Carroll White REMC — March 2020 Indiana Connection

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Wondrous things are growing at Dragonfly Farm.

Carroll White REMC’s

from Acorns of

Creativity... pages 20–24

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from the editor

Art from the heart As someone who spent her school years with paper, pencils, canvases and paint at the ready for whenever inspiration hit, I’m especially excited about this month’s issue. It explores the artistic aspects of the Hoosier state. I love art. Seeing works by renowned masters like da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Matisse and Rodin in museums around the world are high points of my life. Although I regretfully haven’t experienced the calming act of sketching in years, I’ll always remember how rewarding it felt to create a personal masterpiece on paper — a drawing that only I could claim. Art is one of the best ways people of all ages can express themselves. That expression can manifest itself in the artist’s choice of medium, color palette, and subject matter. And each artist sees and presents the world differently. Art is never boring either to the artist or to those who view the finished product. Creativity has no boundaries. Those who create have access to a special place in their minds where anything is possible. It’s a powerful feeling to go beyond real world restrictions and stretch the limits of reality. All it takes is a pencil or paintbrush or clay or other medium and an active imagination to artistically go where no one has gone before. But creativity can also manifest itself through out-of-the-box problem solving so critical in the scientific and tech worlds. I encourage everyone to spend some time exploring their artistic sides. I believe the best artwork doesn’t necessarily reside in a museum — it’s what YOU lovingly create from the heart and your imagination.


Giveaway: Enter to win an Artrageous Prize Pack featuring an

Artrageous T-shirt and sweatshirt, an art portfolio and a sketchbook. Visit Entry deadline for giveaway: March 31.

On the menu: June issue: Cherry recipes, deadline April 1. August

issue: Recipes featuring vinegar, deadline June 1. September issue: 30-minutes or less recipes, deadline June 1. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, 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; email; or send to Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

VOLUME 69 • NUMBER 9 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 280,000 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 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Walter Hunter President Randy Kleaving Vice President Steve McMichael Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Creative Services Specialist Taylor Maranion Creative Services Specialist Stacey Holton Creative Services Manager Mandy Barth Communication Manager ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you receive Indiana Connection through your electric co-op membership, report address changes to your local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, 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.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Helping food keep its cool — even in a power outage. 12 I NSIGHTS 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Vigo County.





28 DIY

The Chicken Place: Good to the bone.

Stage your home for a successful sale.

17 FOOD Dippity do: What to dunk those chips and veggies into.


20 COVER STORY From acorns of creativity. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR What’s going on around the state.


Indiana Connection


Spring into safety on the farm. 30 BACKYARD What’s killing the oak trees? (Not in all versions)


33 TRAVEL Center founded by Mellencamp diverse in arts programming. (Not in all versions) 34 PROFILE Henry Holcomb: Indiana’s top dog.


On the cover Nate Heck may edit episodes of his “Artrageous with Nate” from his nifty backyard treehouse. But the series — comprised of six to nine minute videos available on YouTube — takes the Indianapolis artist and educator around Indiana and the world to explore and inspire art, creativity and innovation. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER


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co-op news “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 219-863-6652 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

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

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.” — David Hobson

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

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

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

Milton D. Rodgers, 765-566-3731 3755 S, 575 E, Bringhurst

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

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

Safety, Service, and Community IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 February bills are due March 5 and are subject to disconnect March 26 if unpaid. Cycle 2 February bills are due March 20 and are subject to disconnect April 9 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on March 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read March 15.

COOL FOOD BEFORE PLACING IT IN THE FRIDGE Placing hot food in the refrigerator makes the appliance work harder than necessary, using more energy. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Along the Carroll White REMC service territory,

wondrous things are growing… “There simply aren’t enough flowers in the world,” notes Leah George, entrepreneur, farmer, community advocate and artist. The petite “ball of fire” is committed to doing something about that. Though George grew up in central Kentucky near Lexington, her husband, Randy, was born in Monticello and his family is from this area. “Randy’s job had him in this area five days of the week,” George explained. “We talked about moving here. With his work and family, we thought it would be a nice fit.” The move to White County offered

George a chance to redefine other aspects of her life. “I have many years of experience in corporate logistics, specifically, transportation,” George said. “I loved it…when all the pieces and parts came together. It was like a well-choreographed dance.” But she didn’t want to start over in a new logistics job. “I wanted something that was mine. I wanted something that I thought would add beauty to my world and make people smile.” With this vision and commitment to hard work, she and Randy created Dragonfly Farm. The business CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 MARCH 2020



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 specializes in fresh-cut flowers, fresh and dried herbs, specialty produce and handmade, eclectic gifts and crafts. The fresh cut flowers include tulips, cosmos, bachelor buttons, daisies, dahlia, lavender, and sunflowers, to name a few. Popular produce includes asparagus, a vast variety of peppers, carnival carrots, black cherry tomatoes, pineapple tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, watermelon and unique heirloom tomatoes! If you are not familiar with heirloom tomatoes, you are missing a tasty treat. The seeds are what make an heirloom tomato unique. Passed down from season to season, the seeds from the best plants are saved for their size, shape, color and juiciness. Heirloom tomatoes are often open pollinated naturally by insects, wind, birds or human hands … no genetic modification! These are not bright, red tomatoes, but don’t let the color keep you from enjoying this taste of summer. George is happy to introduce you to these gems. She can also advise you about herbs you may want to purchase at


