Carroll White REMC - January 2023 Indiana Connection

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RETIRING EDITOR LOOKS BACK ON LONG CAREER JANUARY 2023 Encapsulating time PAGES 22-24 Carroll White REMC’s Upcoming youth program opportunities.

from the editor

Saying goodbye

Thirty-nine years ago, I began a journey that ended up defining my lifetime. Just a couple of years out of college, I was hired to write a history book about rural electrification in Indiana and work on a tabloid newspaper called Electric Consumer. I never would have imagined back then that I would make a career of editing that publication and the magazine it later became, Indiana Connection.

Throughout that career, I’ve evolved, both professionally and personally. Not only have I learned about the electric cooperative industry, I’ve learned about the people behind it — the employees, the directors, the consumers. I’ve learned about Indiana. I’ve learned about you. I’ve even learned about me with every one of the 350-plus columns I’ve written. Sharing my musings, stories and informational nuggets with you has been a privilege I don’t take for granted.

That’s why saying goodbye now is one of the hardest things I’ve done. This is my last issue as editor of Indiana Connection. I’m slowing my pace down a smidge by entering the world of retirement. Stephanie Groves will be taking over my role starting with next month’s issue. She shares my dedication to making sure Indiana Connection is a magazine that entertains and informs and connects with you each month. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her in the months and years ahead.

Before I go, I’d like to thank the talented and hard-working individuals who have worked on Electric Consumer/Indiana Connection through the years. Each one impacted the publication in his or her own way and contributed to its success. I remember and appreciate everyone who’s been part of our editorial team and am so thankful we were able to work together, collaborate and be part of each other’s lives — some for just a few months, and some, like my friend, Senior Editor Richard Biever, for over three decades. Thank you all for not only sharing your talents — but also the laughs and sometimes the tears.

I feel truly blessed to have been able to work for you, the readers, all these years. I’ll cherish the memories!

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On the menu: April: Healthy toast topping ideas, deadline Feb. 1. May: Strawberry recipes, deadline March 1. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card. EMILY SCHILLING Editor

On the cover

Reporter’s notebook and pen in hand, retiring Indiana Connection Editor Emily Schilling interviews an Indiana REMC director about the myriad of ways coops provide exceptional service to their consumers. The interview took place 30 years ago at the 1992 annual meeting of Indiana’s electric cooperatives.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY
11 INSIGHTS 12 COUNTY OF THE MONTH La Porte County. 16 SAFETY Preparing for winter storms. 18 INDIANA EATS The
for tacos and tortas. 20 FOOD Restaurant revamps. 22 COVER STORY Encapsulating time: Schilling looks back on long career. 25 PROFILE Youth making a difference. 28 HOOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 29 RECALLS Product
30 energy travel FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Indiana Connection 10
Pump up your pocketbook with a cold climate
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Tamale Place: Come for the tamales, come back
Safety Commission recalls basketball goal that killed Hoosier teen.
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Cycle 1 December bills are due Jan. 5 and are subject to disconnect Jan. 25 if unpaid. Cycle 2 December bills are due Jan. 20 and are subject to disconnect Feb. 8 if unpaid. Cycle 1 meter reading date is Jan. 1 and Cycle 2 meter reading date is Jan. 15.


This can cause you to reduce standby heat loss by 25% to 45%, saving you 7% to 16% on annual water heating costs.

The Department of Energy rates this project as medium difficulty, meaning most homeowners can tackle this project on their own. You can purchase pre-cut jackets or blankets for about $20 at most home improvement stores.


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Power Moves rebates awarded

Carroll White REMC recently awarded several Power Moves rebates to members for their energy efficiency projects. Power Moves is a rebate program for residential members as well as businesses looking to make energy efficiency upgrades. Carroll White REMC works in conjunction with our power supplier, Wabash Valley Power Alliance, on this popular program.

Residential rebates center around heat pump water heaters and HVAC (heating and cooling) equipment. Business rebates are much broader, including HVAC, lighting, variable frequency drives, chillers and more.

Contact your energy advisor, Joe Spear, at 800-844-7161 to see how you may be able to receive money back in a rebate for a project you are planning in 2023!


Rockland Flooring Engineer Todd Field, left, accepts a $35,000 rebate check from Communications & Public Relations Manager Casey Crabb.




Spear, left, presents Galen Hoover of the I-65 Chrome Shop with a rebate check for $10,000 for work done at the shop.

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Gutwein, left, and Tyler Gutwein, right, accept a $19,600 rebate check from Carroll White REMC Energy Advisor Joe Spear, center.



Last summer, Carroll White REMC introduced a new text feature which provides members with outage information targeted to their location. (The previous text program’s alerts weren’t location-specific.)

Here’s how to sign up to receive these outage alerts:

1. You must be signed up for SmartHub.


Are the upfront costs of installing a geothermal heat pump keeping you from switching your home or business to this energy-efficient heating and cooling system? Carroll White REMC’s new Looped In program is here to help you!

