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Decades of Service Angie Golden transports generations of Crenshaw County students
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Remembering the Trail of Tears This fall, Cherokees across the country will commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homes in the Southeast to Oklahoma. Five known routes crossed north Alabama and took the Cherokee on foot, by boat and train through towns like Guntersville, Tuscumbia, Decatur, Huntsville and Waterloo.
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been a bus driver in Crenshaw County for more than 40 years. She is known for being strict but also for caring deeply for the students who ride her bus. See story, Page 6.
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Charting the way forward Board of Trustees James Shaver President District 2
Delaney Kervin Vice President District 5
Douglas Green Secretary/Treasurer District 6
Bill Hixon District 1
James May At Large
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David Bailey, General Manager From their beginning, cooperatives have always focused on serving others. When the big electric companies thought it wasn’t worth their time to bring electricity to rural areas, it was members of the community who pulled together to help their neighbors. That sense of service has always been part of the fabric of South Alabama, and this month it’s a treat for us to highlight one member who has served the community for over 40 years. Her name is Angie Golden, and she’s a school bus driver for Crenshaw County. I’ve always believed that, whether you’re the president of the United States, a poultry grower or the driver of a school bus, each of us has God-given abilities that we are called to wholeheartedly use in service to others. Miss Angie has done just that, touching so many lives throughout an ordinary school year. For the students on her bus, she is the first person they see when they leave for school in the morning and the last one they see before they arrive home. I can say that I have personally heard many people describe the impact she had on their lives. Her positive attitude and warm heart have been an excellent example to our young people of the ways they can serve their community, both big and small. I hope you’ll take some time to read the wonderful article about her and join me in giving thanks for the time and dedication that she continues to give to our kids. Here at South Alabama Electric Cooperative, we try to bring that same dedication to our members daily. But our annual meeting, which is Oct. 30 this year, is an especially important day. As an electric cooperative, the annual meeting is the backbone of our existence. It’s your chance as a member to elect the people
who will represent you and make your voice heard when it comes to how we conduct our business. That’s no small thing. It is always our mission to ensure members have access to reliable and affordable electric service, and it’s your representatives on the board of trustees who make sure that our mission stays on track. Setting the right course is perhaps more important now than it has ever been. The electric industry faces a great deal of change as reliable energy resources like coal come under increasing pressure. Those resources won’t disappear altogether, but the use of alternatives like natural ones is growing. Renewable resources like wind or solar energy can satisfy a small portion of the demand for electricity, but they cannot currently provide the level of reliability our members expect. These challenges are not impossible to overcome, but they do require all of us to have our say in the cooperative’s future. And when it comes to the annual meeting, let me assure you that at SAEC, if we’re going to hold an event, we’re going to enjoy it. We’re looking forward to seeing The Kempters perform as the opening act this year before the Mark Trammell Quartet takes the stage. In addition, we’ll have the usual food, drinks and prizes that make our annual meeting one of the highlights of the fall. I encourage all of you to attend to share in some fellowship with your neighbors, as well as setting the course for your electric cooperative for another year. Sharing in that mission is what our cooperative is all about. Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you at the annual meeting.
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CRENSHAW COUNTY’S GUARDIAN ANGEL Longtime school bus driver puts children first
Angie Golden knows she has a reputation for being one of the strictest school bus drivers in Crenshaw County. On her bus, she separates the boys from the girls. Drinking and eating are off-limits. Chewing gum is a big no-no. All of her rules, and those of the school system, are set in stone, and nobody’s quicker to enforce them than Miss Angie, as she is known throughout the community. So, when Golden hears people say how strict she is, she lets out a good-natured chuckle and owns right on up to it. “Some even say I’m mean,” she says, her eyes twinkling. “But that’s because my kids are very important to me. They are the most precious cargo in the world, and they can’t be replaced.”
Four decades of service
Golden, who is 72, started as a substitute school bus driver for Crenshaw County Schools in 1971. She became a regular contract driver in 1976. For nearly 43 years, she’s helped raise generations of children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Every morning, she greets them with a kind “Hello” or “Good morning,” and every afternoon she says, “Bye-bye,” or “See you tomorrow.” Some students get a neck hug or a kiss on the head if she thinks they need it. And while it may not sound like much, Golden has learned over the years that even the smallest things can be a big deal to a child.
Angie Golden has been responsible for getting thousands of children to and from school during her tenure as a bus driver. Her granddaughter, Janey Feralin (back), and her great-grandchildren, Abby and Ryan Gooden, are all students at Brantley School.
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“It might sound crazy, but you never know what kind of an environment a child comes from,” she says. “That little ‘hello’ may be the first kind word that child hears in the morning, and the ‘see you tomorrow’ might be the last kind word that child hears until the next day.” Ultimately, her former students remember the care she took of them, she says. “I was in the grocery store one day and ran into one of the girls who rode my bus years before,” Golden says. “She was all grown up, and she says, ‘Miss Angie, you were hard on us. But when I graduated, I realized that you loved us. You cared what happened to us. Most bus drivers care, but you really cared.’” Andy Kimbro, manager of member services at South Alabama Electric Cooperative, remembers a point when Miss Angie looked after him as a child, even if at the time he wasn’t entirely thrilled with the result. Kimbro was in grade school. He and his friend hatched a plan for Kimbro to “accidentally” miss the bus one day so he could go to the friend’s house near the school and play all afternoon. But it didn’t work out as they intended. “Of course, Miss Angie knew,” he says with a laugh. “She knew I was supposed to be on that bus. So, after waiting a bit, she grudgingly pulled off. But she made sure to get word to my mother about it, and my mom called over to my friend’s house. I was in some kind of trouble.” The event took place nearly 40 years ago, but Golden says it sounds about right. “Making sure kids are safe has always been my goal,” she says, laughing. “If I saw him and he wasn’t on that bus, then he wasn’t safe in my opinion.”
Golden’s dedication is important, and it has made her one of the school system’s prized employees for more than four decades, says Dodd Hawthorne, superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools. “She’s done a tremendous job,” Hawthorne says. “She’s one of those who does her job the right way. You don’t have to worry that she’s doing something she’s not supposed to do because she will call in and ask before she does anything.” Golden remains matter of fact about her job and her calling in life. “You have to love kids to do this job because if you don’t care about the kids, then you’re in the wrong profession,” she says. “People may not realize it, but a bus driver is a counselor, a mama or whatever else they need at the time. And I made a promise to God years ago that, as long as you give me one person to witness to, I’d stay there and make sure these kids are safe.”
Love without end
Golden says her strictness comes from a strong love of the children whom she calls “her kids.” She watches out for the ones who need a little extra attention and a kind word. She listens to the ones who need to talk. And she takes note when something seems off in a child’s life.
Angie Golden is known for being one of the strictest bus drivers in Crenshaw County.
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By the (good) book
That all-encompassing love is why she stays firm on her rules, she says. Golden remembers a time when some young children started crossing a road to get to their mother on the other side. There was a stop sign for oncoming traffic, and a car was approaching the sign. Golden stopped the children, even though the mother had waved them forward. What Golden knew that the mother did not was that cars don’t always stop at stop signs. “That’s why I tell the kids to watch me and nobody else,” Golden says. “They found out why the next day because a car ran that very same stop sign. You have to be particular with the children. I take my job very seriously.” Every year, she takes a four-hour refresher course for bus drivers and keeps her commercial driver’s license up to date. She plans to keep driving and watching out for “her kids” until God tells her it’s time to quit. And even while safety is her primary consideration, Golden still keeps her sense of humor about the job and her reputation. Her feelings don’t get hurt when it comes to being called strict, she says, recalling one of the many stories she’s heard about herself over the years: “A former student saw my husband one day and said, ‘I used to hate riding Miss Angie’s bus. But I sure wish my kids were on it now. She really watches them.’”
“It might sound crazy, but you never know what kind of an environment a child comes from. That little ‘hello’ may be the first kind word that child hears in the morning, and the ‘see you tomorrow’ might be the last kind word that child hears until the next day.” — Angie Golden, longtime school bus driver for Crenshaw County Schools
From left are the 1977 Brantley School bus drivers: Joe Ben Murphy, Helen Taylor, Angie Golden, Andria Barnes, Margaret Sims, Pete Pinckard, C.W. Hall, Ralph Pinckard and Comer Smith.
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| Alabama Snapshots |
Pumpkin Patch Rachel and Lauren Parnell are the “cat burglar” duo at their pumpkin patch during Halloween. SUBMITTED BY Rachel Parnell, Millry.
Renyn, Rylan and Rhys Watkins at Dreamﬁeld Farms. SUBMITTED BY Rebekah Watkins, Eclectic.
Cooper Hayes (10 months) at 4-D Farm in Cullman County in 2014. SUBMITTED BY Debby Boyd, Addison.
Cooper Rainer enjoying her ﬁrst trip to the pumpkin patch. SUBMITTED BY Faye Pike, Foley.
Webb Cannon at Cornﬁeld County Farms. SUBMITTED BY Laurie Blazer, Wetumpka. Our sweet angel, Jessica, gained her wings May 7, 2018. SUBMITTED BY Kim Smith, Albertville.
