Carroll White REMC — June 2018 Electric Consumer

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Carroll White REMC


T he Best

of Indiana

Readers rave about their faves

J UN E 2018

Readers’ Choice for Indiana’s ‘Claim to Fame’ … The Indianapolis 500

Annual meeting time! Join us June 12 at our Delphi office

from the editor

Garfield hits 40 It’s fitting that in this issue — which celebrates the Best of Indiana — I acknowledge the 40th birthday of a true Hoosier icon: Garfield the Cat. The original “grumpy cat,” who loves lasagna and lounging around as much as he loves terrorizing Odie the dog, was created by Indiana’s own Jim Davis, a native of Marion and alumnus of Ball State University. I actually met Jim Davis when the Garfield comic strip was barely past its “kitten” years and I was attending college. Davis was living and drawing near the Ball State campus. I met with him about speaking at a meeting I was organizing. The event, held at the Teacher’s College building, was well-attended and featured Davis, with flip chart paper and Sharpie in hand, deftly sketching the finicky feline and talking about his cartooning career. Little did those of us in attendance know that just a few years later, Garfield would have his own TV special, be featured in a series of books, and even have his own iconic plush toy that millions of fans suction-cupped to car windows in the 1980s. Garfield’s premiere appearance in a comic strip was June 19, 1978. Though a 40-year-old cat would be pushing 200 years old in human years, in his fourth decade, Garfield is as spry and relevant as the day he was first drawn. And he still has a huge fan base — and not just in Indiana or the U.S. In Australia, “Garfield: A Musical with Cattitude” recently completed a 10-day run to celebrate its star’s birthday. And Singapore of all places will host a 40th Anniversary Carnival to honor Garfield June 8-10, complete with games, meet-andgreets, photo booths and limited edition merchandise. Happy Birthday, Garfield! And to think I knew you when!

VOLUME 67 • NUMBER 12 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:

ELECTRIC CONSUMER 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 272,000 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 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS Gary Gerlach President Walter Hunter Vice President Randy Kleaving Secretary/Treasurer Tom VanParis Chief Executive Officer EDITORIAL STAFF Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Member Relations/ Advertising Manager Ellie Schuler Senior Communications Specialist ADVERTISING Crosshair Media, 502-216-8537;


On the menu: September issue — “Heirloom” recipes (that have been in the family for ages): deadline June 11. October — Pizza recipes: July 16. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Reader Submissions page: September — “Heirloom” photos

(Your personal photos from “the good old days”): deadline June 11. October issue — Photos of your favorite carved pumpkins: deadline July 16.

Giveaway: We’re giving away to a randomly selected entrant an overnight stay from French Lick Resorts, our Best of Indiana Girls’ Weekend Getaway winner. See page 20 for details about French Lick. To enter, send us your contact information along with the name of your co-op. Put “June Giveaway” in the title. The deadline to submit your entry is June 15.

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

entries for gift drawings, please use the forms on our website; email; or send to Electric Consumer, PO Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224.

GLM Communications, Inc., 212-929-1300; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Electric Consumer 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. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Readers who receive Electric Consumer through their electric co-op membership should report address changes to their local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Electric Consumer, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606. Include key number. No portion of Electric Consumer may be reproduced without permission of the editor.

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indiana eats 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric co-op. 10 ENERGY 12 INSIGHTS 14 PRODUCT PICKS Summer is a go-go-go time. Here are ways to take your electronics with you.


16 INDIANA EATS Corndance Tavern in Mishawaka is a farm-totable twist on fine dining.

means to rural Hoosiers. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR

19 COVER STORY Readers share more of their favorite things in our annual “Best of Indiana” survey.

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28 OUTDOORS 29 SAFETY Share electric rules with kids (not in all editions).


30 BACKYARD (not in all editions) 32 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 PROFILE Though he’s not made a bucket since 1992, legendary basketball star Larry Bird remains close to Hoosier hoops … and the hearts of our readers.

On the Cover The roar of 350,000 fans can’t compete with the roar of 33 race cars burning down

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the front straightaway at 230 mph.

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Spectacle in Racing” — the Indianapolis 500

Electric Consumer readers said the “Greatest — is still our state’s best claim to fame. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY



cover story 22 FEATURE Sen. Todd Young and an FCC commissioner see firsthand what broadband

17 FOOD Strawberry recipes — a sweet taste of June.

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co-op news

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free)

Directors encourage attendance

MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 574-686-2670 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 Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground

Tina L. Davis, 219-204-2195 7249 W, 600 S, Winamac

Marilyn S. O’Farrell, 574-965-2762 9724 N, 900 W, Delphi

Milton D. Rodgers, 765-566-3731 3755 S, 575 E, Bringhurst

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

Your Carroll White REMC board of directors invites you to this year’s annual meeting. Front row from left: Marilyn O’Farrell, Ralph Zarse, Tina Davis and Margaret Foutch. Back row from left: Gary Gerlach, CEO Randy W. Price, Kent Zimpfer, Milt Rodgers and Kevin Bender.


The mission of Carroll White REMC is to provide members with superior energy and related services, meaningful contributions to their communities and a safe, productive environment for employees. “No job is complete until the member is satisfied.”


Cycle 1 and 4 May bills are due June 5 and are subject to disconnect June 26 if unpaid. Cycle 2 and 5 May bills are due June 20 and are subject to disconnect July 10 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 and 4 meters will be read June 1. Cycle 2 and 5 meters will be read June 15.

Laundry suggestion! Use rubber or wool dryer balls, which help separate clothing in the cycle, providing better airflow and a shorter drying time. Wool dryer balls can help absorb moisture, which also reduces drying time. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


The seventh annual membership meeting of Carroll White REMC will be held at Carroll White REMC’s office in Delphi on Tuesday, June 12. We, the

• Attend the annual meeting. • Get involved in the work of the cooperative.

directors of your cooperative, would like

• Learn more about your cooperative.

to encourage each of you to attend this

• Elect board members who strive to

year’s meeting.

keep the REMC business sound for

A $15 energy credit will be given to each

the purpose of providing electricity to

registered member attending. This credit

present and future members of the

will be applied to your July electric bill.


Your REMC is owned and controlled

• Develop a better understanding of the

by you. You elect board members who

problems your REMC is facing and

determine the policies and procedures

will continue to face in the future.

your cooperative follows.

How can you meet these

You have responsibilities to your

responsibilities? Attend the annual

cooperative to:

meeting and get to know your directors at the annual meeting on Tuesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. JUNE 2018


co-op news

The power of pennies You may think that the penny has lost its power in today’s economy, but that is not the case. Through Operation Round Up®, CW REMC members have donated thousands of dollars to area non-profit organizations by rounding up their monthly power bills to the nearest dollar. A few pennies make a huge difference in the communities we serve. In the second quarter of Operation Round Up, the board of trustees granted $10,065 to 11 local, non-profit organizations. Since the inception of this program, $741,951.47 has been granted. Impressive! Second quarter grant recipients include: • Twin Lakes Aquatics: $2,000 for sports equipment to increase cardiovascular workouts and to work on team play.

