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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!
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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.
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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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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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As graduation open house invitations arrive at my house, I can’t help but ponder what these students will be doing next in life. I’m a member of the Kosciusko Economic Development board of directors, and we regularly talk about workforce development and the many open positions at local companies just waiting to be filled with younger workers. We discuss training options and educational opportunities to let students know that they don’t have to leave our
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the guard.” We’re partnering with state and national organizations to educate students
of positions will retire within the next 10 years. We’re preparing for this “changing of about cooperative careers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman
Our industry has gotten so sophisticated that years of training — both formal and
Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman
service representative. Co-ops offer careers in many specializations,
on-the-job — are required to pursue a career as a lineman or member
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including engineering, information technology, accounting, and
marketing. If a prospective job candidate has a positive, custom-
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er-focused attitude, most co-ops will provide the necessary training to help the candidate “grow” into a position.
During this season of graduations and transitions, I wish
our community’s high school graduates all the best as they pursue their hopes and dreams. I hope they realize as they
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Summer Energy-Saving Tips Costs associated with cooling your home can make up a large portion of your summer electric bills. Stay cool and save money with these energy efficiency tips!
NO-COST TIPS Close blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out.
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home. Set it to a higher temperature when you’re away.
Turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room.
LOW-COST TIPS Plant trees and shrubs to shade the exterior of your home.
Replace disposable air filters (or clean permanent filters) once a month to maximize efficiency.
Use solar lighting to brighten up your outdoor space. Solar lights are easy to install, low maintenance and provide free electricity.
outside Electrical safety
The chilly days are officially gone, and we’re finally seeing the sun on a regular basis. What better way to transition from spring to summer than by spending time outdoors? KREMC reminds you that electrical hazards are not only present indoors; they can also occur outside. When working outside, take a moment to look around you. Look up and down when you begin your next outdoor DIY project. When you look up, you may spy power lines close by. Always keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away; electricity can jump to nearby objects, like your ladder, shovel or hose. When looking down, you may not see anything, but there could be dangers lurking underground. That’s why it’s always important to call 8-1-1 before you dig. A trained professional will locate and mark underground facilities, helping you avoid any hidden electrical dangers. When starting a project that requires power tools, always ensure your outdoor outlets are up to standards. Make sure you have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) installed, which automatically cut power when a plugged item comes in contact with water. If you’re using an extension cord, do not use it unless it is labeled “for outdoor use.” Operating power tools outdoors comes with a few guidelines that should be followed during and after use. These guidelines include: • Inspect the tool before and after each use. • Replace or repair worn or defective equipment immediately. • Keep the tool and the area you’re working on clean to avoid fire hazards, and always store tools in a dry place. • Never use electric tools or mowers in wet areas. Electricity is a powerful tool, but it can also be lethal. Share these tips with your friends and family and remind them that electrical safety isn’t just inside the home but outside, too.
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Avoid the big green box Please stay away from pad-mounted transformers (the big green box). While safe, they are not meant for touching, climbing or playing. Pad-mounted transformers carry high voltages of electricity that serve many homes in our communities.
Never touch, climb or play on pad-mounted
Keep areas surrounding the pad-mounted
transformers. Never put fingers, sticks or other
transformer clear so that workers can safely
objects through cracks in the transformer.
maintain transformers as needed. Keep shrubs and structures at least 10 feet away from the transformer doors and 4 feet away from the sides.
10 feet 4 feet
Never dig near a pad-mounted transformer.
Report problems. If you notice anything amiss, like
They are surrounded by underground cables.
an unlocked transformer or one that has been
Hitting the cable could result in electrical shock
damaged, please contact us immediately.
or disruption of service. ALWAYS DIAL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG.
THINK OUTSIDE THE HOME Dusting off outdoor cleaning tools and getting ready to give some much-needed TLC to your home and yard? Learn how to stay electrically safe outdoors. POWER UP SAFELY WITH EXTENSION CORDS • When outdoors, use only those extension cords rated for outdoor use. They are designed to resist outdoor wear and conditions. • Check the power capacity of your cord to ensure it’s the same or greater than the item you’re planning to plug in. Don’t make do with a lower-capacity cord. For electric power tools, be sure to use a heavy-duty extension cord. • Don’t string multiple extension cords together. Not only is it unsafe, but it will also reduce their power capacity and your electronic tools or gadgets won’t work properly. • Plug your grounded outdoor extension cord into a ground fault circuit interrupter-protected (GFCI) electrical outlet to avoid shock or electrocution. • Don’t use outdoor extension cords as long-term power sources. The longer they’re left out, the more risk there is of damage or wear.
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WHAT A HOME ENERGY AUDIT CAN REVEAL
Spending a few hundred dollars on
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but there are usually larger and less
an energy audit now could save you
report of your home’s challenges and
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thousands of dollars over time.
opportunities. A professional audit
measures how airtight your home is
can range from a quick, visual walk-
and identifies where the air leaks are.
A home energy audit is a detailed assessment of your home that can give you a roadmap for future energy-related investments: • What efficiency investments will be
through to a more comprehensive, more informative — but more expensive —
• Duct blaster: Ducts move the warm and cool air around your home; duct
testing can measure whether your
Energy audits require an examination of
ducts are leaking.
most effective in reducing your energy
the building envelope (attic, floor, and
• Thermographic imaging: This is one
exterior walls) and the energy systems
way to identify where more insulation
in the home, such as the water heater,
is needed. Infrared images show “cold”
air conditioner and furnace. Follow the
or “hot” spots in a home’s envelope.
auditor during the inspection, and ask
Identifying where more insulation is
questions so you can understand where
needed is a key component in energy
the problems are, what you can address
audits — too little insulation will make
yourself and where you may need further
you use more energy than needed.
