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Where’s the beef?

I’m not one to typically order a burger and fries when I go out to lunch — I’m more of an Italian food type of gal. But sometimes, especially after seeing an ad featuring a sizzling patty on a grill on TV, I get that gnawing junk food craving. And it won’t go away until I devour a burger. I’m not a burger snob. I appreciate them all: fast food, bar food, the kind you eat on a plate with cups of ketchup on the side, and, yes, veggie burgers, too. I’ve even had a few Impossible Burgers, the newest trend in non-beef burgers. Impossible Burgers are completely plant-based but here’s the kicker: they

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contents

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 09 ENERGY Spring’s the time to prepare

cover story 20 INDIANA EATS Great view, great food: Scenic View Restaurant in Bloomington. 21 FOOD Get cracking: Recipes

your home for summer.

featuring eggs.

12 INSIGHTS

23 COVER STORY Take me out to the ballpark. Indiana’s fields of dreams.

14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Fulton County.

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travel

pets

28 TRAVEL A saintly sanctuary at Saint Meinrad.

34 PETS

30 EVENTS CALENDAR

35 PRODUCT RECALLS

32 DIY Wiper duty: Changing windshield wiper blades a simple car maintenance task.

Why is my dog always barking?

(Not in all versions.) 36 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 38 PROFILE Lineman Dave Peters.

33 SAFETY Tornado tips: What to do no matter where you are.

On the cover Gabriel Arias was one of the young baseball stars passing through Fort Wayne last season with the TinCaps, Class-A farm club of the San Diego Padres. Five minor league professional teams suit up in Indiana each spring. Check out the “boys of summer” near you.


CONTACT US Office: 260-726-7121 / 800-835-7362 WEBSITE www.jayremc.com EMAIL remc@jayremc.com OFFICE HOURS 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday STREET ADDRESS 484 S. 200 W. Portland, IN 47371 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 904 Portland, IN 47371 POWER OUTAGES To report a power outage, call 260-726-7121 or 800-835-7362, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brian Addington Kenneth Denton Kent Homan Klint Moser Michael Ninde Steven D. Ritchie Diane Schrock, Secretary Ronald Smithson Tom Zimmerman, Chairman STAFF Mark Arnold President/CEO Becky Napert Business Manager Dwayne Muhlenkamp Operations Superintendent Jeff Myers Assistant Operations Superintendent Cindy Denney Director of Marketing and Customer Services Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ JayCountyREMC Don’t miss your Jay County REMC Annual Meeting on April 13! Attendees receive this insulated tote as a gift. Details on page 6.

T hanks, lineworkers! National studies consistently rank power line installers and repairers among the most dangerous jobs in the country, and for good reason. Laboring high in the air wearing bulky safety gear and working directly with high voltage creates the perfect storm of a dangerous and unforgiving profession. But electric lineworkers are up to the task. These brave men are committed to safety, as well as the challenges of the job. Jay County REMC’s lineworkers are responsible for keeping power flowing day and night, regardless of national holidays, vacations, birthdays, weddings or other important family milestones. Beyond the years of specialized training and apprenticeships, it takes internal fortitude and a mission-oriented outlook to be a good lineworker. In fact, this service-oriented mentality is a hallmark characteristic of their work. The job requires them to set aside their personal priorities to better serve their local community.

FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEM

To perform their jobs successfully, lineworkers depend on their years of training, experience and each other to get the job done safely. Equally important is their reliance on

a strong support system at home. A lineworker’s family understands and supports its loved one’s commitment to the greater community during severe storms and power outages. This means in times of prolonged outages, the family and its lineworker may have minimal communication and not see each other for several days. Without strong family support and understanding, this challenging job would be all the more difficult.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

In Jay County and across the country, our lineworkers’ mission-focused mentality of helping others often extends beyond their commitment to their work here at the co-op. They are often familiar figures in the community and can be found coaching youth sports teams, volunteering for local charities and serving on local advisory boards.

THANK YOU

Monday, April 8, is Lineworker Appreciation Day. Given the dedication of Jay County REMC’s lineworkers, both on and off the job, I encourage you to take a moment and acknowledge the many contributions they make to our local community. And if you see their family members in the grocery store or out and about in the town, please offer them a thank you as well

MARK ARNOLD President/CEO APRIL 2019

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See you at your annual meeting! SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Jay County High School Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by My Yellow Rickshaw — featuring lead singer/fiddle player and Jay County native Nathan Klatt Business meeting begins at 7 p.m. Business Expo and kids’ progam Attendees receive a gift!

We’re proud to power your life.

#ThankALineworker

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Hartwig joins REMC team Colby Hartwig has joined the Jay

members and appreciate the

on our team and on

County REMC team. He will be

confidence the board and (CEO)

our membership.

starting his career as a groundsman

Mark (Arnold) have given me in my

Join me in

and will assist line crews. Prior to

new role. After completing my duties

extending

coming to the cooperative, Hartwig

with the Air Force, it was my desire to

a heartfelt

served in the U.S. Air Force and

return to Indiana to be near my family

welcome to

worked for Ericsson Inc.

and to work as a lineman. The REMC

Colby,” stated

is giving me that opportunity and I am

Mark Arnold,

very excited to be here,” said Hartwig.

president and

He is a graduate of Knightstown High School and Northwest Lineman College. Hartwig enjoys kayaking,

“We are honored to be able to hire

hiking, biking and photography.

a veteran. Colby has embraced his

“I look forward to meeting our

Save on energyefficient lighting! Lighting accounts for up to 10 percent of your home’s

new position at the REMC. I have no

CEO of Jay County REMC. Welcome to the REMC team, Colby!

doubt he will make a positive impact

Welcome LOCAL BUSINESSES

TO THE CO-OP CONNECTIONS® CARD DISCOUNT PROGRAM Show your Co-op Connections ® Card and enjoy the savings!

cost for electricity. Recruiting all-star bulbs can make a big difference on your power bill. That’s why Jay County REMC offers discounts and easy shopping for energy-efficient LED lighting. Contact us today or stop by our office for further details and pricing.

