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Olive oil recipes, pages 17–18


from the editor

A season of thanks — and food Thanksgiving and food go hand in hand. I pull out all my necessary recipes weeks in advance and not only make a shopping list but check it twice. Thanksgiving Day is not the time to suddenly realize you forgot to get an important ingredient! Good cooks may know how to improvise when necessary, but creative fixes rarely fly on a holiday so steeped in tradition. Taste buds are always attuned to favorite family dishes — even if they may only be served once a year. If the stuffing is missing the celery, the cook will hear about it! Perennial Thanksgiving hosts know the turkey day drill, but if you’re a first-timer, here are five of my tips to make your day easier: 1. Plan your menu early, and make note of what ingredients you have and what you need to buy. 2. If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure you allow adequate time and refrigerator space to defrost it! 3. If your guests want to help cook, by all means take them up on the offer! If they have a well-loved signature dish, like pumpkin pie, their contribution will save you time and help ensure the meal is memorable for all. 4. Concentrate on the “star attractions.” If your guests just like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, why stress over a myriad of other side dishes that will only clutter the table and will barely get touched? Make only what will get eaten. 5. If you and your family don’t like traditional fare, don’t feel as if you have to force down food that isn’t your thing. Have pizza if you’d rather! It’s all about spending time together and being thankful for our blessings anyway!


Giveaway: Enter to win one of five autographed copies of Outdoors

columnist Jack Spaulding’s new book. Also, enter to win one of two prize packs from Pokagon State Park. Entry deadline for giveaways: Nov. 30.

On the menu: February issue: Sweet and salty snacks, deadline Dec. 2. March

issue: Dips, deadline Dec. 2. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

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 Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Take a load off your energy bill. 12 INSIGHTS 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Dubois County.






Nick’s Kitchen: Go for the

Vulture not the kind of “turkey” to have for Thanksgiving.

tenderloin, stay for the pie. 17 FOOD EVOO-lution: Recipes featuring olive oil. 20 BROADBAND

29 SAFETY Power tool safety is in your hands.

SUCCESS STORIES How high-speed internet has helped you.

30 BACKYARD Fall leaves are treasure, not trash. (Not in all versions)

21 COVER STORY Winter fun at Pokagon State Park.



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32 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 TRAVEL Shipshewana: A Christmas trip back in time. (Not in all versions) 34 PROFILE Harold Stark helped build Apollo. (Not in all versions)

On the cover Tobogganers enjoy the rush of winter at Pokagon State Park. The refrigerated track, which opens for the season Nov. 29, allows tobogganers to reach speeds of up to 40 mph over the quarter mile drop, snow or not. PHOTO BY JAIME WALKER



co-op news

We’re thankful Two days in this month — Veterans Day and Thanksgiving — make us particularly thankful.

CONTACT US 812-738-4115 812-951-2323 Fax: 812-738-2378 EMAIL Click on “Contact Us” at OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday STREET ADDRESS 1165 Old Forest Road, Corydon, IN 47112 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 517, Corydon, IN 47112 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a power outage, please call 812-738-4115 or 812-951-2323. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pat Book (Palmyra), Chairman

We are thankful for the veterans who have allowed us the freedoms to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. November is the time to be grateful for all the blessings we have, and we especially want to express our gratitude for your membership in the cooperative. This month, I would like to highlight a few of the wonderful things that are going on at Harrison REMC.

Brian Koetter (Borden), Vice President David Poe (Floyds Knobs), Secretary/Treasurer David Walther (Lanesville) Darin Duncan (Elizabeth) C. Todd Uhl (Corydon) Danny Wiseman (Mauckport) Roy Zimmerman (Laconia) Craig Engleman (Corydon)

Harrison REMC offers... LED security light rental; a community solar program; heating and cooling rebate program; surge protection information; home energy seminars; CFL bulb recycling; payment via phone, online, e-check, automatic payment plan and budget billing; REMC gift certificates; and a mobile app with notification options!

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Harrison REMC is to provide a well-informed membership with superior, competitively priced electric and related member service(s), accomplished by highly trained, committed employees. It is further the mission to improve the quality of life of the member-owners by promoting community, economic development and energy efficiency activities.

Collecting items for community needs This month, Harrison REMC will collect hats, mittens/gloves and scarves (both adult and children’s sizes) to distribute to various community agencies. Members will receive an LED bulb ($3 value) for each item donated, up to three items. One exchange per membership, and the items must be new with tags still attached.

Lend a Hand This month, members will receive an

insert in their bills about the Lend a Hand program. Lend a Hand is designed to help REMC members who are 150 percent below the poverty level pay their electric bills in times of need. Members can make a one-time donation or a monthly donation on their bill. Through Harrison REMC, this money is given to local community service agencies for distribution.

Santa is coming Come by and get your picture taken with Santa! Santa will be at the REMC office on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. A photo of each child will be available at no charge, and parents are welcome to bring a camera to take their own photos, too. We are excited to see everyone! There are so many things to be thankful for this time of year. The weather is beautiful and it is a great time to spend with family and friends. Just a reminder: The REMC office will be closed Nov. 28–29 for Thanksgiving. The employees and directors wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

CATHY RACICOT Communications Manager

Pictures with Santa Harrison REMC is offering an opportunity for children to visit with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3:30–6:30 p.m. A photographer will be on hand to capture each child’s time with Santa. A photo of each child will be available at no charge, and parents can also bring a camera to take their own photo. Please enter on the west side of the building near the drive-up to visit with Santa. Do not use the main lobby door.

