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k B a e r t s a F  Five quick questions for Romeo Langford

Save the date! 

WIN Energy’s Annual Meeting is April 7 PAGE 7


from the editor

Read on!

VOLUME 67 • NUMBER 9 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:

A couple of months ago, I shared that I enjoy curling up with a good book when the weather outside is frightful. This winter, those frightful conditions were quite common so I’ve been able to make quite a dent in my “to be read” pile. Several of you wrote to offer recommendations of books that I, or other readers, might enjoy. Elsie Kerr wrote, “One of my New Year’s resolutions was to reread some of the ‘old’ books that were favorites of my own children many years ago. Many are well-worn!” However, to start the year, Elsie read William H. McRaven’s “Make Your Bed” and Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened?” She said both books were “thought provoking.” Meanwhile, Beverly Johnson Biehr, a published author herself, has been reading “The Zhivago Affair” by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée. It is a biography of author Borya Pasternak about the dangers and struggles that come with being a poet and writer in Russia. Becky Williams, former director of the Fulton County Public Library, recommends “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. It was the library’s reading group selection in January. Other readers’ picks: • “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle (recommended by Wendy Smith) • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson (recommended by Liz Gilbert) • “Jesus, The One and Only” by Beth Moore (recommended by Denise Hershman) • Nicholas Sparks’ novels (recommended by Darlene Smith) Now that the weather is starting to warm up you may not be spending as much time inside with a good book. But if you want to escape from reality awhile without leaving your chair, pick up a book or your Kindle and read on!

ELECTRIC CONSUMER is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers: use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 262,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 720 N. High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46214 317-487-2220 or 800‑340‑7362 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS Gary Gerlach President Walter Hunter Vice President Randy Kleaving Secretary/Treasurer Tom VanParis Chief Executive Officer EDITORIAL STAFF Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Member Relations/ Advertising Manager Ellie Schuler Communications Specialist ADVERTISING American MainStreet Publications, 800-626-1181; Crosshair Media, 502-216-8537;

EMILY SCHILLING Editor On the menu: July issue — Picnic/Pitch-In recipes; deadline April 19. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Reader Submissions page: July — What accomplishments are you most proud of? Let us know in a short paragraph and, if you have one, send us a photo to illustrate your story; deadline April 19.

Giveaways: Zydeco’s Cajun Actual, which was featured in Indiana Eats in February, is providing one lucky reader with a $25 gift certificate. We’re also giving away two sets of four tickets to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, courtesy of the museum. To enter these drawings, send an email to by March 16 with either the subject line “Free Cajun Food” or “Museum Giveaway.” If you submit a recipe or story for the reader submission page when you enter, you’ll increase your chance of winning!

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

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

GLM Communications, Inc., 212-929-1300; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Electric Consumer does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Readers who receive Electric Consumer through their electric co-op membership should report address changes to their local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Include key number. No portion of Electric Consumer may be reproduced without permission of the editor.

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product picks



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05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative.



10 PRODUCT PICKS Spruce up with tools that make jobs a spring breeze. 12 INSIGHTS 13 C  ALENDAR ART     CONTEST

19 BEST OF INDIANA Cast your vote for the best. 22 DO-IT-YOURSELF What’s in your toolbox? 23 FEATURE STORY Feel the chill as the Ice Age returns to Indiana State Museum.

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Getting the votes out.

37 READER SUBMISSIONS Pictures of our changing


weather (not in all editions).

34 BACKYARD “Perennial of the Year” is a magnet for butterflies and

38 PROFILE New Albany’s Romeo Langford is among the best high school players in the U.S. Learn a bit more about the high-scoring hoops star.

bees (not in all editions). 35 PRODUCT RECALLS

On the Cover March’s mass hysteria in Indiana this year might not be so much about who wins the

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New Albany’s Romeo Langford, one of the

rather, which college wins the services of most sought-after seniors in the nation. PHOTO BY TYLER STEWART/NEWS AND TRIBUNE



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co-op news

Value of electricity CONTACT US Toll Free:  800-882-5140 Local: 812-882-5140 Fax: 812-886-0306 AUTOMATED EXPRESS SERVICES For outages and payments, call:  888-456-9876 OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. local time Monday-Friday VINCENNES OFFICE 3981 S. U.S. Highway 41 Vincennes, IN 47591 PRINCETON OFFICE 1314 W. 100 N. Princeton, IN 47670 SULLIVAN OFFICE 2044 W. State Road 154 Sullivan, IN 47882 UNDERGROUND LINE LOCATING Please call 811 at least two business days before you plan to dig. OFFICE CLOSINGS New Year’s: Jan. 1 and 2; Good Friday: March 30; Memorial Day: May 28; Independence Day: July 4; Labor Day: Sept. 3; Veterans Day: Nov. 12; Thanksgiving: Nov. 22 and 23; Christmas: Dec. 24 and 25; 2019 New Year’s: Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. METER READING DATES Cycle 1: March 2; Cycle 2: March 7; Cycle 3: March 16; Cycle 4: March 25; Cycle 5: April 1; Cycle 6: April 1. MARCH TREE TRIMMING LOCATIONS Tree trimming crews will be in the following areas this month: • Knox County — Busseron Township Washington Township Palmyra Township Steen Township Vigo Township Vincennes Township Widner Township Specific locations can be found at      Like us on Facebook

How many of us remember dropping into an REMC office with our parents and grandparents to pay the light bill? Whether you do that in person, by mail or online today, paying your monthly bill does a lot more than just keep the lights on.

efficiency, encourages you to look for ENERGY STAR® appliances, and promotes technology designed to give members more control over their electricity use. Energy performance dashboards like SmartHub, smart thermostats, power strips, and appliance settings that shift most water heating, laundry, and dishwashing outside of peak rate periods help reduce the co-op’s overall power demand. They also give you opportunities to control or even trim your monthly utility bills.

