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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Mini split may save you
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
recipes. 19 COVER STORY Indiana’s national treasures.
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26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 OUTDOOR Clusters of critters or hordes of herds.
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
co-op news CONTACT US Office: 260-726-7121 / 800-835-7362 WEBSITE www.jayremc.com
Safety starts with
May is National
OFFICE HOURS 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Electrical Safety Month. Jay County
STREET ADDRESS 484 S. 200 W. Portland, IN 47371
REMC offers many safety programs
MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 904 Portland, IN 47371 POWER OUTAGES To report a power outage, call 260-726-7121 or 800-835-7362, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brian Addington Kenneth Denton Kent Homan Klint Moser Michael Ninde Steven D. Ritchie Diane Schrock, Secretary
to generate awareness of electrical safety throughout the year for all ages. The main message of the program is to stay away from downed power lines and demonstrate the special equipment linemen wear to keep them safe while working on high voltage power lines. During National Electrical Safety Month, Jay County REMC employees and directors would
like to share with you the electrical
Tom Zimmerman, Chairman
safety tips we discuss during safety
presentations to schools and other
Mark Arnold President/CEO Becky Napert Business Manager Dwayne Muhlenkamp Operations Superintendent Jeff Myers Assistant Operations Superintendent Cindy Denney Director of Marketing and Customer Services
organizations. • Stay away from downed power lines. • Stay away from trees in power lines. • Don’t plant trees near power lines.. • Observe all warning signs.
Office closing Jay County REMC’s directors and employees wish you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day! Our office will be closed May 27 for the holiday. In case of an emergency, call 260-726-7121 or 800-835-7362
• Don’t run extension cords under rugs, carpets or furniture. • Replace lightbulbs with bulbs of equal or lesser wattage. • Always call 811 before digging.
• Don’t overload outlets, and never plug extension cords into each other. • Protect appliances by plugging them into surge protectors. • Make sure electrical appliances are not placed where they might get wet. • Don’t fly kites near power lines. Have a safe National Electrical Safety Month!
MARK ARNOLD President/CEO
Annual meeting recap My Yellow Rickshaw kicked off the
retirement of Cindy Denney, director
2019 Jay County REMC Annual
of marketing, both of whom will be
Door prize winners!
Meeting on April 14. The band’s mix
leaving next year. He then welcomed
$100 – Karen S. Shawver
of the ’50s to today’s hits was a crowd
Colby Hartwig as the newest
pleaser. It was great to have Nathan
employee to the REMC. Hartwig
$50 – Fred L Barron and Marvin H. Muhlenkamp.
Klatt, a Jay County High School
served in the U.S. Army and now he
graduate, come back to perform.
serves our members as a groundman.
The annual business expo, held
Special guests at the meeting were
prior to the meeting, featured the
Emily Schilling from Indiana Electric
following businesses: A Better Life:
Cooperatives, Jason Marshall from
Brianna’s Hope; Abnet Field Solutions;
Wabash Valley Power, and Kylee
Boy Scout Troop 202; Christian
Hale from the Office of Indiana State
Book Store; Creative Awards and
Secretary Connie Lawson.
