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from the editor

Real superheroes I never tire of playing dress up. And donning duds to help me empathize with electric industry superheroes? Now that was fun! I imagined myself to be a real-life Wonder Woman after slipping on my hero gear: a lineworker’s hard hat, safety glasses and rubber gloves. But, proving clothes don’t make the girl, the hat was heavy, the glasses felt awkward, and the oversized rubber gloves fit me like oven mitts. Mind you — I was just wearing the clothes, not even doing anything remotely resembling the dangerous work linemen do everyday! I liken electric utility lineworkers to superheroes because like the good guys in the Marvel and D.C. universes, they help others when no one else can, face dangerous situations daily and often work for the common good while high up in the air. Day in and day out, their jobs demand a selfless attitude, a helpful heart and a lion’s share of courage — all attributes claimed by comic book caped crusaders. No matter the weather, the time of day or whatever challenges they may face, linemen stay focused on ensuring you have the power you need. We couldn’t enjoy the lifestyle we’ve come to expect without them. April 9 is National Lineman Appreciation Day. Your electric cooperative — and I — encourage you to take a moment to thank those brave men who risk their lives to keep the lights on for you. In the Spider-Man comic books, the quote “With great power comes great responsibility” guides this superhero’s actions. And so it goes with the linemen who never take the power of power for granted.

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On the menu: July issue — Picnic/Pitch-In recipes; deadline April 19. August issue — Kids’ favorites; deadline May 14. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Reader Submissions page: July — What accomplishments

are you most proud of? Send us a short paragraph. Feel free to include a photo to illustrate your story; deadline April 19. August — Photos of folks or their furry friends staying cool in the summertime; deadline May 14.

Giveaways: Winner of Zydeco’s Cajun Actual gift certificate was Mike Hackman, Columbus,

Indiana. Winners of tickets to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites were Maxine Montgomery, Lebanon, Indiana, and Jane Johnson, Elizabethtown, Indiana.

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contents

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product picks 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY 12 INSIGHTS 13 BEST OF INDIANA Cast your vote for the best. 14 PRODUCT PICKS Gifts for April “showers.”

food

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feature story

backyard

16 INDIANA EATS Take a bite of history at Fort Wayne’s Nine Mile Restaurant.

26 LEGISLATIVE Indiana’s senatorial candidates talk issues ahead of May’s primary.

17 FOOD April Fool! These foods may not be what you think.

35 PRODUCT RECALLS Electric blankets from Rural

30 EVENTS CALENDAR

King are on the recall list.

32 OUTDOORS Mongooses in Haiti?

36 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS

33 SAFETY Utility work ahead! Please

37 READER SUBMISSIONS Pictures of our purrrfect pets (not in all editions).

21 COVER STORY A horse therapy center and Rose-Hulman are teaming up to advance research.

Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ElectricConsumer Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/Electriconsumer

be mindful of crews.

34 BACKYARD Celebrate Arbor Day.

On the Cover Arrin Halcomb gives a hug to Dudley, the horse she rides at Lakeland Center for Ther-

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apeutic Riding and Research in Hendricks

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right ankle while cheerleading, rides to pro-

County. Arrin, who suffered injuries to her vide therapy for her foot and her emotions. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER

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co-op news “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) www.cwremc.coop MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL info@cwremc.coop CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 574-686-2670 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

Margaret E. Foutch, 219-279-2677 7535 W, 500 S, Chalmers

Gary E. Gerlach, 574-595-7820 9833 S. Base Road, Star City

Kent Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground

Tina L. Davis, 219-204-2195 7249 W, 600 S, Winamac

Marilyn S. O’Farrell, 574-965-2762 9724 N, 900 W, Delphi

Milton D. Rodgers, 765-566-3731 3755 S, 575 E, Bringhurst

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Carroll White REMC is to provide members with superior energy and related services, meaningful contributions to their communities and a safe, productive environment for employees. “No job is complete until the member is satisfied.”

IMPORTANT DATES

Cycle 1 and 4 March bills are due April 5 and are subject to disconnect April 24 if unpaid. Cycle 2 and 5 March bills are due April 20 and are subject to disconnect May 9 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 and 4 meters will be read April 1. Cycle 2 and 5 meters will be read April 15.

Airtight for maximum efficiency! Test your refrigerator door’s seal by closing the door over a piece of paper (so that it’s half in and half out). If you can easily pull the piece of paper out, your seal may need to be replaced or the latch may need to be adjusted. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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Co-op Solar! Carroll White REMC’s Co-op Solar program is finally here! Unlike individual rooftop or ground systems, Co-op Solar is a “community solar” system — a larger system that allows many co-op members to get the benefits of solar energy. Instead of connecting directly to solar panels, you’re connected through Carroll White REMC’s electric lines to solar arrays across the Midwest that convert sunlight into electricity. You get the benefits of solar energy without any onsite equipment or maintenance. Wabash Valley Power Association, another co-op, owns these solar arrays. Carroll White REMC guarantees that Co-op Solar dollars directly support solar generation. If you are considering solar energy, a rooftop solar project might be right for you, but it’s not the best choice for everyone. Many homes just aren’t in a good location for rooftop solar. Rooftop systems can be expensive upfront, and if you are a renter, you’re out of luck! Co-op Solar is for everyone. If you are a member of Carroll White REMC, you can put the power of the sun to work for you. Carroll White REMC has three rate options for members to consider. Choose the one that fits your needs the best. It is important to remember in these rate options that one share equals approximately 43 kilowatthours per month.

OPTION A

This option is 33 cents per share each month. Members may select up to the lesser of 75 percent of their expected electric use as determined by Carroll White REMC, or 83 Co-op Solar shares. The initial term of the contract is one year. After the initial term, this agreement automatically renews for one-year periods until either party terminates this agreement by giving the other party at least 30 days prior written notice.

OPTION B

This option is an up-front payment option. The share price is $393.39. Members may select up to the lesser of 75 percent of their expected electric use as determined by Carroll White REMC, or 83 Co-op Solar shares. This option is equal to the onetime Co-op Solar share price multiplied by Carroll White REMC’s Co-op Solar shares and a monthly credit equal to the amount of electric energy generated by Carroll White REMC’s Co-op Solar share(s) that reduces the member’s monthly kWh use multiplied by the Wabash Valley on-peak energy rate. The term of this agreement is until Dec. 31, 2037.

OPTION C

This option is based off of the Co-op Solar share price of $2.60 per month multiplied by the member’s Co-op Solar shares. Then, the member receives a credit equal to the amount of electric energy generated from the member’s Co-op Solar share(s) that reduces the member’s monthly kWh use multiplied by the Wabash Valley on-peak energy rate. The member may select up to the lesser of 75 percent of the member’s expected electric use as determined by the Carroll White REMC, or 83 Co-op Solar shares. The initial term of the contract shall be one year. After the initial term, this agreement shall automatically renew for one-year periods until the later of Dec. 31, 2037, or when either party terminates this agreement by giving the other party at least 30 days prior written notice. For more information on Co-op Solar, please contact our office at 800-844-7161. APRIL 2018

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co-op news

Maintaining a healthy co-op with rates Carroll White REMC will have small increases to certain rate tariffs beginning May 1. During the past year, a cost of service study was performed to determine what adjustments are needed. For the most populated rate class, general service – single phase, the amount of the increase is 2.83 percent. There are just under 13,000 accounts on this rate. We monitor our rates and financials very closely, and we have been able to keep rates stable for four years. The last rate adjustments were in the spring of 2014. The reason for the slight increase is distribution expenses, or material costs for poles, transformers and wire. For the average members who use 1,300 kWh in a month, this would mean an increase of $4.20 for that month. There is no change in the monthly access fee. That will remain $32 as it has been since 2014. The increase is on the energy side only. There is also an adjustment to the general service demand – single phase rate class, which has 450 members on that rate. The access fee will go from $32 up to $37, the kWh energy charge will increase from $0.072059 to $0.074110, and the demand charge will go from $6 per kilowatt to $6.25 per kilowatt. This is a 2.9 percent adjustment on the energy side. As a member of Carroll White REMC, you are plugged into a cooperative that does everything possible to provide reliable service and protect the interests of the membership at an affordable price. Rate adjustments are never easy. We are aware the prices of groceries, gasoline and other items in members’ lives increase or fluctuate over time. At a member-owned cooperative, we try to hold these types of adjustments off for as long as possible.

