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VOLUME 68 • NUMBER 11 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by:

Hoarders take note! Decluttering our homes is all the rage thanks to Marie Kondo, a proponent of living more sparsely, simply and, ultimately, stress-free. Kondo says you should get rid of everything that does not “spark joy” in your life. You might have seen Kondo on television in shows like Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and Entertainment Tonight or her own Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. She has written two books about ditching clutter and she earned a spot on Time magazine’s Top 100 Influential People list in 2015. As part of Kondo’s “KonMari” organizational method, anything that doesn’t make you happy should receive a proper and literal “thank you” before being relegated to the trash pile. Yes, she actually speaks to her discards, acknowledging that they served their purpose, but that, hey, it’s time for the heave-ho. Kondo’s philosophy intrigues me. I tend to keep more than I should. There’ve been a few instances when I threw out items I ended up needing, so now I overanalyze whether I really should be parting ways with a lot of my possessions. Ah, but the promise of a clutter-free life is so inviting! And if I can’t accomplish it environmentally, perhaps I’ll start with Kondo’s tips for decluttering the mind. By getting down to the core of what makes me happy — what sparks my joy — I can theoretically concentrate less on nagging everyday issues that take up a lot of head space and focus on what is fundamentally important to me. Once I straighten myself up (a true herculean task!), I just might tackle my junk drawer!

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county

03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Mini split may save you

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cover story 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Floyd County. 16 INDIANA EATS A Shelbyville institution: Chapperal Café.

energy and money.

17 FOOD Taking your ‘cue:’ Barbecue

12 INSIGHTS

recipes. 19 COVER STORY Indiana’s national treasures.

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outdoor

26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 OUTDOOR Clusters of critters or hordes of herds.

profile

30 BACKYARD Rhubarb bolting and hydrangea pruning. (Not in all versions) 31 PRODUCT RECALLS

29 SAFETY Air conditioner and fan safety.

32 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 34 PROFILE Fast times: Go kart racer Bryce King.

On the cover After exploring a secluded area on Lake Michigan’s shores, hikers head up the Cowles Bog Trail at Indiana Dunes National Park. The 4.7 mile trail, named after Dr. Henry Cowles, “the father of plant ecology” in North America, showcases several distinct habitats — ponds, marshes, swamps, black oak savannas, and beaches. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

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Practice electrical safety

every day

May is annually designated as Electrical Safety Month. But Electrical Safety Day should be every day. For all the wonderful things electricity does for us, it can be unforgiving if not treated with respect — all the time.


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Electric s p i t y safety t e f a member s know-how to re Most people know little about electricity. We flip a switch to turn on the lights or change a lightbulb when it burns out. We sometimes take electricity and

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Water and electricity

regularly to ensure it is in

don’t mix. Keep

working order.

electric appliances

its many applications for granted because it does so

away from any source of

many things for us easily and dependably.

water. People are such

During May — Electrical Safety Month — why not take a few moments to brush up on your electrical safety know-how?

good conductors because the human body is about 70 percent water. That’s why electricity often uses your body as the easiest pathway

5

Unplug appliances with removable cords at the

outlet first, then at the

or gives off the discard it or have it repaired.

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pulled or tripped over.

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off power whenever work is being

done on anything that uses

cord. Pulling on the cord

electricity.

and the cord.

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appliances like space heaters and

televisions give off heat. Do

cords only when

not place them near anything

necessary. Check

flammable.

you use them. Extension cords should have a seal of approval from a major testing laboratory, like Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).

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Household

Use extension

cords for defects before

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equipped with an

fire extinguisher for electrical fires. Check the extinguisher

To protect youngsters, insert specially designed

plastic caps in low level outlets when you’re not using them.

Keep your home approved Class C

E LE CTRIC CONSUMER OCTOBER 2017

Disconnect or turn

when unplugging, not the

connection between the plug

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cords to dangle from a countertop or a

eventually weakens the

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Don’t allow electrical

tabletop where they can be

appliance. Grasp the plug

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sputters, stalls

slightest shock, turn it off and

to ground.

2

If an appliance

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If in doubt about any possible electrical hazard, call your

local electric cooperative.


Don’t blow a fuse! Have time and technology made your wiring inadequate?

Here are some instances when immediate help is needed.

Electricity does it all. It powers kitchen appliances, home electronics, computers, heating and cooling systems and so much more. One potential area for electrical hazards is an outdated wiring system. Is yours adequate to handle the load you demand of it?

Blowing of fuses when certain appliances are used together. If you can’t operate your appliances as needed, too large a load is being imposed on the circuit. Overheated wires, switches, fuse boxes and plug-ins suggest that the current

WATCH OUT FOR POWER LINES Electricity is energy. Like

the elements make them

most forms of energy, it’s

practically impossible to be

powerful. As essential as

covered. And, air really is the

electricity is to our daily

best insulator.

lives, when electricity is misused or the system that delivers it to our homes is ignored, it can be deadly or cause serious injury.

be taken on by amateurs. A qualified electrician should be called. If you have any questions concerning your wiring system, contact your local electric cooperative for recommendations.

Laying it on the line

way. And, they usually don’t interfere with normal day you decide to work on

outdoors: Please watch out

your house or yard or play

for power lines!

outdoors in a way that puts

appliances. The high voltage

The remedy for an outdated wiring system is really not complicated. It usually means an increase in size of the service entrance and fuse box, plus additional circuits to various parts of the house.

The actual work is complicated and should not

over our heads out of our

everyday activities. But that

power cords on your home

These are just some of the indications of inadequate wiring.

generally are placed high

to remember when you are

aren’t insulated like the

Lights that dim down and stay down while something is running may mean that wire sizes are too small to handle the load demanded from them.

Some appliances, such as the freezer, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher and furnace, should be placed on circuits by themselves. The kitchen should have at least two circuits to the receptacles, so that the small appliance loads in the kitchen can be split between the two circuits.

That’s why power lines

One very important thing

Overhead power lines

flowing through these devices is excessive or that a loose connection may be present.

you in unusual places, you need to be aware of where those lines are so that you don’t get tangled up in them.

carried on power lines and

Underground power lines

their constant exposure to

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and also send somebody to

since they are out of sight.

Don’t climb trees that

is the most dangerous.

