Carroll White REMC — August 2020 Indiana Connection

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Recap of CWREMC’s virtual Annual Meeting.

Carroll White REMC’s

Furballs of Fame pages 19–23



from the editor

Truly embracing MY FIVE SENSES

Does your everyday life get in the way of your “best life?” I know I’m usually taking care of multiple demands, deadlines, appointments, and other responsibilities — you know, that day-to-day stuff — and not focusing on what’s really important. So, to help me realign my priorities, I’ve come up with a personal mission, based on our five senses, to help me reclaim “me.” SEEING: Seeing involves observing and studying, and also having vision. I must stay focused on the things that are truly important, and contribute my time and talent to causes to which I could make a difference. HEARING: Listen to what others are saying — and what they’re not saying. There is more to communication than words. We can all “hear” by observing. No matter what means of “listening” I use, I need be open to what others are communicating. SMELLING: Stop and smell the roses. It’s not only OK to slow down; slowing down is necessary to enjoy life’s journey. I need to take the time to acknowledge milestones, successes and especially the happy times. TOUCHING: Make an effort to touch others’ lives every day. By making a positive impact on others, I can make my little corner of the world a little nicer for all concerned. SPEAKING: Talk is cheap … unless you walk the talk. My words have the power to inspire others — and motivate myself. What we say matters. Don’t say something unless you mean it. I want to learn new things and then share my experiences with others. That’s what using my five senses is all about. And it’s my way to leave a legacy.


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Giveaway: Enter to win four tickets to the Mascot Hall of Fame. Visit Entry deadline for giveaway: Aug. 31.

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VOLUME 70 • NUMBER 2 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 280,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Walter Hunter President Randy Kleaving Vice President Steve McMichael Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Creative Services Specialist Taylor Maranion Creative Services Specialist Stacey Holton Creative Services Manager Mandy Barth Communication Manager ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you receive Indiana Connection through your electric co-op membership, report address changes to your local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606. Include key number. No portion of Indiana Connection may be reproduced without permission of the editor.








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05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative.


10 ENERGY Electric vehicles silently charging into town. 12 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Marshall County.


Barbecue and brews at Lizton’s Rusted Silo. 17 FOOD The Vinegar Vault: A suite of sour recipes. 19 COVER STORY Furballs of Fame: Whiting’s Mascot Hall of Fame celebrates sideline entertainers.


Indiana Connection




24 OUTDOORS Home restoration: What to do with a displaced nest.



29 CALENDAR Find out what’s happening around the state. (Not in all

Drones pose electrical safety issues.




Making your pet photos bark and purr. (Not in all editions)


On the cover Blue, the lovable fuzzy-coated, warm-hearted and hammy mascot of the Indianapolis Colts, basks in the falling confetti and glory of being inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana. Blue joined Boomer, the mascot of the Indiana Pacers, and the mascots of the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Canadiens in the 2020 class of inductees. PHOTO BY THE MASCOT HALL OF FAME



co-op news “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 219-863-6652 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342

New twist for Carroll White REMC’s ninth Annual Meeting COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives, including this year’s Carroll White REMC Annual Meeting. The traditional in-person meeting was replaced with a Webex virtual meeting on June 22. “We come to you this year under much different circumstances,” REMC Board President Kevin Bender noted in his Annual Meeting address. “The coronavirus has forced all of us to live and work differently than we have in our history. Carroll White REMC is no exception.”


The well-being and best interests of the REMC’s members is always at the forefront in any decision made by Carroll White REMC’s sevenmember board of directors, Bender said. “It was that sense of purpose and direction that helped guide us in the pandemic crisis,” he said. “We have faced major ice storms, extensive thunderstorms and tornadoes, but never a health crisis like this one. “Your board worked closely with the CEO and leadership team to keep all members and employees of the REMC as safe and healthy as possible,” Bender said. The Annual Meeting included the election of three REMC members to the co-op’s board of directors. A total of 2,024 members voted in the election.

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MISSION STATEMENT “Creatively enhancing our community through safety and service.”

Safety, Service, and Community IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 July bills are due Aug. 5 and are subject to disconnect Aug. 25 if unpaid. Cycle 2 July bills are due Aug. 20 and are subject to disconnect Sept. 10 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on Aug 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read Aug. 15.

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Annual Meeting Message from CEO Randy W. Price These are unexpected times. I can assure you that though this pandemic was unexpected, we did have a solid foundation to best work through the crisis. As an essential business, we had to ensure the safety of our workforce. In order to ensure CW REMC members’ service was maintained, we had to take appropriate steps for public health and safety. From the onset of the COVID-19, REMC employees who could work from home were given the tools to be engaged from home. To ensure safety, line crews had to work one person to a truck, taking that truck home daily. Linemen adhered to social distancing guidelines in all aspects of their work.

Keeping employees and their families safe was a highest priority, and we accomplished that goal while maintaining a productive work environment. I applaud each member of our team for their ability to be flexible, diligent and working for the good of each CW REMC member. Concern for community is one of the seven cooperative principles. The pandemic demanded that the REMC lobbies be closed to not jeopardize the health and safety of our communities and members. An in-person staff member answered your phone calls and staffed the drive-through windows.



co-op news

CEO REVIEWS 2019 STRATEGIC INITIATIVES In 2019, the CW REMC board of directors created a new mission statement that focuses on safety, service and community. The mission statement embraces seven strategic initiatives:


Technology: Leveraging artificial intelligence and technology to improve safety and reliability and using technology to support all other initiatives.


