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Changes to REMC’s annual meeting this year.

Henry County REMC’s

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SAVING the day Museum preserves and promotes superhero comics and culture


from the editor

Living large — and small Ever since my Barbie moved into her homemade cardboard dream house years ago, I’ve dreamt of having my own tiny house. Wouldn’t it be cool to be a real-life Alice in Wonderland, living large in a diminutive storybook abode? Furnishings would be sparse and intentional but, of course, super cute, and clutter would be non-existent. It would have to be. There’d be no room for anything but the bare necessities. My girlhood dream isn’t so far-fetched. Tiny houses are all the rage nowadays. Television shows and magazines dedicated to the phenomenon abound. Go online, and you can find tiny houses in a variety of price ranges for sale throughout Indiana. There’s even one decorated like a gingerbread house for those accustomed to the “sweet life.” My first apartment after graduating from college was an efficiency, so I know I could handle the tiny lifestyle. But with years of accumulated “stuff” now surrounding me — plus my most recent fairytale dream (a master bedroomsized walk in closet with floor-to-ceiling shoe racks) — I doubt a tiny house will ever fit my lifestyle. However, that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to a “she shed,” one of those outin-the-yard refuges for women who need some alone time. Yeah, why not live large — and small? I think Barbie would even approve of that idea!

VOLUME 69 • NUMBER 7 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives 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 280,000 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 info@indianaconnection.org IndianaConnection.org INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Gary Gerlach President Walter Hunter Vice President Randy Kleaving Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Creative Services Specialist Taylor Maranion Creative Services Specialist Stacey Holton Creative Services Manager Mandy Barth Communication Manager ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; amp.coop Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; crosshairmedia.net Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication.

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Giveaway: Enter to win four tickets to the Hall of Heroes Museum

featured on pages 19–25. Visit indianaconnection.org/talk-to-us/contests. Entry deadline for giveaway: Jan. 31.

On the menu: April issue: Potluck recipes, deadline Feb. 3. May issue: Rhubarb

recipes, deadline Feb. 3. 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

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Martin County. 12 INSIGHTS 14 ENERGY The reasons your energy bill may be higher.





28 DIY

Kentland’s Old Colonial Inn offers outstanding dining

Slip-free tips: Safe and effective options for ice and snow removal.

experience. 17 FOOD Chill-chasing chili. 19 COVER STORY Museum preserves and promotes superhero comics and culture. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR What’s going on around the state.


Indiana Connection


29 SAFETY Keeping warm: Heating pads, electric blankets and space heaters. 30 BACKYARD Silver lining in snow clouds. (Not in all versions)


32 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 TRAVEL Skating away: Outdoor rinks around the state. (Not in all versions) 34 CRUSADERS FOR COMMUNITY Five middle school students selected for 2019 Youth Power & Hope Awards.


On the cover Allen Stewart fell under the magic of superhero culture when he was a kid. Now he directs a nonprofit museum in Elkhart that grew from his massive personal collection. A highlight is the Batman costume actor Adam West wore for personal appearances for 20 years after his 1960s TV series. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER



co-op news

Graduates boost quality of cooperative service www.hcremc.com 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 A night deposit box is available 24 hours a day. EMAIL hcremc@hcremc.com 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 Feb. 10 are due Feb. 27. Bills mailed Feb. 14 are due March 3. Bills mailed Feb. 28 are due March 17.y.

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The Hoosier Energy Apprentice Training and Safety program (HEATS) produced its 40th class of graduates, adding skills to the workforces of member cooperatives. The program provides line, meter and substation specialists with specialized training that develops technical skills and safety excellence. This year’s 35 graduates (largest graduating class to date) received certificates on Nov. 8 at French Lick Resort. The 2019 class included 21 indentured apprentices and 14 non-indentured employees. Among the group were HCREMC employees Tom Gettinger and Jake Baumer, who both graduated the indentured line apprenticeship program. Line, meter and substation indentured apprentices all have to complete 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Indentured graduates also take four college-level courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from Ivy Tech. HCREMC power supplier, Hoosier Energy, administers the nationally recognized HEATS program through a master committee with certification by the U.S. Department of Labor and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The program was started in 1974, with the first graduating class held in 1978 and has graduated 678 to date. The goal of this program is to make sure all participants receive the proper education to do a quality job for the electric cooperative and ensure safety.

Celebrating our employees Lance Koontz celebrates 15 years with HCREMC. Koontz began as a meter reader and soon after served as a groundsman for six months before beginning his lineman apprenticeship with the co-op. For the last 10 years, Koontz has served as a lineman. Congratulations on your achievement. JANUARY 2020


co-op news

DIY Efficiency Projects to Tackle this year You may think energy efficiency upgrades require a great deal of time and expense, but that’s not always the case. If you’re interested in making your home more efficient, but don’t want to break the bank, there are several DIY projects you can tackle to increase energy savings. Let’s take a look at three inexpensive efficiency upgrades that can help you save energy throughout the year.

Trim Dryer Vent Level of difficulty: easy. Supplies needed: tin snips, gloves, measuring tape and masking tape. Estimated cost: about $25 depending on the supplies you already have. If your dryer vent hose is too long, your dryer is working harder than it has to, using more energy than necessary. The vent hose should be long enough for you to pull the dryer out a couple feet from the wall, but the shape of the hose should form a line — it should not have a lot of slack, with twists and curves. A shorter, unobstructed vent hose increases the efficiency of your dryer, dries clothing faster and reduces lint buildup, which can create potential fire hazards. Simply measure, mark and trim the hose to the desired length, then reattach the hose to your dryer and exterior



Sealing air leaks by applying caulk around your windows is one way to save energy at home.

vent. If you’re unsure about the hose length, check out YouTube.com for a quick video tutorial.

Seal Air Leaks Level of difficulty: moderate. Supplies needed: caulk and caulk gun, weather stripping, gloves, putty knife, paper towels. Estimated cost: $25 to $50 depending on the materials you purchase. Sealing air leaks in your home can help you save 10% to 20% on heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing to seal in conditioned air. You should also weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Types of caulking and weather stripping materials vary, but ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. For more information, the Department of Energy provides step-by-step instructions for caulking and weather stripping: https://bit.ly/2Kesu6W

Insulate Attic Stairs Opening Level of difficulty: moderate. Supplies needed (if you build the box yourself): rigid foam board, faced blanket insulation, tape for foam board, measuring tape, utility knife, caulk and caulk gun, plywood. Estimated cost: $50 to $100.

A properly insulated attic is one of the best ways to optimize energy savings and comfort in your home, but many homeowners don’t consider insulating the attic stairs, or the opening to your attic space. Even a well-insulated attic can leak air through the stair opening, but luckily, there’s an easy fix. An insulated cover box can seal and insulate the attic stairs opening. You can build your own insulated cover box or purchase a pre-built box or kit from a local home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowe’s for about $60. If you decide to build your own, check out these step-by-step instructions from the Department of Energy: https://bit. ly/36YNCYQ. It should also be noted, if your attic opening is located in a garage that you do not heat and cool, this upgrade will not be as effective. Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. With a little time and effort, you can maximize energy savings and increase the comfort of your home.