However, you need to be

have power lines running

Nylon string is more safe,

aware of when you are

through or even near their

but still never fly kites near

performing outdoor activities

branches. Contact with one

power lines.

there.

such as planting shrubs or

of these lines carrying 7,200

trees or putting in a pool.

volts or more can kill or

If you have a pool in your

If a power line falls on the

Here are a few precautions to keep you and your family safe when working or playing around power lines: Watch where you take your ladders. Always carry them parallel to the ground

seriously injure. In addition, a person making contact will usually fall from the tree and could sustain additional injuries. Don’t plant trees under power lines.

backyard, be careful when you’re cleaning it so the long cleaning poles don’t

If you notice a downed

play outside during an

power line near your

with the power lines, and

that says “High Voltage.”

be broken, it can still be

Don’t raise antennas near

string that crosses a

power lines.

power line, especially if

Don’t start digging a hole for trees, shrubs or other home improvements without first calling 811 to locate your easement.

the string is wet, can carry electric current down the unfortunate person at the end of the string. Kite string with metal wire in the center

Match Game MATCH THE ELECTRICAL SAFETY STATEMENTS (A–D) WITH THE NUMBERED WORDS BELOW THEM.

electric cooperative as Lightning is electricity. Don’t

Even though a line may

near power lines. Kite

fence but do call your

running to your home.

home, stay away from it.

Don’t fly kites anywhere

fence, don’t touch the

soon as possible.

Stay away from anything

metal ladders.

line until the utility can get

touch the service line

to decrease risk of contact raise them carefully. Avoid

keep others away from the

carrying electrical current which could kill you. Contact your REMC as soon as you can, day or night. The co-op will send a crew out to repair the problem immediately. You can also call 911 and the dispatcher

electrical storm. Never touch an electrical appliance when you are wet. Never submerge electrical appliances in water. Electric power is a great asset to our lives. But the bottom line on power lines is: Be careful and watch out for them.

there will notify the utility

A

This kind of string is safer to fly kites with. Nevertheless, do not fly your kite

B

If a sign reads _______________ ________________ , stay away from it!

C

These things are good conductors of electricity.

D

___________________ and electricity don’t mix.

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Trees, water, people, metal poles, fence and wire.

2

Water

3

Nylon

4

High voltage

near power lines.

Answers: A-3, B-4, C-1, D-2

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energy

Mini split may save you energy and money With summer right around

efficient, small and rather

condenser. Zoning

common, floor-standing

the corner, it’s time to dust

quiet. The flexibility and

within a home, or simply

models may also be available

off your thermostat and

ability to both cool and heat

conditioning occupied

to accommodate your space.

schedule your spring HVAC

a room benefits homeowners

rooms, not only conserves

service appointment. Before

who want to satisfy the needs

energy, but saves money.

investing in costly repairs to

of one space, or even create

your current HVAC system

varying zones throughout

or adding ductwork to your

their residence. There

family’s new home addition,

are a variety of mini split

consider an alternative

manufacturers, but much

heating and cooling option.

like your LED lightbulbs or

You can beat the summer heat and next winter’s chill with ductless mini-split heat pump systems, more commonly known as “mini splits.”

WHAT ARE MINI SPLITS? The technology behind a ductless mini split is not new, but the equipment is becoming ever more accessible. Much like a standard heat pump, a mini split system has an outdoor compressor/condenser unit and an indoor air-handling unit. Linking the two units is a conduit tube housing the power cable, refrigerant tubing, and a condensate drain. New models are highly

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refrigerator, it’s best to search for an Energy Star-compliant

Although the advantages of a mini split system are

Another key advantage

impressive, the technology

is that zero ductwork is

may not be the right fit for

needed installing a mini split

every conditioning need.

system. Retrofitting into low

Mini splits do not have a

ceilings or constructions

seamless “built in” look and

with no previous standard

do not operate at the highest

HVAC equipment is simple.

efficiencies when a floor plan has many rooms.

unit. Mini-split efficiency

Did you know that ductwork

is also heavily reliant on

energy losses with central

Always refer to the technical

selecting a qualified and

air systems can be as high as

specifications of the unit

experienced installer.

30 percent in many homes?

you are considering and

With a mini split system,

also take advantage of your

you will not only save

qualified HVAC contractor

money, but you can install

when researching this

it even where natural gas or

option.

WHEN ARE MINI SPLITS RIGHT FOR MY HOME? A ductless mini split offers

propane is not available for heating.

an efficient and budgetconscious option for

Whether you are considering

homeowners in the market

this technology for your

for cooling or heating

whole home, your garage,

equipment. Single room

or even business, the indoor

conditioning is not the only

air handlers have several

use for mini splits though.

installation options to fit

One of the main advantages

your needs. Sleek jackets

of a mini split is its size and

for the units allow for both

flexibility. It can even control

ceiling (fitting in-between

up to four indoor units with

ceiling joists) or wall-

one outdoor compressor/

mounted installations. Although not nearly as

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to the editor OUTDOOR MYTH BUSTERS ARTICLE INCLUDES A MYTH Several readers wrote us about an inaccuracy in columnist Jack Spaulding’s February article, “Outdoor myth busters.” In the article, he stated the Hoosier National Forest is home to some of the largest diamondback rattlesnakes in North America. However, the diamondback rattlesnake is native to Texas and areas in the southwest United States, and are not found in Indiana. Indiana is instead home to the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in the southern end of the state and the massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus c. catenatus) in the far northern part of the state.

Project Indiana

Electric cooperatives power developing region of Guatemala A crew of 14 Indiana electric cooperative lineworkers were in San Jacinto, Guatemala, March 24–April 9 as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala. During the two-week trip, part of the “Project Indiana” initiative, the project team electrified approximately 90 homes, a school, two churches, and a pump house. This east central Guatemalan village that previously had no electricity. The electric power for the village is generated at a hydroelectric facility in the region.

According to the Indiana DNR website, the eastern massasauga is federally threatened and the timber rattlesnake is state-endangered.

Through Project Indiana, Indiana’s electric cooperatives are helping global communities advance by adopting villages, bringing them electric power and supporting them as they form electric cooperatives that enable them to enjoy a better way of life — and a brighter future.

(Thank you Terry L. Wise, LHM,and Brian Roth for letting us know.)

Learn more about Project Indiana’s San Jacinto trip in your June issue of Indiana Connection.