• Twin Lakes After Prom: $200 to provide a safe venue and activities for attendees. • Roosevelt Middle School Battle of the Books: $500 for books and team T-shirts. • Frontier Elementary: $1,200 for Heart Zones Smart Packs used to monitor students’ heart rates during P.E. class. • Pulaski County Historical Society: $750 for archival supplies to protect historical documents and items. • Frontier After Prom: $200 to help provide a safe place for After Prom activities. • CDC Resources: $2,500 to create a sensory room at the Monticello location and to update the sensory room in Rensselaer.

SIGN UP NOW FOR CO-OP SOLAR! Members can choose from three options. Contact our office for more details!


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• UPTown Project of Francesville: $1,400 to help fund track lighting in the Montgomery Mercantile Building, which houses 10 to 12 vendors. • Roosevelt Middle School Choral Department: $315 to take vocal music students to a musical production in Indianapolis. • White County Economic Development (S.O.M.A.): $1,000 for the Monticello Walk-Through Project in downtown Monticello. • Burlington Community Library: $1,000 to upgrade office equipment, primarily for the Carroll County Lifeline Connection Program.

co-op news

youth programs Local students selected for

Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. CW REMC is sponsoring two students to participate in the annual Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., this month. Andrew Schoen, son of Jeff and Rebecca Schoen of Delphi, and Natalia Amador, daughter of Rosa Rios of Monon, will represent the cooperative. Since 1960, the Youth Tour has provided deserving high school juniors the opportunity to visit the nation’s capital, develop their leadership skills and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry. Schoen is consistently on the honor roll at Delphi Community High School. He participates in both the marching and pep bands, where he was voted best performer by his peers for three consecutive years. In 2016, Andrew received the director’s award, the band’s highest honor. Schoen is a member of Interact (a Rotary volunteer club), National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl and Academic Super Bowl. He is a Boy Scouts of America member and twice was elected senior patrol leader. He is also a member of the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow, an honor that recognizes him for extra volunteer service. In 2017, Schoen received

the RYLA award for the Rotary’s leadership training recognition. In 2018, Natalia Amador attended the Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. In 2017, Natalia received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership award. She also was the top student in land management and chemistry. In 2016, she was the top student in English honors and biology and was recognized for her academic excellence. She also received the JV basketball hustle award and the cross country mental attitude award. Amador is a member of the National Honor Society. She serves as president in several organizations — the Latino Cultural Association, Spanish Club and Student Council. She has been a member of the science, English and math academic teams; Quizbowl; and Battle of the Books. She volunteers weekly at Happy Tails Animal Shelter, and she serves as a teacher conference translator. On the trip to Washington, D.C., Schoen and Amador will attend a youth rally, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. This event prepares them for a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have



an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation. This year, more than 1,800 students from up to 46 states will be part of the tour. Approximately 85 of those students will represent Indiana cooperatives. Students will visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian museums. They will also tour the Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials. Many other activities are planned, including a night cruise on the Potomac River. “We are so proud to send Natalia and Andrew on this learning Youth Tour,” said CEO Randy W. Price. “They are both outstanding student leaders, and we are proud to have them represent CW REMC.”

Touchstone Energy Camp... three days of adventure! On June 6-9, 15 local students will attend the annual Touchstone Energy Camp at beautiful Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center in Brookston. Three CW REMC employees — Nathan Dowler, JoEllen Kelley and Alicia Hanawalt — will serve as camp chaperones.

cooperative employees from Indiana. The camp is funded in part by Indiana’s electric cooperatives, Hoosier Energy, Wabash Valley Power, Indiana Electric Cooperatives and other industry partners. We hope all the students have a fantastic experience!”

In addition to learning about the role of the electric cooperatives and renewable energy, campers have plenty of time to enjoy rock climbing, swimming, horseback riding and bucket truck rides.

The following students were selected to represent CW REMC:

“This is a great way for students to learn about the role of the electric cooperative in their community,” said CW REMC CEO Randy W. Price. “The Touchstone Energy Camp program was developed by a committee of electric

• MacKinzie Anderson, Delphi Community Middle School • Taylor Burns, Roosevelt Middle School • Paul Culver, Frontier Elementary School • Mercedes Disinger, Delphi Community Middle School • Branston Hanawalt, Delphi Community Middle School

• Braxton Hughes, Delphi Community Middle School • Lily Jackson, Carroll Elementary School • Camron Kelley, Roosevelt Middle School • Hannah Ladd, Delphi Community Middle School • Even Lattimore, Delphi Community Middle School • Addison Preston, Delphi Community Middle School • McKenzie Sadifur, Delphi Community Middle School • Lily Sandifur, Delphi Community Middle School • Aiden Vrotny, Roosevelt Middle School • Emily Yeoman, Frontier Elementary School

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Join us!


Enjoy a catered dinner by Custom Select Meat and Produce Inc. Elect your directors and win door prizes. There will be a grand prize drawing for a John Deere lawn tractor. Members will receive a $15 bill credit for attending. Plus, there will be kids’ activities. Bring the family!


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An auditor may do some or all of the following tests: •  Blower door test: Windows are often the suspected cause for air leaks,

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Effective June 4, Electric Consumer has a new home base. The electric cooperative magazine, along with its publisher, Indiana Electric Cooperatives, is now located on Indianapolis’ northeast side near the Keystone at the Crossing shopping complex.

Search on for historic farm buildings AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AT STATE FAIR Does your farm property include a

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preservation and continued agricultural

68th year of publication next month,

use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

was headquartered on the westside of Indianapolis since 1974. Prior to that, its offices were in downtown Indianapolis. Electric Consumer is mailed out to consumers of 28 electric cooperatives. Over 275,000 copies of the magazine are distributed each month. Indiana Electric Cooperatives is the service association for 38 member-owned electric cooperatives throughout the state. The new address is 8888 Keystone Ave., Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the

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• A brief history of the farm and a description of its significant historic structures and features. • A description of how the farm’s

commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana. The award’s nomination form is available at or by contacting

historic agricultural structures

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nominations is June 15 at 5 p.m.

• High-res digital photographs of

can continue to email Electric Consumer

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New Indiana school focuses on agricultural training Online students in Indiana are about to get their hands dirty. Indiana Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) is a new tuition-free charter school that couples online learning with labs and project-based activities down on the farm. Enrollment is now open to Indiana residents, grades 7-12. Online coursework is offered for Core 40, Core 40 Honors, and Core 40 Technical Honors diploma programs. AP opportunities are also provided. Enrollment is capped at 160 students per grade level. In addition to coursework, on-campus lab work will be offered at the school’s 600+ acre farm in Morgan County. The school is also working to establish a network of corporate and farming partners throughout the state to provide student internships and jobs.


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To learn more about Indiana Agriculture & Technology School, visit Classes start July 30.

