Kosciusko REMC — May 2022 Indiana Connection

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from the editor

Breaking records

One of my most memorable collegiate memories was the day more than 2,500 of my fellow Ball State Cardinals and I gathered on the university’s quadrangle to jump in the air at the same time — all in an effort to make the Guinness Book of World Records and appear in a Toyota commercial. I’m not sure if we broke the world record but it sure was fun trying! I’ve been obsessed with world records since I was a kid. I especially love hearing about wacky feats achieved by ordinary people. Remember that Brady Bunch episode in which Bobby and Cindy try to break the teetor-tottering world record? That’s the kind of offthe-wall record that still fascinates me. Since I’m also curious about Hoosiers who hold a place in THE record book, I did some online snooping. Here’s what I discovered: •

Garfield, the comic strip created by Muncie’s own Jim Davis, holds the Guinness world record for being the world’s most syndicated comic strip. It appears in some 2,100 newspapers and journals in 80 countries and is read by 200 million people.

The largest “Rock, Paper, Scissors” tournament — with 2,950 participants — was held at 2014’s Gen Con in Indianapolis.

Hard to believe but there’s a world record for most consecutive rope skips on a bed of nails over another person. And it’s held by Fremont couple Jon and Amy Bruney who set the record in 2013. Jon balanced the bed of nails on his stomach while Amy jumped up and down 117 times. Jon, who recently appeared in TBS’ Go Big Show, also set a world record by pulling a 31,000-pound-plus semi-truck for one mile in one hour, 36 minutes.

VOLUME 71 • NUMBER 11 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 304,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. Member’s cost per issue is approximately 32 cents, plus postage. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 info@indianaconnection.org IndianaConnection.org INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Randy Kleaving President Steve McMichael Vice President Dr. Richard Leeper Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor

Last June, Lori Keeton, from Lizton, wakesurfed for eight straight hours on Raccoon Lake to claim a world record spot. She hopes to break her record by doubling her time this year.

Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist

Interested in making the world’s largest ball of paint even larger? Schedule an appointment to visit the ball and its owners Mike and Glenda Carmichael of Alexandria (WorldsLargestBOP@yahoo.com). You’ll be able to add another layer of paint to the over 27,600 layers of paint that have been applied to an ordinary baseball since 1977 and be part of a world record. The ball already weighs over 2½ tons.

Mandy Barth Vice President of Communication

They say records are meant to be broken. If you long to make the record books, start by doing some research first at https://www. guinnessworldrecords.com/records/what-makes-a-guinnessworld-records-record-title/ That way, you’ll know exactly how to reach your goal.



Editor eschilling@indianaec.org

On the menu: September issue: Recipes using honey, deadline July 1. October issue: Recipes using beer, deadline Aug. 1. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

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05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative.

14 FOOD Raise a glass with these mighty mocktails.

10 ENERGY Load control: The benefits of avoiding electricity’s

16 INDIANA EATS Happy food trails: On the road to food-loving bliss.

‘rush hour.’


Indiana Connection





18 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Cass County.


19 SAFETY Avoid downed power lines.

25 OUTDOORS “Good Ol’ Days” of Indiana wildlife weren’t so good.

20 COVER STORY Boundless Courage: Amelia Earhart inspired Purdue coeds to reach for the stars.

26 PROFILE Randy Kleaving is leaving things better than he found them.

On the cover Aviator Amelia Earhart stands in front of her plane in February 1937. Earhart was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University from 1935 until her disappearance in July 1937. Purdue helped purchase the Lockheed Electra, dubbed the “Flying Laboratory,” that was lost over the central Pacific during her attempt to fly around the world. PHOTO BY PURDUE UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES


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co-op news

FINDING SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES www.kremc.com CONTACT US Local: 574-267-6331 Toll-Free: 800-790-REMC EMAIL mail@kremc.com OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming Pam Messmore Steve Miner Rick Parker

DOES YOUR ATTIC HAVE ENOUGH INSULATION? If your attic insulation is level with or below your floor joists (meaning you can easily see your joists), you should add more. If you can’t see any of the floor joists because the insulation is well above them, you likely have enough insulation. Attic insulation should be evenly distributed with no low spots. Make sure the areas along the eaves are adequately covered. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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At Kosciusko REMC, we create opportunities for our members. We are constantly looking for new ways to grow, lead, and serve this community. This results in a closer connection with the people of Kosciusko County. This is where you come in. As the summer months approach, KREMC is looking ahead. We are stepping forward and making space for you, our members, to connect and thrive. What does this look like in practice? For KREMC, it looks like providing an unforgettable drive-through annual meeting for our members on June 9 at our facility. It looks like the return of our youth programs, Camp Kilowatt and Youth Tour, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. In July, you’ll see us at the Kosciusko County Fair, ready to engage with our community. A new and significant part of this year’s summer outreach is our Kosciusko Connect fiber network. Now that winter is behind us, we are working at full speed and connecting hundreds of members each month. So far, members have told us that their new fiber network is life-changing, especially in more remote portions of our service territory. To learn more about the summer opportunities that KREMC offers, visit kremc.com and stay updated on our social media pages. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

