when children climb trees near power lines. Accidental contact of electric wires with a tree limb or playing and trimming around the tree can be fatal. Parents and

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caregivers are urged to teach children never climb trees near power lines. If you have trees that appear to be growing into power lines, contact your electric utility. Never try to prune them yourself. Utilities have or can recommend skilled professionals trained to safely prune and trim trees for electric line clearance. To avoid future electrical hazards, safe planting tips to remember include: II Consider the mature height of a tree. Never plant a tree that could grow to 25 feet or more near a power line. Tall growing trees should be planted a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines and 50 feet away to avoid future pruning. A mature height of less than 15 feet is recommended for trees planted near power lines. II Do not plant near underground utility services. Tree roots can grow to interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. Future repairs to these facilities also could damage the health

and beauty of nearby plants and trees. II Keep areas around electric meters, transformers, or other electrical equipment free of any vegetation that could limit utility service access.

II Before digging, call 8-1-1 to have the locations of underground utilities marked so that accidental contact, damage, and injuries can be avoided. To learn more about power line and safe digging, visit SafeElectricity.org.A

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Tip of the Month Smart home landscaping can lower your electric bills. Trees on the east and west sides of your home provide shade— and reduce your cooling costs—during hot summer months. Shade for your air conditioner can save 10 percent of your cooling costs. And by adding vegetation to the north side of your home, you can reduce winter winds that trigger higher heating costs.

Home Wiring Over the Hill? Consider Easy Upgrades to Boost Safety Nothing has the charm of an older home on a family farm or a cute cottage in a historical downtown district. But cosmetic and structural upgrades are often packged with the cozy charm. When upgrading your home, a fresh coat of paint and updated fixtures may come to mind. But what about hiring a professional to update the wiring behind a switch plate or outlet? Do you know the hidden dangers of aged wiring in your home? Don’t take on wiring problems yourself—electrical upgrades often require a professional who knows what inspections and permits are needed. Here are a few clues to find out if your home’s electric network needs a professional switch. 1. Type of wiring. Modern wiring is insulated, meaning it is covered in plastic. Older homes may have copper or aluminum wiring. Copper wiring can work 6  APRIL 2012

just as well as modern wiring if it is still in good condition and has not been altered or improperly installed. However, fire risk increases in homes with both cooper and aluminum wiring. Corrosion to aluminum from copper can lead to loose connections causing fires. Use only aluminum-approved switches, outlets, and other accessories if your home has aluminum wiring. 2. Plugs fall out of outlets easily. Loose plugs are a high fire danger. Older outlets that have lost their grip need to be replaced. Luckily this upgrade is affordable. 3. Not enough outlets. The increasing use of chargers for phones and many other electronic devices means outlets are in high demand, especially in older homes where outlets are not as plentiful. A lack of outlets can result in overuse of extension cords and power strips. Be sure

to use quality, 14-gauge or thicker cords that are approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Never overload an outlet. Overloading can cause heat, leading to fire risk. Consider hiring a licensed electrician to add outlets to your home. 4. Danger in wet areas. GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are now required in areas around water like near a kitchen or bathroom sink or outdoors. But in older homes, GFCIs may not have been installed. It is fairly simple to replace old receptacles with GFCIs; hire a professional to upgrade outlets near water. 5. Wind causes lights to blink. If you notice your lights blinking on windy days, it may be due to worn wiring in the weatherhead (where overhead lines enter your home). Contact your electric co-op to check weatherhead wiring. A

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Severe Weather Safety

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n order to take appropriate action, you should first be familar with some of the relevant terminology: a weather watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. A weather warning means severe weather is iminant and appropriate action should be taken to protect you and your family. Watches and warnings can include tornado, thunderstorm, and flash flooding. Again, preparation is key and the time to prepare is now. A

Should a severe weather warning be given here are some suggestions to help keep you and your family safe: IN HOMES:

II Go to the basement or an interior small room or hallway on the lowest level. Closets and bathrooms would be examples of small interior rooms. II Get under something sturdy such as a heavy table or the staircase. AVOID the corners! II Stay away from the windows. DO NOT open windows, the strong winds can shatter the glass and cause severe injury. IN MOBILE HOMES:

II Leave it immediately and go to a substantial structure. If there isn’t a shelter available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine, or culvert and cover your head with your hands. IN SCHOOLS, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, AND SHOPPING CENTERS:

II Go to the pre-designated shelter. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are usually best. II Stay away from large windows and glassed areas. II Stay away from large rooms, such as dining halls or gymnasiums. IN VEHICLES:

II Abandon the vehicle immediately! Lie flat in a ditch, culvert, or some other type of depression and remember to cover your head with your hands. NEVER CLIMB UNDERNEATH A HIGHWAY OVERPASS. NEVER try to outrun a tornado! Tornadoes have been known to travel as fast as 60 to 70 mph.

We at Arab EC hope that our area will be spared the travails of severe weather time, but we are firmly committed to monitoring developments as they occur, and will do everything possible to maintain safe, reliable service to you. It is our wish that you and your family will be prepared in the event of a severe weather incident. A

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Be Your Home’s Private Investigator Do-it-yourself home energy audits reveal savings in energy and money By Magen Howard

No matter the age of your home, it could benefit from a private energy investigation—also known as an energy audit. You can conduct your own search to find low-cost solutions that could save money every month on your electric bill.

To be an energy “private-eye,” ask yourself a simple question: Does my home feel drafty and cold in the winter, or stuffy and hot in the summer? If your answer is “yes,” then your home probably experiences air leakage. To track down where those

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spots are, round up the usual suspects—culprits like damaged seals around doors and windows. If you see daylight or feel air, then apply caulk and weather stripping to keep outdoor air where it’s supposed to be. But don’t forget spots you might not immediately think of, like recessed canister lights and electrical outlets. Outlet insulation kits can be purchased for as little as $2, and you can fix up your canister lights with some caulk around the edges. A l s o look where walls meet the ceiling. Cobwebs mean you’ve got drafts. Next, poke your head into the attic and inspect the crawl space or basement for sufficient insulation. How much you need depends on your climate. Check out the insulation calculator from

the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at www.ornl.gov/~roofs/Zip/ ZipHome.html. It’s important to remember insulation won’t do its job well if there’s not a proper air barrier working in tandem. That means all joints and cracks must be sealed between your living space and insulation. Finally, look to your light fixtures. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are up to 75 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they’ve come a long way in light quality, design, and affordability. You can purchase CFLs in a variety of shapes and hues. They cost more upfront, but you’ll make your money back in less than nine months and after that, they start saving money. Make sure to purchase a CFL that’s rated by ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s program that denotes products meeting specific energy efficiency criteria. ENERGY STAR-rated CFLs will typically last 10 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb producing the same amount of light. To learn more about ways to reduce your electric bill, visit EnergySavers.gov. SOURCES: ENERGYSAVERS. GOV, EASTERN ILLINI ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, ENERGYSTAR.GOV

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In April April 26-29

Red Door Theatre presents new comedy

The Passing of Pearl, a new Southern comedy, will be presented at the Red Door Theatre in Union Springs. Set in a Memphis diner, it tells the story of a cook and her waitress friend trying to go on after the death of Pearl, the diner’s owner. Each performance is preceded by a seated dinner. Dates are April 26-29. Dinner is at 6 p.m. (reservations required); play is at 7:30 p.m. Contact 334-738-8687 or visit www.reddoortheatre.org to learn more about the event. April 14

happening In May

Ozark hosts Crawdad may 5 Art at the Barn and Music Festival The 6th Annual Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival will be scheduled for May Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Ozark. Entertainment includes Todd Allen Herendeen, The Swingin’ Harpoons Blues Band, The Fabulous Shades, Herrick and more. There will also be food vendors, arts and crafts, as well as the Ozark Crawdad 5K Run-Walk-Crawl. For more information on the event, call 334-774-2618. April 21 and 22

Cullman announces arts and crafts fair

Cullman’s 28th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair will be April 21 and 22 at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. For more information, visit www.bloominfestival.com.

