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In-person annual meeting canceled. What we’re doing instead.

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Senior's anthem for the Class of 2020 goes viral pages 20–25

from the editor

Christmas in July

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. Typically, these movies are “happily ever after” flicks that also provide viewers with the holiday of their dreams: small towns decked out to the nines, festively decorated homes, plates of cookies and mugs of hot cocoa, Christmas caroling, snowman building and buggy rides. The plots are far from complex. But I don’t watch the movies for the plots. I watch them because these movies are Hallmark greeting cards come to life. They make me feel good. I love Hallmark Christmas movies so much that I’ve been known to watch them throughout the year. My favorites tend to be about cookie baking competitions — which are a common theme in these holiday movies. Baking cookies is not my forte. My natural inclination is to bake cookies until they look done. Looking “done” to me means “soft brown.” And when you’re making chocolate chip cookies, “soft brown” does not translate to the soft, chewy texture that I prefer. Baking sheet after baking sheet of my cookies come out crispy and overbaked. They definitely aren’t Hallmark movie caliber! Unfortunately, I fail at other Hallmark movie pastimes as well. For instance, I can’t carry a tune and, therefore, would opt out of a caroling outing, and I’ve never built a respectable snowman. But it never hurts to dream. So, in the dead of summer when I yearn for the cozy Christmas feeling, I whip up a mug of (instant) hot chocolate, turn on a Hallmark movie, and get lost in the happy holiday spirit … five months early. Sometimes you just need a little “merry.”

VOLUME 70 • NUMBER 1 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 280,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 info@indianaconnection.org IndianaConnection.org INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Walter Hunter President Randy Kleaving Vice President Steve McMichael Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Creative Services Specialist Taylor Maranion Creative Services Specialist Stacey Holton Creative Services Manager Mandy Barth Communication Manager ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; amp.coop Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; crosshairmedia.net Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Efficient electrification: How technology is helping reduce energy use.





cover story




Spotlighting Perry County.

Here’s to You: Crawfordsville senior’s anthem for the Class of 2020 goes viral.

Safeguard electronics with surge protectors.



Here come the sunflowers.

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Come to Papa’s Grill in Columbus. 17 FOOD Haute dog: Tasty ways to dress your franks.


Indiana Connection

On the road again: Make sure your car is in ship shape.


33 TRAVEL Get away nearby at Indiana campgrounds.

On the cover Instead of a commencement speech, Crawfordsville High School senior class president Abby Bannon gave her classmates a song filled with memories during a virtual ceremony in May. The talented singer/songwriter penned another song about the memories the Class of 2020 lost to COVID-19 that went viral nationwide on social media. PHOTO BY KAYLA BACON LANG; KAYLABACON.COM


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ANNUAL MEETING www.harrisonremc.com CONTACT US 812-738-4115 812-951-2323 Fax: 812-738-2378 EMAIL Click on “Contact Us” at www.harrisonremc.com. OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday STREET ADDRESS 1165 Old Forest Road, Corydon, IN 47112 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 517, Corydon, IN 47112 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a power outage, please call 812-738-4115 or 812-951-2323. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pat Book (Palmyra), Chairman Brian Koetter (Borden), Vice President David Poe (Floyds Knobs), Secretary/Treasurer David Walther (Lanesville) Darin Duncan (Elizabeth) C. Todd Uhl (Corydon) Danny Wiseman (Mauckport)

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As many of you know, the annual meeting scheduled for April 7 was

Roy Zimmerman (Laconia)

postponed due to the COVID-19

Craig Engleman (Corydon)

pandemic. Since that time, the board of directors has had many

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discussions about how the event could go forward this year. After much consideration, and to keep the members and employees safe and comply with social distancing guidelines, the Harrison REMC board of directors has decided to cancel the in-person meeting.

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

This year, the REMC’s annual meeting business will be conducted by mail. In July, each membership will receive a ballot, 2019 financials and annual meeting minutes, and information about the three

Each member who returns the completed ballot, postmarked by Aug. 3, will receive an annual meeting/COVID-19 bill credit for $30 and will also be placed in a drawing for various door prizes. Members can also go to www. harrisonremc.com to watch the annual meeting video. We understand that many members look forward to this event each year, and we plan to bring the inperson meeting back in 2021. Thank you for your understanding during these changing times and for being a member of Harrison REMC!

CATHY RACICOT Communications Manager JULY 2020


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Account notifications offered to members Harrison REMC offers a service that allows members to authorize the REMC to send text, email, or phone notifications to alert them to specific messages from the co-op. Below is a list of notifications that are offered by the co-op. • INVOICE PROCESSED: A message indicating your REMC bill has been generated. • TWO-DAY REMINDER: Sent two days in advance of your bill being due. • SEVEN-DAY REMINDER: Sent seven days in advance of your bill being due. • PAYMENT RECEIPT: Sent anytime a payment is made on the account. • CUT-OFF NOTIFICATION: Sent two days prior to the account being disconnected for non-pay. • DAILY USE: A message showing your daily kWh use. • HIGH USE NOTIFICATION: You set a kWh daily use. If it is exceeded, we will send you an alert. (Please alert me when my daily kWh exceeds: ________ kWh) • SPECIAL ALERT: Notification of REMC events such as annual meeting, bus trips, member appreciation day, etc. • BEAT THE PEAK: Notification of “peak” demand periods; a time for members to reduce energy use if possible. Please contact the office to let us know if you are interested, and we can either mail or email you the form. If you want to choose the notifications online, you can log in into your online bill pay account and click on the notifications tab in the left column and choose the notifications you wish to receive. Contact the office at 812-738-4115 or 812-951-2323 if you have any questions about this service.


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Contact Harrison REMC if you would like to sign up for account notifications.

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Summer Energy Tips Soaring temperatures during the summer can cause electric bills to skyrocket. This summer, take a vacation from high electric bills by making your home — and your family’s habits — more energy efficient.