Emerson Josey (6 months) at Old Farmer In The Dell Pumpkin Patch in Auburn. SUBMITTED BY Megan Josey, Montgomery.
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Al News you can use | October SOCIAL SECURITY
How Social Security deﬁnes disability
isability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term disability. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
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• You can’t do work that you did before; • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. This is a strict definition of disability. Social Security is also required by law to review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if someone’s health hasn’t improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive benefits. To help us make our decision, we’ll first
gather new information about a benefit recipient’s medical condition. We’ll ask their doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources for their medical records. We’ll ask them how their medical condition limits their activities, what their medical tests show, and what medical treatments they have been given. If we need more information, we’ll ask them to go for an examination or test for which we’ll pay. Social Security is a support system for people who cannot work because of a disability. You can learn more about Social Security disability at socialsecurity.gov/ disability and also by accessing our starter kits and checklists at socialsecurity.gov/ planners/disability.
Choctaw General Hospital offers innovative senior care
ith 86 percent of Alabama’s rural hospitals having a net operating loss, new ideas and innovation in providing services must be developed. The Choctaw General Hospital, located in Butler in Choctaw County, has a program for providing health and health-related services to seniors with special needs that could be an example for possible statewide implementation. This Senior Care program involves bringing seniors experiencing difficulties in adjusting to life without a spouse or other challenges to a special unit three mornings a week. They are given primary health care, an opportunity to socialize, a delicious and healthy lunch, counseling and other mental health care, social worker assistance and other services. Transportation is provided by a hospital van dedicated to this program. Area churches help identify those who need help. The hospital hosts a Pastor Education Luncheon each year where area ministers and hospital officials share information on health care and the health needs of the community and individuals. While this excellent and innovative program is not entirely the same as adult day care, it could serve as an example of services that could be provided through the expanDale Quinney is the founder of Operation Save Rural Alabama, www. osral.net, and a past director of the Alabama Rural Health Association
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sion of adult day care in Alabama, especially as a reimbursable Medicaid service. Alabama’s rural hospitals need to develop new streams of revenue to bolster their serious financial crisis. Alabama’s Medicaid program needs to find ways to cut costs. Can Alabama’s Medicaid program seek a federal waiver to offer reimbursement for adult day care service to those who do not need full time residency in a nursing facility? This could possibly be a new revenue stream for rural hospitals and/or nursing facilities, especially those with large numbers of empty beds. It could offer savings to the Alabama Medicaid program since day care would cost less than full-time residency in nursing facilities. It could benefit seniors who want to remain at home as long as possible before being institutionalized.
It could offer peace of mind to those wanting to keep Mom or Dad at home, but are not able because of work demands. The people of Choctaw County, located in the Black Warrior Electric Membership Corporation service area, lost their hospital in 1993 and were forced to struggle without a hospital for 17 years until the Rush Health Systems of Meridian, Mississippi, invested approximately $20 million in building an excellent 25-bed critical access hospital on the site of an abandoned Vanity Fair sewing plant. Rush specializes in rural hospitals and clinics, owning or managing several other rural hospitals or clinics in Mississippi along with rural health clinics in Gilbertown and Livingston in Alabama. Rush has plans for expanding its role in the provision of rural health care in Alabama. www.alabamaliving.coop
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I Woodlands Plantation is a classic Creole cottage with Greek revival detailing. The plantation home has an elegant as well as a scandalous past, which will be revealed during the Old Claiborne pilgrimage, Oct. 13-14.
Old Claiborne Pilgrimage offers history lesson on southwest Alabama
onroe County’s Old Claiborne Pilgrimage, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, will provide a rare glimpse into the settlement of this Alabama ghost town, and of Monroe County. Pioneers, planters and paddlewheelers created Claiborne on the Alabama River, a gateway to the old Southwest in the early 1800s, before Alabama was a state, says Gail Deas of Monroeville, who is spearheading the pilgrimage. But as quickly as Claiborne’s fortunes and population had risen, Yellow Fever, the Civil War and the effects of Reconstruction hastened its demise. To help illustrate this forgotten town’s importance, the pilgrimage will feature docent tours of four rarely seen, private antebellum plantation homes; early churches; and sites of historic significance in southwest Alabama, along the Alabama River in Monroe County and in neighboring Clarke County. Historian Tom McGehee will entertain with stories, scandals and legends of life along the river at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, followed by a wine and cheese reception on the courthouse lawn. Ticket information and sales are available through the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville at 251-575-7433. For more information, visit monroecountymuseum.org. The pilgrimage is presented by the Monroe County Museum Endowment, to generate financial support for maintenance of the historic Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, and by the Perdue Hill-Claiborne Foundation, Inc., which works to support and maintain sites of historic significance in Perdue Hill and the Claiborne area.
Celebrate fall’s arrival in Covington County
he Lake Frank Jackson Trail Masters will hold their annual Scarecrows in the Park event this fall at Frank Jackson State Park, 100 Jerry Adams Drive in Opp. Scarecrow displays created by local businesses, clubs, churches and individuals will line the park’s hiking trails. This family-friendly event will be open to the public during October and November. Admission for adults is $4; ages 4-11 is $2; and ages 62 and up is $2. Golf cart tours are available for those with physical limitations. For more information, call the park at 334-493-6988, or visit alapark.com and click on Frank Jackson State Park. Alabama Living
dentify 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 Oct. 10 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in the November issue. Submit by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
This large iron ore rock crusher at Ruffner Mountain was used during Ruffner’s mining years. The Mountain, which is in Birmingham, was mined for iron ore from the late 19th century through the 1950s. Today, Ruffner is a 1,040-acre nonprofit urban nature preserve with the mission of advancing the understanding of ecology in our rapidly changing world. Learn more at ruffnermountain.org. (Submitted by Dorothy O’Bara) The correct guess winner is Jeff Marsh of Coosa Valley EC.
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ALABAMA HISTORY Honoring Our People
Oct. 5, 1956
irmingham native Charles A. Boswell shot an 81 at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham--a world record for a blind golfer. Permanently blinded by a tank explosion in Germany during World War II, Boswell became an international golfing icon and committed advocate for the blind. Throughout his career, he won a remarkable 16 national championships and 11 international championships. He served as the president of the United States Blind Golfers Association from 1956 to 1976 and founded the Charley Boswell Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds for Birmingham’s Eye Foundation Hospital. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Alabama Academy of Honor in 1983. http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-1771 OCTOBER 2018 11
Alabama has its place in the Trail of Tears By Pamela A. Keene
magine being forced to leave your homeland for an unknown place 900 miles away. That’s what happened 180 years ago when more than 17,000 Cherokee men, women and children living in the Southeast walked, rode boats, and boarded trains to their new home in Oklahoma. Along the way, nearly 25 percent of the men, women and children died of disease, cold, hunger and hardship. The remaining Cherokee recreated the Cherokee Nation, which still thrives today as a sovereign nation with more than 330,000 citizens across the United States. It is based in Oklahoma. “For centuries the Cherokees lived on and hunted the lands in what is now Kentucky, parts of Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina,” says Troy Wayne Poteete, executive director of the Oklahoma-based National Trail of Tears Association. “As the European settlers moved in, the Cherokees assimilated into the settlers’ way of life; their lands shrank, and they adapted to an agricultural lifestyle and left their hunting ways behind.” By the 1790s, Revolutionary American leadership negotiated treaties with the Cherokees, each time taking more land for the white settlers. Some Cherokees voluntarily left their land to move west. Talk of relocation began and by 1830, the U.S. government had passed the Indian Removal Act. Over several years, the Supreme Court heard two cases about the removal.
Marker on Hwy. 72 near Bridgeport.
Cherokee John Benge led a group of American Indians out of Fort Payne in 1838 to begin their nearly 800-mile trip to Indian territory in what is now Oklahoma.
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The documentary “The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy” was filmed in several states, including Georgia and Tennessee.
Some Cherokees willingly moved west, but about 75 percent remained, split between moving to preserve their nation’s identity or remaining on their native homeland. By this time, Cherokees living in northern Alabama had become part of the sovereign Cherokee Nation, which was then headquartered in New Echota, Ga. By 1835, a splinter group of Cherokees signed the Treaty of New Echota that, although signed by a minority of Cherokee leadership, forced the Cherokees to give up their native lands and move to 160,000 acres in Oklahoma. Three years later the federal government began the forced removal of the Cherokees on what has now become known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokees were rounded up and imprisoned in forts and camps before they began the grueling journey westward to Oklahoma. Many lives were lost, but the Cherokee nation survived. As Cherokees across the country commemorate the 180th Trail of Tears, Poteete makes it clear why it should be remembered. “We participate in the commemoration of that sad episode because it affords us the opportunity to honor the resilience, the tenacity, and the perseverance of that generation who refused to be defeated,” Poteete says. “We certainly don’t do it because we wish to somehow appropriate their victimization to ourselves. We personally didn’t endure the Trail of Tears and no one alive today had anything to do with that tragedy.”