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Dragonfly Farm. Basil, cilantro, garlic, rosemary and parsley are popular choices to flavor a fresh-from-thegarden meal. In addition to the wholesale flowers, vegetables and herbs, the farm has 32 chickens producing lots of fresh eggs. George’s homemade quiches have been a hit at local Farmers’ Markets. George also creates handcrafted jewelry and other “fun stuff” made with flowers from Dragonfly fields. The best place to find Dragonfly Farm products is at the Monticello Farmers’ Market. “Or you can find us at the little blue shack on 8595 E. U.S. Highway 24 in Monticello,” George said. “We are the house on the curve between Monticello and Idaville.” The blue shack sales are on an honor box system for now, she noted. You can visit the flower fields by appointment. “We are a small business, so I could be anywhere!” George said. Always growing and planning, both in the fields and in her mind, George said the future goals for Dragonfly Farm include: • A pick-your-own field which will

include a significant expansion on the wildflower fields. “Our goal is to launch that early this summer, so watch for details on a ribboncutting and days the farm is open to the public,” George said. • “The farm is a bit over 11 acres, about seven acres are in fields. It will be a few years before all the fields are full,” she said. • “We discovered last year that photographers like to use the fields to create portraits,” said George. “We are working to make the fields very photo-friendly to accommodate these professionals and we can expand that side of our business.” • The Georges are in the research phase of Aquaponics, she noted. “It’s a year or two away but we are extremely interested in adding this component to the farm.” • “Eventually, we would like to add a little shop front on

the property, but for now it’s the little blue shack by the side of the road,” George said. The beauty of this operation is that George has embraced this community. “I love this area …way more than I had any idea I would,” she said. “I thought I would really struggle without the hills and the green of Kentucky, but I’ve found a home here. “The community has welcomed me and my little farm,” George said. “They’ve offered support and ideas. I’ve been included in several local organizations, such as the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber Leads Exchange group, the Farmers’ Market, and Streets of Monticello Association (S.O.M.A.), an Indiana Main Street organization.” So how is this logistics expert from Kentucky content in the fields of her Indiana farm? “I have always loved to grow things,” George said. “I honestly believe ‘local’ is best. It’s always going to be fresher, whether it’s flowers or food.

“Digging in the ground has always brought me both peace and joy,” she continued. “Both my mom and my grams loved to grow things. I know that they would love these fields. And digging in the dirt makes me feel close to both of them.”

I have found the whole area to be beautiful, generous with their resources, warm and welcoming. The communities of White County have proven to be excited for me and my little farm — that means so much.

VISIT DRAGONFLY FARM 8595 E. U.S. Highway 24, Monticello, IN 47960



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co-op news

Electric system inventory continuing


In last March’s Indiana Connection,

poles (an example is

The Carroll White REMC board

there was an article about Global

shown to the right).

of directors met on Jan. 23, at

Mapping Solutions performing an

Q: What will the REMC do with the data collected?

the Monticello office. Roll call

A: Carroll White

and approved. The board approved

REMC will use the

an update to the cooperative’s

data to update our

drug-free/alcohol-free workplace

system maps and

policy as well as the length of

improve engineering

time candidates can speak at the

and operations effi-

upcoming district meetings.

electric system inventory. Throughout the past year, GMS has been working on the northern part of our system. The two field technicians will be wrapping up work there by the end of the month. During March, they will be working on the area served by our Star City and Idaville substations.

ciencies by utilizing

was taken and the minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed

After they have completed work in

more accurate elec-

The board reviewed the financial

these areas, the technicians will

tric system informa-

report from Chief Operating

be going to the southern part of

tion and data. We will

Officer Cathy Raderstorf, and new

our system. At that point, a second

also use the results

memberships to the cooperative

team will be added to finish out the

of this inventory to

were approved. The board then

project. As soon as it’s determined,

improve reliability by

heard reports and updates from

we will let you know which area they

finding older, outdat-

Wabash Valley Power Alliance and

will tackle next.

ed equipment and

Indiana Electric Cooperatives, as

The following are frequently asked

poles and replacing

well as management reports.

questions — and answers — about

them before failure.

the project.

Q: What does an electric system inventory entail?

Q: How will I recognize the GMS technicians?

A: A major portion of the work

A: GMS trucks will

will involve field technicians from

have Carroll White REMC logos on

GMS going to every pole, meter,

the driver and passenger sides. You

and transformer that Carroll White

may see technicians in their trucks,

REMC owns and logging the loca-

walking from pole to pole and possi-

tion, taking digital photographs, and

bly using ATVs as they gather data.

gathering equipment information.

If you have any questions, please

They will also be installing new pole

contact the office at 800-844-7161

tags on all the Carroll White utility

or by email at


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Help food keep its cool — even in a power outage

With winter around

Before an emergency,

to be refrigerated. Doing

the cold temperatures

the corner, weather

put appliance

so will help keep you

to make ice. Fill buckets,

emergencies are bound

thermometers in

out of the refrigerator

empty milk cartons or

to happen — but they

your freezer and

and also provide you

cans with water and

don’t have to reach crisis

refrigerator. Freeze

with a backup food

leave them outside to

status in your household.

containers of water—

source in an extended

freeze. You can then use

If you prepare for power

like milk jugs — to put


the homemade ice in

outages before they

in the refrigerator and

occur, you can minimize

help keep food cold

For a prolonged

your worries, especially

longer, but don’t fill

outage, find local

about food safety.

them to the top. Water

stores that sell dry ice

Finally, when the power

your refrigerator, freezer or coolers.

expands as it freezes, so

and block ice. Block

outage is over, don’t

The most important tip

leave some extra space

or dry ice will keep the

take chances if the food

to remember is to keep

in the container.

refrigerator as cold

is questionable. If in

as possible for longer

doubt, throw it out.

your refrigerator and freezer doors closed

If you know in

as much as possible

advance that adverse

during an outage. If

weather conditions

Though some may

electricity is out only for

are imminent, freeze

encourage you to,

a short time and your

leftovers, milk, fresh

don’t bury food in the

refrigerator maintains

meat and poultry that

snow, because this

a temperature of 40 F

you may not need

isn’t a safe alternative.

or below, your food will

immediately. Grouping

Frozen food can thaw

be safe for about four

food together in the

if exposed to the

hours. A full freezer will

refrigerator will help

sun’s rays, even if

stay cold for 48 hours —

items stay cool longer.

temperatures are frigid.

24 hours if it’s half full.

Also, stock up on food

Rather than storing food

supplies that don’t need

outside, consider using


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periods of time.


Leslie Beard

Director of Marketing and Member Services WIN Energy REMC

insights L ETTE R S TO THE


Off the ‘to do’ list

I’ve had a “to do” item on my list for over a year … so today I am going to “do” it! I’ve long wanted to write you and tell you what a wonderful job you do with the monthly Indiana electric publication! I’ve been a long time Dubois REC customer. Your contributions to my enjoyment each month have been significant! I know thousands of other Hoosiers have the same experience … but, like me, letting you know can be hard to get off the “to do” list. Thanks … and keep up the good work!