BEAT THE HEAT Air conditioning helps most of us beat the sweltering summer heat. Proper maintenance and smart use of your home’s cooling system will help keep your electric bill in check. First, make sure your air conditioner’s external unit is clean and free of debris. Clear away dead leaves or overgrown plants and weeds to enable the unit to perform as it should. Second, change all of the air filters inside your home quarterly, or more often in homes with allergy sufferers or smokers. Fresh filters not only reduce the strain on your cooling system, but improve the air quality in your home. Third, set your home’s thermostat as high as possible, while still maintaining a comfortable environment for your family during the summer months. Bumping the thermostat up at least two degrees can make a noticeable difference on your power bill. Investing in a programmable thermostat can lead to even greater savings by automatically adjusting it so that the cooling system runs more often when you are at home and infrequently when you are away.

MADE IN THE SHADE Windows are not only great sources of natural light, but also great sources


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of heat during the summer. Curtains, blinds, and shades are some of the most cost-effective ways to make your windows and home more energy efficient. These window coverings offer low-cost, stylish solutions to shield the sun’s rays and keep the interior of your home cool and comfortable.

DAILY GRIND Today’s appliances are more energy efficient than ever, performing better and using less electricity than they did in the past. But despite their functionality and efficiency, most major household appliances give off heat when in use. During peak daytime temperatures, the residual heat from appliances can put an unnecessary strain on your home’s cooling system. Cooler temperatures in the early morning or late evening make these ideal times for running the dishwasher or washing and drying clothes. When possible, turn off your dishwasher’s dryer cycle. This prevents even more residual heat from warming your home and saves on your power bill. Washing your clothes in cold water and hanging them out to dry are also great strides in reducing your household energy consumption. As your summer heats up, call on your friends at Harrison REMC for more ways to lower your power bill. You can also visit TogetherWeSave.com to find out how little changes around the house can add up to big energy savings. Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, EnergySavers.gov, TogetherWeSave.com

Drivers are now prohibited from using handheld devices while driving on Indiana roads. The new legislation intended to combat distracted driving prohibits drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle. A few facts about the new law: • Violators can be fined up to $500 and lose their driver’s license with repeat offenses. • ILLEGAL for a driver to use a phone while the car is moving. That includes texting, emailing, taking pictures or video, looking up directions, viewing a website or checking the weather. • LEGAL for a driver to use a phone if they are using a mount or hands-free feature. • LEGAL for a driver to use a phone when vehicle is stopped. • LEGAL to use a phone for emergency purposes.



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Making the year brighter WINNERS SELECTED IN 23RD STUDENT ART CONTEST Just as COVID-19 restrictions delayed many events and activities this spring, judging for the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest, normally held in April, was pushed back until June. Through the contest, now in its 23rd year, artwork from talented young artists from throughout the state was chosen to illustrate a wall calendar which will be distributed through Indiana’s electric cooperatives and also through Indiana Connection magazine.

• September: Mary Batz, Williams, Ninth Grade • October: Elizabeth Miller, South Whitley, 10th Grade • November: Danielle Sommerman, English, 11th Grade • December: Evan Olinger, Sellersburg, 12th Grade

Evan Olinger of Sellersburg was named Best of Show winner for the third time for his colored pencil drawing for the month of December. A grade division winner for seven consecutive years, Olinger was a senior when he entered the art contest during the 2019-20 school year.

• Kindergarten: Ellie Sherman, Flora • First Grade: Primrose Jones, Charlestown • Second Grade: Victoria White, Medora • Third Grade: Knox Coen, Fairland • Fourth Grade: David White, Medora • Fifth Grade: Ally Brown, South Whitley • Sixth Grade: Jeremy J. Loveras, Lebanon • Seventh Grade: Alessandra Dominguez Javier, Seymour • Eighth Grade: Heidi Kreutz, Seymour • Ninth Grade: Lauren Brewster, Portland • 10th Grade: Sanchali Pothuru, Carmel • 11th Grade: Kayla Florian, Morocco • 12th Grade: Emmaline Zink, Winona Lake

First place winners and the months they will illustrate are: • Cover artist: Lily Jones, Charlestown, Kindergarten • January: Violet Kesler, Warsaw, First Grade • February: Olivia DeShamp, Jasper, Second Grade • March: Evie Huff, Monrovia, Third Grade • April: SaRai A. Fontarez, Seymour, Fourth Grade • May: Logan Huff, Monrovia, Fifth Grade • June: Harley Koons, Seymour, Sixth Grade • July: Bryan Michael Yoder, Shipshewana, Seventh Grade • August: Hannah Stewart, Salem, Eighth Grade


Honorable mention winners will also have their artwork printed in the calendar. Those students are:

The Cooperative Calendar of Student Art will be available in October. For information about entering next year’s calendar art contest visit indianaconnection.org/ for-youth/art-contest.

BOO! How do you do the ‘boo?’ Halloween brings out the kid in all of us. We can dress up ourselves, our homes and even our food to get in the “spirit” of the season. Our October cover story will focus on what readers like you do to celebrate Halloween. Tell us about your favorite DIY costumes and how you made them. Share your decorating tips for making your home “spook-tacular.” Or, do you have a favorite trick-or-treat memory? We’d like to hear about it! Send us your photos and share your stories by Aug. 17. Five random readers who participate in our Halloween feature will each be “treated” to a $50 prize. There are three ways to contact us: our website (www.indianaconnection. org); through email (info@ indianaconnection.org); or mail (Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240).

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Looking for kids who are making a difference Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Indiana Connection, are accepting applications for the Youth Power and Hope Awards. This awards program honors fifth through eighth graders who are leaders in their communities. Five winners will each received $500 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Indiana Connection. Interested? Simply submit an application, examples of how you have been involved in your local community, and a reference letter from a trusted adult by Friday, Oct. 2. Visit indianaconnection.org/?p=230 for an application and to learn about past award recipients. Contact us at info@ IndianaConnection.org or 317-487-2220 if you have any questions.