Financial: Members’ economic participation. Intelligently investing members’ capital returning any excess back; rate review and design; evaluating new rate options while adhering to the financial policy created by the board of directors.


Power supply: Strong engagement with G&T Wabash Valley Power Alliance as we see the industry shift from primarily coal to alternative energy. We want to have a

voice in our choices. We are studying and learning more about renewables and EVs to advance use at the distribution level. Continued investment into the reliability and integrity of the Carroll White distribution system (50% increase in tree trimming upgrading the aging system).


Safety: Investing in technology to make our industry safe for the public and employees. Training in the safe use of electricity. Educate youth. Investments in our system.

REMC AWARDS $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2020 for your recognition from CW REMC: Home Schooled: Jaycee Allen Caston Jr./Sr. High School: Audrey Shaw North White High School:

Member engagement: Encourage members to increase uses of SmartHub and other electronic methods to enhance relationships between co-op and members. Listen in multiple ways to know members’ needs and expectations. Master communication through podcasts, Indiana Connection magazine, social media channels.

Kelsi Carter

Broadband: As a Wabash Valley Power Alliance member, we are an Intelligent Fiber Network (IFN) member. We are collaborating with Lightstream, Transworld Network and other ISPs in the area. It is prudent to not duplicate infrastructure or overbuild systems. More than ever, we see the importance of collaborating and investing to meet our nine-county service area’s broadband needs. COVID-19 has validated how essential connectivity is to all.

Carroll Jr./Sr. High School:

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Corporate: Evaluating and updating the governance of CW REMC to best serve the long-term needs of members. Routinely updating policies with the board. Working with economic development initiatives. Monitoring legislation by connecting with local, state and federal elected officials.


Lewis Cass High School: Isaac Chambers

Lance Richardson and Luke Marley Twin Lakes High School: Colby Smock and Sullivan Spence Delphi Community High School: Rylee Houston and Elijah Hudson

A message from Junior Board of Directors Chairman Elijah Hudson Carroll White REMC put the Junior Board of Directors program in place to extend the outreach to youth in the service territory. It is very important that high school students have a better understanding of what an electric cooperative is, how it operates and what career opportunities might be available in the electric cooperative world. My fellow colleagues on the board are driven young adults. When I sat in our meetings, I didn’t just see leaders of the future sitting



co-op news

From left, Kent Zimpfer, Tina Davis and Ralph Zarse were re-elected to three year terms during this year's annual meeting.


Members cast votes for three directors Several years ago, REMC members voted to allow mail-in and electronic balloting by changing the Articles of Incorporation. This decision proved invaluable with the pandemic. “Democratic member control is one of the seven cooperative principles and is at the heart of being a cooperative,” Board President Kevin Bender said. “Members having their voices heard is at the very core of who we are as Carroll White REMC.” Attorney Patrick Manahan oversaw the board of directors’ election. Three board members were elected to three-year terms as part of the Annual Meeting process. Congratulations to Kent Zimpfer, District 3; Tina Davis, District 7; and Ralph Zarse, District 5.

around me; I saw the leaders of the present. I saw firsthand the power of having an amazing team to work with. As members of the Junior Board of Directors, we were able to grow our skill sets by learning our personal leadership styles, consensus and team building and even Robert’s Rules of Order to better understand how to properly conduct business meetings. I am confident that all 12 of us will end up continuing to have commitment to the communities where we live. Part of every monthly meeting, we met with local business and community leaders to receive a better understanding of how they run their operations and why they are

“As we move forward, please know that the board of directors and staff continue to make informed decisions for the betterment, safety and well-being of our employees and members. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as we all strive to uphold our mission statement – Safety, Service and Community.”

TINA DAVIS “We have worked hard on ways to handle whatever comes along (emergency situations). With the intelligent staff and management team that we have, you can see everything is going well. I appreciate their hard work.”

RALPH ZARSE “I would like to take a minute to thank the entire management team as well as all of the employees of Carroll White REMC for their hard work and commitment through the difficult times we have endured in the last few months. You never stopped. You never stumbled. You continued to provide exceptional service despite all of the changes in how we do business. Your dedication did not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do.”


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co-op news continued from page 7 passionate about our communities. Some examples of speakers included: Indiana Sen. Brian Buchanan; Congressman Jim Baird’s chief of staff, Quincy Cunningham, and his wife, Ann Mears, the youth and partnership development manager at Indiana Electric Cooperatives; Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross; and Delphi Mayor Shane Evans. A common theme for all of us on the Junior Board of Directors is caring for our communities by volunteering. By performing work for local non-profits throughout the school year, REMC logs our hours

and they invest into an account that the Junior Board can donate to non-profits. The total amount in the fund cannot exceed $1,000. This year, the Junior Board selected the following organizations. Each received $200: • Tri-County: Backpack Program • Delphi Elementary School: Buddy Bag Program • Twin Lakes: Twin Lakes School Pantry • Monon Food Bank

This has been the most influential extra-curricular activity I’ve had during my time in high school. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve. In the upcoming school year, the Junior Board will expand to include all schools within Carroll, Cass, Pulaski and White counties, as well as home-schooled students, bringing the number of board members to 16. — Elijah Hudson, chairman of the Junior Board of Directors

DOOR PRIZE winners Door prize winners were selected from the CW REMC members who participated in the election process.