KURT CARVER President and CEO

KREMC rates and rebates RATES


Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge .................... @$0.002904 per kWh

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

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

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

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co-op news

M E E T YOUR This year, we bid a fond farewell to longtime board members Bill Stump and Kim Buhrt, so we have four contested seats in our board election. Candidates for the KREMC board of directors are: • Tony Fleming (i) vs. Joel Shepherd • Dan Tucker (i) vs. Brian Romine • Loretta Schafer vs. Dan Harstine • Jamie Scott vs. Todd Smith Please view introductory information about each candidate on pages 6 and 7. We will include more information in next month’s magazine, and you can find full candidate profiles at kremc.com/ candidate-profiles. If you want to use your voice to vote in our board election, make sure you attend the KREMC annual meeting! The annual meeting will be held on June 9 at Kosciusko REMC’s building from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Your voting ballot will be attached to the back of June’s Indiana Connection.


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Tony Fleming (i)

Joel Shepherd

Where are you from? I have lived in the Warsaw area for 42 years and have been a KREMC member for 41 years.

Where are you from? Leesburg, Indiana

Relevant education and work experience: • Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Purdue University • Vice president of research and development, Biomet (retired) • Farming activities on the family farm in Howard County Relevant community involvement: • Volunteer at the Kosciusko County Health Department • Grew and delivered flowers to local nursing homes • Represented KREMC at 4-H livestock auctions

Relevant education and work experience: • Warsaw Community High School • Bachelor of Arts degree at Purdue University • 14 years at Zimmer Biomet as a sales representative, field training manager/ surgeon trainer, and sales training manager. • Four years at Miller Poultry as regional sales manager. Relevant community involvement: • Volunteer firefighter for Plain Township Fire Department • Purdue Extension board member • Clunette Methodist Church • 4-H volunteer

Dan Tucker (i)

Brian Romine

Where are you from? Southwestern Kosciusko County

Where are you from? Mentone, Indiana

Relevant education and work experience: • Physical therapist assistant, KCH Outpatient/Inpatient, 2000-Current • Director, KREMC, 2008-Current • Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, Ball State University, 1995 • Associate degree in physical therapy, University of Indianapolis, 1998 Relevant community involvement: • Member of Beaver Dam UMC • Supporter of Wheels on Fire Cancer Crusaders • Supporter of Riley's Children's Hospital • Member of Ducks Unlimited • Most importantly: husband and father of two

Relevant education and work experience: • Tippecanoe Valley High School • Purdue University, 1984 • Six years as a sales account manager with FMC Corporation • 31 years as a sales account manager for LG Seeds • Currently run the family farm and manage seed dealership Relevant community involvement: • Served as a member of the Rochester City Park Board and BZA for 10 Years • Member and led through several positions on church boards with Grace United Methodist and Akron United Methodist Church • Representative on the Kosciusko County Farm Bureau board • Volunteer on several community and church fundraisers

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Loretta Schafer

Dan Harstine

Where are you from? Syracuse, Indiana

Where are you from? Milford, Indiana

Relevant education and work experience: • Wawasee High School • Purdue University • Plant manager currently, previously quality manager at Purina Animal Nutrition LLC • Managed quality and sanitation of Diamond Nut • Floor supervisor at a Kroger Dairy

Relevant education and work experience: • Cave Spring High School • Grace College; B.S. at Goshen College • Broker and owner of Integrity Real Estate Group for 22 years

Relevant community involvement: • Served six years as secretary/treasurer for the Indiana Morgan Horse Club • Member of the American Morgan Horse Association • Lifetime member of the NRA • Lector at St. Martin DePorres Church, host of Coffee and Donuts — focusing on unity • Supporter of the Kosciusko 4-H Auction and COAR Guatemalan Children's Mission

Relevant community involvement: • Winona Lake Fire Department • Warsaw Chamber of Commerce • Syracuse Economic Development • Warsaw/Kosciusko Hazmat • Kosciusko Board of Realtors

Jamie Scott

Todd Smith

Where are you from? Pierceton, Indiana

Where are you from? Warsaw, Indiana

Relevant education and work experience: • Whitko High School • Owner of Scott's Cover Crops LLC • Owner of Jaime Scott Farms LLC

Relevant education and work experience: • Triton High School • 1½ years at Bethel University • UPS service provider for 31 years (now retired) • Full-time farmer for 15 years

Relevant community involvement: • Board member of Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District for 19 years. • Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation District's board for 11 years including all officer positions • Served on the Indiana Department of Agriculture advisory board for three years • Chair of Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative Oversight Committee for four years


Relevant community involvement: • Served on the deacon board at church • Helped coach kids in basketball and football • Youth group leader and Sunday school teacher

Memorial Day: Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day.

