Summer fun for the kids. Deadlines for camp and Youth Tour: March 15.
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Keep your eyes FEBRUARY 2019 on the heirloom prize
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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Tips on picking the right contractor. 12 INSIGHTS 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting St. Joseph County.
cover story 16 INDIANA EATS The Square in Columbia City. 17 FOOD Chips Ahoy: Taking potato chips to the next level. 19 COVER STORY Tomato Talk. Keep your eyes on the heirloom prize. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR
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28 DIY Get growing your own produce.
31 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS
Dig deep into Hoosier Hysteria roots.
Don’t neglect safety when spring cleaning. 30 BACKYARD Pretty ground cover? Probably a weed.
34 PROFILE Best foot forward. Klinker’s “approachable” personality shines in shoes and Statehouse.
On the cover When we say tomato, we don’t mean the bland variety that may have graced a countless number of your BLTs. Thanks to our tomatogrowing expert Brian D. Smith (aka Mr. Tomato Head), we share proven tips for producing a crop of the juiciest heirloom tomatoes you’ll ever sink your teeth into — or set your eyes upon!
Summer fun for the kids Spring is just weeks away which means the kids will be out www.kremc.com CONTACT US Local: 574-267-6331 Toll-Free: 800-790-REMC EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming
of school for the summer before we know it. Have you and your kids made summer plans yet? Kosciusko REMC is happy to help! We offer two amazing experiences for current sixth and 11th graders. Touchstone Energy Camp is held each year at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. Your seventh grader-to-be can spend a few days zip lining, horseback riding, swimming and learning about electric safety. Indiana Youth Tour is an opportunity for incoming high school seniors to spend a whole week in Washington, D.C. These students meet other high schoolers from across the country and make lifelong friends. Along the way, they learn about our government, tour memorials and even might be able to meet some politicians. We’ve never had a student return from this trip who hasn’t said it was a once in a lifetime experience. More information about these programs is available on www.kremc.com. Apply for Touchstone Energy Camp and Youth Tour by March 15.
If you haven’t already, talk to your kids about these
experiences that will kick the rest of their summers
into high gear. I know if I were young enough to head out to
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camp or the Youth Tour, I’d be counting the days until early June.
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— U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
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Mark your calendar! We hope you come to the 2019 KREMC Annual Meeting on April 13. We are delighted to offer live music, a hot coffee bar, and a delicious breakfast. We are giving away great prizes to boot! Most importantly, your voice will be heard. Come on out and vote for the candidates you would like to see represent YOU on the KREMC Board of Directors.
KREMC lineman Brian Heiman completes apprenticeship program Kosciusko REMC lineman Brian Heiman recently completed the Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program (REAP) offered through Indiana Electric Cooperatives. REAP is a four-year program that professionally trains apprentice lineworkers from across Indiana. Graduates complete 576 hours of classroom-related study and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at their electric cooperative. Heiman was promoted to journeyman lineman upon his graduation from REAP. As part of his REAP training, Heiman also completed coursework that resulted in his receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree from Ivy Tech State College. “Brian is a very dedicated and dependable employee. He is a great addition to our line department,” said Kurt Carver, KREMC manager of engineering and operations. “Congratulations, Brian, on a job well done.”
Thank you for being a part of KREMC. It is only through our members that we can provide affordable energy and the power to live.
Meet your board of directors candidates Directors will be elected at KREMC’s April 13 annual meeting This year, the KREMC Annual Meeting
Loretta Schafer has been a member
of directors for Presby Preschool. He
will be held on April 13 at Warsaw
of Kosciusko REMC for six years. She
sits on the boards for Lexington Manor
Community Church from 8 – 11:30
is the quality and safety manager at
Homeowners and Warsaw Pee Wee
a.m. Candidates for the board of
Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC. Schafer
Football. He is a coach for Warsaw
has served as the secretary/treasurer
Little League and Pee Wee Football.
for the Indiana Morgan Horse Club
Walker resides with his wife, Catha-
for six years. She is a member of the
rine, in Winona Lake.
• Kim Buhrt (i) opposed by Loretta Schafer • John Hand (i) opposed by Richard Walker • Pam Messmore (i) opposed by Melanie Smith Profiles for each candidate will be highlighted in next month’s Indiana Connection and featured in a lobby display at the KREMC office. You can also read more about the candidates on our website (www.kremc.com).
American Morgan Horse Club and a lifetime member of the NRA. Schafer is actively involved at her church and her community. She resides in Syracuse.
tive Director (CCD) certificate. Mess-
has served on the KREMC Board of
more is a vice president and private
Directors for three years. He has been
banker for Lake City Bank. Messmore
secretary-treasurer of the board since
resides in the Pierceton area with her
2017. Hand earned his NRECA Certi-
fied Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate in 2018. He has been the president the manager and a board member for
has served on the KREMC Board of
the Hand Family Foundation Inc. He
Directors for nine years. In 2011, she
and his wife, Florell, reside in Warsaw.
Electric Cooperatives director. She and her husband, Don, reside in Syracuse.
of Directors since 2010. In 2012, she earned her NRECA Certified Coopera-
Kosciusko REMC for 34 years and
she was elected as KREMC’s Indiana
actively served on the KREMC Board
REMC member for over 20 years. Hand
of Hand Industries since 2000. He is
tive Director (CCD) certificate. In 2014,
member of Kosciusko REMC. She has
John Hand has been a Kosciusko
Kim Buhrt has been a member of
earned the NRECA Certified Coopera-
Pam Messmore is a long-time
Melanie Smith has been a member of Kosciusko REMC for 17 years. For the past 20 years, she has owned and operated her family-owned business. She has been on the trustee committee for her church for three years. Smith has
Richard Walker has been a member
been a member of Business Network
of Kosciusko REMC for 20 years. He
International for five years. She and
is employed by Superior Tool and Die
her husband, Mike, live in Pierceton.
Company. Walker serves on the board
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What should you look for in a quality contractor? Disclaimer: The Energy column provides general information to help you manage your energy costs. Some electric cooperatives may not offer all the programs mentioned in this column. With spring comes a natural desire to remodel our homes or perhaps even build a new abode. Often during this time of year, the energy experts at electric cooperatives receive desperate phone calls from members asking “Could you recommend a contractor?” Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any electric cooperative that conducts certifications, evaluations or testing that would result in that objective response. So any advice you would get from a co-op employee is going to be subjective. At my electric cooperative, for many years the standard response about contractors has been: “We do not conduct evaluations for maintaining a list of preferred contractors.” Unfortunately, this answer does not help members search for a reliable, topnotch contractor. So, I’ve developed the following method for selecting the best person for the job. Seek out people you know who have hired a contractor in the past. Ask them the following questions. If
you’re satisfied with their answers, they can refer you to a contractor who can get the job done for you.
When you chose a contractor to perform your work and set the date, did the contractor show up on the agreed upon date? If you have to take off from work or rearrange your day to be there, the “no show” contractor is not only inconsiderate of your time, but he/she can cost you additional money. Good contractors keep their appointments.
