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Tombigbee Electric COOPERATIVE

Spring into action

Energy Tips for sunny weather

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Simple but effective tips to help you save money! Pages 6-7.

Member & Community News Page 8.

VOL. 67 NO. 5 MAY 2014




Steve Foshee CO-OP EDITOR

Kay Marshall ALABAMA LIVING is delivered to some 420,000 Alabama families and businesses, which are members of 22 not-for-profit, consumer-owned, locally directed and taxpaying electric cooperatives. AREA cooperative member subscriptions are $3 a year; non-member subscriptions, $6. Alabama Living (USPS 029-920) is published monthly by the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives. Periodicals postage paid at Montgomery, Alabama, and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER send forms 3579 to: Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-4014.



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As I mentioned last month, our national organization, NRECA, has been pushing for “grassroots” involvement on decisions in Washington with regard to energy and, specifically, the use of carbon fuels like coal. This debate is happening now. Here in the South, due to coal, we have enjoyed low cost electric power. But in the last few years it has been under great attack. So much so that billions of dollars have been spent on clean technologies to burn coal. Yet to some, that is still not enough. They want to eliminate the use of coal entirely. The

problem is that the primary source of our power is from coal burning generation plants. We need simple policies that will allow us to have affordable electric energy. Our members can help by engaging in the effort to contact the EPA. It’s as easy as filling in an online form and clicking send. View this page at http://www.nreca. coop/political-action/cooperativeaction-network/epa/. If you have interest in this campaign I would love to hear from you. A sfoshee@tombigbee.org

TEC Needs YOU!

We need your help Storm season is here and we are preparing for the worst here at Tombigbee, just as you should at your home. Our preparations are just a little different. We must make sure that we are ready to handle outages just as you should be prepared for your power to go out. You have read about the technology that we use at the cooperative to assist you as quickly and as reliably as possible. For this to work, we MUST HAVE ACCURATE INFORMATION on you and your home. That’s why we need your help! When you call in to report a power outage, our phone system uses caller ID to locate your account. If it is unable to locate the account using the number that you are calling from, you are asked to enter a phone number associated with your account. If it can’t find that number then you are asked to enter your account number. If you still can’t be located, then the call is transferred to a member service representative. With a bad storm, like the one that happened in March, that causes ¾ of the people that we serve

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to be without power, there are thousands of people trying to call in. We only have valid information on about half of our membership so this makes getting outages submitted quickly extremely difficult. We encourage you to take a few minutes of your time right now to update your account information with us. Whether you think the information we have is valid or not, we encourage you to verify it. You can do this in one of three ways. 1. Call us at (205) 468-3325 or (800) 621-8069. Choose option 4 to update your phone numbers. 2. Log on to our web-site, www.Tombigbee.org. Click on ACCESS MY ACCOUNT. Log into your account using your account and choose My Account – Account Profile. 3. Email us at info@tombigbee.com. Give us your account number and phone numbers. We understand that a lot of you are hesitant about giving out your phone number because you don’t want telemarketers or annoying phone calls. We would like to assure you that we DO NOT share your information with anyone. Help us prepare for storm season so that we may help you to the best of our ability!

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Summer savings for hot weather days Here are some easy and cost-effective energy tips you can put in place to help save on hot weather cooling costs! n Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counterclockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise. n Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans. n Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance. n Make sure your AC has a rating – or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – of at least 15. n Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air running constantly. n Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs. n Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls – check with your local building supply company for details. n Give your AC tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills. n Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home. n Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs. n Install attic insulation rated R-30 and sealing any 6 MAY 2014

attic leaks to reduce high home cooling costs. You’ll save money each month. n Check for household leaks to make sure air isn’t escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows. n Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat. n Close unused air vents. If you have central heating and cooling you can close air vent in rooms you’re not using so you’re not paying to cool them. n Plant trees to provide shade on the sunny side of your home. n Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave — they only cool people, not rooms. n Install more ceiling fans. Because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable. n Raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs. n Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day. A www.alabamaliving.coop

TEC Energy Tips

n Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down. n Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water. n Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy. n Replace your refrigerator. Look for the yellow EnergyGuide® label to compare features. Choose models with improved insulation and power-saving switches. n Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn’t completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load. n Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling. n Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics. n Vent your dryer to the outside to reduce the workload on your air conditioner. n Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water. n Hang dress clothing to air dry on portable laundry racks; they will also look better. n Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

n Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door. n Grill out more often during the summer. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces your AC to work harder, which raises your energy bill. n Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove. n Keep stove reflector pans clean to reflect more heat upward while cooking. n Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you. n Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking on the stove to shorten your cooking time and save energy. n Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners. n Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use. n Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one. n Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting. n Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model – energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators. A

n Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity. n Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen. Alabama Living

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Emily Bradbury selected to represent TEC at Washington Youth Tour TEC is proud to announce that the winner of the Washington Youth Tour trip is Emily Bradbury of Phillips High School in Bear Creek. Emily will attend the National Youth Tour in June. More updates to come. Have a great trip and thanks for representing Tombigbee EC, Emily!

Update on TEC’s Golf Tourney We’re happy to announce that this year’s annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament raised $5,000 for this wonderful charity. Money raised went to support the American Cancer Society. Thank you to all who participated in the March 28th event! A

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Friday May 16, 7pm Saturday May 17, 7pm Sunday May 18, 2pm Tickets are already on sale, and can be bought online (with credit card) at www.smarttix.com. Adult tickets are $15, students 12 and under $5. Cash or check pre-purchases will be available at the Pastime Theatre office, Gold Connection, the Kemp Foundation, and Winfield City Hall. Get your tickets in advance! Special preshow event on Saturday the 17th. Join the cast at the Pastime Civic Center for an “Under the Sea Tea” starting at 5pm. $5 at the door. www.alabamaliving.coop

Spot Light

In May

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Poke Salat Festival celebrates 30 years The 30th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in historic downtown Arab. The center of the festival is the poke salat, a dish cooked from the pokeweed plant. Most often poke salat is cooked in a mixture with scrambled eggs. It will be available for tasting in downtown Arab at cafes and coffee houses. The festival hosts a variety of vendors and demonstrations of traditional artisan crafting, and will include demonstrations of basket weaving, chair caning, broom making, pottery, wire wrapping jewelry and chain maille jewelry; three staged entertainment areas featuring local bands and singers, dancers, theatrical groups; children’s bounce houses, games, puppet shows, a pet parade, a hula hoop contest, a magician, balloon animal artist, a beekeeping demonstration and local authors. Both days will end with a free concert featuring The Wayne Mills Band and The Jeff Cook Band. For more information, visit www.pokesalatfestival.com.

1940s. “Alabama at Work” will focus on the history of work in Alabama and specifically Elmore County. Docent tours of “Dixie Art Colony: a Look at Its Legacy” and “Alabama at Work” will be available to the public on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Smithsonian’s ‘The Way We Worked’ travels to Wetumpka

American Village remembers Memorial Day

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street will bring the exhibition, “The Way We Worked,” to Wetumpka on May 23. The exhibition will be shown in the Elmore County Museum, 112 South Main St., through July 6. Hours for the “The Way We Worked” will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Working by the River” encompasses a series of special events that will take place in downtown Wetumpka and throughout the River Region this summer. The Smithsonian exhibition, “The Way We Worked,” has been the impetus and inspiration for a series of other events and exhibitions that will run concurrently. “Alabama at Work” and “Dixie Art Colony: a Look at Its Legacy” hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in the City of Wetumpka Administrative Building.“Dixie Art Colony: a Look at Its Legacy” will explore the life and work of famed Wetumpka artist Kelly Fitzpatrick, a founder and mainstay of the Dixie Art Colony on Lake Jordan. The colony was a place for struggling artists to work, study and play during the Great Depression and into the

The American Village in Montevallo will have a day of remembrance on Memorial Day, with gates opening at 10 a.m. There will be a program at 11 and activities until 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www. americanvillage.org.

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Wetumpka will feature several events and showings to run concurrently with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street exhibit, “The Way We Worked.”

The American Village’s Memorial Day program will begin at 11 a.m.