If you already sent in your application, your next step is to register so that you can qualify to win. Starting May 16, you can visit us at our facility during business hours to register. You can also register at our drive-through annual meeting on June 9. If you’re available for the meeting, just let us know you have a scholarship applicant in the car who needs to register, and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of. We will draw winners after our drive-through annual meeting and announce this year’s scholarship recipients the next day. Whether you register in our office or at the annual meeting, you’ll need to come to our KREMC facility: 370 S 250 E, Warsaw. OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. ANNUAL MEETING: Thursday, June 9, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thank you for participating in our 2022 scholarships! We look forward to seeing you in our office or at our annual meeting. MAY 2022




LOAD CONTROL: THE BENEFITS OF AVOIDING ELECTRICITY’S ‘RUSH HOURS’ Every day, you take your energy for a drive. Some days, it is a slow cruise around the block. Others, it is pedal to the metal from dawn to dusk. Most often, you land somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. But what does all that look like on your bill and where does load control come in? Those are two great questions best answered with the driving analogy. • Energy is the odometer – how far you go. • Demand is the speedometer – how fast you go.


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A 100-watt lightbulb demands 100 watts of electricity when it is energized. If you had 10 such lightbulbs, they would demand 1,000 watts or 1 kilowatt. If they operate for 60 minutes, then one kilowatt-hour of electricity is used. On your residential bill, you are primarily paying for what is on your odometer – the miles (kilowatt-hours) you drove times the electrical rate. But on a hot summer day, if you’re driving energy for your air conditioning, your clothes dryer and those lightbulbs while everyone else is doing the same, the demand put on

the electric grid increases exponentially with only so much room on the road. Load control seeks to reduce the demand at those peak moments, so member cooperatives and member-consumers are offered an incentive not to drive in rush hour traffic. By staying off the road during rush hour and delaying, not canceling, your trip, you help reduce demand on the grid and ultimately save money on your bill. The trick is reducing traffic enough to make a significant impact. If only a handful of cars stay off the road in rush hour, the traffic will still be heavy

with greater potential for problems. It would take a majority of the usual rush hour drivers deciding to stay off the road and delay their trip for the traffic jams to be alleviated. The more participants in load control, driving demand before or after rush hour, the greater the impact.

by Jarred


DSM Technician Southeastern IN REMC




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WIPE OUT You might want to know some dirty little secrets about the sanitizing wipes you and I use to clean our grocery cart handles (as mentioned in the March editor’s column). These wipes (the ones that don’t smell like alcohol) contain one or more of the disinfectant chemicals known as “quats”, AKA quaternary ammonium chlorides. Quats really work GREAT at killing germs, viral pathogens, and other nasty stuff, but only IF used according to the instructions. It takes several minutes hold time to get rid of the “badness in the bad stuff.” Yes, you’ll find some difference between brands, but the surfaces must remain visibly wet with quats for the full hold time to do the full job. Most times I see people use wipes, it looks like their hold time is less than 20 seconds. After that the handle is dry and the quats stop working. So, if a dozen people wipe your cart before you get it and none of them touch it, then your 20 second wipe might add up to the full

hold time and you’ll be assured you’ve got safe surfaces. The strong chemicals used on these wipes aren’t supposed to be left on surfaces that contact food, like counters, tables, menus, hands, and salt/pepper shakers. That’s why I won’t use quats at home. When I go shopping, I’ll put a squirt of the alcohol hand sanitizer on the cart handle if that’s available because 20 seconds hold time is more than enough for alcohol (70% minimum) to do the job. If quats are the only option, then I’ll push the cart with one hand while wiping back and forth till my wipe is dry. It’s probably still not the full hold time but it’s far better than 20 seconds. When I get home, I wash my hands to get rid of the quats so I don’t eat some residue. By the way, washing probably takes care of the germs too! So, by now you’re wondering “Just how does this geek know all this stuff?” I spent several weeks studying hundreds of disinfectants as part of my job as director of research during the beginning of the pandemic. Bob Steingass, Valparaiso, Indiana


Raise a glass





3 heaping cups frozen pineapple chunks

½ cup cold milk

2 oz. peach nectar

2 T. chocolate syrup plus extra for rimming glass

4 to 5 oz. sparkling cider

1 (15 oz.) can full fat coconut milk 1 T. maple syrup Blend all ingredients together. Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired. Pour into glasses and garnish with drink umbrellas. Yield: 4 small servings.


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½ T. corn syrup Chocolate sprinkles Combine milk, chocolate syrup, corn syrup, and ice in a blender. Place excess chocolate syrup and the chocolate sprinkles on the rim of a martini glass. Pour drink into the glass. Yield: 1 serving.

Peach slice Pour peach nectar into a champagne glass, then add the sparkling cider. Garnish with the peach slice. Yield: 1 serving.

food VIRGIN APPLETINI Granulated sugar ¼ cup fresh apple juice 1 T. simple syrup ½ T. fresh lemon juice Apple slices Rim the cocktail glass with sugar. Pour apple juice, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into the glass and add the apple slices on top. Yield: 1 serving.

Note: To make simple syrup, use equal amounts of water and sugar. Heat water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot but not boiling. Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using. Can be stored in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

PINEAPPLE MINT MOCK-ITO 10 fresh mint leaves 2 packets Splenda sweetener ¼ cup pineapple juice Juice of 1 lime Ice ½ cup club soda Additional mint leaves for garnish

Place the mint leaves and Splenda into a cocktail shaker and press them against the side of the shaker. Add the pineapple juice, lime juice, and ice, and shake. Strain into a tall glass with ice and fill the rest with the club soda. Garnish with mint leaves. Yield: 1 serving.

