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from the editor

I have my doubts It’s fitting that International Skeptics Day may be celebrated on Jan. 13. Because some say it takes place on Oct. 13 instead. Others claim it’s always on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Or is it really celebrated at all? The creators of this special day successfully inspired skepticism when setting a date for their holiday … because they didn’t settle on a date at all. Skeptics Day could be any of those days. Talk about appropriate! Skeptics question everything. That could be a good thing or just plain annoying. You can’t win an argument with a skeptic because what you believe to be true is always debatable. And a good debate is good fun for a skeptic. Perhaps it can be fun for the non-skeptic as well. On Jan. 13 (or Oct. 13, or the first Friday the 13th of the year), try suspending your idea of reality for the day. Instead of believing the Earth is a sphere, insist that it’s flat. Convince yourself and others that up is down and vice versa. Use “there,” “their” and “they’re” incorrectly with no apologies because is a grammarian really always right? Question everything — even if the answer seems to be clear. Fight for what you believe in — or don’t really believe in — just because you can. When you do, you might even convince others that this new version of reality is real thus proving just how powerful persuasiveness can be. I think a day of exercising healthy skepticism could be a great thing. It might allow us to think differently and more creatively. By cultivating doubts, we might even reveal new possibilities.

EMILY SCHILLING Editor eschilling@indianaec.org

On the menu: April issue: Recipes using baking powder,

deadline Feb. 1. June issue: Summer salads, deadline April 1. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Giveaway: Tempt your taste buds by reading about LaGrange County’s Amish

restaurants on page 16. Then, apply for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Blue Gate in Shipshewana. The card, courtesy of the LaGrange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, can be used for anything within the Blue Gate umbrella, including dinner for two at its buffet. For details and to enter, visit indianaconnection.org/talk-to-us/contests.

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

and entries for gift drawings, please use the forms on our website indianaconnection.org; email info@indianaconnection.org; or send to Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

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energy

feature

03 FROM THE EDITOR

12 INSIGHTS

05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from Kosciusko REMC.

14 FOOD Baking dinner on a sheet pan.

07 KOSCIUSKO CONNECT Interested in switching to Kosciusko Connect, but don’t want to lose your TV bundle? 10 ENERGY Pulling the plug on

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cover story 20 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Newton County. 22 COVER STORY

16 INDIANA EATS Authentically Amish.

‘Environment’ license plate marks 30 years of preserving Indiana’s natural areas.

18 FEATURE

28 ART CONTEST

Youth Power and Hope award winners prove community service

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How to enter student artwork in the calendar contest.

profile

30 PROFILE How one bad day led to a wonderful life for Chuck Tiemann. 32 W ABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 SAFETY Don’t add electrical hazards to your home office inbox. 34 RECALLS

knows no age.

some EV myths.

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On the cover Last month, Phillip Fink and Amber Stetzel became the first members to receive broadband service through Kosciusko Connect. See pages 5-7 to learn more about Kosciusko Connect and how you can also access high speed internet service.


co-op news

FULL STEAM AHEAD with fiber connections The start of the new year is a time for planning, setting goals, www.kremc.com CONTACT US Local: 574-267-6331 Toll-Free: 800-790-REMC EMAIL mail@kremc.com OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming Pam Messmore Steve Miner Rick Parker

and looking forward to the adventures that the next 12 months will bring our way. Here at KREMC and Kosciusko Connect, January 2022 is no exception. This year, we are excited to move full steam ahead and connect as many members as possible to our fiber-to-the-home internet network. We completed the first official Kosciusko Connect home installation in December 2021, and we have not looked back. We are filling our schedule with service drops and home installations in Zone 1 while construction continues as planned in Zones 2-5. We have brought on highly skilled Kosciusko Connect employees and contractors to help meet demand and get you service as quickly as possible. All our field and office teams have gone through in-depth training, and they are well-equipped to ensure that you have the best possible experience. Our service is already making a major difference in the lives of those who have it, and we look forward to watching its impact spread as we connect our rural community to the

MAXIMIZE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM’S PERFORMANCE Inspect, clean or replace air filters once a month or as needed to reduce energy costs and prevent potential damage to your system. Make sure radiators, baseboard heaters and warm-air registers aren’t blocked so air can flow freely. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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future this year. Make sure to check your emails and our social media pages for important updates as our connections progress. We hope your new year is off to a great start,

KURT CARVER President and CEO

KREMC rates and rebates RATES

REBATES

Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge .................... @$0.001487 per kWh

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HVAC: • Geothermal system installation — $250 • Air-source heat pump system — $150 • Programmable thermostat — up to $25 Visit www.kremc.com for complete guidelines and restrictions. Additional rebates can be found at powermoves.com.

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INTRODUCING

KOSCIUSKO CONNECT’S FIRST FIBER RECIPIENTS Kosciusko Connect’s fiberoptic technicians, Adam Churchill and John Lindsay, stand by the network interface device installed on the first officially connected home.

To celebrate Kosciusko Connect’s first broadband connection, team members and partnering company representatives gathered onsite to mark the occasion. Shown from left: Lee Foley, Conexon; Jim Alexander, Ervin Cable; Rich Cinninger, Kosciusko Connect; Jeff Moore, Kosciusko REMC; Kosciusko REMC President and CEO Kurt Carver; Curt Barkey, Kosciusko REMC; Adam Churchill, Kosciusko REMC;Adam Churchill, Kosciusko REMC; homeowners Phillip Fink and Amber Stetzel; and John Lindsay, Kosciusko Connect.

