Carroll White REMC — February 2019 Electric Consumer

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Carroll White REMC



in the cinematic spotlight

F EBRUARY 2 0 1 9


Get to know your board First to be profiled: Margaret Foutch

Introducing new magazine name next month


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from the editor VOLUME 68 • NUMBER 8 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:

Sometimes, the best way to get something off your chest is to put it on your chest. Imprinted T-shirts can say things you’d never have the nerve to utter yourself. They can give others a glimpse of who you really are — or who you’d like them to believe you are. You can express yourself by doing nothing more than getting dressed. How simple is that? For me, T-shirts are like one-liners emblazoned on 100 percent cotton. And, I don’t even have to practice my delivery before unleashing the clever (or maybe not so clever) zingers to the world. Here are some of my favorites:

ELECTRIC CONSUMER is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-forprofit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 292,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606



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On the menu: June issue: Avocado, deadline April 1. July issue: Mint, deadline April 1. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Giveaway: Rob Evans of Francesville was the winner of a sleighful of Christmas bath goodies

Three ways to contact us: To send us recipes, photos, event

listings, letters and entries for gift drawings, please use the forms on our website; email; or send to Electric Consumer, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Electric Consumer does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Readers who receive Electric Consumer through their electric co-op membership should report address changes to their local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Electric Consumer, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 462404606. Include key number. No portion of Electric Consumer may be reproduced without permission of the editor.







insights 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Spend to save: Use your tax refund to save even more! 12 INSIGHTS



14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Knox County. 17 FOOD Cheesecake: Any way you slice it. 19 COVER STORY Welcome to Hoosierwood. Indiana in the cinematic spotlight.

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26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 OUTDOORS Outdoor myth busters. 29 SAFETY Cutting corners on DIY home projects can be a costly — and deadly — mistake. 30 PETS


31 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 TRAVEL On Goose Pond. 34 PROFILE Active in the Community: Harrison REMC Communication Manager Cathy Racicot.

Keeping your pet smiling bright.

On the cover Welcome to “Hoosierwood,” examples of when Indiana locales hosted Hollywood filmmakers and stars, and when our home state was showcased (or at least featured) on the big screen. Find out which movies make up our top 10 list of Hoosierwood hits and learn how a town’s star turn can up its appeal with tourists. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION 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


Margaret Foutch, In this ongoing seven article series, we’ll introduce you to each of Carroll White REMC’s board members. Kicking off the series is a profile of longtime director Margaret Foutch. Margaret Foutch is a strong woman who has a heart for her family and her


community. She is

Randy W. Price

devoted to serving

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

others. A widow, Foutch farms with her two sons. In addition to this full-time job, she is the West Point Township trustee, and is a member of the White County Extension Homemakers, the Wolcott Methodist Church, and the Carroll White REMC board of directors.

3755 S, 575 E, Bringhurst

Foutch has served on the REMC board

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342

for over 37 years. Before she ran for the

1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Carroll White REMC is to provide members with superior energy and related services, meaningful contributions to their communities and a safe, productive environment for employees. “No job is complete until the member is satisfied.”

IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 January bills are due Feb. 5 and are subject to disconnect Feb. 26 if unpaid. Cycle 2 January bills are due Feb. 20 and are subject to disconnect March 12 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on Feb. 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read Feb. 15.

LAUNDRY SUGGESTION Dry towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothing. You’ll spend less time running the dryer for lighter-weight items, which saves money. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY



board, Alice Goss served the western

much was involved in the operation

part of White County REMC’s service

of the cooperative. “There was a lot to

territory for 20 plus years. “When Alice

learn and it was much more compli-

decided to retire from the board, she

cated than expected,” she said. With

asked me to run for the board,” Foutch

diligence and optimism, she welcomed

said. “My parents encouraged me to say,

the challenge this new position offered.

‘yes’, and I accepted.”

She continues to serve with that same

Foutch grew up in Round Grove on the


Eberle family farm. In 1963, she grad-

She has served with five CEOs and

uated from Wolcott High School. She

helped guide the cooperative through

has always lived in the western side of

many changes. Foutch was a major

White County.

contributor to the smooth transition

“I think it’s important for the west side of the service territory to have strong representation,” Foutch said. “I know the people in my district.” This year, she will again put her name on the ballot in hopes of continuing to serve District Four.

of the consolidation. “Serving on this board is so interesting,” she said. “Technology has certainly changed the way we do business, and we have more employees than we did prior to the consolidation. We have such good employees. We are a family.”

When she began her board tenure, Foutch said, she didn’t realize how



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youth programs



Margaret Foutch mentors Junior Board Member Elijah Hudson during a recent board meeting.

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The constant in the cooperative New

is serving members, Foutch said.

New this year, these applications

this year, these applications must be

must be completed online.

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state’s member-owned electric cooperatives. She is dedicated to keeping up with the cooperative’s evolution.

“What drives us is to provide our members with affordable, dependable electricity,” she said. “Safety is our highest priority. We manage 2,250 miles of line and over 40,000 poles. Good equipment, technology and people make this organization run smoothly.” On the farm, Foutch said her main duties are removing rocks from the fields, mowing roadsides and cooking. She has two sons — Brian and Craig — and three grown grandchildren — Jacob, Robin and Olivia (Liv).



Our energy advisor can detect air leakage through his infrared camera.

