Kosciusko REMC — June 2019 Indiana Connection

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from the editor

Power to the people What a difference 16 days can make. In just a little over two weeks, 14 Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers and two project leaders brought electricity to an east central Guatemalan village. Ninety homes, a school, two churches and a pump house were electrified, and villagers suddenly looked forward to opportunities they’d only dreamed about. Through Project Indiana, an initiative created by Indiana’s electric cooperatives to empower underdeveloped countries, lives are changed forever. Not only do the villagers — especially the children — look forward to brighter futures; the linemen, after helping change countless lives now and in the future, come home with new perspectives as well. This month’s issue highlights the latest Project Indiana trip to San Jacinto, Las Conchas, Guatemala, early this spring. Indiana Connection Senior Editor Richard G. Biever accompanied the Project Indiana crew and documents the experience through words and pictures. Visit the Project Indiana website, projectindiana.org, to learn more about the trip, Project Indiana itself, and how to donate to this important cause. Now, I invite you to turn to page 20 and take a virtual journey to San Jacinto. Because hardworking, skilled, caring lineworkers from right here in the Hoosier state shared their time and talents, sustainable global changes are happening. How exciting is that?

EMILY SCHILLING Editor eschilling@indianaec.org

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insights 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative.


16 INDIANA EATS American fare paired with American tradition: Bonge’s Tavern.

10 ENERGY Making cents of


electricity demand.

20 COVER STORY Changing the world: Project Indiana provides tools to help rural Guatemalans better lives.

12 INSIGHTS 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Boone County.


Amazing avocado.


Indiana Connection



26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 DIY A new way to light your outdoor space.



Water recreation safety.

33 TRAVEL Explore Southern Indiana’s caves.




Do your homework before boarding your pets. (Not in all versions)

Jeremy Miller: Clark County REMC.

On the cover Ethan DeWitt, a lineman at Northeastern REMC, right, shows a Guatemalan worker how guy wires for a pole will be attached to anchors as a Project Indiana crew of lineworkers begins securing power lines to a pole during the project in San Jacinto, Guatemala, in March. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER


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co-op news

New outage map available During an outage, we see our members. Now, you can see us too. www.kremc.com CONTACT US Local: 574-267-6331 Toll-Free: 800-790-REMC EMAIL mail@kremc.com OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming Pam Messmore Steve Miner Rick Parker

OUTDOOR SOLAR LIGHTS DON’T INCREASE ENERGY USE They’re easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Solar lights work best when the solar cells receive the manufacturer’s recommended hours of sunlight. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Use your Co-op Connections Card to save at local businesses Dental Solutions of Warsaw, 574-269-1199 $15 off any professional cleaning and $25 off any restoration

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Summer is here, school is out, and families are gearing up for a few months of rest and relaxation. While summer brings fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that Kosciusko REMC is ready to respond. The primary cause of most power outages in our area comes from damage to power lines due to fallen trees and branches. We work year-round – through right-of-way clearing – to ensure power lines in our service territory stand little risk of being damaged by trees and branches. Despite our best efforts, during significant storms, damage can occur to transmission stations, substations and power lines. When this happens, our priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time. When an outage occurs, it is essential that our members know we are aware of their situation. That’s why we’ve launched an outage map on our website. Now you can follow KREMC’s restoration progress via our outage map; it will show you how widespread the outage is and how many crews are assigned to your neighborhood. It will also give you an estimated time you can expect for restoration. Experiencing an outage can be unnerving. Now, you can see for yourself that we are aware of your outage and just how long you can anticipate being out. We will continue to do our best to avoid power outages, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. If you experience a power outage this storm season, take a look at our map and rest easy knowing we’ve got you covered.

BRUCE GOSLEE President and CEO

KREMC rates and rebates RATES


Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge ..................... @-$.003330 per kWh

Electric water heaters 50 gallons or larger: • Gas to electric replacement — $125 • New construction water heater — $125 • Geothermal desuperheater — $50

Outdoor Lights* 40w LED........................................$8.75 per month 70w LED......................................$12.25 per month

HVAC: • Geothermal system installation — $250 • Air-source heat pump system — $150 • Programmable thermostat — up to $25 Visit www.kremc.com for complete guidelines and restrictions. Additional rebates can be found at powermoves.com.

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co-op news

Students selected for summer programs YOUTH TOUR


Indiana Youth Tour provides young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit the nation’s capital, experience American history, learn more about government, and gain a better understanding of their electric cooperative. More than 1,800 students from 46 states will travel to Washington for the week-long experience.

KREMC is giving three lucky sixth graders the power to play!

This year KREMC has selected two students to send to the 2019 Indiana Youth Tour, June 13-20. Katherine Ousley and Madison Dyck are representing KREMC on Youth Tour this year. “KREMC is pleased to provide this opportunity to students,” said Jennifer Barger, manager of marketing and communications. “It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sites, make new friends and learn how everyone can make a difference through our political processes.”

We are sponsoring three students to attend Touchstone Energy Camp this summer. The camp will be held June 5-8 at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston. Students entering seventh grade in 2019 are eligible to attend and are selected by KREMC to participate in an unforgettable camp experience! The students’ agenda combines traditional outdoor camp activities with environmental education, electrical safety practices and cooperative business education.

Students participating in the trip will visit the Flight 93 Memorial, the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall memorials, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. They also will take a night cruise on the Potomac River and see so much more.

We are delighted to have the following students represent KREMC at Touchstone Energy Camp this year:

The Indiana Youth Tour students will also participate in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spend a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation to ask questions and share their thoughts on a variety of timely issues.

• Caleb Quiggle of Pierceton


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• Cannon Baist of Warsaw • Savannah King of Warsaw

Have a downright awesome time at camp, kids! PLAY ON!

co-op news

Top: Nearly 1,800 members attended the annual meeting. Left: The KREMC board of directors pose for a photo. Kim Buhrt, John Hand and Pam Messmore were re-elected at this year’s meeting.

