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from the editor

Stranger things have happened My daughter says I’m a teenager stuck in a mom’s body. Why? I’m a boy band fan who once sat in the front row at a 1D concert. I read young adult fiction — and watch adaptations of those books when they’re made into movies. I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty. I know what “Bughead” stands for. And, though I’m definitely over 20, I know what’s going on in Hawkins, Indiana. Hawkins is thankfully not a real town because, trust me, you wouldn’t want to live there. It’s the setting for the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” a popular sci-fi show based in the 1980s featuring Dungeons and Dragons-playing middle schoolers, a psychokinetic heroine named Eleven who binges on Eggo waffles, a scary underground world, monsters, cool music and (the real) Wynona Ryder. Season 3 of “Stranger Things” premieres on July 4 so if you have not been introduced to the “Upside Down” yet, you might want to check out the first two seasons now.

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Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 292,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220

“Stranger Things” is just one of the several Indiana-based television shows with locales you won’t find on a map. Cases in point: • “Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt,” a recently-ended Netflix show, was based in Durnsville, Indiana. • “The Middle” took place in Orson, Indiana, which reportedly was based on real-life Jasper, Indiana. • Pawnee, Indiana, was home base in the popular Amy Poehler series “Parks and Recreation.” I have no clue why Indiana’s claims to TV fame are often fictitious. Why not put Monticello, Wabash, Rising Sun or Huntingburg in the spotlight? Faux teens like me might want to actually visit the hometowns of our small screen favorites — even though Wynona Ryder and Amy Poehler won’t be there to greet us.


On the menu: October issue: Pork recipes, deadline Aug. 2.

November issue: Olive oil recipes, deadline Aug. 2. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Giveaway: Family Cavern Day! We’re giving away four tickets to

Squire Boone Caverns and four tickets to Indiana Caverns courtesy of Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Enter to win online at by July 31.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative.


16 INDIANA EATS The Saratoga: a Terre Haute institution. 17 FOOD


A hint of mint.

Bigger isn’t always better.

20 COVER STORY Peru Circus: A town under the big top.



Spotlighting Harrison County.


Indiana Connection


backyard 26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 DIY Recharging your car’s AC system. 29 SAFETY Irrigation information. 30 BACKYARD Tick Talk Time.


32 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 TRAVEL No run of the ‘mill’ park. (Not in all versions) 34 PROFILE Purdue alumni play key roles in U.S. space program.

(Not in all versions)

On the cover The annual Peru Amateur Youth Circus allows all participants to shine — whether they be aerialists, jugglers, clowns, band members or more. Big top dreams are realized by even the youngest performers who bring sparkle, vibrant hues and bright smiles to the eight-day-long extravaganza. PHOTO PROVIDED BY HARMON PHOTOGRAPHY INC.


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co-op news

Stay back and stay safe CONTACT US 800-248-8413 Fax: 765-529-1667 OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday STREET ADDRESS 3400 S. State Road 3 New Castle, IN 47362 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box D New Castle, IN 47362

Working with

are also responsible for the team’s

electricity can

safety. Distractions can have deadly

be a dangerous

consequences. If a lineworker is on

job, especially for

or near your property during a power

lineworkers. In

outage, for vegetation management or

fact, USA Today

for routine maintenance, please allow

lists line repairers

him or her ample room to work. These

and installers among the most

small accommodations help protect

dangerous jobs in the U.S. That’s why

our crews –– and you.

for HCREMC, safety is the number one priority. Infact, several months ago, our cooperative joined many others in our industry to commit to the

A night deposit box is available 24 hours a day.

the Zero Contacts initiative. This is


planning on all jobs and reinforces

SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a power outage, please call 800-248-8413, day or night. MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Henry County REMC is to provide reliable, safe and cost-competitive electrical service to enhance the lives of our members and the communities we serve. BILL DUE DATES Bills mailed Aug. 9 are due Aug. 26. Bills mailed Aug. 15 are due Sept. 3. Bills mailed Aug. 30 are due Sept. 17.y.

a campaign that strengthens our job the habit of using our life-saving rules every single time we begin work. Over

Call 811 before you dig!


near your property. While most dogs are friendly, some are defensive of their territory and can’t distinguish between a burglar and a utility worker. Our crews work best without a pet “supervising” the job. We recognize that for your family’s

putting our crews’ safety and that of

safety, you want to make sure only au-

the community above all else.

thorized workers are on or near your

Our mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, our consumer-members. Yes, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to you, but equally important, we want our employees to return requires ongoing focus, dedication, vigilance – and your help!

Distractions can be deadly While we appreciate your kindness


indoors while lineworkers are on or

time, we have created a culture of

home safely to their loved ones. This

Know what’s below.

If you have a dog, try to keep it

and interest in the work of our crews, we ask that you stay back and let them focus on their task at hand. Even routine work has the potential to be dangerous, and it takes their full attention and that of their colleagues, who

property. You will recognize HCREMC employees by their lineworker uniforms or apparel with HCREMC logos, as well as the service trucks with our name and logo on them. You may also recognize our lineworkers because they live right here in our local community.

