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You can make a difference! It’s fitting that in this issue before Thanksgiving we provide an update on Project Indiana. Through this initiative, created by
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Indiana’s electric cooperatives to empower underdeveloped countries, we can change lives in so many ways. In the last six years, linemen from electric cooperatives throughout Indiana have traveled to remote impoverished areas of Guatemala to build power lines and energize communities. Our crews have formed unbreakable bonds with grateful villagers, hardworking local men who work tirelessly alongside them to set electric poles and string power lines, and the children who regard the American linemen as superheroes who’ve arrived to provide them with a true superpower — the power of electricity. Through each Project Indiana trip, the lives of not only the current villagers but those
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of generations to come are radically improved. Tedious chores become easier with
the help of electric appliances and productivity increases with electric machinery.
The ability to brighten a whole room with the flip of a switch is something we all take for granted but for those who have been unaccustomed to such a luxury, it’s a miracle that can lead to unimagined possibilities. In 2019, volunteers from Indiana’s electric cooperatives will return to Guatemala to electrify another rural village. Lineworkers will tackle some of their greatest challenges amid rough terrain, high altitude and uncomfortable weather conditions. They do it because they can make a difference. You can make a difference, too. This Thanksgiving, a time when we pause to give thanks for our blessings, consider getting involved with Project Indiana. Visit ProjectIndiana.org to learn how you can help our global neighbors.
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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Applying energy-efficient calculations to appliances. 12 INSIGHTS 14 PRODUCT PICKS
cover story 16 INDIANA EATS Little Sheba’s: Food fit for a queen (or king). 17 FOOD Our state on a plate. 20 COVER STORY A reason to hope: Through Project Indiana, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on making a
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do-it-yourself sustainable difference in underdeveloped countries, lives are changed not only abroad but back home in Indiana.
29 SAFETY Prevent home appliance dangers with good habits. 30 PRODUCT RECALLS
26 EVENTS CALENDAR
32 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS
28 DO-IT-YOURSELF Gift ideas for the handyperson.
34 PROFILE Pick of the litter: Lil BUB hits the big time.
On the cover Sometimes the greatest superpower is hope. Clad in a Superman-logoed sweatshirt, this youngster from the impoverished Guatemalan village of El Zapotillo faces his future with strength and hope, resolute to tackle the obstacles ahead of him. This haunting portrait is one of hundreds taken by Tipmont REMC CEO and Project Indiana Board President Ron Holcomb.
k c e D s l l a h e th Y L E F A S
One of the best ways to get in the Christmas spirit is to decorate your home for the holidays. But where do you start? And what can you do to ensure that all the glitz, glam, twinkle and sparkle youâ€™re putting up are also safe? Read on â€Ś
Fireproof your tree The key is moisture Before buying a tree, feel the needles.
Another fireproofing technique:
drinks, the less likely it is too catch fire.
They should be soft and bend easily. If
before bringing the tree into the
Tree owners should use lights
they’re brittle and prickly, pass that tree
home, spray the foliage with a mixture
specifically approved for Christmas
by. Pick up the tree and tap it on the
of five ounces of sodium borate and
trees and keep the tree and electric
ground and see how many needles fall
four ounces of magnesium sulfate
cords away from heat sources. Before
off. If there are lots of them left on the
for every quart of water. You can find
decorating the tree, check electric cords
ground, you don’t want to buy that tree.
ammonium sulfate at most hardware
and plugs for wear, cracks or loose
and farm supply stores. Sodium borate
connections. Be cautious of angel hair
As soon as the tree is brought home,
and magnesium sulfate can be found at
and spray-on snow because they might
cut at least one inch off the base of
most local drugstores.
