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31 on 31 Indiana road trip we appreciate you! Every Friday in August is Member Appreciation Day at KREMC
from the editor
Be a clown
Looking back, I’ve done some pretty interesting things so far in my life. I’ve judged a cooking competition and a scholarship pageant. Not only have I flown the friendly transcontinental skies in a 747, I’ve been sky high in a hot air balloon. I’ve buzzed around the Charlotte Motor Speedway in a car navigated by a NASCAR driver and driven my own car (much slower) around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And, for several years, I built quite a reputation as a face painter. Back in the 1990s, you might have seen me at some electric co-op annual meetings, stationed at a small table equipped with palettes of clown make-up and brushes. I adorned children’s faces with flowers and rainbows and whatever else they desired. Unlike many face painters, I wasn’t a clown. However, when I was “booked” for one of my REMC annual meeting painting gigs, a coworker was asked to dress up like a clown and help entertain the kids. I was in charge of transforming her into her new persona: “Coney.” I’ll never forget the bemused reaction she got from other travelers as she drove us along Interstate 74 in full clown make-up and wig. I learned then never to underestimate the power of a makeover. When you’re dressed like a clown, you will definitely not be ignored. The first week of August is National Clown Week. Although Stephen King’s “It” may have given some a “clown complex,” when I think about clowns, I remember “Coney” and how some greasepaint, a red wig and a goofy personality can brighten someone’s day!
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On the menu: November — Quintessential Hoosier foods (like
persimmon pudding, pork tenderloin, and sugar cream pie): deadline Aug. 13. December issue — Christmas candy: deadline Sept. 14. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.
Reader Submissions page: November — Photos of you and politicians/candidates for government offices: deadline Aug. 13. December — Christmas light displays: deadline Sept. 14.
Giveaway: Winner of the $25 Starbucks gift card was Kathy Trinkle of West Lafayette. Her favorite “song of summer” is “Jump” by Van Halen.
Three ways to contact us: To send us recipes, photos, event listings, letters and
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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric co-op. 10 ENERGY Time to update your appliances? Do some research first. 11 PRODUCT RECALLS Lamps and video monitors make this month’s list.
12 INSIGHTS Boone County corn maze to honor slain deputy. 16 INDIANA EATS Zaharakos in Columbus hearkens back to ice cream parlors of yore. 17 FOOD Kid-approved sweet treats.
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cover story 19 COVER STORY 31 reasons why you should pull over when cruising on U.S. 31. 26 OUTDOOR Angler reels in state’s biggest whitefish. 27 SAFETY How to incorporate electrical safety devices in your home.
28 EVENTS CALENDAR 30 PRODUCT PICKS Keeping it cool. 31 BACKYARD (not in all editions) 32 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 34 PROFILE State Fair Queen Audrey Campbell on a grand tour to promote fair, 4-H.
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which runs the length of the state from north of the
patrons at Zaharako’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant unique places to visit along Indiana’s stretch of U.S. 31 Ohio River in the south to South Bend in the north. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER
Changes at your REMC Over the last couple of years, we have noticed a steady decline in members who requested an
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in-home energy audit. Late last year, our energy advisor left for an opportunity to work with her family, so we took that occasion to evaluate the best decisions moving forward for our member needs. I’m pleased to announce we have made some exciting changes. Kosciusko REMC is an unusual mix for an electric cooperative. Most rural electric cooperatives are farm and residential revenue driven. Here, we are blessed with many commercial and industrial members, 60 percent of our revenue, to be exact. Yet, we don’t
OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
have an “expert” on staff dedicated to those accounts. We have an excellent member service
ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582
In early July, we hired a key account coordinator, Dalton Caley. He will specialize in
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group composed of residential geniuses, but larger accounts are a different animal.
industrial members’ power quality issues, growth and expansion plans, recommendations for equipment and lighting cost savings options, along with a multitude of other diverse, member-specific projects.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman
For our residential members, we have announced a new home energy
Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman
individual home information as detailed as you want, and a report will
John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming Pam Messmore
advisor online tool. Now you can sit at home, or wherever, enter your be created to give you ideas where you can find savings in your home. More detailed information is available on page 8. These changes represent the evolving needs of the KREMC membership. We are listening and paying attention and then
responding appropriately and deliberately. Since August
bills reflect July use, go to the KREMC website and log in to your member portal to use the Home Energy Advisor
SUMMER LIGHTING Look for LED products and fixtures for outdoor use, such as pathway, step and porch lights. Many include features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors. You can also find solar-powered lighting for outdoor spaces.
to see if you can save some dollars on your August energy. Also, if you run into Dalton, be sure to welcome him to the community.
BRUCE GOSLEE President and CEO
— U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
KREMC rates and rebates Use your Co-op Connections Card to save at local businesses Beauty Beyond at Cosmo in Warsaw $10 off
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Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge.............................. $-.0029 per kWh
Electric water heaters 50 gallons or larger: • Gas to electric replacement — $125 • New construction water heater — $125 • Second water heater — $50 • Geothermal desuperheater — $50
Outdoor Lights* 40w LED........................................$8.75 per month 70w LED......................................$12.25 per month
HVAC: • Geothermal system installation — $250 • Air-source heat pump system — $150 • Programmable thermostat — up to $25 Visit www.kremc.com for complete guidelines and restrictions. Additional rebates can be found at powermoves.com.
Every Friday in August is Member Appreciation Day at KREMC! Come say hello. We’ll make it worth your while. Member Appreciation Dates: Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Kosciusko REMC welcomes Dalton Caley Kosciusko REMC is delighted to announce Dalton Caley is joining our team in service to our cooperative members. He is KREMC’s key account coordinator. In this role, Caley will address the needs and concerns of the large power accounts on KREMC lines. Caley comes to us from a local precision manufacturing company where he was a laser etch programmer. He was born and raised in Huntington. When asked about his career goals, he responded, “Well, it doesn’t get much better than working for an REMC.” We couldn’t agree more! Emily Cowan, manager of marketing and member service, said, “We are pleased to have Dalton join our department. I feel confident that we have found the right person to cultivate relationships with commercial and industrial members so that we may serve them better.” If you would like more information on how Caley can help you or your large industrial account with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
When it’s time for kids to go back to school, consider these
options The lazy days of summer are leaving us, and the school year is fast approaching. As the leaves begin to fall, our days will be getting shorter. This time of year, it seems we are trying to pack more into shorter days. This is a very stressful task, to say the least. What if we told you we could help? Of course, we can’t keep the leaves on the trees and the temperatures from dropping. Nor can we keep the days from ending too soon, but
Nichole Fifer, member service representative, hugs her daughter on the first day of school.
we CAN cross a few things off your list of things you need to do in a day. KREMC has payment options that are
monthly bills. We will establish your
As much as we hate to say it, the days
designed to make your life easier. At
monthly budget amount based on your
are only getting busier as the winter
any time, you can move your account
use history. With budget billing, you
season is just around the corner. Though
with KREMC into an auto pay account.
can count on your bill being the same
we can’t rake your leaves or help you
When your account is in auto pay, you
amount every month.
prepare for hectic schedule of school,
don’t have to do a thing! We take care of your monthly payment in a timely manner by charging your credit card or directly withdrawing from your bank account. You will never receive a late fee, and you will never lose power due to nonpayment while you’re on autopay.