Slow down and move over In addition to giving lineworkers some space while they are near your property, we also ask that you move over or slow down when approaching a utility vehicle on the side of the road. This is an extra barrier of safety to help those who help all of us.



co-op news

Fighting lightning


he average electric distribution system in the United States sees 10% to 20% of their outages caused by lightning. Both direct and indirect lightning strikes can cause major problems for utilities for both overhead and underground facilities. According to data gathered by the National Lightning Detection Network from 2008 to 2017, HCREMC’s service territory covers an area considered to have a medium-to-high frequency of lightning. This information will surprise nobody that lives in this area, but what that equates to is up to 20 lightning strikes per square mile per year within our service territory. That frequency brings a great potential for damage. Over the last 18 months, HCREMC has found lightning to be the confirmed cause of only 5.4% of outages within the service territory. That number places us ahead of the curve nationally, but we continue to keep our eye to the sky and are constantly looking for better ways to mitigate lightning-caused outages in the future.

As we rebuild infrastructure, lightning arrestors are being placed with more frequency than in previous decades. These installations are being coupled with improvements in grounding schemes. We can accomplish this due to advancements in technology, more reasonably priced equipment, and the increasing demand for reliability from our membership. Individually, property owners can also ensure they are protecting their own equipment from lightning strikes by inspecting their own electrical facilities inside of their home, farm or business. Having a qualified electrician review the power,

telephone, and television connection in your building can be a great place to start. Improved grounding, proper surge protection and checking connections can be an easy and relatively inexpensive way to avoid future headaches. As always, when the weather gets rough, please monitor HCREMC’s live outage map ( during outages for immediate updates on the status of our restoration efforts. When the lightning is causing problems with electric service, rest assured our crews are working diligently to see us all through the storm.

UNP L A N N E D OU TA GE HOURS BY C A U S E 49% trees 40% transmission outage 7% unknown 2% design/equipment failure 2% public

Keep mylar balloons secure to prevent power outages. 6

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co-op news

Commitment to youth TOUCHSTONE ENERGY CAMP

HCREMC sponsored two local stu-

a memorable, fun and powerful

dents for Touchstone Energy Camp

educational experience.

at Lake Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana, from June 5-8. Students entering the seventh grade were eligible to attend the camp. Students spent three fun-filled days doing outdoor activities, making new friends, and learning about electricity and electrical safety.

Campers enjoyed zip-lining, archery, swimming, rock-climbing, riflery, horseback riding and many other outdoor activities. They also spent time learning about alternative energy, electrical safety, and how local electric cooperatives help the community. Chaperones for

We appreciate being part of this

Touchstone Energy Camp are em-

great opportunity to connect to the

ployees from cooperatives across

younger consumers of our mem-

the state of Indiana.

bership, while helping to create

Samuel Mathis and Baeli Renie represented HCREMC at Touchstone Energy Camp. Lara Sullivan, manager of marketing and member services at HCREMC, served as one of the chaperones.


Arlington National Cemetery,

students on the Indiana Youth Tour

the Smithsonian museums, the

June 13-20. Youth Tour provides

National Mall memorials, and the

young Hoosiers the opportunity

National Museum of the Marine

to visit the nation’s capital, learn

Corps. They also took a night cruise

about government, experience

on the Potomac River.

American history and gain a better understanding about their electric cooperative and government.

Nolan Renie and Alexandra LaMar represented HCREMC on the 2019 Youth Tour. A total of 105 Indiana students traveled to Washington, D.C.

The Indiana Youth Tour students participated in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric

A delegation of 105 Indiana students

Cooperative Association and spent

representing Indiana electric

a day on Capitol Hill, where they

cooperatives made the trip. More

met with Indiana’s congressional

than 1,800 students from across the

delegation to ask questions and

country traveled to Washington for

share their thoughts on a variety of

the weeklong experience.

timely issues.

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co-op news

Setting off fireworks? Look for power lines Most people celebrate July 4 by watching a local, professional fireworks show — supervised by firefighters. But if you’re starting the performance early with consumer fireworks, here are some tips: Your fireworks might be legal, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the U.S. Fire Administration report thousands of fireworks-related injuries every year. The biggest threat: firecrackers, followed by bottle rockets and sparklers, which burn at about 2,000 F. Even tiny sparklers — a favorite of little kids — can reach a staggering 1,800 F, quickly causing dangerous burns even with minor skin contact. Fireworks are especially dangerous when used near power lines, so stay clear. Light fireworks only in open areas where no power lines can be seen, and call your cooperative immediately if your celebration gets tangled in an overhead wire. Follow these additional safety tips, too: • Make sure fireworks are legal in your community before using them. • Never buy professional-grade fireworks. They are not designed for the average consumer. • Keep small children a safe distance from all fireworks including sparklers which can burn at temperatures in excess of 2,000 F. • Never reignite or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby to thoroughly soak duds before throwing them away. • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks to avoid contact injuries or noise reactions.


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Bigger isn’t always better A larger AC or furnace isn’t always the answer Bigger must be better! This

Proper sizing of your

is a common misconcep-

home’s comfort system is

tion of many homeowners

important. When it’s time to

during the heating and air

install a new heating and air

equipment buying process.

system, whether it’s replac-

Although it may sound at-

ing an existing system or

tractive to size your system

new construction, request

to its largest capacity, from

that your contractor run a

an energy efficiency stand-

heating and cooling load

point it is never a good idea

calculation. Load calcu-

to oversize your furnace or

lations can be computed

air-conditioning unit.

easily with software.