To learn about additional ways to save, contact HCREMC at 800.248.8413 or visit teamuptosave.com.

co-op news

BUDGET BILLING AVAILABLE FOR HCREMC MEMBERS Manage your monthly spending with HCREMC's budget billing option.

Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

• Pay the same amount each month

youth programs Page Day Spend a day in the Indiana Senate with students from REMCs around the state. See the Senate in action, observe

• Must be a current resident who has lived at the property for at least 12 months • Budget billing settle up is once a year

JAN. 22

policy debates, assist legislators during session, and tour the governor’s office and Statehouse.

• Sign up anytime Contact the REMC office at 1-800-248-8413 for more information or to apply.

REQUIREMENTS: You must be available on Jan. 22 and have reliable transportation to and from the Indiana Statehouse that day. The program is open to high school students. Please confirm with school administrators, but Page Day is considered an excused absence in most instances. APPLY: Apply by Jan. 10 at GOIEC.org/2020pageday.

touchstone energy camp A fun, powerful and unique camp experience designed for students entering seventh grade in 2020. Horseback riding,

JUNE 3–6

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

ALMANAC CALENDARS student art calendars now available at the HCREMC office

APPLY: Apply by March 2 at TouchstoneEnergyCamp.org.

Indiana Youth Tour HCREMC wants to send you on a weeklong, all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C.

JUNE 18–25

Monuments, museums, legislators, friends, trip of a lifetime, history. Must be a high school junior to apply. APPLY: Apply by March 2 at IndianaYouthTour.org. JANUARY 2020


co-op news

Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 CO-OP COMMUNITY DAY AND ANNUAL MEETING

2020 brings an exciting change to the Annual Meeting of our membership. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the REMC’s annual Co-op Community Day held in October, the HCREMC board has made the decision to combine the October event with the membership annual meeting. The date for the Co-op Community Day event and annual meeting is Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HCREMC headquarters. We will host a special “members only” meeting at noon. We are excited to bring this beneficial change to our ever-growing event. More information about this event, board of director nominations and elections will follow in the upcoming issues of the Indiana Connection magazine. For questions, please contact Lara Sullivan at 765.422.1119.

UNPLANNED OUTAGE HOURS BY CAUSE 49% trees 31% transmission outage 8% unknown 6% public 3% design/equipment failure 3% lightning and wind



county feature


Countycts Fa FOUNDED: 1820 NAMED FOR: Major John T. Martin, a Kentucky frontiersman and Indian fighter POPULATION: 10,217 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Shoals KNOWN FOR: Being home to Naval Support Activity Crane

Between a U.S. naval base occupying its northern third and a chunk of Hoosier National Forest occupying its southeastern quarter, there isn’t much of Martin County that’s Martin County. But what is left is filled with unique natural attractions and small towns that complement the base, which is known for developing high-tech weaponry, and the National Forest with its recreational opportunities and beauty. Having a naval presence at all in a landlubber state like Indiana is hard to believe — especially in the southwestern Hoosier hills and hollows covered in hardwood. But at over 100 square miles, Naval Support Activity Crane is by area the third largest U.S. Navy base in the world. Almost all of it is in Martin County.

Home to some 6,000 civilian employees and contractors, Crane is one of Indiana’s largest high-tech employers. Among the activities are a naval laboratory and field facility that develop, test, evaluate and support a wide array of advanced electronic and other cutting-edge warfare systems for a large range of military uses. The base was originally a recreation area created by the Farmers Securities Administration in the late 1930s to reforest foreclosed and abandoned farms. But soon after World War II began in Europe in 1939, the U.S. Navy converted the recreation area into a secure inland ordnance facility for production, testing, and storage of explosives, bombs, and the like. In the almost 80 years since, the base has been expanded and continues playing a key and changing role in our nation’s defense.


Jug Rock in Shoals

South of Crane, just outside the county seat of Shoals, is one of Indiana’s strangest and most famous natural geological features: the Jug Rock. The feature is composed of sandstone and millstone and is the largest free-standing table rock formation east of the Mississippi River. Named for its fancied resemblance to a jug, the formation is 60 feet tall and 20 feet wide and is believed to be at least 286 million years old. In addition to the Hoosier National Forest, Martin County also is home to the Martin State Forest and the Hindostan Falls State Fishing Area. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Along with supplying the U.S. Navy with some of the most advanced weaponry, the base is also home to the “USS Constitution Grove.” The Grove, dedicated in 1976, celebrates Crane’s 53,000 acres of forestland as the exclusive supplier of white oak trees used to maintain the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. Launched in 1797, the ship could out-gun and out-run almost any ship of the line. The Constitution played a significant role the War of 1812 when it earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” for the way British cannonballs bounced off its almost solid 2-feet thick oaken sides. (Visit https://www.indianaconnection.org/ironsides-of-indiana-oak/ for a story about Indiana’s proud role in maintaining America’s Boston-based “Ship of State.”




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lectric cooperative mem-

dent Scott Peterson. “The positive

bers across the country

view that members have of [elec-

are increasingly satisfied

tric] co-ops is a testament to their

with the performance of their

reputation as honest brokers and

electric co-ops, and more than

entities who truly care about their

ever before see them as trusted


sources for information on keeping their energy costs low. These are among the key findings of a recent national survey commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

past six years, polled 750 co-op members in mid-July. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percent. Other data shows electric co-ops

ciation representing more than

holding steady with prior surveys

900 electric cooperatives, and

on overall job performance (93

conducted by Frederick Polls.

percent positive), providing reli-

isfaction over 2018 numbers from respondents who say their electric co-op keeps them informed about its actions (84 percent) and is a trusted source for information about energy use and devices, including solar energy (83 percent). It also recorded an increase from 2018 in co-op members who say their electric co-op is a partner in understanding energy technologies and controlling energy costs (83 percent). “We hear a lot of stories about how Americans are losing faith in institutions like big companies and government, but that’s clearly not the case with electric cooperatives,” says NRECA Communications Senior Vice Presi-


been conducted annually for the

(NRECA), the national trade asso-

The survey found increased sat-


A telephone survey, which has

able electric service (95 percent positive) and quickly restoring power after outages (92 percent positive).