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Energy audits can save you money Carroll White REMC can help increase the energy efficiency of homes as well as ag-related and commercial businesses. Energy audits can pinpoint exactly where improvements can be made to save members money.

office, Spear analyzes the collected data and electronically produces a recommendation summary. In all, Spear spends 5-8 hours to prepare one audit that can be up to 17 pages in length. This report includes infrared pictures that show energy leaks.

Lights on your vehicles signal when you need to make an appointment for a tune-up. Don’t you wish your home or business had signal lights letting you know when energy isn’t being used effectively?

“If a member doesn’t want a full energy audit, I am happy to come to their home or small business and just sit down with them and analyze their bill,” Spear said. Recently, he was able to troubleshoot a member’s concern over his bill. Using SmartHub, Spear found the member’s electric use spiked when a garage heater kicked on. SmartHub allows members to track and manage electric use.

Think of a professional energy audit as a tune-up or a checkup. Joe Spear, Carroll White REMC energy advisor, performs free energy audits and analyzes billing history to show peaks in your use. During an audit, insulation, HVAC and lighting systems are measured JOE SPEAR for inefficiencies or leaks. Spear tests for air leakage and can recommend how insulation could provide energy savings. “Most homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation and have significant air leaks,” the Energy Star website reports. “In fact, if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year!” “An on-site energy audit can take up to three hours,” Spear said. Upon returning to the

“I can give energy advice as in-depth as a member wants or I can just sit down at their kitchen table and talk with them,” Spear said.

Sign up for new program and receive

bill credits! You can save up to $40 by participating in the new Power Shift demand response unit programs offered by Carroll White REMC. During 2019, you can receive a $30 annual credit by allowing a switch to be installed either on your central air conditioner or your pool pump. Have switches installed on both and earn $60. There will be a $10 bill credit in June, July and August. You will also receive a $10 bill credit when the demand response unit is successfully installed. That’s $40 in bill credits! We will also be offering switches for irrigation systems we well. This switch helps members minimize long-term energy costs by

Besides providing members with energy audits, Carroll White REMC can cut energy costs with POWER MOVES, a rebate and incentive program to upgrade water heaters, HVAC and more.

adjusting their energy consump-

Recently, Spear completed both the written and field portion of the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor Certification. He is one of only three BPI auditors out of the 23 distribution cooperatives in our power supply cooperative Wabash Valley Power Association’s territory!

don’t have to buy and power plants

Visit for an online energy audit calculation form and an appliance audit form. To schedule a free energy audit with Spear, simply call 800-844-7161 or stop by our Monticello or Delphi office.

Power Shift additions will only be

tion during specific times. Together, with switches already installed, more than 53 megawatts of energy can be saved. That’s electricity we we don’t have to build. This helps keep everyone’s long-term energy costs lower. For more details, call Carroll White REMC at 800-844-7161. These offered through the end of March! Sign up now for bill credits this summer!



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inspires community


SIGN UP FOR OPERATION ROUND UP Together our small change makes a difference!

n 2019’s first quarter of grant cycles, Operation Round Up inspired Twin Lakes High School’s Robotics Team by granting it $1,439, thus helping to engage more students in its success story.

Other grants awarded in the First Grant Cycle in 2019 included:

Last year, Twin Lakes rolled out its first Robotics Team, Fearsome Gears, in a whirlwind of activity. The novice team, with only a few students and mentors, had six weeks before its first competition to design and build a fully functional robot.

Burlington Community Park:

Operation Round Up®, please

$5,000 grant for Phase Two of the Community Building renovation. This includes new carpet, trim, paint, doors and ceiling tiles.

Carroll White REMC.

With expert guidance from Andy Baker, a Twin Lakes High School graduate and owner of Andy Marks Robotics, the team tackled what seemed like a dauntless task. School board member Jeff Milligan helped get the team off the ground by securing financial support from the community and encouraging the students.

Delphi Public Library: $500 grant to establish a

What happened to this mighty team is a true Cinderella story. At the St. Joseph’s District competition, the Fearsome Gears team received the Rookie Inspiration award and was named Rookie Top Seed. At the Tippecanoe County District competition, the students earned another top seed, Rookie AllStars, and were named District Champions. The team advanced to the state competition where it was again named Top Seed Rookie All-Stars. It qualified to compete in the Robotics World Championship competition in Detroit. At this prestigious event, the Fearsome Gears members shocked themselves, but not those who believed in them, by being named International Rookie All-Stars. Following the success of the team’s first season, involvement in the Fearsome Gears quadrupled, said mentor Becky Yoder. The Operation Round Up grant will help provide equipment to help these students continue to grow. The future is bright for Twin Lakes Robotics. The students are learning more than how to work with robotics. They are learning teamwork and discipline which will help define their character as they continue to grow.



Virtual Reality Station.

Twin Lakes High School Science Department:

If you are able to participate in complete and return this card to

You can send it with your payment, drop it by either the Delphi or Monticello office, call in to join program or sign up on SmartHub at

$500 grant to bring the inflatable Star Lab to the high school.

Quarterly updates will appear in

Junior Achievement of Pulaski County:

you about the latest distributions

$1,000 grant to support Junior Achievement programs at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School and West Central Elementary School.

Operation Round Up has made in

Delphi Community High School, SADD:

this monthly magazine to inform

our communities. We thank you for your

$2,000 grant to help fund the Every 15 Minutes program.


Delphi Opera House Inc.: $1,690 grant to fund a

exactly as it appears on your

large-screen, smart TV and mobile stand to run Power Point presentations.


West Central After-Prom Committee:


$200 grant to provide a safe venue for After-Prom activities.