Checks were mailed to winning members:

• Carroll Consolidated Schools: Carroll Buddy Bag Program

• $100 – Leman Engineering, Brookston

• $100 – David R. Smith, Delphi • $100 – Jakie Hoffman, Winamac

• $500 – Nevoy Culp, Rensselaer

The following members were awarded bill credits:

• $400 – Richard R. Brown, Monticello

• $75 – Iroquois Valley Swine, Demotte

• $300 – Nancy Holderman, Tipton

• $75 – Kevin Beaver, Monticello


• $250 – Joan Creigh, Monticello

• $50 – Gregory Thompson, Battle Ground

• $250 – Janice Holihan, Fowler

• $25 – Jerry Kopf, Lafayette

• $25 – Otto Leis Jr., Buffalo

• $200 – Kennard Springer, Bringhurst

• $25 – Cynthia Burroughs, Brookston

• $25 – Jim DeMien, Burnettsville

• $100 – Deanne Lambert, Camden

• $25 – Alan Jackson, Cutler

• $25 – Land of the Petersons, Inc., Burnettsville

• $100 – Larry L. Brown, Monon



• $25 – Michael Brouillette, Lafayette

• $25 – Richard A. Smith, Monon



Sound of Movement:

Electric vehicles silently charging into town

In an (almost) noiseless charge into your town, electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer just a dream. They have arrived! The technology for electric vehicles has developed significantly over the last decade – particularly in the last several years – to the point that they are comparable to gas-powered vehicles. Several reasons to consider an EV include: EVs are terrific lowmaintenance options for commuters. For EVs, gasoline is not needed to power a motor, which means less wear and tear. There’s also no need for an oil change at 3,000 or 5,000 miles – or ever! Fewer brake pad changes are needed with regenerative braking options available in some vehicles. EVs



can run longer with less money out of your pocket for maintenance. Battery ranges are improving – and more public chargers are on the way. Technology in EVs is vastly improving. CNBC reported in May 2019 that many second generation models routinely have batteries with a 200mile range, and the Tesla Model S has up to a 370-mile range. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that there are now more than 20,000 electric vehicle chargers across the U.S. Companies such as EVgo and Electrify America are committed to installing more nationwide. Trucks – and more – soon will arrive. In the

last few years, electric truck maker Rivian received financial backing from Ford and Amazon. The Verge reported that Rivian is planning to debut its R1T pickup and R1S SUV in 2021 after the pandemic delayed the launch. More automobile manufacturers also have plans to develop different types of EVs. Charging your car with electricity costs less than gas – and you’re buying local! According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s eGallon calculator, electric vehicles cost about half the price of gasoline vehicles to refuel. Also, when you recharge your vehicle with electricity at home, you are paying for energy provided by your local electric

cooperative – which helps keep your dollars in your community! As electric vehicles become more prevalent, there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, your local co-op is here to help. Your local electric cooperative can help answer your questions and provide other advice that can help you determine if an electric vehicle would be a good choice for you.


Steve Hite

Energy Advisor Hendricks Power Cooperative


county feature

Marshall County The first American settlers in Marshall County arrived a year before the county’s formation in 1836. They came from primarily New England Puritan descent. Thus, Plymouth — after Plymouth, Massachusetts — was the name selected for the county seat. But two locations just south of Plymouth form notable chapters of the county’s history. On the south side of a chain of natural lakes, remnants of the last ice age, is a monument to Chief Menominee and his band of Potawatomi Indians. The monument commemorates the starting point of the largest forced relocation of Native Americans from within the state of Indiana just two years after Marshall County formed. Though the Potawatomi had ceded their lands to the federal government under a series of treaties beginning in 1818, Chief Menominee and his band at Twin Lakes (which is Cook and Myers lakes) refused to leave. After a final August 1838 deadline passed, an armed Indiana militia was authorized to escort the group from the Twin Lakes area and Indiana. Beginning Sept. 4, 1838, some 859 members of the Potawatomi nation were marched to reservation lands in what is now eastern Kansas. By the end of the 660-mile journey on Nov. 4, 1838, more than 40 people



The “R. H. Ledbetter” rests anchored at Culver Academies on Lake Maxinkuckee. The flagship of the Culver Summer Naval School, the 65-foot, threemasted ship is the largest fully rigged square-rigged vessel on fresh water in the world and is listed in the Tall Ships America registry. It has 15 sails and requires 21 students to sail it.

died, most of them children. The forced relocation became known as the “Trail of Death.” A little farther to the south is Lake Maxinkuckee, the second largest natural lake within Indiana. The lake’s northern shoreline is home to the Culver Academies. Culver Academies is a college preparatory boarding school composed of three entities: Culver Military Academy for boys, Culver Girls Academy, and the Culver Summer Schools and Camps. Culver Military Academy was founded in 1894 by Henry Harrison Culver. The Girls Academy opened in 1971. Many political and business leaders graduated from a Culver Academies school. The 1,800-acre Culver campus is also home to the Black Horse Troop: the largest remaining mounted cavalry unit in the United States. The Troop has ridden in 13 Presidential Inaugural Parades starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s in 1913 through President George W. Bush’s in 2001. The school’s three-masted ship, docked on the school’s lakefront, is sailed as part of training as well. Both the campus, with its oldschool red brick buildings and tall

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1836 NAMED FOR: James Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who died in 1835 POPULATION: 46,248 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Plymouth

ship, and the adjoining lakefront town of Culver, radiate a kind of New England coastal vibe. Coincidentally appropriate for a county whose seat is named after one of the most famous New England “rocks” in American history, the lake’s name, Maxinkuckee, is derived from the Potawatomi word Mog-sin-ke-ki, which means “big stone country.”