How electric vehicles will shape the future of driving Predictors of future auto and energy forecasts say that by the end of this new decade, some versions of electric vehicles (EVs) could account for half of auto sales in the world. EV sales jumped an incredible 75% from 2017 to 2018, according to the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, but by the end of 2018, EVs still only accounted for less than 2% of the overall vehicle market. But auto companies see those small

(ACEEE) concludes that electricity

numbers as an opportunity for

produces less greenhouse gases than

growth. Around the world, they are

other forms of energy, especially

investing $225 billion over the next

with the increasing use of renewable

three years to develop more EVs.

power sources to generate electric-

Industry groups report that man-


ufacturers are now offering more

While efficiency and environmental

than 40 different models of EVs, a number expected to grow to more than 200 over the next two years. An analysis by the J.P. Morgan investment firm sees traditional internal combustion engine vehicles falling from a 70% share of the market in 2025 to just 40% by 2030.

THE EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRICITY What’s powering those predictions is the worldwide interest in the related desires for less pollution, higher efficiency and greater economy. A study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

concerns provide reasons for EV growth, it also helps that they’re getting cheaper. A lot cheaper. One of the biggest costs of an EV is the battery, and fierce competition is driving down prices. The incentives for researchers and manufacturers to lower costs have reduced battery prices about 15% a year for the past 20 years. As a result, the cost of the battery has dropped from more than half the cost of an EV four years ago, to one-third today, and is expected to be down to about one-fifth the cost by 2025, according to the research firm BloombergNEF.

energy energy

The reasons your electric bill may be higher

Has your electric bill ever surprised you? If so, chances are it wasn’t because your charge was too low! The initial shock when your energy bill is higher than expected can lead to confusion. With the holiday season behind us and winter’s chill in the air, here are a couple of variables that could impact your monthly bill this time of year.

’TIS THE SEASON A higher-than-average energy bill can be the result of family get-togethers during the holidays. Think about last month. Did you have family or friends stay with you? With more people in the house, devices such as the stove and water heater are used more often. You might have prepared meals for your guests – also increasing energy use. And if your guests stayed overnight, your water heater was used more. As these devices use 240 volts, they are some of the most energy-intensive items you own.

TIME FOR A TUNEUP Let’s focus on your HVAC system. If you haven’t had it tuned up in a while, now might be a good time. A properly tuned and performing HVAC system can help you reduce your energy use. An easy first step is to check your furnace filter. Replace it if you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter media. Be sure to set a reminder to check it regularly based on the manufacturer’s recommendation.

NEXT STEPS If you still have questions about your bill, don’t forget that your electric co-op is a great information resource. Energy experts there can help you compare costs year after year to identify what might have changed. This level of support is part of the cooperative difference.


In cold weather, your heating system works much harder to keep your home comfortable. Even if you don’t change your thermostat setting, it runs longer to heat your home. HEAT REQUIRED






When the difference between outside and inside is significant, your heating system must run more to condition your home.





Even gas heating systems use electricity to power the fan and distribute the warm air.

energy use matters Your monthly bill is largely determined by the amount of energy you use.

ENERGY USED The meter on your home measures the energy you consume. This is your “use.”



here’s why:

Mark Belcher

Member Services Manager Orange County REMC

ELECTRIC RATE There is a charge for each kilowatt-hour you use. This is your “rate.”

Indiana eats

Kentland’s Old Colonial Inn offers outstanding dining experience

Wining and dining is especially memorable when you enjoy the lobster at Old Colonial Inn.

Tiny Kentland, Indiana (estimated

The past is celebrated not only

population: 1,676), has a huge culi-

through the photos, but the food.

nary attraction: an elegant, upscale

“A renovation in 2014 showcases

restaurant that serves discerning

the original menu,” Negele said.

diners from far and near. The Old

Although she prefers the pork shank

Colonial Inn, located on Kentland’s

and blackened Atlantic salmon

downtown courthouse square,

when she visits the Old Colonial

offers an unforgettable gastronomic

Inn, the prime rib with au jus sauce

experience of classic fare, excellent

is a lauded by many diners. Fi-

service and a perfect venue.

let mignon, New York strip steak,

Rep. Sharon Negele is an Old Colonial Inn regular who is very familiar with the restaurant’s history and menu. “It is housed in the old Hotel Kentland, built in 1894,” she said. “The turret upstairs serves as a land-

lobster and crab legs are also menu highlights. The restaurant has a fully stocked bar with fine wine and Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon

old.” It also is visible in the restau-

hotel heritage, there’s no shortage

rant’s logo.

of unique dining areas, all perfect

people, places and events,” Negele continued. Historical photos lining the walls give guests a peek at the Old Colonial Inn through the years.



Rep. Sharon Negele (R) represents District 13 which includes portions of Benton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. She is president of Wolf’s Homemade Candies, Inc., headquartered in Attica, Indiana. Besides serving as assistant majority whip of the Indiana House of Representatives, Negele is chair of the Statutory Committee on Ethics and serves on the Ways and Means and Courts and Criminal Code committees.

occasions. Because of the restaurant’s rich

1964, it is full of local history and its


champagne available for celebratory

mark beacon for guests new and

“A fine dining establishment since


Classic fare

backdrops for the main attraction — the food. The front dining room, a back dining room or “great room,” a library, and a bar are elegantly appointed with stately ambience.

216 N. Third St. Kentland, Indiana 219-474-6774 Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings




Warm up with readers’ takes on a January staple

Firefighter Chili

Mike Hackman, Columbus, Indiana 3 T. oil ½ cup chopped green pepper ½ cup chopped onion 1 lb. lean ground beef 2 cups canned tomatoes 1 (10 ½ oz.) can tomato soup ½ t. paprika ⅛ t. cayenne pepper 1 bay leaf 1 T. chili powder 1 clove garlic, mashed 1 t. salt 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans with liquid Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet, then brown the green pepper, onion, and ground beef in the oil, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes, tomato soup, paprika, cayenne pepper, bay leaf and chili powder. Cover and simmer over low heat for about one hour, stirring occasionally. (Add more water if the mixture becomes too thick.) Then add the garlic, salt, and kidney beans with liquid and heat thoroughly. Serves 6.

food Chicken Chili Bethany T. Zezula, Markle, Indiana 1 (15 oz.) can black beans 2 chicken breasts 1 (15 ¼ oz.) can corn, undrained 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with chiles, undrained 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1 t. cumin 1 T. chili powder 1 t. onion powder 1 (8 oz.) package light cream cheese Drain and rinse the black beans. Place chicken at the bottom of a slow cooker, then pour cans of corn, tomatoes, and black beans on top of chicken. Top with ranch dressing mix and

Texas Brisket Chili

Texas Brisket Chili Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 3-4 lbs. beef brisket

3 ½ T. chili powder

4 slices bacon

½ t. thyme

Kosher salt to taste

½ t. salt

Place cream cheese block on top. Cover

Pepper to taste

5 cloves garlic, minced

with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Onion powder to taste

1 quart beef broth

After the cooking time is over, take

2 cups diced white onion

½ cup strong black coffee

chicken breasts from crock pot and shred

1 T. paprika

and add back to the chili.

1 T. ground cumin

1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes in juice

seasonings. Stir together.