Mike Rendel, Mentor, Indiana

Still time to enter Calendar art contest deadline March 20 Indiana students in grades kindergarten through 12 still have time to enter the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest. But the deadline to enter the contest is just weeks away. Artwork must be received at the Indiana Connection office by 5 p.m. on March 20. The address is Indiana Connection, Calendar Art Contest, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Winning entries will illustrate the 2021 art calendar sponsored by Indiana’s electric cooperatives.

‘For the people’ magazine

A complete set of rules and the required entry form are available at

Just finished reading your editorial in the recent magazine about your tiny house desire (January 2020 issue, page 3).

A first place artist will be selected for each grade and will receive $200.

I love all your articles. They speak to each and every one of us. Your magazine is something I look forward to each month. It is filled with interesting informative articles, chances for opportunities and good homemade recipes and restaurants to try. It also showcases parts of our beautiful state that otherwise might go unnoticed! Thank you again for a great “for the people” magazine!

Jennifred E. Jones, Wingate, Indiana


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The artwork of each grade level winner will illustrate either the cover or one month of the calendar. Honorable mention award winners will receive $75. Their artwork will appear in a special section of 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 ( or Richard G. Biever ( at Indiana Connection if you have questions about the art contest.

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county feature

Vigo County Vigo County has been home to a celebrated array of people. But let’s meet three: a songsmith, a saint, and Holocaust survivor.

PAUL DRESSER. Whenever Hoosiers sing about “the moonlight … along the Wabash,” they honor all Indiana homesteads. But really, that home gleaming with candlelight was that of Dresser, a Terre Haute native and songwriter who composed the song in 1897. “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” was officially adopted as the state song in 1913.

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1818

NAMED FOR: Francis Vigo, an Italian-born fur trader who aided the American forces during the Revolutionary War, most famously as an informant to George Rogers Clark in recapturing the British-held fort at Vincennes. POPULATION: 107,386 (2018) COUNTY SEAT: Terre Haute NOTED FOR: Vigo County is nationally known as a bellwether for U.S. presidential elections; it has voted for the winning candidate in every election since 1956, and in all but two elections since 1888 (1908 and 1952).


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Dresser’s birthplace and boyhood home, a state shrine listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now sits in Terre Haute’s Fairbanks Park, a stone’s throw from the Wabash. Dresser, it should be noted, was born Dreiser and was an older brother to another famous Hoosier, acclaimed writer and social reformer Theodore Dreiser.

SAINT THEODORA GUÉRIN. Long before Dresser wrote about “nature’s school,” a Catholic nun arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, a wilderness settlement in northwest Vigo County, in 1840 from France. Mother Théodore Guérin, aided by several other sisters, advanced education and religious vocation in the region. One school she founded became Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, which continues today as a Roman Catholic liberal arts school open to both women and men. More than 50 years after she died in 1853, the first considerations began for her sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI canonized her in 2006. Saint Theodora Guérin is the only saint to have served in Indiana. Eva Kor at the CANDLES museum in Terre Haute. She died unexpectedly on her annual CANDLES trip to Auschwitz July 4, 2019.

EVA MOZES KOR. While the Nazis killed her parents and older sisters during the Holocaust in World War II, young Eva and her twin sister, Miriam, were spared for the sadistic pseudoscientific experiments carried out on twins at the Auschwitz death camp in Germanoccupied Poland. Though they survived, they suffered physical complications throughout the rest of their lives. In 1960, she married American Michael Kor, also a Holocaust survivor, and settled in Terre Haute. In 1984, Kor founded CANDLES (an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors”), and, in 1995, opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute to educate the public about the Holocaust and the power of forgiveness. Despite her age, Kor made annual trips to Auschwitz to tell others about her childhood experiences. During last year’s CANDLES trip, she died unexpectedly on July 4 near Auschwitz in Kraków, Poland. She was 85 years old. This year, CANDLES museum celebrates 25 years and will be hosting programs and initiatives, speakers, events, and activities that carry on Kor’s legacy.

Indiana eats

Good to the bone The Chicken Place is THE place for your fried chicken fix This St. Patrick’s Day take a trip to

keeps the family tradition alive — as

Ireland — Ireland, Indiana, that is.

well as the area’s rich German tradi-

But don’t head to this small town in

tion. German Potato Salad and Ger-

Dubois County for an Irish Stew and

man Fries (potato slices fried with on-

Colcannon dinner. The Hoosier state’s

ions) are menu staples. Chicken can

Ireland is synonymous with fried chick-

be ordered by the piece or as quarter

en from The Chicken Place.

and half chicken portions. Hankering

Yes, this purveyor of good old-fashioned skillet-fried chicken, made fresh to order, is actually called “The Chicken Place.” Make no bones

for livers, gizzards or hearts? They’re on the menu, too. A full order of ’em all is aptly noted as “Organ Trail” in the Appetizers listing.

about what this Ireland institution is

Though fried chicken fanatics from

known for, although its menu includes

across the country have hit the trail

burgers, strip steak, ham, shrimp,

to Ireland, Indiana, locals love the

tenderloins and oysters.

eatery as well. Readers of The Dubois

Four generations of the Leinenbach family have been serving good-tothe-bone chicken using Katie Leinen-

County Herald voted it the “Best Fried Chicken” in the 2019 Best of Dubois County Awards.

bach’s top secret recipe since the

Patrons also love the restaurant’s 20

restaurant opened its doors in 1948

ounce scooners of draft beer which

as Leinenbach Café. The Chicken

are a perfect accompaniment to the

Place’s current owner, Chris Himsel,

crisp chicken.


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THE CHICKEN PLACE 970 W. State Road 56 Ireland, IN 47546


HOURS: Monday–Tuesday: 4 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday–Friday: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday: 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday: Closed




Take a veggie slice, cracker or chip ... and dip!