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Cardinal distraction The following letter was addressed to our longtime outdoors columnist, Jack Spaulding. Dear Mr. Spaulding, I read your May article in Indiana Connection with great interest. I have been having the same experience as the one you cite in your last paragraph, except that it is a female cardinal who keeps making the attacks. She started about the time the coronavirus restrictions began and I have to admit she has been a welcome distraction. I was even inspired to write a poem about it. I notice you refer lightly to Poe’s raven in your title and first paragraph, which I also did in my poem.

I discovered by Googling that this behavior is also a characteristic of


robins. There are plenty of robins around here, but none of them has ever

How do you get into the “spirit”

attacked my windows. In fact, this female cardinal is the only one to do so

of the Halloween season? You

in the 10 years I have lived in this house. If she conforms to the same rules

have until Aug. 17 to let us

as the male cardinal at your old country house, I guess I have a couple

know and possibly be featured

more months of it to look forward to.

in Indiana Connection’s October

Thanks for your many interesting nature articles in Indiana Connection.

issue. Five random readers will

I find it interesting that this cardinal is a female since these attacks are supposed to be a characteristic of male cardinals. Occasionally she is accompanied by a male, but he usually does nothing but feed her a seed. Once I saw him make a couple perfunctory attacks, but nothing since.

Kristine J. Anderson, Tipmont REMC member, Tippecanoe County

Looking for kids who are making a difference Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Indiana Connection, are accepting applications for the Youth Power and Hope Awards. This awards program honors fifth through eighth graders who are leaders in their communities. Five winners will receive $500 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Indiana Connection. Interested students must submit an application, examples of how they have been involved in their local communities, and a reference letter from a trusted adult by Friday, Oct. 2. Visit for an application and to learn about past award recipients. Contact us at or 317-487-2220 if you have any questions.



also be “treated” to a $50 prize. Tell us about your favorite DIY Halloween costumes and how you made them. What are your decorating tips and recipes for family favorite treats? Do you have trick-or-treat memories you’d be willing to share? We’d love to hear from you. There are three ways to contact us: our website (www.indianaconnection. org); through email (info@; or mail (Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240).

What’s the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing? When it comes to cleaning, not all jobs are created equal. When you’ve got a big mess in the kitchen –– do you clean, disinfect or sanitize? These terms are often used interchangeably, but believe it or not, each are different. Cleaning dirt or food from a surface, for example, doesn’t necessarily kill germs and bacteria that can cause us to become sick. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. The CDC offers the following guidance: Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Hospitals, for example, disinfect areas that have come into contact with bodily fluids, and parents typically disinfect areas where a baby’s diaper is changed. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection. Most people sanitize kitchen surfaces that come into contact with food. Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with bleach solutions. Visit for more information on how to protect yourself and your family.

New cook stoves mean cleaner air

This simple vented cooking stove is bringing cleaner indoor air and better health to this San Jacinto, Guatemala, woman and her family. During its 2019 mission trip to San Jacinto, Project Indiana made an agreement with the village and its electric utility that every home the Hoosiers wired for electricity would have a vented cooking stove installed. Though the stoves still burn the area’s abundant wood, a ventilation pipe carries the smoke outside, ensuring clearer air in the kitchen and living quarters of the small huts. Studies have shown that vented stoves will reduce the frequency of respiratory infections in children. Now that a few San Jacinto families are beginning to install these life-changing stoves, those at Project Indiana are hoping others will follow suit. To learn more about Project Indiana and how you can support developing global communities, visit

Indiana eats

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the Rusted Silo Fund.

Silo Southern BBQ and Brew House, a converted package liquor store located off I74, boasts a rotating smoker filled with hickory and cherry wood that transforms meats like ribs, brisket, chicken, pork and sausage into mouthwatering barbecue masterpieces.

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The Vinegar





food MEXICAN PICKLED CARROTS Suetta Tingler, Corydon, Indiana 2 lbs. large carrots, scraped and sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds 1 T. canola oil 5 cloves garlic, peeled and diced 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar 8 black peppercorns 1 t. salt 10 whole bay leaves 1 ½ cups water 6 oz. pickled jalapenos Heat oil in a large saucepan. Saute the garlic until a light golden color. Add carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes. Carefully add vinegar, peppercorns, salt and bay leaves; bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add water and


jalapenos to carrots; simmer for 10 minutes.

Darlene Baty, Springport, Indiana

Allow to completely cool before transferring carrot mixture and liquid into a covered container. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Store the carrot mixture in the liquid. Do not eat bay leaves. Remove before serving with a slotted spoon. Cook’s note: These are great for adding color and summer crunch to meals or can be served as an appetizer with a bite of zing.

2 cups water 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1 ½ t. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. sugar ½ t. black pepper 1 cup melted butter 1 ½ t. garlic (optional) Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and warm before using. Keep warm on the end of the grill while applying to chicken. Be sure chicken is warm on the grill before you baste the first time. Baste the chicken every time you turn it over.

