Carroll White — October 2019 Indiana Connection

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Director Milt Rodgers inspired to serve

Carroll White REMC’s

We cooperative Calendar YouTube Student Art 2020


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from the editor

Riddle me this

What can be seen once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years? Are you perplexed by the question? That’s what I love about brain teasers. You can ponder them for hours weighing all the possible — and impossible — answers. When you finally have that “aha” moment, or just finally give up and ask for the answer, it all suddenly makes sense. That moment of clarity is worth the sometimes tough mental workout you just underwent. Brain teasers are a good way to keep your mind nimble when you notice it could use a tune-up. I enjoy engaging in these logic exercises because they force me to really listen and focus on just the facts. They prove that when we revise our way of thinking, we can come up with new solutions to everyday challenges. That’s something we all need to work on. Anyway, here are some of my favorite brain teasers. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you? Your name. What can travel around the world but stays in one corner? A stamp. What’s full of holes but still holds water? A sponge. How can you throw a ball as hard as possible only to have it come back to you (without bouncing off anything)? By throwing it straight up in the air. And, in case you’re obsessing over my first question, the answer is the letter “M.”


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broadband 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Does your home make the grade? 12 B ROADBAND SUCCESS STORIES How high-speed internet has helped the Mowery family.


Indiana eats 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Parke County. 16 INDIANA EATS Huber’s restaurant still serving down-home meals. 17 FOOD Hog wild: Pork and sausage recipes take center stage. 20 COVER STORY Cooperative Calendar of


Indiana Connection




28 DIY 10 steps to a cleaner car.


29 SAFETY Be aware of overhead power lines. 30 PETS Don’t let your pet’s gobble-uns get it. (Not in all versions)

Student Art winners.


33 33 TRAVEL Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman. (Not in all versions) 34 PROFILE Brandon Hall: Managing technology that drives our industry.

On the cover Danielle Sommerman sits at her drawing table at her English, Indiana, home. The Crawford County High School student was named “Artist of the Year” in last spring’s Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER



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, 574-686-2670 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

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

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

Kent 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 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

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

IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 September bills are due Oct. 5 and are subject to disconnect Oct. 24 if unpaid. Cycle 2 September bills are due Oct. 20 and are subject to disconnect Nov. 12 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on Oct. 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read Oct. 15.

HEATING TYPICALLY MAKES UP 42% OF AN ENERGY BILL With proper equipment maintenance and upgrades like additional insulation and air sealing, you can save about 30% on your energy bill. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY



Inspired to serve

In this ongoing seven-article series, we’ll introduce you to each of Carroll White REMC’s board members. This issue, we feature Milt Rodgers, who represents CW REMC’s first district.

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” — J ohn Muir Milt Rodgers travels through doorways not only to learn but to challenge himself. Rodgers is a lifelong learner. He loves to travel and read, and is a gifted photographer. He loves his family and loves living in the country. Growing up on a dairy farm in northern Cass County, Rodgers was a 10-year 4-H member and a Junior Leader. “Acclaimed women’s basketball coach Pat Summit said, ‘When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off, so you work every day,’” Rodgers noted. ” My dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you!’” Rodgers’ work ethic was chiseled on the dairy farm. It takes discipline, commitment and purpose to meet the challenges of a dairy farm, and every family member must be engaged in the work. Rodgers received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. For 39 years, he worked at Delphi Automotive in Kokomo. “When working for Delphi Automotive as a senior manufacturing engineer, I attended many improvement classes,” Rodgers said. Though his career was in Kokomo, Rodgers and his wife, Pat, have always made Carroll County their home. “I like rural life,” Rodgers said. “When my wife and I moved to Carroll County, I became a local 4-H leader. I also belong

Milt Rodgers and his wife, Pat, take a selfie while on vacation.

to the local Kiwanis Club, a professional engineering organization and, now, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).” Rodgers joined the REMC team in 2011. “I became interested in the Carroll County REMC while serving on the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board,” Rodgers said. “Economic development and the REMC have similar goals in improving the rural economy. I believed serving Carroll County REMC was another way I could serve my neighbors, while helping to improve Carroll County’s economic future. “I have found that to do a good job on the Carroll White REMC board takes more time than I originally thought,” Rodgers said. “Board members spend many hours each month in education, attending seminars, and meetings. All those activities are enlightening and educational.”



co-op news CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Rodgers serves CW REMC as the board representative to Wabash Valley Power Alliance. In this role, he attends monthly meetings and has also participated in strategic planning sessions. As a member of NRECA, Milt has taken several of its classes to earn and maintain a director gold certificate. “The NRECA classes give me the knowledge to keep our member-owned co-op viable for the foreseeable future,” Rodgers said. “I find the interaction between members; local co-op staff; and other local, state, and national directors fascinating,” Rodgers continued. “These meetings between individuals from all walks of life are so valuable to me personally and to our co-op as changes occur.” One of Rodgers’ most memorable CW REMC experiences was being invited to be part of the Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Leadership Experience for co-op leaders. Through classroom discussion and video illustrations, participants learned how to apply leadership lessons to today’s challenges. A history buff,

Rodgers treasured this educational opportunity which took place on the Civil War battlefield. Rodgers notes that as an REMC director, his responsibility is to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity for our member-owners, while striving to enhance our communities. “This is what motivates me,” he said. Another responsibility is helping to set the co-op’s direction for the future. “The CW REMC board of directors and senior staff recently completed a strategic plan which will be used to give us our direction/goals for the next three to five years,” Rodgers said. “Basically, that means the directors and CW REMC staff want to become more efficient with every dollar collected. We’re also focused on giving our members safe and secure electricity while enhancing the communities by assisting with economic development.” Away from the boardroom, Rodgers juggles his roles as husband, father, grandfather, community volunteer, and church member. “My wife and I have two grown, successful sons with


wonderful wives — Jeff (Traci) and Scott (Danielle) — and an eight-year-old grandson, Noah, and a spoiled rotten Golden Retriever,” Rodgers said. “My wife and I love to travel, spend time with our immediate family and with our siblings and their families,” Rodgers said. “I also enjoy gardening, home improvement projects, and photography. I relax by reading historical fiction that is based on historical facts.” Rodgers loves books about the Civil War, World War I and World War II. His favorite book is Ken Follett’s “A Candle of Fire.” On two different occasions, the Rodgerses housed foreign exchange students as part of the Youth for Understanding program. During a special vacation, they attended one student’s wedding in Germany. Last year, he and his wife toured Italy with his Nikon 5200 ready to capture the beauty and history of that country. Opening doorways is a lifelong gift… if you walk through. Rodgers walks through.

