Carroll White REMC — June 2022 Indiana Connection

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Heimlich receives Sagamore of the Wabash award.

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from the editor

GIDGET’S GADGET FROM ‘THE DAY’ Fifteen years ago this month, the first version of one of my constant companions — my beloved iPhone — was born. And though now I can’t imagine life without my iPhone, I can certainly remember those years pre-smartphone when phones were used solely for verbal communication! Even though 19th and 20th century era phones couldn’t take photos, tally your daily number of steps, or provide instantaneous information about anything your heart desires, they were communication game-changers in their time. And in some cases, especially in the mid-century modern times, they were actually part of the home décor. Case in point: the coveted Princess phone (complete with the convenient light up dial). This stylish oval shaped phone — perfect for second phone lines (the ultimate luxury!) in bedrooms — was actually initially produced in Indiana. Princess phones came in a number of appealing colors, including — my favorite — the pastel pink version popularized Sally Field’s 1960s TV show “Gidget.” Though phones from “the day” couldn’t travel in your purse or pocket, they were portable in their own way. You could pick up the phone itself and move it to a comfortable spot of your choice or, if the cord was long enough, cradle the receiver on your shoulder and converse while lounging on the sofa or bed. There were wall-mounted phones in some homes which provided a phone-booth-like aesthetic. A long-enough cord was a must here so you didn’t have to remain standing during long conversations. While another 1960s show, “Get Smart,” introduced a spy phone cleverly hidden in a shoe (which, of course, only existed then in sitcom reality), in the 1970s and ‘80s, novelty phone styles began appearing en masse. They included the mod doughnut version, the retro candlestick style, the figurine Snoopy or Mickey Mouse phone (for the kid in all of us), and the phone shaped like giant red lips. In my pre-cordless phone days in the early ‘90s, I used a clunky corded phone with touch keys on the receiver which looked ironically similar to the earliest mobile phones I’d use just a few years later. Although landline phones are still being used, especially in workplaces, the last 15 years have shown us that not only is technology advancing and changing but communication styles are evolving too. Though phones were initially used to “connect” people no matter where they were, today’s phones are actually more a multipurpose device than a conversational tool. In fact, if lovable alien ET were visiting us today he would probably not be phoning home. He’d just send a text of emojis.


I finally get to realize my dream of chatting on a Princess phone and being just like my idol, Gidget, thanks to the magic of Photoshop!

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VOLUME 71 • NUMBER 12 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 304,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. Member’s cost per issue is approximately 32 cents, plus postage. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Randy Kleaving President Steve McMichael Vice President Dr. Richard Leeper Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Digital and Layout Design Specialist Lauren Carman Communication Coordinator Mandy Barth Vice President of Communication ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you receive Indiana Connection through your electric co-op membership, report address changes to your local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Indiana, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606. Include key number.

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05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative.

14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Lawrence

10 ENERGY Power out? Time for your co-op to go to work.

County. 16 FOOD Salad Days: Celebrate summertime with these recipes from readers.



cover story 19 COVER STORY Painting the Towns: Local history and culture told at a glance. 25 SAFETY Familiarize yourself with your home’s electrical system. 26 DIY Open the door to


28 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 29 TRAVEL Roaring on the river at the Madison Regatta. (Not in all editions.) 30 PROFILE Chad Hinesley: Climbing the cooperative ladder. (Not in all editions.)

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On the cover Mural artist Kelsey Montague seemingly releases a profusion of butterflies to the delight of Paul Satchwill. The international muralist created two murals in Batesville in 2019. Satchwill is a board member of the Batesville Area Arts Council, one of the driving forces behind the murals made possible through civic organizations and donations. PHOTO BY ANNE RAVER, SUBMITTED BY PAUL SATCHWILL


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

John Heimlich, center, with his wife, Barb, and Randy Mitchell, White County Economic Development director.

MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Cathy Raderstorf


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 219-863-6652 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

Margaret E. Foutch, 219-279-2677 7535 W, 500 S, Chalmers

Gary E. Gerlach, 574-595-7820 9833 S. Base Road, Star City

Kent P. Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground

Retired White County Commissioner John Heimlich has a new honor to add to his list of achievements. At the White County Economic Development Annual Luncheon on Feb. 25, he received the coveted Sagamore of the Wabash award.

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

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

Aaron N. Anderson, 765-427-5592 6634 W, 300 S, Delphi

MISSION STATEMENT “Creatively enhancing our community through safety and service.”

Safety, Service, and Community IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 May bills are due June 5 and are subject to disconnect June 28 if unpaid. Cycle 2 May bills are due June 20 and are subject to disconnect July 12 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on June 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read June 15.

