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05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative.
14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Franklin County.
10 ENERGY Save dollars, make sense with heat pump retrofit.
15 INDIANA EATS Out-of-the-way café in Bean Blossom.
cover story 16 FOOD Fresh from the garden to the table. 18 SAFETY Ground-mounted utility boxes are not reading nooks. 20 COVER STORY
24 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 25 RECALLS (Not in all editions.) 26 PROFILE Brent Buckles takes it to the limit in bike challenge. (Not in all editions.)
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CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) www.cwremc.coop MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org CEO Cathy Raderstorf BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 219-863-6652
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4280 W, 700 N, Delphi
Margaret E. Foutch, 219-279-2677 7535 W, 500 S, Chalmers
Gary E. Gerlach, 574-595-7820 9833 S. Base Road, Star City
Kent P. Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground
Tina L. Davis, 219-204-2195 7249 W, 600 S, Winamac
Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds
Aaron N. Anderson, 765-427-5592 6634 W, 300 S, Delphi
MISSION STATEMENT “Creatively enhancing our community through safety and service.”
Safety, Service, and Community IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 June bills are due July 5 and are subject to disconnect July 26 if unpaid. Cycle 2 June bills are due July 20 and are subject to disconnect Aug. 9 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on July 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read July 15.
SAVE ENERGY WHEN USING LARGE APPLIANCES Only run full loads in the dishwasher, and thoroughly scrape food from dishes before loading. Dry towels and heavier cottons separate from lighter-weight clothing, and clean the lint screen after every use. Wash clothing in cold water to save energy used to heat water. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
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REMC’s hybrid Annual Meeting mixes business with prizes, grants and scholarships Though Carroll White REMC’s 11th Annual Meeting on June 6 was unlike meetings in the past, the focus — as always — was on the co-op’s members. This year’s meeting was in a hybrid format — a combination of a drive-thru meeting and an in-person meeting held at Carroll Junior-Senior High School in Flora. No matter how members chose to participate in the meeting, they were able to vote in the director election to choose representatives to the REMC’s board of directors.
AT THE ANNUAL MEETING, TWO BOARD MEMBERS WERE RE-ELECTED TO THREE-YEAR TERMS.
KEVIN BENDER DISTRICT 2
MARGARET FOUTCH DISTRICT 4
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co-op news continued from page 5 “The financial and operational interests in our cooperative are represented by a board of directors, made up of REMC members, elected by you, our member-owners,” said Carroll White REMC Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Kent Zimpfer who introduced the current board: • Aaron Anderson: Representing District 1. Anderson is the newest board member, joining in 2021. • Kevin Bender: Representing District 2. Bender is the REMC’s board president. He also represents Region 4 of the
National Cooperative Finance Corporation board of directors. Region 4 encompasses Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. • Kent Zimpfer: Representing District 3. Zimpfer serves as assistant secretary-treasurer of the REMC board. • Margaret Foutch: Representing District 4. Foutch is REMC vice president. • Ralph Zarse: Representing District 5. Zarse is the board’s secretary-treasurer.
CW REMC Secretary-Treasurer Ralph Zarse read the certificate specifying the number of members needed for a quorum. He read the legal notice of the meeting and proof of giving notice of the meeting. Minutes of the 2021 Annual Meeting were provided for members in the May edition of Indiana Connection magazine. There was a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes. It was seconded and motion carried. CW REMC’s financial report was not read. That report also appeared in the May Indiana Connection wrap. The annual accountant’s report is from the auditing firm of London Witte Group. Zimpfer emphasized that members may address any questions with the board or management team. Questions may be addressed by calling the office, accessing contact information located in the monthly Indiana Connection magazine, on the website or using the Smart Hub mobile app.
• Gary Gerlach: Representing District 6. Gerlach serves as the CW REMC director on the Indiana Electric Cooperatives board of directors. • Tina Davis: Representing District 7. Davis is CW REMC’s director on the Wabash Valley Power Alliance board. Wabash Valley is the cooperative’s power supplier. The REMC’s attorney, Patrick Manahan, conducted the board election. Incumbent board members Kevin Bender and Margaret Foutch were re-elected to the board.
COBANK SHARING SUCCESS GRANT RECIPIENT For the past several years, CWREMC has participated in the Sharing Success grant program, created and administered by CoBank, one of the co-op’s lending institutions. “Concern for Community is a long-standing cooperative principle which defines rural America,” said REMC CEO Cathy Raderstorf. “There are people and organizations in rural America that need our help. “This is why CoBank created this grant program to work with their customers to find and help organizations that need it,” Raderstorf said. “It’s about doing the right thing.” Since 2014, CW REMC and CoBank have granted $120,000 into our service territory through this program. The Winamac Memorial Swinging Bridge Project is the latest Sharing Success grant recipient. The project, which honors our country’s veterans, received $10,000 from CoBank which was matched by $10,000 from the REMC. Greg and Brenda Henry, Cindy Hickle and Kathi Thompson accepted the grant check.