Gifts; Crossroads Financial Federal Credit Union; Dave’s Heating and Cooling; Evans Pines Nursery; Firefly Hedges; Frank Merry Park; Jay County Special Olympics; Jay County REMC; Jay County Solid Waste; Indiana Bowenwork; Judo Judan; Indiana Electric Cooperatives/
There were no contested elections. Therefore, directors were re-elected by a voice vote. The election resulted in two directors retaining their seats on the board. Diane Schrock will continue to represent District 2 and Ron Smithson will continue to represent
$20 – James Link, Ron Laux, Robert Switzer, David L. Wolford, Evelyn L. Arbogast, Sharon K. Wright, Maclin E. Minard, Carl Heidegger, Donald J. Heimann, Fred L. Kelly, Barbara Ann Nuckols, Gordon L. Holcomb, Denney Fuller, and Kurt L. Waugh. Lighted Tree from Jay County REMC and Evans Pines Nursery — Steven Affolder, Roger Fox, Carolyn S Renner, Emily Richards, C&J Zimmerman Farms LLC, James Zimmerman, and Janice R Hinderer Spices from Brownstown Electrical Supply — June M. Williamson, Campbell Farms of Bearcreek LLC, and Steve Campbell. $50 from Manor Monuments — Holly Ritchey Travel Mug from Creative Awards — Duane Starr Finch Feeder from Valentine’s Feed and Supply — Jesse James Emmitt Session from Tams — Cindi Pyle and Teresa Barnes. T-shirt from Dave’s Heating & Cooling — Theresa Homan
Clean & Check from Dave’s Heating & Cooling — Gary Greiwe
and Heating; Locker’s Touch of
Jay County REMC would also like
Country; Lutes and Sons Septic;
to thank Boy Scout Troop 202 for
One-year Membership to Frank Merry Park — Beth Richards
Manor Monuments; New Look
chaperoning the kids’ program, Dave
Exteriors, Inc.; Portland Golf Club;
Reece for sound and lighting, Jay
Schmit Chiropractic; Tam’s; Trees
County High School for providing the
R US; Valentine Feed and Supply;
venue and Pastor Randy Davis for an
Manor Monument; Jay County
Water Pillow from Schmit Chiropractic — Josh Richards
Drug Prevention Coalition; Indiana
A special thank you to our members
$100 Gift Certificate for Co-op Connections Card from Jay County REMC — Ruby Morehous
Indiana Connection, Laux Plumbing
Secretary of State Connie Lawson represented by Kylee Hale; and Wabash Valley Power Association. To start the business meeting, Jay County REMC President and CEO Mark Arnold addressed the topic of change and the seven cooperative principles that govern your cooperative. He spoke on his upcoming retirement, along with the
who attended the annual meeting. Hope to see you next year! Jay County REMC President and CEO Mark Arnold addresses the crowd.
Echo Dot from Trees Are Us — Doug Heitkamp Cook’s Basket from Indiana Connection — Mary Link Rachael Ray Foodtastic from Crossroads FFCU — Linda McMullen
T-shirt from Abnet Solutions — George Hinderer White Lantern from Locker’s Touch of Country — Anita Clott Fragrance Lamp from Locker’s Touch of Country — Marvin McBride Blessed Bag from The Christian Bookstore – Joe B Glentzer Travel Mug from Creative Awards – Todd L Hummer $20 Gift Card from Firefly Hedges — Denver D. Nussbaum One Free Session from Indiana Bowenwork — Glen Newland One Free Round of Golf from Portland Golf Club — Ann Lugar and Margaret Ralph
$25 Gift Certificate from Jay County REMC — Levi Adams (Child), Brandon Adams (parent).
Annual meeting attendees received an insulated tote as a gift.
Diane Schrock and Ron Smithson were each re-elected to serve on the board of directors.
Boy Scout Troop 202 helped with the kidsâ€™ program during the annual meeting.
This inflatable slide was a big hit with the kids.
Amanda Jones and Susan Linder are owners of The Christian Bookstore in Union City, Indiana
Finding what you seek By Cindy Denney
store offers toys, games, stuffed animals,
The Christian Bookstore is now a Co-op
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you
jewelry, candle warmers, inspiration
Connections Card participant. Next time
throws, Willow Tree figurines, cards,
you visit the business, show them your
music, pictures and more. Don’t forget to
card for 20% off the regular purchase
who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks,
ask about its delivery service.
price. The store also offers special deals
the door will be opened. — Matthew 7:7-8
The Christian Bookstore has been a part of
Susan Linder and her daughter, Amanda
Union City’s history since 1964. For over 50
will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one
Jones, knocked on the door to the Christian Bookstore and asked the previous owner
years, it has offered hope and inspiration to the area. While the spiritual element
for area churches for their religious education programs and vocational Bible schools. Bibles are already at a great bargain at 25% off.
is vital to the essence of the bookstore,
With graduations, Mother’s Day and
Linder knows that it and all the downtown
Father’s Day near, now would be the
seeking … to own The Christian Bookstore
businesses help keep Union City thriving.
perfect reason to visit Union City and The
in Union City, Indiana.