CONSIDER SMART PLUGS Inexpensive smart plugs can control lighting and other electronic devices through a smart phone app. With smart plugs, you can conveniently manage lighting, home office equipment, video game consoles and more. By powering off unused devices when you’re away, you can save energy (and money!). — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


One of our state’s most prestigious honors, the Sagamore is awarded to Hoosiers who have rendered distinguished service to the state or governor. Honorees are personally selected by the governor. Past recipients include teachers, community leaders, astronauts, and artists. Heimlich’s extraordinary contributions can be summed up in one word: service. Born and raised in White County, Heimlich has dedicated his life to the service of others. He was a teacher, coach, and a dedicated public servant for 25 years.

ROOTS ON THE FARM Though Heimlich grew up on a farm just west of Reynolds, his dad, John C. Heimlich Sr., was not a farmer. He worked for Mobil Oil. The elder Heimlich purchased the farm in 1948. Heimlich loved growing up on the farm. By the time he was 9 or 10 years old, he was already driving

a truck for his friends, George and Clarence Bossung. Four years later, he said, he began working for Roger and Lawrence Wiese in Reynolds. “I continued to work on the farm during summers when I was at college,” Heimlich said. A 1968 graduate of North White High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Purdue University in 1972. While at Purdue University, Heimlich met Barb Neucks. Barb, from Evansville, majored in food and nutrition. The couple married and raised their sons, Bryan and Michael, on the family farm. Married for 47 years, Heimlich and his wife still live there. Right out of college Heimlich taught history and government at North White High School for four years. He also coached football, basketball and baseball. He later served on the North White school board for eight years.

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co-op news continued from page 5 While he enjoyed teaching and coaching, Heimlich’s love of agriculture was always there. After talking with his good friend, Roger Wiese, he decided to leave education behind and pursue a life on the farm to raise grain and pigs.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT It was another Reynolds friend, Dean Fleck, who, after witnessing Heimlich’s intellect and community involvement, encouraged him to seek political office. “I’ve had a lifelong interest in the politics and the process,” Heimlich said. Fleck, a White County commissioner, asked Heimlich to run for his seat. With Barb’s support, Heimlich ran for the position and won. He was sworn into office on Jan. 1, 1997, and held that seat until his retirement on Jan. 31, 2021. A lifelong member of REMC, Heimlich had served on the cooperative’s nominating committee in the 1990s. His uncle, Ross Westfall, had been an REMC director, represented the REMC on Indiana’s statewide electric cooperative service association board, and served as the association’s president. “I’ve attended numerous REMC annual meetings,” Heimlich said. “I remember well the meetings at North White High School, back when REMC sold electrical appliances that were on display at those meetings.”

COUNTY A GREEN ENERGY LEADER Heimlich’s REMC connection became an asset as he fulfilled his duties as White County commissioner. Under his leadership, White County emerged as a leader in green energy regionally, in the state and globally.


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The REMC played a part in that economic development strategy. “When I became a commissioner, I was told that our only priorities were bridges and roads,” Heimlich said. As you look at White County’s economic development strides over the 25 years Heimlich served, it is evident that the vision was unlimited. White County partnered with Wabash Valley Power Alliance, the REMC’s power provider, in the Liberty Landfill Project. Wabash Valley, an electric generation and transmission cooperative, opened the Liberty I plant in 2005 with Liberty II coming online in 2010. In 2019, Liberty III. became Wabash Valley’s 16th landfill gas-to-energy generating plant in its power supply portfolio. The project is a partnership with Waste Management of Indiana’s landfill located near Buffalo. “This was a natural evolution … turning a White County asset into energy creation,” Heimlich said. At about the time Liberty I. was launched, wind farm investors began talking with White County commissioners, Heimlich said. Benton County was the first Indiana county to aggressively embrace wind power. “It was White County landowners who created the good partnership with the wind farms,” Heimlich said. “The commissioners made sure that there were good road agreements. That was paramount for the county. “We are fortunate to have a good partnership with EDP Renewables,” Heimlich said. “The county did not experience backlash on the wind farms.”

PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE … AND PARTNERSHIPS Another major project connection with White County officials and Carroll White REMC is the Mid-America Commerce Park. “The partnership with REMC worked out well as it was the favorable REMC rates that made it attractive to create an industrial park and entice innovative industries to move there,” Heimlich said. White County also received a $100,000 USDA grant, managed by REMC, for this project. Reflecting on the future, Heimlich said, “It will be interesting how solar evolves.” This project will be based on decisions by landowners and the solar companies, like it is with the windmills. When he began his tenure as a White County commissioner, Heimlich said he would not have imagined all that has evolved. While serving as president of the White County commissioners, he could easily spend 30 hours a week on county business. “I was fortunate to work with Commissioner David Diener, Commissioner Steve Burton, and Donya Tirpak, assistant. Our commissioners and council in White County work well together — unlike in many counties. There were no personal agendas.” A lifelong, dedicated public servant, Heimlich enthusiastically encourages young people to get involved in politics. “Get involved … that’s the only way to make a difference. It’s comfortable to sit back and complain. But making your voice heard … that can make the difference.”