Carroll White REMC will pay to have a member’s loop system installed. The REMC will own the loop portion and will add a small rider to your monthly bill for your use of the loop.

The process:

• Call our energy advisor, Joe Spear, at 800-844-7161 to set up a home visit.

• After consulting with Spear, you will select a licensed contractor to install the geothermal system and sign the necessary agreements and paperwork so work on the project can begin.

• Carroll White REMC will select a contractor for the loop installation.

• Post construction, Carroll White REMC will ensure all the work was done as expected and will finalize all rebates. A copy of the geothermal installation invoice from the member’s approved contractor will be required.

• Our billing department will then add the monthly lease fee to your electric bill.

2. Go to “Contact Methods” to make sure you are text enrolled.

3. Go to “Manage Notifications.”

4. Go to “Outages or Service Related.”

5. Go to “Power Outage and Power Outage Restored” and enable your cell phone number.

6. Make sure to hit “Save” at the bottom of each screen.

You can enter more than one cell number and email in this process.


Are those money-saving energy efficiency projects on your to-do list too daunting? Carroll White REMC can help!

Partnership for Efficiency provides low-interest loans to rural families and small businesses to help them with their energy efficiency projects.

Energy efficiency projects/ replacements may include:

• Lighting improvements

• Building envelope improvements

• HVAC systems

• Heat pump water heaters

• Motors

• Appliance upgrades

• Compressed air systems

• Boilers, dryers, heaters and process related equipment

• Other activities and investments directly related to efficiency

Here’s how Partnership for Efficiency works:

1. Member must contact our energy advisor, Joe Spear, to schedule a free energy audit.

2. Member should fill out the application.

3. A credit check is done to determine the loan amount.

4. Upon approval, the member chooses a licensed contractor to perform the work.

5. After the work is completed, the member contacts our energy advisor to perform another energy audit to validate that the energy efficiency was achieved.

6. Carroll White REMC pays the contractor.

7. Carroll White REMC adds the monthly loan charge to the member’s electric bill.

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You’re invited to visit our Carroll White REMC “virtual lobby” experience!

Through our virtual lobby, our members can visit and engage with Carroll White REMC from anywhere!

What is a virtual lobby?

The virtual lobby allows us to connect with our customers in a unique and safe way. The lobby’s tools and resources inform our customers about diverse topics in a fun, engaging way. You’ll find:

• An interactive home energy use tool

• Easy-to-understand guide to electric vehicles

• An explanation of how your power is generated

• Ways to save on your heating and cooling costs

• And so much more!

How does it work?

Explore all that Carroll White REMC provides in your community with just a few clicks. Almost every element of this virtual town has a pop-up with more information, including interactive tools and engaging videos.



When everybody’s using electricity during peak times, costs can go up. But with a Wi-Fi thermostat and a little help from our PowerShift Wi-Fi Thermostat Program, we make tiny temperature adjustments that save e v er y one money when electricity is m os t e x pensive. G et $50 just for signing up and another $30 for e a c h y ear you stay enrolled.

Enroll today at

*Not all Wi-Fi thermostats are eligible for this program; see complete list at

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Carroll White REMC sponsored Kale Curts (left) and Tayte Bernardt (right) for the 2022 Camp Kilowatt trip. Also pictured is Travis Curts (center), who served as a camp chaperone.


for 2023


Date: June 7-10

A fun and unique camp experience for students entering seventh grade. The camp takes place June 7-10 and gives kids a chance to learn about energy while making new friends and enjoying activities and games. This three-day camp includes horseback riding, electric cooperative education, rock climbing, swimming and much more.



Date: June 11-18

During the month of June, Indiana’s electric cooperatives sponsor an unforgettable educational adventure to Washington, D.C., for high school seniors-to-be. This seven-day trip includes visits with Indiana’s congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and a youth event with student delegates from across the country.


If you know someone that would enjoy these opportunities, encourage them to visit or for an online application. Both experiences are FREE and available to students and homeschoolers whose parents or guardians live in the Carroll White REMC service territory.

From the boardroom


Indiana K-12 public, private or home-schooled students are invited to enter the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest for a chance to illustrate an award-winning wall calendar. Each year, 13 first-place winners and additional honorable mention winners will have their artwork featured in the calendar — and will receive cash prizes. Winners will also have their artwork displayed at the annual Hoosier Salon exhibition. Learn more at IndianaConnection. org/for-youth/art-contest.


The Carroll White REMC board of directors met on Nov. 22. Roll call was taken and the minutes of the previous board meeting were approved.

The board then heard policy reviews and amended or rescinded the policies as presented. The 2023 budget and work plans were presented and approved.

The board then heard a government relations update from Allie Jones, Indiana Electric Cooperative’s director of state policy and broadband initiatives.

Reports were then given for Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Wabash Valley Power Alliance, and each department also gave its monthly information.