Have you ever noticed the

A homeowner should also

temperature difference in

pay attention to the equip-

the air when humidity is

ment itself. Always check

high vs. low? If humidity is

that the equipment is certi-

removed from the air, you

excessive wear and tear on

severe cases, moisture may

motors and starting com-

drip from walls and mildew

ponents. The life expectan-

may develop. Mold could

cy of a system will decrease

start to grow in the walls

and the efficiency and

and on surfaces. This prob-

operating cost will increase.

lem will leave many home-

This cyclical process is sim-

owners confused. The ther-

ilar to fuel efficiency in an

mostat may have reached

automobile when driving

the desired temperature but

in the city vs. driving down

the homeowner may still

the interstate.

not be comfortable.

uncomfortable and thus

Even though oversized

In the long run

increase the thermostat

systems will satisfy the

The only way that an air


temperature setting on a

conditioner can remove

HVAC no-nos

thermostat, an oversized air

humidity from a space is by

conditioner that begins to

longer run times. When an

short cycle will not be able

air conditioner runs longer,

to remove humidity from

it has more time for the in-

the home.

door coil, or evaporator, to

feel cooler. This benefits your air-conditioning unit, but not your home’s heating ability. When a furnace is oversized, the air will become excessively dry. Adversely, when an air conditioner is oversized, not enough humidity is removed. In either case, the homeowner will feel

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are not designed to be continually adjusted. They could even short cycle

Over time, the moisture be-

if the homeowner is not

ing left behind will start to

careful. This could result in

become noticeable. In some


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fied with the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). AHRI ensures that manufacturers accurately list ratings of their products and set standards for consumers to compare equipment. Before purchasing a furnace or air conditioner, remember that the proper size is the key to comfort!

Zach Motsinger

grab moisture out of the air


and drain it to the outside.

Energy Advisor Orange County REMC


Calendar contest draws 1,800 entries The 22nd Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest drew over 1,800 drawings, paintings and collages from students in grades kindergarten through 12.

One of Indiana’s best now on National Register of Historic Places Turkey Run State Park, named best campground by Indiana Connection readers in its 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Parke County attraction, found-

StudentArt 2020


Artist of the Year was Danielle Sommerman, who will be a junior at Crawford County High School this coming fall. Sommerman, from English, Indiana, is a perennial art contest entrant who has won her grade division four times. She illustrated the month of October in this year’s contest. The contest’s winning entries and nine honorable mention selections will be published in the 2020 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art. Evan Olinger from Sellersburg, Indiana, who has won his grade division every year since 2015, will illustrate the month of November in the 2020 calendar. All the calendar art contest first place and honorable mention winners will be recognized at a special art reception to be held in conjunction with the opening of the Hoosier Salon Art Exhibition in August at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. As well, the student art will be displayed in the museum during the Hoosier Salon 2 ½ month-long exhibition. Learn more about the contest, the calendar, and the winning student artists in the October issue of Indiana Connection. Calendars will be available at participating local electric cooperatives and by mail from Indiana Connection in November.

ed in 1916, was recognized for its “unique cultural value to Indiana as well as its national history.” Visitors


Honorable mentions:

flock to Turkey Run State Park each

Kindergarten: Charles Quakenbush

Lucy O’Bryan, kindergarten

year to camp, canoe, fish and hike.

First Grade: George Quakenbush

Phil Carnes, second grade

The National Register of Historic

Second Grade: Abby Porter

David White, third grade

Places is compiled by the National

Third Grade: Rileigh Hash

Addie Otte, fourth grade

Park Service, detailing historic places

Fourth Grade: Oliver Lanam

Mia Fang, eighth grade

worth preserving. The park’s Lusk

Fifth Grade: Ashelyn Evans

Clare Kramer, ninth grade

Home and Mill Site had previously

Sixth Grade: Naomi Kujak

Adalia Knakiewicz, ninth grade

been included in the register.

Seventh Grade: Addysen Standish

Erin Starkweather, 10th grade

Turkey Run State Park’s state and

Eighth Grade: Andrew Zink

Trinity Hess, 11th grade

national register certificates will be

Ninth Grade: Morgan Dyck

presented to park representatives

10th Grade: Danielle Sommerman

during the Indiana State Fair in

11th Grade: Evan Olinger



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12th Grade: Lexi Harford


to the editor CLUSTER OF COLUMN COMPLIMENTS I just read and enjoyed your Cluster of Critters or Hordes of Herds story (by Jack Spaulding in the May issue). I’ve long been fascinated with words that describe groups and you found some good ones. One you probably know is that a group of crows is called a murder of crows. That begs the question: If a group of crows were to split up and members fly off in all directions, should that be described as attempted murder? For what it is worth, the word for words that describe groups is venereal. I don’t know the word for group of venereal words, but thanks for providing an entertaining list of them.

Gerald Wilhite via email

Did you know a group of hippos is referred to as a “bloat”?

My wife and I have enjoyed names of animal groups for years. One of our favorites is a murder of crows. A gaggle of geese always makes us smile. It’s only a gaggle when they’re not flying. Go figure … Thanks for a great article.

Bob Haller, Syracuse

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county feature

Harrison County BY NICK ROGERS

Indianapolis may be Indiana’s hub, but the heart of our state’s history hugs the Ohio River just two hours south in Harrison County. Named for William Henry Harrison, who went on to serve as the ninth President of the United States, the county was founded in 1808. Eight years later, on what’s said to have been a sweltering June day, 43 dele-

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1808

NAMED FOR: William Henry Harrison POPULATION: 39,898 (2017) COUNTY SEAT: Corydon NOTED FOR: The Old Capitol O’Bannon Woods State Park Indiana Caverns Squire Boone Caverns

Dedicated in 2016, Corydon’s Bicentennial Park celebrates the 200th anniversary of Indiana’s statehood, the path to which began in Harrison County. (Photo courtesy of Town of Corydon)


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A Nature Center-guided Blue River canoe trip at O’Bannon Woods State Park. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

which occurred July 9, 1863, will be commemorated with historical programming July 13-14 at the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park.

gates convened to craft a constitution

Along the Blue River on Harrison

and transform Indiana from a territo-

County’s western edge and shared

ry to a state.

with its neighboring county, the

The Constitution Elm, under which these delegates gathered, is a top tourist attraction in Corydon — the county seat, which served as Indiana’s initial state capital from 1816

Harrison-Crawford State Forest offers 26,000 acres on which to hike, fish, bike and more. You’ll also find Wyandotte Caves and O’Bannon Woods State Park within the State Forest.

to 1825. The Old Capitol remains a

You can follow the Hoosier Wine Trail,

centerpiece of Corydon’s Historic

which hits seven boutique wineries.