co-op news


Second quarter grants awarded The Carroll White REMC Operation Up board of trustees approved nine second quarter grant recipients. A total of $10,500 was distributed. The cycle’s largest grant, for $3,000, was awarded to West Central High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). This career and technical student organization is an integral part of the school’s family and consumer sciences curriculum.

applicant Dan Fry. “Kids spend four hours rotating through five stations that focus on fun academics, physical education, art, STEM and social/emotional learning.” There are three weeks of RIM Camp. “Each week, we will host a different age group,” Fry said. “Kids will learn to use technology that is featured in many manufacturers today. We have a different manufacturer present weekly for our industry 4.0 station.” Participants get real live,

The Carroll County Community Center in Flora received a $1,000 grant for its Summer Day Camp

“Students are competing at the

hands-on experience in areas such as

FCCLA Nationals, after competing

program. “We sponsor summer

3D printing, coding, robotic creation

at the Indiana FCCLA Convention

camp annually for local families in

and manipulation.

our community,” wrote grant writer

The Monticello Union Township

Halie Pedersen. During the camp, the

in March,” wrote grant applicant Stephanie Thilges, the FCCLA advisor. The national competition will be held in San Diego this summer. Through the Operation Round Up grant, Thilges and four West Central students will be able to attend the event. “Students will expand their experiences and bring back new knowledge to their family, friends and community,” Thilges wrote. “They will

Library received $1,500 which will be

children go on field trips, swim and do

used to upgrade the exterior lighting

art projects.

to LED lighting. “The improvements

Delphi Community Middle School

will provide ample illumination and

received a $600 grant which will be

security for patrons and staff,” wrote

used for supplies to help students

grant writer Candace Wells, the

develop math skills. “My goal is

library’s director.

to make learning math fun in my

Operation Round Up granted the

classroom,” wrote grant writer

Town of Brookston $1,500 which

Cassandra R. Gasser, a teacher and

will be used for the new fire station

lifelong resident of Delphi.

project. “Brookston’s Fire Station

Gasser, who is in her seventh year of

is past its useful life,” wrote grant

teaching sixth grade math, plans to

applicant Joe Butz, Town Council

replace dry erase boards with Boogie

president. “To repair the existing

The Boys and Girls Club of White

Boards. “Boogie Boards allow you to

station would cost more than to build

County LLC received a $2,500 grant

use your finger or stylus to write on

a new station.” Brookston is applying

for its summer Brain Gain program/

them and with a quick click of a button,

for a grant from Indiana Office of

Robotics in Manufacturing (RIM)

they are erased and ready to go on

Community and Rural Affairs.

attend a Leadership Academy and I will attend an Advisor Academy to help strengthen our organization and help it grow.”

Camp. “Brain Gain is our summer

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co-op news continued from page 7 to the next problem,” Gasser said. Two area non-profit organizations received $400 grants this cycle. The Burlington Public Library


is using its grant to purchase an outdoor commercial-grade picnic table for community use. “During the pandemic, we borrowed a table for outdoor use,” wrote grant writer Shelia Friedline, library director. “Community members were able to have access to our free WiFi while enjoying the local ambiance. The addition of the

Delphi Community Middle School students Kale Curts and Tayte Bernhardt will be attending Camp Kilowatt June 8-11 thanks to Carroll

Curts wrote

White REMC. The camp, formerly

in his camp

known as Touchstone Energy Camp,


will be held at Camp Tecumseh in

tion. “I



new table would be the first

Students entering seventh grade

step in upgrading our outdoor

in 2022 are eligible to attend. The

presence for the community.”

camp’s agenda combines traditional

Roosevelt Middle School’s choir, the Roosevelt Singers, received $400 to be used to help fund a field trip to Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. Choir Director and grant applicant Laura Lee will be taking eighth grade students to see the musical,

outdoor camp activities with environmental education, electrical safety practices, and cooperative business education. “This is an exciting way for students to learn about the role of their electric cooperative in the community where they live, while experiencing all the fun of camp

“Hello Dolly.”

activities,” said Casey Crabb, CW

Carroll Junior Senior

relations manager. “CW REMC has

High School After Prom Committee received $200. The grant will help provide activities and a safe venue for students attending prom.