2019 Annual meeting recap

As always, it was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual meeting on April 13. With nearly 1,800 members in attendance, our meeting was a great success. We hope you enjoyed a hot breakfast and freshly made doughnuts from Jarrety’s Place and live music by local musician David Haney. As you know, the primary item on the agenda was the election of directors. We want to thank you for showing up and casting your vote. Members elected Kim Buhrt, John Hand and Pam Messmore for three-year terms. The morning was packed full of winners! We were thrilled to give away 1,800 tool kits; 18 door prizes, six scholarships; three camp experiences; two trips to Washington, D.C.; and one sweet ride (a bike from Trail House, Winona Lake.) We welcome your feedback as we will soon begin work on the 2020 annual meeting. We sure hope you’ll join us again next year.

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co-op news

Join us at the fair! Tuesday, July 9, is KREMC Day at the Kosciusko County Fair. Use your Co-op Connections Card to get $1 off of admission! For more information about Co-op Connections, visit kremc.com/service/co-op-connections-card.


WINNERS The winning students each received a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming year’s classes at the higher learning institution of their choice. Winners of the John H. Anglin Memorial Scholarships were Austin Bowell, Miriam Hagg, and Alivia May of Warsaw Community High School; Sarah Tucker of Tippecanoe Valley High School; Megan McQuade, Indiana Wesleyan University; and Olivia Bell, Indiana University.


Miriam Hagg (right) is one of six recipients of the John M. Anglin Memorial Scholarship. JUNE 2019


Making cents of electricity demand Proper planning can help reduce energy costs now and in the future Nothing feels more wel-

or buy enough capacity

Your plans can save!

air conditioners and water

come on a hot summer

to fulfill everyone’s needs

You can easily reduce your

heater load management.

afternoon than the air

on that one hottest day (or

energy use during times

These shift energy use to

conditioner kicking on. But,

coldest night) of the year.

of peak demand, provid-

times when electricity is

while your house is cooling

Simple supply and demand

ing savings for you and

in less demand. By doing

your local electric co-op.

this, the distribution co-op

Even simple steps like

and its generation and

raising your thermostat a

transmission cooperative

few degrees and closing

can avoid building new

the shades against the hot

facilities which can lead to

summer sun can help re-

higher costs for the local

duce the energy your co-op

electric cooperative and

needs to provide.

its members. Everyone can

down, electricity generation plants are warmed up and running full tilt to reliably serve everyone’s needs.

Like with other products, the rules of supply and demand apply to electric-

Your local electric coop-

ity. When businesses are

erative is part of a com-

operating and everyone

plex system that must

is running their A/Cs on

be prepared to meet the

a hot summer afternoon,

highest power demands

electricity prices on the

Additional steps that

of the year. This is similar

markets can soar because

can save even more and

to the way a mall parking

everyone needs it. You

improve problem areas of

lot may seem larger than

may not see these price

your home include air seal-

needed. When you pass by

differences on your home’s

ing and adding insulation.

on most days, the majority

electric bill because your

Properly sized and tuned

of the spots are empty. Yet

electric co-op may average

high-efficiency HVAC

on the day after Thanks-

all of these costs into one

equipment can also reduce

giving, customarily the

amount per kilowatt-hour

demand during peak times.

busiest shopping day of the

(kWh) regardless of the

year, the parking lot may

time of day you use the

be crammed with cars —

power. Eventually, high

and more ready to pounce

demand days can lead to

when a spot opens. Your

higher average costs for

electric co-op has to build

everyone overall.

have a role in reducing long-term energy costs for the local co-op — which, in turn, can help minimize the costs you will have to pay in the future as well.

Co-op offers savings programs Many co-ops offer free advice and power-saving programs for devices like


Steve Hite

Energy Advisor


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Hendricks Power Cooperative


Cast your vote Tell us your favorites for the Best of Indiana Through the years, readers like you have shared your picks for our state’s best cup of coffee, best bed and breakfast, best flea market, and best community festival, among other things. In the September issue, our popular “Readers’ Choice Awards” for the Best of Indiana return and we need your help to select the winners. This year we have five categories as you’ll note on the ballot below. We’re also asking you to share the name of any “hometown heroes” who are doing good things in your community. Tell us why this person is your hero. We may feature your nominee in a future issue of Indiana Connection.


indiana Readers’ Choice Awards

Give us at least four of your picks for Indiana’s best by July 1 and your name will be added to a drawing for three randomly selected $50 prizes. We’d like to highlight the unique things that make us proud to call Indiana “home.” Therefore, we hope you will avoid national chains and franchises when answering questions. Instead, tell us about the places you can find only in Indiana. Mail your completed form to Indiana Connection, Best of Indiana, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Go to our website (indianaconnection.org) for an electronic form to fill out.


to the editor TALKING TORNADOES Your article on page 33 in the April 2019 issue (Tornado Tips) is inaccurate. It says: “Never try to out run the storm. It moves at hundreds of miles an hour …” This is what I found on the internet. “The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph but it may vary from stationary to 70


Use a separate sheet of paper if necessary.

mph. Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, they are found most frequently in the


United States east of the Rocky


summer months.”

Mountains during the spring and


The wind speed can exceed


100 mph, but not normally over


200 mph. Two hundred is not hundreds of miles per hour in


my book. It might not be smart


to try to outrun a tornado, but the


reason given is incorrect.


Carl V. Covely Jr., Lafayette, Indiana


Editor’s note: Thank you for letter


and for pointing out the error in


the article.


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county feature

Boone County BY NICK ROGERS From historical events and culinary delights to beautiful parks and trails, Boone County offers enjoyable activities for everyone. Founded in 1830 and named for legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone, the county is the site of Indiana’s first Rural Electric Membership Corporation. Today, it’s a day-trip destination from Indianapolis and surrounding counties. In Zionsville, you can view live animals in the Zion Nature Center, recall Depression-era history at the Maplelawn Farmstead, and breeze into the Antique Fan Museum,

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1830

NAMED FOR: Daniel Boone POPULATION: 68,875 (2017) COUNTY SEAT: Lebanon NOTED FOR: Boone County Courthouse Dome Zionsville Fall Festival Starkey Nature Park Antique Fan Museum

whose 2,000-plus collection dates back to the 19th century. Further on up the road, Lebanon boasts Indiana’s second-largest dome, atop the county courthouse. There’s no better time than summer to gaze upon sunlight spilling through its beautiful stained-glass rotunda. Headed out in the evening? Hit Mechanicsburg’s M.E.L.S. at the Starlite Drive-In Theatre. Since 1946, it’s been screening double features under starry skies. Fall visitors can enjoy Lebanon’s late-September reenactment of Civil War battles and President Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 visit en route to Washington, D.C.; the early-September Zionsville Fall Festival; or Dull’s Tree Farm in Thorntown to pick pumpkins and walk a corn maze.