Tri-County After-Prom Committee: $200 grant to

Please enter information below

___________________________ ADDRESS:

provide a safe venue for After-Prom activities.


Boy Scout Troop 154: $1,000 grant for an Eagle


Scout project, which is to replace the Gazebo, currently located by the Mayor’s office in Monticello.

___________________________ STATE: _____ ZIP: ____________

Pulaski County Public Library: $400 grant


to support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to children, ages five and under.


Help inspire local non-profit entities by being part of Operation Round Up. For more information on Operation Round Up, visit

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chimneys, openings near water and

tax refund to help save even more!

gas lines, and near dryer vents. After

Disclaimer: The Energy column provides general information to help you manage your energy costs. Some electric cooperatives may not offer all the programs mentioned in this column.

proper sealing and insulation can still


your home’s comfort. You can visit

his spring, the stress you

clothes washer, or clothes dryer to

encounter from filing your

help make your day to day chores

federal income taxes may

more affordable.

be relieved by your tax refund — which may be a nice amount! The

Retrofits or renovations:

Internal Revenue Service reported

If you are planning a larger home

in early April last year that more

project, investing in energy

than 79 million tax refunds had been

efficiency upgrades can reduce

issued, and the average refund was

your energy use while maintaining

$2,864. Even if the amount is smaller

(or even improving) your home’s

than average, you can still use it to

comfort. If you own an older home,

help lower your home’s energy use

upgrading to a more efficient

and cost.

HVAC system can reduce energy consumption dramatically. In

Programmable thermostat:

addition, switching from traditional

A programmable thermostat can

lightbulbs to LEDs can reduce costs

help you reduce energy use when


you are away or asleep. If you have Wi-Fi, you can purchase an internet-

… but first, seal and insulate!

enabled thermostat that connects

If your home is not in need of

to your home’s wireless network,

immediate upgrades, you may

allowing you to control your home’s

simply want to seal any

temperature remotely. You can save

areas where air may escape

as much as 10 percent on heating

your home. Common air

and cooling costs each year.

leak locations include ductwork, joints, around

Appliances: If you plan on upgrading an appliance in your home, seek out one that is ENERGY STAR® certified. ENERGY STAR reports that households using products that garner its certification can save hundreds in energy costs. ENERGY STAR can help you find a new dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer,




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your house is properly sealed, you can have your home’s insulation levels checked to see if more is needed. While not as attentiongrabbing as new efficient appliances, be incredibly effective at improving the ENERGY STAR website for advice on properly sealing your home. These are just a few examples of how you can spend your tax refund to save on your home’s energy costs. Contact your electric cooperative to schedule a home energy assessment and get even more ideas on how you can invest in energy efficient home projects to save energy — and money — in the long run!



T O THE E DITOR THANKS FOR THE SQUIRREL MEMORIES! I read Jack Spaulding’s article about cooking squirrel (December 2018 issue) with considerable interest since it brought back memories of my childhood. Growing up in northeastern Indiana on a farm, squirrel wasn’t on our list of edible meats. However, my father’s folks were from Harrison County and at that time, we had several relatives residing there. On several occasions in the late 1940s and early 1950s, my father’s cousin, Sanford Dodds, came up north to squirrel hunt. This generally included a couple of nights at our home. If Sanford was successful, he expected my mother to fry the catch — something she wasn’t excited about and really didn’t have expertise in preparing. Besides that, she had gone back to teaching school and really didn’t have time to do much “exotic” cooking.

New name for

Electric Consumer Be on the lookout for a new magazine from your electric cooperative next month! Starting with the upcoming March issue, Electric Consumer will be rebranded as indiana connection . Though the name will be different, the focus on you, your electric cooperative, your state, and your lifestyle remain the same. We’ll continue to be there for you — publishing regular features you’ve looked forward to over the years and newer content like travel features and spotlights on Indiana counties. We’re excited to debut a new name which better suits our multi-faceted readership.

Entries sought for Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Indiana students in grades kindergarten

A first place artist will be selected for each

through 12 are invited to enter the

grade and will receive $200. The artwork

Cooperative Calendar of Student Art

of each grade level winner will illustrate

contest. Winning entries will illustrate the

either the cover or one month of the

2020 art calendar sponsored by Indiana’s

calendar. Up to nine additional artists will

electric cooperatives. Artwork entered in

earn honorable mention awards and will

the contest must be received at the Electric

receive $75. Their artwork will appear in a

At any rate, Sanford skinned the little critters he shot — which really didn’t present much in the way of meat when he was done. Once he had them cut up, Mom dipped them in egg, dredged them in seasoned flour and fried them in butter.

Consumer office (8888 Keystone Crossing,

special section of the calendar. An “Artist

Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240) by 5

of the Year” will be selected from among

p.m. on March 22.

the first place winners and will receive

Contact either Emily Schilling (317-487-

I couldn’t bring myself to sample the feast — guess I have never been hungry enough to appreciate stuff from the wild!


2241) or Richard G. Biever (317-487-2242)

What I can say is that the experience provided a lingering memory of Sanford’s visits and my introduction to those who live off the land. Thanks for the memories.

from Joy LeCount, Wawaka, Indiana



A complete set of rules and required entry forms are available at www.

an additional $100. Judges will also select merit winners who will receive certificates.

at Electric Consumer if you have questions about the art contest.







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Knox County Knox County is a county of firsts. Established in 1790 along the eastern banks of the Wabash River, it was the first county in what became Indiana — 26 years before Indiana even became a state. Its county seat, Vincennes, was founded by the French in 1732 and is Indiana’s oldest city. When the U.S. Congress carved the Indiana Territory from the Northwest Territory in 1800, Vincennes was made the capital city.