co-op news

Preparing for

director elections

Being an electric cooperative member offers a unique opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process in the business. Because Harrison REMC is a cooperative, it is owned by its members. That means members are responsible for electing other members to take the leadership positions on the board of directors to help shape business decisions for the company. Each year, Harrison REMC encourages members to attend and vote for the directors of their choice. If needed, members may vote absentee at the REMC office or by mail. A nomination process must occur before the annual meeting. Members interested in being a board candidate should review the many responsibilities required of the position. The board of directors is a legal body which is held accountable for the actions of the cooperative by both the Harrison REMC members and the government. Directors are expected to attend special and regular board meetings, committee meetings and the annual meeting. Directors should also attempt to attend one National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) meeting or director's conference every year. Directors are expected to complete their NRECA Credentialed Director's Certificate during their first two terms of office. Directors receive a fee for meeting attendance and are reimbursed for all reasonable expenses for attending cooperative business meetings. It is possible for directors to spend more than 25 days each year for REMC business. REMC directors are expected to read and be familiar with information and financial reports from the cooperative, or other national and state associations. Directors are elected to represent a specific district, but are responsible for decisions affecting the entire membership. Directors should



possess the interpersonal skills to work in harmony with the whole board and have the self-confidence and communication skills to express their opinion or disagreement with other directors. Harrison REMC directors are members of the cooperative and pay monthly electric bills like other Harrison REMC members. They do not receive discounted power, and their bills are not subsidized. The directors of Harrison REMC are equally as interested as other members in system reliability and the most economical operation of the cooperative. The directors of Harrison REMC are typically elected for their business sense and level of respect within the community. Director elections are open to all members. The following districts will be up for election at the 2020 REMC annual meeting. • District 4: Franklin Township in Harrison County. Franklin Township in Floyd County. • District 5: Posey and Taylor townships in Harrison County. • District 7: Jackson and Spencer townships in Harrison County. Jennings Township in Crawford County. The REMC bylaws outline the specific nomination and election process along with the specific qualifications required to be an REMC director. Nomination material is available at the REMC office. Nomination material will be accepted starting Dec. 1, and the deadline to submit the material is Jan. 20, 2020. The election process and bylaw information is shown on the REMC website at

Next month’s Indiana Connection will provide additional information regarding the election nomination process.

REMC Electric Assistance Program

LEND A HAND The Electric Assistance Program is designed to help REMC members who are 150 percent below the poverty level pay their electric bills in time of need. You can help by sending a donation of any amount to the program. Each member donation will be matched by equal funds from Harrison REMC.* All contributions made to the REMC Electric Assistance Program are tax deductible. You will receive a receipt for your records. Local county community service agencies will distribute the funds from the REMC Electric Assistance Program to provide direct service assistance to REMC members. Since Harrison REMC serves part of five southern Indiana counties, contributions will be distributed in the county from which they were received. To make a contribution, please complete this form and send it to: Harrison REMC — Electric Assistance Program, P.O. Box 517, Corydon, IN 47112. Name: Address: Phone #: REMC Account #: Choose one of these payment options:

One-time donation: $ __________ (Amount enclosed. Check made payable to Harrison REMC Electric Assistance Program.)

Indicate monthly amount REMC will add to your electric bill each month for 12 months: $ _________

Signature: *Call Harrison REMC for questions regarding matching details.

co-op news

Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment Harrison REMC will make a Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment to its retail rates as a result of changes in Hoosier Energy Inc.’s wholesale power costs to its member

Help us help others This month, Harrison REMC will collect hats, mittens/ gloves and scarves (both adult and children’s sizes) to distribute to various community agencies. Members will receive an LED bulb ($3 value) for each item donated up to three items.

Rural Electric Membership Corporations (REMCs). This action will result in an expected increase to member bills of $0.000191 per kWh ($0.19 per 1,000 kWh). This change will take effect for bills to be rendered beginning with the November 2019 billing cycles.

One exchange per membership. Items must be new with tags still attached.

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youth programs


Page Day Spend a day in the Indiana Senate with

JAN. 22

students from REMCs around the state. See the Senate in action, observe policy debates, assist legislators during session, and tour the governor’s office and Statehouse.

Indiana Youth Tour Harrison REMC wants to send you on a weeklong,

JUNE 18–25


all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C.

available on Jan. 22 and have reliable

Monuments, museums, legislators, friends, trip of a lifetime,

transportation to and from the Indiana

history. Must be a high school junior to apply.

Statehouse that day. The program is open to high school students. Please confirm Day is considered an excused absence in


most instances.

Harrison REMC continuously looks for ways to support our

with school administrators, but Page

community. That's why each year we assist our young members in

APPLY: Apply by Jan. 10 at

their pursuit of higher education by awarding scholarships to our

touchstone energy camp

graduating seniors. The scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been

JUNE 3–6

A fun, powerful and unique camp

accepted to attend a college or university located in Clark, Floyd or Harrison counties in Indiana or Jefferson County in Kentucky. The student must be a full-time student (12 credit hours) for the fall semester. See the application for more eligibility requirements and rules.

experience designed for students

APPLY: Download an application at

entering seventh grade in 2020.

Hover on the "my cooperative" tab and then the “youth programs”

Horseback riding, canoeing, zip lining,

dropdown. Applications are due March 30.

trying out archery, swimming, learning about electrical safety and bucket truck rides.



Applications for Touchstone Energy Camp and Indiana Youth Tour open Dec. 1. Information will be available in the December issue of Indiana Connection.


