Kosciusko REMC — June 2020 Indiana Connection

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from the editor

There’s no place like home Self-isolation and quarantining — which are now part of everyone’s lexicon — have changed our habits, our lives, our physical health and our mental health. Here are some of my random thoughts about staying put at home after a long career of “going to work.” • Not having to set the alarm clock is so liberating! It does make a difference when your body actually gets the sleep it needs, without an inanimate object forcing you to wake up. • It’s amazing how creative you can get when you base your meals on what you have in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Canned tuna, cream cheese and baby carrots CAN become a delicious dinner … somehow. • Sweatpants and slippers ARE pretty darn comfortable. I never thought they would be day-to-day wear for me though. • I can now tell time based on what’s on daytime TV! (Does anyone else know when Kelly Clarkson o’clock is?) • Drinking green tea daily can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Good news for my work-at-home self! Steaming hot green tea has been my go-to springtime beverage. Drinking it is like enjoying a warm hug — which is especially welcome in scary times. Pre-pandemic, most of my waking hours were spent away from home: in the car, at work, running errands. Getting reacquainted to being home, cozy and safe with my cat keeping watch next to my laptop, was something nice to come out of an awful situation.

EMILY SCHILLING Editor eschilling@indianaec.org

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY How community solar programs work.










Virtual vacation: Take a trip and never leave the yard.

Safety matters wherever you are.

24 DIY Bring on the bargain hunters:


It’s garage sale season.




(Not in all editions)

17 FOOD Cheers to cherries.

Welcoming a new furry friend to the home. (Not in all editions)

30 PROFILE Tipmont REMC GIS Supervisor Jacklyn McLeland.

Head to Harry Stuff for beer, empanadas and pizza. 16 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Kosciusko


Indiana Connection

On the cover As people muddle through the pandemic, with its stay-at-home orders, closures and economic fallout, summer vacations may be more virtual than real. Fortunately, Indiana’s many destinations and tourism groups have new content and activities posted on their websites and social media to keep folks, like Avon’s Ashley Dawson, engaged. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY TAYLOR MARANION


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co-op news

High hopes for high speed During the past three months, your REMC was able to refocus and continue work on a possible highspeed internet project.

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

SPENDING MORE TIME AT HOME? Try an online energy audit to assess the overall efficiency of your home. Visit www.energystar.gov, then enter “home energy yardstick” in the search box to get started.

This January, we surveyed all of our members. We wanted your feedback about whether KREMC should offer high-speed internet to our community. Thank you to all of you who responded. After hearing from you, we were able to take the next steps toward this possible venture. We conducted a feasibility study that is currently under review by our board of directors. One thing we have learned from this study is that the scope of this project will be massive in all aspects. It will take a lot of time, money, and resources. So, before we go any further, it is essential that we hear from the majority of our membership. Our member service team has begun calling each of our members. Perhaps you’ve heard from us already. When you get a call from us, will you take a few minutes to share your thoughts about high-speed internet? We take the stewardship of this cooperative and all its assets very seriously. We


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need to move in the direction our membership wants us to move. We can’t do that if we don’t hear from you. Please share your thoughts with us when we call. You can also take this final survey on your own at kremc. com. Once we hear from you, we will determine if high-speed internet is a feasible KREMC venture. After reviewing your survey feedback, we will then begin researching finance options, state laws, and regulations for a project like this. Then, our “make ready” work, which includes obtaining the appropriate permits and easements, gauging infrastructure demands, and constructing central offices throughout our territory, will begin. Once all of that is complete, crews can start hanging the fiber line on our poles and building the network. In total, we anticipate all phases of this construction could be completed in four to five years. Offering a new service like high-speed internet to our community is a huge step. But I think we’ve shown we’re up to the task. We look forward to hearing from you, and we will keep you posted about any new developments.

KURT CARVER President and CEO

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K R E M C , P O W E R I N G O U R C O M M U N I T Y S I N C E 1 9 3 9.

Join us at the Kosciusko County Fair this year! KREMC Day is Tuesday, July 14. We’ll be at the front gate handing out our famous lightbulb cups filled with refreshingly cold, filtered water. Stop by and say hello! Don’t forget, KREMC members get $1 off the cost of admission!

See you there! Justin Jones promoted KREMC lineman Justin Jones was recently promoted to lead lineman. Jones has been a dedicated employee at KREMC for 17 years. He completed the Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program (REAP) offered through Indiana Electric Cooperatives in 2009. Jones is one of only four lead linemen at KREMC. In his new role, he will manage a four-person crew to work toward updating and maintaining the KREMC system. “I have no doubt Justin will be a great leader for us. He has shown himself to be a smart lineman and a good teacher,” said Jon Justice, KREMC operations supervisor. “His leadership will be a great asset to the operations department.” Congratulations on your promotions, Justin. We wish you the very best!


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co-op news

Simple strategies to save on your summer energy bills

Don’t overlook attic, crawl space Cool air could escape from your

floor? If so, consider having some

home this summer through two

more insulation installed.

spaces you probably don’t pay much attention to: the attic and the crawl space under the home.

grade, like a crawl space or a basement. When that space is poorly

If your attic doesn’t have enough

insulated, it can make the floors on

insulation, it could let cool air out and

your main living level feel cold and

hot, summer air in. Even though your

can cause uneven temperatures in

home was probably built with plenty

your rooms.

of insulation, it can thin out and fall away as time passes. Poke your head into the attic and look: Do you see bare spots on the attic ceiling or

Be Heard

The same goes for spaces below

Have a contractor take a look. You could need more insulation in rim joists, the basement or the crawl space.