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1790

NAMED FOR: Major General Henry Knox, the first U.S. Secretary of War, 1789-1794 POPULATION: 38,440 (2010) COUNTY SEAT: Vincennes NOTED FOR: Being the oldest county in Indiana; site of a Revolutionary War battle memorialized at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park on the banks of the Wabash River in Vincennes; Vincennes, the oldest city in Indiana and the original capital of the Indiana Territory; birthplace of the late beloved vaudeville, movie, radio and early TV comedy entertainer Red Skelton.



It was in Vincennes that Indiana Territory Gov. William Henry Harrison founded Indiana’s first college — what became Vincennes University — in 1801. And also in Vincennes, printer Elihu Stout started the Indiana Gazette, Indiana’s first newspaper. While Indiana may not immediately come to mind when talking about the American Revolutionary War, a key victory was won in Knox County. In late 1778, British forces from Detroit recaptured its outpost on the banks of the Wabash in Vincennes. Word of the British takeover soon reached George Rogers Clark, a lieutenant colonel from Virginia, who was garrisoned with his militia at an outpost south of St. Louis. In early February 1779, Clark set out with about 170 men on the 160-mile trek eastward across the frigid and flooded plains of what today we call southern Illinois. Clark and his men — cold, wet and hungry — arrived at Vincennes on Feb. 23. The town’s French residents greeted Clark’s men, providing food and dry gunpowder. Clark’s men then surrounded the fort and the British surrendered in just two days without Clark losing a single soldier. The surrender represented much more than just taking a little one-acre fort on the frontier. Clark’s victory here

and continued disruption of the British throughout the rest of the war changed the dynamics of the western frontier. At the 1783 peace negotiations in Paris, which officially ended the war, the British wanted the new north/south boundary between British and American holdings to be the Ohio River. However, with Clark’s conquest at Fort Sackville, north of the Ohio, the American negotiating team succeeded in moving the boundary to the Great Lakes. Thus the Northwest Territory was created as a part of the newlyformed United States. That territory now includes Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The fort’s exact location in Vincennes is not known, but it is believed it was on the grounds of the present-day George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. SITES TO SEE: Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, on the campus of Vincennes University, and literally across the street from where he was born in 1913. Grouseland, the home of William Henry Harrison and the territorial mansion when he served as governor of the Indiana Territory, 1800-1812. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, dedicated along the banks of the Wabash River in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Indiana Military Museum. Brouillet House, a French 1790 log home. Sonotabac Prehistoric Indian Mound.


March with Clark on Saturday, Feb. 23. This event traces five miles of the route George Rogers Clark and his soldiers took to reach Vincennes in 1779. On Feb. 25, the 240th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sackville, another event will take place.


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incennes, Indiana, is the site of our state’s first university, first newspaper and first bank. It’s also home to a charming lunch spot where you’ll be tempted to eat your dessert, you guessed it, first. Pea-fections, located in Vincennes’ downtown, just steps from the George Rogers Clark Memorial, is a culinary mecca for foodies with a sweet tooth. There are so many delectable dessert options — from a variety of specialty cheesecakes, to a Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Torte, to bread pudding, to Chocolate Bar a la Mode —Pea-fections’ classic take on chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream (pictured at left). Bill and Becky Pea (thus the restaurant’s name) started in quaint eatery in 1996. Becky, a Vincennes native, graduated from Purdue University’s restaurant program and Johnson and Wales University’s baking and pastry program. Bill, also a graduate of the Johnson and Wales baking and pastry program, was chief cook and bakery supervisor with the U.S. Marines. Bill and Becky have created a menu that shows that soup, salad and sandwiches don’t have to be ho-hum. Bill lends his name to a smoked turkey, cheddar, lettuce, hard-boiled egg, mayo and onion “Creation” and the Texas Pita combines chicken, cheddar, homemade salsa, tortilla chips, along with Southwest mayo, lettuce and ranch dressing on pita bread. Pea-fections’ salad menu is extensive and varied, with choices like California Cobb Salad, Pear and Pecan Salad, and Greek Salad. Homemade soups include Broccoli Cheese and Tomato Basil. Pea-fections is available for private dinner parties, and wedding and baby showers. It can also cater your special events.

Pea-fections 321-323 Main St., Vincennes 812-886-5146 or 812-886-9177

MONDAY–FRIDAY: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Lunch: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Limited lunch menu: 2–4:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Lunch: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.)



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No-Bake Cheesecake by Angela Rouch, Peru, Indiana 12 graham crackers, finely crushed (about 2 cups)

Mix graham crumbs, margarine, and ¼ cup of sugar; press

6 T. margarine, melted

filling. Beat cream cheese and ¾ cup of sugar in large bowl

onto bottom of 9x13-inch pan. Refrigerate while preparing

1 cup plus 2 T. sugar, divided

with electric mixer until blended. Add preserves; mix well.