Once the tree is ready to come inside,
Always remember to turn Christmas
place it in a stand with good water
lights off before going to bed or leaving
Fire inspectors suggest placing the
holding capacity. The water level in the
tree in a bucket and adding one cup
stand should be checked daily for the
of ammonium sulfate per pint of
first week. It’s not unusual for a six-foot
Make sure your home’s smoke
water. Use one pint of solution for every
tree to consume a half gallon of water
detectors have fresh batteries.
two pounds of tree. The degree of fire
per day after being brought inside.
resistance depends on the amount of
Consider substituting a washtub for the
solution that is absorbed. Freshly cut
typical tree stand since many tree stands
trees will absorb more.
are too small to hold adequate amounts
the tree. Put the tree in water and keep it in a cool place for five days.
of water. The more water your tree
Have a plan before you hang
Don’t feed the flame
Those little lights should shine safely
Envision your lighting display
Take care with candles, fireplaces
Consider switching to energy-efficient
Whether your lighted holiday display
Electricity isn’t the only culprit
LED lights. They’re long-lasting,
is modest or magnificent, it will be
behind holiday fires. Be careful
durable and use one third the energy of
less hassle to hang it if you follow
when using candles and
incandescent mini lights.
these simple tips:
Take your time to untangle and
Make a plan. Don’t hang the lights
Keep candles away from decorations
inspect each string of lights before
randomly. Envision what your home will
and draperies and off of the
plugging it in. Look for tears in the
look like when the job is done and the
Christmas tree. Don’t leave children
wires and socket. If a string appears to
lights are on.
unattended in a room with lit candles,
be in good condition, plug in the lights
and always keep candles, as well as
and wait for 15 minutes before hanging
Be careful if you go on the roof. Tie a
matches and lighters, out of the reach
them on the tree or house to make sure
safety line to catch you if you fall. And
of children. Never display candles in
the wires are sound.
never walk on a wet roof.
windows or near exits.
Use lights outdoors only if they are
Make sure that your extension cords
Avoid using candles during parties.
rated for outdoor use. All lights —
are sturdy enough for outdoor use.
They’re easy to knock over. Decorate
indoor and outdoor — should carry an
Buy cords that have been listed by
for parties with flame-retardant or
Underwriters Laboratories label.
Underwriters Laboratories as being safe
for the outdoors and the amount of
Avoid plugging in too many lights
voltage you need.
into sockets in the same room. Spread
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned, if necessary, by a
your decorations all over the house so
Label each strand of lights when you
professional before the start of the
you don’t overburden wall sockets.
take it down and store the bunch in
heating season. Creosote, a chemical
an organized fashion. This will make
substance that forms when wood burns,
Attach lights to timers so they will
next year’s light-hanging project a lot
builds up in chimneys and can cause a
automatically turn off when you go
easier. One idea: Roll newspapers into
chimney fire. Protect your family and
to bed. Unplug them before you leave
tubes and wrap one strand around each
home by using a sturdy screen when
tube to prevent tangling.
burning fires. Remember to burn only wood — never paper or pine boughs
Separate the lights from heavy
which can float out of the chimney and
decorations when you pack them
ignite a neighboring home. Never use
away until next year. If you will stack
flammable liquids in the fireplace. Also,
your decorations for storage, place the
if you plan to hang stockings on your
lights on top to avoid damaging them.
fireplace, do not use the fireplace for fires.
Go ‘green’ at Christmas
Happy holidays for the environment A little extra effort can make the holiday season bright, festive and environmentally friendly.
Get a potted, replantable tree that can be planted outdoors after the holidays.
Give gifts with as little packaging as possible.
Cinnamon Ornaments 1 cup applesauce 1 oz. cinnamon 1 oz. ground cloves
Wrap presents in Sunday comics or recycled wrapping paper.
1 oz. ground nutmeg 1 oz. ground ginger Cinnamon to sprinkle on cutting board
Buy organic holiday foods to give as gifts or serve when you have guests coming over.
Combine ingredients to make a stiff dough. Roll out
Decorate with natural items like strings of popcorn and cranberries. Or, if you’ve ordered Christmas gift that have been nestled in packing peanuts, make garlands out of them just as you would with popcorn.
Speaking of decorations, try making homemade Cinnamon Ornaments with the kids. Not only do they look good on the tree, they make great package tie-ons.
on board dusted with cinnamon. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice. (Gingerbread men cutters work nicely.) Put a hole in top of ornament so it can accommodate string. Lay flat to dry. Turn over every 12 hours until completely dry.
energy-efficient calculations to appliances Applying
Whether you’re purchasing a new
your spending if your
washing machine, an electric stove or
current appliance is
that new deep freeze for the garage,
faulty, meaning that you
researching the durability, brand and
could be paying much
customer service that accompanies the
more than the calculated
appliance is common practice.