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Perry County Tucked along the state’s southern contours amid the rolling hills of the Hoosier National Forest and the Ohio River, Perry County is one of Indiana’s best kept secrets. Almost three quarters of the county is within the southernmost boundaries of the National Forest which offers Perry County residents and visitors a variety of outdoor activities at six recreation sites. As a major thoroughfare for transporting goods and people in the 1800s, the Ohio River played even a bigger role in shaping the county’s settlement and economy than it did creating the county’s squiggly contours. Perry County’s three largest communities — Cannelton, Tell City and Troy — share the same span of riverbank on the county’s west side. Beginning in 1849, Cannelton was slated to be the center of an ambitious textile industry development. When the Cannelton Cotton Mill opened in 1851, the five-story structure with twin 100-foot towers was the largest industrial building west of the Allegheny Mountains. While the rest of the development never materialized, cotton flowed continuously from the mill until it closed in 1954. In 1991, the abandoned structure was named a National Historic Landmark. After a major restoration and renovation investment, the mill became a low-income apartment complex in 2003.


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Perry County’s seat, Tell City, honors legendary Swiss freedom fighter and renowned marksman William Tell. According to legend, Tell was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head with a bolt from his crossbow after refusing to bow before the hat of the Austrian ruler. The statue, modeled after one in Altdorf, Switzerland, stands atop a fountain at the town’s city hall.

For over 100 years, Tell City, founded in 1858, was known for its furniture manufacturing and wood craftsmanship. But in the late 1970s, competition from cheaply-made furniture abroad started a 30-year downward spiral for U.S. manufacturing which led to the shuttering of Tell City’s woodworking industry. Along with its recreational tourism, Perry County has continued to rebuild its historic economic base in manufacturing. Waupaca Foundry located a new facility on the outskirts of Tell City in 1997. The producer of several types and grades of iron, used in machinery manufacturing, was attracted to the county by the availability of skilled workers not long after the iconic Tell City Chair Company closed, the railroad spur the county had just purchased, and river port it had begun developing. Today, the Hoosier Southern Railroad is a 22-mile short line that operates between Cannelton and Lincoln City, where it interchanges rail traffic with the Norfolk Southern Railway and provides access to the Ohio River.

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1814 NAMED FOR: Oliver Hazard Perry, the victorious U.S. naval commodore in the War of 1812 POPULATION: 19,102 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Tell City

All aboard for river and rural scenery The Ohio River Scenic Railway is now offering several excursions through Perry County river towns and into the fields and forests where Abraham Lincoln grew up in neighboring Spencer County. Operating along the same lines as The Hoosier Southern Railroad from Tell City to Lincoln City, the scenic railway was to begin its inaugural season in April, but the pandemic tossed a monkey wrench into those plans. As of press time for this issue, excursions were rescheduled to begin June 20. Visit www.OhioRiverTrain.com for information about this new Perry County attraction.

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Papa’s is not only a good place to stop for a meal en route to a Southern Indiana getaway; with four 50-inch HD plasma TVs and 11 beers on tap — along with those afore-mentioned wings — it’s the perfect spot to watch a game.

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Humble hot dog no more! Celebrate National Hot Dog Month by upgrading everyone’s favorite summertime staple. Set up a toppings bar of creative extras to bring out the best in the wurst. Turn the page to find out how. JULY 2020




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GOT LEFTOVER HOT DOGS? Chop them up and add them to: scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, marinara sauce, twicebaked potatoes, tomato soup

By adding a few tasty extras, your dog can explode with flavor. First step in setting up a simple yet wowworthy hot dog bar: print out recipe cards for these four sandwiches at indianaconnection.org/printablehot-dog-recipes. Then, stock up on the ingredients, including your favorite hot dogs and buns. On the day of your get-together, set out the ingredients and recipe cards, grouped together according to sandwich, on your buffet or picnic table. Finally, invite your guests to create their own culinary masterpieces.

the bahn mi: Sriracha mayo Sliced jalapeno peppers Pickled carrots Cilantro

chicago dog: Dill pickle spears Tomato slices Pepperoncini Mustard

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As president of her graduating class, Abby Bannon was expected to deliver the traditional speech welcoming classmates, family, faculty and friends to the 2020 Crawfordsville High School commencement in May. Instead, in a year that’s been anything but traditional, the talented singing/songwriting senior penned an ode for her classmates filled with school memories they shared. For an encore, she wrote a second song filled with the memories they missed.


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As the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly shut down campuses nationwide, students had to quarantine and turn to e-learning. All sports, extracurriculars, even traditional graduation ceremonies were canceled or postponed. “It affected every aspect of this senior year we always dreamed of and hoped for and thought about,” Abby said. “The hardest part: I wanted to be with my friends and my fellow seniors who were going through the same thing, but we couldn’t mourn and be together because we were quarantined.”

Her welcoming song was performed in front of just two others, her principal and a videographer May 22. It then played at the start of her high school’s “virtual” graduation ceremony on YouTube released the night of their original graduation May 29. The second song, called “Here’s to You,” Abby videoed herself singing in the guest bedroom in her family’s basement and posted it on social media. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, Abby sang “here’s to the ones who won’t get the chance to take the field at their

After Abby Bannon’s home-recorded solo version of “Here’s to You” went viral on social media in late March, a Nashville music production company, with which the Bannon family had connections, signed Abby to produce a studio version. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, she was unable to travel to Tennessee for the recording, but instead went to Kokomo’s Whisper Studios to record her vocals. Producers in Nashville then added backing instruments and vocals. The song was released in April. In May, “CBS Sunday Morning” with Jane Pauley featured high school and college seniors coping with the COVID-19 campus closures. The segment used Abby’s video singing her song for its opening and closing, dissolving a close up of her face into one the show’s iconic “sun” images used at the end of each segment.

“I knew all my friends would enjoy it,” Abby said of the four-minute song, “and I could picture the moms at my school sitting and crying. But I never expected this kind of attention or support.” Abby received messages from fellow seniors saying everything from, “This is so real to us!” to “Thank you for putting to music what’s in my mind and heart right now.” “Reading all these messages makes me feel like I’ve contributed positively to others experiencing similar emotions,” she said. “I’m grateful for that and hope everyone who hears this song can find a point of light in it.” Missing high school moments isn’t the worst that could happen during a health crisis, Abby noted. “I kept reminding myself and my friends that it really could be so much worse. There are so many better days ahead and so many other things to look forward to.”