4 pkg. (8-oz. each) cream cheese

Place strawberries and remaining 2 T. sugar in small bowl;

½ cup strawberry preserves 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries 1 tub (8-oz.) non-dairy whipped topping

mash with a fork. Stir strawberry mixture and whipped topping into cheese mixture. Spoon over crust. Cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Store in refrigerator. FEBRUARY 2019



Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake by Sharon DeLuca, Hebron, Indiana 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup sour cream 1 t. vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2½ T. unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup brown sugar ½ T. cinnamon 5 refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing (from 7.3-oz. can) Preheat oven to 325 F. Coat a 9-inch nonstick springform pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar with a hand held mixer until smooth. Add in the sour cream and vanilla, and continue beating until there are no lumps. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing completely after each one. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar,

Brownie Swirl Cheesecake by Suetta Tingler, Corydon, Indiana 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brownie mix (such as Jiffy brand mix), plus ingredients on package directions

Grease bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Prepare basic brownie mix as directed on the package; pour into springform pan. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract, mixing at medium speed with electric mixer

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

until well blended. Add eggs, one

½ cup sugar

addition. Pour over brownie layer.

1 t. vanilla extract

at a time, mixing well after each Spoon melted chocolate over

2 eggs

cream cheese mixture. Cut through

1 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

batter with knife several times for a marble effect. Bake at 350 F for an

For garnish, if desired:

additional 35-40 minutes. Loosen

Whipped cream

cake from rim of pan; cool before

Fresh red raspberries Chocolate shavings

removing pan’s rim. Chill well. If desired, garnish with whipped cream, fresh red raspberries and chocolate shavings.



and cinnamon until fully combined. Set aside. Lay all of the cinnamon rolls into the prepared pan in a single layer; press flat, until they completely cover the bottom of the pan. Pour in the cheesecake batter and evenly spread it around, then drop spoonfuls of the cinnamon-butter mixture onto the batter. Swirl the butter mixture into the cheesecake using a knife. (Try to keep it away from the edges.) Bake for about 5560 minutes, until the cheesecake is firm around the edges but still slightly jiggly in the middle. Remove from oven and cool completely and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Drizzle with the frosting that came with the cinnamon rolls or make your own. Slice and serve! Cook’s note: I made this in a springform pan, which is ideal for cheesecake. I don’t know if this would work in a 9-inch pie pan or casserole dish.

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BY BRIAN D. SMITH In the 2001 movie “Pearl Harbor,” Doolittle’s Raiders – 16 American bombers and their crews – fly low over the Pacific Ocean before releasing their explosives on industrial targets

land – producing a film genre we’ll call Hoosierwood.

wasn’t really

movies were silent and came in two colors: black and white. It’s what

it wasn’t

brought Frank Sinatra to Madison,

really To-

Dustin Hoffman to Metamora, Ma-

kyo, and

donna to Huntingburg, and a trained

the World

reindeer to LaPorte.

warplanes weren’t really flying over a city, let alone dropping bombs. It’s just as well, since they’d have been blowing up Indiana. That’s right: The 4,000-acre U.S. Steel plant in Gary played the part of Tokyo, Lake Michigan stood in for the Pacific, and a helicopter filmed the aerial approach to the shoreline. The bombers


when Hollywood comes to Hoosier-

Hoosierwood has been around since

War II


Such is the magic that can happen

in Tokyo. But it the Pacific,

Lake Michigan subs for the Pacific Ocean in the 2001 movie, “Pearl Harbor.”

were digitally superimposed afterward.

Story” may have put little Ralphie Parker in Indiana during his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, but the cast and crew earned their paychecks in Cleveland and Toronto. Nor is it enough to haul cameras onto Hoosier soil and fire them up if the end product winds up on the cutting room floor. That’s what the city of Hammond experienced after its City Court was selected for a trial scene in the film “Natural Born Killers.” Woody Harrelson, Ashley Judd and other cast members

But let’s review the ground rules.

came to town, as did a lengthy convoy

“Hoosierwood” refers to movies that

of actors’ trailers, equipment trucks,

were actually shot in Indiana, not

food vans and additional vehicles at-

movies that were merely set in Indi-

tached to the production.

ana. For instance, it’s all well and good that Richard Dreyfuss’ character lived in Muncie when he began sculpting mashed potatoes and obsessing about space aliens in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” But Dreyfuss never set foot in the Hoosier state during filming – nor, presumably, did any space aliens. Likewise, the script from “A Christmas

But director Oliver Stone omitted the gory 10-minute Hammond segment from the theatrical version of his movie, so even though it made the Director’s Cut, the movie doesn’t qualify as Hoosierwood. (And wouldn’t likely have provided material for a Hammond tourism campaign anyway.)

With all that in mind, let’s consider 10 noteworthy and star-studded examples of Hoosierwood, in no particular order:

MacLaine, who appear in this tale of an embittered Army veteran (Sinatra)


returning to his hometown. Downtown

a Pentecostal

This film represents the Hoosierwood

Madison provided the backdrop in this

worship center.

gold standard, given its homage to

first Sinatra-Martin film collaboration,

Hoosier Hysteria and its use of in-

and naturally the townsfolk were

state locations and mostly Indiana

starstruck, as when one woman broke


basketball players. Marquee actors Gene

through a rope barrier and flung herself

Huntingburg’s 1894 grandstand and

Hackman, Dennis Hopper and Barbara

at Sinatra while her husband protested,

field served as the Rockford Peaches’

Hershey join Indiana legends such as

“Helen, you don’t even know the man!”

home stadium in this Penny Mar-

announcers Tom Carnegie and Hilliard

‘RAIN MAN’ (1988)

shall-directed tribute to the All-Ameri-

When Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise

Prominent Peaches included Ma-

are marooned in a Missouri motel

donna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis

because autistic Raymond (Hoffman)

and manager Tom Hanks. Bosse Field

won’t go outside when it’s raining,

(Evansville) doubled as Racine’s home

they’re actually inside a cabin on

stadium in the final game; and Ribeyre

U.S. 52 in Metamora. But the former

Center (New Harmony) was the place

Hollywood stars get no brighter than

Hearthstone Inn and Cabins, whose

where a hit ball smashes a window.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley

sign is faintly visible in the movie, now

‘HOOSIERS’ (1986)

Gates (who play, well, announcers), and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach Ray Crowe, who guided Crispus Attucks to two state titles, cast as the opposing team’s mentor in the final game.


can Girls Professional Baseball League.