BBQ Festival to be featured on TV show

The most popular show to portray the world of competition barbecue, BBQ Pitmasters, is coming to the 7th annual Tri-State BBQ Festival to film an upcoming episode. Season three of BBQ Pitmasters is scheduled to begin airing Memorial Day weekend, so filming during the April 13 and 14 event in Dothan was perfect timing. The Tri-State BBQ Festival is held at the Houston County Farm Center, and features some of the biggest names in professional competition barbecue, vying for over $10,000 in prize money.

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Art At The Barn will be on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sweet Seasons Farm in Valley Head. There will be 75-100 regional artists as well as entertainment throughout the day, including a sheep/border collie demonstration. Food will be abundant with sales from pastries going to a help a local young man in his battle with cancer. Admission is free. For more information visit sweetseasonsfarm.com or call 256-635-6791.

For more Alabama Events, visit page 29. Event Coordinator Kerry Farrell couldn’t be happier with the news. “I’ve been a big fan of the show BBQ Pitmasters since the first season. The show really portrayed what professional barbecue was all about, and it’s helped legitimize the sport of competition barbecue.” Filming for the show will take place all weekend on an open set. This means the public is able to come out and watch the filming of the show, as well as enjoy the other sights, sounds and smells of the Tri-State BBQ Festival. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.TriStateBBQ.com or locally at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. For questions, call 334-699-1475.

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Power Pack

New ‘100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die’ brochure released The Alabama Tourism Department recently released a new version of its food brochure as part of The Year of Alabama Food campaign. The brochure, 100 Dishes to eat in Alabama Before You Die, lists more than 30 new dishes. The brochure highlights dishes at award-winning restaurants, historic diners, famous BBQ joints, farmto-table, fresh Gulf seafood and home cooking. Some of the new listings include A young woman displays a savory pie at the Pie Lab in T-Bird sandwich at Rosie’s Greensboro. Grill in Daphne, pecan chicken salad at Claunch Café in Tuscumbia and braised Meyer Ranch beef short ribs at the Cotton Row in Huntsville. Four Alabama chefs and restaurants that are semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world, have dishes listed in the brochure. They include Frank Stitt’s Highland’s baked grits at Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, James Lewis and his Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola in Birmingham, Chef Chris Hastings and his Tomato Salad at Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Nick Pihakis and his cheese biscuits at Jim N’ Nicks and Chef Wesley True and his sweetbread with braised vegetables at True in Mobile. A few other dishes that continue to be listed in the brochure include the Muffaletta at Panini Pete’s in Fairhope, peach pie at Peach Park in Clanton, orange-pineapple ice cream at Trowbridge’s in Florence, BBQ chicken & white sauce at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, Cheeseburger in Paradise at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, Eggs Cathedral at Spot of Tea in Mobile, BBQ Ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa and the BLT Supreme at Radley’s Fountain Grille in Monroeville. The brochure can be downloaded from the website, www. yearofalabamafood.com or visitors can pick up a copy at any of the state’s eight Welcome Centers. For more information about the Year of Alabama Food visit www.yearofalabamafood.com. Also like Year of Alabama Food on Facebook and follow @AlabamaFood on Twitter.

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Boiled crawfish.

Baked grits at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham. All photos courtesy of Alabama Bureau of Tourism

Did you know? On May 1, 1961, Harper Lee of Monroeville won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill A Mockingbird, her first (and only) novel. The tale, set in 1930s Alabama, became an international bestseller and was made into a major Hollywood motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Alabama Department of Archives and History

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Cooperatives are global enterprise Electric co-ops join a global celebration of member-owned businesses during the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 By Megan McKoy-Noe, CCC

The International Year of Cooperatives 2012 theme, “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” embodies the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Programs, a division of NRECA that celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Since its creation in November 1962, NRECA International Programs has assisted with electrification endeavors that have resulted in increased agricultural output, millions of new jobs, as well as an enhanced quality of life for more than 100 million people in 40-plus nations. NRECA International Programs projects are currently under way in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Despite progress, much work remains. “More than 2 billion people worldwide still lack electricity and millions more must depend on unreliable and unsafe power,” emphasizes Ingrid Hunsicker, manager of international program development for the NRECA International Foundation, a charitable organization that has partnered with more than 300 electric cooperatives in the United States to bring power and economic development to rural villages overseas. “In many countries, a dismaying array of financial problems, such as a lack of investment capital and little understanding of even the most basic accounting procedures, throw up barriers.” Because circumstances vary so widely, NRECA International

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Cooperatives around the world

The cooperative sector boasts nearly 1 billion members in more than 90 countries. • The proportion of cooperative membership to population varies, but can be as high as 50 percent in Finland and Singapore, 33 percent in Canada, New Zealand, Honduras, and Norway, and one in four in America, Malaysia, and Germany • Forty-five percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product can be attributed to cooperatives • Cooperatives account for 80 percent to 99 percent of milk production in Norway, New Zealand, and the United States • Co-ops account for 71 percent of fishery production in Korea, 40 percent of agriculture in Brazil; 25 percent of savings in Bolivia; 24 percent of the health sector in Colombia; and 55 percent of the retail market in Singapore. • Financial cooperatives serve an estimated 857 million people -13 percent of the world’s population • Approximately 49,000 credit unions serve 177 million members in 96 countries, under the umbrella of the World Council of Credit Unions • Financial cooperatives are the largest providers of microfinance services to the poor, reaching 78 million clients living below the poverty line of $2 per day • Cooperatives generate 100 million jobs globally Source: International Cooperative Alliance

Programs has adopted the slogan, “Electrifying the world, one village at a time.” Outreach relies on the time-tested electric cooperative approach—giving individuals, many for the first time, practical experience in democratic decision-making and entrepreneurship so they can launch locally driven services. In many cases, volunteer electric co-op lineworkers from the United States head to distant lands for a few weeks to teach their peers safe construction practices. Then NRECA staff instructs local residents on how to maintain simple power grids and run their own utilities.

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Author Julie Hedgepeth Williams of Birmingham

Unsinkable One family’s story of survival aboard the RMS Titanic, which sunk in the north Atlantic 100 years ago this month

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hile boarding, Sylvia asked a baggage handler, “Is this ship really non-sinkable?” He gave the notoriously inaccurate reply, “Yes, lady – God himself could not sink this ship.” – ­ Excerpted from the book “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival.” 12  APRIL 2012

Homeward-bound missionaries Albert and Sylvia Caldwell stared back in disbelief at the RMS Titanic as they shivered in a lifeboat rowing away from the ship. Looking up at the long, high decks just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the couple could see that no one really believed the ship was sinking in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. www.alabamaliving.coop

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“It was like a throng of people milling about calmly on the deck,” says Julie Hedgepeth Williams, of Birmingham. Williams, a Samford University journalism professor, recently released a book, “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival,” which rehashes the sea disaster as told by Albert, her great-uncle. Williams also is the author of “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama.” “There was no water rushing in, and the floor was flat below your feet,” an aging Albert told Williams 60 years after the incident. Not many aboard wanted to brave that dark night to leave the world’s largest and supposedly safest vessel. Albert didn’t believe it either... until they had rowed far out and looked back. With the clamor of oars slicing into the water, each splash jolted Albert and Sylvia from their dreams of a calm voyage on the much-hyped ship that should have brought them safely home. Williams’ book, published by NewSouth Books, coincides with the April 2012 centennial of the renowned and much-documented sinking. The book relives the sea salvation of Albert, 26, and his sickly wife, 28 at the time, who, with her 10-month-old son Alden, was “sick of the heat” of Siam. Their journey home, financed begrudgingly by the Presbyterian mission board, took them from Siam (present-day Thailand) to Europe, where they boarded the Titanic, and, finally, clinging to life on Lifeboat 13.