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TAVERN TAKES FINE DINING UP A NOTCH Looking for a creative twist to a fine dining experience? Corndance Tavern in Mishawaka, a farm-to-table favorite of foodies in northern Indiana, is renowned not only for specialities like bison and elote corn (fire roasted with lime juice, mayo, ancho chile, cilantro and cotija cheese) but for its even more unusual fare. Take the restaurant’s signature dish: the aptly named “Sword of John Adams.” An ample selection of steak, chicken, sausages or prawns (choice of meats varies) is impressively skewered on, yes, a sword, and presented to the, hopefully, hungry diner with steakhouse sides. Unusual culinary presentations are the norm at Corndance. Lobster and Shrimp Rigatoni is served in a collectible mason jar and the popular Birramisu dessert, a unique take on tiramisu, is prepared and served in a beer can. Corndance Tavern is just one of owner George Pesek’s forays into food — and drink. Corndance — named for the region’s native Potawatomi Indians’ rituals to thank their gods for bountiful harvests — is the dinnertime dining option featuring an extensive menu of dry-aged meats, some seafood, sausages and even frankfurters. Bourbon and Butcher, a combo butcher shop/informal eatery is open from 11 am-3 pm. Pesek’s Evil Czech Brewery serves up innovative craft beers along with upscale bar food from

Corndance Tavern

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food Grab some some fresh or frozen strawberries to prepare these readers’ recipes.

Strawberry SWEETS

Easy Strawberry Soup by Eileen Fisse, Greensburg 2 cups vanilla yogurt ½ cup orange juice 8 cups fresh, sliced strawberries ½ cup sugar In a blender, combine yogurt, juice, strawberries and sugar in batches. Cover and process until smooth. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, you can garnish with fresh strawberry slices and a spoonful of yogurt. (We garnished with mint leaves.) Cook’s notes: It’s an easy, quick soup in the hot summertime! I won first place in the soup class at our county fair last year.

Grandma Lewis’ Baked Strawberry Pie by Lois Lewis, Henryville 1½ lbs. (24-oz. frozen) strawberries ½ to ¾ cup sugar 2-4 T. cornstarch (heaping scoops) 2 unbaked pie crusts (1 for top) Place 1 pie crust in pie plate. Cook strawberries, sugar and cornstarch until it thickens like syrup. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Cover with top crust. Pinch sides and slit top. Bake at 360 F for approximately 50–60 minutes. Cook’s notes: This recipe was passed down to me from my mother-in-law several years ago. All the family requests it at gatherings. I didn’t get one made this year for Christmas, and I was informed it was missing.

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Baskin-Robbins Cake by Shirley Bickel, Freedom CRUST: 1½ cups flour ¼ cup powdered sugar Dash of salt ¾ cup butter or margarine, softened ½ cup finely chopped pecans Combine flour, ¼ cup powdered sugar and a dash of salt. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Pat mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake at 375 F for 1012 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely. FILLING: 2 (10-oz.) bags frozen strawberries, thawed ½ cup strawberry juice 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 2 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 (8-oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed Thaw strawberries. Remove ½ cup juice; place in a small saucepan.

Marshmallow Strawberry Cake

Sprinkle gelatin over juice. Heat over

by Kerri Ladeburg, Romney

low heat to melt gelatin. Pour over strawberries. Stir and set aside.

2 cups mini marshmallows

In a small bowl, mix thawed

Beat softened cream cheese and

2 (10-oz.) packages

strawberries and gelatin together;

frozen strawberries

set aside.

powdered sugar until fluffy. By hand, stir in strawberry mixture and thawed whipped topping, combining well. Pour into cooled crust and freeze. Remove from freezer and let rest 20-30 minutes before serving. Cut in squares. Top with additional whipped topping and fresh strawberries, if desired.


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1 (3-oz.) box strawberry gelatin 1 box yellow cake mix, plus required ingredients Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Spread 2

Mix cake as directed. Then, pour over marshmallows. Add strawberries and gelatin mixture over cake batter.

cups mini marshmallows in bottom

Bake at 350 F for 45–50 minutes.

of pan.

Marshmallows will come to the top to form a crust. Serve warm or cold.

T he Best

of Indiana Readers rave about their faves BY EMI LY SC H ILLING


ith summer just a few weeks away, now’s the perfect time to add new places to your Hoosier bucket lists.

Electric Consumer readers have been providing their picks of places to check out since we announced in March that our “Readers’ Choice Awards” would be back. After sharing their favorites in four categories — Best Fried Chicken, Best Antique Store, Best Girls’ Getaway and Best Guys’ Getaway — they cast their votes in the most competitive categories: Famous Hoosier and Claim to Fame (which could literally be anything: what defines being a Hoosier, what makes our state unique, a renowned place or event, etc.). Did your favorites match up to other readers’ picks? Turn the page to see what ... or who ... has been chosen as this year’s Best of Indiana.

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The Chicken House 7180 Highway 111 Sellersburg, Indiana 47172 812-246-9485 The Chicken House’s no-nonsense, no-frills name pretty much sums up why folks flock to this old white building off St. Joe’s Road in Sellersburg: its fried chicken. Oh, there’s other stuff on the menu — pork chops, steak, ham, oysters, fish and shrimp — but chicken

Red Barn Antique Mall

add to your collection: furniture, quilts,

215 Highway 62 W. Corydon, IN 47112 812-738-6000

embroidered linens, glassware, books,

The painted signage on the Red Barn

and Kentucky Derby glasses will want to

Antique Mall mimics those Mail Pouch

check out the selection at the Red Barn.

Tobacco barns of yesteryear— right down

Paintings and handcrafted items from

to the tag line: “Treat Yourself to the Best.”

local artisans are also available at the mall.

baskets, jewelry and so much more, all on three floors. Collectors of regional goodies like Corydon’s own Zimmerman Art Glass, M.A. Hadley pottery, Louisville Stoneware

Red Barn is open seven days a week.

The best is, in fact, what antique lovers will find in this huge browsers’

Keep an eye out for the store’s lovable

paradise on Highway 62 in Corydon.

kitty mascot who can usually be found

No matter what you’re searching for,

nestled on a quilt or blanket, waiting to

there will surely be something you can

be petted.

is the star attraction (although the homemade yeast rolls are fan favorites in their supporting roles). Restaurant regulars liken this home-cooking haven to the “Cheers” bar from the TV show “where everybody knows your name.” As that family-friendly vibe suggests, there’s no need to get fancied-up before heading to dinner at The Chicken House. Just bring an “A game” appetite. The generous dinners include salad, potato, two veggies and a roll.

Win a night at French Lick Electric Consumer is giving away an overnight stay at the French Lick Springs Hotel. Deadline to enter is June 15. Please see page 5 for details.

Giveaway GETAWAY

Since everything is cooked to

patrons, enjoy an ice cold beer, and

French Lick Resorts

get psyched up for some crispy, tender

chicken, just like Electric Consumer readers like it. And, if you like a deal,

Last year’s Readers’ Choice for Best

bring a hungry friend with you to

Weekend Getaway is this year’s pick for

dinner. The Chicken House has a

Best Getaway for gal pals.