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Power Pack

Older Americans benefit from a ‘my Social Security’ account


ach May, groups and organizations around the nation join in celebrating Older Americans Month. Established in 1963, Older Americans Month provides an opportunity for our nation to recognize seniors for their many contributions and share important information to help them stay healthy and active. This year’s theme is “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.” Social Security has something to help keep you safe and healthy: a suite of online services. Rather than driving or taking public transportation to a local office, you can use our secure, free online services to handle much of your Social Security business. With the amount of time you save, you’ll have more time to spend with

Kylle’ McKinney, Alabama Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, can be reached in Montgomery at 866-593-0914, ext. 26265, or at kylle. mckinney@ssa.gov.

the grandkids or have time for a brisk walk around the neighborhood or local park. Before going for that walk, though, visit www.socialsecurity.gov. Whether you already receive benefits or you’re just starting to think about retirement, it’s a great time to open a my Social Security account. What’s my Social Security? It’s a secure online account that allows you immediate access to your personal Social Security information. During your working years, you can use my Social Security to view your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. Check it out at www.socialsecurity. gov/myaccount. After you check your online Social Security Statement, be sure to visit our Retirement Estimator. Like a my Social Security account, you can use it as many times as you’d like. The Estimator lets you change variables, such as retirement date options and future earnings. You may discover that you’d rather wait another year or two before you retire to earn a higher benefit. To get instant, personalized

estimates of your future benefits just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. Deciding when to retire is a personal choice and depends on a number of factors. To help, we suggest you read our online fact sheet, When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits, available at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs. If you’re ready to retire, the online service you’ve been waiting for is our online application for retirement benefits, which allows you to complete and submit your application in as little as 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/retireonline. Once you complete and submit the electronic application, in most cases, that’s it—no papers to sign or documents to provide.  Are you already receiving benefits? You can use my Social Security to immediately get your proof of benefits letter, change your address or phone number on our records, start or change your direct deposit information and check your benefit and payment information.  We encourage you to take advantage of our online services and resources, freeing up more time for activities you really enjoy. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov. A

Co-op leaders turn out for AREA’s 67th Annual Meeting


ore than 400 electric cooperative leaders from across Alabama recently gathered in the state’s capital for the 67th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives. During the meeting, attendees elected statewide officers, recognized 30 co-op directors from 11 Alabama cooperatives who have completed Advanced Board Leadership Certificates, and heard updates from several state department heads and other dignitaries. Re-elected as AREA officers for 20142015 were: Chairman, Patsy Holmes of Central Alabama Electric Cooperative; Vice-Chairman, Randy Brannon, Pea River Electric Cooperative; and SecretaryTreasurer, David Hembree of Cullman Electric Cooperative. Rep. April Weaver presented AREA President and CEO Fred Braswell with a

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framed copy of a joint resolution passed in the last session of the Alabama Legislature designating the first Monday in June as Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day. The group heard from a number of state officials, including Dr. Donald Williamson, state health director; Steve Murray, director of the Department of Archives and History; Secretary of State Emeritus Beth Chapman; Regions Bank economist Richard Moody; Chuck Sykes, director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Jennifer Whitaker, founder and CEO of Executive Brilliance. Sen. Dick Brewbaker was named Senator of the Year for his support of electric cooperatives and for sponsoring the AREA-supported “move over” legislation. He will receive his award at the AREA Summer Conference in July.

AREA also gave its Pathfinder Award to R. E. “Bob” Adams, longtime director at Dixie Electric Cooperative, for Alexandria Selman, 2014 Youth Leadership his commitment Council representative, to the rural addresses group. electrification program in Alabama, and gave the AREA Chairman’s Award posthumously to Ray Turner, who served faithfully for many years on the board at Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Cooperative. In other recognition, Brian Lacy from Cullman Electric Cooperative received the 2014 Darryl Gates Communicator of the Year award. WTVY-TV of Dothan received the 2014 Award for Media Excellence A www.alabamaliving.coop

Tick season is here; your best defense is to avoid tick bites The following are some tips to avoid tick bites:

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icks aren’t just a nuisance, they carry many diseases that can have devastating effects. These spider-like insects are second only to mosquitoes in transmitting disease. Although it may be no larger than a pinpoint, a single tick can lay 3,000 eggs, and our unusually cold winter didn’t reduce their numbers. Three species of ticks are endemic in Alabama, and they are commonly known as Deer, American Dog and Lone Star ticks. Tick bites can cause anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Southern tick-associated rash illness and tularemia. In 2013, the Alabama Department of Public Health Epidemiology Division conducted 1,137 investigations of tick-borne diseases with 290 confirmed cases. However, the actual number may be greater because not all tick-borne diseases are reportable in Alabama. Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against the diseases they carry. While you should take preventive measures against ticks throughout the year, be extra vigilant in the warmer months of April through September when ticks are most active. People most at risk from tick-borne diseases are outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor workers, pet owners and veterinarians, rural/peripheral settlement dwellers, and anyone else who ventures into tickinfested areas.

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Stay away from wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and walk in the center of trails. Tuck pants into socks to keep ticks off your legs and wear light-colored clothing to help you spot ticks. Use insect repellants that contain 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin and permethrin on clothing. Pay special attention when applying insect repellent products to children’s skin, being sure to avoid their hands, eyes and mouths. Repellents that contain DEET must be reapplied every few hours. Use available products to help prevent tick infestations on pets.

After outdoor activity:

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Inspect children, pets, clothing and outdoor gear, such as backpacks, for ticks. Bathe within two hours. Conduct a full-body check with a mirror, including hair and scalp.

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Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick, because it may cause the mouth to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with tweezers, leave it alone, and let the skin heal. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water. Do not paint the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or use heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible. Tumble dry clothing on a high heat setting for one hour to kill any missed ticks.

What are the symptoms of tickborne diseases?

Many tick-borne diseases have similar signs and symptoms, which include fever/chills, aches and pains and rash. Rashes may appear as circular, “bull’s eye,” skin ulcer, general rash or non-itchy spots depending on the disease. After being bitten by a tick, symptoms may develop a few days to weeks later. If you get a tick bite and develop symptoms, see a health care provider for treatment. Your health care provider will want to know where you likely acquired the tick bite. Save the removed tick, place it in a plastic bag and freeze it in case it is needed to diagnose a tick-borne disease. How does tick-borne disease spread?

Ticks survive by eating blood from humans and animals. When the tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface, and then inserts its feeding tube. Ticks can secrete small amounts of saliva with anesthetic properties so that the animal or person can’t feel that the tick has attached itself. A tick will suck the blood slowly for several days. If a human or an animal has a bloodborne infection, the tick will ingest the bacteria or parasites while feeding. At the next feeding, the tick will pass the disease to the human or animal. For more information, go to cdc. gov and type Ticks in SEARCH box. If you suspect you may have a tick-borne infection, please contact your health care provider. A Jim McVay, Dr.P.A., is director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease of the Alabama Department of Public Health. If there is a health topic you’d like Dr. McVay to write about, email us at contact@ alabamaliving.coop.

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Putting Alabama youths on the right path A

By John N. Felsher

n old proverb states: “A man who works with his hands and back is a laborer. A man who works with his hands, back and head is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, back, head and heart is an artist.” That saying isn’t the official 4-H motto, but perhaps reflects what the organization tries to instill in young people. For the record, the official 4-H motto is “To make the best better,” with the official slogan as “Learn by doing.” “The four ‘Hs’ stand for head, heart, hands and health,” explains Dr. Molly Gregg, a 4-H youth development specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System based at Auburn University. “The goal of 4-H is to create places where kids can come to learn by doing while having fun. We hope to provide them with opportunities to master skills that will help them make healthier lifestyle choices in the future. Our primary focus is to ensure that kids live healthy and that they develop the skills they’ll need for the workforce.” In 2013, more than 121,000 Alabama youths between the ages of 9 and 19 participated in such diverse 4-H programs as environmental studies, agriculture, wildlife education, engineering and many more topics. Each year, more than 6.5 million people in 90,000 organizations across America participate in 4-H, the youth component of cooperative extension programs. “4-H is the largest youth organization in Alabama and the largest youth organization nationally,” explains Maggie Lawrence, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System communications specialist at Auburn University. “It’s free to be a 4-H member, but some activities may have fees. While its roots are in agriculture, 4-H has expanded into science, engineering, robotics and many other programs. There’s a 4-H program for any young person’s interest.”