CLASSIC SHIRLEY TEMPLE (The mocktail that started it all!) 2 T. grenadine 1 T. lime juice ⅔ cup ginger ale or ginger beer Ice

In a highball glass, stir together the grenadine and lime juice. Add the ice and fill the glass with the ginger ale. Top with cherry. Yield: 1 serving.

Maraschino cherry for garnish


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Indiana eats


ON THE ROAD TO FOOD-LOVING BLISS Thanks to the Indiana Foodways Alliance’s culinary trails program, Hoosier foodies can map their way to their next dining adventure. The Alliance promotes a whopping 21 unique trails crisscrossing the state and featuring more than 220 locally owned establishments. The trails focus on a variety of cuisines, sweet treats, beverages and guilty pleasures. It’s no surprise that the Tenderloin Lovers Trail would be one of the most popular taste tours considering Hoosiers’ devotion to the breaded pork sandwich. In 2018, media company and pop culture blog PopSugar ranked the tenderloin trail number seven in its “10 Best Food and Drink Trails” ranking. Meanwhile,

Tenderloin Sandwich from Come ’n Git It Diner in Martinsville


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in USA Today’s 2015 listing of “Best Food Trails in America,” the Hoosier Pie Trail placed fourth, besting Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail in popularity. The Sweet Temptations Trail, like a real life Candyland, leads visitors to gourmet marshmallows, ice cream, candies, cakes, baked goods and more. This sugar-laden expedition to 43 shops, cafés, restaurants, bakeries and even a honey farm, orchard and farmers’ market is another top trail. Other creatively coined trails to suit palates of all kinds include Here Fishy Fishy (seafood — including shrimp and frog’s legs); Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner (26 restaurants’ take on a favorite comfort food); and A Cut Above

(the fine dining tour). Several of the restaurants participating in the Alliance have been featured in Indiana Eats in the past including Bonge’s Tavern (Perkinsville), One Ten Craft Meatery (Warsaw), The Post (Tell City), Pea-Fections (Vincennes), and Chaperral Café (Shelbyville). The Indiana Foodways Alliance, based in Fishers, Indiana, began as a subsidiary of the I-69 Cultural Corrider Association, in January 2006. The non-profit’s goal was to promote culinary tourism in the state and spread the word about Indiana’s local food culture. The trails program debuted the next year. As well as supporting Hoosier restaurants and enjoying some good food all around the state, those who hit the trails can win fun incentives. Just sign up for an Indiana Culinary Trails mobile passport at visitindiana. com/cuisine and eat and drink your way to rewards with every stop you make. Visit 30 locations to earn a pie server, 60 stops for a tumbler and 90 places for a hat. Also check out the Alliance’s Tales from the Trails blog at www.indianafoodways.com/blog for its upcoming promotions.


Assorted doughnuts from Wheel House Donuts in Rockville


Sugar Cream Pie from Mrs. Wick’s Pies in Winchester

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county feature

Cass County Cass County might be famous for cats (as in “Felix the” … the Logansport Community High School mascot which was also the state’s first mascot) and beautiful hand-carved horses on its nationally historic carousel, but come June 18 the county will be high on the hog … as in pork. The first “Squeal on the Eel Festival,” a barbecue competition and pork festival, hopes to attract 10,000 visitors to Riverside Park on the south side of the Eel River in downtown Logansport. A variety of events and music are being planned for the day with 100% of the profits being divided equally among four Cass County charities. “The whole concept of the festival is to give back to the community,” said Stephanie Helton, community liaison with Tyson Fresh Foods, the title sponsor of the festival. The Tyson pork plant on the southwest edge of Logansport is one of Cass County’s largest employers, with 2,300 workers in three shifts. Helton noted that while Tyson put up the largest portion of funding, other large sponsors include the county visitors bureau and other groups and individuals. By the time June 18 rolls around, the community will have almost two years of planning behind it. “We wanted it to be a very well thought out festival,” she said. The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. and end around 10:30 p.m. Admission to the grounds will be $10, with additional tickets required to partake in the sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition and an additional local barbecue contest. Food vendors will also be on hand.


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Other events and features include a hot dog eating contest, car show, the Indiana Army National Guard team repelling from a helicopter, Indianapolis Colts’ “Gridiron Gang” of Robert Mathis and Daniel Muir signing autographs, a beer and wine garden, and a kid zone with all kinds of activities. The Cass County Dentzel Carousel, located at Riverside Park, will be running through the day, too. Anchoring the event, beginning at 4 p.m., will be a concert of four bands: Scarecrowe, The Grace Scott Band, The Flying Toasters, and LOCASH. The four non-profit organizations that will benefit from the proceeds are Emmaus Mission Center, 4th Dimension Recovery Home, Father’s House and Cass County Domestic Violence Task Force. “We’re just really hoping for a good attendance to see the community together and to give back to the community. The more money we raise,” Helton said, “the more that goes back to these nonprofits. And then the more they can in turn give back to Cass County.” For more information, visit: SquealOnTheEel.org


The Cass County Dentzel Carousel in Riverside Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Built by the Dentzel Carousel Company, it is one of the company’s oldest surviving menagerie-style carousels, with animals likely handcarved by Gustav Dentzel.