When your contractor’s employees showed up at your home, were they professional in appearance, demeanor, appropriate uniform, etc.? Were you relieved when they left? Good contractors address these issues effectively with their employees before they allow them to work in your home for you.
When your contractor finished his/her work, did everything work correctly or look good upon leaving? Or were one or more callbacks necessary to finally have the equipment operating (or fixed) properly? These answers
implicate contractors’ skill levels. Good contractors continually invest in training to be effective and pull additional resources as necessary.
When they finished the work, did they inadvertently damage another feature in your home? Did they clean up any debris from the work effort and remove it from your home? Answers to these concerns indicate work habits and a respect for your home. Good contractors leave no indication of having been in your home when they are finished other than the results of their good work.
When you received a proposal from your contractor, was a copy of his certificate of insurance willingly provided? Homeowners would be wise to predetermine the working arrangement they are going to have in getting their desired work done. Many homeowners may possibly and inadvertently enter into an employer (homeowner) / employee (worker) relationship when they have someone work for them on the “side.” This relationship has legal
implications regarding liability and workmen’s compensation insurance that can be complicated and result in unpleasant long term outcomes. Contractors who provide you with a certificate of insurance are putting you at ease in demonstrating they have the business insurance in force to protect you from risks in these areas. Uninsured contractors, while putting homeowners at risk for issues they may want no part of, will many times have lower proposal amounts for performing the work. Business insurance is not cheap, and homeowners would be prudent to determine if the contractor they want working in their home has it.
Finally, was your project completed on time and according to budget? If not, why so? Be sure to always ask the tough questions to ensure you are getting the best quality customer service. If you receive what you consider appropriate answers to these questions, you should have the name of the “preferred” contractor you originally called your electric cooperative for and the one you want to do business with.
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T O THE E DITOR HANDY MOM In regard to the “Cheap Tricks” article about household hacks in the January issue: My mother was way ahead of her time in utilizing space and recycling... When Mom and Dad were adding on to our small home, Mom utilized the space between the 2x4s. Instead of plasterboard on both sides of a dividing wall, she put plaster board on one side and left the other side for paneling or plywood. The paneling side would become cabinet doors. Upon opening the doors in the hallway, you would find small wooden shelves just the size to hold processed cheese (Velveeta) boxes. After painting the boxes, she labeled them “Birthday,” “Get Well,” “Stationary,” etc. Band Aid boxes were painted and labeled “Stamps,” “Rubber Bands,” “Paper Clips,” etc. Another had the stud removed in the lower half (and boxed in) so the card table fit securely. My bedroom wall was the “masterpiece.” She lined the space between the studs with pink satin. It was tacked around the edges with small nails running through pearls. These pearls also supported the glass shelves. There were hanging gold cup hooks, too. She loved reading Erma Bombeck and Heloise, but, personally, I think she ranked right up there with them. My dad would tell this story: As he sat reading the paper or watching TV, company came. They walked through the utility room with the washer and dryer, freezer, etc. As they joined him in the other room, one asked, “So what is your wife doing with the circular saw in the utility room?” He just laughed. She was actually cutting between two more studs to add another cabinet. She knew where the electric lines were because they had built the wall. This time the space was just the right depth to hold a box of powdered laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. Those cabinets became the home to hair clippers, sponges, shoestrings, etc.
from Kay Miller, Tipmont REMC
Hope, opportunity and progress possible through Project Indiana Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Project Indiana initiative, which is changing lives in rural Guatemala, proves that by working together, amazing things are possible. Residents of El Zapotillo, the village which Indiana linemen electrified in March 2017, will always remember the last time Project Indiana volunteers came to Guatemala. One villager noted, “It doesn’t look like El Zapotillo, It looks like another village. And, it’s all because the cooperatives with a good heart gave us a hand.” Learn more about what happened in El Zapotillo and hear direct from the linemen what that trip meant to them through this video: bit.ly/2WG9TFz. Learn how you can help at ProjectIndiana.org.
Bill would extend historic trail In mid-January, Sen. Todd Young reintroduced the Eastern Legacy Extension Act, a bill that would extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail from St. Louis, Missouri, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This extension includes all of Indiana’s southern border along the Ohio River and would travel through seven states: Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. “The Eastern Legacy Extension Act honors the important legacy of the Lewis and Clark trail in Indiana,” Young said. “The extension of the trail will help educate Americans on the historic Lewis and Clark partnership, and will boost tourism in the areas of Indiana that the trail crosses through.”
On Oct. 15, 1803, Merriweather Lewis joined William Clark in Clarksville, Indiana, near the Falls of the Ohio. They were captains of the Corps of Discovery, a specially established unit of the United States Army whose mission was to explore the West. Eleven days later the Corps departed Indiana via the Ohio River for St. Louis. In February 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) released a Lewis & Clark Extension study that noted the historical and cultural importance of the Ohio River to their journey, and the importance of Indiana, where Lewis and Clark’s expedition “began in earnest.” The Eastern Legacy Extension Act reflects the NPS study and honors the importance of states like Indiana to this famous partnership.
Deadline for entries March 22 Student artists have until March 22 to
A first place artist will be selected for
enter the Cooperative Calendar of Student
each grade and will receive $200. The
Art Contest. Winning entries and nine
artwork of each grade level winner will
honorable mention-winning artworks
illustrate either the cover or one month
will appear in the 2020 student art
of the calendar. Honorable mention
calendar sponsored by Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electric
award winners and will receive $75. Their
artwork will appear in a special section of
Artwork should be sent to: Cooperative Calendar of Student Art, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. A complete set of rules and required entry forms are available at
the calendar. An â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artist of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? will be selected from among the first place winners and will receive an additional $100. Judges will also select merit winners who will receive certificates. Contact either Emily Schilling (317-4872241) or Richard G. Biever (317-4872242) at Indiana Connection if you have questions about the art contest.
St. Joseph County Two feast days this month make St. Joseph County a divine choice to feature. The first is March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day. The county on the Michigan border, of course, is home to the renowned University of Notre Dame, whose athletic teams are known as “The Fighting Irish.” The pugilistic leprechaun with raised dukes as well as shamrocks abound around the school’s famed dome of gold. Two days later, March 19, is celebrated as the principal feast day of St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. The St. Joseph River flows through the county (before making its famous “south bend” back to the north) and the county.