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened 6-8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 1 cup mayonnaise 4-6 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cup diced green onions 1 cup crushed buttery round crackers (about 18) ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese ¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-by-8-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Blend cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Combine with bacon, mayonnaise, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and diced green onions in a bowl. Stir well. Transfer mixture to a casserole dish. Spread evenly. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter. Sprinkle cracker crumb mixture all over the top of the dip. Bake 20-30 minutes or until bubbly. Editor’s note: We garnished the dip with finely chopped red and yellow peppers.

food Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip Angela Rouch, Peru, Indiana 1 pkg. 8 oz cream cheese 1 t. Italian seasoning ¼ t. garlic powder 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ¾ cup pizza sauce

½ cup finely chopped green pepper ½ cup finely chopped red pepper ½ cup mini pepperoni slices, optional Tortilla chips, breadsticks, or crackers for dipping

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder; spread on the bottom of a greased pie plate. Combine cheeses; sprinkle half over the cream cheese layer. Top with pizza sauce and peppers; can add pepperoni slices. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, breadsticks, or crackers.

Mexican Cheese Dip

Mexican Cheese Dip Kayla Knepp, Montgomery, Indiana 2 lbs. Queso Blanco - style pasteurized processed cheese ¾ cup milk 1 T. butter 2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chiles ½ t. cumin ½ t. garlic powder ½ t. onion powder ⅛ t. cayenne pepper Place cheese, milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook until melted. Stir in green chiles, cumin, garlic and onion powders, and cayenne pepper. Serve with chips or over Mexican rice. Editor’s note: We garnished the dip with chopped green onions and jalapeno slices. FO O D PREPARED BY I NDI ANA CO NNE CTI O N S TA FF



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from Acorns of


by Richard G. Biever Nate Heck works in the world’s greatest office space. But it’s not the cozy insulated and energized tree house in his backyard. Though editing video beneath a giant live oak limb that passes through definitely makes a unique and awesome studio. It’s not the New York City museums, industrial plants, or even Holiday World where he’s made episodes of his internet-based educational series, “Artrageous with Nate.” Though visiting these places inspire and fascinate. And it’s not even the beautiful and historic homes and basilicas in Spain or Italy he’s taken viewers to. Though touring Salvador Dali’s home on the Mediterranean seemed surreal. No. Nate Heck toils and tarries within a space that embraces all these places — and limitlessly more. His work station is within the imagination. His mission, the reason he created “Artrageous,” is to share the stories of creative people. The goal is to inspire and invite viewers to revisit their own imagination and creativity, and to project it outward. “Everybody’s creative,” Heck said. “The most fascinating creative people I have ever met are not artists. They’re usually



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Nate Heck sits back in his backyard tree house where he edits episodes of “Artrageous with Nate.” Along with a live oak limb running overhead, his workspace includes a loft, where he reads or his kids play, Emmys he’s won, and memorabilia. PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI EVER


engineers, designers — people that are just looking at problems differently.” And, “Wherever you see creativity and innovation,” he says in an introduction video for “Artrageous,” “I’ll be there.”

STORIES TO TELL Heck, 42, is trained as an artist and an educator. From his home on the east side of Indianapolis, he says he’s


more of a speaker and a storyteller.

Nate Heck visits the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum.

“I still consider myself an educator. I love storytelling. Good teaching is

“Art was a way that I didn’t feel

raised a few

good, good storytelling. I love telling

worthless,” he said. “I started doing

eyebrows. Though his students would

other people’s stories.”

local fair competitions … anything just

occasionally bring home a finished

to have a chance to have somebody

product, his classes would spend

see what I was making. Even if I didn’t

months on projects. A fifth grade class

win, I’d get some encouragement.

dissected various elements of the

Heck was the guest speaker at Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Cooperative Calendar of Student

Sistine Chapel, for instance.

Art reception for the contest winners

“It is important,” he continued. “If it

last year. He’s been invited to be on

weren’t for these art competitions,

Another project had students building

the panel of judges for this year’s

where else are some of these kids

full-size mummies and sarcophagi

contest that concludes later this month

going to get to shine a little bit? It’s not

and turning the hallways outside

(please see page 12 for information

going to be the SAT. They’re not going

the art room into an Egyptian tomb.

about the contest). Winning works

to make the honor roll, per se. They

His students also erected a 30-foot

from the contest in all grades, K-12,

may not be the football star.”

tower of colorfully painted plastic

will illustrate the cover and the months of the 2021 wall calendar that will be made available by participating electric cooperatives around the state in the fall.

Despite his rough early start with academics, Heck went on to earn degrees in art education and telecommunications at Ball State

water bottles that looked like glass, akin to the Dale Chihuly blownglass sculpture at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

University. He then received a

But some parents would ask, “Where

Thinking back to his talk with the

master’s degree in educational

are the hand turkey things for

winners, Heck noted art contests like

technology from Indiana University.


After college, he and his wife, Jessica,

“I’m way more fascinated by the

who is a French and Spanish teacher,

process of creativity than I am whether

lived in France for a couple of years.

you make some beautiful painting,” he

In 2005, they returned to the east side

said. “I just wanted to immerse kids in

of Indianapolis where he taught high


the co-ops’ calendar project were important to him growing up. He was not strong in the core subjects, he noted, and even repeated third grade. But inspired by his grandfather, an artist with The Indianapolis Star, Heck began using his imagination and creating with his hands.

school and elementary art for the next 10 years. Heck’s unorthodox style of teaching

In the meantime, he had begun using his skills in videography to create




Nate Heck interviews Oscar Sanz, CEO of Ink and Movement, at its headquarters. Ink and Movement manages artists and creates art and cultural projects to bring contemporary art to the public. Vinnie Manganello, an Indianapolis based producer and videographer, handles the camera.

teaching resources that would tell the back story of artists and their works,

Then, as budget cuts came to his

measured or appreciated as the

like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,”

school system, arts education was

courses within the STEM (Science,

or Georges Seurat’s pointillism, for

among the first casualties. Heck saw

Technology, Engineering, and Math)

example. “I couldn’t find anything like

fellow art teachers losing their jobs,

curriculum. “And if we can’t measure

what I wanted,” he said. “I love art

and he was forced to spread his time

it very simply on a test, we devalue

history. I love history, and I did not

thin teaching between two and then

it. Just because we can’t quantify it

like the way it was presented. It just

three schools.

perfectly, then somehow we think,

seemed really dry, and these kids were not connecting to the artists.”

Finally, by 2016, he realized he wasn’t putting into the art classes what he

‘Well, the arts are the first thing if we’ve got to cut.’”