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last home game, or ask that girl to prom, or sing their school fight song.” (See full lyrics on next page.) With a soft pop-country vibe, the song about all that the virus took away went viral itself. It became an anthem for high school and college graduates of the Class of 2020. Within weeks, from April into May, the song had over a million streams and drew the attention of Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb during one of his Friday COVID-19 updates and even the national “CBS Sunday Morning” broadcast.

Abby is one of those overachieving students most every school sees passing through from time to time ... the kind you’ll find on about every other yearbook page. She was involved in multiple clubs and activities and was a rare four sport athlete: volleyball, swimming, softball and track. She was also among the top 10 academically in her class and earned several scholarships. In addition to school, Abby was active in her church, Rock Point, on the south edge of Crawfordsville, as one of the worship singers and was involved in the youth group. That’s how “Here’s to You” really came about.

I ... hope everyone who hears this song can find a point of light in it.

Abby started writing songs just last autumn with her mentors and friends, Rock Point’s worship directors Grace Stewart and Rhett Thomas, “like Thomas Rhett (the country singer),” Abby noted, “but backwards.” The three share the writing credit for “Here’s to You” and are planning to record an album of original Christian music. Abby’s musical influences straddle contemporary Christian and contemporary country, and include Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, and older artists like George Strait. She said she and Grace would meet once a week to practice writing together. After social distancing was put into place, they continued the weekly sessions on FaceTime. “As songwriters, you need to be writing all the time,” Abby said to work out different experiences and feelings and the feel of the music. “Here’s to You” was just another practice song they came up with. “I wanted to write a song for the seniors,” she said. “So, I just put my thoughts down on paper: the things I was missing out on and the things I’ve heard my friends talk about, and being upset about. And the ‘here’s to you’ kept coming back up. So we ran with that. After CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 JULY 2020


HERE’S TO YOU Remember on the first day Walkin through the hallway Talkin bout how we couldn't wait To get to leave this place, And graduate. Now we're in our last year, Yeah we should be there Surrounded by our friends Making memories … that's how it should be. Yeah I wish that we could turn back time But we will have to leave it all behind. So, here's to the ones who won't get the chance to Take the field at their last home game, Or ask that girl to prom, Or sing their school fight song. Here's to the ones who have to say goodbye To the past four years of their lives That made them who they are. Here's to you, here's to you. I'm staying in these four walls Thinkin’ bout the phone call When they told us we were done. Who would've thought that it would come to this. And I'm trying not to look back Knowin’ that we get that diploma in our hands One of these days. But it won't be the same. And we know that we can never turn back time So now we will have to leave it all behind. So, here's to the ones who won't get the chance to take the field at their last home game Or ask that girl to prom, Or sing their school fight song. And here's to the ones who have to say goodbye To the past four years of their lives That made them who they are. Here's to you. And to the rest of your life. It's gonna fly right by. So be thankful for each moment And don't waste your time. And on the road ahead, I hope you understand That there is purpose in the hard times. So, here's to the ones who won't get the chance to Take the field at their last home game Ask that girl to prom, Sing their school fight song. And here's to the ones who Have to say goodbye to the past four years Of their lives that made them who they are. Here's to you, here's to you, here’s to you. Lyrics by Abby Bannon, Grace Stewart, Rhett Thomas © 2020 Songs of Fourward Music (BMI), Abby Bannon Music (BMI) admin by Songs of Fourward Music, Sarah Grace Stewart Publishing JULY 2020 Designee (BMI), Garrett Jonathan Thomas Publishing Designee (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 we finished it, I knew I needed to share that. So, I recorded myself singing it and posted it.” Abby noted that when they wrote the song the third week of March, Crawfordsville had not officially shut down for the year. It was written more out of empathy for seniors at other schools that had already announced their closure. She was not ready to concede. After two weeks off in March, which included spring break, the hope was the virus would blow over, and they’d be back in April. “We left anticipating coming back. I was just trying to have a positive attitude about it. All the way up until the day they told us we weren’t coming back, I was confident we would.” The day she and her classmates received the fateful news in April, as the song gained national attention, a podcast in Texas was interviewing her about it. That’s when it became too real. “I cried on the interview because I had sung it for the first time since we had found out we were actually going to be done,” she recalled. “It just hit closer to home because we weren’t going back. That was really hard to deal with. That was a rough day.” The Class of 2020 will be remembered perhaps most for its rough beginnings and endings. The class that graduated with the coronavirus pandemic was the born during the horrific events of 9/11. Abby, in fact, was born Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks. “It’s crazy being born into that and graduating during this time,” she said. “It’s been a crazy life span.” Abby has been singing since middle school choir and playing guitar since eighth grade. But it was not until last autumn, about the time she started seriously writing songs, did she ever start considering a career in music that may now be in her future. That change of direction came about over a fish fry during a deer hunt. Abby poses with her little brother, Henry, during a deer hunting trip to Southern Illinois last autumn. Abby and her dad are avid turkey and deer hunters. During the trip, Nashville musicians who heard her sing and play encouraged her to go to Nashville. PHO TO PRO VI DED BY ABB Y BANNO N

Her dad, Jeff Bannon, had long taken Abby, the oldest of his three kids, turkey and deer hunting. He and his wife, Amanda, also have another daughter, Alyx, and son, Henry. A genuine “country girl,” Abby said she loves the time out in the country hunting with her dad. A lot of aspiring singers and songwriters go to Nashville seeking that big break. With Abby, Nashville met her halfway — at a deer hunting club in southern Illinois. Long-time friends of the Bannon family include Rob and Shannan Hatch. The couple is involved in the Nashville country music scene. Rob is a musician and has written several top songs for Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice and others. Shannan had just recently been named president of Fourward Music, a talent management and production company with an office in Nashville. The Hatches and Brice joined Abby, her dad and brother, along with a group of about 50 other deer hunters at the club. One night as the group gathered for dinner, Rob Hatch and Brice asked Abby to join them playing music. “Abby played a few songs,” said Shannan Hatch, “and blew us all away.” At the time, Abby was planning to attend Purdue University this fall. But the three from Nashville sat Abby and her dad down and said they know talent when they see it. They told them Abby needed to move to Nashville.

mont University, a small Christian school near downtown Nashville, to study music and business. Through Belmont, she’ll also be able to have an internship with Fourward Music to learn more about the music industry. Abby had planned on visiting Shannan during spring break to get a preview of what she could expect, but then came COVID-19 which nixed those plans, too. Ironically, that’s when “Here’s to You” came along. Abby sent her video to Shannan and Rob who immediately realized how special it was and decided it needed to be recorded professionally and released. And time was of the essence. Because of the pandemic, instead of going to Nashville to record it, Abby went to Whisper Studios in Kokomo to record the vocal. Rob and Shannan and their production team hooked up virtually with Whisper Studios, Shannan said, “So we could talk real time and hear real time and help produce the vocals from Nashville.” “And then they did all their magic and recorded all the instruments and back up vocals and things like that,” said Abby, “and I just really sat back and watched it all play out.”