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A year’s worth of student art The 2020 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art is available at participating electric co-op offices across the state. • Bartholomew County REMC • Boone REMC • Carroll White REMC • Clark County REMC • Decatur County REMC • Dubois REC • Fulton County REMC • Harrison REMC • Henry County REMC • Heartland REMC • Hendricks Power Cooperative • Jasper County REMC • Jay County REMC • Johnson County REMC • Kankakee Valley REMC • Kosciusko REMC • LaGrange County REMC • Marshall County REMC

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county feature


Countycts Fa FOUNDED: 1818

NAMED FOR: Toussaint DuBois, a Montreal-born Frenchman who joined the fight for American independence in the Revolutionary War and was later an influential fur trader and businessman in southwestern Indiana. POPULATION: 41,889 (2010) COUNTY SEAT: Jasper

Enter Dubois County through its southeasternmost doorway, and you’ll think you’ve somehow crossed into rolling European countryside. Gently sloping fields flow around a hillside where ascends … a castle. The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, a magnificent red brick Romanesque structure with its dome and corner turrets, majestically looks over the fields and town of Ferdinand. Welcome to the German Catholic Hoosier heartland. German-speaking immigrants were a minority in the area until Benedictine priest Father Joseph Kundek arrived as pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Jasper in 1838. Kundek heavily promoted German immigration to the area. And immigrants came — proudly keeping their native language, religion, and traditions. Ferdinand, named after the Austrian emperor, was founded in 1840 by Kundek. The monastery was constructed in the 1880s with later expansions. Listed on the National Register of


Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt

Nov. 15-17 | Admission: Free 765-569-5226

Details on opening ceremony found on event website.




The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception Historic Places, it is still home to one of the nation’s largest communities of Benedictine women. At Kundek’s home parish in Jasper, the massive St. Joseph’s Church was built from 1867-1880 with native sandstone. The dominating structure in the heart of town represents the historic immigration and is another significant architectural achievement in the county. Ironically, Dubois County, created in 1818, was named after a Montreal-born Frenchman, Toussaint DuBois, who fought alongside Americans during the Revolutionary War. But American and German tongues changed his French pronunciation of “doo-bwa” to “doo-BOYZ.” The county still celebrates its German heritage: most notably with Jasper’s “Strassenfest” each summer; and Ferdinand’s artisanbased “Christkindlmarkt” each November (please see sidebar below.) The European artisans who came to Dubois County put

its resources to full use. Jasper became known as the “Wood Capital of the World,” boasting a large number of furniture companies. The county’s natural resources also provide tourism. On the southside of Jasper’s downtown, “Riverwalk” offers a walking path, a gazebo and shelter houses, a playground and other amenities popular for events and concerts along the Patoka River. Riverwalk is part of a community redevelopment that also includes reconstruction of the Jasper railroad depot and beautifully-restored “Spirit of Jasper” passenger train which offers scenic excursions. Upriver, where the Patoka enters the eastern edge of Dubois County, is Indiana’s second largest body of water. Straddling Dubois, Crawford and Orange counties, Patoka Lake was created in the 1970s primarily for flood control and water supply. But the lake provides abundant recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

The German tradition of “Christkindlmarkt” — during which artisans would sell their wares and gifts in a festival-style setting in the weeks leading up to Christmas — returns to the “Bavarian” village of Ferdinand. Along with all kinds of crafts and goods for sale, various kinds of music, children’s crafts, monastery tours, and other entertainment will be provided throughout the two-day festival. The Melchior Marionettes will also perform each day at Forest Park High School.



Indiana eats

Go for the tenderloin, stay for the pie No political campaign was ever won on an empty stomach. Between photo ops of chowing down with the voting public to simply needing the energy to sustain a long campaign, folks running for office just naturally gravitate to down-home restaurants serving up stick-to-your ribs kind of meals. In Huntington, such a place is Nick’s Kitchen, the birthplace of the breaded pork tenderloin. The story goes that Huntington native U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle kicked off his successful campaign as George H.W. Bush’s vice-presidential running mate in 1988 after a breakfast stop at the venerable downtown eatery. And — all party affiliations aside — its friendly service makes everyone feel right at home. “You’re always amongst friends at Nick’s,” says State Sen. Andy Zay. Huntington native Nick Freienstein opened the restaurant in 1908 after the hamburgers he sold from a push cart at night with a dim lantern on the courthouse square began selling like hot cakes. While he sold his interest in Nick’s Kitchen in 1929, the Kitchen has always retained his name, the same location and his original recipe for its pork tenderloin sandwich.

menu items you’d expect from a locallyowned, long-standing establishment: pulled pork, prime rib, breaded chicken, turkey club, hamburgers, salads, fries, cole slaw, macaroni salad, soups, and more.

The Original Breaded Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Onion Rings

Nick’s is also open for breakfast with a complete menu of omelets, waffles, hot cakes, eggs, bacon, oatmeal and more. Then, there’s Nick’s famous homemade pies, like black raspberry or the Hoosier classic sugar cream; hand-dipped shakes and more. Have a favorite pie you’re hankering for? Nick’s Kitchen will bake up specially ordered pies if you give them a day in advance. Even if you’re a politician running in a heated race or an average citizen rushing at life’s busy pace, Zay recommends slowing it down at Nick’s — at least long enough for dessert! “Go for the tenderloin,” he says. “Stay for the pie.”

Sugar Cream Pie


Sen. Andy Zay (R) represents District 17 which includes WaAlong with the tenderloin, Nick’s includes bash County and portions of Grant, Huntinga wide variety of sandwiches and other ton and Whitley counties. Elected in 2016, Zay is the ranking member of the Insurance & Financial Institutions committee, and serves on the Com506 N. Jefferson St., HOURS: merce and Technology, Huntington, IN 46750 Mon-Tues: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Environmental Affairs, Wed-Sat: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. and Utilities committees.

NICK’S KITCHEN 260-356-6618

Closed Sundays

Tenderloin Biscuit with Potato Tots




EVOO -lution Recipes spotlight olive oil as a key ingredient. Pumpkin Bran Muffins Jan Hackman Columbus, Indiana 1 cup bran flakes cereal

1 t. nutmeg

1 cup Fiber One cereal

2 eggs

1 ¼ cups fat free milk

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 ¼ cups flour

⅓ cup brown sugar

1 T. baking powder

2 T. olive oil

1 t. cinnamon

½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix cereals together in a medium bowl and pour milk over them to soak. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar, olive oil and raisins to the bowl containing cereals and milk. Mix well. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until evenly moist. Spoon the batter into a muffin cups that have been lined, filling each cup nearly full. Bake 20 minutes or until brown. *For those unfamiliar with EVOO, it’s an abbreviation for extra virgin olive oil.