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One in seven adults participated in 4-H in their lives

teach their parents. We still have agriculture and wildlife programs, but we also have urban and suburban programs. We’re very involved in STEM programs, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, plus citizenship, leadership and workforce development. One of our more popular programs is ‘Health Rocks,’ about making good decisions for lifestyle choices.” Many young people become involved with 4-H through their local schools. In addition, an extension office in every Alabama county can help with 4-H projects. Full-time cooperative extension professionals work closely with volunteers who conduct programs to fill local needs. Regional extension agents serve two counties. “Extension agents oversee 4-H programs in their two counties and work with volunteers who have undergone extensive training to get certified as 4-H volunteer leaders,” Lawrence says. “Young people can participate in many different disciplines. Our fastest growing program in Alabama is SAFE – Shooting Awareness Fun and Education, where young people can participate in a shooting sports curriculum.”

says. “It has rural kids, urban kids, at-risk kids, kids from poor economic areas, all kinds of kids. Many kids get involved through their schools, but most counties have community-based clubs or special interest clubs. Through community service, kids learn that they can make a difference in solving a problem. If kids have an interest, we’re always looking for opportunities to hook them up with caring adults or programs to suit their needs. If young people have a need, we’ll find them.” No matter the interest or topic, 4-H programs generally stress a sense of belonging, responsiveness, independence, safety, health, mastery of a discipline, hands-on education and generosity to others. Many 4-H alumni become extension professionals or volunteers later in life. “4-H teaches life skills, but 4-Hers tend to be very involved young people,” Lawrence says. “Following through on a project is one of the key elements.” Typically, kids who become involved with 4-H programs do so because they want to learn and experience life, not just watch it on television or a computer. A study conducted by Tufts University determined that young people involved in 4-H programs are civically active and four times more likely to contribute to their local communities than their peers. They

Across America, one in seven adults participated in a 4-H activity at some point in their lives. Some notable people with 4-H experience include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts, Faith Hill, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Archie Manning, Vice President Al Gore and Orville Redenbacher, the popcorn king among millions of other 4-H alumni. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through land-grant institutions like Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities, 4-H began more than 100 years ago as a practical, hands-on way to educate rural youths. As the 19th century drew to a close, older generations of farmers steadfastly maintained their traditional agricultural methods, but emerging technologies could improve their lives and productivity. To teach these older farmers to accept new ideas, the U.S.D.A. came up with ways to teach rural youths who could pass this knowledge to their parents and grandparents. In 1882, Delaware College organized a contest to see who could grow the best corn in accordance with their instructions. In 1892, groups in Wisconsin began Volunteers are essential Volunteers form the backbone of 4-H a movement to include youths in various agriculture clubs. Similar efforts, such as efforts. These volunteers come from many tomato and corn clubs, emerged in Ohio, backgrounds with diverse experiences. VolMinnesota and elsewhere by the early unteers help with after-school programs, 20th century. Many of these clubs and weekend events, summer camps and at programs formed the foundation for the other times to pass their experiences and knowledge to new generations. In 2013, 4-H experience. Officially, 4-H came into existence on nearly 2,900 volunteers in Alabama conMay 8, 1914, when President Woodrow tributed more than 96,150 hours of time. Wilson signed the Smith-Lever Act. The If they had charged for their services, act created the Cooperative Extension Ser- the value would have exceeded $2.1 milvice with the mission of “promoting ag- lion. Nationally, more than riculture, human health, the environment 540,000 volunteers donate and well-being in communities.” The act time to 4-H activities. “Alabama 4-H represents also incorporated various programs under the face of the state,” Gregg the 4-H umbrella. The 4-H organization pioneered the thenunlikely idea of including boys and girls in the same programs. In 1924, 4-H adapted its iconic four-leaf clover logo. “4-H started in the agricultural South when parents weren’t willing to make the changes they needed to do to be more economically success- The 4-H Environmental Science Education Center features meeting rooms with scenic views; top right, ful,” Gregg says. “They taught the chapel is a popular site for weddings. youths skills so they could

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At the Coosa River Science School, students get a closeup look at birds like the bald eagle, participate in flag-raising and low ropes wall climbing. The 4-H Center offers scenic meeting space for various groups.

are also twice as likely to participate in afterschool programs involving science or nature and twice as likely to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves. “There’s a 4-H project for just about anyone,” Lawrence says. “We have some competitive events where young people who

have worked their projects all year can compete at the local and county level. Many go on to compete at the state level. Sometimes, 4-Hers compete beyond state boundaries and interact with peers from other states through national trips and conferences.” While many young people learn about

4-H programs in school, youths interested in 4-H programs should contact their local county extension office. If they don’t see programs they like, perhaps they could start one. For more information on 4-H in Alabama or a list of county extension office contacts, see www.aces.edu. A



nder the direction of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation Board of Directors, the Alabama 4-H Center covers 264 acres on Lay Lake at Columbiana. The facility provides hotel rooms, full-service dining, meeting and conference facilities for various groups. Many businesses and church groups use the center to practice team-building techniques, but the needs of children come first. “The center is a non-profit youth organization,” says Kristy Abrams, assistant manager. “We’re open 12 months of the year. More than 5,000 youths go through the center each year. We hope that their experiences will stimulate critical thinking and affect the decisions they make in the future.” Part of the center, the Coosa River Science School began in 1994 with the mission of providing “hands-on experiential learning to connect youths of all ages to the natural world and to foster respect and understanding of the environment.” More than 3,000 children ranging from third grade through high school participate in its programs annually. “Groups come from all over the state and neighboring states to attend Coosa River Science School programs,” Abrams says. “Our goal is to teach environmental and outdoor education in a way that involves the student, the teacher and the instructor. The best way to learn and understand something is to experi14 MAY 2014

ence it first-hand. Kids can get involved in numerous programs. Two favorites are Raptor Track about birds of prey and Herp Journey about reptiles and amphibians.” In addition, thousands of children have been through 4-H summer camp programs at the center since 1980. Campers participate in archery, swimming, canoeing, rope climbing, hiking and other activities. Some campers also participate in talent shows and sports. “Campers participate in a variety of activities that help them develop important life skills in a safe environment while enjoying the fun and excitement of summer camp,” Abrams says. “It’s a great opportunity for 4-H kids from all over the state to get together and meet other kids for a great summer camp experience. The money generated goes to the 4-H Foundation to be used for programs throughout the state.” Founded in 1956, the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit fundraising organization headquartered in Auburn. The foundation raises money for 4-H programs throughout Alabama and manages those funds for the betterment of youth statewide. For more information about the Alabama 4-H Center, call 205-669-4241 or see www.alabama4hcenter. org. For more information on the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation or to make a donation, call 334-844-8596 or visit www.alabama4hfoundation.org.

Campers scale up and rappel down a 25-foot wall at the 4-H Center.


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Not your grandpa’s Harley Alabama-made machines want to be the ‘Rolls Royce’ of motorcycles By David Haynes