‘on the road ahead’

The final produced version of the song was quickly released. “We decided we wanted to keep it scaled down, not produced too much but produced enough that radio would play it if they started picking up on it,” Shannan said.

After the deer hunt experience, and with the full support of her parents, Abby will now be attending Bel-

It was the first time Abby recorded professionally, and she was amazed. “There is no way that is

my voice, and that is my song,” she said when she first heard the final production. “With this song,” Shannan said, “Abby has created so much joy for so many people. It has been such a great feel-good project to work on during this time. It’s been good for my soul, too. “She’s got a knack for writing songs that are very relevant to her age group,” Shannan continued. “A lot of times when I see younger people writing songs, they’re trying to write about things they haven’t necessarily experienced. With Abby and her content, she’s writing from a very personal point of view.”

‘Purpose in the hard times’ The twist of fate that kept Abby home from Nashville for spring break, yet launched her beyond a mere introduction to Nashville is not lost on Abby or Shannan. “It’s very strange how things work out,” Shannan said. “I feel like everything happens for a reason even though we don’t know what the reasons are. With this case, Abby’s trajectory went a lot faster because of this scenario.” “My heart wanted that college CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 JULY 2020


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 experience,” Abby said. “I was in love with Nashville, and I have been to Belmont. It’s just a beautiful campus. And so I prayed about it for a long time, and then God opened the door for me to go to Belmont and be able to intern with Shannan through that. And then [“Here’s to You”] happened that had nothing to do with all that. It’s just crazy how all these pieces are falling into place.” So now, Shannan is champing at the bit to get Abby to Nashville. “I’m excited about really exploring what all she can do. When someone’s creative, they thrive in a creative setting. And that’s something Abby hadn’t had a chance to experience yet. She’s from a good family, and she’s got good Christian values. There’s just nothing bad about the child.” Just as in her song, it must seem the last 10 months of Abby’s life have flown right by. She’s thankful for each moment; but she’s not wasting any time. “If something comes of it while I’m in Nashville, then great,” Abby said. “I’m like: ‘Take me if you want me. I’m down for anything right now. But my plan is to study business and do something in the [music] business. I think there’s a lot of opportunity, so we’ll see.” “She has a unique perspective in the way she writes. And the way she can relate to people,” added Shannan. “It’s something that can’t really be taught. It’s just something certain people have, and Abby has that ‘it’ factor. There’s something very special about Abby Bannon.”


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As with any good commencement address, Abby’s “Here’s to You” ends on an upbeat note. Like other schools, Crawfordsville is now planning for late this month a prom and a live commencement ceremony where Abby hopes to perform before her classmates one last time. Much has already changed for the Class of 2020 in the months since they were told they were done. There’s talk what the “post-COVID-19 world” will hold, just as there was for the “post9/11 world” they were born into; they have witnessed marches for racial equality and protests like none in over 50 years; and they have seen America, after nine years, launch back into space. So, here’s to you, Abby. And here’s to all the graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. Godspeed you all on your way.

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.



HOOSIERS HELPING OTHERS Face masks have been de

rigueur in these COVID times and crafty folks throughout the country have been turning their fabric scraps into these important personal protective items. In Pulaski County, a group of women has sewn some 5,000 masks to help make this northern Indiana community safer. Carroll White REMC member Michelle Schmicker of Winamac is one of the “Scrappy Sewers,” the local quilting group that began face mask production back in March. The women initially provided face masks to the employees and patients of Pulaski Hospital and on May 1, when it became


mandatory in their community to wear face masks, Schmicker and her husband, Todd, handed out

Watch her lyric video:

527 masks from their front porch.


Not only was this face mask

Listen to more songs: youtube.com/channel/ UCcdl6mb3ZFFvjCsCGs745rQ

Follow Abby on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok: @abbybannon_

project spotlighted on South Bend’s ABC Channel 57, Gov. Eric Holcomb cited the group’s efforts on his April 29 COVID-19 briefing.

“Their model is one lady leaves them

Resources. “This young lady has

large heart,”

out on the front porch, and then you

brought so much fun and life to our

Bryles noted.

take what you need and that’s it,”

clients at the Rensselaer facility

“A lot of the

he noted. “And if that isn’t Hoosier, I

where my husband and I also work,

clients do not

don’t know what is.”

helping people with disabilities,”


Bryles wrote.

why they can’t

Todd Schmicker who shared the

go to the stores

“Scrappy Sewers” story with us

CDC helps its clients in a variety of

agrees. “If you want to see local

ways. Those participating in the day

heroes, it’s these ladies.” The group

service program are bused to the

also sews quilts of valor, homeless

facility daily to learn life, social and

mats and pillowcases for children’s

academic skills. CDC also manages


group homes and assistance living

Bryles says she is amazed by

apartments for other clients.

Tokarz’s abundance of energy and

A joyful, positive attitude goes a long way in soothing others’ spirits in a challenging and frightening time. That’s why Elizabeth Bryles of Wheatfield nominated Marie Tokarz for the Here for You Crew. Tokarz works in human resources at CDC

Throughout the pandemic, Tokarz has helped with projects for staff and clients to do together and makes it a point to visit everyone, entertaining them with her funny antics. “Marie has displayed the caring, happy, selfless spirit of a person with a

or out to eat, so we just give a lot of reassurance that we will get through this crisis.”

joy. A single mother of two young boys, one of whom is autistic, Tokarz is well aware of the challenges CDC clients face. “She is alongside all of us sharing the difficult times with the fun times and making a difference with such passion that we all have for our clients we serve,” Bryles said.