District, with a daylong celebration

And, while in downtown Corydon,

each July with reenactors. Corydon’s

don’t forget to drop by Butt Drugs, a

Bicentennial Park was dedicated in

third-generation family business that

2016 to celebrate Indiana’s statehood.

still charges only 35 cents for a cup of

The city is also home to Indiana’s only Civil War battle, where 450 members of Harrison County’s home guard attempted to delay 2,400 marching Confederate soldiers. The battle,

coffee and, yes, boasts a good sense of humor about its business name. Freelance writer Nick Rogers is a communications manager for Purdue Agricultural Communications.

Indiana eats

Prime Dining The Saratoga: A Terre Haute institution

The Saratoga in Terre Haute

Family-owned restaurants are a rarity

time selections include steaks, chick-

in these days of chain eatery domina-

en, pork chops, pasta and seafood as

tion. But The Saratoga in downtown

well as the overwhelming fan favor-

Terre Haute has been lovingly run by

ite menu item — a delectable prime

the Malooley family since 1942.

rib. But what you might not expect

Back then, Joe Malooley purchased the restaurant from local attorney George Nasser. Nasser was the brother-in-law of Joe’s brother, Abe. When Abe returned home from serving in World War II, he joined Joe in the restaurant business. The Saratoga’s corner location at Fifth Street and Wabash Avenue was the same corner that Abe sold newspapers at when he was a boy. Through

Owner George Azar serves a chocolate martini.

are the Middle Eastern menu choices like Kibby, made with ground beef and bulgur and stuffed with sautéed beef and onions; the Mediterranean staple, falafel, served with all the trimmings on pita bread; and gyros.

THE SARATOGA 431 Wabash Ave.

State Sen. Jon Ford of Terre Haute is

Terre Haute, Indiana

one of Saratoga’s regulars. Besides


the tasty cooked-to-order food, he appreciates the family-friendly atmosphere and the friendly staff.

Open for lunch: Monday–Saturday Open for dinner: Thursday–Saturday

the years, other family members

Those wanting to treat their guests to

began making their mark at The

The Saratoga experience offsite can

Saratoga. Now, besides Abe’s daugh-

work with the restaurant’s catering

ter, Cathy, and her husband, George

business, Azar’s Catering. Restaurant


Azar, their daughter, Alexis, and her

favorites and a wide array of other

Sen. Jon Ford (R)

husband, Dustin Green, are all part of

specialties are available to fit your

represents District 38

The Saratoga family.

food preferences and budget. Like

which covers all of Vigo

The Saratoga, Azar’s Catering has a

County and the northern

The restaurant’s menu is eclectic. Salads and sandwiches, including some innovative takes on burgers and the generously sized breaded tenderloin, comprise the lunch menu. Dinner-

long track record (40 years) of making sure Wabash Valley residents are

portion of Clay County. The small business owner serves on the Ap-

well fed and feeling like they’re part

propriations, Elections,

of the family.

Family and Child Services and Public Policy committees.


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a hint of

cool tastes for hot days



Grilled Zucchini with Mint, Lemon and Feta Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 4 medium zucchini, cut on the bias into ½ inch thick slices Olive oil for grilling Sprinkle of kosher salt and ground black pepper Zest of 1 lemon Juice of 1 lemon 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 2 T. minced fresh mint 5 oz. crumbled feta cheese Preheat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Place the sliced zucchini in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Toss with your hands until all the zucchini are evenly coated

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

with oil, salt and pepper. (Make sure you use a generous amount of oil or else the zucchini will stick to the grill.) Add half of the zucchini

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

to the grill (you’ll probably need a

Ruth Ann King, Warsaw, Indiana

grill basket) or grill pan. Grill for a

1 cup sugar

few minutes on each side until the

⅔ cup butter

zucchini is nicely charred but just

1 egg

tender. Remove to a large bowl and repeat with the second half of the zucchini.

1 t. vanilla ¼ t. mint extract 1½ cups flour ½ cup cocoa

As the zucchini cools, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon

½ t. soda ½ t. salt

juice, extra virgin olive oil and fresh

1 cup finely chopped nuts

mint. Pour over the warm zucchini.

Mint Frosting

Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over the zucchini and toss to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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fluffy. Add egg and flavorings and beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, soda, and salt and add to mixture mixing well. Chill dough until able to form into two long rolls, each about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until able to slice into about ¼ inch slices. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 375 F for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine ingredients for frosting and beat with a mixer until smooth.

3 T. soft butter 2½ cups powdered sugar

When cookies are cool, place Mint

2½ T. milk

Frosting between two cookies in

¼ t. mint extract

sandwich fashion.

2 drops green food coloring


Cream sugar and butter until


Clowns make the circus world go round. You can count on a brightly adorned JULYzaniness 2019 to each Peru clown crew to add Amateur Youth Circus performance.


