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Manager Steve Sheffield Co-op Editor Sarah Hansen ALABAMA LIVING is delivered to some 420,000 Alabama families and businesses, which are members of 22 not-for-profit, consumer-owned, locally directed and taxpaying electric cooperatives. Subscriptions are $12 a year for individuals not subscribing through participating Alabama electric cooperatives. Alabama Living (USPS 029-920) is published monthly by the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives. Periodicals postage paid at Montgomery, Alabama, and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER send forms 3579 to: Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-4014. ALABAMA RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION

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Made in the shade

. This time of year, there’s nothing like spending time in a shade garden, and with the help of a few well-selected plants, any shady spot can become a garden.



snapshots 9 Sunflower Summer is the perfect time for

taking photos in our state’s beautiful sunflower fields.

Worth the drive 22 Cahawba House pays tribute to

traditional Southern cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh produce and local traditions.

Pleasing pound cakes 30 Mix butter, sugar, eggs, flour and your

favorite flavoring and you’ve got the makings for a classic southern dessert. And don’t forget some delicious Chilton County peaches on top!

Printed in America from American materials

11 Spotlight 26 Outdoors 27 Fish & Game Forecast 30 Cook of the Month 38 Hardy Jackson’s Alabama ONLINE:

This photo of a pelican with its striking colors was taken by Bill Jones of Baldwin EMC. Jones says he got the shot just before taking a dolphin cruise in Orange Beach in March. He entered the photo in our annual photo contest; see the winners starting on Page 12.


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Office Locations Jackson Office 9000 Highway 43 P.O. Box 398 Jackson, AL 36545 (251) 246-9081 Chatom Office 19120 Jordan Street P.O. Box 453 Chatom, AL 36518 (251) 847-2302 Toll Free Number (800) 323-9081 Office Hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday (Drive-thru Hours)

Payment Options Mail P.O. Box 398 Jackson, AL 36545 P.O. Box 453 Chatom, AL 36518 Office During normal office hours at our Chatom and Jackson offices. Phone (855) 870-0403 Online Night Deposit 24/7 at Jackson & Chatom

Committed to Safety We have an amazing and dedicated group of employees that go above and beyond on a daily basis to serve the needs of our membership. Not only are they committed to providing reliable service to our members, they are also committed to the safety of the general public as well as their own personal safety. CWEMC has a long history of participation in the Rural Electric Cooperative Safety Achievement Program (RESAP). RESAP is a national safety program administered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA). The program utilizes a frame work for continuous improvement to improve safety performance and culture. Voluntary participation in the program not only helps make sure you remain compliant with basic rules and regulations, it goes above and beyond what

is required. Although RESAP is a continuous safety achievement program, it also involves an intensive three-year review by a team of safety professionals. The process includes a review of training and records as well as an onsite observation which includes facilities, equipment and crew visits. The team conducted its review of Clarke-Washington EMC in June and gave the co-op an outstanding review for its participation in RESAP. The team also makes recommendations for improvement which will be implemented over the next three years. I’d like to express my appreciation to all our employees for their hard work and dedication to safety. I’ve listed some the areas of review by the team below and you’ll see a story and pictures from the onsite observation on the following page.

Documents reviewed Reports/Logs:

Arc Flash Assessment Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Annual PCB Document Logs Annual DOT Inspection Reports

Inspection Forms:

Underground Line(S) and Equipment

Electrical Testing Logs: Rubber Gloves/Sleeves Cover-up Material Dielectric Testing

Training Documentation

Traffic Control Outdoor Hazard/Heat Stress and Skin Cancer Prevention Pole Top Rescue Bucket Truck Rescue Substation and Regulator Training Chainsaw Safety CPR/First Aid/AED Disaster Preparation Voltage Detectors MAD Step and Touch Potential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Lifting Safety Slips, Trips and Falls

CWEMC App Available from the App Store and Google Play Bank Draft CheckOut Pay where you shop at any Dollar General, Family Dollar and CVS Pharmacy. 4  AUGUST 2020

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Culture of Safety Electrical safety has long been a high priority for ClarkeWashington EMC. We strive to be as safe as possible to make sure our members, the general public and our employees are protected. Every three years, Clarke-Washington EMC undergoes a safety audit for the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP). RESAP is a national safety program in partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA) and Clarke-Washington EMC to review safety, compliance, facilities, equipment and documentation to improve performance, regulatory procedures and educate cooperative employees. “RESAP is the process of constant improvement. It allows the chance to get a fresh perspective from outside sources,” explained Jeff Whatley, AREA Safety Specialist. “Safety is a mental decision an individual must make. The training and equipment are in place but the individual must make the decision to use it. An individual’s choice c a n a f fec t more t ha n themselves.” A primary objective of RESAP is to better enable

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electric cooperatives to reduce injuries over time. ClarkeWashington EMC has participated in RESAP for over 30 years. A team of safety professionals perform a three-day assessment of all aspects of the safety environment. Clarke-Washington EMC is evaluated on the buildings, equipment, employee knowledge and numerous other items. “It is hard to say one part is more important than the other. One of the most common goals we see is to improve personal safety accountability or culture and there is nothing wrong with that goal,” said Michael Sullins, AREA Regulatory and Compliance Specialist. “We also like to use the program to educate cooperative employees to identify unsafe situations or practices and facilitate an action plan to eliminate or improve the situation.” RESAP is not a requirement for electric cooperatives but it is a voluntary program for cooperatives to receive feedback on the status of their safety. Completion of a successful RESAP results in saving on the cooperative’s cost of insurance. In addition, RESAP encourages cooperative employees to recognize and correct hazards.

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PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE Clarke-Washington EMC offers many convenient payment options for your monthly power bill. To receive more information about any of these payment options, please call the Billing Department at (800) 323-9081.

Debit, Credit, or echeck by Phone Payments can be accepted over the phone at 1-855-870-0403. Clarke-Washington EMC accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER & AMERICAN EXPRESS.

E-Bill/Auto Pay When you sign up for E-Bill, Clarke-Washington EMC will discontinue the monthly mailing of your paper bill. Instead, you will receive a monthly email of your bill. With Auto Pay, you have the option for your payment to be automatically deducted from your account.

Levelized Billing There are no surprises with levelized billing. A levelized bill is based on the average billing for 12 months and you are billed for that average amount.

Online & Mobile App Pay your bill conveniently with the CWEMC app or online at cwemc. com. If you do not have a login, you will need to know your account number, the phone number associated with your account and you must have an email address on file.

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Bank & Credit Card Draft

Bank & Credit Card draft makes it easy for members to pay their bill on time each month without having to write a check and mail or drop it off by one of our locations. With automatic bank draft, you will receive a bill from CWEMC each month indicating the amount of the scheduled draft. The amount of your bill will then be automatically deducted from your account on the 10th of each month. *If the 10th of the month falls on a holiday or weekend, it will be deducted on the following business day.

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Local Banks

Members can pay their bill through the 10th of each month at the following banks. First Bank - Grove Hill and Thomasville BancorpSouth - Jackson, Grove Hill and Thomasville

In Person

Payments can be made at both the Jackson and Chatom office, in person and at the drive through, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Both offices open at 7 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. The payment drop box is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


To pay by mail, address your payment according to the selected office below. Jackson Office P.O. Box 398 Jackson, AL 36545


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Chatom Office P.O. Box 453 Chatom, AL 36518


Pay your bill where you shop at any Dollar General, Family Dollar, and CVS Pharmacy. It’s not only convenient, it’s simple and easy. All you have to do is go to and click on GET YOUR CHECKOUT BARCODE. Then, enter your account number without a dash and verify your service address to obtain a bar code unique to your electric account with CWEMC. AUGUST 2020  7

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ALABAMA GARDENER’S CALENDAR Information provided by The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. Find more at

August Fruits and Nuts

• Cut out old blackberry canes after fruiting and then fertilize and cultivate for replacement canes. • Remember to order new catalogs for fruit selection.


• Layer branches of hydrangea.


• Watch for diseases. • Mow regularly • Water as needed.


• Keep roses healthy and actively growing.

• Hybrid teas and floribundas may need slight pruning to prevent scraggly appearance.

