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t r A Safari
Student artists capture feathers and fur
Live PD from Jeffersonville Officer and K9 cohort star in reality TV series
Art by Madison Nevil senior Northfield Jr. /Sr. HS Wabash
from the editor
My checkered past In less than 30 days, 33 drivers in 33 cars will be attempting 200 laps on a 2.5 mile track in the hopes of winning the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Those familiar with this uniquely Hoosier tradition know that the Indy 500 is so much more than a one-day sporting event. The drivers become temporary Hoosiers, spending much of May in Indianapolis practicing, making personal appearances, qualifying for the race, and attending traditional events like the 500 Festival Parade and awards banquet. And, race fans — like me — can spend much of May at the track, watching fast cars and keeping an eye out for drivers and race-loving celebrities. How big of a race fan am I? So big that right after getting married in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Old Town, my husband and I drove to Al Unser Jr.’s nearby “Lazy U” ranch so he (my new husband, not Al) could take a picture of me standing by the entrance. I’d located the ranch on a previous trip to Albuquerque. It was easy to find — his mailbox, emblazoned with his autograph, was perched on replica of the IMS scoring pylon. I stood next to it in my wedding dress, hoping no one was home to catch me during my “fan-girl” moment. Later, though, I submitted the photo to Little Al’s fan club newsletter (yes, I was even in his fan club!), and it was actually published! I’ve met drivers like Johnny Rutherford, Janet Guthrie, Sarah Fisher, and Emerson Fittipaldi, and have autographs and photos of dozens of racers including A.J. Foyt, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, and Mario and Michael Andretti. Through the years, my racing obsession has waned as life’s other responsibilities have drawn me away from the track. But on the Sunday before every Memorial Day, you can find me at what I call “The 16th Street Brigadoon,” where on one special day each year, engines roar, fans converge, and the greatest spectacle in racing entices fans with its unique traditions and thrilling action.
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insights 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 PRODUCT PICKS Gifts for Mother’s Day. 12 INSIGHTS Indiana finally catches its elusive state insect. 14 PRODUCT RECALLS
16 INDIANA EATS Pappy’s Bar-B-Que. 17 FOOD Fuel your body for May’s races with high-carb food! 19 COVER STORY The student art contest to illustrate our 2019 calendar is in the books ... check out the winning art and meet the Artist of the Year.
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cover story 24 FEATURE STORY Jeffersonville Police Sgt. Denver Leverett and his K9 Flex fight the “bad guys” on live TV. 30 EVENTS CALENDAR 32 DO-IT-YOURSELF Tips for getting organized. 33 SAFETY Be safe during your outdoors chores.
feature story 34 BACKYARD It’s show time for peonies. 36 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 37 READER SUBMISSIONS Your photos from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (not in all editions).
On the Cover The Cooperative Calendar of Student Art brought in almost 2,200 entries this year from all over the state. This month’s
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ELECTRICAL SAFETY When it comes to power, it’s important to mind your Ps and Qs — and all the other letters of the alphabet! Since May is Electrical Safety Month, we thought it was important to review how to stay safe around electricity — letter by letter.
the ABC S of ELECTRICAL SAFETY Appliance Cords Appliance cords should be out of the way — not in the way — of foot traffic. They should also not be under furniture legs or rugs.
Beware Beware of places that have “Danger: High Voltage” signs and other warnings on or near them.
Clean Keep your workshop and garage clean and dry. Sparks from power tools can ignite wood scraps, sawdust and solvents.
Downed Power Lines If you see a power line that has fallen to the ground, stay away from it. Immediately call your electric cooperative.
Extension Cords They should only be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent household wiring.
Frayed Wires They’re dangerous! The wires should be repaired at once by a licensed electrician or, better yet, replaced.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters shut off power in time to prevent serious shock. They should be tested monthly.
Hit the Ground Although you should seek shelter if you’re caught outside in a lightning storm, if there’s no place in sight, hit the ground. Drop to your knees and bend forward with your hands on your knees. Don’t lie flat on the ground.
Insulators Don’t shoot or throw anything at electrical insulators.
Jump If a car you’re in hits a power line, stay inside the car unless the car catches fire. If it does, jump clear from the car without touching metal and the ground at the same time. Shuffle away keeping both feet on the ground.
Kites Never fly kites near overhead power lines.
Ladders Make sure ladders, antennas and other tall metal things don’t come in contact with electric lines.
Metal Metal conducts electricity. Therefore, metal objects should not be inserted into an appliance without disconnecting the appliance.
Nine-One-One (911) Call this number immediately if you come across someone who has been shocked or if there is an electrical fire.
Overload Avoid overloading outlets and never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
Plugs Don’t pull them from electrical outlets by the cord. Use the gripping area provided on the plugs. Yanking or tugging on the cord can damage its wire or insulation and could lead to an electrical shock or fire.
Quickly Act quickly if you see someone who has been shocked. Don’t touch the person if he/she is still in contact with the power source. Unplug the equipment first, then call 911 and the electric cooperative.
Respect Respect the power of electricity.
Swimming Pool If it’s storming outside, it’s no time to be swimming. Get out of the pool.
Trees Don’t climb them if they are near power lines.
Unplug Unplug small electrical appliances if you’re not using them.
Vandalism Vandalizing power lines or equipment can not only knock out power to homes and businesses, it can also kill or severely injure you.
Water Water and electricity don’t mix. Don’t leave appliances plugged in where they might come into contact with water. If a plugged-in appliance falls into the water, never reach in to pull it out, even if it is turned off. Unplug it first.
Extinguishers Make sure your home is equipped with a Class “C” fire extinguisher and smoke detectors. Test them regularly to make sure they work.
Youngsters Keep an eye out for the youngsters in your home. Put protective covers on outlets within toddlers’ reach.
Zap You don’t want to get zapped! That’s why it’s important to be safe around electricity.
May brings flowers, and you should give them to your mother. She
deserves them — and at least one of these mama-perfect gifts. BY JAYNE CANNON
DRY IN STYLE
AWAY YOU ROLL
SEARCH IS OVER
Looking to relax with a glass of wine, stressed moms don’t need to struggle with a stubborn cork. The Pampered Chef Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes it easy with a single button, and its stand doubles as a foil cutter. $50. 800-462-3966; pamperedchef.com
Moms like no other deserve a hair dryer like no other. That’s the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. The digital motor is in the handle, resulting in a betterbalanced, easier-tohold dryer. And, it’s stylish and pretty, just like Mom. $400. 888-237-8289; bestbuy.com
Give mom a carry-on as tough as she is! The Away Carry-On has an impenetrable shell that bends under pressure, but never breaks — guaranteed for life. It also has a built-in phone charging port with an ejectable battery. $225. 888-428-2118; awaytravel.com
Every mother can use a little help. Introducing Google Home Mini. This little round disc can tell her the weather, answer questions, deliver the news, remind her of appointments and turn off the lights. $49
Mom takes a lot of great photos. But when does she have time to print them? Give her the gift of memories with an HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Smartphone Printer and Instant Camera. About the size of a phone, it connects via Bluetooth. $160. 877-203-5578; hp.com
A mom’s purse can be like a rabbit hole when she needs to find a pen, keys or whatever. The Handbag Illuminator with Charging Power lights the inside of a bag, so she can find what she needs and will charger her phone. $36. 888-365-0056; uncommongoods.com
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Meet the electric John Deere Following the tracks of the automobile
These two motors power an adapted
industry moving toward electric vehicles,
DirectDrive transmission, producing 130
John Deere showcased the first, fully
kilowatts of continuous power with a
battery-powered tractor last year at an
peak output of 400 horsepower, accord-
international agribusiness tradeshow in
ing to Farm-Equipment.com. The tractor
takes three hours to fully charge and can
Nicknamed SESAM, for Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery, the tractor is touted as having all of the same
run up to four hours in the field with speeds ranging from 2 to 30 mph with a range of about 34 miles.