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Electric heat pumps have been around for a long time, and they’re among the most efficient and comfortable ways to heat and cool your home. But now there’s something even better — and it can save you big dollars on your heating bills every winter. Plus, with rebates offered by many local electric cooperatives, you can save even more. It’s called a cold climate air source heat pump. It’s an updated, more efficient version of the traditional air source heat pumps you probably know about. Air source heat pumps contain a condenser, which circulates refrigerant, and an air handler that moves the conditioned air throughout your home. Air source heat pumps essentially pull heat from the air — in the summer the system pulls the warm air from your home and pumps it outside; in the winter, it pulls the heat from the air outside and pumps that heat into your home.

Advancements in compressor technology allow cold climate air source heat pumps to gather up heat at much, much lower winter temperatures. When it’s 47 degrees Fahrenheit or above outside, cold climate heat pumps operate at nearly 400 percent efficiency. That is, they produce nearly four times the energy they consume. And, even when the temperature outside drops to zero, a cold climate heat pump can still operate at about 200 percent efficiency.

That means big savings for co-op members like you. If it costs you $400 to heat your home in a cold winter month with a traditional heat pump, a cold climate heat pump could drop that to $230 — a 43 percent savings.

Plus, just like traditional heat pumps, cold climate heat pumps are great air conditioners. They can efficiently keep your home cool and comfortable when the weather’s warm.

Cold climate heat pumps are available from several manufacturers, and you can check with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership to see if the heat pump you’re considering qualifies for rebates. Or, contact your energy advisor at your local electric cooperative. We’re here to help you choose the system that will keep you comfortable — and keep you saving — all year long.

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I mused while reading your latest article about writer’s block (November 2022 issue), and how you come up with ideas to write about. For me, and likely many others, the beauty of your subject matter is that you appreciate even the simplest of things that life has to offer. That is a big part of living — being aware of how cool all things are!

In the “day-to-day,” it’s important to observe — fascinating nature, talented people in action, events that influence our world, etc. Heck, today I even marveled at a decades-old ginormous food prep mixer/ stand combo — behind-the-scenes can be pretty amazing! And, yes, the mixer was being used to make a large quantity of mashed potatoes.

Keep up your lovely writings!


Dear Jack Spaulding:


I can’t tell you what a delight it is for me to read your November 2022 article in the REMC magazine! My grandfather, Clayton Mitchell, lived in Houston, Indiana, and worked on this project (of reintroducing the Eastern Wild Turkey to Indiana) in the early ’60s.

When I was a little girl, I remember that he had a green pickup truck with something written on the door. My parents would say, “Granddad works for the state.” The story that was always told was, he trapped grouse and they were traded to the state of Missouri for turkeys.

I can remember spending the night with my grandparents with the promise that I could “run the traps” with Granddad the next day.

On Sundays when we would visit, my dad would always ask what he had in his traps that week. I was always interested to hear and was especially “scared” when he would report an occasional rattlesnake.

One day when I was running traps with him, he had a covey of quail in the trap — eight to 10 beautiful quail! He boxed them up for me and I brought them back to our farm in Bartholomew County and turned them out.

Thank you so much for connecting some dots for me! Your story reads exactly the way I remember!

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La Porte County County Facts

Sharing Indiana’s 45 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are three counties: La Porte, Porter and Lake. And while La Porte County has the fewest miles of lakefront property, it derives much of its character and even its name from its location on the lake.

La Porte County takes its name from the French term meaning “The Door” or “The Port.” This refers to the county as the gateway to the Great Lakes and its natural opening from dense forests that once covered the areas to the south and east.

Built in 1904, the Michigan City pier lighthouse is a popular symbol of Michigan City and is often described as “Indiana’s only lighthouse.”

An elevated walkway, known as the “catwalk,” was used by lighthouse keepers for 29 years to access the light tower. In 1933, the light was electrified, and in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard took over the service. The lighthouse was fully automated in 1960. By 1983, the catwalk was in poor condition. The Coast Guard scheduled it for demolition as it was no longer needed. Local residents rallied and succeeded in saving the structure, getting it added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Funds were raised and the catwalk was restored in 1994. The pier is a favorite spot for

fishing and watching sunsets and is frequently painted and photographed by local artists.

The previous lighthouse, built in 1858 on Michigan City’s harbor, is now the Old Lighthouse Museum. The museum has rooms displaying Great Lakes history and artifacts — including a rare Fresnel lens, shipwrecks, La Porte County history, a gift shop and more. It opened in 1973 after eight years of restoration. Nicknamed “Old Faithful,” the structure is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Michigan City boasts many attractions, including breweries and wineries, galleries, boat tours, beaches, gardens, shopping at several centers, a casino and a zoo. The city, the largest in La Porte County, receives a large amount of tourism from Chicago and other nearby cities in the region.

Michigan City is also noted for its proximity to Indiana Dunes National Park which crosses into the western edge of La Porte County. The park runs along

portions of all three of Indiana’s lakeshore counties. And while La Porte County has the least amount of park land of the three, it is home to perhaps the Indiana Dunes National Park’s most renowned landmark, Mount Baldy. Mount Baldy is a 120-foot sand dune at the eastern end of the national park. The wandering dune began forming some 4,000 years ago and is continually changing as a result of natural factors.