“Buy one, get one half off” special on

The historic and luxurious French

chicken dinners, Monday-Thursday

Lick Resorts offer everything a girl could

from 4-7:30 pm and Friday-Saturday,

want: beautiful, comfortable rooms; fine

4-9 pm.

food; activities like golf and gambling; and two full-service spas at its two hotels:


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order, expect a bit of a wait. You’ll have plenty of time to chat with other

The Relaxation Room at the French Lick Springs Hotel.

the West Baden Springs Hotel and the French Lick Springs Hotel. Those in need of intensive pampering can choose from an extensive menu of spa services like facials, manicures, pedicures, scrubs, wraps, massages and French Lick’s famous mineral baths. Once you’re sufficiently destressed, travel by trolley between hotels or just wander the grounds and take in the scenery. Or, visit the area’s quaint shops, antique stores and wineries.


Larry Bird “Larry Legend” was the overwhelming choice for favorite Famous Hoosier, surpassing Vice President Mike Pence, John Mellencamp and James Whitcomb Riley. To learn more about Larry Bird, please turn to our Profile page — PHO TO S BY I STO CK/ G ETTY I M AG ES PLUS


Indiana lakes

bluegill and crappie fishing; and Cecil You can lead a guy to water ... and when you do, according to Electric Consumer readers, he’ll be sure to cast his fishing pole. Our readers’ top pick for a guys’ trip was to one of Indiana’s many lakes to go fishing. Patoka Lake, spread across Dubois, Crawford and Orange counties in southern Indiana, was the favorite fishing spot. Indiana’s second largest lake at 8,800 acres is a prime spot to catch bass, stripers, sunfish, catfish and crappie. Lake Monroe, the state’s largest lake, is home to carp, catfish, bass, crappie and walleye; West Boggs Lake, good for largemouth bass, bream,

M. Harden Lake (Raccoon Lake), home to largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, walleye and white bass, also received votes. For those who have yet to catch the fishing bug, take advantage of two “Free Fishing Days” this month (June 2-3) when you don’t need a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters. For information on purchasing a fishing license, visit or call 317-232-4200. By the way, quite a few readers cast votes for French Lick Resorts, which was named Best Girls’ Getaway. It just goes to prove, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander!


Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4790 W. 16th St. Indianapolis, IN 46222 317-492-8500 Electric Consumer readers love the Hoosier state for so many reasons. Some liked the friendly people. Others enjoyed the State Fair or high school basketball. Farmers markets, community festivals, and the beautiful scenery were all cited for making our state special. But most folks noted that the quintessential Hoosier experience

happens each year on the day before Memorial Day on a 2.5 mile racetrack in Speedway, Indiana. The Indianapolis 500, an internationally known tradition of fast cars, famed drivers, pit stops and ladies and gentlemen starting their engines was the readers’ choice for Indiana’s claim to fame. The 500, which just celebrated its 102nd running on May 27, draws approximately 300,000 race fans each year to the track. Billed and (trademarked) as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” it is the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Not only that, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest

coincidentally but appropriately — page number 33.

‘Best of INDIANA’ at a GLANCE 1 BEST FRIED CHICKEN:   The Chicken House, Sellersburg   Close second: Stone’s Family Restaurant, Milhousen



4 2 BEST ANTIQUE 4 3 STORE: 1 4 2   Red Barn Antique Mall, Corydon   Close second: Picker’s Paradise, Columbus 3 BEST GIRLS’ GETAWAY:   French Lick Resorts (includes both the historic French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels) 4 BEST GUYS’ GETAWAY:   Indiana lakes — Monroe, Patoka, West Boggs and Harden (Raccoon) 5 BEST INDIANA CLAIM TO FAME:   Indianapolis 500 6 BEST FAMOUS HOOSIER:   Larry Bird

$50 WINNERS Electric Consumer thanks all who took time to offer opinions by filling out and mailing in the published ballot or by going online. The three ballots randomly drawn for $50 participation prizes belonged to: • Brandi Summers, Attica, member of Tipmont REMC; •  Amy Simpson, Tell City, member of Southern Indiana Power; •  Ross Carothers, Elizabethtown, member of Bartholomew County REMC.

sporting facility in terms of capacity.

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d e t c e n n Co Hometown Living in a

Rural Hoosiers say access to broadband is a vital thread to survival and growth S T ORY A ND P HO T O S BY RIC H A RD G . B IE V E R


hen Chris Muegge went off to college in 2007, he thought his days working with his dad

on the family farm were done. Leveraging his education in animal/

feedlot nutrition from Oklahoma State University and then Purdue to come back to his parents’ 1,200-acre grain and livestock farm in southeast Hancock County seemed economically improbable. “I still wanted to be able to work on the farm,” he said. “But just like any kids my age coming out of college, it’s really hard to go back to the farm. You’ve got to have another source of income.” Fortunately, their electric and


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telecommunications cooperative,

about herds, weight gain and nutrition

NineStar Connect, had run high-speed

and assess videos sent to him digitally.

broadband fiber optic lines into the

“We can be out in the shop working

rural countryside and past their farm a

on a piece of equipment,” Chris said. “If

few years earlier. The Greenfield-based

I get an email from someone that says,

cooperative, which was created in 2011

‘Hey, these cattle aren’t performing very

by the unique consolidation of the area’s

well.’ I may say, ‘Send me a picture of

REMC and telephone co-op, serves their

them. Send me a video.’

farm and home. Today, Chris, who turns 30 this month, still assists his dad on the farm, while pursuing his own career via high-

“I can start my computer while I’m changing a tire or swapping out disk blades.” Chris can diagnose problems or

speed internet as a nutritionist for Great

recommend adjustments in the feed to

Plains Livestock Consulting, based in

help the client ... “and I’m still able to be

tiny Eagle, Nebraska.

involved on the farm,” he said.

The speedy broadband is crucial; he

“We were just tickled to death out

connects daily with clients at farms and

here when NineStar brought broadband

mills from New Mexico to Minnesota. He

fiber optics. It made a difference,” said

even has a client in Costa Rica. He needs

Linda Muegge, Chris’ mother. “All of our

to be able to quickly access spreadsheets

kids have had opportunities to do other

Chris Muegge, right, talks about his experiences coming home to work on his family’s rural southeast Hancock County farm while maintaining his consulting job in animal nutrition that has clients as far away at Costa Rica. Sitting with him for the discussion on how fiber optic connectivity has made his dual roles possible are, from left, Brendan Carr, a member of the Federal Communications Commission; Indiana Sen. Todd Young; Michael Burrow, CEO of NineStar Connect, Muegge’s local electric and telecom cooperative that installed the fiber; and his mother, Linda, who also spoke about the benefits high-speed broadband has brought to their farm and to the Hancock County community at large.