We need to hear from you. Is high-speed internet the next right step? Let us know your thoughts. Head over to kremc.com/survey to take our second high-speed internet survey.

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WHEN WORKING OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER… It’s Father’s Day, Dad, and you’re probably itching to get outside and use those new power tools you just unwrapped. But beware: Home repairs can be a dangerous undertaking when electricity is involved. So, use care with electrical equipment and steer clear of power lines. Use common sense and a bit of caution when you’re working outside this summer. Some tips:

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A ladder — even a wooden one — can cause a fatal shock if it touches a power line. Inspect power tools and cords for frayed or broken wires and cracked cases before plugging them in. Unplug outdoor tools and appliances when you’re not using them. Store them out of the reach of children. Wait for things to dry off before working outdoors after it rains. Even damp grass can be dangerous when using electricity. When carrying ladders, aluminum siding, poles and other long objects,

Electrical safety starts with


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. While your children are soaking up some vitamin D outside, KREMC wants to be sure they are safe from electrical hazards. Keep your children safe by teaching them the rules of outdoor electrical safety. • 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 can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. 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 them as well. If they can, either unplug or turn off 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 KREMC. Help keep your children safe, wherever they are, by applying a few safety rules to their summer routine.

We have activities just for kids at kremc.com. Go to “Quiz Show for Kids!” under the “Community” tab on kremc.com.

look up! More than 20 percent of people who die in electricity-related home repair accidents have touched a power line with a ladder or building material.


Keep your projects at least 10 feet away from power lines.


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Electrical safety matters even when playing outside!


Bright Light

Community solar offers more people a chance to participate in renewable energy A beaming summer sun is increasingly cooling people’s homes, washing their clothes, and even freezing their ice cubes. When many people think about solar energy, they picture solar panels installed on home rooftops. Fortunately, new opportunities to invest in renewable energy have emerged for those in participating communities. In community solar programs, a central organization installs, owns, and maintains solar arrays, which are large groups of solar panels that are joined together to produce electricity. Participants in a community solar program then purchase a portion of the electricity generated by the arrays, which are directly connected to the energy grid. The solar energy then flows into the grid and joins all of the electricity produced to power homes, farms, schools, and businesses. Community solar programs allow businesses, renters, and a variety of people and organizations who cannot put panels on their property the ability to participate in solar energy. Homeowners who have a lot of shade on their property or who cannot afford the upfront cost of panels also now have another option. Community solar participants are supporting the development of renewable energy resources. By doing so, they are helping reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.


in a community solar program

It’s making energy all the time,

offered to members. Many more

and beaming that energy at the

co-ops have renewable energy

Earth in the form of light.

resources, such as wind, solar,

2. Solar Panels Turn Light Into Electricity. When light hits most objects — your skin, for example — it turns into heat. But solar

or landfill gas, as part of the fuel mix generating electricity they supply to their members. 5. Your Community. The

panels turn the light into elec-

electricity produced by

tricity we can use — exactly like

community solar arrays mixes

electricity from any other source.

with all of the other electricity in

3. The Electricity Flows into the Power Grid. The solar panels are directly connected to the same utility power grid that serves your home or business today.

the energy grid and is delivered to your community. Participants in community solar programs help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which benefits the environment.

4. Your Electric Co-op Works with Organizations that Produce Electricity. The organization operating the community solar program installs, owns, and operates the array. Some local electric co-ops may even participate by


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Jake Taylor

Energy Advisor LaGrange County REMC


Send us your Halloween memories The sweetest thing about Halloween may not be the preponderance of candy, but the inspired décor and “couture” associated with the holiday.



Our October cover story will focus on what readers like you do to make your Halloween spook-tacular. What are some of your favorite DIY costumes and how did you make them? How do you decorate your home for the holiday? Do you have any special trick-or-treat memories? Send us your photos and share your stories by Aug. 17. Five random readers who participate in our Halloween feature will each be “treated” to a $50 prize. There are three ways to contact us: our website (www.indianaconnection.org); through email (info@indianaconnection.org); or mail (Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240).

Carbon dioxide sensor can lower energy use, reduce utility costs Most people are familiar with the motion sensors that detect activity and then turn on the lights. Purdue University researchers are turning to similar technologies to help manage climate control and indoor air quality. “Climate control and proper ventilation are especially important because most people spend considerably more time indoors than outside,” said Jeff Rhoads, a professor of mechanical engineering in Purdue’s College of Engineering. “Climate control and ventilation are also huge sources of energy consumption in the United States and around the world.” Rhoads and his team have developed a lower-cost, lowerenergy carbon dioxide sensor that could change the way energy is used to heat, cool and ventilate large buildings and eventually homes. The Purdue project is supported


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by ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, a government agency tasked with promoting and funding research and development of advanced energy technologies. The technology identifies when carbon dioxide is released into the air by a person or people entering and breathing inside that space. The Purdue sensor detects the carbon dioxide so that heating and ventilation systems can control the climate and air turnover in spaces that are occupied, instead of using energy to control rooms that are empty. “We leverage two technologies with our innovative device: resonant sensing and resistive sensing,” said Rhoads, a leading sensor researcher who serves as the director of Purdue’s Ray W. Herrick Labs. “We

Purdue University researchers developed a sensor to help control and cut down on energy consumption through heating and ventilation systems, particularly those used in large office and hospitality industry buildings.

use them in combination to detect carbon dioxide. This is a great alternative to available technologies that may not reliably measure carbon dioxide while remaining competitive in cost and power consumption.”