“features and functionality of a ‘conven-
To be practical for the sun-up to sun-
tional’ tractor while offering the benefits
down longevity of farm work, ag insiders
of electric power.” This emissions-free
say a 200 horsepower electric tractor
tractor runs at a lower noise level than
would hypothetically need about 1,500
other traditional tractors and is operat-
kWh of batteries. As energy storage tech-
ed by two independent electric motors.
nology continues to advance, John Deere
The electrification simplifies the moving
says it’s only a matter of time before it
parts and greatly reduces the need for
manufactures a tractor that can meet this
Indiana catches elusive Before a gymnasium packed with elementary students from West Lafayette and Sullivan County and guests from New Harmony and around the state, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill giving Indiana its official state insect — Say’s Firefly — March 23 at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette. At right, he has fifth grader Kayla Xu rest her hand on his as he signs Senate Enrolled Act 236, creating the designation. As a second grader, Kayla started the quest for a state insect when she learned Indiana was one of only three states without one. That effort was taken up by her classmates in Maggie Samudio’s class and continued with lobbying in the Statehouse for the next three years. This past session, the governor said he “caught the bug” and supported their efforts. Electric Consumer featured the students in a June 2016 cover story. To revisit it, go to: electricconsumer.org/ carrying-a-torch/.
P H OTOS B Y R IC H A R D G. B IE V E R
John Deere showcased the first, fully battery-powered tractor last year, modeled after John Deere’s 6r series tractors.
CORRECTION A graphic in the story about Indiana’s senatorial candidates in April’s issue had the incorrect date for Indiana’s primary election. The correct date is Tuesday, May 8. Electric Consumer thanks the readers who let us know about the error,
VOTE ELECTION DAY
apologizes for any confusion, and encourages all Hoosier voters to let your voice be heard in the May 8 primary.
Left: Students and teachers at Cumberland Elementary practice flashing tiny lights like fireflies to greet the governor for the bill signing ceremony. Below, retired Purdue University entomologists, Tom Turpin, left, and Arwin Provonsha, who first proposed Say’s Firefly for the state insect 20 years ago, bask a bit in the afterglow following the signing with second grade teacher Maggie Samudio. Relighting the torch the two first carried for the firefly, Samudio’s students wrote and lobbied legislators and the governor. All along the way, the students learned firsthand lessons in politics, science, English, history, culture and folklore.
Left: Surrounded by students who had worked so hard on the bill and legislators who supported it, the governor gives a thumb’s up after signing the bill.
Kidde recalls dual sensor smoke alarms 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.
Kidde has recalled dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010. A yellow cap left on during manufacturing can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the alarm’s ability to detect smoke. The alarms were sold at Menards, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40. Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. If a yellow cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed. Call 833-551-7739; or go online to www.kidde. com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
Vornado recalls electric space heaters Vornado Air has recalled its VH101 Personal Vortex electric space heaters because units can overheat when in use, posing fire and burn hazards. The heaters were sold in a variety of colors at Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Menards, Target and other stores nationwide and online from August 2009 through March 2018 for about $30. The heaters measure about 7.2 inches long by 7.8 inches wide by 7.10 inches high and have two heat settings and a fan only/no heat setting. The model/type “VH101,” serial number and ETL mark are printed on a silver rating label on the bottom of the unit.
Call 855-215-5131; or go online at www.vornado. com/recalls and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button.
Toy fire hat recalled for fire hazard
Spirit Halloween has recalled the Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Deluxe Marshall Hat with flashlight due to fire and burn hazards. The batteries in the flashlight can overheat, causing the flashlight to become hot. The hats are red with a yellow ribbon, have black and white spotted dog ears and a black flash light attached to the side of the hat. The flashlight is included with the hat and they share the SKU number. Only flashlights with SKU 01292093 and date codes 1703RY01, 1603RY01, and 1503RY01 are involved in this recall. The hats were sold at Spirit Halloween stores nationwide from September 2015 through November 2017 for about $13. Call 866-586-0155; or go online at www. spirithalloween.com and click on product recall at the bottom of home page.
M AY 2018
When visiting Brazil, Indiana, look for the cornflower blue building on National Avenue.
Spice and smoke When ribs, pork, chicken and brisket are carefully rubbed with a secret blend of spices and are slow cooked over hickory wood for up to 14 hours, something magical happens. They emerge as smokehouse masterpieces. At Pappy’s Bar-B-Que, an Old West-inspired eatery in Brazil, Indiana, you can enjoy the succulent meaty rewards of a painstaking process — at a reasonable price to boot!
Bar-B-Que Nachos are just one of the mouthwatering items diners will find on the menu at Pappy’s Bar-B-Que.
Pappy’s Bar-B-Que 111 E. National Ave.
11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Website:
Pappy’s, so named because owner Rick Bell’s grandkids refer to him as “Pap,” is a go-to dining spot for locals like Indiana State Rep. Alan Morrison. “Their smoked chicken wings are the best,” Morrison said of the Pappy’s popular and affordable (only $6.49 for six jumbo wings) appetizer. In addition to Morrison’s recommendation, other regulars like to load up on the Bar-B-Que Nachos, piled high with pulled pork or chicken, sweet or smoky sauce, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and sour cream. For Morrison, Pappy’s is the perfect place to take the family. “I love going there with my kids to celebrate after one of their baseball games or track meets,” he said. Besides meat-centric dinners and sandwiches, taco salad, chili and three types of cornbread cake for dessert, Pappy’s offers a kids’ menu of sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and
chicken tenders, all served with fries or apple sauce. Pappy’s dinners — which include meatloaf and chicken tenders as well as the aforementioned meats — and sandwiches, served on Texas toast or a bun, come with diners’ choice of sides. All the sides are made from scratch. It’s tough to decide what to choose when selections feature fried apples, cheesy taters, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and fried sweet corn. So it’s a good thing folks who want to add extra sides to their meal can order them for just $2.49 each. Pappy’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., MondaySaturday. Look for the cornflower blue building on National Avenue. ABOUT STATE REP. ALAN MORRISON: Indiana State Rep. Alan Morrison represents House District 42, which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Fountain, Parke, Vigo, Warren and Clay counties in west central Indiana. He serves as vice chair of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee and is a member of the Natural Resources and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.
