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Meet the team: Amber Knight
Amber Knight is the creative manager of Indiana Electric Cooperatives and is a crucial component of the Indiana Connection team. She oversees the entire design of the magazine, including the cover, and has an unmatched eye for detail. Here’s more about her:
As creative manager, I ensure brand consistency and design excellence at IEC and Indiana Connection. I also lead our Creative Services Program, where our team assists co-ops throughout the state with their design needs, from graphic design and logos to photography and more. I love working with the IEC team and co-op communicators to deliver beautiful work. My job never feels like work!
Three facts about Amber:
• My creative passion began in high school as a member of the newspaper staff. I earned my bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Ball State University and have been doing creative work in marketing and communication ever since.
• Since becoming a homeowner, I’ve done a ton of home improvement projects. I have painted kitchen cabinets, installed flooring, built shelving for a bookcase and even constructed a large media cabinet. I’ve learned that you can do a lot with power tools and patience.
• I always have a book nearby. I enjoy getting lost in a good thriller or romantic comedy, and I love supporting indie authors. I read 58 books in 2022 and am on track to read even more this year!
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Indiana’s Jaykob Troutwine from Hagerstown touches home plate before the tag for the Great Lakes during Little League Baseball’s World Series last August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Which state will represent the Great Lakes Region at the World Series this year will be determined at the regional tournament in Whitestown, Aug. 5-9.
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SEI FIBER PROJECT UPDATE: TRANSFORMING CONNECTIVITY IN SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
TheSEI Fiber project is a transformative initiative of Southeastern Indiana REMC aimed at revolutionizing connectivity in southeastern Indiana. We understand the importance of reliable and high-speed internet access for both residential and business purposes. With this project, we aim to bridge the digital divide, foster economic growth and enhance the overall quality of life for our community.
Since its inception, the SEI Fiber project has made significant strides, and we are proud to share the following updates:
Infrastructure expansion: Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to expand the fiber optic network across southeastern Indiana. We have successfully laid hundreds of miles of fiber cables, connecting numerous communities, neighborhoods and businesses to our state-of-the-art network.
Enhanced services: With SEI Fiber, our members can now enjoy lightning-fast internet speeds, seamless streaming, crystal-clear voice services and robust cloud-based solutions. These advancements empower our community with the tools necessary for remote work, online education, telehealth and other digital innovations.
Community engagement: As a member-owned cooperative, community engagement is at the core of our values. We sought feedback from our members by conducting a survey before launching the project to better understand their needs and aspirations. Your invaluable input has shaped our project's direction and helped us tailor our services to meet your specific requirements.
A fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) product with speeds from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Residential pricing starts at $64.95 plus tax.
To safely provide reliable electricity and diversified services to the members and communities we serve.
Increased access: Our goal has always been to ensure that every member of our REMC community has access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet. We are delighted to announce that a substantial number of households and businesses have already been connected to SEI Fiber. We continue to prioritize expanding access to unserved and underserved areas, enabling everyone to reap the benefits of a connected world.
Looking ahead, we remain dedicated to the continued expansion and improvement of SEI Fiber. Our team is actively exploring opportunities to accelerate deployment and reach even more members of the community.
The SEI Fiber project is making remarkable progress in our mission to deliver fast and reliable internet access to southeastern Indiana. We are proud to be at the forefront of this transformational endeavor, and we sincerely thank you, our valued members, for your unwavering support.
FACTORS THAT IMPACT
The daily cost of living seems to have increased across the board. Just as inflation has impacted everything from the price of gasoline to the price of eggs, costs for the fuels required to produce electricity have also risen. While Southeastern Indiana REMC can manage some of the elements that impact electricity prices and rates, some of these factors are beyond our control.
Your monthly electric bill consists of three primary parts:
1. Service charge
2. Energy consumption/kWh charge
The fixed monthly service charge covers the costs associated with providing electricity to your home. This includes equipment, materials, labor and operating costs necessary to serve each meter in Southeastern Indiana REMC’s service territory, regardless of the amount of energy used. In order to ensure the reliable service you expect and deserve, we must maintain the local system, including power lines, substations
and other necessary equipment. Like many other businesses, we’ve experienced supply chain issues and steep cost increases for some of our basic equipment. Because we are a not-for-profit cooperative, some of
these expenses must be passed on to our members. The service charge is the same for everyone and the costs are shared equally across the membership.