The Carroll White REMC board of directors met on Aug. 22 at the Delphi office. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and approved. The strategic plan for Carroll White REMC was presented along with strategic initiatives and goals. A new mission statement and tagline were discussed and approved as presented. The board reviewed the financial report from the chief operating officer. New memberships to the cooperative were also reviewed and approved. The board also had a discussion regarding the refund of capital credits later in 2019. The board then heard a report from the recent Wabash Valley Power Alliance member conference as well as updates from Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Wabash Valley Power Alliance, and management department reports.



co-op news

ASK THE ENERGY ADVISOR Shoulder months provide energy efficiency opportunities BY JOE SPEAR Shoulder months are those months during which temperatures outside sit comfortably between 4565 F. More moderate temperatures allow us to take advantage of using less energy. We don’t have to operate seasonal appliances to condition our homes. Energy used during shoulder months is called your “base load.” That is energy used when weather doesn’t play a factor in our home’s use.

What Energy Steps Can You Take in the Shoulder Seasons? • Replace inefficient lighting with Energy Star-rated LED bulbs. • Unplug unused computers, chargers, televisions and other appliances. • Consider replacing older appliances, like refrigerators and freezers, with newer Energy Star- rated products. • As colder weather gets closer, it’s a great time to get outside and seal up any cracks and holes that may have developed over the warmer months. • Caulking around windows, doors and all mechanical penetrations will help your home by slowing the natural “stack effect” that happens as warmer lighter air moves upward. • If you have a heat pump, get it serviced before winter hits. Winter temperatures not only may lead to operating inefficiencies, it’s more difficult to check for proper refrigerant pressures. • Make sure all storm windows and storm doors are securely in place. • Replacing your older, inefficient heating and cooling system may be a good idea before colder weather sets in. Remember that a hybrid (gas furnace with electric heat pump) HVAC system can be the most efficient system, second only to a geothermal system … and the most affordable! Carroll White REMC has rebates for both types of systems. • Disconnect garden hoses from hydrants and spigots.

What winter projects should members consider? Cooler weather is a perfect time to get into attics and make sure all penetrations from electrical wiring, HVAC, plumbing and lighting (including recessed can lights) are air sealed with either foam or caulking. This slows the stack effect that brings conditioned air from the living space into an unconditioned attic. • Air sealing needs to be done before installing any new insulation. Air can, and will, move through insulation. • After air sealing an attic, you should add insulation to proper levels. This is approximately R-38 to R-42 in our temperature zone. • Insulating basement or crawlspace walls may be a great wintertime project. Do this after air sealing all penetrations. • Sealing all attic doors and hatches with a weather gasket or seal will eliminate air leakage.




is it too early to plan for 2020 projects? It is always great idea to plan ahead for all weatherization projects, as well as any equipment upgrades. This allows you time to get familiar with any available rebates or incentives.

space heater advice • Space heaters can be an expensive and unsafe choice if not used properly and if not used for a long period of run time. • One 1,500-watt space heater running 24/7 can add approximately $115 a month to your energy bills. • Space heaters cause many household fires. If you must use a space heater, make sure it’s in perfect working condition. Follow all manufacturing instructions for use. Set your thermostat to only operate as needed.



Data gathered will help plan for the future From September 2019 through January 2020, Carroll White REMC will be conducting a survey of residential co-op members. This telephone survey is conducted every three years. It helps our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance, determine how much power we’ll need in the near future. The survey will be conducted by Oppenheim Research, a Tallahassee, Florida, firm with experience in a wide variety of research methods as well as a strong history of satisfied customers. Co-op members will be randomly selected, and 300 completed surveys will be done for our co-op. The survey is designed to last approximately 10-12 minutes and will primarily focus on the appliances and items in and around your home that consume electricity. The calls will take place Monday through Friday, beginning midafternoon and running until about 9 p.m. If you are called and don’t wish to participate, you will not be pressured to do so. We greatly appreciate those who do take the time to help us plan better for the future! If you have any questions about the process, please call the office at 800-844-7161.




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Does your home make the grade? The HERS rating grades homes’ energy efficiency level Many first-time homebuyers are enthralled with their new purchase for many reasons. Some are excited to learn that their new house may be more energy efficient than their previous residence. The question is: how efficient? Fortunately, the nonprofit Residential Network Energy Services (otherwise known as RESNET) created a nationally recognized standard to determine the energy efficiency level of all homes. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index calculates your home’s energy use and provides a relative performance score. Lower scores mean lower energy use – and a more

energy efficient home! To calculate your home’s HERS Index score, a certified rater performs an assessment on your home and compares the data to a designedreference home of the same size and shape. A HERS assessment includes collecting information about the home’s exterior walls, heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, attics, foundations, and air leaks. This is done during a visit to the home and typically takes two to four hours. RESNET explains that a home with a HERS Index score of 70 means the home is 30 percent more energy efficient than the reference home;

a HERS Index of 130 would mean that the home is 30 percent less energy efficient than the reference home. HERS Index scores are incredibly useful. A HERS rating can help differentiate a home you are selling, documenting how efficient it is. Energy efficient homes are often more attractive (and can likely get a higher price). If you are buying a home, a HERS assessment can provide details about areas of concern to identify what parts of the home should be improved if you do purchase the home. More information about the HERS Index is available at

Your local electric co-op’s energy advisor can help answer your questions about determining your home’s energy efficiency with an energy audit. While not the same as a HERS assessment, an energy audit will provide an in-depth analysis of your home to provide actionable steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Contact your local electric cooperative to learn how you can make sure that your home passes the energy efficiency test!