Chicken Chili

Cube the brisket into ¼-inch cubes. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside. Increase heat to medium high. In the bacon fat, brown the brisket cubes in three batches, making sure not to crowd the pan. You want the cubes to be good and browned. Season with salt, pepper and onion powder while browning. Remove all batches from the pan and set aside. In the same pot, add diced onion. Cook until onions are browned. Add all the spices; cook two minutes. Add garlic and stir. Cook one minute. Add meat back to the pan. Add 2 cups of beef broth and coffee. Stir well. Add tomatoes, breaking them up as you add them. Pour in all the juice from the tomatoes. Stir well and crumble in bacon. Place lid on and cook over medium-low heat for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Add the additional 2 cups of broth as needed. Can add a dash of Tabasco sauce if desired. Cook’s Notes: Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese, minced onion and corn chips. Editor’s Note: May want to adjust chili powder to taste.




SAVING THE DAY Story and Photos by Richard G. Biever It’s another typical but blustery day in the fair northern Indiana city of Elkhart. Citizens go about their routines fabricating recreational vehicles and musical instruments. Traffic rolls along the I-80/90 corridor carrying commerce and travelers from near and far.

MUSEUM PRESERVES AND PROMOTES SUPERHERO COMICS AND CULTURE fiberglass and fabric. Time portals are breached. Parallel universes collide! Superheroes assemble! The world is imperiled … and saved in epic sagas of virtue vs. villainy. Welcome to the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, the world’s only repository and exhibition dedicated to preserving and propagating all things superhero. From comic books to movie props to memorabilia to art and action figures, Hall of Heroes convenes an ever-growing treasury of superhero past and present. Here, generations, present and future, can relive or learn about incorruptible characters who carry on never-ending battles for “truth, justice and the

Meanwhile, just off the toll road in an unassuming

American way.”

former auto parts store: A vortex whirls paper and plastic,

continued on next page



HISTORY: JUST WAY MORE SUPER Hall of Heroes bills itself as the world’s largest collection of superhero memorabilia, comic books and toys. The museum moved to a new location in August, doubling its exhibition area and increasing its visibility. The nonprofit museum’s collection contains some 65,000 comic books and includes every issue of every title published since 1956, and a large number dating back into the late 1930s. “We are the only organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving original copies of every single comic book,” said director Allen Stewart.

“People appreciate our museum for different reasons,” Stewart said. “We are like a two-fold time machine. The actual history stuff we’re doing that you can see only here and the Library of Congress is important. The original art, the costumes, the Hollywood memorabilia. But I think for a lot of people, it’s the nostalgia. We remind them of those more innocent times. We take them back to their childhood.”

Friendly neighborhood superhero museum Hall of Heroes first opened to the

But it’s not just comics. Also on display are three original

public in Stewart’s backyard in 2007. At the time, it was

superhero costumes worn on TV and the Batman outfit

mostly his own private collection of comic books and

owned and worn by beloved actor Adam West, the campy

action figures he started as a kid. He tore down a small

Caped Crusader of the 1960s TV show, during his personal

barn and built a two-story building to house the collection


— complete with a facade inspired by the “Hall of Justice”

There are movie props, signed artworks and artifacts,

from the “Super Friends” Saturday morning TV cartoon.

animation cells, rare toys, and other fun and kitschy stuff,

The 49-year-old Elkhart native said he first started watching

arcade games, and, of course, a gift shop. And, who could

“Super Friends” in the mid-1970s. At about the same time,

miss the life-sized figures of Batman, Superman, Wonder

he’d tune into the syndicated Bat-reruns of the 1966-68 TV

Woman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and, especially, the angry

series with West after school. Then, he also started reading

green giant Incredible Hulk? (Please see highlights on

and collecting all the comics he could get his hands on. “It

page 24-25.)

just kind of stuck with me and never let go,” he said.

“We try to cover the whole history,” noted Stewart.

While to some, superheroes, especially Batman from the

Still, much more than just 80 years of superhero history is preserved at the museum.

1960s TV show, may seem too corny, too “square,” folks who grew up with them from a young age, like Stewart, say the examples of virtue they set left a lasting positive impression on their lives.

if you go.... Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, directed by Allen Stewart and overseen by a 10-member board of directors, dedicated to the preservation and presentation of superheroes in comic books, toys, film and animation. The museum features a collection of 65,000 comic books and 10,000 artifacts. 1915 Cassopolis St., Elkhart, Indiana 46514 574-333-3406 HallofHeroesMuseum.com (Also on Facebook)

Hours Mon.-Tue., Thur.-Fri. — 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. — Noon-5 p.m.; (Closed Wed.)

Admission $9 — Ages 10 and up; $6 — Ages 3-9



“I have always tried to do the right thing,” Stewart reflected. “I think it was because of all the exposure I’ve had to superheroes. I’ve tried to model my own behavior after that. That’s why I feel so strongly about preserving the history and so strongly about participating in charity events and giving back to the community and things like that.” Once the nonprofit museum opened and awareness spread, the collection doubled in size as donations came in. The backyard residential location was attracting about 10,000 visitors a year as the collection outgrew the hall. The new larger facility on State Road 19 should attract 30,000-50,000 visitors a year, said Stewart, whose reallife job is a real estate agent. Not surprisingly, even his Stewart Realty business card uses a Superman-style red “SR” on a yellow diamond shape.

a day at the museum Some 700 people attended the grand opening Aug. 30 at the new location. Not only has moving into the new, spacious facility given the Hall more room to display what it already had in its collection, the move has brought in additions. “We were out of room for about three years at the old place,” Stewart said “We are already filled up here at the new place. We have room for everything right now, but we’re going to

squeal and come running over … ‘Spider-Gwen, you’re so cool.’ I love when I cosplay for events here,” she added. “They’re inspired by the characters —

Allen Stewart, director of the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, pauses before the lifesized figure of the Incredible Hulk.

the same as I was when I was a kid. I like to be a part of that. It’s so much fun to get to see the kids when their heroes come to life.” continued on next page

have to move again in the next 10 years. We’re already planning for our 3.0 phase. Our goal is eventually to be like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. We want to be at that level.” Helping christen the new building was Michelle Bohlmann, 26, one of the “cosplay” (“costume play”) characters who volunteers for events at the museum. The Granger resident portrays three Marvel characters: Spider-Gwen, an “alternative universe” Spider-Man; Black Cat, a Spider-Man villainess; and Gwenpool. “I’ve always loved Spider-Man. He’s my favorite,” Bohlmann said. “When I started [following superheroes], I was a kid. I liked that he was a school kid, and he was a hero. And he always made the right choices. I felt he was a good role model.” She feels the same about the female alternative she cosplays. “The little girls love it because it’s a girl superhero. They don’t see that as often. And so, whenever they see Spider-Gwen, they always



Brystal Lamberson and her dad, Dave, examine the display of Superman items. The Superman costume on the right is one of four original costumes at the museum. This one was worn by Dean Cain in the 1990s TV series “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”