WILTED LETTUCE Shirley A. Todd, Columbus, Indiana Chopped lettuce 5 strips bacon ½ cup sugar ½ t. salt ½ cup vinegar Small white onion, very thinly sliced, or sliced green onions (optional)



Chop lettuce and set aside. Brown bacon; drain on paper towel. Crumble bacon and set aside. Remove skillet from heat. To the skillet (containing bacon fat), add sugar, salt and vinegar. Return skillet to heat and stir mixture until it is boiling rapidly. Immediately pour over chopped lettuce. Stir and toss. Add crumbled bacon. Serve at once. (If desired, top with onion before pouring dressing over lettuce.)


of fame


“You can never have enough confetti!” said Reggy Funfurhuggin, the purple party dude and official spokescharacter of the National Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting. And with that, fanfare blew and confetti flew as the Hall welcomed the class of 2020 — its four newest furry, fleece and foam-faced members. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Mascot Hall of Fame is the world’s only interactive shrine dedicated to the lovable zany characters of professional and collegiate sports. These anthropomorphic critters and blobs, nut- and baseball-headed humanoids, and colorful creative amalgams not only entertain fans with their sideline shenanigans, but they also bring warmfuzzy feelings to folks in quieter places not always in the glare of stadium lights. What makes these previously unsung costumed characters so special that they now have their own Cooperstown and Canton? The answer can be found in places like hospitals, schools and nursing homes where they’re often at their best. “To me, it’s real simple,” said Al Spajer, the Hall of Fame’s director of community engagement. “It’s the attention that they pay, generally and specifically, to people. “They’re entertainers,” he said. “They’re wonderfully conditioned athletes. They can just CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 Boomer, the blue panther mascot of the Indiana Pacers NBA team, proudly shows off his Mascot Hall of Fame ring he received with his induction in June. PHO TO PRO VI DED BY THE I NDI ANA PACERS



Two Indiana mascots inducted into Hall of Fame BOOMER Boomer, the Pacers Panther, has become one of the most popular mascots in all of sports. His amazing cat-like athletic abilities and comedic antics have won over fans and drawn laughs from even the opponents and referees.


Boomer became the Indiana Pacers mascot in the fall of 1991 and the current performer has been Boomer since 1997. He performs at every Pacers home game and makes more than 300 community appearances each year. His school convocations across Indiana focus on varying topics such as anti-bullying, health and fitness promotion, anti-drug messages, and proper studying techniques. “We’ve always known Boomer’s one of the best mascots,” said Jamie Russell, Pacers associate of game operations. “Since it’s the fans voting on this, it really makes it extra special to know how much they love and appreciate Boomer.”



do all sorts of physical activity. But it’s the way they treat their fans. It’s just incomparable. They are able to capture hearts and minds and imaginations.” This year’s Mascot Hall of Fame class, the second since the facility opened its doors the day after Christmas in 2018, included its first Hoosiers. The mascots from both of Indiana’s major-league professional franchises made the grade: Blue, the hammy swivel-hipped horse of the Indianapolis Colts, and Boomer, the acrobatic panther of the Indiana Pacers. Inducted alongside Blue and Boomer were the Oriole Bird, of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, and Youppi!,

Blue is the official mascot of the Indianapolis Colts. He’s now in his 14th season providing gameday entertainment, skits, and sideline antics for Colts fans.

the first international mascot who represents the Montreal

Blue travels the state making P H OTO C OU R TE SY O F THE IN D IA N A P OLI S CO LTS over 300 appearances a year. Blue performs more than 100 school shows each year, visiting more than 55,000 students across the state.

together was just fantastic. They’re both such great

In 2018, Blue introduced a new show, “Choose Love.” The show is geared toward middle school and high school students where Blue takes off his mask, encourages students to stop hiding behind their own masks, embrace themselves and treat others with love and respect.



Canadiens of hockey. Youppi! originally represented the Montreal Expos baseball team which relocated in 2005. “We’ve always known Boomer’s one of the best mascots,” said Jamie Russell, Pacers associate of game operations. “And Boomer and Blue getting recognized ambassadors for our city, our state, and our franchises.” “Blue and Boomer are worthy additions, but that’s not something that gets manufactured,” Spajer emphasized. “You got to win the vote.” To be eligible for the Mascot Hall of Fame, the character must have existed for a minimum of 10 years. It must also impact both its sport and community, inspire its fans, and consistently give memorable and groundbreaking performances. This year’s inductees emerged from an

original slate of 19 nominees selected

The museum worked with Calumet

and vetted from the pantheon of

College of St. Joseph in Whiting and

performing characters last October. To

Trine University in Angola to develop

earn induction, they faced two rounds

lesson plans and

of public online voting. Almost 127,000

exhibits based on

votes were cast from 41,000 ZIP


codes and 57 countries to narrow the


number to 10 and then to four.


Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mascot Hall of Fame has been closed to the public since mid-March. The planned live June induction celebration was held online. Spajer said the Hall hopes to reopen later this year, depending, of course, on the pandemic recovery.

engineering, arts, math) educational principles. The museum’s goal is to educate, spark creativity, promote fun and engage in the community — while

On the outside, the Mascot Hall of

honoring the mascots and their trade.

Fame Interactive Children’s Museum

The mascots’ mascot — Reggy Funfurhuggin, lower left — and a crew of team mascots are permanent fixtures greeting visitors at the Mascot Hall of Fame.

Every inch of the 25,000-square-foot


looks like a giant funhouse: Reggy —

building pays homage to the creatures

the mascot’s mascot, with his giant

that, for a lot of fans, are the faces of

purplish visage, googly eyes and

the professional and college sports

out things like how much force is

inflatable dancing tubes of golden

teams they follow. Exhibits for the

needed to jump off a mini tramp

locks ­— looks down Whiting’s main

“Mascot University” include:

and dunk a basketball from the

street. But, as its full name implies, it is also a storehouse for learning.

• Fureshman Orientation, an introductory film hosted by Reggy,

“This is a place where there’s a lot

the mascot of the Mascot Hall of

of overt fun, but a ton of subliminal

Fame (and about the only talking

education,” noted Spajer. “Everywhere

mascot around), that tells the story

you go, there is a master plan as to

of mascots.

what the facility is trying to do. There’s

• Department of Phuzzical

geography. There’s nutrition. There’s

Education, an interactive play area

exercise. There’s acting. There’s

that includes the chance to virtually

building. There’s mathematics.”

shoot a T-shirt cannon.