y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1830
NAMED FOR: St. Joseph River POPULATION: 270,434 (2017) COUNTY SEAT: South Bend NOTED FOR: University of Notre Dame Studebaker National Museum South Bend Chocolate Company Potato Creek State Park
The St. Joseph River was the area’s life blood long before Indiana statehood and the arrival of Europeans on the continent. The river was used as a major trade and migration route for the indigenous tribes that lived in the area for thousands of years. Then, it was used by French fur traders and explorers in the late 1600s. The river, which flows into Lake Michigan north of the Indiana state line, was called “Sakiwäsipi” (outlet river) by the Native Americans in the area. Its meaning is also translated as “Coming-out River” — and is where the Miami tribe says it emerged as a distinct people. While the father of Christ is prominent for the county and river, the famed university was named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In 1842, Father Edward Sorin, a French priest, founded the University of Notre Dame, located north of South Bend. Notre Dame became an intrinsic part of the area and continues to have a great effect on South Bend’s culture
and economy. Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College are also located in the unincorporated area of Notre Dame. Notre Dame remains a private, non-profit, Catholic-based college with about 8,600 undergraduate students and is consistently recognized among the best universities in the nation. Aided by the success of Notre Dame’s football team in the early 1900s, Notre Dame achieved international fame and is ingrained in college football folklore. Notre Dame officially adopted the nickname “Fighting Irish” for its athletic teams in 1927. Multiple stories exist for how it received the moniker, but it’s generally believed the press coined the nickname for the never-say-die fighting spirit of the Notre Dame athletic teams. While Irish culture surrounds the campus, St. Joseph County is home to a large population of Polish Catholic descent. Dyngus Day, a Polish feast of fun and frivolity the day after Easter, is also celebrated by the South Bend/ Mishawaka communities. The St. Joseph River continued shaping South Bend’s economy through the mid-20th century. River access assisted heavy industrial development such as the Studebaker Corporation, the Oliver Chilled Plow Company, and other large corporations. Though the Studebaker auto plant closed in the late 1950s, a national museum in South Bend pays tribute to its workers and legacy. South Bend is also home to The Potawatomi Zoo, which opened in 1902 and is the oldest zoo in the state. In southwestern St. Joseph County, Potato Creek State Park provides abundant outdoor activities and is noted for its bicycling trails.
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Delicious food with a hometown feel
The square 111 S. Main St. Columbia City 46725 260-244-4011
n small cities and towns
great customer service to its
covered with an array of
all around America, the
options including prime rib
and an 8-ounce filet. New to
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
the menu are a tuna tataki
appetizer and a tuna steak
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
town square is the heart of
the community. It’s a gathering place for area residents and offers an opportunity for locally owned stores and restaurants to conveniently serve customers and thrive. Columbia City’s town square features the aptly named eatery, The Square. Located in a historic building right across from the Whitley County courthouse, the restaurant has been in business since 2013. In March of last year, Carmin and Trent Hammons purchased the restaurant and have continued to provide delicious meals and
Chicken Breast Sandwich with Bacon, Swiss and Honey Mustard
“We take pride in our food and in our customer service. We want everyone to feel like they’re at home when they walk in,” Carmin said. The Square gained a following soon after its opening and has since become a bona fide favorite for locals and area residents. Diners can feast on appetizers (such as hot pepper cheese curds
State Rep. Christopher Judy
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(District 83) counts the
restaurant as a favorite and touts its lunch and dinner menus. “It’s a great gathering place for business meals or dinner with family,” Judy said.
ABOUT STATE REP. JUDY: Rep. Christopher Judy (R) serves
and wings), soups, salads,
Judy’s positive review is
sandwiches, and burgers.
echoed by TripAdvisor. The
Entrees include a variety of
travel and restaurant website
of Whitley and Allen counties.
tasty chicken, seafood, pasta
ranked The Square as the
He serves as vice chair of the
and “south of the border”
number one restaurant in
dishes. In the mood for a
steak? The Square has diners
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District 83 which includes portions
Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committee. He also serves on the Elections and Apportionment and Insurance committees.
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Potato Chips ON ANOTHER LEVEL
Sweet and Salty Cookies
Potato Chip Fried Fish
by Doris Voelkel, Dubois, Indiana
by Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois
1 cup white sugar
1 lb. fresh or frozen fish fillets
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup shortening
2 T. water
1 t. vanilla
⅔ cup crushed potato chips
¼ cup shortening or cooking oil
2 cups flour ½ cup chopped nuts
Thaw fish if frozen. Pat dry.
1 t. baking soda
Combine egg and water. Put chips
¼ t. salt (optional)
in another dish. Dip fish in egg
2 cups crushed potato chips
mixture, then coat with potato
Mix ingredients in the order listed.
shortening or oil. Add fish. Fry 3-4
Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet.
minutes, then turn and fry other side
Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes.
the same way.
chips. In a large pan, heat ¼ cup
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Potato Chip Pork Chops by Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 1 t. onion powder 1 t. garlic powder ¼ t. kosher salt ½ t. pepper 4 pork chops ¼ cup flour ¼ cup buttermilk 1 egg 1⅓ cups coarsely chopped potato chips Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Liberally season both sides of each pork chop with the seasoning mixture. Dredge the seasoned pork chops in flour. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg into the buttermilk, Dip floured pork chops in the buttermilk and egg mixture. Place the potato chips into a shallow pan and dredge the pork chops to coat completely. Place the pork chops on a greased baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Broil until
Pulled Pork Potato Chip Nachos by Charlotte Rymph, Monterey, Indiana
browned if desired. 4 cups (approximately) kettle cooked potato chips
Place potato chips in a cast iron
1 cup barbecue pulled pork (purchased or homemade), heated
Equally divide pulled pork over the
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Place under broiler on high until
½ cup chopped and seeded tomatoes ¼ cup chopped scallions Your favorite nacho toppings such as sour cream, jalapeños, chopped onion and black olives
skillet or rimmed baking sheet. chips and then cover with cheese. cheese is bubbly. Remove and top with your favorite nacho toppings. Serve immediately. Makes about 2 servings Cook’s note: The kettle cooked chips seem to be more sturdy or you can try the “wavy” style.
Tomato Talk Keep your eyes on the heirloom prize
BY BRIAN D. SMITH Call me Mr. Tomato Head. That’s the nickname I earned in a previous job after gathering ripe tomatoes from my backyard garden at the crack of dawn, hauling them to my downtown Indianapolis office, and tempting my co-workers with the offer, “Free to good homes!” And these were no run-of-the-mill ’maters, mind you. For more than two decades I’ve almost exclusively grown sweet, juicy, old-fashioned varieties with funny names, shapes and colors – otherwise known as heirlooms. Technically speaking, they’re also open-pollinated, which means that unlike hybrids, they produce seeds that grow true to the original. If you’ve never heard of tomatoes such as Mortgage Lifter, Arkansas Traveler, Cherokee Purple and Hillbilly Potato Leaf, then it’s time to grab a No. 2 pencil and notepad, pull up a tomato crate and find out what Mr. Tomato Head can do for you. Let’s get one thing settled: I claim no formal expertise in the ways of the tomato. If you aced a Master Gardener class at your local extension office and want to challenge me to a test of horticultural knowledge, you’ll probably win. But look me up in August and we’ll see how your tomatoes compare to mine in a taste test. Fair warning: I’ve had chefs from prestigious Central Indiana restaurants offer to buy my heirlooms if I could grow them in greater quantities (which, unfortunately, I can’t without digging up most of my backyard). Heck, my tomatoes even won top prize at the Conner Prairie Country Fair.