If you’d like more control over what and when you pay, you may want to consider PrePaid. This is our newest program developed for our members. With PrePay, you pay for your electricity as you use it. Simply put money on your account as you need it, and you
A great program to add to this is budget
can count on us to alert you when your
billing. Budget billing is the bee’s
account is running low.
we would love to help how we can. Consider the account options KREMC has to offer, and give us a call today. A member representative is available to answer your questions and make any changes to your account that you need. You can also make account changes online. Just visit our website, www. kremc.com, and go to “my account.”
knees when it comes to consistent
Are you tired of big numbers on your electric bill? Let’s do something about it together. Check out KREMC’s online Home Energy Advisor, and create your home energy profile today. Simply go to kremc.com. Head to your account and select the “My Usage” tab. Once you’re there, enter the details of your home and you will receive a home energy report with personalized savings tips. KREMC’s Home Energy Advisor is just another way we give our members the power to live!
Family Safety Day Saturday, Sept. 8 Central Park in Warsaw
KREMC will be giving bucket truck rides at Family Safety Day this year. Come by and see us, will ya? A bird’s eye view is just a bucket truck away.
KREMC’s Home Energy Advisor is a brand new online tool created just for you to help you save energy and lower your electric bill.
Understanding Appliance BY PAT KEEGAN & BRAD THIESSEN
Dear Pat and Brad: Several of my appliances are getting old and will need to be replaced soon. Will the appliance choices I make have much impact on my energy bill? – Chelsea
Dear Chelsea: Your energy use varies month to month, so it can be difficult to see how much difference an appliance purchase makes. It’s best to view the purchase over the lifetime of the equipment. Think about the up-front cost and the lifetime energy cost. In a Consumer Reports test, the most efficient refrigerator used $68 per year less electricity than the least efficient model. Multiply that difference over a decade or two, and the lifetime energy savings could be greater than the up-front cost. All it takes to get the best appliance for your needs is some initial research. Appliance energy use is usually less, on average, than home heating and cooling bills, but can be several hundred dollars each year. Your appliance use depends on
factors like the model, how often you use it, the settings you use for its particular function and even the time of day it is most used. Over the last few decades, new appliances became more energy efficient, driven partly by minimum government standards. These standards, created by the U.S. Department of Energy, save consumers over $60 billion each year. Appliances are required to include an Energy Guide label that shows estimated energy use and operating cost per year. These labels help you compare different models and calculate the initial cost against the long-term savings. Some appliances will also have an ENERGY STAR label. This indicates the appliance is substantially more efficient than the minimum standard. Your greatest energy savings opportunities can come from replacing an old appliance with an ENERGY STAR-rated appliance. Removing a refrigerator that’s 20 years old and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR model can lower the monthly electricity cost by 75 percent, from $16.50 to less than $4. In some cases, the configuration of the appliance can also make a substantial difference. For example, a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer uses about 70 percent more energy than other configurations, with all the most efficient models having the refrigerator stacked on top of the freezer. All 36 of the most efficient clothes washers of 2018 were frontloading models. Consider how much you use the appliance. The more you use the appliance the greater your savings will be from choosing a more efficient model. If you use the appliance less or have a small household, you may get by with a smaller refrigerator or freezer, which will save you money.
How you operate appliances can also make a difference. Here are some easy ways to save:
REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER • Set your refrigerator at 35 to 38 F and your freezer at 0 F. • Make sure there is adequate air flow between the wall and the back of the unit. • Keep the refrigerator relatively full when possible. • Replace the seals around the doors if they appear to be leaking air. • Defrost the refrigerator and freezer regularly.
STOVE/OVEN • Use the correct size of burner to fit the pan. • Use smaller appliances like a microwave or slow cooker instead of the oven when possible.
DISHWASHER • Use the most energy-efficient and shortest setting that gets your dishes clean. • Air dry rather than using the heated dry function. • Wait to run a load until the dishwasher is full. Make the most out of your appliance energy use with a little research before buying a new model and a few easy adjustments to the way you use them.
This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency. For more information on saving energy on your appliances, please visit: www.collaborativeefficiency.com/ energytips.
PRODUCT 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.
GE Lighting pulls LED tube lamps GE Lighting has recalled LED Cool White Universal T8/T12 LED tube lamps. The pins on one end of the lamp can be energized during installation/removal, posing electric shock and electrocution hazards. The recall involves GE Lighting’s 31243 LED13T8U840 LED two-pack tube lamps. These units are most often used in garages, basements, workshops and utility rooms. They were sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide and online from approximately November 2017 through April 2018 for about $15. Call 800-338-4999 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or go to www.gelighting. com and click on “Product Safety Information” for more information.