Under the big top He’s old enough to get the senior discount at Arby’s. But 55-year-old Brian “The Human Fuse” Miser isn’t standing in line for roast beef. He’s on ABC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” preparing to be set ablaze and shot through the air from a giant crossbow as a panel of judges and a studio audience watch and gasp. With wife Tina at the controls and daughter Skyler holding the torch, Brian dons protective clothing and PHO TO CO URTESY O F BRI AN M I SER

takes his position on the crossbow just before a 5-second countdown begins. The Fuse is lit – then flung 110 feet onto a massive airbag, emerging safely after a few blasts from a fire extinguisher. Even hypercritical celebrity judge Simon

Brian “The Human Fuse” Miser, who got his start as a Peru Circus performer, competed on “America’s Got Talent” in May. The celebrity judges unanimously catapulted him to the next round of judging.

Cowell is impressed. The smoldering daredevil and his

remarkable is that they honed

circus wagons, calliopes, bands,

wife are no strangers to death-

their circus craft in Peru, Indiana

floats, clowns and even elephants.

defying stunts, having once

(current population: 11,000), where

collaborated in a double human

local kids have been walking high

cannonball act

wires, swinging on trapezes and

for Ringling Bros.

performing other traditional big

and Barnum &

top acts for paying audiences since

Bailey Circus. But perhaps equally


But the hands-down highlight is the Peru Amateur Youth Circus, featuring 10 three-ring productions at the downtown Circus City Center. Some 160 Miami County youths between 7 and 21 years old

“Everyone else does Little League;

will display talents ranging in com-

we do circus,” explains Cyndi

plexity from basic tumbling to the

Williams, executive secretary of

seven-person pyramid, assembled

Circus City Festival Inc., which will

on a 22-foot high wire.

oversee the 60th installment of Peru’s annual circus heritage celebration from July 13 to 20. The celebration will include carnival rides, food booths and a parade (billed as Indiana’s second-largest behind the 500 Festival’s) with horse-drawn

By festival’s end, the amateur circus will have played to a total audience of perhaps 11,000 while earning scholarship money for college-bound high schoolers with Peru circus experience.



PEru Circus July 13–20 Circus City Center 154 North Broadway Peru, IN 46970 Order tickets online, at the box office or by calling 765-472-3918.

Naturally, the young performers

previous two years purchasing the

use safety nets, harnesses, pads

tents, costumes, exotic animals and

and other protective devices. But

other inventory of bankrupt cir-

like high school football players,

cuses – launched one of his own,

they aren’t invulnerable to injury.

the colorfully named “Wallace and

“It happens,” says 14-year-old aeri-

Co.'s Great World Menagerie, Grand

alist Hannah Yoo. “We twist ankles

International Mardi Gras, Highway

all the time. But we’re like, ‘Slap

Holiday Hidalgo and Alliance of

some tape on it and keep practic-



The operation, later known as the

And while mistakes are rare, Han-

Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, grew to

nah takes them philosophically.

become America’s second-largest

“If you miss, you get up and smile,

circus behind only Ringling Bros.

and you go on with the act,” she

Wallace sold his show in 1913 and

says. “You’ve got to recognize that

died in 1921, but his Peru winter

we are kids, and the stuff we’re

quarters continued to shelter the

doing is hard.”

WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN So how did a children’s circus spring up in this north central Indiana community?

animals and equipment of other traveling circuses, including Ringling Bros., until 1938. Three years later Ringling sold the property and disposed of the remaining circus wagons by torching them. It was a sad final act in a town

Flash back to April 26, 1884, when

known as the Circus Capital of the

local livery stable owner Benjamin

World. But Peru wasn’t ready to

E. Wallace – who had spent the

fold its big top. Efforts to revive the community’s dormant heritage led to Peru’s first circus festival in 1959 and initial amateur youth circus the following year. (Meanwhile, Wallace’s old winter quarters, a National Historic Landmark, are now a museum known as the International Circus Hall of Fame.) Nowadays the circus season begins with a late February “round-up” – a casting call for all would-be performers who meet age and residency requirements. Prospects can sign up for a variety of acts, but there’s no guarantee they’ll

Daring high wire acts are a highlight of the Peru Circus. Veterans of circuses past train the current crop of performers, ensuring that the show will go on for years to come.


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be doing them in the show. First cuts, then second cuts await those deemed not ready for prime time.

But there’s almost always a role for everyone, including a kiddie clown act for children as young as 5. “Virtually nobody gets cut out of the show unless they don’t show up,” says executive secretary Williams. Commitment can’t be half-hearted. Practices begin in March and continue several days a week through July, with parents cautioned not to take vacations after May 1. And a handbook outlines the rules, both obvious (no alcohol or drugs on the premises) and not-so-obvious (beige undergarments when in costume; no printed designs). Of course, a circus consists of more

No stranger to flight, ET’s stint in the circus shows a sense of humor mixes well with high wire prowess.

than just the performers. Dozens of volunteers tackle crucial jobs such as ushers, ticket takers, sound and lighting personnel, riggers (set-up crew) and band members. Not to mention the

Circus performers spend countless hours perfecting their routines.

trainers who provide instruction.

TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL “Circus around here is very much a generation-to-generation program,” says Justin Yoo, the 19-year-old brother of Hannah. “Once people are done performing, they’ll come back and train others.” Walking the talk, the young juggler is already teaching his craft to younger kids. The tradition began with retired circus pros such as the legendary Willi Wilno – known professionally as “The Great Wilno, Human Projectile” – who was once blasted from a cannon over the top of a giant Ferris wheel at the 1936

Derring-do and athleticism may be hallmarks of a circus — but so is just plain silliness as only a clown can convey.