You’re undoubtedly wondering how
Wow – so this was the way tomatoes
I transformed from a mild-mannered
really tasted? I felt like Dorothy in
consumer of store-bought tomatoes
“The Wizard of Oz” when she stepped
into Mr. Tomato Head. Well, it didn’t
through the door of her sepia sur-
roundings into a world transformed
if you want it done right My passion for tomatoes took root
by Technicolor. Every home garden I grew from then on included tomato plants.
with the first tomato plants I ever grew,
But my graduation from college led
as a boy of maybe 13. Until then my
to nearly two decades of apartment
concept of tomatoes came from the red
living, during which I never planted
tennis balls my family purchased at the
another garden. It took a disappoint-
local grocery and the soggy slices that
ing stop at a roadside stand to send
slithered between the buns of my fast-
me back to the soil.
October 1995, shortly after I bought
ban backyard of my Franklin home, I
a house (my first) in New Whiteland.
spaded a strip of our concrete soil into
A tempting display of ripe, farm-grown
a small garden and dropped a couple
tomatoes coaxed me off a nearby
of tomato seedlings into the space.
rural road, and I was soon opening my
Two months later I proudly harvested
wallet and carting home my anticipat-
my first tomato. But as I lifted that
ed delights. Instead, I bit into the same
first slice to my lips, I was wholly
blandness that usually seeped out of
unprepared for the explosion of sweet
their store-bought cousins.
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES Pink Brandywine Cherokee Purple Mortgage Lifter Great White Pineapple
The fateful incident occurred in
But that summer, in the modest subur-
juiciness that would tantalize my taste
Brian’s five favorite
Exasperated, I realized the veracity of the classic expression: “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” The following May again found me in shovel-wielding stance, attacking the backyard dirt with a renewed sense of purpose as I cleared space for hybrid seedlings such as Jet Star and Celebrity. I was pleased with the initial results, but not overjoyed.
Truth be told, despite the improved
I was an instant convert: The following
Don’t fall for the hype of hybrids, and
flavor of my homegrown bounty, I
year, I left most of the hybrids on
don’t even approach the ripe, uniform-
couldn’t shake the nagging feeling
the garden center shelf (except for
looking imposters that beckon from
that my latter-day versions still hadn’t
hybrids Better Boy and Big Boy, which
the produce section of your local
matched the scrumptiousness of the
are worth including for their taste,
grocery. Make this the summer you go
ones I’d grown in my youth. Or was it
hardiness and prolific qualities). And
old school and discover the tabletop
just the fog of nostalgia?
I’ve never reconsidered.
treat that was once known as the love
from hybrids to heirlooms My interest in heirloom tomatoes began a year later, thanks to an article in a sister magazine I once edited as part of my Senior Editor duties at Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
If you’re ready to get in the game, March is the month to begin growing
When you pluck that first ripe heirloom
tomato plants indoors. Purdue Uni-
from the vine and discover what
versity Cooperative Extensive Service
tomatoes really taste like, you’ll roll
recommends planting seeds 7 weeks
your eyes, smack your lips, raise your
before the last frost date in your area.
glass and say, “Thanks, Mr. Tomato
In Central Indiana, that’s generally ear-
ly to mid-May; your mileage may vary.
Brian D. Smith is a freelance journalist from Greenwood.
I’d never heard the term “heirloom”
But why bother with indoor planting?
associated with garden produce, but I
was instantly fascinated with the story
of Seed Savers Exchange, an Iowa
room for dozens of
nonprofit with a mission of preserving
plants, or you
the seeds of historic plants.
happen to enjoy the
That spring, my new-found interest of heirlooms prompted me to take home a quirky-looking tomato plant with potato-leaf foliage and a compelling story. The tag on the Pink Brandywine identified it as an 1886 Amish heirloom, which convinced me that it deserved garden space alongside the common hybrids I’d already purchased. (I’ve since learned that Brandywine’s Amish connection is dubious, but the “heirloom” description alone was enough to win me over.) Like a taste test arranged by Mother Nature, my first ripe tomatoes of the season appeared simultaneously on two plants – the Beefmaster and the Brandywine. Sampling the Beefmaster brought a satisfied smile. But the Brandywine was magic in my mouth, a staggering sensory overload of sweet goodness.
DIY side of growing, I recommend letting someone else do the dirty work – literally. Come May, you can browse farmers’ markets, garden centers and even tomato grower websites for potted tomato plants that trip your trigger (yes, some out-of-state merchants ship live plants). My five favorites are Pink Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Great White and Pineapple (as in tomato). You can also use these next two months to plan and prepare your garden and obtain necessary supplies – and to study my Ten Tomato Tips available online at IndianaConnection.org. It often is more economical and convenient to grow tomatoes from plants. Buying the biggest plant you can find will pay for itself by delivering an extra week or two of fresh tomatoes.
FIELD OF FLOWERS Pollinators are abuzz for the ‘Perennial of the Year’ A growing concern for years, especially for those in the world of agriculture, has been the marked decline of bee populations necessary for pollination of plants and crops. That concern was dialed upward last year with the addition of the rusty patch bumblebee to the list of endangered species. It is the first bee to be so designated and protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. By selecting Stachys officinalis “Hummelo” as its “2019 Perennial Plant of the Year,” the Perennial Plant Association continues its focus on pollinator-friendly plants. Hummelo is a compact, clumpforming perennial, reaching 1.5 to 2 feet tall and wide. Over time, the plants will form a dense mat,
spreading slowly from creeping underground stems. Showy magenta flower spikes rise well above the foliage in midsummer and are quite attractive to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Plants are hardy in USDA Hardiness zones 4-8 and appear to be trouble-free. Plants perform best in full sun and well-drained soil. Hummelo was the highest rated Stachys in the Chicago Botanic Garden Evaluation Trials for its strong
‘Hummelo’ means ‘bee’ friendly • Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8 (Indiana is in Zones 5 and 6), foliage may remain evergreen in warmer climates. • Light: Full sun to part shade. • Soil: Well drained soil; water as necessary. • Uses: This colorful and compact winner makes an excellent addition to the full sun perennial border. Terrific in combination with ornamental grasses, Echinacea purpurea, and Asclepias tuberosa (2018 Perennial Plant of the Year®). Wiry stems make for a great cut flower as well. • Unique Qualities: Pollinators can’t resist the striking midsummer spikes of magenta flowers rising above bright green, trouble-free foliage. Hummelo was the highest rated Stachys in the Chicago Botanic Garden Evaluation Trials for its strong flower production, vigor, habit, quality and winter hardiness. • Maintenance: Spreads slowly by creeping rhizomes. May benefit from division every few years. Strong stems and seed heads add to winter interest. Considered deer-resistant!
flower production, vigor, habit, quality and winter hardiness. SOURCE: B. Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist For more, please stroll through our website for an enhanced garden of stories at IndianaConnection.org.