The Winamac Memorial Swinging Bridge Project received a Sharing Success grant during the Carroll White REMC Annual Meeting. On hand for the check presentation were, from left, Brenda Henry, Cindy Hinkle, REMC Director Tina Davis, Greg Henry, Kathi Thompson, REMC Director Gary Gerlach, and REMC CEO Cathy Raderstorf.
Carroll White REMC Communications and Public Relations Manager Casey Crabb (left) and CEO Cathy Raderstorf (right) presented senior certificates to the five students graduating from the REMC’s junior board of directors. Students shown from left are Sarah Padilla, Leah Schneider, Emily Hagen, Hannah Cosgray and Elyse Perry.
JUNIOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT For CW REMC Junior Board Chair
donating books to needy families,
Leah Schneider, the best part of
$500. Samantha Pickens accepted
serving on the junior board is its
annual donations to local nonprofits. “The junior board performs community service work during the school year in addition to completing a group project,” Schneider, a 2022 graduate of Tri-County High School, said. “Through this endeavor, we give back to the community served by our
Raderstorf presented senior certificates to these junior board members graduating from high school: Elyse Perry, Hannah Cosgray, Leah Schneider, Emily Hagen, and Sarah Padilla.
2021-22 JUNIOR BOARD MEMBERS
Those receiving donations from the
• Leah Schneider, Chair, Tri-County
junior board were: • Pulaski Animal Hospital, Winamac, $500. Emily Hagen represented this organization. • Thompson Family Scholarships, White County Community Foundation, $500. Leslie Goss received this donation. • Psi Iota XI in Carroll County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library,
2022-23 JUNIOR BOARD OFFICERS • Grace Ayres, Chair, Carroll High School • Maguire Thompson, Vice Chair, Delphi Community High School • Cooper Cross, Secretary, Delphi Community High School • Kendra Sheagley, Treasurer, Carroll High School
High School • Emily Hagen, Vice Chair, Winamac Community High School • Elyse Perry, Secretary, Delphi Community High School • Sarah Padilla, Treasurer, Winamac Community High School • Hannah Cosgray, North White High School • Chase Long, Delphi Community High School JULY 2022
co-op news SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO GRADUATING SENIORS Casey Crabb, CW REMC communications and public relations manager, presented the 2022 CW REMC senior high school graduate scholarships. New this year is a $1,000 scholarship given to a junior board member. “These dedicated students put time and energy into their service on the board, and we believe this is a deserving way to honor one of them,” Crabb said. The recipient must have completed an application with letters of reference, served two years on the junior board, been active and exhibited the values of CW REMC when representing the REMC in the community. The winner of the junior board scholarship was Elyse Perry of Delphi Community High School. The annual senior scholarships, each for $1,000, are selected by a committee made up of CW REMC board members and the co-op’s leadership team. “Scholarship winners must be REMC members, pursuing a higher education opportunity, and have a solid grade point average,” Crabb said. “We also encourage volunteerism, community involvement and participation in school activities.”
DOOR PRIZES WINNERS Recipients of door prizes, all in the form of bill credits, were drawn from those who registered at the Annual Meeting — whether by driving through or stopping to visit. Winners were: $25 – John S. Hacker, Monticello
SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Ashely Duff, Carroll High School Sam Bieghler, Delphi Community High School Jaydon Kauffman, Frontier High School Hannah Cosgray, North White High School Mason Hinkle, Pioneer High School Leah Schneider, Tri-County High School Macy Green, Twin Lakes High School Emanuel Hoover, West Central High School Emily Hagen, Winamac Community High School Alyssa Villanueva, Winamac Community High School
T hank you FOR MAKING THE ANNUAL MEETING A SUCCESS!
• CW REMC employees for their hard work and dedication to our members. • Carroll School Corporation and staff for the use
$25 – Maureen A. Johnson, Flora
of Carroll Junior-Senior High School for the Annual
$25 – David Forgey, Logansport
$25 – Mark C. Briggs, Delphi $25 – Blake M. Spegal, Monticello $50 – Kent Taylor, Battle Ground
• Darrell and Darren Bailey and Custom Select for the pork burger dinners. • Group Therapy for the music.
$50 – Roger L. Routt, Flora
• Christin Lowry for leading the group in the singing of the National Anthem.
$50 – Don C. Beck, Galveston
• Pastor Todd Ladd of the Delphi United Methodist Church for giving the
$75 – Gary L. Ennis, Delphi $100 – Lyndze A. Zopp, Delphi $250 – Robert E. Blount – Delphi $500 – Angie M. Mazgaj, Monticello
invocation. • CW REMC members for your ongoing support and trust.