Annuals and Perennials

• Water as needed. Plant perennials and biennials.

Vegetable Seed

• Plant turnips, rutabagas, beans, and peas in South Alabama.

Vegetable Plants • Plant cabbage, collards, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and celery


• Divide old iris plantings and add new ones.


• Keeping flowers, shrubs, trees and lawns healthy is a major task this month. • This means close observation for insects and diseases. • Water

September Fruits and Nuts

• New catalogs will be arriving soon. • Start plans for future selection and plantings. • Take soil test for new planting areas. • Fertilize established strawberry plantings.


• Study landscape to determine plant needs. • Check early varieties of camellias. • You may want to replace those damaged in spring by late freezes. • After fall growth is completed, spray all shrubs with a fungicide.


• Plant seed of winter grasses where situation prevents planting permanent grasses.

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• Winter seeds will appear soon. • Stop fertilization three weeks before frost.


• Protect fall crops of blossoms from aphids and thrips. • Keep plants healthy.

Annuals and Perennials

• Last chance for planting perennials and biennials. • Old clumps of perennials may be divided. • Plant peonies.


• Clean up infestations of insects on azaleas, camellias, boxwoods, gardenias, hollies, etc. • If oil spray is needed, don’t use in freezing weather. • Build compost bin or box; leaves will be falling soon. • Move houseplants indoors.

Vegetable Seed

• Plant hardy vegetables and root crops

Vegetable Plants

• Plant cabbage, collards, cauliflower, celery, Brussel sprouts, and onion sets.


• Spring-flowering bulbs may be planted late this month in north Alabama. • Delay planting in south Alabama.

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Sunflower fields



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5. 1. Aplin Farms in Dothan. SUBMITTED BY Allison Lumbatis, Dothan. 2. My granddaughter, Caroline Vaughn. SUBMITTED BY Peggy Morris, Stevenson. 3. Kaitlyn Jones Johnson. SUBMITTED BY Jolene Holloway, Geneva. 4. Clarabel Richerson in a beautiful Baldwin County sunflower field. SUBMITTED BY Gwen Windham, Robertsdale. 5. Cecil, Melanie, Hunter, Macie, James Camden and Maggie Davis at Dallas Ragan Sunflower Fields. SUBMITTED BY Macie Davis, Bridgeport. 6. Harmony and Marshall. SUBMITTED BY Amy Mosley, Loxley.

Submit “Fall foliage” photos by August 31. Winning photos will run in the October issue. SUBMIT and WIN $10! Online:

Mail: Snapshots P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124

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RULES: Alabama Living will pay $10 for photos that best match our theme of the month. Photos may also be published on our website at and on our Facebook page. Alabama Living is not responsible for lost or damaged photos. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to have photos returned.

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Spotlight | August

Whereville, AL Identify and place this Alabama landmark and you could win $25! Winner is chosen at random from all correct entries. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Send your answer by Aug. 7 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in the September issue. Submit by email:, or by mail: Whereville, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124. Contribute your own photo for an upcoming issue! Send a photo of an interesting or unusual landmark in Alabama, which must be accessible to the public. A reader whose photo is chosen will also win $25.

Help the state identify gaps in broadband service Alabamians are encouraged to take a broadband internet speed survey at to help the state locate gaps in broadband service. The information gathered will be used for planning efforts to help fill those gaps. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the Broadband Alabama program, which includes the Broadband Accessibility Fund created by the Alabama Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. It was created to assist broadband providers in extending high-speed internet service for households, businesses and community anchors in unserved areas of the state or in areas lacking minimum threshold service. Many Alabama homes and businesses are likely receiving less than the current federal definition of broadband service, which is 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and three Mbps upload speed. The information gathered from the speed survey will help pinpoint the specific areas that lack this coverage. Your address will not be made public and the information will be used solely for the state’s planning efforts.

CORRECTIONS The military title for Janet Cobb, the executive director of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, was incorrect in the Alabama People feature on Page 24 in the July issue. Her military title is retired Major General, U.S. Army Reserve. The crossword puzzle on Page 30 of the July issue had an incorrect number of spaces provided for one of the clues. The clue for 11 across, “Alabama city known for its fine white marble bedrock,” did not have enough spaces for the correct answer, which is Sylacauga. The city, in the answer key on Page 45, was misspelled. 10  AUGUST 2020

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July's answer

In mid-2018, DeSoto State Park naturalist Brittney Hughes conceived the idea of installing an ambitious public art project at DeSoto Falls – transforming the plain cement stairs leading to the viewing platform into a mosaic work of art. On each of the 43 risers is a mosaic of colorful stained-glass pieces, giving the effect of a cascading river flowing down the steps. The lower steps feature a quote from famed naturalist John Muir: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” (Information from the Little River Arts Council website) Photo submitted by Morgan Haynes of Cullman EC; the randomly drawn correct guess winner is Mary S. White of Joe Wheeler EMC.

Letters to the editor

E-mail us at: or write us at: Letters to the editor P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124

Inspired by snapper article

I enjoyed your article (Outdoors, May 2020) and decided to go fishing for the first time in 25 years. Caught a whopper of a red snapper. Thanks! Beverly Haslauer Orange Beach Beverly Haslauer and her husband, Ed, with fresh catch

Enjoyed column on Kathryn Tucker Windham

I so enjoyed your piece on Kathryn Tucker Windham! (Hardy Jackson’s column, June 2020.) My mother loved her and followed her to many storytelling festivals. She would come back and try to retell the story, but she would always say, “I can’t do it justice like she can.” I lost my mom 5 years ago, but articles like this make me smile as I know she would have appreciated it. So glad you made the memories you did with Kathryn while she was here. My favorite: “If it didn’t happen that way, it should have.” Ha! I’m going to use that line with my writing club! Audrey Barker Opelika

Fan of Hardy Jackson

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your column in Alabama Living. I just read your story about “Remembering Cousin Kathryn” and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish I had met her in person! Also, I wanted you to know that you’re included in my book, Amazing Alabama: The Bicentennial Edition (pages 248-249). I quoted your story about “Bicentennial Beers” in this “tour-able history” book. It was listed in your magazine (Alabama Bookshelf, June 2019). Thanks for being so entertaining! T. (Theresa) Jensen Lacey Fairhope

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August | Spotlight Take us along! Thanks to all our readers who’ve sent us photos of their travels. We realize due to the pandemic, no one’s doing much traveling these days due to the statewide “safer at home” orders, but we enjoy seeing your pictures from past travels. We’re including several on this page. If you have any past photos send them to mytravels@ We also want to see where you’re reading Alabama Living at home! Send us photos of you or a family member reading the magazine in your favorite home location. Send to athome@ We’ll draw a winner for a $25 prize each month, so let us hear from you! Dave and Lavina Thompson of Foley traveled with a group of veterans to the battlefields of Vietnam in March. Members of Baldwin EMC, they returned to the sites where each veteran served and brought their copy of Alabama Living to show their new friends where they live. Donna and Clyde Barksdale of Section, members of Sand Mountain EC, took their magazine on a Caribbean cruise on the Crown Princess. Donna is shown at the cruise port in Antigua and Clyde is in front of the Parliament Building in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Don’t enjoy exercise? Look for options to get moving Having trouble getting in enough exercise? People rarely exercise if they don’t enjoy it, even though they know it’s good for them. Here are some ways to get in some physical activity, courtesy of HealthMed Inc.: ■ Nature trails and walking: Find a trail close to your home. Being outside can do wonders for your mood too. ■ Group fitness classes: Many gyms and fitness facilities have reopened with strict safety protocols in place. Zumba, cycling, yoga and more offer a chance to socialize (and socially distance) as well as get healthy. ■ Meet up outside: Take a friend or your child to an outdoor green space and toss a football or baseball around, if it’s not crowded. Just ensure you can stay six feet away from people you don’t live with. ■ Walk and talk: Need to catch up with a friend? Take your phone along on a walk around the park or your neighborhood. You may be a little out of breath, but you’ll at least get to socialize!