The museum is also active hosting charity events and

Elkhart schools. “But my kids don’t know,” she said. “It’s a

participating in local fundraising events. Heroes fight child

secret. I don’t even tell the parents or other teachers. I’ve

abuse by supporting the CAPS, Child Abuse Prevention

seen some of my students come in here, and that’s always

Services. At one Superhero 5K Run for CAPS, a guy

fun. But I’ll alter my voice and everything if I’m talking to a

dressed as the Adam West Batman ran the entire run

kid I know.”

holding a bomb over his head, a nod to a scene from the 1966 movie with the TV cast. Bohlmann is working on adding Super Girl to her own

Bohlmann was asked to drop by the museum this particular afternoon by the PTA to pick up information about the museum’s event room and group tours. “Our PTA knew I

hall closet of heroines once her costume is hemmed and

was involved in heroes, but they didn’t know I was a hero.”

she finds some red boots. Sewing isn’t one of her super

The backroom at the museum is available for events like

powers, she admitted. “I have them custom-made because you can’t …,” she paused, “… well … I can’t — other people might be better at sewing — I can’t get them to look the way they should. And I like to go with what the comic book should be. Accuracy is really important.” In her alter ego, Bohlmann is a first grade teacher in



birthday parties, at which any one of six male or female superheroes can be summoned for a guest appearance, tours and classes. Stewart, who has a degree in secondary education, has created a curriculum, “Comics in the Classroom,” using comic books to teach lessons in any number of subjects, from art to science, history to literature.


A comic con near you in 2020

School in Elkhart.

Larger-than-life yet all-too-human superheroes, it’s been said, have become one of the most successful and universally enjoyed entertainments in human history. No where is that clearer than when comic book/superhero enthusiasts gather. Here is a list of some of those gatherings, commonly called “comic cons” around Indiana this year.

Brystal said she had heard about the museum from a

NWI Comic Con

Toward the end of that recent blustery day, 10-year-old Brystal Lamberson and her dad, Dave, came into the Hall of Heroes. It was their first visit to the museum, though they had passed it often. They live just over the state line in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Brystal attends Trinity Lutheran

classmate who shared his love of superheroes with her. Obviously weighing heavily on her mind, the classmate, she disclosed, was battling brain cancer. Even in a place surrounded by make-believe characters, she was unable to escape one of the real-life traumas we all face daily. She didn’t say it, but she may have been seeking some feelgood superhero karma she could carry back to her friend beyond the prayers she and the rest of her classmates say at their school. She came to the right place. At the museum, she and her dad quietly examined case after case of the models and memorabilia as they slowly made their way around the museum floor. They’d point

| Feb. 15 Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St. Schererville, Indiana

Anime Crossroads 2020 | Feb. 21-23 Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St. Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana ComicCon 2020 | April 10-12 Indiana Convention Center Indianapolis, Indiana

AtomicCon | May 15-17 Horizon Convention Center, 401 S. High St. Muncie, Indiana

out various characters, and wowed at the Ghost Rider

Muncie Comic Con | May 23

motorcycle. As Dave lingered around the Adam West

Delaware County Fairgrounds, 1210 Wheeling Ave. Muncie, Indiana

Batman costume, something more from his generation, Brystal excitedly pointed at and checked out the life-sized Wonder Woman statue from the 2017 blockbuster up the aisle before returning to his side. Asked why she likes superheroes so much, she looked up with sweetness and innocence. Her bright light brown eyes and little jeweled cross earrings caught the overhead light. Without a pause, she simply and softly said, “They save people.”

PopCon Indy 2020 | July 10-13 Indy PopCon, 319 W. Maryland St. Indianapolis, Indiana

Raptor Con (Pop and Geek Culture Convention) | June 21-20 Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum, 350 Court St. Evansville, Indiana

Holy heartstrings!

Gen Con 2020 | July 30-Aug. 2

In the real world tarnished by sickness and sin, where our

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana

best minds search for cures to the natural and manmade harms we mortals face, we need fortresses of solitude. We have our faith and houses of worship, but it’s also nice to have places like Hall of Heroes. Here, virtue is celebrated and preserved. Inspiration to uplift us is found in stories and artwork from pop culture about people who — for the good of us all, as Brystal observed — “save people.” Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

The 2020 Hall of Heroes Comic Con | Sept. 5-6 Center Six One Five, 2707 County Road 15 Elkhart, Indiana

Kokomo-Con 2020 | Oct. 17 Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road Kokomo, Indiana



CAPTAIN AMERICA, #1 1941: First appearance of Captain America depicts him punching Hitler on the cover. This original issue and several other books in the collection can be found publicly in only two places: Hall of Heroes and the Library of Congress

ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWINGS by the creators of Superman and Batman.



FROM 1939, the

“The Big Bang Theory” TV series,

first superhero toy.

2007-19: One of many superhero styles worn by actor Jim Parsons in the role of Sheldon Cooper. ORIGINAL ANIMATION CELLS from a variety of

hall of heroEs

Saturday morning superhero cartoons,





Comic Books • 65,000 superhero comic books: Includes complete runs of every title published between 1956 and present, and a large number from 1938-1955. It’s considered one of the largest comic book collections in the world. Visitors may ask to have specific issues pulled and are permitted to view most.

TV and silver screen

• Batman costume, 1970s-80s: Owned by actor Adam West, who played Batman in the ever-popular 1966-68 TV series, which he wore at public appearances for 20 years after the show ended. While an original costume from the TV series is out there, “The one we own was actually worn by Adam a lot more,” says Stewart. “This one’s got more of Adam West’s DNA on it — which is cool.” • Costume from “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” TV series, 1993-97: Worn by Dean Cain. • Costume from “The Greatest American Hero” TV show, 198183: Worn by William Katt. • Costume from “Captain America” TV-movie, 1979: Worn by Reb Brown. • Captain America’s “Shield,” 2011: Screen-used shield from the first Chris Evans film, “Captain America: The First Avenger.” It is autographed on the back by the cast members and Stan Lee, an original Marvel Comics’ writer who became the greatest comic book impresario of all time. • Marvel movie rides: 1965 Shelby Cobra from “Iron Man,” 2008, screen-used car body Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) partly crushes when first testing his

Ghost Rider’s “Hell Cycle,” 2007, screen-used 11-foot-long cycle from the Nicolas Cage movie.

Iron Man suit. For a $10 donation to the museum, visitors can have themselves photographed on the Ghost Rider cycle (pictured above) or posed on top of the smashed hood of the Cobra. • Deadpool Mask, 2016: Test mask worn by Ryan Reynolds in promotional material for the Marvel Comic movie. • Green Lantern’s ring, 2011: Worn in the DC-hero film, also by Ryan Reynolds. • Wooden figure of Christopher Reeve as “flying Superman” from “Superman,” 1978. “You’ll believe a man can fly,” was the movie’s tagline, but in reality, at least in the distance shots, it was this 2-foot long wooden prop.