Electricity keeps us connected to our modern world. Consider all the necessities and conveniences we enjoy in part because of the power lines running to the electric meter outside your home. Count up your televisions, computers, mobile devices, printers, gaming consoles, music and video players, kitchen appliances, and power tools. Whether they get used every day or just occasionally, the electricity that keeps them working comes from WIN Energy REMC. You use electricity to run all these devices, and we still keep the lights on. The good news is, even as we rely more on electricity, it’s still a bargain, especially compared to other things we pay for regularly. When it comes to value, electricity is a clear winner, and we’re always looking for ways to work with you to make it even better. That’s why WIN Energy REMC urges energy

That’s good for families and individuals trying to live within their budgets. And it’s going to become even more important as digital devices and internet-connected technologies become even more important in our lives. That’s why we’re always working to provide service that’s reliable, keep it affordable, and make it even more valuable to our member— you, your family and your neighbors.


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS Don’t forget to spring forward March 11! Set your clocks ahead by one hour before you go to bed.

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co-op news

Assistance program ends March 15

WIN Energy REMC welcomes two new employees WIN Energy

office. Jim lives

Participants in the Energy Assistance Program are reminded that the moratorium on disconnection for nonpayment ends Thursday, March 15.

REMC is pleased

in Sullivan with

to announce the

his wife, Jodee.

addition of two

They have two

new employees.

daughters, Tyra

Accounts assisted by EAP must be brought up to date before March 15, or they will be disconnected. If you have questions about your account, please call our office at 800-882-5140 prior to March 15.

and Megan. He

Gavan Marx

was previously

joined WIN

employed at

Energy on Jan. 29 as a line specialist


in the Sullivan district. He was previously employed at Miller Construction in Vincennes and lives in Sullivan.


as the warehouse coordinator/member

Terre Haute. employees are excited to welcome our new employees to the team!

services representative in the Sullivan

We do our best to avoid power outages, but unfortunately, Mother Nature occasionally has different plans. Stay ahead of the storm by stocking your pantry with a variety of non-perishable items. Set these items aside for extended outages only, and your storm prep will be a breeze! Don’t forget to stock up on disposable goods, like paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and cups.


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Department and United Parcel Service in WIN Energy REMC directors and

Jim Minks joined WIN Energy on Feb. 1


Sullivan County

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2018 CREDENTIALS and ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORT We, the Credentials and Election Committee, appointed by the Board of Directors of WIN Energy REMC pursuant to Article 3, Section 3.10 and Article 4, Section 4.4 of the Bylaws of the Cooperative, desire to inform you that the committee met on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, and performed their duties as outlined in the bylaw sections set out here and above. The following have been verified by the committee for election at the annual meeting of the membership to be held April 7, 2018: Daniel Schuckman, District 3:  Washington Township, Greene County; Decker, Johnson, Vigo, Vincennes, Washington, and Widner Townships, Knox County. Harley Drake, District 6:  Lewis Township, Clay County; Wright Township, Greene County; Cass, Curry, Fairbanks, Jackson, and Jefferson Townships, Sullivan County; Prairie Creek and Prairieton Townships, Vigo County. Phillip Carter, District 7:  Perry Township, Clay County; Honey Creek, Linton, Pierson, and Riley Townships, Vigo County. The following are the members of the Credentials and Election Committee: Ed Chickadaunce, Committee Chairman Julie Bugher

Eric J. Murray

Lee Dalton

Don R. Osborne

Jamie Lane

Jay K. Reed

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save the date for the

WIN Energy REMC 79th Annual Meeting


Vincennes Lincoln High School Ader Auditorium 1545 S. Hart Street Road, Vincennes



2018 R E B AT E S

youth programs

2018 Residential Rebate Program Electric Water Heaters ` Minimum 50 gal. ` Minimum .95 energy factor ` Limit one per HVAC unit


Up to $300


Up to $300 $50


Heat Pump Water Heaters ` Minimum 40 gal. ` All-in-one units





Geothermal Heat Pumps ` Desuperheater or hot water assist required on new installations





Air-to-Air Heat Pumps, Mini Split Ductless or Dual Fuel ` Stick Built or Modular Housing: Minimum 16 SEER ` Manufactured Housing: Minimum 14 SEER ` Mini-split Ductless Heat Pumps: Must be primary heating/cooling for home; minimum 16 SEER






Dual/Variable Speed Compressor

ALL REBATE REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON AT ONE OF OUR OFFICES WITHIN 30 DAYS OF INSTALLATION/PURCHASE DATE. A bill of sale is required and must include the following information:  Installation date  SEER rating  Previous type of heating system (if replacing existing system)  Speed of unit (single or dual/variable)  Size of equipment (tons)  Location where unit was installed  Model and serial number AHRI certificate is required for new HVAC equipment.


Failure to provide the above information may result in forfeiture of rebate. Must be primary heating/cooling for primary residence occupied year round. Limit of one water heater rebate per HVAC unit in home; limit of two HVAC rebates. By receiving a rebate the member agrees to participate in any future load management program. All installations are subject to verification and/or inspection. REBATE PROGRAM ENDS DEC. 31, 2018 AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

product picks

Spruce up



Spring for



Get ready for a spring spruceup with tools that make the job a breeze. BY JAYNE CANNON

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Many of us can’t live without our furry friends, but we could sure do without the fur they shed. The Shark Rotator Powered LiftAway Vacuum, with its mini motorhead brush, feeds on left-behind fur like jaws. $300.

It’s been a long, cold lonely winter for your siding, windows and patio. But here comes the Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer. It uses a wand, two detergent tanks and five different spray nozzles to make them all sparkle again. $153. 800-466-3337;

If you have allergies, vacuuming every day is a must. But who has time? With a Neato Botvac D5 Connected Navigating Robot Vacuum, you can clean your floors while you sleep or shop. Just control it from your smartphone. $540. 888-280-4331;

Your sheets are crisp and clean, but what about your mattress? The Dyson V6 Mattress vacuum is designed to clean your mattress of things like allergens. Also use it on upholstery or, with its dusting attachment, hard surfaces. $250. 866-693-9766;

For the really tough tasks — grimy grout, caked-on grease and more — the McCulloch Heavy-Duty Portable Steam Cleaner uses high-powered jets of steam to clear it all away and includes 18 attachments for just about any job. $140. 800-466-3337;