Book celebrates restored Hoosier landmarks To mark its 60th year, Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the state’s significant historical sites, has published a new book. “Indiana Landmarks: Rescued & Restored” is filled with before-and-after photos and more than 50 stories of landmarks across the state snatched from the wrecking ball or lifted from decades of neglect and restored to new uses. The book chronicles down-to-the-wire rescues, dramatic transformations from ruin to resplendence, and entire neighborhoods revitalized by historic preservation. All proceeds from sale of the book will support preservation and revitalization of more historic Hoosier places. The 144-page book is $29.95 and is available at bit.ly/RescuedRestored or by calling Indiana Landmarks at 800-450-4534 or 317-639-4534.

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Indiana eats

Good stuff Head to Wawaka brewery for beer, empanadas and pizza Though it’s only been open a little more than a year, Harry Stuff Brewing Company has attracted quite a following, and not just from craft brewery aficionados. Located in Wawaka in northeast Indiana and served electrically

Jalapeno Popper Empanadas

by Noble REMC, Harry Stuff is

and Ehren’s wife, Luisa, run the

farm, Southfork

renowned not only for its inspired

restaurant/brewery. Ehren is the

Farms. Mallard

beer selections but for its tasty

brew master and Luisa, a native

Roost Wetland

flatbread, pizza and empanadas.

of Colombia, is the chef. Ehren’s


niece, Taylor, assists in the tasting

Area is

room and also helps can the beer.

adjacent to it.

The family-owned agribusiness is named for Harry Stuff, patriarch and great-grandfather of owner

Harry Stuff is definitely an off-

Ehren Stuff. Ehren; along with

the-beaten-path type of place.

parents Edward and Ginger;

Housed in an inconspicuous red

Pizza... hot out of the oven!

barn, it sits on the Stuff family

It’s the perfect place to unwind in a rural setting with a pint and a plate. The restaurant features four varieties of empanadas — beef, chicken, vegetarian and jalapeno popper. An order of three of the tasty turnovers is served with two salsas, Colombian aji (hot sauce) and pineapple. Future plans are to add more South American dishes to the menu. The brick-fired pizzas range from standard offerings like pepperoni


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4319 W. Highway 6 Wawaka, IN 46794 260-350-9137

NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS: Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. (Pandemic hours: Thursday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-6 p.m.)

Indiana eats

to unique combinations like Tropical Flamenco (Spanish chorizo, pineapple, caramelized onions, green olives, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce) and Red Temptation (bacon, apples, parsley, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce). Meanwhile, the brewery’s lagers and IPAs are especially

Brewhouse Equipment

popular among patrons who visit the impressive tasting room and

Harry Stuff offers “brewing

10-barrel brewhouse. “We will

memberships” which make

definitely be brewing and releasing

great gifts for Father’s Day or

more lagers, starting with our wine

“just because.” Memberships

barrel-aged doppelbock that will

are available at either $50

be released late in the summer or

or $100 levels and include

early fall,” Ehren said. Also on tap:

free beer, first access to

a barrel-aged passion fruit and

can releases, merchandise

mango beer.

discounts, and invitations to a special dinner night.

Ehren Stuff takes a carryout order while the restaurant was closed due to COVID-19.

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county feature

Kosciusko County When settlers began filling in the new state of Indiana in the first half of the 1800s, they proudly adopted names relating to their heritage. One county’s Polish ancestry stands out in its name — Kosciusko — and its seat — Warsaw. The northern Indiana county, founded in 1836, is named after the Polish general and military architect Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The county seat is named after the capital of Poland. By mid-century, with its location amid the county’s plentiful natural glacial lakes, Warsaw and the county had become an early tourism destination. The lakes, along with the railroads, brought more residents — and industry. The lakes and one industry in particular — medical devices — have given Warsaw and Kosciusko County much of its character and economic prosperity since the late 19th century. The many lakes bring bustling activities to Warsaw, North Webster, Winona Lake and Syracuse, and provide endless opportunities for water recreation. Indiana’s oldest sternwheeler, The Dixie, cruises Webster Lake in the summer, and Lake Wawasee hosts an annual fireworks display during the Fourth of July weekend.


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At 3,060 acres, Lake Wawasee is the largest natural body of water wholly within Indiana. It is a summer vacation area for residents from Indianapolis and Chicago. In 1895, Revra DePuy, a 35-yearold chemist and pharmaceutical salesman, had grown so fond of the area’s lakes during his work-related travels, he decided to make Warsaw home of his new manufacturing plant. DePuy Manufacturing began designing and building fiber splints that could be customized for patients to set fractures, an advance over the wooden splints used at the time. DePuy became the world’s first manufacturer of orthopedic devices. Thirty-two years later, DePuy employee and area native J.O. Zimmer launched his own company. Today, Warsaw’s orthopedic device cluster is one of the country’s most concentrated centers of medical device makers. These companies, which include industry giants like DePuy Synthes and Zimmer Biomet, represent 50% of the global orthopedic market for total joint replacements. Truly, Warsaw is “the Orthopedic Capital of the World.”