Art and Production • Hand-sketched story boards from 1989 Batman movie.

Toys, collectibles and fun stuff • Superman wooden doll, 1939: Considered the first superhero toy. • Lunchboxes, 1954-1980s. Display includes the first superhero lunchbox — Superman from 1954.

• Captain Action, 1966-67: Short-lived Ideal toy was the first superhero action figure line with interchangeable outfits and accessories. Outfits included Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, The Phantom, Lone Ranger, and more. • Spider-Man and Hulk toilet paper, 1978: The ultimate bathroom reading material. Stories, printed on the toilet paper, would unravel with the roll. Stewart notes how unfortunate gaps in the story could be created in family bathroom situations. “If somebody else goes in between, you might miss part of the story.” • Arcade games, 1970s-present: A series of pinball and video games are intermittently changed out.

Donations Donations to the nonprofit museum are tax deductible. Donations of superhero comic book collections and memorabilia are also welcomed. “If they go to a dealer, they’ll get 5-10 cents on the dollar,” says Stewart. “With us, they get full credit; it’s a tax write-off since we’re nonprofit. And they’ll know it’s going to a good cause: Preserving comic book history. That’s what we’re all about.”



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WINAMAC FARM TOY SHOW, Winamac (Pulaski), Eastern Pulaski Elementary School. Approximately 60 different vendors will be selling new, used, and antique farm-related toys and collectables. Food available. Cost: $1, children 12 and under are free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 574-542-2330. www. winamacpowershow.com/events/toy-show


16TH ANNUAL GARDENING SHOW, Valparaiso (Porter), Porter County Expo Center. Speakers, seed and bulb exchange, vendors and exhibitors, children’s activity area, garden photography contest, food, and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m (CST). Cost: $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. 219465-3555. pcmastergardener@ gmail.com. www.facebook.com/ events/3173349292737785/ ?active_tab=about



NORTH AMERICAN ICE FISHING CIRCUIT TOURNAMENT (NAIFC), LaPorte (LaPorte), Pine Lake. Qualifying tournament with cash prizes and a trophy for the winning team. Free. 8 a.m. start time with weigh-in at noon. Must register online. Jack Baker. 612-308-4858. www.naifc.com



AN EVENING WITH BEN VEREEN, Carmel (Hamilton), The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts. Music from Broadway and tributes to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and other legendary artists. Tickets start at $35. 8 p.m. 317-843-3800. thecenterpresents.org/tickets-events/events/1920/ center-presents/ben-vereen


HEARTLAND FLY FISHING FESTIVAL, Lebanon (Boone), Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Fly fishing personalities, the latest fishing equipment, locations to fish, exhibits and fishing guide information. Admission charge. heartlandflyfishingfestival.com



CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION, Kokomo (Howard), Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene. A large variety of chocolate treats. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. samaritancaregivers. org/events/ chocolate+celebration/2



AIR SUPPLY, French Lick (Perry), French Lick Resort. Tickets start at $30. 8 pm. www.frenchlick.com/entertainment/concerts


HUNTINGBURG EVENT CENTER ANTIQUE SHOW, Huntingburg (Dubois), Huntingburg Event Center. Antique dealers from throughout the tri-state area will fill the center with primitives, furniture, pottery, lighting, Americana, advertising, ephemera, kitsch, glassware and more. Cost: $3/per person. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. visitduboiscounty.com/ event-directory-2/


LINCOLN DAY, Lincoln City (Spencer), Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Special music, a featured speaker, and other activities to honor the memory of Abraham Lincoln and his family including a wreath-laying ceremony at the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Free. 2-4 p.m. (CST). 812-937-4541. indianasabelincoln.org/events/lincoln-day/





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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.



FORT WAYNE FARM SHOW, Fort Wayne (Allen), Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Exhibitors present the latest farm technology along with the area’s largest variety of farm machinery equipment. Free. Parking fee charged. Hours: Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.4 p.m. 260-482-9502. tradexpos.com/fort-wayne-farm-show/


THE ELVIS TRIBUTE SPECTACULAR, Wabash (Wabash), The Honeywell Center. The show begins with the early rock-a-billy years and continues era by era ending with the Las Vegas concert years. Cost: $35-75. 3-5 p.m. 260563-1102. www.honeywellcenter.org/elvis


PAJAMA DAY SALE, Shipshewana (LaGrange), townwide. Enjoy the fun of shopping in your pajamas, just like shopping from home. The best sales start before the sun comes up! Free. 866-631-9675. shipshewana.com



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THE WONDER BREAD YEARS, New Albany, Ogle Center. Starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer). A fast-paced production that walks the line between standup and theater. Cost: $30 (adults and seniors), $10 (students). 7:30 p.m. 812-941-2525. oglecenter.com/events/ocp/wonder-bread-years. php THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, Florence (Switzerland), Belterra Casino Resort. Tickets start at $30. 7 p.m. www. belterracasino.com/whatsnew/events/the-oak-ridgeboys



THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Corydon (Harrison), Hayswood Theatre. A new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia. Tickets: $13-15. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. www.hayswoodtheatre.org

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 indianaconnection.org; 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.




Slip-free Tips

Safe and effective options for ice and snow removal

Winter is here, and that means snow-covered and icy roads are the new norm. While keeping them clear and safe is the job of your local street maintenance crews or neighborhood associations, it’s

Option 3: Sprinkle on the Heat Keep your concrete surfaces safe by using an ice melt. Ice melt works by attracting moisture, thus creating a salt water solution called brine.

traction without corroding concrete. Options include sand, sawdust, wood shavings, and kitty litter, and while they won’t melt ice, they can be mixed with ice melt products.

Brine generates heat, and that’s what

The type of ice melt for you

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harm to pets and plant life. Four top

If you have kids and pets, consider

Before you can tackle the ice, you

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up to you to do the same around your home. There are a few options to choose from for keeping your driveway and sidewalks ice free.

have to get through the snow, so make sure you have a good shovel on hand. Some folks enjoy shoveling for the workout, but it might not be the best option for those not in good shape. It puts a tremendous strain on the body, which is why hospital emergency rooms see an influx of people right after a major snowfall. Shoveling is labor-intensive, but if that’s your go-to, do yourself a favor and buy a shovel designed to save your back. Ergonomic shovels with specially-designed handles and shafts help ease the strain.

Option 2: Throw That Snow If shoveling isn’t for you, or you can’t devote much time to snow removal, perhaps a snow blower is your best choice. Even a small snow blower can handle significant amounts of snow reliably for many years to come. If being “green” is your thing, there are powerful, battery-operated snow blowers on the market today with impressive performance.