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Boone County’s Courthouse in Lebanon

Whenever or wherever you travel, good eats await. In Lebanon, there’s Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates and Titus Bakery (whose maple-iced, cinnamon-infused Pershing donut is a must). Zionsville is home to Traders Point Creamery (Indiana’s first certified-organic dairy farm) and a Bub’s Burgers location, where finishing a one-pound Big Ugly gets your picture on the wall … if fortune and digestive fortitude favor you. And if you need to shed calories afterward, Boone County’s got you covered with more than a dozen parks and trails, including the 80acre Starkey Nature Park, the Big-4 Rail Trail (connected to a 20-mile network of paved pathways), and Creekside Nature Park, doubling as a kayak / canoe launch point onto Eagle Creek. Freelance writer Nick Rogers is a communications manager for Purdue Agricultural Communications.

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Indiana eats

American fare paired with an American tradition Tailgate while you wait for a table You’ll literally need to travel

fresh in season and can

off the beaten path down a

change daily in the summer.

few winding roads to find Bonge’s Tavern. Located 30 minutes from Indianapolis, Bonge’s is the claim-to-fame of the small unincorporated area known as Perkinsville. And, it’s one of those mustvisit destinations for Hoosier foodies. Opened as a tavern in 1934, the building sat empty for a few years in the mid-’90s. That’s when Don Kroger happened upon the building, bought it and called his

Chef Tony’s favorite dish is the smoked salmon appetizer. But the most popular selection by far is the Perkinsville Pork. Huelster says that’s because of “all the love we give it. It’s a good quality, Indianaraised pork loin.” While the menu keeps foodies coming back, the experience of waiting for a table has made Bonge’s legendary.

buddy — current owner and

Billing itself as a “tailgating

chef Tony Huelster — to help

paradise worthy of an adult

him bring Bonge’s back to

field trip,” the restaurant


takes reservations for

Both veterans in the restaurant world, Kroger and Huelster collaborated on Bonge’s menu ideas and recipes.

parties of 10 or more. If you don’t have a reservation, you’ll want to be in line by 4 p.m. on weekends to get your name on the list and then head back to the

The menu, which is posted

parking lot to pass the time

on a chalkboard above

tailgating. The restaurant

the bar, is ever-changing.

encourages you to bring

Everything is made fresh in-

your own beverages, snacks

house – from salad dressings

and tailgating supplies but

to desserts. Perkinsville Pork

asks you leave the cornhole

is the menu staple. Duck,

boards and Frisbees at home.

New York strip steaks, and apple-smoked prime rib can always be found on the weekends. The chicken dish rotates. Seafood is served


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The restaurant also offers more tailgating tips with its “Bonge’s Tavern Summer Guide” available on its website.

BONGE’S TAVERN 9830 W. 280 N. Anderson, Indiana 765-734-1625 BongesTavern.com Tuesday–Thursday: 4:30–9 p.m. Friday–Saturday: 4:30–10 p.m. Reservations taken for groups of 10 or more. Must be 21 and older, 18 with a parent or guardian.


Amazing going beyond guac


Fava Bean and Avocado Dip Simon May, Fort Wayne, Indiana 10 oz. fava beans, shelled

Avocado Egg Salad Kathi Tooley, Berne, Indiana 4 large hard boiled eggs 2 avocados, peeled and pitted ½ t. salt

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

Black pepper to taste

2 cloves of garlic, minced

¼ cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt

A big handful of fresh mint, chopped 3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped

1 T. lime juice

Juice of 1 lemon

1 t. sugar

Zest of ½ lemon

½ t. mustard

½ t. sea salt


1 large pinch of black pepper 2 T. olive oil

Mash and mix eggs, avocado, salt and pepper together. Add remaining

Cook the shelled fava beans in salted

ingredients and stir to mix. Serve

boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well

open-faced on toast.

and cool. Place all ingredients except the olive oil into a food processor and turn it on. Drizzle in the oil while continuing the process. Serve with long dippers like pretzel rods or Avocado Egg Salad

crisp breadsticks.

Mexican Chicken Soup

In a slow cooker, layer carrots,

Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois

garlic, onion, and half the

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

Worcestershire sauce and 2

4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

with 1 t. salt. Cover and turn on

1 white onion, sliced ¼ inch thick

“High;” cook for 4-6 hours. About

Small handful of cilantro 4 large bone-in chicken thighs 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 t. salt ⅔ cup rice

Mexican Chicken Soup


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cilantro. Top with chicken. Pour quarts of water on top. Sprinkle

1½ hours before serving, add rice. Cook until rice is tender. Pull out chicken, remove skin and shred meat. Put meat back in. Discard cilantro. Scoop out inside of avocado and cut into

3 chiles, finely chopped (optional)

½-inch pieces. Serve soup with

1 ripe avocado, pitted

chiles, avocado pieces and lime.

1 lime, cut in pieces, for serving

Makes 6 servings. Editor’s note: Add more water if necessary.

Changing the


Indiana electric cooperative linemen, Jason Morrison, atop pole, and Clay Smith, prepare to hoist service line into place as a young Guatemalan woman walks her pigs to a field across the road from her home.


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Project Indiana provides the tools to help rural Guatemalans help themselves to better lives STORY AND PHOTOS BY RICHARD G. BIEVER

Chad Miller and Ethan DeWitt lead a group of local villagers pulling a stretch of wire past the San Jacinto village school.


he last morning 14 Indiana

power on in the tiny village of San

electric cooperative linemen

Jacinto, a dusty half-hour’s ride north

would spend at their worksite

on bumpy gravel roads from their

in rural Guatemala, Clay Smith was

hotel. Two weeks earlier: San Jacinto’s

handed a guitar at the hotel that had

electric system was just 50 bare poles.

been their home for two weeks. The

They had been set but were awaiting

33-year-old line foreman at Whitewater

the wires, transformers and hardware,

Valley REMC sat down in one of the

and the arrival of the Hoosiers. In the

worn armchairs in the entryway and

two weeks, Indiana linemen built 4.3

started squeezing a few notes from the

miles of power lines and wired almost

instrument’s dull nylon strings.