REMC communications and public traditionally been a proud supporter of this experience and we are excited to continue this tradition.” Curts is the son of Travis and Trisha Curts of Delphi. Travis is CW

For more information on how

REMC’s line superintendent. He

to participate in Operation

will be serving as a Camp Kilowatt

Round Up, visit our website at


“I want to go to Camp Kilowatt because my dad works for REMC,”


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grown up watching him work on power lines. Also, my sister went to Touchstone Energy Camp and said it was a great experience.” Bernhardt is the son of Shane and Venessa Bernhardt of Delphi. He is anxious to learn more about electricity while at the camp. “I will also enjoy all the outside activities that we will be doing during camp,” Bernhardt wrote. “I am excited to meet new people from other places!” Camp Kilowatt was developed by a committee of electric cooperative employees from Indiana, including representatives from CW REMC. The camp is funded in part by Indiana Electric Cooperatives, Hoosier Energy, Wabash Valley Power Alliance and other industry partners.



The last time you thought about your electricity provider may have been when power suddenly went out. Fortunately, seconds later, your local electric co-op already was at work restoring service.

Power out? Time for your co-op to go to work BY

Darrell Marks

Your local electric co-op works around the clock 24 hours every day, 365 days each year, to ensure safe, reliable delivery of affordable electricity. The organization also works with Wabash Valley Power Alliance or Hoosier Energy, the generation and transmission cooperatives that generate and deliver power to distribution co-ops in Indiana. Your co-op is even part of a network of more than 900 consumer-owned not-for-profit electric cooperatives that work with local, state, regional and even federal agencies that monitor and operate the nation’s energy grid (some agencies even work across North America!).

Energy Services Specialist | Kankakee Valley REMC

The complex transmission system that delivers electricity to homes and businesses in your community includes:

HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINES: The transmission towers and cables that carry large amounts of highvoltage electricity from generating plants to local and regional distribution substations.

DISTRIBUTION SUBSTATIONS: Electrical facilities that contain equipment for controlling flow of electricity from where it is generated to those using it. Transmission line voltages are reduced to levels that are carried along distribution lines. Each substation can serve thousands of memberconsumers of a local electric cooperative.

MAIN DISTRIBUTION LINES: Main distribution lines carry the electricity to populated areas, including businesses and neighborhoods, in a community.


These lines carry power to transformers and are connected to poles outside of homes and businesses.

SERVICE LINES TO INDIVIDUAL HOMES: A service line from a nearby transformer delivers electricity to individual buildings, where it is then used by appliances, devices and 10systems. JUNE 2022

Your local electric co-op’s employees, from the CEO to linemen, member service reps and more, are dedicated to ensuring your community has the reliable electricity needed to power your day.




TO THE EDITOR NAMED AFTER HANK AARON My full name is Jeffrey Aaron Manes. I turned 65 on April 8 this year. My mother chose my middle name because she liked the way it sounded when reading about the up-andcoming Henry Aaron back in 1957. Hammerin’ Hank surpassed the Bambino on my 17th birthday. Several years later, at a baseball card show in Valparaiso, I met Hank and told him I was named after him. Then, I showed him my driver’s license. A big smile appeared on Hank’s face when he saw that I was born on April 8. Jeff Manes, Hebron, Indiana

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WINNERS SELECTED FOR 2 5TH ANNI VE RSARY CALE NDAR Twenty-six student artists were selected as first place and honorable mention winners in the annual art contest sponsored by Indiana’s electric cooperatives. Their artworks will illustrate the cover and inside pages of the 2023 edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art. The popular project celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The calendar will be printed this fall and will be distributed statewide by participating electric cooperatives as well as Indiana Connection.

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• First Grade — Arabella White, Medora • Second Grade — Alexander DeSchamp, Jasper

Andrew Zink, a home-schooled student from Winona Lake who recently completed his junior year, was selected as “Artist of the Year.” His “Best of Show” drawing paid homage to his family’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner apple pie dessert.

• Third Grade — Flynn Cissell, Borden

Students who enter the art contest are asked to create artworks to illustrate the month that corresponds numerically with their grade at the time they enter the contest. Kindergartners have carte blanche when creating artwork for the calendar’s cover.

• 11th Grade — Andrew Zink, Winona Lake

Indiana electric cooperatives began the contest in 1998 to recognize and encourage student artists. In the 25 years since, some 96,464 pieces of art have been created and entered in the art contest.

• Fourth Grade — Erika Batz, Williams

To view the winning artworks, visit and follow the links.