Portland Golf Club $2 OFF A BAG OF PRACTICE RANGE BALLS Christian Book Store, Union City 20% OFF PURCHASE APRIL 2019

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Jeremy Kunkler and Dr. Daniel Carr are owners of the Portland Golf Club.

‘Fore’ the love of golf By Cindy Denney The Portland Golf Club, located at 124 W. 200 S., opened in 1922. In the almost 100 years of its existence, the course has gone from a private to a public course and from a nine-hole course to an 18-hole course. Now the ownership has gone to two gentlemen from Fort Recovery, Ohio. “Fore” the love of golf, “fore” the love of a new adventure and “fore” the love of a challenge, Dr. Daniel Carr, a chiropractor, and Jeremy Kunkler, owner of J&C Home Improvements, purchased the course last summer. “We have always loved the golf course at Portland. We have played on the course for years. When we heard the course was for sale, we thought it would be exciting to own it,” said Kunkler. The biggest change you will see at the golf course is a new look for the clubhouse with more changes to come. Carr and Kunkler want to improve the landscaping, greens and t-boxes at the course, and redo the restrooms between holes 3 and 7. They also want to bring back the restaurant. “It’s just finding the right person to run the restaurant and create

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a menu that offers something new, like steaks and signature dishes,” said Carr.

golf outing options from April through October.

The restaurant may not be open yet, but the building’s upstairs is available to rent out for special events. Give them a call today to schedule your event.

“We can’t wait for golf season to start so everyone can come out, meet us and check out the changes that have been undertaken and enjoy the Portland Golf Club,” Carr and Kunkler said. Call for your tee time today.

The ideas and plans Carr and Kunkler have for the Portland Golf Club are exciting. They want to encourage younger golfers to learn to love the game. Golf is mentally stimulating and physically challenging. It can increase cognitive thinking and improve physical health. Golf is also a game of strategy that can positively impact lives. The Portland Golf Club offers a putting green, chipping green, driving range, full-service snack bar, pro shop, and men’s and women’s leagues. In the winter the club has a dart league. The club also offers

Membership information can be found on the club’s Facebook page or its website at www.portlandgc.com. You can also reach the club at 260-726-4646. The Portland Golf Club now participates in the Co-op Connections Card program (see details on page 7). Representatives from the club will be at the 2019 Jay County Annual Meeting Business Expo. Cindy Denney is director of marketing and customer services for Jay County REMC.

Win a $50 gift certificate from Portland Golf Club! Name: ___________________________________________________________ Account number: ___________________________________________________ Phone number: ____________________________________________________ Complete this form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Portland Golf Club and Jay County REMC. Mail entry to Jay County REMC, P.O. Box 904, Portland, IN 47371. You may also call 800-835-7362, ext. 225, or drop off your entry at the REMC. Entries can be emailed to denneyc@jayremc.com. Drawing will be held April 30 at 4:30 p.m.


SPRING’S THE TIME TO

prepare your home for summer! W

hile you may be getting used to the spring temperatures warming you from the winter chill, it won’t be long before the blazing summer sun is heating your house to uncomfortable levels. And just as your heating system was kept busy in the winter, your air conditioner will also be laboring to keep pace with the heat. Fortunately, you can plan now to prep your house to maximize your summer comfort while minimizing spikes in energy costs. Some steps are simple, while others take a bit more planning: Use your windows during the day and at night. This is one tip everyone can follow! You should open

your windows on cool evenings and at night to let the wind flow through your house. This can keep you comfortable without the need to turn on the air conditioner — which will save you money. Create a setback schedule for your air conditioner: Raise your indoor air temperature when you are out of the house for a length of time: at work, at school, or on vacation (unless you have a modulating air conditioner). Wi-Fi enabled “smart” thermostats make scheduling your time away easier. Some thermostats can even “learn” when to set back on their own.

Create (and stick to) a maintenance schedule to ensure HVAC efficiency. You should schedule an annual inspection of your heating and cooling systems to make sure that they are functioning properly. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction when your air conditioning system needs to work hard. Preventative maintenance also will help your heating and cooling systems work at peak efficiency longer. When was the last time that your blower and air conditioning coils were really cleaned? If it was more than three years ago, it might be time for a good clean and tune. Seal air leaks and properly insulate your home. Many homes have small crevices and gaps that can lead to air that you’re paying to cool in the summer (and heat in the winter) escaping. This can make your home’s HVAC system work harder than needed, which costs you money. Properly sealing your home will prevent treated air from escaping. Once your home is properly sealed, you also can have your house checked to see if

your home’s insulation is at recommended levels. You can have your home checked by the last step… Contact your local electric co-op about scheduling an energy audit. Your local co-op may have a list of local contractors who conduct energy audits, and your cooperative might even offer them! An energy audit will include a thorough analysis and testing of energy use in your home to provide steps you can take to save money and improve your home’s comfort. Taking steps now can lead to a more comfortable environment in your home.

by

Garrett Keiser Energy Advisor Heartland REMC

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insights Gasstrom named Indiana Electric Cooperatives CEO The board of directors of Indiana Electric Cooperatives has selected John P. Gasstrom as its next chief executive officer. Previously, Gasstrom was director of compliance at Georgia System Operations Corporation (GSOC). Gasstrom has more than 25 years of energy industry experience as a customer-focused leader skilled in strategic planning and project management. He joined GSOC in 2002, where he has been responsible for the activities of the compliance department, including bulk electric system reliability and critical infrastructure protection compliance and corporate ethics. He also served GSOC and its members in energy control and metering systems roles. Gasstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA with a focus on technology management from the University of Phoenix. “We are excited to welcome John to Indiana Electric Cooperatives,” said Gary Gerlach, president of the IEC board of directors. “His leadership and deep understanding of the energy industry will be valuable to our member cooperatives as they meet the challenges facing our industry and work to improve the overall economic health, vitality and quality of life in the communities we serve.”