ABOUT THE PPA The Perennial Plant Association selects a different perennial plant each year to promote throughout the nursery and gardening industry. PPA is a trade association composed of international growers, retailers, landscape designers and contractors, educators, and others who are professionally involved in the herbaceous perennial industry. Members nominate plants based on several criteria, including low maintenance needs, adaptability to a wide range of climates, pest and disease resistance, wide availability, multiple seasons of interest, and ease of propagation. For more information about the Perennial of the Year program, see www.perennialplant.org. MARCH 2019
Legislature tackles issues important to electric co-ops
2019 legislative session
By Scott Bowers Indiana’s 2019 legislative session kicked off three days into the new year. The first order of business: the seating of 21 new members of the Indiana General Assembly who joined 129 returning members. Since this is a legislative budget year, state legislators are primarily focused on
22 new members of the Indiana General Assembly (joining 128 returning members)
setting the state’s financial priorities for the next two years. Earlier this session, Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders identified several areas which will likely receive increased state funding when the new fiscal year starts on July 1. Those areas are: the Indiana Department of Child Services, teacher pay, and school safety programs Progress is being made on several key issues important to Indiana’s electric cooperatives. Rural broadband continues to garner the greatest amount of interest. Several
Areas likely to receive increased funding this year Teacher Pay
broadband-related bills were filed at the beginning of session and a few currently remain under consideration. Last fall, the governor announced the state’s $100 million investment to help deploy broadband in rural Indiana. State Sen. Mark Messmer (District 48) has authored a bill which would establish a rural broadband fund. This fund would award grants to support the broadband
School Safety Programs
initiative. Ensuring the safety of cooperative employees remains a priority for Indiana Electric Cooperatives and local electric cooperatives like yours. That’s why Indiana’s electric cooperatives support legislation authored by State Sen. Eric
Indiana Department of Child Services
Koch (District 44). Koch’s bill would enhance the classification and penalties for people convicted of intimidation against utility workers. Electric cooperatives also continue to support legislation that would enhance rural Indiana’s overall economic development environment. A bill authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (District 4) would ensure state and local incentives are in place to make Indiana a more attractive site for data centers. These centers are remote storage facilities for large amounts of data.
issues indiana’s electric cooperatives are watching Broadband Development
Scott Bowers is vice president of government relations at Indiana Electric Cooperatives.
Increased Penalties for Intimidation Against Utility Workers
Leading Acid Reflux Pill Becomes an AntiAging Phenomenon Clinical studies show breakthrough acid reflux treatment also helps maintain vital health and helps protect users from the serious conditions that accompany aging such as fatigue and poor cardiovascular health
by David Waxman Seattle Washington: A clinical study on a leading acid reflux pill shows that its key ingredient relieves digestive symptoms while suppressing the inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure, it was already backed by clinical data documenting its ability to provide all day and night relief from heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results… “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting less joint pain, more energy, better sleep, stronger immune systems… even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains an active ingredient that helps improve digestion by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Scientists now believe that this acid imbalance is what contributes to painful inflammation throughout the rest of the body. The daily allowance of AloeCure has shown to calm this inflammation which is why AloeCure is so effective. Relieving other stressful symptoms related to GI health like pain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea. Now, backed with new clinical studies, AloeCure is being recommended by doctors everywhere to help improve digestion, calm painful inflammation, soothe joint pain, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles – helping patients to look and feel decades younger.
FIX YOUR GUT & FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Since hitting the market, sales for AloeCure have taken off and there are some very good reasons why. To start, the clinical studies have been impressive. Participants taking the active ingredient in AloeCure saw a stunning 100% improvement in digestive symptoms, which includes fast and lasting relief from reflux. Users also experienced higher energy levels and endurance, relief from chronic discomfort and better sleep. Some even reported healthier looking skin, hair, and nails. A healthy gut is the key to a reducing swell-
ing and inflammation that can wreak havoc on the human body. Doctors say this is why AloeCure works on so many aspects of your health. AloeCure’s active ingredient is made from the healing compound found in Aloe vera. It is both safe and healthy. There are also no known side effects. Scientists believe that it helps improve digestive and immune health by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Research has shown that this acid imbalance contributes to painful inflammation throughout your entire body and is why AloeCure seems to be so effective.
which results in inflammation in the rest of the body. The recommended daily allowance of acemannan in AloeCure has been proven to support digestive health, and calm painful inflammation without side effects or drugs. This would explain why so many users are experiencing impressive results so quickly.
REVITALIZE YOUR ENTIRE BODY
With daily use, AloeCure helps users look and feel decades younger and defend against some of the painful inflammation that accompanies aging and can make life hard. By buffering stomach acid and restoring gut health, AloeCure calms painful inflammation EXCITING RESULTS FROM PATIENTS and will help improve digestion… soothe aching To date over 5 million bottles of AloeCure have joints… reduce the appearance of wrinkles and been sold, and the community seeking non-phar- help restore hair and nails … manage cholesterma therapy for their GI health continues to grow. ol and oxidative stress… and improve sleep and According to Dr. Leal, her patients are ab- brain function… without side effects or expense. solutely thrilled with their results and are often Readers can now reclaim their energy, vitalishocked by how fast it works. ty, and youth regardless of age or current level of “For the first time in years, they are free from health. concerns about their digestion and almost every other aspect of their health,” says Dr. Leal, “and I One AloeCure Capsule Daily recommend it to everyone who wants to improve GI health without resorting to drugs, surgery, or • Helps End Digestion Nightmares OTC medications.” • Helps Calm Painful Inflammation “I was always in ‘indigestion hell.’ Doctors • Soothes Stiff & Aching Joints put me on all sorts of antacid remedies. Nothing • Reduces appearance of Wrinkles worked. Dr. Leal recommended I try AloeCure. & Increases Elasticity And something remarkable happened… Not only were all the issues I had with my stomach gone • Manages Cholesterol & Oxidative completely gone – but I felt less joint pain and I Stress was able to actually sleep through the night.” • Supports Healthy Immune System With so much positive feedback, it’s easy to see • Improves Sleep & Brain Function why the community of believers is growing and sales for the new pill are soaring.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND ALOECURE
HOW TO GET ALOECURE
Due to the enormous interest consumers have AloeCure is a pill that’s taken just once daily. shown in AloeCure, the company has decided to The pill is small. Easy to swallow. There are no extend their nationwide savings event for a little harmful side effects and it does not require a pre- while longer. Here’s how it works... scription. Call the AloeCure number and speak to a live The active ingredient is a rare Aloe Vera com- person in the US. Callers will be greeted by a ponent known as acemannan. knowledgeable and friendly person approved to Made from of 100% organic Aloe Vera, Aloe- offer up to 3 FREE bottles of AloeCure with your Cure uses a proprietary process that results in the order. AloeCure’s Toll-Free number is 1-800-591highest quality, most bio-available levels of ace- 2946. Only a limited discounted supply of Aloemannan known to exist. Cure is currently available. According to Dr. Leal and several of her colConsumers who miss out on the current prodleagues, improving the pH balance of your stomach uct inventory will have to wait until more becomes and restoring gut health is the key to revitalizing your available and that could take weeks. They will entire body. also not be guaranteed any additional savings. The When your digestive system isn’t healthy, it company advises not to wait. Call 1-800-591-2946 causes unwanted stress on your immune system, today.