New York World’s Fair. After retiring to Peru, Wilno provided expert tutelage to budding aerialists in the early years of the youth circus.



What goes up, goes up again and again. A troupe of jugglers rounds out a multi-talented array of circus acts who will hit the big top in Peru this month.

The progression of rookie circus

round-up as a 7-year-old. (Her

Hannah Yoo continued to stay in

students can surprise even their

parents might have anticipated as

shape, even enrolling in a weight-

parents. “When they start out in

much, since she’d already shocked

lifting class. “And I’ll find myself on

March, they’re like the kid next

them by scaling a 6-foot fence

YouTube, looking up a new trick I

door,” Williams says, “but by show-

at the age of 3.) Her dream never

can do,” she says. “Circus season

time they’re like little professionals.”

died: “I was forbidden to run away

never ends.”

And some Peru kids actually become professionals, finding circus careers with the likes of Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas and Cirque

and join the circus; I had to go to college first,” she says. “So I went to college, and then I ran away and joined the circus.”

Perhaps the most lasting legacy, cited by performers past and present, is the sense of camaraderie, and even family, they share with

du Soleil. Brian Miser, now in his

When her first professional per-

fellow participants in the Peru cir-

38th year as a performer, would not

formance finally came, requiring

cus. “I feel very privileged to have

likely have begun his acrobatic ca-

a 50-foot freefall onto an airbag,

been a part of it, to have raised my

reer at a Ringling Bros. amusement

Tina savored every second of it. “I

children in it, and to now have a

park as a 17-year-old if hadn’t taken

climbed up in the dark, and I was

grandson in it,” says trainer Car-

to the trapeze in Peru. He credits

wearing all black,” she says. “And as

men Bickel.

his hometown circus with instilling

I was sitting on my 1 foot-by-1 foot

a sense of self-confidence and an

platform, I looked out over the en-

appreciation for teamwork.

tire audience below and said, ‘Yes!’”

Similarly, wife Tina recalls that

Current performers also draw moti-

“something resonated” the first

vation from their Peru circus ex-

time she attended the Peru circus

perience. After the last 2018 show,


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“For a lot of us, circus isn’t something we do,” she says. ”It’s something we are.”

Brian D. Smith is a freelance journalist from Greenwood, Indiana.

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calendar NORTHWEST


TWELVE MILE 500, Twelve Mile (Cass), Plank Hill Park. 60-lap lawn mower races. Wed: fireworks. Thurs: parade. Admission charge. 765-469-0888.


CANAL DAYS, Delphi (Carroll), Canal Park. Canal boat rides, interactive museum, artisan demonstrations, food and music. Fee for some venues. Free admission. 765-564-2870.


NORTHERN INDIANA POWER FROM THE PAST, Winamac (Pulaski), 10 City Park Drive. Antique farm machinery in action, food, entertainment, flea market, and farm toy show. $3 gate fee with free parking (a $9 four-day pass is available). Children under 12 free.



HAYNES APPERSON FESTIVAL, Kokomo (Howard), Foster Park. Festival celebrates the community’s automotive history and heritage. Food, fireworks, parade, car shows, concerts, sports festival, rides and more. Free. 765-854-1234.

FEST, Martinsville 12- ARTIE (Morgan), Courthouse Square. outdoor movie, 13 Entertainment, 5K, craft fair, car show, kids’


activities, cornhole, inflatable park, baby contest, chalk art, food and more. Free. 812-340-2162.

INDIANA FAMILY STAR PARTY, Mulberry (Clinton), Camp Cullom. Amateur astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts, and families can participate in astronomy activities. $5 per person, per day or $15 maximum per carload. 765427-9064. starparty



SHOALS CATFISH FESTIVAL, Shoals (Martin), various locations. Booths, fishing, team and individual sport competitions. Parade, catfish sandwiches and fireworks. Free. 812-631-1329. summer-events


ABRAHAM LINCOLN FREEDOM FESTIVAL, Rockport (Spencer), Rockport City Park. Car show, food vendors and live music, plus fireworks at dusk. Free. 812-649-9147. events


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FIRE @ NIGHT IRON POUR, Solsberry (Greene), Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum. Cast iron demonstrations, meet visiting artists, make your own art, walk the trails, fire performances, entertainment, food and more. sculpturetrails. com/calendar



FIREWORKS BY THE LAKE JAMES ASSOCIATION, Angola (Steuben), Pokagon State Park. For best viewing, sit on the east side of the lawn. Regular gate fees apply. Fireworks will begin at dusk. 260-833-2012. niball@dnr.


HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR CONVENTION, Winchester (Randolph), Towne Square Community Center. Steel guitar enthusiasts meet, play and dance. Admission charge. 9 am-4 pm daily. 765-584-3266.


ZANESVILLE LIONS SUMMER FUN FESTIVAL, Zanesville (Allen and Wells), Townwide. Car show, parade, co-ed slow pitch softball tourney, garage sale, food and more. For updates, visit its Facebook page. 260638-4327.



SHINER PRIDE CAR SHOW, Rising Sun (Ohio), Downtown. Classic and collectible cars, trucks and motorcycles. Charge to participate. Free for spectators. Proceeds benefit Shiner Pride Marching Band. 812-438-2652.