Save dollars, make sense with a retrofit In search of a lower energy bill, a cleaner environment or just a more comfortable temperature in your home? Odds are a heat pump retrofit will deliver all three and more. What is a retrofit, you ask? A retrofit integrates new components in your current HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system to improve its efficiency. That way, you won’t need to replace your entire HVAC system. In this case, we’re talking about installing an electric heat pump to replace fossil-fuel burning systems, such as propane, oil or even natural gas. According to Energy information Administration data from 2015, about 46% of the housing units (53.8
million) in the United States have forced-air systems which use fossil fuels as their primary heat source. By converting the accompanying furnaces to heat pump air handlers, homeowners can save money two ways: • They don’t have to replace the full system. • They can save energy and lower their monthly energy bills. There are a few keys to a successful retrofit, however.
First, be sure to correctly calculate the size of your heat pump. If you underestimate the amount of heating and cooling needed, the equipment won’t be able to maintain comfortable temperatures, especially under extreme
JUST BE SURE TO DO IT CORRECTLY
conditions. It will also increase the workload and eliminate some of those efficiency savings. More common is oversizing the equipment. Not only does larger equipment cost more (and who wants to spend more money than necessary?), but oversized units will cycle on and off more often. That also leads to a loss in efficiency, not to mention additional wear and tear on the equipment. And with air conditioning, a short cycle fails to dehumidify the house sufficiently.
as well as potential environmental harm.
Finally, be sure you know how to use your new system to achieve the maximum benefits in both comfort and savings. The temperature setting is critical. Knowing how the system works and how to turn it on and off is also vital. With all of that in mind, a heat pump retrofit — done correctly — could save you plenty of dollars and make a lot of sense.
Second, retrofit projects must be done by trained technicians. Electrical work, if not done correctly, can result in shock or fire, while failed refrigerant connections could result in leaks and/ or equipment failure,
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Suicide prevention hotline goes operational on July 16 Every 11 minutes, someone dies by suicide. Starting on July 16, those contemplating suicide can call “988” for help. The new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number for mental health crises is similar to the 911 number for medical emergencies. Because callers only have to remember three digits, the Federal Communications Commission notes it will be easier for Americans in crisis to get the help they need. Though the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been around since 2005, previously callers had to phone a 10-digit number (1-800273-8255) to reach a network of trained crisis counselors. Callers
to the new hotline number will be redirected to the 800 number. Since 2008, suicide has been ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, it is also the 10th overall leading cause of death in Indiana. Congress passed the bill which designated 988 as the national suicide hotline number in September 2020. Then-President Donald Trump signed it into law in October 2020. Two years earlier, Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act into law. It had directed the FCC to study the use of a three-digit number for the hotline.
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Franklin County Recreation and the celebration of history and culture make Franklin County in southeastern Indiana come alive. County seat Brookville sits at the southern edge of Brookville Lake. Brookville’s earthen dam was constructed in 1974 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and impounds the East Fork of the Whitewater River for flood control and storm water management. The lake extends north into Union County. The reservoir area, which includes the Mounds State Recreation Area, provides boating, camping, golf, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. To the west of Brookville is Metamora, once a stop along the Whitewater Canal, that now celebrates that heritage primarily as a tourist town. The canal was built in the 1830s and ran 76 miles from Lawrenceburg on the Ohio River to Hagerstown near the West Fork of the White River, opening the Whitewater River valley for commerce and industry. New communities, like Metamora, were platted right along the canal. That provided access to markets for agricultural products and supplied hydraulic power for mills and factories that made flour, lumber, paper, and more. Eventually a railroad was built on the canal’s towpath, creating an even more efficient transportation corridor. The canal’s water flow continued to provide power for the mills. In Metamora, visitors can experience what it was like in the 1800s. A horsedrawn canal boat, operating gristmill and Whitewater Valley Railroad are the main attractions. Along with all the historical features and attractions in Metamora, visitors will find also find
gift, craft and antique shops, eateries and lodging to round out a visit.
Oldenburg isn’t called the “Village of Spires” for no reason.
The Whitewater Valley Railroad includes the “Metamora Local,” which travels on a two-mile scenic excursion along the restored canal, past the canal boat dock, a working aqueduct, and a restored lock. The ride lasts approximately 30 minutes. The “Valley Flyer” train to Metamora departs from the Connersville depot and offers a two-hour layover in Metamora for shopping, eating, and sightseeing before returning to Connersville. The Whitewater Valley Railroad operates other special events throughout the year. In the southwestern corner of Franklin County, the beautiful town of Oldenburg takes visitors not just back to another century but to another continent. The Old World charm of the town, first settled in 1817 by Catholic German immigrants from Cincinnati, is unmistakable. Oldenburg is called the “Village of Spires,” because of its churches and religious educational institutions. The town was platted in 1837. A German priest, Father Francis Joseph Rudolf, arrived in 1844 and helped develop the town for religious purposes. Soon after his arrival, he encouraged many nuns, among them, Sister Teresa Hackelmeier, to migrate to the small town and educate the children of the German immigrants. In 1851, Sister Hackelmeier established the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg. From there, Oldenburg has continued to develop its rich Catholic and German roots that are still prevalent today.