The Christian Bookstore is located at 232
It was the love of books that inspired
N. Columbia in Union City, Indiana. Store
if she would be willing to sell the store. In November 2006, they found what they were
the mother/daughter duo to purchase the store. “We would spend hours at bookstores in Indiana and Ohio. Reading
hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9 am to 3:00 p.m. You can contact the store at 765-964-4451 or
is a passion and browsing over books is
you can visit them on Facebook.
relaxing. There are so many benefits to
If you’re planning to do some shopping,
reading,” said Jones. “We joked with each other and we would
Christian Bookstore. If the store doesn’t have what you are looking for, its staff members are happy to order it for you. Susan and Amanda will help you find what you seek. Cindy Denney is director of marketing and customer services for Jay County REMC.
cheaper to own our own bookstore, just
Win a $50 gift certificate from The Christian Bookstore!
because we would spend a great deal of
laugh because we thought it would be
our time and money at bookstores,” said Linder.
Account number: ___________________________________________________
It was no joke. The two bought the store.
Phone number: ____________________________________________________
Yet, it is more than a bookstore. The
Complete this form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Christian Bookstore and Jay County REMC. Mail entry to Jay County REMC, P.O. Box 904, Portland, IN 47371. You may also call 800-835-7362, ext. 225, or drop off your entry at the REMC. Entries can be emailed to email@example.com. Drawing will be held May 31 at 4:30 p.m.
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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.
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
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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.”
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)
COUNTY SEAT: New Albany
Floyd County celebrates its bicentennial this year with several events and programs, including:
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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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
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
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
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.
Shelby counties. He serves as chair of the Natural Resources committee.
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
ue Barbec de Ma r i n a cken for Chi
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 1 t. liquid smoke ½ cup A.1. steak sauce ½ t. onion powder ½ t. garlic powder ½ t. ground black pepper
ola Coca-C ue Barbeq Sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and gradually bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly to obtain a gentle simmer. Simmer the sauce until reduced by a quarter, 6-8 minutes. Use right away or transfer to a large jar. Cover, cool to room temperature and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months. Cook’s note: Try with other dark sodas for different flavors. MAY 2019
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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 Treasues 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
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
personnel are anxious to welcome the
only is it Indiana, it’s the nation’s new-
into whitecaps and rustles the tall dune
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,
a call from a guy who is doing a book MAY 2019
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
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
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
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
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
PHO TO CO URTESY O F M ARTY JO NES
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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West Point Car Show and Flea Market, West Point
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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.
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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.
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-
els is naturally called a “caravan,” and
This bunch of turtles on a single hippo’s back is called a bale.
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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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Don’t drown in high energy costs this summer from your pool pump The sweltering summer heat can
which requires half the energy use
pool over a moderately longer period
mean diving into your swimming pool
as pool vacuuming, ENERGY STAR
of time. Some variable speed pool
— and high diving deep into energy
reports. Conventional pool pumps
pumps can be programmed to filter
over time will use significantly more
overnight, helping shift power use
electricity, meaning higher energy
away from peak periods of the day.
bills in the summer months (when the
Best of all, the quieter compressor
air conditioner is already leading to
does the job without keeping
higher energy costs). ENERGY STAR-
everyone wide awake.
With temperatures starting to rise, you may be eyeing the swimming pool to help cool you off this summer. If you have a pool at your home, you likely are not yearning as much for those summer bills that reflect your pool’s energy use. ENERGY STAR® reports that your pool pump can add more than $500 to your annual energy bills. If your pool pump is older or inefficient, an upgrade could help save you money. Variable speed pool pumps with the ENERGY STAR certification
certified variable speed pool pumps can significantly reduce your home’s energy use, saving up to more than $400 in energy costs each year.
If your pump is struggling or is close to 10 years old, it may be time consider a replacement. Fortunately, your electric co-op can make it more
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Local student heads to nation’s capital in June Jay County High School Junior Ashley
their junior year in high school and
Byer was selected to represent Jay
have enrolled for their senior year.