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ELECTRICITY REMAINS A GOOD VALUE
Although inflation has led to increasing costs in many areas of our lives, the cost of powering your home rises slowly when compared to other common goods. Looking at price increases over the last five years, electricity remains a good value.
The kWh charge covers how much energy you consume. You’ve likely noticed the amount of energy you use can vary from month to month and is typically impacted by extreme temperatures. When temperatures soar or dip, your cooling and heating equipment runs longer, which increases your home energy use. Regardless, energy consumption is an area that you have some control over, and you can lower your monthly bill by actively reducing energy use. Your thermostat is a great place to start, so be sure to keep it close to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months.
The PCA is the same amount for all co-op members. The PCA recently increased because of higher fuel prices, which means the power that Southeastern Indiana REMC purchases from our wholesale provider is more expensive. The PCA covers fuel cost fluctuations without having to continually restructure electricity rates.
While we can’t control the weather or the rising costs of fuels, please know Southeastern Indiana REMC is doing everything possible to keep internal costs down.
4 KEY FACTORS that impact energy bills
You pay for the electricity you consume each month, but there are additional factors that impact your energy bills.
1. Fuel costs
Before electricity can be delivered to your home, it must ﬁrst be generated at a power plant or from a renewable source. The cost of fuels used to generate electricity ﬂuctuates, which is why you see a power or fuel charge on your monthly bill. This monthly charge covers cost ﬂuctuations without having to continually restructure electricity rates.
2. Service costs
Your bill includes a monthly service charge, which recovers part of the co-op’s ongoing investments in poles, wire, meters, system maintenance and additional costs necessary to provide electric service.
When temperatures soar or dip, your cooling or heating equipment must run longer and at maximum capacity, which can greatly increase your energy use. Extreme temperatures can also a ect electricity market prices. When the need for electricity increases due to extreme heat or cold, the price of power typically rises.
4. Energy consumption
This is the amount of electricity you use each month to power your home’s cooling/heating system, appliances, lighting, electronics and more. The amount of electricity you consume is measured in kilowatt-hours, or kWh. You have control over how much energy you use, which can ultimately help manage your monthly costs.
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Flipping the switch:
While electric vehicles are collectively trying to find a foothold with individual consumers, there’s at least one EV market that seems to be firing on all cylinders. That would be electric school buses, which are expected to have a growth rate of nearly 34% over the next five years, according to industry experts. That figure is nearly 11% higher than the electric vehicle market at large.
There are several factors driving this surge, including significant federal funding via the Clean School Bus Program.
Once schools can clear the hurdle of the higher cost of purchasing an electric school bus, there are several benefits. Electric school buses offer fuel efficiency and more reliable performance for school districts in search of costeffective transportation options. According to the National School Boards Association, each electric school bus will save an average of $6,000 per year in operational expenditures compared to a traditional bus.
Electric school buses can be used as battery storage for energy that can be transferred back into the grid, and the buses could also operate as alternative power sources during disasters or extended outages — talk to your co-op before you do this.
There’s also an added safety bonus: Electric buses operate quietly, allowing drivers to be more aware of what’s going on inside and outside of the vehicle.
In an effort to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools, the 2022 Clean School Bus Program awarded $5.315 million to six Indiana school districts to purchase a total of 19 buses. Thirteen of those buses were electric, and the other six were propane powered.
The recipients were Michigan City Area Schools (six buses), Northeastern Wayne Schools (six), Western Boone County Community School District (four), East Washington School Corporation,
Caston School Corporation and North Central Parke Community School Corporation.
There could be more buses in store soon for Indiana schools. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the 2023 Clean School Bus Grant Program will offer another approximately $400 million in competitive grant funding to eligible applicants for zeroemission school buses, clean school buses and charging infrastructure, and the application deadline is Aug. 22.by Sandy Cason Director of Member Services and Corporate Relations Whitewater Valley REMC
The Invention of the Year
Throughout the ages, there have been many important advances in mobility. Canes, walkers, rollators, and scooters were created to help people with mobility issues get around and retain their independence. Lately, however, there haven’t been any new improvements to these existing products or developments in this field. Until now. Recently, an innovative design engineer who’s developed one of the world’s most popular products created a completely new breakthrough . . . a personal electric vehicle. It’s called the Zinger, and there is nothing out there quite like it.
“What my wife especially loves is it gives her back feelings of safety and independence which has given a real boost to her confidence and happiness!