The Old Lighthouse Museum is located at 100 Heisman Harbor Road, Michigan City, IN 46360. For information, call 219-872-6133 or visit www.

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Door” or “The Port” (from French) POPULATION: 109,663 COUNTY SEAT: La Porte INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 46
In the cold of winter, ice collects along the Lake Michigan shoreline at the pier lighthouse. The 1904 structure is a popular symbol of Michigan City and often a subject of photographers and artists. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARSHA WILLIAMSON MOHR

winter storms Preparing for

When winter arrives, Hoosiers are never sure of what to expect. Indiana winters include everything from heavy snows, to freezing rain, to ice storms — sometimes all in one day. All of those forms of winter weather can create electrical hazards, warns Indiana Electric Cooperatives.

“Being safe around electricity is a year-round need, but Indiana winters include many dangerous hazards, especially where power lines are concerned,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Snow and ice often accumulate on power lines, and the added weight may cause them to snap off the power poles, or to cause the poles to break,” Elkins explained. “That can bring power lines into contact with the ground, trees, homes, vehicles and other objects. If people or pets come in contact with a live power line, they can suffer serious injury or even death.”

During dangerous conditions, many residents may be confined to their homes for days at a time. That’s why it is important to have a plan in place, especially during these prolonged outages. To better prepare for a power outage, your electric co-op recommends members keep a storm preparedness kit fully stocked. The basic supplies in this kit should include:

• Bottled water

• Non-perishable food

• Emergency blankets

• First aid kit/medicine

• Flashlight

• Battery-operated or hand-crank radio

• Extra batteries

• Toiletries

Now that your family is prepared for a prolonged outage, what should you do if the lights do go out?

Keep warm air in and cool air out by not opening doors to unused rooms. Do not open doors to the outside unless necessary.

To protect homes’ electrical equipment during an outage, turn off and unplug all unnecessary electronics or appliances. This will keep equipment from being damaged by surges or spikes when the power returns.

Know how long your home healthcare supplies will last and have a backup plan. Plan for a safe alternative source such as a portable battery or generator if electricity is not available. Plan to get to a healthcare facility should your health worsen or if you are going to run out of necessary power.


Food safety reminders during an outage


First, use perishable food from the refrigerator. Perishables should have a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to be safe to eat. Use food from the freezer after consuming refrigerated food.

An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours.

A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is halffull) if the door remains closed.

If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.

Keep food in a dry, cool spot and cover it at all times.


Throw away any food (particularly meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that has been exposed to temperatures higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture.

Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. If it has been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can quickly grow.

If you are not sure food is cold enough, take its temperature with a food thermometer. If it is colder than 40 F, you can refreeze it.

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If you asked me what my favorite food is, I couldn’t come up with a definitive answer. I love so many foods: grilled sweet corn on the cob sprinkled with seasoned salt, skillet fried chicken, lobster dunked in warm melted butter, futomaki sushi rolls (no avocado), crème brûlée, artichoke and bacon pizza …

Though my list of culinary cravings could probably rival a Cheesecake Factory menu, I could rattle through my all-time favorite restaurants in seconds. The Tamale Place on Indianapolis’ westside is one of my recommendations.

I discovered this gem about 15 years ago, when our publication’s office was located near the tiny take-out eatery. (It’s since moved to a larger — but still relatively small — shop in a mini strip mall west of downtown Indianapolis.) Back then, as a tamale newbie, I tried a different tamale each time I visited, just to savor the various flavors. (The Tamale Place makes an estimated 150,000 hand-tied half-pound-size tamales per year all made with freshly ground masa.)

I was primarily fond of the chicken in red sauce, pork in green sauce, black bean and cheese, and the always amazing dessert tamales. The pineapple and raisin tamale is my all-time favorite dessert tamale flavor (it’s kind of like a pineapple bread pudding wrapped up in a corn husk), with chocolate a close second.

Once I made my way through the tamale offerings, it was time to taste The Tamale Place’s taco and torta selections. I’m so glad I did because there, I found a couple of my all-time favorite meals: the chipotle chicken taco (in a soft corn tortilla) and the chipotle chicken torta. (Yes, I’m a bit obsessed with chipotle chicken!)

The torta is a meal in itself, loaded with melted cheese,

onion, lettuce, pico de gallo, chiles and mayonnaise.

I often get the taco (ask for it with everything — cheese, cilantro and onion — with a lime wedge and salsita on the side) as a combo with black beans, tortilla chips with salsa, and a bottle of Mexican Coke. Since I can’t imagine anything as sublime as my chipotle chicken go-tos I haven’t tried anything else on the torta, taco or even nacho menu, although I hear the steak and egg taco is quite good too.