Find the hidden dingbat! We may have outdone ourselves hiding the dingbat in July, as our submissions were not as plentiful as in past months. Nevertheless, about 200 of you correctly found the fireworks burst on the green balloon in one of the Alabama Snapshots on Page 9. Rachel Bailey of Bay Minette, a member of Baldwin EMC, wrote us a poem: I found the dingbat on page 9, In a green balloon under the “I Made A Mess” headline. The balloons were a celebration of those who had cancer beat, Tandy Hoover was the runner, with a beautiful smile & wings on her feet. She carried an umbrella, but no rain could dampen her shine. These pictures of our human spirit warm my heart with every issue, every time. We sent John Fender of Foley on a page-by-page search with his magnifying glass for the fireworks, and he wrote us a delightful account of his travels, from the stargazing pages, to the bookshelf, to the Bamahenge photo, to an ad (off-limits, as he remembered) to finally, after starting over at Page 1, he found it: “By this time, the sun had gone down and I turned my lamp on, and the way the light struck the magazine, it popped right out at me on the green balloon.” Thanks for your persistence, Mr. Fender! Congratulations to Polly White, a member of Cullman EC, whose name was drawn as the winner of the $25 prize from the correct entries. This month, it won’t be hard to find this bright yellow sun, something we’re guaranteed to see plenty of in August. Deadline is Aug. 7. Good luck!

Pamela Nowden of Montgomery picked a beautiful day on the Chattahoochee Riverwalk in Columbus, Georgia, to read her magazine. She’s a member of Dixie EC.

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hey’re off the beaten path, or right on your front porch. Sometimes they’re the first thing in the morning, other times they’re in the quiet of the concluding day. And some feature young ones in the first few years of life, while others feature those in their sunset years. The photos entered in this year’s contest were all of these and more. We asked readers in the March and April issues and on our Facebook page to gather their best photos to enter into the annual contest, which was open on for the month of May. We received more than 200 entries in four categories: Capture the Beauty, Discover the Past, Making Memories and Rural Landscapes. Our judge again this year was Phil Scarsbrook, a professional photographer with more than 40 years’ experience in photojournalism, fashion and product photography as well as wedding and portraiture. He did not know the identities of the entrants. The winner of each category receives a $100 prize. Enjoy this year’s winners and keep an eye out for next year’s contest! – Allison Law

photo contest winners

Capture the Beauty

First place:

Drew Senter of Oxford, Ala. “I took this photo in April at Bains Gap on a rainy day. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed me to re-explore the wild places nearby, just to find some sanity. The spring greens in the photo really made this location pop.” Judge’s comment: “Beautiful image. Well composed and exposed. Long exposure very effective use of ‘silking the water.’”

Honorable mention:

Lindsey Green, Arab EC “I took this from my front porch. … it shows how much beauty surrounds us every day if we just take a second to look around.”

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First place:

Richard Brown, Central Alabama EC “This is Winter Place in Montgomery. ... One of my most memorable experiences with this photograph was meeting one of the former residents and having them explain the splendor of this home.” Judge’s comment: “Created excellent framing and depth by using the tree limb in the foreground. Very nice toning and use of black and white.”

Discover the Past

Honorable mention:

Sophia LaPalme, Baldwin EMC “I found this old rusted silo with a ladder in the fall of 2018 in Loxley, Alabama. I found the angle and perspective as well as the colors interesting.”

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Honorable mention:

Sacha Green, Marshall-DeKalb EC In this photo of Tim and Corbin Frasier, “every time Corbin comes over to Papa’s house, he constantly wants to drive the lawn mower. He loves it! Such great memories for both involved.”

Making Memories

First place:

Emery Little of Birmingham, Ala. In this photo of Ronald and Bonnie Payne, the photographer says, “I have always been fortunate to have wonderful grandparents … they’ve always lived life to the fullest, and this is a great example of how full of life they are.” Judge’s comment: “Wonderful facial expressions evoking memories of summer days on the porch.”

Honorable mention:

Keri Fike, Joe Wheeler EMC “It was such a beautiful morning with just a touch of fog and the sun rays coming through. It really made me take a moment and marvel at God’s handiwork.”

First place:

Drew Senter of Oxford, Ala. “I took this photo several summers ago on a warm evening in Oxford, Alabama. The sun’s rays were just perfect that night!” Judge’s comment: “Nice capture. Love the ‘God rays’ streaming through the clouds.”

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College football:

Just what the doctor ordered By Brad Bradford Editor’s note: As of press time, the Southeastern Conference had not made a decision regarding the 2020 fall schedule.


o say that 2020 has been in turmoil is sort of like telling Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beuerlein that Cornelius Bennet can knock you into next week. The coronavirus pandemic stopped the football world from turning. No spring training; no off-season workouts; no media days. So, everything related to college football is based on two factors: 1. That we have football in some form this fall. 2. Predictions and assessments are based on what we know from last year’s teams. Without spring training, depth charts can be hit or miss. ALABAMA: Tide fans puff out their chests every year when the recruiting rankings come out. Bama is always in the top 3; often number 1. Nick Saban had BY FAR, his greatest recruiting news earlier this year. It had nothing to do with fuzzy-faced high schoolers. It was the fact that six starters, who were eligible for the NFL draft, decided to come back for their 4th year. This was not big; it was HUGE. On offense, running back Najee Harris, ultra-productive wide receiver DeVonta Smith and first round lock at left tackle, Alex Leatherwood. From the injury-plagued defense, All-American linebacker Dylan Moses, 6th year linebacker Josh McMillon and defensive end LaBryan Ray. The big question mark for the Tide is how QB Mac Jones is going to lead the offense, since record-setter Tua Tagovailoa is now with the Miami Dolphins. Mac Jones had the third highest passing efficiency rating in the SEC last year. Number 1 was Tua and number 2 was Joe Burrow. Strengths: Running back, offensive lineman, linebackers. Concerns: Secondary and kickers. Schedule analysis: Georgia will be breaking in a transfer quarterback from Wake Forest and has to come to Tuscaloosa in the 3rd week. Defending champ LSU lost everyone on the team but the water boy. Auburn comes to Bryant-Denny after playing a physical LSU team the previous week. Prediction: 12-0, SEC champion, football playoffs. AUBURN: Freshman quarterback Bo Nix proved that he was a winner last year. He will only get better. The big question has to do with Gus Malzahn and the offense. Gus hired exArkansas coach Chad Morris to run the 16  AUGUST 2020

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offense. Will Gus turn the keys over to Morris? Will he continue to have his finger in the offensive pie? Will he pull the string and take over if the offense is struggling? Last year, defensive lineman Derrick Brown decided to come back for his 4th year. He made all the difference and ended up as the SEC defensive player of the year and 7th overall pick in the draft. As long as the Tigers have Coach Kevin Steele running the defense, their defense will keep them in all games. The big question mark for Auburn is going to be the offensive line. They lost four of five starters. How long will it take new O-Line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. to mold them into a cohesive unit? Missing spring training and the off-season really affects these players as much as any position. Auburn returns all four linebackers from last year, led by All SEC K.J. Britt. Their go-to weapons on offense are wide receivers Seth Williams and speedster Anthony Schwartz. Strengths: Quarterback, linebacker, kicker. Concerns: offensive line and secondary. Prediction: 9-3 with losses to Georgia, LSU and Alabama. SEC WEST: 1. Alabama 2. LSU 3. Auburn 4. Texas A&M 5. Ole Miss 6. Mississippi State 7. Arkansas. Alabama gets its 2 toughest, Georgia and Auburn, at home. LSU has depth from last year but lost way too many, 15, to the NFL and both coordinators. Auburn has its two toughest on the road against Georgia and Bama. Malzahn has never defeated either one on the road. Playing LSU the week before the Iron Bowl will be a challenge. SEC EAST: 1. Florida 2. Georgia 3. Tennessee 4. Kentucky 5. South Carolina 6. Missouri 7. Vandy. The Georgia-Florida game will determine the champions of the East. Florida gets a rebuilding LSU at home as their crossover game. Georgia has to go to Alabama. The Bulldogs have very little margin for error. Jeremy Pruitt has Tennessee headed in the right direction. Their annual crossover game with Alabama will be tough as well as an early road game to Oklahoma. Wait until next year. PLAYOFFS: Three teams are locks: Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson. The remaining slot will come from Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Penn State and Oregon. CHAMPIONS: Bama defeats Ohio State, 35-24. Brad Bradford is former football staff member at Alabama and Louisville. His wife, Susan Moseley Swink Bradford, is a former Auburn cheerleader. His daily blog about Southern Life can be found at

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Cooped up?