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YOUR BODY Prepare for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon with these high carb recipes.
food Herb Focaccia Bread 1 (10-11 oz.) tube refrigerated pizza crust 2 T. olive oil ½ t. dried oregano ½ t. dried basil ½ t. dried minced garlic ⅛ t. salt Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat a 10-by-15inch rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Using your fingertips or the heel of your hand, spread the dough to cover the bottom of the baking sheet. Prick the dough several times with a fork and brush with olive oil. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bread is crisp and brown. Cut and serve.
Quinoa Salad by Kathleen Tooley, Berne QUINOA: 2 cups chicken broth 1 clove garlic, smashed 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed 1 onion, diced ½ cup black olives ½ cup chopped bell pepper ½ cup feta cheese DRESSING: ½ t. salt ⅔ cup lemon juice 1 T. vinegar ¼ cup olive oil Bring broth and garlic to a boil; add quinoa. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until quinoa is tender (15–20 minutes). Cool. Gently stir in chicken, olives, pepper and feta cheese. Mix dressing ingredients and drizzle over quinoa mixture. MAY 2018
food Sausage, Pepper and Rice Skillet 1¼ cups white rice, uncooked
about 5 minutes. Remove from the
2 t. olive oil
pan and set aside.
1 (12-oz.) package smoked sausage ½ red bell pepper, sliced ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced 1 small white onion, quartered and sliced ½ t. kosher sea salt
¾ cup of chicken broth; whisk
½ t. ground black pepper
to combine. Allow the mixture to
5 T. tomato paste
simmer for 1 minute. Then, add the
1¼ cups low-sodium chicken
paprika and cayenne.
⅛ t. cayenne pepper 1½ T. chopped parsley In a small saucepan, cook rice according to package directions. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet
6 T. unsalted butter 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced 16 fresh sage leaves ¼ t. kosher salt ¼ t. black pepper ¾ cup (3 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese Cook ravioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium low heat until it foams. Add shallots and cook, stirring until golden, 1-2 minutes. Increase heat to medium. Add the sage and cook until leaves turn crisp (around 1½ minutes). Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Return drained ravioli to the pot. Add the butter and sage and toss gently. Add ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese and toss again. Divide among individual bowls and top with remaining cheese.
pan and set aside with the sausage. Add the tomato paste and about
1 t. paprika
1 (24-oz.) package fresh cheese ravioli
and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the
4 cloves garlic, minced
Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage
Add the peppers and onion; sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, salt
is hot, add the oil. After the oil shimmers, add the sausage and cook until browned on both sides,
Stir in the cooked rice, sausage, remaining chicken broth, peppers and onions until combined. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
Cook’s notes: For an “Italian” version, use Italian sausage and ½ t. Italian seasoning. For a “Cajun” version, use andouille sausage and ½ t. cajun seasoning. FO O D PREPARED BY ELECTR I C CO NS UME R S TA FF PHO TO S BY RI CHA RD G . B I E V E R
cover story Evan Olinger and his five Cooperative Calendar of Student Art grade division winning works, counterclockwise from top right: June 2015; July 2016 (and Best of Show); August 2017; September 2018 and October 2019 (also Best of Show).
g n i 5 k a T ‘Artist of the Year’ colors in fifth consecutive grade division win
BY RIC H A RD G. B IE V E R
nyone who’s ever had cats knows they are creatures of both habit and keen curiosity. Evan Olinger never has had a cat; he and his
older brother are allergic to them. Still, the high school sophomore won his fifth consecutive grade division in the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest in March by modeling the modus operandi of the furry feline he illustrated to win. Much like a cat, Evan stuck to the familiar — his favorite medium of colored pencils he’s used to garner awards every year in the Indiana electric cooperatives’ contest since he was a sixth grader. But he continues to curiously explore and venture into new subject matter. He noted he’d never drawn a cat before. “It was all new,” he said. “I like doing that with contests. “Cats are cute, so I just wanted to draw a little kitten,” Evan said. “I wanted to display that kittens are playful. They would be the type of animal to get inside a pumpkin. They’re adventurous.” PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 22 MAY 2018
Kindergarten Lily May • Fairland
1st Grade Leah Reyes • Union Mills
4th Grade Emily Keller • Brownstown
Student artists capture feathers and fur Birds and animals once again dominated the winning themes of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art contest. The 13 first place winning works will illustrate the cover and the months inside the 2019 calendar participating Indiana electric cooperatives make available to consumers. Nine additional works were selected for honorable mentions. They will appear in a special four-page section of the 21st edition of the calendar that will be available in early autumn. The contest was open to Indiana students, grades K-12, and judged in late March. Leading the animal parade is the kindergarten cover work,
February 2nd Grade Lucas Coon • Kewanna
a puppy with one blue eye and one brown eye. Bright red cardinals are frequent visitors to Hoosier backyards in winter, and the 2019 calendar will feature another in February. In April, the calendar sights its first-ever hedgehog. A big pink pig wins the blue ribbon both at the fair and for July’s seventh grade division. A dog in the arms of a young girl brings in the “Dog Days” of August. A curious little kitten pokes its head out of a jack-o’-lantern and into October. The work by 10th grader Evan Olinger not only won Evan an unprecedented fifth consecutive grade division but also earned the Silver Creek High School sophomore his second “Best of Show” designation. (Please
3rd Grade Bailey Werner • Jasper
see Evan’s story beginning on previous page.) The year rounds out with December and a feathery white chalk owl on black paper. Honorable mention-winning entries continued the animal theme with a polar bear for January, a bluebird for March, PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 23
September 9th Grade
Danielle Sommerman • English
5th Grade Naomi Schroeder • Kendallville
Evan Olinger • Sellersburg
6th Grade Mia Troxel • Noblesville
7th Grade Mary Batz • Williams
8th Grade Clare Kramer • New Salisbury
Kaitlin Frank • South Whitley
12th Grade Madison Nevil • Wabash
Evan is an avid comic book collector and a fan of Batman and other comic book and movie heroes. He adorns his “artist studio” — a corner of the basement family room — with a myriad of sketches and artwork he’s created and Batman and other hero figurines he’s collected.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Last year, the illustration Evan created for September of his dog, Doodle, was one of the first dogs he’d ever drawn. “I just don’t do animals that much. It’s fun to branch out, though.” Evan’s illustration of the soft, greeneyed kitten poking its head out of a jack-
Halloween theme, he said black cats
to go, the Silver Creek High School
o’-lantern not only won for the month of
have been done so often, and the choice
16-year-old may not yet be done.
October in the upcoming 2019 calendar,
of black may have diluted the detail he
but contest judges selected the work as
wanted to render.
“Best of Show.” “Evan’s work quickly caught the eyes
“I thought it would be more visually
Despite the success he’s had in the cooperative art contest and others he’s entered through school, Evan remains
appealing and vibrant to go with the
both competitive yet modest. He entered
of everyone in the room with its skillful
colors I ended up using,” he said. “The
two works in the calendar contest this
execution,” said one of the judges, Justin
textures and details may have not shown
year out of self doubt. Along with the
Vining, a professional, Indianapolis-
up as well either if I drew a black cat
“cat-o’-lantern,” as he called it, he also
based artist and former elementary
because using too many layers of dark
drew an old rusting Volkswagen Beetle
school art teacher who was profiled in
colored pencils sometimes results in
amid fall foliage. The judges ended up
the February 2018 Electric Consumer.
smudging and makes the details look
debating which of his two illustrations to
choose for first.