• Science of Silliness which points

3-point line — as Boomer does; just how hot does it gets under those furry faces; or just what is that fur even actually made of. • Mascot Studies that includes a map locating where the mascots come from and a chance to learn about mascots through history. • The Department of Furry Arts where visitors can design their own mascot, perform as a mascot, and Build-A-Mascot with a Build-ABear brand workshop.

Enter to win four tickets! Learn more on page 3.

That a world-class national shrine to mascot silliness should be located in the small hard-working city of Whiting (population about 5,000) in Indiana’s industrial northwest corner in the shadow of Chicago is not as improbable as it may sound. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 AUGUST 2020


IF YOU GO... The Mascot Hall of Fame is located just across the railroad tracks from Whiting’s Lakefront Park on the Lake


To know Whiting, the folks there say, is to appreciate a sense of whimsy. After all, Whiting’s biggest event each year (when there’s no pandemic) is the Pierogi Fest. It attracts over

Michigan shoreline. The

300,000 people over the

HoF has been closed during

course of a July weekend.

the pandemic. Check its

All for a Polish dumpling.

website for latest details on

“It is a parody on parades

reopening dates and times.

1851 Front St., Whiting, IN 46394

and festivals. We poke fun at our Eastern European heritage,” Mayor Joseph Stahura, now in his fifth term, told the Indianapolis


Star when the mascot shrine opened.

instead of motorcycles. Old ladies

“We have a lawnmower brigade

Al Spajer, who goes by “Grandpa Mascot” at the Hall, stands with some of the giant inflated balloons featuring the likeness of inductees hanging from the rafters. PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI EVER

dress up in house coats, twirling

David Raymond, the original Phillie

plungers and rolling pins. Mascots just

Phanatic mascot, channeled the


fit smack in the middle of that theme.”

tongue-in-cheek outrage to a new

Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

And a little farther up the western Lake

Thurs: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Mascot HOF is closed on Mondays and the following days: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Michigan shoreline from Whiting is Milwaukee where the whole notion of a Mascot Hall of Fame had its birth. It was July of 2003. During the usual “Sausage Race” at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, in which four people dressed as a variety of 7-foottall sausages dash around the field, a Pittsburgh Pirate leaned over the dugout railing with a bat and playfully

ADMISSION: Adults and children: $12

clubbed the Italian sausage named Guido on the back of the head as they ran by. The whack was well above

Children under 2: Free

the head of the young woman inside

Teachers and seniors (over 65): $10

the costume and didn’t hurt her, but it

Active military: Free Free parking!

was hard enough to make her lose her


Raymond founded the Mascot Hall of Fame, a virtual shrine that lived online. From 2005-2008, 16 mascots were inducted. But he always dreamed of putting it into brick and mortar. When Stahura became mayor in 2004, he brought a vision for expanding Whiting’s tourism beyond pierogis and its popular summertime beach. Over 9.5 million people live within just about an hour’s drive of Whiting. He was looking for a year-round attraction for a plot of city land just across the railroad tracks from Whiting’s lakeshore park. In 2013, he came upon Raymond’s online Hall of Fame.

balance. Guido fell, taking down the

Feasibility studies and an economic

racing Hot Dog beside him, as well.

analysis later, a $14 million tax-

The incident became a rallying cry for “mascot rights.”


awareness for their craft. In 2005,

increment financing package was approved by the Whiting

Redevelopment Commission. A non-

Spajer, who now makes his home as

gone over and over protocols and

profit entity to operate as the mascot

a Kankakee Valley REMC consumer

practices. “Whatever group comes

museum was created. Construction

in Valparaiso, said folks who know him

through here, not only do I want them

began in 2016. The official grand

best say he’s finally found his calling.

to FEEL safe, I want them to BE safe.”

Kidding aside, he noted, “The HR

But even cleaning up after mascots

person is always looking for the

can provide a chuckle. “When we

organization to improve, to be

took the pause for coronavirus, we

innovative, and to do what’s right.

did a very extensive deep cleaning,”

When I look at mascots, I’m like, ‘Yep,

he said. “As soon as we started, we

they check all those boxes. And they

got a leaf blower in here, and we

certainly know how to treat people.’

were marshaling confetti. There was

opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting was held April 6, 2019.

Spajer had just retired from a 40-year career directing human resources at a steel company in the region when he was asked to be the museum’s

a heckuva lot more than we thought

executive director in the early stages

“For seven years, I’ve had the

of its planning. His community and

privilege to follow those guys and girls

charity work, most notably with the

around and see what they do,” Spajer

Lake Area United Way, made him

added. “I’m behind them, so I’m

well known among area civic leaders.

looking at the kids. I see their eyes, or

He stepped back into the role as the

I’m looking at the family … and how

Mascot fans eagerly await the

executive director this spring. But

special they feel. I’m not looking at

museum’s reopening; everyone could

Spajer prefers to be called “Grandpa

the mascot; I’m looking at the person

sure use some mascoting right about


who’s looking at the mascot. That’s

now. And when that happens, let the


fun return — and that confetti fly.

the softer, sillier side of sports might

And from his background in the

seem a like departure for a native

steel industry, Spajer is also super

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Chicago Southsider who spent his

safety minded. So when it comes to

life working in the steel industry and

reopening the hands-on museum after

watching and playing hockey. But

COVID-19, he said museum staff has

Heading up a museum dedicated to

we’d ever find. It was everywhere. In the rafters. In all the nooks and crannies. Confetti is a staple of the mascot trade.”