Marinated Mozzarella

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Heidi Stamets, Monroeville, Indiana 1½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup plus 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided 1½ cups plus 2 T. sugar, divided 1½ t. baking soda 1 t. salt

Marinated Mozzarella Charlotte Rymph, Monterey, Indiana

½ cup olive oil, divided, plus ¼ more for greasing 1½ cups water 1 T. apple cider vinegar

⅓ cup olive oil

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 T. chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

Fresh berries for serving

1 T. minced fresh parsley 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk flour, ¾ cup cocoa powder, 1½ cups sugar, baking soda, and salt until full incorporated. Mix in ½ cup oil,

1 t. dried basil

water, and vinegar until batter just forms but no lumps remain. Pour

1 t. minced chives

batter into greased 9x9 inch cake pan; bake 20-24 minutes or until

¼ t. garlic powder

toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

1 lb. cubed mozzarella cheese In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients; add cheese cubes. Seal and turn bag to coat.

While the cake bakes, make the chocolate glaze: In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate chips, 2 T. cocoa powder, 2 T. sugar, and the remaining ¼ cup oil. Mix until smooth and keep warm until serving. Gently flip the pan to remove cake and let cool slightly on a wire rack. Cover the cake with chocolate glaze on the rack — or tableside when serving. Serve cake with fresh berries.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (Overnight is even better!) Transfer to a serving dish. Serve with toothpicks. Serves 8-10.

Sweet Soy Dressing Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois ¼ cup white wine vinegar 3 T. sugar 2 T. olive oil 2 T. toasted sesame seeds 1 T. soy sauce 1 garlic clove, pressed Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to blend.



Chocolate Olive Oil Cake


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The toboggan run at Pokagon State Park in Steuben County begins its 81st season of chills and thrills Nov. 29.

Pokagon, Indiana’s “Up North” state park, gets more snow than most of Indiana, but it’s not necessary for the toboggan track. It’s refrigerated.

While the track has certainly changed a lot since the first rudimentary one was built in 1934, one thing for most tobogganers has not: “You have to walk back up the hill,” says Nicky Ball, interpretive naturalist at Pokagon. P H OTOS B Y JA IME WALKER


‘Up North’

For Eddie Wise Jr., tobogganing at Pokagon State Park each winter is a family tradition with roots frozen in time. The park’s famed icy toboggan run where he brings his kids, just as his parents brought him and his sisters when he was little, starts atop a steep-crested hill above the park’s Potawatomi Inn. From an additional 30-foot tower, the dual refrigerated runs drop, rise and drop again for a total fall of 90 vertical feet over

Toboggan Pokagon for a glacial rush By Richard G. Biever

a quarter mile. The 20-30 second thrill rides reach speeds of 30-40 mph. “It’s a rush,” said Wise. “You don’t really get that big of hills around here with that long of a straightaway and up and down. It’s the better part of sledding.” Wise should know. He grew up near the Steuben County state park where he’s been tobogganing ever since he can remember. The 33-year-old Wise and his wife, Brandi, both outdoor enthusiasts, take their children — Harlee, age 11, and

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Conservation Corps. But that “rush”

county in the state. The state park is

of speed and adrenaline Wise noted

surrounded by two kettle lakes, Lake

Hawkin, 8 — tobogganing at Pokagon

is stirred from the steep hill that

James and Snow Lake. The toboggan

several times a season.

originated a little further back in time

hill at Pokagon is a “kame” — a pile

“It gets them into the outdoors and

— about 10,000 years back — to

of rock and debris deposited by the

when the last glacier stagnated and

melting glacier.

away from everything else,” Wise said. “Not a lot of kids do that anymore.”

melted over Northeastern Indiana.

Along with being outdoors and

During the last Ice Age, unimaginably

of a glacier, it would gather debris

massive glaciers up to a mile high

imbedded in the ice. Through large

slowly flowed out of northern Canada

cracks, the runoff would cascade like

and covered the northern two-thirds

a waterfall leaving the debris at the

of Indiana. When they melted, they

bottom after the glacier melted away.

own unique throwback style.”

left their marks: most notably the

The largest kame, and the highest

Great Lakes. But they also left smaller

point at Pokagon, is known as “Hell’s

A glacial rush

landscape features, especially all

Point,” the pinnacle of a challenging

across Northeastern Indiana.

hike at the park. Chain O’Lakes

enjoying the thrill of the ride, Wise said he likes the memories tobogganing conjures and the nostalgic feel of the J-shaped wooden sleds. “It’s got its

“Throwback” is the key word for tobogganing at Pokagon. Beginning its 81st season, the state park’s toboggan run itself dates back to the Great Depression and the Civilian

The earth-moving and gouging glaciers gave Steuben County, for

As meltwater flowed across the top

State Park in Noble County was also shaped by Ice Age formations.

instance, more natural lakes — called

The many lakes in the northeast

“kettle lakes” — than any other

corner of the state make the area unique. They harbor wildlife and provide recreational opportunities. It’s a perfect place for a state park. Named for Leopold and Simon Pokagon, father and son leaders of the Potawatomi tribe of Native Americans who lived in the area in the 1800s, Pokagon State Park was one of the state’s earlier parks, dedicated in 1925. The park and the Potawatomi Inn (built in 1927) provided a northern lake experience. “The state wanted us to be a year-round destination and thought people wouldn’t want to come here in the winter unless there was a warm place to stay,” said Nicky Ball, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources interpretive naturalist at Pokagon and the nearby Trine State Recreation Area. It’s thumbs up at Pokagon State Park’s toboggan. PHO TO BY JAI M E WALKER