Ashley Furniture recalls mislabeled floor lamps Incorrect labeling has led to a recall of Signature Design by Ashley Amnon floor lamps with a floor switch and 12 lightbulb sockets. The incorrect label on the lamp states that consumers can use 40 watt lightbulbs in the product. However, the socket is only designed to support 25 watt lightbulbs. Use of incorrect wattage lightbulbs can melt the power switch, posing a burn hazard. The portable, electric floor lamps are metal with a bronze finish and measure about 64 inches tall. Model number L207971 is printed on a label on the underside of the lamp’s base. The lamps were sold at Ashley Furniture Home stores, independently owned and operated furniture stores nationwide and online retailers from February 2017 through April 2018 for between $160 and $300. Ashley Furniture has received seven incident reports, including six reports in the United States of the floor lamp’s power switch melting with four of those reports resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported. Call 800-477-2222, ext. 129155, or go to www.ashleyfurniture.com and click on the “Consumer Notifications” link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Video monitors pose burn hazard Lorex has recalled three of video monitors — models LW2751, LW2752 and LW2962H — used with surveillance video systems. Batteries in the monitors can overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off and expose hot batteries, posing a burn hazard to consumers. The video monitors are black and were sold in two sizes; 7-inches wide by 5-inches tall, and 9-inches wide by 6-inches tall. Lorex has received 328 reports of the monitor battery overheating and/or expanding. No injuries have been reported. The monitors were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide and online from April 2014 through March 2017. The video monitors were sold in bundles for between $150 and $330. Call 844-265-7388 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
insights NEW USS INDIANA SUBMARINE TO HIT THE SEAS IN SEPTEMBER A next-generation attack submarine named for the Hoosier state joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet on June 25. The USS Indiana began construction in 2012 and is scheduled to commission next month. This is the fourth time a ship has been named after the 19th state, and it will be the first USS Indiana to be in active service since the end of World War II. The first USS Indiana (BB 1), a battleship, saw action during the Spanish-American War and participated in both the blockade and battle of Santiago de Cuba. The second (BB50) was canceled before it was fully constructed in the 1920s. The third USS Indiana (BB 58) was completed in April 1942, saw extensive combat in the Pacific theater of World War II, and earned nine battle stars. Virginia-class submarines such as the USS Indiana are built to operate in littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations forces support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. P HO TO C OU RT E SY OF S U B M AR IN E FOR C E ATLA N TIC
Corn maze to honor slain deputy The Boone County community was
feature a design which will read “Dulls
shaken when Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob
Honor Our Everyday Heroes” and will
Pickett was fatally shot during a police
include Pickett’s badge number in the
chase in March. This fall, Dull’s Tree
center of a large sheriff’s star.
Farm in Thorntown will dedicate one of its most popular fall traditions to fallen Pickett. Harvest” will honor Pickett and support
get into the farm for free with proof of
all members of law enforcement and first
responders. The eight-acre attraction will
They’ve got the power Concern for community is not limited
be formally recognized at the Indiana
by age. Past winners of the Youth
Electric Cooperatives annual meeting
Power and Hope Awards, including
in Indianapolis on Dec. 4. They will also
those who’ve spearheaded anti-bullying
be featured in an Electric Consumer
campaigns, toy drives, and logged in
Indiana’s electric cooperatives invite
Indiana Eats article about Limestone Cafe listed incorrect hours of operation. The restaurant is open from 5-9 p.m. on Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. on Fridays.
will open on Sept. 29. Through the end of October, all first responders will
proven that. Electric Consumer and
CORRECTION: Last month’s
by Boone REMC. Its Pumpkin Harvest
The corn maze at the farm’s “Pumpkin
hundreds of volunteer hours, have
Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit Indiana (SSN 789) stand watch and pilot the vessel while underway.
Dull’s Tree Farm is served electrically
community-minded students who will be in grades 5-8 this school year to apply
Applicants do not have to live within an REMC/REC territory. However, they must reside in Indiana. Deadline to apply is Oct. 5.
for this year’s Youth Power and Hope
For more information and application
forms, please visit our website: www.
Up to five winners will be named. Each winner will receive $500. Winners will
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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ZAHARAKOS HEARKENS BACK TO ICE CREAM PARLORS OF YORE
ZAHARAKOS Ice Cream Parlor and Museum 329 W. Washington St. Columbus, Indiana 812-378-1900
Long gone are the days when you could savor an ice cream soda or sundae at an honest-togoodness ice cream parlor/soda fountain — that is, unless you visit Zaharakos in Columbus, Indiana. This national historic landmark is known not only for its creamy homemade ice cream, but for its unparalleled atmosphere.
Britney Pagels pours strawberries and syrup onto an ice cream dish as 7-year-old Reese Yoder of Brownsburg oohs in anticipation. Along with usual ice cream shop fare, the iconic parlor still serves up the ice cream sodas and phosphates from behind its marble counter just as it did a century ago.
onsite player piano, designed to sound like a full orchestra, entertains with ragtime tunes.
cream with three toppings.
Originally, it was a candy store when the four Zaharako brothers, Greek immigrants, opened it in 1900. But by 1911, Zaharakos had transitioned into an parlor and fountain purveying some of the treats it still serves today.
An adjoining museum houses mechanical musical instruments and soda fountain relics. And the banquet rooms — which can accommodate small and large groups alike — are like a special treat with a cherry on top. For instance, the Whitman Room, which can seat 24 guests, is a private ice cream parlor with special seating for the kids.
Visitors wanting something a bit more substantial before diving into the sweets, will find a generous menu of sandwiches, sides, salads, chili and macaroni and cheese. Zaharakos is famous for its version of Sloppy Joes, the Gom Sandwich, and its giant handcut, hand-breaded tenderloin.
In 2007, it was restored to its turn-of-lastcentury glory. Stained glass windows, a tin ceiling, marble pillars and counter, and refurbished woodwork add architectural charm. Two Mexican onyx soda fountains, which were originally used at the 1904 World’s Fair, are still dispensing favorites like Green River phosphates and flavored colas. The
But ambiance aside, Zaharakos — or “Greek’s” as it’s sometimes still called — is known for its old-timey fountain favorites like sundaes, floats, milk shakes and ice cream sodas. Those wanting to try for a massive brain freeze can order The Big “Z:” five scoops of ice
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Before devouring that whole tenderloin when at Zaharakos, though, it’s wise to remember the old adage: “save room for dessert.” You’ll be glad you did!
SEE MORE IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT U.S. 31 ROAD TRIP ON PAGES 19–24.
Popsicles by Marilles Mauer, Greensburg 1 (3-oz.) package gelatin 1 cup sugar 3 cups water 1 (0.15-oz.) package powdered drink mix 2 cups boiling water Use any flavor of gelatin and drink mix. Mix gelatin and boiling water. Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend together well and freeze in popsicle molds until frozen firm. Makes about 10 popsicles. JULY 2018
food FO O D PREPARED BY ELECTR I C CO NS UME R S TA FF PHO TO S BY RI CHA RD G . B I E V E R
Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by Riley Carothers, Elizabethtown COOKIES ½ cup butter, softened 1¼ cups sugar 2 large eggs
Toll House Marble Squares
at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup pumpkin (from can) 1 t. vanilla 2 T. molasses 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 t. baking powder 1 t. baking soda 1 t. ground cinnamon ½ t. ground ginger ½ t. ground cloves ¼ t. ground cardamom ¼ t. salt
(only if using unsalted butter; otherwise omit)
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and beat well. Add
Toll House Marble Squares
Edible Fun Dough
and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture
by Kathi Tooley, Berne
by Christine Franke, LaGrange
and stir well. Using a teaspoon-size
1 cup butter ¾ cup brown sugar ¾ cup white sugar 1 t. vanilla 2 eggs 1 t. baking soda 1 t. salt 2 cups flour
pumpkin, vanilla, and molasses; beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda,
cookie scoop, drop onto greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes in 350 F oven. Cookie should spring back to the touch. FILLING 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 6 T. butter, softened ½ t. vanilla 1½ cups powdered sugar Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla
12 oz. chocolate chips Mix together butter, sugars and vanilla. Then add eggs and stir well. Blend in baking soda, salt,
until fluffy. Gradually mix in powdered
and flour. Spread evenly into
sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
greased cookie sheet or jelly roll
Generously frost the flat side of one
pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over
cookie with filling, then top it with the
dough and bake 1-2 minutes at 375
flat side of another one to make a
F until chips are slightly melted.