GRADE DIVISION WINNERS • Kindergarten — Sophia Lueken, Jasper

• Fourth Grade — Kaylin Fuller, Charlestown • Fifth Grade — Lydia Kelley, Charlestown • Sixth Grade — Cali Ann Fox, Seymour • Seventh Grade — Adilynn Meyers, Decatur • Eighth Grade — Ellie Hilbert, Noblesville • Ninth Grade — Bailey Hering, Union Mills • 10th Grade — Alivia Tucker, South Whitley • 12th Grade — Heidi Blattert, Mitchell • Best of Show — Andrew Zink, Winona Lake HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS • Kindergarten — Mira Smith, Fairland • First Grade — Samuel Smith, Churubusco • Second Grade — Brantly Roller, Burnettsville • Third Grade — Elizabeth Avis, Elizabeth • Fifth Grade — Elizabeth Blattert, Mitchell • Sixth Grade — Nandini Amol Kondhare, Columbus • Seventh Grade — Sophie Yang, Brownsburg • Eighth Grade — Ashelyn Evans, Medaryville • Ninth Grade — Sarah Stonerock, Greenfield • 10th Grade — Isabella Fox, North Vernon • 11th Grade — Ellie Sims, Paoli • 12th Grade — Addy Knakiewicz, Morocco

county feature

Lawrence County Wonderful contrasts — between the past and future; between the defined bedrock of Earth and the deep bluesky weightless vastness of space — are celebrated in Lawrence County. Situated in the heart of Indiana’s famed limestone belt, the county is known worldwide for the stone quarried from beneath its soil. Bedford, the county seat, is known as the “Limestone Capital of the World.” The large quarries in the area produced limestone for the Empire State Building and The Pentagon. Meanwhile, the county also boasts of its connection to the stars. Three astronauts hail from Lawrence County. The first was Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom who was born and raised in Mitchell in southern Lawrence County. A World War II veteran, Korean War fighter pilot and Air Force test pilot, Grissom was one of the original “Mercury Seven,” the first corps of astronauts NASA named in 1959. Grissom was the second American to fly in space in July 1961. He was the first astronaut to fly two missions as pilot on Gemini 3 and was selected to be the first to fly three missions as commander of the ill-fated Apollo 1. He and crewmen Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee died Jan. 27, 1967, when an electrical fire broke out in their capsule during pre-launch testing at Cape Kennedy, Florida. The two other astronauts from Lawrence County are Charles Walker and Kenneth Bowersox. Walker, born and raised in Oolitic, was an engineer and astronaut who flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985. As a payload specialist for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Walker was the first non-government individual to fly in space. Though born in Virginia, Bowersox considers Bedford as his


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The contrasts of Lawrence County can be seen in Mitchell’s memorial to hometown hero pioneering astronaut Gus Grissom. The limestone replica of his Gemini 3 rocket and spacecraft is silhouetted against our nearest star and the deep blue heavens he helped open. FI LE P HO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI E V E R

hometown. He flew five Space Shuttle missions and had an extended stay aboard the International Space Station. Spring Mill State Park, just east of Mitchell, puts these contrasts between the natural and cultural worlds, the past and the future in one spot. The park is among the most beautiful and popular in the state. Water flowing from several springs led to the founding of an industrial village there in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. The restored Pioneer Village contains 20 historic buildings to explore. The centerpiece is a threestory limestone gristmill, built in 1817, that still grinds cornmeal. Heritage interpreters portray the year 1863 and demonstrate period crafts. Meanwhile, the park also pays tribute to Grissom at the Grissom Memorial just inside the park’s gates. The memorial tells the story of Grissom’s life and his contributions to the space program through a short video. Exhibits include Grissom’s space suit, the Gemini 3 Molly Brown spacecraft, and artifacts from his personal and professional life. The park also has a popular inn and campground. For more info, visit:

County Facts FOUNDED: 1818 NAMED FOR: James Lawrence, an officer of the U.S. Navy who died in battle during the War of 1812. He is probably best known today for his last words, “Don’t give up the ship!” POPULATION: 45,000 COUNTY SEAT: Bedford INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 47




SALAD: I lb. fresh spinach, torn

Karen L. Owen Rising Sun, Indiana

2 cups chopped unpeeled Granny Smith apples ¾ cup fresh bean sprouts (canned may be substituted but chill first) ½ cup sliced strawberries ¼ cup crumbled cooked bacon

In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Put dressing ingredients in a jar and shake. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad. Cook’s note:

DRESSING: ½ cup vegetable oil ⅓ cup white wine vinegar 1 small onion, grated ½ cup sugar 2 t. Worcestershire sauce 2 t. salt

CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI SALAD Glenda Sensenig Cutler, Indiana



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This salad does not refrigerate well. I prepare vegetables, fruit and bacon and place in separate containers and leave the dressing in the jar. Fix individual salads as desired.



1 medium head of cauliflower, cut up

1 cup mayonnaise

1 small head of broccoli, cut up

¼ cup sugar

8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled

2 T. vinegar

1 small onion, chopped (optional)

Combine and pour over vegetables. Refrigerate before serving.

Mix together.


COLORIFIC SALAD Eleanor Watkins Bourbon, Indiana

SALAD: 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 2 chopped red pepper 1 cup pecans 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup honey roasted sesame sticks ½ purple onion, thinly sliced (optional) Mix together in a large bowl.