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Due to the ever-changing coronavirus situation, please note that the events below may not occur at their originally scheduled times. Be sure to reach out to the event contacts below to ensure that the programs you are interested in are still taking place.






ZANESVILLE LIONS CLUB HOMESPUN DAY FESTIVAL, Zanesville (Allen/ Wells counties), Zanesville United Methodist Church. Music, car parade, craft/flea market booths, food, co-ed softball tourney, antiques, horse and wagon rides, car show (registration fee), town-wide garage sales, and more. 260-638-4327 or 260-479-8235. https://www.facebook.com/ zanesvillehomespunday/ BARNSTORMING JASPER COUNTY — BIPLANE RIDES, Rensselaer (Jasper), Jasper County Airport. Barnstormers Andrew King of Bald Eagle Biplane Rides and Dewey Davenport of Goodfolk & O’Tymes Biplane Rides will offer vintage open-cockpit biplane rides. Rides are first come, first serve and start at $80 for adults and $60 for kids 12 and under, with a two-person minimum. 8 a.m.-Sunset (7/30-8/1); 8 a.m.-Noon (8/2). 219-866-2100. info@jaspercountyairport.com. http:// jaspercountyairport.com/biplane-rides/


SHIPSHEWANA ANTIQUE FESTIVAL, Shipshewana (LaGrange). Farmstead Event Pavilion. Steam and tractor show, working demonstrations, an antique telephone show. Food and door prizes. Free. 8 a.m.4 p.m. 260-768-4129. info@ shipshewanatradingplace.com. https://shipshewanatradingplace. com/events/shipshewanaantique-market/


ANGOLA ART FESTIVAL, Angola (Steuben), downtown. Artists, antiques, street performers, music and kids’ activities. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 260-665-5386. downtownangola-in.org







GRISSOM AIR MUSEUM WARBIRD CRUISE-IN, Peru (Miami), Grissom Air Museum. Car show, food, vendors. Museum open. Admission charge. 765-689-8011. grissomairmuseum.com POPCORN FESTIVAL OF VAN BUREN, Van Buren (Grant), across from the library. Parade, car show, 5k run, free entertainment, food booths, and Lions Club tenderloin booth. Schedule varies by day. Free. 765-9982966. Popcornfestivalofvanburen.org






OAKLAND CITY SWEET CORN FESTIVAL, Oakland City (Gibson), Wirth Park. Parade, music, rides, food vendors, fried chicken and pork chop dinners, and corn-eating contest. Free. 812-677-0728. gibsoncountyin.org

SCHWEIZER FEST, Tell City (Perry), City Hall Park. Amusement rides, games, food, beer garden, wine tasting, exhibit market, live entertainment nightly, talent show, queen pageant, road run, baby contest, and golf event. Free. 888-343-6262. tellcityschweizerfest.com

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Indiana Connection publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Indiana Connection advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans.


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PIG ROAST IN THE PARK, Scottsburg (Scott), Beechwood Park. Music, food, craft booths, kids’ games, fireworks, sporting and various activities. Free. 812752-9211. greatscottindiana.com


DINO EXTRA TRIATHALON AND 5-MILE TRAIL RUN, Versailles (Ripley), Versailles State Park. Swim, mountain bike, and trail run. Mountain bike and helmet required. Check-in/Registration at race site Aug. 7, 6-8 am. Triathalon starts Aug. 8 at 9 am. Registration charge. Brian Holzhausen, 317336-7553. dinoseries.com.

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do-it-yourself OIL AND FILTER. If you’re close


to your scheduled oil change, go ahead and have it done before the trip. The oil is the lifeblood of your


engine. If it breaks down, your en-


even windshield wiper fluid. Coolant,

gine breaks down. If a change is not necessary, make sure you check the oil level and keep it properly filled. ENGINE FLUIDS. Double-check levels on low transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and in particular, is critical. The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Check your coolant’s

The Fourth of July traditionally kicks off the height of summer travel season. For most American families, that means hitting the road. How fast the nation stretches and gets back on its feet after the pandemic hibernation is anyone’s guess. But whether you’re planning to shake off cabin fever now and cannonball into the travel waters, or slowly dip your big toe first and wade in, here are some tips on what to check and inspect from the AAA Hoosier Motor Club, Firestone Complete Auto Care and CarWise.com to make sure your vehicle is road ready when you and your family are willing and able.

level and appearance in the overflow reservoir. It should be clear and not cloudy. If your coolant hasn’t been changed for over five years or 100,000 miles, a flush-and-fill is probably a good idea. CAUTION! Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot — boiling coolant Continued on page 28

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accurate reading, check tire pressures


under pressure could cause serious

when the tires are cold. Always follow

current blades are leaving streaks


inflation pressure recommendations

behind when it rains or turn the cloud

in your vehicle owner’s manual or on

of gnats you just hit into a blinding

the tire information label located in

smear, it’s time for a new pair. Top off

the glove box or on the driver’s door

your wiper fluid while you’re changing

jamb. Do not use the inflation pressure

the blades.

BATTERY. Summer heat can damage your car’s battery more than freezing winter temperatures. If a battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last. ALIGNMENT. If your car pulls to one side, your steering wheel vibrates, or your steering wheel isn’t centered when you’re driving straight, get your vehicle’s alignment checked out.

molded into the tire sidewall, which may not be the correct pressure for your particular vehicle.

EMERGENCY KIT. Even with preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur. Keep a


well-stocked emergency kit in your car

air conditioner for a little while before

that includes water, non-perishable

your trip to make sure it blows out cold

food items, jumper cables, a flashlight

air. Are there any strange noises or

with extra batteries, road flares or an

odors? If you notice anything unusual,

emergency beacon, basic hand tools

the system may need to be cleaned

and a first aid kit.