BLUEGRASS AT METAMORA OPRY BARN, Metamora (Franklin), The Opry Barn. House band: 6 pm; Appalachian Grass about 6:30 or 7 pm. Admission, $8. 513-607-1874. fotmc@iglou. com. bluegrass-nights-at-the-oprybarn


BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE, Corydon (Harrison), Downtown. Bluegrass music by Hog Operation and Ida Clare. 4-8 pm. Free. bluegrass

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.

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How to recharge your car’s AC system

As the summer heat beats down,

and with a belt) and the evaporator

we want our homes and vehicles

(a large aluminum can). If in doubt,

to keep us cool. But what

consult your service manual or local

happens when your car’s AC

auto parts store.

system isn’t working properly?


For those willing to tackle a DIY project, there are some steps you can take to recharge your auto’s AC. First, purchase a charge kit for your car. Consult your local auto parts store for the appropriate one for your vehicle. Then, take the following steps, courtesy of DIY Network, to get your car back to being cool and comfortable.



Screw the dispenser hose and gauge onto the can of refrigerant. Attach to the low side port by pulling back the outer slip ring, pushing it on, and releasing the ring. Next, start the engine, turn the A/C system on max, and check the gauge reading.

refrigerant instructions for the proper system pressure. Continue dispensing refrigerant and rechecking the pressure until the desired level is reached.



If you bought a UV kit, check the system for minor leaks so repairs

compressor should be spinning. If

can be made if necessary. Use the

the pressure is lower than 20 psi and

UV pen and examine all valves and

the compressor is not engaged, then

junction points in the system.

A/C system. This will be the barb

engages. Be sure to shake the can

on the larger tube between the

first and every 3-4 seconds later.

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Consult the pressure chart in the

be engaged and the front of the

dispense refrigerant until the clutch



The compressor clutch should

Next, find the low side port of your

compressor (mounted to the engine






informing farmers about irrigation

weather can be unpredictable. A

equipment safety is imperative.

long-term drought could be overtaken by major flooding all in the course of days. During the spring and summer, farmers are growing their crops and rainfall is needed to sustain proper crop growth and development. Because Indiana has different types of soil, irrigation equipment becomes a necessity for many.

Though they do not mix, water and electricity can work together if you follow safe work practices: • Proper equipment selection and installation methods: The system should be wired to the standards of the National Electrical Code: it must have disconnect switches; it must use equipment and enclosures suitable for conditions; it must pro-

• Safe work practices: Turn off the power before working on an irrigation system. Be aware of overhead power lines when working with irrigation pipes, when standing on systems and when spraying water near power lines. Avoid wearing loose clothing and tie back long hair

Operating pumps and other

tect wires from physical damage

equipment in a damp environment

or use “jacketed” irrigation cable;

increases the chance of equipment

and it must have circuit and

Your main goal is to not allow

failure. Because the farmers

equipment grounding.

yourself to become a path for elec-

themselves may be rain-soaked and muddy, their vulnerability to electric shock is much greater. As you’ve heard many times before,

• Routine maintenance checks:

when near rotating equipment.


Proactively look for faulty

If you have more questions about

equipment and proper wiring

preventing electrical hazards, con-


tact your electric co-op.

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Tick Talk Time BY TIMOTHY J. GIBB It is tick talk time. When I say “tick talk,” I am not referring to a timekeeping device, such as a watch or a clock. I am simply pointing out it is the best time to discuss ticks and their potential danger. Most people have had the disagreeable experience of finding a tick attached to their skin — or worse, finding it sucking their blood. These are never pleasant experiences, but tick dangers go well beyond just being a nuisance; well beyond being gross, disgusting and unpleasant; well beyond just the mark or the itchy welt that is left behind. Tick bites are potentially life-altering. Ticks transmit several very serious diseases to people as well as pets and other animals. It is important to know how, when and where ticks appear and how diseases are transmitted so that you can avoid them, prevent them from biting where possible and deal with them if they do bite. Talking about ticks now will increase your protection and peace of mind. Here are 10 tips for individuals who want to enjoy time spent out in nature but not join the ticks’ lunch group.

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5 6 7 8 9

Be aware of where and when black-legged ticks are active. Discourage ticks from biting by wearing insect repellent (DEET), especially from May through July. Permethrin applied to shoes and pants kills or stuns ticks that touch the treated fabric, thus providing additional protection.

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Circumvent ticks that drop onto shoes from crawling to bare skin by wearing long pants and shirt sleeves and by tucking your pants into your socks. This outfit may raise eyebrows from fashionconscious friends and neighbors, but if you carry along a golf club or bag, they will probably just shrug and forget all about it.


ROSIE Fern is healthier than it appears

Use veterinary-prescribed tick control measures on pets. Thoroughly check yourself for ticks when you come in from the outdoors. Remember that the ticks may be quite small. Wear light-colored clothing so that the ticks are most obvious to the naked eye. A quick, soapy shower will wash off ticks if they have not already cemented themselves onto your skin. Ticks must be attached for at least 36 hours to spread Lyme disease, so remove ticks as soon as possible by pulling them straight out with tweezers. Request a blood test from your doctor if you develop a fever, unusual headaches, fatigue, neck pain, or stiffness in muscles and joints after being in tick-infested areas. A red, bulls-eye shaped rash at the site of the bite is sometimes diagnostic.

