Kosciusko REMC — March 2019 Indiana Connection

Page 1

Summer fun for the kids. Deadlines for camp and Youth Tour: March 15.


Kosciusko REMC’s



Tomato talk page 19 16

Keep your eyes FEBRUARY 2019 on the heirloom prize

MARCH 2019

from the editor

Connecting with you

VOLUME 68 • NUMBER 9 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:

As any new parent will tell you, selecting the perfect name is not easy. Of course, naming a child and naming a magazine are not quite the same thing. But both scenarios usually involve hours of debate, input (both solicited and sometimes unsolicited) from numerous sources, and a long and often ongoing list of pros and cons for each suggestion. There’s a reason for this arduous process. A name is something you can’t just change on a whim. You live up to it. Make it your own. Make it proud. It stands to reason that it takes time to settle on one that “fits.” Back in November, we asked you to help us rename this magazine. We needed a name that better suited the publication’s evolution as a general interest magazine as well as the ever-expanding role your co-op plays in your community. We received nearly 270 responses. Magazine staff as well as an advisory committee of electric cooperative directors, CEOs and communicators carefully considered possible names before selecting a name we feel is a winner: Indiana Connection. Indiana Connection first and foremost addresses our relationship with you, our readers. We strive to connect with you. We hope you find the magazine interesting, entertaining and informative. We hope it is a link, or connection, to your electric cooperative and all the programs and services it provides you. And we hope it draws you closer to a community of other readers throughout the Hoosier state who enjoy similar rural and suburban lifestyles to yours. Welcome to Indiana Connection! The name’s new, but our focus on you hasn’t changed.

EMILY SCHILLING Editor eschilling@indianaec.org

On the menu: June issue: Avocado, deadline April 1. July issue: Mint, deadline April 1. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

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 indianaconnection.org; email info@indianaconnection.org; or send to Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 292,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 info@indianaconnection.org IndianaConnection.org INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Gary Gerlach President Walter Hunter Vice President Randy Kleaving Secretary/Treasurer Elmer Stocker Interim CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Member Relations/ Advertising Manager Ellie Schuler Senior Communication Specialist ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications, 512-441-5200; amp.coop Crosshair Media, 502-216-8537; crosshairmedia.net Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Readers who receive Indiana Connection 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: Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606. Include key number. No portion of Indiana Connection may be reproduced without permission of the editor.

MARCH 2019







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


Indiana Connection 4

MARCH 2019





28 DIY Get growing your own produce.



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!

co-op news

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 mail@kremc.com OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming

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.

Pam Messmore

If you haven’t already, talk to your kids about these

Steve Miner

experiences that will kick the rest of their summers

Rick Parker

into high gear. I know if I were young enough to head out to

SPRING IS NEARLY HERE! Test your A/C, and ensure it’s ready for summer. Remember to check the evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually for optimal efficiency.

camp or the Youth Tour, I’d be counting the days until early June.

BRUCE GOSLEE President and CEO


KREMC rates and rebates Use your Co-op Connections Card to save at local businesses Culligan Water Conditioning: 574-267-7471 50 percent off rental installation and 25 cents off pick-up price on household salt LIKE US ON FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/kosciuskoremc



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

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

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

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

MARCH 2019


co-op news

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.”


MARCH 2019

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.

co-op news

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

directors are:

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-

husband, Bruce.

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

MARCH 2019


co-op news


MARCH 2019

insurance and you could save.

geico.com | 1-800-947-AUTO | Local Office

Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states, in all GEICO companies, or in all situations. Boat and PWC coverages are underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company. Homeowners, renters and condo coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Motorcycle and ATV coverages are underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, DC 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. Š 2018 GEICO



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


MARCH 2019

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.


Bob Geswein

Retired Employee of Harrison REMC Corydon, Indiana GUEST COLUMNIST

“To you, it’s the perfect lift chair. To me, it’s the best sleep chair I’ve ever had.” — J. Fitzgerald, VA

NEW Footrest Extension for even more head to toe support.