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co-op news

apply for 2022 scholarships

4-h scholarship

John H. Anglin scholarship

Applications for our 2022 scholarships are opening this month! We are proud to once again offer our 4-H and John H. Anglin scholarships to help local students of all ages. Applications will be due in May, and we plan to announce winners after our Annual Meeting in June. Check the Youth Programs page on our website for updates this month: kremc.com/youth-programs.

DON’T MISS THE CALL!

Update your contact information today

When was the last time you checked the contact

to reach you, it could delay

information on your KREMC account? If you can’t

your connection.

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Updating your

If we don’t have your correct phone number, you

account’s phone

could miss important information about your electric

number is simple

account. We will never reach out to you without an

– you can make

important reason — we use your contact information

the change on

to call about emergencies, planned outages, and

your online KREMC

account issues that could affect your bills or your

account, or you can

connection to power.

use our automated

If you are interested in receiving internet service from Kosciusko Connect, we will use the phone number on your KREMC to contact you about home installations when service is available in your area. If we are unable

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energy

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Unfortunately, misleading information continues to surround electric vehicles. Let’s take the opportunity to bust a few of those myths.

1. ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE NO BETTER FOR THE CLIMATE THAN GASOLINE CARS. For many people, the switch from an internal combustion engine (ICE) to an electric vehicle merely represents a switch from oil to coal in the power plants that produce electricity. While it’s true that there isn’t yet a way to eliminate

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in gasoline. Add in the fact that EVs emit no direct tailpipe pollutants, and the climate myth is busted.

3. THERE IS NOWHERE FOR EVS TO CHARGE THEIR BATTERY.

2. ELECTRIC VEHICLES LACK THE RANGE FOR DAILY TRAVEL.

Because many utilities

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Most newer EV models can

with the vehicle.

travel more than 200 miles on a fully charged battery.

Level 3 chargers provide about 50-75 miles of range for every 10-15 minutes of charging, depending upon car and charger variables.

are offering incentives for consumers to either purchase or receive

To accommodate longer trips, more than 43,000 charging stations — the

by Linda

B. Margison

Technical Advisor, Emerging Energy Resources Hoosier Energy


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food

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1½ lbs. Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds 5 T. olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb.), trimmed 1 lb. peeled and deveined large shrimp 1 t. dried oregano 1 T. chopped garlic (from 2 to 3 cloves) 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, plus wedges for serving Preheat oven to 475 F. Place 11½-by-17¼-inch rimmed baking sheet on center rack. Move other oven rack in top position. Toss potatoes with 3 T. olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Spread in

BEEF AND VEGETABLE BAKE

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Remove sheet pan from oven. Flip potatoes and push to one side then add asparagus to other side. Roast until potatoes are just tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Switch oven to broil; add shrimp and lemon rounds on top of asparagus and potatoes. Broil on top rack of oven until shrimp are opaque and browned in places, and asparagus and potatoes are cooked through, about 3 minutes more.

Salt and pepper to taste

1 (1.9 oz) pkg. onion soup mix

1 (30 oz.) pkg. frozen hash browns

1 cup grated cheddar cheese P HO TOS BY R IC H AR D G. B IEV E R A ND TAYL OR MA R A N ION

Meanwhile, toss asparagus with 1 T. olive oil. Toss shrimp with remaining 1 T. oil, oregano, and garlic. Season both with salt and pepper.

1 lb. ground beef

Patricia Piekarski 1 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen vegetables Harvey, Illinois 1 cup sour cream F O O D P R E PA R E D B Y IN D IAN A C ON N E C TION S TA FF

a single layer on sheet pan and roast on center rack, flipping once, until beginning to brown (about 15 minutes).

1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of chicken soup 2 T. melted butter

Mix ground beef with soup mix and place in bottom of a 9-by-13-inch sheet pan. Put uncooked vegetables over meat. Mix sour cream, cheese, soup, butter and salt and pepper together. Add hash browns. Spread mixture over vegetables. Bake at 350 F for 2 hours until done.


food

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EASY PORK CHOP SHEET PAN DINNER Marilles Mauer Greensburg, Indiana SPICE PASTE

2 t. parsley

2 T. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 T. smoked paprika

Parsley to garnish

2 t. brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 F. Rub the spice paste on both sides of pork chops and set aside. Add the potatoes, carrots and green beans to a large baking sheet. Pour olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, 2 t. parsley, and salt and pepper over the top. Toss to coat. Arrange the vegetables to lay as flat as possible on the baking sheet. Put pork chops on top. Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until temperature of pork chops is 145 F. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

1 t. garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste Mix ingredients together in a small bowl, forming a paste. 4 pork chops 4-6 medium potatoes cut into 1-inch chunks 1 cup baby carrots 1 cup green beans 2 T. olive oil 2 t. lemon juice 1 t. garlic powder

Editor’s note: We halved the recipe for the photo above.

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Indiana eats

Authentically Amish Down home cooking at home

Comfort food is like a hug that nourishes you. It brings families together and inspires memories of cherished time spent around the dinner table.

The Carriage House

For many hungry Hoosiers, the best places to savor classic comfort food are the state’s Amish restaurants. Homestyle cooking reigns supreme here — nothing pretentious, just delicious.

roll-making demonstrations,

To enjoy an authentic Amish experience, consider visiting an Amish home for a traditional meal served family style. Learn about the Amish lifestyle while filling your plate with stick-to-your ribs choices like fried chicken, meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles and dressing, and biscuits and apple butter. (Plan for second helpings; you know you won’t be able to resist! And, of course, leave room for homemade desserts like fruit pies and cobblers.) These families in LaGrange County’s Amish community are among those who invite you to visit, experience their heritage, and enjoy a home-cooked meal. (Keep in mind that Amish businesses typically only accept cash. They do not have phones at their businesses so you will need to leave a message so they can call you back. It’s best to make reservations.)