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Readers have their own ‘Hoosierwood’ picks The February article about movies filmed in Indiana inspired some readers to offer suggestions for films that they think should have made the list. Among the comments we received: I was surprised that A Girl Named Sooner was not included. Filmed entirely in Vevay (and Switzerland County in 1974) with Richard Crenna, Lee Remick, Cloris Leachman, Anne Francis, Don Murray, and Michael Gross. Susan Deer (from Indianapolis) played 8-year-old Sooner. For a resident of Ripley County (at that time), it was the most exciting thing to happen in that part of our state! Russell Parks How in the world did Prancer make the list and Winning was omitted? While I love Sam Elliott, the tale of an injured reindeer is hardly more Hoosier than the Indianapolis 500. John Brasker I am dismayed Bullitt County (2018) was overlooked. It was written, directed and produced by David McCracken and Josh Riedford who were from Evansville.. Debra Wickman

‘WELCOME TO HOOSIERWOOD’ WRITER BRIAN D. SMITH RESPONDED TO THE READERS’ COMMENTS: I totally sympathize with anyone who read my story and wondered why I didn’t mention a particular movie that was filmed in Indiana – or questioned what went into my list of 10 “Hoosierwood” films. Early on I realized there was no point in trying to list every movie made in Indiana. For one thing, no reliable master list exists. (For instance, Film Indiana counts 113 such films and Wikipedia 43.) And even if I could have found them all, there’d have been no room in the story for anything but the list itself. Regarding my list of 10 “noteworthy and star-studded examples of Hoosierwood,” I was aiming for a final group that (1) featured top Hollywood stars, (2) spanned a variety of eras, (3) represented a variety of subjects, and/or (4) were significant in other ways. As with any subjective list, any selection of 10 made-in-Indiana movies is sure to invite spirited debate. So if your top 10 list is different than what was published in the magazine … you can certainly argue that your list is right!

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Fulton County The frugal farmers of Fulton County cut corners building their barns a century ago — literally. The barns they built were round. In doing so, the northcentral Indiana county became known as the “Round Barn Capital of the World.” The county’s appreciation and preservation of its special marks in history make the county special, too.

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Round barns put more area under roof

After the tribe’s forced removal from Indiana in 1838, the dam, mill and village fell into disrepair. In the early 1900s, the lake found new life as a gathering place. Today Manitou remains a magnet for water and other outdoor recreation and a place to enjoy nature and wildlife.

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The removal of the Potawatomi to Kan-

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From the late 1800s into the 1930s, round barns were built across the Midwest. At one time, Indiana had about 225 of them, more than any state, and Fulton County, with 17 round barns, had more than any other Hoosier county.

Trail of Death,” started just north of Fulton County and passed through. It’s a dark chapter of history but is also one county residents have been in the forefront of researching and commemorating. A Fulton County Eagle Scout placed the first historical marker along the trail in the

Fulton County also holds an unherald-

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when it comes to engineering and

groups, trace its route across four states.

manipulating natural resources. Lake

One last one is being placed this spring

Manitou, which today covers 775 acres

in western Fulton County. The annual

southeast of Rochester, is one of the

Trail of Courage Living History Festival

oldest manmade lakes in Indiana, if not

each September at the county historical

the oldest. The lake was created in 1827

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electricity to 184 homes, a church

of an international initiative to bring

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Benedict Burger

Bloomington restaurant overlooks Lake Monroe beans and pineapple salsa. Four versions of the brunch favorite, Eggs Benedict, highlight the weekend-only brunch menu: Traditional (with ham

Shrimp Ceviche

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Scenic View offers both indoor and outdoor patio outdoor seating. If the weather’s nice, opt to be outside. And, as restaurant regulars note, if your favorite canine happens be a dinner companion, all’s good. Pups are welcome on Scenic View’s patio! The restaurant touts its menu as “upscale traditional American.” Customer favorites include the View Burger (served atop a Pretzel Bun) and the Fish Tacos served with sides of black

Pizzeria host musical acts throughout the year. Check their website for the schedule.

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food

by Ruth Ann King

4 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped 4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese 3 eggs, beaten 1¼ cups milk or light cream ¾ t. salt ⅛ t. pepper Place crust in pie pan and flute edges. Do not prick crust but may fill with dry beans to keep crust flat. Bake at 350 F for 7 minutes. Cook sausage and drain. Place hard-boiled eggs in bottom of pie shell and top with sausage and cheeses. Pour beaten eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, that have been combined, over all. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Eggs Delmonico by Patricia Zobrist Knox, Indiana 2 (10.5-oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup 1 (2-oz.) jar pimentos, drained 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 6-8 hard boiled eggs, chopped Approximately 8 pieces of toast Heat soup, pimentos and cheese until cheese is melted and mixture is well blended. Add chopped eggs. Serve over toast.