DRESSING: 1 cup sugar ⅓ cup vinegar


1 t. salt ½ t. pepper

Kylie Olson St. Paul, Indiana

1 T. onion flakes 1 T. mustard

1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup mayonnaise 2 cups pasta shells 8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, cut in small cubes 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the ranch dressing mix, buttermilk and mayonnaise. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain and cool. Add cooked pasta, cheese, peas and bacon to a large serving bowl. Toss together with ranch dressing, beginning with ½ cup, adding more as desired. Season with salt and pepper.

½ cup oil ¼ cup water 2 T. mayonnaise Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or place in a jar and shake well. Pour dressing over salad and mix lightly just before serving.

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Indiana eats



What’s your favorite Indiana restaurant? FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, WE’VE SPOTLIGHTED EATERIES OF ALL KINDS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE IN OUR INDIANA EATS FEATURE. We’ve focused on pizzerias, bakeries, diners, barbecue joints, fine dining establishments and so much more. As we begin year six of Indiana Eats, we’d like to hear your suggestions of restaurants we should feature in the future. Turn to page 3 for information on how to contact us. Tell us what your favorite restaurant is and why it should be featured in Indiana Eats. Contact us by June 30 for a chance to win a Koji four-quart ice cream maker.


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FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH YOUR HOME’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM A lot of people won’t plug in their new TV or toaster without reading the instruction book at least once. But many will move into a new home without understanding the electrical system that makes everything work. Would you know how to trip the main circuit if someone was being shocked at an outlet somewhere? “Understanding how your home’s electrical system functions is important not only to keep it properly maintained, but for your safety if a problem arises,” said John Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “We ask all of our consumers to familiarize themselves with this equipment that keeps their homes running smoothly.” The electric cooperative handles the line portion of a consumer’s service, which includes everything up to and including the meter on the side of the house. Everything beyond that point is called the “load side.” Everything on the load side is the consumer’s responsibility. The meter measures the amount of electricity your home uses and determines your bill each month. Tampering with it is both extremely dangerous and illegal. You’ll find your electrical service panel inside your home. It keeps everything inside running. The service panel sends electricity to the light switches, outlets and appliances. If your electricity short circuits or an overload shuts down power, your service panel is where you will go to restore the flow. Circuit breakers help your home’s electrical system from overloading, thus preventing an electrical fire. (Homes built before 1965 may still use fuses.) The main breaker will cut all power to the home, and the individual circuit breakers administer power to individual parts of the home. If you look in your service panel, all of the circuits and what they power should be labeled. A couple times a year, try turning each breaker on and off. This helps familiarize you with each component of the box and will keep them from getting stuck. Homeowners should make sure no circuits are overloaded. A general rule when setting up your breakers is to have only one big ticket item on a circuit. That means you would not put your refrigerator and washing machine on the same circuit. If your circuits frequently overload, it may be time to contact an electrician to add more circuits to your service panel.

ELECTRIC LINGO When you call an electrician to assist you with a problem, it’s helpful to know the lingo. Here are a few electrical terms to know: ELECTRICAL SERVICE PANEL: Distributes electricity to switches, outlets and appliances. This is where you can restore the flow to an overloaded circuit or shut down the power to the circuit. FUSES: Safety devices used to protect individual circuits installed in homes before 1965. Each time a fuse is blown it must be replaced. CIRCUIT BREAKERS: Standard safety devices used to protect individual circuits. When a circuit is “tripped,” it just has to be manually reset to resume operating. ARC FAULT: A dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. ARC FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTORS (AFCIs): AFCIs are protective devices that replace standard circuit breakers in the electric service panel. AFCIs provide enhanced protection against additional fire hazards known as arc faults. TAMPER RESISTANT RECEPTACLE (TRR): A wall outlet that features an internal shutter mechanism. JUNE 2022




Open the door

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With your yard’s spring cleanup behind you, it’s a great time to focus on your home’s front entrance. After all, it’s the first thing people notice as they approach your home. Whether it’s an expansive area for entertaining or just a simple piece of concrete, there are lots of ways to spruce it up without breaking the bank. Simple DIY touches (or touch ups) to your entryway will add warmth and character that are inviting and amp up curb appeal.