“His drawing exhibits an understanding of medium, composition, and
This is Evan’s second “Artist of the
Evan said he was uncertain how
color beyond Evan’s age, which made him
Year” designation. His first was as a
the Volkswagen, his first try, would be
the clear front runner,” Vining added.
seventh grader for the month of July in
received. So he started the cat illustration.
Evan said he wrestled with some
the 2016 calendar. Only one other artist
“Honestly, I just wanted to try to get five
early decisions about the cat illustration.
in the contest’s 21 years earned the “Artist
years in a row,” he said. “I was just trying
“I thought about making it a black cat,”
of the Year” title twice, and Evan is the
to make the chances a little higher.”
only artist to have won his grade division
While that may have enhanced the
five times. And, with two more calendars
RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Electric Consumer.
Honorable Mention Nine additional works honored
Each year after the judges select the 13 grade division winners in the calendar art contest, other top works from the various grades are pulled aside. From these, nine additional works are selected at large to receive honorable mentions. Here are the honorable mention winners from this year’s contest. These works will appear in a special 4-page section in the 2019 calendar, and each of these artists received $50.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
and two more cats for August and September. The contest brought in about 2,200 entries this year. In the 21 years the contest has been held, beginning with the 1999 calendar, some 89,010 pieces of art have been entered in the contest. Cash prizes were $200 for all grade division winners and $50 for honorable mention winners.
Kindergarten Ivery Spitznagle • Flora
January 1st Grade Birdie Swafford • Clayton
Evan Olinger, the Artist of the
8th Grade Luke Lanam • Seymour
8th Grade Eva Kramer • New Salisbury
Year, earned an additional $100. Some 300 other students will each receive an “Award of Merit” certificate for their work which advanced into the final phase of judging in their respective grade division. Along with Evan, other repeat grade winners this year included: • Fifth grade winner Naomi Schroeder. Last year’s Artist of the Year also won her grade division as a first grader. • Ninth grade winner Danielle Sommerman. The Crawford
February 2nd Grade Andrew Finn • Sellersburg
3rd Grade Isabelle Ferguson • New Castle
County student won her division
Kaycee Sims • South Whitley
for the fourth time. • Sixth grade winner Mia Troxel. The Noblesville student won her division for the second time. Another first of note: twin sisters won a first and an honorable mention in the same contest. Clare
Kramer of New Salisbury won the
Ezra Miller • South Whitley
A reception for all 22 winners,
eighth grade division, and sister Eva won the honorable mention. their parents and art instructors, sponsored by Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Hoosier Salon,
6th Grade Tori Willis • Jamestown
The Cooperative Calendar of Student Art 2019 will be illustrated with the artworks featured on pages 20-21 and include these nine additional works. Calendars will be available starting this autumn. Stay tuned to future issues of Electric Consumer and announcements from local participating electric cooperatives to find out how you can adorn your wall with the calendar in 2019.
will be held in conjunction with the Hoosier Salon’s annual exhibition. The Salon’s exhibit will be held at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis in August.
Live from Jeffersonville P HO TOS B Y E L L IE S C H U L E R
Sgt. Denver Leverett and Flex are reality stars that fight the ‘bad guys’ BY HOL LY H UF F M A N “I’ll be straight up,” Sgt. Denver Leverett of the Jeffersonville (Indiana) Police Department admitted. “I got into the business to lock up bad guys.” Fans of the television show “Live PD” can certainly attest that Leverett is adept at getting the so-called “bad guys.” Leverett and his black and tan K9 cohort, Flex, have become a standouts on the hit A&E Network reality series that follows several police departments from around the country in real time. “Live PD” premiered in October 2016 and has steadily grown a fan following. Currently, it’s one of the top-rated cable shows on Friday and Saturday nights (its March 23 episode drew over 2 million viewers according to The Nielsen Company). Its premise is simple:
follow police officers from all around the country in real time as they do their job. The show typically highlights six or seven departments each airing. The Jeffersonville Police Department joined the show’s law enforcement lineup in April 2017. While other police departments have come and gone from the show due to a perceived negative light it can shine on a community, the administration at the Jeffersonville Police Department has been supportive throughout the show’s run, citing its transparency. Flex and Leverett’s path to becoming a celebrity crime-fighting duo began simply because Leverett volunteered to appear on camera to represent his department. And, as viewers watched the tough-but-kind officer and highly trained K9 work together,
it didn’t take long for them to gain a legion of followers. One reason? Leverett’s uncanny ability to determine whether someone he is questioning is telling the truth — earning him the nickname “human lie detector.” Many times, Leverett can get potential suspects to confess within minutes due to his direct, no-nonsense interrogation style honed over 17 years of experience as an officer.
BORN TO BE A POLICE OFFICER
Leverett grew up in Jeffersonville and graduated in 1995 from Jeffersonville High School. In 1999, he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. While at IU, he interned with the Jefferson County Police Department in nearby Louisville.
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I would say seven out of the 10 cars I stop are either going to have a needle, a meth pipe, meth, or heroin.
Sgt. Denver Leverett
first hand. The Jeffersonville area has been especially hard hit by an increase in drug use and overdoses. “I would say seven out of the 10 cars I stop are either going to have a needle, a meth pipe, meth, or heroin,” Leverett said. Many of the people Leverett comes into contact with on the job through drug arrests and other offenses are “repeat offenders.” He estimates he deals with the same 200 people 90 percent of the time.
‘I WON’T GET OUT’ Leverett poses with “Live PD” Host Dan Abrams, left, and Co-Host/Analyst Tom Morris Jr., right, during a visit to the show’s New York City studio last year.
Pursuing a community service career was an easy decision for Leverett. His father was a Jeffersonville fire marshal, and his uncle served as chief of police. One cousin is now a police officer, and another is a firefighter. “When I was younger, my uncle would allow me to come out and ride with the guys on third shift,” Leverett recalled. “I was probably 10 or 12 years old.” After continuing to volunteer his time with the police force through high school and college, Leverett applied for a spot on the Jeffersonville Police Department. On the force officially since 2001, he is now assigned to both the drug investigation and K9 units.