HOLY SMOKES! THE HOURS WERE WRONG

Trump signs Lewis and Clark Trail extension bill

My husband and I were on our way to McCormick’s Creek State Park, Canyon Inn, and decided to stop at Holy Smoke Hog Roast (highlighted in the January issue of the Electric Consumer) for dinner as we passed through Martinsville. We were so very disappointed to find the restaurant closed on Mondays. The magazine reported their hours on Monday as 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. I just thought you might wish to add a correction in the next issue of your magazine

In mid-March, President Trump

Lewis and William Clark then met in

signed into law a bill that expands and

Clarksville, Indiana, in October 1803

improves America’s public lands system,

near the Falls of the Ohio, to build their

and extends the Lewis and Clark Trail

Corps of Discovery exploration crew.

1,200 miles from St. Louis, Missouri, to

Eleven days later, on Oct. 26, 1803, Lewis,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Lewis and

Clark and the 33 members of the Corps of

Clark Trail extension portion of legislation

Discovery departed Indiana via the Ohio

was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate by

River on their historic journey.

Though history books suggest the Lewis

will help boost tourism in the Hoosier

Cheri and Gil Bearman, Hoagland

and Clark expedition to explore the

state. “The extension of the trail will help

(Editor’s note: Here are Holy Smoke Hog Roast’s hours: Closed on Monday. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.)

west began in Camp Dubois in Illinois,

educate Americans on the historic Lewis

it officially started in Pittsburgh, where

and Clark partnership, and will boost

Meriweather Lewis launched his 50-foot

tourism in the areas of Indiana that the

boat in August 1803.

trail crosses through.”

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Indiana Sen. Todd Young in mid-January.

Young is confident the new legislation


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Floyd County Floyd might be Indiana’s second smallest county by area, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in geographical features and history. From the banks of the Ohio River, the county’s terrain quickly rises to the rugged Southern Indiana upland. The eroded hills along the edge of this plateau — the famed “Floyds Knobs” — stand in bold relief to the Ohio’s flood plain and feature some of the state’s hilliest country. But, as with most of the counties on the state’s southern fringe, it’s the Ohio River that shaped Floyd’s development as much as its contours.

y t n u o C acts F FOUNDED: 1819

NAMED FOR: James John Floyd (or Davis Floyd) POPULATION: 77,071 (2017)

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COUNTY SEAT: New Albany

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Floyd County celebrates its bicentennial this year with several events and programs, including:

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Into the 1860s, Floyd County experienced a huge boom in population, doubling many times over which came for the industry the river enabled. The county attracted immigrants of Irish, German, French and African American origins. By 1850, about one in six county residents had been born in other countries. From the 1850s through the Civil War, Floyd County’s seat, New Albany, had the largest population in Indiana until being surpassed by Indianapolis. Not only that, Floyd County had a well-to-do population: an 1850s survey showed that more than half of the Hoosiers making over $100,000 per year lived there. With county’s prominence at that time came the New Albany National Cemetery — one of the original seven established in 1862 by the U.S. Congress.

This New Albany church’s 160-foot high clock tower and steeple, visible from across the river, stood as a “beacon of hope” for runaway slaves seeking freedom north of the Ohio prior to the abolishment of slavery in 1865. The church was a safe haven as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

More than 5,000 people were buried there from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Floyd County celebrates its bicentennial this year. The county was created from parts of Clark County to its east and Harrison County to its west in 1819. For whom the county was named remains unclear. According to the Indiana State Library, it’s named after James John Floyd, a leading pioneer from the Louisville area. Others maintain it’s named after his nephew Davis Floyd, who also was a local political figure. Along with being on the Ohio River, Floyd County benefited from the Buffalo Trace passing through. The Buffalo Trace was a cluster of firmly-packed paths, created over time by giant gangs (please see The Great Outdoors column on page 28) of migrating American bison. It ran from Kentucky, crossed the Ohio River at the Falls, and then ran northwest to Vincennes and into Illinois. The Trace, because it offered relatively smooth passage over rugged terrain, became an important corridor for westward settlement.

Floyd County Bicentennial Parade

Dedication of John Baptiste Ford Indiana Historical Bureau marker, First Harrison Bank

May 18, noon, Greenville. It will be the first parade in Greenville since the 1980s.

May 19, Greenville. Ford was a local entrepreneur and philanthropist in the mid-1800s credited with building a fleet of steamboats and the first commercial plate glass operation in the United States.


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Indiana eats

A Shelbyville Institution

PHO TO S BY FRED G RANG E R PRO VI DED CO U RTE S Y O F TRAVEL I NDI ANA

Chapperal Café has been feeding the community since 1968 For 51 years, Chapperal Café owner Shirley Bailey has manned the kitchen at her downtown Shelbyville eatery. She gets there at 3:30 a.m. each morning to open the doors and start cooking breakfast for regulars who stop in for their coffee, bacon and eggs, or biscuits

Chaperral Café’s signature dish, the Stardust Breaded Tenderloin

and gravy. And she doesn’t stop cooking — or making her guests feel right at home — until

chaperral café

the early evening when the restaurant closes.

14 E. Broadway St. Shelbyville 46176 317-398-7118

Bailey, who dreamed of owning a restaurant since she was a child, is as much of a fixture in Shelbyville as Chaperral Café’s signature

Chapperal Café owner Shirley Bailey has prepared home-style favorites at the Shelbyville eatery for 51 years.

Monday: 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday: 4 a.m. – 7 p.m.

dish, the Stardust Breaded

daily buffet is a great option

ral Café celebrated its 50th

Tenderloin, is. The tender-

for grazers who prefer sam-

anniversary in March 2018,

loin, hand-pounded and

pling a bit of this and a bit of

and Bailey treated everyone

breaded, and aptly billed

that. Everything served has

who stopped by with free

as “bigger than your head”

that home-cooked, country

food, the restaurant was

ABOUT STATE REP. EBERHART:

(and definitely bigger than

style appeal. And whatever

overflowing.

Rep. Sean

the bun it’s served on!) is a

Bailey makes is liberally sea-

favorite of State Rep. Sean

soned with love — just as if it

Eberhart. The Stardust

came from Mama’s kitchen.

Breaded Tenderloin is a Bai-

For the consummate hostess, who says she thanks the Lord every day for her long

Eberhart (R) serves District 57 which includes portions of Bartholomew, Hancock and

The café is named after

career doing something

the popular 1960s western

she loves, celebrating her

show, “The High Chaparral.”

success by serving others

Its regular patrons include

couldn’t have been a better

He also serves on the

Fried chicken is another

just about everybody in the

testament to a long life

Environmental Affairs,

Chaperral Café favorite. A

local community. So it’s no

dedicated to keeping others

Financial Institutions and

surprise that when Chapper-

well-fed and happy.