“sandwich.” Repeat with remaining
Remove from oven and swirl with
cookies and filling.
knife until marbleized. Return to oven and bake 12-15 minutes.
1 cup peanut butter 2 cups powdered milk ½-1 cup honey Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add more/less powdered milk or more/less honey to make stiffer or softer as needed.
Fulton County Historical Society From the outside, the round barn at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds north of Rochester looks quite simple. But the skeletal framework of the roof seen from the inside looking up reveals amazing geometric shapes and intricate woodwork.
31 on BY RICHARD G. BIEVER It’s designated “U.S.” Route 31. But perhaps more than any other single state or federal highway, Route 31 truly traces the heart of Indiana. It’s really about “Us.” AUGUST 2018
cover story Take a road trip on the highway that runs through the heart of Indiana
U.S. 31 literally wraps itself around Monument Circle in the very center of our state capital and splits Indiana down the middle. North of Indianapolis, it’s a major thoroughfare, a direct four-lane north-south spoke in between interstates 65 and 69. To the south of Indianapolis, U.S. 31 becomes a more leisurely two-lane retro road that parallels Interstate 65. The some 270 miles U.S. 31 spends in Indiana take motorists on a magical history tour
from when cars and paved two-lanes began replacing rivers, corduroy roads and steel rails as America’s favorite form of transportation. Take a ride with us this month as Electric Consumer highlights 31 unique and interesting places on or along Route 31.
FALLS OF THE OHIO RIVER STATE PARK, CLARKSVILLE.
Our first stop is on the banks of the Ohio Indiana from the Clark Memorial Bridge.
in 1939, provides service to over
the core of their “Corps of Discovery” set off to the Pacific Ocean and back. A statue depicting the two adventurers is on the bluff next to the park’s Interpretive Center.
Bunker Hill Kokomo Sharpsville Arcadia Indianapolis Franklin Amity Edinburgh Columbus Seymour Underwood Sellersburg Clarksville
Headquartered not far off the 31 trail, Clark County REMC, incorporated
Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and
South Bend North Liberty Plymouth Rochester Denver Peru
River, just west of where U.S. 31 enters At the Falls, in the fall of 1803,
CLARK COUNTY REMC,
Below the center on the river’s edge,
20,810 members living in Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Scott and Washington counties.
PIGEON ROOST MASSACRE MEMORIAL, UNDERWOOD.
The site off U.S. 31 memorializes the
386-million-year-old fossil beds are
Sept. 3, 1812 surprise attack on the
among the largest exposed (when the
small Pigeon Roost settlement by a band
river cooperates) Devonian fossil beds in
of Native Americans. Fifteen children
and nine adults were killed, marking the
first deaths of Indiana settlers in the War of 1812. COLGATE CLOCK, CLARKSVILLE.
Mere blocks from the Falls of the Ohio is the Colgate Clock. At 38 feet in diameter, it is reportedly the second largest
MUSCATATUCK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SEYMOUR.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is
timepiece in the world. It was originally
a 7,724-acre area of forest, wetland and
erected at the Colgate plant in New
grassland habitat just to the east of U.S.
Jersey in 1906 to mark the company’s
31 as it passes by Seymour. The site
centennial. In 1924, a larger clock was
provides resting and feeding areas for
erected at the New Jersey plant, and the original was brought to Indiana.
waterfowl during their annual migrations. More than 280 species of birds have been seen there.
Falls of the Ohio River State Park
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY REMC, COLUMBUS.
Founded in 1937, the REMC provides electricity to some 10,100 members in Bartholomew and parts of Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties.
COLUMBUS, INDIANA: ARCHITECTURAL MECCA.
For a city its size, Columbus claims an astounding collection of architecturally significant buildings and art created by some of the biggest names in modern art and architecture.
ZAHARAKOS ICE CREAM PARLOR AND MUSEUM, COLUMBUS.
Please turn back to page 16 for details on this amazing stop.
EDINBURGH PREMIUM OUTLETS, EDINBURGH
Located at the intersection of U.S. 31 and I-65 between Taylorsville and Edinburgh, Edinburgh Premium Outlets has every shopping need covered with 85 stores. There are a variety of restaurants and antique stores surrounding the complex.
PRISONER OF WAR CHAPEL, JOHNSON COUNTY.
After the U.S. entry into World War II, the newly-established Army training ground, Camp Atterbury, became the destination for about 15,000 Italian and German POWs. In 1943, some Italian POWs requested permission to build a Roman Catholic chapel in a quiet corner
Sarah Marksbury and son Tyler, 10, experience a cool spray of water as the Ohio River splashes up from its banks at the Falls of the Ohio River State Park in Clarksville. The two, along with husband and dad Danny Marksbury, from Williamtown, Kentucky, came to the riverâ€™s northern edge one hot, muggy Saturday last month to check out the famed exposed fossil beds below the falls but found the water too high.
Grave(s) in the middle of the road Nancy Kerlin Barnett rests in peace in the middle of Johnson County Road 400 South near Amity. According to local legend, when the county built the road in 1905, her grandson held vigil with a shotgun to protect her grave. So, the county diverted the east/ west lanes around her. When the road was improved a couple of years ago, several other remains were found with hers. They were all reinterred in the same spot.
JOHNSON COUNTY REMC, FRANKLIN.
Founded in 1935, the REMC serves over 21,000 members in Johnson and portions of Brown, Morgan and Shelby counties.
SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' MONUMENT, INDIANAPOLIS.