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1836 NAMED FOR: Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish military architect and officer who fought on the American side during the Revolutionary War POPULATION: 79,344 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Warsaw KNOWN FOR: • its many natural glacial lakes, including Lake Wawasee. • “Orthopedic Capital of the World” for its medical device manufacturers.

That’s no yolk! The town of Mentone, on the southwestern corner of Kosciusko County, is home to what the locals call the world’s largest egg — a 3,000 pound concrete egg statue. It proudly proclaims the area’s nearly 140 year-history of providing commercially produced eggs to stores nationwide. Hence, Mentone is known as the “Egg Basket of the Midwest.”


Cheers to


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food CHERRY LIMEADE Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 1 can frozen limeade concentrate 1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries 1 liter lemon lime soda 2 limes, sliced Place the frozen limeade into a large pitcher. Add the cherries and juice. Stir to combine. Pour in the soda and stir to combine. Add ice as desired. Garnish with lime slices and serve.

CHERRIES JUBILEE Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois 1 (16 oz.) can pitted dark sweet cherries ¼ cup sugar 1 T. cornstarch ¼ cup brandy, cherry brandy or kirsch Vanilla ice cream Drain cherries. Reserve ½ cup syrup. Set cherries aside. In a medium saucepan, combine reserved syrup, sugar and cornstarch. Cook and stir until thick. Stir in cherries. In a small saucepan, heat brandy until it simmers. Carefully ignite brandy and pour over cherry mixture. Serve immediately over ice cream.

TART CHERRY CAKE Patricia Zobrist, Knox, Indiana 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 t. baking soda ½ t. salt 1 egg, beaten 1 (15 oz.) can tart cherries, drained Nondairy whipped topping or vanilla ice cream for serving Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt Add beaten egg, then drained cherries. Bake in a lightly greased 9-inch pan for 30-35 minutes in a 350 F oven. Cool. Top each serving with nondairy whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

ITALIAN HORN COOKIES Jen Selinsky, Sellersburg, Indiana 1 cup butter 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened 1 (12½ oz.) can cherry pie filling Sugar


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In a large bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in ice cream. Divide into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for two hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness. With a fluted pastry cutter, cut two-inch squares. Place about ½ t. filling in center of each square. Overlap two opposite corners of dough over the filling and seal. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.


Marcy Dodson was working at home — alone — as most everyone has the past couple of months. She was putting together the first installment of a new virtual feature for the Indiana State Museum designed to keep patrons engaged remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic closure.

The topic was a goosebumper

on the other side of the house, so we

to begin with; she was editing

didn’t see each other,” Dodson said. “I

together clips of “encounters with

kept replaying the clips over and over

the unexplained” that paranormal

again and getting everything ready.”

investigation enthusiasts had recorded

And though Dodson, the manager

at various historic sites throughout the

of adult programs and community

state. But, like everything else during

engagement for the State Museum,

this tempest of pestilent times, it took

had been familiar with most of the

on an added air of eeriness.

clips and the scary stories since they

“My husband was working remotely

came from coworkers who moonlight CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 JUNE 2020



found new or enhanced ways

as ghost hunters, she said it was

to engage the public during the

funny … “I was getting spooked out making the presentation.” Normally, Dodson would have been hosting or moderating the engagement program surrounded by a group of real people, in flesh and blood, at the Indianapolis museum. “It definitely is a switch,” she said. The program, “Quirky Queries: At Home,” went live the last Saturday night in April. A good group of a hundred souls signed into the Zoom program on their computers or mobile

shutdown. “Better virtual than viral” has become the 2020 equivalent to the proverbial “better safe than sorry.” When it comes to education, engagement and entertainment, the only “viral” folks want to see are the rising numbers of views for the videos

But now, they’re serving it up in different or more creative ways because all these people are sitting at home trying to figure out what to do.

and other content they post. “Digital content has been really important to our members for the last few years,” said Carrie Lambert, executive director of the Indiana Tourism Association. “So, some of

publishes the Indiana Festival Guide each year with financial support from Hoosier Energy REC.

these things people have been doing

The private and public entities work

for a long time. But now, they’re

hand-in-hand to support the state’s

serving it up in different or more

tourism industry. Hoosiers might be

creative ways because all these

surprised to learn that the state’s

people are sitting at home trying to

tourism revenues offset and save


figure out what to do.”

each Hoosier household an average

Like most all of society, festivals and

includes some 65 of the state’s

events and places associated with

county-level visitors’ bureaus; larger

The tourism industry is always one

travel and tourism this time of year

destinations like Holiday World, Fair

of the first to be hit in times like

have had to face new realities since

Oaks Farms, zoos, and the like; and

these or like after 9/11. But Lambert

the pandemic response began in

affiliate members, including Indiana

noted tourism is also one of the first

March. And those realities, ironically,

Connection, and several universities.

industries to bounce back. Even after

have meant going virtual. The internet

The tourism association is focused

things reopen, though, she said there

and social media have never been

on professional development and

will be a “comfortability factor” in what

more important in keeping people

lobbying for the industry.

visitors and travelers are going to want

devices and stayed for the full 70some minutes. “It was a great win for not having been able to do a program in over a month,” Dodson said.

connected to other people, their jobs, their schools, and their communities.