Another key topic to research is the energy efficiency of your new appliance, i.e., how much it’s going to cost to run after the purchase price is paid. To calculate the savings you
also provides different methods for getting an estimated cost that’s attuned to your appliance.
may receive by purchasing an energy-
Having an estimated
efficient machine, first you’ll need to
yearly expense will be
know how much you are currently
helpful as you search
paying when running your existing
for a new appliance.
Contacting your local electric cooperative is always beneficial, but did you know the quickest and easiest way to estimate common appliance energy use is right at your fingertips through the resources offered on the Department of Energy’s website — energy.gov? Utilizing the appliance energy calculator, members can enter in a type of appliance, its wattage (listed typically on the label or box), the utility rate your cooperative charges
often have a higher purchase price, but their lower running cost and longer lifespans make them a much smarter investment in the long run. To determine your savings, compare the estimated energy cost of your old appliance with the EnergyGuide Label (shown above) on the new models that you’re looking to purchase.
per kWh (found on your most recent
Appliances are a necessity in running
electric bill), and how often and
the modern day household, but the
long the machine operates (national
cost of running older, less efficient
averages are given on the website).
appliances may be more than you
The calculation provided will give
think. By calculating these costs and
you an estimated cost of operation
taking advantage of the resources
for your old appliance. This estimate
provided in this article, you too can
may not be completely accurate to
determine the best appliance for both your home and your energy bill.
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‘Giving back’ guiding principle of Project Indiana This month’s issue of Electric Consumer highlights Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Project Indiana initiative. The initiative, which began when two crews of Indiana electric cooperative linemen energized two rural Guatemalan villages in 2012, is going strong thanks to the philanthropic spirit of electric cooperative personnel and donors like you. Linemen who have been a part of Project Indiana mission trips will tell you their efforts in Guatemala were just another example of the cooperative spirit. It’s just what they do — they give back. to a part of the world that typically would be neglected. To learn more about the life-changing Project Indiana trip to El Zapotillo, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpjGiZ9GSdY&feature=youtu.be.
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With the holidays approaching,
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Food fit for a queen (or king) ‘Who do you think you are, the Queen of Sheba?’ By Nick Rogers What started as a saucy zinger in marital arguments between John and Sharon Kurtz became their restaurant’s namesake. For nearly 30 years, Little Sheba’s has been a mainstay in Richmond’s historic Depot District. It’s a few steps from the World’s Largest Chair and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, and just a little more than 70 miles east of Indianapolis. Those who savor sandwiches will find no shortage of selections — more than 40 specialty sandwiches in all, many with names inspired by puns and wordplay. Among them: Dr. Jetmore’s Flame Thrower (roast beef, hot Mexican cheese and jalapeños), Kate’s Raisin Cain (hot ham and Swiss with poppy seed sauce and raisins) and, well, the one named after John — a ham, turkey and roast beef trifecta known as the John Boy’s Stupid Idiot. There’s also the Greek salad (a favorite among Sheba’s regulars) and, for the brave, the Cheese Explosion — a half-pound of beef, with bacon and American cheese … and grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches as the buns. Current owner Steve Terzini has kept these standbys while expanding both the menu (the 10-page behemoth includes even more entrée options) and Little Sheba’s physical footprint across Fort Wayne Avenue. The restaurant has gradually taken up the brunt of the block — adding outdoor seating and a bar known as Zini’s Place. Thanks to cozy touches, clever culinary creations and a commitment to preserving Richmond’s history, Little Sheba’s truly is, as their slogan says, “better than being home.”
Nick Rogers is a communications manager with Purdue Agricultural Communications.
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LITTLE SHEBA’S 175 Fort Wayne Ave. Richmond, Indiana 765-962-2999 Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Our state on a
A taste of classic Hoosier favorites Hoosier Pork Tenderloin Sandwich by Matt Uhl, Palmyra
Slice the tenderloin into six roughly 1 inch
the egg/milk dredge, then in the breading,
coating each side.
Pour about 3 inches of peanut or canola oil
Fry until golden brown and delicious. You
into a Dutch oven. Warm oil to 375 F.
may have to do one at a time depending on
Using two slightly moistened (with water
space and oil temperature.