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5280 S. 500 W. Topeka Contact: Elaine Jones Voicemail: 260-768-8199, ext. 2128 Also offers quilting bees, cinnamon Amish wedding feasts.

Hoosier Banquets 6335 W. 200 N. Shipshewana Contact: Linda Miller Voicemail: 260-336-8533 Also offers home tours, buggy rides and demonstrations.

A Taste of Shipshewana 7720 W. 200 N. Shipshewana Contact: Brenda Slabaugh Voicemail: 260-350-2017 Open to smaller parties on Wednesday evenings. Reservations required but you can make a reservation up to 2 p.m. for that night.

Yoder’s Homestyle Cooking

Eden Meadows Banquets

10667 W. 325 N. Shipshewana

10740 W. 200 S. Shipshewana Contact: Vera Miller Voicemail: 260-499-0150 Big and small groups alike welcome.

Contact: Henry and Carolyn Yoder Voicemail: 260-768-3078 Also offers buggy rides and cooking classes. PHO TO S PRO VI DED BY LAG RANG E CO UNTY CO NVENTI O N AND VI SI TO RS BUREAU



The 2021 Youth Power and Hope Awards winners are, from left, Niles Knox, Nathaniel Origer and Josephine Laub.

youth power and hope

Helping others Youth Power and Hope winners prove community service knows no age Since 2009, Indiana Connection magazine and electric co-ops like yours, have teamed up to honor middle school students in grades 5-8 who are making a difference in their communities through the Youth Power and Hope Awards program. The latest group of winners was honored on Dec. 7 at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives Annual Meeting held in Indianapolis. Each winner received $500. Continue reading to meet these selfless young people who are focused on making the world a better place.

Josephine Laub

Lowell, Lowell Middle School Seventh grader

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that I wanted to do more to change it.” Laub noted through her service efforts, she’s honed her leadership skills. She’s learned how to solve problems, collaborate with others, manage her time better, be more dependable, and build trust. In the future, she would like to create a food drive for her local food pantry, join her church’s youth group and get involved in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s charitable efforts.

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Danville, Danville Community Middle School Eighth grader

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Angola, Angola Middle School Sixth grader

Niles Knox’s passion for community service was fueled in spring 2020 at the start of the pandemic. “After

we were released from school for virtual learning in March, I found I had a lot of extra time,” he said. “My family and I thought of ways we could be a light during such a dark time.” So, he got to work, doing things like cleaning trash off a community walking path and delivering Mobile Meals to the handicapped and those in need. In the process, he discovered how rewarding it was to make a difference — and how fun it was, too. “I love the community where I have been able to grow up,” Knox said. “It is my home and I want to do my part to give back to others.” Through his community service, he has developed as a servant leader and is already planning ways to expand his efforts beyond his northeast Indiana home. “Our family has been talking about the destruction of homes in Louisiana during the last hurricane. We want to work with Samaritan’s Purse to help raise money and take a mission trip to help do whatever we can do to help,” Knox said. “We all have gifts we have been given that we should use to serve others.”


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Newton County is the home of the Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands prairie restoration project. In 2016, the land trust organization (please see cover story on page 22) introduced a herd of 23 bison to Kankakee Sands. Today, more than 90 bison roam this square mile prairie. Visitors are able to see the bison easily and safely from a natural elevated viewing area established just off U.S. 41, which runs through Kankakee Sands. The Conservancy and partners have been working to restore a significant slice of prairie at Kankakee Sands since 1996.

Newton County Newton County has the dubious

In 1859, Newton was revived

distinction of being the only Indiana

and formed out of the western

county that was penciled in and

half of Jasper County. With its

actually appeared on maps, erased

revival, the new Newton County

in a merger into its neighboring

became the last of Indiana’s 92

county, then pulled back out from

counties.

that county and reappear. This close kinship with its neighbor, Jasper County, began with the two men for whom the counties were named — Revolutionary War compadres, sergeants John Newton and William Jasper — and continues today.

Both John Newton and William Jasper were sergeants in the American Revolutionary War with similar tales which linked them

County Facts FOUNDED: 1859 NAMED FOR: Sgt. John Newton, soldier in the American Revolutionary War. POPULATION: 14,011 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Kentland INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 56

partnerships across both counties to make a greater impact. “Love where you live” has become the strong motto the foundation has fostered in building community support.

together. Four other states, Georgia,

In addition, the Interstate 65 corridor

Mississippi, Missouri and Texas,

runs along the shared county line

have adjacent Jasper and Newton

where Newton and Jasper counties

Originally, Newton and Jasper were

counties to remember the two

have seen unprecedented growth in

carved from some of the last parcels

as a true duo. While Jasper was a

agritourism over the past 20 years,

of open, unorganized Indiana land

documented war hero, Newton’s

beginning with Fair Oaks Farms.

in 1835. The two occupied the area

exploits may have been exaggerated

Originally large dairy operations

that now also includes Benton

in tales by the early-American

that developed a hands-on dairy

County and parts of Lake and Porter

author who also fabricated the myth

educational “adventure” and a

counties in Indiana’s far northwest

of a young George Washington and

cheese factory and shop, the Fair

corner along the Illinois line. Instead

the cherry tree.