The association Lambert heads

Meanwhile, Visit Indiana is the public

of $566 in state and local taxes each year, according to the IOTD.

to do.

face of the Indiana Office of Tourism

“All research is showing us right now

While many festivals and events

Development, a state agency that

that no one is going

whose sole purpose is to bring people

works to coordinate efforts to

together have already been canceled

promote travel throughout

through July, destinations

Indiana. It also

— such as the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites — have


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to rush out to a large concert or a very high-density packed festival,” she said. “Our members are recognizing that even if things open in June, we’re probably not going to be getting people coming from far, far away. The beauty of this is that we typically have people driving through. We’re not Florida; we


don’t usually have

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people flying in all the


time.” Lambert added, “We’re going to have to circle our wagons a little bit closer to home, and probably that’s going to be for quite awhile.” In the meantime, Lambert said many of the county tourism groups have already been focusing on local residents. Folks want to know what their community offers when distant family and friends come calling. “So,

they had and really flipped the switch


on it and have been able to use it

Cathy Ferree, CEO at the Indiana

in a way that’s a great community

State Museum, said memories

resource,” Lambert said.

are made of shared experiences.

Much of the video content that

While many of the places for shared

“They’ve taken that existing platform

museums and the like are now posting on YouTube and social media to keep kids and adults entertained is “evergreen.” It can remain up or be

experiences have been closed during the pandemic, she said it’s important for institutions to seek new ways to stay connected to people, at least

slightly repackaged post-pandemic

virtually for now.

and continue serving present or future

She noted the paranormal program

visitors, Lambert explained. “It doesn’t

that Marcy Dodson put together,

matter if it’s April 2020 or September

for instance, as one example of the

of 2022. You can still put together

museum bringing value to Hoosiers

During the pandemic, she said

baking soda and vinegar and have it

despite the doors being closed in

some county groups have turned


these times that are anything but

During these hard times in which so

normal. “They stayed on a Zoom call

they’ve really upped the ante on what they’ve offered for their community, and are looked at as a community resource,” she said.

their homepages into a veritable smorgasbord of things to do in the community. The websites include daily virtual event listings, things to do while social distancing, things to do in solitude, recreational opportunities that are still open, lists of local restaurants offering curb-side service, and even job openings for folks furloughed from their regular jobs.

many people have been touched with loss — loss of opportunities, of once-in-a-lifetime events, of jobs, and of loved ones — Lambert said many of the entertainment and tourism sites are just trying to lift peoples’ spirits. “They’re just trying to be sources of smiles and fun and memories.”

for a little over 70 minutes which, when people are now spending their week on Zoom, we thought was impressive for a Saturday night,” Ferree said. “That was an opportunity for people to have a shared experience and be together. We felt that resonated.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 JUNE 2020


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Ferree added that one goal of the virtual programs is that they will entice

to need to get out. “We’re going to need something beyond the

“We’re all in this together” has

screen of any kind … really getting

resonated, she said. “We’ve pulled

outside in nature.” And there, she said,

together as a state in a way we’ve not

is where Indiana’s historic sites, parks

had to do before. I think it will be really

and less-crowded places will shine.

important to see how people take

“Where people normally may go to

what we have learned from this and

With these virtual programs now,

California or out East for a vacation,

pull it forward in terms of how we work

the museum is also is surveying

they may be more inclined to stay in


participants and trying to gain a better

their own region or neighborhood,”

understanding of what patrons will

she said.

those who tuned in to actually visit the historic site or sites in person. “These are really invitations for later when we are able to move forward and move around more.”

want in the future. It is venturing into topics it might not have offered under normal conditions. “Everybody is looking for any silver lining with the situation we’re in, and doing virtual

important these community events

will be the subject of future museum

are, that they’re as much about being

exhibits, programming, lectures, and

together and celebrating as whatever

discussions everywhere.

it is — whether it’s the symphony,

“Post-COVID-19 will be different than

than hands-on,” said Ferree. “We can

pre-COVID-19,” Ferree philosophized.

try some different things that we might

“This is a pretty big disruptor. It’s

not be able to afford to do and take a

not a blip.” Having gone through a

little more risk because the expense is

time of social distancing and virtual

much less.”

gatherings, she said she’s hopeful

to ease up, she said people are going


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that people start to recognize how

How folks marked this historic time

programming is a lot less expensive

Once restrictions on group sizes start

“I hope what comes out of this is

this shared experience will bring communities a little closer.

opera, a football game — and that we recognize the value behind what these things do bring to society at large,” Ferree said. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Virtual Destinations

As this issue of Indiana Connection was being written in early May, the stages of lifting the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions had been announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb. Until public gatherings can once again occur safely, Indiana Connection has compiled a list from VisitIndiana.com (visitindiana.com/blog/index.php/2020/03/25/virtual-vacations/) and other sources of “Virtual Vacations” you can experience safely from home.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis ‘At Home’ CHI LDR E N S M U S E U M . O RG/M USEUM - AT- HOM E

The “Museum at Home” page features all kinds of fun videos, blogs, and live chats. Educators and experts will bring engaging live content and there will also be story time for the smaller kids, which includes a story read by retired Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck!


Conner Prairie is giving visitors to its website a whole new way to enjoy the historical park — from the comfort of home with the entire family! Unprecedented opportunities will be given to learn from Conner Prairie’s experts as they share their knowledge, behind-thescenes happenings, demonstrations, Q&As, live performances and more. Exciting new content is being uploaded daily.