Something fun to do in a Great Depression


While natural beauty, wildlife, and outdoor activities abound, it’s the manmade toboggan track that garners the most attention around Pokagon in winter. The run attracts some 90,000 visitors through the three-month season. Fortuitously, the attraction that iced the park’s reputation as a winter destination began simply as an amusement for the young men who built many of the park’s other lasting shelters and features. In October 1929, four years after Pokagon’s creation, the Great Depression began. One out of four Americans was unemployed. President Franklin Roosevelt came into office promising a “New Deal” for the American people. Five days after taking office in March 1933, FDR created the Civilian Conservation Corps to put unemployed, single young men to work. CCC projects focused on reclaiming land, enhancing natural areas, and building structures and infrastructure at national and state parks and other public places. Company 556 of the CCC, which consisted of about 180 men, arrived at Pokagon in 1934. They first built

Young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps stand beside an early version of Pokagon State Park’s toboggan track, circa late 1930s-early 1940s.

their barracks, and then they began

the steep hill, the kame, and built a

planting trees across the park’s mostly

toboggan run. “It was their first winter

open terrain that had been farmland.

here,” said Ball, “and the boys were

In addition to many infrastructure and

just looking for something fun to do.”

erosion control projects, the CCC built the classic structures found throughout the park. Works included the beaches, gatehouse, shelter houses, the original County Road Bridge, camping grounds, trails, the service building, the saddle barn, and more. The CCC’s structures and its beautiful masonry work on walls and large hearths, using timbers and glacial stones — all cut and laid by hand — are on the National Register of Historic Areas.

The first wooden track they built, which would be enhanced with ice cut and hauled up from nearby Lake James, had a huge right-hand curve halfway down and would shoot the tobogganers out onto the frozen lake. The following year, the track was straightened to increase speed. In 1938, the park commercialized the operation. Company 556 erected a taller tower of about 20 feet, and the track opened to the public. A winter tradition at Pokagon was born.

Behind their barracks, they saw

continued on page 24

Eddie Wise Jr. has

Dress in layers.

been tobogganing

Tobogganers carrying the

Have a ‘designated driver’ for a bigger tobogganing bargain.

sled back up the hill can

Visitors rent the toboggan by the hour, so

start working up a sweat

the more trips down the run the bigger the

even in cold weather.

value. To save time walking the toboggan

Layers will allow you

back up the hill, have an extra buddy in

to shed clothing when

a pickup truck waiting for your group at

walking or add more while

the bottom. When your group reaches the

waiting your turn in line.

bottom, toss the toboggan in the back of

Pokagon since he was a tot. The 33-yearold outdoorsman offers tips for rookies:

the truck and drive back up to the top. NOVEMBER 2019


continued from page 23 The CCC added a second track in 1940. With the U.S. entry into World War II, the CCC disbanded soon after in 1942. In 1971, Pokagon made the slide refrigerated which made it less dependent on freezing weather. In 1974, the current 30foot tower replaced the aging CCC tower. Ten years later, the two tracks were renovated and a track-side warming center was built where tobogganers could buy snacks and hot

if you go... Pokagon State Park’s refrigerated toboggan opens for the season, with or without snow, at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 29. It operates through March 1, 2020.

chocolate, and sit before a fireplace and observation window. Though it began out of happenstance, Pokagon’s toboggan run is something frequent glacial glider Wise said he thinks every Hoosier should experience. And it is one of only two such refrigerated facilities in the Midwest. “It’s not a common thing, especially for people in Southern Indiana,” said Ball, talking about the lure of the wintry roller coaster. “We are ‘Up North’ to them, so the whole park has this Up North feel to it with the inn and the cabins and the lake. It feels like an old-fashioned kind of winter.”

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Giveaway! Visit contests to enter to win one of two Pokagon State Park prizes. Entry deadline: Nov. 30.

SUMMER PACKAGE: • 2020 annual pass • $50 camping gift card • $25 Inn gift card (can be used for meals at the inn or gift shop or boat rental through the inn)

WINTER PACKAGE: • 2020 annual pass • $50 Inn gift card • 2 hours of toboggan time (can be used through Feb. 29, 2020)



hours: Friday: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours are extended during school winter break. Pokagon is open on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day.

fees and Info: Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13. Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times. Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus. (Park hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.) • Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans. • Must use park’s sleds. Rented on firstcome, first-served basis. • Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions). • Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted. • No all-day rentals. • No group reservations or group rates. • There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules. • No cameras or video equipment are allowed on the ride. • Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below. • Warming Center concessions available (carry-in food prohibited).



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CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, Logansport (Cass), Spencer Park. Drive through this lighted holiday display. Admission charge. 574-753-6969.

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS AT THE CANAL, Delphi (Carroll), Wabash and Erie Canal Park. Crafters, artisans, demonstrations, unique gifts, and food. Tour the Pioneer Village. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 765-5642870.



CHRISTMAS IN MONON, Monon (White), downtown. Bazaar and bake sale at Monon Civic Center, 2-6 p.m. Santa at Civic Center, 3-5 p.m. Soup Supper at Monon Fire Department, 3-6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Tour of Homes, 7-9 p.m. Soup Supper and Tour of Homes will accept free will donations. 219-8634967. coachJimdavis@hotmail. com. groups/663504437485066/



HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), West Lafayette Golf and Country Club. Holiday crafts, gifts, and baked goods. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 765-427-5733.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS, 29- AUnion City (Randolph), Harter Park.



Drive through a 68-acre light display to music and laser light show. Visit Santa in the gift shop. Find us on Facebook for dates and times. Free, but donations welcome. 765-964-6302. Other event dates are: Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 19-31.



VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, Greenfield (Hancock), downtown. Classic holiday films at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Horse-drawn carriage rides from 5-9 p.m. Free. 317-6490890. greenfieldmainstreet. org. Other dates for the event are Dec. 7, 11, 14, and 18.



CANNELTON CHRISTMAS PARADE, Cannelton (Perry), Cannelton Main Street. Holiday floats parade through downtown. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. 812-5477933.