Hickory Huskers basketball coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman, right) helps turn a struggling small town Indiana team into a state championship winner in the 1986 film, “Hoosiers.” FEBRUARY 2019


‘PRANCER’ (1989)

‘RUDY’ (1993)

Director John D. Hancock, who spent

Notre Dame campus locations abound

part of his childhood in LaPorte, filmed

in this real-life story of a practice squad

at area locations ranging from the Ma-

player who dreams of suiting up for the

ple Lane Mall to New Carlisle’s stately

Fighting Irish. Sean Astin and Charles S.

Inn at the Old Republic. Sam Elliott,

Dutton headline.

Cloris Leachman and young newcom-


er Rebecca Harrell carry this tale of an injured reindeer spotted by Elliott’s

This film about a group of young town-

8-year-old daughter (Harrell), who pre-

ies competing in Indiana University’s

sumes it to be one of Santa’s.

annual Little 500 bicycle race contains

‘SPEEDWAY’ (1929)

enough city and IU locations to freckle a Bloomington map. Dennis Quaid and

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and

Daniel Stern accompany Dennis Chris-

other Indy settings frame this silent

topher in his breakthrough starring role.

comedy, in which a racing mechanic

‘BRIAN’S SONG’ (1971)

(William Haines) pursues Indy 500 glory and an attractive woman.


Debuting on ABC-TV before making its way to theaters, this movie about cancer-striken Chicago Bears player

The 1950 Indianapolis 500 found A-list-

Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and his

ers Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck

brotherly friendship with superstar

in attendance, not as spectators but as

Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) incor-

stars getting filmed during race week.

porates scenes shot at the team’s former

Gable plays a race driver and Stanwyck

training camp, the now-defunct St.

a newspaper columnist who becomes

Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.

his love interest.

Don’t plan a one-tank trip to any of these Indiana cities...

THEY EXIST ONLY IN THE MOVIES! 1. Millbrook (“A History of Violence”) 2. Hickory (“Hoosiers”) 3. Deer Lick (“Hoosiers”) 4. Toadstool (“Follow That Bird”) 5. Hohman (“A Christmas Story”) 6. Carlinville (“The Judge”) 7. Parkman (“Some Came Running”) 8. Freehaven (“Raintree County”) 9. Greenleaf (“In & Out”)

This iconic hospital scene from the 1971 television movie “Brian’s Song” epitomizes the friendship between Chicago Bears teammates Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan). Parts of the movie were filmed in Rensselaer.



10. Flat Creek (“The Hoosier Schoolmaster”)

On the wall

When it was time for Hollywood to hype these Hoosierwood flicks, posters like these adorned cinemas across the country. Perhaps some of these vintage posters bring back memories of “seeing a show� years ago.



If you film it, they will come BY BRIAN D. SMITH


he Indiana Film Commission website offers copious information for prospective Hoosierwood filmmakers, including a location directory (containing more than 500 photogenic sites) and a production directory cataloging local services from Accommodations to Wrangler (which includes professional dog trainers). Indiana Film Commission Director of Communications Amy Howell says her office fields about 50 to 60 calls a year from major motion picture studios. But other visual media – such as cable networks (the Travel Channel, the Food Network, etc.), foreign TV networks and independent filmmakers – also film in the state. “They bring a crew of three to four people and hire locals,” says Howell. It’s that kind of economic impact that inspired the creation of the Gary Office of Film and Television in 1997. Rather than avoiding discussions about vacancies in the city’s industrial landscape, Gary caters to producers in search of “that gritty urban feel,” says Executive Director Ben Clement. For instance, in the 2011 flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” an abandoned cement plant on Lake Michigan posed as Chernobyl, site of a 1986 Soviet nuclear accident. And both “Transformers” and the 2010 remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” utilized Gary’s gothic, crumbling City Methodist Church, the latter as Freddy Krueger’s lair. Though some moviemakers seek out Indiana tourist attractions – such as Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport, used in the 1955 Burt Lancaster/Walter Matthau film “The Kentuckian” — some locations become tourist attractions as a result of their appearances in movies. Travelers divert to Huntingburg to see League Stadium, home of the Rockford



USA Today named “Hoosiers” the best sports movie ever made.

Peaches, notes mayor Denny Spinner (who still has the framed, uncashed check he received for his 7 seconds of face time as an extra in “A League of Their Own”). And the ball park continues to pay dividends as the site of community events and local baseball games. Not every Hollywood call has a Hollywood ending, however. Back in 1985, the makers of “Hoosiers” went looking for a community with a school, a gymnasium and a downtown that could represent fictional 1950s Hickory – and found everything they wanted in Waveland. But the local school board had already approved a new elementary and would not postpone the project for the sake of a movie. So New Richmond’s downtown, Nineveh’s school and Knightstown’s gym wore the Hickory label instead. And “Hoosiers” went on to become what USA Today has called the best sports movie ever made. Today, that same 1921 Knightstown gymnasium, once slated for demolition, welcomes about 60,000 visitors a year. Now known as the Hoosier Gym, it hosts

guided tours and high school basketball games, some featuring teams from as far away as New York and Mississippi, as well as annual “Hickory vs. Terhune” boys’ and girls’ all-star games for Indiana high school seniors. And Waveland? Its 1937 gym and attached 1986 elementary school, whose construction deterred a movie, recently sold at auction for $50,000 to a buyer who plans to create storage units. Of course, one movie gig doesn’t make every town a tourist magnet. But Huntingburg still gets its share of visitors who want to see the home of “There’s no crying in baseball.” And Columbus – whose internationally renowned architecture was spotlighted in the 2017 independent film “Columbus” – reports heightened interest in its modernist structures. As these and other Indiana communities have learned: If you film it, they will come.