Many sites in Alabama factored into the removal on the Trail of Tears. The Cherokees were rounded up and detained in places like Fort Payne, or across the state lines at Chattanooga. Five known routes crossed north Alabama and took the Cherokee from their homeland on foot, by boat and train through towns
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like Guntersville, Tuscumbia, Decatur, Huntsville and Waterloo. Several of these towns have historic markers, memorials, visitor and interpretive centers, monuments and remnants of witness buildings, which existed when the Trail of Tears took place. State and federal parks help preserve the history. Shannon Keith is president of the Alabama chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and a member of the Trail of Tears National Board of Directors. “Alabama factored significantly in the lives of the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears,” she says. “And our state has been very supportive of our work to commemorate this part of our history. In fact, our annual meeting of the Trail of Tears National Association is taking place in Decatur in October. It is an official event of Alabama’ s bicentennial and the National Park Service celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System. It will be a chance to again draw attention to the Trail of Tears and the tribes that were removed.”
Alabamians have recognized the story of the Trail of Tears with several events: • 23rd Annual Trail of Tears National Annual Conference and Symposium (www.nationaltota.com), will be Oct. 26-28 in various locations in Decatur. Several events in this conference are open to the public, including guided walking tours of Decatur and significant sites related to the Trail of Tears on Friday, Oct. 26, and a concert by playwright and country-Western singer-songwriter and member of the Cherokee Nation Becky Hobbs on Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be workshops about genealogy and Cherokee history, and the group will also tour the Tuscumbia Landing preservation project. OCTOBER 2018 13
• The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride gives participants a chance to see the Trail of Tears, to learn about its history and legacy and to travel across the state on one of the same routes that the Cherokees walked toward their new homeland. It routinely attracts upwards of 15,000 motorcyclists. This year’s 25th anniversary one-day event was Sept. 15; it began in Bridgeport and ended in Waterloo. al-tn-trailoftears.net • Oka Kapassa, The Return to Cold Water Festival, took place in September in Tuscumbia’s Spring Park. A gathering of representatives of Native American Tribes, the festival celebrates the kindness shown to them by the citizens of Tuscumbia during the Indian Removal. “The residents of Tuscumbia were the documented only people who offered assistance back then to the Native Americans on the Trail of Tears,” says Terry McGee, chairman of the Oka Kapassa Festival. “They brought food, blankets and other supplies to make sure they were well taken care of.” This year’s fes-
The U.S. government moved Cherokee and Muskogee Creek tribes through Tuscumbia Landing in the 1830s. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUSCUMBIA LANDING-PORT AUTHORITY
tival featured a school day with hands-on activities for students. Saturday offered a showcase of native music and dance, native craft artisans, storytelling and Chickasaw, Choctaw and Cherokee foods. (256) 383-0783 or visit okakapassa.org
Places to visit in Alabama to learn more about the Trail of Tears A sampling of historic sites around the state that are open to the public Decatur: Numerous historical markers dot the landscape of Decatur and mark significant events of the Trail of Tears. Located on the Tennessee River, Decatur factored heavily in the Trail of Tears. This is where many Cherokees transitioned from boat to train to journey farther west. Rhodes Ferry Park includes a wayside exhibit that tells the story of this part of the Trail of Tears. (256) 341-4930 or visit decaturparks.com Willstown Mission Cemetery, Fort Payne: The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions agreed to open a mission and school in Willstown in 1823. Only a few of the graves there have been identified. Two historical markers tell the story of the school, the cemetery and the importance to the Cherokee. (256) 845-6888 or visitlandmarksdekalbal.org/articles/ WillstownCemetery.html
Tuscumbia Landing, Sheffield: Archeological digs since 2007 have revealed a railroad bed and other remnants of the Trail of Tears, the Civil War and bomb factories used in World War I. The site is being commercially developed with the intent of preserving history and protecting the environment. Plans are to open a Native American Visitors’ Center there in the next several years. The site is fenced, so direct access is not permitted. However, visitors can view the location. (256) 383-0250 or visit tuscumbialanding.org 14 OCTOBER 2018
Waterloo Landing: At the end of a 230-mile evacuation walk over land through North Alabama, Cherokees were transferred to the steamboat Smelter to follow a water trail to their new homeland. (256) 764-3237. Fort Payne Cabin: The cabin, once owned by Cherokee John Huss, was overtaken by the military that were stationed at Fort Payne to oversee the forced removal of the Cherokees in the mid-1830s. Only a chimney, the foundation and a stacked stone wall mark the site today. (256) 845-6888 or visit landmarksdekalbal. org/preserving-dekalbcounty-alabamalandmarks/the-oldcabin-site www.alabamaliving.coop
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Alabama Living still connecting to readers By Allison Law Alabama Living magazine turned 70 this year, and we think it’s better than ever. The Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives (AREA), which publishes Alabama Living, was formed in 1947, and immediately jumped into the communications realm and began publishing the Alabama Rural Electric News in 1948 as a broadsheet-sized newspaper. Leaders undoubtedly saw a need for a publication that would communicate the cooperative message to rural electric co-op members across the state. It’s hard to imagine in our current 24/7 news cycle world, but for many readers, the Rural Electric News was likely one of the few sources of information tailored especially for them. Those editions followed the news coming out of Washington and Montgomery that would have an impact on the rural Alabama home- and landowner, including news about the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), created by the federal government to help farmers and other rural folks receive electricity. For the first few decades, the pages of the Alabama Rural Electric News reflected the agricultural roots of the rural electrification movement. After all, rural electric cooperatives were formed to bring electricity to the farms and rural areas that investor-owned utilities didn’t find profitable to serve. The pages were filled with stories about homesteaders who used electricity to modernize their farms; as late as the 1970s, most coop editions featured stories about satisfied members who’d built new homes that were all-electric. As electricity became less of a novelty in the rural areas, there was less need for us to explain how essential and convenient it was. So we broadened our focus to better reflect the more modern lifestyles of our largely rural and small-town readership.
Changing, but remaining the same
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modern magazine-style format that included more feature stories. The magazine became Alabama Living in 1989, to make the magazine feel more local and personal to readers. Some longtime readers will remember the late Darryl Gates, who was the editor of Alabama Living for almost 30 years before he retired in May 2012 and brought the magazine into the modern era. In his final column for the magazine, he said, “Alabama Living is not only the voice of the 22 electric cooperatives in the state, but it serves as a mirror that reflects the faces of more than 1 million electric co-op members. You folks are the backbone of our great state.” Today, the magazine continues to be the voice of our electric cooperatives, with a monthly circulation of about 420,000 copies. For decades, the magazine has shared the news and photos following natural disasters and chronicled the co-ops’ power restoration efforts in the wake of destructive hurricanes and tornadoes. Your co-op and its sister co-ops across the state and region participate in mutual aid, and we’ll continue to share those powerful stories. The magazine today is politically neutral, but we do encourage our readers to stay current on the issues that affect them, and to make their rural voices heard by voting and by keeping in touch with their elected representatives. We write about topics that have a political focus, such as the push by some cooperatives for government grants to help provide high-speed broadband in unserved areas. While we’ve abandoned the “homemakers page” of decades ago that featured clothing patterns and extolled the virtues of frost-free refrigerators, we’ve kept and enhanced the reader-submitted recipes and photos, which remain our most popular feature. And month after month, we try to include a mix of story types: personality profiles, stories that highlight Alabama-based businesses and/or industries, features on food and cooking (which often tie in to the www.alabamaliving.coop
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recipes) and monthly columns on gardening and the outdoors. We try to provide you with stories about history, travel, home and garden and features that reflect the rural and small-town life of much of our readership. We publish a monthly feature called Worth the Drive, about a restaurant and its owner(s) in geographically diverse areas of the state. We try to cultivate stories that have a connection to a community, or feature a cultural or regional tradition. We regularly feature articles about safety and energy efficiency. And we try to provide some humor as well, with a monthly column from Alabama author Hardy Jackson.
even the recipes remind us of why living in rural Alabama is special to so many people,” says Brian Lacy, manager of communications and external affairs at Cullman Electric Cooperative. “We try to add to that feeling in our local pages with feature stories and other lifestyle content that is unique to our communities. “But we also use that space to share important messages about the cooperative – events, programs and services, energy saving tips and other information that can help our members control their energy usage and save money on their power bill.” The magazine has changed and adapted to emerging technoloConnections gy. Pages are designed, and technology produced and transFrom its very first mitted electronically issue, each edition feato Freeport Press, our tured news written or printer in Ohio (the Longtime readers may recognize the selected specifically character Willie Wiredhand, who remains complexity of printing for each rural electric the mascot of rural electrification. In this 22 different editions, cooperative that was a story from a 1956 issue of the Alabama with backup equipmember of AREA. We Rural Electric News, Willie illustrated a ment, makes it curcontinue that tradition story on the benefits of using electricity rently beyond the catoday – each issue of to power irrigation equipment. pabilities of printers in your Alabama Living Alabama); gone are the contains several pages of local-focused condays of manual, physical paste-up of pages. And we’ve embraced the Internet. Our tent, in addition to the stories, columns and website, alabamaliving.coop, has an arfeatures of a statewide interest. chive of each month’s stories and videos, as “I think people enjoy reading the magwell as recipe archives and a continuously azine because its feature stories on people, updated events listing. Readers can also places and events, the photography and communicate with us through the site and submit recipes, events and participate in our monthly and annual photo contests. Our social media channels continue to flourish. We have a robust audience on Facebook, with more than 9,000 page likes, as well as a presence on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Today, the magazine’s challenge is to continue to be the primary source of information for the consumer-members of our electric cooperatives, while making the most of the newest technologies to communicate in ways that are relevant to future generations, says Lenore Vickrey, editor of Alabama Living. “We want the children and grandchildren of today’s co-op consumer-members to be as loyal to Alabama Living as their grandparents are and were,” Vickrey says. 18 OCTOBER 2018
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| Worth the drive |
Cuisine banese Sage Le ners Maritza ow and Cafe r Salibi sample e d a d N and nade an de lemo at their a m e m ho klava fresh ba hope cafe Fair
Authenticity adds flavor at Fairhope’s Sage restaurant Story and photos by Emmett Burnett
estaurateurs Nader and Maritza Salibi take pride in hometown menus. His home is Beirut, the one in Lebanon. Hers is Cuenca, the one in Ecuador. Their restaurant is Sage Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe, the one in Fairhope.