–Kent C., California
The first thing you’ll notice about the Zinger is its unique look. It doesn’t look like a scooter. Its sleek, lightweight yet durable frame is made with aircraft grade aluminum so it weighs only 47.2 lbs. It features one-touch folding and unfolding – when folded it can be wheeled around like a suitcase and fits easily into a backseat or trunk. Then, there are the steering levers. They enable the Zinger to move forward, backward, turn on a dime and even pull right up to a table or desk. With its compact yet powerful
motor it can go up to 6 miles an hour and its rechargeable battery can go up to 8 miles on a single charge. With its low center of gravity and inflatable tires it can handle rugged terrain and is virtually tip-proof. Think about it, you can take your Zinger almost anywhere, so you don’t have to let mobility issues rule your life.
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Pulaski County COUNTY FACTS
In 1835, Pulaski County was one of two newly created northern Indiana counties that the state General Assembly named for Polish heroes of the American Revolution. The other was Kosciusko.
Count Casimir Pulaski was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called the “father of the American cavalry.” Though Pulaski deserved such an honor, one would have been hard-pressed to find a person of Polish descent in the area at the time of the county’s founding.
A FITTING NAME
People of Polish descent may have been rare in northwestern Indiana at the time Pulaski County was named, but the county seat is named after a Native American word.
New settlers to the area in 1839 dubbed the county seat “Winamac,” which is a Potawatomi term for “catfish.” It should be noted that the Tippecanoe River flows through the heart of Winamac, which meant catfish would have been plentiful.
BRIDGE CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL
The Winamac Town Park is home to a large suspension bridge over the Tippecanoe River. The Veterans Memorial Swinging Bridge was dedicated July 4, 1923, and has since been a popular local attraction.
In 2020, the “Light Up Our Legacy Project” began to raise money to install LED lights on the bridge. The goal was reached, and the bridge underwent renovations through the early spring of 2023. The lights were unveiled July 3 in celebration of the bridge’s 100th anniversary.
FISH AND WILDLIFE ABOUND
Pulaski County is also home to multiple areas to view wildlife and enjoy nature, including the Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area, Tippecanoe River State Park and the JasperPulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. Located on more than 8,000 acres, the Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area is a notable stop for more than 10,000 sandhill cranes during their fall migration pattern.
NAMED FOR: Count Casimir Pulaski
COUNTY SEAT: Winamac
INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 66
It’s time to apply for the YOUTH POWER AND HOPE AWARDS
Indiana Connection and Indiana’s electric cooperatives are proud to sponsor the Youth Power and Hope Awards program. Since 2009, the program has annually honored Indiana youth in grades 5-8 for their community service. Past winners’ community projects have included raising money for Riley Hospital for Children and donating toys for its patients, collecting coats for the less fortunate and providing police officers with stuffed animals to comfort children in crisis situations. Could a community-minded young person you know be one of our next winners? Encourage him/her to apply!
Up to five qualified candidates will receive $500 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Indiana Connection, among other recognition.
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To DIY … or not to DIY
When planning home improvement projects — especially those that involve electrical work — do you know when to DIY and when to hire a professional?
Homeowners wanting to do it themselves can tackle many types of projects, but when safety becomes an issue, seek a professional with appropriate training, equipment and insurance. “Painting a bedroom may be an easy weekend project, for example, but climbing a tall ladder for an exterior paint job can be a safety risk,” noted Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives.
To avoid electrocution and fires, most electrical work should be left to professional licensed electricians. Home rewiring, breaker box replacement and adding a large number of electrical outlets are among tasks you should consider leaving for the pros. Faulty electrical installations can lead to large additional expenses and even injuries or death.
If you’re doing work yourself with power tools, be careful. Annually, 8% of electrocutions in the U.S. are attributed to improper use of power tools. The Electrical Safety Foundation International offers the following safety tips:
• Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) with every power tool to protect against electrical shock.
• Never use power tools near live electrical wires or water pipes.
• Use extreme caution when cutting or drilling into walls where electrical wires or water pipes could be accidentally touched or penetrated.
• Do not use power tools without the proper guards.
If your home improvement includes additional living space and/or added outlets, make sure your home electrical panel and service can handle the added load. In addition, verify that all electrical work is done by a certified, licensed electrician and that local permits, if needed, are secured.