Oaks Farms complex now also

of running side-by-side north to south as they are today, Newton ran beneath Lake and Porter counties, and Jasper was its neighbor to the south. When Benton was created in 1839 from much of what was the southern portion of Jasper County, Newton was merged into a new larger Jasper County.

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Today, Jasper and Newton counties continue a tight connection, working together in numerous ways to benefit residents and organizations in both mostly agricultural counties. Jasper Newton Foundation Inc., is a nonprofit organization that facilitates strategic

includes a full farm-fresh restaurant, hotel, meeting facilities, agricultural educational experiences for dairy and large-scale pig operations and much more. A new agricultural/ industrial park is also being added at the I-65/Ind. 14 junction that will include a vertical (hydroponic) farming facility.


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Thirty years of successes and challenges working to preserve Indiana’s natural areas

An eastern bluebird takes a cold bath in an icy tributary along a Mud Creek Conservancy easement in northeastern Marion County. PHO TO CO URTESY O F THE M UD CREEK CO NSE RVANCY

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By Richard G. Biever

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henever Tom Laycock sees a blue

Indiana “Environment” license plate on a vehicle, he says he wishes he could show the driver his appreciation. “I would love to have a stack of Post-It Notes and be able to run up and just thank everybody,” he said. “Unfortunately, I can’t. And people would take a dim view of me going around putting notes on people’s windshields.”

that total amount to procure and protect

wetlands, trails, and river corridors.

To “thank everybody,” Laycock, director

73,292 acres of land.

The program will ensure that Indiana’s

of land acquisition for the Indiana

Sales of the environmental plate have

Department of Natural Resources, would need more than a stack of Post-Its, anyway. He’d need well over 1.6 million Post-Its. That’s how many environmental license plates have been purchased or renewed by Hoosier motorists since its introduction as the state’s first “specialty plate” in 1993. This year will mark the plate’s 30th season of sales. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles collects an extra $40 from motorists who request the environmental plate. While $15 of that fee is kept by the BMV for processing, the remaining $25 is used to protect the land, waters, and wildlife habitat of Indiana. In fact, plate sales are the only ongoing source of funding the state has for acquiring land for conservation, preservation, and recreation. Since 1993, $40 million has been raised through its purchase. Deposited directly into a special account, the funds are administered by the DNR. All projects funded by the plate for both DNR and its respective conservation partners are sponsored by DNR landholding divisions. In collaboration with private local, regional, and national nonprofit land trusts, the DNR has been able to parlay

always been strong, but Laycock noted it’s no longer the top seller among

rich natural heritage is preserved or enhanced for succeeding generations.”

the plethora of specialty plates that

The specialty license plate — with

have come along since. While all the

its iconic soaring bald eagle emblem

specialty plates essentially raise $25

against its unique blue background —

for each plate’s given cause, Laycock

was an immediate hit with motorists.

noted not all provide a tangible return for the purchaser like green spaces.

The bald eagle had been successfully reintroduced in Indiana in the 1980s

“We kept the outdoors open,” Laycock

through another donation-driven DNR

mused. While COVID closed just

program. Though not connected to the

about everything else, he said

eagle reintroduction, the environmental

the DNR has seen skyrocketing

plate used the eagle to remind us of the

attendance at state parks, fish and

natural land and waters needed to keep

wildlife areas, state forests and nature

bald eagles in Indiana’s blue skies.

preserves. “We had people during

After all, it was the loss of habitat —

the height of this going in and having

drained wetlands and razed woodlands

picnics in parking lots — just to get

— that primarily drove the last bald

outside. Trail use has blown up,” he

eagles from Indiana in the late 1800s.

added. “The way to support this is to continue to buy plates.”

Blue plate special The Indiana General Assembly, with broad bipartisan support and then Gov. Evan Bayh’s signature, created the Indiana Heritage Trust during the

While the plate design hasn’t changed in its 30 years, the General Assembly re-named the Indiana Heritage Trust in 2016 to honor President Benjamin Harrison, a conservationist who was the only president to be elected from Indiana. The Heritage Trust is now

1992 session.

the President Benjamin Harrison

Described in the law: “The Indiana

relies on funds raised through the sale

Heritage Trust program will acquire real property for new and existing state parks, state forests, nature

Conservation Trust. The program still of the environmental plate. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Grassroots growth Long before the environmental plate, a handful of local land trusts and national and regional conservation Shaded ravines and hulking sandstone outcrops make Mossy Point Nature Preserve in Parke County a special place. PH O TO CO URT E SY OF CE NT RAL I ND IA N A LAND T RUS T

organizations had been active around Indiana preserving natural areas. But the visibility of the environmental plate on the road has been credited for helping spawn more awareness and encourage the growth of nonprofit land trusts organizations. “The land trust movement expanded and gained more credibility,” noted Laycock, “and the funding allowed them to start buying properties.” As they acquired properties, Laycock explained, they could raise more funds themselves pointing to their successes. “Some of the land trusts don’t use the Harrison Trust much anymore,” he said, “simply because they’ve now moved on in their growth cycle.” Land trusts are nonprofit conservation organizations. The focus and footprint of each local group can be as varied as the land and water and even the underground itself. Some land trusts focus on preserving and protecting natural areas, or agricultural land, or a particular watershed or vegetation type. Others focus on geological features, and others still on historic or cultural preservation. Indiana has some 25 land trusts that have preserved over 158,000 acres — either on their own or in partnership with the Harrison Trust fund and other donations and grants. At least one land trust operates in each Indiana county. Besides working with state and federal agencies, these trusts partner with other nonprofits, businesses, industries, schools and universities, foundations, and individuals in support of their conservation mission.