County Facts FOUNDED: 1829 NAMED FOR: Lewis Cass, a general and governor of Michigan Territory through 1831, who was instrumental in the making of treaties with the Native Americans of the region. POPULATION: 37,870 COUNTY SEAT: Logansport

Four general entry tickets to the Squeal on the Eel Festival in Logansport See page 3 for information on how to enter this contest.





If you drive the same route to work every day, odds are you don’t give the road itself a lot of thought. It’s always there; until it’s not. If you suddenly come upon a big orange “road closed” sign with barricades, what do you do? You stop, think about an alternative route, and take it. Consider overhead power lines much the same way as a closed road. Power lines are always perched tightly to their poles serving their purpose; until they’re not. When they are suddenly somewhere they’re not supposed to be, consider it an orange barricade – a warning sign to stop and reconsider your plans. Power lines can fall during strong winds. Utility poles can topple, or trees and broken limbs can fall and take power lines down with them. Vehicles that crash into poles can also bring power lines to the ground. When you see a power line out of place, Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds you to never touch it; never approach it. The result could be deadly! The best course of action is to steer clear and call for assistance. “The overhead power lines that run along the county roads generally carry 7,200 volts of electricity,” said John Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Fatalities can occur when someone makes contact with a live wire of only a couple hundred volts.”

WHAT TO DO WHEN A DOWNED POWER LINE TOUCHES YOUR VEHICLE If your vehicle comes in contact with a downed power line while you’re in the vehicle, stay inside the car. Call 911 or honk your horn to get help, but tell those rendering aid to stay away from the vehicle. If you must exit the vehicle for lifethreatening reasons, jump out and away from it. Make sure to land with


your feet together and

• If you see a downed power line, move away from it. Keep a distance of 35 feet, as the ground around downed power lines may be energized.

touching. Then, shuffle

• Don’t touch anything touching downed power lines.

touching until you reach

• Assume ALL downed power lines are live. They don’t have to be arcing, sparking or humming; they can be as quiet as they usually are.

a safe distance. NEVER

• If you see someone in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, DO NOT touch him or her. You could become energized as well. Call 911 for assistance. • NEVER attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it, even with an object such as a broom or a tree branch. Non-conductive materials like wood or cloth can conduct electricity if even slightly wet.

away with your feet

attempt to get back into a vehicle that is in contact with a power line.

• Don’t step in water near downed lines. • Never drive over a downed power line. MAY 2022



Courage Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from the little things: Knows not the livid loneliness of fear, Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings. How can life grant us boon of living, compensate For gray dull ugliness and pregnant hate Unless we dare The soul’s dominion? Each time we

By Richard G. Biever

make a choice, we pay With courage to behold resistless day,

Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart is remembered most for how her life ended. Her tragic disappearance over the Pacific while trying to girdle the globe in 1937 remains a mystery that still evokes a sense of wistful sadness and loss. But her most endearing legacy, especially at Purdue University where she was a visiting faculty member, will be the boundless spirit in how she lived. Earhart was a barrier-breaking pilot and an early advocate for women’s rights. She remains an inspiration, not just to women, but to all who passionately pursue their dreams. “She is most known for the disappearance,” said Tracy Grimm, archivist for flight and space exploration at Purdue University’s archives and special collections. “But if people really get interested, they will be pleasantly surprised when they learn how deeply she was committed to women’s issues. She really took time with young women, with students here on campus. She didn’t have to come here and be a counselor for women.


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And count it fair.


PHOTO ABOVE Amelia Earhart's pilot license photo.


MEDIA SOURCE The poem and historical Amelia Earhart photos are used with permission

Earhart poses with

courtesy of Purdue

Purdue University

University Libraries,

President Edward

Karnes Archives and Special

Elliott at the


Purdue University Airport, the nation's first university airport.

But she did. And it seems it was important to her.” At Purdue, she was both a career counselor for women and an advisor in the aeronautical engineering department from 1935 through her final flight. The plane she was piloting when she disappeared, nicknamed the “Flying Laboratory,” was funded by Purdue’s foundation and its supporters.

This July marks the 125th anniversary of Earhart’s birth, and the 85th commemoration of her disappearance. In pursuing her interests outside the realm of her contemporaries, Earhart pushed the boundaries. She gave women 15,000-foot views of all that was beyond traditional “women’s roles.” “We have lots of students who come to Purdue because they

know Amelia was associated with aeronautical engineering,” Grimm said. “Amelia existed in that time when women were right on the cusp of gaining more rights and being seen as human beings who could do anything a man could do.” Grimm noted Earhart was not without detractors. “Amelia did face criticism. She faced people who maligned her in the press and said she couldn’t do things, or shouldn’t be doing things,” she said. “She represents courage in not taking ’no’ for an answer, pushing boundaries, and being herself, being true to her interests. That resonates with young women today, too.”