Booksellers have some recommendations Story and photo by Jack West


ith the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama climbing every day, it is beginning to look like many people will be spending the rest of their summer — and possibly a lot of their fall — quarantined, socially distanced and likely bored. Netflix, movies and hours scrolling through Twitter and Facebook have become coping mechanisms to stem the tides of boredom. The problem is that now, nearly six months into the coronavirus pandemic, even those options can seem dry. For those looking for an alternative to the internet for readable content, there are plenty of good options for your bookshelf. If you don’t know where to start, we talked with two book buyers and reviewers for independently run bookstores in Alabama who gave us some suggestions. Ashley Warlick, a novelist and writing professor, is in charge of buying books for Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers, a locally owned bookstore in Auburn; and Anderson McKean is the buyer and reviewer for Page & Palette, a third-generation family-owned bookstore in Fairhope. Here is their list of new books, old books, summer books and fall books that are topically, geographically and timelessly relevant.

The Secret History by Donna Tart

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er novel is a great choice for someone who might have had a few years go by without reading a book. “It opens with a circle of friends standing at the top of a cliff and the fifth friend dead at the bottom,” she says. “It’s a fantastic book, and it’s a fantastic book to pick up when you might miss your own college friends.”

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

McKean says that this book, which comes out in August and is about a girl’s determination to follow the migratory patterns of arctic terns, is incredibly hard to stop reading. “It is one of those books that, once you start it, you literally cannot put it down,” she says. “Throughout the novel, you literally feel like you are out on this research vessel. You can smell the sea; you can feel the spray coming against your face, and you just are just completely transported on this journey of this woman.”

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison

This award-winning novel is the first in Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy. It is a great option for fans of fantasy novels, but also has an appeal to readers outside of the genre. “[It’s a] fantasy world that is built on the language of geology and engineering, and the sort of magical entities in the trilogy move earth with their brains,” Warlick says.

“It’s exciting, and it’s super smart. I had the best time, and I don’t read that genre ever.”

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Written by the same author as A Man Called Ove, Backman’s newest book is set to come out in September. According to McKean, the characterization and loving atmosphere in Backman’s novels are, among other things, a good reason to keep reading. “(Backman’s novels) are filled with these quirky, endearing characters that you feel like could be your family, your friends, your neighbors,” she says. “You just find yourself wanting to give all of these people a hug by the time that you’re finished with this novel.”

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

In her new novel, Gyasi, who was born in Ghana but raised in Huntsville, Alabama, explores the origins and realities of addiction. “The novel is about a young Ghananian medical research student who is studying mice for their addictive patterns,” Warlick says. “In that, she is trying to uncover the roots of addiction and pain and difficulty in her own childhood.” For more information on any of these and other books, check with your local booksellers, your local library or online resources.

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| Alabama People |

Anna Brakefield

From field to fabric In 2012, Anna Yeager Brakefield took her graphic design degree from Auburn University and headed off to New York to work with high-end clients in the advertising industry. A couple years later, she returned to the South, moving to Nashville to continue her career path. But in 2016, she brought her skills and experience back home to Lawrence County, Ala., and partnered with her dad, longtime cotton farmer and innovator Mark Yeager, to create Red Land Cotton, a farm-to-home textile company. RLC creates heirloom inspired bedding, bath and loungewear made from cotton grown on their family farm. The company’s luxury linens are made in the U.S. and made exclusively with cotton sourced directly from the family’s north Alabama farm. The company made headlines after the COVID-19 pandemic, when it partnered with other Alabama businesses to create masks for communities as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. The effort was never for profit, Anna says, but was just one small way they could help. Now, she’s eager to talk about what’s next for the Moulton-based company. – Allison Law Talk about RLC’s new collection. This fall, we will be launching a new line of blankets. It’s a completely new production line that we’ve put together. The blankets are woven in Maine; they’re 100 percent cotton from our farm. The yarn is being spun in North Carolina, then it’s all going to Maine where they’re finishing, cutting and sewing it. Our blankets will range from baby size to king size for the bed, in white and natural. I hope they’ll launch around September. We’re also going to be launching a bathrobe, made from the same terry cloth as our towel. We started 2020 with some good vision about these new things that we wanted to bring to market. A lot of that was put on hold earlier this year, but fortunately factories have gotten back to work, and we’re really hopeful we can get these new products out in time for Christmas. PHOTO BY MICHAEL CORNELISON

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And you’re also working on a new facility in Moulton. We’re super excited. Over the past two years, we’ve really grown, which has been a huge blessing. We’ve outgrown our little storefront/fulfillment facility in downtown Moulton. We’re building a massive distribution facility as well as a cut and sew facility right next to our cotton gin in Moulton. We’re hopeful we’ll get in there by September, before that Christmas rush, and this will allow us to hire more people. Maybe 30-35 people to work in the cut and sew or in our distribution facility. I know you started this venture with your dad – is he still involved in the business? Oh, yes. His focus is still primarily on the farm. When we’re starting up a new supply chain, he is very, very involved in that. He’s extremely involved in this new building and how that is structurally going to look, how it’s going to function. He’s not as much into the day-to-day weeds as I am. He’s quite literally in the weeds, on the farm, when it comes to the day-today. We speak at least 10 times a day on the phone. It’s a good partnership. Even though sometimes working with family can definitely be challenging, overall it’s a good thing. Both of my younger brothers, they farm with my dad. My sister-in-law works with me. She’s my go-to person as far as managing inventory at the store or at the distribution facility, making sure orders get out the door. It’s a big family involved venture. And I’ve read that Red Land takes its name from the north Alabama soil? Yes, ma’am. It has no political affiliation whatsoever! My dad named his farm Red Land Farms I think in 1983. That was really important to him that we named this business to be very close to the farm in that regard. Not everything is political! Talk about your company’s commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. That is essential to who we feel like we are. Hopefully it will never come to this, but I can’t see us going outside of the U.S. to source any of our products. If there is a way to make it here, we’re going to make it here.

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| Worth the drive |

Fresh produce, local traditions star at Cahawba House Story and photos by Miriam C. Davis


n 2015, Tim Essary worked for severHe’s grateful for all that he’s learned al chefs in Atlanta. His sister, Tara Esfrom the ladies in the kitchen. “A couple sary-Studdard, was a mixologist in south of months after opening, I realized that if Florida. But when they returned home to I continue to hire people way smarter than Montgomery for Christmas, they agreed me and bring in talent I don’t have, we can they were both tired of working for other grow into something I couldn’t do all by people and wanted their own place. myself. By bringing in different flavors, different backgrounds and ethnicities, we can “We saw the development taking place in showcase not only Southern food but the Montgomery,” says Tim, and with a strong South’s rich melting pot.” push from their dad, “we decided, ‘Let’s Tim says he’s picked up family recipes do this!’” They moved back home, found from staff, such as smoking a turkey himan empty restaurant space downtown, and self and adding it to collards. Recent menus Cahawba House opened in the fall of 2016. have featured oxtails and gravy with mashed The name pays tribute to Cahawba, the potatoes and pot likker soups, created from site of Alabama’s original capital. The food boiling turnip or collard greens with turkey pays tribute to traditional Southern cuisine, tail or ham hock for hours, soaking up all with an emphasis on fresh produce and local traditions. the flavors. “We wanted to Breakfast features biscuits and showcase not only choice of local the local cuisine,” honey, jams, and says Tim, “but also jellies, and a prolocal farms and tein — Conecuh businesses.” When sausage, scrambled they set up their eggs, or apple wood restaurant, Tim and smoked bacon. You Tara deliberately can add gravy, varcultivated relationships with nearby ious cheeses, fried farmers. They get green tomatoes, their purple hull Tim Essary and his sister, Tara Essary-Studdard, and veggies of the peas from Clanton, are committed to safety for their staff and day. Lunch includes customers. the collards from salads, sandwiches a family farm in with hand cut fries, Tuskegee, and fresh eggs are delivered by and the traditional meat and three. “a sweet little red-headed lady” from tiny Cahawba House’s good food has been Pine Apple, Alabama. Jams and jellies come recognized nationally. The New York Times from a farm near Auburn and the coffee recommended it in an article on things to from Prevail Union, a craft coffee shop do in Montgomery. USA Today declared around the block. that it had the “Best Breakfast Sandwich” in Their menu changes according to what’s Alabama. available. If it’s fresh and in season, Tim says The walls are loaded with black-andthey try to work with it. “I might not necwhite photographs, ink drawings, and oil essarily need a bunch of rhubarb,” laughs paintings, many of downtown scenes — Tim, “but I’ll find something to do with it.” and all the work of local artists. While Tara manages the restaurant, Tim When the pandemic hit in mid-March, is in charge of the kitchen where he draws Tim and Tara quickly pivoted: “We had on local talent, too. When they established to change our business model overnight,” Cahawba House, he had a number of recipes says Tim. They moved the tables out of the from his time in previous restaurants. Then restaurant, installed shelves, stocked up on he started hiring local cooks, many of them bread, produce, toilet paper, and other necessities and dubbed their new grocery the African American women who brought “Bama Bonafide Bodega.” their own cooking traditions with them. 22  AUGUST 2020