Favorite museum artworks from the Eiteljorg’s Native American, Western and Contemporary collections are highlighted on the museum’s website, along with special features, stay-at-home activities for families and deep dives into two fascinating exhibitions at the museum.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Videos FACE BOO K . C O M / H O L I D AYWORL D/

Holiday World held its first “Digital Opening Day” May 2 with video fireworks. And until the park opens for real, scheduled for June 14, there are many virtual options to visit from the comfort of your couch! Experience 360° POV interactive rides on many of their coasters, including The Voyage, The Raven, The Legend, Thunderbird, Wildebeest, and the NEW for 2020 Cheetah Chase! Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will also be posting videos on its Facebook page regularly to help keep Holidog’s friends active and moving! Follow its Facebook page to keep up with the videos or venture to Holidog’s Digital FunTown that can be found online at HolidayWorld.com.

Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites FACE BOO K . C O M / I N D I ANAM USEUM /

“Adults Night In” on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. will feature more adultoriented content. The Facebook page of each historic site will also be sharing behind-the-scenes tours and fun facts!

Indiana State Parks Goes Virtual FA C EB OOK .C OM/IN D N R STATE PA R K S A N D R E S E RVOIR S /

From Indiana Dunes to Turkey Run, Indiana’s State Parks are an incredible dive into the beauty of nature. Since most are stuck at home on their couches, the state parks still want us all to be able to experience the outdoors. Multiple #VirtualINStatePark videos will be posted on their Facebook page each day. There aren’t many times you can see Pelicans migrate and waterfalls flow inside of your own house!

Indianapolis Zoo ‘Bringing the Zoo to You’ FA C EB OOK .C OM/IN D IA N A P OLIS ZOO/

The Indianapolis Zoo is #BringingTheZooToYou with an insider’s glance at its animals and staff. Its behind-the-scenes videos give a glimpse into a never-before-seen side of the wildlife at the zoo. Videos include brown bears playing together, an introduction to two new gazelle calves, and Kazi the warthog getting some relaxing back scratches! Follow its Facebook page for a new video added each day.

Kosciusko County Virtual Tour V P IX.N ET/751896

Kosciusko County is full of outdoor recreation, lake life, attractions, dining, shopping and more. This aerial tour of the county lets you experience all of that while learning more about what Kosciusko County has to offer! You can explore Warsaw’s downtown district, see the one of a kind Village at Winona, and get a feel for its abundance of lakes.

West Baden Springs Hotel Tour FR E N C H LIC K .C OM/TOU R /WE S TB A D E N

West Baden Springs Hotel was once known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. The six-story free-span dome is breathtaking, regardless of whether you experience it in person or online. You can virtually tour West Baden Spring Hotel’s incredible atrium, lobby, library, and pool.

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites are theming each day of the week with fun social media content! From educational activities on Tuesday to demos on Thursdays, you won’t want to miss a single moment. Since date nights are currently on pause, JUNE 2020


do-it-yourself BRING ON THE

Bargain Hu

As Hoosiers were mandated to stay at home for most of the spring, you may have used that time to do some spring cleaning and decluttering around the house. While providing some much-needed activity, getting rid of stuff also helps clear both your physical space and your mind. As we ease out of quarantine, the pent-up desire to go shopping means bargain hunters are ready to scour neighborhood garage sales. Now is the perfect time to rehome your old items and make a little cash while you’re at it! We’ve got some useful tips for making your garage sale a well-organized and well-attended event.


ORGANIZE YOUR STUFF When you’re sifting through all your stuff, sometimes it’s difficult to decide what to keep and what to sell. You’ve probably heard this rule of thumb before, and it just makes sense: if you haven’t used the item for at least one year (or even forgot it existed), then it’s probably time to let it go. Start setting those items aside in a “sale” pile or storage bin. In fact, this is a good time to invest in extra storage bins just so you can streamline and organize the stuff in your “keep” pile.


PUT THE WORD OUT Marketing your sale ahead of time is just as important as getting rid of stuff. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association that holds designated garage sale weekends, join in and take advantage of the added car and foot traffic. Whether you’re with a group sale or not, it’s a good idea to specifically advertise your own sale as well. You can easily place a newspaper or social media ad for little or no money. But don’t skimp on advertising your sale at the street corners and country roads leading to your location. • Pick up some premade sale signs or supplies to make your own, such as bright and sturdy poster boards, paint or markers, and nails or a staple gun. • Place those stick-in-the-ground type signs or sandwich boards along the road or street (with the permission of those property owners).


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• Continue to grab attention all the way to your garage sale with more brightly colored signs; a bunch of helium-filled balloons tied tightly to a sign at the end of your drive, your mailbox post or yard lamp post (making sure they are away from overhead power lines); or shiny whirligigs spinning in your front yard. (Please avoid using the shiny metallic mylar balloons outdoors since they can conduct electricity; should they accidentally get away, they can damage any electrical equipment they might drift into and cause a fire and/or injury. Be sure to deflate any balloons afterward and dispose of them properly.) Do not post signs on utility poles.







Folding tables are a smart investment because they make it easy for shoppers to look at all your wares, and they’ll come in handy later for lots of other uses. Otherwise, large pieces of plywood laid over sawhorses or crates will work. Showcase clothing items on a wheeled clothing rack that’s easy to assemble, move around, and pack up after the sale. Decorative bins and organizers are not only useful for corralling small loose items during your sale, but after your sale as well. Simple stickers and markers are a must for pricing your items, and some stickers even come pre-printed. A big roll of masking tape will also do the trick. Masking or painter’s tape is great for keeping sets of items together like towels and sheets. This is a garage sale, after all, not a high-end boutique, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some of your bigger ticket items cleaned up. Some dusting rags, cleaner, and a little elbow grease can only help your sales. And these days, you’ll set shoppers’ minds at ease if you have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on hand for them to clean their hands or their purchases. Finally, collect all that cash in a simple cash box or a small apron with divided pockets to keep bills in order.