BRAKES. Is there anything more

or recharged, or it could have a leak.

important than good brakes in your

During extreme summer heat, an

If you are unable or uncomfortable

vehicle? Stop-and-go traffic, road

air-conditioning system can be more

checking many of these items on

construction, and inclement conditions

than just a pleasant convenience: It

your own, plan to have your car

may have done a number on your

can reduce fatigue, which plays an

checked over by a professional


important part in driver alertness and

mechanic at least several days

vehicle safety.

before your planned departure.

TIRE PRESSURE. Make sure your tires (including your spare!)


are properly inflated before hitting

Visually inspect your engine’s drive

the road. Driving on under-inflated

belts, clamps and hoses. If anything

tires can cause tires to overheat and

looks worn or frayed, take it to a

increase the likelihood of a blowout,

mechanic and have them checked out

especially when road temperatures are extremely high. For the most


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LIGHTS. Inspect all lights and replace burned out bulbs.


Safeguard electronics with

surge protectors Nearby lightning strikes are most often associated with power surges in your home’s wiring that can damage electronics and appliances. But smaller power surges — voltage increases above the intended level in the flow of electricity — are far more common and can happen at any time of day, regardless of weather. Surge protectors are relatively inexpensive devices that can help protect your electrical devices from these more common power surges. High-powered pieces of equipment are more likely than lightning to cause power outages. These powerful electrical devices, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, require a lot of energy to turn on and off quickly. Other sources of power surges can include faulty wiring and downed power lines. Any spike in voltage can harm your electrical devices if the increase is above the device’s

intended operating voltage. The excess voltage can cause an arc of electrical current, which heats and damages the device. Smaller surges may still damage electronics and gradually shorten the device’s life. Point-of-use surge protection devices, the most common type of surge protector, protect the items directly plugged into it. This surge protector can’t stop the surge, but it instead diverts the surge to the ground, away from your electronic devices. The best point-of-use surge protectors have an indicating light and/or alarm that shows when it should be replaced. Meanwhile, service entrance surge protection devices protect your home’s entire electrical system and are mounted on your main electrical panel at the base of the electric meter. This option protects what can’t be plugged

into a point-of-use device, such as outlets and light switches. Wholehouse surge protectors can handle surges from outside the home of up to 20,000 volts; standard outlet surge protectors typically can’t handle more than 6,000 volts. But when lightning strikes near a power line, the electrical energy from the lightning can boost electrical pressure by millions of volts. Most surge protectors can’t tolerate extremely large power surges. For best protection, your electric co-op recommends unplugging sensitive electrical devices and electronics during storms.

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As recovered COVID-19 patients were being wheeled from some Indiana hospitals to family members waiting to take them home this spring, they were cheered by hospital workers and serenaded with the eternally cheerful Beatles tune, “Here Comes the Sun.” You needn’t have experienced “a long cold lonely winter” — or spring — to appreciate the warmth and brightness the sun brings. And that goes for what sunflowers can bring to your garden, too. Sunflowers are traditional in the typical Midwestern garden. But modern hybrids have greatly expanded the palette of colors, sizes, and whether you want something pretty to look at or seed for the birds. Gardeners will find two different types of sunflowers available from garden centers and online catalogs: Those grown for their edible seeds, and those grown primarily as ornamentals. Traditional sunflowers are generally quite tall (over 5 feet) with bright yellow blooms. Modern

cultivars now offer a range of orange, gold, lemon-yellow, bronze, amber, mahogany-red and even white.

To harvest sunflower seeds for eating or for feeding the birds:

Another new development is more highly branched plants that may carry numerous smaller flower heads, rather than one large head. Some cultivars have been bred to fill the center with additional rows of ray-type flowers, giving a fuller, double-flowered appearance. And for smaller gardens and containers, you’ll find sunflowers ranging in height from dwarf types (1-2 feet). Many of the newer garden types are intermediate height (3-5 feet).

two-thirds of the seeds are

Sunflowers are easy to grow in just about any type of garden soil and climate. Choose a sunny location for best flowering. Sunflowers are generally considered to be a warmseason crop plant. So, whether to look at or for seed, sunflowers just have something that, after a long, cold lonely time, returns smiles to our faces.

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


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Cut the head when at least mature; the outer shell of the seed will be hardened, and the back of the head will be brown and dry. You may need to protect your harvest from the birds by covering the maturing head with cheesecloth, netting or a paper bag. Cut the head from the plant, leaving 1-2 feet of stem attached. Hang the heads in a paper or cloth bag to catch the falling seeds, and place in a warm, well-ventilated area for a few weeks to cure.

Hoosier Energy news

Diligent effort Co-op power provider employees rise to the challenge of providing energy throughout pandemic



Hoosier Energy employees who work in operations can’t always practice social distancing to get the job done. The work these employees do is recognized by many including Merom Generating Station Plant Manager Karl Back. “Our people are responding very well to a difficult situation, which is not surprising to me with the culture we have at Hoosier Energy.�

Hoosier Energy is a non-profit generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) founded in 1949 to provide wholesale power and services to member distribution cooperatives. Headquartered in Bloomington, we serve 18 locally owned member cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Our mission is to provide members with assured, reliable and competitively priced energy and services in a safe and environmentally acceptable manner.

Correction: In the June issue, Hoosier Energy news incorrectly stated that Hoosier Energy supplies natural gas to heat homes and businesses in the communities served by member distribution cooperatives. Hoosier Energy does not supply natural gas to its members.


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Get away nearby at Indiana campgrounds

The restorative power of nature is a recurrent theme in literature, music and art. And if ever Hoosiers could use a little restorative power, it’s right about now. If you are looking to get away this month, but maybe not to a crowded or far away place, Indiana offers a diverse group of public campgrounds. Here is a list of Indiana state parks, state forests, and federal recreation areas within the Hoosier National Forest you might want to consider. Campsites may vary from offering electricity to being primitive and some are listed as being for horse camping. In addition, be sure to go online and check with local visitors bureaus for privately-owned campgrounds, RV parks and cabin rental facilities in areas you’d like to visit. Also, many other of the state forests and fish and wildlife areas also offer limited primitive camping. Also, Hoosier National Forest horse camps offer camping to any Forest visitors.

INDIANA DNR FACILITIES To make reservations, go online to www.Camp.IN.Gov.