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Now, the restaurant is open again, but things have changed. Diners order at their tables rather than standing in line at the counter; tables are six feet apart and there is more terrace seating. Everyone wears a mask. Surfaces are constantly disinfected. “We are adamant about being safe,” says Tara. Customers are trickling back. The Paycheck Protection Program allowed Tara and Tim to rehire their old employees, and plans for a new bar are going ahead. They’re optimistic that things will pick up as people start travelling again. “We are ready for it,” says Tara. “We’ve got to have faith over fear.”

Outside seating has been expanded to keep diners safe.

Homemade meatloaf and black-eyed peas are among the lunch entrees.

Cahawba House

31 S. Court Street Montgomery, AL  334-356-1877 Montgomery Hours: 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The owners plan to be open on weekends starting in August, but check to verify.

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Three healthy financial habits to start now By Jacquie Johnson and Cecilia Waits Developing healthy financial habits can do wonders for helping us achieve our goals. The earlier you start, the better! Here are three habits you can start today.

Keep a journal

Budgeting is the foundation of personal finance. The first step to successful budgeting is to keep a journal of what you spend; even that $1.50 drink you bought at the gas station. Budgeting is not about limiting what you do with your money, but tracking to maximize the money you work hard for every day. Those little “impulse” buys add up to a lot more than you would think! If you have trouble remembering to write everything down, guess what: there’s an app for that. Alabama Rural Electric Credit Union’s mobile app has tools to help you track your spending, and there are a variety of free apps to promote healthy money habits. We’d love to point you towards some!

Pay yourself first

When it comes to managing your finances, give yourself permission to be a bit selfish. Paying yourself first, by transferring some of your paycheck into a savings account, is vital to having a successful financial future. No one can avoid unexpected expenses or financial emergencies, but you can help yourself prepare. Most employers make it easy for you to save by offering direct deposit options, so that a portion of your paycheck is put into a savings, investment, or retirement account each pay-period. This method of saving disperses your money before you see your check, so it’s likely you won’t even miss it. You can also set up automatic transfers – right from your phone with ARECU.

Set financial boundaries

Ignoring the “Joneses” can be one of the biggest battles when making practical decisions regarding your finances. Spending outside of what your budget can handle will push you further away from saving money and deeper into debt. Consider implementing the “50-20-30 rule.” Experts state we should spend 50% of our monthly income on necessities: utilities, food, and rent or mortgage. The next 20% is allotted to savings and debt, such as paying off loans or student debt. The last 30% of your income is for personal purchases, such as your phone plan, internet/cable/streaming services, clothing, and personal care. Staying within these guidelines can help establish financial boundaries which will cultivate a healthy financial future. Alabama Rural Electric Credit Union is committed to helping you achieve financial wellness. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to be a stressful time. If you or a loved one has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 virus, our partners at GreenPath Financial Wellness can help. Call and speak to a certified financial counselor free-of-charge. Jacquie Johnson Contact our Financial Wellness TEAM! For financial wellness resources and free counseling, visit: or

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| Gardens |

Ferns are made for the shade — and more


his time of year, there’s nothing like spending time in a shade garden, and with the help of a few well-selected plants, any shady spot can become a garden. The list of shade-loving plants is extensive and includes annuals (such as impatiens), perennials (think hostas and caladiums) and a variety of shrubs, vines and trees (hydrangeas, clematis and Japanese maples, for examples). But the most iconic made-for-the shade plant is one of Earth’s most ancient plants — the fern. Ferns date back more than 350 million years when they blanketed the Earth even before dinosaurs roamed and rumbled through their fronds. In the eons since, ferns outlived dinosaurs and many other creatures and fellow plants by adapting to Earth’s ever-changing and diverse environments. Today more than 10,000 fern species exist worldwide, some 120 of which are native to Alabama. Among those thousands of ferns are species capable of growing in some of the harshest conditions in the world — from frozen tundras to arid deserts — and in almost any location in our yards, from shade to sun. Ferns also come in a diverse array of sizes and styles, which means there’s a fern for almost every garden design need. Ferns can be grouped for mass plantings, tucked into woodland settings, singled out as specimen plants, intermingled with other plants in garden beds or potted for use inside or outside the house. Their foliage, which ranges from soft and delicate to broad and leathery depending on the species, adds texture to a landscape. And though they don’t flower, ferns exhibit a wide range of colors in their foliage, including bright neon to dark greens and hints and hues of red, cinnamon, dun and silver. So why don’t we have ferns everywhere? Probably because they have a reputation as finicky shade-only plants. According to Eleanor Craig, however, that reputation is undeserved. Katie Jackson is a freelance writer and editor based in Opelika, Alabama. Contact her at

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Plants that love the shade include ferns, perennials such as hostas and caladiums, and a variety of shrubs, vines and trees. PHOTO BY KATIE JACKSON

Craig owns Fern Ridge Farms in Cherokee County, a nationally acclaimed nursery located between Centre and Cedar Bluff that produces a wide array of native and nonnative hardy garden ferns (65 different varieties at last count) along with a selection of tropical ferns and other fern companion plants. According to Craig, ferns are not all that persnickety, especially about sun. “Most ferns actually don’t like deep, dark shade,” she says. “They prefer early morning sun or dappled sunlight. And there are ferns that love full sun.” While they do need sufficient moisture, many do fine in drier settings as long as they have the right growing conditions (especially some of our native ferns), which can be enhanced using proper planting techniques. “I’m a big proponent of fall planting — September through November,” Craig says. That’s because there’s usually plenty of soil moisture that time of year to give ferns a good start, and they have time to establish root systems that help them tolerate summer heat stress. “Make sure to dig a hole that is wider rather than deeper,” Craig says, noting the fern’s crown should be above soil level so it won’t rot. “I like to mix in composted leaves or pine bark soil conditioner and

add a handful of lime as I plant, too.” Once in the ground, ferns need little more than sufficient moisture and occasional pruning to remove dead or damaged fronds, which gives plants more energy to grow new ones. They also need little to no fertilizer. And ferns have what Craig calls “one really big plus. Deer hardly ever eat them!” Nor do many other types of wildlife and insects. Who could ask for more? Want to find out more? Craig is happy to help. Though she enjoys speaking to groups throughout the Southeast, she’s staying safer at home these days; however, she welcomes visitors to Fern Ridge. Checkout her website at fernridgefarms. com to learn more.

AUGUST TIPS • Plant fall vegetables such as cabbage,

collards and broccoli, and fall-bearing beans and peas. • Plant seeds of cool-season flowers such as snapdragons, dianthus and pansies in flats or in the garden for fall blooms. • Order fall-planted bulbs. • Remove spent annual plants from garden beds. • Keep potted plants well-watered. • Keep fresh water in birdbaths. • Find some shade!