Adding more can provide a quick
• Why might some areas of your home be too hot or too cold at times? • Would a new furnace, air conditioner and/or rooftop solar system be appropriate? If so, what size? And what complementary measures will help these large investments work most efficiently?
The auditor may analyze your recent
Online audit tools can give you a basic understanding of how your home compares to similar ones. However, a qualified and professional home energy auditor can use his or her experience
return on investment.
energy bills to determine what your
Following the assessment of your home,
energy is used for and if use has
the auditor will analyze the information
recently changed. Finally, the auditor will
and make recommendations on what
ask about the energy use behaviors of
systems could be upgraded or what
those who live in the home.
behavior changes you can make
For example, is someone home all day, or does everyone leave for work and school? A resident’s habits can make a big impact on the energy bill. If you go
to reduce energy use and improve comfort. If you follow your auditor’s recommendations, you could lower your energy bill 5 to 30 percent, or more!
from being a household with two working
Your electric co-op can help you get
adults to one with a new baby and an
started with your audit. Most co-ops offer
adult home most of the day, your energy
audits or will provide a list of qualified
use is going to go up.
energy auditors in the area. Being home
An auditor may do some or all of the following tests: • Blower door test: Windows are often the suspected cause for air leaks,
during the audit is a great opportunity to learn what makes your home tick and how you can make it even better. For more information, please visit: www.collaborativeefficiency.com/energytips.
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Search on for historic farm buildings AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AT STATE FAIR Does your farm property include a
The award winner will receive an
historic farmhouse, barn, agricultural
outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to
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the Indiana State Fair, and overnight
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Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The
award, to be presented at the Indiana State Fair by Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Farm Bureau, recognizes the
The magazine, which will begin its
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
Anyone, including farm owners, can
natural and historic features of the rural
submit a nomination for the award. The
landscape. The John Arnold Award
nomination asks for:
honors those who share a similar
• 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 bit.ly/ArnoldAward18 or by contacting
historic agricultural structures
Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks
are used in day-to-day farming
at 812-232-4534 or tkleckner@
operations, and how they have been
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preserved or adapted.
nominations is June 15 at 5 p.m.
• High-res digital photographs of
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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.
To learn more about Indiana Agriculture & Technology School, visit www.indiana.ag. Classes start July 30.
Takin’ it with you For most people, summer is go-go-go time. And when you’re on the move, you need electronics that will move with
you. Here are a few that may
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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
mid-day to late evening. (With names like “Vladimir Poutine” and the “Fungus Amongus” burger noted on the menu,
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who wouldn’t be intrigued with the Evil
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food Grab some some fresh or frozen strawberries to prepare these readers’ recipes.
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;
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.
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.
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.
BEST ANTIQUE STORE BEST FRIED CHICKEN
The Chicken House 7180 Highway 111 Sellersburg, Indiana 47172 812-246-9485 thechickenhouseonline.com 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 www.redbarnantiquemall.com
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
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.
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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
food; activities like golf and gambling; and two full-service spas at its two hotels:
PHO TO CO URTESY O F FRENCH LI CK RE S O RTS
BEST GIRLS’ GETAWAY
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
BEST GUYS’ GETAWAY
bluegill and crappie fishing; and Cecil
https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3077.htm 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 https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/52330.htm 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!
CLAIM TO FAME
Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4790 W. 16th St. Indianapolis, IN 46222 317-492-8500 www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com 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.
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
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
BY THE NUMBERS
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
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
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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,”
SEN. TODD YOUNG
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,
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.
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. duneslearningcenter.org
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. in.us. monticello.lib.in.us
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. heartlandartgallery.com
BANKS OF THE WABASH FESTIVAL, Terre Haute (Vigo). Fairbanks Park. Live music, food, crafters, midway rides and games nightly. Free. 812-232-2727. terrehaute.in.gov/parks
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. knightstownchamber.org
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. mainstreetgreensburg.com.
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. email@example.com. mitchelloperahouse.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. ferdinandheimatfest.com
LIMESTONE HERITAGE FESTIVAL, Bedford (Lawrence), Downtown Square. Music, food, limestone carving exhibit, bike show, parade, fireworks and more. Free. 812-329-4221. downtown bedford.org
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@ jaycountychamber.com. www.jaycountychamber.com
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. email@example.com. edenworshipcenter.com/ 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@ blackpine.org. blackpine.org
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CAMPBELLSBURG COUNTRY FESTIVAL, Campbellsburg (Washington), Campbellsburg Park. Music, vendors, contests, truck and tractor pulls, parade, kids’ games and activities. Free. 812-896-7979. campbellsburgcountryfestival.com. 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@ artontheparishgreen.com. artontheparishgreen.org.
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
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Where asparagus once grew wild
B Y JACK S PAU L D IN G
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
P H OTO P R OV ID E D B Y R OSI E LERNER, PURDUE EXTENSI O N
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 ElectricConsumer.org. 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 ElectricConsumer.org.
PHO TO BY J. M
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
Works In Minutes
How It Works
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.
Apeaz™: Quick Acting Pain and Arthritis Cream is Now Available Without a Prescription
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.
APEAZ IS AN FDA OTC COMPLIANT DRUG NDC # 57483-001-04 APPROVED FOR THE RELIEF OF PAIN FROM MUSCLES AND JOINTS INCLUDING ARTHRITIS PAIN. ARTHRIVARX STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA. ARTHRIVARX IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE AND IS NOT A DRUG. RESULTS MAY VARY. OFFER NOT AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF IOWA.
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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
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 www.PowerMoves.com.
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
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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
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.