6 Kaiser Roll buns
to ease in process) pieces of plastic wrap,
When done, place on buns and top as
2- 3 lbs. Indiana-raised pork tenderloin
place 1 chop between plastic wrap on solid
you desire with ingredients listed. We also
love a Southern Indiana staple, Duke’s
3 eggs 1½ cups whole milk 3 cups cracker-type tenderloin breading Leaf lettuce Thinly sliced onion American cheese slices Mustard Indiana tomato slices
Use a kitchen mallet (flat side) from the inside sliding outward to pound the tenderloin into ¼ to ⅓ inch thick cutlets. Don’t worry if you have a few breakthroughs in the cutlet; it will fry fine. Combine the eggs and milk in one dredge container, and in a separate container, spread out the breading. Dip each cutlet into
Mayonnaise! Cook’s notes: Use a splatter screen and plan ahead for this meal. Each tenderloin cutlet will take approximately 4 minutes per side or more depending on your cooktop and the frying container used. A Dutch oven is preferable to a cast iron pan due to the amount of oil that makes flipping the cutlet easier. For years, we’ve used breading from Marion-Kay Spices, based in Brownstown, Indiana, for our tenderloins.
Indiana pickle slices
Hoosier Fried Chicken 1 whole chicken, cut and quartered ½ cup flour 1½ t. salt ½ t. pepper ½ t. poultry seasoning Cooking oil 2-3 T. water 1 t. bacon drippings, optional
Hoosier Cream Pie by Nyla Courter, LaFontaine ½ cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar ½ cup flour ¼ cup margarine or butter 1 cup boiling water 1 t. vanilla 1 cup Milnot
Let chicken sit in refrigerator overnight. When ready to fry, roll pieces in mixture of flour, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.
Nutmeg Unbaked 9-inch pie shell
Heat ¼ inch of cooking oil in cast iron skillet until bubbly. Lower the heat slightly and put in pieces of chicken. Cook to a golden brown, turning
Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix the first six
often to brown evenly and to prevent sticking.
ingredients until dissolved. Add Milnot.
When all the pieces are golden brown, add water, cover tightly and cook
Pour into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell.
slowly in a moderate oven at 325 F for 40 minutes until fork tender.
Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Remove lid and cook chicken 5 minutes to re-crisp the coating.
Carefully place in oven. Bake 40 to 50
The chicken has an extra special flavor when oil is seasoned with
minutes until set in the center and crust
approximately 1 t. of bacon drippings.
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A reason to hope Project Indiana changes lives
THEY USED TO HAVE DREAMS. NOW THEY HAVE PLANS.
The bigger story is the lives Project Indiana changes — men, women and especially children — here in Indiana and there in Guatemala.
A labor of love The electric cooperative linemen from throughout the state who volunteered on any of the three Project Indiana mission trips over the past six years would agree: helping to change others’ lives changed their lives as well. Take Decatur County REMC lineman Brian AmRhein who helped electrify the remote northeastern village of Sepamac in 2015 for instance. “I was an Army veteran, deployed twice to Iraq,” he said. “All I’ve seen there is war. But going to Guatemala, I’ve seen a different part of life. I’ve seen love … and it changed my life.” Love is something the Guatemalan villagers have in abundance, even though their possessions are few and far between. Despite language barriers and cultural differences, enduring relationships are formed every time the villagers interact with members of the Project Indiana team. Those relationships make Project Indiana, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Indiana Electric Cooperatives, special for all involved. ”I think we did something really neat that was life-changing for the families of Sepamac,” said Keith Combs, a lineman at RushShelby Energy who helped string 11 miles of line and connect 76 primary and secondary poles, all by hand, when he was in Guatemala. “The friendships built amongst the linemen and people in the village … I’ll end up taking that to the grave with me.”
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By Diane Willis The statistics are compelling. But numbers never tell the whole story.