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August Across 1 Alabama ___: band with the hit single “Hold On” 4 Meat-and-___, a favorite lunch dish 8 Radio voice for the Crimson Tide, Eli ____ 9 One of Alabama’s most important row crops 11 Grumpy’s dwarf colleague 13 Up, in baseball- 2 words 14 February in Alabama is a great month to plant these beautiful flowers 15 Group of bees 17 Unified 19 Former Surgeon General of the United States, ____ Benjamin (from Mobile) 21 Orange ____ : dish famous at the All-Steak restaurant in Cullman 23 ___ Shannon, singer of “Runaway” 24 Move to and __ 25 Type of offense in football, 2 words 27 American Idol runner-up (from Helena)- Bo 29 Assam and pekoe, for example 30 Now a Tennessee Titan, he played for Auburn H.S. and the Tide, Rashaan ____ 31 Winners of the 2010 BCS Championship game


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6 Wrong __ of the stick 7 City where Close Encounters of the Third Kind was filmed 9 Kind of medical scan 10 Radium symbol 12 “Three Times a Lady” singers from Tuskegee University 13 Hardwood tree 16 Mode or carte (2 words) 18 Conger or moray 20 Mobile was originally founded by colonists from this country 22 Fries and coleslaw, for example 23 Mobile-Tensaw ____ , an ecological wonderland 24 Tuskegee Airman, for example 26 Gp. in charge of condominiums, perhaps Down 27 Energy meas. for 1 Bowl game won by the Crimson Tide in 2018 cooling systems, 2 NASCAR great from Hueytown, Bobby ____ abbr. 3 Former 28 Pineapple chunks 5 Alabama’s largest city by land area holder Alabama Living

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| Outdoors |

Hunting, fishing licenses help state’s conservation efforts A bobwhite quail walks through cover. A habitat enhanced project that benefits quail would also benefit endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, song birds, rabbits and many other species, including some endangered ones. PHOTO BY JOHN N. FELSHER


hen sportsmen buy new hunting and fishing licenses, they help ensure that future generations will enjoy Alabama’s abundant natural resources. “We cannot provide services without those license dollars. We receive no general tax funds,” says Chuck Sykes, director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, which is one arm of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The ALDCNR uses proceeds from fishing and hunting licenses and permits to pay staff salaries, buy equipment and do other necessary functions to keep the department operating. In addition, the state buys or leases land for public use; builds or maintains boat launches that provide access to Alabama waterways; raises and stocks fish; and many other efforts to enhance outdoor recreation. In addition, the state does research and monitors game and fish populations to determine season and bag limits. With proper management, wildlife species can thrive, despite hunting pressure. For instance, few people in Alabama ever saw deer or wild turkeys just a few decades ago. Biologists captured deer and turkeys from places where they still existed and released them in unoccupied habitat. Now deer and turkey, two of the most popular game animals, thrive almost everywhere in the Cotton State. “Proper management of property and wildlife benefits both game and non-game species,” Sykes says. “All animals and fish, whether hunted or fished or not, prosper from proper management. Sportsmen fund a lot of research we do on many non-game species such as gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and golden eagles as well as help restore populations of non-hunted game animals like black bears. Public access allows people to enjoy the fruits of those management activities.” Part of the funds collected go to improve habitat, not just for popular game fish and animals such as whitetail deer, turkeys and largemouth bass, but all species. These funds also directly or in-

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directly benefit some endangered species. For example, a habitat enhancement project to benefit bobwhite quail would help songbirds and other species that also use that habitat. “Recently, we applied for grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to purchase property in the Red Hills region of Monroe County,” Sykes says. “This property is home to the endangered Red Hills salamander. We hope to be able to de-list this species very soon. Not only did this purchase conserve and protect critical habitat for an endangered salamander, but it also will provide additional public hunting opportunities. Also, our indigo snake recovery project verified the first wild reproduction this year.” Besides license sales, the state also receives revenue from federal programs that collect excise taxes on a national basis. The federal government disburses these funds back to the states, based upon the geographic size of the state and the total number of hunting and fishing licenses sold in that state. For every dollar a state collects in license sales, the federal government pays back three dollars. The more hunting and fishing licenses that a state sells, the more money comes back to the sportsmen and anyone interested in the outdoors in that state. Most of the money to support conservation comes from hunters and fishermen. But others can do their part to preserve and enhance habitat to help wildlife by buying a wildlife heritage license. This license directly helps finance conservation efforts as well as increases the amount of matching federal dollars Alabama will receive. “Hunters and fishermen have been bearing the burden for everyone for a long time, not just in Alabama, but all across the country,” Sykes says. “People who don’t hunt or fish, but enjoy hiking, bird watching, canoeing or otherwise enjoying public land are not contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of that property or future purchases of public land unless they buy a license. The wildlife heritage license was designed for people who do not participate in hunting or fishing, but who do want to contribute to the system and continue enjoying recreation on public lands.” More than 260,000 Alabama resident fishing licenses and 150,000 hunting licenses expire at midnight Aug. 31, 2020. New licenses will go on sale in late August. For more licensing information, see

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| Consumer Wise |

Sealing air leaks, step by step By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen


I love my older home, but it’s drafty and uncomfortable at times. What can I do to reduce drafts that won’t cost me an arm and a leg?


This is a common problem, particularly in older homes. In many homes, about half of the conditioned air leaks to the outside every hour. The good news, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, or if you’re hesitant to invite contractors into your home right now, is that you can seal air leaks on your own with a little time and effort. Here are three steps to get you started. Keep in mind, there’s much more to learn about sealing your home than we can cover in this article, so consider researching trusted websites for additional tips and tutorials.

Step 1: Find the leaks

The first step is a thorough visual search of the interior and exterior of the home. Look for gaps and holes in exterior walls, flooring and the ceiling. These will often occur where different building materials meet, such as the top of cement foundation walls or around windows and doors. Another common source of air leaks is where pipes or wiring penetrate a wall, floor or ceiling. Ductwork located in unheated crawl spaces or attics can also contain air leaks. Exterior doors and windows that open deserve your attention. Open each door or window and place a dollar bill between the door or window sash and the frame. If you can pull the bill out easily when the door or window is closed again, the seal is not tight enough. Also, a window that rattles when it’s closed or when it’s windy probably isn’t sealed sufficiently. The best way to find all air leaks is to hire an energy auditor to do a blower door test. The blower door is a large fan that is mounted in a doorway to depressurize the house. The auditor can then find the leaks and may even be able to recommend ways to seal them. It’s also possible to conduct your own whole-home pressure test. The Department of Energy provides detailed instructions at Patrick Keegan writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. Write to energytips@collaborativeefficiency. com for more information.

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Step 2: Gather the materials you’ll need

Here’s a quick list of materials to get you started: • Caulk: You’ll need a caulk gun ($4+) and caulk ($4 to $10). We recommend indoor/outdoor waterproof silicone or latex caulk that is water-soluble until it cures and is paintable when dry. • Expanding spray foam: One can typically costs $4 to $6. This is an effective way to plug leaks, but keep in mind, it’s a messy job. • Weather stripping: Prices vary depending on type and length of the materials, but there’s a wide variety of weather stripping options made of vinyl, metal and felt, or open-cell foam that works for most situations. • Pre-cut foam socket sealers: You can typically purchase a pack of 24 sealers for about $3. • Chimney plug balloon: Prices range from $50 to $90. You may need a

chimney plug balloon if your chimney flu doesn’t seal well. Buy a square or round one to match the shape of your chimney flue. • Adhesive plastic window insulation sheets: Prices range from $2 to $14 depending on size. You may need insulation sheets later in the year for windows that can’t be sealed and don’t have storm windows.

Step 3: Do it!