County Facts FOUNDED: 1811 NAMED FOR: Benjamin Franklin POPULATION: 22,750 COUNTY SEAT: Brookville INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 24
Today, Oldenburg is a quaint town with a population of over 600. It is home to a diverse array of accredited institutions, including Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception and the Sisters of Saint Francis. Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception is a Franciscan Catholic co-educational college preparatory high school committed to academic excellence, social responsibility, leadership and personal and spiritual growth. The academy has seen several major changes in the past couple of decades, including the end of its resident program in 1999. In the fall of 2000, the school welcomed young men for the first time in its history. Steeped in rich German culture, Oldenburg prides itself on its authentic German food, architecture, and its hospitality. That hospitality and German heritage will be celebrated July 15-16 with the return of the annual Freudenfest, which means “Fun Day.” It is known as “The biggest little German festival in Indiana.”
OUT-OF-THE-WAY The Farmhouse Café and Tea Room is located off the beaten path out in the country, three miles from Bean Blossom and five miles from downtown Nashville, Indiana. That outof-the-way location is just one reason you should visit this quaint southern Indiana eatery. A trip to the cafe is like traveling through time back to the Indiana of the 1800s. Not only is the vibe of the antique-filled dining area cozy and country, the menu features comfort food at
its finest. And the outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy it. Sandwiches, including the big-as-a-plate tenderloin on a buttered brioche bun; a variety of tempting salads; and homemade soup round out the lunch menu. Standouts include Brown County’s Best BLT which elevates a traditional sandwich to a new level with a tasty handmade sun-dried tomato herbal mayo aioli. The Chicken Papaya Salad and Avocado and Smoked Fish Salad are as Instagram-worthy as they are delicious with their bright colors and flavors. Sully’s Blackbean Burger features a made in-house patty that perfectly blends
bean with heat. Just like the Blackbean Burger, the local-sourced Double Bison Burger gets a punch of flavor thanks to its achiote ranch sauce topping. The House Chicken Velvet Soup is served daily, along with two other soup options. At dinnertime (ThursdaysSaturdays) don’t miss the Oh-So-Good BBQ Ribs, dry-rubbed and basted with “Brown County Backwoods” barbecue sauce. The ribs are fall off the bone tender. The crowd favorite dessert is the carrot cake, and the cobblers and pies are all made with seasonal fruits. Though Iced Sassafras Tea is a real treat for those
used to typical black tea brews, anyone who visits Farmhouse Café must try the house specialty beverage, Herb Barn Lemonade. It’s a refreshing though unusual blend of frozen lemonade, ginger ale and milk. The brick building housing the café was formerly an Underground Railroad safe house and is just steps away from the Flower and Herb Barn nursery. Browse the nursery’s herbs, perennials, native flowers and grasses, garden art and antiques to cap off your day. Check Farmhouse Café’s Facebook page for current hours and specials.
FARMHOUSE CAFÉ AND TEA ROOM 5171 Bean Blossom Road, Ninevah
Farmhouse Café and Tea Room’s Double Bison Burger may just be the best in Brown County. The sandwich is piled high with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion. It gets an extra flavor boost from the café’s achiote ranch sauce.
Bring on the flavor! The star attraction in the Avocado and Smoked Fish Salad is the smoked salmon, which is seasoned with cilantro, mustard seed and other spices.
The Chicken Papaya Salad is a perfect summertime lunch choice. Drizzle the sublime combo of papaya, avocado, chicken breast and mixed baby lettuce leaves with honey mango vinaigrette and enjoy! JULY 2022
Nature’s bounty FRESH FROM THE GARDEN TO THE TABLE SESAME GINGER CUCUMBER SALAD 2 T. rice vinegar 4 t. soy sauce 1 T. olive oil 2 t. minced fresh gingerroot 2 t. sesame oil 1 t. honey ¼ t. Sriracha chili sauce 2 English cucumbers 1 t. sesame seeds, toasted
For dressing, mix first seven ingredients. Trim ends and cut cucumbers crosswise into three inch sections. Cut sections into julienne strips. To serve, toss cucumbers with sesame seeds and dressing. Sprinkle with green onions.
Thinly sliced green onions FO O D PREPARED BY EM I LY SCHI LLI NG PHO TO S BY RI CHARD G . BI EVER
MEXICAN STREET CORN SALAD Marilles Mauer Greensburg, Indiana 4 ears sweet corn
½ t. seasoned salt 1 avocado, pitted and diced 1½ cups shredded four-cheese Mexican cheese blend
2 T. melted butter
¼ cup diced red bell pepper
1 t. chipotle chili powder
¼ cup diced red onion
½ cup mayonnaise
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 T. lime juice 1 T. finely chopped cilantro
½ t. kosher salt
Lime juice to garnish, optional Preheat grill. Brush ears of corn with melted butter. Sprinkle each with chili powder. Grill corn over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until lightly charred, rotating corn as it cooks. Remove. Set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, cilantro and seasoned salt. Stir in cheese. Cut corn off cobs
with a sharp knife and transfer corn to the bowl with mayonnaise mixture. Stir to combine. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Spoon grilled corn salad into a bowl and top with avocado mixture. Sprinkle with a little lime juice if desired. Serve.