Mascots gather with David Raymond, left, the original Phillie Phanatic who started the Mascot Hall of Fame, and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura, at a 2019 fundraiser. PHO TO PRO VI DED BY THE M ASCO T HALL O F FAM E

Visit for a list of the 24 members of the Mascot Hall of Fame. AUGUST 2020





A slightly forlorn tone tinged my wife’s voice when she said, “There is something in the garage I want to show you.” As I walked into the garage, I saw, lying on one of my work tables, a wide light maple branch holding a small woven bird’s nest containing three tiny ivory colored eggs. The nest was larger than a hummingbird’s and about 2 ½ inches across. The eggs were a little larger than the size of a cooked Northern bean. “I was trimming the low branches in the side yard where we mow, and I didn’t see the nest until it floated to the ground,” she said. The broad light tree branch covered with leaves made for a natural parachute, and the nest came to rest on the ground with no damage to it or to the eggs inside. “What are we going to do?” she asked.



I said, “We’re going to put it back.” I cut a few lengths of stout twine, and we headed back to the side yard where Chris remembered lopping off the limb. Pulling the severed limb down, Chris held it while I tightly lashed the limb containing the nest and eggs to the top of it. Then, we eased it back into position. The reconfiguring put the nest on about the same level and only about two feet back from its original location. The next day, I carefully walked into the side yard, and I saw two very small, sparrow-like birds leaving the canopy from the vicinity of the relocated nest. It seems they have accepted the relocation of the nest. Backing off and giving them their space, I have curtailed my curiosity to give the birds a chance to get used to their newly relocated housing.

Wildlife is much more tolerant of human intervention than many think. If you find a young bird out of its nest, simply pick it up and put it back. The parents will pay no attention to the human scent on its young and will continue to care for it. ‘til next time,


JACK SPAULDING is a syndicated state outdoors writer and a member of RushShelby Energy. Readers can email him directly at jackspaulding@ Jack’s first book, “The Best of Spaulding Outdoors,” a compilation of his favorite articles over 30 years is now available as a Kindle download or as a 250-page paperback from



POSE ELECTRICAL SAFETY ISSUES The use of drones has increased rapidly in the past several years. Coming in various sizes ranging from hummingbird to bald eagle, these remote-controlled aircraft are being used in a vast number of ways by government, industries, commercial enterprises and hobbyists. Electric utilities have come to rely on drones to help inspect power lines, including during storm restoration work when it might be difficult to access certain areas. While drones have not yet filled the skies, as many predict they one day will, Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind both hobbyists and commercial users to be aware of dangers when operating the little aerial devices near power

with electricity, drones still present

number. If you still are unable to

safety concerns their pilots need to

contact the utility, call 911 and


ask for assistance. Depending

Some things drone operators, both commercial and recreational, should keep in mind include:

equipment. Power lines can interfere with the radio signals to your drone causing it to veer off course or crash. This can pose danger to any people below or damage your drone or the power lines. • Should your drone get caught in power lines or crash into a utility pole or substation, never attempt to retrieve it yourself. Attempting to free the drone by

electrocuted. Call your electric

Cooperatives. “While drones are not tethered to you with a string like a kite that can fall across overhead power lines and put you in direct contact


substations and other electrical

“Some of the same things we

Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric

or damage to the electrical

away from power lines, electrical

entering a substation is not only

carry over to drones, too,” said John

it could cause a power outage

• Keep drones at least 100-150 feet

lines and electrical equipment. learned about flying kites as kids

on where your drone has landed,

criminal trespassing, you can be cooperative for assistance. • If you are in an unfamiliar area or don’t know the name of the utility, most poles and all substations are marked with the utility’s name and

CONSIDERING PURCHASING A DRONE AND BECOMING A RECREATIONAL PILOT? Here are some quick tips and facts from the Federal Aviation Administration: • Fly only for recreational purposes. • Keep your unmanned aircraft within your visual line-of-sight or within the visual line-of-sight of an observer who is co-located and in direct communication with you. • Do not fly above 400 feet above the ground. • Never fly near airports. • Do not fly in controlled airspace without an FAA authorization. For full details of becoming a drone pilot, visit

may have an emergency phone AUGUST 2020


co-op news

Serving our community Carroll White REMC Operation Round Up grants for the second quarter In the second quarter, Operation Round Up board of trustees granted $10,900 to seven non-profit organizations in the Carroll White REMC (CW REMC) service territory. To date in 2020, $39,153.94 has been awarded. “At this time with the current uncertainty of COVID-19, it is more important than ever for us to be giving back to the communities we serve,” said Casey Crabb, manager of communications and public relations. “Many non-profits have been unable to hold their fundraisers. Operation Round Up is offering a boost so that the good work of non-profits can continue.” The largest grant awarded in this grant cycle was to the Chalmers Volunteer Fire Department. “In 2021, all of the Chalmers Volunteer Fire Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) will be out-of-date,” wrote grant writer Faith Willoughby. “They will no longer be able to be tested and calibrated. These packs have a life of 10 years. The air packs are a part of the personal protective equipment requirement. We hope to replace six units this year and six next year.” The self-contained breathing apparatus is the most important piece of equipment that first responders take into a fire. The SCBA needs to be reliable, comfortable and user-friendly to ensure safety. Operation Round Up earmarked $3,000 for this worthwhile project.