If you are unfamiliar with how to apply any of these materials, we recommend watching online tutorial videos. Sealing air leaks is one of the best ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Whether you’re a DIY pro or novice, with a few simple steps (and low-cost materials), you’ll be well on your way to a sealed, more efficient home. This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency. For more information on sealing air leaks, please visit:

Some of the most common areas for air leaks may not be where you think they are. PHOTO COURTESY ENERGYSTAR®

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Pleasing Pound Cakes Photos: Brooke Echols

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o to almost any cookbook on your shelf, and chances are there are multiple recipes for pound cake. In the popular Calling All Cooks Two, (Telephone Pioneers of America, Alabama Chapter 34, 1988) we found 49 recipes for pound cake alone, with variations involving flavorings, the number of eggs, and types of glazes. There are recipes using cream cheese, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla flavoring, orange juice, milk, and even bourbon. Cecil McMillan, owner of the famed Blue Moon Inn in Montgomery, includes a six-ingredient recipe for “Easy Pound Cake” in his cookbook, noting, “You can let your children make this.” His “Sour Cream Pound Cake” was “so popular at Georgia Baptist Hospital,” he writes, “that we often served 24 lbs. a day in the cafeteria.” The earliest pound cakes are believed to have originated in Great Britain in the 1700s, and as the name suggests, called for a pound of each key ingredient: eggs, flour, butter and sugar. Cooks later modified the original recipe to their own needs, adding baking powder and flavorings so the cakes evolved into desserts their families liked and preferred. The name “Pound Cake” endured, however, and the popularity of this basic cake has lasted for generations. Our readers confirmed this by sending us more than 40 different recipes. Enjoy the ones we’ve printed here, and save us a piece! – Lenore Vickrey

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Photo by The Buttered Home Buttermilk Pound Cake


uttermilk Pound Cake is a real treat for the Brooke Burks old-fashioned pound cake lover. Traditional pound cakes are made with lots of butter and eggs. This creates a texture that any good pound cake lover knows is next to heaven. Adding buttermilk to the recipe makes for an even more moist cake that cuts the sweet just enough, making room for any type of delicious sweet berries or even a glazed topping. You won’t be able to get enough!

Buttermilk Pound Cake 2 cups cake flour 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 cup softened, unsalted butter 11/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons baking vanilla 1/2 teaspoon butter extract 3/4 cup buttermilk This cake starts with a cold oven, so no preheating! Prep a bundt pan or tube pan with butter or cooking spray. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer for three minutes until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and butter extract and mix well. Alternate buttermilk and flour on low speed until all incorporated. Do not over-mix! Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Turn out onto cake plate and enjoy! Especially good served with lemon curd or berries!

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Pecan Pound Cake

Grandma’s Pound Cake

1 cup butter or margarine 3 cups sugar 6 eggs, separated 3 cups cake flour ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sour cream or yogurt 2-4 cups pecans, chopped

6 eggs, room temperature 1 pound butter, room temperature 1 cup milk, room temperature 3 cups sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon almond extract 4 cups all-purpose flour

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Set aside about ¼ cup flour. Combine remaining flour and soda, add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in stiffly beaten egg white. Dredge pecans in reserved flour and fold into batter. Spoon batter into greased and floured 10-inch tube or bundt pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1½ hours. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan. Wanda Monk Cullman EC

Family Favorite Pound Cake 1 pound butter, room temperature 1 pound box confectioner’s sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted ½ teaspoon baking powder 7 large eggs, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla to mixture and blend well. Sift flour and baking powder together and add to the mixture. Beat at medium speed 1-2 minutes. Pour batter into greased tube pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees for one hour or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Debbie Spurlock Pea River EC

Cream butter, sugar and salt. Add almond extract. Add eggs one at a time, beating really well. Add flour and milk a little at a time and beat well until batter is smooth. Grease a 10-inch tube pan well and dust with flour. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour 40 minutes. Carmel Icing: 2 cups brown sugar ½ cup half and half 6 tablespoons butter Cook all ingredients slowly in heavy pan until it forms a soft ball when tested in water. Remove from heat and beat by hand until it starts creaming. If icing hardens before you are finished, you may add a little more half and half to keep it spreadable. Edwina Faith Bell Clarke-Washington EMC

Cream Cheese Pound Cake 3 sticks butter 3 cups sugar 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese 6 eggs, separated 3 cups plain flour 2 teaspoons vanilla Cream butter, sugar and cream cheese thoroughly. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour and add creamed mixture. Beat egg white until stiff. Add flavoring and egg whites. Pour into a 9-inch tube pan. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 1½ hours. Ceffie Peterson Dixie EC AUGUST 2020  31

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Lemon Pound Cake 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup solid shortening 3 cups sugar 5 eggs 2¾ cups + 1 tablespoon flour 3/4 cup milk ¼ cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon extract Zest of 2 lemons ¾ teaspoon baking powder Cream together butter and shortening. Add sugar and continue to cream until perfectly smooth (about 10 minutes). Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended. Add flour a little at a time. Slowly add milk, then extracts and lemon zest. Add baking powder last. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan. If a tube pan is used, cut a piece of wax paper to fit and place in bottom of pan. Pour cake batter into pan and place in a cold oven. Turn temperature to 340 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Remove cake from the pan. When completely cooled, glaze cake. Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 1 lemon, juice and zest Add juice to powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar or juice until desired consistency is obtained. Stir in lemon zest. Slowly pour over cake. This cake freezes well. Slices can be reheated in a microwave oven.



Cook of the Month

Themes and Deadlines: Nov.: Pies | August 7 Dec.: Cinnamon | September 4 January: Winter veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, collards, turnips, etc.) | October 2

3 ways to submit: Online: Email: Mail: Recipes, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 Please send us your original recipes (developed or adapted by you or family members.) Cook of the Month winners will receive $50, and may win “Cook of the Month” once per calendar year.

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Lemon Pound Cake

Cook of the Month: Susan Harrison, Dixie EC Susan Harrison found a recipe for “Selma’s Virginia Pound Cake” in an old cookbook several years ago, and tweaked some of the ingredients to give it the signature taste of her Lemon Pound Cake. “I substituted lemon juice for some of the milk in the batter,” she says, “and I added the lemon zest, and instead of almond extract (used in the original recipe), I used lemon extract.” She also added lemon zest to the glaze, “and that really makes a difference.” The lemony flavors have made her pound cake a favorite of her family. “I make it a lot for my family and often keep one in the freezer,” says the retired home economics teacher and State Department of Education administrator. “It freezes so well, and it’s really best when you warm a slice in the microwave.” We’re ready for a piece right now! – Lenore Vickrey

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Red Velvet Pound Cake

Cynthia's Banana Pound Cake

3 sticks butter or margarine 3 cups sugar 5 eggs 3 cups flour ½ cup cocoa ¼ teaspoon salt 1¼ cups milk 1 tablespoon vanilla ½ teaspoon baking powder

½ cups unsalted butter, room 1 temperature 3 cups sugar 5 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup whole buttermilk 1 1-ounce bottle liquid red food coloring 1 teaspoon white vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cups shortening 1 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (6 medium-size bananas) 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 11/4 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Cream butter and add sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Add vanilla before last flour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake in greased and floured tube or bundt pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cook’s tip: I like to heat a can of chocolate icing and drizzle over cake. Optional: garnish with peanut butter cups. Beth McLarty Cullman EC

Amaretto Butternut Pound Cake 2 sticks lightly salted butter, room temperature 6 extra-large eggs, room temperature 3 cups sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sour cream ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur 2 tablespoons Southern Flavors butter nut flavoring Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare pan with butter and flour. Sift 3 cups flour. Measure again and place back into sifter with baking soda, sift again. Cream butter, add sugar, cream again. Add eggs one at a time. Blend in sour cream. Add flour mixture, blend. Add amaretto and flavoring, blending gently. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Turn into prepared pan. (Cook’s note: I use an angel tube pan, bottom lined with parchment paper.) Bake for 1½ hours. Remove from oven. Place on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake onto cooling rack to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup bundt pan with baking spray and flour. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, beat in 1 at a time. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternately with wet ingredients. Beat at low speed just until combined after each addition. Bake about 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Drizzle with cream cheese glaze. Cream Cheese Glaze: 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted 1 tablespoon milk

Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Combine bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine flour, soda and salt; add to shortening mixture alternately with banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition just until blended. Stir in pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove cake from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Janice Bracewell Covington EC

Mix and drizzle over cooled cake. Linda Lee Cullman EC Chocolate Pound Cake

Helen G. Johnson Central Alabama EC Alabama Living

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Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month Installing a smart power strip is a quick and easy way to start saving money while making your home more energy efficient. Smart power strips can actually cut power off to save energy since they are able to detect when a device is in standby mode. Source:

Be Aware of Scams Clarke-Washington EMC warns members to be aware of scam artists posing as electric cooperative employees. The callers are telling members that immediate payment is needed and threatening disconnection. Do not give out your credit card number or other personal information over the phone without verification of the call. Some will instruct the member to purchase a prepaid debit card and call back with the card number to stop a lineman who is already on the way to disconnect service. Do not assume you can trust caller ID to indicate where a caller is located. Clarke-Washington EMC will not call and demand immediate payment over the phone via debit or credit card. If unsure if the caller is associated with Clarke-Washington, hang up and immediately call the office at 1.800.323.9081.