food SKILLET BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 1 cup + 2 T. Italian dressing, divided About 1 lb. tomatoes, chopped (about 1½ cups chopped) 3 T. chopped basil leaves 2 whole garlic cloves, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 T. olive oil 2 large zucchini, spiralized into noodles* Marinate the chicken in advance: Place chicken breasts into a large zipper bag or shallow plastic container. Pour 1 cup of dressing on top and make sure it covers every inch of chicken. Seal up and refrigerate for 2 – 24 hours (at least 8 hours for the best flavor). Make the bruschetta topping in advance: Combine the chopped tomatoes, basil leaves, minced garlic, and 2 T. remaining Italian dressing. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 2 – 24 hours. In a large skillet, heat 1 T. olive oil over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook for 15 minutes, turning once. You want the chicken nice and browned on the outside while fully cooked inside. Remove the chicken from the skillet; do not clean out skillet. Add 1 T. olive oil to the skillet, followed by the zucchini noodles and ¾ cup of the bruschetta topping. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. The noodles will cook down, absorbing all the flavor. Remove from heat and place chicken on top of the noodles. If using a serving dish, place noodles on first and top with chicken. Evenly top each chicken breast with remaining bruschetta mixture. Serve immediately. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Cook’s note: If you do not have a spiralizer, just cut the zucchini into super thin strips instead. Or use 1 pound angel hair pasta. If using regular pasta, you’ll want to cook it before using. Try tossing the cooked pasta with a scant ½ cup tomato sauce before adding to the skillet to give it more flavor. The zucchini noodles pick up a lot of flavor from the pan, but the regular pasta won’t.
GROUNDMOUNTED UTILITY BOXES ARE NOT READING NOOKS
GROUND-MOUNTED TRANSFORMERS MAY SEEM LIKE SOMETHING ELSE KIDS CAN PL AY ON IN THE YARD, BUT THEY ARE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BURIED POWER LINES AND SHOULDN’T BE PL AYED ON OR TAMPERED WITH. In almost every suburban neighborhood one can find one of those green boxes that are usually situated near the street between every other house. While it may seem like a well-positioned gathering place for kids, just the right height for sitting, it is no bench for the school bus stop. Nor is it a desk for last minute homework, a base for a game of kickball in the street, or a launching pad for acrobats tumbling in the grass. These pad-mount transformers are part of the electrical system for the buried power lines bringing electricity to each home.
“The pad-mount transformers are the same as the transformers you see on utility poles. The only difference is they’re mounted on the ground because the wires are underground,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “They’re designed to be safer, with a locked metal case around the transformer and conduit around the wires, but they’re still an electrical transformer. Just inside each box is 7,200 volts of electricity.” Transformers lower high voltage from the distribution lines to standard 120/240 household current used to power electronics, appliances and lighting. Overhead systems are easy to see: the straight bare wires mounted tightly to a pole or crossarm are the distribution lines. Wires from the distribution line connect to the transformer, and the lower voltage from the transformer flows along the service line from the pole to each home. Underground, the system is the same with the encased distribution lines buried usually along the street or sidewalk
and the service lines usually wired off from the pad-mount transformer to two homes. While ground transformers may have that outer casing around them, they lack the innate security of distance pole-top transformers and overhead power lines have. Their safety can be compromised by carelessness or by accident. “When they’re hit by vehicles or dug under, then they’ve been altered, which could present a potentially unsafe situation,” Elkins said. Consumers should always use caution and keep a safe distance from ground transformers — which is why they are plainly marked with warnings. “Kids may not understand why they shouldn’t be on or near them. We hope parents will show them the warning stickers and tell them about the dangers of electricity,” Elkins said. “The electrical equipment inside is designed to be safe, and people don’t have to be scared of it,” he said. “But it’s better to avoid the boxes altogether.”
Water parks packed with ‘splishy’ perks GOOD CLEAN FUN is
getting easier to come by all around Indiana. And that’s good — because it’s also the coolest fun around for our long, hot summer days. We’re talking the cool, clean fun of water parks. Almost everywhere we turn it seems, a community is announcing a ribbon cutting for a new water park or facility. Community pools, YMCAs, and activity centers are adding on to older facilities or building new ones out to make a splash. Water coasters, spiraling slides, wave pools, giant spilling buckets, and lazy meandering floating rivers,
both indoor and out, are adding thrills, chills and relaxation for the whole family. “Communities have definitely found that there’s something special about having a slide or a couple of things that are just a little bit more family friendly,” says Leah Koch-Blumhardt, the fourthgeneration owner and director of communications at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus. Splashin’ Safari is not only the biggest water park in Indiana, it's also one of the Midwest's largest. In addition, the park, partly served electrically by Southern Indiana Power, the electric cooperative serving primarily Perry and Spencer counties, is home to three of the four best water park rides in the world, according to the most recent Golden Ticket Awards. The awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry.
Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest was named the Best Water Park Ride for the 11th consecutive year in a row, while Mammoth placed third and Cheetah Chase was fourth. Cheetah Chase, a water coaster, also won Best New Water Park Ride of 2020/2021. Splashin’ Safari is in the midst of its 30th season, having been added to Holiday World in 1993. “It was supposed to be a twophase project. The first phase was the lazy river and the kids’ area, and phase two was the wave pool,” Koch-Blumhardt says. “Over time, it became so popular that we added a family slide, and after that, we tried to get a water park attraction every year if we could.” Holiday World, the amusement park that began as Santa Claus Land, celebrated its 75th
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Photo provided by Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Cool, clean fun
Swimmin’ holes that make a splash
Electricity and water don’t mix
Here’s a sampling of water parks around the state that are more than just your average local swimming hole.
During the summer, many Hoosiers will be enjoying pools and lakes around the state. Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds swimmers that water and electricity do not mix. Avoid electric shock by using only battery-operated radios or similar electronics near the pool
Big Splash Adventure and Resort
when possible. Keep all corded electronics and appliances out of
Big Splash Adventure and Resort 8524 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 812-936-3866; BigSplashAdventure.com Big Splash Adventure is a 40,000-square-foot indoor water park enclosed in glass and with a retractable roof. It’s located on a wooded hilltop near the famed French Lick Springs Hotel.
reach and away from water. Never touch plugged-in electrical appliances such as a radio or adjust wired patio or yard lights if you are wet or standing in water.
With a pirate theme, the park is headlined by Buccaneer Bay, a three-story children’s play zone with 10 platforms and nearly
If someone in the pool feels
50 interactive play features that keep all hands on deck. It is
electricity (almost like a stinging
open year-round. Plus, Big Splash has the convenience of a
feeling) or appears to have been
hotel with room and water park packages.
shocked, do not dive in. You could be shocked, too. Instead, turn off the power and use a non-metal shepherd’s hook to pull him or her out of the water to safety. Avoid swimming or going in the water near boats plugged into shore power or docks with
Deep River Waterpark
electrical services. If you are in
Deep River Waterpark
the water and feel electricity,
9001 E. Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana
you can but do not touch a metal
stay calm and swim to shore if ladder or any other metal objects.
Deep River Waterpark is Northern Indiana’s largest water park. The park features many fun activities and rides for all ages,
Staying safe while near the water is
from toddlers to grandparents. A major attraction is the Kraken,
simple but these tips can be easily
a six-lane mat slide racer ride. The ride propels you twisting and turning through a translucent tube.
Splashin’ Safari 452 E. Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus, Indiana 812-937-4401; HolidayWorld.com Trip Advisor and USA Today have voted Splashin’ Safari as #1 in the Midwest repeatedly. You will also find the world’s longest water coaster (Mammoth) and the #1 water park ride in the Indiana Beach Water Park
world (Wildebeest) there.
Indiana Beach Water Park
In addition, one admission price also lets you into the land park
5224 E. Indiana Beach Road, Monticello, Indiana
a bonus, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari continues to provide
free parking, free soft drinks and free sunscreen.
that continues earning acclaim for its wooden roller coasters. As
Indiana Beach Amusement and Water Park is located along the shores of Lake Shafer. You will find six of the Midwest’s largest and wildest water slides, a splash fun zone full of fountains, the Big Flush water coaster and action river for relaxation. Parkside cabins and camping are also available.
Tropicanoe Cove 1915 Scott St., Lafayette, Indiana 765-807-1531; Lafayette.IN.gov/1597/Tropicanoe-Cove Pine Lake Waterpark
Pine Lake Waterpark
From the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide to the leisurely Cattail Crik, Tropicanoe Cove offers the perfect blend of Hoosier hospitality with the pleasure of a watery paradise of cool summertime fun for the entire family.
4640 Indiana Highway 218, Berne, Indiana 260-334-5649; PineLakeWaterpark.com From adults to kids, Pine Lake is sure to entertain the whole family! There are four major slides; 10-foot, 20-foot, and 30foot jumps; a cable ride; log walk; splash pad; and more at this historical family-owned recreational lake.
Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette, Indiana 765-567-4919; IN.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/spProphetstown_AquaticCenter.pdf
YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash Pad 9196 Liberty-Union Road, Van Wert, Ohio 419-303-0130; VWYMCA.org/Camp-Clay This water park isn’t in Indiana (it’s about 10 miles east), but YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash Pad in northwestern Ohio is a popular place for folks on both sides of the state line. Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, which is based in Ohio but serves several thousand consumers in northeastern Indiana, sponsors a special day at the park and is planning next year’s “Member Appreciation Day” at the water park.