Eyes on the skies Purdue University Airport was the first university-owned airport in the United States and the site of the country’s first college-credit flight training courses. In 1930, inventor-industrialist David Ross donated a tract of land to be used as an aeronautical education and research facility at Purdue University. Into this academic atmosphere, Earhart was eagerly welcomed by Purdue’s president, Edward Elliott, in November 1935. In the fall of 1934, Earhart and Elliott were both invited by The New York Herald Tribune to speak at a women’s conference. After giving his speech, Elliott stayed to hear Earhart, who was already world famous for her flying exploits (please see timeline on pages 22–23). She spoke about the future of aviation and women’s roles in the industry. As she spoke, Elliott realized she was the perfect role model for the female students enrolled at Purdue.

Elliott’s views on women were radical for the time. He was dedicated to preparing his female students for careers outside the home. The Herald Tribune arranged a dinner meeting with Elliott and Earhart and her husband, George Putnam. After dinner, Elliott asked Earhart to join his staff at Purdue as a visiting faculty member. Elliott later presented Earhart with a list of the six conditions of Earhart’s proposed position at Purdue, most of which concerned her duties as counselor in Careers for Women. Toward the end of that list, he casually mentioned that she would also serve as chief consultant for work in aeronautical engineering.

She loved the campus atmosphere. During her weeklong visits to West Lafayette each semester, Earhart stayed in a dorm room at Duhme Residence Hall, living and having dinner alongside the female students. Today, just down First Street from Duhme Hall is a largerthan-life bronze sculpture of Earhart holding a propeller. It was erected in 2009 outside a dining hall that also bears her name. Whether she expressly meant to, Earhart served as a role model for CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

The document made it clear that Purdue recruited Earhart mostly as a mentor and role model for women, not for her knowledge of aviation. She did not see this as an insult, but rather a challenge. According to Putnam, when Elliott spoke to Earhart of his concern that Purdue’s female students weren’t keeping abreast of the “inspirational opportunities of the day nearly as well as they might be,” Earhart’s “eyes shone at the suggestion of a challenge.” And, according to her husband, Earhart regarded her short time at Purdue University as “one of the most satisfying adventures of her life.” Earhart took her new role to help woman prepare for careers seriously. She handed out a survey and found 92% of the women on campus wanted a career. Her job, as she saw it, was to help their dreams take flight.

PHOTO RIGHT A statue of Amelia Earhart on the Purdue campus is still an inspiration to new generations of students.

PHOTO ABOVE Earhart meets with a group of Purdue coeds on campus.

PHOTO RIGHT Earhart and Purdue President Edward Elliott study a globe.

PHOTO ABOVE Earhart works on her Electra's left engine.


many young women, not just aspiring aviators. From Earhart’s short, wind-blown hair to her wardrobe, the young women on campus wanted to emulate her. One story told is that when a group went to the dean of women to ask if they could wear slacks, as Earhart usually did, their request was met with the tactfully mild reproach and promise: “When you fly an airplane solo across the Atlantic, you may wear slacks on the Purdue University campus.” Earhart viewed her accomplishments not only as personal achievements, but as feats for women everywhere. “Someday,” Earhart said, “people will be judged by their individual

aptitude to do a thing and (society) will stop blocking off certain things as suitable to men and suitable to women.” It’s been said that Earhart had a knack for navigating the world within societal limitations of the time while simultaneously defying them. She figured out how to present herself as a barrier breaker without being abrasive. For that, she was admired by men and women alike. Though Earhart focused her time at Purdue primarily on counseling, Purdue’s Research Foundation funded her “Flying Laboratory,” an aircraft for her flight around the world planned for 1937. The

Foundation contributed $80,000 from illustrious Purdue alumni and corporations with the defined objectives of collecting scientific and engineering data during the flight itself as well as during its preparation. Part of the goal was also to better understand the rigors long-range flight put on a body. Purdue stood to gain from the wide public attention as it sought to enhance its expertise and reputation as an aeronautical proving ground. The plane, a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, was prepared for her around-the-world flight attempt in Hangar 1 at Purdue and in California. Earhart performed many

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JAN. 3, 1921

JULY 1921

JUNE 17-18, 1928

FEB. 7, 1931

MAY 20-21, 1932

Amelia Earhart is born to affluent parents in Atchison, Kansas. Her father is a lawyer for the railroads.

Begins flying lessons.

Purchases her first plane.

Becomes first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Marries George Putnam, who becomes her manager.

Becomes first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.