TELL CITY CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK AND CHRISTMAS PARADE, Tell City (Perry), City Hall Park. Hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas caroling, coloring Christmas ornaments, petting zoo, and miniature buggy rides. Santa Claus will be in park from 2-4 p.m. Event is from 2-6 p.m. with parade following. Free. 812-547-7933.






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




SHIPSHEWANA’S LIGHTS OF JOY, Shipshewana (LaGrange) 345 S Van Buren St., Drive-through light experience featuring more than two million LED lights displayed in a mile-long symphony of various light scenes. Thursdays and Sundays, 6-9 p.m., $15/car. Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m., $20/ car. Closed Thanksgiving. Also open Nov. 8-9, 6-10 p.m. 260-768-4129.


WINDMILL WINTER WONDERLAND, Kendallville (Noble), Mid-America Windmill Museum. Enjoy the magic and sounds of the season while walking the pathways on the museum grounds. Hours, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission: children 12 and under, free; $4 for adults and children age 13 and up. 260-318-0642. midamericawindmill.html


annually. Admission charge. 260-426-2882.

6-8 1315 OF GINGERBREAD, Fort Wayne (Allen), The History Center. Over 29- FESTIVAL 100 handmade gingerbread houses and designs made by artists of all ages 15






SEVENTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MODEL TRAIN SHOW, Rising Sun (Ohio), Heritage Hall. Sponsored by the Conductors of Southeastern Indiana. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Donation requested. 513-709-8256. ANNUAL SUMC COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Scottsburg (Scott), Scottsburg United Methodist Church. Homemade crafts, basket auction, small business vendors, homebaked goods and country store items. Hours: Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. 812-752-3545. dtspringstun@



MARY ANDERSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS CHRISTMAS SALE, Mount Saint Francis (Floyd), Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Featuring the artists working at the center and a selection of locally invited artists. Reception with refreshments on Friday, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 812-923-8817. info@ www.

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







Vulture not the kind of ‘turkey’ to have over for Thanksgiving

B Y J ACK SPAULDI NG My good friend Tom Stiers phoned the other day seeking my advice. Growing up together in the small town of Moscow, we have shared many an outdoor adventure over the years. So, I was amused but not surprised by his latest close encounter. Tom started out, “It seems I have an unusual critter hanging around the house. I’ve never seen anything like it hanging around before. It’s a buzzard.” Also known as a turkey vulture or turkey buzzard, the aerial roadkill custodian had been gracing Tom and his wife, Barbara, with its company for a few days. “It doesn’t seem to want to fly … it just walks around,” he said. I asked how close he was able to approach the bird. He said he had ventured as close as 20 feet but was reluctant to go any closer. I don’t blame him. Buzzards have a really nasty means of self-protection:

projectile vomiting at anything they consider threatening. I encountered this myself once with young buzzards in a barn loft outside of Batesville, Indiana. Fortunately, like Tom, I was wary and didn’t get within range. Tom asked if the bird should be reported. I told him if it didn’t leave of its own accord in a day or so, he could contact the sheriff’s department who in turn would contact the local conservation officer. The officer would survey the situation and determine the best course of action. Buzzards are a state and federally protected species. But I can just imagine the reaction of a poor wildlife rehabilitator … given such a handsome devil with such refined social graces to nurse back to health! ‘til next time,


A collection of Jack Spaulding’s syndicated columns has been gathered in a full-length book. Culled from his over 30 years as an outdoor journalist, the book showcases his best, funniest and most heartwarming stories. Follow Jack into the field and experience firsthand his trials and tribulations as he hunts and fishes while sharing tips and tried-and-true recipes. Jack wraps the book up with a series



JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors writer and a consumer of RushShelby Energy living along the Flatrock River in Moscow. Readers with questions or comments can write to him in care of Indiana Connection or email For more information about turkey vultures, their habits, how to discourage their roosting near you, and what to do if you encounter an orphaned or injured bird, visit the Turkey Vulture Society website at https://turkeyvulturesociety.

of fictional accounts of his childhood growing up on the banks of the Flatrock River in southeastern Indiana. A great Christmas stocking stuffer for those who enjoy reading Jack’s column in Indiana Connection or for any Indiana outdoors enthusiast, the paperback is available on Amazon for $14.95 and as an e-book.

Giveaway! Jack Spaulding has given Indiana Connection five autographed copies of his book to give away. We’ll randomly select the names of five readers who sign up on our website by Nov. 30. Go to, and click on “Enter a Contest” under the “Talk to Us” tab.


Power Tool safety

is in your hands! What may seem like a small project could turn into big danger if you use electric power tools carelessly.

wear, if needed. When you’re finished

Tools aren’t just powered by electricity;

Electrical shocks, which can lead

they run on compressed air, hydrau-

to injuries such as heart failure and

lics, belts or chain drives, too. Knowing

burns, are among the major hazards

the dangers these tools are capable

associated with electric-powered tools.

of is the first step in keeping you and

Under certain conditions, even a small

those around you safe.

amount of electric current can result in

“Power tools possess a tremendous amount of energy and, if you use them, you must control that power,” said John Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana

using it, carefully disconnect the tool, never yanking by the cord, and store it in a dry place.

atrial fibrillation (AFib) and death. An electric shock also can cause people to fall off ladders or other elevated work surfaces and be injured due to the fall.

Electric Cooperatives. “Hazards from

Do not use electric tools in damp or

power tools affect not only the person

wet locations unless they are approved

using them, but also to those working

for that purpose. To protect users from

close by.”

shock and burns, electric tools must

There are some general practices that should be followed when using electric tools. It’s important to operate these tools within their design limitations.

have a three-wire cord with a ground plugged into a grounded receptacle, be double insulated, or be powered by a low-voltage isolation transformer.

Always read and follow the instruction

Your safety is important to us, but the

manual to ensure you are using them

power is in your hands to practice

correctly. Before using any tool, put on

electrical safety when using equip-

gloves, appropriate footwear and eye-

ment that can put you in harm’s way!