BY THE NUMBERS
Project Indiana Board President Ron Holcomb, who’s made several trips to Guatemala over the past couple of years, focuses on friendships made when talking about the Central American people. “They’re just like you,” he said. “They have the same hopes, the same dreams. They want the same things for their children. They want the same things for their families that we do. “We tend to think of people from other countries as different from us in some way. They’re not.” Just like here, the Guatemalans’ primary focus is on families and children. But, unlike most families in our country, those in Guatemala face tremendous difficulties. Dubois REC lineman Tyler Asbell, a 2017 Project Indiana volunteer, recalls those difficulties from his time in El Zapotillo, the village he helped electrify. “It’s a hard life,” he said, describing the back-breaking work that villagers face every day with no modern conveniences to lighten the load. “I don’t think very many Americans would survive there.” But survive they do. That survival instinct is ingrained in the villagers early on. Many of the kids never have childhoods, because if you don’t learn to take care of yourself early on you probably won’t make it. It was impossible for men like NineStar Connect’s Jeff Conley, a volunteer in 2015, not to empathize with those hardworking children, and commit himself to doing what he could to make sure they could look forward to a brighter future. “Their parents and grandparents are not going to be there forever. But those kids are going to grow up with that little bit of culture that we bring and instill in them. It was just an amazing feeling.”
Ron Holcomb, board president of Project Indiana, took the images to the left. When describing the photo of the boy in the Superman sweatshirt, he said, “There’s a million words in this one picture. Here is this 6- or 7-year-old little boy from El Zapotillo with the whole world stacked against him. He doesn’t know who Superman is, but he’s wearing this shirt.”
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El Zapotillo, Guatemala
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When morning temperatures dip below freezing, young El Zapotillo villager Maralinda tries to keep warm with a towel since she has no coat.
Faces of the children During his trips to Guatemala, Holcomb takes photos of the villagers. On return trips, he shares these portraits with them and they hang those images on their walls. There’s a million words in each of his photographs, especially of children — a million piercing ways they stick with you. Like the photo of 6-year-old Jennifer, serious beyond her years. And 9-year old Maralinda, with no coat, only a towel to warm her in 30-degree morning temperatures. The children’s eyes are often bloodshot since they live inside homes with inadequate ventilation and their food is prepared over fire. Their water is often contaminated. They have significant dental problems in their early teens because of malnutrition. In fact, half of Guatemala’s children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition. It’s highest in the rural areas that Project Indiana serves. “That bothers me the most, knowing how hungry those kids are and how chronic malnutrition will affect them the rest of their lives,” said Scott Sikora, Kankakee Valley REMC lineman and 2015 Project Indiana volunteer. Lineman Bob Palmer of Tipmont REMC was shocked by the hardships endured by the villagers when he volunteered in 2012. “I had no idea people actually, truly lived that way,” he said. “That country doesn’t suffer fools. If you’re not tough and capable, it will eat you up,” Project Indiana Board Member Randy Price said, comparing the Guatemalan lifestyle to that in our country. “As we work with our own children here at home and they get second, third and fourth chances, in Guatemala, I’m not sure they get the first chance. It’s tough.”
Everyone is expected to work Children as young as two years old herd sheep. Everyone in the family is expected to work and contribute to the family’s meager success. Even when education might be a choice for some of them, their labor is more valued. So, they go to work. Energizing the remote village of El Zapotillo, Guatemala, near Mexico’s southwestern border, was challenging for Indiana’s corps of volunteer electric co-op lineworkers. Orange County REMC lineman Robert White was one of the crew of 28 who battled extreme heat and rugged mountainous terrain to build 31 miles of power line, all by hand, back in 2017.
Jackson County REMC lineman David Guthrie has memories from El Zapotillo “of these little tykes running around, holding on to the horse ropes when they’re three feet tall and they’re out there handling 700 to 800-pound animals. That’s just life for them.” P R OJE C T INDI ANA PHO TO S BY RO N HO LCO M B
It wasn’t enough for Indiana to just turn the lights on. We wanted to make life better, and you need more than electricity to do that.