County REMC on the 2019 Indiana
Homeschooled students are also
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to
eligible to apply.
Washington, D.C., next month. Ashley is the daughter of Jay County REMC members Julie and Ryan Hurt.
Trip highlights include a visit to Gettysburg, monument and museum tours in the nation’s capital, a
“The Indiana Youth Tour to
Potomac River cruise, meetings on
Washington, D.C., is taken each
Capitol Hill with Indiana congressional
year to provide young adults with
representatives, National Youth Tour
the opportunity to travel to our
Rally Day, the opportunity to make
nation’s capital to learn more about
lifelong friends and much more.
how government functions, the complexities of today’s electric utility industry, and to meet hundreds of other students from around
Byer is active in FFA, National Honor Society, choir and her church. Congratulations, Ashley!
the country. We are excited to be
Applications for the 2020 Youth Tour
sending a student on the tour this
will be available early next year.
year. Ashley’s application was very impressive and we know she will represent Jay County REMC and her community with pride,” said Mark W. Arnold, Jay County REMC president/ CEO. The trip will take place June 13-20. This free trip includes travel, meals, lodging and activities. Students selected for the trip will also have the opportunity to compete for college scholarship opportunities by applying for the Youth Leadership Council. Students are selected for the trip based on their applications submitted to their electric cooperative. All applicants must be sponsored by an electric cooperative, have completed
What’s happening in your community
• May 4: Jay County Conservation Club Fish Fry. Jay County Conservation Club. 4-7 p.m. 260-726-8966. • May 4-5: Museum of the Soldier Open House. Noon-4 p.m. Jim, 260-726-7017, or email@example.com. • May 4: Guided Tour of Rainbow Bottom. Limberlost State Historic Site. 9 a.m.Noon. Cost: $4 for members of ISMHS or $5 non-member. 260-368-7428. • May 10-12: Run for the Fallen. Freedom Park — entering Portland. 4:15 p.m. on May 10, leaving at 7:30 a.m. on May 11. Don, 260-251-8860. • May 15-18: 37th Annual Tri-State Swap/ Sell Meet. Tri-State Club Grounds, Portland. Consignment auction, Saturday 1 p.m. Admission charge. Chris Englehardt, president, 260-334-5516 or tristategasenginetractor.com. • May 16: Arby’s Cruise-IN, Portland. 5-8 p.m. • May 18-19: Museum of the Soldier Open
House. Noon-4 p.m. Jim, 260-726-701, or firstname.lastname@example.org. • May 18: Springtime Kroozen the Courthouse. Downtown Portland. Registration, 4 p.m. Entry fee, $10. Showtime: 6-9 p.m. Ron Johnston, 260251-1202. • May 19: An Afternoon with Gene StrattonPorter. Limberlost State Historic Site. 2-3 p.m. Cost: $4 member/$5 non-member. 260-368-7428. • May 28: Jay Historical Society Monthly Program. 7 p.m. 260-726-7168. • May 27: Museum of the Soldier. Noon-4 p.m. Jim, 260-726-7017. • May 29-June 1: Dunkirk 53rd Annual Glass Days Festival. Downtown Dunkirk. Glass museum tours, factory tours, glass blowing booth. Parade, Saturday at Noon. Cindy, 765-578-0229. — Sidelines information courtesy of Jay County Chamber of Commerce.
DRAWING WINNER The winner of the gift certificate from Schmit Chiropractic was Karen R of Adams County. Congratulations, Karen!
Win a $50 bill credit Follow these simple steps for your chance to win $50 in electricity. Clip the coupon below. Complete and return the form to the office with your monthly payment before the last working day of the month. MARCH WINNER: Mike F. of Randolph County
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THIS SUMMER stay cool and safe AIR CONDITIONER:
• Schedule professional AC maintenance to inspect the appliance for any issues that could lead to a fire. • 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. WINDOW AC UNIT:
• Do not plug it into an extension cord or power strip. It should have its own dedicated outlet. • Before installing it, make sure the window and frame are in good condition. If the unit doesn’t fit, do not try and force it. FANS:
• 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.
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.