Here are some safety steps to take when using electric power tools: • Keep floors dry and clean to avoid slipping while working with or around dangerous power tools. • Ensure cords aren’t a tripping hazard. • Examine tools and cords for damage before use. • Use tools that are double-insulated or have a three-pronged cord and are plugged into a grounded receptacle. • Do not use electric tools in wet conditions unless they are approved for that use. • Do not exceed the design limitation of the tool. • Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) or an assured grounding program. NOVEMBER 2019



Fall Leaves Are Treasure, Not Trash BY B. ROSIE LERNER The hot dry weather experienced throughout much of Indiana in late summer brought an early leaf drop to many landscape plants. But the eventual leaf drop comes no matter the weather. For some Hoosiers, this marvel is overshadowed by the chores of raking and disposing of leaves. What’s needed here is an attitude adjustment! Autumn leaves don’t have to become trash. On the contrary, they easily can be turned into valuable soil-enhancing organic matter. There are several ways to manage tree leaves at home. Green-thumbed gardeners long have known the value of recycling plant material. Dry leaves can be plowed or tilled under in the vegetable or annual flower bed in fall to provide a source of organic matter. Shredding the leaves first will speed the breakdown so that the leaves will not be visible by spring. Be sure to mix the leaves into the soil, rather than leaving them on top through the winter, to avoid keeping the soil too cold and wet to work in the spring.



Tree leaves can be recycled directly on the lawn. Use your power mower or shredder/vacuum to break dry leaves into smaller pieces. A mulching blade on the mower will speed this process, but even a standard blade will do an adequate job. For large leaves, such as maple and sycamore, it may take several passes to get a finely shredded product. Once the leaves are pulverized, they will break down quickly. A fall application of nitrogen fertilizer (about 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet) will help speed decomposition of the leaves and also will benefit the grass plants. Fall leaves also make great composting ingredients, especially when mixed with green trimmings and grass clippings. Again, the smaller the pieces, the faster they’ll break down, so shred or chop dry leaves before adding them to the compost pile. Last, but not least, shredded leaves can be used as a winter mulch to protect tender perennials through the coming harsh weather. Shredding the leaves will help prevent them from packing down

as they get wet and smothering the plants that they are supposed to protect. To provide winter protection, apply a 3-to 6-inch layer of shredded leaves over the top of tender perennials after several hard freezes. The goal of winter mulch is to keep plants dormant through the winter, so it must be applied after the ground is cold and plants are fully dormant. The timing of application will vary from year to year with the weather, but most years will be appropriate sometime between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

B. ROSIE LERNER is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to “Ask Rosie,” Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606, or use the form at

product recalls adjustable desks could cause shocK

Toasters may ‘leak’ current

This recall involves Realspace Magellan Performance-Electric Height-Adjustable Desks. The desk’s control box has an electrical issue resulting in reverse polarity, which could pose a shock hazard.

Two models of the Bodum Bistro toaster in stainless steel have been recalled. The toasters can “leak” electric current when operating at the maximum normal temperature, posing a shock hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported in the United States, but there were eight reports of consumers being shocked when touching the toaster in Canada.

They were sold at Office Depot stores and online at officedepot. com from April 1, 2017 through Feb. 22, 2019 for about $500. The desks came in espresso or cherry colors and have the Office Depot SKU number 358370 (espresso) or 216230 (cherry) printed on a label located underneath the desk top. The desk’s control box is located under the desk on the right side and controls the desk’s upward and downward movements. Call 800-949-9974; or visit and click on Recall Notices under Shopping at the bottom of the page for more information.

The toasters in the recall are a two-slice model with SKU 1070916-4 and a four-slice model with SKU 11840-16. They were sold at home appliance stores nationwide and online from September 2018 through June 2019 for between $24 and $44. Call 833-722-6386; or visit and click on Product Advisories for more information.

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www. for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.



Hoosier Energy news

Critical device invented to protect the

electric grid

Fault recorders used where power lines interconnect, improve grid reliability One of the electric power industry’s

experiment with locating the source of

reactance, and the resistance, so we

most important goals is ensuring the

faults on the grid. “In those days, you

punched all of those figures into the

integrity of the power grid. Digital

did that with equipment that used a

program, and it was the basis for how

fault recorders are one technology used

galvanometer and a light beam reflected

we calculated a fault’s location,” said

to monitor operations at substations

on photo paper,” Eslinger recalled. “It

Eslinger. A third party data storage

and power plants throughout North

produced squiggly little waveforms

company combined the concept with

America. The devices continually

on the paper, and we would measure

digital storage, and the digital fault

monitor the flow of electricity in and

them with a ruler. We knew how many

recorder was born.

out of these locations. These devices are

volts and amps were present, so we

always on and they detect abnormalities

could use the waveforms to estimate a

such as spikes in the flow of energy.

fault’s location. It was a cumbersome

This information is recorded and

process, but it gave us a picture of what

relayed so improvements can be made.


You may be surprised to learn that this

Thinking digital technology might

problem is and what the nearest pole

critically important equipment is the

make it easier and faster to perform

number is. That saves the member from

direct result of experiments conducted

the computations, Eslinger brought

being without power.

by Hoosier Energy employees in the

in his personal computer to develop

early 1980s.

an algorithm that simplified the

Meter Relay Working Foreman

computation process.

The technology instantly alerts system controllers to problems and pinpoints their location, so crews can be dispatched more quickly. “Now we have a GPS map that shows exactly where the

Eslinger modestly chuckled at being called an innovator, adding “I feel good that I worked on something that

Donnie Eslinger (pictured above)

“We knew the size of the conductors,

benefits the industry and is used all over

took advantage of some downtime to

structures mounted on the line, the

the United States.”