Ironically, Leverett’s career path has converged with loved ones’ experiences with addictions. A year after he joined the department, Leverett’s best friend was murdered during a drug deal. Members of Leverett’s own family have encountered battles with drugs, to0. “I’ve had an aunt die of drugs, had a cousin overdose, and another cousin just got out of prison for the third time for drugs,” Leverett said. “It [the drug epidemic] has hit me in a personal way.” Because of those personal experiences, Leverett is more determined than ever to fight the drug problem. Day in and day out on the job, he sees the effects of drugs and the opioid epidemic
In addition to joining the force to stop the “bad guys” and to help his community, Leverett’s other passion is working in the department’s K9 unit. A friend of his father formed the unit, and a young Leverett spent time volunteering to help the officers in any way he could. Most officers on the Jeffersonville Police Department must serve two years on the force before joining a specialized unit, such as the K9 unit. However, fortune was on Leverett’s side. After a year on the job, a K9 unexpectedly passed away, creating an opening on the unit. Leverett was quick to inquire about the vacancy, despite the two-year requirement. When no one applied for the position, the police chief at the time gave him the goahead to pursue a dream. PLEASE TURN TO THE NEXT PAGE MAY 2018
Flex, a 5½-year-old Dutch Shepard, is specifically trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension.
his instinctual drives, including the use of a tennis ball as a reward system — something that “Live PD” viewers see often on the show. Commands given to Flex are typically in Dutch, German or Czech — such as “blibe” (stay) or “loos” (out — when Leverett wants him to release something or someone). Flex is specially trained to respond only to Leverett’s voice. Flex is called into duty on Leverett’s command, taking into account the specific situation, Flex’s safety and the public’s safety. When not on duty, Flex is just like any other family pet. Switching between the role of K9 and “regular” dog is like a light switch, Leverett said. “He’s just a big baby at home. You’d think he’d never bite anybody. Then, when he sees me putting on my uniform, he’ll start running circles.”
CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE “He was like, ‘Nobody’s applied and we have a spot available. If I put you in it, there’s no you getting out,’” Leverett recalled. “I said, ‘Well, you have my word, I won’t get out.’ That was 17 years ago.” Since then, Leverett has had four K9s at his side. Dutch, his first partner, died of old age; his second, Oz, died of bloat; and his third, Buck, passed away from sepsis two weeks after apprehending a suspect. Flex has been his partner for the past four-anda-half years. The typical career of a K9 varies depending on the type of dog and its health.
A PERFECT FIT
Viewers of “Live PD” know that Flex is a K9 at the top of his game. A 5½-year-old Dutch Shepard, Flex is trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension. He is specifically trained to alert on heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Leverett and Flex are a perfect fit, similar in both temperament and execution. “He’s thorough, clear minded, and stays calm,” Leverett said. “He’s good at what he does and is detail oriented. That’s all things I am.” Flex and Leverett are required to train twice a month for eight hours. However, Leverett works with Flex on his own time, helping him to hone his craft. Part of that training uses
They [potential criminals] know Friday and Saturday, 9 to midnight, you don’t ride around dirty (driving around with any form of illegality) in Jeff (Jeffersonville) because you’re probably going to get stopped.
Sgt. Denver Leverett
When “Live PD” is filming with the department, Leverett will work Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On those Wednesdays, the production crew (comprised of a cameraperson and a producer) rides with Leverett and Flex (as well as another officer from the department) to film tape-delayed segments that air during the live broadcasts. During the live broadcasts, 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, Leverett’s shift switches from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prior to a live broadcast, Leverett typically meets up with the production crew to have dinner and prepare for the show before patrolling begins at around 7:30 p.m. A year into their work relationship, Leverett and the crew have become friends. “They’ve all been super nice and laid back and real cool to be around,” Leverett said. “We’ve actually hung out off duty.” Since the show is live and unscripted, Leverett — and viewers — never know what will happen. One of the most exciting onscreen moments was when Leverett and Flex had to pursue a fleeing suspect believed to be in possession of a gun. During the pursuit, the suspect jumped over several fences to elude capture. While chasing the subject, Leverett had to throw Flex over each fence as he kept track of, and captured, the suspect. Despite dramatic moments like this caught on camera, which show that particularly dangerous suspects can be found in smaller cities, not just large metropolitan areas, Leverett points out that “Live PD” has had a positive influence on the community. One positive is a deterrence of crime on nights the show is filmed.
“They [potential criminals] know Friday and Saturday, 9 to midnight, you don’t ride around dirty (driving around with any form of illegality) in Jeff ( Jeffersonville) because you’re probably going to get stopped,” Leverett explained. “From the start of the show to now, it’s been harder to catch somebody dirty and buying drugs.” Another positive is the community policing aspect that both Leverett and Flex’s popularity have brought to the police department. Both get asked to attend various community outreach events from galas, reading to local children to participating in fundraisers. Other perks of TV exposure include numerous gifts and cards from fans. One fan sent Leverett crocheted hats and a blanket with his picture on it for his young son. Flex has also received gifts, including tennis balls and “pig” ears. When Leverett and Flex appeared in A&E’s New York City studio last year to serve as guest commentators for “Live PD,” Leverett was asked what type of food he feeds Flex. Shortly afterward, Purina sent Leverett a year’s supply of the dog food. Due to his popularity, Flex even has his own Twitter account which currently has over 29,500 followers. The account is handled by Leverett’s mother, Sandy.
LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE
Though retirement isn’t in his foreseeable future, Leverett, 40, hopes to continue to serve as a mentor, even after handing in his badge, passing on his skills and experience to the younger officers on the force. “Hopefully, the young guys coming up under me will kind of take the reins and keep doing it,” he said. When he leaves the department, Leverett would like to pursue his passion for dogs in some way. He’d also like to spend more time with his family, which he admits has been hard while serving as a police officer. As for Flex, Leverett hopes that he can continue to be part of his family (which includes his wife and 2-year-old son) after his days on the force are done. Although Flex is considered a member of the Jeffersonville Police Department, retired K9 officers are usually allowed to remain with their human family.
Leverett trains with Flex both on duty and during his off hours to make sure his K9 partner is at the top of his game. Leverett uses a tennis ball as part of the training and as a reward for a job well done.
For now, Flex and Leverett have more pressing things to think about than a retiree’s relaxed schedule. Leverett has paperwork to catch up on after the previous night’s drug bust. Flex is running drills. Neither of them know what the future — specifically tonight — holds for them. It was the past — the tragedies of his loved ones’ drug experiences and his passion for stopping “bad guys” — that shaped Leverett’s present. The exposure of being on “Live PD” is icing on the cake, allowing him to project a positive image on those who protect and serve our communities. HOLLY HUFFMAN is member relations and advertising manager for Electric Consumer.
For more information • About “Live PD,” go to the show’s website at aetv.com. • Find and follow Flex on Twitter at @K9Flex_JPD. • Visit Electric Consumer’s social media pages for extra content from our visit with Sgt. Leverett and Flex.
INDIANA GOURD SOCIETY STATE GOURD SHOW, Rochester (Fulton), Fulton County Historical Society. Gourd art, crafting supplies, auction, demonstrations, classes, food, and more. Fri: 10 am-7:30 pm, Sat: 10 am-4 pm. Admission charge. 765-674-8088. indianagourdsociety.org
AVIATION CAREER DAY, Rensselaer (Jasper), Jasper County Airport. Learn about aviation careers and more. Free. Parking at Jasper County Fairgrounds. 8 am-2:30 pm CDT. 219-866-2100. Info@ JasperCountyAirport.com.
TRAVELING VIETNAM WALL, Rensselaer (Jasper), Brookside Park. The Jasper County Veterans Council is sponsoring AVTTâ€™s Traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial from noon, May 24, until 3 pm, May 28. Free. 219-866-9424.