Brian Hawk

Energy Advisor Noble REMC


What’ s Your broadband story? Tell us why expanding high-speed internet to all of Indiana is important. Electric cooperatives are finding ways to help close the rural digital divide, providing all Hoosiers the same opportunities. Affordable and reliable quality internet means life-altering improvements for rural Hoosiers in:


MODERN HEALTH CARE, including prompt access to specialists, and expanded monitoring and treatment options.

MODERN EDUCATION The Mowery family

When Jennifer and Patrick Mowery married in 2013, they knew they wanted to raise a family together. Jennifer also longed for her small-town community of Crawfordsville, where much of her family still resided. But they faced two major roadblocks – both of their careers were tied to Indianapolis and they had been unable to build on their family that already included a son from a previous marriage. Jennifer and Patrick decided to explore foster care and, in 2017, adopted a baby girl who had been placed in their care. “I always wanted to raise my kids in the same rural community experience that I had where you wave at your neighbors and they wave back,” Jennifer said. “Now that we finally had our family, we really wanted to get back to the country and be close to my family.” Jennifer had steadily built a career working as an accounts payable lead in the healthcare industry. She oversees a team that pays vendor invoices for hospitals. In 2017, her



employer began allowing its staff to work remotely. “It’s a great option, but you have to have fast and reliable internet to make it work,” Jennifer said. Patrick and Jennifer heard about reliable and fast rural internet service being built by electric cooperatives. It was a perfect fit for their dream. They purchased their dream property in northern Montgomery County in May 2019 where Tipmont REMC has started building out its fiber internet service, and Jennifer now works remotely. “I’m able to keep my career and raise our family the way that we wanted to. I’m close to my family so they can be a big part of our lives,” Jennifer said. “It’s mind-boggling to think how many pieces fell into place to make this possible for us.”

options so rural students can use technology previously available only to their urban peers. Adult learners will have access to distance education options.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT opportunities mean small businesses in rural areas can enter the global marketplace. And, young families seeking a rural lifestyle can enjoy that small town sense of community with the modern conveniences of an urban area. Tell us how having access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet could improve your family’s quality of life, or how new service options have changed the way you live. Your stories will continue to inspire our state’s leaders to do all they can to bring broadband to all of Indiana.

Visit YourBroadbandStory to share your broadband story!

county feature

Parke County BY RICHARD G. BIEVER The west-central Indiana county named after Benjamin Parke, a founding father of Indiana, ends with an “e.” But the county’s cornucopia of well-preserved natural and man-made historical features gives Parke a larger-than-life “park-like” personality.

Countycts Fa FOUNDED: 1821

NAMED FOR: Benjamin Parke, a member of Indiana’s 1816 Constitutional Convention. POPULATION: 16,927 (2019) COUNTY SEAT: Rockville HOME TO: Thirty-one historic covered bridges. A myriad of recreational




Parke County is best known for its 31 quaint covered bridges. But it’s also home to two outstanding state parks, a large reservoir and state recreation site, and popular shaded streams. Together, they provide recreational opportunities for individuals, families and groups to explore, shop for crafts and antiques, picnic, hike, camp, bicycle, bird and wildlife watch, ride horseback, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, and, after all that, just float on an inner tube. Turkey Run State Park was the second state park established in 1916, Indiana’s centennial year. The park takes visitors tripping through time as they hike through deep ravines and sandstone gorges representing some 600 million years of nature’s handiwork and lets them marvel at old growth trees that create a thick canopy overhead. Flowing through the heart of the park, scenic Sugar

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival Oct. 11-20 | Admission: Free 765-569-5226


The Bridgeton Covered Bridge was rebuilt in 2006 after an arsonist destroyed the original bridge. Creek is a wonderful resource for canoeing and fishing. The park also offers more modern amenities like Turkey Run Inn that’s opened year-round, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a staffed nature center, and a planetarium. About five miles up Sugar Creek from Turkey Run is Shades State Park. Though most of the park is in neighboring Montgomery County to the east, Shades straddles the corner of three counties: Montgomery, Parke and Fountain County to the north. Shades, too, offers the chance to explore deep sandstone ravines and stands of aged forests. On the county’s eastern side is Raccoon State Recreation Area surrounding Cecil M. Harden Lake. The lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control in the late 1950s. As a byproduct, it provides a variety of water and outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat and economic benefits to the area. The 31 covered bridges are Parke County’s main claim to fame, and Parke County bills itself as the “Covered Bridge Capital.” Between 1820 and 1920, about 500 covered bridges were built in Indiana, fewer than 100 remain. More than half of those that do are

in and around Parke County. It’s an area with numerous streams and creeks flowing to the Wabash River which shapes Parke County’s western border with Vermillion County. The bridges were covered to protect the wooden trusses and deck from rotting. While they came to symbolize rural America and a simple bucolic lifestyle, they became an impediment to agricultural progress as farming machinery grew larger and could not pass through them. Many places opted to remove the bridges as they deteriorated to improve transportation. Parke County saved many of its covered bridges by diverting the roadway around them on new modern bridges built alongside the covered bridge. Many covered bridges come with the admonition in the arched woodwork entrances overhead: “Cross this bridge at a walk.” Originally it was meant for horse-drawn traffic to pass slowly. Now, the only way, in many cases, to cross them is on foot. And for a county that embraces its natural, rural and small town heritage, it’s good advice folks should heed almost anywhere they go on their walk in the park — in Parke County that is. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Indiana’s largest festival, held throughout the county, showcases Parke’s 31 historic covered bridges and features authentic arts and crafts, food, two historic mills, and beautiful fall foliage.