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THE CHEESE WEASLES, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. Rock ‘n‘ roll, soul, blues and R&B songs from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. 7:30 pm. Tickets, $10-$25. 765-564-4300. email@example.com. delphioperahouse.org
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, and Native American lifeways. 8:30 am-3 pm. $8 per vehicle. 574-6543155. sjcparks.org
APRIL VERCH BAND, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. As a fiddler, singer, and stepdancer, Verch knows how to entertain a crowd. Tickets, $23-$40. 765-564-4300. firstname.lastname@example.org. delphioperahouse.org
PEG + CAT LIVE!: THE BIG DOG PROBLEM, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), Loeb Playhouse. A kid-friendly musical with comedy, fun songs, and an appearance from the coolest pals ever. 3 pm. Tickets: $10-$15. 765-494-9712. email@example.com. purdue.edu/convocations/event/peg-cat
HERITAGE QUILT 7-9 INDIANA SHOW, Bloomington (Monroe), Downtown Convention Center. Over 200 quilts on display, workshops taught by nationally known instructors, and vendors. Free shuttle to other community quilt exhibits. Visit website for show hours. Admission: $10 daily; $20 full show. 812-334-8900. ihqs.org
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION, Indianapolis (Marion), Downtown. Greening of the Downtown Canal (Thurs.), St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party presented by the Hoosier Lottery (Fri.),. Shamrock Run and Walk (entry fee) (Sat.). Free. 317-498-5299. indystpats.com
INDIANA UNIVERSITY’S “ANOTHER ROUND,” Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. Indiana University’s Another Round is the university’s premier all-male a cappella group. 7 pm. Tickets: $18, adults; $10, 12 and under. 812849-4447. mitchelloperahouse.com
MIDWEST STATION, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House.Midwest Station is an Indiana-based bluegrass. 7 p.m. Tickets: $13, adults; $6 for kids 12 and under. 812-683-2221. mitchelloperahouse.com
QUILT SHOW, Tell City (Perry), Tell City Depot. Quilt show, vendors, food vendors, classes, workshops, awards given for entries, people’s choice awards, auction of quilts. 9 am-5 pm. Admission charge. 812-547-7933. pickperry.com/ event/quilt-guildshow-2/2019-03-16
JAY COUNTY FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL, Portland (Jay), Jay Community Center. Kate Larson classes and lecture, demonstrations, vendors, sheep shearing, kids’ area, old spinning wheel demonstration and more. $1 admission charge. 260-726-3366. fiberarts.visitjaycounty.com
ST. CATTY’S DAY, Albion (Noble), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Enjoy a visit with the wildcats, wild canines, and reptiles. 1-4 pm. Admission charge for non Park Pal members. 260-636-7383. bpsanctuary.org/st-catty-s-day
MAPLE SYRUP DAYS, LaGrange (LaGrange), Maple Wood Nature Center. All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage meal served with maple syrup. Free tours of the sugar house and horse drawn wagon tours of the maple woods. Demonstrations, puppet shows and games. Maple syrup and maple candy available for sale. Meal: 7 am-2 pm. Tours: 8 am-3 pm. Charge for meal. 260854-2225. firstname.lastname@example.org. lagrangecountyparks.org
KITE FESTIVAL, Angola (Steuben), Pokagon State Park, Potawatomi Inn Lawn. See professional kite flyers in action. You can also bring your own kite and join in on the fun! All day. 260-833-2012. email@example.com. in.gov/dnr/parklake/2973.htm
YE OLDE CENTRAL HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, Napoleon (Ripley), Central House.Enjoy the works of local photographers at this historic Federalstyle home. Free (donations appreciated). Visit its website or its Facebook page for show hours. 812-621-7826. ripleycountytourism.com/event/ye-oldecentral-house-photography-show/ or facebook.com/yeoldecentralhouse
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR, New Albany (Clark), Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast. The choir, established in the 14th century, is beloved the world over for its lively singing style and beautiful tones. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35; $10, students. oglecenter.com/events/ocp/ vienna-boys-choir.php
METAMORA MANDOLIN GATHERING, Metamora (Franklin), MPA Opry Barn. Full day of workshops, jams and networking for mandolin enthusiasts. Evening show open to the public. Admission charge. 866-647-6555. metamorampa.org
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do-it-yourself career profile
START PLANNING: Now take all this knowledge and enthusiasm to your local hardware store or home center. You’ll find all the necessary materials to begin building raised beds or prepping the ground for an open plot. Many stores hold workshops in the spring that highlight local master gardeners and landscaping pros who know how to plan an efficient growing schedule and build a garden that fits your yard and lifestyle.
FROM THE GARDEN
GET GOING: There’s work ahead of you, so make sure you’re ready with the right materials and tools. If you’re building raised beds, take measurements and pick up some naturally rot-resistant wood like red cedar, black locust, or redwood. Avoid woods preserved with toxins, such as creosotesoaked railroad ties. Recycled plastic or composite wood planks are options as well. A drill, level, mallet, and screws are necessities. Raised beds or not, a sod cutter and hoe may be in order. Good soil,
Get growing your own produce
organic compost, and a balanced fertilizer create a good foundation. Pick up a trowel, pruners, a shovel, rake, hose, kneeling pads, and gloves. Cages, hoops, stakes, and
they would be tended to year-round for a continuous supply of just the right amount
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is always
of healthy foods we could prepare and eat
a good idea, but it can be expensive. That’s
fresh. But many of us grow more than we
why so many people are now growing their
need, which means we must preserve the
own produce. It’s not only budget friendly,
extra produce or give it away. As a result, the
but we also feel good knowing where our
popularity of “use it now” kitchen gardens
food comes from, and how it was grown
waned. But as the self-sufficiency movement
— most notably (and hopefully) without
picks back up, these types of gardens are
pesticides. Kitchen gardens are one of the
becoming all the rage once again.
fastest growing trends for DIYers, especially for those short on space. With spring around
THOSE IN THE KNOW:
the corner, now’s a great time to get your
novice or haven’t done it lately, there are
great resources to help you get started.