Current rates

May 2018 rates

General Service – Single Phase

General Service – Single Phase

Access Charge

32.00

Access Charge

0.104460

All kWh

Over 15 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

Over 15 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

ETS Off-Peak Rider

0.073426

NM Credit

0.056033

NM Credit

0.050564

Power Tracker

0.001712

Power Tracker

0.000000

0.10941

General Service Demand – Single Phase

General Service Demand – Single Phase

Access Charge

Access Charge

All kWh

32.00 0.072059

All Demand

6.00

All kWh

37.00 0.074110

All Demand

6.25

Over 15 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

Over 15 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

Power Tracker

0.001712

Power Tracker

0.000000

Small Power Service – Multi Phase Access Charge All kWh

Small Power Service – Multi Phase 68.00

0.053880

All Demand

9.62

Access Charge All kWh

75.00 0.055490

All Demand

9.98

Over 25 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

Over 25 kVA Fee/Per Addl

0.200000

Power Tracker

0.001712

Power Tracker

0.000000

Large Power Service

Large Power Service

Access Charge All kWh

90.00 0.053330

All Demand

15.29

Access Charge All kWh

90.00 0.054300

All Demand

15.29

Min. Fee of .20 per kVA

0.200000

Min. Fee of .20 per kVA

0.200000

Power Tracker

0.001712

Power Tracker

0.000000

Irrigation, Load Control

Irrigation, Load Control

Access Charge

38.00

Access Charge

32.00

All kWh

0.084450

All kWh

Off-Peak Rider

0.073426

Demand (May–September)

4.00

Power Tracker

0.001712

Demand (Other months)

6.47

Irrigation Access Charge All kWh

32.00 0.072059

All Demand Power Tracker

0.076750

Irrigation

6.00 0.001712

Access Charge All kWh

MEMBER MEETINGS

32.00 0.076750

All Demand Power Tracker

6.47 0.000000

Small Power Service – Multi Phase Low Load Factor (NEW) Access Charge All kWh All Demand

75.00 0.053280 10.23

CW REMC will host two meetings for members interested in learning

Over 25 kVA fee/Per Addl

0.200000

about the cooperative’s new rates that go into effect May 1. The CW

Power Tracker

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REMC management team will be available to members for your questions and comments. Monday, April 23, at the Monticello REMC office located at 302 N. Sixth St. This meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., EST. Thursday, April 26, at the Delphi REMC office located at 241 N.

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32.00

All kWh

Heartland Drive. This meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m., EST.

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co-op news

calendars! Mark your

QUESTION:

At this summer’s annual meeting, which will be held at our Delphi facility on Tuesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., we are asking members to submit that one burning question you would like to ask. We have read and listened to your feedback. Your question could be about rates, your electric service, why we have certain procedures, etc. ­— anything that comes to mind! We will then compile these and have a panel of board members, employees and the CEO answer your questions at the annual meeting.

Please drop off at one of our offices

Please note: We will not take questions during the annual meeting; they must be submitted ahead of time so we have the proper personnel available to answer your questions.

Monticello, IN 47960

or submit by mail to: Casey Crabb Carroll White REMC P.O. Box 599

You can also send your questions via email — info@cwremc.coop.

CARROLL WHITE REMC ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday, June 12, 5–8 p.m., EST Business meeting begins at 7 p.m. Meeting will be held at the Carroll White REMC office in Delphi 241 N. Heartland Drive Enjoy a catered dinner by Custom Select Meat and Produce Inc. Elect your directors and win door prizes, including a grand prize drawing for a John Deere lawn tractor. Plus, there will be kids’ activities. Bring the family!

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Spring is in the air...

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CO-OP CONNECTIONS CARD DEALS

A celebration of spring, with the promise of summer, began when the popular Sycamore Drive In opened in March. Located in close proximity to the CW REMC office in Monticello, Sycamore Drive In is a bustling destination. It is not unusual to see lines of traffic waiting to place their order at the drivethrough window. Have your Co-op Connections® Card ready to show Sycamore employees! With a $10 purchase, you can receive your choice of a free small cone, ice cream cup or a small drink. Limit one per Co-op Connections Card per day. Offer good only at the Monticello location. Your Co-op Connections Card is calling you to Sycamore’s… a sure sign of spring!

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Visit www.connections.coop for a list of participating businesses.


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Contractor checklist Things to consider when hiring a contractor for your home by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Ready to make your home more energy efficient? The first step in beginning a renovation project is finding the right contractor. Here are some things to consider when deciding who to hire. • Educate yourself so you can be in control of your project. Use reputable sources, like energy.gov, energystar.gov or your local electric co-op. • Use that knowledge to judge how each potential contractor proposes to make your home more energy efficient. Some products or methods may not work as claimed, or may be too expensive relative to the energy savings they provide. • Talk to your local building department to find out if your project requires a permit and inspections. Unpermitted work can cause problems if you need to file an insurance claim down the road or when you sell your home. • Ask the right questions of potential contractors. Ask about the product to be installed, the energy savings it

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Finding a contractor can be a challenge, especially in rural areas. Your electric co-op may be able to provide a list of approved contractors in your area.

should yield and whether it will improve comfort. • Finding a contractor can be a challenge, especially in rural areas. Your electric co-op may be able to provide a list of approved contractors in your area.

• Hire someone with a contractor’s license, a local business license and three types of insurance: liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation. Be sure to check references to help ensure quality work. • Once you have settled on a contractor, be sure to get a written contract. It should include “as built” details and specifications that include energy performance ratings you have researched ahead of time. • Be cautious about pre-paying. Keep the upfront payment as low as possible, set benchmarks the contractor must meet to receive the next payment and make sure a reasonable amount of the payment is not due until the project is completed, passes building inspections and you are fully satisfied. If you don’t feel qualified to approve the project, you could even require testing or inspection by an independent energy auditor. PAT KEEGAN and BRAD THIESSEN of Collaborative Efficiency write for the member publications of America’s Electric Cooperatives. For more information on heat pumps, please visit: www.collaborativeefficiency.com/energytips.


insights

Remembering

Kennedy & King PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI E V E R

Bronze and steel figures of Sen. Robert Kennedy, left, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., reach out to each other over a walkway at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis. The monument, “The Landmark for Peace,” was dedicated in 1995 to the memory of the two assassinated leaders and the words of peace, prayer and brotherhood they spoke. It was at this park the night King was slain 50 years ago April 4, where Kennedy gave an impromptu speech while campaigning for president that many credit for keeping Indianapolis calm that night while 60 other major cities reacted with violence.

NASHV ILLE SKYLIG HTS Electric cooperative leaders from around the nation and around the world gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 26-28, for the National Electric Cooperative Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo. Among the plethora of information presented to co-op directors, managers and staff were sessions on energy issues, politics, consumer engagement and co-op governance. In addition, Indiana was represented on stage by flag-bearer Devan Smith (above), Indiana’s Youth Leadership Council representative selected during the 2017 Youth Tour. At left, George Carter, CEO of Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, accepted the National Cooperative Purpose Award for PPEC’s Honor Flight Fundraiser that sent 475 veterans on an Honor Flight out of Fort Wayne in 2016. The national award recognizes co-ops for meaningful contributions to the community and exemplifying the purpose of co-ops. Based in Paulding, Ohio, PPEC serves consumers in Adams and Allen counties in Indiana and five counties in northwest Ohio.

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Hoosiers to mark 50 years since fate forever linked slain leaders in Indy

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pril 4 marks the 50th anniversary of one of Indiana’s shining moments in the darkness of a national tragedy.

On April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy was campaigning in Indiana for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. That evening, he flew to Indianapolis for a planned inner-city rally. Upon landing, he was informed that Martin Luther King, Jr., had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Told that riots had broken out in other cities and advised not to go, Kennedy proceeded to the park at 17th and Broadway where a crowd of mostly African-Americans had gathered. When he arrived, he realized most had not yet heard the tragic news of King’s death.