Hardy Lake • Scottsburg Hardy Lake has a 740-acre lake with great fishing and water skiing opportunities.

Brown County State Park • Nashville Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and ravines.

Harmonie State Park • New Harmony The park brings together the small historic town and beautiful scenery.

Chain O Lakes State Park • Albion This is lake country and a small boater’s paradise with nine connecting lakes. Charlestown State Park • Charlestown The Ohio River is the main feature of this park with many recreational opportunities. Clifty Falls State Park • Madison The waterfalls and fossils are the highlights of the park that offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery. Deam Lake State Recreation Area • Borden A Forest Education Center on property has a full-time naturalist to provide interpretive programming.

Indiana Dunes State Park • Chesterton Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful and unique Hoosier landscape with more than three miles of beach along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

site, offers hiking trails, lakes, and an interpretive center. McCormick’s Creek State Park • Spencer

Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls that highlight Indiana’s first state park. Mississinewa Lake • Peru

Mississinewa Lake and its surrounding area are rich in American Indian history. Pleasure boating, water skiing, fishing and hiking are only a few of the activities available. Monroe Lake • Bloomington

Six miles south of the main Indiana University campus, Monroe Lake is the largest body of water in Indiana. Activities at Monroe include fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, picnicking, water recreation, bird/eagle viewing, and many others. Mounds State Park • Anderson

Mounds State Park features 10 unique earthworks built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people. The largest earthwork, the Great Mound, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. O’Bannon Woods State Park • Corydon

Lieber State Recreation Area • Cloverdale In 1952, Cagles Mill Lake was built as Indiana’s first flood control reservoir. Mill Creek feeds the 1,400-acre lake and is home to beautiful Cataract Falls.

O’Bannon Woods State Park (formerly Wyandotte Woods State Recreation Area) lies in the central and extreme southern part of the state, bordering the Ohio River. It is nestled inside 26,000-acre Harrison Crawford State Forest.

Lincoln State Park • Lincoln City Discover the boyhood home of Abraham

Ouabache State Park • Bluffton

Lincoln. The state park, across the highway from the national boyhood

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Miami Indian word, “waapaahšiki,” so don’t be surprised to hear many folks call it o-ba-chee.

Patoka Lake • Birdseye With 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake is a fine example of lake ecology. An 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR. Pokagon State Park • Angola One of the state’s original parks, Pokagon features the unique work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose members lived and worked at Pokagon from 1934 to 1942. Natural lakes created by glaciers that melted 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, frame the park and offer abundant opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing and scenic sunsets. Potato Creek State Park • North Liberty The park features a wide array of activities and facilities for year-round enjoyment, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Prophetstown State Park • West Lafayette Established in 2004, Indiana’s newest state park offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, birding, and wildlife observation. The park is unique because of the large expanses of tall prairie grasses, blooming native wildflowers, and numerous wetlands that wait to be explored. Raccoon Lake • Rockville Includes the Raccoon State Recreation Area and Historic Mansfield Roller Mill. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of Big Raccoon Creek for flood control. The lake also provides recreation, wildlife management and economic benefits. Salamonie Lake • Andrews A 12,000-acre outdoor recreation property with a 2,855-acre lake for boating, swimming and fishing. The property features horse riding, hiking, mountain bike trails; campgrounds; an interpretive (nature) center; and marina. Shades State Park • Waveland Shades State Park is a favorite for hikers and canoeists with beautiful sandstone


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cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover’s paradise.

200 acres, the Brookville/Whitewater complex offers great fishing, boating and swimming.

Shakamak State Park • Jasonville Three man-made lakes offer 400 acres of water for fishing and boating while a new family aquatic center provides swimming fun. About two-thirds of the campsites are in a wooded area.


Spring Mill State Park • Mitchell The park links Indiana pioneers: a restored pioneer village including working grist mill and pioneering astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom with the Grissom Memorial. Starve Hollow State Recreation Area • Vallonia Some of the best camping in southern Indiana can be found here with 90 electric camp sites some of which are right on the shore of a 145-acre lake. Summit Lake State Park • New Castle Excellent fishing for bass, crappie, yellow perch, channel catfish, walleye and sunfish can be had at the park’s 800-acre lake. All campsites have electric and water hookups with modern comfort stations. Tippecanoe River State Park • Winamac This is a nature lover’s park with many opportunities to observe wildlife and explore the outdoors. The property borders seven miles of the Tippecanoe River. Turkey Run State Park • Marshall The natural geologic wonders of this beautiful park will astound hikers along its famous trails. The park offers the chance to explore deep, sandstone ravines, walk along stands of aged forests, and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek. Versailles State Park • Versailles This area has deep history rooted in both the Civil War and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Fish on the 230acre lake where you can rent a rowboat, kayak or canoe. Whitewater Memorial State Park • Liberty Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1975, Brookville Lake is about 5,260 acres. Combined with Whitewater Lake of about

The Hoosier National Forest offers a variety of camping opportunities, from cabins to primitive camping. For more info, visit www.fs.usda.gov/ hoosier. Buzzard Roost • Magnet An overlook on the Ohio River provides a panoramic view of the river bottom. The site has a primitive picnic area and trails though no toilets or water are provided. German Ridge • Rome Recreation site offers a 24-mile multiple use trail, a scenic lake, swimming and picnicking. Hardin Ridge • Heltonville The 1,200-acre recreational complex is located on the shores of Monroe Lake. Indian-Celina Lakes • St. Croix A tranquil getaway, the recreation area contains the 164-acre Celina Lake and the 152-acre Indian Lake. Activities include camping, boating (electric motors or paddles only), fishing, and hiking. Additional amenities include the historic Rickenbaugh House, an amphitheater and interpretive trail. Saddle Lake • Gatchel Saddle Lake has a primitive campground, a boat ramp and a hiking trail. This scenic, somewhat remote lake is an excellent place to get away from crowds and you will often have the place to yourself! Tipsaw Lake • St. Croix The 131-acre Tipsaw Lake in Perry County offers camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and biking. Amenities include a beautiful swimming beach with playground equipment, a modern bathhouse, and a boat launch.



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