Spills and stains are especially annoying when they collide with your carpets. But never fear: Bissell’s Little Green Multi-Purpose Deep Cleaner is here. Don’t let its compact size fool you — it tackles big stains, too. $100. 888-280-4331;

800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond. com


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Renewables poised for record year in 2019


ederal energy officials expect to see modest growth in the

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information

nation’s electricity consumption in 2019 — with a record

Administration predicts a 1.3 percent consumption increase

set for renewables.

this year, followed by a rise of just 0.5 percent in 2019. For the first time, non-hydro renewable energy sources are expected to supply more than 10 percent of the nation’s annual average total generation in 2019. EIA expects the price of natural gas for electricity generation will be lower this year than last and will fall even more in 2019. Natural gas should account for 33 percent of generation this year and 34 percent next year, the report said. Those lower natural gas prices, combined with retirements of coal-fired plants, will have an impact on coal’s role. Coal supplied about 30 percent of America’s electricity generation in 2016 and 2017, but EIA expects it will fall to slightly below 30 percent this year and 28 percent next year. Despite the scheduled retirement of reactors at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island and another in Massachusetts, nuclear’s share of generation is expected to drop just 1 percent, down to 19 percent from the 20 percent seen in 2017 and expected again G ETTY I M AG E

this year.

CORRECTION February’s story “Fireflies in space,” which was about the zero-gravity experiment aboard a Blue Origin sub-orbital flight in December, over-stated the height the rocket flew. The 12-minute flight reached an altitude of 60 miles above Earth. The automated experiment, a joint project between second


graders at Cumberland

Forty-eight high school students repre-

chamber and learned about current legis-

Elementary in West Lafayette

senting 16 electric cooperatives through-


and Purdue University’s School

out Indiana got a first-hand look at the

of Aeronautics and Astronautics,

inner workings of Indiana government.

proved that the two chemicals

They participated in Indiana Electric

fireflies mix in their bellies to

Cooperative Page Day at the Indiana

make themselves glow in Indiana

Statehouse on Jan. 31.

summer fields could mix and

The students toured the Statehouse, met

would glow in the weightlessness

with their state senator; observed floor

of space.

sessions; assisted staff members; sat in on a committee hearing in the Senate


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The page experience amplifies lessons learned in the classroom, Tom VanParis, Indiana Electric Cooperatives CEO, noted. “Serving as a page gives young people the unique opportunity to participate in state government,” he said. IEC is the Indianapolis-based service association for Indiana’s 38 member-owned electric cooperatives.


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Indiana eats

Great steaks and more! Johnny V’s Main Street Grille 58 N. Main St.

Frankfort, Indiana

765-654-4702 HOURS/MENU:

Visit for more information.

Fans of Johnny V’s Main Street Grille say that this locally owned eatery serves the best steaks in Frankfort, Indiana. But with an extensive menu featuring salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, dinner entrees, desserts and more, Johnny V’s makes family dining a breeze for even the pickiest of eaters. State Rep. Heath VanNatter, who represents the area’s District 38, is one loyal customer who brings his family to the restaurant, located, as its name implies, on Frankfort’s downtown Main Street, across from the courthouse. VanNatter usually opts for the hand-breaded Hoosier Pork Tenderloin sandwich which is served, like all sandwich choices, with steak fries. For just 99 cents more, diners can enjoy onion rings or sweet potato chips with their sandwiches. Other Johnny V’s regulars rave about the steak and shrimp dinner with two skewers of either grilled or breaded shrimp, and the housemade sugar cream pie, just one of a selection of freshly made desserts. The best time to try a slice of pie? The restaurant’s weekly Free Pie Wednesday. Besides the tasty food options, Johnny V’s patrons enjoy the comfortable casual atmosphere. Photos of old Frankfort landmarks decorate the walls. The original scoreboard from Frankfort High School’s Howard Hall, the home gymnasium of that school’s quadruple state champion basketball team in the 1920s and ’30s, is also proudly displayed. During lunchtime, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays, Johnny V’s not only serves up daily specials for $6.99 each, but also offers 14 other lunch-sized choices. Dinner is served Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 4-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4-8 p.m. The adjoining 21-and-over Sports Pub, which advertises the widest selection of beers on tap in town, is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-Midnight and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


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ABOUT STATE REP. HEATH VANNATTER: Indiana State Rep. Heath VanNatter represents House District 38, which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties. He serves as chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and also is a majority member of the Environmental Affairs and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.




Easy Potato Soup by Heidi Stamets, Monroeville 1 T. butter 1 large onion, chopped 6 cups mashed potatoes 29 oz. chicken broth ½ cup milk In a medium soup pot, melt butter over low heat, and sauté chopped onions until tender. Stir in the mashed potatoes, and then slowly add the chicken broth. Stir and add milk (use more or less to achieve desired creaminess). Cook until heated through and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Baked German Potato Salad by Kathleen Tooley, Berne 1 cup mayonnaise-style salad dressing 1 lb. pasteurized processed cheese, melted ½ t. salt ¼ t. pepper 8 medium red potatoes, unpeeled, thinly sliced and cooked ½ cup chopped green onion ¼ cup sliced green olives ¼ cup sliced black olives ½ lb. cooked bacon Mix salad dressing, melted cheese, salt and pepper. Fold in sliced potatoes, chopped onion, olives and half of bacon. Place all in a greased 8x12-inch baking dish. Sprinkle remaining bacon on top. Bake at 325 F for 1 hour.

Cook’s notes: This recipe is from my 93-year-old mother-in-law and was passed down to her from her mother.

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food Potato Scones by Charlotte Rymph, Monterey 2 cups flour 1 T. baking powder 1 t. salt 3 T. cold butter 1 cup mashed potatoes, prepared with milk and butter 1

/3 cup milk 1 egg

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine potatoes, milk and egg.

Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet and Spicy Sauce by Patsy Frost, Corydon Fritters:

into patties about ½-inch deep and 2-3

Stir into flour mixture until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 10-12 times or until no longer sticky. Gently pat or

1 large sweet potato

inches across. Gently place fritters in oil,

roll dough into a 9-inch circle about

1 t. grated ginger root

ensuring they do not touch each other or

¾-inch thick. Cut into 10-12 wedges.