But regardless of who is where, the food is amazing here. It is also surprising. “People visit not knowing what to expect,” says Nader, as we sip homemade lemonade over a plate of freshly baked baklava. “Customers don’t expect the flavors. They are surprised how familiar entries taste different.”
He explains that food varies between countries, regions, even cities. For example, fried chicken is common in the south. But South Alabama’s differs from South Carolina’s. The same holds true for Mediterranean – Lebanese.
The Meza Mixer, a sample of appetizers.
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“Sometimes things you plan do not work out. But sometimes things you do not plan, do work out. It did for us.” “Everything here is as authentic as possible,” Nader adds. “Many recipes are based on mother and grandmother’s recipes back when I was growing up in Beirut.” Kebab varieties of grilled prime beef, marinated chicken breasts, and spiced ground beef are examples of the aforementioned “unexpected flavors.” Other favorites include grilled savory lamb chops, beef over hummus with pita bread, and the Mousaka Plate – eggplant, yellow rice and house salad. Sage offers 11 sandwiches including the Shawarma Mix – mammoth portions of beef and/ or marinated chicken wrapped in pita bread – or the Kafta Burger – ground beef, caramelized onions, brioche and Swiss cheese. Everything is cooked on site. Everything is oven/stovetop fresh. The only thing missing is a microwave oven.
He continues, “We serve the very best. Much of our ingredients and foods are imported. New Zealand grass fed beef isn’t easy to obtain when you’re a small town restaurant, but we get it.”
Sage Lebanese Cuisine and Cafe
An international love story
The Salibis readily admit that Lebanese cooking in small-town, south Alabama is unique, just as unique as the couple’s story, a 3,000-mile journey spanning three countries and ending in Fairhope. About 20 years ago, Nader at age 17 left Beirut for New York City to study business courses at Brooklyn College. While in the Big Apple he met another college student and future wife, Maritza Astudillo. Short version: They fell in love, married and moved to Ecuador to work in Maritza’s family’s business. But not for long. “I wanted to be in business for myself. I wanted to open a restaurant,” Nader recalls. “But I did not want to return to New York. It’s crazy up there.” A friend told him about a really cool town in America. The couple knew nothing about Alabama and neither had ever heard of Fairhope. But both agreed to research the restaurant-business venture, cautiously and slowly for 3 to 6 months. It sounded good – in theory. In the spring of 2015, Nader left Ecuador for the “Heart of Dixie’s” Eastern Shore. He visited Fairhope, loved it, and leased a building – his first day in town. 22 OCTOBER 2018
“I called my wife and said, ‘I think we’re opening a restaurant, uh, actually, I’ve signed a lease.” And he laughs, “Her version of the story is a lot more dramatic. She expresses her feelings more.” She did. “I was in shock,” Maritza laughs, recalling the South Alabama-Ecuador telephone conversation. She hung up the phone and Googled “Fairhope.” “Nader said I could stay home for six months to a year as he rebuilt and prepared the vacant building for business.” But she answered, “No. My place is with you.” And so it began. Maritza packed her bags and with three young children boarded a plane for a cross-world flight to the town she only knew from Google Maps. “We worked hard for months, refurbishing, repairing, remodeling. We did everything,” she says. “It was hard work.” Sage opened in August 2015. It still is hard work but a labor of love. “You always have opening day jitters,” says Nader, recalling the first day of business. “But my mindset has always been about work. I have the skills to do this and so does Maritza. I believe in working hard and doing your job well. People want good products, quality, and service.”
Customers agree. “Nader and Maritza are my friends who cook great,” says Dick Bacon of nearby Barnwell. “You come here once and you know them.” When asked to name her favorite dish, weekly patron Mary Reiser of Daphne pondered, “I can’t. Everything is good. I order something different every week. Once you smell the aroma from the sidewalk, you’re hooked.” As for Fairhope, “We loved it,” says Maritza. “It has excellent schools for our children, safe streets, and genuinely friendly people who have been so supportive.” Many locals refer to Maritza as ‘Sage’ –“because ‘Maritza’ is often difficult to remember,” she smiles. As for Sage the restaurant, find it on 319 Fairhope Avenue, the original spot Nader closed the deal on the day he came to town. It seats 55 and often. “We came here with nothing, just our bags,” recalls the lady who took a leap of faith and landed in Baldwin County. “I was supposed to return to Ecuador from college and help our family’s business. But then I met Nader in New York. Things changed,” she smiles. Maritza flips the restaurant’s front door sign from “closed” to “open,” welcoming 11:30 a.m. diners. Watching happy customers file in, she ponders, “Sometimes things you plan do not work out. But sometimes things you do not plan, do work out. It did for us.” Sage advice from Sage the restaurant. Sage Lebanese Cuisine and Café
319 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, Ala. 251-517-7536 Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday Online: sagelebanesecuisine.com
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| Alabama People |
Golden voice Eli Gold’s voice is one of the most recognizable on radio. He’s best known to Alabamians as the voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he has called both football and basketball games since 1988. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster at an early age, and got a job selling peanuts at Madison Square Garden so he could be around the great sportscasters of the day. He’s announced NASCAR races and games for the Arena Football League, the NFL and the UAB Blazers. He is the author of several books, including From Peanuts to the Pressbox. He and his wife Claudette live in Birmingham, and their daughter, Elise, is a UA graduate. We caught up with Eli at the beginning of the 2018 football season. – Lenore Vickrey In 2009, you said that the Alabama broadcasting job is the best in the business. After 30 years, do you still feel that way? Oh, gosh, yes. It’s a spectacular position. This is a job that brings with it a lot of responsibility and scrutiny. I cradle this job in my hands like a rare piece of crystal. I don’t want to drop it, I don’t want to mess with it or cause it any harm or disrepair. You want to work for a program where people care, and that’s certainly true of Alabama where the fans are as passionate as you’ll find anywhere. Do you have the same spotter who helps you? Yes, Butch Owens has been with me for 30-someodd years. We use a system of hand signals. Brian Roberts also does that on some occasions, and we have Jimmy Bank, who worked in Major League Baseball for 30 years. This year we have an all-new crew with former quarterback John Parker Wilson as our color man, and sideline reporter Rashad Johnson, who played for Alabama and in the NFL. Chris Stewart, who had been our sideline reporter, has been promoted to host of the show in the broadcast booth. What’s a typical game day like for you? It’s the same format for away games and home games. The variable is the time of the game. If it’s an early game at 11, we get to the stadium by 7 and are on the air at 8. If it’s a night game at 8, we’re on the air at 5. We get to the stadium no later than 3 or 3:30. We’ll sleep in as a crew, have lunch some-
where, get a decent meal, because that has to last us until 2 the next morning! Then we all get our routines going. After about 40 minutes on the air, I go downstairs and Coach Saban and I tape our pregame show about two hours before kickoff. That’s his deal. All the other coaches did it on Friday, but Coach Saban says this is the most important interview of the week because it’s the one that immediately precedes the game. He wants to give listeners the latest information. In Tuscaloosa, we do this in his private dressing area. On the road, I always search for a (quiet) area to do the show, not within earshot of the players. What’s Coach Saban like to work with? He’s all about preparing for the football game. He never stops. With other coaches, you could sit down and shoot the breeze with them for 30 or 40 minutes. He’s none of that. Now that said, if I need to talk to him I have full access. He’s a wonderful guy, he and Miss Terry. There are things he does, things for others, that he doesn’t want people to know. He doesn’t like to talk about it because that’s not why he does it. Do you know (Auburn announcer) Rod Bramlett? Yes, Rod and I are good friends, we talk a good bit. When he got the job, I was the first guy to call and congratulate him. His color man, Stan White, is my insurance man. Jim Fyffe (former AU announcer) and I were dear friends. We’d ride to the games together from Montgomery. You’ve recounted your top 5 favorite calls for al.com. Your top call was the final play of the Georgia game for the national championship. That was fun to watch. I had to eliminate some to get it down to five. I’ve heard from so many fans who agree wholeheartedly. Now will something like that happen this year? Who expected the end of the game against Georgia would be like that? That was remarkable. You have part interest in Nino’s Restaurant in Pelham. What’s the best thing on the menu? I personally love our seafood dishes, the Salmon Milano, the Seafood Primavera. Our pizza is to die for. Our calzones are wonderful. I like to go by and grab a chair and sit down with customers. I don’t get to go there as often this time of year because of football. football. PHOTO BY CRIMSON TIDE PHOTOS
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Deadline to vote is Oct. 31, 2018.