The aquatic center features a 30-foot tube slide, body flume,
The YMCA Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash pad consists of
lazy river float area, adventure channel, zero-entry pool with
seven water attractions and three floating splash mats. Boating
play features, and an aquatic activity area where guests can
with canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and peddle boats
enjoy playing basketball.
is also available. Another big attraction is a water zip line.
continued from page 20 anniversary last year. And while its three famed wooden coasters continue drawing crowds and acclaim, the water park was named the #2 Water Park in the World in the same Golden Ticket Awards that noted its three water coasters. The Splashin’ Safari half has become every bit an equal in the Holiday World landscape in both acreage and has even a larger capacity as the original land amusement park. “Our water coasters have proven to be some of the highest demand attractions we have,” says Koch-Blumhardt. “Our water coasters will maintain hourand-a-half- to two-hour lines on certain days, so the demand is just steady and consistent all day. It’s just not anything you can experience most other places. And most other parks don’t have
three major water coasters like we do.” Water parks began evolving quickly in the early 1980s, she notes, as waterslide technology improved quickly allowing for more elaborate rides and rushes and bigger splashes. “You really started to see bigger water parks arrive. Once Disney got involved, all of a sudden, the expectation was not only that you have a
Photo Provided by Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
water park, but it needs to have some theming behind it, a story behind it.” As that technology becomes a bit more affordable, some of it will trickle — or splash — down and be available at the smaller community water parks, she notes. “I don't think you’re going to see a full Wildebeest or a full Mammoth or a full Cheetah Chase at your community water park anytime soon. But because those rides exist, it helps pave the way for some other, more thrilling slides for a local area pool. I can see them putting investment in some of those things. But we’ll continue to invest in kind of the shiniest, coolest stuff and we’ll still be a destination water park.”
TEXT AND PARK COMPILATION BY INDIANA CONNECTION STAFF
KIDS WEIGH IN ON WAYS TO MAKE WATER PARKS EVEN MORE WONDROUS Before the school year ended in May, third graders at Brownstown Central Elementary in Brownstown offered Indiana Connection some opinions on what makes water parks special … and what would make them even more special. “Big Splash (in French Lick) is my favorite water park because I love their big water slide,” says Brantley. “On the big slide you get to go around in circles. I love their yellow water slide because you get to go so fast.” Brantley also likes the slower paced attractions. “I love the lazy river because you can stay there for hours and hours.” Along with the usual water park attractions, two other students dreamed of some even bigger perks: “If I created my own water park it would have … a pond with sea creatures living in it and an aquarium with turtles and penguins,” says Bannon “I would have a sea animal area for the little kids to pet the animals. … And I would have a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel,” notes Ariana. “And its name would be ‘Water World,’ and the hotels would look like they are under water.”
Wabash Valley Power news
KEEP YOUR COOL
IN SI DE THIS S UM M ER
With the hot humid temperatures during the long daylight hours as kids are out of school, it may seem difficult to keep your cool at home this summer – literally and figuratively. Yet in the literal sense, keeping your cool indoors could really pay off by keeping more green in your wallet. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help you do that. SEAL! INSULATE! EQUIP! The keys to maximize your efficiency! Start with sealing the air leaks up in the attic (that includes any ducts located in the attic). From there, ensure your home is properly insulated to help maintain your home’s temperature. Attic insulation less than a R-19 (typically less than 6 inches of the fluffy stuff) can benefit from adding more insulation. Empty walls should be filled. Finally, if your house is properly sealed and insulated, you may need to update your HVAC system. You can receive a Power Moves® rebate on a qualifying energy efficient system. You may even find that a smaller, rightsized system will control indoor humidity to help keep you more comfortable.
PROPERLY USE YOUR DOORS – AND WINDOWS AND CURTAINS! You can benefit from turning off the A/C and opening windows in the evenings and night to let the breeze cool your home. Open doors inside your home to get air circulating when windows are open or the air conditioner is on. During the day, close your curtains to keep the sun from heating up the house. PROGRAM YOUR THERMOSTAT. Schedule Wi-Fi and programmable thermostats so they cool only when you are at home. Or, set your thermostat a few degrees higher when not at home. Wi-Fi thermostats can learn how your cooling system is used to improve energy efficiency and save you
money. Be sure to use vacation mode to minimize your costs while you’re away. ENSURE AIR CONDITIONER EFFICIENCY. Schedule an air conditioner cleaning and tune up with a local HVAC contractor to review of your system to ensure that it is running properly. Check your air filter monthly and replace it if it’s dirty to allow proper airflow and to prevent your system from working harder than needed. By taking these steps, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency during the sweltering summer months. Contact your local electric co-op’s energy advisor for more energy saving tips and advice, or visit www.PowerMoves.com.
New solar array latest green energy project at CW REMC
Workers from Flora-based solar company Green Alternatives install solar arrays at Carroll White REMC’s Monticello office building. The energy produced by the arrays will charge a battery at the office and allow those at the REMC to learn more about solar battery technology.
When driving on Indiana country roads or even close to cities and towns, you will see solar arrays joining the landscape of stately windmills. Alternative green energy is thriving in our state and in the counties served by Carroll White REMC. Many of the projects you see are commercial solar farms, but private residential properties are also embracing solar energy.
is a research and development project
savings. New solar technology, Spear
that will use energy from the solar
said, can be managed by members
array to charge a battery located near
from their smartphones.