1 egg

the sides of the pan. Fry for 2-3 minutes

Separate wedges and place on an

/3 cup + 1 T. all purpose flour

on each side, adjusting time to achieve

ungreased baking sheet. Bake at

½ t. ground cinnamon

a light golden brown surface. Place on

400 F for 15-18 minutes or until

¼ t. ground fennel

paper towels to drain and salt lightly

golden brown.

½ t. kosher salt + more for after frying

while they are still hot.


Peanut or coconut oil for frying Sauce: 3 T. mayonnaise 1 T. honey 1 T. sriracha sauce For the fritters, wash, peel and grate sweet potato using the coarse selection of a grater. Grate ginger using a fine grater or microplane. Place grated sweet potato, grated ginger and egg in a medium to large mixing bowl. Add the flour, cinnamon, fennel and ½ t. of salt. Mix together thoroughly. Heat a shallow frying pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add oil to the hot pan so that it is about ¼-inch deep. Shape fritters


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For the sauce, combine mayonnaise, honey and sriracha in a small bowl. Whisk to smooth out any lumps. Serve fritters while still warm with the sriracha sauce for dipping.

Cook’s notes: The fritters can be made in advance and frozen. Once they are fried and cooled, lay them flat on a baking sheet and freeze 4 hours or until solid. Place the frozen fritters into a zipped plastic bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to serve, place frozen fritters on a sheet pan and bake at 400 F for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

Your chance to pick more of Indiana’s best Electric Consumer is gearing up for

Readers’ Choice Awards TELL US INDIANA’S BEST…

Recognizing the ‘Best of Indiana’

Fried Chicken:_____________________________________________

another round of “Readers’ Choice

Antique Store:_____________________________________________

Awards” to be presented in June.

Girls’ Getaway:_____________________________________________

Give us at least five responses to the

Guys’ Getaway:____________________________________________

ballot at right by April 27, and your

Famous Hoosier:___________________________________________

name will be added to a drawing for three randomly selected $50 prizes.

Claim to Fame (ie: could be what being a “Hoosier” is all about; what makes our state unique;

Our goal is to highlight the unique things


that make us proud to call Indiana “home.” We hope you will avoid national chains and franchises when answering

a quintessential Indiana place or event, etc.)


questions and instead tell us about the

Name: ____________________________________________________

places you can find only in Indiana.

Address: _________________________________________________

Mail your completed form to: Electric Consumer, Best of Indiana, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Go to our website for an electronic form to fill out and full entry rules and details:

City:___________________________ State:_____ZIP:______________ Phone or email:____________________________________________ Your electric cooperative:____________________________________

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What’s in your Toolbox? BY M I KE M CCOR D DIYers with a few projects under their belts know a trusty set of basic tools is crucial. But it may not be in your budget to purchase every tool you think you’ll ever need all at once. Investing in a few quality items up front will get you started off right. Here’s our checklist of non-powered tools and accessories you can easily transport in a regular tool box. • A good, sturdy toolbox: It seems selfexplanatory, but quite often folks come into the store for a toolbox and choose one that’s too flimsy, too small, or both. Even if you aren’t buying the most expensive high-end tools, you’ll still want to have a box that can handle the weight. Materials such as thick plastic or rigid steel will do the job. Consider the organization factor for all the little bits of hardware you’ll undoubtedly accumulate. Find a box with a tray and plenty of compartments to keep the nails, screws, nuts, and bolts orderly and not floating around inside. Lastly, buy a toolbox that seems too big for what you have − you’ll fill it up eventually! • Screwdrivers: If you did opt for a smaller toolbox, buy a screwdriver with interchangeable tips. Otherwise, buy a set of slotted and Phillips head screwdrivers in various sizes. • Claw hammer: This is your typical hammer and one of the most versatile tools you’ll own. It will not only drive nails, but also lever them out when they need to be removed. Find one with a cushioned rubber-grip handle. • Adjustable wrench: This adaptable tool has jaws that adjust to fit nuts and bolts of many sizes. Higher quality wrenches have jaws that are less likely to slip and damage your fasteners. These come in handy under the car hood too. • Pliers: You’ll want to get the two most basic types. Needle-nose pliers give you


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gripping strength and dexterity when grabbling and pulling nails and other hardware. Groove-joint pliers have wide-opening jaws that are useful for plumbing projects. • Utility knife: Also known as a box cutter. This sharp knife comes in handy quite often when you need precision cuts with wire or tubing, or general use. Get a sturdy one with a retractable blade and extra replacement blades. • Tape measure: This unassuming item is essential for providing accurate measurements for multiple jobs. Choose a 25-foot tape that’s retractable, lockable, and at least one inch wide so it won’t collapse when extended. • Mini level: This smaller version fits nicely into your toolbox, and it provides horizontal and vertical guide lines when positioning fixtures and hardware, hanging photo frames or determining if a wall is plumb. • Putty knife: This little helper is great for removing old wallpaper or loose paint. And with patching compound, it makes quick work of those countless spackling jobs that pop up. • Flashlight: When working in tight, dark areas a basic LED flashlight is a necessity. Some are magnetic and others tilt to shine a bright light just where you need it. If you need to go hands-free, headlamps are perfect. • Hardware: Fill up all those little compartments inside your toolbox with a selection of general purpose nails and screws. Save room for picture hanging hardware, nuts and bolts, and things like screw anchors and wire nuts. • Rolls of tape: Teflon plumber’s tape is lightweight tape that is used to thread connections and prevent leaks. Electrical

tape is an insulating tape used in various wiring tasks. • Safety items: At a minimum, you’ll want to include dust masks, safety glasses and protective work gloves. Simple DIY jobs aren’t usually dangerous, but it’s wise to take precautions. Leave the complicated stuff to the pros. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest. com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including tools and accessories essential for creating the perfect DIYer’s toolbox! MIKE MCCORD is the owner of McCord’s Do it Best Lumber & Hardware in Logansport and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Waynebased 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. Electric Consumer and Do it Best assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of its content, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)

Nforew Life

Old Bones 

State Museum to open re-envisioned glimpse of Indiana in the Ice Age

feature story



ow do you breathe new life into 13,000-year-old fossilized bones?