If you’re a gardening
Your local county extension office has lots
ties will keep your bounty orderly and safe. Hardscaping materials like brick pavers and natural stones create a lovely walking path to, or within, the garden. Lastly, choose from a wide array of seeds or seedlings to get your garden up and running. Just be sure to stagger the plantings each month to continue growing all summer long. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including all the gardening essentials for creating a successful kitchen garden.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?: A traditional kitchen
of knowledgeable people (some are master
garden, also known as a “potager” (in
gardeners) who can offer advice on building
French, “jardin potager”) or in Scotland a
your own garden and advise on the best
“kailyaird,” is a space designated for growing
times to plant certain fruits and veggies in
things you’ll use every day in the kitchen.
your part of the state. Purdue Extension
It contains just the fruits, vegetables, and
offices are great places to seek help and
herbs we know we’ll eat most often, separate
advice. They’ll give detailed instructions
from the ornamental flowers, plants, and the
for building kitchen gardens from scratch
cooperative of thousands of hardware stores,
rest of the yard. A kitchen garden can stand
and field questions from newbies or more
home centers and lumberyards throughout
alone as a humble vegetable plot, or it can
experienced green thumbs. The Consumer
the U.S. and around the world.
serve as a structured, central feature of an
Horticulture Program at the Purdue
University website — www.purdue.edu/
(This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana
Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability
consumer-horticulture — is loaded with
for the accuracy or completeness of the information
BRINGING FRESHNESS BACK:
idea behind kitchen gardens was that
information and opportunities to learn more.
family owns Juergens Do it Best Center® in Huntington. The Juergenses are member-owners of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based
contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)
Spring cleaning? Don’t forget about electrical safety! INDOOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY
OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL SAFETY
During the winter months, it’s easy for
Always call before you dig. Make a plan
cords to get misplaced or collect some
before beginning any major project
dust. Take the time to move extension
in your yard. Start by calling 811. The
cords out of high traffic areas of the
professionals there will mark any
home to avoid a tripping hazard and
potential dangers on your property, like
decide whether they are still useful to
buried wires, piping or gas and water
mains located where you plan to dig.
Inspect cords, plugs and outlets to
Whether you are trimming trees or
ensure everything is in good working
clearing out the gutters, if using a ladder
condition. Damaged or worn out cables
always be sure to look up and out. Ensure
can turn into a real fire or electrocution
your safety and the safety of those around
you by staying at least 10 feet away from
To help prevent home fires, clean
power lines when working outside.
appliances you may have neglected that
When working outdoors, keep electrical
might have a buildup of things like food
cords and tools away from water,
debris, oil and dust. An example of this
even wet grass. Remember water and
buildup is in your stove’s exhaust hood.
electricity do not mix! Use caution when
To clean it: remove the hood, clean the
working with electricity in conditions
filter, use a degreaser on any exposed
such as wet grass.
surfaces and replace the hood.
CLEAN YOUR DIRTY LIGHT SWITCHES AND OUTLETS 1. To be safe, turn off the power at the electrical panel. 2. Start at the front of the house making your way around to each switch plate. 3. Use a antibacterial wipe or a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with all-purpose cleaner. Don’t spray directly onto the plate. It’s best to spray onto the cloth. 4. Wipe over the switch plate and surrounding wall, removing all dirt and grime. 5. If the switch is dirty, use a cotton swab to get into the cracks and crevices. 6. Use another microfiber cloth to wipe plate dry. 7. Turn the power back on.
Above all, continue to practice good electrical safety all year round! MARCH 2019
Pretty ground cover? Probably a weed
Asiatic dayflower can form dense colonies
There is a native, closely related species
But even these improved cultivars frequently
known as slender dayflower, Commelina
drop small- to medium-size branches in high
erecta, that has more narrow-shaped leaves,
is more upright, does not form dense colonies, and tends to be found in drier soils. Q. I have a Bradford pear tree in my front
Photo Credit: Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension
For more information
yard that split in half with the recent high
about each of these species:
winds. This has occurred many times
Asiatic dayflower — www.illinoiswildflowers. info/weeds/plants/asia_dayflower.htm
Q: I’m having an argument with my wife
Slender dayflower — www.illinoiswildflowers.
about a plant in our yard, and we hope
you can help arbitrate. I’ve sent a photo of
in my development over the years. Is it safe to let half the tree remain standing? If I remove the tree, what good, strong trees that are more wind resistant do you recommend?
a plant that we found growing near some
A. Bradford pears are notorious for breaking
shrubs. Neither of us remember planting
up in high winds, but the extreme winds
it. My wife thinks it’s pretty ground cover
experienced statewide damaged many
and that we should let it stay. I think it’s a
sturdier trees as well.
weed and that we should get it out of there before it takes over the whole bed. My
You would be wise to remove what is left of
wife said, “Ask Rosie!” — W & M, Lebanon,
the tree. Bradford and all other cultivars of the
ornamental (callery) pear are now considered invasive in Indiana. This is a good opportunity
A: You could both be right, but if I have to choose, I’d say you win the argument! Your
Honey locust tree branch. Photo Credit K.M., Indianapolis
photo appears to be Commelina communis, more commonly known as Asiatic dayflower.
Q. Can you tell me what kind of tree this
I’ve included a photo that shows both
is? They were planted near our community
flowers and leaves. It does have pretty blue
lake 25 years ago. — K.M., Indianapolis
flowers, but this non-native plant is generally considered a weed. Because the plant tends
A. This is a honey locust tree, known
to sprawl along the ground, the stems root
botanically as Gleditsia triacanthos. The
when they stay in contact with moist soil.
species is native to the eastern United States.
This species can form a dense colony that
It has large seed pods and trunks that are
outcompetes other plants. Dig the plant
armed with wicked thorns. Fortunately, most
out, removing as much of the root system
plants sold for landscape specimens are
cultivars that are both seedless and thornless.
to replace with a better choice. Here are links to additional information on the callery pear as well as a publication on alternatives to invasive ornamentals: www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/ a-pearfect-nightmare www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID464-W.pdf
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,” Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606, or use the form at IndianaConnection.org.
product recalls Choking hazard causes recall of children’s book
Thermostat poses fire hazard
“Find the Bear,” a soft fabric book by Manhattan Toy, has been recalled. A metal grommet used to attach one fabric flap can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
White-Rodgers has recalled the Emerson Branded Sensi WiFi Thermostat. Contact between the thermostat wires and household line voltage can damage the thermostat, posing a fire hazard.
The front cover features the sewn-on face of a panda bear and purple horizontal stripes. The Manhattan Toy logo is printed on a sewn-in label on the side of the book. Lot code “208150 AJ” is printed on another sewn-in label. Manhattan Toy has received one report of the metal grommet detaching from the
page. No injuries have been reported. The books were sold by independent specialty retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Buybuybaby. com, Manhattantoy.com and other websites from March 2017 through July 2018 for about $18. Call 800-541-1345, or go online at www.manhattantoy. com and click on “Recalls” for more information.
As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.
This recall involves Emerson branded SensiWiFi thermostats with “Emerson” printed on the front and a date code from 1416 to 1536 on the back. The thermostats are white with an LCD screen. There are three buttons below the thermostat screen. Up and down arrow and Menu buttons are located to the right of the screen. Recalled thermostats have model numbers 1F86U-42WF or UP500W. A product label containing model number and date
code information is located on the back of the thermostat. The firm has received eight reports of burn damage to the thermostat, involving minor property damage. The units were sold Home Depot and other heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment distributors nationwide from April 2014 through December 2016 for between about $90 and $150. Call 888-847-8742, or go online at www.white-rodgers. com and click on “Emerson Branded Sensi Recall” at the lower left corner of the homepage for more information.
Wabash Valley Power news
LEARN: No matter your age, you
Your Co-op’s Annual Meeting
should learn something new every day – and your co-op’s annual meeting will definitely help! You can learn about how electricity is generated and how your local co-op delivers it to your home. You also can learn more about programs and incentives – including Power Moves® energy efficiency rebates – that your coop offers to help save you money.