A Christmas trip back in time The simplicity of a “Currier and Ives Christmas” may seem long ago and far away. But it can be as near as your breath in the frosty air before you if you plan to spend just a little time in Shipshewana this holiday season. The northern Indiana town and the surrounding LaGrange County, home to third largest Amish community in the nation and a large community of Mennonites, harken back to another time and welcome visitors with warmth and hospitality. Out on the backroads, visitors will find many home- and farmbased Amish cottage businesses, foods,

“Shipshewana is that wonderful combination of feeling like you’ve been transported back in time, while still enjoying modern day conveniences,” says Kelly Lynch, LaGrange County REMC communications specialist and a lifelong area resident. “During the holidays, it’s the perfect destination for relaxing and reconnecting with family and friends. Just remember to watch for buggies while on the search for those Amish fry pies!”

DEC. 27-28

Start your holiday season with a “click, click, click” of lights and St. Nick. The lighting starts at dusk (6 p.m.). Come earlier for all-day activities for kids and families. Santa will be located at the Davis Mercantile from 4-6 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m.

See teams of carvers creating themed sculptures from 10 am-8 pm at businesses throughout town on the 27th. Then on the 28th, the Wolfe Building parking lot will be the location for the ice carving competition (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the 2019 Chili Cook-off (11 a.m. until “they run out”).

NOV. 8-9, NOV. 21-DEC. 29


More than 2 million LED Christmas lights will create a mile-long symphony of various scenes in this drive-through experience at the Shipshewana RV Park. Admission fees per vehicle will apply and hours will vary. DEC. 7 KIDS’ DAY

SANTA COMES TO TOWN HOLIDAY BAZAAR A day of fun activities will run from 10 a.m-3 p.m., and Santa Claus returns from noon to 3 p.m. at Farmstead Inn Expo Barn. The Ship Chic Craft Vintage Holiday Bazaar is a curated indoor handmade and vintage market featuring vendors who specialize in antiques, crafts, artisan goods, home and garden décor, baked goods, and so much more; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Amish buggies parked at Yoder’s store in Shipshewana.

Social courtesies to keep in mind when visiting Amish country

and crafts. In town, a host of events with holiday themes are planned.

NOV. 9




For a complete schedule and more information, call: 800-254-8090; or go to:

The Amish community’s simple way of life is the reason many people visit — to observe, learn about, pay tribute to, and purchase items. The Shipshewana/ LaGrange County Visitors Center asks folks to keep these things in mind when visiting. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND TAKE EXTRA CAUTION AS YOU TRAVEL. Horse-drawn buggies follow the same road rules as motorized vehicles and have a right to be there. PLEASE DON’T HONK AT THE HORSES PULLING BUGGIES. The sound easily could spook the horses. PLEASE HONOR THEIR CULTURE AND DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS OF THEIR FACES. As part of their religious heritage, Amish believe photographs are “graven images.” PLEASE DO STOP IN AT THEIR HOME BUSINESSES ON THE AMISH BACKROADS. You’ll see many signs on the county roads advertising these small “cottage businesses.” When you see a sign, you’re automatically invited to stop in. PLEASE PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY: Most shops are closed on Sunday so the Amish can honor the Sabbath with a day of rest and spend uninterrupted time with their family.


He helped build Apollo Stark leaves handprints on space program — and antique farm equipment

By richard g. biever In 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the nation to commit itself to


landing a man on the moon. That same year, Harold Stark put the skills he

a subcontractor for Rockwell Industries.

learned as a Rush County farm boy on

But before the first Apollo missions

the same trajectory.

ever took flight, Stark was transferred

As the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that “one giant leap” this past summer, the Apollo missions were thrust back into the limelight. Meanwhile, the cast of thousands, who, like Stark, helped Apollo achieve the goal, passed almost unnoticed in the shadows — just as they did in 1969. Stark’s job was not glamorous. He welded titanium oxidizer tanks used in the fuel system of Apollo’s command module. In almost five years, from January 1961 through November 1965, he figures

out of the project to work on helicopter engines and became a supervisor. He never looked back, or up, as Apollo reached its apex. “It didn’t bother me a

Stark retired from Allison in 1980 and

bit because I had more responsibilities

pursued his real passion — the farming

than I ever had,” he said. And as a

machinery he loved as a boy. In 1979,

supervisor, he noted, he got a nice raise.

he completed a project begun in 1974:

Now approaching 98, Stark says the skills he used to work on Apollo he learned growing up on a farm in Rush County. As a kid, he marveled at all things mechanical, especially when it came to steam engines, and learned welding and trigonometry. In 1951, for economic reasons, he left farming and took his know-how to Allison. Ten years later, he was welding tanks for the Minuteman missiles and spacecraft.

he personally

Allison’s work on Apollo was never

welded 20 of the

widely known. “We’d been directed

more than 84

that it was a ‘hush-hush’ program,”

tanks Allison

Stark recalled. Not until the 40th


anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in

division of

Harold Stark stands beside the halfscale 1909 working steam engine he built from scratch in the 1970s. He dedicated it to his grandfather and others who helped develop his skills of steam and mechanical engineering.

2009 did some recognition begin. This


past summer, Stark was one of three

Motors in

surviving Allison workers honored at

building a working half-scale 1909 Gaar-Scott steam engine from scratch. He then became a mainstay at the Indiana State Fair’s Pioneer Village as the go-to welder, engineer, mechanic, and, more recently, advisor. His ability to fabricate exact replacements for any broken parts on the antique machinery used in the working demonstrations was incomparable. To Stark, it was just doing what had to be done to “get ‘er done.” The proudest part of his work, he said, has been teaching younger volunteers at the Village about the machines for future generations. “I lived with all this equipment they’ve got here and was raised with it,” he said, sitting down for this interview at the fair in August. “I left my handprints on a lot of equipment.”


an event at the Indiana State Museum.

And to add to that: Some of what he’s

produced as

“I got a badge that says I helped build

touched may have even circled the

Apollo. That’s the only thing I’ve ever

moon. Getting ‘er done: from the farm

received,” he said.

to the moon and back again. That’s not a bad legacy for an old Hoosier farm boy.





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