Indiana eats

Family fare

Huber’s restaurant still serving down-home meals



trying to be trendy: just making food the

shop. A mini farm/playground includes

A year ago, a cloud of uncertainty hung

way they were taught on the farm. That

pony rides and the chance for families to

over the future of the fertile u-pick fields

“true to the roots” way of preparing the

feed fish and ducks.

and home-style meals of Joe Huber’s

meals remains at the restaurant. Terra

Family Farm & Restaurant. The iconic

notes everything is freshly prepared and

agritourism destination atop the rolling

made from scratch.

knobs of Starlight was brought to a very

The menu includes Huber Honey Ham,

benefit the WHAS Crusade of Children,

public auction by a division in the family-

Chicken and Dumplings, a variety of

which raises funds to provide services

run business.

fresh vegetables, and homemade pies and

for special needs children. This coming

But after the final gavel, Huber fans in

cobblers. In the fall, ever-popular Waldorf

December, a holiday show and dinner will

the greater Louisville region heaved a

fruit salad is added to the menu.

be added to its menu.

collective sigh of relief. A group within

Many of the recipes are based on Bonnie’s

the Huber family was able to purchase

favorites and those of Mary Huber, Joe’s


the heart of the business started in

mom, from back in the 1920s. Bonnie’s

1967 by family patriarch, the late Joe

country fried chicken features a secret

Huber, and matriarch, wife Bonnie.

ingredient that makes it some of the

“We never skipped a beat,” said Huber’s

region’s best — crunchy, golden, and

granddaughter, Terra Huber-Mahan,

juicy. This time of year, especially, it goes

director of sales and marketing. The

perfectly alongside a Huber hallmark:

restaurant remained open through it all.

fried biscuits with apple butter.

“They would be so proud their legacy was saved for all our customers,” Terra said.

The restaurant offers carry-out and also provides catering services up to a 50-60

The restaurant started in 1983. It was

mile radius. In addition, there’s a farm

among the nation’s first “farm-to-table”

market, soda and ice cream shop, and gift

restaurants. But the Hubers weren’t



Autumn events at the farm include a maze and pumpkin patch with wagon rides. As in the past, pumpkin sales

JOE HUBER’S FAMILY FARM & RESTAURANT 2421 Engle Road, Borden (Starlight), IN 47106 812-923-5255 Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


hog wild Pork and sausage recipes take center stage

Pork Carnitas Joni Metzger Pierceton, Indiana

2 lbs. cooked, shredded pork loin 2 t. salt 1 t. cumin ½ t. black pepper 1 onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 bay leaves 1½ cup orange juice Juice of 2 limes 1 cup chicken broth Combine all ingredients in a baking dish. Cover dish with foil. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour or until heated through. Serve with warm rice, black beans or tortillas. Add toppings of choice such as cheese, sour cream, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, chopped green onions or cilantro.



Wonton Sausage Appetizers Suetta Tingler, Corydon, Indiana 25 count wonton wrappers 2 lbs. pork sausage, cooked and well-drained 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese ¾ cup ranch dressing Preheat oven to 350 F. Press a wonton wrapper into each cup of a muffin tin. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and place wonton “cups” on a cookie sheet. Repeat until there are about 25 cups. Mix sausage, cheeses, and dressing until well blended. Spoon mixture into wonton cups. Bake 5-10 minutes or until bubbly. (For bite-sized appetizers, use the smaller 50-count wonton wrappers and bake them in mini muffin tins.)

Wonton Sausage Appetizers Slow Cooker Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Pork Roast Charla Wallman, Topeka, Indiana 1 4-5 lb. pork roast 1 24-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce ½ cup brown sugar 2 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste Place pork roast in slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and pour over pork roast. Cover and heat on low for 10-12 hours. Cook’s notes: Serve with Caesar salad and crusty bread.



Danielle Sommerman BEST OF SHOW WINNER

The 2020 Cooperative Calendar

illustrating the month assigned to

of Student Art will be available for

their grade division. First graders in

distribution at participating Indiana

the 2018-19 school year were as-

electric co-op offices around the

signed January; second graders had

state in the coming weeks (... and

February; third graders had March;

CooperativE Calendar

into the mailboxes of consumers of

and so on, ending with 12th graders

Newton County REMC with their

illustrating December. Kindergart-

November issue of Indiana Connec-

ners were given the coveted cover


position which allowed them to


Here’s a preview of the 22nd annual

2020 Student Art BY RICHARD G. BIEVER



illustrate whatever they wanted.

edition of the calendar, and your

In addition to the 13 grade division

introduction to 2020’s “Artist of the

winners, nine additional works were

Year,” Crawford County High School

selected at large for honorable men-

student Danielle Sommerman.

tions. These works will appear in a

The calendar will be illustrated with

special section in the calendar.

the winning works from the stu-

A total of $3,375 in prize money was

dent art contest that Indiana electric

shared among the 22 student artists.

cooperatives held last spring. Over 1,800 entries from all grades, K-12, from all over Indiana were entered.

Information about the art contest to illustrate the 2021 calendar, which has a March 20, 2020, entry dead-

As with the previous contests, stu-

line, is now available at IndianaCon-

dents were asked to create artwork

Leaving a


‘Artist of the Year’ Shows Patience and persistence “Artist of the Year” Danielle Som-

goal — winning the “Best of Show”

but old — truck, for the calendar. “I

merman has a front-seat view of the

and earning the Artist of the Year title.

love reflections. The truck was just

vacated floodplain that once was the town of English.

Her winning work, illustrating October in the upcoming 2020 calendar, is a

like heaven for me because of all the different reflections,” she said.

Most of the town was chased to higher

detailed colored pencil illustration of

Danielle’s work first appeared in the

ground about a mile to the east in

a 1927 Ford Model AA truck hauling

student art calendar when she won an

the 1990s after yet another flood.

pumpkins. It’s a departure of her past

honorable mention as a third grader.