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FO O D PREPARED BY I NDI ANA CO NNECT I O N S TA FF PHO TO S BY RI CHARD G . B I E V E R

by Heidi Stamets, Monroeville, Indiana 1 cup breadcrumbs 10 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided Salt and pepper 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb. spaghetti ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving 4 large eggs, cracked into 2 small bowls (2 in each bowl) Toss breadcrumbs in 2 T. oil, season with salt and pepper, then toast in a skillet until golden brown, stirring often. Transfer to a small bowl.

skillet over low heat, stirring often, until garlic is golden.

Mushroom Artichoke Brunch Bake

Transfer to a large serving bowl.

by Charlotte Rymph, Monterey, Indiana

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3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed

until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain

2 T. butter, melted, divided

Heat 3 T. oil, garlic, and ¼ t. salt in a large nonstick

pasta and return it to pot. Add garlic mixture, 3 T. oil,

½ t. salt

Parmesan cheese, and ½ cup reserved cooking water.

2½ cups sliced fresh mushrooms

Toss to combine. Cover and set aside while

1 can (14-oz.) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed,

cooking eggs.

drained and quartered

Heat now-empty skillet over low heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 T. oil, swirl to coat pan, then quickly add eggs. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 2-3 minutes. Season pasta with salt and pepper to taste and add reserved cooking water as needed to adjust consistency. Top individual portions with bread crumbs and fried egg and serve with extra Parmesan. Serves 4.

3 cups (12-oz.) shredded cheddar cheese 12 eggs 1¾ cups 2 percent milk 1 can (4-oz.) chopped green chiles, drained Preheat oven to 350 F. Place potatoes in greased 13x9-inch baking dish; drizzle with 1 T. melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, sauté mushrooms in remaining butter until tender. Place artichokes on paper towels; pat dry. Sprinkle mushrooms, artichokes and cheese over potatoes. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and green chiles. Pour over cheese. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 12.


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MacKenzie Gore delivers a pitch for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2018. Like the itinerant Johnny Appleseed from whom the TinCaps take their name, players in the San Diego Padres Class-A farm club tarry only briefly in Fort Wayne sowing their careers. Gore, who threw baseballs that must have been the size of apple seeds to hitters, was the top left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball last year. PHO TO CO URTESY O F FO RT WAYNE TI NCAPS

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In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings broke new ground as they stepped to the plate. For the first time, an assembled starting roster of baseball players was being openly paid to play. If ever a case was made for “getting what you pay for,” that team was it. The Red Stockings hit pay dirt and finished the season with a perfect 57-0 record. Thus, the theretofore genteel pastoral pastime of “base ball” became a professional sport. And the “National Pastime” was born. Professional baseball celebrates is sesquicentennial this year. No one’s planning a bigger block party than Indiana’s backyard neighbor. Though not a direct descendant of that original Red Stockings team, the Cincinnati Reds are marking pro baseball’s 150 years with throwback uniforms, promotions and specials all season long. While Indiana has no current Major League “home team,” Hoosiers certainly have had a role in developing the game and witnessing its growth from the very start — and still does. Five professional minor league teams around the state offer Hoosiers a great chance to catch some of the game’s rising stars. HERE’S THE LINEUP:

Evansville Otters AFFILIATION: Independent 2019 OPENER/ HOME OPENER: May 10 (6:35 p.m.) vs. Southern Illinois Miners TICKETS: 812-435-8686 EvansvilleOtters.com Playing in historic Bosse Field, the Otters celebrate their 25th anniversary season in 2019. The Otters are coming off a 51-45 record in 2018. They made their third consecutive Frontier League postseason appearance last year. Most of the 2018 roster is expected to return this season. When the Otters began play in 1995, they brought pro baseball back to Evansville for the first time since the Triple-A Evansville Triplets relocated following the 1984 season. The Otters’ home, Bosse Field, opened in 1915 and is the third oldest ballpark in the United States, behind Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston. It was the nation’s first municipally owned sports stadium. In 1991, scenes from the film “A League of Their Own” were filmed at Bosse Field.

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Luc Rennie, a member of the Evansville Otters last season, was signed in July by the New York Mets organization. He was with the Mets system during this spring’s training. PHO TO CO URTE S Y O F EVANSVI LLE O TTE RS


Right fielder Tirso Ornelas signs autographs for fans in Fort Wayne last season. Ornelas is ranked No. 16 among the Padres’ highly touted young players. PHO TO CO URTE S Y O F FO RT WAYNE TI NCAP S

Fort Wayne TinCaps AFFILIATION: Class-A, San Diego Padres 2019 OPENER/ HOME OPENER: April 4 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Lansing Lugnuts TICKETS: 260-482-6400 TinCaps.com While the TinCaps are coming off a 64-74 season, 2019 looks bright. Nine recent TinCaps players are among Major League Baseball’s Top 100 prospects, and MLB.com, ESPN, and Baseball America have ranked the San Diego Padres farm system No. 1 in baseball talent. This continues Fort Wayne’s knack of fielding talent dating back to the start of the franchise in 1993 (when they were known as the Wizards). Since then, 172 Fort Wayne players have gone on to reach the major leagues. After the 2008 season, coinciding with their move to the beautiful new downtown Parkview Field, the team changed its name to better reflect Fort Wayne heritage. The TinCaps is a doff-of-the-headwear to Johnny Appleseed, the eccentric itinerant pioneer who was known to sport a tin cooking pot on his head as he planted apple trees across the upper Midwest in the early 1800s. He died and is buried in Fort Wayne.

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HOME OPENER: May 21 (7:10 p.m.) vs. Sioux City Explorers TICKETS: 219-882-2255 RailCatsBaseball.com The Gary SouthShore RailCats are coming off a division-winning 59-41 season in 2018, the most wins in franchise history. It was the second straight season the RailCats played in the postseason. Like the Evansville Otters, the RailCats are an independent league team.