Instead of a campaign speech, he broke the news to audible gasps and cries. And then, he gave a short improvised, emotional talk asking for peace, wisdom, compassion and prayers in the face of such violence. Parts of it were later inscribed on his own memorial at Arlington National Cemetery after the senator’s assassination two months later. To commemorate the date, April 4 events at the site of the speech, now home to the Landmark for Peace Memorial at 1702 N. Broadway St., will include civil rights pioneer John Lewis and Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK, and other dignitaries. While the events are free, tickets are needed. For information, visit: kennedykingindy.org.

REMC to get part of $276 million rural investment The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month that it is investing $276 million in rural electric infrastructure to improve system efficiency and reliability in 12 states including Indiana.

to meet current and future needs of rural businesses and residents. It will also support $65 million in smart grid technologies to help rural electric utilities reduce outages and integrate new systems.

“Investing in our nation’s electric infrastructure is fundamental for rural economic growth,” USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “USDA’s longstanding partnerships with rural electric cooperatives help ensure that rural areas have affordable, reliable electric service. These investments also increase efficiency and productivity for businesses and residents, and support the quality of life in rural America.”

The loan guarantees are being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Electric Program, which is the successor to the Rural Electrification Administration.

USDA’s investment will build nearly 1,000 miles of line and improve 733 miles of line

The USDA is awarding a $74 million loan to Jackson County REMC in Brownstown, Indiana. The utility will build 84 miles of line and improve 32 miles to provide reliable, affordable electricity to 20,000 residential and business consumers. The loan includes $59.3 million for smart grid technologies. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.


Your chance to pick more of Indiana’s best Electric Consumer is gearing up for

Readers’ Choice Awards TELL US INDIANA’S BEST…

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another round of “Readers’ Choice

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Awards” to be presented in June.

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Give us at least five responses on the

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three randomly selected $50 prizes.

Claim to Fame (ie: could be what being a “Hoosier” is all about; what makes our state unique;

Our goal is to highlight the unique things

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that make us proud to call Indiana “home.” We hope you will avoid national chains and franchises when answering

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Mail your completed form to: Electric Consumer, Best of Indiana, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Go to our website for an electronic form to fill out and full entry rules and details: ElectricConsumer.org.

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product picks

April

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April brings showers — not just the rainy kind but the wedding and baby kind, too. Consider one of these nifty gifts when your invitations arrive.

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MORNING JOLT

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Burnt toast is a bad way to start the day. The Cuisinart 4-Slice Metal Classic Toaster perfectly browns bread, bagels and more in four slots with custom controls. Its polished chrome looks as good as the toaster works. $70-$75. 800-211-9604; cuisinart.com

Save the newlyweds time and money in the morning rush. The Nespresso by Breville Pixie Espresso Maker’s high-pressure pump delivers a barista-style cup, and it heats up in just 25 seconds. No need to stop at the coffee shop. $230. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com

If the newlyweds are bakers, they’ll be thrilled with a KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer. The stainless steel bowl has a 3.5-quart capacity, so it won’t hog countertop space, and it comes in a variety of colors. $330. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com

Fresh air makes for a happier, rested baby. The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Drop Shape Humidifier offers variable control and quiet operation in a colorful shape. For safety’s sake, it shuts off when the water tank is empty. $50. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com

For new parents, 2 a.m. feedings are part of the new normal. The Cuisinart BW-10 Baby Bottle Warmer and Night Light makes them easier with a warm bottle and a faint light that helps baby go back to dreamland quickly. $40. 888-280-4331; amazon.com

New parents want to watch their little one every minute for the baby’s safety and their own peace of mind. The MonBaby Smart Breathing Movement Monitor sends information from a button attached to the baby’s clothing to a smartphone. $80. monbaby.com

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Indiana eats

Mouthwatering baby back ribs are one of the most popular items on Nine Mile Restaurant’s menu.

Homemade onion rings are a favorite among dinners.

A bite of history In 1837, Martin Van Buren was sworn in as president; John Deere started his business in Decatur, Illinois; and Nine Mile Restaurant, located in a small farmhouse on historic U.S. 27 in Fort Wayne, opened up for hungry customers. Today, it welcomes a whole new generation of diners as one of the oldest restaurants/bars in northern Indiana. Since its humble beginnings as a tavern, Nine Mile — so named siince it was located exactly nine miles from the Allen County Courthouse — has grown into a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Popular dishes include its specialty chicken gizzards, baby back ribs, “mess of lake” perch, a battered or breaded tenderloin, and homemade onion rings. Its wide menu also includes salads, soups, seafood, sandwiches and pizza. The restaurant features a family-friendly, casual atmosphere for all ages and

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offers carry-out and catering services for patrons. Nine Mile Restaurant is open seven days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you’re in the area, owners Joe Strack and Barry Liggett invite you to stop by and take a bite out of Fort Wayne history!

Nine Mile Restaurant 13398 U.S. 27 South

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Miracle Whip Chocolate Cake by Ruth Ann King, Warsaw 1½ cups sugar 6 T. cocoa powder 3 cups flour 1½ cup mayonnaise-style salad dressing 1½ t. vanilla 1½ cups water 3 t. baking soda Mix dry ingredients. Add mayonnaise-style salad dressing and vanilla. Dissolve soda in water and add, mixing well. Bake in two 9-inch greased pans at 350 F for 30 minutes or until toothpick in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.

Zucchini Pie by Linda Martin, Warsaw 1 cup zucchini (measure it after blending it in a blender) 1 cup sugar (I use ½ cup) 1 cup evaporated skim milk 1 t. vanilla 2 T. butter ¼ cup egg white (I use a whole egg) 2 heaping T. flour 1 unbaked pie shell Nutmeg and cinnamon Cook zucchini for 20 minutes. Measure 1 cup. Blend zucchini, sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, butter, egg white (or whole egg) and flour. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes and 325 F for 30 minutes. Cook’s notes: I mix up the filling in the summer and freeze containers for winter. I knew my grandchildren and great-grandchildren wouldn’t try it if I mentioned the “Z” word, so I didn’t tell them until they were done and asked for more! APRIL 2018

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food Sweet Sushi by Marilles Mauer, Greensburg ¼ cup butter

While the mixture is still warm,

4 cups mini marshmallows

place a gummy worm on it from end

6 cups crisped rice cereal

to end, starting at one side an inch

20-25 gummy worms

up from the lower edge. Gently roll

1-2 boxes Fruit Roll-Ups

the lower edge of the marshmallow mixture over the gummy worms.

Grease a 12x17-inch baking sheet.

Then cut the log away from

Melt butter in a large saucepan over

the rest of the mixture. Use the

low heat. Add the marshmallows

same method to form four more

and stir until smooth. Remove the

logs. Slice each log into 1-inch

mixture from the heat and stir in the

thick “sushi” rolls and wrap them

rice cereal until it’s evenly coated.

individually with a strip of the Fruit

Turn the marshmallow mixture onto

Roll-Ups. Makes 4-5 dozen.

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Happier Trails

Riding research center and Rose-Hulman take equine therapy to a new level

S T ORY A N D P HOTO S BY RIC HA RD G . BIE VE R Above: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology biomedical engineering seniors, from left, Stefanie Panzenhagen, Jordan Hagood, Changlin Shen and Benjamin Stone developed a riding pad with 16 sensors to measure a horseback therapy rider’s weight distribution. The sensors are wired to a circuit board (in Stone’s hand) which processes the sensor data. The circuitry lets instructors know immediately through color-coded LEDs on the back of the pad whether the rider is applying more pressure to either side or is balanced on the horse. A computer app the team also developed translates the sensor data into measurable documentation that can track how a rider is progressing. The pad is one of several projects RHIT students developed this year for the Lakeland Center for Therapeutic Riding and Research. Inset: Christy Menke and her world-class jumping horse, Lakeland, are shown in an old snapshot from about 20 years ago. She said the “fire-breathing” horse had a knack of forming special bonds with people with special needs. Though Lakeland died in 2005, his spirit is the inspiration for Menke’s nonprofit therapeutic riding center that rebranded itself from Hope Haven to Lakeland Center last fall.