onfederate Motorcycles are not for the casual rider. Every- “longest stroke and highest torque-to-weight ratio you can buy.” thing about these Birmingham-built bikes screams perforThe Hellcat engine, at 132 cubic inches of displacement, is the mance. They look like they’re breaking at least one traffic law largest of its type available in a production motorcycle. Its output just sitting in the parking lot. of 132 horsepower and 150 foot pounds of torque pushes a moNeither are they for the rider with limited financial resources. torcycle that weighs in at a mere 500 pounds. That’s about one With a price range from $55,000 to more than $100,000, Con- horsepower for every 3.8 pounds of weight or one foot pound of federates are aimed at a niche market of well-to-do riders who torque for every 3.3 pounds of motorcycle. appreciate and can afford the premium for the company’s uncomTo achieve this amazing power-to-weight ratio Confederate promising approach to motorcycles. uses the lightest and strongest materials available for each part, The most popular Confederate model – the X132 Hellcat – including wheels and other components made of carbon fiber, projects a unique, all business, no nonsense persona. No plastic custom machined aircraft aluminum for many engine and struccovers or fairings dilute the rebellious soul of a tural components, state-of-the-art braking and bike that appears at first glimpse to be nothing suspension systems, and their own patented more than a gigantic engine shoe-horned betransmission and drive system evolved from tween two wheels and a gas tank. The tiny solo motorcycle drag racing. Anchoring the gigantic seat looks to be an afterthought jutting out from engine is a very hefty flywheel that weighs 50 behind the fuel tank, hovering like a porch just pounds and is unique to Confederate bikes. above the rear wheel. No passengers on this ride. Tying it all together is an extremely rigid When the big V-twin roars to life, windows on frame that’s hand fabricated and shaped like an each side of the massive engine’s casings allow arch that resembles a cat bowing up for mortal a partial view of the spinning, throbbing mecombat. chanical innards of the beast. This is not your Describing the appeal of riding a Confedergrandpa’s Harley. ate, Chambers said his bikes are the ultimate A closer inspection reveals that everything refinement of the “American Way” of road bikes, about the Hellcat is at the extreme bleeding while retaining the “rebel” mystique of freedom edge of design, performance and functionality. and thumbing your nose at the status quo. Nothing is present without a reason. Clutter is “I can roll the throttle on in fourth gear at kept to an absolute minimum. Many compo- Founder Matt Chambers, top photo, 1,800 rpm and there’s no hesitation, no stutter, nents do double duty. For example, the front with one of his no-compromise just raw, smooth, infinite acceleration that feels turn indicators are brilliant LEDs imbedded in Confederate bikes. Above, a Hellcat like a tiger clawing at the road beneath me.” on a lift in the shop. the tops of the fork tubes and the tail light/rear Confederate bikes are fast, too. In August turn indicators are condensed to a horizontal row of LEDs across 2012 one of their motorcycles set the world land speed record of the rear of the seat. Neither is visible until needed. 172.211 mph for unfaired, naturally aspirated, pushrod V-twins According to Confederate founder Matt Chambers, from the over 2000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. beginning the company’s philosophy has been to build the best Chambers, who had a previous career as an attorney in Baton motorcycles with no compromise whatsoever. Everything about Rouge, La., began his love affair with motorcycles as a teenager the bikes is designed to put function and absolute performance and has since ridden or owned nearly every kind of motorcycle over styling and other considerations. made. He started out on British bikes, then while in law school “I believe we are building the Rolls Royce of American mo- got his first Harley Davidson, which he said gave him his first torcycles,” Chambers told me, adding that his machines offer the appreciation for the big American road bike. Later he sampled 16 MAY 2014


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various Japanese high performance sport bikes and paid attention as their technological evolution surged through the 1970s. Chambers went through a period of riding European BMWs and Moto Guzzis before returning to the big American Harley V-twins in the mid-1980s. He started Confederate in 1991 in Baton Rouge after making enough money in his law practice to pursue what he saw as a unique business opportunity. Chambers explained that Harley’s evolution after World War II had taken that company from being the “rebel” brand to the status quo motorcycle choice for Baby Boomers. Design and performance priorities for Harley were being driven by marketing appeal with more emphasis on the Harley brand than the nuts and bolts guts of the motorcycles. His goal was to build a “no compromise” machine in which every aspect of the bike was the best he could make it. He wanted to have the strongest, most rigid, frame; largest, most powerful engine; most robust drive train. In short, he wanted to build a bike that represented the best that current technology could produce, using the skills of the best design and engineering team he could assemble. “I sought out the best designers of drag racing motorcycles,” he explained, and that led him to Sandy Cosman and Martin Windmill in San Francisco, Ca., where he moved his company for 18 months. From that collaboration came the first Confederate motorcycle – the first generation Hellcat – named for the WWII Navy fighter plane. The company returned to Baton Rouge until 1998, then briefly in Abita Springs, La., and later to New Orleans until their building was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Chambers said he chose Birmingham in 2007 as the location for Confederate mostly because of George Barber and the Barber Motorcycle Museum that’s known throughout the motorcycling world as one of the best, if not the best, collection of motorcycles and motorcycling history in the world. He initially wanted, and still hopes to, locate his production facilities near the Barber Museum. To date, however, the right site has not become available. The company is presently located on Birmingham’s Southside in a building that Chambers says they are rapidly outgrowing. Most of the work done there is design and prototype testing and assembly of the bikes from components that are custom fabricated or machined to their specifications from suppliers around the country. He said 60 percent of Confederate buyers are from outside the United States at present, which Chambers thinks is much too high. “I’d like to see it around 25 percent,” he said. Confederate’s dealer network has now grown to about 20 “Distribution/Service Partners” around the United States and six other countries. A To learn more about Confederate motorcycles visit confederate.com. 18 MAY 2014


A ride on an Alabama-made Confederate motorcycle is “like a tiger clawing the road beneath.� At left, design and assembly is made from components customfabricated to their specs.

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Mother’s Day celebrates American Centennial

By Marilyn Jones

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving 


n 1914 Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation officially establishing the second Sunday in May a day to remember mothers. A day of phone calls and cards and gifts; a day to express “our love and reverence for the mothers of our country,” said Wilson. So, how did the tradition begin? Surprisingly it didn’t start in America or even in recent history. In fact, Mother’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis – mythical mother of the pharaohs.

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It wasn’t until the 17th century that the tradition of honoring individual mothers began when, in England, the church decreed Mothering Day. Children living in other areas of the country came home to visit and enjoy a family feast. Mothers were presented with cakes and flowers. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. Mildred B. Vermont

Americans celebrate Mother’s Day

English settlers discontinued Mothering Day in America although the holiday continued to thrive in England. What would happen instead is that America would invent its

own version of Mother’s Day centuries later. The first North American Mother’s Day was actually conceptualized with poet Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” author was distraught over the death and carnage of the Civil War and called on all mothers to come together to protest war and violence. She called for an international Mother’s Day celebrating peace and motherhood and proposed converting July 4 into Mother’s Day to dedicate the nation’s anniversary to peace. Eventually, however, June 2 was designated for the celebration. With Howe’s financial backing, the first

Mother’s Day celebrations were held in 18 cities. But, when she discontinued funding the event, Mother’s Day stopped. Nonetheless, the seeds for the idea of a special day to honor mothers had been planted. What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights. Robert Brault

And so it began…

A West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday to reunite families and neighbors who had been divided because of the Civil War. When Jarvis passed away, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. In 1908 her request was honored. On May 10 the first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, W. Va., and a church in Philadelphia, Pa. Today, Andrew’s Methodist Church is an International Mother’s Day Shrine. In 1992 it became a National Historic Landmark for its significance in the establishment of a national Mother’s Day celebration.

In 1908 Nebraska U.S. Senator Elmer Burkett proposed making Mother’s Day a national holiday at the request of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). The proposal was defeated, but celebrations were still being held all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. Anna M. Jarvis devoted herself full time to the creation of Mother’s Day, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women’s groups, churches and other institutions and organizations. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty

Mother’s Day in the 21st Century

Although Jarvis was incensed when she realized her beloved Mother’s Day was being commercialized, today it is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. In fact, more than 70 countries celebrate Mother’s Day in one fashion or another. According to the National Retail Foundation, consumers spent an average of $168 on mom last year; total spending reached $20.7 billion. Hallmark reports 96 percent of all Americans shop for Mother’s Day. Other retailers state it is the second highest giftgiving day of the year behind Christmas.

For restaurants, it is the busiest day of the year and more long distance telephone calls are made on this day than any other day of the year. Perhaps Jarvis’ ideal for Mother’s Day has been sidestepped, but I can’t imagine not remembering a loving mother or grandmother; or an aunt, sister or friend who “mothers” whether they are a biological mother or not. To every mother and every “mothering” woman, Happy Mother’s Day!