One irony after another

In less than three hours after an 11:40 p.m. collision with an iceberg, Titanic’s lights were no longer visible, which was documented by another ship, the SS Californian. The Californian was one of several ships that earlier had attempted to warn Titanic of icebergs The telegraphed warnings had stopped because the Titanic’s operator was too busy telegraphing personal messages for the wealthy onboard. Later, the Californian was unable to respond in time to prevent two-thirds of Titanic’s 2,224 occupants from drowning or dying of hypothermia in the 28-degree water. The rescue ship that actually brought the Caldwells to New York harbor on April 18 was the ship they earlier rejected in favor of the Titanic, the Carpathia. Sylvia had favored the larger, smoother riding Titanic because she was prone to seasickness. Their story could just as easily have gone to the bottom had they stayed on board with the nearly 1,500 others who died in the freezing water despite wearing lifejackets. In “A Rare Titanic Family,” Williams recalls her great-uncle’s stories when she was still a girl in pigtails. The little bit of gold left in their stateroom, he’d jest, could all be hers if the ship were resurrected. Williams pulls back the curtain into the lives of Albert and Sylvia, who had convinced the mission board to pay the nearly $3,000 for their trip due to her claim of ill health. Albert’s story included many anecdotes, such as when after boarding the ship, they took a tour and went to the engine room. Williams recalls that Albert posed for a picture with a stoker, pretending he was “shoveling coal to the fire to keep it going.” One of those same stokers told them after the ship had struck the iceberg: “If you value your life, get off this ship.” But then added, “If the ship is still here in the morning, you can get back on.” Albert and Sylvia soon faced the shock of moving to Lifeboat 13 as it dangled high above the freezing Atlantic, abruptly being jerked down the ship’s ropes gummed up with paint from Titanic’s send-off from Belfast. “It went bow down, then bow up, nearly throwing people out,” Williams said in an interview about her book. “It passed by the outflow of a pump, and everyone got wet. Meanwhile, the pump water (or the effort to keep away from it) put (lifeboat) 13 directly under (lifeboat) 15, 14  APRIL 2012

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which was coming down on top of them, and threatened to dash both boatloads into the water.” “But 13 couldn’t release from the side of the Titanic - the release mechanism was also gummed up with paint. Finally, when the occupants of 13 were able to beat on the bottom of 15, 15 was stopped, and two crewmen cut the ropes on 13 to set it free.” It splashed to the sea. “Oddly enough, if you count rate of loss, the highest death rate was in second-class men,” Williams says. “My great-uncle was in second class.”

‘Women and children first’

Detail of Titanic Engineer Memorial, Southampton, England. Dedicated to the engineer officers of the Titanic, all of whom were killed when the ship sank.

One reason for Titanic’s infamy is due to the many wealthy men who went down with the ship after a captain’s directive of “women and children first.” The poor onboard also were the victims of society’s protocol. Among the notable deaths were: John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Isidor Strauss (founder of Macy’s department store), Washington Roebling Jr. (builder of the Brooklyn Bridge) and Henry B. Harris (Broadway theater magnate). “The ship’s first officer found that women were reluctant to get on the lifeboats without their husbands,” Williams says. “So he took women without husbands, then women with husbands, then men without women.” Then the ship’s second officer was told “women and children first,” and no men were allowed until all women were loaded. This officer was assigned to the millionaires’ side of the ship. Maritime law at that time did not require lifeboats for all, but only for a certain percentage of passengers and crew. The Titanic carried 20 – more than required, but still not enough for all on board. Albert was still speaking about the ironies of the Titanic years later, even after he and Sylvia divorced. He had always wanted to go back to the mission field, but she did not. Even in his late 80s, and then at 90 and living in Richmond, Va., Albert would speak about the couple’s survival. “When I first heard about the Titanic it scared me,” Williams recalls. “Mother said I had a relative on that ship. I was 12, so I got to hear the Titanic story a lot then, and I would beg him to tell it.” “(Albert) came and spoke to anyone we knew,” Williams says. “He always had a smile on his face. He bragged that he never charged a penny for speaking and thought of it as public service.” Albert reveled in the fact that he was among the 700 rescued. “It was very dramatic and exciting,” Williams says. “The last time I spoke with him, in 1976, I asked him about the people in the water” who no doubt he and Silvia, and their child, could hear. Albert answered, but this time without his smile: “You just have to forget about the screams... or you go crazy.” A

“A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival” is available through your favorite local or online retailer, or from NewSouth Books, 334-834-3556, (www.newsouthbooks. com) for $21.95.

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Row Your Boat The Lake Guntersville Rowing Club appeals to rowers of all ages By David Haynes

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otorists driving along the Alabama Highway 69 causeway into Guntersville craned their necks on a recent Saturday morning to watch as two 65-foot-long rowing shells glided gracefully through the choppy waters, each manned by members of the Lake Guntersville Rowing Club. Rowing Club President (and coach) Randy Anderson, holding an old-school, cone-shaped megaphone in a motor launch followed the sleek and lightweight craft as they navigated around bass boats in the Brown’s Creek section of the lake, south and west of the causeway. It was 7:30 a.m. and the temperature hovered around 40 degrees as the rowers practiced their rowing skills on the chilly waters. Anderson, who rowed in college at Oregon State and has coached at Loyola Marymont University, among others, explains that the sport of rowing is all about teamwork. The delicate-looking longboats the club members were row-

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photographer and writer from Blount Springs. Each month he rides his motorcycle to a different Alabama location and tells us about it. Contact him at studioblsp@mindspring.com.

ing this morning had eight-person teams of rowers, plus a coxswain who steers the boat and calls out the cadence for the strokes. At present the club, which was founded in July 2010, has about 40 members who compete in both the junior (high school age) and masters (over 21) classes. In addition to the large boats, the club also competes in shells for one, or teams of two or four rowers. “We’ve gotten great support from the city,” Anderson says, noting that the recreation center’s gym is one of the few places in town large enough to stow a 65-foot-long rowing shell. Recently the Guntersville City Council approved plans for a more permanent home for the club, complete with a “shell house.” Since organizing in 2010, the club has competed in several regional meets in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee and will host the “Lake Guntersville Sprints,” April 14. Anderson says the competition will be a 2,000-meter sprint and will be held along a levy that parallels Railroad Avenue between U.S. Highway 431 and Alabama Highway 227. The levy offers many excellent and unobstructed viewing positions for spectators, he adds. The event this year will be one day only, but he hopes it will grow into a larger competition in the future. The club meets in the Guntersville Recreation Center, near the west end of the Highway 69 causeway. Membership is open to those

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A Brundidge woman uses the old Ukrainian practice of pysanka to create Easter artwork By David Haynes

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ost everyone is familiar with the process of dying eggs at Easter. It’s a simple process, really: Eggs are boiled, dyes mixed with water from pre-measured packets, a piece of bent wire forms a hoop and eggs are dipped into varying colors. The brightly colored eggs become the treasures sought by children in their Sunday best in Easter egg hunts throughout the country. Melodie Lauer also dyes eggs every year just before Easter. But she takes the process quite a bit further than her neighbors in the southeast Alabama town of Brundidge. For the past decade or so during Lent, Melodie has practiced the art of pysanka, which is from a Ukrainian word meaning “to write.” Eggs burst with spectacularly detailed and colorful patterns, designs and iconic symbols, some of which predate Christianity. Melodie’s eggs will not end up in a youngster’s Easter basket. They are much more likely to be proudly displayed as unique pieces of home décor. On a recent visit to Brundidge she described the process she uses to create the pysanka eggs. Typically several colors of dyes are used to color the eggs with the lightest color – white – always being the first color that will be the background. The dye color is progressively darker for subsequent dye baths. Each of the patterns and symbols that adorn the eggs is tediously hand-drawn on the surface of the egg using beeswax funneled through a heated stylus called a kiski. This wax relief process dyes selected parts of the egg according to designs in wax in progressive baths of dyes. In between dye dippings, more wax details are added for the next dye color. Sometimes she’ll use as many as seven colors, but most of her eggs will have four or five. She uses three kinds of eggs. She explained that when shopping for conventional hen’s eggs she’ll open and pick through each carton to check for flaws in the surface of the eggs within. She also uses larger goose eggs and gigantic ostrich eggs, which she orders from a company in Arizona. The eggs are not boiled. In fact, the dyes she uses are not food-safe, so each egg is “blown out” after the dyeing process is complete. This involves boring small holes in each end of the egg and using a bulb syringe to remove the yolk and egg white within after carefully scrambling it with a piece of wire. If she were to remove the innards before dyeing the egg, she explains, it makes the egg harder to dye because it wants to float when put into the dye bath. At least, this makes the process go easier with hen’s eggs. The