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Footprints on a snowy path reveal others have already gone before on a brisk early morning walk at Acres Along the Wabash Preserve in Wells County. P HO TO BY THO M AS SPRUNG ER, CO URTESY O F ACRES LAND TRUST

Joe Tutterrow has long been active in

years ago, the alliance had been a

donations brought back $2.12 of

Indiana conservation, working for 20

loose-knit group of volunteers. In 2016,

investment in Indiana’s natural

years in the DNR’s Division of Forestry.

the alliance acquired 501(c)(3) status

heritage.

He then served as the first executive

to begin raising funds to hire staff and

director of the Indiana Land Resources

advance its conservation mission. ILPA

Council in the early 2000s. He recently

hired its first executive director in 2019.

retired as director of land protection for

ILPA and a host of other

“And now, we hope to be able to share

environmental and conservation

our story about how important this

groups will be promoting the value of

funding is to the Legislature to create

protected lands and demonstrating

additional funding.”

The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. But having grandkids, Tutterrow has said, was a “game changer” in his passion for conservation.

the need for greater funding for

“I am concerned about the future our

conservation during this session of the

grandkids will face,” he noted. “The

General Assembly. “The establishment

work of our land trust community is

of the Heritage Trust program was

more important now than ever. People

critically important,” Tutterrow said.

need to be more connected with

“The license plate was just one of the

nature. We need to help create a world

funding mechanisms. Of late, it has

that provides equal opportunity for all

been the only funding mechanism.”

people to enjoy the many benefits that

A marriage

our natural world provides.”

“We bring money to the table to leverage what the Harrison Trust brings to the table,” said Tutterrow.

About $1 million a year comes to the Harrison Trust through the sale of the environmental plate, Laycock added. That doesn’t go very far when land is selling at $6,000-$8,000 per acre or even much more in some prime areas of growth. Tutterrow noted that the number of specialty plates that burst onto the

In the 27 years the license plate

Tutterrow is now board president of

BMV radar after the initial success of

fund has made disbursements, 556

the Indiana Land Protection Alliance.

the environmental plate and the many

properties have been protected.

ILPA (pronounced “ill-pah”) is Indiana’s

worthy causes they support makes

Through matching grants with land

statewide alliance of member land

choosing a plate a difficult personal

trusts and other partnerships, every

trusts, conservation organizations, and

decision. He said it comes down

dollar the fund raised through plate

conservationists. Beginning about 20

purchases and additional direct

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To help preserve Indiana’s natural lands for future generations, purchase the environmental license plate when you renew your plates this year, or make a donation directly to the

PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON CONSERVATION TRUST 402 W. Washington St., Room W256 Indianapolis, IN 46204

A northern saw-whet owl peaks from the snowy foliage near Mud Creek. The Mud Creek Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust protecting the Mud Creek Watershed in Marion, Hamilton and Madison counties. PHOTO CO URT E S Y OF T H E M U D C R EE K C ONS E RVA N C Y

INDIANA’S LAND TRUSTS Indiana has 25 nonprofit land trusts that have preserved over 158,000 acres. At least one is operating in every county. Many counties are served by multiple land trusts with different missions. To learn more about each, visit the Indiana Land Protection Alliance website at ProtectIndianaLand.org .

to personal priorities. “Right now,

thinking about what conservation

especially with the pandemic, people

looks like in the state,” she continued.

are coming to realize how important it

“Indiana is seen as a prime state for

is to get outside and to enjoy nature

development. Land trusts are not

and green space. And that’s what

opposed to economic development;

the Harrison Trust is all about. That’s

that’s a misconception a lot of people

101 Lakes Trust

exactly the purpose of the Harrison

have. And our land trusts have done

ACRES Land Trust

Trust and our land trusts statewide.”

a really good job working with our

Blue Heron Ministries

economic development organizations.”

Central Indiana Land Trust

where ILPA comes in as the voice for

While Indiana focuses on creating

the land trusts and their volunteers

business environments designed to

Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy

statewide. ILPA’s core membership

attract highly educated and skilled

includes the nonprofit conservation

younger talent from other states,

Indiana Karst Conservancy

organizations protecting natural areas

Huntington said providing a natural

and working lands throughout Indiana.

environment should also be a priority.

La Porte County Conservation Trust, Inc.

Raising awareness for legislators is

While the mission of each land trust may vary, they work collaboratively with landowners to acquire land or conservation easements to ensure that the land is protected forever.

George Rogers Clark Land Trust

LC Nature Park

“Quality of life and quality of place are

Little River Wetlands Project, Inc.

increasingly important, especially for

Mud Creek Conservancy

young families. To attract companies, attract employees, and retain a talented workforce — you need to

NICHES Land Trust Oak Heritage Conservancy

“Because land trusts are nonprofits,

have healthy, vibrant, and beautiful

Ouabache Land Conservancy

funding is always a challenge,” said

communities. Thoughtful, strategic,

Oxbow, Inc.

Andrea Huntington, ILPA’s new

and collaborative planning is critical,”

Red-tail Land Conservancy

executive director. “A role ILPA and

Huntington emphasized. “So, we

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund

the individual land trusts can play is to

need to figure out what a marriage

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

unite and elevate our voice so that our

between those looks like. It has to be

Sycamore Land Trust

leaders and our lawmakers know the

a partnership.”

The Nature Conservancy

collective value of what we’re doing. “It’s going to be so important in the coming years that our communities — rural, urban, suburban — are really

Three Valley Conservation Trust Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection. The Indiana DNR and Indiana Land Protection Alliance also provided information used in this story.

Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation Whitewater Valley Land Trust Wood-Land-Lakes RC&D Land Trust

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DON’T ADD ELECTRICAL HAZARDS TO YOUR HOME OFFICE INBOX

D

uring the pandemic, most office environments either

closed and sent workers home to work remotely when and where feasible or created rotating work schedules. These changes were done to help mitigate the spread of the virus and keep workers safe.

printer, and whatever equipment you

Do not run electrical cords

need. This will keep you from having

through high-traffic areas, under

to continually move equipment and

carpets, or across doorways.

will avoid stretching power cords that could become tripping hazards.

Beware of equipment heating beyond normal operations.

If you bring older office equipment

Beware of discolored plastic casings

But setting up a temporary or full-

home, check those electrical

on the equipment or discolored outlet

time office at home can create a

cords and connections that

covers.

new kind of health issue — electrical

perhaps have been pinched behind

safety. “Bringing electrical equipment

the credenza for years. Make sure

Turn off all appliances at the

home from the office or adding new

they are not damaged or loose.

end of the day to save energy and ensure added safety.

equipment to make your home office fully functional can create some safety

Make sure outlets in older

concerns of their own,” said John

homes hold plugs snugly. Avoid

If your home is older or you require

Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric

circumventing the grounded three-

many electrical devices, you probably

Cooperatives. “Take the same attitude

prong plugs on your equipment with

should have a licensed electrician

toward electrical safety in your home

adapters to fit in older two-slot outlets.

come out for an inspection. The electrician may suggest installing

office so you’re not trading concerns about the virus in the office for

Do not overload outlets with

additional outlets, arc-fault circuit

electrical and fire concerns at home.”

multiple power strips.

interrupters, and circuits to avoid overloading existing outlets and

THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR A HOME OFFICE: Designate a place for your office space. Even if it’s just temporarily rearranging a home desk or a side table, establish a comfortable place for your laptop or desktop computer,

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Avoid using extension cords

overusing extension cords and power

for extended periods. Even if

strips. These updates will make your

you’re using them temporarily, avoid

workspace more attractive, practical,

long, flimsy, multiple outlet cords.

and, most importantly, safe.

Always unplug extension cords from the wall when you are not using the equipment.



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ONE BAD DAY

… led to a wonderful life BY RICHARD G. BIEVER Chuck Tiemann recognizes more than most how one bad day at work can change a life. He cites his by the day and hour: Thursday, May 1, 1980 — May Day, appropriately — 1:58 p.m. … Central Time. That’s when Chuck, not three years into his career as a lineman for a rural electric cooperative in Oklahoma, grabbed an energized power line he believed was dead. He paid dearly, literally an arm and a leg, and almost his life. Over the next 41 years, Chuck, now 66, devoted his life sharing electrical safety lessons so others wouldn’t have to learn them as he did. Fortunately for Indiana, the last 15 of those years has been as a safety and risk management instructor at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Teaching, preaching, praying, cajoling, counseling, consoling, lecturing, badgering, bending ears, sometimes twisting arms … sometimes twisting his own arm to unsnap and feign throwing his prosthetic hand, Chuck did what it took to get everyone’s attention. From pole yards to pole tops, he’s been a mentor and a “mother hen,” an ally and an agitator, pressing linemen to work more safely. And from REMC boardrooms to national conference rooms, he’s been an unrelenting advocate pressing directors and managers to approve and provide every necessary tool and procedure to make a safer environment for the lineworkers he loves. “My only focus is the linemen,” Chuck says, reflecting on his career he officially wrapped up last month with retirement. “That’s what our job is. It’s about their families and getting them home at the end of the day.” Though Chuck is stepping away from the career, he plans to continue being the evangelist he became for electrical safety and a champion for burn victims and amputees. He plans to continue motivational speaking, as well, and, serving as a witness to a Savior who he said stepped in and saved him. “I don’t know why my life was spared,” he says with a break in his voice and a tear welling in his eyes, “but God spared my life, and I'm forevermore grateful for that. I take not one day for granted … not one breath of life do I take for granted … because life is precious, and it could be gone that quick. And I understand that.”

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CHUCK’S BAD DAY AT WORK On May 1, 1980, Chuck was part of a line crew working routine construction in muddy open range country of northern Oklahoma. Toward midafternoon, Chuck started climbing a pole as he’d done a thousand times before. The lines weren’t going to be energized, so he left the protection of rubber gloves below. As he neared the top, for a split second Chuck said he wondered if a coworker had deenergized the line as he confirmed he’d do. Chuck saw him working down by that pole where it was to be cut moments earlier. So, he reasoned that critical task was done. Protected by only his leather glove, his left hand reached up for the line. But it was not dead. In less than a heartbeat, 7,200 volts of electricity bolted down his left arm, though his torso, down his right leg and blew out his foot heading for the neutral wire nearest to where he had dug his metal climbing gaff into the pole. He was saved only by his fingertips: The two seized on the line burned off almost instantly. That freed his grip and cut the flow through his body. But his heart stopped. His body bent over backward, head touching his heels, and hung lifeless on the cross-armed pole. His coworkers raced up to revive and rescue him. They called for an ambulance and rushed him out to where the rugged range met a crossroad. “It was not a good day at work at all,” Chuck has said. He spent the next 10 weeks in a Tulsa burn unit. He underwent the amputations of his left arm at the elbow and right leg at the knee, as well as five other major surgeries. He was eventually fitted with a prosthetic left hand and forearm and right leg and foot. Chuck credits his strong-willed wife, Terri, his high-school sweetheart who was just 24 years old herself at the time, for pushing him to regain his independence. In 1984, Chuck left the electric co-op to finish the college degree the cooperative gave him the opportunity to start after his accident. But he continually counseled other electrical burn victims such as linemen hurt on the job. Terri


One of Chuck’s legacies will be what linemen have affectionately dubbed as “Chuckisms” — four nuggets of safety wisdom Chuck’s distilled from accidents, including his own — that he’s closed safety classes with. Now, they’ve been put on business cards to share.