Call 811 several days in advance if any digging is part of the project so the appropriate utilities serving your area can determine if they have buried lines of service in the scope of your project and mark where those are located.
Whether your home improvement is being done by yourself or a contractor, contact your electric utility ahead of time if your meter must be removed or relocated to accommodate additions or renovations (such as home additions, fences, decks or patios) to your property. In almost all areas it is illegal for a homeowner to break the seal on a utility meter or pull or set a meter. Aside from being dangerous without protective gear, there could be fines involved if you don’t call the utility first to explain the situation.
Remember, you should only tackle DIY home projects within your skill and comfort level. “For projects that require extensive electrical work, we strongly recommend you hire a licensed, qualified electrician for assistance,” said Elkins.
How a Safe Step Walk-In Tub can change your life
Think about the things you loved to do that are dif cult today — going for a walk or just sitting comfortably while reading a book. And remember the last time you got a great night’s sleep?
As we get older, health issues or even everyday aches, pains and stress can prevent us from enjoying life. So what’s keeping you from having a better quality of life?
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A Safe Step Walk-In Tub lets you indulge in a warm, relaxing bath that can help relieve life’s aches, pains and worries.
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Keltie Sullivan is a culinary professional with decades of restaurant experience, including a ten-year run at her eponymous bistro Keltie’s in Westfield until 2012. Keltie said that she didn’t plan on opening another restaurant after closing Keltie’s, but when she saw the existing Angry Donkey storefront on Main Street in Michigantown en route to visit her mother in Delphi, she eventually had a change of heart. Keltie purchased the Angry Donkey in 2018 and has since made it into her own flourishing restaurant endeavor.
So, how exactly did the space get its equine-inspired moniker?
Keltie explained that “the restaurant used to be called the Michigantown House, where the locals would come in and mostly drink. It was nicknamed the ‘mule barn’ years and years ago, so the previous owners before me were trying to come up with a name and kept going back to ‘The Mule.’ Eventually, the name ‘donkey’ came up, and they loved the ‘Angry Donkey.’”
Keltie investigated how much it would cost to change the signage, and after she found out that the price would be “upwards of $30,000,” she decided to stick with the existing name and never look back.
Angry Donkey’s website describes the eatery as “a fullservice, family-friendly restaurant offering a wide variety of Hoosier-inspired cuisine.” Once inside, you’ll find a casual but well-thought-out atmosphere. There is a large, beautiful wooden bar flanked by big-screen TVs, and the dining rooms are spacious.
The real reason you’re here, though, is the scrumptious food. Almost everything is made from scratch, including
Keltie’s signature “beggar’s purse,” described as chicken salad with blue and cheddar cheeses baked in puff pastry and served on a bed of cranberry compote. There is also the “Triple PIG,” featuring a pork burger loaded with pulled pork and bacon jam, topped with pepper jack cheese and slaw on Texas toast. Keltie’s smoked chicken wings, splashed with hot sauce, are also crowd-pleasers. In addition, the weekly specials are worth investigating, including the dessert offerings.
The bar is stocked, and yes, there is a mule on the current cocktail menu — made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. You’ll also find “The Keltini,” a blend of Grey Goose vodka, crème de cassis and a splash of pineapple juice with a “lemony” rim.
Word-of-mouth is consistently positive regarding Keltie’s delicious food and welcoming hospitality, so if you’d like to try Angry Donkey for yourself, you may want to make a reservation, especially on weekend nights. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you can visit Angrydonkeymtown.com for up-to-date hours and to reserve a table.
The Bracelets That Italy
“The renown of Italy’s jewelry, with its sensual beauty and extraordinary craftsmanship, is founded on the goldsmithing skills passed down through generations.” – The New York Times
Iguess I was a little bored. For the past hour, I’d been on the phone with Daniele, the head of my office in Italy, reviewing our latest purchases of Italian gold, Murano glass and Italian-made shoes and handbags.
“Daniele,” I said, “What is the hottest jewelry in Italy right now?”
His reply? Woven gold bracelets studded with gems. He texted me some photos and I knew immediately that this was jewelry that Raffinato just had to have.
The best part about these bracelets? The price. Because of our longstanding connections in Arezzo, the mecca of Italian goldsmithing, we can offer both bracelets together for just $99, a fraction of the price you’ll pay anywhere else for similar jewelry.