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larger goose and ostrich eggs are delivered to her with the inside of the egg already removed. Melodie told me it usually takes her about eight hours to complete a hen’s egg, 15 hours for a goose egg and about 40 hours for an ostrich egg. After the dyeing and blowing-out process is complete, the bee’s wax is carefully melted away and dabbed off before the color is sealed using a polyurethane finish. Each year she creates between 30 to 50 eggs, no two of which are ever the same. In fact, she notes that even if she tried she couldn’t make two alike. Each of her eggs is signed and dated. Melodie’s eggs are exclusively available thru the Brundidge Marketplace and prices range from about $25 for a hen’s egg to over $500 for a commissioned ostrich egg. For more information contact the marketplace at 334-536-5300 or visit its website at brundidgemarketplace.com. A

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Continued from Page 16 in Marshall and surrounding counties, Anderson says, adding that all the club’s membership to date has been from inside Marshall County. The club also hosts “learn to row” classes for new members or others interested in learning more about the sport. For additional information contact either Anderson at 256-477-0378 or Doc Speir at 256-673-5827, or visit the Lake Guntersville Rowing Club’s website at guntersvillerowing.org. A

Be sure to watch the Lake Guntersville Sprints on April 14

Rowing Terms Sweep: Rowing with one oar on one side of the boat. The length of the oar is about 12 feet long. Sculling: The opposite of sweep. Sculling is rowing with two oars (an oar on each side of the boat). The length of each oar is about 9 feet long. Hull: The actual body of the shell. There are different boat or shell sizes, distinguished by the number of rowers in the shell (eight, four, two or one). Gunwales: The top rail of the shell (pronounced: gunnels). Bow: End of the boat closest to the direction of travel. Also can be used to refer to oneseat, or in conjunction with either four or pair. Bow-four refers to seats four through one. Bow-pair refer to seats two and one. Stern: End of the boat farthest from the direction of travel. Also can be used in conjunction with either four or pair. Stern-four refers to seats eight through five. Stern-pair refer to seats eight and seven. Port: Side of the boat to the coxswain’s left and to the rower’s right. The oar sticks out to a port-rower’s right. Starboard: Side of the boat to the coxswain’s right and to the rower’s left. Skeg: Fixed plastic piece beneath boat for stabilization (keel). The rudder is some time mounted on it or next to it. Also called a fin. The skeg, including the rudder, can break off in shallow water. It can also break off by hitting the dock when putting the boat in the water or taking it out. Rudder: A little fin on the bottom of the boat that the coxswain uses to steer the boat. Coxswain or cox: A very important member of the crew. Their primary job is steering, but they also provide feedback during races about location on the course, relative position to other crews, and stroke rate per minute. They serve as an in-the-boat coach during races. They do not say, “Stroke, stroke, stroke.”

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Worth the Drive

Our Place Café Fine dining without the fussy attitude in Elmore County By Jennifer Kornegay

Wetumpka

Our Place Café 809 Company Street Wetumpka 334-567-8778 Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner

To help celebrate Alabama’s 2012 “Year of Food,” each month freelance writer Jennifer Kornegay will take you to an out-of-the-way restaurant worth the drive.

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really is our place; it’s our personality. The music playing is music we like. The way the place looks is the feel we like, and the food we create and serve is the food we like to eat.” As he summed up the essence of the restaurant he owns with his wife, Mona, the chef of Our Place Café in Wetumpka, David Funderburk, talked with his hands, using sweeping motions to draw attention to the sounds floating from overhead, the décor and the waitresses ferrying plates of food to waiting diners. It may be their place, but with just one visit, you’ll feel like it’s yours, too. Open heavy wooden doors and step inside the dining room to find a cozy hamlet glowing with flickering candles atop the tables and tiny white Christmas lights twinkling on bare-branch wreaths. Exposed brick walls, rough wood beams and a second-story-high ceiling covered in old tin panels add rustic to other words that spring to mind, like homey, warm and yes, even elegant. The environment sets the perfect tone for the food, which is also casually elegant and equally pleasing. Offering selections like Shrimp Thermodore, Eggplant Delacroix and Shrimp Diane, Our Place is fine dining without the fussy attitude. Indeed, there’s no room for any pretension when Dave’s affable laugh fills the room. This head honcho doesn’t put on any airs. He greets and seats guests and takes drink orders in addition to running the kitchen and then later, helping clean it. As for what comes out of that kitchen, David’s favorite is “everything.” “I don’t put anything on the menu I don’t love,” he says. But his eyes shine just a bit brighter when he describes the Eggplant Delacroix, two fried eggplant medallions served over angel hair pasta with a cream sauce and topped with sautéed crab and shrimp. “It’s something special,” he says. “A great blend of pasta and seafood.” The Alabama Department of Tourism and Travel was wowed by Our Place’s crab cakes: The golden-crusted, moist rounds full

of sweet lump crabmeat fresh from the Gulf Coast earned a coveted spot on its “100 Alabama Dishes to Eat Before You Die” list. Daily specials are driven by whatever fish Gulf fishermen are catching that week, and while seafood is Our Place’s specialty, steaks and chicken are on the menu, too. The Lemon Herb Chicken is simple, and simply delicious. In every dish he makes, David’s experience in the restaurant business (gained at the famous Hotel Talisi) shows. In 2001, he took the leap and opened Our Place in an old, abandoned 1920s-era brick grocery store on a less-than-busy road in Wetumpka. Ever since, Our Place has enjoyed the steady success that many restaurants dream of, but few ever achieve. The secret? “You have to have a passion for food and for being in this business, because it’s hard work,” David says. “We’ve grown from seating 80 to 120 to meet demand. People keep coming because we are consistently good.” And they come from miles around. Our Place has become a destination, drawing customers from Montgomery, Birmingham, Prattville and Tallassee. “It’s nice to know that people drive past plenty of other places they could get a good meal to come here,” David says. And they come back. Some regulars are so regular, waitresses bring them their standard drink when they sit down at the table. But Our Place is not a place for everybody, something that David believes adds to the appeal for those who’ve come to love it. “We’ve never tried to be everything to everybody,” he says. “You can’t do that and do it well. We don’t do lunch. We don’t have a kids’ menu. We are a smaller place, so when we are busy, you have to wait. But you will always get good food and good service at reasonable prices.” Another guarantee: You will never taste better bread pudding than what Mona is whipping up at Our Place. Dense, rich and sweet (but not overly so), it alone is worth a visit to Our Place. Plus, it’s guiltfree. “There’re no calories in there,” David promises with a wink. A www.alabamaliving.coop

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Power Plants

Oleander Sure it’s poisonous, but this hardy plant is worth taking a look at By Katie Jackson

Garden Tips: April Celebrate National Garden Month and Earth Day (April 22). Plant seeds for beans, corn, squash, melons and other summer vegetable crops. Transplant tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings into the garden. Fertilize warm-season lawns and plant new lawns. Plant summer annual flowers after the last predicted spring frost date. Prune spring-flowering shrubs (spirea, flowering quince, azalea, jasmine and forsythia) after they have bloomed. Plant strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Move house plants outside when any chance of a hard freeze has passed. Don’t mow or cut foliage of early spring-flowering bulbs, such as narcissus and daffodils, until the foliage has turned brown. A