We’ve all had nights when we just can’t lie down in bed and sleep, whether it’s from heartburn, cardiac problems, hip or back aches – it could be a variety of reasons. Those are the nights we’d give anything for a comfortable chair to sleep in, one that reclines to exactly the right degree, raises feet and legs to precisely the desired level, supports the head and shoulders properly, operates easily even in the dead of night, and sends a hopeful sleeper right off to dreamland. Our Perfect Sleep Chair® is just the chair to do it all. It’s a chair, true – the finest of lift chairs – but this chair is so much more! It’s designed to provide total comfort and relaxation not found in other chairs. It can’t be beat for comfortable, long-term sitting, TV viewing, relaxed reclining and – yes! – peaceful sleep. Our chair’s recline technology allows you to pause the chair in an infinite number of positions, including the Trendelenburg position and the zero gravity position where your body experiences a minimum of internal and external stresses. You’ll love the other benefits, too: It helps with correct spinal alignment, promotes back pressure relief, and encourages This lift chair puts you better posture to prevent back and muscle pain. safely on your feet!

Easy-to-use remote for massage, heat, recline and lift And there’s more! The overstuffed, oversized biscuit style back and unique seat design will cradle you in comfort. Generously filled, wide armrests provide enhanced arm support when sitting or reclining. The high and low heat settings along with the multiple massage settings, can provide a soothing relaxation you might get at a spa – just imagine getting all that in a lift chair! It even has a battery backup in case of a power outage. Shipping charge includes white glove delivery. Professionals will deliver the chair to the exact spot in your home where you want it, unpack it, inspect it, test it, position it, and even carry the packaging away! You get your choice of bonded stain and water repellent leather or plush microfiber in a variety of colors to fit any decor. Call now!

The Perfect Sleep Chair®


Please mention code 110649 when ordering. Because each Perfect Sleep Chair is a custom-made bedding product, we can only accept returns on chairs that are damaged or defective.


Long Lasting DuraLux Leather Chocolate Burgundy


DuraLux II Microfiber

Burgundy Cashmere



© 2019 firstSTREET for Boomers and Beyond, Inc.


Indigo 46497

Sit up, lie down — and anywhere in between!



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 Indiana’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

www.indianaconnection.org/ for-youth/2020-contest.

the calendar. An “Artist of the Year� 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.



county feature

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


MARCH 2019

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.



BEST BUY WINNER As rated by a leading consumer product testing publication








131 LBS.

2.6 GAL


3.4 GAL







212 cc


196 cc







769 99




RAPID PUMP 3 TON STEEL HEAVY DUTY FLOOR JACK Customer Rating • Lifts from 5" to 18-1/4" • Weighs 74 lbs.





8999 $7





SAVE $ 60




*HONDA EU3000iS1A stated specs

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

MODEL: 647593



Cannot be used with other discounts or prior purchases. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/1/19 while supplies last. Limit 1 FREE GIFT per customer per day.





Customer Rating



ITEM 69269/97080 shown






VALEO $ 02

ITEM 62200 shown 599 SAVE $ 249 ITEM 62214



MODEL: 25521

ITEM 61615/60637 95275 shown

Customer Rating


$ 99


*32117821 * 32117821

Limit 1 coupon per customer per day. Save 20% on any 1 item purchased. *Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or any of the following items or brands: Inside Track Club membership, Extended Service Plan, gift card, open box item, 3 day Parking Lot Sale item, compressors, floor jacks, safes, saw mills, storage cabinets, chests or carts, trailers, trencher/backhoe, welders, Admiral, Ames, Bauer, Cobra, CoverPro, Daytona, Diamondback, Earthquake, Fischer, Hercules, Icon, Jupiter, Lynxx, Poulan, Predator, Tailgator, Viking, Vulcan, Zurich. Not valid on prior purchases. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/1/19.





ITEM 64260/64261/64265/64875 69227/62116/68048 shown

*32119237 * 32119237


3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM 6.5 HP (212 CC) GAS PRESSURE WASHER Customer Rating NOW

ITEM 63599/62522 63875/63884/63886/63888/69111 69052 shown









• 9 LED • Compact, Lightweight

SAVE *32119595* $ 32119595 1,299

ITEM 63584




100 LBS.


Customer Rating Cu

9 $6999


20% OFF


1,000+ Stores Nationwide • HarborFreight.com SUPER COUPON


• Air delivery: SAVE 0.6 CFM @ 90 PSI 59% 1 CFM @ 40 PSI $ 62 COMPARE TO PORTER-CABLE MODEL: PCFP02003

SAVE 54%


ITEM 62434, 62426, 62433, 62432, 62429, 64178, 64179, 62428 shown


9 $399



*32125102 * 32125102

*32129088 * 32129088

*32131405 * 32131405

*32133578 * 32133578

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 2 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*








99 $


. to

8 ft

. 10


Customer Rating "