It’s back! Once again, Alabama Living readers have a chance to vote on the places and things that make our state great! We’ve got some new categories this year. So check out the questions and tell us what’s your choice for the “Best of Alabama!” 1. Best museum dedicated to a famous Alabamian
o Helen Keller
o Hank Williams
o Jesse Owens
o Rosa Parks
o your choice______________________________
o Gulf Coast Zoo
o Animal Safari Park (Hope Hull) o your choice___________________
2. Best zoo/wildlife park
o Birmingham Zoo
o Montgomery Zoo
3. Best new tourist destination
o OWA Park o Memorial for Peace and Justice (Montgomery) o New Alabama Gulf State Park and Lodge (opening November 2018)
o Pirate’s Bay Water Park (Leesburg) o Your choice ____________________________________________
4. Best hometown restaurant or diner ____________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Best music venue
o Iron City
o Alabama Theatre
o your choice_____________________
6. Best open-air amphitheater
o Oak Mountain
o Phenix City
o The Wharf
o Lake Martin
o Mort Glosser
7. Best lake to spend the weekend
o your choice______________________________
8. Best Heisman Trophy winner from an Alabama school
o Pat Sullivan
o Bo Jackson
o Mark Ingram
o Cam Newton
o Derrick Henry
9. Best small college town _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 10. Best shopping attraction
o Tanger Outlets
o Unclaimed Baggage Store
o Sikes & Kohn
o your choice______________________________
What does Alabama not have that you wish it did? Tell us!_________________________________________________________________________________
Name: __________________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________ City: ________________ St: ______ Zip: __________ Phone Number: _________________________ Your Co-op: ___________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________
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Letters to the editor Liked ‘Cousin Benny” column I enjoy your column [Hardy Jackson’s Alabama] very much each month in the publication my dear mother used to call “the electric paper.” I was also most interested today to read the letter to the editor concerning Cousin Benny the Snake Killer. I am a retired newspaper publisher and continue to write a weekly column. I have been writing the column for 32 years. Attitudes have changed a lot since I began. I mentioned about 10 years ago that one of the favorite activities of my friends and I when we were kids was “skinning cats.” Now any born and bred Southerner (especially we country kids) knows that means turning a flip over a
E-mail us at: email@example.com or write us at: Letters to the editor P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 tree limb. One reader was so upset he came to see me and could hardly control his tears enough to tongue lash me properly---but somehow he managed! Where I come from, a good sharp hoe or a well-aimed gun is the answer to all snakes. That has always been true in my family ----except for the rat snake that lived in our corn crib. My grandfather thought that slithery reptile was a wonderful rat killer. Therefore, I kept my distance from the corn crib. The snake could have it, corn, rats and all! And, if you can get a message to Cousin Benny; tell him he’s my kind of guy! Joy and laughter, LaVale Mills Retired publisher, The Red Bay News
Agrees with Doug Phillips Really enjoyed reading the Dr. Doug Phillips interview (September 2018). He is so right about our state’s approach to “growth.” As he says, we are losing our rural countryside and our biodiversity. I live in Baldwin County where many of our politicians and local leaders are happy as clams that we are the fastest growing county in the state. Yes, we have a growing economy, but it comes at the expense of losing forests, agricultural land, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and a general peaceful lifestyle, in exchange for more subdivisions, more traffic, more litter, crowded schools, and more urban sprawl. Dr. Phillips says, “Alabama has got to quit being ashamed of its ruralness...equating ruralness with ugliness.” I agree. Growth is not all bad but it needs to be smart and controlled. John C. Shaw Magnolia Springs
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October | Around Alabama Valley Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.
Cullman, Oktoberfest Corn Hole Tournament at Goat Island Brewery. 4-7 p.m. For registration information, visit stpaulscullman.com.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will perform in Enterprise Oct. 25.
Month of October, Hanceville, The Evelyn Burrow Museum will feature the artwork of sports artist Daniel A. Moore through Nov. 2. A collection of original paintings and bronze sculpture will be on display in the museum on the campus of Wallace State Community College. Museum hours- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. burrowmuseum.org Month of October, Troy, Butter and Egg Adventures has created a nearly two-acre Alabama Maze, formed into the shape of the state, out of Sudan grass. Trails are cut through the maze, leading to different “cities” of Alabama. Find the correct trail by answering Alabama history and trivia questions. Maze is open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. butterandeggadventures.com or call 334-670-9954. Months of October & November, Opp, 11th Annual Scarecrows in the Park at Frank Jackson State Park, 100 Jerry Adams Drive. Scarecrows are created by local businesses, clubs and churches located throughout the park’s hiking trails. Family-friendly.
Photo courtesy of the Coffee County Arts Alliance.
Ages 62 and up-$2, ages 12-61-$4, ages 4-11-$2, 4 and under free. 334493-6988
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South Baldwin County, Testing 1, 2, 3. Free conﬁdential memory and balance screenings. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2, Orange Beach Community Center; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9, Foley Civic Center; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16, Daphne Senior Center; and 12-4 p.m. Oct. 17, Gulf Shores Cultural Center. Walk-ins welcome. 251-965-5122
Guntersville, Quilt Show, Guntersville Recreation Center, 1500 Sunset Drive. Beautiful quilts, handmade items for sale, vendors and a Quilts of Valor presentation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $5. For more information, contact Donna Edwards, 256-659-4416.
Sylacauga, Marble Valley Volunteer Fire Department 5th Annual Open House and Yard Sale, 2372 Coosa County Road 5. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Preview some of the larger items for sale by visiting the Marble
Dothan, A Walk to Remember at Westgate Park. 1, 3, and 5-mile walks, refreshments, and barbecue plates. Donate online or pre-register at wesharethecare.org. Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Resource Center. 334-702-2273
Orange Beach, Arts Aﬁre Fall Festival, Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Hot glass demonstrations, clay studio pottery raku ﬁrings, kids games and crafts. 26389 Canal Road. coastalartscenter.com
Shefﬁeld, “Road to Race Day” producer/director Cynthia Hill digs deep into stock-car racing with unprecedented access to NASCAR’s most-winning team, Hendrick Motorsports. Ritz Theater. $8 adults, $5 students. 7 p.m. tvaa.net
Falkville, Massey School and Community Reunion. Those who have lived in Massey, attended school there, worked there, taught there or live there now are invited. Light refreshments provided. 1-5 p.m. Massey Volunteer Fire Department, 386 Evergreen Road. Email Frances Vest Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or ﬁnd the event’s page on Facebook.
Troy, Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, weaving, wood working and re-enactors. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Admission $10, 5 and under free. Pioneer-museum.org
Thorsby, Thorsby Swedish Festival, Richard Wood Park, 8696 Lincoln Ave. 5K run, parade, arts and crafts and car show. Parade begins at 9 a.m. Craft and car shows, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 205-217-9395.
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Woodville, DAR High School Marching Band presents Haunted Hollow Cave Tour at Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Road. 6-11 p.m. Carnival games and light concessions available. Tickets $10. A portion of admission price will go to the DAR High School Marching Band.
Cullman, 4th Annual Caring for Cullman Concert beneﬁtting the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. Features the Triumphant Quartet and Wallace State Jazz Band. 7 p.m. at Cullman High School auditorium, 510 13th
To place an event, e-mail email@example.com. or visit www.alabamaliving.coop. You can also mail to Events Calendar, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124; 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.
St. NE. General admission tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, $18 if purchased online. For ticket outlets, call 256-255-5965. Goodsamaritancullman.com
Hanceville, 9th Annual Mud Creek Arts & Crafts Festival in Historic Downtown Hanceville. For more information, contact Michele Allen, 256-352-1214, ext. 20. Enterprise, An Evening with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center, 1801 Boll Weevil Circle. Known as bluegrass music’s ofﬁcial ambassador, Ricky Skaggs has brought the genre to a greater level of popularity. For ticket information, visit coffeecountyartsalliance.com or call 334-406-2787.
Dixonville, 3rd Annual LaRae Harvest Festival, 464 Highway 41 South. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities and vintage car show. $5, 12 and under free. 850723-8582, brattendana7@gmail. com
Holly Pond, Holly Pond Vintage Market at Governor’s Park, 28 Brooklyn Road. Features antiques and vintage items, dough bowls, bread bowls, furniture, boutique clothing, and homemade items. Entertainment by Round Two and a children’s activity area. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Hpvintagemarket@gmail.com
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| Gardens |
Celebrating garden myths and superstitions W
OCTOBER TIPS • Plant shrubs and trees. • Plant lettuces, spinach, turnips, radishes, onions and garlic. • Test soil and add amendments as needed. • Keep bird feeders and birdbaths clean and full. • Add compost to garden beds and turn compost piles. • Dry and save seed from end-of-season flowers, vegetables and herbs. • Prepare and store garden tools, equipment, containers and chemical supplies for the winter. • Make plans for winterizing, including mulching, your garden and landscape plants.