With the help of the PBS station in

should and left teaching to focus strict-

Indianapolis, Heck’s videos became

ly on “Artrageous” to spur creativity

“Artrageous,” short 6- to 9-minute

and the need for the arts. “That’s why I

clips. They were disseminated over

got pretty passionate,” he said.

Heck admits part of the trouble with

The problem with the arts in schools,

general, is how they are presented

the internet and on PBS out of Washington, D.C.


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he said, is that they are not as easily

THEORIES OF RELATIVITY the “arts” in school, and society in and interpreted.

“You can’t say ‘art.’ It just separates,”

it. I’m fascinated by making all of that

Safari theme park in southern Indiana

he said. “It’s a loaded word. I call it the


to talk about roller coaster design

‘un-four letter word.’”

“Artrageous with Nate” bridges that

and engineering. “It was one of my favorites because it was great seeing

He said people will immediately

gap between the art room and what’s

separate between those who have the

beyond it. In the short engaging clips,

skill sets to paint and draw, and those

Heck enthusiastically shows how

who feel they don’t, and, therefore,

creativity, imagination and art combine

couldn’t care less.

with math and engineering to create

Another episode featured an industrial

wonderful human experiences. In

designer at Delta Faucet near

everything from roller coasters to

Indianapolis. It followed her vision for

literally the kitchen sink, Artrageous

a new faucet design, inspired by an

explores the ins and outs of the

old milk bottle, from her sketches to

creative process and innovation

collaboration with engineers through

from the Renaissance to today, from

to a final beautiful functioning faucet.

“Where is it in the process … where is it in middle school or high school that something happens, and we start to think we either have ‘it’ or we don’t?” he said. “People always say ‘I can’t draw a stick person.’ But that’s not really what I’m concerned about. I’m

Indiana to Europe.

more concerned about them not losing

For one episode, Heck and his crew

the belief that they ARE creative. The

ventured to Holiday World/Spashin’

world actually needs more people thinking creatively through problems than making paintings.” He said being innovative is the number one trait every business

all that come together. Design artists, engineers, the user experience. That was really fun.”

CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 LERMA, SPAIN Nate pauses for a picture beside the Collegiate Church of San Pedro, which was built in the early 1600s, while donkey trekking to a shoot in northwestern Spain near its border with France.

wants. To nurture that, “You need to support the arts. You need to support creative opportunities for kids so they have more time to just experiment.” Heck said he’d like to see a new emphasis in arts curriculum. Instead of advocating for the addition of “A” for “art” to STEM to create STEAM, he said art — or rather the creativity, innovation and imagination the arts stimulate and strengthen — needs to extend beyond the art room. Those essential skills need to become fused with every STEM subject, too. “When I speak at art conferences, a really a big question I am asking is: At what point do we stop calling it the ‘art room.’ If we want the arts to survive, I think we’re going to have to stop labeling it like that,” he said. “The only way to do it is to start connecting — by saying what happens in the art room connects to everything outside

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 With major funding from multiple sources, Heck has produced some

scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians — successful people in all walks — do the same.

100 episodes available on his website

“Imagination is more important than

or YouTube. “I love filming creative

knowledge,” once opined a guy

stories that focus on the relationship

known not as an artist but more for

between designers and engineers,

a few theories he concocted in the

form and function. I not only dig into

STEM line of work. But he added, “I

the culture they grew up in, but also

am enough of the artist to draw freely

into the companies and cultures

upon my imagination … Knowledge

that cultivate this type of innovative

is limited,” he said. “Imagination

thinking,” he noted

encircles the world.”

The show reaches an international

That guy was Albert Einstein.

audience, a little over half from the United States with the rest in Canada, Europe, Australia and India.

ACORNS OF INSPIRATION Acorns fall from the giant oak tree in Heck’s backyard. He hears them toppling onto the tree house roof. Even after multiple rakings last fall, acorns still cover parts of the yard. That’s how creativity often comes. Inspiration doesn’t always come in a brainstorm of fully-blown ideas. Creativity can come in persistent tapping that builds upon itself. And from those tiny acorns of inspiration, as they say, sprout mighty oaks carrying those ideas upward. They branch out and grow. Artists nurture and harvest their creativity. Successful

Heck said every field of study is important. “But we must also realize creativity is often the fuel within it all, giving us everything from the lightbulb


to the iPhone. Nearly everything we

executive producer and host, Artrageous

wear, ride in, and live in has been touched by not just STEM but also a heavy dose of creativity.” Research, he said, has proven that one side of the brain doesn’t do all the creative thinking while the other solves math equations. “Researchers are discovering creative thinking happens in multiple areas of the brain, with both hemispheres working together,” Heck said. “If our brains are designed this way, maybe our companies, schools, and industries should be, too.”

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Guide Cayetano Vinzia describes the history of the Basílica de la Sagrada Família (Holy Family basilica) for an episode of “Artrageous with Nate.” MARCH 2020

NATE HECK Age: 42 Family: Jessica Heck, wife Children: Geneva, Phoenix, Zara Home: Indianapolis Education: • Ball State University, degrees in art education and telecommunications • Indiana University, Masters in educational technology Awards: Six Emmy Awards for episodes of “Artrageous with Nate” About 100 episodes produced for both digital and broadcast.



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ST. PATRICK’S DAY NIGHTTIME PARADE, Crown Point (Lake), downtown. The only nighttime parade in Northwest Indiana. Parade at dusk. Free. 219662-3290.


TRACK THE PAST MODEL TRAIN SHOW, Rensselaer (Jasper), Rensselaer Public Library. Several different sizes and ages of model trains. Includes layouts that have buttons for the children to push and Thomas.. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Central Time). Free. 219-866-5881.



EASTER TRAINS, North Judson (Starke), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Passengers ride in vintage coach or open-air sightseeing cars. Approximately 12-mile round trip travels to the Kankakee River at English Lake and continues to a park for an Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Purchasing tickets online is recommended as trains have sold out in the past. View train departure times and book tickets at Tickets: $9 and up. 574-896-3950.