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Longing for something a little tropical in your yard? While palm trees can be a bit of a challenge to grow in parts of Alabama, that ubiquitous coastal shrub oleander (Nerium oleander) can do beautifully even in the northernmost regions of Alabama. A perennial evergreen that produces fragrant, showy flowers in a variety of colors (among them white, red, pink, salmon, peach, orange and yellow) throughout the summer and into the fall, oleander is attractive, fast-growing, low maintenance and, it turns out, hardy throughout Alabama. This plant is probably native to southwest Asia, China or the Mediterranean (there’s still some debate about that among botanists), and has typically been used in coastal landscapes, in part because it does well in salty environments. Because it is so often associated with beach landscapes, many people don’t realize that it can tolerate frosts well and even survive single-digit temperatures. In addition to being a lovely shrub, it’s also very drought tolerant, does well in a wide range of soil types with little fertilizer and has few pests. It can serve well anywhere in a landscape, but also makes an exceptional screen along property lines and roadways. So what are oleander’s drawbacks? It does prefer plenty of sunlight so it’s not adapted to deeply shaded locations. And some pruning may be needed since many oleanders typically grow to 10 or 12 feet in height (and width) and can reach heights of 20 feet. However, for those who don’t like to prune, dwarf cultivars are available. Another drawback is that, despite the fact that oleander seems so com-

mon in the state’s coastal areas, it is not a native plant so those trying to stick with all-native plants may want to avoid it. Luckily, unlike many other non-native plants, it does not seem to be invasive. All that said, there is one really big drawback to oleander: It is considered among the most poisonous of landscape plants. Though oleander extracts have been used by herbalists for centuries and are now being explored for the treatment of cancer and heart disease, among other ailments, its sap does contain compounds that are toxic to many mammals, including humans. Most oleander poisonings occur if the plant is ingested, though the sap may also cause skin and eye irritation as well. One story about a troop of Scouts dying after roasting hotdogs on oleander sticks is considered an urban legend, though it’s a powerful cautionary tale. Oleander wood should never be used to skewer or cook food and pruned cuttings should not be burned in case the smoke contains toxic compounds. If, even knowing that potential for risk, oleander sounds appealing to you, just make sure it is not planted where it can be easily accessed by children or livestock, such as on playgrounds or along pasture fences, and take care in handling its cuttings. A www.alabamaliving.coop

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Alabama Recipes

Apples

Cook of the Month

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” My 2-year-old daughter could eat an apple every day of her life. It sure would be nice if they kept her away from the doctor, but we still get the sniffles every now and then. However, I actually do believe the saying “as American as apple pie.” Every July, my church hosts a grand patriotic concert in the sanctuary with a band accompanying our fantastic choir. Before the concert the dinner is called an All-American Supper: Hot Dogs with fixins’, chips, baked beans and, of course, apple pie a la mode for dessert. Fun Fact: Did you know “a la mode” means “stylish or fashionable” in French? I’ll have my apple pie with style please.

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

Patricia Gardner, Central Alabama EC

1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup fat-free milk ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup egg substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 apples, quartered 1 can crescent rolls 1 cup orange juice

5 cups cubed day-old bread ½ cup Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped ½ cup fat-free whipped topping ½ cup fat-free caramel ice cream topping

In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, brown sugar, egg substitute, vanilla and cinnamon. Fold in bread cubes and apple. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish, coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped topping and caramel topping. Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple Dumplings

Caramel Apples 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Wrap apples in crescent rolls. Sprinkle cinnamon over crescent rolls. Place orange juice, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over crescent rolls. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Ann Richarson, Marshall DeKalb EC

1 cup butter (no substitutes) 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup light corn syrup

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 8-10 wooden sticks 8-10 medium tart apples

Insert 1 wooden stick into each apple. In a heavy saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and milk; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm ball stage) about 30-40 minutes and for a softer caramel, cook to a few less degrees. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Holding by the stick, sprinkle with nuts or whatever you desire while the caramel is still warm (work quickly, the caramel sets up fast). Set on generously buttered wax paper to cool. Cook’s note: if making a double recipe, make two recipes in two separate pots. Jennifer Miller, Central Alabama EC

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Surprise Salmon and Apple Salad

1 can salmon, drained and cleaned 1 apple, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped ¼ onion, chopped

2 boiled eggs, chopped 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Drain salmon and clean it. In a medium bowl, mix salmon onion, chopped apple, celery and boiled eggs. Add sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise, toss until mixed well. Chill for 2 hours before serving. Karen Turnquist, Cullman EC

Sour Cream Apple Pie 1 unbaked pie crust 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons flour ¼ teaspoon salt

teaspoon vanilla 1 flavoring 1 egg 3-4 cups chopped apples

Mix sour cream, flour, salt, vanilla, egg and apples together. Pour into pie crust; bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. During this time prepare the topping: ½ cup brown sugar 1⁄3 cup flour

¼ cup butter or margarine ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Remove pie from oven after 25 minutes. Cover with topping and bake an additional 20 minutes. Mary Walters, Baldwin EMC

Apple-Pumpkin Soup

2 cups tart apples, peeled and finely chopped ½ cup onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 4 cups chicken broth 3 cups canned pumpkin ¼ cup packed brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon ginger 1 cup half and half cream ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 cup unsweetened apple juice

Heat butter in a large saucepan. Sauté apples and onion in butter 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until blended, gradually whisk in broth. Stir in pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes. Cool slightly. In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving reheat soup in saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5-10 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, cream, salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly.Yield: 2 quarts, 12 servings. BeLinda Sims, Joe Wheeler EMC Alabama Living

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Simple Apple Cake

3 cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 ¼ cups cooking oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups diced Granny Smith apples 1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup coconut 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze: 1 cup brown sugar ¼ cup milk ¾ cup butter

Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.Add flour and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Mixture will be slightly stiff. Fold in apples, pecans and coconut. Pour into Bundt pan that has been well sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. When cake is done, remove to a cooling rack. Mix brown sugar, milk and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to medium heat and cook for 3 minutes. While cake is still hot and in pan, poke holes in it with a drinking straw. Pour glaze all over cake, let stand in pan for 1 hour. Turn onto a plate and enjoy. Brenda Pettis, Southern Pine EC

Apple French Toast 2 eggs ½ cup milk 3 tablespoons sugar (dark brown) 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon 4 slices bread, cubed (whole wheat preferred)

2 small apples, peeled cored and diced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 5x3-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs; blend in milk, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.Add the bread cubes and apples, stirring gently; let stand until bread absorbs all liquid (2-3 minutes). In a small bowl, mix together (using a fork) flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, butter or margarine and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Divide bread mixture between the loaf pans; sprinkle with the topping. Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly and serve warm with maple syrup, chocolate syrup or sugarfree syrup. Anna Clines, Sand Mountain EC

Melanie’s Apple Dip

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1 8-ounce package cream cheese ½ cup light brown sugar ¼ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 1 bag Heath Toffee Bits 4-5 green or red apples Pineapple juice

Cream together 8-ounces cream cheese and ½ cup light brown sugar. Add ¼ cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring. Mix well. Add bag of Heath toffee bits and mix well. Refrigerate overnight and stir two or three times to mix together the bits and the cream cheese. Cut 4-5 green or red apples as desired. Soak apples in pineapple juice overnight; drain. Arrange on serving dish with dip. Carolyn Drinkard, Clarke-Washington EMC

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Around Alabama April 21 • Millbrook • AWF Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival

Art designed with nature in mind! That is the focus of the Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival located at Lanark in Millbrook - home of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) State Headquarters. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. With nature as your backdrop, view the inspiring 57- piece exhibit of original paintings that depict Alabama wildlife and plant species in a variety of media.

North April 21 • Red Bay, Garden Club 5th

Annual Plant Sale Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 8 a.m. Contact: City Hall, 256-356-4473 21 & 22 • Cullman, 28th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair St. Bernard Prep School www.bloominfestival.com

Contact: Janet Burton, 256-601-8902 or janetburton@mindspring.com

Central April 21 • Prattville, 7th Annual Bark in

the Park • Cooter’s Pond, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Prattville Autauga Humane Society at autaugahumane@yahoo.com

April 21 • Ancestor Swap Meet, at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.

Sponsored by Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. Admission at the door, $25 (includes hot lunch). Speakers will be Mr. Chris Meekin of the North Carolina Archives & History and Dr. Lindy Martin of Birmingham. For more information, e-mail ancestorswapmeet@bellsouth.net phone or call 256-490-4683.