90 homes, two churches and a school.

Then, he started into the Top 40 hit from

“… But I don’t know what to do…”

1971 — “I’d Love to Change the World.”

A day earlier: The crew turned the wa-

“If I’m sitting around a campfire, that’s

ter back on at San Jacinto’s neglected

always my ‘go to’ song,” Clay said later.

pumping station. Months earlier: The

“It was the very first song my stepdad

2-year-old diesel generator and electric

ever taught me how to play. It’s the one

pump stopped working. A question

I took the time to learn from beginning

arose over who was responsible for re-

to end.”

pairs: the village or the municipality of

Marshall County REMC lineman Doug MacLain recognized the tune, looked up the lyrics on his cell phone, and both he and Clay started singing. “We were just in the moment, not even paying attention to what the song actually was saying,” Clay recalled. “Then one of the guys said ‘are you listening to the words?’”

Chahal, so nothing was done. Villagers resorted to making the long slog with containers to the stream that flows past the village to collect water, wash clothes and bathe. The Indiana crew took it upon themselves to fix it, and did.

project managers and support staff, traveled to Guatemala March 24 as part of the continuing initiative — “Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow.” In cooperation with NRECA International, Project Indiana’s mission is to bring electricity to developing rural areas of Guatemala, and provide the necessary knowhow the nascent utilities need to sustain themselves and

“… So I’ll leave it up to you …”

grow. The group returned to India-

The Indiana line crews had already

napolis April 9.

changed the world in San Jacinto.

San Jacinto is a village of about 150

That’s when the lyrics connected with

And they shared what they knew with

families tucked amid rolling hollows

the crew’s accomplishments in Guate-

thankful villagers eager to continue

and perched along steep hillsides of


what the Hoosiers started.

knobby karst landscape in eastern Gua-

“I’d love to change the world …”


temala. The villagers there live mostly

Two days earlier: The crew turned the

The 14 lineworkers, along with four

through subsistence agriculture. They

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A girl walking home from school leaps clear of a power line that was soon to be raised into place. Watching the work from the local market are adults and kids from San Jacinto. The market is a popular gathering spot, situated where the hilly and rocky dirt road to school connects with the main road through the village.


Guatemala The Republic of Guatemala is located south and east of Mexico’s southern border and is the largest of the seven Central American countries. Size: Guatemala encompasses about 42,043 square miles, a bit bigger than the state of Ohio. Population: 16,581,273 (2018 est.) More than half of its population lives below the poverty line. Capital: Guatemala City Government divisions: Guatemala is divided into 22 departments (akin to states in the U.S.) which are sub-divided into about 335 municipalities (akin to U.S. counties). Besides Guatemala itself, the Guatemalan national anthem includes the name of only one other political state … Indiana!

grow corn in small fields and in any

stay there. With it, they’ll have better

patch of soil between craggy outcrops

health, better schools, just an all-around

The eighth and final stanza of the anthem, written in Spanish and adopted in 1896, begins with “Ave Indiana,” which is translated to “Native Bird.” The line continues with “that lives in your seal, the protector of your soil…”

of rocks up the steep hillsides where it’s

better way of life.”

planted by hand. They produce beans,


The “native bird” to which the stanza refers is the resplendent quetzal, a colorful Central American rainforest bird that has a long tail. As the anthem says, the bird figures prominently in Guatemala’s national seal, on its flag, and on its currency as a symbol of liberty. In Mayan culture, the quetzal’s tail feathers were traded as currency, and Guatemala’s currency today is the quetzal, named after the bird.

This was the fourth excursion Indiana

worked with Japan to build three small

co-ops made to Guatemala since Au-

hydroelectric generating stations along

gust 2012. Since Project Indiana began

with distribution systems in three

putting boots on the ground and up the

different areas. Service was built to 12

poles and into the clouds, 70 Indiana

small communities in the area, but the

lineworkers have now brought power

power line stopped just short of San

to over 500 rural homes, four schools,



cardamom, chili, cacao (from where cocoa comes), bananas and other fruits, and raise chickens, pigs, and cattle.

and five churches.

Electricity came to the Las Conchas area near San Jacinto in 2009. That’s when the Guatemalan government

Enrique Rax Yat, 45, a community leader

“Words and pictures don’t do it justice,”

in San Jacinto, began asking the electric

said Jamie Bell of the harsh life the

utility to extend service six years ago.

crews find in Guatemala’s countryside.

When Indiana turned the lights on April

“You see how hard they work for the

2, he and his wife were home. “It was

little they have.”

beautiful,” he said. “I prayed, ‘Thank you,

This was the second Project Indiana

God, for this achievement.’”

trip for Jamie, a lineman from NineStar

Through an interpreter, Enrique said

Connect, who served as a coordinator

he hopes electricity will encourage

on this trip. “Electricity,” he added,

more younger folk, including his own

“gives them a powerful tool to better

four children, to stay there. “Maybe

themselves — to make them want to

people will not need to leave,” he said.

We’re trying to help


Development Association Las Con-

Unlike previous project trips, Project

chas — attended along with interested

Indiana included an agreement that

consumers and past representatives.

every home that it wired in San Jacinto

these people have

In the course of the three-hour class,

was to have a cooking stove installed.

slowed by the translation from English

better opportunities.

While the simple stoves will burn the

into Spanish and the Mayan dialect

area’s abundant wood, they will have

called q’eqchí, which is the main lan-

stove pipes to ventilate the kitchen and

guage spoken in the area, Ron dis-

living quarters.

cussed how electric cooperatives work

“We’re excited to help you bring elec-

in the U.S. He noted running a utility

tricity to your homes,” Project Indiana’s

is a capital-intensive job that requires

board president Ron Holcomb told San

securing financing, growing the num-

Jacinto’s residents at a town meeting

ber of consumers, and setting rates

the day the crew arrived, “and we’re also

appropriate to maintain the assets and

very excited that you are going to have


Electricity is an opportunity to have a better life here.