Remembering my Mother and Grandmother

Born in 1917, the second of four girls, my mother Hazel Louise Conner Jones was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken lady. Her father passed away when she was 10, leaving her mother, Mabel Olivia Hammerlund Conner, the responsibility of raising five daughters — ages newborn to 12 — on her own. Both women were independent and intelligent, managing their way through the depression, World War II and beyond. Although my grandmother passed away in 1978 and my mother passed away in 2008, they are always with me. This Mother’s Day, and every Mother’s Day, I honor the memory of these strong women who taught me so many valuable life lessons, guiding me with love and assurance. A

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Alabama Gardens

Where our plants come from:

An Alabama story


f your 2014 gardening plans include buying plants for your vegetable plot, flower beds or landscape, you’re likely to be purchasing plants grown right here in Alabama, which is home to a large number of nursery and greenhouse producers who provide not just plants for us, but are also a boost for the state’s economy. “A multitude of landscape plants are produced right here in Alabama including annuals, perennials, cut flowers, ground covers, shrubs and trees,” says Adam Newby, an associate professor of horticulture at Auburn University. Newby and his colleague Glenn Fain, associate professor of horticulture at Auburn, both specialize in nursery and greenhouse production issues and noted that the state’s nursery and greenhouse industry is not only very high-tech, it is remarkably diverse. Among our Alabama plant producers are several large and nationally known growers, but there are also many smaller family-owned operations that, like their larger counterparts, are “all working to bring high quality landscape plants to the market,” says Newby. Alabama’s Gulf Coast region, which offers ideal growing conditions as well as easy access to interstate transportation and close proximity to many major markets, is considered the “Nursery Center of the South,” according to the South Alabama Nursery Association. That region is also known as “The Aza-

Katie Jackson is a freelance writer and editor based in Opelika, Alabama. Contact her at katielamarjackson@ gmail.com.

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lea Capital of the United States.” “There’s a good chance that the azaleas in your landscape were produced by a nursery in the Mobile/Baldwin County area,” says Newby. But they and the many other growers across the state produce a wide range of plants, from vegetables and herbs to bedding and houseplants to shrubs and trees, that end up in everything from large retail stores to independent garden centers located across Alabama, the Southeast and the United States. Not only do these greenhouses and nurseries supply us with high-quality plants, they have a huge impact on the state’s economy, says James Harwell, executive director of the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association. According to Harwell, a 2013 economic impact study of Alabama’s agricultural sector estimated that the state’s greenhouse, nursery and floriculture industry supports nearly 7,000 jobs in the state and directly contributes more than $561 million to the state’s economy. (See the full report on the economic impact study of Alabama’s agricultural, forestry and related industries at www.aces.edu/pubs/ docs/A/ANR-1456/ANR-1456-low.pdf.) A previous 2007 economic analysis report (www.aaes.auburn.edu/comm/pubs/ specialreports/sr-7-green-industry.pdf) showed that the state’s “green” industry (which includes nursery, greenhouse, turfgrass and sod producers as well as lawn and landscaping services and garden product retailers) is Alabama’s number one “cash crop,” providing $2.9 billion annually to the state’s economy. So as you buy plants for this year’s garden, you are also likely helping support an important economic sector in our state and getting high-quality plants in the process. As you shop, make sure to not only look for ones grown in Alabama, but also select the handsomest and healthiest of plants from any supplier. Pick plants that

are bushy and have a well-branched shape and sturdy stems—avoid ones that look leggy and spindly. And if you’re buying flowering plants, purchase ones with lots of unopened buds so they will continue blooming long after you get them home. Take time as you shop to inspect plants for signs of any problems, such as yellowing or wilted leaves, evidence of insect or disease issues, damage to stems or to the bark on woody plants, poor root development or overgrowth of roots from the bottom of the pot, weeds in the pot or an overly dry or wet dry potting mixture or root ball. Once you’ve bought them, ensure your new plants feel at home in your garden by transplanting them into the garden, landscape or pots as soon as possible and providing them plenty of water so they can put down roots in your garden. Then sit back and watch them grow, all the while knowing you are supporting a major sector of Alabama’s economy. A

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Plant eggplant, pepper and tomato transplants. Sow seed for sweet corn, squash, okra and lima and snap beans. Plant summer annuals and perennials. Plant ornamental grasses and fall-blooming perennials. Seed new lawns. Keep newly planted shrubs and trees and newly seeded lawns well watered. Fertilize houseplants that are growing or blooming. Prune tender deciduous shrubs and vines. Keep bird feeders and baths full and clean.


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Worth the Drive

Bravo for tacos at the beach! By Jennifer Kornegay


hat tops your “must eat” list when you’re visiting Alabama’s beaches? Steamed shrimp? Blackened snapper? Briny fried oysters? Whatever it is, surely it’s some form of seafood. Why travel to the coast and not fill up on the bounty that Alabama’s hard-working fishermen are continually harvesting from the Gulf ’s fertile waters? Because Bravo Tacos exists. Because they make ahh-mazing tacos, burritos and nachos that rival those found in Tex-Mex hot spots like Austin, Texas. (Yep. I wrote that.) Because you can never have enough cheese dip, especially when it’s acting as a hot tub for spicy, smoky, crisped chorizo. Because salsa is fat-free, and you may be squeezing your way into a bathing suit in the very near future. Oh, but wait. That darn cheese dip. Forget the fat-free argument. You simply have to go to Bravo Tacos to eat while at the beach because…because I said so! Right around the corner from the entrance to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail (another lesser-known treasure of the coast), Bravo Tacos occupies one corner of a strip mall across from a gas station and behind a McDonald’s at the corner of Canal Road. If you’ve ever been to Cosmo’s (just a little ways down Canal Road), and I hope you have, you’ve driven past Bravo Tacos. Do not drive past it this trip. Stop in, secure a spot at one of only a few outdoor tables if you can, and then peruse the neonyellow paper menu to see what speaks to you. Unless you’re tastedeaf, I feel sure the queso fundido will be screaming your name.

Jennifer Kornegay is the author of a children’s book, The Alabama Adventures of Walter and Wimbly: Two Marmalade Cats on a Mission. She travels to an out-of-the way restaurant destination in Alabama every month. She may be reached for comment at j_kornegay@charter.net.

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Take heed and order a cup of the molten smoked gouda and jack in which chorizo sausage and caramelized onions are drowning. Add a scoop of house-made guacamole, and you could easily make a meal out of chips and dips alone. But don’t. Because then you’d miss the tacos. The pork carnitas tacos. The chicken tacos. The steak tacos. The “gringo” tacos. The chorizo tacos. (Yes! A sausage taco!) And if you can’t, in good conscience, not order something that swims, go for the shrimp or fish tacos, both fine choices. Oh, and there’s a veggie taco too. You can even have a taco “your way.” Create your personal combination of meat and toppings including one of seven salsas ranging from the pleasantly piquant Tomatillo Avocado to the burning madness of Gila Sauce (which might make you cry) that are all made from scratch using local produce. It’s the same with everything at Bravo Tacos. A commitment to in-season, locally sourced ingredients drives this eatery, as does the idea of “good things come to those who wait.” Despite counter-service and a drive-thru, Bravo Tacos emphasizes that it is not fast food. Everything is made to order, and that means toasty, but never soggy, tortillas and hot things (meats) staying hot, while cool things (lettuce, cheese, etc.) are still cool. And speaking of cool, you must try a liquado, an impossibly refreshing beverage made fresh daily from a variety of fruits. Seriously, do not leave without one. And while you’re at it, grab a tub of guacamole to take with you. You can dip some steamed shrimp in it later. A

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Southern Occasions CO O K B O O K

Guacamole 4 ripe avocados 1â „4 cup onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Jalapeno rings to taste, diced (optional) Salt and pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Southern Occasions


Cut avocados in half, around large pit. Remove and discard pits. Scoop out green pulp into mixing bowl. Mash with fork to desired texture. Add onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, lemon juice and jalapenos (as desired). Mix well and serve with tortilla chips. Allison AlabamaMatkin, Living Joe Wheeler EMC

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Safe @ Home

It’s swimming season; be aware of water safety issues


’ve seen too many stories in the news lately on drowning deaths. As we return to swimming season, this is a good time to take note of water safety issues, especially where children are concerned. May also marks National Drowning Prevention Month so let’s all take the time to be cautious (while still having fun) around bodies of water. The most obvious tip is to learn to swim. Children should start swim lessons as early as six months of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that drowning is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 1 to 14. The CDC also states that drowning is the fifth leading cause of death for people of all ages, so everyone should take the time to learn how to swim. Many facilities offer adult swim lessons, so check your local listings

for classes. Swimmers should use the buddy system and always try to have someone along if you plan to be in the water. Children should always have an adult supervising when they are in swimming pools and natural bodies of water, and even bathtubs. Children should also wear life jackets instead of “noodles” or inner tubes as safety devices. The CDC also recommends that adults avoid distracting activities such as reading books or talking or texting on the phone. Adults should stay close enough to reach out and touch young children at all times and should avoid alcoholic beverages while supervising young people. Adults also should get certified in CPR. To find a Red Crosscertified class, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class. Let’s do everything we can to make this a safe swim season. A

Drowning prevention & water safety tips Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that must be Children should learn to swim without goggles. Teach your given by you before he or she can enter the pool.