How do you retell stories almost as

old as time itself? Visitors to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have a chance to find out later this month — just in time for spring break trips to the state capital. The state museum will unveil the second of its multi-phase redesign of core exhibits March 24. And unlike when it moved into its state-of-the-art new digs on the west side of downtown Indianapolis in 2002, museum curators say this time they are going to let the found remains of Indiana’s earliest critters — the mastodons and woolly mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and giant ground sloths — tell more of the story directly to visitors. “Between then and now, visitor expectations of a museum visit have significantly changed,” said Brian Mancuso, the museum’s vice president of experience. PLEASE TURN TO THE NEXT PAGE

Ron Richards, a senior research curator at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, holds a cast of the skull of a short-faced bear. Behind him stands a cast of the skeleton of a ground sloth, a 9-foot-long, bison-sized beast that is a distant relative of the modern tree sloth. Both giants roamed Indiana during the Ice Age some 13,000 years ago. P HO TO BY R IC H A R D G. B IEV ER

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ABOUT THE PHASE 2 REDESIGN PROJECT Phase 2 of the museum’s core gallery redesign opens March 24. The new core galleries are: • Frozen Reign: A State of Change — feel the tooth of a saber-toothed cat, explore an ice tunnel, hear how mastodons communicated, and see bones from many now-extinct animals that roamed Indiana; covers the time frame from 5 million years ago up to 11,700 years ago. • First Nations: The Story of Indiana’s Founding People — learn about the culture and communities of Indiana’s founding people through their games, tools and traditions. The exhibit also shares how descendants of those nations continue to thrive in the modern day; covers the time period from 11,700 years ago up to 318 years ago. • The R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab — explore Indiana’s natural history in this place for hands-on exploration. Fred, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ iconic mastodon skeleton, will now greet visitors from a new permanent post at the gallery entrance. Follow Fred on Twitter: @FredIndiana.


Renovations to the state museum allow it to unpack ancient pachyderm “Fred,” the museum’s mastodon, and fully display his fossil bones (shown here shortly after he was assembled in January in preparation for the gallery’s opening later this month). Fred was discovered in 1998 by Dan Buesching while looking for peat on his family’s farm near Fort Wayne. Fred Buesching, Dan’s grandfather and Fred’s namesake, discovered peat on the farm in 1947 which was the start of the family’s peat moss and mulch business that continues today. Though Fred’s been displayed before, this is his first permanent home since he was excavated from the peat bog where he’d spent the previous 13,000 years.


the museum. “That’s been a big change “They want it to be more experiential,

because [museums] are using computer

more immersive, more interactive than

screens a lot less now. We’re trying to

museums of the past. Interactive museums

present experiences that people can’t

create memorable touch points.”

have sitting in their house. In the early

For instance, Mancuso noted when visitors read about the massive glaciers they’ll have the opportunity to drag a

curator of science and technology.

piece of granite across limestone in the

In many ways, the 2002 museum

same way a glacier would have moved

exhibits offered too much detail,

over the land.

museum curators talking about the

“For those people that want to

changes agreed, and it was all presented

experience the business end of a saber-

in a similar fashion. “Everything had the

toothed cat tooth, you can feel that,” he

same weight,” noted Lowe. “It was a lot,” added Fisherkeller. “Our

getting. More than just reading, more

thinking was we’ll put the words there,

than just looking, you’re able to actually

and if people don’t read it all, it’s fine.”

Everyone learns and remembers

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“Everybody’s got a computer in their pocket, now,” added Damon Lowe, senior

feel the thing.”


2000s, it was all really new.”

of the last Ice Age “scouring Indiana flat,”

said. “It’s this tactile experience you’re

The new “Frozen Reign” gallery takes visitors through a sub-glacial ice tunnel with cool breezes and sounds of dripping and cracking from an actual glacier. During the last Ice Age, sheets of ice a half mile to a mile thick covered the upper two-thirds of Indiana.

Peggy Fisherkeller, curator of geology at

But over the years, beyond simply observing what information visitors

things in different ways, he noted.

were taking in or passing by, curators

By providing text, audio and tactile

learned from visitor surveys something

experiences, the museum’s “universal

a tad unsettling about all those words.

design” tells the story of Indiana’s past

Though few visitors would have time

more fully for everyone, especially those

to read every screen and placard, some

who may be visually impaired.

expressed guilt about skipping things

“When we opened [in 2002], we

— akin to the guilt some folks may have

were on the cusp of everyone trying to

about skipping a workout or playing

use computer screens to interpret,” said

hooky. “People had this internal bad

How Fred the mastodon (on the opposite page) met his demise near present-day Fort Wayne during the last Ice Age some 13,000 years ago is not certain. But many mastodons have been found in what were once ancient bogs around Indiana. Part of the redesigned “Frozen Reign” gallery depicts the giant frame of a mastodon cracking through the ice on a bog and, despite trumpeting and thrashing about, it would have languished until it drowned, starved or was attacked by more mobile meat eaters, like bears or wolves. PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI EVER

I am still awed at the immense size of some of these animals and at how abundant their remains are in Indiana. But many more lie buried, possibly from animal species not previously known from the state. Folklore relates that any bog larger than an acre likely has mastodon remains in it.

Quinn, left, and Brooke break away from a start line during timed repeat drills around the ice during a weekend practice in Fishers.

Ron Richards, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites feeling that we didn’t intend them to

passing through to an otherworldly

immense glacier, a moving sheet of ice a

feel,” Fisherkeller said.

place and another time. Recordings of

half mile to a mile thick. This is why most

Lowe said the new design will

water running off and the creaking and

of Indiana is flat. The land was scoured

accentuate the most significant points of

cracking from inside an actual modern

by the slow moving mountain of ice

what visitors want to know — not what

glacier will be heard. A cool wind will also

and rocks, and then filled and leveled by

the curators think they need to know.

hit visitors at the entrance to the tunnel

glacial till. But the spine of uplands from

— just as wind would blow from off the

around Bloomington south to the Ohio

top of a real glacier.