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3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2-4 minced garlic cloves, to taste
1 (24-ounce) jar pasta sauce
1 (14½-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2½ cups chicken broth
16 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in half Parmesan cheese, to taste
Heat a deep, wide skillet or a stock pot over low/medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and cook until onion is softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes and chicken broth, stirring to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil. Stir in spaghetti, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 11-12 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes to prevent pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14½-ounce) can beef broth
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups instant rice, uncooked
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion; drain. Add tomatoes, broth and vegetables; stir and bring mixture to a boil. Stir in rice and cheese, cover, then remove skillet from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese if desired and serve.
SAUSAGE SUB SANDWICHES
Glenda Ferguson, Paoli, Indiana
1 pound Italian sausage links
10 ounces frozen pepper and onion blend
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
Garlic salt (or salt substitute) and pepper, to taste
4 sandwich buns/rolls
Cook sausages in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain. Remove the sausages and slice them into halfinch pieces, then return to the pan. Add the frozen vegetables. Cover for 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes and seasonings and cook for 2 minutes. Hollow out the bottom of the buns/rolls. Fill with the cooked sausage mixture and serve.
Takes 10 Years Off Your Face in as Little as 10 Minutes
Women are raving about the life-changing effects of this powerful formula.
There’s no denying that people — mostly women — are on a mission to discover the best way to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles permanently. The $14 billion dollars spent on aesthetic procedures in 2021 alone is a clear indication of that fact.
But now science appears to be offering a simpler solution. It’s a special delivery technology adapted for skincare that gets superior results.
Known as advanced liposome technology, this powerful distribution system ensures that vital nutrients are delivered exactly where your skin needs them the most, providing your skin with maximum anti-aging benefits.
New Age-Defying ‘Dermal Filler’ Cream in High Demand
Al Sears, MD, of Palm Beach, Florida, recently released an anti-aging cream that adapts this breakthrough medical technology into the realm of skincare, and he’s struggling to keep up with consumer demand.
Dr. Sears is South Florida’s leading anti-aging pioneer. He has authored over 500 reports, scientific papers, and books on anti-aging. A frequent lecturer at global anti-aging conferences, Dr. Sears spoke at the WPBF 25 Health & Wellness Festival featuring Dr. Oz, along with special guest, Suzanne Somers. Thousands of people were in attendance as Dr. Sears discussed his latest anti-aging breakthroughs.
This powerful cream, known as Restore, keeps selling out faster than it’s produced — and people are raving about the effect it’s having on their skin.
“Within a few minutes of applying the cream, it visibly plumps out the under-eye area and my cheeks as well as those annoying lines that deepen as we age between the nose
and lips. It also felt like it was tightening and smoothing my skin at the same time. I definitely feel I look younger whenever I use it,” said Amy B., of Montville, New Jersey.
“The lines around my mouth and eyes are filled in and my skin is tightened. I love having younger-looking skin, so I will continue using Restore” raves Cathy C., of Florida.
The best part is that this cream has no adverse side effects, doesn’t require a doctor’s visit or prescription, and is 100% natural.
When you apply liposome cream to your face, the liposomes in the skin cream work their way inside your skin, fuse with the skin cell membranes and then release their contents directly to the cells. Regular skin creams don’t have this capability.
A Formula Designed to Take Years off Your Face in Minutes
Powerful Delivery System Ensures Nutrients Penetrate Deep into Your Skin
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LITTLE LEAGUE BRINGS HOOSIERS TO THE PLATEBY RICHARD G. BIEVER Photo by Richard G. Biever
ittle Leaguers from Hagerstown won the hearts of Hoosiers all over the state last August when they advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They were Indiana’s first representatives at the World Series since their next-door neighbors from New Castle in 2012.
Indiana may not have a Major League Baseball team, but true to the state’s reputation as an amateur sports capital, Hoosiers embrace and foster the love of sports at all basic levels. That’s why the 3-year-old Little League Baseball Central Region Headquarters Complex in Whitestown is a fitting and welcomed addition to the Indiana sporting landscape.
“One of the things that makes Little League unique is that this is the purest you’ll ever see sport. It’s just the purest emotion,” said Stu Hartenstein, Little League’s Central Region director. “Why it’s on TV, and why people are so drawn to it, is they want the innocence of youth sports. And it doesn’t matter what division it is. That’s what makes it so magical.”