• Calcium chloride, experts agree, is the best ice melt for preserving your concrete. It absorbs water, starts dissolving, generates heat quickly, and it’s less corrosive and more environmentallyfriendly than other ice melts. • Magnesium chloride has these attributes as well, and it can be used in heavily vegetated areas. But it can cost more than calcium chloride. • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) is also highly rated for use on concrete, combining acetic acid and dolomitic lime, both non-toxic to animals and plants. It doesn’t form brine but works by preventing snow particles from sticking to each other on concrete. CMA can be less effective in temperatures below 20 F but it’s the best choice for newer concrete less than two years old. • Natural deicers are a good alternative if you prefer not to use chemicals. Their effectiveness comes more from their gritty and antislip qualities, providing good

characteristics. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including concrete and pet safe ice removal options. This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.


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Chris Hughes is the owner of Hardware Plus in Osceola and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Keeping warm: HEATING PADS, ELECTRIC BLANKETS AND SPACE HEATERS Electric space heaters and

Remember: an electric space

Be sure to read the manufacturer’s

blankets are great ways to

heater is a temporary option

instructions and warning labels

stay toasty warm when the

for supplemental heat. Many

carefully before using them in your

temperature drops. But don’t

homeowners may use this option


forget about safety before you

to heat specific rooms while they

plug in these chill-chasers.

sleep, but this is unsafe. When you

During these winter months, when space heaters and electric blankets come out of hibernation, home

leave a room or go to sleep, it is important to turn off your electric space heater. If you’re leaving it unattended, it could overheat or

fires increase.

fall. It is also important to always

“Heating equipment is the second

plug space heaters directly into a

leading cause of home fires in

wall outlet. Never use an extension

the United States,” said John

cord to avoid overheating.

Gasstrom, CEO at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fires result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.”

Electric blankets and heating pads are also popular during the cold months. Never fold them and avoid using them while sleeping. Inspect them for dark, charred or frayed spots, and check to see if the

While there is no risk for carbon monoxide poisoning with an electric space heater, it holds many other safety hazards if not used properly. In accordance with fire safety, install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas. If you already have them, be sure to test them once a month to be sure they’re working properly. Don’t let your guard down if you keep yourself or your home warm with an electric space heater, electric blanket or heating pad.

electric cord is cracked or frayed.

ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS AND BLANKETS: DOS AND DON’TS DO read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully before using any space heater or electric blanket. DON’T leave a space heater or electric heating blanket unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep. DO inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. DON’T use the heater if plugs are frayed, worn or damaged. DO keep heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs. JANUARY 2019


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community Top 3

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

How long have you been in your position? Seven years. What education and training was needed for this position? I have a bachelor’s degree in business management and, throughout my career, have earned other skills and knowledge necessary to work in a peoplecentric environment. In 2019, I completed a two-year Certified Cooperative Communicator program in efforts to better myself and the communications at the cooperative.

Have you had to master new skills to be successful in your position? Anytime we work somewhere we master new skills. Every day is an adventure, and I learn something new every day.

How would you describe working for a co-op? A co-op



Lara Sullivan Manager of Marketing and Member Services Henry County REMC is what “working together” looks like. From the outside, many co-ops look like any other business, but it’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes it different. Co-ops are very member-consumer focused and get the privilege of making a positive impact on the community each and every day.

How are you and the cooperative team involved in the community? Many of our employees serve on community boards where we have an opportunity to provide input and aid toward a brighter

future. I work directly with the cooperative’s community fund program, scholarship awards for both traditional and nontraditional students, electrical safety and energy efficiency education and so much more. The communities we serve are very important to my co-op and me.

INTERESTED IN AN ELECTRIC CO-OP CAREER? Visit WePowerIndiana.org to learn about available careers or tell us about yourself.

product recalls

Carrier and Bryant heat pumps recalled due to fire hazard Carrier has recalled six models of ductless outdoor heat pumps, three each under the Carrier and Bryant brands, due to a failing fan motor that can cause the units to overheat and pose a fire hazard. Carrier has received six reports of the heat

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pumps catching fire, one occurred in the United States and five in Canada. No injuries have been reported. The units, used for cooling and heating homes and light commercial facilities, were sold by Carrier and Bryant distributors, independent dealers and contractors nationwide from March 2015 through April 2019 for between about $600 and about $4,000.



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Yamaha recalls portable generators Yamaha has recalled a portable generator because its fuel tank can leak gasoline, posing fire and burn hazards. The recalled models are the 2018 and 2019 Yamaha EF2000iS generators, with serial numbers in the range of 4543288 through 4553706. The blue generators, sold exclusively at Yamaha Motorsports dealers nationwide

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at the bottom of the page for more information. JANUARY 2020


Hoosier Energy news

Lines that gallop


How certain weather conditions can cause power lines to move beyond their limit

lines, gravity pulls them

When ice storms coat power lines, high winds can lead to lines that bounce and buck around. While rare, this movement is known as galloping lines.

galloping lines.

Power lines are designed to sway, but if a wire is weighted down with ice and is pushed around from wind, it could move close to a grounded component or an energized conductor and a short will occur. Galloping lines are a dangerous situation as power lines can touch one another or break and fall to the ground while energized. Another safety concern is the ice that can form on the lines. Ice can form around power lines in a teardrop shape. This shape acts like a wing, causing the line to gain lift and rise with winds. With high winds, the ice could break off, causing unsafe conditions on the ground. If you see power lines moving around forcefully, stay away and call the police or your cooperative.



As ice forms on power downward, leading to an egg-shaped form. This form, when pushed by winds, can cause movement leading to



Skating away Who doesn’t love the opening of “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas”? Giant puffy snowflakes float from the sky; the Peanuts gang is out skating on a glistening frozen pond. But if you grew up in the lower three-quarters of Indiana, chances are you probably never experienced the exhilaration or beauty of skating all bundled up outdoors over a real body of water as Charlie Brown did. Unlike our deep-freezing neighbor states to the north, Indiana is latitudinally challenged when it comes to outdoor winter sports. Our winters come and go in bursts of freezing and thawing — more conducive to turning roadways to rubble than solidifying surface waters into thick, sheets of smooth, safe ice. Still, several Indiana cities have put the worry of skating outdoors on thin ice on ice by converting city parks and greens into safe ice rinks for the season. While most, as to be expected, are still in the northern tier of the state, one is centrally located just north of Indianapolis.