Broadband in Indiana


there that we can access,” Chris Muegge told Young and Carr when it comes to improving most any aspect of agriculture and agribusiness. “It’s just having the ability to access it.” Young and Carr began the day at the Hancock Wellness Center in things — live out of state and this or that

McCordsville with a demonstration of

— and they’ve all chosen to be here.”

how high-speed fiber is essential in

Sitting across the kitchen table as

another field of rural health and wellness.

the Muegges talked about what high-

This one had nothing to do with

speed fiber has meant to the family

livestock; rather, it has everything to do

and their farm on this particular day in

with the lives of rural residents.

May were Indiana Sen. Todd Young and

Dr. Michael Fletcher, chief medical

Brendan Carr, a member of the Federal

officer at Hancock Regional Hospital,

Communications Commission. Joining

demonstrated how he and a neurologist

them was Michael Burrow, CEO of

at the Greenfield-based hospital, could

NineStar Connect.

link up in real time using GoToMeeting

The Muegge farm was a stop for Young and Carr as they toured Indiana early last month to see firsthand how

available. From McCordsville, Fletcher was able to discuss CT scan results and

and how Washington, D.C., can ensure

treatment options. Though they were

rural Hoosiers receive a fair share when

less than 20 miles from one another in

it comes to the investment in broadband

this case, telemedicine via high-speed

infrastructure and connectivity.

internet allows the same virtual faceto-face discussions between a family

day, the senator and the commissioner

physician and a medical specialist

were told that the advances in

looking at the same test results at the

technology in agriculture, medicine

same time even when they may be

and workforce development do no good

hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

unless everyday Hoosiers — including

That’s critical in the medically under-

rural Hoosiers — are able to access that

served rural areas that have only become

technology via the internet. The day-

more isolated from quality health care

long trip also included stops at Ivy Tech

even as their population ages.

in Indianapolis and Purdue University in

electric cooperatives in Indiana now offer or are about to offer high-speed internet services to their consumers.

software and the fiber NineStar made

technology is changing the landscape —

All along the “connectivity tour” that


Further, Fletcher said the virtual


out of Indiana’s 92 counties are expecting to see population losses over the next 35 years.

West Lafayette. “There’s a lot of technology out



George Plisinski, manager of telecom operations at NineStar, right, shows Sen. Todd Young, left, and Brendan Carr, an FCC member, a fiber optic strand. Plisinski demonstrated how the line is spliced together in the back of a van along a highway where crews were installing it underground.

CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE two-way highway allows better communication between him and patients, especially those with transportation or physical mobility challenges. “We want to make sure all Hoosiers, all Americans, regardless of their circumstances, including their geographic circumstances, have a fair shot at success,” Young said in opening remarks during the visit. “Though I am a conservative

sure all Hoosiers …

on their core business, they need to figure

regardless of their

services in rural areas,” he added.

circumstances, including their geographic

characterize myself as a Whig,” Young

fair shot at success.

internal improvements. And one of the essential roles of our federal government is to bind together different geographies by making critical investments so that our economy can grow and people can thrive.” NineStar’s Burrow emphasized that

“If rural co-ops are going to be around and relevant and be able to deliver

circumstances, have a

that believed in the American system of

Burrow told Young and Carr.

We want to make

Republican, I also from time-to-time added. “A Whig is that now-defunct party

point, you almost get into a death spiral,”


out a way to provide these much-needed A recent report by IU’s Kelley School of Business noted that between the aging population and outward migration, 59 of Indiana’s 92 counties are expected to see population losses over the next 35 years. It’s a somber and sobering toll. NineStar had a head start with broadband, given its unique pedigree as both an electric and telecom co-op. But three other Indiana REMCs — Jackson County, South Central Indiana, and Tipmont — have started or announced projects to bring high-speed internet to their consumers. A fourth is to announce its broadband plan early this month.

access to high-speed internet will be

As Young and Carr’s visit began

broadband infrastructure investment

crucial, too: for smart meters, smart

faces the same hurdles in rural areas

wrapping up, Linda Muegge, speaking

consumer appliances, real-time pricing

that electrification did 80 years ago.

for all rural communities, left the two

and other innovations. But rural areas

“We know that fiber optic connects

with a plea for high-speed access to take

often lack the density — the people

rural communities and their residents

back to Washington. “You need to say,

— to spread the cost of infrastructure

and businesses to the greater world —

‘they need it,’” she told them. “There are

investment around. And areas without

allowing them to be able to compete

so many things it touches that it’s really

these engines and amenities of economic

and be a part of that larger global

important. There are so many good

growth, lose even more people. That

community,” he said.

things that it brings.”

forces businesses and industry to leave,

With the changing technology on the consumer end of the electric lines,


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driving up the costs even more for all the services for those who remain. “At some

RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Electric Consumer.

calendar NORTHWEST


NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY OPEN HOUSE, Chesterton (Porter), Dunes Learning Center. Join naturalists and National Park Service rangers for a day of guided activities and adventures. Free. Online registration requested. 11 am-3 pm. 219-395-9555.


LIBRARY CONCERT SERIES, Monticello (White), MonticelloUnion Township Library. An evening with the Moon Cats band at Constitution Plaza. 6 pm. Free. 574-583-2665, ext. 3307. adult@monticello.lib.


ART IN THE STREET, Plymouth (Marshall), Downtown. Enjoy art, entertainment, kids’ activities, food and more. Free. 10 am-3 pm. 574-274-4376. shelleyheiden@heidencreative. com.



BANKS OF THE WABASH FESTIVAL, Terre Haute (Vigo). Fairbanks Park. Live music, food, crafters, midway rides and games nightly. Free. 812-232-2727.


KNIGHTSTOWN JUBILEE DAYS, Knightstown (Henry), Town Square. Carnival rides, games, queen contest, parade, chamber fish wagon, and more. Rain or shine. Free. 800-668-1895.


TENDERLOIN THROWDOWN, Greensburg (Decatur), Downtown Square. This food competition names the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the state. Four categories, craft beer, wine, kids’ fun, shopping. Free. 812-222-0037.



BRUTALLY HANDSOME, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. Brutally Handsome is a group that celebrates the music of the Eagles. 7 pm. Tickets: $15, adults; $6, kids 12 and under. 812-849-4447.


FERDINAND HEIMATFEST, Ferdinand (Dubois), 18th Street Park. Live entertainment, kids area, food, games. 5K Walk/ Run. Admission charge. Fri: 5 pm-1 am, Sat: 8 am-1 am. $4 for beer garden. 812-6612711.