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would counsel spouses. Then, they turned the challenges they faced into opportunities to help others. “I got tired of counseling with people that had been burned; I decided one day it was time to make it stop,” he says. In 1996, he rejoined the electric cooperative family — first with Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, which insures most cooperatives around the nation, then with the Alabama electric cooperative association. In 2006, Chuck made his way north, accepting an offer to work for Indiana Electric Cooperatives. And while he’s made Indiana his work home for the past 15 years, the feisty Okie maintained his home and farm in Alabama, and small family farm in Oklahoma. He drove home to Terri and their three children, now adults, on weekends.

A LEGACY OF SAFETY Chuck knows there’s still a lot of work to do to reach the electric industry’s goal of zero electrical contacts for its lineworkers. While numbers are much better than the 200 linemen actually killed each year when Chuck was burned in 1980, he says it’s hard for him as an instructor, who’s visited 444 of the nation’s co-ops, to talk about a “safety legacy.” “My goal since I’ve been doing safety training is to be at zero. And every time an incident happens, we, as a team, take it hard. What did we miss? Why didn't we get that point across? Why did that lineman fail at that task that day?” “I can’t say how many there are, or who they are, but I can say this: Linemen are going home to their wives and children every night, and they wouldn’t be if not for Chuck’s unwavering dedication to their safety,” testifies Jon Elkins, the vice president of safety, training and compliance with IEC. “Whether they know it or know him, there are lineworkers in Indiana, and across the United States, who owe their lives or at least their limbs to Chuck Tiemann.” The crusades for things like electrical safety and proper prosthetics for burn victims in which Chuck has unflinchingly been engaged, often on national platforms, would never have come his way being just a lineman, Chuck says. “In those fights, God has called me.” And, he adds, any accomplishments have made that one bad May Day worth it. But Chuck readily admits what a difference a day makes. “If on April 30, 1980, the Lord had said to me, ‘Oh, tomorrow's gonna be a really bad day that’s gonna affect the rest of your life,’” he says, “I would have called in sick.” Looking back, as he heads into retirement, Chuck says, “Life has been good.” And, he repeats the biggest life lesson he’s learned and has left with most everyone he’s met over the past 41 years: “Life IS good — today.”

I NDI ANA CO NNECTI O N FI LE P HO TO

Chuck Tiemann unsnaps his prosthetic hand to show his injury — and the power of electricity — to a group of Indianapolis youngsters during an electrical safety demonstration for them and their parents in 2017.

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The energy efficiency updates you’re planning for your home in 2022 will help save you money, but you could also qualify for a rebate, depending on the projects you have planned. To see more, including rebates for your business, visit PowerMoves.com.

2022

RESIDENTIAL REBATE PROGRAM Geothermal Heat Pump ` Water-to-air closed loop ≥ 17.1 EER / ≥ 3.6 COP ` Water-to-air open loop ≥ 21.1 EER / ≥ 4.1 COP ` Water-to-water closed loop ≥ 16.1 EER / ≥ 3.1 COP ` Water-to-water open loop ≥ 20.1 EER / ≥ 3.5 COP

CLOSED LOOP, REPLACING: electric resistance, fossil fuel, air source heat pump, or into new construction geothermal

OPEN LOOP, REPLACING: electric resistance, fossil fuel, air source heat pump, or into new construction geothermal

$2,000 $250 $1,000 $250

Air Source Heat Pump (Whole Home) ` ` ` `

Electric Back-up ≥ 16 SEER ≥ 9 HSPF *≥ 1.75 COP at 5° (Cold Climate ASHP only) ` Condenser and coil must be replaced and installed as a matched set

REPLACING:

COLD CLIMATE HEAT PUMP*

Electric Resistance heat

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Natural Gas, Propane, Fuel Oil Heat Air Source Heat Pump New Construction

NON-COLD CLIMATE HEAT PUMP

$750 $750 $250 N/A

Air Source Heat Pump (Partial Home) ` ` ` `

Electric Back-up ≥ 16 SEER ≥ 9 HSPF *≥ 1.75 COP at 5° (Cold Climate ASHP only) ` Condenser and coil must be replaced and installed as a matched set

REPLACING:

COLD CLIMATE HEAT PUMP*

Electric Resistance heat

$600 $600 $600 $600

Natural Gas, Propane, Fuel Oil Heat Air Source Heat Pump New Construction

NON-COLD CLIMATE HEAT PUMP

$250 $250 $250 N/A

Natural Gas, Propane, and Fuel Oil with Heat Pump - Split System (Ducted) ` ` ` `

≥ 16 SEER ≥ 9.0 HSPF ≥ 90 AFUE Condenser and coil must be replaced and installed as a matched set ` New system must heat and cool entire home

REPLACING ELECTRIC RESISTANCE: electric furnace, ceiling cable, baseboard

$500

REPLACING FOSSIL FUEL AND CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING

$500

NEW CONSTRUCTION

$500

Heat Pump Water Heater

` Minimum UEF of 2.0.