Hagerstown punched its ticket to the World Series last year by winning the Great Lakes Region Tournament at the Central Region’s field. During the first two weeks of August, the complex on the northwestern outskirts of Indianapolis will once again host the best Little League Baseball teams from 13 states in two regional tournaments. The winners of the two regions, the Great Lakes and Midwest, will then advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
“It’s just awesome to be able to afford youth the opportunities here to make some lifelong memories,” Hartenstein said. “You ask a lot of our volunteers who have been with the organization 50, 60, 70 years, why they keep coming back, and a lot of it is just continuing to help create for today’s youth the same memories and relationships that have endured throughout their lives.”
At 36, Hartenstein has been involved with Little League ever since he was a tot, beginning with T-ball, continuing with Little League, then volunteering as an umpire for many years, until finally taking one of the few paid positions with the organization. “That connectivity to community, to people, is something that is challenged in today’s society,” he said, “and we are one of the staples in our country that still try to allow that to be the heartbeat.”
As with all Little League events, there’s no admission charge to the ballpark at Whitestown or even Williamsport. Seating, though limited, is generally open in the grandstand. Lawn chairs are welcomed along the fence lines, and concessions are moderately priced.
The notion for a baseball league for kids, with their own uniforms and
proportionately sized equipment and field, originated in 1938 in Williamsport. Carl Stotz, a lumberyard clerk, told of watching his nephews playing a game of catch when the idea came to him. The next spring, Stotz gathered local sponsors and organized a league of three teams — Lundy Lumber, Lycoming Dairy and Jumbo Pretzel — and drew up a field essentially two-thirds the dimensions of the big leagues. Instead of 90 feet between the bases, his “little league” had 60; instead of 60 feet from the pitcher’s mound to home, his was 46 feet. On June 6, 1939, Stotz’s creation, Little League Baseball, played ball for the first time, with Lundy Lumber winning 23-8 over Lycoming Dairy.
Within just a decade, and despite the nation being focused on winning World War II in the middle of it, Little League had spread out from central Pennsylvania across the United States. Within another 10 years, it
had gone international. In 1957, the first team from outside the U.S. — Monterey, Mexico — won the Little League World Series.
Today, Little League is played in some 6,500 communities by some 2 million players with 1 million adult volunteers. Little League is in every U.S. state and more than 80 countries. It is more than just baseball for boys and girls ages 10-12. Today, it includes programs and divisions of baseball and softball for all youth ages 4 to 16, including youth with special needs.
While Williamsport remains the headquarters, Little League has divided into five administrative regions in the U.S.: East — located in Bristol, Connecticut; Central — in Whitestown; Southeast — in Warner Robins, Georgia; Southwest — in Waco, Texas; and West — in San Bernardino, California. International regions are in Puerto Rico, Canada, South Korea and Poland.
The Whitestown facility serves as the administrative hub for Little League Baseball and Softball activities for the five states in the Great Lakes Region (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan), and eight in the Midwest Region (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota). How states land in their respective regions for competition depends on geography and participation numbers; Little League strives to maintain equal representation and a competitive balance for each region, Hartenstein said.
Before reaching the region tournament, the teams, composed of all-stars from each community’s local league, will have already won their local district and respective state tournaments held in July. (Because of this issue’s printing deadline, Indiana Connection is unable to include this year’s Indiana representative in this article). They then compete in the region tournament representing their state. The two regional champs decided in Whitestown will go on to the Little League World Series later this month in Williamsport. There, they will compete against eight other regional champions from within the U.S. and 10 international regional champs.
IN SCORING POSITION
When Little League established its regional headquarters in 1989, the Central Region was located in Lawrence on the east side of Indianapolis. By the mid-2010s, however, the original location was seeing some problems.
The complex was too large, noted Hartenstein, which made it harder to maintain for the volunteer organization. Hartenstein and one other staff member are currently the only two full-time employees for the Central Region. In addition, the region director at the time, Nina Johnson-Pitt, cited high crime and deterioration of the area as another reason Little League began seeking a new location.
While the Central Region administration moved to a small office
INDIANA TO HOST TWO REGION TOURNAMENTS
Little League Baseball’s Central Region complex will host the champions representing 13 states in two regional tournaments early this month. Both the Great Lakes Region Tournament and Midwest Region Tournament will be held concurrently at the Whitestown complex to determine the two to move on to the Little League World Series later this month in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
GREAT LAKES REGION
Game 1: Michigan vs. Ohio
Aug. 5 • 10 a.m.