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LIMESTONE HERITAGE FESTIVAL, Bedford (Lawrence), Downtown Square. Music, food, limestone carving exhibit, bike show, parade, fireworks and more. Free. 812-329-4221. downtown



CHAMBER CLASSIC GOLF OUTING, Portland (Jay), Portland Golf Club. Outing will feature scramble format and golf clinic. Registration, 9 am. Shotgun start, 10 am. 260-726-4481. membership@


44TH ANNUAL QUILT SHOW & SALE, Topeka (LaGrange), Eden Worship Center. One of the premier quilt shows in northeastern Indiana. 9 am-4 pm. Cost: $5. 260-4990149. quiltshow


WINE IN THE PINES & ANIMAL ART AUCTION, Albion (Noble), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Adults-only evening with the animals. Explore, view animal artists, sample wines and appetizers. 5:30-9 pm. Cost: $40-$50. 260-636-7383. lori@




CAMPBELLSBURG COUNTRY FESTIVAL, Campbellsburg (Washington), Campbellsburg Park. Music, vendors, contests, truck and tractor pulls, parade, kids’ games and activities. Free. 812-896-7979. ART ON THE PARISH GREEN, New Albany (Floyd), Downtown. Festival showcasing over 90 artists. Music, children’s art activities, food and more. Sat: 10 am-6 pm, Sun: 11:30-5 pm. Free. 812-944-0413. info@


BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE, Corydon (Harrison), Downtown Square. Enjoy bluegrass music as Corydon comes alive this summer! Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. 4-8 pm. Free. 888-738-2137. thisisindiana. org

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Electric Consumer 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 Electric Consumer strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Electric Consumer advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at; or mail your info to: Calendar, Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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Where asparagus once grew wild



When one of us spied our prized quarry,

kle them with sea salt. About 15 minutes


we would holler … Mom would stop the

or so in the oven at 350 F produces an

old Ford, and we would scramble out of

amazing side dish for any meal.

ne of my fond experiences as a child came with the first warming days of spring. Prior

to cultivated side ditches, mowed fence rows and the liberal use of herbicides, wild asparagus proliferated in the side

the car and into the side ditch to gather the stalks. As the warm spring weather continued, the stalks of asparagus became more mature and taller.

ditches along the county roads. And it

At this point, we stopped using the par-

was free for the picking!

ing knife and opted to simply bend the

The sporadic patches took root from stray seeds dropped by birds feeding on the seeds from nearby gardens. Once sprouted, the hearty plant would mature

stalk to snap the top off. When the tops are snapped off like this, it guarantees a soft, chewable spear when the asparagus hits the plate.

and seed and produce more plants in a

On a good run, we might fill two large

growing cluster.

paper grocery bags with the succulent

I remember loading up with Mom and

stalks. What a haul!

my sister Mary in the old family station

Usually the spears were boiled in salted

wagon armed with paper grocery bags

water, drained and liberally coated

and paring knives.

with butter when prepared for the ta-

Once we were out of town, the hunt would begin. Mom would slowly idle the old Ford down the county roads at a

ble. Truth be known: As a boy, I appreciated the hunt a whole lot more than actually eating the asparagus.

snail’s pace while my sister and I stuck

A few years ago, I spotted a lone

our heads out of the car windows and

patch of the velvety looking ma-

scanned the ditches for the dark green

ture plants along a county road

spears of asparagus.

near home. I hadn’t seen any wild

On a good run, we might fill two large paper grocery bags with the succulent stalks. What a haul!


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asparagus in years. I made a mental note to come back the following spring to see if I could pick just a few spears. The next year, I was disappointed to find even the last patch had disappeared under the onslaught of a tractor mounted mower. My wife and I have a favorite recipe for our garden asparagus. We wash and dry the stalks, lay them on a cookie sheet, drizzle the stalks with a little virgin olive oil and sprin-

I can’t help but wonder, though, how wild asparagus would taste if fixed this way. JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors writer and a consumer of RushShelby Energy living along the Flatrock River in Moscow. Readers with questions or comments can write to him in care of Electric Consumer or email


Electrical rules TO SHARE WITH KIDS

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT DANGERS OF ELECTRICITY Born with a natural curiosity, children are always exploring, asking questions and trying new things to understand the world around them. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dangerous – and even deadly – when it comes to electricity. “There are 400 deaths and 4,400 injuries from electrical hazards each year,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Education and adult supervision are the main ways to help reduce your child’s risk of an electrical accident.” With summer break just beginning, children of all ages will spend the next few months entertaining themselves. Whether they are keeping cool inside or soaking up some vitamin D outside, they are bound to run into trouble. Your cooperative, though, wants to be sure they are safe from electrical hazards. Keep your children safe by teaching them the rules of outdoor and indoor electrical safety.

OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY RULES: • Do not climb trees near power lines or climb utility poles, transmission towers or fences around electrical substations. • Keep electrical cords away from water. • Never touch an electrical pole or wire that has fallen to the ground. • Watch out for thunderstorms! If you

It is also important for children to know how to avoid electrical dangers, but also how to respond to an electrical injury. The most important rule is to never touch a victim who is still connected to a power source. The same current could travel to their bodies and injure

can hear thunder, you can be struck by

them as well. If they can,


either unplug or turn off

INDOOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY RULES: • Do not overload an extension cord with too many plugs. • Teach older kids how to safely plug in and unplug cords. • Remind children that water and electricity do not mix. • For younger children, install safety caps on outlets.

Do you have young children at home? Install safety caps on outlets.

the switch to the power supply. Inform children to never touch a live wire, even if it does not look dangerous. Lastly, be sure they know how to call 911 in an emergency if they ever need help. If you have questions about keeping your family safe from electrical hazards, contact your electric cooperative. Help keep your children safe, wherever they are, by applying a few safety rules to their summer routine. JU NE 2 018


Top crop

Tomatoes: the apples of most eyes by B. Rosie Lerner


ost gardeners would agree that tomatoes are the most popular crop for home growing. But

what gardeners can’t agree on is what tomato is considered “the best,” since taste is such a personal matter.

garden. Midseason is considered to be 66 to 80 days. Late types are those that need more than 80 days from transplanting. Third, you can group tomatoes by the plant’s growth habit: determinate or indeterminate. Determinate plants tend to grow their foliage first, then set flowers that mature into fruit if pollination is

The diversity of cultivars available makes

successful. All of the fruit tend to ripen

it easy for anyone to grow tomatoes —

on a plant at about the same time. Inde-

even if all you have is a pot on the patio.

terminate tomatoes start out by growing

The Burpee Seed Company introduced

some foliage, then continue to produce

the first F1 hybrid tomato “Big Boy” in

foliage and flowers throughout the

1949. Since then, plant breeders have in-

gardening season. These plants will tend

troduced thousands of hybrid tomatoes.

to have tomato fruit in different stages

Modern hybrids bring disease resistance,

of maturity at any given time once they

cold tolerance, nematode resistance, and

start to set fruit.

hybrid vigor as well as a dazzling range of colors, shapes, and sizes.

More recent developments in tomato breeding have led to a wider array of fruit

There are several ways to classify the

colors. In addition to the standard red ripe

wide array of tomatoes that are so pop-

color, tomatoes can be creamy white, lime

ular among gardeners today. First, you

green, purple or nearly black. Pink and

can group them by fruit size and shape.

yellowish types have mistakenly been re-

From small to large, there are: currant,

ferred to as low-acid tomatoes, but in fact,

cherry/grape, salad/cocktail, plum, pear,

these types are just higher in sugar, which

standard slicing, and beefsteak types.

makes them taste less acidic.