REPLACING ELECTRIC RESISTANCE TANK

$400

REPLACING NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE WATER HEATER

$400

NEW CONSTRUCTION

$400

Variable Speed Pool Pump ` ENERGY STAR®

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REPLACING EXISTING SINGLE STAGE POOL PUMP

$250

PURCHASE RECEIPTS REQUIRED FOR ALL REBATE APPLICATIONS. AHRI Certificates required for all geothermal, air source heat pump, and heat pump water heater rebate applications. Heat loss/heat gain calculations required for geothermal and air source heat pumps. Failure to provide requested information may result in forfeiture of rebate. All installations are subject to verification and/or inspection. For full requirements, see applications.

REBATE PROGRAM ENDS DEC. 31, 2022, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Visit our website at PowerMoves.com or call your local electric cooperative's Energy Advisor for more information.


ART CONTEST RULES

HOW TO ENTER STUDENT ARTWORK IN THE CALENDAR CONTEST WHO CAN ENTER

Indiana public, private, or homeschooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 202122 school year. • Students do not have to be consumers of a rural electric cooperative (REMC/REC). • Artwork can be submitted by teachers, youth leaders or others as a group or class project, or by individual students or their parents or guardians. • Students may enter as often as they wish.

HOW THE CONTEST WORKS

Match the grade the student is in during the current (2021-22) school year to the corresponding month. Students should draw or paint a picture to illustrate their assigned month. • 1st grade: January • 2nd grade: February • 3rd grade: March • 4th grade: April • 5th grade: May • 6th grade: June • 7th grade: July

• 8th grade: August • 9th grade: September • 10th grade: October • 11th grade: November • 12th grade: December

Kindergarten students will create the cover art. There is no theme for the cover: any subject, season, event, etc., is acceptable.

HOW ARTWORK SHOULD BE SUBMITTED

Drawings should be no larger than 11x14 inches and no smaller than 8x10 inches. (Paintings on canvas can be larger.) Drawings on white or light-colored paper will reproduce best. Do not use ruled notebook paper. • The artwork can be most any medium as long as the art is

relatively flat. Charcoal and pastel drawings should be sprayed with a fixative. Do not use glitter, sand, liquids, or other elements that can flake off or otherwise damage the works of other students. No photographic process, digitally-created or digitally-manipulated art, metallic or fluorescent paints may be used in the finished, submitted art entry. • Artwork in the horizontal or “landscape” position best fits the wall calendar’s format. • The artwork should be standalone artwork; do not include the name of the month, days of the week or calendar dates into the art itself. • Submit the original artwork. Judges will not consider photocopies.

ART CONTEST

• Do not mount, mat or frame artwork. • Do not fold or crease artwork. • Please do not submit artwork from previous years.

DEADLINE

Artwork must be at the Indianapolis office of Indiana Connection by 3 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2022. Mailing address: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. (Please do not drop off artwork at your local electric cooperative office unless the local REMC/REC has announced it is accepting entries at its location or the local office has agreed to special arrangements.)

FOR MORE DETAILS

Please contact Richard Biever or Emily Schilling at Indiana Connection, 317-487-2220 or info@indianaconnection.org.

win $200 ENTER YOUR BEST ARTWORK

You could

Fill the pages of the 2023 calendar!

DETAILS AND DEADLINE A complete set of rules and required entry forms are available at indianaconnection.org/foryouth/art-contest. Artwork must be received by March 18, 2022.


product recalls Rare deadly bacteria linked to gemstone room spray Walmart has recalled about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded-Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents due to the presence in two bottles of a rare and dangerous bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia. The cases in Georgia and Kansas resulted in two deaths, including a child. The bacteria were found in a bottle of the spray in the Georgia victim’s home. Further CDC testing showed that the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria in the bottle matches those of the bacteria identified in the four patients. The aromatherapy room spray was sold for about $4 at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide, which included two in Evansville, and online at walmart.com from February through October 2021. The six BHG room spray with gemstones were: UPC 84140411420 Lavender and Chamomile; UPC 84140411421 Lemon and Mandarin; UPC 84140411422 Lavender; UPC 84140411423 Peppermint; UPC 84140411424 Lime and Eucalyptus; UPC 84140411425 Sandalwood and Vanilla. Contact Walmart at 800-925-6278 or online at www.walmart.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information on how to properly return the product to a Walmart store for disposal and to receive a full refund, and how to clean sheets and areas where the product was sprayed.

DEWALT wireless earphones pose burn and fire hazards DEWALT Jobsite Pro Wireless Earphones can overheat while charging or in use, posing burn and fire hazards. There have been 61 reports of the earphones overheating, including five reports of fire and four reports of minor burn injuries. The earphones have a black and yellow neckband with wired earbuds. The were sold at The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other electronics and hardware stores nationwide and online from December 2019 through July 2021 for about $60. Contact E-filliate at 888-979-4439; email at DW2091@efilliate.com; or online at www.efilliate. com and click on “Recalls” located at the bottom of the page for more information.

Walmart nailer can discharge on its own This recall involves Hart 18-Gauge 2” Brad Nailers with model numbers HPNR01, HPNR01B, HPNR01B-SK, or HPNR01BNCA. The contact sensor on the nailer can malfunction and involuntarily discharge a nail, posing a risk of serious injury to the user or bystanders. The tool was sold at Walmart USA retail stores nationwide and online at www.walmart.com from April through September 2021 for between $130 and $160. Contact Hart Consumer Products at 800-776-5191. Consumers may return the nailer to any Walmart USA store for a full refund. Consumers may also return items for free by mail via a scheduled pickup from your home. To schedule a free pickup, consumers should call 800-776-5191.

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here is a recent recall notice provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of this recall and for notices of many more.

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