River that the glaciers missed were also

“We’re not really the best judge of what they need to know,” he said. “But if we ask them what they want to know, then we can give it to them.” “The gallery was 15 years old,” added

“I wanted people to have a sense of

the run off carved and molded the hills

was covered by an ice sheet up to about

and hollows.

Fisherkeller, “so I think it was time to

16,000 years ago. So this is an imagining

present new information in a new way.”

of what that climate might have been like.”

One new feature will be a subglacial tunnel that will take visitors

shaped by the glaciers. As they melted,

how this feels,” Fisherkeller said. “Indiana

“Hopefully, visitors get a sense that the ice was here. It was big. It modified

During the last Ice Age, the northern two-thirds of Indiana was covered by an



CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE the land. It changed our life,” added Ron

explore the museum’s efforts to find and

underground was like 25,000 years ago,”

preserve Indiana’s last native giants.

said Richards.

“The exhibit feeds into the active

By the completion of this multi-

Richards, senior research curator of

field work going on that a lot of people

phase project, museum visitors will get

paleobiology at the museum.

in the public probably don’t necessarily

to travel through space and time — from

In addition to the ice being big,

know about. But it is something that

the distant past to the possible future and

Richards talks about the wildlife that

is pretty unique about this museum,”

back, examining artifacts in a way that’s

once teemed throughout the region.

said Hannah Kiefer, the state museum’s

more interactive, more immersive and

“I am still awed at the immense size

director of communications. “We have

more hands-on.

of some of these animals and at how

active digs going on. You can see the

abundant their remains are in Indiana.

product of that.”

But many more lie buried .... Folklore

Another exhibit in the new “Frozen

“It is a rethinking of how it’s shown, what’s shown, how the visitor moves through the space, and how they’re

relates that any bog larger than an acre

Reign” gallery depicts a cave setting

experiencing the space,” said Mancuso.

likely has mastodon remains in it.”

featuring bones and scenes created

“It’s as new as new can be ....”

That segues to another focus of the new exhibitions: the Indiana State Museum’s focus on discovery. The

from actual underground excavations in southern Indiana. “This is not just a fabrication of

museum is responsible for unearthing

the cave. This is an actual mold and

more ancient mammals than any other

cast of the cave. We went underground.

Indiana institution. The new exhibits will

This is an exact duplicate of what the

And telling a story as old as fossilized bones in a way that’s “as new as new can be” is truly saying — and showing and touching on — something, indeed. RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Electric Consumer.

Indiana State Museum facts, figures & FYIs Experience the Hoosier story at this world-class institution and its 11 state


free passe s to the India na State Muse um and Historic Sit es!

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historic sites that feature unique, hands-on exhibits and artifacts which individually and collectively showcase the events and characters shaping Indiana’s history. The museum opened its present facility in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis in the spring of 2002. A multi-phase redesign to


its core, permanent galleries began immersive and interactive.

• Phase I galleries – “Contested Territory,” “Natural Regions” and “19th State” – opened Nov. 12, 2016.

The museum celebrates its

• Phase 2 galleries open March 24.

sesquicentennial in 2019.

• The remaining galleries will close and reopen in subsequent phases.

in 2016 to make each gallery more

Near the museum are other points of interest: the Statehouse; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; NCAA Hall of Champions; Indianapolis Zoo; Eugene and Marilyn

• Founded in 1869

• General Admission: Adult — $14.95; Child — $9.95

Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians

•  90 buildings over 1,400+ acres

Indianapolis Colts.


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• Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, 46204 • Hours: Mon-Sat — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun — 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

• All 92 Indiana counties represented in sculptures on museum exterior

Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL



Glick Indiana History Center; Victory minor league baseball team; and

• One of the three largest Abraham Lincoln collections in the world, due mostly to ISM receiving the collection of the former Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in December 2008.

• Five National Historic Landmarks and one National Engineering Landmark

Call the museum at 317-232-1637 or visit for discounted admission and group packages, special closings, extended hours, IMAX information and other details.




Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about about learning the safety precautions to take once it’s gone.

live wire of only a couple hundred volts.”

After a storm, many think the dangers

become a victim. Immediatley call 911 for

have left with the high winds, heavy

assistance, and then contact your electric

rain and lightning strikes, but some-

utility to turn off the power.

• Don’t step in water near downed lines.

During the storm recovery process,

• Never drive over a downed power line.

times danger can come during the storm recovery period. Keeping your distance from downed power lines, and knowing what to do if you see them, are the first steps to take when recovering from a storm safely. If you see a downed power line, which could be making contact with tree limbs, vehicles and puddles, always stay clear at least 35 feet. There is no way of knowing whether or not the power line is still live, and if you happen to touch one that is, consequences could be deadly. “Large overhead power lines can carry more than 700,000 volts of electricity,”

If you see that someone already made contact with a power line, do not try to rescue him/her. You can’t help if you

downed power lines are a threat to the area around them. Here are some helpful safety tips from your electric cooperative to help you stay safe around downed power lines: • If you see a downed power line, move away from it and anything touching it. Keep a distance of 35 feet, as the ground around downed power lines may be energized. • Assume all downed power lines are live. • If you see someone in direct or indirect

• NEVER attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Non-conductive materials like wood or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

• If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line while you’re in the vehicle, stay inside the car. Call 911 or honk your horn to get help, but tell those rendering aid to stay away from the vehicle. • If you must exit the vehicle for life-threatening reasons — jump out and away from it, making sure to land with your feet together and touching. Then, shuffle away with your feet touching until you reach a safe distance. NEVER get back into a vehicle that is in contact with a power line.

said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Elec-

contact with a downed line, DO NOT

tric Cooperatives. “Fatalities can occur

touch him/her. You could become en-

Stay safe around electricity and downed

when someone comes in contact with a

ergized as well. Call 911 for assistance.

power lines after a storm. It could save a life. MA R CH 2 018






As a member-owner of an Indiana electric cooperative, you are among 1.3 million Hoosiers who can claim ownership in a not-for-profit, consumer-controlled utility that provides electricity at cost.