Where there once were driveways,

subjects which dealt with gardens and

She illustrated two happy slugs in a

buildings and lawns, there are now

nature. “I was a little bored with the

garden for March. In the 2015 calen-

fairways, bunkers and greens of a golf

nature stuff,” she noted. “I wanted to

dar, her water color of pink dogwood

course. “This is the shell of a town,”

see if I could do something as com-

blossoms illustrating May won the fifth

said Danielle. “I know the golf course

plex as a truck.”

grade division. She then switched her

has covered up most of it, but there’s broken glass bottles, rusty pieces of metal, old things everywhere.”

Earlier in the year, she had drawn a rusty old pickup truck that took first place in the annual art contest

medium of choice to colored pencils and since seventh grade has won her grade division every year.

Growing up in these surroundings,

sponsored by the Overlook Restau-

“I’ve been wanting the Best of Show

Danielle is keenly aware of how time

rant in Leavenworth. The theme had

since first grade,” she said, “and 10

and tide tear at all things. She artic-

to depict the effects of the time. Fresh

years later, I finally achieved it.”

ulates more of an urgency to make

off the success of that illustration, she

a mark in life than most 16-year-olds

chose another truck, a shiny new —

you’ll meet. “I don’t know how much of


it has influenced my art,” she said. “I know it probably has subconsciously. Even though there are so few people here, there’s all that stuff that’s left behind … like a legacy almost.” For years now, Danielle, a junior at Crawford County High School, has been leaving a legacy of her own on walls of electric cooperative consumers all across Indiana. Her artwork has appeared in seven of the last eight editions of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art, a wall calendar distributed by participating electric co-ops. This past spring, as a sophomore, she achieved her long-time

Always a perfectionist and her own biggest critic, Danielle Sommerman, right, discusses how she could have made her October illustration even better with her mom, Daffney, at the student artist reception and exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in August. Judges selected her work, by the way, the “Best of Show.”



May: Fifth Grade, Ashelyn Evans

Cover: Kindergarten, Charles Quakenbush

July: Seventh Grade, Addysen Standish

January: First Grade, George Quakenbush

February: Second Grade, Abby Porter

March: Third Grade, Rileigh Hash



April: Fourth Grade, Oliver Lanam

September: Ninth Grade, Morgan Dyck

June: Sixth Grade, Naomi Kujak

Danielle Sommerman’s winning October artwork shown on page 20

August: Eighth Grade, Andrew Zink

November: 11th Grade, Evan Olinger

December: 12th Grade, Lexi Harford

Check the November issue to learn how to purchase a 2020 calendar.






Along with art, Danielle has other passions. She is 54,000 words into a young adult science fiction novel she started writing a couple of years ago. For a career, she wants to pursue her love of chemistry. “Seeing the sheer amount of plastic and pollution in our world and in our oceans fills me with so much rage,” she said. “I might as well make that rage a part of my career — and chemistry is my favorite class. I absolutely love the reactions ... there is just undying curiosity there. So maybe I could develop something to help

Danielle Sommerman’s honorable mention artwork from the 2013 calendar.

to mind Danielle’s first success in the art contest with the little garden mollusks. Quirkily, snails and slugs are a universal symbol of stability and persistence. That’s the kind of stick-toitiveness Danielle and so many other student artists have shown pursuing and then achieving the Artist

icant and transient slug or snail leaves a little part of

subjects, but Danielle

itself behind as it passes

approaches art almost as if

through this green earth —

she’s joining different mol-

an iridescent legacy on a

ecules to create something

dull concrete slab.

finished, there is an object you can look at. A photo didn’t do that. Technology didn’t do that. My hands and some supplies did that.” On the front steps leading up to Danielle’s home, the silvery tell-tale trail left by a tiny snail or slug glistens in the afternoon sun. It brings



David White, third grade

Addie Otte, fourth grade

Mia Fang, eighth grade

Clare Kramer, ninth grade

they also symbolize what

seem like disparate

And when the process is

Phil Carnes, second grade

years. In a whimsical way,

Art and chemistry might

supplies, and my hands.

Lucy O’Bryan, kindergarten

of the Year honor over the

artists do, what all human-

starts, I have a paper, some

Each year after the judges select the 13 grade division winners in the calendar art contest, other top works from the various grades are pulled aside. From these, nine additional works are selected at large to receive honorable mentions. Here are the honorable mention winners from this year’s contest. These works will appear in a special four-page section in the 2020 calendar.

slow steady progression,

our world,” she added.

new. “When the process


ity does. Even an insignif-

Danielle still has a lifetime journey ahead, but she’s already thinking about her legacy. “I want people to remember me by the things I did in my life,” she said. “So, my art, my writing, maybe something with the chemistry path I’m choosing — whichever

Adalia Knakiewicz, ninth grade

route I stick to — I want people to remember me.”

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection. Trinity Hess, 11th grade

Erin Starkweather, 10th grade

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HAUNTED ADAMS MILL, Cutler (Carroll), Adams Mill. Ghostly tours of the historic mill. Tractor-drawn hayrides through the haunted forest and campfire treats. 6-10 p.m. Admission charge. 765-564-6757.


SLIGHTLY SCARY GHOST STORIES WITH DOYNE CARSON, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. Come in costume. Free. 7-9 p.m. 765-564-4300. info@



“A CHRISTMAS STORY” COMES HOME, Hammond (Lake), Indiana Welcome Center. Special events, contests and photos with Santa. Take your picture with “Flick” on our flagpole and browse the official “A Christmas Story” merchandise. Free. 219-989-7979.



IRVINGTON HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, Irvington (Marion), various locations. Oldest and largest festival in the country. Street fair, parade, contests, vendors and arts. Free.