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The hustle and bustle of your garage sale may be over, but there’s one more step. What do you do with all the items that didn’t sell? The point of having the sale in the first place was to get rid of stuff, right? Instead of storing it away again, bag it up and check with local organizations and charities for future pick up or drop off times. You just never know who could use your old stuff, and knowing it’s going to good use makes all your efforts feel even more worthwhile.

by Eventt Norris Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including set-up and cleaning supplies and promotional materials needed to hold a successful garage sale. Eventt Norris is the owner of Max Hardware in Marion and Ossian Hardware in Ossian and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based 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.)




Fighting like cats and dogs Tips on how to welcome a new furry friend to the home If you’ve found added comfort in the

older and a tad

company of furry family members

grumpy, it might find

while sheltering in place, maybe you’re

a frisky young ’un an

considering adding another set of paws

annoyance. Adult cats will

upon your floor. Perhaps you’ve heard

usually accept a kitten more

of a pet orphaned by COVID-19; or

easily than they will accept a new

you think your pets would welcome

adult cat. But if both your present cat

the added company after life returns

and the new cat are easygoing, you

to normal and they are once again left

may have little trouble if you introduce

alone most of the day.

them slowly and correctly.

While a new dog or cat and your


scent first.

Your new dog or cat should be checked

If it’s a meeting of a dog and a cat,

by a veterinarian to ensure it’s not

keep them separated for a few days

carrying any illness or parasites before

as well. Allow them to get used to each

introducing it to your existing pet or

other’s scent and presence without


face-to-face contact. Once they seem

current pet or pets may soon become best buds, they should be introduced carefully. You don’t want your pet to feel that its territory has been invaded or your affection has been divided. Here are some things to consider.

BE A GOOD MATCHMAKER: Consider the temperament and ages of both your current pet and the new animal.

Keep your new cat separated in another room from your current cat, and let them get used to each other’s

calm, allow them to be in the same


room but keep the dog leashed. Make

Regardless of whether you are getting

sure the cat has access to a dog-free

a new cat or a new dog, the first introduction between your current pet

sanctuary at all times. The space should include a litter box, scratching

and your new pet is very important.

post, water, food bowl, and toys.

Learn all you can about the new pet.

Introduce the animals gradually over

An animal shelter often will have

Your vet or an animal behaviorist can

the course of a week so that neither

a dossier on each of its adoptable

also provide ideas for making sure the

animal becomes afraid or aggressive.

animals that includes whether it would

introductions go smoothly. In addition,

Be patient.

the internet has a wealth of information

If you are introducing dogs, take a walk

and videos from many sources.

be a good fit for a home with other animals.

in a neutral area with your dog and

Try to match dogs or cats with similar

If after a few weeks one or both

bring a friend along to walk your new

habits. If your pet likes to lie in the

animals are still showing signs of

dog. Walking allows dogs to bond and

sun all day, selecting a kindred spirit

aggression, consult a professional

gather information about one another.

animal behaviorist for more advice or

might be a good idea. If your pet is


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Summer vacation plans may still be in the “wait and see” stage, but when we’re ready to hit the road or air, take our advice: safety always matters. Just as it’s important to protect our health, remember other priorities: home security, road safety and vacation accommodation safety.

Don’t be too “social” about your vacation. Letting the whole world know you are on the vacation of a lifetime is like putting a sign in front of your house saying “rob me.”

Light’s on, but nobody’s home


Don’t think you’re fooling burglars if you leave a single light

Unplug all appliances and electronics that aren’t necessary

or two on for a whole vacation. When left on for extended

while you’re gone. Leaving appliances plugged in increases

periods, incandescent and even fluorescent bulbs can

the risk of something like an electrical fire that will go unno-

get very hot or make the fixture hot, creating a potential

ticed. Power surges also can occur anytime. Unplug things

hazard. Consider investing in a motion-sensing outdoor

like the coffee maker and the toaster (things you should

lighting system and multiple programmable timers for

consider plugging in only when they’re being used anyway),

interior lighting. Modern timers offer several settings, as

as well as televisions and home entertainment/electronic

well as a randomized setting, allowing you to create an

systems. Unplugging them is one less worry from lightning

illusion that different rooms are in use at different times.

strikes should an electrical storm blow in while you’re away.

keep your eyes peeled and nose in the wind

stay in the car

While traveling or at your vacation destination, keep your

Finally, while driving, always remember to STAY IN THE

eyes open for electrical hazards. Not every hotel room,

CAR if you should veer off the road and strike a utility

condo and Airbnb you see online practices electrical

pole. Power lines can fall and still be energized. If lines

safety. When you check in, note overloaded outlets,

have fallen on or near your vehicle, the mere act of

extension cords in use, outlets that get too hot, and the

stepping from it can electrocute you. Warn others to

smell of overheated wires. Take precautions yourself. If too

stay back. Stay put until an electric utility responder tells

egregious, take the issues up with management to work

you it’s safe to get out. If you come upon an accident

out a solution. If management is unwilling or able to satisfy

involving power lines, warn those involved of the danger,

your concerns or refund your deposit, report them to

and call 9-1-1.

authorities and move on down the road to a safer place. JUNE 2020



Wabash Valley Power news

thank you!