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DENNIS STROUGHMATT, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey with his fiddle. 7:30 pm. Tickets, $20-$35. 765-564-4300.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY NIGHTTIME PARADE, Crown Point (Lake), Downtown. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Crown Point with the only nighttime parade in Northwest Indiana. No admission charge. 219-6623290.


SUGAR CAMP DAYS, New Carlisle (St. Joseph), Bendix Woods County Park. Sugar House. Pancake breakfast. Sugarbush tours. Music, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, kids’ activities, artisan demonstrations, Native American lifeways. Admission charge. 574-6543155.



INDIANA HERITAGE QUILT SHOW, Bloomington (Monroe). Downtown Convention Center. Over 200 quilts on display, workshops, vendors and free shuttle to other community quilt exhibits. Admission charge. 812355-7721.


PARKE COUNTY MAPLE FAIR, Rockville (Parke). 4-H Fairgrounds. Pancake breakfast served all day, painting, arts and crafts, maple syrup, and maple camp tours. No admission charge. 765569-5226. coveredbridges. com


ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Indianapolis (Marion), Downtown Indianapolis. Indianapolis’ official St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party. No admission charge. 317-498-5299.



IRELAND ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION, Ireland (Dubois), Townwide. Enjoy the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The whole town comes alive with a wide variety of events. 8 am, Fri. - 5 pm, Sun. 812-482-4271.


SHA NA NA, Vincennes (Knox), Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The legendary band performs. 7:30 pm. Tickets, $20$35. Call 812-888-4354 to order tickets. communityseries


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4192: AN EVENING WITH PETE ROSE, Evansville (Vanderburgh), Victory Theatre. Spend an evening with one of the greatest baseball players of all time. 7 pm. Tickets, $37-$101. 812-422-1515. victorytheatre. com.



FORT WAYNE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, Fort Wayne (Allen), War Memorial Coliseum. The tri-state area’s largest home and garden event. Visit website for hours and ticket prices. 260-432-1705, ext. 101.


MICHIANA OUTDOOR SPORTSMAN SHOW, Shipshewana (LaGrange), Michiana Event Center. Enjoy all things outdoor at this show. Hours: Fri, 10 a.m. - 8 pm; Sat, 8 am. - 5 pm. $10 admission charge. 260-5629187.


JAY COUNTY FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL, Portland (Jay), Jay Community Center. Festival for all fiber crafters. Lectures, demonstrations, vendors, and more. Hours: Fri, 10 am. - 5 pm; Sat, 9 am - 4 pm. $1 admission. 260-726-3366.



SPUD, SOUP AND SALAD LUNCHEON, Batesville (Ripley), St. John’s United Church of Christ. Try an assortment of over 20 types of homemade soups along with a salad bar and a baked potato topping bar. Silent auction. Freewill offerings accepted. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 812663-7422.


FALLS OF THE OHIO FOSSIL, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW, Clarksville (Clark), Falls of the Ohio State Park. First indoor fossils, minerals and jewelry show at the park. 10 am - 4 pm. $7 admission. 812-280-9970.


CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT, Corydon (Harrison), Downtown Square. The event will also include live music, bounce houses, carriage rides, food and carnival games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10 am - 12:30 pm. 812738-2138.

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

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Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...

HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!

HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-748-4108 1-800-746-2951 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.


A magnet


Ask Rosie

by B. Rosie Lerner


after the plants fade. This plant is hardy to USDA zones 4-9 (possibly zone 3), which

he Perennial Plant Association

makes it a great choice throughout the

selected its 2018 Perennial Plant

Midwest. No serious pest problems have

of the Year: Allium “Millenium”

been reported, though leaf spot may oc-

(yes, that’s Millenium with just one “n”).

cur in overcrowded growing conditions

This announcement continues to show

with decreased air circulation. Deer and

the focus on pollinator habitat these

rabbits appear to avoid browsing.

days — Allium Millenium is appropriately referred to as a butterfly and bee magnet!

Gardeners sometimes avoid planting

Q:  We cut open a spaghetti squash

Alliums because of their unwanted

Millenium is a hybrid Allium selected for

reseeding behavior. Fortunately, Mille-

late flowering. It has masses of rose-pur-

nium produces 50 percent fewer seeds,

ple blooms; a uniform habit; and neat,

which raises less concern for unwanted

shiny, green foliage that remains attrac-


tive long after blooms have faded. It is also known for its resistance to drought.

fibrous root system, which makes it easy to propagate by division in either spring

glossy, deep-green leaves reaches 10-15

or fall.

two or three flower stalks rise above the foliage, and each produces two or three showy globes of rose-purple florets that last as long as four weeks. They dry to a light tan, often holding a blush of their former rose-purple color.

The Perennial Plant Association selects a different perennial plant each year to promote throughout the nursery and gardening industry. PPA members nominate plants based on several criteria, including low maintenance needs, adapability to a wide range of climates, pest

Millenium is just about the perfect

and disease resistance, wide availability,

low-maintenance perennial for full sun.

multiple seasons of interest, and ease of

Once established, about the only mainte-

propagation. A selection committee then

nance it needs is cutting

      narrows the field to three or four

back foliage in late fall


choices from which the members cast their votes. For more info about the Perennial of the Year program, please go to www.perennialplant. org.


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and it had green sprouts growing inside. Have you seen this before? Is it safe to eat the squash? Bryan Overstreet, Rensselaer, Indiana