Technically, U.S. 31 today detours east around Indianapolis, sharing the road with the I-465 beltway. But before 465 was built, U.S. 31 ran right into the heart of downtown Indianapolis. And that’s the route we’ll take for a number of don’tmiss sites in the capital city. One of the most iconic symbols of Indianapolis is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on the circle in the very center of the city. Begun in 1888 and dedicated in 1902, the 284-foot-6-inch monument honors Hoosier veterans of the wars to that point and was the first in the United States dedicated to the common soldier.
of the camp. After the war, the “Chapel
right through her gravesite. Local lore
in the Meadow” fell into disrepair. While
maintains that when workers arrived to
Atterbury remains an active National
move Barnett’s remains, her grandson
Guard base, the land with the chapel
was standing vigil with a shotgun. That
was returned to the county. It later
led to a compromise: Her grave stayed,
became part of Johnson County Park,
and what became County Road 400
and, in 1988, the chapel was restored.
South split in the middle with the lanes of
the road diverting to either side around it. In 2016, the road was widened and the GRAVE(S) IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, AMITY.
grave lowered to make the road safer for motorists. When Barnett’s remains were temporarily removed during the work, the
When Nancy Kerlin Barnett died 1831,
remains of at least seven others were
she was buried as she requested: on a
discovered. The group was reinterred in
grassy hill near Sugar Creek.
what should now be called the “Graves
In 1905, county officials decided to build
in the Middle of the Road.”
a bridge over the creek and a road —
WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS.
The park on Indy’s near west side covers 250 acres along the White River. Among the attractions located in or near the park are the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians Triple-A minor league baseball team), and an outdoor concert venue.
INDIANA WORLD WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA, INDIANAPOLIS.
North of Monument Circle, the five-cityblock plaza is home for national and state headquarters of the American
Legion. The plaza includes the Indiana World War Memorial Building; Obelisk Square; more recent semi-circular memorials to World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War; and more.
what became U.S. 31 in Kokomo
produce from their neighbors’ fields
July 4, 1894. That was the Haynes
and offered it directly to customers.
Horseless Carriage inaugural test
The newly renovated store also offers fresh bakery goods, deli meats and cheeses; hand-dipped ice cream;
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, INDIANAPOLIS.
The museum on Meridian Street is the world’s largest dedicated to children. Its five floors of exhibit halls receive more than 1 million visitors annually.
variety of fresh and vine-ripened
INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS, INDIANAPOLIS.
old-fashioned candies; pies; jellies and jams, and much more!
THE KELLEY AGRICULTURAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM, SHARPSVILLE.
and current, for General Motors, GM Components Holding and Chrysler Transmission. Haynes was an inventor, scientist, industrialist, educator and philanthropist who is credited with being the first to produce cars preserved as a public museum.
is a collection of eclectic structures from the 1800s and early 1920 on 125 a round barn, farmhouse, red brick
fairgrounds and its biggest annual
school house, log cabin, a blacksmith
event, the State Fair. Some 900,000
shop and more.
the giant manufacturing facilities, past
diverts to the east around Kokomo,
need less introduction than the
the marker is on the same block as
commercially. His mansion is now
acres. The restored buildings include
WILSON FARM MARKET,
old Pumpkinville Pike. Appropriately,
Just south of where the “new” U.S. 31
Few locations and events in Indiana
visitors attend the fair each year.
drive over “a 6-mile course” on the
GRISSOM AIR MUSEUM (AND AIR RESERVE BASE), BUNKER HILL.
One of the nation’s fastest growing aviation museums, Grissom has 25
ELWOOD HAYNES MUSEUM/FIRST 'ROAD TRIP' BY HORSELESS CARRIAGE, KOKOMO.
For over 40 years, Bill and Judy
The first road trip by car, notes
Wilson have gathered up a wide
a historical marker, passed over
military aircraft on display, a fivestory Cold War Security Alert Tower, cockpits or trainers, and more. It sits on the fringes of the Grissom Air Reserve Base, home to the 434th Air Refueling Wing.
PERU AMATEUR CIRCUS, PERU.
Every year, approximately 200 young people present 10 circus performances during an eight day festival in mid-July. Other circus performers and a huge number of volunteers join together to support these talented performers.
Wilson Farm Market Jennifer Zech, an employee at Wilson Farm Market, stacks local sweet corn in a bin. The market is an oasis of farm and fresh-baked goods just north of metro Indianapolis congestion, and U.S. 31 literally is right out the front window.
Peru’s Circus City Festival, Inc., was formed in 1960 to reawaken the area’s rich circus heritage that dates back to the late 1800s. Along with the performances, the Circus City Center in downtown Peru also hosts a museum filled with photos, miniatures, displays, and costumes from circuses past. AUGUST 2018
VOHNE LICHE KENNELS, DENVER.
For being the world’s largest and most renown trainer of police, military and security service dogs, Vohne Liche Kennels keeps a low profile with the general public. Its 350-acre K-9 campus on the east side of U.S. 31 near the Miami/Fulton county line is served electrically by Miami-Cass REMC. But since 1993, Vohne Liche has trained dogs for over 5,000 law enforcement and government agencies in 49 states and 40 nations. Officers come to northern Indiana from around the world to learn how to handle their new highly-trained K-9 partners.
Vohne Liche Bobby Roettger, director of military training at Vohne Liche Kennels, pauses while training this Belgian Malinois. Based in Denver, Indiana, with satellite kennels worldwide, Vohne Loche is the world’s largest trainer of military and law enforcement service dogs.
MIAMI-CASS REMC, PERU.
Headquartered atop the hill on U.S. 31 (just north of U.S. 24), the REMC serves about 5,200 consumers in Miami, Cass, and parts of Wabash counties.
McCLURE'S ORCHARD/ WINERY, PERU.
Served electrically by Miami-Cass REMC, the family-run facility, located north of Peru on the west side of U.S. 31, is a flourishing orchard and farm open year-round. Along with apple treats and ciders, hard ciders and wines, McClure’s also offers a gift shop, petting zoo and a café.
FULTON COUNTY REMC, ROCHESTER.
POTATO CREEK STATE PARK, NORTH LIBERTY.
Located a few miles west of U.S. 31, the park offers a wide array of natural features including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, woodlands, restored prairies, and diverse wetlands. The park is also noted for its 6.6 miles of wooded mountain bike trails.
POTOWATAMI ZOO, SOUTH BEND.
As in Indianapolis and Kokomo, U.S. 31 now diverts around the city of South Bend. But just off its older route through town is the Potawatomi Zoo. The zoo began in 1902 and bills itself as the oldest zoo in Indiana. It covers 23 acres with over 500 animals.
Founded in 1936, the REMC serves a little over 4,800 members in Fulton and parts of Cass, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, Pulaski, and Starke counties.
The Studebaker National Museum opened in 2005 to honor the legacy of the famed South Bend automaker.
FULTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM/ ROUND BARN/ VILLAGE, ROCHESTER.
Located on U.S. 31 four miles north of Rochester, the historical society grounds include a museum, a full-sized round barn and a village of restored historical buildings depicting the 19001925 time period.