At CW REMC’s Monticello office, local company Green Alternatives is currently installing a solar array. Leading the project is CW REMC Energy Advisor Joe Spear, a familiar and trusted information source for the REMC’s members. The new solar project, located on the lawn of the co-op’s Monticello facility,
the REMC’s engineering department.
“CW REMC’s board of directors
Though the REMC’s Delphi office
supports endeavors so that staff can
already has a solar array, the
stay informed on new technology,”
Monticello project is different. “Unlike
Spear said. “As energy advisor, I
the solar arrays located at the Delphi
need to understand the research and
location, the Monticello solar project
development of projects, such as solar
is storing power into a battery,” Spear
arrays. This hands-on experience
said. “This will help educate us on
allows me timely information so I can
solar battery technology.
best advise CW REMC members with
“The new solar array panel is
their questions about solar projects.”
producing 7kW, similar to the amount
The REMC has heard from members
of energy used in a residential
who are getting sales calls from solar
home,” explained Spear. “We will do
companies. Those companies are
‘mock’ experiments, simulating home
promising huge savings on members’
consumption, measuring use in the
energy bills. “I cannot stress this
battery to operate a furnace, space
enough to members … CW REMC
heater, appliances, etc. Shaving off
wants to be your energy advisor,”
peak loads can also be measured.”
Spear said. “In this scenario, we want
Data obtained could eventually be used to offer special rates that reflect
to be your third-party advisor with any
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co-op news “Every vendor will give consumers
We at CW REMC understand
numbers on the benefits of solar,” Mart
members’ desire to save money and
said. But he advises members to “dig
know that residential solar providers’
“There is a copious amount of
promises to do just that can be
information out there about solar
“A payback of two to three years on a
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and the savings homeowners can incur by this new energy option,” confirmed Casey Crabb, CW REMC communications and public relations manager. “CW REMC is not in the business of telling members they should or should not invest in solar power. Our job is to be that trusted advisor so that members make the best, most economical decision possible for their lives. Installing
solar investment is not possible,” Mart advised. “The payback on a residential solar array is approximately 15 to 20 years.”
tempting. But there are alternative ways to save without committing to a major investment (which could cost you as much as $60,000) like solar. Podcast panel members noted there is no Indiana incentive to install solar.
“We recommend consulting with
Currently, the only incentive is a
local vendors,” said Spear, noting
federal tax credit. (Be sure to discuss
that local companies tend to provide
this with your accountant.)
better service. Two recommended by the REMC are Green Alternatives in Flora and Ag Technologies Inc. in
“A geothermal system costs much less than a solar array and provides substantial cost savings,” Spear said.
a residential solar array will not
eliminate a consumer’s electric bill.
“Shop a vendor. Get references,”
That is why communication with CW
do a world of good!” As an energy
Spear continued. “Make certain the
REMC is in the best interest of the
advisor, Spear is available to visit
solar providers are licensed and
members’ homes to do energy audits
understand the permit process.
and offer advice on saving energy.
“Ultimately, CW REMC will be working
Not only is CW REMC doing its part
with the solar provider,” Spear said.
in embracing alternative energy, so
“We will need to look at their design
is its power provider, Wabash Valley
and make certain that it meets the
Power Alliance. “They are one of
safety requirements of CW REMC.
the most ‘green’ energy companies
When the project is completed, we will
in the country,” noted Zimpfer.
measure CW REMC power and give
Wabash Valley invests in landfill gas
CW REMC board member and
credit for the solar power.”
generation, such as at Liberty Landfill,
professional contractor; to discuss
As an experienced contractor, Zimpfer
with three projects. In 2017, Wabash
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO WITH SOLAR In a recent CW REMC News and Notes podcast entitled Residential Solar, Crabb sat down with Spear; Geoffrey Mart, CW REMC distribution systems engineer; and Kent Zimpfer,
residential solar projects. Mart has had a lot of experience with solar. “Currently, we are averaging about 10 calls monthly from members who want to know about residential solar,” he said. “Our goal is to not have members misled.
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“And $200 of caulking in a home will
talked about potential problems when
Valley added solar to its portfolio.
solar arrays are placed on roofs.
For more information about residential
Homeowners here in the Midwest
solar array projects listen to the
need to consider the weight of snow
podcast mentioned this article which
on a roof with solar panels. “A roof
is available on our website, www.
is not a lifetime asset,” Zimpfer said.
cwremc.coop, or contact Joe Spear at
“Consider the cost of replacing a roof
Carroll White REMC at 800-844-7161.
and solar panels.”
There are two solar arrays at Carroll White REMC’s Delphi office. Through the arrays, members can learn about different types of arrays, the output produced by each one and the costs associated with the project. Graphs and information are available on our website at www.cwremc.coop.
Currently, there are two approved solar commercial arrays in White County covering approximately 6,000-8,000 acres.
There are no commercial solar farms located in Carroll County at this time.