Never allow your baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper.

Create a process the child must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a swimsuit and applying sunscreen. Never use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.

Michael Kelley is senior manager of Safety & Loss Control for the Alabama Rural Electric Association.

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children to open their eyes under water; if they fall, in they can find the side of the pool or a step and get out safely. For very young children, practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water. Create a water safety plan for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do in this type of emergency. Make sure your guests and kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the pool. Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member location. Always make sure your children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open bodies of water.

Tips from Sue Mackie, executive director of the United States Swim School Association. www.alabamaliving.coop

Around Alabama May 24 & 25 Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic The 37th annual Memorial Day weekend competition has drawn about 60 pilots with balloons from across the country. Point Mallard Park in Decatur is hosting the event that is free and open to the public. Peak times to see the balloons fly are early morning (around 6 a.m.) and late afternoon (6-7:30 p.m.) for the balloon glow. Come out early for the morning flights and stay all day for the arts and crafts, local musical enterainment and tractor and antique car shows. Some pilots are offering tethered flights and visitors are welcome to tour the balloons and are enouraged to ask the pilots questions. Visit the Jubilee’s website for a detailed schedule and information: www.alabamajubilee.net. MAY 2 • Fairhope, Under the Stars. This is the 5th annual signature fundraising event for Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center (CARE House, Inc) at Oak Hollow Farm. Call 251937-2055 or 251-989-2555 for information. 3 • Atmore, Mayfest at Tom Byrne Park, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., will feature arts and crafts, Beautiful Baby contest, Pooch Parade, entertainment and food. Free admission. Call the Atmore Chamber of Commerce for information at 251-3683305 or email atmoreal@frontiernet.net 3 • Opelika, Garden in the Park, an arts festival at the Opelika Municipal Park. The event is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and features a variety of items for sale, all handmade or natural. There will also be children’s activities, entertainment, food and the historic Rocky Brook Rocket circling the park. For vendor information, contact Keep Opelika Beautiful at 334-749-4970 or kob@opelika.com. 3 • Union Springs, 35th Annual Chunnenuggee Fair. Juried arts and crafts show, food, live entertainment and also kids’ games and rides. Contact Elizabeth Smithart, 334-738-4060 or email esmithart@yahoo.com. 3 • Opp, Lew Childre Steel Guitar Concert at the LBWCC MacArthur Campus Conference Center, 12 p.m. The main act, Stonewall Jackson performs at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, children 6 and under are free. Contact Emilee Gage for information, 334-493-3070 or egage@oppcatv.com. 3 • Cottonwood, 22nd Annual Down Home Country Fest. The day starts with a $5 country breakfast from 6-8:30 a.m. to be followed by the parade at 9 a.m.

Festival events and entertainment will begin immediately after the parade. For information, call Augusta Welch at 334-691-2671 or cotwood@graceba.net. 3 • Moulton, Ladies Tea in the garden of Blair and Nita Dixon, sponsored by Friends of the Library. From 2-4 p.m. the Tea will feature a speaker, soloist, guitarists, food and decadent sweets. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Lawrence County Public Library. Call 256974-0883 or 256-974-7620 for information. 3 & 4 • Bayou La Batre, 65th Annual St. Margaret’s Blessing of the Fleet Festival at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. Open both days 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Boat rides, arts and crafts, seafood, a 4-mile run, land parade and boat parade all lead up to the blessing of the fleet Sunday evening. For additional information, call 251-8242415 or email fleetblessing@aol.com. 10 • Montgomery, 17th Annual Herb Day at the Living Block of Old Alabama Town from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Enjoy demonstrations, expert gardeners, garden tours and vendors. Free admission. For information visit oathsblog.com or call 333-271-6247. 10 • Lake Guntersville, 15th Annual Laranda Nichols Memorial Run/Walk for Hope 5K. Race begins at the Recreation Center at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Contact information: Kelley’s Rainbow, 256-891-9864. 16 & 17 • Danville, 27th Annual Multicultural Indian Event at the Oakville Indian Mounds Educational Center. Cherokee, Creek, and Mississippian Native American traditional arts, crafts, music, and dance demonstration will be throughout the park,

as well as art and concession vendors. $2 parking donation requested and face-painting, canoe and wagon rides offered for $1 each. See OakvilleIndianMounds.com for more information or call 256-905-2494. 16-18 • Wetumpka, Coosa River Whitewater Festival at Jordan Dam. 8 a.m.- midnight. Admission charged. www. coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. 16-18 • Gulf Shores, Hangout Music Festival. The 3 day festival features 70 bands with more than 30,000 atteendees. Visit www. hangoutmusicfest.com for ticket information. 17 • Elmore, Alabama’s Antique Tractor Show and Pull. Swap meet, BBQ cookoff, antique tractor pull, pedal tractor races for kids, antique tractors and farm machinery of all types. Gates open at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. opening ceremony and parade at noon. Vendor/BBQ contact: Bart Mercer, 334-399-5929. Tractor information contact: Tony Martin, 334-285-3810. 17 • Crossville, Cody Renfroe Celebration of Life 6th Annual Rod Run. From 4-8 p.m. at Crossville City Park on Hwy 68. Vintage street rods, hot rods, motorcycles and tractors. Entry fee is $20. Trophies will be awarded, food and entertainment available. Donations to benefit Crossville Fire Dpartment. Contact: Stanice or Rickey Gray, 256-302-3637 or 256-659-8352. 17 & 18 • Mentone, Rhododendron Festival. Traditional mountain music, craft demonstrations, art of all mediia, children’s games and activities, a heritage farmstead, and a “Taste of Mentone” are some of the things you can expect for this year’s festival. Contact: 256-845-3957.

To place an event, e-mail events@alabamaliving.coop. 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.

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17 & 18 • Auburn, Master Gardeners’ 2014 Garden Tour. Tour seven private gardens in Auburn and Opelika and enjoy exhibits at Jule Collins Smith Museum and Auburn University’s Heritage Park Barn. Tickets are $25 for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Visit www.LeeMG.org for updates. 23 • Wetumpka, The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Exhibit “The Way We Worked” on display in the Elmore County Museum. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The exhibit will run through July 6. 30 & 31 • Tuscaloosa, West Alabama Quilter’s Guild 2014 Quilt Show at Holy Spirit Catholic High School. Quilt exhibits, silent auction, quilting demonstrations, opportunity to win a queen size quilt, vendor’s mall and scissor sharpener on-site. Featured Artist: Laurie Prentice-Dunn. 30 & 31 • Summerdale, 6th Annual Plow Day at the George Underwood Farm on County Road 71. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be antique tractor, machinery and engine displays. Demonstrations, swap meet, tractor games and more. For information, visit www.saatec.org. 31 • Chatom, Music Around the Courthouse. Larry Sparks will headline this very special music event at the Washington County Courthouse from 1-9 p.m. JUNE 6 & 7 • Georgiana, 35th Annual Hank Williams Festival. Admission charged. Call 334-376-2396 or visit www.hankwilliamsfestival.com.