The RailCats have been around since 2002 and became a member of the American Association of independent teams in 2011 after the Northern League dissolved. The team plays at U.S. Steel Yard, widely recognized as one of the top minor league ballparks in the country, and the RailCats play has kept the seats filled since it opened in 2003. APRIL 2019

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in 2013 and a key part of the IU team that made its first-ever appearance in the College World Series. Slegers was a fifth-round draft choice by the Minnesota Twins in 2013 and was picked up by Pittsburgh this offseason. The Indians play at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The ballpark, which opened in 1996, has received many national accolades as one of the best minor league stadiums. Over the past four seasons, the Indians have either led Minor League Baseball in attendance or set a single-season attendance record every year.

top catching prospect Miguel Amaya, first-round pick Nico Hoerner, and the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year, Jared Young, last year and hopes to build on that young talent. Also, at any time, fans might see a favorite Chicago Cubs player passing through South Bend while rehabbing an injury. South Bend’s pro club began in 1988 as the Silver Hawks. The Cubs will host the Midwest League All-Star Game and events this year at its downtown ballpark, June 17-19. Four Winds Field has been ranked as the Best Single-A Ballpark by BallparkDigest.com.

P H OTO C OU R TE S Y OF IN D IA N A P OLIS IN D IA N S

Jason Martin, outfielder, came to the Indianapolis Indians in mid-season last year from the Double-A Altoona Curve where he was a an All Star. He was trying to earn a spot on the Pittsburgh Pirates roster this spring.

ON THE WAY UP

South Bend Cubs

Indianapolis Indians

AFFILIATION: Class-A, Chicago Cubs

AFFILIATION: Triple-A, Pittsburgh Pirates

2019 OPENER/ HOME OPENER: April 4 (7:05 p.m.) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps

2019 OPENER: April 4 (6:05 p.m.) at Columbus Clippers HOME OPENER: April 11 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Charlotte Knights TICKETS: 317-269-3545 IndyIndians.com Coming into 2019, the Indians are expected to be one of the youngest but most talented teams in Triple-A. As the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indians expect to have at least nine of the Pirates top 30 prospects on its Opening Day roster Indiana University fans may want to keep an eye out for right-handed starting pitcher Aaron Slegers. The 26-yearold was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year

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TICKETS: 574-235-9988 SouthBendCubs.com In 2015, Northern Indiana baseball fans must have felt a double stroke of good fortune. That’s when South Bend’s Class-A baseball club became an affiliate of the ever-popular Chicago Cubs — just in time for Chicago’s pennant chase in 2015 and World Series championship in 2016. The South Bend Cubs finished 2018 with a 64-74 record. South Bend had

Along with these five minor league teams, Indiana is home to six teams from the summer collegiate wood bat leagues. These local teams field top college talent who have hopes of breaking into the professional ranks. They are: • Dubois County (Huntingburg) Bombers • Kokomo Jackrabbits • Lafayette Aviators • Northwest Indiana (Whiting) Oilmen • Richmond Jazz • Wabash Valley (Terre Haute) REX. Please check out their websites, schedules, fun promotions, and ticket packages, too. Then sit back, or stand up, have some peanuts or Cracker Jack, and “root, root, root for your ‘Indiana home’ team!”

More indiana-related Baseball stories Are at IndianaConnection.org


Moses of the Mets

The baseball career of Gil Hodges is memorialized on a 52-by-16-foot mural in his hometown of Petersburg. The mural was painted in 2009 by professional muralist Randy Hedden, a former Petersburg resident.

PHO TO BY RI C HARD G . BI E V E R

HOOSIER LED PERENNIAL DOORMATS TO MIRACLE CHAMPIONSHIP “The last miracle I did,” said God (portrayed by comedian George Burns in the 1977 movie, “Oh, God”), “was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.” Miracle or not, the 1969 World Champs did have a Moses. Parting the major leagues and leading the put-upon New York Mets to the promised land was manager Gil Hodges, the former Dodgers star and native Hoosier. “He’s the guy who made the difference between being World Champions and a second-rate ball club,” Cleon Jones has said of Hodges. Jones was the Mets star left fielder who caught the final out of that World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. “We would have been real happy to finish second. But he wasn’t satisfied with that.” The 1969 “Miracle Mets” is still one of the greatest Cinderella stories in baseball’s 150 year history. The Mets were 100-to-1 shots coming into that spring, but the 7-yearold laughable doormats blew past the fading Chicago Cubs and swept the Atlanta Braves to win the pennant. After dropping the opening game of the World Series, the plucky Mets deplumed the heavily favored Orioles in the next four straight games. The 50th anniversary of that 1969 season will be among the story lines repeated this year. And one thread certain to run

through each retelling will be crediting Hodges — Petersburg, Indiana’s favorite son — for flip-flopping the Mets’ fortune. Members of that team, which included future Hall of Fame pitchers Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, have said it was the steady leadership of Hodges — an ex-Marine — who instilled the professionalism and work ethic they needed to win; it was Hodges who gave them the heart and mind to think they could win. Hodges was born in Princeton, Indiana, April 4, 1924. The son of a coal miner, he grew up in Petersburg. After graduating from high school in 1941, Hodges played baseball at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer and, in 1943, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Then, World War II intervened. Once the war was over, his baseball career resumed and Hodges became one of Brooklyn’s great beloved “Boys of Summer” alongside Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and the others. Hodges was drafted by the expansion Mets in 1962. When his playing days ended in ’63, he became a manager. In 1968, Hodges was brought back to New York to manage the Mets. Though they still finished ninth in the 10-team league that year, their 73 wins was a franchise best. Then came 1969. Hodges managed the Mets to third place

finishes in 1970 and 1971. Just before the start of the 1972 season, Hodges suffered a fatal heart attack two days shy of his 48th birthday. He was buried in Brooklyn. In his hometown, Hodges is still cherished. Across from the Pike County Courthouse, a giant mural celebrates his baseball career. Inside the courthouse, a larger-than-life bronze bust of Hodges is on the main floor with a plaque that reads in part: “Gil was a man of integrity, dignity, community, family and God. He never forgot where he came from, and we will never forget him.” “Sometimes it takes a special leader to create special events,” Jones, the Mets outfielder, added about his mentor and that miracle season. “Any other manager … we wouldn’t be talking about the ’69 Mets.”