21 & 22 • Guntersville, 51st Annual Art on the Lake Lake Guntersville – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, rain or shine • Admission: $2 May 4 • Guntersville, Hospice of Marshall County 11th Annual Spring Fundraiser Guntersville Senior Center Contact: Susan Sanders, 256-891-7724 or ssanders@hospicemc.org www.hospicemc.org 4 & 5 • Somerville, 8th Annual Somerville Celebration 175th Birthday of the Historic Somerville Courthouse Admission: Free Contact: Samantha Perdue, 256-7788282 or townofsomerville@aol.com 5 • Rainsville, NAAC 2nd Annual Crossroads to the Arts – opens 10 a.m. Rainsville City Park & the Bevil Center,

28 • Deatsville,

Lightwood V.F.D. Yard Sale Fire Department, 6250 Lightwood Road Also selling whole Boston Butts ($30) and barbeque sandwiches. Contact: Daphne Smith, 334-569-2264 28 • Prattville, Indian Artifact Show Prattville Doster Memorial Community Center Contact: Tony Bulger, 334-365-7766 or mbulg@att.net 28 • Montgomery, Ride to the Capitol Promoting motorcycle rights, safety and motorist awareness. Riders welcome. vrumble@dixieabate.org

South April 13 & 14 • Dothan, Tri‑state BBQ

Festival • Houston County Farm Center www.tristatebbq.com

To place an event, mail to Events Calendar, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124; e-mail to calendar@ areapower.coop. (Subject Line: Around Alabama) or visit www.alabamaliving.coop. Each submission must include a contact name and phone number. Deadline is two months prior to issue date. We regret that we cannot publish every event due to space limitations.

This quality artwork is framed, ready to hang and available for purchase. Artists will also display more of their naturethemed works. Wildlife and floral paintings, fine art prints, wildlife photography, sculpture, woodcarvings and more! As an added bonus, AWF will have on hand a wide selection of “quality stock” plants from the Lanark gardens, including hard to find heirloom plants available for purchase. 14 • Orange Beach,

Orange Beach Nautical Flea Market 4550 Main Street – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 8’ tables may be rented for $50. Contact: 941-780-0538 14 • Gulf Shores, 2nd Annual Aviation Day 3190 Airport Drive • Admission: Free Contact: 251-967-3968 or visit www.jka.us.com 14 • Stockton, Wild Game Cook Off Old Schoolyard Park, Hwy 59 N. – 4 p.m. Tickets: $15 includes food tasting Contact: Phillip Hadley, 251-937-1248 19 - 22 • Dothan, Alabama Good Sams Spring Samboree National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds Theme: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Contact: Pat Smith, 256-3501037 or alabamagoodsams@aol.com www.alabamagoodsams.org 21 • Magnolia Springs, 9th Annual Magnolia Run Jesse’s Restaurant, 14770 Oak Street Registration at 6:30 a.m., start at 8 a.m. Contact: Kristin, 251-943-3291 21 & 22 • Dothan, Gem & Mineral Club 5th Annual Show and Sale Westgate Park Recreation Center Gym Sat. 9 - 5, Sun. 10 - 4 Contact: Arnie Lambert, 334-792-7116 or arlambert@comcast.net 26 – 29 • Union Springs, The Passing of Pearl Red Door Theatre Dinner at 6 p.m. (reservations required) Play at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 334-738-8687 or

Access the Arts Festival through the Alabama Nature Center and spend the whole day with us. While exploring one of our fabulous nature trails, the observant visitor might spot a screech owl roosting next to a tree trunk or discover that the natural surroundings inspire the artist in you. All proceeds from the Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival will be utilized to support AWF’s wildlife conservation mission.

conecuhpeople@knology.net www.reddoortheatre.org 28 • Opp, DRA Downtown Yard Sale – 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Contact Emilee Gage at 334-493-3070 or egage@oppcatv.com 28 • Spanish Fort, Delta Woods & Water Expo 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center Admission: Free Contact: Spanish Fort City Hall, 251-626-4884 www. deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com 28 & 29 • Troy, TroyFest Arts & Crafts Festival Downtown Troy Contact: Rob Drinkard, 334-268-1098 or troyfest@troycable.net www.troyfest.com May 1 – 5 • Gilbertown,

6th Annual Heritage Festival Contact Gilbertown Town Hall at 251-843-2766 5 • Atmore, 39th Annual Mayfest Tom Byrne Park – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, 251-368-3305 www.atmorechamber.com 12 • Bay Minette, Cookies for Kid’s Cancer Bake Sale • Halliday Park 2nd annual bake sale to benefit childhood cancer research. Lots of goodies, kids activities, live music and silent auction. www.thecookiemomsters.com

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Market Place Miscellaneous DIVORCE MADE EASY – Uncontested, lost spouse, in prison or aliens. $179.00 our total fee. Call 10am to 10pm. 26 years experience – (417)443-6511 METAL ROOFING $1.79/LINFT – FACTORY DIRECT!  1st quality, 40yr Warranty, Energy Star rated. (price subject to change)  706-383-8554 WALL BEDS OF ALABAMA / ALABAMA MATTRESS OUTLET – SHOWROOM Collinsville, AL – Custom Built / Factory Direct - (256)490-4025, www.wallbedsofalabama.com, www. alabamamattressoutlet.com AERMOTOR WATER PUMPING WINDMILLS – windmill parts – decorative windmills – custom built windmill towers - call Windpower (256)638-4399 or (256)638-2352 18X21 CARPORT $695 INSTALLED – (706)383-8554 CUSTOM MACHINE QUILTING BY JOYCE – Bring me your quilt top or t-shirts. Various designs offered – (256)735-1543 KEEP POND WATER CLEAN AND FISH HEALTHY with our aeration systems and pond supplies. Windmill Electric and Fountain Aerators. Windpower (256)638-4399, (256)899-3850 FREE BOOKS / DVDs – Soon government will enforce the “Mark” of the beast as church and state unite! Let Bible reveal. The Bible Says, POB 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771 – thebiblesaystruth@yahoo.com, (888)211-1715 CHURCH FURNITURE – Does your church need pews, pulpit set, baptistery, steeple or windows? Big sale on new cushioned pews and upholstery for hard pews – (800)2318360 or www.pews1.com DAYLILY GARDEN OPENS MAY 1st @ CRENSHAW FARMS in Baldwin County - Take I-65 to Exit 31(Stockton/Hwy 225) go south 1/4 mile - Hundreds blooming each day - www. crenshawfarms.com, (251)577-1235 Also Yard Sale/Flea Market/Antique Store. PUT YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES, SLIDES OR PHOTOS on DVD – (888)609-9778 or www.transferguy. com SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North American’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. (800)459-2148, www. sawmillexchange.com

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NEW AND USED STAIR LIFT ELEVATORS – Car lifts, Scooters, Power Wheelchairs – Walk-In Tubs Covers State of Alabama – 23 years (800)682-0658

PANAMA CITY BEACH CONDO – Owner rental – 2BR / 2BA, just remodeled inside and outside – (334)790-0000, jamesrny@graceba. net, www.theroneycondo.com

INTERIOR WOODS: CYPRESS, CEDAR, HEART PINE, POPLAR, ASH www.howardcustomlumber.net (251)847-2334

GATLINBURG, TN – Fond memories start here in our chalet – Great vacation area for all seasons – Two queen beds, full kitchen, 1 bath, Jacuzzi, deck with grill – 3 Night Special - Call (866)316-3255, Look for us on FACEBOOK / billshideaway

Business Opportunities EARN $75,000/YR PART-TIME in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Classroom or home study courses available. (800)488-7570 PIANO TUNING PAYS – Learn with American Tuning School home-study course – (800)497-9793 START YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Mia Bella’s Gourmet Scented Products. Try the Best! Candles / Gifts / Beauty. Wonderful income potential! Enter Free Candle Drawing - www. naturesbest.scent-team.com

Vacation Rentals AFFORDABLE COZY CABINS for your vacation in Pigeon Forge- (865)712-7633 CABIN IN MENTONE – 2/2, brow view, hottub – For rent $100/night or Sale $199,000 – (706)767-0177 GATLINBURG – DOWNTOWN LUXURY CREEKSIDE CONDO – 2BR / 2BA, sleeps 6 – aubie12@centurytel. net, (256)599-5552 HOUSE IN PIGEON FORGE, TN – fully furnished, sleeps 6-12, 3 baths, creek, no pets – (256)997-6771, www.riverrungetaway.org www.vacationsmithlake.com – 3BR / 2BA home w/ 2 satelite TV’s, gaslog fireplace, central H&A, covered boat dock - $75.00 night – (256)3525721, email annawisener@yahoo.com PIGEON FORGE, TN: $89 - $125, 2BR/2BA, hot tub, pool table, fireplace, swimming pool, creek – (251)3631973, www.mylittlebitofheaven.com KATHY’S ORANGE BEACH CONDO – 2BR/2BA, non-smoking. Best rates beachside! Family friendly – (205)253-4985, www.KathysCondo. eu.pn GATLINBURG TOWNHOUSE on BASKINS CREEK! GREAT RATES! 4BR/3BA, short walk downtown attractions! (205)333-9585, hhideaway401@aol.com GATLINBURG / PIGEON FORGE – 2 and 3 BEDROOM LUXURY CABINS – home theatre room, hot tub, game room – www.homeaway.com #178002, #359930, #965933 - (251)363-8576