The Tamale Place is a stand-inline-to-order kind of place and, depending on the time of day, you may have to wait a while to get to the cash register. (The restaurant is that popular!) If you’re there for the tamales, keep in mind the eatery has a limited amount of the various flavors each day and your favorite variety may be gone by the time you’re ready to order (though you can call ahead to reserve the tamales of your choice). While in line, you’ll notice an autographed photo of Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the wall. Fieri’s visit to The Tamale Place culminated in a “Triple D” episode which aired in May 2011.

If you’re in Indy and want to sample some tasty Mexican food lauded not just by me but by Guy Fieri too, THE place to be is The Tamale Place.

Delicious tamales come out of the steamer ready for hungry guests.

5226 Rockville Road, Indianapolis 317-248-9771

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Emily Schilling is editor of Indiana Connection.

Restaurant revamps



Glenda Sensenig, Cutler, Indiana

1¼ cups milk

2¼ t. yeast

¼ cup honey

4 T. butter, melted

1 egg, room temperature 4 cups flour

1 t. salt

Scald milk. Let the milk cool to 110-115 F and then mix the cooled milk with the yeast and honey. Let sit 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix 3 T. of the melted butter, the milk mixture, the egg and 2 cups flour. Mix slowly until smooth. Slowly add the rest of the flour and then the salt. Knead for 8 minutes. Let dough rise 1 hour. Punch down and roll out to ½-inch thickness. Fold dough in half and gently seal. Cut dough into 24 squares and let rise until doubled in size. Place rolls on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes until golden. Brush with remaining butter. Serve warm with cinnamon butter.


1 cup butter, room temperature

4 t. cinnamon

1¾ cups powdered sugar

1 cup non-dairy whipped topping

Beat butter until fluffy. Add cinnamon and powdered sugar. Fold whipped topping into mixture. Store in refrigerator.


COPYCAT ’ MCDONALD’S BIG MAC SAUCE Doris Ann Kahlert, Berne, Indiana

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well. Place sauce in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours or overnight so flavors meld. Stir the sauce a couple of times as it chills. Makes about ¾ cup of sauce.

Bake frozen pie crust according to package directions. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened. Whisk in strawberry gelatin. Remove mixture from heat and set aside to cool. Add strawberries to the cooled pie crust then pour gelatin mixture over the strawberries. Refrigerate for a few hours until set.

food JANUARY 2023 21 ½ cup mayonnaise ⅛ t. salt 2 T. French dressing (orange in color, not red) 4 t. sweet pickle relish 1 T. finely minced white onion 1 t. white vinegar 1 t. sugar ‘ COPYCAT ’ FRISCH’S BIG BOY STRAWBERRY
Darren Riggs, Jeffersonville, Indiana 1 frozen deep dish pie crust 1¼ cups sugar 3 T. cornstarch 1¼ cups water 3 T. strawberry gelatin 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Back in December 1983, Emily Born began what would become a 39-year career writing and editing for this publication.

Encapsulating time


Magazine writers possess the enviable ability to encapsulate time with every word they write. That’s because their stories and articles often reflect what was going on when they were written. So, as I look back on 39 years at Indiana Electric Cooperatives/Indiana Connection, the articles, headlines and columns I’ve written; the photos I’ve taken; and the stories I’ve edited all tell the story of my career and the years past better than I could on my own.


I joined Electric Consumer (former name of Indiana Connection) as a staff writer in December 1983. The first issue I worked on was the January 1984 issue. My first bylined news article appeared in that issue, a profile of the newly elected president of Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (now known as Indiana Electric Cooperatives), Ross Westfall:

Ross Westfall: REMC leader looks


“ While the nation enjoyed the radio adventures of Buck Rogers and Amos and Andy and followed the birth of rural electrics in 3-cents-a-copy newspapers, Ross Westfall spent his nights shoveling coal.

It was 1935 and he was working his way through college scooping lignite in a belching hospital boiler.”

Westfall was an avid reader of Electric Consumer throughout his life. A former teacher, he’d occasionally contact me if a grammar error made it to print. Knowing he was keeping an eye on things always kept me on my toes!

Later that year, I penned a couple of cover stories that showcased some timely topics in the mid-’80s.

In June 1984, my first cover story:

Computers go country

“ How’re you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen an Apple III?

Easy. Because now the whiz kid computer experts have made way for a new breed of terminal wizard — the farmer. And Elsie the cow, Porky the pig and 800 acres of soybeans can only benefit from the new trend.

Though some farmers were using computers back in the early ‘70s, agricultural computing has only programmed its way into the limelight in the past few years. Even with its relatively short history, on-farm computers have changed considerably and face an even more innovative future.”

Back then, personal computers were just coming into their own. To introduce readers to new-fangled tech terms, because “it’s obvious computers are here to stay” (even though floppy disks and CRTs weren’t) we included a sidebar which explained just what “computer” and “program” meant.

In August 1984, I interviewed a Clay County couple living on dioxincontaminated land. They suspected the toxic chemical was behind the mysterious death of their cows, a

Schilling (then Emily Born) interviewed Ross Westfall soon after he was elected president of Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc., in December 1983.
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recurring skin rash and a story almost too unbelievable to be true.