9998 SAVE $39



Customer Rating

SAVE $64 99 84%


ITEM 62281/61637 shown

ITEM 68862/63190/62896 shown

*32136126 * 32136126

*32141119 * 32141119

LIMIT 2 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*


ITEM 64032 64030 64033 shown


ITEM 64061 64059 64060 shown




SUPER BLUE COUPON ITEM 64031 Customer Rating


$1 999









2999 $ 60% 99

ITEM 56238 64722 shown


ITEM 56239 64720 shown

ITEM 62314/63066/66383 shown

$1 8999 YELLOW


SAVE $ 620





ITEM 56237 64721 shown



MODEL: 2000020293

*32141653 * 32141653

*32182998 * 32182998

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 3 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*




Customer Rating

24 FT., 18 BULB, 12 SOCKET 17 FT. TYPE IA 7 FT. 4" x 9 FT. 6" AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER KIT Customer Rating OUTDOOR STRING LIGHTS MULTI-TASK LADDER ALL PURPOSE/WEATHER Customer Rating • Versatile - 24 configurations RESISTANT TARP • Safe + Secure + Stable Customer Rating $ 99 NOW • Super Strong - Holds 300 lbs. • Weighs 34 lbs. 99 W O N $ 99 NOW 99 NOW 99






$ 98 MODEL: BG8X10-Y

SAVE 70%





MODEL: 262800

ITEM 68001/62915/60600 shown


SAVE 63%









$1 09

SAVE $189

ITEM 67646/63418/63419/63417 shown

*32202992 * 32202992

*32204831 * 32204831

*32208197 * 32208197

*32213012 * 32213012

LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 3 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*




• 64 sq. ft. of shade • Sets up fast and easy • No tools required COMPARE TO



SAVE $44


ITEM 69456/62898/62897/62899 shown





9 $699

SAVE 65%






4-1/2" ANGLE GRINDER Customer Rating

Customer Rating

Customer Rating


SAVE $ 129


$1 9


$ 99

ITEM 69115/69121/69129/69137/69249/877 shown

$1 69

MODEL: 2411-1





SAVE $60


ITEM 69645/95578/60625 shown



ITEM 64412/62749 shown




Customer Rating


$8 99




MODEL: 190315



ITEM 95692/63124/63145 shown

*32218602 * 32218602

*32224277 * 32224277

*32234436 * 32234436

*32239104 * 32239104

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 5 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 1 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

LIMIT 4 - Coupon valid through 7/1/19*

*Original coupon only. No use on prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase or without original receipt. Valid through 7/1/19.

At Harbor Freight Tools, the “Compare to” price means that the specified comparison, which is an item with the same or similar function, was advertised for sale at or above the “Compare to” price by another national retailer in the U.S. within the past 90 days. Prices advertised by others may vary by location. No other meaning of “Compare to” should be implied. For more information, go to HarborFreight.com or see store associate.

Indiana eats

Square meals

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


MARCH 2019

“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

www.facebook.com/ the-square411766649281175

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

Columbia City.

steak? The Square has diners

Flat Iron Steak

District 83 which includes portions

Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committee. He also serves on the Elections and Apportionment and Insurance committees.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuna Tataki


y o ah



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

2 eggs

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

MARCH 2019



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


MARCH 2019

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

MARCH 2019


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.


MARCH 2019

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-

happen overnight.

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.

food burgers.

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.

MARCH 2019


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

Unless your

was instantly fascinated with the story

garden has

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.


MARCH 2019


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.


MARCH 2019

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.


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.


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.



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.


calendar NORTHWEST


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. info@delphioperahouse.org. 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. info@delphioperahouse.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. convos@purdue.edu. 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


MARCH 2019


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. lagrangecountyparks@yahoo.com. 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. niball@dnr.in.gov. 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

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

MARCH 2019



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.


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


the corner, now’s a great time to get your

novice or haven’t done it lately, there are

hands dirty.

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

all-season landscape.

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


The original

idea behind kitchen gardens was that


MARCH 2019

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


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

as possible.

cultivars that are both seedless and thornless.



MARCH 2019

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.

MARCH 2019


Wabash Valley Power news

Spring to

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.


MARCH 2019



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:


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


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

spot on.

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.

is told.

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.”


she could?

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-


MARCH 2019

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

Planning to shovel

more than snow

this winter? Visit 811now.com

before you decide

to go below! Contacting 811 before you dig gets utility lines in your yard marked for free to protect you from expenses and injuries.


Electric Consumer is now

Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.