ALABAMA RIVER LOTS / MONROE COUNTY, AL – Lease / Rent – (334)469-5604 HELEN GA CABIN FOR RENT – sleeps 2-6, 2.5 baths, fireplace, Jacuzzi, washer/dryer – www. cyberrentals.com/101769 - (251)9482918, email jmccracken@gulftel.com MENTONE, OVERNIGHT CABIN RENTAL – Hottub, King bed, Jacuzzi – (256)657-4335 – www. mentonelogcabins.com PIGEON FORGE, TN – 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath house for rent $75.00 a night – Call Bonnie at (256)338-1957 GULF SHORES / FT. MORGAN / NOT A CONDO! The original “Beach House” on Ft. Morgan peninsula – 2BR/1BA – Wi-Fi, pet friendly, non-smoking – $695/wk, (256)418-2131, www. originalbeachhouseal.com AFFORDABLE BEACHSIDE VACATION CONDOS – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL. Rent Direct from Christian Family Owners. Lowest Prices on the Beach – (251)752-2366, (205)5560368, (205)752-1231 GATLINBURG: CONDOS AND CABINS AVAILABLE NOW – Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at (800)3149777 – www.funcondos.com – Non Smoking GULF SHORES - 3BR / 2BA ON BEACH – W/D, 4 queen beds, sleeps 8 - VRBO#354680 Gulf Shores East – (251)979-3604 TWO GULF SHORES PLANATION CONDOS – Excellent beach views – Owner rented (251)223-9248 WEST BEACH – 3 GREAT CONDOS – Call (404)219-3189, (404)702-9824 or email gulfshores4rent@gmail.com. www.GULFSHORES4RENT.COM DISNEY – 15 MIN: 5BR / 3BA, private pool – www. orlandovacationoasis.com – (251)504-5756 GULF SHORES / FORT MORGAN BEACH COTTAGE – 3BR / 1BA, sleeps 6, gulf side, beach access – Summer rental $900 a week – (251)540-1086

ORANGE BEACH, AL CONDO – Sleeps 4, gulf and river amenities – Great Rates – (228)369-4680 GULF SHORES 4 / 5 BEDROOM BEACH HOME – Direct Gulffront – Also for Sale – (678)409-6616, rob@ playgagolf.com FT. WALTON BEACH HOUSE – 3BR / 2BA – Best buy at the Beach – (205)566-0892, mailady96@yahoo. com PENSACOLA BEACH CONDO – Gulf front – 7th floor balcony – 3BR / 2BA, sleeps 6, pool – (850)572-6295 or (850)968-2170 ORANGE BEACH, 1BR / 1BA, GRAND CARIBBEAN - 3rd Floor - Across from Cotton Bayou State Park!  Great Rates! Call for quote. (205)965-8922, or email: suzette915@gmail.com GULF SHORES BEACHSIDE CONDO available April thru December – 2BR / 2BA, WiFi, No smoking / No pets – Call Owner (256)287-0368, Cell (205)613-3446 MAGGIE VALLEY / WAYNESVILLE, NC – 2BR / 2BA, fireplace, deck, hottub, grill, Smokey Mountain view – Close to historic Waynesville shopping, Cataloochee Ski Resort – Ask for Mountain memories (800)648-1210 GUNTERSVILLE – SMALL COTTAGE: 2BR, full kitchen, w/in 300 yds of boat ramps - $80/night - call (334)361-2459 ALWAYS THE LOWEST PRICE $65.00 – Beautiful furnished mountain cabin near Dollywood, Sevierville, TN – (865)453-7715 GULF SHORES, WEST BEACH - Gulf view, sleeps 6 - www.vrbo.com/92623, (404)641-4939, (404)641-5314 GULF SHORES – CRYSTAL TOWER CONDO - 2 bedroom/ 2 bath, Great Ocean View - www.vrbo.com #145108 - Call Owner (205)429-4886 MENTONE, AL – LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN – billiard table, Jacuzzi, spacious home, sleeps 10 – www. duskdowningheights.com, (850)7665042, (850)661-0678.   ORANGE BEACH, WINDWARD POINTE – GULF FRONT CONDO – 3/2, Owner Rate – (251)626-6566, (251)689-8328 FORT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, HDTV, WiFi – www.homeaway.com/178244, www. wardvacationproperties.com, (251)363-8576 GULF SHORES BEACH HOUSE – Nice 2 bedroom, great view – Spring $800 / week, Summer $995 – (251)666-5476 www.alabamaliving.coop

GULF SHORES CONDO ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA - Beautiful update at SANDPIPER - (502) 386-7130

SMOKIES - TOWNSEND, TN – 2BR/2BA, secluded log home, fully furnished. Toll free (866)448-6203, (228)832-0713

GULF SHORES RENTAL BY OWNER – Great Rates! (256)490-4025 or www.gulfshoresrentals.us

GULF SHORES PLANTATION - Gulf view, beach side, 2 bedrooms / 2 baths, no smoking / no pets. Owner rates (205)339-3850

GULF SHORES CONDO: $75 - $110 night – 1 BR / 1BA, sleeps 4, pet friendly, pool, beach access – (251)9487140, vej264@gmail.com RENTAL BY OWNER – DESTIN, FL CONDO - Check out patsdestincondo. com - 2BR/2BA, across from beach with gated access - Call (334)244-6581 or email greenbush@knology.net for more information WEARS VALLEY MOUNTAIN CABIN NEAR PIGEON FORGE – 2 / 2, fully furnished – Brochures available – (251)649-9818 GULF SHORES / FT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3/3 . A short walk to the Gulf of Mexico - WINTER rental $9OO.OO A Month, plus half of utilities – Summer rental $850.00 a week, sleeps 6 adults – Call (251)540-7078. GULF SHORES PLANTATION - GULF FRONT - 2BR/2BA, remodeled, sleeps 6-8, Unit 1133 – YoungSuncoast.com, (800)826-1213 BEACH CONDOS: TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW IN GULF SHORES AND DAYTONA BEACH – Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at (800)314-9777 – www. funcondos.com – Non Smoking

SMOKIES – PIGEON FORGE, TN CABINS – (251)649-3344, (251)6494049, www.hideawayprop.com GATLINBURG, TN CHALET – 3BR / 3BA Baskins Creek – Pool, 10 minute walk downtown, Aquarium, National Park – (334)289-0304 ORANGE BEACH CONDO, 3BR/3BA; 2,000 SQ.FT.; beautifully decorated; gorgeous waterfront view; boat slips available; great rates - Owner rented (251)604-5226 GULF SHORES BEACH COTTAGE – Affordable, waterfront, pet friendly – http://www.vrbo. com/152418, (251)223-6114

Camping / Hunting / Fishing VALLEY HEAD, AL LODGE - 5/2, fishing - Weekly, monthly rates available for summer - Cabin available also - www.lookoutcreekfarm.com, (256)635-6420 CAMP IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS – Maggie Valley, NC – www.trailsendrv-park.com, (828)421-5295.