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Rural Alabama will be represented by new faces By Sean Strickler


n Alabama it is widely accepted that the infamous 1901 Constitution, the largest state constitution, was created to protect the most influential people in the state --large landowners and agricultural interests. However, that influence in politics wanes with the shifting of our population from the rural to the urban areas. In 2011, the Alabama Legislature drew new district lines as mandated, ensuring that all Alabamians are represented equally. The theory is that if lines are drawn that meet statistical requirements, all citizens will have the same voice in government. One man, one vote, so to speak. However, does a number decide whether or not you are represented? There are many factors that go into drawing new districts, and since the very people who are elected to represent them draw those districts, the biggest factor is inevitably incumbent protection. Incumbent protection may sound selfserving or, in today’s cynical society, evil, but in many ways it ensures that like-minded people will be gathered into the same districts. An incumbent legislator, in many cases, will try to bring as many people into his or her district who are like them. They will bring together people identified by political party, socio-economic status, and even race, to name a few factors. This method of drawing lines is good for the majority, but it can lead to a group who once had a large influence to now having

less. Such is the case with rural Alabama. When primary elections are held in June many rural Alabamians will see new names on the ballot. These names will be unfamiliar not because they have never been elected, but because the candidates have not represented rural areas in the past. Take for instance AREA’s 2014 Senator of the Year Dick Brewbaker. Before the upcoming election, his district was centered in the city of Montgomery. Now with redistricting, he represents only the eastern part of the city and sprawls into rural Elmore, Covington and Crenshaw counties. Furthermore, if you look at the shift in Senate District 1 that currently serves Lauderdale and Colbert counties under the new maps, the district now covers from rural northwest Alabama to the suburbs of Huntsville. With these shifts, will these senators’ voting interests shift as well? Ultimately, there is nothing that we can do to solve the problem because the districts do have to be apportioned to represent the same amount of people, so the lines must go where the people are. Because of this, it is imperative that residents of rural Alabama remain tireless in their political activity. They must be the loudest voice standing up for the little old lady at the end of the line, and make sure that voice is heard from often and in an effective manner. To find your legislator, visit http://www. legislature.state.al.us/misc/zipsearch.html A

Sean Strickler is vice president of public affairs for the Alabama Rural Electric Association.

These maps at right show new (top) and old (below) Senate District 25 represented by Sen. Dick Brewbaker. New North Alabama Senate District 1 (left), and old (right).

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Alabama Outdoors

‘Bass capital of the world’ still holds many lunkers By John N. Felsher


ating to 1962, Lake Eufaula garnered an early reputa- so many people are hunting instead of fishing. When the water tion as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” Officially turns cool, grass holds more heat. During warm days, the grass dubbed Walter F. George Reservoir, the impoundment provides cooling cover.” covers 45,181 acres along the Chattahoochee River and spans part Some of the best fishing occurs in Cowikee Creek near Lakeof the Alabama-Georgia border. The main river and numerous point State Park Resort. Some holes in the creek channel drop creek channels combine to create 640 shoreline miles. to more than 30 feet deep, making excellent conditions to run Over the years, Lake Eufaula produced many double-digit bass. deep-diving crankbaits, jigs or Texas-rigged plastics. On one trip, It still holds excellent numbers of 1- to 4-pound bass and plenty Williams and I used his electric motor to troll shad-colored lipless 5- to 8-pounders. It still produces occasional double-digit fish with crankbaits and jerkbaits next to the drop-off edges in Cowikee some topping 12 pounds. Creek. We not only caught largemouth bass, but crappie, hybrid “The lake is well known for producing big stripers and a big channel catfish on the same bass and big stringers of bass,” says Jack Tibbs, lures just a short distance from the resort. mayor of Eufaula and owner of Strikezone “Trolling is a great way to find bass,” Williams says. “When bass anglers see crappie anLures (www.strikezonelure.com). “Sometimes, glers trolling, that’s a good time to fish because it takes more than 26 pounds with five fish to both the bass and the crappie are feeding on win a tournament. It produces some doublethreadfin shad. When the shad are up, the digit bass as well as good numbers of crappie. bass are up. Bass also eat small crappie.” Most people come to Lake Eufaula to catch Not far from where Cowikee Creek enbass and crappie, but catfish are often overlooked. Fishhound.com named Lake Eufaula ters the main channel near Bird Island, water the best catfish lake in the United States.” depth plunges rapidly from almost nothing to The best lunker fishing naturally occurs in about 60 feet deep. Throw baits up into shallate winter and early spring as giant females low cover near the shoreline and work them swollen with roe stage on ledges before movout toward deeper water. Let baits fall over the ing into the spawning flats, but Eufaula can ledge edge. produce big bass all year long. Spawning “Bird Island is a good place to fish early in traditionally peaks under the full moon in the morning,” Williams says. “Later, fish the March. Spawning usually ends in April, but deeper drops with a Carolina rig or deep-runanglers sometimes still find big fish on the ning crankbait. Early and late, fish the shelves beds in May, especially after a cold winter. Daniel Felsher and Jack Tibbs show off near the shorelines. A north wind blows baita blue catfish they caught on a jug rig, fish to Bird Island. During a west wind, the As grass grows thicker in late spring and which consists of a float and a baited Bradley Unit on the wildlife refuge has good summer, anglers fish matted vegetation with line, to tempt catfish while fishing on unweighted soft plastics. Try working frogs protection and can produce good fish.” Lake Eufaula on the Alabama-Georgia over the grass tops or hit the mat edges with Several other creeks also hold lunker bass. state line near Eufaula. big Texas-rigged worms. Later in the sumLook for creeks with good access to both PHOTO BY JOHN N. FELSHER mer, target deeper creek channels, humps and shallow and deep water and prime woody or ledges with Carolina rigs, deep-running crankbaits or heavy jigs. weedy cover. In addition, several organizations built numerous In the fall, bass often return to the shallows. Target them with artificial reefs throughout the lake to attract fish. topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. In the winter, anglers need “The Old Creek Town area south of Lakepoint has a lot of to fish slowly and deep. As hunting seasons open, many anglers ditches and stump fields,” Williams says. “Reeves Branch is another may find themselves alone on the best fishing spots. good place to fish. It has an old farm pond that flooded when the “The fall is one of the best times to fish Lake Eufaula,” says Sam lake filled up. White Oak Creek has some good fish. It has some Williams of Hawks Fishing Guide Service (334-687-6266/www. big stump fields near it by the main river. That’s a good place for hawksfishingguideservice.com). “The weather is more pleasant and cranking and jigging.” About 25 miles downriver from Lakepoint, deep bluffs near the causeway or the riprap near the dam can hold fish. Also try Sandy Branch, Pataula Creek, Hardridge Creek, Thomas Mill, Barbour, John N. Felsher is a professional freelance writer Chewalla and Chenyhatchee creeks. and photographer who lives in Semmes, Ala. He’s Because the lake straddles the Alabama-Georgia line, anglers written more than 1,700 articles for more than 117 can fish in the main waters with a license from either state. For magazines. He co-hosts a weekly outdoors radio show. Contact him through his website at www. Eufaula area information, call the Eufaula Barbour Chamber of JohnNFelsher.com. Commerce at 800-524-7529 or visit www.eufaulachamber.com. A 32 MAY 2014


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Alabama Recipes

Party Foods

Cook of the month: Nolie Ramsey, Clarke Washington EMC

Fruit salsa and cinnamon-sugar chips Salsa: 2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced 1 16-ounce carton of strawberries, diced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (peach is good)

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Cinnamon-sugar chips: 10 10-inch flour tortillas melted butter Cinnamon sugar: ½ cup white sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, strawberries, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 degrees. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar, cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crispy (at least 8 minutes). Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges.

‘Tis the season for parties! The month of May is the time for graduation celebrations, wedding showers, birthday parties, backyard barbecues, baby showers and friendly get-togethers. We hope you will find some recipes in this issue on pages 36 and 37 to use for your next soiree. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 11. As we reflect and honor our moms and those who gave us life, let us not forget the other mothers who have mothered us along the way: teachers, aunts, coaches, librarians and neighbors. I am by no means a perfect mom, but I’m blessed to have a wonderful mother who still teaches me new things every day. Mary Tyler Spivey is a graduate of Huntingdon College where she studied history and French but she also has a passion for great food. Contact her at recipes@alabamaliving.coop.

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Bacon-wrapped watermelon rind 1 jar of sweet watermelon rind pickles (drain and set juice aside)

8 ounces of hickory smoked breakfast bacon 1 package of toothpicks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain the pickled watermelon rinds, and cut into bite-size chunks. Cut bacon slices in half. Wrap one slice of bacon around each piece of pickled watermelon rind. Push toothpick through each piece to secure the bacon. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes or until crispy. Drizzle the drained juice over each piece and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Let cool for several minutes before serving, as it will be extremely hot. This appetizer is excellent for any kind of party or served at a picnic.