Public Policy committees.

ley exclusive. She created it while working at the Stardust Drive-In years ago.

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Shelby counties. He serves as chair of the Natural Resources committee.


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Taking your ‘cue’ Readers’ barbecue recipes take meat to whole new levels

Barbecue Marinade for Chicken by Kathleen Tooley, Berne, Indiana 1 cup oil 2 eggs 1 qt. vinegar 1 T. salt 1 T. poultry seasoning 2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 t. pepper 3-5 lb. chicken, cut up Mix oil and eggs together. Add the rest of the ingredients except chicken. Marinate chicken for 2-4 hours. Cook chicken on grill, basting often.

Coca-Cola Barbeque Sauce by Simon May, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1 cup cola 1 cup ketchup

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Southern Barbecue Turkey by Jan Hackman, Columbus, Indiana 4 cups shredded baked turkey ½ cup cider vinegar ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup ketchup ½ cup chili sauce ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 2 T. chopped onions 1 T. lemon juice ½ t. ground mustard 1 garlic clove, minced Dash of cayenne pepper Place turkey in 3 quart crock pot. Warm remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Pour sauce over and stir. Simmer on “low” for 3 hours. Serves 16.

Barbecue Style Pork Ribs by Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois 2½ to 3 lbs. country-style pork ribs 1 cup chopped onions 1 garlic clove, minced 1 T. oil 1 can (8-oz.) tomato sauce ¼ cup packed brown sugar 3 T. lemon juice 2 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. mustard ½ t. celery seed ½ cup water Place ribs, bone side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour. Drain. In saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil. Stir in tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, celery seed and water. Simmer 15 minutes. Spoon sauce over ribs. Bake covered for 1 hour. Serves 4.

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Indiana’s National Treasures BY RICHARD G. BIEVER When we think of “treasures,” we might think of things buried in our own backyards — gold and gemstones left by the forces of nature … gold and jewels left by the devices of men. We might think of precious people who left marks on history, or precious plants and animal life that are so rare they soon may be only a part of history. This month, we connect you to four of Indiana’s “National Treasures.” These are properties that — for natural, historical and cultural reasons — have been set aside for preservation and are managed by the federal government. Though uniquely “Hoosier,” these places transcend just Indiana and are significant to our nation. When making plans for summer vacations and weekend excursions, consider these four special places — especially if you’ve never been to them before or it’s been a while. One, though it hasn’t changed, has suddenly found itself much more prominent in the national consciousness of protected places. P HO TO CO U R T ES Y OF T H E IN D IA N A D U N E S N ATION A L PA R K

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Indiana Dunes National Park 1215 N. State Road 49 Porter, IN 46304 219-395-1882 www.nps.gov

NEWEST NATIONAL PARK A northerly wind curls the blue water

from the water and stands silhouetted

well-acquainted with the fascinating

against the pale blue hazy horizon like a

flora, fauna and natural formations

tiny pewter chess set.

found along this special 15 miles of

Share this imagery with most folks not familiar with the location, and they’d say it was somewhere exotic. At least … more exotic than Indiana’s northwest corner known mostly for its industry, steel mills and urban decay. But not

newbies who never knew such a naturally pristine and “otherworldly” experience awaited them not far from rusted rail yards and shuttered factories. Out of the storm clouds of the feder-

est “National Park.”

al government shutdown at the start

The Indiana Dunes National Park — for-

grasses. From the sandy shoreline, the

merly “National Lakeshore” — eagerly

distant skyline of Chicago seems to rise

awaits the seasonal return of regulars

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personnel are anxious to welcome the

only is it Indiana, it’s the nation’s new-

into whitecaps and rustles the tall dune

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Lake Michigan beachhead. And park

of the year came this five-line silver lining for the shoreline and its advocates. Tucked a couple of hundred


PHO TO CO URTESY O F THE I NDI ANA DUNES NATI O NAL PARK

pages into the thousand-page omnibus

the National Park surrounds — Indiana

a National Historic Site, or a National

bill President Trump signed Feb. 15

Dunes is expected to be the equivalent

‘quote unquote’ Park are protected at

were the following words: “Public Law

of the seventh most visited national

the same level.”

89–761 is amended — striking ‘National

park in the country after Yellowstone. It

Lakeshore’ … each place it appears and

is already Indiana’s top tourist attraction

inserting ‘National Park.’”

with 3.6 million visitors last year.

And just like that, the nation gained

The Dunes’ National Park recognition

tainly feels like a promotion for those

its 61st “National Park.” Indiana Dunes

took effect immediately, though chang-

who promote the area for tourism. “This

joined the prestigious ranks of Acadia,

ing “National Lakeshore” on signage

name change is wonderful,” Rowe add-

Glacier, The Grand Canyon, the Great

will be a process.

ed. “It gets us more prominence, more

Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and the like. Combining the attendance at the Indiana Dunes National Park with the Indiana Dunes State Park — which

“It’s a different name, but it’s really the same thing,” said Dunes Park Ranger

While technically the “Park” status may not change things with how it’s preserved and protected by the NPS, it cer-

publicity, so that we can share this special place with more people.

Bruce Rowe. “All [National Park Service]

“The day after the name change, we got

sites, whether it’s a National Lakeshore,

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on all the national parks, but he was doing one on the 60 national parks, not on the 418 national park sites. So, he said, ‘I’m stopping production on my book. I want to come up here. I want to get photographs and interview people.’ We ended up in a book that we wouldn’t have been in otherwise.”

A SPECIAL PLACE While the Dunes may not possess the sublime beauty and grand vistas of the namebrand “Grand” and “Great” picture postcard parks we all know, Rowe said the beauty of the Dunes — beyond the picturesque actual shoreline and tall dunes — lies in its detail of diversity. The park’s 1,100 native plants make it the fourth most diverse in plant life within the entire National Park System. “We have 28 species of orchids,” noted Rowe, “which is more than the state of Hawaii has. Certainly that number of orchids is just incredible. “Geologists have told me that just the ancient shorelines of Lake Michigan are preserved here better than anywhere else that they had seen,” he said. “It’s the best example of the history of the Great Lakes that’s intact.”