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hether you’re superstitious by nature or not, it’s hard to avoid this month’s focus on the otherworldly, and there’s no place better than the garden to focus our attention on myth and lore. Considering how important plants and animals are to our very survival, it should come as no surprise that, over the eons of human existence, we’ve created an abundance of garden-related traditions and superstitions, many of which have become part of our vocabularies, if not our belief systems. Knocking on or touching wood, which is supposed to help us avoid tempting fate by either warding off bad or encouraging good luck, is a case in point. The practice has been traced back to early Germanic pagans (however, many cultures and religions across the world and centuries share a similar practice), who believed that tapping or touching a tree summoned help from protective tree spirits. Herbs, with their often aromatic and medicinal qualities, are perhaps the most superstition-laced plants. Take parsley for example. Because it can be difficult to grow from seed, gardeners of yore used to make three sowings — two for the devil and one for the gardener — and the ability to grow parsley from seed is supposed to be proof of a person’s honesty. However, bringing a parsley plant into a house is said to bring along bad luck, as does giving it away to someone, so if you want to share parsley with a friend, have them “steal” it from your yard. While parsley may bring about some bad luck, other plants such as rosemary, ivy and snapdragons are thought to offer protection from evil spirits and curses, so they are welcome both indoors and planted near entryways to keep such problems at bay. A superstition that I struggle with is the one that says we should never thank someone for a plant or cutting or the plant will fail to thrive or even die. It goes against my raising to not say “thank you,” but after I sent a thank you note for a lovely plant gift and then promptly killed the plant, I decid-
ed to be safe rather than sorry: These days I offer heartfelt thanks for the pot or the potting media rather than the plant, or simply say “I’ll really enjoy this.” What we say to plants and other garden creatures is also considered important in garden lore. Cursing parsley or basil as you’re planting it is supposed to make it grow better. Peppers are said to be hotter and more prolific if you plant them when you’re angry. Talking to plants and bees is supposed to make both more productive, though bees reportedly prefer juicy gossip rather than polite conversation. Want to protect your garden or home? Try some garden artifacts. St. Francis of Assisi and St. Fiacre statues are always nice, but so are garden gnomes, which protect gardens from pests and evil spirits. Gazing balls and windchimes ward off evil spirits, bottle trees repel and capture evil spirits and those gnarled and wizened green man faces channel ancient forest and nature spirits to watch over plants and homes. The list of garden lore and superstitions could go on and on, including planting by the signs and other traditions still practiced today in every culture across the globe. To learn more about these intriguing and varied traditions and beliefs, a huge selection of books and articles can be found online and in bookstores and libraries, or ask your gardening friends about their practices and beliefs. Oh, and please share yours with me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Finally, if you want to spend time this month in a garden with otherworldly creatures, create your own superstition-influenced garden decorations or visit the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Myth exhibit, which features sculptures of mythical creatures — think fairies and dragons — created by artist Kendall R. Hart. (Learn more at hsvbg.org or by calling 256-830-4447.) Katie Jackson is a freelance writer and editor based in Opelika, Alabama. Contact her at email@example.com.
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1 tablespoon plus ¾ cup butter, divided 2 cups sugar ¾ cup packed brown sugar 2 /3 cup evaporated milk ½ cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 package (10 ounces) cinnamon baking chips 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow créme 1 cup chopped pecans 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Line a 13-inch by 9-inch pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. Cube the remaining butter and place in a large saucepan; add the sugars, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 238 degrees. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon chips until melted. Stir in the marshmallow créme, pecans and vanilla. Transfer to prepared pan. Chill until firm. Discard the foil; cut fudge into 1-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 3 pounds. Alabama Living
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Tips to stay comfortable this winter and keep your home warmer By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen
Last year, we spent our first winter in our new place, which is actually an older home. Even with the heat turned up, it always felt chilly indoors. This year, we added insulation, but we’re wondering if there are additional steps we can take to make the house more comfortable this winter. Can you offer any advice?
When we talk about comfort in our homes, we usually think about where the thermostat is set. But, as you’re finding, there’s more to the picture than just the indoor temperature. An important piece of the comfort puzzle is radiant heat, which transfers heat from a warm surface to a colder one. A person sitting in a room that’s 70 degrees can still feel chilly if there’s a cold surface nearby, like a single-pane window, a hardwood floor or an exterior wall. Covering these cold surfaces can help. Try using area rugs, wall quilts or tapestries, bookcases and heavy curtains to help prevent heat loss and make your home feel more comfortable. Keep in mind, radiant heat can really work in your favor. A dark-colored tile floor that receives several hours of direct sun can retain heat during the day and radiate it into the room during the evening. Another possible cause of discomfort during the winter is air movement. We recognize this when weather forecasts report chill factor, which is a calculation of air temperature and wind speed. Moving air makes us feel colder, which is why we use fans in the summer. But during the winter, cold, outdoor air can infiltrate our homes. On average, a typical home loses about half its air every hour, and that amount can increase when outdoor temperatures are extremely cold and the wind is blowing. In this case, the best way to keep your home toasty is to minimize air leaks. You can easily locate air leaks in your home Patrick Keegan writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Write to energytips@ collaborativeefficiency.com for more information.
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During the winter, covering cold surfaces like hardwood floors can improve comfort. An area rug can be visually appealing while helping retain indoor heat. PHOTO: PIXABAY.COM
with a blower door test, which is typically conducted by an energy auditor. These are some of the most common spots air leaks occur: • Penetrations and cracks around windows and doors • Exterior cracks in brickwork and siding • Plumbing and wiring penetrations from the exterior to the interior of the home • Mail slots or pet doors A variety of products like caulk, weather stripping, outlet cover gaskets and dryer vent covers can be used to seal these leaks. A fireplace can also be a major source of air leakage. If you don’t use the fireplace, you can seal the opening or install an inflatable chimney balloon. Before using the fireplace, consider this: unless you have a high-efficiency insert, your fireplace will suck heated air from the room out through the chimney. Always close the fireplace flue when it’s not in use. Your pursuit of comfort should also include a careful look at your home’s heating system. Is it distributing heat evenly and efficiently? Forced-air systems distribute air through supply ducts and registers.
Small rooms may only have one register, but large rooms could have several. You may find some supply registers are blowing copious amounts of warm air and others little at all. Ideally, every room should have return air registers. If you see possible shortcomings with your forced-air system, enlist the help of a certified contractor that really knows how to improve ductwork. Ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency by scheduling an annual inspection. Check your filter monthly and replace or clean it as necessary. If you heat your home with radiators, bleed them at the beginning of the season so they flow more efficiently. Beyond that, you can always warm yourself by wearing heavier clothing, doing some light exercise throughout the day, and snuggling with a pet or under a blanket. By taking some of these small steps, I hope you will enjoy a more comfortable winter in your new (older) home! This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency. For more information on staying comfortable in winter, please visit: www.collaborativeefficiency.com/energytips. www.alabamaliving.coop
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| Alabama Recipes |
Buffalo Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin pie will never lose its popularity, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this fall favorite.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin BY JENNIFER KORNEGAY Food/Photography BY BROOKE ECHOLS
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here are so many signals of fall, the sights, sounds and sensations that tell us autumn has arrived: the slant of sunlight filtered through leaves beginning to lose their green; the beat of school bands practicing for football halftime shows; the feel of crisp cool in the evening and early morning. But in the last few years, a deluge of “pumpkin-spiced” dishes and drinks has dominated the seasonal shift, and as a side-effect, convinced some that the flavor of pumpkin spice — a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and clove — is synonymous with the flavor of actual pumpkin itself. It’s not. Pumpkin-spiced anything (latte, muffins, beer) has a taste akin to pumpkin pie, which includes pumpkin spice (or the afore-mentioned individual spices) on its ingredient list. On their own, pumpkins have a distinct profile devoid of any “spice.” Their orange flesh has a light freshness (that can even be a bit bland), close to a sweet potato, but less sugary and
less starchy. This semi-blank canvas works wonderfully when pureed, mixed with stronger flavors (like pumpkin spice) and baked in a piecrust. Hence the prevalence of pumpkin pie, the fall dessert that always makes this season’s “most popular” list, and all its offshoots. But pumpkin is equally delicious in savory preparations. It is a species of squash after all. Chunks of pumpkin, dusted with a hint of chili powder or cumin and roasted till tender, pair nicely with all kinds of meat. Or throw them into a food processor, drizzle in some cream and make a pumpkin soup. Treat pumpkins like summer squash and shred, bread and fry them into fritters. And don’t forget those seeds. Tossed in oil, toasted and salted, they make an extremely craveable snack. Pumpkins also shine in desserts other than that ubiquitous pie. If these options have piqued your interest in pumpkins and have you thinking about ingesting them in some new ways, check out our reader-submitted recipes.