ERICK BERGANZA, NRECA International “They will be looking for better opportunities here.”

stoves in your homes.” Ron, Jamie, and Hugo Arriaza, a Project Indiana contractor from Guatemala, attended a Chahal

“Some people will go to different states

municipality council meeting the

here in Guatemala,” said Erick Berganza,

evening after the lights were turned

the Guatemalan engineer with NRECA

on. They were invited to discuss

International who designed the electric

how Project Indiana, the local

system for San Jacinto. Erick also

government, and the electric

worked alongside the Indiana crew for

utility could cooperate on

the two weeks. “But a lot will go to the

providing the stoves and other

United States. They know that if they go

improvements to the village, such

to work hard in the U.S., they will make

as converting the diesel gener-

a lot more money than they will here.

ator-powered water pumping

“We’re trying to help these people have

station to total electric.

better opportunities,” Erick added. “Elec-

“San Jacinto will be a model com-

tricity is an opportunity to have a better

munity for others,” said Hugo.

life here.” A girl washes potatoes as women prepare chicken soup for lunch at the school’s kitchen. Typical of those found in rural Guatemalan homes, the kitchen has a packed-dirt floor, an open wood-fire pit for cooking, and only openings in the sides of the walls to provide ventilation.

One Saturday morning during the project, Ron and Hugo held an informal seminar at a nearby school on sustainable electric utility management. Community representatives that make up the electric utility — Farmer’s Matt Bassett works atop a pole on a hillside in San Jacinto. Just as linemen did before bucket trucks became standard, linemen on the project had to climb each of the 55 poles and mount the hardware and power lines while perched on top.

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A family gives thumbs up when the lights came on.

2019 Project Indiana crew: Making the trip to Guatemala were: • Matt Bassett, Carroll White REMC • Kevin Bay, Johnson County REMC • Michael Bowman, Boone REMC • Brent Buckles, Northeastern REMC • Ethan DeWitt, Northeastern REMC • Jason Gates, Tipmont REMC • Travis Goffinet, Southern Indiana Power • Chad Griffin, South Central Indiana REMC • Matt Huck, NineStar Connect • Doug MacLain, Marshall County REMC • Jason Morrison, Jackson County REMC • Tyler Powell, Henry County REMC • Josh Sawyers, South Central Indiana REMC • Clay Smith, Whitewater Valley REMC

“Someday, we want to come to Gua-

gathering when

temala to drink cervezas with you. We

invited up for

don’t want to keep coming to build

some com-

power lines,” he quipped.

ments. “And

“Building poles and wire is just the beginning. They have to run a sustainable utility,” Ron said later. While in Guatemala, Ron and Hugo also met with utility leaders from the three other utilities with which Project Indiana has worked to begin planning a multi-day conference to delve deeper into sustainable management practices for the directors and officials.

now, we are also part of your family.” On the eight-hour

While waiting for the power to come on during a minor delay, mala City for the flight a San Jacinto family home, Travis Goffinet, a gathers around Kevin Bay as he shares lineman with Southern videos of his family in Indiana Power on his Johnson County on his cell phone. second trip, reflected:

drive back to Guate-

“The hardest thing


about the project is you don’t get to see

The final day in San Jacinto, the Project

the fruit of your labor. We built the pow-

Indiana crew was celebrated like the

er line, which was the goal, but it wasn’t

heroes they were — surrounded by

the main goal. The main goal is to try to

hundreds of folks, young and old, who

change their lives, and you don’t get to

gathered and watched from the sparse

see that.”

midday shade along the walls of the Catholic church and other buildings. Incense and Mayan dancing preceded the procession of the crew to a makeshift stage in front of the building that

“I would be interested to see what that place does in the next 10-15 years,” added Clay, “to see how they move forward.”

served as the utility warehouse. The

In other words, Clay and his co-op

The crew also included project

Guatemalan and U.S. national anthems

cohorts want to see just how they

coordinators and support staff:

were played and a prayer was said. Lo-

changed the world — or at least

• Joe Banfield, Indiana Electric

cal officials praised and thanked them.

changed San Jacinto.

“San Jacinto, you are now part of the

Richard Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Cooperatives • Jamie Bell, NineStar Connect

Project Indiana family,” Ron told the

• Richard G. Biever, senior editor of Indiana Connection • Ron Holcomb, Project Indiana board president/president and CEO of Tipmont REMC

SUPPORT PROJECT INDIANA AT PROJECTINDIANA.ORG Project Indiana is a 501c3 organization formed by Indiana’s electric cooperatives with the vision of helping developing global communities advance by adopting villages, bring them electric power and support them as they form electric cooperatives that enable them to enjoy a better way of life. Electrification projects are completed in partnership with NRECA International.

Visit ProjectIndiana.org to learn more and contribute.


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REMINGTON WATER TOWER DAYS, Remington (Jasper), Downtown. 5K walk/run, parade, kids’ area, kiddie tractor pull, vendors, free entertainment, dinners, breakfast, petting zoo, beer and wine garden. Free. 219-863-0999. remingtonindiana.com/remington-water-tower-days.aspx


FULTON COUNTY HISTORICAL POWER SHOW, Rochester (Fulton), Fulton County Historical Society. Show features antique tractors, garden tractors, hit-nmiss engines, equipment, and antique trucks. Vendors, crafts, contests, toy show, tractor pulls and food. Breakfast buffet until 11 am, then lunch until 2 pm. fultoncountyhistory.org/ historical-power-show


VALPARAISO/PORTER COUNTY GARDEN WALK, Valparaiso (Porter). Sponsored by Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension. Master gardeners answer questions and explain plantings at numerous select private gardens. 9 am-4 pm CT. Cost: $8 presale; $10 day of the walk. 219-465-3555. pcgarden.info/gardenwalk-2019



13TH ANNUAL MIAMI INDIANS ALL NATIONS GATHERING, Rockville (Parke), 11515 E. U.S. 36. Native drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, and flutists. Over 20 native craft vendors and foods. Miami Living Village. Admission charge. 765-473-9631. miamiindians.org/pow-wowgathering

PORTER FESTIVAL, 6-9 COLE Peru (Miami), Townwide. Music, theatre, tours, food, events, film and multimedia presentations. Free. Charge for some activities. 765-472-7655. coleporterfestival.org


INDIANA FIDDLERS’ GATHERING, Battle Ground (Tippecanoe), Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. Three-day acoustic music festival featuring old time, folk, swing, bluegrass and Celtic music. Admission charge. 765-588-1376. indianafiddlersgathering.org



MEROM BLUFF CHAUTAUQUA FESTIVAL, Merom (Sullivan), Merom Bluff Park. Parade, BBQ/pork chop/chicken dinners, craft/flea market, free entertainment, kids’ games, living history area, bingo, and more! Admission charge. 812-356-4517.