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DELAWARE COUNTY FARM FESTIVAL, Muncie (Delaware), Delaware County Exposition Center/Fairgrounds. Teaches children and adults about farming and agriculture, past and present, and the importance it plays in today’s society. 8:30 a.m-8 p.m. Joe Scott, 765-760-4443, or Dee Chambers, 765-760-8626. Visit Facebook page or CHRIS KATTAN AND FRIENDS, Franklin April (Johnson), Beeson Hall. The former Saturday Night Live cast member, performs his stand-up comedy show. Recommended for 17 and over. Tickets: $20 and $35. 6:30 p.m. https://www.etix. com/ticket/p/8876604/chris-kattanand-friends-in-franklin-franklinbeeson-hall?country=US&partner_ id=240&language=en&cobrand=mhshows


29TH ANNUAL TRADITIONAL POW-WOW, Lebanon (Boone), Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Native American singing, dancing, Red Road specials, vendors and food. Admission charge. 765-453-9025. americanindiancounci. americanindiancounci



THE LICK CREEK BAND, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. Eclectic acoustic music. 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $13; Children 12 and under, $6. Purchase tickets at ACE/Ben Franklin in Mitchell or online at www. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. 812-8494447.


“THE GREAT WAR” WORLD WAR I LIVING HISTORY EVENT, Vincennes (Knox), Indiana Military Museum. Hundreds of artifacts including artillery, vehicles and living history displays. Battles will be re-enacted both days. Free admission to outdoor events. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 812-882-4316.


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FERDINAND TOWN WIDE YARD SALE, Ferdinand (Dubois), townwide. Housewares, clothing, home decor, toys, etc. Over 100 sites throughout and around town. 812-367-2041.



To ensure our readers have sufficient time to plan ahead to attend these events, we have revamped the timeline of our calendar. Our events listing runs from the 15th of the current month to the 15th of the next month. We hope you find this revised schedule helpful.



MAPLE SYRUP DAYS, LaGrange (LaGrange), Maple Wood Nature Center. “All-you-can-eat” pancakes and sausage meal, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides into the sugar bush and tours of the sugar shack from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sugar making demonstrations, children’s entertainment, maple syrup and maple syrup-flavored food items for sale. All activities are free. The pancake breakfast requires a meal ticket purchased at the event (Adults, $7; Children, $3). 260-854-2225. http://


SHIPSHEWANA STANDARDBRED HORSE SALE, Shipshewana (LaGrange), Shipshewana Auction and Flea Market. Standardbred auction. Preview and driving, 7-9:30 a.m. To consign a horse, call Dale Chupp, 260-499-0093. 9:30 a.m. sale begins. Free. https://


SPRING CRAFT BAZAAR, Fort Wayne (Allen), Allen County Fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A food booth will be available the day of the event. Free. 260-402-1315 or 260-623-3702. http://





“FAB FOUR,” Corydon (Harrison), Artisan Center. Beatles themes portrayed by local area artists. Free. Visit or visit the center’s Facebook page. 812-7382123.


METAMORA MANDOLIN GATHERING, Metamora (Franklin), MPA Opry Barn. Full day of workshops, jams and networking. Evening show open to the public. Admission charge. 317-627-1377. https://www.metamorampa. org/metamora-mandolin-gathering


FARM CLUB OF SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA SWAP MEET, Osgood (Ripley), Ripley County Fairgrounds. Buy, sell or trade. 8 a.m.-noon. $3 per person. 812-621-8302. http://www.farmclubonline. com/id4.html


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; 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.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER stage your home for a successful sale When selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best

Or attach

for potential buyers. Home staging highlights your home’s

an air

most impressive assets. It can also greatly decrease the time a


home sits on the market. Follow these suggestions for a cost-

pad to your

effective way to make a big impact.


DE-PERSONALIZE: Staging helps buyers visualize the property as their own. If they’re distracted by a wall of family photos, a refrigerator covered in magnets and kids’ artwork, or tons of

filter for a fresh scent throughout.

toiletries on a bathroom counter, they’ll miss what’s important.

TOUCH UP AND REFRESH: Once you’ve de-personalized,

Take the personal stuff down and store it in bins with lids

decluttered, and cleaned, you’ll probably notice areas that

while your home is on the market. Replace wall hangings with

could use a little extra help. Nail holes that weren’t reused

neutral pieces so your walls aren’t completely bare. In the

will need some light spackling and touch-up paint. Speaking

bathroom, stow personal items in small bins so you can quickly

of paint, it’s best to neutralize brightly colored walls, another

hide them under the sink or in a linen closet, keeping counters

distraction to buyers. Paint is one of the most noticeable and

clutter free. Small decorative fabric totes corral items neatly on

cost-effective ways to freshen up a space.

open shelving.

Small fixes like a fresh bead of bathtub caulk, updated

DECLUTTER: Clutter takes up space, and space is what sells.

cabinet knobs, or new light switch plates quickly give a more

De-personalizing often takes care of some of the clutter but look around and see what else isn’t needed on a daily basis. Don’t stash everything in closets, because buyers will look there to see if your home has enough storage space for their belongings. So, it’s a good time to start filling more bins or large sealable storage bags with extra clothing and outerwear

modern appearance. Add more light with brighter LEDs. And remember, a buyer’s first impression begins at the curb and front door. In the winter, make sure walkways are free of snow and ice. Your lawn and landscaping should look tidy and healthy the rest of the year. New mulch and pots of annuals do wonders for curb appeal, not to mention a modern doorknob

that’s out of season. Collectibles and knickknacks should be

on a freshly painted, great looking front door.

put away as well, so stock up on packing boxes, paper and

Visit your local Do it Best store or for thousands


of the best home improvement products, including storage,


A clean home suggests to buyers that the current

cleaning, and touch up supplies for home staging.

occupants took good care of it. Make sure every area of the house is free of dust, dirt, and soap scum. Have plenty of cleaning supplies on hand to tackle the highly visible areas like countertops, bathrooms, sinks, and windows, as well as more hidden areas like refrigerator shelves. Try Mr. Clean eraser pads to remove scuffs from walls. Get some new reusable or disposable mop heads or Swiffer WetJets to keep kitchen floors shining. Dusters on extendable poles make it easy to


Pat Sullivan

Pat Sullivan is the owner of Sullivan Hardware & Garden stores in Indianapolis and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the US and around the world.

tackle dust and cobwebs on baseboards, ceiling fans, and wall corners. Buyers also judge your home’s cleanliness with their noses. Keep that “freshly cleaned” vibe going by discreetly placing plug-in style or solid air fresheners around the house.