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

in days of

3027 E. South St. P.O. Box 1816 Lincoln City, IN 47552 812-937-4541 www.nps.gov/libo/index.htm

Indiana for a new life on

BOYHOOD HOME LETS VISITORS ENTER LINCOLN-ERA FRONTIER

a quarter of his life. In his boyhood

In the same woods where Abraham

statehood — after crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky. The Lincolns came to land free of title disputes and the taint of slavery. It would be here that Lin-

Before Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president, he lived in northern Spencer County from age 7 to 21.

coln spent his formative years which would be years in Indiana come the tales of his intermittent schooling and rail splitting. Here he developed his intellect, his wit, his interest in law, his deep

May 16–19

Lincoln “grew up” from a 7-year-old

INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

to the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial can contemplate Lincoln;

Life on the Indiana frontier was

Showcasing over 370 species of birds found along the beaches, wetlands, prairies, and forests that encompass over 40 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline

visit the headstone of his mother; or

not easy. Work was hard and life

watch “pioneers” go about the typical

was harsh. At age 9, Lincoln lost his

daily chores of the 1820s at the Living

mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, to

Historical Farm.

milk-sickness that struck the Little

boy to a 21-year-old man, visitors

The northern Spencer County memorial site is located on about 200 acres which include the land that was

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the Lincoln homestead from 18161830. The National Park Service has

compassion, and the melancholy side of his nature.

Pigeon Creek settlement. We now know it was brought on by drinking the tainted milk or eating the meat of cows which ate the toxic white snakeroot growing in the woods.

preserved and operated the site since

Her headstone is along the trail that

1962.

runs north from the national memori-

It was here that the Lincoln family settled in December of 1816 — with-

al’s visitor center to the Lincoln cabin site and the historical farm. Later, Lincoln’s sister, Sarah, died in child-


P HO TO CO URTE S Y O F THE LI NCO LN BO Y HO O D NATI O NAL ME MO RI AL

birth. She’s buried in a cemetery inside

part of the Indiana State Parks. In 1962,

Falls of the Ohio River in October 1803

Lincoln State Park across the road from

the land was deeded to the federal gov-

to begin their little camping expedition

the national boyhood site.

ernment and is now administered by

to the Pacific Ocean, his older brother

the National Park Service.

George Rogers Clark made his mark in

In 1829, Abraham and his father had

history by helping create the “continen-

started work on a new family cabin. But

The visitor center offers a small muse-

before it was completed, they migrated

um, theater and gift shop. The center is

to Illinois with the family of Abe’s step-

bookmarked by two memorial halls on

In February 1779 during the Revolution-

mother. A century later, an archaeolog-

either end: a chapel and a meeting hall.

ary War, Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark

ical excavation of the farm discovered

The halls can be rented for weddings

led his army of about 170 Americans

the foundation outlining the bound-

and public gatherings.

and Frenchmen on an epic 18-day trek

ary of that unfinished cabin and the fireplace hearthstones. It was preserved in a bronze casting and surrounded by a low-standing wall near the historical farm.

The building itself features exterior stone relief sculptures depicting different periods of Lincoln’s life. Originally the two memorial halls, built by the state in 1940, were connected by an arched

Next to the bronze cast stands the

cloister. The visitor center was created

replica farmstead. The log cabin and

when the Park Service was deeded the

outbuildings are the types of structures

site by enclosing the cloister.

Lincoln would have been familiar with and come from within and around Spencer County. Park rangers in full period clothing work the 1820s-style farm, making it a living history site. The Living Historical Farm is open seasonally, from mid-spring to early fall; it cultivates crops, raises livestock, and uses and displays historic farm implements. In addition, there are nature trails and the “Trail of Twelve Stones” which features stones taken from places of significance during Lincoln’s life. There are over 2 miles of hiking trails in the park. The boyhood memorial was originally

tal nation” Lewis and Clark explored.

through the freezing floodwaters of the Illinois country to capture Fort Sackville from the British in Vincennes. The fort’s capture assured United States claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states. (Please see the February issue and the Knox County “County of the Month” feature for more details.)

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Dedicated in 1936, the Clark memorial,

401 S. Second St. Vincennes, IN 47591 812-882-1776 www.nps.gov/gero

The memorial building is a circular

THE PLACE WHERE CLARK SACKED FORT SACKVILLE

of Clark and large murals featuring key

A quarter century before William Clark met up with Meriwether Lewis at the

on the banks of the Wabash at what is believed to be the site of the fort, passed through a number of administrative entities before the U.S. National Park Service assumed responsibility in 1966. granite structure surrounded by 16 granite fluted Greek Doric columns. Inside is a larger than life bronze statue events in Clark’s military career. Be sure to check out the visitor center and stroll the grounds along the Wabash River. PHO TO CO URTESY O F M ARTY JO NES

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The Hoosier National Forest HNF Headquarters: 811 Constitution Ave. Bedford, IN 47421 Phone: 812-275-5987 1-866-302-4173 HNF Regional Office: 248 15th St. Tell City, IN 47586 Phone: 812-547-7051 www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier

MECCA FOR RECREATION The spine of south central Indiana’s forested hills pays no heed to the state’s national reputation as a flat farming state. Through thick canopies of leaves in summer, sunlight barely dapples the deep lush hollows and forest floor where the box turtles and centipedes hang out. Ridge tops open up to reveal vistas of rolling hills or the wide and blue meandering Ohio River below. This is Hoosier National Forest country. The Hoosier National Forest covers more than 203,000 acres across nine counties from Bloomington south to the Ohio. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the HNF — with its rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities — is a treasure where visitors can explore, fish, hike, hunt, camp, and reconnect with nature. The trail system offers some 266 miles to hike and allows for horseback riding and mountain biking. Campgrounds are located adjacent to large lakes and connect to some of the trail systems. Five horse camps are associated with equestrian trails. Hardin Ridge Recreation Area is popular with boaters and anglers alike because of easy

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access to Lake Monroe. Recreation

land bordering the southeast side of

areas are also located on Celina Lake,

Lake Monroe. Hikers, backpackers,

Indian Lake, Tipsaw and German Ridge

and horseback riders are drawn to

Lake. The Little Blue and Lost River offer

the wilderness and its 39 miles of

opportunities for seasonal float trips

trails.

through the Forest.