Brian D. Smith is a freelance journalist from Greenwood.

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Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon, Hammond (Lake), Challenger Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet campus. Join the center for a unique date night — a Valentine’s Day space mission. $50 per couple. Reservation required. 5-7 pm. 219-989-2007. clcnwi.presencehost. net/public-events/valentines-day-fly-your-sweetie-tothe-moon.html.



Shipshewana Pajama Day Sale, Shipshewana (LaGrange), townwide. Enjoy the fun of shopping in your pajamas. Free. 866-631-9675.



Stomp, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), Elliott Hall of Music. Explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, utterly unique — STOMP is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. 8 pm. Tickets: $25-$45. 765-494-9712. convos@



Sweet Stroll, Corydon (Harrison), downtown Corydon. Take a stroll through historic Corydon and stop in at a variety of businesses for your sweet treats. 10 am-5 pm. $10. 812738-2138.



Forever Young, Jasper (Dubois), Jasper Arts Center. This show takes you back to the music of your youth and back to the moment you discovered what it meant to set the record down, push play and tune in! 7:30 pm. 812-4823070.

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Outdoor myth busters B Y JACK S PAU L D IN G In the course of over 30 years writing

Sorry… rattlesnakes are not high on the

about the outdoors, I have had access to a

dietary intake of a wild turkey. Maybe once

lot of “confidential” facts given me on the

in a while a turkey will snarf up a tiny

QT from the conspiracy theory crowd.

rattlesnake thinking it is an overgrown nightcrawler, but it would be a very rare

There are always eyewitnesses or a


staunch, believable individual, who is the source of the confidential information. It

The DNR stocked mountain lions to help

usually goes, “I know for a fact, because

control the deer population.

my next door neighbor’s uncle knows a guy whose cousin worked with a good

Once again… no large predators have been

friend whose buddy saw this firsthand.”

stocked by the DNR. There have been rare, random sightings of a mountain lion, but

I think I have heard them all. Here are

it usually is a pet which escaped its owner.

a few: Indiana isn’t the only state bombarded The DNR stocked rattlesnakes in the

with outdoor myths. Sometimes an

Hoosier National Forest. They were

entire country or many countries can be

using black helicopters and flying at

flummoxed by false field reporting.

treetop level dropping them out of the helicopters.

As a boy, I learned in times of population explosions of the little mouse-like

Actually, the Drug Enforcement Agency,

lemming in the Arctic, the little critters

along with local police agencies, was

would amass by the thousands and march

looking for good old home grown

off a cliff in mass suicide.

marijuana. They have photo imaging which makes the marijuana stand

The myth came about following the

out differently from almost all other

release of a 1958 Disney feature, White

vegetation. The problem is… some

Wilderness. In the making of the Arctic

evergreen trees look exactly like the

“outdoor documentary,” filmmakers

illegal weed, so they have to fly in low and

herded a group of lemmings off a cliff to

visually determine whether it is weed or

create a dramatic scene. In one falsified

just woods.

scene of the movie, an entire nation and a lot of the civilized world was duped into

Here is a somewhat little known fact… the

believing an over population of lemmings

DNR doesn’t have to stock the Hoosier

will bring on mass suicides.

National Forest with rattlesnakes. The area is already home to some of the largest

In the case of the lemmings, it seems the

diamondback rattlesnakes in North

source can be verified… the next door


neighbor’s uncle knows a guy whose

JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors

cousin worked with a good friend whose

writer and a consumer of RushShelby

buddy was a film maker for Walt Disney.

Energy living along the Flatrock River

Another popular outdoor myth is the DNR

in Moscow. Readers with questions

had to stock wild turkeys in Southern Indiana to eat all the rattlesnakes which came about because of the rattlesnake stockings.



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Cutting corners can be a costly — and deadly — mistake There’s nothing more satisfying than

• Use tools like pliers, wire strippers,

seeing the results of a do-it-yourself

and screwdrivers that have rubber-

(DIY) project you’ve been working on

coated handles.

– but are you making electrical safety a top priority when you power up the necessary tools? These tips will remind

• Always use good quality tools to reduce risk of accidents.

you to always put safety first!

• Never touch plumbing or gas pipes.