How To Place a Line Ad in Marketplace Closing Deadlines (in our office): June 2012 – deadline – April 25 July 2012 – deadline – May 25 August 2012 – deadline – June 25 -Ads are $1.65 per word with a 10 word minimum and are on a prepaid basis -Telephone numbers, email addresses and websites are considered 1 word each -Ads will not be taken over the phone. You may email your ad to hdutton@areapower.com or call (800)410-2737 ask for Heather for pricing. -We accept checks, money orders and all major credit cards

ANDALUSIA AREA RV CAMPGROUND for fishing and swimming on Point ‘A’ Lake - Nightly, weekly and monthly rates - Reservations (334)388-0342, theshac@shacrvpark.com ,  shacrvpark.com 

Real Estate Sales/Rentals GULF SHORES CONDO - $49,900, close to everything. Go to www. PeteOnTheBeach.com, click on Colony Club – (251)948-8008 NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY – 6,000sqft home, 55 acres partially fenced, nice lake – 1,600sqft shop / barn. Great potential for horse farm. Many Extras. (256)249-9187 LAKE GUNTERSVILLE – DEEDED RV LOT WITH PORT – 30ft x 40ft, FISHERMAN’S DREAM – MLS#832472 – (256)302-1510 Lot# 51 WE PURCHASE SELLER FINANCED NOTES, Trust Deeds, Contracts for Deed, Commercial / Business Notes and more, Nationwide! Call (256)6381930 or (256)601-8146 MOUNTAIN TOP HOME – MENTONE, AL – 2BR / 2BA on 13.3 secluded acres overlooking 5 acre lake. Beautiful View - $185,000 – (256)634-8017

Travel CARIBBEAN CRUISES AT THE LOWEST PRICE – (256)974-0500 or (800)726-0954

Musical Notes PLAY GOSPEL SONGS BY EAR - 10 lessons $12.95. “LEARN GOSPEL MUSIC”. Chording, runs, fills - $12.95 Both $24. Davidsons, 6727AR Metcalf, Shawnee Missions, Kansas 66204 – (913)262-4982

Education FREE BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE – write to 23600 Alabama Highway 24, Trinity, AL, 35673 FREE CREATION SCIENCE INFO – WWW.CREATIONANDSCIENCE.NET – Adults, teens – Box 508, Fairhope, AL 36533 BECOME AN ORDAINED MINISTER correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 767, 6630 West Cactus B-107, Glendale, Arizona 85304. http:// www.ordination.org

Critters ADORABLE AKC YORKY PUPPIES – excellent blood lines – (334)3011120, (334)537-4242, bnorman@ mon-cre.net CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. Tiny, registered, guaranteed healthy, raised indoors in loving home, vet records and references. (256)796-2893

Fruits / Nuts / Berries OLD TIMEY WHITE AND YELLOW self pollinating SEED corn – (334)886-2925

Support Our Troops Taxpayers can demonstrate support through the Alabama Military Support Foundation for Guardsmen and Reservists by making a contribution by using a check-off box on the bottom of the Alabama State tax form. The mission of the foundation is to educate employers on the active role played in the defense of our nation by Guardsmen and Reservists, and to inform them on their legal rights and responsibilities. Funds donated to the foundation will be used to educate and recognize outstanding employers who go above and beyond to support employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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Our Sources Say

A Carbon Free Budget? I try to remind readers – our electric customers – that a carbon tax or fee on carbon emissions will increase their cost of electricity.

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

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If you follow my articles, you know I periodically address global warming, climate change and carbon taxes. My interest in addressing these subjects is to some degree (if not primarily) selfserving. I try to remind readers – our electric customers – that a carbon tax or fee on carbon emissions will increase their cost of electricity. Therefore, when the carbon taxes or fees are actually imposed, customers will be forewarned and understand why their power bill is higher. Furthermore, I am far from personally convinced that anthropogenic carbon emissions are ruining the environment, and I am certainly not willing to spend my money to satisfy someone else’s concern that there will be no future unless we change our carbon-emitting ways. My friend David Darby continually tells me he doesn’t care for my global warming articles, and other readers complain about my “extremist” political views. While I recognize those opinions, other readers also write notes expressing their appreciation for my positions. So, if you are offended by my climate-denial opinions or political positions, I encourage you to stop here, read something else, watch TV or “An Inconvenient Truth,” or just take a nap. The Washington Post published an op-ed piece Feb. 24 by Democratic Congressmen Henry Waxman, Sherwood Boehlert, Edward J. Markey and Wayne Gilchrist discussing the apparently unrelated issues of the government’s debt levels and budget deficits. The article encourages urgent action to “protect our nation and the world from irreversible climate change.” The congressmen express their deep moral concerns about “cutting spending on programs Americans cherish or raising taxes on American job creators.” They lay out a better policy to “slash our debt by making power plants and oil refineries pay for the carbon emissions that endanger our health and environment. This policy would strengthen our economy, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, keep our skies clean – and raise a lot of revenue” ($200 billion over 10 years).

What does all that mean? First and foremost, it is not a tax. Instead, they suggest “fees on carbon pollution” are merely a charge on all hydrocarbon usage, like fossil fuel electric generation, natural gas and gasoline usage. The fees are not taxes, just fees, passed on to all consumers, on the most basic of life’s necessities. More frightening is the apparent destination for some of the fees, such as “transition-affected industries and investments in cleanenergy related technologies.” The congressmen state: “A marketbased (carbon fees) policy would... help protect U.S families from ecological disasters and level the playing field for clean-energy sources such as wind and solar. It would spur research into and development of electric batteries, carbon capture, storage technologies and the like.” More transparently, the congressmen propose to charge fees on all carbon emissions that will be passed on to retail consumers, and give at least some of the revenues to affected businesses and clean-energy companies. I guess we can assume some of the entities will be the congressmen’s affected (bankrupt) clean energy friends like Solyndra, Beacon Power, Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt. The congressmen conclude their article by stating, “No other policy would do as much for our economy, our security and our future as putting a price on carbon.” I am not sure what carbon fees would do for our economy, but I am sure it would not be good. Also, raising revenue to support the congressmen’s pet programs and affected friends by imposing additional regressive costs on the everyday necessities of life on all citizens, imposing additional costs on the nation’s production and giving money raised from those efforts to the congressmen’s favorite affected industries (supporters) seems like a poor bet to me, but any bet with someone else’s money is a good bet. I hope you all have a great month.A

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Smart Living “Smart” technology may sound like a novelty, but it is an emerging technology that will help cooperatives better serve their members.

Phillip Burgess is communications and government relations director for the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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High school reunions usually are met with a combination of excitement and dread. There’s that nagging fear that you are going to be older-looking than everyone else. And you convince yourself, however irrationally, that you are the only one in the crowd with a bald head or a mid-section approaching the size of a wash tub. The fun part comes from the retelling of stories – some humorous, others not so much – of stuff that happened in those hallowed halls. Our class reunion of a few weeks ago was no different. One of my favorite recollections has to do with a test our vocational agriculture teacher gave me more than 40 years ago. As the class sat together, our teacher called on each student and directed him to retrieve a particular tool from the tool room and explain to the class how to properly use it. Things went well until one of my classmates was asked to find a “lumber stretcher.” Disappearing up the stairs and into the tool room, my classmate was gone a long, long time before returning, red-faced, to a snickering class and realizing there was no such tool! The moral of this story is that we’d better know our tools and what they can and can’t do! Lately, there have been discussions among some electric cooperative customers about so-called “smart meters,” the “smart grid” and their respective capabilities. The bottom line is that there appears to be a misunderstanding about the use of this advanced metering technology. But should we be surprised? More than 75 years ago, electric cooperatives in Alabama electrified the rural countryside. Most folks were happy to get this new service, which their cousins in nearby cities and towns had had for a long time. But there were some folks who

didn’t want electricity and the changes it would bring. Some were so afraid of that newfangled socket in the ceiling of the kitchen that they would remove the light bulb before going to bed. Through education and outreach, co-op customers learned how to use this new, silent servant and became convinced they had nothing to fear. As was electricity itself almost four decades ago, “smart meters” and the “smart grid” are tools being introduced by some cooperatives across the country. This “smart” technology provides numerous benefits to cooperatives and, because you are the owner, to you as well. Remote reading and reconnecting of meters will save manpower. Power outages can be located and handled more quickly and precisely, and power quality can be improved by reducing the number of blinks, spikes and surges. Co-ops that have deployed this technology are using it as a tool to help their members analyze what is happening in their homes or businesses, especially in terms of higher bills. This technology is not intended to be a threat to customer privacy. Neither is it a scheme to get additional dollars from consumers, nor is it a potential health risk. Rather, it is an emerging technology that will help cooperatives better serve their members. Your electric cooperative is committed to providing you with superior service, efficiency and reliability at the lowest possible cost. Time and again, it has earned your trust and that of your fellow member owners through open, honest communication. “Smart” technology may sound like a novelty – or, perhaps, a “lumber stretcher.” But the next time you flip a switch, remember that there were those who didn’t believe in electricity itself. A

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