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection. APRIL 2019

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Saint Meinrad Archabbey:

travel

Hospitality far from the madding crowd

BY RICHARD G. BIEVER Hospitality is a virtue by which

they pray, a visit to Saint Meinrad is

parking spaces with two charging

Hoosiers are known to live. But there’s

a good way to see for yourself. You

stations for electric vehicles.

a place in southern Indiana that

can enjoy the peace and quiet, take

provides hospitality in the name of its

part in Gregorian chant, walk through

saintly martyr.

historic buildings, and enjoy the art

The Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a world-renowned site of Roman

and architecture of a place with a 165year history.”

Catholic religious study and vocation,

Though the archabbey has been

is also an extraordinary destination for

welcoming guests almost since its

visitors of any faith seeking a spiritual

beginning, the first actual guest house

retreat or peaceful vacation. The

was built around 1960. A new one

archabbey’s monks and staff have

opened in 2005. The guest house

been quietly serving visitors amid the

offers 31 private air-conditioned

rolling hills and farmlands since its

simply-furnished rooms with twin

founding in 1854.

beds. All are up to date with private

“Saint Meinrad is welcoming to all,” said Mary Jeanne Schumacher, director of communications at Saint Meinrad. “If you’ve wondered what monks do, where they live and how

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bathrooms and WiFi access. The

“Hospitality is an important charism to Benedictines, and particularly to Saint Meinrad,” Schumacher said. “The Rule of St. Benedict tells followers to treat all guests as Christ Himself.” Throughout the year, the archabbey schedules workshops and retreats, most of which are open to the public. Guest rooms may be unavailable at certain times because of these events, but guest rooms and conference facilities can be booked by outside groups or individuals upon availability.

guest house also features a dining

In addition to its scenic 250-acre

room and meals, a chapel, and

campus, Saint Meinrad is conveniently

conference rooms equipped with the

located near the Hoosier National

latest technology. There are even

Forest to the east for guests wanting to commune with nature, Spencer


IF YOU GO ARCHABBEY TOURS • Guided tours, led by a Benedictine monk, are given each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

St. Meinrad

• Self-guided tours are available anytime. A free Visitor’s Guide, which includes a walking tour of the campus, is available at the Guest House, Memorial Lobby or the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop.

UPCOMING RETREATS

Saint treated guests with Christ-like hospitality Meinrad was a Benedictine hermit monk who was born around the year 800 along

• Spiritual Integration: Fitness, Health and Physical Well-being, April 12-14.

what is today the border of

• The Leaven of Christ: That in All Things God May be Glorified! (Holy

Germany and Switzerland.

Week Retreat), April 17-21. • Being Creative, Being Divine: Freedom and an Ethics of Creativity, May 3-5.

Despite his desire to live in prayer and solitude, visitors frequently sought his wise

OTHER FEATURES

counsel and prayers. In the

• The Abbey Gift Shop offers a selection of inspirational gifts, books,

way of the Benedictines, he

Bibles, music and DVDs along with gifts handcrafted from Saint

treated all his guests at his

Meinrad’s monastery and other monasteries across the country and

forest hermitage with Christ-

the world. • Monte Cassino Shrine, located on a hill about a mile east of the archabbey, is a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

More info at www.saintmeinrad.org.

like hospitality. In return, he was often given valuable gifts that he would pass on to the poor. On Jan. 21, 861, two men, believing he had the treasures hidden, came

County’s significant Abraham Lincoln

grounds and in the nearby woodlands

boyhood historical sites, and the many

will join the pealing bells in the

activities at Holiday World in Santa

archabbey’s twin towers to call the

Claus.

faithful to worship. “The Holy Week

death, Meinrad invited the men

and Easter liturgies are very special,”

in and offered them food and

said Schumacher, “and open to the

drink. The men murdered him,

public.”

and then fled in fear. Meinrad’s

Spring’s renewal arrives sooner in the southern tier of counties than elsewhere in Indiana. It’s an especially beautiful time to visit the archabbey. The blooming dapples of dogwood and sprays of redbuds around the

RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

to his hermitage. In spite of a premonition of his impending

death earned him the moniker “Martyr of Hospitality.” A half century later, the Abbey of Einsiedeln was built on the site of Meinrad’s hermitage. When Einsiedeln established an abbey in Indiana in 1854, it honored the saint by naming it for him. The feast of St. Meinrad is celebrated on his day of death, Jan. 21.