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(This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)


Spring into safety on the farm

Spring has sprung in the Hoosier state. It’s planting season for many of the state’s roughly 94,000 farmers. While you prepare to plant the crops that keep the world fed, Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind you to keep safety in mind — especially when working around electricity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 62 farm workers are electrocuted each year in the U.S. Farm worker deaths and injuries can be prevented by practicing some simple electrical safety measures around farm.

Helpful safety tips for farmers to keep in mind this season: • Make sure farm equipment like planter arms and sprayers safely clear overhead power lines. This tall equipment can easily become entangled in power lines and pose an electrocution risk. Keep

a minimum of 20-foot distance from power lines in all directions. Consider asking your electric cooperative to move overhead lines around buildings or frequently used pathways. If you’re planning any new construction, consult your cooperative for information on minimum clearances and the location of overhead lines. • Keep a safe distance from power poles and guy wires when working the land or planting crops. Contact 911 immediately if your equipment comes into contact with a guy wire or power pole. Do not try to fix it yourself. Leave that to the experts. • If your farm equipment comes in contact with power lines, call 911 immediately. Keep others away and remain calm. DO NOT try to exit the equipment or touch someone who has had electrical contact. If you must exit the equipment for life-threatening reasons, jump out and away from the equipment and make sure

to land with your feet together and touching. Then, shuffle at least three tractor lengths away with your feet touching. NEVER attempt to get back into or touch equipment that is in contact with a power line. • If a standby generator is used on a single-phase system, it must be connected to the farm’s wiring system through a double pole, double-throw switch. The switch disconnects the farm’s electrical system from the electric cooperative’s lines during an outage and prevents backfeed – keeping lineworkers safe from the risk of electrocution. • Finally, make sure full-time and seasonal farm workers are educated to stay safe on the farm. Each worker should be aware of the dangers and use proper safety procedures. Indiana’s electric cooperatives stress the importance of staying safe around electricity this planting season. It could save a life. MARCH 2020



Ask Rosie 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



In December’s

mild weather, I found several bulbs


sprouting in my


garden. Then it got

In 22 years I’ve had more than a dozen oaks die because of a grub or larvae. Symptoms: First the leaves die and turn brown at the top

of the tree. It slowly spreads down the tree until all the leaves are brown and have fallen off. Then the bark begins to peel away from the trunk, and then it falls off pieces at a time. You can see where it cuts off the water supply to the tree. It spreads from tree to tree, usually the closest to the one

Fluctuating temperatures in fall and winter can fool bulbs, but in most cases, they will bloom as normal. PHOTO COURTESY OF PURDUE EXTENSION

really cold again. Will my bulbs bloom this spring?


It’s not unusual for Indiana weather to have trouble

deciding what season it is. Warm

affected. It may be nine months total time before the tree dies. I’m sure this

spells during the dormant period

is spreading in the forest behind my house.

often lead to bulbs poking their foliage through the soil. Though

Eugene Pigula, DeMotte, Indiana


we’re more used to seeing this Our Purdue Entomology Specialist

happen during February warm

was able to identify the culprit as

spells, our frigid temperatures

a longhorned beetle called red oak borer. The gallery pattern showing right angles and dead ends are distinctive for this species of borer. As with other kinds of borers, stressed trees are more likely to be attacked. By the time you’re seeing symptoms, it is too late to help that tree. The best strategy is to protect trees not yet affected by alleviating stress as much as possible, such as irrigating during prolonged dry weather. Woodpeckers

may provide some biological control, Red oak borers leave distinctive trails (galleries) in the wood of the tree. P H OTO B Y R IC H A R D G. B IE V E R

but they damage the bark and wood during their foraging. Remove dead and damaged trees to help reduce overwintering beetle population.


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arrived a bit early in fall 2019. Indiana temperatures widely fluctuated in November, December, and January. Low temperatures at the Purdue ACRE Farm in West Lafayette, for example, dropped to 3 F on Nov. 14, and rose back up into the 40s a week later. And the alternating pattern of below and above freezing continued through December and January. There’s not much you can do about bulbs that have sprouted, but the good news is that in most cases, the bulb itself should still be well protected and should bloom as normal. The tips of the leaves may be brown from the freeze damage.

product recalls

Trek recalls electric bicycles due to fall hazard A wrong-sized bolt has led to a recall of a high-end electric bicycle. This recall involves Trek Super Commuter+ 8S electric bicycles, model years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Trek has received two reports of the wrong bolt being installed to secure the front fender to the fork crown. This can cause the front fender to fall onto the front wheel and stop the bicycle suddenly, posing a fall hazard to the rider. One injury has been reported, resulting in a vertebrae fracture. “Trek” is printed on the bicycle’s downtube and the bike has an integrated battery and motor. The bikes were sold at independent bicycle stores nationwide and online from June 2017 through June 2019 for about $5,200.

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.

Call: 800-373-4594; or go online: and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page.

Don’t make a withdrawal from this power bank

If you have this hammer … stop hammering

The Spare 10,000 mAh Power Banks, used to charge electronic devices, has been recalled. Its lithium-ion battery can overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards. The power banks, given to consumers as free promotional products at meetings or events nationwide from July 2019 through September 2019, are white and are decorated with various logos. PO number 1813582 is printed on the back of the power bank. The power banks measure about 5.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide.

A STANLEY® brand 16 oz. wooden handle nailing hammer has been recalled. The molded grip on the hammer can come loose, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

One fire with no injuries has been reported. Call: 800-860-1555; or go to: www.pcna. com and click on the “Recalls” link at the bottom of the page.

Recalled is model number STHT51454. It’s etched below the STANLEY logo on the steel hammer head. The hammers have a metal head, a natural wood handle with a black over-molded grip. STANLEY is marked on the wooden handle in black and on the steel hammer head. The hammer sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide from July 2018 through August 2019 for about $6. Call: 866-215-1132; or go online:, click on Support, then Safety Notices and Recalls.