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START FRESH First things first: Do an all-over cleanup of the walkways leading up to the front door. Use a stiff bristle broom to sweep the front porch and recessed alcoves of leftover autumn leaves, wayward mulch, and other debris. Clear out the corners and areas around the porch

do-it-yourself light where cobwebs and

seals around the door’s

numbers or add a snazzy

an eye-catching way to

dead bugs collect. Give

opening and replace

new letterbox. Finally,

welcome guests. Or try

the cement slab or paver

ones that are dried out

add a new doormat that

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welcomes guests inside,

chairs or a porch swing

wash with eco-friendly

the door jam will properly

but leaves dirt and debris

for added comfort and

cleaning agents. Scrub

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relaxation. Small side

dirt and grime from your

door’s locks and strike

storm door, then remove

plates. Outdated hardware on


your door can age your

Consider installing an

home’s entry, so check out

awning over your front

the newest finishes and

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styles. Then, carry this

your door’s paint from

new look through to your

direct sun and keep the

porch lights, too. Today’s

entryway dry on rainy

energy-efficient fixtures

days. Freshen up an

have many options, such

existing awning with an

as seasonal bulb colors,

outdoor fabric cleaner or


motion sensors, or smart

replace a tattered one

technology for added

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security. Add a subtle

placed vertical planters

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glow nearby with a few

or hanging baskets full

better days, a refresh

solar landscape lights or a

of bright blooms add

is in order. Remove old

string of outdoor Edison-

pops of color and a bit of

paint with a paint stripping

style bulbs.

privacy. If your porch has

screens and spray them out with a hose and soap. Clean both doors’ hardware with a mild, finish-friendly cleaner. Then wipe down inserts, transoms, and sidelights with a good glass cleaner that leaves them sparkling.

solvent, then fill in small scratches or gouges with a spackle made for your type of door. Apply a fresh coat of primer and several coats of door paint in a bold new color. If new paint isn’t enough, consider replacing your old door with a heavier core door with enhanced insulation. Inspect the

Replace an old builder’s grade doorbell with a modern style, or install a Ring doorbell that lets you see and speak to visitors. Add pizzazz with a decorative door knocker, or install a permanent or moveable door hanger for wreaths and seasonal décor. Replace old house


weight-bearing columns,

tables keep beverages handy, and a few outdoor pillows complete the look. A resin wicker storage bench or deck box offers additional seating and a dry place for package deliveries. Now sit back and enjoy the summer nights from your newly updated and welcoming front porch.


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If space allows, add some weather-resistant

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Dustin Reynolds and Shannon Morrow

Dustin Reynolds and Shannon Morrow are part of the leadership team at Tweedy Lumber & Hardware in Rushville. They’re member-owners of Do it Best, a Fort Wayne-based cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. 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.) JUNE 2022


Wabash Valley Power news


Attend Your Co-op’s Annual Meeting As people plan in-person events following the pandemicinduced isolation the past two years, some are circling calendar dates for a familiar favorite — from their electric cooperative. Many electric co-ops are planning their annual meetings following canceled, scaled down, or virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some co-ops have returned to hosting in-person member events, while others have scheduled virtual meetings this year. Whether in-person or virtually, you can receive several benefits from attending your co-op’s annual meeting. MEET. EAT! BE ENTERTAINED: If your electric co-op hosts an inperson event, it can be a great chance to meet and catch up with friends and neighbors. Annual meetings are community events, which means everyone is welcome. They likely will offer some of the best food around, and there are often family-friendly games and activities. LEARN: No matter your age, you should learn something new every day — and your co-op’s annual meeting will help you reach that goal! You will learn about your electric co-op’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as future opportunities and potential challenges. You also can learn more about the programs that your co-op offers to benefit families and businesses. WIN! Many electric co-ops offer bill credits or prizes for participating in their annual meeting. Register and vote when you arrive, stay for the meeting, and you may be eligible to win. You don’t want to miss it! VOTE: The annual meeting is your chance to have a direct impact on how your electric co-op is governed. You can vote for members running for positions on your co-op’s board of directors. The board creates policies that directly impact you and all co-op members. Democratic participation is part of the foundational bedrock of all cooperatives, and voting is one of the cooperative principles! As a member of an electric co-op, you also are part owner. And that means that your co-op’s annual meeting was made for you! Many annual meetings feel like a casual gathering with friends and neighbors that include food, family-friendly games and activities with a brief meeting involved. Even virtual meetings feel like they are sessions for catching up with neighbors. Plan to participate in your co-op’s annual event and have a say in how your co-op operates.


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co-op news THREE AREA STUDENTS BOUND FOR NATION’S CAPITAL Carroll White REMC has selected Nathaniel Corbin, Aydrial Taylor and Alayna Lawley to attend the Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. During the trip, from June 14-19, incoming high school seniors will participate in leadership training, engage in oneon-one conversations with their U.S. representatives and senators, jumpstart their national peer network and tour the nation’s capital. The tour includes visits to the Smithsonian museums; the National Archives; Arlington National Cemetery; and the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War veterans’ memorials as well as the Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln memorials. “After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, CW REMC is thrilled to once again send students to participate in person,” said Casey Crabb, the REMC’s communications and public relations manager. “Our students will gain a firsthand understanding of the legislative process and learn how to advocate on behalf of their community while creating life-long connections with other students from around the country. This is a unique youth leadership opportunity that CW REMC is proud to support.” Corbin, a Tri-County Jr.-Sr. High School student, is the son of Chris and Heather Corbin of Chalmers. As a sophomore honor student in chemistry, he received the Chemistry Curricular Award. He was also an honor student in culinary arts and received the Family Consumer Science Award. As well, he is an honor student in English.