Game 2: Illinois vs. Indiana
Aug. 5 • 7 p.m.
Game 3: Winner 1 vs. Kentucky
Aug. 6 • 4 p.m.
Remaining games: Aug. 6-9
Game 1: Kansas vs. North Dakota
Aug. 4 • 10 a.m.
Game 2: Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Aug. 4 • 1 p.m.
Game 3: Minnesota vs. Nebraska
Aug. 4 • 4 p.m.
Games 4: Iowa vs. South Dakota
Aug. 4 • 7 p.m.
Remaining games: Aug. 6-11
Winners of both regions advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16-27
The Central Region complex is at 7185 S. Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, IN 46075. For full schedules and details, visit: littleleague.org/central
in Carmel, the regional tournament games were held in the interim at the new Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Fishers High School and Zionsville High School. Little League, with its special field dimensions, required tweaking to fields not made for Little League. In addition, the field required more spectator room for families and fans and areas for television cameras since ESPN had begun televising even the regional tournament games. Not only were there the field aspects, but the region facility also needed room to host training events for league officials, coaches and umpires throughout the year.
A search for a new facility location included sites near Indianapolis and out of state.
In 2020, Little League and the Whitestown Redevelopment Commission came to an agreement on a 15-acre site on a fast-growing corridor road parallel to Interstate 65. The complex, served electrically by Boone REMC, includes an administration building, gift shop,
concession stand, restrooms, batting cages and a regulation-size, lighted Little League field with stadium seating, bleachers and a press box.
In addition to the Town of Whitestown, the Boone County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau also stepped up to bat for the facility. “The Boone County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau made a commitment to attracting Little League to Boone County,” said Allyson Gutwein, the executive director of the Boone County CVB.
“Little League is so important because it really fulfills multiple needs of tourism and placemaking. It’s great for the community. It’s great for attracting people who want to come and see the tournaments. Little League is a great example of what we really want to see in those tourist attractions, and we want to make sure that they know they’re supported,” Gutwein said.
The facility opened in July of 2021, during the pandemic, which brought strict protocols and limited attendance to the softball and
baseball tournaments. Last year, the first full-scale tournaments for the new complex were held. “We were very pleased with our attendance,” Hartenstein said, adding, “So we anticipate probably having a record year with attendance.”
Since there are no tickets, he said, attendance is not tracked closely. “Sometimes that’s dependent upon how many volunteers we have available to help us. Attendance fluctuates day by day. Certainly, the Great Lakes games are more well attended simply because they’re closer. If we had a local team, like Hagerstown, there were nights where we had 5,000 people here.”
Whatever the attendance, the folks at the Boone County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are ready to wave the fans in.
“We’re excited to welcome guests from all over the Midwest, the United States and all over the world in order to see this,” said Gutwein, “because not only are people able to see this locally, but it’s being broadcast
Hagerstown, wearing the Great Lakes Region uniforms, gathers for a team prayer at last year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport.
globally on multiple networks. And that really is exciting because we know that people are seeing our community. That’s fantastic for the local economy, our businesses and all of those that are involved in Little League.”
Hartenstein, a native of Ohio, wasn’t involved in the decisions that kept Little League Baseball in central Indiana when it was looking for a new facility. But he appreciates what Indiana has had to offer Little Leaguers and their families who come for the tournaments.
“A lot of our communities across the nation really embrace Little League baseball — its values, what it tries to instill in local communities and what it really means to develop young athletes. And Indiana is certainly one of the states in the country that very much caters to the hospitality industry, as well as youth sports. So, there’s kind of a perfect storm here in
LITTLE LEAGUE RED LETTER DATES
Carl Stotz creates the idea for Little League baseball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
June 6, 1939:
First Little League game is played in Williamsport.
The first Little League World Series is played.
Little League spreads to 307 leagues across the United States; the first team from Indiana (Lafayette) plays in the Little League World Series.
First permanent league outside the U.S. is established in British Columbia, Canada.
Indiana. There is a huge buy-in and interest here.”
He also credits county and local governments and the county CVB, especially the Town of Whitestown, for welcoming Little League. “They have gone above and beyond to not only welcome us but continue to work with us. We have an awesome partnership with them. Indiana is a special place for Little League because we get the town embracing the values of Little League, what it stands for and what it can bring.”