Mr. Steak can go up in flames Bass Pro has recalled two models of gas patio grills. The grill’s gas regulator hose with attached fuel gauge can melt if it comes in contact with the bottom of the grill’s firebox creating a fire hazard. The recall involves MR. STEAK four and five burner models, MS-4B-PG, SKU 2472264 and MS5B-PG, SKU 2472265. The stainless steel grills have black trim and four or five black and red dials. Bass Pro has received nine reports of grill fires. No injuries or property damage have been reported. The grills were sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and appliance and electronics stores nationwide and online from May 2017 through July 2019 for about $500 for the four burner grill and $600 for the five burner grill. Call: 1-833-677-8325; or go online:, and click on “RECALL”; or repairpartskit. MARCH 2020


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Take advantage of the madness to upgrade to energy efficiency appliances This month, you may be one of the

can select a model that is ENERGY

millions of Americans turning on

STAR-certified. When in doubt, look

the television and heading to the

for the ENERGY STAR logo.

fridge as you watch your favorite college basketball team compete for a national championship. And among the school fight songs and busted brackets, the month’s madness also provides the chance to score savings by upgrading appliances. Many stores hold sales on televisions and other appliances to coincide with the college basketball tournament.

certified appliances to save. Improved technology has led to newer appliances becoming more energy efficient than older models (particularly those more than a decade old). ENERGY STAR, which certifies appliances that meet certain energy efficiency standards, includes a list of the most energy efficient appliances on its website. A new model can help you save on energy use – and if you want to be sure, you


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opened 33 times each day. That is a lot of opportunity to let cold air escape! Also, many people have extra refrigerators or freezers in their basements or garages. If they are plugged in but mostly empty, they may be wasting energy! By intentionally planning your refrigerator use, you can minimize wasting energy. You may even be able to recycle your underused your home.

efficiency options. Many appliances with energy efficiency settings do not necessarily have them set by default. If you buy an energy efficient television, for example, you should check the settings to ensure that it is set as you would like. You may not be getting maximum energy – and cost – is on.


that the average refrigerator is

appliances and free up space in

update your home’s appliances to


ENERGY STAR reports on its website

to take advantage of energy

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appliances more efficiently.

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March provides an exciting time (and hapless heartache) for many sports fans. You also can take time to update your home with more energy efficient appliances that will lead to wallet winnings all year! If you have any questions, contact your local electric cooperative’s energy advisor or visit




Center founded by Mellencamp diverse in arts programming


oosier musical artist John Mellencamp has achieved international fame for over 40 years punching out a unique brand of rootsy rock’n’roll. Mellencamp’s radio-station standards — like “Hurts So Good,” “Jack and Diane,” “Pink Houses,” “Small Town,” and “Rain on the Scarecrow” — have ranged from catchy Top 40 tunes about teenage romance and rebellion to plaintive and provocative broadsides about the struggles of rural and small-town America. But he’s also an accomplished visual artist. He started painting at an early age, was formally trained in New York. and actually might have pursued art as a career — had a recording contract not found him first. So, when the Mellencamp family established the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in his hometown of Seymour in 1991, it came as no surprise that it would be an oasis for arts of all sorts — fine, performing, culinary, architectural, literary, and artisan. The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is housed in a beautiful 1851 brick mansion sitting upon a hill overlooking the White River. The Center is a notfor-profit organization operated by volunteers and a volunteer board of directors. While the Center has become a Mecca for Mellencamp fans from as far away as Australia, Europe and South Africa, and his spirit embodies the Center, the Center stands on its own with support from the community.

When asked, Mellencamp does autograph posters and pamphlets for the people who visit the Center. He also allows the Center to have one room reserved to exhibit around six of his works. Prints from three of his paintings, signed and unsigned, also are exclusively sold at the Center as fundraisers. SICA has two galleries, the Main Gallery and the Front Gallery. Exhibits in the Main and Front galleries rotate approximately every 30 days. Artists can request a oneperson or group show. Upcoming events at the center include Spring Break Art Camps later this month, two sessions coinciding with the spring break vacations of area schools. The Center also hosts a Summer Art Camp. Check the Center’s website for updates of exhibitions and performances.

IF YOU GO: Southern Indiana Center for the Arts 2001 N. Ewing St. Seymour, Indiana 47274 Hours: Wednesday-Friday, Noon-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-3 pm (or by appointment)

812 522-2278 MARCH 2020



INDIANA'S TOP DOG A hot-diggity conversation with Henry Holcomb While Statehouse politics were underway early this year, your Indiana

First Dog Henry

Connection team hounded out a behind-the-scenes interview with a Holcomb administration insider that’s


not just another shaggy-dog story. What follows is an edited portion of our

HH: We have a lot of really interesting

HH: I’m a huge fan of the Indiana

visitors, but the most famous person

Canine Assistant Network (ICAN),

I’ve gotten to sniff has to be rapper

that trains and places assistance

MC Hammer. He is on the board of

dogs with people with disabilities, and


directors of “The Last Mile”, a program

humane societies across the state

about your pedigree. When did you

that prepares incarcerated people to

that help animals like me. This year,

come to live with the Holcombs?

re-enter society through business and

I invited my friend Grady [the mascot

technology training. Dad loves this

from the University of Indianapolis]

program and made Indiana the first

and some dogs from IndyHumane

state outside of California to have the

over to our house to celebrate my 9th


birthday. I’m proud to say that we were

hot-diggity conversation with mover and shaker (especially when he’s wet) Henry Holcomb, First Pooch of Indiana.

HENRY HOLCOMB: I was born in Fort Wayne. I was a part of a litter of five dogs – four girls and yours truly. I love my sisters, but they were pretty noisy and rambunctious. While they

IC: What’s your most embarrassing

were running, barking and making a

moment as First Dog?

scene when Mom [Janet Holcomb] and Dad [Gov. Eric Holcomb] came to visit to adopt one of us, I crawled right into Dad’s lap, curled up and fell asleep. You could say I snuggled my way into their hearts. IC: Since you’ve become First Dog, who’s the most famous person you’ve gotten to sniff?


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able to get all five of my friends at IndyHumane adopted within a week!

HH: When Dad first started this job, we visited our new house and well – a

Follow Henry on social media.

certain miniature schnauzer may have

His handle is @FirstDogHenry on

accidentally peed on the curtains …

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I’m not proud, but life comes at you

or write to him at Henry Holcomb,


200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis,

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IN 46204, Room 206.