Photo provided by K.G., Fort Wayne, Indiana

I received a potted fern as a gift from a friend, and it has done well in my home for over a year. But now it has what looks like a fungus on the bottom side of the leaves. Is there anything I can apply to prevent this from killing my plant? The growths on your fern are not from a fungus. They are fern spore cases and are not harmful to the plant. Unlike flowering plants, ferns reproduce by spores rather than seed. Spore cases (sporangia) are produced on the bottom side of the fronds; each case contains numerous spores. Gardeners sometimes mistake the spore cases for either a disease or insect pest but these are normal reproductive structures for ferns. 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

Hoosier Energy news

Transmission rights-of-way vegetation zones



How Hoosier Energy works to keep vegetation away from power lines Safe and reliable transmission of electricity is at the core of the Hoosier Energy vegetation management program. Trees or other woody-stemmed vegetation growing too close to power lines can cause extensive power outages and damage as well as pose serious fire and safety hazards to the public if the trees come in contact with energized power lines.

MORE INFORMATION ONLINE For more information about Hoosier Energy’s vegetation management program, visit initiatives.

Did you know... • Rights-of-way maintained by Hoosier Energy range from 100 to 250 feet based on the voltage of the line. This is shown as the space between the blue dashed lines in the illustration above. • High loads, hot weather and icy conditions can cause electric lines to sag while high winds can cause lines to sway. • Hoosier Energy proactively manages vegetation to adhere to minimum vegetation clearance distances set by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.


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No run of the ‘mill’ park BY NICK ROGERS Spring Mill State Park boasts the usual activities, campsites and trails (eight to be exact, ranging from 1/3 to 2½ miles). But most parks don’t serve food using cornmeal made from an active, 202-year-old mill. And you’d be hard-pressed to find NASA spacecraft near nature elsewhere. On 1,358 acres about 3 miles from Mitchell, Ind., Spring Mill State Park offers plentiful activities for year-round visitors. Most attractions date back to the Civilian Conservation Corps, a 1930s public work relief program, and the land is notable for large quantities of limestone. From that limestone formed several cave systems, including The Cerulean Warbler is just one wildlife species that enjoys Spring Mill State Park’s lush flora.

Twin Caves — through which boat tours operate daily through mid-July and on weekends from mid-August to mid-October. For $3, riders can enjoy a 500-foot exploration and maybe observe rare cave-dwelling animals. The Pioneer Village offers 20 buildings to explore and heritage interpreters of life circa 1863. It’s also the site of the three-story limestone gristmill that makes the cornmeal. (Eager to try some? Scan the menu at the Spring Mill Inn’s Millstone Dining


Room.) The park’s Nature Center features displays of six native snakes, bird-watching stations, children’s activities and more. No matter the season, the Grissom Memorial honors the legacy


of Virgil “Gus” Grissom. A Mitchell native, Grissom was one of

3333 State Road 60 E. Mitchell, IN

the second American in space. Alongside history of Grissom’s


Grissom took his final spaceflight on the Gemini 3 mission.

America’s first astronauts (in the Mercury Seven) and became achievements, you can see the “Molly Brown,” in which

A private space-artifact collection display on July 20 — the moon landing’s 50th anniversary — in honor of Grissom is among several events at Spring Mill State Park this summer,

THINGS TO DO: Hike; bike; tour the caves; swim; explore the Nature Center and Nook, Grissom Memorial and Pioneer Village

including: • Christmas in July (July 26-28) • Vintage Camper Rally (Aug. 16-18) • Fiber Arts Weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2)

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Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission, poses for his official portrait in his space suit.

Lunar Legend Purdue alumni play key roles in U.S. space program

Fifty years ago this month, a man on the moon joined the man in the moon, pressing a human footprint onto the grainy gray lunar surface for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong’s July 20, 1969 milestone step (he was soon accompanied by fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) came 6½ hours after the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, touched down in the not-sodamp Sea of Tranquility – prompting Armstrong’s memorable radio announcement: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Armstrong and Aldrin fulfilled the dream of President John F. Kennedy, who declared in 1961 that America should commit itself to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Their monumental accomplishment inspired (and inspires) not only national pride, but state and collegiate pride in Indiana. Armstrong was a 1955 graduate of Purdue University who never forgot his alma mater. “Neil did not sign autographs after he found them being sold online for thousands of dollars,” says space historian John Norberg, a former Purdue director of communications for development. “But on campus, he stopped and posed for photos with anyone who asked.”




Moonstruck The contribution of Purdue alumni to the U.S. space program is immeasurable. Norberg, author of the recently released “Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University,” notes that two dozen Purdue graduates, including Armstrong, have become NASA astronauts, and a 25th is in training. Hundreds of others have worked in the space industry, among them the first female commercial astronaut, Beth Moses, who flew aboard a Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceplane in February.

Whether you prefer small steps or giant leaps, you can celebrate the golden anniversary of the first moon landing this month without ever leaving Earth’s atmosphere. Purdue University will host a July 18 talk by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz titled "‘Go or No-Go’: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.” Kranz is best known as the “Failure is not an option” character played by Ed Harris in the

But the Purdue presence experienced its most magic and tragic moments in the moonbound Apollo program. Behind Armstrong’s triumphant tread was the star-crossed preflight test of Apollo 1, which claimed the lives of three astronauts, including Purdue graduates Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger Chaffee. Twelve men walked on the moon, the last – Apollo 17’s Gene Cernan – in 1972. He, too, earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue. BRIAN D. SMITH IS A FREELANCE JOURNALIST FROM GREENWOOD.

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Where to go to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing

movie “Apollo 13” (although the real Kranz never said it). A daylong slate of campus happenings will mark the July 20 anniversary, including a display of Purdue grad Neil Armstrong’s personal papers: https:// Elsewhere on July 20, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will hold an Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration, and the Ferdinand (Ind.) Branch Library will welcome volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador Amanda Scurry to its Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Party.



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