The Ice at Center Green | CARMEL In the heart of Carmel, The Ice at Center Green provides a fun and affordable way for families and friends to get outdoors and enjoy chilly winters together. The rink, right beside Carmel’s majestic Palladium concert venue, is now in its third season. Skating sessions continue until March 1, weather permitting. Weekend sessions do sell out; it is recommended that visitors purchase session tickets online ahead of time (especially if you are coming from a distance). HOURS 4-9 p.m. on Thursdays (no sessions); Noon-1:15 p.m., 1:45-3 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m., and 7:30-9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

LOCATION 10 Center Green 317-402-1309 theiceatcentergreen.com


Other cities offering outdoor ice skating are: ELKHART NIBCO Water and Ice Park 303 NIBCO Parkway 574-970-7490 elkhartindiana.org FORT WAYNE Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink 333 S. Clinton St. 260-422-7625 fortwayneparks.org MISHAWAKA Merrifield Ice Rink 1000 E. Mishawaka Ave. 574-258-1665 mishawaka.in.gov SOUTH BEND Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond 219 S. St. Louis Blvd. 574-299-4765 visithowardpark.com/ice-skating/ VALPARAISO Central Park Plaza Ice Rink 70 Lafayette St. 219-548-4888 centralparkplazavalpo.com WEST LAFAYETTE The Riverside Skating Center 100 Tapawingo Drive North 765-743-7465 westlafayette.in.gov/parks




Crusaders for community Five middle school students selected for 2019 Youth Power & Hope Awards Lilly Faith Deaton

Crusaders for a “tobacco-free generation”; for the homeless, hungry, handicapped and poor; for Jesus Christ; and for the community at large constituted a distinguished crop of students who are the latest to be selected for a Youth Power & Hope Award. Given by Indiana Electric Cooperatives and its magazine, Indiana Connection, since 2009, the Youth Power & Award annually recognizes students in grades 5-8 who are practicing one of the core cooperative principles: Concern for Community. The five winners received their awards and $500 prizes at the 2019 IEC annual meeting last month in Indianapolis. The 2019 winners were:

Cayman Blake Eighth Grade Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw Son of Dan and Heidi Blake “I want my generation to be the first tobacco-free generation,” said Cayman Blake. This cause he pursues with passion and hope comes from the pain of personal loss. “I do not want any other kid or family to go through what I have gone through,” he noted in his YP&H application. “I was 7 years old when my grandfather died from cancer. He … started smoking when he was a teen



Eighth Grade Home educated, Milan Daughter of Joe and Kathy Deaton

or even younger. He was 59 years old when he died. I will never get to do things with him like fixing up my first car or finishing the treehouse that we started to build together.” And so, despite his young age, Cayman became an advocate for anti-tobacco legislation and education programs, first in Kosciusko County, and then in the Indiana Statehouse. In doing so, he became the youngest person to ever testify before the Indiana House Committee on Public Health. While lobbying state legislators, his name came to the attention of U.S. Sen. Todd Young. “Though only a middle school student himself, Cayman enthusiastically agreed to speak at Indiana’s largest high school as I announced the introduction of the Tobacco to 21 Act,” wrote Sen. Young in recommending Cayman for the YP&H. “He stood in front of a room full of TV cameras, doctors, and older students and delivered an emotional appeal. … He has consistently impressed state and federal elected officials with his intelligence, passion, and fearlessness in addressing a serious health epidemic among his peers.”

“When I see kids’ eyes light up while I am teaching, I know that serving in my community is what I am called to do,” said Lilly Deaton in her YP&H application. For the past two years, she has taught and served children in the Child Evangelism Fellowship. After training, she served at Camp Good News mentoring and teaching children about Jesus and leading them in songs and games. Part of that ministry partners with local churches and she interacts with people of all ages while providing much needed meals. “Showing these kids that somebody cares about them really makes a difference in their lives,” she noted. “Lilly has always been so faithful,” said Bridget Back, the local CEF director, in her letter of recommendation. “It is a blessing to watch her grow in her faith and her abilities. Our adult volunteers often share what … a great example she is to the many children that participate. Lilly has a great attitude, and she shows joy in serving.”

Aubrey Griffin Eighth Grade Our Lady of Grace, Noblesville Daughter of Brian and Lisa Griffin “I believe community service means giving back to the community what is needed based on a person’s gift and talents,” said Aubrey Griffin. And Aubrey lives up to that belief by using her gifts of kindness, enthusiasm and intelligence to make her community a better place. “Aubrey takes her role as a citizen of this community seriously,” wrote Alex Lazzara, one of her teachers, in her recommendation letter. “She has worked with our pre-school program and with her church’s vacation Bible school, assisting teachers and staff and joyfully engaging with younger students. More recently, she has been the only eighth grade member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, a group of mostly high school students who advise the mayor on issues relevant to youth.” Aubrey has also given back to her community as part of a puppet troupe that teaches elementary students to include students with disabilities in activities. In her church and youth group, Aubrey gives out goody bags to the homeless of downtown Indianapolis, and serves the poor and needy in other ways. “Community service can be through organized opportunities like foundations and churches,” noted Aubrey, “or when you see a need. Community service is not only major acts of service, but small acts that benefit those around us. Ordinary acts of kindness every day can be the most important

form of community service. Kindness can change a person’s life forever, serving the community and the world at large.”

Grace Mullins Fifth Grade Seymour-Redding Elementary School, Seymour Daughter of Dustin and Kayla Mullins and Travis and Alicia Simpson When she was asked what she wanted for her 9th birthday party last year, Grace Mullins asked for food. But not for herself … “I asked for those who came to bring food for our local food bank instead of gifts. I raised over 600 pounds of food for those in need,” she noted. “Community service means helping people in my community,” said Grace. That can be by donating food, or clothing. And the youngest of the 2019 YP&H Award winners knows: Giving is better than receiving. “By participating in community service, I feel good and happy.” Grace has raised over $3,000 for children’s charities when she ran for her local Oktoberfest Princess and has made gift bags for local police, firefighters and nurses to thank them for their community service. She also has participated in a number of other volunteer and service programs, and helps in Sunday preschool classes at The Point in Seymour. “As a student helper in the preschool classrooms, Grace … does an amazing job at welcoming new preschoolers and getting them to feel comfortable in a new place,” wrote Brandy Smith,

The Point’s preschool director, in her recommendation letter. “She displays so much love and awareness for such a young girl. Her family, our church, and community are a better place because she is in it.”

Mckynzye White Sixth Grade Westfield Intermediate School, Westfield Daughter of Sean and Kaleena White “Community service means that when other people are happy, I am happy,” said Mckynzye White. “My family and I love serving: serving each other, serving our friends, serving our communities, and serving our world,” the sixth grader noted in her YP&H application. “There are so many different ways to be involved in the community and sharing the love of God as you go.” Mckynzye has found plenty of those ways: serving at a food pantry; making Valentine’s Day cards and collecting food and supplies with her 4-H club to take to the local nursing home and/ or children’s home; assisting with game night at an area shelter for men suffering from homelessness and addictions; packing “homeless bags” to hand out to those in need; and more. Mckynzye’s 4-H leader, Nanette Everett, noted Mckynzye’s so busy serving others, “I sometimes wonder if she sleeps! She exemplifies the quality of character that few young ladies her age possess … the kind of young lady that stands out among the crowd, a born leader … She has a true servant’s heart!”



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Henry County REMC — January 2020 Indiana Connection  

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