Does it seem odd that a company would encourage people to use less of what it sells?

to help save kilowatt-hours, pushing

• By participating in the Power

back the need for constructing costly

Moves efficiency program, you

new power plants — saving all of us

have helped Wabash Valley

money in the long run. With incentives

Power and its 23 member electric

for purchasing higher efficiency

cooperatives avoid spending nearly

Probably. But then, Wabash Valley

equipment, home and business

$64 million in power supply costs

Power has always been a different

energy audits, and tips for how to

kind of electric company. If you’re not

save on monthly bills, co-op members’

familiar with Wabash Valley Power, we

participation in the Power Moves

are the wholesale electricity supplier

program has been nothing short of

for 23 local electric cooperatives in


Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. And like our 23 member co-ops, we are also a not-for-profit electric utility — governed by a board of directors that represents your local electric cooperative.

• Program participants have received just over $28 million in incentives for choosing to install energyefficient products that help all of us save on our monthly electric bills

So, why would a power company encourage anyone to use less? It’s simple. We are a cooperative. It’s not about profit for shareholders, it’s about doing what’s best for the homes

• Together, we’ve saved 297,927,000 kilowatt-hours of energy (enough energy to power nearly 25,000 homes for one year)

and businesses we serve. We do this

And so we say: Happy 10th

Ten years ago, recognizing the need

because the cheapest kilowatt we can

Anniversary, Power Moves — and a

to manage power costs, Wabash

provide our members is the one we

million thank yous to all of you who

Valley Power joined with its member

don’t produce.

have participated in the program.

co-ops to jointly launch an energy efficiency program called Power Moves®. The program was designed

So, here, on the 10th anniversary of the Power Moves energy efficiency program, is what we’re celebrating:

What you’ve helped us achieve has been truly remarkable. And there’s no reason to stop now: Find out more today at PowerMoves.com.

2010-2020 Celebrating 10 years of energy-efficient solutions for families, schools and businesses in your community


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product recalls Hair dryers pose electrocution hazard This recall involves LUS handheld hair dryers sold in white, in a box that also contains a diffuser. The hair dryers have the model number HD-LUS01 printed under the back end of the hair dryer. The logos “LUS Brands” and “Love Ur Curls” are located on either side of the back end of the dryer. The hair dryers do not have an immersion protection device, posing an electrocution or shock hazard if the dryer falls into water when plugged in. The hair dryers were sold online from November 2019 through February 2020 for between $125 and $144. Call 800-280-1675, go online at www.lusbrands.com and click on ‘Safety and Recall Information’ for more information.

Epson recalls power adapters sold with scanners Epson has recalled the power adapter plug for some digital scanners because the adapter can overheat, melt and catch fire, posing burn and fire hazards. The recalled adapter was sold with Epson V-series scanners (V30/V33/V37/V300/V330/V370) at Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, and department stores nationwide from January 2010 through December 2015 for between $55 and $80 for the scanner and adapter. “EADP-16CB B” is printed on the label of the adaptor. Epson is aware of 15 incidents worldwide of the adapter melting or catching fire, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported. Call 888-367-2656 for more information.

Trimmers and polesaws recalled This recall involves Troy-Bilt, Craftsman-branded trimmers and Remington-branded polesaws powered by a 25cc 2-Cycle gasoline engine. The trimmer’s housing is red and black and Troy-Bilt or Craftsman is printed on the top of the unit. The polesaw’s housing is orange and black and Remington is printed on the top of the unit. Trimmers and polesaws have serial numbers 1K199DG1886 through 1L059DH1017. The model and serial number is located on the white model label on the engine cover. The models were sold at Ace Hardware, Menards, True Value, Do It Best, Fred Meyer, and other stores nationwide from November 2019 through January 2020 for between $109 and $190. Call 888-848-6038; or go online at www.mtdproducts.com and click on Product Recall tab located on the bottom of the homepage for more information.

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.

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career profile

Restoring power to consumers Top 3

responsibilities in a day: •

Update geographic information system (GIS) maps based on work and service orders and reports by field teams.

Dispatch outages.

Help create GIS maps, both static and online, for internal and external use.

What kind of education do you have? I have a master’s degree in GIS and also attend specialized training to stay up-to-date on new technologies and software. I learned most of my electrical knowledge on the job from our field teams and by spending time in the field myself. What’s a typical day like? Most days include communicating with other co-op employees and consumers, and dispatching outages as they come in. I’ll also post work orders and other changes to our GIS maps to keep them accurate. The lineworkers are constantly building new lines, adding new services and replacing equipment. But a storm can change my day in an instant! What part of your job do you find to be most fulfilling? I take pride in having accurate and up-to-date GIS maps to help our field teams, especially when


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Jacklyn McLeland GIS Supervisor Tipmont REMC

they can quickly see outages and can get power restored as soon as possible. How do you describe working for a co-op? I have an entire new family. I’ve made many friendships and have been able to network with my peers at other co-ops throughout the state and country. It’s like a big family that you can call on to help and provide advice whenever we might need it.

Do you see opportunity for growth in this position? I’ve already been able to advance! I started as a part-time GIS technician and have been able to grow into the position of a supervisor. The co-op encourages continuous learning and gives us the time and resources to do it.

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

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