• Hemlock Cliffs Recreation Area

The scenic national byway that parallels the Ohio River along the Indiana border weaves through historic towns and rolling hills. It provides panoramic views of the forest and countryside. The mix of open land and forest

in Crawford County contains one of the most scenic hiking trails in Indiana. The box-shaped canyon includes sandstone formations, seasonal water falls and rock shelters. • The Lick Creek Settlement, south

provides a wide variety of wildlife

of Chambersburg, was a settlement

habitats. Common mammals include

of free blacks led by the Quaker

white-tailed deer, fox, woodchuck,

Jonathan Lindley from around 1819

opossum, and gray squirrel. Common

to around 1865. Research is ongoing

birds are turkey, pileated woodpecker,

on whether it may have been a

several neotropical migrant songbirds,

way station on the Underground

and migratory waterfowl. Bald eagles can be found around lakes Monroe and Patoka.

Railroad. • Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest, south of Paoli, is an 88-acre oldgrowth forest and archaeological

Archaeological sites are still being

site. It is the Forest’s only Research

discovered, indicating human use

Natural Area.

of this area for thousands of years. Cemeteries and historic buildings on the Forest give visitors a glimpse into the past.

• Rickenbaugh House in Perry County is a stone house built in 1874, used as a local post office and church meeting house. It is now on the

Along with the plentiful recreation

National Register of Historic Places.

and hiking opportunities, here are some other fascinating features of the Hoosier National Forest:

Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

• Buzzard Roost offers scenic views and trail along the Ohio River in northeastern Perry County. • The Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, established in 1982, is the only recognized wilderness area left in Indiana. This means that no motorized vehicles are allowed in the area, and, instead, mules and horses must be used to maintain hiking trails. There are almost 12,500 acres of pristine forest The pileated woodpecker is a common bird at the Hoosier National Forest.

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calendar

MAY NORTHWEST

4, 11, 18 & 25

English Lake Train Trips, North Judson (Starke), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Trains travel from the depot across the Kankakee River bridge at English Lake and return to North Judson. The 10-mile trip takes about 45 minutes. Trains run through September. 574-896-3950. Purchase tickets online: hoosiervalley.org.

Exclusive discount Indiana Connection readers can receive $1 off each train ride ticket purchased in May and June by using code “CONNECTION” at hoosiervalley.org.

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41st Annual Starlight Strawberry Festival, Starlight (Clark), St. John’s Catholic Church. Build-your-own strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry fondue, and other food selections. 5k Run/ Walk, craft booths, games, raffles, contests, music, entertainment, and kids’ inflatables. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free parking and admission. 812-923-5785. starlightstrawberryfest.com.

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Kite Day, Kendallville (Noble), Mid-America Windmill Museum. Colorful kites of all sizes and shapes flying high over the grounds. Make a free kite working with the Hoosier Kiteflyer’s Society. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 per person (children under 12 are

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

free). 260-347-2334. www.midamericawindmillmuseum.org/

around areas served by subscribing REMCs/

kiteday_midamericawindmill.html.

RECs. While Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time

CENTRAL

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West Point Car Show and Flea Market, West Point

may change without notice. Indiana Connection advises using contact phone numbers or

(Tippecanoe), Cadet Park. Car show sponsored by Lions

internet sites to check times and dates of events

Club from 8 am-12 pm. United Methodist Church will

before making plans.

sponsor a Community Flea Market and Crafts, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. 765-572-3550. janehaan1@gmail.com.

SOUTHWEST and Patio Show, Bloomfield (Greene), Greene County 3-4 Flower Community Event Center. Variety of vendors focused on gardening. Free trees to first 300 visitors. Kids’ activities and guest speakers. Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the Facebook page “Purdue Master Gardeners of Greene County” for more information. 317-513-7534.

To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at IndianaConnection.org; email info@ indianaconnection.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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outdoors

Clusters of Critters or Hordes of Herds BY JAC K SPAULDI NG

While gathering information about eagle watch programs across the state, I came across something noting that a group of eagles was not technically called a “flock.” Doing what is totally unexpected of an outdoors writer, I researched the proper terms for collective groups of animals. Sure enough: A group of eagles is known as a “convocation!” Some of the collective names we give animal groups are quite descriptive while others make little sense. Here are some of the more interesting ones I collected. All my life, I have called a group of buffalo a “herd.” Yep … that was wrong. In proper terminology, they are known as a “gang” or an “obstinacy.” I don’t want to be obstinate, but if the buffalo being described are here in North America, they are actually bison. Some groups like bees (swarm) and bats (colony) I knew offhand. But, when making reference to a group of bears, one should say a “sloth” or a “sleuth.”

Which begs the question: Is a group of the slow-moving rainforest mammals called “a sloth of sloths?” I would call a group of cats a “bunch” of cats; and I would be wrong. They are collectively known as a “clowder” or a “glaring” … unless they are wild cats. Then, most appropriately, they are referred to as a “destruction.” Who, too, came up with a “business” of ferrets? And I’ve heard of a “cast of thousands,” but not a “cast” of falcons! A “school” of fish? That, I get. But a “stand” of flamingos? That must relate to how we see them most often … just standing there on one leg — in wetlands or on kitschy front lawns. A “prickle” of porcupines I can understand. But a “pandemonium” of parrots is something to talk about.

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a group of giraffes being referred to as a “tower” because of their height. And though hippos are bloated, who first thought of calling them a “bloat?” Hyenas are called a “cackle”; jaguars are a “shadow”; and leopards are a “leap.” The proud kings of the jungle are a “pride.” But a “conspiracy” of lemurs? Now here is one I consider most descriptive — a group of skunks is called a “stench.” I can vouch for this nomenclature as I have suffered the stench by disturbing a “stench!” Meanwhile, my wife has been doing a lot of laboring in her garden leveling out mole mounds. I’m not mentioning the irony of the collective term: a “labor” of moles. Through all this research, I can’t help but happily wonder: As more “convocations” of eagles come together, should

The collective names for many African critters are both quite creative and descriptive, but others are also a little

the combined group now appropriately

sketchy! Consider: A group of cam-

Jack

els is naturally called a “caravan,” and

This bunch of turtles on a single hippo’s back is called a bale.

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elephants would be a “parade.” I can see

be called a “revival?”