Dioxin: Is it killing Mack's cows?

“ Dime-sized red welts spot Mack McCullough’s feet. His wife, Caroline, suspects it’s his rash creeping up again.

The itchy patches have plagued Mack the past five years. Along with 47 Holstein cows that have died mysteriously, rotting away from the inside out, and shovels-full of dead birds that have fallen from maple and locust trees around the farmhouse, the skin rash may be visible evidence of an unseen enemy at work, they believe.

For the McCulloughs, rural Clay County residents for 23 years, are living on dioxin-contaminated land.

An Environmental Protection Agency soil test of their dairy farm

last November revealed levels from 26 to 180 parts per billion of octadioxin, one of 75 man-made chemicals in the dioxin family. But neither of the McCulloughs, nor the EPA, know much about octadioxin’s hazards.”

In October 1984, Mike Hanley, who was managing editor of Electric Consumer when I was hired, was named editor and I became managing editor.

In May 1985, the publication commemorated the 50th anniversary of rural electrification in Indiana with historic photos, milestones and a timeline, and reader remembrances. This special issue was just one way Indiana’s electric cooperatives celebrated this golden anniversary. We held a statewide electricity-themed art contest and printed a calendar with historic photos, and I wrote a book about rural electrification in Indiana.

My first issue as editor of Electric Consumer was the October 1985 issue. I wrote my first “That Reminds Me” column in that issue:

“ There was going to be a picture of me accompanying my first column so you’d immediately know it was me and not Mike Hanley who was writing it.

Everything was going good until, in the middle of a hectic deadline week, the photographer handed me my 5 by 7 portrait. He was obviously pleased by his studio expertise.

I wasn’t. Through some measure of trick photography, I acquired a dark shadow on one side of my face resembling a half-shaven beard accentuated with a

handlebar moustache. I have many problems, but masculine facial hair is not one of them.”

Note: My photo, sans faux facial hair, did make it into the November 1985 issue.

The publication evolved through the years, from a tabloid newspaper to a “hybrid” style publication (on a whiter, heavier paper) in June 1993, finally to a slick stock magazine in February 2013.

That Reminds Me: Brand new, all for you

“ This month, Electric Consumer has shed its tabloid newspaper format and has relaunched as a magazine. As you peruse the pages, you’ll find a contemporary design, more extensive use of four color, and expanded energy, food and outdoor life sections.”

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The "What killed Mack's cows?" feature story earned Schilling awards from the Cooperative Communicators Association and the International Association of Business Communications. Through its 71-year history under two name changes (from Indiana Rural News to Electric Consumer to Indiana Connection), this magazine has had only four editors. Schilling, its fourth editor, has held the position since September 1985.

Our evolution continued and in March 2019, the magazine’s name was changed to Indiana Connection. My column that month addressed the name change: “As any new parent will tell you, selecting the perfect name is not easy.

Of course, naming a child and naming a magazine are not quite the same thing. But both scenarios usually involve hours of debate, input (both solicited and sometimes unsolicited) from numerous sources, and a long and often ongoing list of pros and cons for each suggestion.

There’s a reason for this arduous process. A name is something you can’t just change on a whim. You live up to it. Make it your own. Make it proud. It stands to reason that it takes time to settle on one that ‘fits.’”


Among the favorite articles I’ve written:

1The “Cook’s Profile” feature we ran from March 1994 to December 2007. Getting to know some of the readers who submitted recipes to our food section through the years was great fun. I’ll always remember their hospitality during our visits to their homes.


A feature on newly crowned Miss America Katie Stam in 2009 and a followup interview five years later. Stam, who grew up on a farm on Jackson County REMC lines, is just as friendly, personable, well-spoken and humble as you’d imagine a Miss America to be.

An interview with Mina Starsiak Hawk of the HGTV home renovation series “Good Bones.” I’d met Starsiak Hawk and her mom/business partner/costar Karen E. Laine in 2016 when they spoke at a program I coordinated. Since then, we’d tried to do an article about them. Finally, Senior Editor Richard Biever was able to schedule an interview for the July 2021 issue, and together we had a great conversation with Starsiak Hawk soon after “Good Bones” began its sixth season.



I have several memorable columns. One was about my daughter’s horseriding days, when she gravitated toward a temperamental horse named Tucker and forged a special equine relationship. I also remember a whimsical story about my first boyfriend that I based on a favorite column from a college journalism class. (That relationship lasted one day. We were in kindergarten.) Plus, I enjoyed the Christmas columns I wrote through the years. In my early years,I talked about that season’s unusual or extravagant gifts, then later began giving away some of my favorite things in reader drawings.


Although I’m retiring from the magazine this month, I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing. Ever since I began my journalistic training — and later career — I’ve known writing and editing is what I’ve been meant to do. My dream now is to write a novel. So, if all goes according to plan, you’ll be able to read my work — in book form — sometime in the future.