A:  Although uncommon, premature

Millenium has a clump habit with a

The upright foliage clump of grass-like, inches tall in spring. In midsummer,


for butterflies and bees

sprouting of seeds inside a fruit sometimes occurs in squash, tomatoes, peppers, corn, strawberries, and other species. This early seed germination inside the fruit is called vivipary. Normally, the balance of plant growth regulators inside a fruit inhibit germination until seeds are harvested from the pulp. But occasionally, seeds begin to germinate while still attached to the fruit. Environmental conditions are the most likely cause, though some plants are genetically predisposed towards vivipary. Also, overripe fruit may be more prone to vivipary. In tomatoes, cool temperatures coupled with low light conditions may promote premature seed germination inside moist, warm fruit. Regardless of the cause, the squash should be safe to eat. B. ROSIE LERNER is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to “Ask Rosie,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224; or use our “Talk to Us” form online at


product recalls

VTech recalls two products for infants VTech, a global maker of electronic learning products for children, has recently recalled its Lights & Lullabies Travel Mobiles and Shake and Sing Elephant Rattle after receiving reports of problems with cracking or breaking. No injuries have been reported. On the mobile, the clamp attaching it to the crib rail can break causing the mobile to fall, posing an injury hazard to an infant in the crib. On the rattle, the ears on the elephant can break off, posing a choking or laceration hazard. The Lights & Lullabies Travel mobiles were sold in blue and pink — model numbers are 80-503000 (blue) and 80-503050 (pink). The model numbers are printed on the battery compartment door. The mobiles were sold at Kmart, Walmart and online at and from December 2015 through November 2017 for about $25. The Shake and Sing Elephant rattle has a purple elephant with yellow and blue ears at one end and a black and white plastic teething ring at the other end. The rattle has the model number 1848 printed on the back of the rattle adjacent to the battery door. The rattles were sold at Walmart, Kmart, Meijer and other stores and online from November 2015 through November 2017 for about $8. For either product, call 800-521-2010; or go to and click on “Support.” 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 for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.


other recalls of note:

Cribside space heaters recalled The Vornado Sunny nursery electric space heater (model EH1-0090) has been recalled. A broken motor mount can allow the electric heating element to come in contact with the interior plastic materials and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards. The cribside heaters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy Baby and other stores nationwide and online from October 2017 through December 2017 for about $100. Call 844-205-7978; or go to and search “Recalls.”


Recessed canister lights pose shock hazard LEDVANCE has recalled a series of SYLVANIA Batch 0, RT56HO900 LED recessed canister light kits which can short circuit, posing a shock and electrocution hazard when consumers try to troubleshoot flickering lights. The recalled canister lights were sold to industrial and commercial distributors between June 2015 and October 2016 for about $45 per kit. The recalled product was not sold directly to consumers.



Call 800-654-0089; or got to and click on “Legal” and then “Recalls.”


HP recalls batteries due to fire, burn hazards HP has recalled lithium-ion batteries for its HP notebook computers and mobile workstations. HP has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand. The batteries were shipped with HP ProBooks, HP ZBook and Mobile Workstations sold from December 2015 through December 2017 or sold as accessories or replacement batteries for between $50 and $90 at Best Buy and other stores and authorized dealers nationwide and online.


Call 888-202-4320; or go to or www. and click “Recalls.”

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Hoosier Energy news Your energy producer is a co-op, too! Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing wholesale electric power and services to your

How natural gas power plants work

electric cooperative. Founded in 1949 and based in Bloomington, the power producer

Natural gas facilities in use by Hoosier Energy add to system reliability, environmental stewardship and fuel diversity.

generates power from coal, natural gas and renewable energy resources. The G&T delivers power through nearly 1,700 miles of transmission lines on the electric grid.

used to turn turbines that rotate generators to produce electricity.

Gas turbines, as shown above, operate by drawing ambient air through intake structures. Air is then compressed and mixed with natural gas and ignited in a combustion chamber. The exhaust gases are

Hoosier Energy has three natural gas facilities. Combined, these units output 976 megawatts of energy. For more information about Hoosier Energy’s generation sources, log onto energy-strategy.

How energy is transmitted to your home

Power generation Generating energy from a diverse set of fuel sources is an important part of the power supply portfolio, including natural gas facilities.


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Switching substation After leaving a power plant, electricity feeds into a substation that raises or “steps up” the voltage – similar to increasing water pressure.

Transmission Electricity generated by Hoosier Energy and other utilities is placed on a regional grid and transmitted at highvoltage over long distances throughout central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.

Distribution substation

Energy to your cooperative

These stations lower the voltage before being sent along to your local electric cooperative.

At this phase, your electric cooperative distributes and meters the energy you use at your home or business.

reader submissions

Rachel Isch made this photo of funnel clouds forming over a bean field in August 2016.

Carla Branam made this photo outside Donaldson Cave at Spring Mill State Park in January 2018.

On a visit to Coal Creek in Veedersburg, Darin and Ashley Bowling made this photo of their son Gavin under a dramatic curtain of icicles.

Picture perfect


If you don’t like the Indiana weather you are experiencing, “they” always say give it a few minutes; it’ll change.

Now that we’ve made it to March and the transition of seasons, you can bet we’ll see even more Fahrenheit fickleness waffling between winter and spring, sometimes within hours of each other. Whether

It may look as if Hercules the dog has a severe overbite, but those are just icicles and snow clinging to his whiskers and fur as he hangs out with his family while they were sledding in the back yard. The photo was submitted by the Rivera family, Decatur County REMC consumers.

you like winter or spring the best or summer or fall, here’s a sampling of picture perfect weather readers have captured in the past.

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Fast Break

5 questions

for Romeo Langford


omeo Langford is chasing Indiana scoring records as he and the rest of the New Albany High School bas-

ketball team pursue another state championship. But what Indiana’s top high school player does after he graduates this spring is garnering even more attention from fans and sports writers. Langford, the number five player in the country, answered five questions for Electric Consumer.

Q: How did you get started playing basketball?

A: I got started playing basketball at Coach [Jim] Shannon’s Kindergarten Basketball Camp at Mt. Tabor Elementary.

Q: How do you cope with the media scrutiny and the pressure of being one of the top high school basketball recruits in the country?

A: I really don’t pay a lot of attention to it. I let the fans and other people worry about the recruiting.

Q: You’ve narrowed your college choices to Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt. What factors will impact your decision of which college you will attend?

A: The main factors are the relationship my family and I have with the coach, and to decide which program is going to get the best out of me both on and off the court.

Q: If basketball were out of the picture, what career path would you pursue?

A: I would probably study to be an architect.

Q: What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you?

A: I used to play the trumpet in middle school, and I can still play it. PHO TO BY I NDY STAR/ USA TO DAY NETWO RK


MARCH 2018

WIN Energy REMC — March 2018 Electric Consumer  
WIN Energy REMC — March 2018 Electric Consumer