‘til next time,

JACK SPAULDING is a state outdoors writer and a consumer of RushShelby Energy living along the Flatrock River in Moscow. Readers with questions or comments can write to him in care of Indiana Connection or email jackspaulding@hughes.net.


safety

FOR FANS OF FANS Switch the electric fan off immediately if you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises. Don’t leave your fan running

STAY COOL & SAFE Best tip for cooling off this summer? Know how to keep your AC units safe.

overnight or while you are out of the house. Think about replacing electric fans once you’ve had yours for a few years — old motors can begin to overheat. Don’t balance the fan on the edge of the counter or anywhere it could fall off.

During the summer, many people are concerned about staying cool. Whether you rely on a central air-conditioning unit, a fan or a window AC unit, be aware of safety threats they may pose. Air conditioners and fans are everyday appliances, and knowing how to properly clean, fix and maintain them is important for your safety! Every spring, schedule professional AC maintenance to inspect the appliance for any issues that could lead to a fire. In addition to annual maintenance check-ups, change your air filter every 30–60 days. Inspect your outdoor unit periodically to ensure it has proper airflow, remove debris and clean the condenser unit. You can even use a garden hose to periodically clean your condenser coils. (Make sure you turn the breaker off first!) If you rely on a window AC unit during the summer, do not plug it into an extension cord or power strip. It should have its own dedicated outlet. Before installing, make sure the window and frame are in good condition — there should be a metal bracket, mounting rails or some sort of firm support system. If the unit doesn’t fit, do not try

and force it. Never put anything on top of the unit. Since these units are exposed to the elements, they tend to be more at risk for a fire or other dangers. To prevent these risks, never position them where water is or could spill. Clean or replace filters as instructed and continue to inspect cords for damage regularly.

Take care that children and pets don’t chew on or pull the cable. Always unplug the electric fan at the outlet when not in use.

If you fancy a fan to keep you cool, here are some quick safety tips to follow this summer: • Only purchase fans that have been tested in a recognized, independent lab. • Check for product recalls at cpsc.gov. • Double check that air intakes are not blocked. • Keep fans away from water. Finally, always be aware of changes in your AC unit. You should know when something sounds out of the ordinary. If you see wires sticking out of the AC unit, or if you see leaking refrigerant or hear noises coming from the unit, you should take these as signs of trouble. Don’t wait to contact a professional for help — act immediately! MAY 2019

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backyard

Rhubarb is prone to bolting We can be so difficult to please. When plants flower when we want them to flower, we call it “blooming.” But when plants flower when we don’t want them to, we call it “bolting.” Flowering is an undesirable trait when growing rhubarb; therefore, bolting describes the event. Gardeners frequently ask why their rhubarb is bolting. Well, if you think of it from the plant’s perspective, it is just a part of the plant’s natural life cycle. Flowering is part of the reproductive phase that leads to the production of fruit and seed. But from the gardener’s perspective, the production of flowers, fruit and seed in rhubarb wastes the plant’s resources, which could be better spent on producing edible stalks or storing carbohydrates to use for the following season. And if allowed to mature seed, the resulting seedling offspring are often less desirable than the mother plant, which we paid good money to buy as a named cultivar. In fact, seedling offspring are often more likely to bolt than some of the more modern hybrid cultivars. Seedling offspring can also be vigorous enough or

just numerous enough to take over the original planting. It does appear that some rhubarb plants are more prone to flowering than others. Old-fashioned varieties, such as Victoria and MacDonald, are reported to be heavy seed stalk producers. Canada Red and Valentine are less likely to bolt. Plant maturity is also a factor, with more mature plants being more likely to bolt than youngsters. Dividing the crowns every four or five years should help rejuvenate the planting. Applying moderate amounts of fertilizer, such as well-composted manure, each spring should also discourage bolting. Weather no doubt has a role to play as well. Rhubarb is a cool season perennial that can remain productive for 8-15 years, if given proper care. Plant stress, such as temperatures above 90 F, prolonged drought during hot weather, poor nutrition, etc., may also promote bolting. The bottom line is that rhubarb may bolt for a variety — and likely a combination — of several factors. Many gardeners may not know what cultivar they have,

Early spring pruning will tame this hydrangea Q: I have a hydrangea that is overgrown. It’s falling over and is too tall and wide. I would like it not to block the window. But I don’t know how/ when/how much to prune to a smaller size. — T.B., Morgan County A: Pruning time and technique depends on the particular species of hydrangea. Yours appears to be the panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata. Panicle hydrangea blooms on new wood, meaning the flower buds are produced on new stems produced each year. So the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before the new growth begins. Since you want to overall reduce the size of the plant, you can hard prune down near the bottom of the stems. Just make sure you cut back to just above healthy buds as these will give rise to the new stems

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Rhubarb’s unwanted flowering is referred to as bolting. PHO TO CREDI T: PURDUE EXTENSI O N

and there’s not much we can do about the weather. So, if your rhubarb should happen to bolt, remove the flowering stalks just as soon as they are visible, to which the plant will likely respond by sending up another. If you keep at it, soon the plant will return to the desired priority for foliage production. Another question that sometimes comes up is whether the flowering makes the leaf stalks poisonous. The answer is no, the leaf stalks remain edible, regardless of whether flower stalks are present. However, the leafy blade portion is always poisonous due to a high level of oxalic acid.

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 IndianaConnection.org.


product recalls Honda recalls portable generators Honda has recalled two popular models of its popular portable generator — models EU2200i and EB2200i. The portable generator can leak gasoline from the fuel valve, posing fire and burn hazards. The recalled portable generators were sold with a red cover. The

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names “HONDA” and the generator model name are printed on the control panel. The serial number is located on a lower corner of one of the side panels of the generator. The following model numbers within a range of serial number are being recalled. The generators were sold at Honda Power Equipment dealers and home improvement stores nationwide and online from February 2018 through February 2019 for about $1,100$1,300. Honda has received 19 reports of fuel leaking from the fuel valve. No injuries have been reported. Call 888-888-3139; or go online at https://powerequipment.honda.com and click on “Recalls and Updates” at the bottom of the page for more detailed information.