HAUBSTADT SOMMERFEST, Haubstadt (Gibson), Old Haubstadt Gym. Three days of rides, live music, food and Southern Indiana’s finest Bierstube! Laufenfest 5k Run, Walk and Lil’ Dutch Run on Saturday. Free. haubstadtsommerfest.com


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CIRCUS DAY, French Lick (Orange), Downtown. Acrobats, fire eaters, clowns, games a live circus band and more. 10 am-4 pm. flwbmuseum.com



LAFONTAINE “ASHLAND DAYS” FESTIVAL, LaFontaine (Wabash), Branson Street and Wabash Avenue. Seth Zahalka Memorial Car & Motorcycle Show, lawnmower poker run, corn hole contest, live music, parade and more. Free. 260-330-0742


WINE IN THE PINES, Albion (Noble), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, music, animal art silent auction, and animals. Must be 21 or over. 6-9 pm. Reservations recommended. Park Pal members eligible for early-bird reservations. 260636-7383. lori@blackpine.org. bpsanctuary.org/wine-in-thepines


FORT WAYNE PHILHARMONIC PATRIOTIC POPS CONCERT, Angola (Steuben), Pokagon State Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Regular park entrance fees apply. In the case of rain or extreme heat, the concert will be held at the Angola High School Gymnasium. 260-833-2012. niball@dnr.in.gov



METAMORA STRAWBERRY DAYS, Metamora (Franklin), Historic downtown. Strawberry shortcake and live music. Visit specialty shops and Metamora Grist Mill. Train and buggy rides. Free. 765-647-1212. metamoraindiana.com/index.php/events


RISING SUN’S BLUES & BBQ, Rising Sun (Ohio), Downtown. BBQ cook-off, live blues music, hillbilly fashion show, arts, crafts, food vendors, and games. BBQ competition (charge). Noon-10 pm. Free. 812-4384933.


BROOKVILLE CANOEFEST, Brookville (Franklin), Franklin County Fairgrounds. Indiana’s largest canoe and kayak races. Car show, princess contest, kids’ area, beer, music, wine tasting and fireworks. Free. 765-5471028. brookvillecanoefest.com

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Indiana Connection publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Indiana Connection advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at indianaconnection.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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dding strings of decorative lighting outdoors can add ambiance for dining and entertaining, as well as a degree of safety and security to darkened pathways. It’s become quite a popular and fashionable way to enhance a space, and your lighting choices are many. What’s old is new again, as one type of lighting gaining popularity are old-style Edison bulbs — with a twist. Their visible filaments add a vintage, yet modern flair to your backyard spaces thanks to LED technology.

STEP 1 – PLAN IT OUT: Sketch out your desired overall lighting design. This will help determine how many strings and fasteners you’ll need to achieve your look and make sure your setup is safe. Measure the precise lengths of stringed lights and supportive cable guide wires (recommended) you’ll need to span your patio or yard. Allow enough extra length for slacked lines, access to an electrical source, and to double up the cable guide wire for extra stability at mounting points. Using twine as a stand-in will help you visualize how it will look and give you more accurate measurements.

STEP 2 – GO SHOPPING: Invest in commercial grade lights rated for outdoor use, which are more durable and waterproof. If you’re using several strings or criss-crossing Edison-style bulbs, remove the bulbs first so they’re easier to connect and drape, and they won’t get tangled. One advantage of LED lights is their energy efficiency. The manufacturer’s recommendations on how many strings you can connect together may be given in total wattage, not footage, so more strings and lights are OK with LED bulbs. But it’s still a good idea to check their recommendations on the number of strands you can safely connect end to end. If the strings you choose don’t already come with bulbs, be sure to choose bulbs with bases that are compatible with the sockets. If you don’t have an outlet nearby, get a heavy-duty


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A new way to light your outdoor space outdoor extension cord long enough to reach one. You may need more than one to handle multiple groupings of strands.

STEP 3 – GATHER FASTENERS AND TOOLS: If you’re stringing your lights over a large expanse, you’ll need to pick up some hardware to securely fasten your strings to the cable guide wires and also the guide wires to the mounting points. Turnbuckles, snap hooks, lock clamps, and pad eyes with screws are a good start. Cable clips and zip ties are a must when using a cable wire suspension kit, preferably in a color that matches the light string. Lastly, have wire cutters and a drill on standby, along with a sturdy ladder.

STEP 4 – INSTALL THE HARDWARE: Screw hooks work well in trees, fences, porches, pergola roofs, or the eaves of your house. The more hooks you install, the less burden you’ll put on your cable wires and strings. If you don’t have existing natural supports, a common solution is to install posts with hooks on top into sturdy planters filled with gravel or buckets filled with concrete.

STEP 5 – START HANGING: The way you string your lights comes down to personal preference. Sometimes

straight rows look best, while a zigzag pattern can put a little more pizzazz into your patio. Have someone help eyeball the strings while you’re hanging them, making sure they’re well-spaced and have the right amount of slack. Plus, it’s always smart to have a spotter while you’re using a ladder. Plug in your extension cords then sit back and enjoy the magical glow of your handiwork. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including varieties of stringed lights and fastening essentials to create a beautifully lit space, indoors or out.

BRIAN HOWENSTINE is the owner of Decatur Do it Best Hardware and Wabash Do it Best Hardware and is a memberowner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Waynebased cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the US and around the world.

(This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)


oh my! Throughout the dreary winter, you

fun activities abound. But safety risks go

waited to open your pool, bring out the

hand-in-hand with the fun.

boats and soak up the sun. But before you dive into all the summer fun, remind yourself and your family of the dangers lurking inside pools and lakes. Remember: water and electricity don’t mix.