MARSHALL COUNTY REMC, PLYMOUTH.
Incorporated in 1935, the REMC serves a little over 6,000 members, mostly in Marshall County but also in parts of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, St. Joseph and Starke counties.
STUDEBAKER NATIONAL MUSEUM, SOUTH BEND.
What better way to wrap up a road trip than a stop at a museum devoted to cars?
Studebaker began as a wagon manufacturer in South Bend in 1852. It entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric and then gasoline vehicles. Financial problems began taking a toll in the 1950s and by the end of 1963, the South Bend plant ceased production.
To read and learn more about the 31 points of interest we breezed through, please visit this story on our website at ElectricConsumer.org.
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Angler reels in state’s biggest whitefish
Ready to catch your own whitefish? Whitefish have long been targets of commercial fishing operations in northern
Friday the 13th proved lucky for a Crown
Lake Michigan because of the demand
Point angler who broke the record for the
for their flaky white flesh. Recently, sport
biggest lake whitefish caught in Indiana.
anglers began targeting them in southern
Dustin Meeter landed the record 6-pound,
Lake Michigan, which prompted Indiana
3-ounce lake whitefish on Lake Michigan
in 2011 to place a bag limit regulation of
near Burns Harbor in Portage on Friday,
April 13. The fish measured 25.5 inches long.
Best fishing time and locations in Indiana
Meeter’s fish marks the sixth record lake
waters have been from shore along
whitefish since the state established a
marinas and breakwaters during March
category for the species in 2012. It bested
and April, and again during spawning in
the previous record, caught in 2017, by
November. Fishing is best when water
nearly a half-pound.
temperatures are below 50 F, according
Meeter caught the whitefish from a boat while fishing with two friends. Earlier in
to DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert.
the day, the friends had trolled for Coho
“They can be caught using simple
salmon and caught their daily limit. They
techniques,” Breidert said.
then headed toward shore to jig for lake trout.
a small weight, a 12- to 24-inch leader, a small hook and single salmon egg or piece
Meeter said. “It was the best day of fishing
of night crawler. Jigging is productive for
I’ve ever had.”
boat anglers in the spring. Lake Whitefish feed on the bottom on zebra mussels, bugs and worms.
of his life in the same spot under similar circumstances. Unfamiliar with whitefish
Meeter said he isn’t sure how long his
and unaware of the state record, Meeter
record will last.
simply took the large fish home. He didn’t
“Will it be beat? I’m sure it will,” he said.
bother to look up the record until a friend suggested he do so. But, he had already fileted the fish. Meeter thinks the 2017 fish also may have been a record breaker. Nonetheless, “It was great eating,” Meeter said. Meeter submitted his most recent whitefish to Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff for official weighing the Monday after he caught it. He said he plans to have the fish mounted for display.
Shoreline anglers often bottom-fish using
“Within a minute, I caught that whitefish,”
Last year, Meeter caught the first whitefish
It was the best day of fishing I’ve ever had.
“I’m just hoping it stands for a little while.” DUSTIN MEETER landed his 6-pound, 3-ounce lake whitefish on Lake Michigan near Burns Harbor in Portage on Friday, April 13. The fish measured 25.5 inches long. Photo courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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.
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WHAT’S YOUR ESCAPE PLAN? You’ve heard of preventive technology devices that can keep you and your home safe. But just because you have those devices
Update in progress... Your home electrical systems need an update. Learn how you can incorporate these electrical safety devices to keep you and your home safe. Electricity is a major cause of house fires each year. Since outdated electrical systems can’t handle the demands of today’s devices, malfunctions, electrical fires, injury and electrocution may result. We may forget that like our phones, which update with a simple press of a button, homes need an occasional update, too! You might be tempted to press that “not now” or “remind me later” button when it comes to updating your homes. But it’s easy to incorporate new technology in our homes to help reduce the risk of fires and electrocutions. There are five main devices that can help keep you and your home safe. First, there is the arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) receptacle that, as you may have guessed, stops arc faults. Arc faults can occur when older wires become frayed or cracked, when a nail or screw damages a wire behind a wall, or when outlets or circuits are compromised. AFCIs will protect appliances, cords plugged into receptacles, and you! Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are outlets that prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even the slightest amount. These outlets should be used inside and outside where water may come into contact with electronic devices, such as in the kitchen and bathroom or by the pool.
Tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs) may catch the eyes of customers with young children in the house. They are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the openings, or slots, preventing someone from inserting an object. TRRs are now required in all newly constructed homes, but if your existing home does not have them, this is not your next DIY project. Tamper-resistant receptacles can only be installed by a licensed electrician. Our favorite dynamic duo is smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Many homes are not equipped with the appropriate number of alarms. To ensure safety, install these devices on every level outside each sleeping area. Don’t forget to test your alarms once a month, replace the batteries once a year, and replace the alarms every 10 years. Don’t rely on past homeowners to follow these simple safety measures when you move into a new home. Many devices could be outdated or nonfunctional, and it’s your duty to check them to ensure your family’s safety! And remember, neither the carbon monoxide detector or smoke alarm is a substitute for the other; both are very important for your safety. Let this information be your guide in keeping your home up-to-date and safe. If you would like more information on home safety devices, contact your local electric cooperative.