F

or 17 seasons, Christy Menke’s Hope Haven Horse Farm helped kids and adults with special needs and injuries find relief from their challenges. When clients begin returning this month for the 2018 season, they will

find a new name out front and a new emphasis on trail-blazing technology to help them even more when they get back in the saddle. Hope Haven, a nonprofit riding facility in southwest Hendricks County, has rebranded itself as Lakeland Center for Therapeutic Riding Research. While it will always be a place of hope, the therapeutic farm has set a higher fence to jump — to move beyond being merely a “haven” or a refuge. Lakeland Center is striving to fuse horseback therapy with new and innovative electronic and mechanical devices being developed in collaboration with biomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Along with vastly improving the therapy riders receive, the emerging projects are capable of providing standardized physiological feedback — the tangible, medical proof — that equine therapy does what it’s supposed to do.

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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE “As professionals, we see the difference therapeutic riding makes. I can see that clients are getting better, but the part of the world that needs to support this, can’t,” Menke said. “Insurance companies want data, data, data,” added Christy Whiteside, who is the newest instructor at the center. “There’s no reason why therapeutic riding — what we’re doing — shouldn’t be covered by insurance.” But both Christys admit it’s hard for insurance to cover equine therapy since “industry standards” vary widely around the country and even from therapy center to center within the state. Every center may use a different system to set client goals, define success and document it. “Our vision is that the data we collect will provide the scientific measurements needed to increase resources for those we serve in therapy lessons and improve the industry as a whole,” Menke said.

A horse’s gait Horses have been used in forms of therapy as far back as the ancient Greeks. But only in the last 60-70 years has modern equine therapy taken off. The practice started in Europe and came to the United States and Canada shortly after. Horseback riding is beneficial to people who cannot walk or have trouble walking because a horse’s four-beat gait mimics human walking. The horse’s movements stimulate and work the same muscles in the rider’s pelvic area and lower back that the person would use if he or she were actually walking.

Alison Garceau works on her balance while riding a mule at the indoor arena at Lakeland Center last month. Assisting her are, from right, Christy Menke, who founded Lakeland Center 18 years ago; Christy Whiteside, an instructor; and Arrin Halcomb, a riding client at the center who is rehabbing her reconstructed ankle and volunteering as an assistant.

When someone who’s been in a car accident

I’m on a horse!’ And the whole arena just starts crying because ever be able to do that

cognitive disorders, traumatic brain

again.… Those are the

strength, fine and gross motor skills, confidence, coordination, endurance, cardiovascular and respiratory function and even interpersonal relationships.

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on the jumping circuit along the East

equestrian Grand Prix.

syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning and

posture, mobility, flexibility, balance,

and 90s, she was a rising equestrian

says, ‘I’m on a horse!

she never thought she’d

Riding has been shown to improve

horses most of her life. In the late 1980s

Coast. With her world-class show horse,

Riding has been shown to help

orthopedic and comorbid challenges.

The 48-year-old Menke has been around

and is a quadriplegic

people with autism, ADD/ADHD, Down

injury, and ambulatory, neurological,

A haven in Indiana

moments we live for.

Christy Menke

Lakeland, she was hoping to reach the Then, she suffered a back injury in a car accident which nipped her career. In 2000, at the invitation of her grandparents, she returned to her Indiana roots with her daughter and Lakeland, whose spirit became the inspiration for the rebranded center. (Please see side bar on page 23.) On 10 acres of her grandfather’s farmland and with the help of her mom, grandfather and relatives in Hendricks and Putnam counties, she launched Hope Haven. “I wanted it to be family oriented, and what we have here is very special,” she said. “We don’t just do the lessons, we sit with the families afterward whether it’s music or whether


it’s just laughing. But we want to make a difference.” Though Hope Haven grew to over 200 clients and a dozen horses, Menke said something was missing. “I just felt it wasn’t doing what it needed to do.” Toward that end, Menke went to nursing school about eight years ago and became a registered nurse to add a medical background to further assist clients. But the biggest change to the farm and its future came with a new riding client at about the same time.

New connections Drew Christy had been a Rose-Hulman biomedical engineering student, football

Lakeland’s world Center’s namesake had a way with people with special needs

C

hristy Menke first saw equine

was crying. And his

therapy work its magic when

neck had gone

she was riding on the com-

over her and was

petitive jumping circuit in the early 1990s. In a poignant, personal way, it seared a lasting impression in her mind that became her lifelong passion. And it didn’t even involve riding. Lakeland was her world-class

squeezing her. “I just stood there. “She had taught him to bow. She was in

player and 2006 Hendricks Power Co-

jumper, “a fire-breathing dragon” that

the stall, and she had

operative scholarship winner who grew

could leap 5-foot, 6-inch fences. “He

him bowing!”

up nearby in southern Putnam Coun-

wanted it known that it was his world,”

ty. In February 2008, the sophomore

Menke said. “He lived in padded stalls.

Lakeland, her sleeves

suffered a traumatic brain injury when

If he didn’t like you, his ears would go

slid up her arm. For

his car slid off an icy U.S. 40 while he

flat back, and he’d run at you.”

the first time, Menke

drove home from Rose-Hulman. For five

One group Lakeland particularly

As Jen hugged

Christy Menke and Lakeland, circa 1994. Lakeland died in 2005, but his spirit lives on.

also saw why she kept them down. “I

months, he was in a coma. His doctors

disliked was “the foo-foo girls,” as

could see all the bruises. I can see the

gave him a 1 percent chance of survival.

Menke called them. These were the

beatings, the burns, all that.”

But Drew survived, emerged from

girls at the stable she managed near

Menke sought help for Jen with

the coma and slowly and persistently

Atlanta who were too big for their

her home life, and began giving her

began to work on rehabilitation. Biomed

expensive riding britches, spoke

riding lessons. To the chagrin of the

engineering students at Rose-Hulman

in loud voices and surrounded

foo-foo girls who all wanted to ride

helped by developing and refining therapy

themselves in adolescent drama.

Lakeland, the highest jumper in the

equipment for him to use at home.

“Those girls would come through,” she

stable, Jen was the only other person

said, “and he’d pound that door. He

allowed to ride Menke’s horse.

By May 2012, Drew had regained enough strength and mobility to begin

would charge it, and his water bucket

equine therapy at Hope Haven. His mom

would be flying....”

reached out to Rose-Hulman professors

Behind the farm was a low-rent

“Show jumpers, they’re wild. They are hard to ride,” Menke continued. “When she got on him, he

to see if students could also assist with

trailer park. Jennifer, a teenage girl

was like a plow horse. He just babysat

devices to help riders there. Rose-

with a learning disability, lived there.

her. If she started to shift her weight,

Hulman jumped at the opportunity.

Menke hired her to come in, feed the

he’d stop. If something was wrong,

horses and clean the stalls. When she

he’d stop. His complete demeanor

Christy family,” Menke said. “Drew gave

would, Menke noticed she always kept

changed when this child was around

us so much inspiration and paved the

her long sleeves down.

him. Lakeland gave her the power to

“We owe this new journey to the

way for many to follow. The collaboration

One day, Menke came into

seek out the help she needed. She had

with Rose-Hulman would have never

the stable, and Lakeland was being

the confidence through Lakeland to

happened without Drew and his mom

uncharacteristically quiet. “You could

know that she was somebody.”

and dad, Debbi and Mark Christy.”

hear all the little foo-foo girls walking

That first year, 12 Rose-Hulman students came to Hope Haven to work on their senior “capstone projects”

Lakeland, the feisty, striding,

through. He’s not charging. He’s not

German Warmblood with a tender

doing any of those crazy things.

side, showed Menke the difference

“So, I peeked around the corner,

a special horse could make in a

which they renamed “Christy projects”

and this little girl from the trailer park

troubled child’s life. That planted

in honor of Drew and Menke. Projects

with the learning disability and the

the seed that became Hope Haven —

included an electronic horse simulator to

ratty clothes who only shoveled poop

which is now the center for riding

was in there hugging him, and she

and research that bears his name.