Avoid swimming or going in the water near boats plugged into shore power or docks with electrical services. If you


Electric Shock Drowning

are in the water and feel electricity, stay calm and swim to shore if you can but



do not touch a metal ladder or any other

It’s easy to hop out of the pool and not

metal objects.

think about turning up the radio or

If someone is in the water and is

jumping in and making a huge splash all

shocked, do not jump in. Turn off the

Occurs when marina or onboard electrical systems leak electric current into the water. The current then passes through the body, causing paralysis and drowning.

over electrical appliances. But doing so

power source and use an insulated

can be dangerous. Instead, use bat-

device to attempt to remove him/her

tery-operated appliances or waterproof

from the water. Electrical shock can

covers for items near the pool when pos-

cause paralysis and the victim will need

sible. This way, you and your family can

assistance immediately.

enjoy the day without worry of electrical shock.

When fishing on a dock, boat or just simply steering a boat, keep a distance of

If someone in the pool feels electricity

at least 10 feet between your fishing pole

(almost like a stinging feeling) or appears

or boat and nearby power lines. If your

to have been shocked, do not dive in

boat comes in contact with a line, stay

– you could be shocked, too. Instead,

in the boat and avoid touching anything

turn off the power and use a non-metal

metal until the boat drifts away or help

shepherd’s hook to pull him or her out of


the water to safety.


Staying safe while near the water is simple but these tips can be easily forgotten. So, create a checklist for your family and

Indiana has an abundance of lakes

friends to review before jumping in the

and rivers. From playing by the beach,

deep end.

fishing or taking the boat out for the day,

HOW TO AVOID: • Locate and label all power switches to pool, hot tub and spa equipment and lighting. • Make sure all pools are 25 feet away from power lines. • All wiring and repairs should be performed by an electrician. • Install ground fault circuit interrupters. • Maintain 10 feet between boats and power lines when in the water.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE ELECTRIC SHOCK DROWNING: • Do not enter the water. • Turn off the power source. • Use an insulated device to attempt to remove the person from the water. • Call 911 immediately. JUNE 2019



Animal House

Do your homework before boarding your pet B Y B R IA N D . S MITH

internist Tracey Gillespie of IndyVet,

and your veterinarian. Check websites,

a 24-hour emergency hospital in

consult ratings services such as Angie’s

Indianapolis. Older pets, particularly

List and the Better Business Bureau, and

those that require regular medication,

don’t necessarily trust online reviews.

may be best left in the care of a trusted housesitter,

Call and ask questions: Is the facility

she says.

staffed 24 hours? Is anyone with veterinary training on site? How are

The dog days of summer can mean days without your dog – or cat, for that matter. It’s not easy to take pet

“And in general, cats do better in their

emergencies handled? If you’re happy

home environment,” Gillespie says.

with the answers, request a tour of the

“They’re pretty low-maintenance and

place. Go elsewhere if you can’t get one,

can be cared for once a day.”

says Dr. Suma M. Rao, clinical assistant professor at Purdue University’s

passengers on a vacation trip, which

Department of Veterinary Clinical

explains the burgeoning popularity of


boarding. Carmen Rustenbeck, CEO and founder of the International Boarding & Pet Services Association, recalls that when she entered the industry in 2005, about 10,000 pet care facilities existed in the United States compared to 32,000 today. Clearly, our pets are no longer backyard beasts; they’re four-footed family. “We’ve moved from ‘doghouse outside’ to ‘bed inside,’” Rustenbeck says. “It’s a cultural shift.” Accordingly, many vacationing pet owners would prefer not to leave their cherished companions home alone – but boarding facilities require vetting, no pun intended. “This industry, for

Notice whether the staff seems to enjoy interacting with the animals.

the most part, is totally unregulated,” Rustenbeck says. “So you shouldn’t

If boarding sounds like your best

assume it’s like a veterinarian’s office or

option, it’s time to research pet

a child care center.”

lodgings. Don’t wait till the week before your departure – start a month or two

And you shouldn’t assume that every

in advance. Get referrals from trusted

pet enjoys boarding, says veterinary

sources, such as friends, your groomer


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Once inside, look for cages with full water bowls that are free of pet waste on the floor, Rao says. Notice whether the staff seems to enjoy interacting with the animals. Make sure the facility requires vaccinations for contagious diseases. Observe whether the animals look anxious or the dogs are constantly barking. Check that dogs and cats are not housed near each other, which can stress out felines. Like what you see? Then gradually introduce your pet to the new digs, says Rustenbeck: “First, go there by yourself. Then bring your pet for a meet-andgreet. Then try an overnight boarding.” If all else fails, there’s always the back seat of the car – and one of the thousands of pet-friendly hotels scattered across America. Brian D. Smith is a freelance journalist from Greenwood, Indiana.

2019 legislative

session recap

Since they were formed in the 1930s, Indiana’s electric cooperatives have maintained an active political presence to ensure policymakers have a good understanding of the unique needs of modern electric cooperatives and the communities they serve. Because cooperatives provide electricity at cost, decisions made in Washington, D.C., and in the Indiana Statehouse can impact how we deliver that essential service, and ultimately your pocketbook. Electric cooperatives accomplished a number of things during the 2019 Indiana legislative session.

Accomplishments HEA 1405 Data center taxation

HEA 1278 energy task force

SEA 460 Broadband Grants

Data centers are often the precursor to

Establishes a 15-seat task force to study

Affordable and reliable high-speed

larger economic development projects

the resiliency and reliability of Indiana’s

internet access means life-altering im-

that can bring quality jobs to our state

electric generation sources.

provements for rural Hoosiers. Because

and can spur additional investment in an area. Indiana did not provide sales

Effective upon passage

consideration for such projects. This establishes tax exemptions on certain IT equipment and energy used with a

the quality of life in the communities they serve, many are finding ways

tax exemption on equipment or energy use, which eliminated our state from

cooperatives have a vested interest in

SEA 240 employee intimidation

to use their existing infrastructure to deliver the essential service. This streamlines the state grant program that will eventually aware $100 million to

tiered investment approached based on

Utility workers often find themselves

rural broadband projects.

a county’s population.

working in extreme conditions. In

Effective upon passage

Effective July 1, 2019

addition to weather-induced conditions, it’s not uncommon for them to be threatened or intimidated while in the

HEA 1001: State Biennial Budget

course of their daily work. This enhanc-

Permits the Indiana Department of

es the criminal penalty for threatening

Transportation to transfer up to $100

a person while working in the course of

million into the rural broadband fund

their occupation.

established in SEA 460 for the purpose

Effective July 1, 2019

of awarding broadband grants for rural areas.

defeat SB 472 Generation Moratorium Indiana’s electric cooperatives support a responsible energy policy that balances Hoosiers’ energy needs with environmental concerns. Cooperatives continue invest in projects that make sense for their consumers while emphasizing energy efficiency and adding renewable energy generation sources. This would have established a moratorium on new electric generation projects with capacities larger than 250 MW.