doesn’t 100 percent guarantee your home will never have a fire. Follow these steps to create an escape plan for your family: Everyone in your family, including children, should be involved in creating your fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your home knows what the fire alarm sounds like and what it means. Walk through your home and note any possible exits, including windows. Draw a floor plan of your house and mark two ways to escape from each room. Make sure that doors and windows leading to the outside can be opened easily by everyone in the family. Establish a meeting place a safe distance outside your home where your family will gather. The meeting place should be something permanent and easy to identify, such as a tree, light pole or mailbox, and should be a place where firefighters will easily see you. Teach everyone in the family to call 911 from a neighbor’s home or cellphone once they are outside. Practice your escape plan by having at least two fire drills every year. For optimum preparation, have a drill during the night when family members are sleeping. JU L Y 2 018
calendar NORTHWEST CAMP, Chesterton (Porter), Dunes Learning Center. Budding naturalists 6-10 CRITTER (ages 6-8) spend their days exploring the parkâ€™s forests, streams, meadows, and trails with new friends. Activities range from camp crafts to themed hikes, to a day at the beach. Registration fee: $190. Monday through Friday, 9 am-2 pm. 219-395-9555. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.duneslearningcenter.org
TOUCH OF DUTCH FESTIVAL, Demotte (Jasper), Spencer Park. Parade Friday and Saturday. Arts and crafts, food and family entertainment! Free. 219-9875800. www.demottechamber. org/touch-of-dutch
TUNES ON THE TARMAC, Rensselaer (Jasper), Jasper County Airport. A charity benefit concert series supporting local causes. Free-will donation. Proceeds will help fund Safe Halloween at the Jasper County Fairgrounds. 5-7pm. 219-866-2100. Info@ JasperCountyAirport.com
STATELINE HERITAGE DAYS, Union City (Randolph). Community festival celebrating Union City, Indiana, and Union City, Ohio. Featuring live music, antique tractor displays, food vendors. Free. 765-584-3266. statelineheritagedays.com
THE RACE FOR SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST YOUTH CAMP, Greensburg (Decatur), Southern Baptist Youth Camp. Form a team, raise money, and compete against other teams! You can also volunteer or sponsor the event. Registration begins at 7:30 am. Cost: $500. 812-591-2515. email@example.com. www.theraceforsbycamp. wordpress.com
BEAN BLOSSOM BLUES FESTIVAL, Morgantown (Johnson), Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground. Live music and jam sessions. Laid back atmosphere where friends gather to celebrate the blues. Admission charge. 812-325-8836. www.beanblossomblues.com
JASPER STRASSENFEST, Jasper (Dubois), Downtown and Citywide. Family-oriented street festival with German music, food, dancing, rides and games. Beer garden, 5k run/walk, craft and wine show, events, entertainment and much more. Free. 812-482-6866. jasperstrassenfest.org
SCHWEIZER FEST, Tell City (Perry), City Hall Park. Amusement rides, games, food, beer garden, wine tasting, exhibit market, live entertainment nightly, talent show, queen pageant, road run, baby contest, golf event. Free. 888-3436262. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.tellcityschweizerfest.com
WOODVILLE SUMMER FESTIVAL, Mitchell (Lawrence), 611 Woodville Road. Fourth annual fundraiser for church mission outreach. Organized by the Women of Woodville. Craft show, car show, live music and concessions. 10 am3 pm. Free. 812-849-4593. cheryl_lyon @hotmail.com
AMISH ACRES ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Nappanee (Elkhart), Amish Acres. 300 plus vendors demonstrate their trade and sell their wares. Familystyle threshers dinner in the century old barn and guided tour of the historic house and farm. Admission charge. 800-800-4942. www.amishacres.com
FUN FEST UNDER THE STARS, North Manchester (Wabash), Market Square Downtown. Area’s largest family festival! Free kids’ night, car show, live entertainment, amusement rides, motorcycle show, huge parade, food, crafts, basketball and much more! Free. 260-982-7644. www.northmanchesterchamber.com
53RD ANNUAL ANTIQUE GAS ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW, Portland (Jay), Jay County Fairgrounds. World’s largest show of its kind. Over 3,000 engines and tractors. Antique and craft dealers, entertainment. Admission charge. www.tristategasenginetractor.com
PIG ROAST IN THE PARK, Scottsburg (Scott), Beechwood Park. Music, food, craft booths, kids’ games, fireworks, sporting and various activities. Free. 812-752-9211. www.greatscottindiana.com
210TH BIRTHDAY OF BECK’S MILL, Salem (Washington), Historic Beck’s Gristmill. 210th birthday of Historic Beck’s Mill, featuring the Corydon Dulcimer Society playing at 11:30 am. Demonstrations: corn grinding, blacksmithing and mock moonshining. Craft show. 10 am-4 pm. Special adult admission, $2.10. Children age 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. 812-8835147. email@example.com. www.becksmill.org
BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE, Corydon (Harrison). Downtown Square. The Downtown Square of Historic Corydon comes alive with bluegrass music. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. 4-8 pm. Free. 888-738-2137. www.thisisindiana.org
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.
Ah, summertime! The living may be easy, but it’s just not cool to be so hot. Here are a few ways to keep it chill when
temperatures are on the rise.
by JAY N E C A N N ON
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It sounds like a dream on a sweltering summer day: “Alexa, turn the air conditioner up.” The Frigidaire Gallery 12,000 BTU Smart Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier and Wi-Fi Control cools the room you need it to cool, and it works with Alexa and Google Home apps to make your life easy and, yes, cool. $500. 800-430-3376; homedepot.com
The Dyson Cool desk fan is not your father’s fan. Without blades, it’s safe to put anywhere — no worries about the kids or the dog. The fan oscillates to cool a wider space, comes with its own remote, has a sleep timer and is so quiet you won’t have to yell over it. Larger models also available. $300. 866-693-9766; dyson.com
Just like you, your laptop doesn’t have as much get-up-and-go when it’s overheating. Be kind and use a Mind Reader Laptop Cooling Pad. Fans circulate air into your device to keep it from shutting down when the heat is on. Think of it as a cold drink for your computer. $23. 800-843-2446; overstock.com
Bottles of ketchup and pitchers of tea mixed among the wines you so carefully selected? Perish the thought. The Frigidaire 34-Bottle Wine Chiller has a seethrough door, adjustable temperature settings and LED interior lighting — all the better to grab the right bottle. $279. 800-445-6937; lowes.com
Is there anything more welcome on a scorching day than a dish of homemade ice cream? In just 20 minutes, you can create your favorite flavor of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet in the Cuisinart Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker — and skip a trip to the ice cream shop. $60. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond. com
It looks like a watch, but the Embr Wave Wristband is really a personal cooling device that creates a cold spot on the sensitive skin of your wrist. The idea is to trick your mind into thinking you’re comfortably cool. Will it work when the heat index hits triple digits? We don’t know, but it probably can’t hurt. From $299. embrlabs.com
Ask Rosie Q: I am wondering what you
might know about the small “red cedar trees” that seem to be invading fencerows and highways, especially U.S. 31 north of Kokomo. I think a column from you would be worthwhile, since I can’t seem to get my neighbors to control the “pretty little trees,” which are much like Canadian thistle and kudzu. E.W., Kokomo, Indiana
A: The eastern red cedar is a
juniper, rather than a true cedar. Known botanically as Juniperus virginiana, it is actually native to the eastern two-thirds of the United States and Canada. But as you’ve observed, it wears out its welcome by volunteering along fencerows, roads and pastures. The eastern red cedar is also the alternate host for cedar apple rust, a fungal disease. On the plus side, it is a very adaptable species and can survive really tough conditions. It also provides food and shelter to a wide range of wildlife, which is how it has become so widespread — wildlife eat the fruit and distribute the seed. Despite its native status and value to wildlife, it is considered to be weedy and invasive in many situations.