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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE replicate the beneficial equine movement for clients unable to ride a full-sized animal or limited by time and location; equipment that helped support and balance riders on a horse; and more. Menke immediately realized incorporating the new technology into the riding lessons and therapy vastly improved clients’ experiences. Clients became stronger and were able to move more quickly to the next level of therapy. The prototypes also provided biofeedback data on the physical and cognitive status of the riders. That measurable feedback is the Holy Grail needed to advance therapeutic riding. “All the puzzle pieces started coming together at the same time,” Menke said of her nursing degree and the research and feedback brought in by Rose-Hulman. “What I’ve learned from nursing school and from being a nurse is the rationale. I need rationale for why we’re

Another team of Rose-Hulman biomedical engineering students, Matthew Davis, from left, Colton Watson and Chris Hockaden, displays a stirrup the three have worked on along with its interfacing circuitry and software. The stirrup measures the force being applied by the rider’s foot as it sits in the stirrup and will be able to tell therapists the rider’s balance and pressure the rider is able to apply. The team upgraded the special stirrup that Rose-Hulman students originally developed two years ago.

doing things. All the statistics, all the

riding at Hope Haven for her physical

it this year. “It’s a feeling of accomplish-

things we’re doing now are the same

and emotional pain caused by the

ment that we designed this, and we went

things hospitals are doing.”

chronic ankle injury.

out and built it,” said Chris Hockaden, a

Once Arrin started riding, she

senior from Greensburg. “The hands-on

Back in the saddle

realized her injury also limited her there.

experience of actually building it is one

Arrin Halcomb wanted a horse as far

“I couldn’t feel how much I was pushing,”

of the best parts.”

back as she could remember. “That’s what

she said of using her right foot in the

I asked for every year for my birthday,”

stirrup to help direct the horse, “or if I

she said. “But we lived in the city, so we

was even pushing at all.”

didn’t have any place to put it.”

Riding and now also volunteering

“That brings it home,” added Menke, “when they see somebody using it.” “Our hope would be that we help individual clients at Christy’s farm just

When her family did move to four

at the farm helped Arrin regain feeling:

get better. That’s the first goal,” said

acres in rural Hendricks County some

both in her foot and with her emotions.

Stefanie Panzehagen, a senior from New

seven years ago, she was getting into

“I’m surprised at how much it’s helped,

Berlin, Wisconsin. She was part of a team

gymnastics — which led to competitive

especially not just my ankle. I suffer from

developing a riding pad with pressure

cheerleading. “I had a pretty great sport

depression and anxiety, too,” she said.

sensors and LED lights that measure a

that I loved,” the 16-year-old Cascade

“Coming here with all the positivity and

rider’s balance and tells instructors when

High School sophomore said. “I really

all the laughter, it’s really helped.”

balance is shifting. “Going from there,”

didn’t need a horse.” Then, her right ankle sustained a

While she’s learned techniques to

she added, “hopefully it can be used in

help overcome the foot issue, one of the

more applications and for more people to

series of devastating injuries — torn

projects Rose-Hulman students will unveil

spread the impact.”

tendons and ligaments — requiring

this month will help even more. It’s an

two reconstructive surgeries and the

upgraded pressure-monitoring stirrup.

will change the therapeutic riding

insertion of three rods. Arrin was left

“I’m really excited for the new stirrup

nationwide. Besides improving therapy

with only partial feeling in her right foot

because it’s really going to be able to show

for riders and providing data for

and was no longer able to compete in

how much pressure is there,” Arrin said.

insurance, the technology offers more

cheerleading. That’s when horses re-entered her dreams. She and her family started therapy

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Bringing it home Also excited to see the new stirrup in use is the Rose-Hulman team that worked on

Menke said the technology

opportunities for people to participate and help instructors improve techniques. “Not everybody can come and do therapeutic riding. They may have


Christy Menke, left, and Christy Whiteside lead Alison Garceau through a series of warmup stretching and strength exercises on a mechanical horse before taking the 38-year-old riding on a live animal. The mechanical horse simulates the back movements of a real horse as it walks. It was an earlier Rose-Hulman student project for Lakeland Center, then known as Hope Haven. The farm, southwest of Indianapolis, is served electrically by Hendricks Power Cooperative.

We don’t want to take away the warm fuzzy of the horses, but these

FOR MORE INFO Lakeland Center for Therapeutic Riding Research (formerly Hope Haven Horse Farm) is located at: 10416 U.S. 40 Coatesville, IN 46121 317-641-5716 LakelandCtr.org The nonprofit center accepts donations to help in its mission such as: grain or hay to be used as horse feed, riding equipment, legal expertise to help apply for patents, and more. Contact the center if you are interested in donating or helping. For a list of 20 certified equine therapy riding centers around Indiana, please visit this story on our website: ElectricConsumer.org.

One rider, with a diagnosis of

astonishing, and we continue to learn

autism, could not speak or communicate

every time we utilize it. The research

well, but she always rode straight in

avenues are endless at this point.”

the saddle. Then, her instructors began

But even with the added technology,

noticing her leaning forward more, but

Menke hasn’t lost sight of the reason she

they could not pinpoint why.

and so many other horse therapy centers

Menke said at the same time, they

do what they do. That’s providing the

are ways to reach

were working also with occupational

emotional connection between riders and

therapy students from Indiana State

horses; that “warm fuzzy” she spoke of.

hundreds and hundreds

University on a balance study. Using

and hundreds of clients.

Christy Menke

An example of this, Menke said,

the Rose-Hulman technology of saddle

involved a woman who became a

and stirrup sensors along with the ISU

quadriplegic at age 16 after a vehicle

balance team’s documentation, they

accident. She came to the horse farm in

found the rider had a discrepancy in leg

her 20s. One of her favorite memories of

length and an uneven pelvis on both the

her life before the accident was riding a

horse simulator and live horse.

horse, but she thought she’d never ride

“Everything is telling us what’s going on with her. She can’t tell us. Even with

again. Instructors and volunteers worked together to put her back in the saddle.

our expertise, we can’t see what her hip or

“These are the tearful moments,”

asthma. They may be in a hospital. It may

the stirrup pressures are telling us,” Menke

Menke added. “When someone

be too far to drive,” Menke said. “Now

said. “We were able to tell her agency

who’s been in a car accident and is a

that we have a simulator, we will be the

to look at her hips. Now, we’ve got the

quadriplegic says, ‘I’m on a horse! I’m on

first mobile unit. We don’t want to take

technology to find diagnostic problems

a horse!’ And the whole arena just starts

away the warm fuzzy of the horses, but

that can be fixed before they get to the

crying because she never thought she’d

these are ways to reach hundreds and

point they are going to need surgery.”

ever be able to do that again. It gave her

hundreds and hundreds of clients.” She said the technology has already

“This was my ‘aha’ moment … giving me hope for a new era of therapeutic

paid dividends in the long-term health of

riding,” she added. “The information

clients, too.

from the data we are retrieving is

legs. “Those are the moments we live for.” RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Electric Consumer.

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Your vote counts Tight races expected in May primary

P

olitical pundits across the country are keeping a close eye on the 2018 Senate race in Indiana, calling the outcome “too close to call” even before we know which Republican candidate will be challenging Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly for his seat. Who Donnelly, running unopposed in the primary, will face in the November election is anyone’s guess. Three candidates — Republicans Mike Braun, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita — will be battling it out in the May 8 primary elections. Donnelly, who spent six years in the U.S. Congress, defeated former Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock six years ago to claim Sen. Richard Lugar’s seat. While Messer and Rokita, who currently serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, seek a new position on Capitol Hill, their congressional seats are up for grabs. In both districts, there’s a full field of candidates interested in those coveted positions. On the next three pages, the four candidates vying for Senate answered some key questions posed by Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Please visit this story at ElectricConsumer.org for more on the candidates.