We’ll all find out in a couple of weeks after the Great Lakes Region Tournament whether an Indiana team plays in Williamsport again this year. But win or lose at the local community ballpark, Whitestown or Williamsport, Little Leaguers can take heart knowing that Hoosiers welcome them and root for them — and all that they play for.
Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.
Little League expands to all 48 U.S. states.
A team from Monterey, Mexico becomes the first team from outside the U.S. to win the Little League World Series.
Little League changes rules to allow girls to play alongside boys.
Little League divides into administrative regions. The Central Region is headquarted in Indianapolis.
June 26, 2021:
The Central Region opens its new 15-acre complex in Whitestown.
Representing Indiana, Hagerstown wins the Great Lakes Region and becomes the 16th team from Indiana to advance to Williamsport.
Aug. 4-11, 2023:
Central Region facility to host Great Lakes and Midwest tournaments.
One of the things that makes Little League unique is that this is the purest you’ll ever see sport.
STU HARTENSTEIN, Central Region directorPhoto by Richard G. Biever
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While many children of all ages were relieved to be out of school for the summer, there were several deserving students from Hoosier Energy member cooperatives who were looking ahead to the 2023-24 school year.
That’s because a total of 14 cooperatives, 13 in the state of Indiana, awarded scholarships to 90 students this year, surpassing last year’s total of 86 awards.
There were three recipients of statewide awards this year. Alivia Hopper of Orange County REMC and Ethan Haenlein of South Central Indiana REMC each received $1,000 Indiana Electric Cooperatives Managers’ Association Scholarships,
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and Bree Vollman of Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative received the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship for $2,000. The remainder of the scholarships were awarded by local cooperatives — Bartholomew County REMC, Clark County REMC, Harrison REMC, Henry County REMC, Jackson County REMC, JCREMC, Orange County REMC, RushShelby Energy, South Central Indiana REMC, Southeastern Indiana REMC, Southern Indiana Power, Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative, Whitewater Valley REMC and WIN Energy REMC.
Some other notable scholarship winners were Laney Ruiz of
Columbus North High School, who received the $5,000 Alex Barkes Memorial Scholarship from Bartholomew County REMC, and Emily Miller of Jeffersonville High School, who was awarded the $2,500 Cindy Hockensmith Memorial Scholarship from Clark County REMC. Ailyn Hendricks of Franklin Community High School and Micah Robertson of Center Grove High School each received $2,000 academic scholarships from JCREMC. The remainder of the scholarships awarded ranged from $500 to $1,000.
Hoosier Energy and its member cooperatives are proud to invest in the future by helping jumpstart these students’ educational journeys.
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Although Shane Smith grew up on electric cooperative power lines 15 minutes from the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC’s office in Bloomfield, he had no concept of what a cooperative was when he interviewed for an internship during his first year of college in 1994.
Smith knew he wanted to be an engineer of some sort and had a knack for that kind of work. And, after graduating, he knew he wanted to stay close to home.
After graduating in 1997, he came back to UDWI REMC’s office and was hired on as its first on-staff engineer.
“It was really a great position,” he said, especially for someone coming right out of college. “The opportunities it provided, the variety of work and the people you worked with — you couldn’t ask for better.”
Smith is now the chief operating officer for the cooperative and looks back on a career that he found rewarding.
“The biggest thing is the mission and the people: serving the
membership, serving the area where I grew up. I find that part of the role very fulfilling. Not being profit-focused really speaks to me,” he said. “Now that I’m in a little bit different role, I’m also helping the people who are coming up in the organization, mentoring them.”
In the mid-2000s, Smith admits he did get kind of a “seven-year itch.” A friend recruited Smith to join his consulting firm, and Smith left the REMC. But a year later, he was back. “I missed the co-op, I missed working for the members and I missed seeing things to completion.”
Coming back, Smith picked up where he left off and was given even more responsibility as UDWI grew in size. Returning to the coop allowed him to benefit from the many opportunities co-ops offer employees. He was able to expand his education and completed his MBA in the chief operating officer’s position he’s had since 2020. “Having those
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And coming back was like coming home to family. “The biggest things are the people that you work with — getting so close to them, they’re like family. That’s part of the job that you don’t really find at a lot of different places. We come together as a family in the hard times — for example, we just had a storm that caused widespread power outages. They’re hard on the employees, and they’re hard on the members. But when you have clarity of purpose and everybody’s coming together to get the job done, it’s a good feeling.”
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