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Wabash Valley Power news

Smart savings Conserving hot water can also conserve costs From the morning shower to a final

on a well, reduced water use equals less


sip before slumber, people use a lot

electricity to run your well pump.

If you have appliances, faucets, or

of water during the day — we need it to survive, after all — often without considering the costs circling down the drain with it.

LOWER HEATER TEMPERATURE Many water heaters come preinstalled at a temperature of 140 F, the Department of Energy reports. The agency advises

shower heads that may be due for an upgrade (or you are doing a renovation), energy-efficient products can help you reduce water use or lower the electricity needed to heat your water,

The U.S. Department of Energy

that reducing your water heater’s

estimates that heating water accounts

temperature to 120 F can help reduce

for about 18 percent of your home’s

your energy cost and slow water pipe

energy use. Reducing your water use

mineral buildup. As an additional

also will lower your energy consumption

benefit, 120 F also is a recommended

— saving you money in the process. A

safety measure to help prevent young

few options can go a long way:

children from burns.



STAR® label will save you in energy

This is the easiest way to reduce costs.

If you have an older water heater, the


People showering or washing their

Department of Energy recommends

hands or dishes frequently let the water

that you should check if it has

Your local electric co-op can provide

run. Shutting water off while lathering

insulation with an R-value of at least

with soap or brushing your teeth can

24. If not, then the tank may benefit

significantly save the amount water

from additional insulation from a

you use each month. Many newer

pre-cut water heater jacket or blanket.

showerheads come with a “pause”

The Department of Energy has more

setting that is worth a try. And if you are

information available on its website at www.energy.gov.


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saving you money over the upgrade’s lifecycle. WaterSense® shower heads and faucets reduce the amount of water used compared to their conventional counterparts; appliances such as dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines with an ENERGY

additional support and advice to help reduce your energy use, which will save you money in the long run. Contact your local co-op’s energy advisor or visit www.PowerMoves.com for more information today!





Indiana Caverns

Squire Boone Caverns

Satisfy your sense of adventure by exploring southern Indiana’s cave

Corydon, Indiana indianacaverns.com

Mauckport, Indiana squireboonecaverns.com

systems! Formed several million years

Indiana’s longest cave system offers

Visitors to these caverns (named for

ago as water dissolved limestone, these

regular tours or the Deep Darkness

Daniel Boone’s brother) can cover the

systems feature underground streams,

tour, a four-hour kayak excursion on a

system in about an hour. Be sure to

bountiful biodiversity and awe-inspir-

stream 200 feet underground! Want an

take in the underground waterfalls, the

ing formations. They’re a preservation

all-new above-ground thrill? The Bat

40-foot tall Rock of Ages, and massive

of Indiana history, a presentation of na-

Chaser, which combines a zipline, roller

stalactites (rock descending from the

ture’s splendor and a perfect road trip!

coaster and hang-gliding. Launching

ceiling) or stalagmites (rock ascend-

Below are details for four sites on the

from a 50-foot tower overlooking the

ing from the floor). The grounds also

Indiana Cave Trail (indianacavetrail.

caverns, it twists and turns across 603

include a grist mill, candy shop, country

com), as well as Wyandotte Caves.

feet at over 20 miles per hour.

store and zipline adventure.

Marengo Cave

Wyandotte Caves

Marengo, Indiana marengocave.com

Corydon, Indiana www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2976.htm

Bedford, Indiana bluespringcaverns.com

With the largest room of any Indiana

One of America’s oldest cave systems,

cave, this system has been open since

this attraction recently reopened after

You can ride down one of America’s

a pair of schoolchildren discovered

a seven-year shutdown. The site offers

longest known subterranean rivers

it in 1883. The Marengo Cave is filled

visitors the choice of Little (short, flat

here in Indiana, and perhaps spot some

with wonderful mineral formations

and easy) or Big (steep and stair-filled).

sightless Northern Cavefish. These

untouched by man since the cave’s

Big is home to Monument Mountain,

caverns include 21 miles of surveyed

discovery. Visitors can choose the

purportedly the world’s largest un-

passages, and the grounds feature a

Dripstone Trail (1 mile) or the Crystal

derground mountain, and you may

half-mile nature trail and 15 acre-wide

Palace (⅓ mile) — each covering unique

glimpse salamanders, crayfish or crick-


sections of the system.

ets in either segment.

Remember to always bring layered clothing and sturdy shoes!

Bluespring Caverns

Freelance writer Nick Rogers is a communications manager for Purdue Agricultural Communications. JUNE 2019


career profile

Motivated when serving members Top 3 responsibilities in a day: • Monitor the overall financial condition of the electric cooperative. • Provide financial information to help with the decisionmaking process for various projects throughout the co-op. • Complete any other duties as assigned by the general manager. What’s a typical day like? I wouldn’t say there really ever is a “typical day.” Each day involves managing various tasks, which makes every day unique. What education and training was needed for this position? I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and am a certified public accountant. What part of your job do you find the most fulfilling? Serving our consumer-members. Everyone at the electric cooperative has a duty to serve our members the best we can, and that’s what motivates me. What’s the most challenging part of your job? The biggest challenge is effectively managing costs in today’s world. We have experienced significant cost pressures over the last several


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Jeremy Miller Manager of Finance and Administration Clark County REMC

years, but we’re always trying to provide the best service to our consumers at the lowest possible cost. Because of this, we’re constantly looking at ways to be as efficient as we can. How would you describe working for an electric cooperative? I really do believe there is a “cooperative difference.” We strive

very hard to treat our members as more than just customers. There’s a connection we try to make that we hope makes us different.

INTERESTED IN AN ELECTRIC CO-OP CAREER? Visit WePowerIndiana.org to learn about available careers or tell us about yourself.



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