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Three Republicans vie for Senate vote INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES: What makes you the best candidate to serve as Indiana’s next U.S. Senator? MIKE BRAUN: Hoosiers are ready for leaders who can break the stranglehold career politicians have on the federal government. I will bring conservative change to Washington. As founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing and owner of Meyer Logistics, I have employed thousands of Americans across the United States. My companies serve all 50 states and have locations in 38 states. I am running for the Senate because I believe Washington needs more people with experience in the private sector, not politics. I have spent my career building a business and creating jobs. LUKE MESSER: In Congress, I’ve been a partner for President Trump, and I will go to the U.S. Senate to fight for Indiana’s families and move our country forward. President Trump is working to pass the agenda the American people voted for, and the Senate is standing in the way almost every time. TODD ROKITA: In the House of Representatives, I have been a leader on education reform, promoting school choice and stopping Common Core. I have worked to reform out-of-control federal spending, demand efficiency and accountability from government and put the United States on a path to a balanced budget. I’ve also been a leading voice for spending reform and rolling back excessive federal regulations that hurt small businesses and Indiana agriculture. I’ve brought over $5 billion of Indiana’s tax dollars back for roads and infrastructure.

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What are rural America’s biggest challenges? How would you address them? BRAUN: The biggest challenges facing rural America are keeping good-paying jobs and fighting the opioid crisis. Career politicians have promoted policies that allowed good jobs to leave America, with rural America being hit harder than most. As jobs have fled overseas, the politicians have sat idly by while opioid addiction began ravaging our communities. I will fight to bring jobs back and help those afflicted by opioid addiction. MESSER: Hoosiers want to see goodpaying jobs and a strong economy so they have their shot at the American dream. Unfortunately, for too many people today, that dream no longer rings true. President Trump is working to revive the American dream, and his recent tax cuts were a great first step. Hoosiers are already seeing more jobs and more take-home pay. I’m excited to continue working with the president to advance policies that

support Hoosier workers and grow our economy. That means reducing regulation that hinders growth, investing in our crumbling infrastructure, and ensuring Hoosiers have the skills and resources they need to be competitive in the modern economy. ROKITA: The number one issue I hear about is the opioid epidemic. We need the federal government, the Health and Human Services Department and federal law enforcement working with states and localities to crack down on doctors overprescribing opioids and companies pushing opioids outside of the law, expand access to addiction treatment services and increase enforcement. That’s why I voted for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act in 2016, and supported President Trump when he designated the opioid crisis a national health emergency. We also need to build a wall and secure that border because 95 percent of the heroin in this country comes across that border. Next, the federal government needs to create the environment for a growing economy. Hoosiers, and all Americans, in depressed communities hit hard by the opioid epidemic, need opportunity and hope, not welfare dependency and hopelessness.

How should Congress approach energy policy? BRAUN: Energy independence is a matter of national security. I think Washington should work together to improve our energy efficiency and independence. I support efforts in Congress which increase our energy capabilities, such as drilling for more domestic oil and natural gas, opening more offshore drilling, and reducing regulations for the approval of natural gas pipelines. PLEASE TURN TO THE NEXT PAGE APRIL 2018

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MESSER: I support an “all-of-theabove” energy strategy. Unfortunately, excessive government intervention has hampered our ability to remain a global energy leader. From the Clean Power Plan’s arbitrary rules to the effective ban on new coal power plants, to the maze of federal bureaucracy, the Obama administration’s mandates hurt our energy sector. I’m working with President Trump to roll back the Obama administration’s heavy-handed policies

that hampered innovation and increased energy production costs. As your senator, I will support policies that promote the development of reliable and affordable energy for all Americans. ROKITA: We must continue to pursue an all-of-the-above strategy not only for our economy and for jobs, but also for our national security. I have supported EPA efforts to grow our energy industry and create a diverse set of resources. In the 114th Congress, I supported S.J. Res. 24,

which would overturn the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The CPP would provide virtually no climate benefit but would lead to higher energy prices, particularly hurting the Americans who can least afford it. I support Interior Department actions to boost oil, gas and coal production by repealing Obama-era regulations that govern fossil fuel production on public lands. I voted to open up areas for drilling that were previously off-limits.

MIKE BRAUN (R) Home: Jasper, Indiana Political experience: Represented District 63 in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2014-17. Resigned his seat on Nov. 1, 2017 to focus on running for the U.S. Senate. Website: MikeBraunForIndiana.com

LUKE MESSER (R) Home: Greensburg, Indiana Political experience: Currently U.S. Representative, Indiana’s 6th District. First elected to U.S. Congress in 2012. Previously served in the Indiana General Assembly from 2003-06, representing District 57. Website: LukeMesser.com

TODD ROKITA (R) Home: Brownsburg, Indiana Political experience: Currently U.S. Representative, Indiana’s 4th District. Served as Indiana Secretary of State from 2003-10. Was president of the National Association of Secretaries of State from 2007-08. Website: ToddRokita.com

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legislative How would you address the growing digital divide in rural Indiana and across America? BRAUN: Limited access to broadband hinders educational opportunities and job growth. Improving the digital infrastructure in rural America must be a priority for leaders in Washington. We can make it easier to expand broadband access into rural areas by reducing regulations on providers and promoting market driven innovations. MESSER: Investing in rural broadband means investing in Hoosiers. Such investments can help the working mom go back to school at night, encourage the student to take an advanced science or math course, or empower the sick patient to receive telehealth care without having to drive hours to a doctor. I’ll continue to champion efforts to expand high-speed internet access, reduce regulatory barriers, and incentivize more private investment because it is an essential component to our national infrastructure. ROKITA: In January, I sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney requesting $50 billion in funding in the president’s infrastructure plan. The administration listened to my request, as their proposal to Congress included the $50 billion that I suggested. I also support improving rural broadband access by making it easier to deploy “last-mile” hardware to houses in rural areas. I support changes to our regulations to make it easier for companies to get permission to install broadband infrastructure.

JOE DONNELLY (D) Home: Granger, Indiana Political experience: Currently, Indiana’s senior U.S. senator. Elected to the Senate in 2012. Served as U.S. Representative, Indiana’s 2nd District, from 2007-13. Website: JoeForIndiana.com

Democrat Donnelly seeks second Senate term IEC: Why should voters reelect you to the U.S. Senate?

How should Congress approach energy policy?

JOE DONNELLY: Hoosiers want someone who works for them. There are plenty of folks in Washington fighting for the far left or the far right — I’m willing to fight to deliver results for the folks in the middle. When we take Hoosier common sense to Washington, we can give more people a shot at the American dream.

I support an all-in American energy policy, which creates jobs right here in Indiana, reduces our dependency on foreign oil, and strengthens our national security. My all-in approach includes coal, ethanol, biodiesel, oil, wind, and solar. In Congress, I have worked to streamline permitting and approvals for energy infrastructure, supported the RFS, introduced legislation to allow E-15 ethanol to be sold year-round, and opposed regulations that would unfairly target the coal industry.

What are rural America’s biggest challenges? How are you addressing them? The biggest challenge facing rural America is jobs. I’ve tackled this issue head on by introducing the End Outsourcing Act, which would create new incentives to stop companies from sending jobs to foreign countries and to encourage companies to relocate outsourced jobs to rural communities. I’ve been fighting for investments in infrastructure, especially rural broadband. I also hear a lot about health care. The lack of health care access impacts our ability to respond to the challenges of the opioid epidemic. I have introduced bipartisan legislation that would address the shortage of addiction treatment providers in rural areas and direct several USDA Rural Development programs to focus on developing facilities for things like telemedicine and substance abuse prevention and education programs.

How are you addressing the growing digital divide in rural Indiana and across America? The 2014 farm bill, which I helped write, included provisions to deploy an ultrahigh speed internet pilot program in rural areas, and I am fighting for further investment in rural broadband through USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. In addition, I have worked with a bipartisan group of senators to pressure the FCC to continue their efforts to deploy broadband in rural communities.

Please visit this story at ElectricConsumer.org for more on the four candidates.

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SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE, Chesterton (Porter), Dunes Learning Center. Sample popular activities, tour camp facilities, meet the staff and more. Free family event – online registration requested. 11 am-3 pm. 219-395-9555. mkrueger@duneslearningcenter.org. duneslearningcenter.org

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MAXINKUCKEE ODD FELLOWS BREAKFAST, Culver (Marshall), Odd Fellows Lodge #373 (15003 18th B Road and Pine Road). Allyou-can-eat pancakes and sausage/biscuits and gravy. 6 am-noon. $8 adults, $6 children. Bake sale items support Union Township 4-H.