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MW18A04-17-14, MW18A04-17-15, MW18A04-M4-10/W6-11 and MW18A04-M10-14 are included in the recall. The socks heat when the battery is connected and is in the “on” position. The socks were sold at sporting goods, workwear and farm supply stores nationwide and online from September through November 2018 for about $130. Tech Gear 5.7 has received four reports of batteries overheating, melting or igniting, resulting in minor property damage in two instances, and melting of the battery case in the others. No injuries have been reported. Call 888-908-6024; or go online at www.mobilewarming.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

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Wabash Valley Power news

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pool over a moderately longer period

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Hoosier Energy news

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Powerful pioneer The name Clark

woodstove-heated heavy “sad iron,” and

of directors was chosen. Woody was

Woody may not

the well-worn washboard. All would

elected secretary-treasurer. The REMC’s

mean anything

be replaced by electricity’s modern con-

first power line — the first in Indiana to

for those living

veniences, which were initially known

be built with an REA loan — was built to

beyond Boone

only by urban residents.

Woody’s farm on July 22, 1935.

“None of us little fellas out here in the

Getting people to agree to initial elec-

country realized what was goin’ to

tric service was no easy task, Woody

happen when this rural electricity thing

recalled about the long hours canvass-

started,” Woody once said. He was one

ing the farms and rural homes, asking

of the 15 incorporators of Boone Coun-

folks to agree to pay to have power

ty REMC (now Boone REMC), head-

lines constructed to their residences.

quartered in Lebanon, Indiana. Resolute

“At that time, many people were afraid

about ensuring life in the country could

to sign up because they thought that

be as tranquil as he initially envisioned

they’d lose their farms to the govern-

Woody, a former school teacher who

it was, he acquired allies in his mission

ment if this electricity thing failed; and

battled ulcers before deciding to settle

and went to work. “…Some fellas around

there was a lack of money, too,” Woody

down to a tranquil life on a 120-acre

here were really thinkin’ hard about

explained. After all, this was the heart of

farm in rural Thorntown, Indiana, was

getting’ electricity, so I just kind of

the Great Depression. “When that first

one of the rural men and women of the

egged them on,” Woody said. “Four or

60 miles of line got electricity in 1936,

era who worked tirelessly to bring elec-

five of us went to Washington, D.C.

the country went crazy — everybody

tricity to the countryside by creating ru-

Went down to the REA office and talked

wanted electricity then.”

ral electric cooperatives. But unlike his

with the administrator.”

County’s borders. But in the 1930s,

Boone County

Woody played a significant role in ensuring you, as a customer of an electric cooperative, have access to the power you rely on in every facet of your life.

fellow power pioneers, Woody acquired a singular claim to fame. His farm was the first in Indiana — and one of the first in the nation — to be electrified through Rural Electrification Administration lines. It all happened on May 22,

Woody passed away on July 5, 1973, a

Soon after that, on June 18, 1935,

little over a month shy of his 91st birth-

a group of farmers met “in a little

day. A historical marker at a rest stop on

courtroom” to discuss bringing rural

I-65 in Boone County commemorates

electrification to Boone County. A set

Woody’s role the state’s electrification

of bylaws was adopted and a board

history.

1936. “There were men everywhere — in all the rooms and closets, turning on all the lights and switches to make sure they worked; they weren’t really sure it would work,” Woody’s wife, Lois, recalled in an interview years later. Electricity, you see, was still an enigma in rural America — a miracle which eliminated the dim light of the kerosene lamp, the scorching heat of the Clark Woody's farm in Thorntown was the first Indiana residence to be electrified by Rural Electrification Administration-financed power lines. Woody, left, is shown with Herman Antle, Boone County REMC manager from 1938-73, who displays the second meter installed by the REMC. The first meter was destroyed by fire in the 1940s. MAY 2019

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profile

Fast BY RICHARD G. BIEVER

Times

Bryce King is growing up fast.

The second grader at Kouts Elementary likes his Hot Wheels cars and remotecontrol race cars. But his need for speed puts him behind the wheel of scaleddown race cars traveling at 50, even 60, miles per hour. “He’s all about fast,” said his dad, Chris King, who also acts as the chief mechanic, pit crew and team boss.

Bryce King, already a racing veteran with several years under his flame-retardant suit, will be racing this go-kart, under development in his family’s garage, this season. His family’s rural Kouts home is served electrically by Kankakee Valley REMC.

Bryce has already been racing for three and half years in the junior circuits with

Gordon, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, to name

car pretty quickly. Within two or three laps

other kids his age. He competed last

a few, all started young in the stepping-

you know what you’re going to get. He’s smart

season in a Quarter Midget national

stone race classes. In fact, Bryce’s favorite

about things. He takes chances when he needs

circuit that took him and his family — dad;

race car driver, NASCAR’s Alex Bowman,

to but doesn’t foolishly tear up stuff.”

mom, Holly; and older sister, Madalyn —

once drove for the Quarter Midget owner

traveling over 20,000 miles last year to

who sponsored Bryce’s car last year. Bryce

race tracks in Nashville, Tennessee; Ohio;

said he hopes he can take his love of

Texas; and Michigan. Along with meeting

racing to NASCAR some day.

professional drivers, another highlight was taking a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bryce also drove the 2.5 mile oval in 2016. “It’s an experience I don’t think he’ll ever forget,” said Holly. Bryce got his love of racing from his dad, a three-time Legends car racing champion on the quarter-mile Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana. The track closed in 2016. “I just knew

While Bryce tired of ovals because he doesn’t like driving in circles, the one big reason he prefers NASCAR over IndyCar has to do with driving really small tight circles — the ones

This year, Bryce will be racing in the Go

at the end of races with spinning tires, lots of

Karts Junior 1 division. Go karts provide

smoke and waves to the crowds.

more speed and variety than the Quarter Midgets. “I thought they were not that fun,” Bryce said of the Midgets. They race only on

“If you win,” Bryce said, “you get to do doughnuts!”

RICHARD G. BIEVER IS SENIOR EDITOR OF INDIANA CONNECTION.

ovals. In Junior 1 Go Karts, Bryce will be competing on road courses. “You go faster, and there are more turns,” he said.

he’d follow in his dad’s footsteps,” said

While there won’t be a team sponsor for

Holly. “I had apprehensions, but to see the

this car, the traveling is not as far. Bryce

determination to do good, the love he has

will be racing downstate at race courses in

for it, and the focus just made it worth it.”

Whiteland and New Castle.

This is how professional drivers get their

“He does very well for his age,” noted Chris.

start. Tony Stewart, Sarah Fisher, Jeff

“He gets everything he can get out of the PHO TO CO URTESY O F BLU TREE STUDI O S

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Always call 811 before starting fencing & landscaping projects. Landowners completing these projects were more than three times more likely to hit a buried utility because they did not call 811 before breaking ground.


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