Buffalo chicken dip 1 rotisserie chicken 8 ounces cream cheese 8 ounces ranch dressing

6-8 ounces hot sauce 2 cups cheddar cheese

Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Shred the chicken. Combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing. Mix all the ingredients together and bake at 375 degrees until heated through and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips or celery. Ally Mills Dorrough, Baldwin EMC

Marla Caver, Central Alabama EC

Party pretzels Large bag of mini pretzels or sticks 1 cup canola oil 1 tablespoon garlic pepper 1 tablespoon lemon pepper

1 tablespoon dill weed 1 package dry ranch dressing

Mix oil and seasonings together. Put pretzels in a large bowl and pour oil mixture over pretzels and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes at 200 degrees. Put back in the bowl and stir again well. Put back on cookie sheet and return to oven for 20 minutes. Janice Bailey, North Alabama EC

Cream cheese pinwheels 1 can chopped olives, well drained 1 block of cream cheese at room temperature 4 green onions, chopped finely 1 package dry Hidden Valley Ranch mix

1 package large flour tortillas 1 small jar of pimentos, well drained ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for a little warmth)

Mix all ingredients together in medium bowl. Lay out a flour tortilla and spread mixed ingredients thinly, completely covering each tortilla until you run out. Roll the tortilla like a jellyroll, then slice in 1-inch slices. Arrange on a plate and enjoy. Glenda Morrow, Marshall-DeKalb EC

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Editor’s Note: Alabama Living’s recipes are submitted by our readers. They are not kitchen-tested by a professional cook or registered dietician. If you have special dietary needs, please check with your doctor or nutritionist before preparing any recipe.

Hot onion soufflé dip 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup mayonnaise 1 bag frozen chopped onions Paprika

Mix ingredients with a mixer very well. Pour into a 9x13-inch greased casserole dish. Sprinkle paprika on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. Susanne Coleman, Southern Pine EC

Pizza dip 1 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened 1 small jar spaghetti sauce 1⁄3 cup onions chopped 1½ cups grated mozzarella cheese 1 6-ounce can black ripe olives, drained and sliced Artichoke hearts, chopped

Ham and cheese roll-ups Garlic salt Pepper Parmesan cheese Oregano 2 ounces sliced pepperoni – chopped (cook uses more than 2 ounces) Corn chips (cook uses Fritos Scoops)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press cream cheese in bottom of 9-inch glass pie pan. Spread spaghetti sauce over cream cheese and layer remaining ingredients in order listed. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with corn chips. Serves 8 to 10.

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 3 tablepoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon

Worcestershire sauce Dash of garlic salt 1 cup finely chopped pecans 8 ounces sliced ham

Mix softened cream cheese and mayonnaise. Blend well. Add in Worcestershire, garlic salt and pecans. Spread mixture over ham slice and roll up. Chill several hours then slice in 1-inch slices. Serve with crackers or chips. As an option, use flour tortillas and layer mixture as above on the tortilla. Kathy R. Pittman, Wiregrass EC

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Renewing your driver’s license? Consider getting a STAR ID


he Alabama Department of Public Safety is encouraging Alabama residents to consider a more secure alternative when it comes time to renew their driver’s license. A step beyond an ordinary Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID, Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification (STAR I.D.) makes Alabama compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005-that was introduced

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during a September 2011 news conference with Gov. Robert Bentley. Congress passed this legislation to ensure safety of citizens and combat fraud following acts of terrorism committed against the United States. It also modified U.S. federal law pertaining to the security, authentication and issuance procedure standards for state driver licenses and identification cards.  Alabama is one of 41 states and U.S. territories that are complying with this federal regulation. And while some of these states and territories chose to comply and require everyone to obtain a REAL ID, Alabama chose to fully comply but allow individuals to decide for themselves.   Before making a decision, you should know when enforcement begins, and that you will need either a valid U.S. passport or a STAR I.D. to board commercial aircraft for domestic flights or to enter certain regulated federal facilities, according to the department.   Originally, the federal government directed Alabama to announce the following STAR I.D. deadlines:  Dec. 1, 2014, for individuals born after Dec. 1, 1964; and Dec. 1, 2017, for individuals born on or before Dec. 1, 1964.  At the end of December 2013, however, the U.S. Department of Home-

land Security announced its phased enforcement plan that would allow it to implement the act in a “measured, fair and responsible way,” with the deadline for boarding aircraft set for “no sooner than 2016.” That means you have no reason to panic if you’re interested in obtaining a STAR I.D. It is fine to wait until you are set to renew your regular Alabama driver license or non-driver ID.   But to make obtaining a STAR I.D. easier on yourself, keep in mind these key points:   You must visit an Alabama Department of Public Safety Driver License Examining Office (available in each county). STAR I.D. is not available at county probate or license commissioner offices. (A complete list of DPS offices can be found at http:// dps.alabama.gov/Home/DriverLicensePages/wfStarIDOfficeLocations.aspx) Bring along your birth certificate, Social Security card and two documents verifying your principal residence. You will need these additional documents to establish your identity, date of birth, authorized presence in the United States and address of your principal residence. (A complete list of required documents with examples is at http:// dps.alabama.gov/Home/wfContent. aspx?ID=80&PLH1=plhDriverLicenseStarIDDocumentList)   STAR I.D. costs no more than a regular Alabama driver license or non-driver ID ($23.50 for a renewal, $18.50 for a duplicate).   For additional information on STAR I.D., please visit http://dps. alabama.gov/Home/w fContent. aspx?ID=80&PLH1=plhDriverLicenseStarIDHome.  


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TEC Safety

Be cautious with any unsolicited offers of help It’s that time of year again: Like clockwork, the start of spring brings all kinds of people to your front door, asking you to hire them to fix up your house.

appointment and ask them to visit you. If your home needs repairs, renovations or a good spring cleaning, seek out a contractor who has a good reputation, has been in business for a while, has a state contractor’s license and can give you some references to call. Don’t let the folks you hire to help with your spring clean-up wind up cleaning you out instead.

Just say no. In fact, just don’t open the door. Police once again are warning the general public, in all areas, to be cautious when opening our doors for strangers. It just makes common sense these days to be aware that there are people out there who may want to do bad things. Some of them say they are electricians, air conditioning technicians, roofers, landscapers, driveway pavers and deck builders. Make them prove it. Ask to see the uninvited guest’s license from the state that says he is qualified to do home repairs—before you unlock the door. If he or she can’t produce one, say goodbye. Even if the person offers you an unbelievably good deal, say good-bye. The fact is that qualified, legitimate contractors don’t typically go around knocking on the doors of strangers, uninvited, looking for work. They come to your home after you call them, make an 42 MAY 2014

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Finally, please take note that anyone coming to your home from Tombigbee Electric will be able to provide identification. Our crew will be wearing dark pants and khaki shirts with their name and Tombigbee’s logo clearly visible. If you're still hesitant, call us. We can easily help determine if one of our crew or staff is at your door. A


Energy Store

Mother’s Day is May 11th

For more information on our in-stock merchandise please call our office and ask for Energy Store Rep, Cristi Vaughn, at 205.468.3325 - ex. 245. Financing is available to our members, with credit approval. Just tell us to “Put it on my bill!” Remember, you do not have to be a cooperative member to purchase.

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Art by me 1. “Our garden gate” SUBMITTED BY W.E. Brown, Kinsey 2. Rooster crowing SUBMITTED BY Ashlan Glisson, Andalusia 3. “ I h a v e e n j o y e d woodworking for years and I like using the beautiful red cedar from here in North Alabama.” S U B M I T T E D B Y Keith Daniel, Woodville

4. “I pulled this log out of Lake Guntersville and it seemed like the perfect s u r f a c e t o p a i nt o n .” SUBMITTED BY Susanlynn Allen, Lake Guntersville 5. Scarlett Laurence, 12, with a painting she completed at age 10 SUBMITTED BY Wendy Laurence, Falkville


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