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from the editor VOLUME 68 • NUMBER 8 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:
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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.
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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
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SPEND TO SAVE: Use your
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
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
HVAC system can reduce energy consumption dramatically. In
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!
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If your home is not in need of
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simply want to seal any
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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
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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INDIANA IN THE CINEMATIC SPOTLIGHT
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.
movies were silent and came in two colors: black and white. It’s what
brought Frank Sinatra to Madison,
Dustin Hoffman to Metamora, Ma-
donna to Huntingburg, and a trained
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
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
This film represents the Hoosierwood
Madison provided the backdrop in this
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
‘A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN’ (1992)
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
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.
‘SOME CAME RUNNING’ (1958)
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
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,
Cloris Leachman and young newcom-
‘BREAKING AWAY’ (1979)
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
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.
‘TO PLEASE A LADY’ (1950)
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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;seeing a showâ&#x20AC;? 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. shipshewana.com.
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@ purdue.edu. purdue.edu/convocations/event/stomp.
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. facebook.com/events/754251688266782.
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. visitduboiscounty.com/event-directory-2.
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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
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.
‘til next time,
or comments can write to him in care of Electric Consumer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIY HOME PROJECTS
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
– 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
accidentally cut through or trip over it.
for help! Contact your local electric
Personal protective equipment that will keep you safe during a DIY project are safeguards for tools, safety goggles,
cooperative if you ever have any questions about who to contact about electrical safety.
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
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
Wabash Valley Power news
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
that heat. Sealing leaks around your home
and gaps in a typical home would “be
through the window. You can easily fix
with caulk and foam is an effective low-cost
the equivalent of having a window open
both by shutting blinds and curtains,
DIY project that leads to impressive results!
every day of the year!”
making sure supply registers are open and
Your windows likely will feel drafty in the winter, because… science!
free from obstruction, and maybe even
Visit www.EnergyStar.gov for
adding a storm window.
details on air sealing your home. Visit www.PowerMoves.com for energy saving tips, efficiency rebates, and the
As you stroll past your windows in the
Low-cost steps will improve your home’s comfort.
winter, you may feel a chill that leads you
There are simple things you can do to
is specifically trained to help you save
to think that your windows are leaky. One
improve your home’s comfort in the winter
money and be comfortable. Help is just
of two things is probably happening: heat
months. Reposition furniture away from
a click away.
name of your local energy advisor who
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
Name Goose Pond Visitor Center
southwestern Indiana, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marsh Madnessâ&#x20AC;? ensues
Address 13540 W. County Road 400 S. Linton, IN 47441
The ninth annual Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane
at the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area in Greene County.
Festival, March 1-2, coincides with the northern migration of the Sandhills. The big birds have
made the Goose Pond a pitstop since the Phone 812-512-9185
restoration began at the wetlands over a decade
Website www.in.gov/dnr/ fishwild/3094.htm
The Goose Pond continues attracting amazing
Read more about
Above: Barn Owls are an endangered species in Indiana due to habitat loss.
numbers of other birds year-round, as well. Some 260 bird species have been documented around
P HO TO S BY MARTY J O NE S
the 9,000 acres of prairie and marsh habitat.
the Goose Pond at
Some 12,000 wildlife watchers are drawn to the
shallow wetlands each year.
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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