Other grants awarded in the second quarter included: Carroll FFA: $2,800 for a grain bin rescue tube. Carroll County Senior & Family Services: $2,000 to Carroll County Senior and Family Service for outreach to senior citizens and disabled residents of Carroll County. First Presbyterian Church of Monticello: $1,000 to the church’s Operation Backpack program. FOP Lodge 123: $1,000 to assist its Shop with a Cop program. West Central Elementary: $600 to purchase an online reading/writing practice program for students in sixth grade. Samantha McAtee: $500 to help with a therapy dog program at Twin Lakes High School and in the community. Each organization that received grants is working to enhance the communities where they live and work. All Operation Round Up grant applications are now being completed online at www.cwremc. coop. You can also sign up online to be part of Operation Round Up.

product recalls

Path light kits recalled for shock hazard

This recall involves Hampton Bay, Patriot Lighting and Paradise light kits sold with Sterno Home LED power supplies. The Sterno Home LED power supply is defective; it has a plug blade that can remain in the AC outlet when the LED power supply is pulled from the outlet, posing a risk of electric shock to the user. The light kits were sold at Home Depot and other hardware stores nationwide and online from March 2017 through May 2020 for between $50 and $100.

Call 888-867-6095; or go online at or and click on RECALL NOTICE in the top left corner or for more information.

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 for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.



Wabash Valley Power news

The Silent Charge:

Electric co-ops planning for electric vehicle growth Technology advances in electric

utilities are offering Time of Use

hold the key to larger utility scale

vehicle development have shifted

rates that provide discounts during

batteries in the future. Battery

heads to considering possibilities

non-peak time. This helps the utility

storage would enable electricity

for the energy industry.

avoid paying high prices during

generated to be stored and then

high demand times, which saves

used later during times of higher

everyone money. It also provides a

demand. Even cars themselves

use for energy generated during the

hold potential: there has been

evenings and overnight times when

consideration of how EV batteries

power plants are still running but

could help power a home during a

without much load to serve.

storm outage. While the technology

EVs are still a small portion of the total U.S. automobile sales but it’s growing rapidly. CNBC reported in May that an industry research firm predicts that the global market for EVs, which are automobiles

is not there yet, it is being explored.

powered by a rechargeable battery

EVs support a greener, diversified

rather than gasoline, will top 3

energy supply. Over the last 10

EV technology under the hood has

million in 2021. And the utility

years, your local electric co-op’s

the potential to impact the entire

industry is paying attention because

power supply has incorporated

energy industry and those tech

several developments could have

a greater amount of alternative

advances can even be beneficial

far-reaching implications:

energy sources. More wind and

to people who have no plans

solar energy resources have been

to ever own an EV. For more

added while our reliance on coal

information about EVs, including

has decreased. As EVs replace

to see if one would be a good fit

gas-powered vehicles, society as a

for you, contact your local electric

whole likely will become less reliant

cooperative’s energy advisor or visit

upon fossil fuels.

More effective use of the energy grid. The addition of thousands of recharging EVs could put a strain on the energy grid – particularly if they charge during the utility’s peak time, when people use the most energy. To encourage EV

Batteries provide future potential.

owners to charge off-peak, many

Battery technology in EVs could




co-op news

Registered SmartHub users now have access to an outage two-way texting feature. Simply text “OUT� to 768482 to report an outage. If you are not a SmartHub user, now is a great time to register on our website,

From the boardroom The Carroll White REMC board of directors met on June 25 at the Monticello office. Roll call was taken and the board elected officers per Article VI of the bylaws. For this next year, the officers are Kevin Bender, president; Margaret Foutch, vice president; Ralph Zarse, secretary-treasurer; and Kent Zimpfer, assistant secretary-treasurer. Minutes of the previous board meeting were then approved. A report was heard on the Annual Meeting and then the board heard the accounting and finance report from Chief Operating Officer Cathy Raderstorf. The board then heard reports from Indiana Electric Cooperatives, Wabash Valley Power Alliance and Cooperative Finance Corporation. The board then heard management reports, elected a voting delegate and alternate for United Utility Supply, and then adjourned. AUGUST 2020


career profile

Ensuring power

keeps flowing Top 3

responsibilities in a day: •

Gather materials. It’s important we have all the supplies we need when we leave the warehouse for the day.

Run the digger truck. This is the truck that digs the holes for the utility poles and helps set them upright.

Learn. It’s important for me to observe everything going on around me and to ask good questions.

Why did you choose to accept a job at an electric cooperative? I grew up in this area and knew it was a great place to work. It’s a great family-like culture; everyone is here to help and that makes it such a nice work environment. What’s a typical day like? The most common day includes changing out poles and installing new electric services. However, it seems like every day is different, which I enjoy. Have you had to master new skills to be successful in your position? Everything I’ve done in this position is all new to me but I’m eager to learn. Probably the most important things I’ve had to learn about are the cooperative’s electric



Dylan Hart Groundman Carroll White REMC

distribution system, how to read the mapping, and how to run the digger truck. It’s also essential to ask good questions. Do you see opportunity for growth? Yes. At my cooperative the position of a groundman is a stepping stone to the start of your career in the industry. I am currently enrolled in the electric line apprentice program. When I’m done, I’ll be a journeyman lineworker and will also have earned an associate’s degree through Ivy Tech Community College.

What part of your job do you find most fulfilling? At the end of the day, it’s all about making sure the power keeps flowing. The most fulfilling part of my job is restoring service following an outage. Dylan Hart now serves Carroll White REMC consumers as an apprentice lineman.

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