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Easter Trains, North Judson (Starke), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. The approximately 12-mile roundtrip features an Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Each child/youth receives a bag of toys and candy from the Easter Bunny. Purchasing tickets online is recommended as trains have sold out in the past. Times: 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm (Central Time). Cost: $9 and up. 574-896-3950. marketing@hoosiervalley.org

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Earth Day, Albion (Noble), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Meet, observe, and learn about the animal residents at Black Pine. General visitation fees apply. Park Pal members are free. 260-636-7383. lori@blackpine.org. www.blackpine.org

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28th Annual 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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Pollinator Day, New Albany (Floyd), 3000 Technology Ave. Hands-on activities for all ages. Local vendors also will be present selling garden and nature-related items. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt or tote, a native tree or shrub, and a complimentary lunch, while supplies last. Free. 10 am-3 pm. 812-948-5470. gmanders@purdue.edu

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Courthouse Dogwood Tour, Rome (Perry), Town Square. Fried chicken with all the fixings, Sassafras tea, burger concessions, country store, second annual car and truck show, music, free children’s activities and petting zoo, oldtime demonstrators, quilt and arrowhead shows. Free. 11 am-3:30 pm (Central Time). 812-719-8418. peke@psci.net

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Indiana Connection 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 Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Indiana Connection 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 IndianaConnection.org; email info@indianaconnection.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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Wiper duty do-it-yourself

Indiana Connection Marketplace

CHANGING WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES A SIMPLE CAR MAINTENANCE TASK For some, the prospect of performing any type of car maintenance is daunting. However, doing some simple DIY projects on your vehicle can save you money. One such task you can easily tackle is replacing your windshield wiper blades.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPLACE YOUR WIPER BLADES? Wiper blades are exposed to dust, dirt and debris, all of which contribute to the blades’ wear and tear. Driving with worn wiper blades can be dangerous, and they should be replaced as soon as you notice hindered visibility. Cars.com recommends that you replace your blades each spring and fall. Follow these steps to replace your windshield wiper blades:

1

2

Manufacturers have various hook designs. In some, you can simply pinch and pull to remove the blade. In others, you need to push a button or pull a latch to unhook.

3

UNLATCH THE DEFECTIVE WIPER BLADE. Some jiggling might be required. Wrap the bare arm or hook in a towel to prevent damage to your windshield if the wipers turn on or the arm smacks the windshield.

4

SOME REPLACEMENT BLADES COME WITH A RUBBER OPTIMIZER PAD. Use this optimizer to clean the wipers before installing them. The optimizer solution helps remove debris, grease, oil, etc., from the rubber.

IDENTIFY THE SIZE AND TYPE OF THE WIPER BLADE YOU WILL BE REPLACING. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will identify which type you have, and some even have step-by-step replacement instructions specific to your vehicle. On some wiper blades, you can replace the rubber squeegee part with a new wiper blade insert, while others require that you replace the whole blade.

IDENTIFY THE UNLATCHING MECHANISM FOR THE BLADE.

5

REMOVE THE PLASTIC PROTECTOR FROM THE RUBBER SIDE OF THE WIPER BLADE.

6

LATCH THE NEW WIPER BLADES (REVERSING WHAT YOU DID TO TAKE THE OLD ONES OFF). SOURCE: CARS.COM

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safety

Tornado tips:

WHAT TO TO DO NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

Tornado season is upon us. Do you know what to do if you’re in the path of a tornado? If you’re inside during a tornado, take shelter in a windowless, interior room; a storm cellar; or the lowest level of the building. Stay away from glass doors and windows to avoid debris from heavy wind. Crouch down and make yourself as small of a “target” as possible. If you can, get under a piece of sturdy furniture, like a heavy table or desk. Always use your arms to protect your head and neck from injury.

If a tornado hits while you’re in a car, trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or storm shelter. Cars, trailers and mobile homes can easily be swept away by a tornado or heavy winds. They are not safe places to be.

If you are outside and cannot find shelter, seek low ground or depression and cover your head and neck. Be aware of possible risks like falling trees or power lines and lightning. The most dangerous place during a tornado is under an overpass. Seeking

shelter under an overpass puts you at a higher elevation with no protection from debris and winds. Never try to outrun the storm. It moves hundreds of miles an hour so your survival chances are much better if you find the best shelter you can. To prepare for a tornado, always keep a battery-powered radio handy to receive emergency information. Also, to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, never use generators or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper. The time after a tornado brings communities together, and many want to help in any way they can. But be careful when entering damaged buildings and stay out of any buildings that smell like gas. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris. If you want to help with the recovery efforts after a disaster, please go through an established organization to volunteer. These areas can be dangerous, and those organizations will know how to organize and respond in a safe manner.

SIGNS OF A TORNADO: • Dark green sky • Rotating wall cloud • Large hail • Loud roar, like a freight train

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TORNADO: • Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations. • Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately. • Designate a spot in your home as a shelter, and practice with everyone in your family. • Make sure everyone understands the siren warning system in the area. • Mark where first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located.

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pets

Why is my dog

A third reason dogs bark excessively may be a physical, psychological,

always barking?

or genetic disorder. A urinary tract

BY RICHARD G. BIEVER

have been abused or abandoned may

up for most situations. But it’s not the case when it comes to dogs — especially dogs that bark too much. In that the case, the best time to give your dog attention is when it’s being calm and quiet says veterinary behaviorist Dr. Niwako Ogata, associate professor at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. It’s almost counterintuitive.

Always give attention when the dog does the thing you want to see. D R . N I WA K O O G ATA Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

the dog,” Ogata said. Barking within the home is the dog “When he or she’s calm and quiet:

communicating with you. Barking at

THAT is definitely the time you need

external noises — traffic, other dogs

to play with the dog. That teaches the

— is generally territorial barking. Both

dog that to get your attention, ‘I need

are normal behaviors, Ogata said,

to be a good boy or a good girl,’” she

that can be modified by lessening

said. “Always give attention when the

the external exposure and providing

dog does the thing you want to see.”

proper training.