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21ST ANNUAL CARROLL COUNTY GARDEN FAIR, Flora (Carroll), Flora Community Park. Food, photo contest, door prizes, children’s booth, plants and garden sculptures. 10 am-3 pm. Doris Harter. 574-6862046.

CENTRAL

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27TH ANNUAL TRADITIONAL POW-WOW, Lebanon (Boone). Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Native American singing, dancing, Red Road specials, vendors and food. Admission charge. 765-453-9025. americanindiancounci.wixsite.com/americanindiancounci

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SPRING WORKS DANCE CONCERT, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, Purdue University. Performed by Purdue University Contemporary Dance Company. 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday. 2 pm, Saturday. Tickets: $7-$14 (under 1, free). 765-494-5993. vpadance@purdue.edu

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EARTH DAY FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIR, Saint Maryof-the-Woods (Vigo), Saint Mary-of-the Woods College. West Central Indiana’s largest and longest-running Earth Day celebration. Freewill donation appreciated. 10:30 am-3 pm. 812-535-2932. whiteviolet.org.

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DAFFODIL STROLL, Huntingburg (Dubois), 4th and Market Streets. Great sales and spring collection items available in antique and specialty shops. No admission charge. 812-6835699. huntingburgchamberofcommerce.org

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WHITE RIVER VALLEY ANTIQUE ASSOCIATION SWAP MEET, Elnora (Daviess), Hwy. 57. Tractors, farm implements, antiques and more. 8 am-2 pm. Free for attendees. 812-8763445. benrchestnut@gmail. com. wrvaa.org

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ORLEANS DOGWOOD FESTIVAL, Orleans (Orange), Congress Square. Arts and crafts, carnival rides, music, food, parade and more. No admission charge. 812-865-9930. orleansdogwood festival.com


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THE OLD FORT: PENNSYLVANIA REGIMENT DRILL 1777, Fort Wayne (Allen), The Old Fort. Watch a local living history group recreate both military and civilian life in colonial America. Cooking and sewing demonstrations as well. 10 am-4 pm. oldfortwayne.org

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WAKARUSA MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL, Wakarusa (Elkhart), Downtown. All-you-caneat pancakes and sausage or barbeque meal and more. No admission charge. 574-862-4344. chamber@ wakarusachamber.com. wakarusamaplesyrupfestival. com

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KITE KOMOTION, Shipshewana (LaGrange), Shipshewana. Watch international kite teams, learn to fly professional kites, make and fly your own kite! No admission charge. 260-7684008. shipshewana.com/ festivals.php

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SPRING STROLL, Corydon (Harrison), O’Bannon Woods State Park. Sponsored by Southern Indiana Hiking Club. 10 am. Event is free. Gate admission: $7 for Indiana residents, $9 for out of state residents. 812739-2318. www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2389.htm. POLLINATOR DAY, New Albany (Floyd), Purdue Research Park. Free, family-friendly event dedicated to pollinators with hands-on activities for all ages. Free T-shirts while supplies last. Complimentary lunch provided. 10 am-3 pm. 812-9485470. gmanders@purdue.edu. extension.purdue.edu/floyd

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SASSAFRAS TEA FESTIVAL & CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY, Vernon (Jennings), North American House. Reenactments, demonstrations, sassafras tea, food and more. Charges for food and reenactments. 812-3468969. hector@1838@frontier.com. jenningscounty.org/events. php

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Electric Consumer publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Electric Consumer strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Electric Consumer advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at electricconsumer.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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FLORIDA, USA

outdoors

Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Mexico

THE BAHAMAS

CUBA

Caribbean Sea

JAMAICA

HAITI

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Port-auPrince STO CK / G E TTY I MAG E S P LUS

MONGOOSE, ...

whither shall you wander?

B Y JACK S PAU L D IN G

I

Say what? Holy “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi!”

recently returned from a six-day

I’ve read The Jungle Book, and the mon-

mission trip to Haiti. Haiti is a country

goose is from India, not Haiti. These little

with which I have become well-ac-

cobra killers are some of the toughest

quainted as I have been there seven times.

and fastest predators around!

Overall, the western side of the island of

Looks like Old Jack was about to get a

Hispaniola is mostly devoid of jungle and

lesson in an invasive species in a country

woodland having been stripped of wood

other than the United States.

for charcoal for cooking fires. It is hard

It seems the small Indian mongoose

to imagine the bareness of the land from

(Herpestes auropunctatus) was intro-

the capital city of Port-au-Prince north.

duced to Haiti in the late 19th and early

However, the southern portion in the Les

20th centuries and quickly became a

Caye area has a proliferation of jungle,

destructive invasive species. It greatly

farm fields, and banana, plantain and

damaged the natural ecosystem on the

mango groves.

island. The mongooses were originally

In Haiti, any critter caught or captured is

introduced to help control the enormous

fair game for the cooking pot. Needless

populations of mice and rats. But when

to say, wildlife of any type is scarce.

those rodents ran low, the mongooses

I always make a mental list of my wild-

started eating everything else.

not easy to trap, even when using a wide variety of bait such as dried fish, shredded coconut, canned dog food and Haitian peanut butter — which contains cayenne pepper. My hat is off to the Muncie mongoose master. I find it amazing where you can find expertise on even the rarest of subjects. Speaking of the cayenne pepper-laced Haitian peanut butter, one of the ladies accompanying our group spread it on a piece of toast one morning at breakfast. After a couple of bites, she said, “This bread is really hot and spicy.” It’s not the bread! On every trip I make to the country, our native Haitian missionary asks me to bring along a few jars of American-style

life encounters while there. The last trip

While researching on the mongoose

peanut butter. It seems it’s not only the

was typical with only a few species listed.

population of Haiti, I learned a Ball State

mongooses that don’t care for Haitian

During this most recent trip, I had tallied

grad from Muncie did an honors thesis

peanut butter!

but three egrets, uncountable geckoes, a

on the Haitian mongoose. This struck me

few small unidentifiable brush land birds,

as odd — discovering a certified mon-

some mourning doves and a rat.

goose master had matriculated from my

I didn’t actually see it, but someone on

favorite college, Old Fruit Jar Tech!

the return to PAP from Les Caye in our

I read the thesis, available online, with

SUV shouted out, “There’s a squirrel!” Our

interest (find its link in this story at

native Haitian missionary said, “No … it

ElectricConsumer.org). As I read, I

was a mongoose.”

was struck by the fact mongooses are

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JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors writer and a consumer of RushShelby Energy living along the Flatrock River in Moscow. Readers with questions or comments can write to him in care of Electric Consumer or email jackspaulding@hughes.net.


safety

Be mindful of line crews SO EVERYONE MAKES IT HOME Do you slow down when you see that flashing orange “Men at Work” sign? This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, and Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds drivers to be mindful of lineworkers on the job. Utility trucks are equipped with flashing lights and reflective materials. Work zones are marked on the road with orange cones. And line crews wear reflective clothing when working near roadways. But even with these measures in place, work zones are dangerous. “Our crews often work during harsh weather, which makes the job even more dangerous for our line crews,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Equipment that would be clearly visible in daylight is difficult for motorists to see when there is rain, snow, sleet or hail. But keeping the power on means we work during those conditions, too.” When driving through a work zone or past a line crew, remember workers are doing their job and what they’re doing is simply to help you. We can help keep workers, other drivers, passengers and ourselves safe by paying attention to warning signs and flaggers and not speeding or tailgating in and around work zones. Those at your electric cooperative understand work zones can be frustrating, especially when you’re in a hurry. But road crews and lineworkers work diligently to reduce the effect of roadside activities during your commute. They need your full attention to get the job done quickly and safely. “On behalf of Hoosier lineworkers, please slow down and take your time while passing through work zones,” VanParis said. “It’s important to your safety and also those who are hard at work to help you and your neighbors.”