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Emily Schilling is retiring as editor of Indiana Connection this month. In the spring of 2001, the Electric Consumer staff marked the publication's upcoming 50th anniversary. Staff members included Rose Anne Sellers, Connie Staggs, Schilling and Richard G. Biever.

Youth making a difference

Since 2009, Indiana Electric Cooperatives has recognized young Hoosiers through the Youth Power and Hope Awards.

The awards program — coordinated by the staff of Indiana Connection magazine — honors a select group of middle school students in grades 5 through 8 who are making an impact on their communities.

The winners for 2022 were acknowledged before a gathering of 500 Indiana electric cooperative leaders and guests at IEC’s annual Recognition Banquet, Dec. 5, in Indianapolis.

In mid-2022, Indiana’s electric cooperatives began seeking online nominations for the awards. Nominees were to give examples of their community service activities; explain why they choose to help their communities and describe how they see their community service evolving in the future. “This year’s nominees impressed the judges with their dedication to making a difference in others’ lives,” Indiana Connection Editor Emily Schilling said. “Thirteen years into the YPH program and we’re still blown away with all the ways our kids are rolling up their sleeves and putting in the work to help others.”

While every student nominee who selflessly serves his or her community deserves a sincere “thank you” and pat on the back, these five students stood out among this year ’s participants. Each winner received a $500 check to assist in furthering their community service activities.

Asher is active in 4-H, where he serves as a member, volunteer and student leader. At St. Michael Church, he is an altar server and participates in several community service projects including a fundraising picnic and a blood drive for the American Red Cross. And at his school, he helps with events such as food drives and a walk-a-thon.

The community project Asher is most proud of is one he does with his family. With the profit earned from selling eggs from the family’s chickens, the Abners create “Birthday Bundles” which are gift bags filled with cake mix, frosting, candles and other items to help those less fortunate celebrate special occasions that often are ignored. So far, the Abners have donated 150 Birthday Bundles to the Harrison County Community Services Food Pantry.

In his award entry, Asher described how he believes his community service will evolve and help him mature as he continues to assist the underrepresented.

Asher and his family are members of Harrison REMC. He is the son of Andrew and Linda Abner.

At school last year, Holland participated in a Young Entrepreneur class. After learning how to use a 3D printer in that class, she made over 100 articulated animal figures along with still figures such as castles and vases. She then sold the items, with the proceeds going to help a local animal shelter.

In addition, she is an active volunteer for Ascension St. Vincent Hospital where she has contributed her time to several events that raise funds for the hospital and its Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

As she mentioned in her award entry, her volunteer work has allowed her to “make a positive impact in areas that involve younger people.”

Holland is the daughter of Christopher and Maureen Beck. The Becks are members of JCREMC.

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Josie is a member of her school’s FOR-Club which spotlights and encourages good deeds by students. One of Josie’s club projects was creating a “Compliment Board” to spread kindness at school. She raised $500 for the United Fund by leading a snack sale for students. And, Josie and her class also helped clean up her school following a storm. Due to her community spirit, Josie received her school’s Super Sixth Grader award.

Josie has also led a canned food drive and planted flowers at her church. She plants flowers at a local nursing home through her involvement in 4-H.

In her award entry, Josie said helping others has impacted her by showing her the best in herself, the kindness of her community and the outcome of hard work.

She is the daughter of Mark and Susan Hartman who are members of Decatur County REMC.

Henry is a role model and leader through his membership in the Mayor’s Youth Council. The council conducts a camp for fifth and sixth graders each year to promote leadership and making good choices. In addition to supporting the camp, Henry volunteers at the free movie and pool days that the club and local drug-free coalition sponsor.

Henry also assists his church with many events and by serving mass. He is also an active 4-H supporter.

In his award entry, Henry said being involved in his community helps make it a better place to live.

He is the son of Mark and Megan Spreckelson. The Spreckelsons are members of Decatur County REMC.

Elizabeth serves her local community by sending positive letters to nursing homes as part of her Girl Scout troop. She delivers flowers and baking treats through her 4-H club; volunteers at her church; and, like fellow winner Henry Spreckelson, is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council.

Not only does Elizabeth serve others locally, she has taken her commitment to community overseas through her Girl Scout Silver Award project. She and two of her friends made and sold beaded jewelry which raised over $3,000. That money was used to purchase needed school supplies for children in Kenya.

This summer, Elizabeth was able to visit the African country and work in the same school that benefited from her donation.

When summarizing her community service philosophy, Elizabeth wrote: “When you help others, it helps you to realize how much of an impact you can make.”

Elizabeth is the daughter of Carrie and Johnathan Walden, and she and her family are members of Decatur County REMC.

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About 18,000 models of the basketball goal are involved in the recall announced in late October by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its manufacturer, Goalsetter Systems Inc., of Evansville, Indiana.

This recall involves all Goalsetter Adjustable and Fixed Wall Mount Series and GS Baseline Series 72-inch, 60-inch, 54-inch, and 48-inch wallmounted goal systems. The basketball goals have a white Goalsetter logo (a white basketball to the left of the word “Goalsetter” printed in the lower left corner of the backboard).