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of the tasks herself. For the flight, the plane had to be modified to add fuel capacity and lightened. Originally, the global flight was to start and end at West Lafayette in the spring of 1937, according to a map published in The New York Herald Tribune. Flying west, the trip was aborted after reaching Hawaii. On March 21, on takeoff to the tiny central Pacific atoll known as Howland Island, a tire blew before the Electra left the ground. The plane “ground looped,” damaging the propellers, and had to be shipped to California for repairs. With the delay, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, changed plans. Once the plane was repaired, they flew to Miami and began their second attempt from there on June 1, flying first to South America, then east across the Atlantic to Africa, India and Australia. After stopping in New Guinea, they began the longest and most perilous leg of the 29,000-mile journey on July 2, 1937. It was to be a 19-hour flight of 2,600 miles over the open Pacific. Their target was Howland Island, the same tiny uninhabited coral rock to where she was taxiing for takeoff when her plane was damaged in Hawaii. The cucumber-shaped island was barely more than a half-square mile, just big enough for the landing strip that

had been prepared for her. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca waited near the island to assist. But the flight never arrived at Howland. That morning, the ship received strong radio signals from Earhart which indicated the Electra was in the vicinity. But Earhart radioed that they were unable to hear any twoway communication. She said they were unable to locate the island or the ship, and they were running low on fuel. That was the last message the Itasca received.

Legacy Earhart loved writing poetry. But the only poem of hers published while she was living was aptly called “Courage” (please see page 20). The 1928 poem summarized her view about life: That it’s better lived with the courage to push oneself, to break beyond “gray ugliness,” to “dare the soul’s dominion.” Earhart lived her life with boundless courage, charting new courses for herself and all women. Seemingly the only barriers she couldn’t overcome were the mechanical limitations of her plane and a faulty two-way radio receiver. Her writings and so much more can be found in the world’s largest collection of Earhart-related items

at Purdue University’s Archives. The collection of some 3,500 papers, memorabilia, scrapbooks, photos and artifacts was donated to Purdue by her husband in 1941. In the collection is a telegrammed press release from the New York Herald Tribune Syndicate dated July 3, 1937, the day after she disappeared. It had the exclusive details of her decision to discontinue flying upon completion of her world flight. “I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system,” she told the reporter before departing on the trip. “I hope this trip around the world is it. Anyway, when I have finished this job, I mean to give up long distance stunt flying.” The story also indicated her next plans were to carry out an intensive flight research program at Purdue. Grimm notes Earhart’s love of Purdue was evident, too, by her husband’s gift. “He said she would have wanted her papers to be at Purdue University.” Though Earhart’s earthly remains have never been found, her body of work and her spirit still reside — and still inspire — at Purdue. And all of Indiana is richer for the connection. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.


MARCH 17, 1937

JUNE 1, 1937

JULY 2, 1937

JULY 19, 1937

JAN. 5, 1939

Accepts invitation to become a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as a career counselor and aviation advisor.

Begins her first attempt to fly around the world, going west to east, but damages her plane on takeoff in Hawaii.

Leaves Miami on a second attempt, this time heading south and east, to South America, Africa, India, and New Guinea.

Departs for Howland Island in the central Pacific. At sunrise, she and navigator Fred Noonan radio they cannot find the island and cannot hear radio transmissions.

Official search efforts for her and Noonan end.

Is officially declared dead.

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Wabash Valley Power news


charges FAST CHARGER NETWORK TO OFFER EV DRIVERS NEW OPTIONS Drivers pulling off the interstate to fill their gas tanks may soon encounter another type of auto fueling up during their stops: electric vehicles. Wabash Valley Power is one of eight utility partners planning an electric vehicle fast charger network across Indiana. WVPA plans to install four chargers: near Interstate 65, Interstate 70, Interstate 74 and U.S. 31. They will be part of a planned network of more than 60 high-speed direct current fast


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charging (DCFC) stations installed along transportation corridors. The utility group hopes to install the chargers over the next several years. “The new charging network in Indiana will give electric vehicle owners many more options to recharge their EVs while on short or long-range trips,” said Joan Soller, director of grid innovation and portfolio integration for Wabash Valley Power. “One of the primary concerns of people interested in EVs is range anxiety, or uncertainty of running out of electricity while driving. The new chargers will go a long way to alleviate those concerns.” DCFC stations can fully charge an EV battery in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on battery size, Soller said. Each station will be able to charge up to four EVs simultaneously. Some chargers are expected to be installed at gas stations, since people are already

accustomed to refueling there, or at stores or other businesses where people can shop and take a break while the vehicle charges. The DCFC charger network will be funded in part from the nearly $41 million that Indiana expects to receive as part of the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust from the Volkswagen Corp.’s settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Funding from the trust is to offset the excess air pollution emitted by Volkswagen vehicles that violated the Clean Air Act, IDEM reported on its website. “More electric vehicles have been announced for development the last several years, and this new charging network will be incredibly beneficial for drivers of those EVs,” Soller said. “We are excited about the opportunities that this network can bring for the future electric co-op members and visitors to the Midwest.”



“My grandfather was born in 1875. He lived his entire life in southern Rush County and never saw a whitetail deer.”