Before starting on a DIY task, acquaint

When working with power tools, always

yourself with your home’s electrical

follow safe practices. Most power

system. Learn how to turn off the power

tool-related electrocutions occur when

to the circuit, as well as how to test

equipment comes in contact with live

wires before touching them to make

electrical wires while being used. Before

sure the power is off. Also learn where

using any power tools, check that the

cables are in your wall to avoid drilling,

cord and plug are in good condition.

nailing or screwing things into cables

If you can see signs of damage (such

hidden in the wall.

as frayed wires) get the equipment

When working on any sort of appliance, unplug it first to avoid risks like electrocution. Other ways to avoid electrocution from household voltages while working on a DIY project are: • Wear rubber-soled shoes or boots when working with electrical circuits.

repaired before using it or replace it if it cannot be fixed. And always watch

hearing protection, dust masks and gloves. Most importantly, remember to never attempt a project beyond your skill level. If you’re not 100 percent confident you know how to proceed with a project, hire a qualified, licensed electrician to tackle electrical projects in your home. “Most folks do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform home electrical work,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Working with electricity requires thorough planning and extreme care. Cutting corners can be a costly — and deadly — mistake.”

out for the power cord so you don’t

Remember: there’s no shame in asking

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Keeping your pet

smiling bright Don’t turn your nose to Fido’s or Fluffy’s

Some pets become irritable when they

critical. Periodontal disease doesn’t just

bad breath! That odor might signify

have dental problems, and any changes

affect your pet’s mouth. Other health

a serious health problem. That’s the

in your pet’s behavior should prompt

problems found in association with

message the American Veterinary

a visit to your veterinarian. Always be

periodontal disease include kidney,

Medical Association wants pet owners

careful when evaluating your pet’s

liver, and heart muscle changes.

to consider during February, the

mouth because even the most gentle

National Pet Dental Health Month.

critter in pain may bite.

Dental health is important to your

Although cavities are less common in

do to keep their teeth healthy between

pet’s overall health, just as it is for

pets than in people, pets can have many

dental cleanings, and may reduce the

humans. And because your pet can’t

of the same dental problems that people

frequency or even eliminate the need

communicate internal pains and

can develop:

for periodic dental cleaning by your

problems, it’s important that your pet’s teeth and gums be examined at least once a year by your veterinarian. Dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. These have the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well. X-rays may

• broken teeth and roots • periodontal disease • abscesses or infected teeth • cysts or tumors in the mouth • malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth and bite • broken (fractured) jaw.

be needed to evaluate the health of

Periodontal disease is the most

the jaw and the tooth roots below the

common dental condition in dogs and

gumline. Thorough dental cleanings

cats. By the time your pet is 3 years

and evaluations are performed under

old, it will very likely have some early

anesthesia which lessens the stress and

evidence of periodontal disease, which

pain for your pet and allows for a better

will worsen as your pet grows older if

cleaning and x-rays.

effective preventive measures aren’t

HAVE YOUR PET’S TEETH CHECKED SOONER IF YOU NOTICE: • bad breath • broken or loose teeth • teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar • abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth • reduced appetite or refusal to eat • pain in or around the mouth • bleeding from the mouth • swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth.



taken. Early detection and treatment are

Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can

veterinarian. Daily brushing is best, but it’s not always possible and brushing several times a week can be effective. Most dogs accept brushing; cats can be a bit more resistant. Patience and training are important. There are many pet products marketed with claims that they improve dental health, but not all of them are effective. Talk with your veterinarian about any dental products, treats, or dentalspecific diets you’re considering for your pet, or ask your veterinarian for their recommendation. This article is courtesy of the AVMA.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

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Take steps to keep your energy (and money) from flying out the window It’s a popular misperception that replacing windows can lead to significant energy savings. But, frequently other projects will give a better payback and increase your comfort. There are instances when replacing windows makes sense: aesthetic reasons, addressing broken panes, or if the window is not functioning because of damaged hardware. But if you are thinking about new windows to save a bunch of money, here are some ideas to think about first:

It’s not your windows – it’s the other air leaks! Many people think that drafty windows are causing their discomfort. Yet, it’s frequently other air leaks throughout the home that are to blame. Sealing common air leak around chimneys, ductwork, wa-

is transferring through the glass to outside

windows to prevent feeling the chillier air

ter lines, gas lines, and dryer vents can

where it is colder. Or, warm air which has

near those windows. Open blinds and cur-

do a great deal to improve your home’s

risen toward the ceiling, is cooling, and

tains when the sun is shining to help heat

comfort. In fact, ENERGY STAR® re-

falling past the cold window; this creates

the house and close them at night to retain

ports that adding up all the leaks, holes,

the impression that there is a draft coming

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travel Lee Sterrenburg of Bloomington helped establish Goose Pond as a state fish and wildlife area. In 2018, Sterrenburg was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash award.

On Goose Pond Greater Yellowlegs

The hidden gem of Greene County When 25,000 Sandhill Cranes flock together in

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The ninth annual Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane

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Barn Owls

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Above: Barn Owls are an endangered species in Indiana due to habitat loss.


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Active in the community Top 3 responsibilities in a day 1. Social media. I make sure we’re sharing important information and stay on top of questions and comments. 2. Writing. I write content for our magazine, social media and other places. 3. Projects. We have something different going on all the time that I coordinate.

How long have you been in your position? Eleven years. What education and training was needed for this position? I have a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and, throughout my career, have earned other skills and knowledge necessary to work in a peoplecentric environment. Have you had to master new skills to be successful in your position? Anytime we work somewhere we master new skills. Every day is new and I learn something new every day.



Cathy Racicot Communication Manager Harrison REMC

How would you describe working for a co-op? It’s the best job I’ve ever had! Why did you choose to accept a job at an electric cooperative? We were new to the area and I wanted to be an active part of the community. The cooperative is such an engaged part of this area that it seemed right up my alley. How are you and the cooperative team involved in the community? I’ve been a member of several boards and am currently a member of the hospital

foundation board. I’m also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), am active with my church and other local non-profits. We have so many employees who also serve the community in countless ways. Do you see opportunity for growth in this position? Yes. With our great team, we are always finding new ways to best serve our consumers.

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