In June 2018, 14-year-old Nolan Gerwels was teaching one of his

The CPSC recently reannounced the recall of Generac® and DR® 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators for a potential reported hazard: An unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards.

product recalls


A wall-mounted basketball goal has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than four years after one of the 260-pound backboard and support frames dislodged from a wall, fell, and killed a teenager at his home in Granger, Indiana.

younger sisters how to play basketball on an indoor court at the family’s northern Indiana home when the unit fell from the wall and onto the teen. Goalsetter has received three other reports of incidents of the basketball goals detaching from the wall. In one, a consumer sustained severe facial injuries, and in another incident, a consumer sustained a fractured leg.

The recalled goals were sold at SCHEELS stores and basketball equipment stores nationwide and online at, www., com, and from November 1999 through June 2022 for between

$919 and $2,250.CPSC and Goalsetter are urging consumers to stop using the recalled basketball goals immediately and contact Goalsetter for free removal of the basketball goal with a full refund or a free inspection of the installed wall-mounted basketball goal and free installation of an additional safety bracket.

Contact Goalsetter at 855-951-7460 or online at pages/basketball-wall-mount-recall or and click on “SAFETY & RECALL” at the top of the page for more information. Goalsetter is contacting all known purchasers directly.

The firm has received a total of 37 reports of injuries, 24 resulting in finger amputations and five in finger crushing. These portable generators were previously recalled in July 2021. The generators have gasoline-powered engines that are used to generate electricity for use as backup power. The portable generators have two wheels and a single, U-shaped, two-grip, flipup pin-lock handle to help move the generator. The units were sold at major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Costco, Do it Best,

Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Napa Auto Parts and True Value, from June 2013 through June 2021 for between $790 and $1,480.

Contact: Generac at 844-242-3493 or online at handlespacer or www.generac. com and click on Important Safety Information for more information.

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 for full details of this recall and for notices of many more.

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CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Center founded by Holocaust survivor who forgave — but wanted no one to ever forget

Eighty years ago this spring, the Nazi regime in Germany, already in the throes of its genocide against millions of people it deemed undesirable and a World War it instigated, began conducting perverse pseudoscientific medical experiments on sets of twins. Among those pulled from the population bound to the concentration camps in the spring of 1944 and forever severed from their mother for the experiments were 9-year-old Eva Mozes and her twin sister Miriam. Eva and Miriam became guinea pigs of the massive, inhumane experimentation program headed by Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz-Birkenau — a program aimed solely at thousands of twins, many of them children.

When the concentration camp was liberated in January 1945, the Mozes girls were among the survivors. They suffered physical complications throughout the rest of their lives from the year they were subject to the Nazi experiments.

In 1960, Eva married American Michael Kor, also a Holocaust survivor, and settled in Terre Haute.

In 1984, Kor founded CANDLES (an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors”), and, in 1995, opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. Its mission was to prevent prejudice

and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Kor publicly forgave the Nazis to free her from the pain, anger and sorrow she endured, but she wanted to make sure no one ever forgot the evil it brought to the world. It is the only museum in Indiana solely dedicated to Holocaust education.

CANDLES is a place to reflect and learn. Docents are available for selfguided tours to offer more information and answer questions. The average tour time is about two hours to view the museum in its entirety.

The main exhibit is “Dimensions in Testimony Interactive Theater.” The exhibit is like a conversation with a Holocaust survivor. Created through specially recorded interviews with 12 Holocaust survivors, viewers can ask questions of the individual survivors about their life experiences and hear responses in real-time conversation. Visitors can hear their stories about topics such as life before the war, hiding, experiences in concentration camps, life after the war, forgiveness, family and more.

For each interview, the survivor answered as many as 2,000 questions. Using advanced language processing technology, the program matches questions viewers pose with the survivor’s most relevant response. Newly developed display techniques enable the interactive installation

to be placed in museums, national monuments or other locations, with emergent applications for mobile devices.

While the museum is open to all ages, the material is most appropriate for ages 12 and older. For children ages 7-11, the museum recommends that parents, guardians and educators talk with children ahead of time and then take cues before and during the visit on how the subject matter may be affecting each child. The museum does not recommend bringing children under the age of 6.

Despite her age, Kor made annual trips to Auschwitz to tell others about her childhood experiences. During Kor’s 2019 trip, she died unexpectedly on July 4 near Auschwitz in Kraków, Poland. She was 85 years old.

But Eva Kor’s legacy and the educational trips in her footsteps continue. This year’s trip will be June 17-25, and registration closes March 1. Visit the museum’s website for more information.

If you go:

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

1532 S. Third Street

Terre Haute, IN 47802 812-234-7881

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Child survivors of Auschwitz stand behind a barbed wire fence during their liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945. Twins Miriam Mozes and Eva Mozes are wearing knitted hats. USHMM/Belarusian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography
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