The melting snow means that spring is
can participate in during your co-op’s
arriving – and so is your local electric
annual meeting include:
BE ENTERTAINED: Annual meetings frequently include live entertainment,
cooperative’s annual meeting! Co-ops start hosting their annual meetings
EAT: Co-ops’ annual meetings
games, activities (such as a petting zoo),
in the spring, which is a great time
frequently have some of the best food
and more! It’s a family-friendly event
for you to get it on your calendar and
around. The meeting will typically
with something to appeal to everyone.
plan to attend! As a member of your
include breakfast, lunch, or dinner as
local electric cooperative, you are also
part of the festivities. Those who attend
WIN! Register when you arrive, stay
part owner. You have a direct say in
will leave full! Be sure to go hungry.
for the meeting, and you may be eligible to win door prizes or even a bill credit.
how things are run – which means the annual meeting directly impacts you.
MEET: The annual meeting is a
Each co-op does things differently, and
community event, which means everyone
they can get creative with prizes. You
Your co-op’s annual meeting doesn’t
is welcome! You can catch up with
don’t want to miss it!
feel like a boardroom gathering. It’s
family, friends, and neighbors you
almost the opposite; many annual
don’t regularly see. Your local co-op’s
VOTE: The annual meeting is your
meetings feel more like a family
employees also will attend the meeting.
chance to have a direct impact on how
carnival with food, games, activities,
You can meet your co-op’s CEO and
your local electric co-op is governed.
and entertainment with a brief
board of directors, which makes decisions
You will be able to vote for your board
meeting involved. Six activities you
on your behalf.
of directors, which creates policy that directly impacts you and the entire co-op’s membership. Democratic participation is part of the foundational bedrock of all cooperatives, and voting is one of the cooperative principles! As you make spring and summer plans, keep an eye out for your local cooperative’s annual meeting. You will meet new acquaintances, catch up with old friends, have a great time, and maybe even win prizes for letting your voice be heard. Contact your local co-op for details on how you can spring to the next annual meeting.
DIG DEEP INTO
Hoosier Hysteria’s roots BY RICHARD G. BIEVER
Milan ’54 Museum
When the inventor of the game of basket-
Fame, a 14,000 square foot museum that
ball — James Naismith — visited Indiana’s
is full of memorabilia and interactive dis-
high school basketball state finals in 1925,
plays about basketball in the state.
201 E. Carr St. Milan, IN 47031
game in Massachusetts, but “basketball
The Hall of Fame features inductees
really had its origin in Indiana.”
such as Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Bob
he quipped that he may have invented the
This time of year, those Hoosier roots of the game rise to the rafters of high school gyms across the state like the lofty banners boasting of school glory. Two
Knight, John Wooden and many more. Robertson, after losing to that Miracle Milan team in the 1954 semi-state finals as a sophomore, led his Crispus Attucks team
museums in eastern Indiana pay homage
to the 1955 state championship. Attucks,
to Hoosier Hysteria. Acting like bookends,
in Indianapolis, became the first all-black
the two display the true fairy tale story that
high school in the nation to win a state
is the essence of “Hoosier Hysteria,” and
championship. The team repeated in 1956
an encyclopedia that fills in all the details,
with a perfect 31-0 season.
names the legends and adds up the statistics. Here’s a glimpse of both:
MILAN ’54 — HOOSIERS MUSEUM
HOURS OF OPERATION: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: noon – 4 p.m. Monday & Tuesday: by appointment only
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
feet away from the world’s largest high
One Hall of Fame Court New Castle, IN 47362
A visit to the Hall of Fame, puts you mere school gymnasium, New Castle Field-
For many people, the movie “Hoosiers” —
house . Holding up to 10,000 spectators,
the David vs. Goliath story of tiny mythical
you’ll want to check the schedule and plan
Hickory, Indiana, winning the state
to take in Indiana high school basketball
HOURS OF OPERATION:
championship — epitomizes basketball in
at this historic venue.
Indiana. The story is based on the real-life story of “The Milan Miracle.” In 1954, tiny Milan High School (enrollment of 161) shocked the state by winning the Indiana state championship. While
Hoosier Hysteria today may not have
a multi-class, multi-champion tourney
enthusiasm for the sport in the state is
Indiana’s high school state finals
are still the most attended
Milan building. The museum’s goal is to
high school championship tourney in the nation. Check out the roots of
recapture the nostalgia and hysteria of that
this annual phenom-
era with memorabilia from the 1954 Milan
enon at these two
Indians team and the movie “Hoosiers.”
museums where so
The collection of props from the movie is
much of the story
the largest known in existence.
SOAK IN INDIANA BASKETBALL HISTORY About an hour and a half drive north of Milan is the Indiana Basketball Hall of
Closed on major holidays
back before the controversial change to after the 1997 championship. But
in June 2013 in the former State Bank of
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
the same mystique or following it had
the movie added quite a bit of drama, the
The Milan ’54 — Hoosiers Museum opened
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET)
RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Indiana Connection. MARCH 2019
Best foot forward
Klinker’s ‘approachable’ personality shines in shoes and Statehouse By Nick Rogers
Sheila Klinker apologizes, but she has to reschedule. Something has come up on this rare day off from 2019’s session of the Indiana General Assembly, where Klinker has been a Democratic state representative for House District 27 since 1982. She’ll talk more later, but still makes time to preview that discussion — which will concern, among many other topics, proposed budget increases for Indiana’s Department of Child Services and incentives for Indiana teachers. Even in her downtime, Klinker finds ways to put her best foot forward for Indiana families — a foot frequently found in a fashionable shoe. Klinker’s locally legendary, vibrant fashion sense reflects not only her personality but her strategy in politics. “I’d describe my style as happy, outgoing and, hopefully, friendly,” she
Rep. Sheila Klinker
says. “If I want to be approachable, I want to feel that way.”
D-Lafayette PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . B I E V E R
For nearly four decades, Klinker has represented most of Lafayette, Ind.,
here. I’ve been in the minority and the
diana. Klinker also strongly supports
along with sections of West Lafayette
majority. You have to work together
First Steps, which provides in-home
and Tippecanoe County. From the
to make sure you’re doing the right
services for newborns and toddlers
middle of her 19th term, what advice
thing. If you see a bill you can work
who have developmental delays or
would she give to herself at the start if
on with Republican friends, join in.”
There’s not enough room to list every
“The reason I continue to do this is re-
“Be a good listener, don’t try to make
cause Klinker has championed. But
ally to help education and to help the
big decisions quickly and work in a
she cites Court-Appointed Special
people in my area,” Klinker says. “I still
bipartisan way,” says Klinker, who
Advocates, or CASA, as a bipartisan
enjoy serving the people very much.”
spent more than 34 years as a teacher.
capstone — bringing advocacy for
“That last one might be why I’m still
abused or neglected children to In-
Freelance writer Nick Rogers is a communications manager for Purdue Agricultural Communications.
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