Second, you can group tomatoes by the

All tomatoes are warm-season crops that

amount of time it takes for the plants to

thrive when soil temperature is at least 60

mature fruit for harvest. Seed packets will

F which meant this spring required extra

list the expected length of time to ma-

patience with late, cooler than usual soil

turity in number of days, but in general,

temperatures. But the old saying about

cultivars are classified as: early, midsea-

good things coming to those who wait is

son, or late-maturing. Early cultivars take

true for tomatoes — whichever cultivars

55 to 65 days from transplanting to the

and colors you choose to grow.


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Ask Rosie


Q:  I have a

maple tree that has a rather large sucker at the bottom. The diameter of the sucker is about 2 inches, and the tree trunk is 7 inches in diameter. I would like to know if it is OK to remove it? J.M., Crown Point, Indiana

A:  Some landscape plants produce

vigorous, upright stems that become troublesome, because they out-compete better-formed branches and shade out the rest of the plant. These remarkably fast-growing, upright stems are called “suckers” if they come from the root system. The best time to try removing these suckers is late winter and early spring before the new growth begins. You’ll want to be careful to avoid injuring the main trunk when you cut. First, remove the top of the root sucker (this can be done in stages) to get the heavy weight off that stem. Then, make closer cuts further down to just above where you see the “V.” We also recommend that you pull the rock mulch away from the base of the tree and, if needed, remove any soil that is covering the root collar (the flare of the trunk at the bottom.) (You can see an illustration of these recommendations on the annotated photo, courtesy of Purdue Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell, with this column at 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,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224; or use our “Talk to Us” form online at




New Arthritis Painkiller Works on Contact and Numbs the Pain in Minutes New cream works faster and is more targeted than oral medications. Key ingredients penetrate the skin within minutes to relieve joint arthritis pain. Users report significant immediate relief. By Robert Ward Associated Health Press BOSTON – Innovus Pharmaceuticals has introduced a new arthritis pain relief treatment that works in minutes. Sold under the brand name Apeaz™, the new pain relief cream numbs the nerves right below the skin. When applied to an arthritic joint, or a painful area on the body, it delivers immediate relief that lasts for hours and hours. The powerful painkilling effect is created by the creams active ingredients, three special medical compounds. Anesthetics are used in hospitals during surgery. They block nerve signals from the brain so that patients don’t feel pain and they work fast. The anesthetic found in Apeaz™ is the strongest available without a prescription. The cream form allows users to directly target their area of pain. It works where it is applied. The company says this is why the product is so effective and fast acting. “Users can expect to start feeling relief immediately after applying,” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj, President of Innovus Pharmaceuticals. “There will be a pleasant warming sensation that is followed by a cool, soothing one. This is how you know that the active ingredients have reached the affected joint and tissue.”

Those with terrible arthritis in their hands and fingers, love how easy Apeaz™ is to open. The jar fits in the palm of the hand, which makes it much easier to use.

Instant Pain Relief Without a Prescription Many Apeaz™ users report significant improvements in daily aches and pain. Many more report increased flexibility and less stiffness. They are moving with less pain for the first time in years, like Henry Esber, an early user of Apeaz™. “I’ve tried more pills than I can count. I’ve also had a handful of cortisone shots. Nothing is as effective as this product. With Apeaz™, I get relief right away. I rub a little on my hands. It keeps the pain away. It also prevents the pain from getting really bad. It’s completely changed my life.”

Apeaz™ is an FDA drug with approved claims for the pain relief of the following conditions: • Arthritis pain • Simple back pain • Strains • Sprains • Athletic injuries • Muscle stiffness/ pain • Wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, muscle or joint pain

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For arthritis suffers, Apeaz offers impressive advantages over traditional medications. The most obvious is how quickly it relieves pain discomfort. The cream contains the maximum approved OTC dose of a top anesthetic, which penetrates the skin in a matter of minutes to numb the area that’s in pain. This relief lasts for several hours. Published pre-clinical animal studies have shown that the ingredients in Apeaz™ can also prevent further bone and cartilage destruction. There are also no negative side effects like from oral medication. Apeaz™ delivers its ingredients through the skin. Oral medications are absorbed in the digestive tract. Overtime, the chemicals in pills can tear the delicate lining of the stomach, causing ulcers and bleeding. When compared to other arthritis medications, Apeaz™ is a fraction of the cost. At less than $2 a day, the cream quickly is becoming a household name.

Apeaz contains the highest, non-prescription OTC dose of a medical compound that fights pain on contact. When applied to the skin it goes to work within minutes by penetrating right to the source of your pain, numbing the nerve endings. “This is why Apeaz™ is so effective for people with arthritis pain. It reduces pain while adding an additional potential layer of joint support,” explains Damaj.

A New Way to Treat Pain Although Dr. Damaj and his team say that their cream is the fastest and most effective way to relieve arthritis pain, they believe there is still a reason to take joint pills. The most effective are those which help to further lubricate, strengthen and support the joints. That’s why every container of Apeaz™ comes with ArthriVarx™, a breakthrough supplement that’s taking on joint support in an entirely new way.

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ArthriVarx™ works on your joints, making it the perfect companion to Apeaz™. “ArthriVarx™ contains special compounds published to lubricate the joints and connective tissues that surrounds them. With daily use, they improve joint health and can give an extra cushion,” explains Dr. Damaj. “When combined with Apeaz™, it becomes the perfect system to tackle arthritis. While the anesthetic component of Apeaz™ is working on the outside, relieving pain on contact, ArthriVarx™ is working on the inside, adding cushioning to the joints”’

A Powerful Combination For Arthritis and Joint Pain With daily use, Apeaz™ plus ArthriVarx™ helps users live a more vital, pain free life without any of the negative side effects or interactions associated with oral drugs. By delivering fast, long-lasting, and targeted relief from joint pain and supporting longterm joint health, Apeaz™ and ArthriVarx™ is the newest, most effective way to tackle your arthritis pain. You can now enjoy an entirely new level of comfort that’s both safe and affordable. It is also extremely effective, especially if nothing else has worked well for you.

How to Get Apeaz™ This is the first official public release of Apeaz™. In order to get the word out about Apeaz™, the manufacturer, Innovus Pharmaceuticals, is offering special introductory discounts while supplies last. A special phone hotline has been set up to take advantage of deep discounts during this ordering opportunity. The discounts will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-451-7702 and will only be open while supplies last. Experience the guaranteed Apeaz™ relief already enjoyed by thousands of consumers. Don’t miss out, call 1-800-451-7702 today.