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te ra eb Cel Arbor Day April 27 backyard

by B. Rosie Lerner

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here’s no better way to celebrate Arbor Day than to add beauty and value to your home landscape

with a new tree. Trees can also provide shade and wind protection for many years to come if given the proper start. The last Friday in April is both the national and the Indiana Arbor Day.

soil can be worked. But waiting until hot summer days arrive will put additional stress on young trees. Prepare the soil where the tree is to be planted well ahead of time so that the roots will not be endangered of drying out before you get them in the ground. If planting must be delayed, be sure to supply moisture to the roots. Dig an area that is larger than the root system. The

The first step should be thoughtful selec-

hole should be at least a foot wider than

tion of an appropriate plant to match the

the root spread or soil ball, and the sides

location. Assess your planting location for

of the hole should be vertical, not sloping.

such factors as light, moisture availability,

Plant the tree at the same depth it was

drainage, amount of space, exposure to

grown in the nursery. If the hole is too

wind and location of any nearby utilities.

deep, replace some of the soil at the bot-

Then search for plant species that are best adapted to those conditions. Keep

tom, but be sure to firm the soil to prevent the tree from slipping down later.

in mind such characteristics as winter

Refill the planting hole with the same soil

hardiness, heat tolerance, plant size

you took out of the hole. Do not amend

at maturity, growth rate and cultural

the backfill with organic materials such as

requirements. Once you have narrowed

mulch or peat moss, as it only makes root

down a list, check local nurseries and

establishment more difficult once they

garden centers for availability and prices.

grow beyond the amended soil, particu-

Trees can be purchased either as bareroot, containerized or balled and burlapped (B&B). Bare-root stock should be planted while

larly in clay soils. Do not mix dry fertilizer or manure with soil as young developing roots will be easily burned. When planting B&B stock, make sure you cut the twine

dormant,

or wire that binds

before leaves

the burlap to

break bud. Containerized and B&B stock can be planted any time the

the trunk. If left in place, these materials will cut through the trunk as it expands in diameter. The damage may take several years to show up, but by then it will be too late to rescue the tree.

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Ask Rosie

Q:  I’m attaching a picture of some berries. Can you tell me what shrub they’re from? The plant is growing as a hedge in our front yard, and we want to trim it way back this winter, but we don’t want to kill it. Many thanks for any help you can provide.

A:

T.G.

  That looks to be one of the Euonymus species, although I can’t distinguish enough character from this photo to be certain which. It could be Euonymus europaeus, a species introduced from Europe and more commonly known as European spindle-tree or Euonymus bungeanus (Winterberry euonymus) introduced from China. You can see more clear images of the fruit at https://gobotany.newenglandwild. org/species/euonymus/europaeus/. Late winter/early spring is a good time of year to prune any plants. More information about pruning shrubs is available in a previous article at purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/ assess-pruning-needs-2 and in Purdue Extension publication HO-4-W, Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, available from the Education Store at edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_ Number=HO-4-W. B. ROSIE LERNER is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to “Ask Rosie,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224; or use our “Talk to Us” form online at ElectricConsumer.org.


product recalls

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Rural King recalls electric blankets Rural King Supply has recalled its Bellavie queen electric blankets and throws because the electric cord can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards. The 100 percent polyester blankets and throws were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes at Rural King stores nationwide and online from October through December 2017 for between $30 and $60. Rural King has received four reports of the blankets and throws overheating, two fires and one burn injury.

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.

Call 800-561-1752; or go to www.ruralking.com and click on the Safety Recall Information link at the bottom of the page.

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Cordless electric chainsaws recalled Three brands of cordless electric chainsaws, by Greenworks, Kobalt and Snapper, have been recalled because the chain brake guard can fail and allow the chainsaw to continue operating, posing an injury hazard to users. The recalled chainsaws have a 16- or 18-inch saw and an 80- or 82-volt lithium ion battery. The saws were sold at Lowe’s and other stores nationwide and online from January 2015 through October 2017 for between $170 and $300. Call 888-266-7096; or go to www.greenworkstools. com and click on “Important Safety Notice” at the bottom of the page.

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Hair dryers pose burn hazard Hand-held hair dryers sold under the ISO Beauty and Proliss brand names have been recalled because the cord can become brittle near the base of the dryer, posing burn hazards. The dryers have “ISO” or “Proliss” printed and model number HD-1820 and were sold in the various colors and animal patterns at various online stores from March 2013 through January 2018 for between $30 and $40. ISO Beauty has received 35 reports of the dryers sparking or smoking, including two reports of flames and three injuries to hands or fingers.

3

Call 800-490-5919; go to isobeauty.com and click on “Product Recall.”

4

Electric kettles’ handle could separate KitchenAid 1.7 liter electric kettles have been recalled. The handle can separate from the kettle, causing hot contents to spill. The kettles were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Fry’s Electronics, Kohl’s, Target, Williams Sonoma, and other home improvement, home appliance and retail stores and online from September 2013 through February 2018 for about $100 to $120.

4

Call 800-874-0608; or visit repair.whirlpool.com.

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Wabash Valley Power news

The less taxing audit

Kankakee Valley REMC Energy Advisor Darrell Marks completes an energy audit for a member.

An energy audit can save you electricity and money This tax season, embrace the audit that

provide specifics about the major

energy use. These tailored findings

will help you save money! An energy

energy drivers in your home.

based on your home and personal

audit will include a thorough review and testing of electricity use in your home — along with recommendations on steps you can take to save! An energy audit will help you in several ways. It will: • Inform you about your home’s

• Spot energy inefficiencies in your home. From potential leaky ductwork to outdated inefficient water heaters,

energy use will include some suggested upgrades and the anticipated energy savings that they would provide.

the auditor will test and review energy

Contact your local electric cooperative

use to determine ways to increase

to get a list of contractors conducting

your energy efficiency. Wasted

energy audits. The cooperative may even

electricity use. The audit will

energy also means wasted money!

provide the audit for you. Your local

include an in-depth analysis of your

The dirty, dark places such as attics,

co-op also has a variety of incentives

energy consumption, including the

crawl spaces and basements are often

available through POWER MOVES® that

electricity used by the appliances

where the waste is hiding.

provide rebates for energy-efficient

and heating and cooling systems in your home. People frequently believe that a particular appliance drives up energy costs. However, the audit will

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• Indicate if and how upgrades will help you save electricity — and money. The audit results will include suggested steps you can take to improve your

improvements that will save you money over the lifecycle of the upgrade. Visit www.PowerMoves.com for more information.


reader submissions

“Grand-cat” Anna peers through the handle of Jennifer Loving’s “cat mom” coffee cup. Loving is from Marshall County.

Purrrrfect pets

Jacqueline Satori’s “Valentine” cat, George, is ready for some fun in his sweater and hat.

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here are two means of refuge from the miseries of life,” the late theologian, musicologist, humanitarian and Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer is cited as saying. Those two means? “Music and cats.”

Last August, we asked readers to submit photos of their canine companions. This month, in the interest of fair play, we present our frisky furry feline friends. While some folks complain about the sometimes finicky, aloof and schizophrenic nature of cats, it’s this wacky, entertaining behavior that endears them even more to cat lovers. And cat lovers, as Schweitzer was, know a little secret: To truly know a cat is to

Sunny, a golden tabby, is Nina Staton’s handsome “fur baby.” They are from Charlestown, Indiana.

love a cat. What’s more, to be loved in return by a cat, and hear that purr coming from the furball curled up on one’s lap (or sleeping on one’s head), is one of life’s special joys. Lauri Olson of Ireland, Indiana, said Tullie, her silky, long-hair rescued kitty, popped into her life shortly after her father died in 2013. Olson said she thinks Tullie, who, apparently like all cats, can’t resist hopping into an open suitcase, was heaven-sent from her father to get her through some tough times.

Margie Krick rescued a 6-week-old stray kitten, starving and freezing, from a ditch, then took him directly to a veterinary clinic. She said he named himself “Lucky,” and is now an adorable family addition.

Katherine Demshar says her cat, Frankie Doodle, was named after “old blue eyes” Frank Sinatra by her late husband. She and Frankie live in Unionville.

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Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure

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Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!

HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-746-2873 1-800-746-2951 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.

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Carroll White REMC — April 2018 Electric Consumer  
Carroll White REMC — April 2018 Electric Consumer