DELTA THETA TAU ANTIQUE SHOW, Franklin (Johnson), Johnson County Fairgrounds. Food served continually. Proceeds support local charities. 9 a.m.4 p.m. $3 admission charge. Parking free. 317-694-8052.




SMORGASBORD AND BAZAAR, West Point (Tippecanoe), 4923 Monroe St. Pulled pork, fried chicken, baked ham, chickenn-noodles; assorted vegetables, salads and desserts; rolls and drinks. Carry out available. 4-7 p.m. Adults, $10; children 6-12, $5; children five and under, free. 765-237-2728.



LIVE TALENT SHOWCASE, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. Open to community members of all ages residing in Crawford, Greene, Jackson, Martin, Monroe, Lawrence, Orange, and Washington counties. Grand prize is $1,000. Tickets, $10. 7-9 p.m. 812-849-4447. aprince@hoosieruplands. org.


ANNUAL CHICKEN DINNER, Paoli (Orange), Christ the King Catholic Church. Chicken dinner and games for children. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $10, adults; $5, children 5-10; children four and under, free. Sixteen-piece bucket of chicken, $25. 812-723-3900.





GASTHOF HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Montgomery (Daviess), Amish Village. Vendors, handmade crafts, jewelry, home décor. Homemade Amish buffet, bakery and gift shops. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 812-486-4900. gasthofamishvillage. com



To ensure our readers have sufficient time to plan ahead to attend these events, we are revamping the timeline of our calendar. Beginning this month, our events listing will run from the 15th of the current month to the 15th of the next month. We hope you find this revised schedule helpful.



MARSHALL COUNTY MUSEUM GHOST WALK, Plymouth (Marshall), Marshall County Museum. Spooky tours and storytelling. 7 p.m. Cost: $10. 574-936-2306.


DELTS’ HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND GIFTS SHOW, Portland (Jay), Jay County High School. Over 150 booths. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Food available all day. All proceeds go help others. Admission charge. 260-726-6729. dttcraftshow@




11TH ANNUAL TRAIN SHOW AND SWAP MEET, Jeffersonville (Clark), First Presbyterian Church. Model train items for sale along with running displays. Cost: canned item for local food bank. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 502-415-2194, 812-282-1658 or 502-424-8682.


CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Charlestown (Clark), Clark County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Tunnel Mill Tigers 4-H Club. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 812-9893988.


This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Indiana Connection publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Indiana Connection advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at; or mail your info to: Calendar, Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.




The Game’s Afoot! Holmes & Watson return to Cambridge, OH, for The Case of the Christmas Carbuncle.

Experience old world England through an innovative public art exhibit, architecture & more in downtown Cambridge, OH. OCTOBER 2019



It’s all in the detailing 10 STEPS TO A CLEANER CAR If we’re not at home or at work, most of us are in our vehicles. And, let’s be honest here: we can be pretty messy when we’re on the road. Keeping your car clean and free of dirt and grime can actually make your life seem a little less chaotic because less mess does equal less stress! An automobile that is regularly cleaned and detailed also retains its resale value — and that is important when you want to sell it or trade it in for a new one. Here are 10 things you should do to get your car looking bright, shiny, fresh and clean: STEP 1 Clear and clean the cup holders. For a quick clean, place a used sock over the bottom of a travel cup, apply window cleaner, and twist. Make sure to use a cloth to get in the corners. STEP 2 Remove crevice dirt. Start by picking up any change, pens, keys or other debris with your hands. Then, try using a barbecue skewer to pick out the trash and items wedged in the hard-to-reach areas. Vacuum the area using the sweeper’s crevice tool (the flat


attachment on the end). Finish off with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. STEP 3 Get those corners. Clean out tight interior areas, such as vents, seams, buttons and switches with wood skewers or cotton swabs. Louvers and vents and be cleaned using old make-up brushes. STEP 4 Deep-clean interior fabrics. Spray already cleaned carpets and cloth seats lightly with a foaming aerosol cleaner. When it starts to dry, use a vacuum to remove it. To get a deeper clean, you can rent a carpet cleaner from an area store. STEP 5 Careful with plastics. Use an ammonia-free glass cleaner on your vehicle’s plastic surfaces. Ammonia can cause bleaching to those surfaces. STEP 6 Do a last sweeping. With a vacuum, do a second pass of your vehicle to pick up any dirt freed during the cleaning. STEP 7 Avoid washing in direct sunlight. This prevents any possible damage if the paint gets too hot when you’re washing and

waxing. When washing, start at the top and work your way down using a mitt/rag, gentle soap, and water. Car surfaces are the grungiest as you get lower to the ground, and dirt can end up on your cleaning cloth/mitt, causing scratches. STEP 8 Use a clay bar. After your car has dried, consider using a clay bar (available at retail outlets and auto stores) across the body panels to remove any remaining dirt. The bar can also get windows sparkling clean. STEP 9 Shine those rims. Brake dust, tar, and road grime that’s very hard to remove can cling to your tire rims. To get them glistening, look for a wheel cleaner that’s safe for all surfaces. Avoid harsh cleaners, such as dish soap, that can damage a wheel’s finish. In tight areas, use a sponge and softbristled toothbrush to apply the cleaner. Rinse with water. Go over any spots you missed. STEP 10 Wait to drive. Cleaners, especially those for a car’s exterior, stay wet for a while, which can attract dirt when you drive. Make sure the vehicle is dry prior to driving it. SOURCE: CONSUMERREPORTS.COM



Be Aware of Overhead Power Lines

When should you look up for overhead power lines? LOOK UP for power lines when using tools of any kind,


especially when trees are nearby. Branches can hide power lines from view. Even non-metallic tools can

Whether you’re on the job

overhead line, both you and

both feet together. No part

or working on an outdoor

the equipment can become

of your body should touch

project around your home,

a path for the electricity.

the equipment and the

LOOK UP when

you should always be aware

Look up and out in front of

ground at the same time.

using cranes or

of overhead electrical lines.

you before using a ladder,

Hop or shuffle away from

other lifting devices

Many workplace fatalities are

large machinery, or a pool

the equipment with your

that approach

caused by overhead power

cleaning net. Even non-me-

feet together to reduce the

lines. Imagine how easy it is

tallic ladders and equipment

risk of electric shock.

working distance within

for us at home, who are not

can conduct electricity. If you come across some-

trained to avoid these obsta-

conduct electricity.