During his high school career, Corbin has participated in basketball, cross country, baseball and track. He was a manager in cross country. At Chalmers Community Church, he was a youth group leader and assisted with Vacation Bible School. “I’ve helped a group of third and fourth grade students with Bible lessons,” he said. His other volunteer activities include making and serving food for the Lafayette Homeless Shelter. “I attend meetings there on a regular basis,” he said. “I also help shovel snow for the church and others in need.” The daughter of Melinda and Scott Taylor of Flora, Taylor attends Carroll JuniorSenior High School. “I am looking forward to being in Washington, D.C., itself,” Taylor said. “I have always wanted to go there and now I am! “This experience is important to me because it opens up many opportunities,” she said. “I think the Youth Tour will help me grow my leadership skills and open doors for scholarship opportunities.” Taylor is a member of the swim team and specializes in diving. “I have been diving for six years and I plan to continue after high school and into college,” she said. Taylor has also played soccer for 12 years. As a member of the National Honor Society, Taylor participates in community service projects. She has been an FFA member for five years. “I have done entomology and helped with the lemon shake up trailer,” she said. “I will continue to be a member in my senior year.” She also plans to continue her involvement with the Cougar Pals mentoring organization. Through Cougar Pals, high

school juniors and seniors visit elementary schools each week to mentor the kids there. “For two years, I have been a group leader for Vacation Bible School,” she said. “We are responsible for the well-being of the kids in our group while also being on a time efficient schedule.” Lawley is the daughter of Jeremy Lawley and Shawna Sayler of Brookston. She is a Twin Lakes High School student. In 2021, Lawley was selected to be in Rising Stars of Indiana, an academic award given to four students from each high school. She is on the volleyball team, and is in French Club, Student Council and National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Twin Lakes Theatre, most recently appearing in The Wizard of Oz and Don’t Drink the Water. “I attend youth group at the Monticello United Methodist Church every Sunday,” Lawley said. “I also attend Bible Study every Thursday morning before school with members from my youth group.” The Youth Tour’s roots can be traced back to future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. At the 1957 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting, Johnson, then a U.S. senator, told meeting attendees, “If one thing comes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.” Since that time, America’s electric cooperatives have been sending young leaders to Washington, D.C., for the adventure of a lifetime.

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cooperative career Professional progression:

CLIMBING T H E C O OP E R AT IV E LA DDER The average worker will hold 10 different jobs before the age of 40 and a dozen throughout his or her career, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Chad Hinesley was right at that average. He held 10 different jobs by age 44. But how many “average workers” hold 10 different jobs without ever changing employers?

When manual meter reading was phased out with new technology, he was offered the chance to become a groundman, a position that assists the journeymen linemen.

“It’s been nice to be able to start at the bottom and have the opportunity to work my way up,” Hinesley said.

When the cooperative had an opening for an apprentice lineman, often the next step for young groundmen, he applied and began the upward climb through the stages of apprenticeship until graduating to journeyman lineman. But he still wasn’t done. In 2017, he was recognized for his leadership skills and promoted to a line foreman, which added the responsibility of overseeing the crew members with whom he worked sideby-side.

Hinesley, now 46, is the line superintendent at Henry County REMC. He oversees 15 employees, planning the day-to-day work schedules including construction of new line, maintenance and upgrades. He started with the cooperative’s tree-trimming crew in 1996, not long after high school. That’s also when he started climbing on every rung of the “cooperative ladder.” When the cooperative, based in his hometown of New Castle, outsourced tree trimming, he was offered the chance to move to meter reading.

1996 hired Tree Trimmer Henry County REMC

When the line superintendent at the cooperative retired, Hinesley took one more step, applying for and being promoted to that position. Hinesley said he’s never had a long-

2001 Started Apprentice Lineman Program Henry County REMC

Moved through the four years of on-the-job and classroom training.


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Chad Hinesley Line Superintendent Henry County REMC

range plan for his career, but when opportunities came along, he wasn’t afraid to take the next step up. Each previous position helped prepare him for the next, he said. And, after becoming a lineman, his career has been one continuous “on-the-job, hands-on training.” Though most workers change jobs and employers a dozen times throughout their career, at Indiana’s electric cooperatives, employees find not just new opportunities but are encouraged to move up — without ever having to move out.

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2017 Promoted


Line Foreman Henry County REMC

Line Superintendent Henry County REMC

Oversees and manages 15 employees, plans line construction, maintenance, upgrades, and more.

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