Cook of the Month: Sheila Copenhaver, Southern Pine EC Creamy Pumpkin Soup 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1/2 1/4 1/2 1/4
medium onion, chopped garlic clove, minced tablespoons butter 14.5-ounce cans chicken broth cups potatoes, peeled and diced cups cooked pumpkin cups milk teaspoon ground nutmeg teaspoon ground cloves teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper
bout five years ago, when Sheila Copenhaver was looking for a way to use up some pumpkin she had on hand, she came up with her Creamy Pumpkin Soup recipe. The idea of pumpkin in a savory dish intrigued her. “You often think of pumpkin in sweet things, but its flavor pairs really well with the garlic, onion and other ingredients in this,” she said. “And of course, the bacon on top is wonderful.” She’s not the only one who thinks so. Her husband and three young kids request this soup and then gobble it up every autumn.
For topping: Sour cream Bacon, cooked and crumbled Green onions, thinly sliced In a large cooking pot, sauté onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add the broth, potatoes and pumpkin. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Puree with an immersion blender or puree (half of the mixture at a time) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return all to the pot. Add the milk, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper. Heat through. Taste and season as needed. Spoon soup into bowls and top each with a dollop of sour cream, bacon crumbles and green onions.
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large green pepper, chopped 15-ounce can pumpkin 2.25-ounces can sliced olives tablespoon pumpkin pie spice tablespoon hot sauce tablespoon chili powder teaspoon smoked paprika teaspoon cayenne pepper
Brown the bison (or beef ) in a large pot, then add onions and mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Add everything else, bring to a boil then back to a simmer for 1 hour.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes 1/2 cups milk 1 1 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned) 1 egg 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil 2 tablespoons vinegar 11/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon sugar, optional 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) ground cloves 1/2 cup oats In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in another bowl, adding oats last. Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium high heat, and lightly oil if desired. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, and cook on each side until brown. Serve with syrup. Makes 15-20 3-4-inch pancakes. Christiane McKelvey South Alabama EC
Buffalo Pumpkin Chili 2 pounds ground bison (or substitute beef ) 1 quart tomato juice 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 large onion, chopped 1 large portobello mushroom, chopped 36â€ƒ OCTOBER 2018
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Pumpkin Bites 1 box yellow cake mix 1 14.5-oz can pumpkin 11/4 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix and pumpkin on low speed of mixer until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon about 11/2 tablespoons dough into each hole. Bake for about 15-17 minutes. Makes 48 mini muffins. Debra Adams Black Warrior EMC
Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle 12 chocolate shortbread cookies, crushed into crumbs 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 8-ounces cream cheese, softened 1 cup pure pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 large tub (12-ounces) whipped topping, thawed, divided in half 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips In a medium bowl, combine chocolate cookie crumbs and butter. Transfer into a trifle dish or large glass bowl. Gently press down crumbs to form an even layer of crust. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, vanilla, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until well combined and creamy. Use
a spatula to fold in half of the whipped topping. Gently combine ingredients until smooth. Spoon a layer of pumpkin cheesecake onto the cookie crust in trifle dish, followed by a layer of whipped topping. Repeat layers until your trifle reaches the top of your dish. Store trifle in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with mini chocolate chips. Robin O'Sullivan Wiregrass EC
Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake Cake: 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 4 large eggs 1 box spice cake mix 15-ounce can pumpkin 8-ounce package toffee bits In a large mixing bowl, mix together: cake mix, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and eggs. Mix well, stir in 8-ounce package of toffee bits. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13-inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 28 to 33 minutes. Cool 1 hour. Icing: 8-ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 2 cups powdered sugar Mix well and spread over cooled cake. Garnish top of cake with chopped Heath English Toffee candy bars. Jane Kendrick Coosa Valley EC
Pumpkin Dip 2 packages cream cheese, softened 1 15-ounce canned pumpkin 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger (Pumpkin pie spice can be used too) Beat all ingredients together and chill one hour before serving. This dip is a crowd pleaser when served with ginger snap cookies. Graham crackers are also suitable for serving with this dip. Joy Griswold Dixie EC www.alabamaliving.coop
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Pumpkin Pecan Pie
2 cups pecan halves and pieces 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 31/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 15-ounce can pumpkin 1 cup canola oil 4 large eggs 2/3 cup water
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1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees) 1 teaspoon sugar 2/3 cup warm milk 1/3 cup melted butter 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 11/2 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons ground flax seed 1 cup canned pumpkin 2 cups white whole-wheat flour 2-21/2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8-10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Stir together melted butter, sugar and corn syrup. Spoon one rounded teaspoonful butter mixture into each cup of 2 lightly greased 12-cup muffin pans and top each with 1 rounded tablespoon pecans. Stir together flour and next four ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs and 2/3 cup of water; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pans, filling ¾ full. Place an aluminum foil-lined jelly pan on lower rack to catch any overflow. Bake at 350 degrees on middle rack for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert pan immediately to remove muffins and arrange muffins on a wire rack to cool. Spoon any remaining topping over muffins. Cool 5 minutes. Yield: 2 dozen. Tracey Estes Pioneer EC
unbaked Pillsbury piecrust 15-ounce can pumpkin (not pie mix) cup light or dark brown sugar teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon ground ginger teaspoon salt teaspoon vanilla eggs, well beaten cup evaporated milk
Topping: 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup pecans, chopped Line pie tin with pastry, tucking overlap inward and pinch up edges. Using electric hand mixer, blend ingredients together in order listed. Add to pie crust and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes and then sprinkle on mixture of: 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool and refrigerate a few hours to set well for slicing. If a ginger snap crust is preferred use 38 ginger snaps, 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans mixed with 1/4 cup melted butter. Barbara Umland Sand Mountain EC
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Dissolve the yeast in warm water with the teaspoon of sugar for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk, butter, brown sugar, salt, flax and pumpkin. Add whole-wheat flour and beat until well mixed, about 2 minutes. Add enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth or mix in a stand mixer for about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn to grease the top of the dough. Cover with a clean towel. Let rise in a warm place until double, about an hour. Punch down and return to floured surface. Roll out and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a towel and let rise again for about an hour. Bake at 400 degrees for 11-13 minutes until golden brown. Carolyn Johnson Sand Mountain EC
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Alabama hunters anticipate excellent deer season
Forest, Oakmulgee spreads across ore than 300,000 Alabama 44,500 acres of Bibb, Hale, Perry sportsmen will take to the and Tuscaloosa counties. The habfields and forests this fall itat consists mostly of mature pine to hunt whitetail deer, the most and upland hardwood forests. Peopopular game animal in North ple can also hunt the surrounding America. 392,567-acre national forest. “During the last season, hunters killed some really good deer, “Oakmulgee is usually near the but the overall harvest was down,” top in number of deer killed evsays Chris Cook, the Alabama Diery year,” Cook says. “It also has vision of Wildlife and Freshwater some good age structure and antFisheries deer studies leader in ler quality, but not quite as good Northport. “Since the harvest was as Barbour or Black Warrior. Bardown in 2017-18, a lot more bucks bour has some of the best habitat lived to grow another year, so they in the state with pretty good soils. Alabama whitetail caught on game camera. should be bigger.” Skyline is another area that tradiALABAMA DIVISION OF WILDLIFE AND FRESHWATER FISHERIES When any sportsman kills a buck tionally produces good deer.” or a doe, that person must report it Barbour WMA covers 28,214 the disease. to Game Check within 48 hours. acres of Barbour and Bullock “Before people can bring a deer or any This includes people hunting on private or counties near Clayton. The property inother animal in the deer family to Alapublic lands. The data allows biologists to cludes a good mix of pine and hardwood bama, they need to completely debone monitor population trends and the overall forests. James D. Martin-Skyline WMA the meat or have it processed,” Cook says. health of the deer herd. The easiest way to covers 60,732 acres of the Cumberland “They also need to remove all brain, meat report a kill is to download a free app to Plateau near Scottsboro. The area contains and spinal tissue from any deer parts they a smart phone. New this year, sportsmen abundant oak trees that provide excellent plan to mount. Once an animal is exposed must delete the old app they used last deer food. The largest WMA in the state, to CWD, the disease can stay dormant for season and download a new one. The Black Warrior covers 91,263 acres of the up to 60 months without the animal showold app won’t work this year. For details, Bankhead National Forest near Moulton. ing any signs of it. CWD is a major probsee outdooralabama.com/contact-us/ People can also hunt the 181,230-acre lem. Fortunately, we haven’t seen CWD in mobile-apps. national forest outside the management Alabama yet and we want to keep it that “Even in places where there is no cell area. way.” service, people still need to enter their in“For older bucks with better antler deWith the purchase of an annual wildlife formation on the new app and submit it,” velopment, I recommend Black Warrior management area license, people can Cook says. “The app will automatically upWMA,” Cook says. “The Bankhead Nahunt more than 721,000 acres in 35 stateload when it senses a cell signal. In additional Forest has a low deer density, but managed WMAs across the Cotton State. tion, that harvest record is on the phone in a lot of big bucks. It’s very rough country Sportsmen can also hunt several national case someone checks to see if that person and a tough place to hunt. Black Warrior wildlife refuges, other federal properties reported the deer.” WMA has the earliest rutting dates in and some special opportunity areas. For Another change this season: Alabama Alabama. The rut there typically peaks more on applying to hunt SOAs, see sportsmen traveling out of state to hunt around Thanksgiving. During the rut, it’s outdooralabama.com/hunting/specialdeer must comply with new procedures to easier to kill big bucks because they are opportunity-areas. prevent the spread of chronic wasting dismoving around looking for does.” “Each county in Alabama has a healthy ease. Also called CWD, the disease affects Depending upon where one hunts and huntable deer population,” Cook says. all members of the deer family and attacks how, the Alabama deer season could last “Some of the best counties are in the northan animal’s brain like mad cow disease. So from Oct. 15 through Feb. 10, 2019. Seawestern part of the state such as Lamar, far, CWD has not been confirmed in Alasons and regulations may differ on public Fayette and Marion. Deer populations are bama, but a deer found in western Missisproperties, so always check before hunton the rise in those counties and in good sippi in February 2018 tested positive for ing anywhere. shape because they have good habitat. HisFor season dates and other information, torically, the Black Belt in the central part see outdooralabama.com/hunting/deerof Alabama has also been good deer counseason-zone-map. For information on John N. Felsher lives in Semmes, Ala. try and produces some quality deer. ” specific WMAs, see outdooralabama. Contact him through Facebook. Cook recommends Oakmulgee and com/hunting/wildlife-managementBarbour WMAs. In the Talladega National areas.