20 feet of power lines. LOOK UP for

Using large tools or ma-

one who’s hit an overhead

chinery can make it harder

power line, stay away and

“In a majority of cases,

to avoid overhead power

warn others around to not

fatalities occurred in oc-

lines. Always consider

touch him or her, or you

cupations with little to no

where power lines are

could get shocked, too.

electrical safety training,”

before you begin a project.

Immediately call 911 and

said John Gasstrom, CEO of

Scanning the area should

then contact your electric

Indiana Electric Coopera-

be part of your plan from

cooperative to turn off the

tives. “That’s why we put so

the start. Once you begin

electricity at your location.

much emphasis on safety

making safety part of your

training and compliance

routine, it’ll become sec-

If you know you’re going

up and determine

education, not only for our

ond nature when you run

to be working near power

the overhead clearance from

cooperative employees, but

through your day-to-day

lines, contact your electric

the top of the tree. Trees can

electrical safety checklist.

co-op so the experts there

conduct electric current.

cles, to run into danger!

our consumers as well.”

can properly inform you When working on an out-

If you’ve struck a power

on safety precautions you

door project, stay at least 10

line and must get off the

should be taking in your

feet away from overhead

equipment, jump as far

area. Electrical safety is one

lines. If your ladder or piece

away from the equipment

of our top priorities for our

of equipment touches an

as you can and land with


power lines when putting up scaffolding, framing a building, painting, pruning trees or picking fruit. LOOK UP before moving a tree under a power line. Look

LOOK UP for power lines when working on top of buildings.




Don’t let your pet’s ‘gobble-uns’ get it BY RI CHARD G . B IEV ER Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of make believe. But if Fido and Fluffy make believe the bitesized morsels for trick-or-treaters momentarily left unattended by the front door were for them, Halloween can turn into a true fright night.

Holidays, with their special decorations and treats, are fraught with dangerous tricks for a dog and cat. And these “gobble-uns” could get them — if you don’t watch out.

Treats C HOCOLATE is one of the most infamous unsafe foods for pets. Cocoa seeds, from which chocolate is derived, contain chemicals and caffeine which are poisonous to dogs and cats. X YLITOL, a common sugar substitute found in gum, candy, and baked goods, is also toxic to small animals because it induces a sudden rush of insulin resulting in very low blood sugar. S UGARY, HIGH-FAT CANDY , or even fatty leftovers from the table, can lead to pancreatitis, a very painful, potentially fatal, inflammation of the pancreas. R AISINS, which some people prefer to distribute instead of candy on Halloween, can be extremely poisonous to dogs and cats. Very small amounts of raisins (and grapes) can cause kidney damage. MACADAMIA NUT S can also damage a pet’s kidneys.



In addition, when pets eat candy, they usually don’t remove the wrappers. Ingestion of foil and cellophane wrappers can cause a life-threatening bowel obstruction.

Tricks Halloween now rivals Christmas when it comes to decorations. Like Christmas tinsel and ribbon, fake cobwebs, plastic spiders, and streamers can be tempting play objects for cats. But these can cause a blockage if ingested and can be made of toxic materials. Other decorating/ entertainment concerns: BUBBLE L I G H T S (and snow globes) may contain poisonous chemicals. G LO W S T I C K S and glow jewelry can be punctured by a pet’s sharp teeth. While not usually life-threatening, their contents can cause pain and irritation in the mouth. CO STUM E S, if you like to dress up your pet for Halloween, shouldn’t have rubber bands or anything that might constrict your pet’s circulation, breathing or vision. Check for chewable pieces that could present choking hazards. Metallic beads, snaps or other small pieces, if ingested, can result in serious poisoning.

Also, don’t dye or apply coloring to your pet’s fur. Even if the dye is labeled “non-toxic” to humans, it could still be harmful to pets. T H E C O R D S of decorative lights, if chewed on, can cause burns, seizures, and even death. C A N D L E S can burn the noses and wagging tails of curious pets who sometimes don’t know something is hot until it’s too late. L I Q U I D P O T P O U R R I used to scent your home can cause serious chemical burns to the mouth if licked, especially for cats.

Emergency Information If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic or poisonous and are unable to reach your regular vet, PURDUE UNIVERSITY’S ANIMAL EMERGENCY SERVICE is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call: 765-494-1107. ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER is also available 24/7 for poison-related emergencies: 888426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.

product recalls

Apple recalls 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop computers due to fire hazard Apple has recalled almost a half million 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops because the batteries can overheat and pose a fire hazard. The recalled laptop computers have a 15.4-inch (diagonal) display, 2.2-2.5 GHz processors, 256GB-1TB solid-state storage, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, and one HDMI port. Consumers can determine if their laptop computer is included in this recall by checking the laptop’s serial number at The serial number can be found on the underside of the laptop computer or by choosing “About This Mac” from the Apple menu. Only MacBook Pro 15-inch model laptop computers with certain serial numbers are included. Apple has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property. The laptops were sold at Apple and electronics stores nationwide, and online from September 2015 through February 2017 starting at about $2,000.