For those of us today and for the earliest Hoosier 200 years ago, it’s hard to imagine an Indiana without deer. But the once expansive herds of whitetail deer of Indiana’s earliest pioneer days were killed out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting by the time my grandfather came along. Records show the last “wild” whitetail deer was killed in Knox County in 1893, and whitetail deer were considered extinct within the borders of Indiana for almost 50 years. The dramatic return of the whitetail deer in Indiana can be largely attributed to one group of people: the sportsmen of Indiana. The first deer reintroduction efforts were funded from the modest hunting and fishing license fees. Later research and introductions were funded by the federally enacted PittmanRobertson Act. The project first began in the area now encompassing much of the Hoosier National Forest. In the early 1930s, the Indiana Division of Fish and Game recognized much of the eroded and abandoned farmland in south and central Indiana had recovered enough to support a population of whitetail deer. From 1934 until 1942, 296 deer were purchased from other states for release. An additional 111 deer were released between 1953 and 1955. Monitoring the growing herd, the Fish and Game investigators estimated there were 900 animals in 1943 and 1,200 in

1944. By 1950, the herd was estimated to number at least 5,000 — and becoming problematic to farmers because of crop depredation. A hunt was deemed necessary, and the first deer hunting season in the 20th century was held for a period of three days covering an area of 17 counties. An unlimited number of licenses were issued for $5 for the any sex deer hunt. Legal hunt weapons were archery and slug shotguns. Fast forward to 2020, the herd in the state of Indiana was estimated at 680,000 deer. The total number of licenses sold for deer hunting in 2020 came to 132,966. In comparison to the days of yesteryear, the deer harvest in Indiana has increased dramatically with a total take in the 2020-21 season of 124,180. During the season, 70% of participants were reported as having taken at least one deer. With great wildlife wealth and numbers come great responsibility. Indiana’s DNR tries to maintain the herd numbers to minimize the amount of crop depredation and deer/vehicle accidents. By increasing antlerless harvest in select counties and keying on special areas of high deer density for special depredation hunts, the DNR hopes to reduce the herd annually by more than 20%.

till next time,


JACK SPAULDING is a syndicated state outdoors writer and a member of RushShelby Energy. Readers can contact the author by writing to this publication, or by email to jackspaulding@hughes. net. Spaulding’s books, “The Best Of Spaulding Outdoors” and “The Coon Hunter And The Kid,” are available from Amazon.com as paperbacks or Kindle downloads.

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Randy Kleaving LEAVING THINGS BETTER THAN HE FOUND THEM Randy Kleaving always heard one proverb when he was young: “No matter how good something is, when you’re done with it, you need to leave it better.” That’s something he says he’s always taken to heart: in his vocation as a farmer, and multiple avocations as volunteer firefighter, county commissioner, and director on his local, state, and national electric cooperative boards. After a four-year stint on the executive board of Indiana Electric Cooperatives, he was elevated to board president in December 2021. He is the first IEC board president to simultaneously represent Indiana on the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. When Kleaving, 57, a director from Southern Indiana Power, ran for NRECA board in 2018, he questioned whether he was biting off more than he could chew. “That weighed on my mind quite a bit — if I had the time to dedicate myself to those organizations,” he said. But after thinking it over, he decided he could make the time. And, now three years in, he is making both the time and the most of the challenges. Among the biggest challenges he sees looming before him as president is setting the course for the future of the venerable statewide organization. That includes both what it will look like down the road, and what address it literally will occupy on that road. Before purchasing or building IECs next home, the directors of the 87-year-old association, which serves Indiana’s 38 local electric distribution cooperatives (REMCs/RECs), need to determine what its needs are and will be into the future. Fortunately, Kleaving’s multiple past experiences have prepared him well for looking at facilities. As a board member and a past firefighter on his township’s


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volunteer fire department for 38 years (he first volunteered when he was 18), he’s been part of two building programs there. On the national electric cooperative association board, he’s chairman of the association’s building committee which oversees NRECA’s properties. While setting the future course, Kleaving also has a long bloodline of electric cooperative services behind him beginning with a grandfather he never had the chance to meet, George Kleaving. “He passed away really young, but he was one of the individuals that really pushed for rural electric in our area. He helped put the lines into the farm. He saw his house wired, but he passed away before the electricity was energized. When I became a board member, I always thought of that.”

RANDY KLEAVING Age 57 Married: Dawn Renee; Sons: Blake & Adam Native of rural Perry County, Randy is a grain and cattle farmer, raising corn, soybeans and Holstein calves. Hobbies: passion for collecting International Harvester tractors; Jeep

His father-in-law, Louis Evrard, had been a director on Southern Indiana Power’s board many years earlier, too. Evrard always said serving on the co-op’s board was a way to make a really positive difference in the rural community. Kleaving appreciates being elected and the opportunity to represent the co-op members.

riding and spending time with family

“When something sparks your interest, it's just easier to work with — no matter if it's a local board or if it's IEC or the national board,” Kleaving said. “My interest is rural America and what we can do for our members. Anytime I make a decision, I always step back for a second and put myself in the member’s shoes. Once you put yourself on the outside looking in, that's how you know you’ll make the best decision with the information you have.”

Director of National Rural Electric

and friends. Co-op service: Director of Southern Indiana Power, over 16 years. Director of Indiana Electric Cooperatives, 15 years

Cooperatives Association, three years Randy is also an elected county official, serving as county commissioner for nine years. Board director and retired firefighter for the Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 38 years