HIGHWAY 38 SALE, Pendleton (Madison). Downtown. Antiques, yard sales and food! Free. email@example.com. pendletonin.org
MAYBERRY IN THE MIDWEST, Danville (Hendricks), courthouse square. Join in the fun and excitement as all things related to The Andy Griffith Show are celebrated. Free (some events are ticketed and have a cost). 317- 319-1492. firstname.lastname@example.org. mayberryinthemidwest.com
FRIENDS OF SUGAR CREEK CANOE RACE, Crawfordsville (Montgomery), Creekside Lodge. Race features a USCA division and a recreational division. Cost: Free-$20. 11 am. email@example.com. 765-362-5200. visitmoco. com/events/friends-sugarcreek-canoe-race-2/.
HISTORIC NEWBURGH WINE, ART & JAZZ FESTIVAL, Newburg (Warrick), Old Lock & Dam Park. Wineries, craft beer vendor, restaurants, artists and live jazz all day long. Admission charge. 812853-2815. historicnewburgh.org
HERITAGE DAYS RENDEZVOUS, Rockport (Spencer), Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village. Encampment, demonstrations, entertainment, food, music and museum tours. Free. 812649-9147. indianasabelincoln. org
SPIRIT OF VINCENNES RENDEZVOUS, Vincennes (Knox), French Commons and George Rogers Clark NHP. Reenactments, demonstrations, entertainment, merchants and more. Admission charge. 800-8866443. spiritof vincennes.org
MAYFEST IN SHIPSHEWANA, Shipshewana (LaGrange), townwide. Bluegrass and gospel music, food, family activities. 10 am-4 pm. Parade Saturday, 10 am. Free. 866-631-9675. shipshewana.com
KITE DAY, Kendallville (Noble), Mid-America Windmill Museum. Children of all ages can come fly a kite and celebrate spring. 11 am-4 pm. Admission charge; children under 12 are free. 260-242-0276. Midamericawindmillmuseum. org
CITY OF LAKES CAR SHOW AND CRUISE, Warsaw (Kosciusko), courthouse. Cruise, concert, food and local vendors. $12 entry fee for cars, trucks and motorcycles. Free to observers. 574-527-1060 or 574-3772479. firstname.lastname@example.org. warsawoptimist.org
UNICORN MEET AND GREET, Georgetown (Floyd), Georgetown Optimist Club. Meet Athena the Unicorn with Half Pint Hooves Minis. Get your photo and feed those magical unicorn treats. 2-4 pm. $10. 317-413-3747. email@example.com. STARLIGHT STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, Starlight (Clark), 8409 St. Johns Road. Buildyour-own strawberry shortcake, 5K run/walk, food, games, entertiainment and more. 8 am to 6 pm. Free. 812-9235785. firstname.lastname@example.org. Starlightstrawberryfest.com
ALL-YOU-CAN EAT BREAKFAST, Scottsburg (Scott), Hardy Lake (4171 E. Harrod Road). Monthly breakfast is a fundraiser for the Friends of Hardy Lake. Cost: $6.50, adults; $3, ages 3-12; under 3, free. 7-10 am. There is no fee to enter the park during breakfast hours on these days. friendsofhardylake.org
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BY S CO T T AND H EAT H E R LIM E BE RRY Spring cleaning season is upon us, and for many people that means more than scrubbing and scouring. It also means clearing out clutter and reorganizing problem areas in their homes. A big part of organization anywhere in the house is being able to easily locate and get to the things you need, not the things you don’t. A great way to begin is by going through each space from top to bottom so you can evaluate every item and determine what to keep and what to get rid of. Work backwards: This may seem counterintuitive at first, but you should begin the clearing out process by tackling your storage spaces first. The idea here is to create more available space so when you move on to the most lived-in areas, there will be storage space available for items you’re removing and storing from those rooms. A big time-saving trick! Organizer’s rule: When deciding what stays and what goes, many professional organizers swear by this rule: If an item hasn’t been used in over a year, odds are you’ll never miss it. Sort your items into four piles: Keep, Throw Away, Sell, and Donate. The sell and donate piles represent simple ways to achieve decluttering satisfaction while not contributing to the landfill. Unloading your stuff in a
garage sale or donating it to charity not only lifts the clutter from your space and mind, but you’ll feel good knowing these items will serve a purpose for someone else. A supply of garbage bags, sturdy totes, and bins will come in handy here. Storage solutions: Once you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to store what’s left in an orderly fashion. Shelves are fantastic options anywhere in the house because they’re so versatile and customizable, so you’re limited only by your space and imagination. Choose from wall-mounted shelves or free-standing units in various sizes, styles, and materials. Just don’t forget the hardware and tools needed if you’re building or installing them. Keep that decluttered vibe going with baskets, crates, or boxes to keep loose items tidy on your new shelves. Free-standing and wallmounted racks are also helpful for garage or basement organization, because many are built for storing things that are too long or bulky to fit on shelves. There’s a rack, shelf, or bin for just about everything. Label it: You know the old saying: A place for everything, and everything in its place. A label maker can really help you achieve that next level of orderliness. You’ll no longer put away sheets randomly in the linen closet because labels will remind you that this shelf is for queen sheets, and that one is for king sheets. Labels are visual but silent task masters.
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Getting organized Out of room: You’ve cleaned, decluttered, donated, and organized, but your wish for a streamlined home hasn’t come true. If you’re limited on space or you just can’t part with enough stuff, perhaps a backyard shed is the answer. Be sure to check with your housing addition to see if they have rules about sheds, since you may need approval before installing one. A shed is a perfect place to store lawn care equipment, bikes, or other outdoor items. If there’s room left, all your indoor castoffs can be placed in weather-proof bins and stored there until next year’s big clean out. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest. com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including storage and organization helpers essential for a clean and decluttered home. SCOTT AND HEATHER LIMEBERRY are owners of Limeberry Lumber & Home Center in Corydon and Limeberry Home & Hardware in Floyds Knobs. They are member-owners of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Waynebased cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the US and around the world. (This article is for informational purposes only. Electric Consumer and Do it Best assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of its content, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)
ELECTRICAL HAZARDS CAN OCCUR OUTSIDE
he sun is shining, and we’re finally seeing May flowers blooming. What better way to transition from spring to summer than by spending time outdoors? Those at your electric cooperative remind you electrical hazards are not only present indoors; they can also occur outside. “It’s easy to forget the dangers we can face outdoors when we’ve spent the last six months predominantly inside,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Many outdoor activities can put us in harm’s way, and we want to ensure residents are thinking outside the home as well when it comes to electrical safety.” When working outside, take a moment to look around you. Look up and down when you begin your next outdoor DIY project. When you look up, you may spy power lines close to the spot you’re working on. Always keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away; electricity can jump to nearby objects, like your ladder, shovel or hose. When looking down, you may not see anything, but there could be dangers lurking underground. That’s why it’s always important to call 8-1-1 before you dig. A trained professional will locate and mark underground facilities, helping you avoid any electrical dangers.