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Keep cool and save! The summer sun quickly drives up outdoor temperatures — and energy bills with it! Rather than perpetually running your air conditioner, some strategic planning can save you energy, leading to lower electric use. Steps you can take to reduce your energy costs are to: 1. Open the windows on cool summer evenings and nights. A cool breeze in the evening and overnight can keep you comfortable without the need for turning on the air conditioner. 2. During the day, use window treatments such as awnings and blinds to help reduce heat caused by the summer sun — particularly among south-facing windows. Reducing the sun’s heat will reduce the energy needed to cool your home. 3. Turning on fans in your house can reduce energy needed to maintain comfort. The Department of Energy reports that a ceiling fan in the room will allow you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit while maintaining the same level of comfort. But turn the fan off when you are done! The couch doesn’t need to be kept cool after you leave the room. Treat fans just like lights — be sure


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to turn the fan off when you leave the room. 4. Routine maintenance schedules will ensure efficiency! Schedule an annual inspection and maintenance to get the most out of your home’s heating and cooling systems. Also, be sure to regularly replace your furnace filter — this single step can ensure your system runs efficiently, minimizing energy waste and saving you money. 5. Set a routine schedule for your programmable thermostat to prevent wasting energy. Constantly changing the temperature settings on your thermostat can cause your air conditioner to work much more than needed — wasting energy and costing you money! Newer “smart” thermostats, such as the Nest and Ecobee thermostats, include tools such as energy reports and smart phone controls to help you use your HVAC system as efficiently as possible. 6. Seal. Insulate. Equip. Three keys to maximizing your efficiency! Start by sealing any air leaks in your house to prevent your chilled air from escaping — and hot air from seeping indoors. From

there, ensure your home is properly insulated, which will help maintain your home’s temperature. Finally, if your house is properly sealed and insulated, you may need to look into updating your HVAC system. You can even receive a POWER MOVES® rebate to help offset the cost of upgrading to a qualifying energy efficient system! By ensuring your house is properly sealed and insulated, you may find that a smaller piece of equipment will keep you comfortable. 7. Contact your local electric co-op to schedule an energy audit. This is a great way to learn about your home’s efficiency. Your local cooperative will have a list of contractors conducting energy audits in your area; your co-op may even provide the audit for you. An energy audit will include a thorough review and testing of electricity use in your home, along with recommendations on how to improve your home’s efficiency. Taking a few extra steps can save you money by reducing your energy use during the summer — and even year-round. To learn more energy-saving tips, visit

Bird’vsiew eye



n Indiana, a land where annual obsessions called March Madness and Hoosier Hysteria thankfully bring us

nothing but net, it comes as no surprise that Electric Consumer readers’ pick for favorite Famous Hoosier would be a king of the basketball court. Larry Bird, the “Hick from French Lick,” who rose from humble beginnings to college and pro basketball superstardom, is not only a sports icon; he’s a true example of the Hoosier work ethic. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end,” he once said. For Bird, now 61, that theory helped put him in NBA record books. He’s the only person in professional basketball history to be named Rookie of the Year (197980, Boston Celtics), Regular Season MVP (three times between 1983 and 1986), Finals MVP (1984 and 1986), Coach of the Year (1997-98, Indiana Pacers) and Executive of the Year (2011-12, Indiana Pacers). As a player, he led the Indiana State University Sycamores to the final game of the 1979 NCAA championship and then, as a professional, led the Boston Celtics to two NBA championships. He played on the celebrated 1992 Olympic gold-medal-winning “Dream Team.” As a coach, he steered the Indiana Pacers to a berth in the 2000 NBA Finals. He retired from the coaching position after the end of the 2000 season, returning as the Pacers’ president of basketball operations in 2003. In 2012, Bird left the Pacers, only to return a year later as president of basketball operations. He served in that capacity until May 2017, and now




profile CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE maintains an advisory role within the Pacers organization. We asked Bird about his Electric Consumer honor, his roots, his career and the game that has been his life. See what “Larry Legend” had to say.

Q: Electric Consumer readers from

Are you surprised by the changes and growth in the area over the past 20 years?

A: I’m really surprised. It’s beautiful in Southern Indiana and the changes the state — have been for the good and, hopefully, will continue.

Q: What exactly is your role as advisor

favorite “Famous Hoosier.” Why do you

to the president of basketball operations

think your fellow Hoosiers so easily

for the Indiana Pacers?

identify with you and “root” for you?

A: I do scouting, discuss direction of

I grew up in a small town in South-

you do anything differently?

A: I would not have tried to play through so many injuries. I would have had them taken care of.

— helping one of the poorest parts of

across Indiana chose you as their


Q: Looking back on your career, would

team of team and stay in touch with

Q: What’s left on your bucket list? A: Seeing the Pacers win a championship, whether I’m involved or not.

Q: What’s the best advice you were ever given?

A: As for basketball, no matter how much or how long you practice, no mat-

ern Indiana. After my background

(President of Basketball Operations)Kevin

ter how many shots you put up, someone

was written about during my career at

(Pritchard). He makes all the decisions.

is doing more.

we had there and the school not being a

Q: You’ve been a college and pro

basketball power, and the state’s love of

basketball standout, an Olympian, a

Q: What’s the best advice you ever

basketball, I think it all came together.

coach and a Pacers executive. What has

Indiana State, along with the success

Then when I came back to coach the Pacers and then to run the basketball side, it kind of stacked up on top of my early career.

Q: How does growing up in rural Indiana play a part in your daily life?

A: It keeps you humble. I loved growing up there and think about it often.

Q: Your hometown of French Lick and its neighbor West Baden have continually been recognized because of the resorts and the golf courses and nearby Patoka Lake for recreation.

FUN FACTS ABOUT LARRY BIRD • The bright blue Twitter logo is named “Larry” after Larry Bird. Turns out

been the highlight of your career? Why?

A: Winning championships, competing these things, to win.

Q: If you were 40 years younger, playing college or pro basketball now, do you think you’d be as successful — or more successful? Would you want to be playing ball now?

A: That’s hard to say, but I think I would

Q: The Pacers had a fabulous season this year, making it to the playoffs. What’s been your takeaway from this season?

A: It was very pleasing. I liked how the team stayed together, I liked the leadership from a number of our guys and I liked how they competed every night.


on the Broadway stage in the play

talking; one of his early jobs was picking

“Magic/Bird.” The play failed to attract

up trash back home in French Lick.

acclaim or an audience. It ran for just

Back in 1974, after dropping out of

one month in the spring 2012.

Indiana University and West Baden’s

canceled, Bird was named NBA

led the Boston Celtics to two NBA

Executive of the Year. He was the first


person to win NBA’s Triple Crown: best

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should be listening.

for the game and I put in the work to

Boston and he grew up when Bird


used it: Don’t always be talking when you

be successful because I did have talent

• Four days after “Magic/Bird” was

Bird and Magic Johnson was captured

A: I was told this when I was 10, but I’ve

for championships. That’s why you do

Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone is from

• The rivalry and friendship between


player, coach and executive. • Not only is Bird known for his trash

Northwood Institute, Bird got a job with his hometown’s street department, driving a garbage truck and doing maintenance and road repair work. He did that for nine months before returning to college, this time Indiana State University. The rest is history.