Summary of Bylaws The board will appoint a committee on nominations. The committee shall be selected from different sections of the co-op service area so as to ensure equitable representation. This committee shall meet and prepare a list of nominations for the three districts up for election. This list will be posted at the principal office of the cooperative, at least 30 days before the annual meeting. The secretary shall be responsible for mailing, at least 10 days before annual meeting, a list of nominations. The list may be mailed with the notice of the annual meeting. Any 15 or more members acting together may make other nominations by petition and these nominations will be posted at the principal office of the cooperative if they are received, at least, 15 days before the meeting. Alabama Living

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Later nominations by petition will not be accepted and no nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting of the members. In order to qualify for elections, no person shall be eligible to become or remain a board member of the cooperative who: (a) is not a member and bona fide resident in the area served by the cooperative; or (b) is in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling energy, or supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the cooperative; or (c) is an employee of the cooperative or has been an employee of the cooperative within the preceding five years; or (d) does not reside within the district which he/she represents. AUGUST 2020  35

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Lessons from Admiral Stockdale T

hese are very unsettling times. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world, the country, the state and all of our communities very hard. Maybe you know someone, maybe a loved one, who didn’t survive the virus. I have been very fortunate thus far, in that I haven’t known anyone who has become a victim of the virus. We possibly haven’t yet seen the worst. The virus may have receded to some degree (and doctors know more about it and how to better treat those with it), but we don’t know if there will be a recurrence in the fall or winter. We will not be in the clear until there is an effective vaccine or effective treatment readily available and distributed. Equally important, we are just starting to experience the severe economic and societal repercussions of the COVID pandemic. Economic recovery will likely prove to be a very long road back. We are not sure what impacts the COVID pandemic will have on us, our businesses, or our lives, and what changes may result. The future is as uncertain as I have ever known. I was thinking about the future and how to cope with the present when I came across a story on Rear Admiral James Stockdale that I thought was pertinent to our situation today. The story is from an interview of Admiral Stockdale by Jim Collins that is included in Collins’ outstanding management book, Good to Great. Admiral Stockdale was the highest-ranking U.S. military officer held prisoner in the “Hanoi Hilton” POW camp during the Vietnam War. From 1965 to 1973, Stockdale was tortured at least 15 times, lived out the war with no prisoner rights, with no set release date, and with no certainty as to whether he would even survive or see his family again. One of the first questions Collins asked in his interview was how the Admiral dealt with those eight years — the uncertainty of his fate, the brutality of his captors. The Admiral answered, “I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.” “Who didn’t make it?” Collins asked. “Oh, that’s easy,” said Stockdale. “The optimists.” “The optimists? I don’t understand,” Collins said, now confused, given what Stockdale had said just moments earlier. “The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christ-

mas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.” Then, after a long pause, Stockdale said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they may be.” “To this day,” Collins wrote, “I carry a mental image of Stockdale admonishing the optimists: “We’re not getting out by Christmas; deal with it!” Admiral Stockdale wrote books on courage and leadership, including Courage Under Fire and In Love and War. He was obviously a fighter. He refused to compromise. He refused to give in, regardless of the cost. He disfigured himself with a stool and a razor, so his image could not be used to portray him as a well-treated prisoner of war. He attempted suicide because he was scared of being weak and giving up the secrets of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident to the enemy. In his summary, Collins writes, “A key psychology for leading from good to great is the Stockdale Paradox: Retain absolute faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. And, at the same time, confront the most brutal facts of your current reality whatever they might be.” How then does the Stockdale Paradox, a business principle, relate personally to all of us in these days of quarantine, disorganized businesses, disrupted plans and possibly health challenges? How do we maintain through the COVID-19 crisis? The paradox offers this insight: Instead of saying optimistically, “It’s going to be over by such and such a date,” and wasting the days and months ahead of us because this situation can’t last long, we should rather face the harsh reality that no one knows when the end will be. We can’t allow the situation to destroy our will. We must confront the brutal consequences of the disease with discipline and resolve that with God’s help and an absolute faith we will prevail in the end. We have the opportunity to turn the experience into a defining event of our lives, which, in retrospect, we would not trade. Hopefully, this is a worthwhile lesson from an American hero. I hope you have a good month. Stay strong and safe.

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

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Festivals in the age of social distancing


outherners have always liked to get together. Family reunions, church socials, birthday parties. We can even turn a funeral into a gathering. We particularly like festivals, and down in the South we have some humdingers. For example. Every year the town of Sally, South Carolina, hosts its annual Chitlin Strut, where everyone has a dandy time eating fried and boiled pig guts. Then there is the Marlington, West Virginia, Road Kill Festival, which features a cook-off where creative chefs prepare dishes which, according to the rules, Harvey H. (Hardy) Jackson is Professor Emeritus of History at Jacksonville State University. He can be reached at

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“must have as their main ingredient any animal commonly found dead on the side of the road.” However, festivals are not always about food. Though eating something you would not normally eat seems to be an important criteria for having an event, these gatherings are often about doing things you always wanted to do but didn’t because your Mama probably wouldn’t approve. Like hollering. Which is what they do at the National Hollerin’ Contest held at Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. A few years ago the winner was on the The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and you can still find it on the internet. Something more wholesome to do than trolling politics and porn. Pikesville, Kentucky, has Hillbilly Days, where local folks do all sorts of things they believe they would do if they were really

hillbillies. The main thing they do is shake down city slickers who pay big bucks to attend and who buy all sorts of doodads that local folks pass off as the real thing. Up north and out west they also have festivals, but they lack something. Out in Pullman, Washington, they have the National Lentil Festival, which promotes healthy eating. Sally, South Carolina, does not fear the competition. In California there is the Tarantula Awareness Festival, which features a “hairy leg contest.” OK, it is California where “awareness” is a big deal, but I’ll take a pass. Alabama is loaded with festivals – Google Alabama Festivals, pick one, and go to it. The Big Bug Fest in Tuscaloosa gives folks an opportunity to appreciate insects and even eat one – on purpose. There are festivals devoted to gospel music, the blues, and tacos. Talk about diversity. For years a group of civic-minded hunters down in Clarke County held the Armadillo Gourmet Society Wild Game Supper. The hunters cooked what they had killed. Their wives made desserts. Tickets were sold. Politicians showed up and contributed. And the money went to the Sheriffs’ Boys’ Ranch. Meanwhile, down on the Gulf Coast, some folks heard of an Oklahoma cow chip throwing contest, and decided to throw a fish instead. The result: Alabama’s most widely known contribution to the festival frenzy – the Flora-Bama International Mullet Toss. I have been there, done that, and got a T-shirt. But not this year. The virus that has done so much damage to the nation has caused festivals to be canceled in Alabama and beyond. Someone suggested that wearing a mask could keep out the smell of chitlins as well as any germs lurking around, but it is kinda hard to eat when your mouth is covered. As for tossing fish, anyone who has ever been to the Flora-Bama wing-ding knows that social distancing just ain’t gonna happen. With that in mind, organizers of the event have postponed the throwing until a later date. They are not alone. All around the state concerned folks are putting up TBA postings to let everyone know that the future is uncertain. So, we must wait it out. Meanwhile those who can should fire up the grill, turn some ice cream, and make the best of a bad situation. Something Alabamians are good at.

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