By “attention,” Ogata means eye contact, gentle talk, treats and the like. No one should expect a dog to never bark, she noted. That’s how dogs communicate. But some dogs do bark excessively which can create problems for the owner, the neighbors and the dog itself. Ogata said the first step is to figure out what might be causing excessive barking. Once the reason is isolated, you can start to treat the problem.

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canine senility which might also lead to aimless barking. Ogata said if an owner can’t easily find a reason for the barking, the dog should be seen by a veterinarian. The vet should be able to determine if there is a medical or behavioral problem. Much like children, dogs in the home need to feel secure and loved. They need attention and exercise. And, and consistency, most will learn to

met — it’s been fed, exercised and

doesn’t mean you have to play with

go out. And, like humans, dogs that

as with kids, with patience, practice

of your dog’s necessities have been

and starts barking for attention, “That

will bark often feeling the need to

noises. Older dogs can develop

But if you’ve already made sure all

has gone potty — and it stares at you

dog feel as if it has to go potty; it

be excessively fearful of common

“Let sleeping dogs lie” might be good advice about not stirring things

infection, she said, will make your

respond in the ways to meet your approval. If problems persist with any type of pet behavior, Ogata said Purdue University offers services that may help. Contact the Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic at 765-494-1107; or visit: https://vet.purdue.edu/ animalbehavior/.

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.


co-op news

Sidelines

What’s happening in your community

• April 6: Fifth Annual Midwest

• April 13: Community Focused

AVOID DANGERS AFTER A STORM

Shutterbug Scale and Picture Car

Group. Jay Community Center.

Show. Jay County Fairgrounds.

Event hosted by Jay County

Picture entry fee, $10. Model entry

Community Partners. The

fee, $5. Best of show and other

group’s purpose is to compile a

special awards. Concessions,

comprehensive list of community

If you see a downed power

vendors, DJ Fast Eddie.

resources. 12-3 p.m. Kimbra

line, move away from it and

Registration, 9 a.m.-Noon. Awards

Chenoweth-O’Brien, 260-251-3259,

anything touching it. Keep

at 4 p.m.

JCDPCcontact@gmail.com; Allison

• April 12-13: Fourth Annual Sportsman Outdoor Show, Sale & Auction. Jay County Fairgrounds.

Keen, 260-726-4707, keen12@ purdue.edu. • April 27: Indiana State Judo

Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6

Championship. Jay County High

p.m. Consignment auction Saturday

School Auxiliary Gym. 877-726-4481.

at 3 p.m. Jeremy Lewis, 260-7265231, or Ron Krieg, 260-251-3906. jcfsportsman@gmail.com.

STAY SAFE AROUND DOWNED POWER LINES:

a distance of 35 feet, as the ground around downed power lines may be energized. If you see someone in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, DO NOT touch him/her. You could become

— Sidelines information courtesy of

energized as well. Call 911 for

Jay County Chamber of Commerce

assistance.

and Purdue Extension.

If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power

DRAWING WINNER The winner of the gift certificate from Flower Nook was Norma N. of Jay County. Congratulations, Norma!

line while you’re in the vehicle, stay inside the car. Call 911 or honk your horn to get help, but tell those rendering aid to stay away from the vehicle.

Win a $50 bill credit Follow these simple steps for your chance to win $50 in electricity. Clip the coupon below. Complete and return the form to the office with your monthly payment before the last working day of the month. FEBRUARY WINNER: William J. of Jay County

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Wabash Valley Power news

Earn the Save Embrace these options to lower your energy use and improve your comfort As any good baseball team brings in a new pitcher in crunch time to close out the game, you also can make upgrades to your home to improve its energy performance when and where it counts to earn the save! Many options are available that can improve your home’s comfort while reducing long-term energy use (and costs!). Some options to make the energy save include: LEDs: If you haven’t made the switch

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Look for the ENERGY STAR when you

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dishwasher, washing machine, clothes

increase your home’s comfort by ensuring

of the energy required by incandescent

dryer, or TV.

that the summer heat stays outside and

bulbs. LEDs have been around for

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Air Sealing: You may be surprised how

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career profile

New goals

daily Top 3 responsibilities in a day 1.

Maintain and build electric power lines.

2. Service equipment and tools. 3. Perform substation maintenance.

What’s your typical day like? There is no such thing. We have planned duties, but a weather event can change those plans quickly. What kind of education have you had? I completed a four-year apprenticeship program that requires 576 hours of classroom study and 8,000 hours of onthe-job training. At the same time, I took classes through Ivy Tech Community College. At the end of the program, I earned a journeyman lineman’s certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree. How important is continuing education? Advancements in technology have improved the way we are able to deliver electricity to our

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Dave Peters Journeyman Lineworker Jay County REMC consumers, and it’s important for us to stay up to date on that new technology. Ongoing safety education is also critical to working in an unforgiving profession. What’s the most rewarding part of your job? It’s when we see the lights come back on after restoring power. Not only have we repaired the outage, we’ve restored our consumers’ way of life. Why do you enjoy working at a cooperative? I love being outdoors and working with my hands in a rewarding career. I feel like I am accomplishing a goal every day and appreciate working in

a culture that puts an emphasis on supporting its team and community. How are you and the cooperative involved in the community? We live here so we want to make our community better for our families and friends. We understand the importance of volunteerism and how it has a positive impact on the community.

INTERESTED IN AN ELECTRIC CO-OP CAREER? Visit WePowerIndiana.org to learn about available careers or tell us about yourself.


Always call 811 before starting fencing & landscaping projects. Landowners completing these projects were more than three times more likely to hit a buried utility because they did not call 811 before breaking ground.


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Jay County REMC — April 2019 Indiana Connection  

Jay County REMC — April 2019 Indiana Connection