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Wabash Valley Power news

During National Cooperative Month, remember that it pays to save! October is National Cooperative Month, and you can celebrate by checking out some of the unique opportunities that your local electric co-op offers through its Power Moves® program. As you may know, we at Wabash Valley Power are a generation and transmission cooperative created by and composed of our member co-ops. We partner with all 23 of our members to offer expertise, incentives, and rebates. This reflects your local electric co-op’s commitment to the Cooperative Principles in multiple ways:

MEMBERS ARE (POSITIVELY) FINANCIALLY IMPACTED BY POWER MOVES INCENTIVES. One of the seven principles, Members’ Economic Participation, is reflected in the Power Moves programs. Homeowners may have the opportunity to participate in PowerShift, a program that shifts participants’ energy use to times of the day when electricity is less expensive. Shifting when electricity is used helps lower peak power demand that keeps wholesale power and energy more affordable for everyone. Additionally, homeowners might receive a rebate for an energy efficiency upgrade, which also saves money in long-term energy costs. Business



owners can take advantage of Power Moves rebates for energy efficiency upgrades at new facilities or when relocating to an area served by your local cooperative. Businesses often use incentives such as these to invest more in their operations; in some cases, a local community’s incentives (including Power Moves rebates) can directly influence where a business owner decides to locate the company.

across Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri that partner together to create the Power Moves program. By offering the program collectively to more than 310,000 families, farms, and businesses, we can run the program in a more cost-effective way that might not be otherwise possible.


Moves, we say that it pays to save – literally! Power Moves is a win-win program that reflects the cooperative principle Concern for Community. Coop members earn rebates for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades to their home or business that reduce their long-term energy use. Reducing energy consumption benefits the environment because fewer resources are needed to power those homes and businesses.

Principles call for Education, Training, and Information for the co-op’s members. The Power Moves team partners with your local cooperative’s energy advisor, facility managers, and many others to offer information on topics ranging from energy efficient homes, heating and cooling systems, and electric vehicles to retrofit upgrades that can lower long-term energy costs. We even have a list of Do-It-Yourself energy efficiency projects that you can do to improve your home!

YOUR LOCAL COOPERATIVE PARTNERS WITH ADDITIONAL MIDWESTERN CO-OPS TO MAKE THE PROGRAM SUCCESSFUL. Power Moves is an embodiment of the Cooperation Among Cooperatives principle! Your co-op is one of 23 co-ops


The Power Moves program can provide you with the advice and energy efficiency rebates that can help you and all your fellow cooperative members save! To learn more about how the program can benefit your home or business, visit or call your local electric co-op and ask to speak to the energy advisor.



Headless Horseman Festival provides Halloween tricks and treats BY RICHARD G. BIEVER Haunted houses and creepy corn mazes are crawling with chain-saw slinging Jasons, razor-fingered Freddy Kruegers,

Maze — featuring a regular maze and a haunted maze, and much more. The Corn Maze was voted one of the country’s 10 best corn mazes by USA Today readers.

and other gory ghouls from Hollywood

The Haunted Corn Maze is the festival’s

this time of year. But as you might expect

scary feature geared toward teens and

from a living history museum, Conner

young adults reared on the intense

Prairie digs a little deeper into American

haunting experiences.

fright night folklore to scare up its brand of the heebie-jeebies.

For this year’s celebration, Wehlage suggested visitors, especially those

Every year since the 1980s, the Headless

coming from outside the Indianapolis

Horseman has spurred down the shadowy

metro area, make a full day of the Conner

autumn trails around Conner Prairie’s

Prairie offerings. He urges folks to take in

1836 village past wagonloads of wide-

all the regular outdoor museum, programs

eyed visitors.

and fun during the daytime hours. Then

“He’s just one of the classic figures of Halloween,” notes Mark Wehlage, senior


come back for the festival in the evening.


Enter to win a Family Fun Pack of four tickets to “A Merry Prairie Holiday” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31, courtesy of Conner Prairie. Visit to enter.

Conner Prairie Headless Horseman Festival Oct. 10-13, 17-20, 24-27; 6-9 p.m. 13400 Allisonville Road Fishers, IN 46038 317-776-6000 or 800-966-1836 Advanced and presale tickets can be purchased online at

(Note that separate tickets are required.)

manager of programs at Conner Prairie. “He’s that specter that’s frightening and terrifying, yet not as terrifying as the modern-day Freddy or Jason or those kinds of things. It’s just a classic American story that is a great way to celebrate Halloween.” Conner Prairie, the renowned Smithsonian-affiliated history village and museum in Fishers, will be hosting its Headless Horseman Festival over three extended weekends: Oct 10-13, Oct. 1720, and Oct. 24-27. Despite the passing apparition, the eight to 12-minute hayride is considered family friendly for all. Other festival attractions include: storytelling, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show, a magic show and a mad science show, a barrel-train ride for youngsters, a midway with Halloweenthemed carnival games, a 12-acre Corn The sight of the Headless Horseman elicits shrieks from Conner Prairie visitors. P H OTO PR OVID E D B Y C ON N E R P R A IR IE



career profile

Technology that drives our industry Top 3

responsibilities in a day: • Manage all IT-related operations for the cooperative. • Oversee infrastructure for the tower, radio and metering • Manage vendors to keep projects on task, on time and on budget. What’s a typical day like? My “day-to-day” changes often, but I like to check in with all departments first thing in the morning to make sure everything is working or to see if there is anything I can help them with that day. I work with vendors daily on support issues and to order new hardware, software or services. I verify server backups and update all systems when necessary. I’m always answering phone calls and emails from employees and attend meetings throughout the week to coordinate with all departments. What education and training was needed for this position? I hold an associate degree in computer information technology and am finishing up my Bachelor of Science in information technology. It’s recommended the IT manager has at least a bachelor’s degree and 5-plus years of experience in IT management.



Brandon Hall Manager of Information Technology Henry County REMC Have you had to master new skills to be successful in your position? Absolutely. Much of what I do is industry specific, so I attend many conferences and trainings each year to keep up with the technology that drives our industry. What part of your job do you find the most fulfilling? We are always implementing new technologies. Knowing that my work will benefit not only my team, but the members we serve is gratifying to me.

What’s the most challenging part of your job? We are currently a one-man IT shop. Finding the time throughout the day to complete tasks and projects is often challenging.

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