P HO TO BY P UR DU E AR B OR E TU M
Cutting or mowing down to the ground so that no green foliage remains can be a very effective control. Of course, this is much easier to do when the seedlings are young.
Don’t Plant A Pest
by B. Rosie Lerner
eople often select plants first
The publication we link to below lists
for their beauty and second
some of these plants to avoid.
for their functionality in the
garden. Frequently, we don’t know or don’t consider a plant’s behavior when we’re selecting them.
As you consider what to plant, it may seem that more and more plants are classified as invasive — and you would be correct. There are more
Almost by definition, a species that is
invasive plants for several reasons,
an effective ground cover will have a
including an increasingly unsta-
spreading habit. But does that make
ble climate, more gardeners who
the species aggressive or invasive?
unwittingly plant invasives, greater
There can be much confusion about
scrutiny of invasives, and changes
the meaning of the terms “aggres-
in species (that is, individual species
sive” and “invasive.”
have adapted to cooler or warmer
Some plants, given their optimal
habitat, can become quite prolific in the garden. A plant can be considered aggressive if it spreads and has the potential to take over a garden area. However, some planting sites may call for an aggressive habit. A spreading plant can be considered invasive if it can also escape the garden setting and move into natural areas (prairies, wetlands, and so on)
To help you make better informed plant selections, we recently revised our publication Spreading Ornamental Plants: Virtues and Vices (Purdue Extension publication HO-295-W, formerly HLA-1-W). Search for it online at: extension.purdue.edu.
and displace native vegetation. Truly invasive plants have the potential to dominate natural vegetation. Many useful plants get bad reputations for their spreading behavior when they may simply be in the wrong place or managed the wrong way. Some spreading ornamental plants
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have a high propensity for becoming invasive. You should always avoid using these plants in the landscape.
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New smart technology can save you energy – and money As technology transforms the way we live, appliances have evolved as well. New smart, internet-enabled appliances keep you comfortable, while other upgrades also reduce your energy use to save you money. As more internet-enabled technology becomes available, it’s important to see how these devices’ energy use compares to your current equipment. Different appliances will vary in their efficiency; fortunately, the internet capabilities allow you to monitor many of these appliances’ energy use. Some items that you may want to consider:
LED LIGHTING: This is the easiest addition to a home that can quickly pay for itself. ENERGY STAR®-rated lightbulbs use at least 75 percent less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A smart phone can operate some newer LEDs, such as the Phillips Hue bulbs. Even basic LED
WATER HEATERS: A variety of water
more. Selecting an appliance based on its
heaters exist, and their energy efficiency
efficiency will help save you money over
SMART THERMOSTAT: If you
varies as well. The U.S. Department of Energy
the product’s lifecycle. Many new efficient
frequently change the settings on your
includes valuable information about the types
models also are internet-enabled, allowing
thermostat, you could cause your HVAC
of water heaters and other information to
you to monitor your appliance’s energy use
equipment to work more than needed,
consider, such as its uniform energy factor
or even connect to a smart home system
wasting energy and money. Smart, internet-
(UEF). The UEF is the updated measurement
to provide greater energy monitoring or
enabled thermostats, such as Nest and
to determine a water heater’s overall
analysis. Look for the blue ENERGY STAR
the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat,
efficiency, according to the ENERGY STAR
label to be sure your new appliance meets
include tools such as energy reports and
website. Some newer water heater models
energy efficient standards.
smart phone controls. Some even learn your
also include internet connectivity to monitor
routine, resulting in optimized comfort while
your energy use and make adjustments.
New smart appliances and devices can help
more efficiently using electricity.
Fortunately, your local co-op also offers a
lead to long-term energy savings while
POWER MOVES® rebate of $400 on heat
maintaining your comfort – and adding
pump water heaters with a UEF of 2.0 or
savings to your bank account! Visit www.
bulbs help savings quickly add up!
WHOLE HOME ELECTRIC MONITORS: You can now monitor your
greater that replace an existing traditional
energystar.gov for details about energy
energy use in real-time! Your electric co-op
electric tank water heater, or a heat pump
efficiency, including information on products
might offer an app that breaks down your
water heater installed in a new home. Visit
that meet Energy Star criteria. You also can
daily energy use. In addition, new monitors
www.PowerMoves.com for details.
learn more about more ways to save with a
such as Curb and Sense are Wi-Fi enabled to
home energy audit. Contact your electric co-
provide real time data on your energy use.
ADDITIONAL APPLIANCES: Tech
This knowledge can help you take steps to
evolutions have led to more efficient washing
conserve electricity, saving you money.
machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers and
op’s energy advisor for details.
The Royal Treatment STATE FAIR QUEEN ON THE ROAD TO PROMOTE 4-H
Audrey Campbell of Veedersburg was crowned Indiana State Fair Queen in January.
PHO TO CO URTESY O F I NDI ANA STATE FAI R
BY NICK ROGERS
udrey Campbell was shooting
counties to promote the 2018 Indiana
— the next step on a career path she
State Fair (Aug. 3-17 in Indianapolis) at
has carved since fifth grade.
for a top 10 finish at the 60th
events and 4-H fairs.
Indiana State Fair Queen
“That year, I learned I was born
Wherever she goes, Campbell, who
about a month early and in the NICU
Pageant in January. More than 80
grew up on Tipmont REMC lines, pays
(neonatal intensive care unit). I started
young women vied for the crown.
forward the inspiration she gained from
researching what nurses do and that
Hearing her name announced as the
past Fountain County Fair queens. As a
fueled my drive to make this a career,”
winner was “a total holy cow moment.”
10-year Indiana 4-H’er, she loves to see
she said. Campbell plans to obtain a
“If my dress would have allowed me
youth presenting animals or projects
master’s degree and become a nurse
just as she once did for pigs, goats,
to fall to my knees, I would have,” said Campbell, a Veedersburg native who won the competition as Miss Fountain County. “But even just standing alongside so many amazing, accomplished women was a great experience. I don’t even really call
food, floriculture, clothing, cakes and rocketry.
is hard-pressed to pick one favorite
their bubble or their comfort zone, to
experience from her travels.
grow in their knowledge, and continue to apply that throughout their life,” Campbell said.
Now a college sophomore, Campbell
That summer job is a busy one,
will begin classes this fall at St.
current 45-county caravan, Campbell
“I tell them it’s good to get outside of
it a pageant anymore. It’s like a job
covering 6,500 miles and 45 Indiana
At roughly the halfway mark of her
Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette
“Everything I do is cool because everything comes with this great job,” she said. Nick Rogers is a communications manager for Purdue Agriculture.