When starting a project that requires power tools, always ensure your outdoor outlets are up to standards. Make sure you have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) installed, which automatically cut power when a plugged item comes in contact with water. If you’re using an extension cord, do not use it unless it is labeled “for outdoor use.” When operating power tools outdoors, follow these guidelines: • Inspect the tool before and after each use. • Replace or repair worn or defective equipment immediately. • Keep the tool and the area you’re working on clean to avoid fire hazards, and always store tools in a dry place. • Never use electric tools or mowers in wet areas. “We encourage those working outdoors to educate themselves on their tools and to be aware of their surroundings at all times,” VanParis said. “Looking up, down and around is a great habit to start when keeping up with yardwork this summer.” Electricity is a powerful tool, but it can also be lethal. Share these tips with your friends and family, and remind them that electrical safety isn’t just inside the home but outside, too.
Power up safely with extension cords When outdoors, use only those extension cords rated for outdoor use. They are designed to resist outdoor wear and conditions.
Don’t string multiple extension cords together. Not only is it unsafe, but it will also reduce their power capacity and your electronic tools or gadgets won’t work properly.
Plug your grounded outdoor extension cord into a ground fault circuit interrupterprotected (GFCI) electrical outlet to avoid shock or electrocution.
Q: I have several White Pine trees
It’s show time for state flower by B. Rosie Lerner
include several shades of red and purple. Depending on the cultivar and weather
o admire a peony in full bloom is
conditions, peonies will blossom as early
a fitting way to celebrate our full
as April or as late as June. In many years,
arrival into spring.
the herbaceous peonies hit their peak
Although it is native to Asia, the peony has become a staple of Midwestern flow-
bloom around Memorial Day, making them popular for gravesite plantings.
er gardens — so much so that the Indiana
Peonies grow best in well-drained, sunny
Legislature in 1957 adopted the peony as
locations but can adapt to a wide range of
the state flower. Though there have been
soils. Garden peonies can be purchased
recent efforts to replace the peony with a
as either potted plants or divisions of the
native species, such as the fire pink, the
tubers (underground stems). Planting
peony continues to hold the designation.
depth is critical for good garden perfor-
Peonies are hardy perennial plants that adapt easily to average garden conditions without much maintenance. There are
mance. The buds of the tuber should be set no deeper than 2 inches below the soil surface.
two basic types of peonies that can be
Tree peonies are propagated either by
grown in the Midwest — garden (herba-
seed or by grafting a certain cultivar onto
ceous) peonies and tree peonies. Garden
a vigorous rootstock. Seed-grown plants
peonies have thick, bushy foliage that
usually require six or more years to be-
reaches 2-4 feet in height and dies back
come mature enough to flower.
to the ground each winter. Tree peonies are generally larger than garden peonies and produce their annual growth from woody stems. They are generally a little less winter-hardy than the garden types.
While late summer or early autumn is the recommended planting time for both types of peonies to allow the plants the opportunity to establish new root growth during the cooler, moister conditions,
Though there is a vast array of culti-
spring planting is possible. But be pre-
vars available, most gardeners are only
pared to pamper the plants throughout
familiar with the large, double-flowered
the stressful summer with about an inch
garden forms in white, pale pink and
of water per week and perhaps protection
magenta. In addition, garden peonies are
from hot afternoon sun.
available in single-flowered, semi-double, Japanese and anemone-type blossoms. Other colors include yellow, cream and red.
Double-flowered forms often get so top heavy from the weight of the blooms that they bend over the ground and sometimes break off the stem. The flower
Tree peonies also come in single,
stalks can be supported by tying them to
semi-double and double-flowered
a stake, surrounding them with a wire
forms, and the color range extends to
cage, or other support.
and have noticed some have been turning yellow since last summer. I’ve noticed that many throughout my area have the same yellowing. Is there something I can do to save them?
Paul Starr, Jay County
A: Sadly, it is common for white
pine to be in a state of decline in Indiana. They are beautiful trees, but, unfortunately, they are susceptible to extremes of drought and flooding, high and low temperatures, exposure to road salt, as well as insect and infectious disease. It is important to distinguish between normal fall needle drop and overall tree decline. White pine naturally sheds its 2-year-old needles in the fall. This shed appears to happen all at once. But the rest of the needles on the tree should be of good green color. If all or most of the needles on the tree are yellow, then it is most likely in a state of decline. Reducing stress can help prevent or at least slow the onset of decline, but in many cases this will not be practical and the site may not be appropriate for white pine. For more information, see Purdue Extension bulletin BP-34 -W White Pine Decline www.extension.purdue.edu/ extmedia/BP/BP-34-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,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224; or use our “Talk to Us” form online at ElectricConsumer.org.
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Wabash Valley news
GET GREEN TO GO GREEN Did you know you may be eligible to receive a federal tax credit and a $1,500 POWER MOVES® rebate to install a geothermal heating and cooling system? In February, the U.S. Congress passed a budget deal reinstating a federal income tax credit for geothermal heating and cooling systems, also referred to as geothermal heat pumps. The credit previously lapsed at the end of 2016. The reinstated tax credit is retroactive — meaning people who installed geothermal heat pumps in 2017 may be eligible for the credit — and it will be phased out over the next several years. That means installing a geothermal heat pump soon will maximize your tax credit! Of course, your local electric co-op still offers a $1,500 POWER MOVES rebate to install a qualifying new geothermal system.
The incentives can help offset some of the cost of installing a geothermal system, which is more expensive than installing traditional heating and cooling systems. Yet geothermal heat pumps help homeowners save money over time by reducing the monthly energy costs to heat and cool their homes. Geothermal heat pumps are more efficient than traditional systems by tapping into the earth’s naturally moderate temperatures to help cool and heat your home. While Hoosiers endure frigid winters and blistering summer heat above ground, the underground temperature actually remains pretty stable year-round. A geothermal heat pump takes advantage of that stability by exchanging heat within the ground (or water) and your home. That efficient exchange requires much less electricity to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors in extreme
temperatures compared to other types of heating and cooling systems. If you have ever pondered installing a geothermal system, now may be the best time to explore the possibility! You should seek experienced contractors who can provide you with all of your available options. You also can contact your energy advisor at your local co-op, who can provide guidance on your first steps. More information about the POWER MOVES rebate can be found at PowerMoves. com/geothermal. Additional information about geothermal systems can be found at energystar.gov. Consult your tax advisor for details about the federal tax credit and to discuss your eligibility.
Hoosier Energy news
How landfill methane power plants work Hoosier Energy landfill methane gas (LMG) units generate 18 megawatts of energy. It is part of the “all of the above” energy strategy that includes coal, natural gas and other renewable sources. LMG systems capture gases released from decaying organic material in solid waste landfills
to power gas turbines like the one shown. Landfill generation projects contribute to reduction of greenhouse gases by destroying methane. For more information about Hoosier Energy’s generation sources, log onto hoosierenergy. com/about/energy-strategy.
How energy is transmitted to your home
Power generation Generating energy from a diverse set of fuel sources is an important part of the power supply portfolio, including natural gas facilities.