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Tables indicate peak fish and game feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour before and an hour after. Minor peaks, half-hour before and after. Adjusted for daylight savings time. Minor
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Peanut Butter Festival On the last Saturday in October, the town of Brundidge pays tribute to the foodstuff that sustained it during the Great Depression and to the little nut that continues to provide a giant boost to the local economy with the annual Peanut Butter Festival harvest and heritage celebration.
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Peanut Butter Recipe Contest Old-Time Demonstrations Games & Contests Arts & Crafts Festival Foods & so much more
ON THE GROUNDS OF THE HISTORIC BASS HOUSE 5K Peanut Butter Run — 8 a.m. (Registration open day of race) Nutter Butter Parade — 1 p.m.
Free admission Saturday, Oct. 27 Opens at 8 a.m.
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ALABAMA HISTORY If you’ve recently passed by Butter and Egg Adventures, you may have noticed strange patterns or even the top of a small rocket ship sticking out above the tall grass. Instead of signs of meddling aliens, these are part of the park’s newest attraction: The Alabama Maze. Grown in the shape of the state, the maze covers about 2 acres of land with twisting paths bordered by Sudan grass as tall as 12 feet. Hidden in the maze are representations of 13 Alabama cities chosen for their historical significance and notable features. “Each city has a display. For Huntsville, we built a rocket, which is unique,” says Ron Pierce, who owns and operates Butter and Egg Adventures with his wife, Susan. “We’re not telling all the secrets because we want it to be a surprise when people get there, but Eufaula and Montgomery have unique setups.” The idea came to the Pierces last year while on vacation in Washington, where they visited a 10-acre corn maze. They knew they wouldn’t be able to recreate that scale in their own park, but they wanted to find a way to make their maze stand out. Visitors to The Alabama Maze start in Mobile, working their way north through Selma, Muscle Shoals and Huntsville before
returning south through cities like Birmingham, Montgomery and Dothan. Each city along the way features a display about its history, along with a question about the state or that region. Answers are color-coded to correspond with one of three paths out of the city. A wrong answer will lead to a dead end, while the correct answer will take visitors to the next stop on the road trip. “You get a tour of the state that way,” says Pierce. “People get to learn a little more about the state and have some fun instead of just walking down a lot of wrong trails.” The maze is open on weekends until Oct. 30, with several special events planned on other days throughout the month, including flashlight nights and laser tag zombie hunts. The maze is $7 per person, and families can also take advantage of canoeing and pedal boating or laser tag. “We want to give people something fun and different to do with their family,” says Pierce. “It’s an opportunity for people to get together and do some things they probably wouldn’t normally do on a weekend.”
The Alabama Maze features representations from 13 Alabama cities.
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The value of electricity continues to shine By Baynard Ward
o you remember going with your parents or grandparents to pay the “light bill”? When electric cooperatives first formed more than 80 years ago, most farms only used electricity to power a single light bulb over the kitchen table. How times have changed! Today’s monthly energy bill covers so much more than just the lights. Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the necessities and conveniences we enjoy (and take for granted) because of the power lines running to the electric meter outside our homes. Count up your televisions, desktop, laptop and tablet computers, printers, your gaming consoles, music and video players and charging devices. In fact, the average home now has 10 Wi-Fi connected devices. That number is expected to explode to 50 by 2020. Technology and the gateways that keep it working use electricity, and the hardworking people at your local cooperative work 24/7 to keep the lights on, so you can use the stove, heating and air conditioning, and get hot water from the tap. The good news is, even as we rely more on electricity, it’s still a bargain, especially compared to other things we pay for regularly. The average American spends less than $4 per day on electricity. The $4 per day is also well below the cost of many other common purchases, such as $7 for a burger and fries, $8 for theater popcorn and $40 for a pair of jeans. When it comes to value, electricity is a clear winner, and we’re always looking for ways to work with you to make it even better. Approximately up to 70 percent of your electric bill is directly
related to the cost of generating power. Your electric cooperative purchases electricity from PowerSouth Energy Cooperative – which is owned by 20 electric distribution systems in Alabama and Florida. PowerSouth helps control costs by using a diverse mix of natural gas, coal, hydroelectricity and economic power purchases to generate your electricity. This diversity allows PowerSouth to choose the cheapest resources for power generation and control the consumers’ cost of energy. There are also other factors impacting the cost of generating and delivering power to your home or business. PowerSouth and your electric cooperative invest millions of dollars in infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing population base. The expense to build substations and install power lines impacts the bottom line. And because we are a cooperative, all the expenses are shared by you – the owners and members. Because cooperatives are not-forprofit organizations, our focus is on people, not profits. That’s good for people trying to live within their budgets. And it’s going to become even more important as digital devices and internet-connected technologies become more prevalent in our lives. That’s why we’re always working to provide service that’s reliable and economical for our members and those they serve — you, your family and your neighbors. This article was written by PowerSouth’s Communications department, as President and CEO Gary Smith enjoys a respite from writing to focus on issues important to PowerSouth, its members and those they serve.
Baynard Ward is Communications Manager at PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.
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The evolution of tailgating
t began as such a simple pleasure. Drive early to the game in a pick-up truck full of stuff to eat and drink. Get there, park, lower the tailgate, use it as your table, and there you have it -- tailgating. Only hardly anyone goes in a pick-up any more. I do, sometimes, but I am hardly anybody, which is my point. My first experience with tailgating was as a boy with my Daddy. We would drive over to Auburn from the home place at Slapout, stopping along the way to buy barbecue sandwiches from church folks who set stands by the side of the road. When we arrived at the stadium, we parked, ate and then went to the game. A few years later, some college friends and I wandered down from our Birmingham-Southern hilltop campus to Legion Field to mingle with tailgaters who packed the parking lot. Things had gotten fancy. Some had set up tents and grills and such. Then I was at the University of Alabama, living not far from Bryant-Denny Stadium. My housemates and I marked off our yard and sold slots to eager tailgaters who paid us well and let us party with them. Then it was the University of Georgia (by this time my father had about decided that my goal was to attend every school in the SEC). There, tailgaters crowded into the lawn around the history department building and we graduate students mingled and consumed because everyone belonged to the Bulldog nation. Finally, I taught and tailgated at Jacksonville State. Harvey H. (Hardy) Jackson is Professor Emeritus of History at Jacksonville State University and a columnist for Alabama Living. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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All of which is to say that I have watched the evolution of tailgating from a way to get a good parking place and a bite to eat before kickoff into a pre-game/post-game event that, for some, is more important than the game itself. Another sign of the sophisticating of the South. As football spread beyond its small-town Friday night roots and as more Southerners developed loyalties to college teams, tailgating became part of the weekend ritual. Even the ticketless who could not make it inside the stadium gathered with food and friends and a radio or TV. Today, at home or on campus, tables are loaded with food and drink appropriate for the occasion. Like so much else that is Southern, football has become yet another excuse to eat. Wings, fried chicken, barbecue, and a mess of other stuff that can be eaten from a paper plate with one hand. Occasionally someone will whip up something fancy, but most buy it and bring it. For many, tailgating is multi-family affair, so the food is kid-friendly. The vehicles also form a protective barrier that keeps the small ones in. There they are, we are, dressed in team colors. Milling about or sprawled in lawn chairs, waiting while the Tigers, the Tide, the Trojans, the Gamecocks, get ready to take the field. Then the band marches by, with majorettes and flag corps and cheerleaders, whipping fans into a frenzy. Then it is off to the stadium to cheer and stomp and have a fine time. And when it is over, everyone returns for a little more of the same. Which is often more fun than the game.ď Ž www.alabamaliving.coop