Switching substation After leaving a power plant, electricity feeds into a substation that raises or “steps up” the voltage – similar to increasing water pressure.
Transmission Electricity generated by Hoosier Energy and other utilities is placed on a regional grid and transmitted at highvoltage over long distances throughout central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Energy to your cooperative
These stations lower the voltage before being sent along to your local electric cooperative.
At this phase, your electric cooperative distributes and meters the energy you use at your home or business.
The Miller cousins of Fulton County, from left, Shelby, Daniel, Sidney and Madison Miller, link arms for the opening prayer before the start of the 2003 Indy 500. The family’s 500 traditions go back to 1957. Photo by Steve Miller.
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o anywhere in the world and mention you’re from Indiana, and you’ll probably hear one response more than any other even if the
speaker knows little English ... “Vroom, vroom, Indy 500.” The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is synonymous with Indianapolis and Indiana. And while NASCAR, motorcycles and even Formula 1 have taken turns on the famed oval at various times of the year throughout the years, no other month means racing at Indy more than the month of May and the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500. This year’s race is Sunday, May 27, the day before Memorial Day is observed. We asked readers to share photos of their Indy memories. Here are some.
Above: Nathan Webster, 8, stands beside the 2016 winning car driven by Alexander Rossi during a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum before last year’s race. His grandparents, Keal and Karen Webster, are members of Tipmont REMC. Right: Scott Balch and Cara Nesius get a selfie in front of the track’s iconic pagoda after the race. They are Jasper County REMC consumers from Rensselaer.
We might not be seeing Bryce King racing at the Indy 500 or the Brickyard 400 anytime soon. But somewhere down the 2.5 mile oval ... who knows? His mom, Holly, submitted this photo as he prepared to take a lap around the track in his .25 midget that he raced in USAC’s Battle of the Brickyard in 2016. The 8-year-old from Kouts plans to be back for the Battle this coming July 4-8.
Patricia Daugherty, a Daviess-Martin County REMC consumer from Loogootee, shares a memorable photo of famed racers Mario Andretti, left, and his son Michael, when she had a borrowed pit pass for her first or second time to the track in May of 1992.
Leading Acid Reflux Pill Becomes an AntiAging Phenomenon Clinical studies show breakthrough acid reflux treatment also helps maintain vital health and helps protect users from the serious conditions that accompany aging such as fatigue and poor cardiovascular health
by David Waxman Seattle Washington: A clinical study on a leading acid reflux pill shows that its key ingredient relieves digestive symptoms while suppressing the inflammation that contributes to premature aging in men and women. And, if consumer sales are any indication of a product’s effectiveness, this ‘acid reflux pill turned anti-aging phenomenon’ is nothing short of a miracle. Sold under the brand name AloeCure, it was already backed by clinical data documenting its ability to provide all day and night relief from heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel, gas, bloating, and more. But soon doctors started reporting some incredible results… “With AloeCure, my patients started reporting less joint pain, more energy, better sleep, stronger immune systems… even less stress and better skin, hair, and nails” explains Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist and company spokesperson. AloeCure contains an active ingredient that helps improve digestion by acting as a natural acid-buffer that improves the pH balance of your stomach. Scientists now believe that this acid imbalance is what contributes to painful inflammation throughout the rest of the body. The daily allowance of AloeCure has shown to calm this inflammation which is why AloeCure is so effective. Relieving other stressful symptoms related to GI health like pain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea. Now, backed with new clinical studies, AloeCure is being recommended by doctors everywhere to help improve digestion, calm painful inflammation, soothe joint pain, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles – helping patients to look and feel decades younger.
FIX YOUR GUT & FIGHT INFLAMMATION Since hitting the market, sales for AloeCure have taken off and there are some very good reasons why. To start, the clinical studies have been impressive. Participants taking the active ingredient in AloeCure saw a stunning 100% improvement in digestive symptoms, which includes fast and lasting relief from reflux. Users also experienced higher energy levels and endurance, relief from chronic discomfort and better sleep. Some even reported healthier looking skin, hair, and nails.
A healthy gut is the key to a reducing swelling 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.
es unwanted stress on your immune system, 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.
EXCITING RESULTS FROM PATIENTS
By buffering stomach acid and restoring gut health, AloeCure calms painful inflammation and will help improve digestion… soothe aching joints… reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help restore hair and nails … manage cholesterol and oxidative stress… and improve sleep and brain function… without side effects or expense.
To date over 5 million bottles of AloeCure have been sold, and the community seeking non-pharma therapy for their GI health continues to grow. According to Dr. Leal, her patients are absolutely thrilled with their results and are often shocked by how fast it works. “For the first time in years, they are free from concerns about their digestion and almost every other aspect of their health,” says Dr. Leal, “and I recommend it to everyone who wants to improve GI health without resorting to drugs, surgery, or OTC medications.” “I was always in ‘indigestion hell.’ Doctors put me on all sorts of antacid remedies. Nothing worked. Dr. Leal recommended I try AloeCure. And something remarkable happened… Not only were all the issues I had with my stomach gone - completely gone – but I felt less joint pain and I was able to actually sleep through the night.” With so much positive feedback, it’s easy to see why the community of believers is growing and sales for the new pill are soaring.
REVITALIZE YOUR ENTIRE BODY With daily use, AloeCure helps users look and feel decades younger and defend against some of the painful inflammation that accompanies aging and can make life hard.
Readers can now reclaim their energy, vitality, and youth regardless of age or current level of health.
One AloeCure Capsule Daily • Helps End Digestion Nightmares • Helps Calm Painful Inflammation • Soothes Stiff & Aching Joints • Reduces appearance of Wrinkles & Increases Elasticity • Manages Cholesterol & Oxidative Stress • Supports Healthy Immune System • Improves Sleep & Brain Function
HOW TO GET ALOECURE
This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And so, the comAloeCure is a pill that’s taken just once daily. The pany is offering our readers up to 3 FREE bottles pill is small. Easy to swallow. There are no harmful with their order. side effects and it does not require a prescription. This special give-away is available for the next The active ingredient is a rare Aloe Vera compo- 48-hours only. All you have to do is call TOLLnent known as acemannan. FREE 1-800-808-2785 and provide the operator Made from of 100% organic Aloe Vera, AloeCure with the Free Bottle Approval Code: AC100. The uses a proprietary process that results in the high- company will do the rest. est quality, most bio-available levels of acemannan Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media exknown to exist. According to Dr. Leal and several of her colleagues, posure, phone lines are often busy. If you call and improving the pH balance of your stomach and restor- do not immediately get through, please be patient ing gut health is the key to revitalizing your entire body. and call back. Those who miss the 48-hour deadWhen your digestive system isn’t healthy, it caus- line may lose out on this free bottle offer.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND ALOECURE
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. ALL DOCTORS MENTIONED ARE REMUNERATED FOR THEIR SERVICES. ALL CLINICAL STUDIES ON ALOECURE’S ACTIVE INGREDIENT WERE INDEPENDENTLY CONDUCTED AND WERE NOT SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN GLOBAL HEALTH GROUP.