JENNIFER RUFATTO, Indiana Electric Cooperatives
And girls like Guadalupe spend four to five hours a day hand-grinding corn into meal and fetching water from a well. A bright and eager 13-year-old, she proudly graduated from sixth grade in El Zapotillo, but can go no further. Children like these spur Project Indiana volunteers to go beyond stringing wires to helping build schools and even digging into their own pockets to purchase school supplies. Project Indiana is also trying to get a junior high school started in the remote village of Agua Dulce so children can go to school to at least the eighth grade. Supporting the growth of the cooperative business model in Guatemala will also make a difference. Because Guatemala is heavily rural, co-ops in Guatemala actually educate more children than the government does. It’s no coincidence Project Indiana started here. “We’re kind of trailblazers,” Jennifer Rufatto, Project Indiana’s executive director and vice president of communication and human resources at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, noted. “The electric co-ops in Indiana led the nation on many fronts. It’s just in our DNA. I’m very grateful to Indiana and all the electric co-ops for having the vision to do this.” Not only do Indiana’s electric cooperatives have the vision; they want to be there years into the future. “I just want to go back in 10 years and see where they’re at now, and how it’s helped,” said Eric Schlarf, Fulton County REMC lineman and 2015 Project Indiana volunteer.
Through Project Indiana, enduring friendships that blossom despite distance and language barriers are forged. Jennifer Rufatto, Project Indiana executive director (third from left), and Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative Board Member Steve McMichael (third from right), became fast friends with those they met on their June trip to Guatemala. Rufatto was especially impressed with the joy, resolve and work ethic of those she met while she was there.
“We needed to make a difference.” Rufatto feels called to do this work. “When God calls, He will keep hunting you down.” She laughs quickly, then turns serious. “And so you answer. The villagers will do whatever it takes to make their lives better. They work just as hard as we do, if not harder, and they are trusting strangers from another country to follow up on their word, so I don’t want to be that American that made promises and walked away and left broken hopes. I think that’s what makes Indiana different.” Rufatto’s work for Project Indiana is a passion. It’s also a teacher. From her time with the Guatemalan villagers, Rufatto said she’s learned, “Joy is not circumstantial. They choose joy when — yes, their shoes fell off today because they fell apart. Or they ask, ‘Am I going to have enough to eat today?’ They hope tomorrow is better and they believe it will be and they’ll do whatever it takes to make tomorrow better, but there is a sense of joy there that I envy. They choose joy every day. They live in the moment. They are happy for this moment.” Craig Smart, who volunteered with the 2012 Project Indiana work crew, noticed that joyful outlook when he was in Guatemala. “It was very humbling to be with people who appreciate the small things in life. They were ecstatic to have just a lightbulb and an outlet,” the Jasper County REMC lineman said. Rufatto was impressed the villagers’ diligence and dedication to improving their lives and their futures. “They want to be part of the answer. They want to be part of the solution. They want to build a sustainable community on their own and they’re humble enough to ask for help,” she said.
Those in Indiana are more than willing to help. “We needed to make a difference. It wasn’t enough to go once and check a box,” Rufatto said. “It wasn’t enough for Indiana just to turn the lights on. We wanted to make life better and you need more than electricity to do that.”
What makes Project Indiana unique? Project Indiana will continue to connect the dots, build relationships, find partners — in Indiana and Guatemala — so education, training, economic development and opportunities can make life better for the families in the villages. In that sense, electricity is a tool — it’s a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. That vision and dedication means every single dollar donated for Project Indiana goes directly to mission projects in Guatemala as well as efforts to amplify the initiative’s work with potential sponsors. Your donation will be used to ensure villagers have the opportunities and resources we take for granted — including electricity, clean water, health care and schools. The co-ops pick up all the administrative costs. “We have really tried to make sure we are good stewards of every resource and dollar donated. And we do it because of the donor. We respect that,” Rufatto said. “But we also do it because we have the faces of those families in our minds and we know that one dollar makes a big difference.” “It’s the children,” Rufatto said simply. “They look to you with hope. When you walk in that village, you feel like you give them a reason to hope and that’s the most humbling and overwhelming feeling.”
Goffinet when he volunteered in El Zapotillo 2017. “It was difficult for me, because I have a heart for children … I wanted to take them all home.” “When our linemen put shoes on the feet of children that hadn’t had new shoes in probably forever …” Rufatto recalled, tearing up, then continuing. “They need us. So, whatever the motivation people have to give and support this, it’s time to step up and do something. This is Indiana’s project. It’s not just the co-ops. It’s a state showing up and making a difference.” It’s also individuals stepping up, and making a difference, Steve McMichael, who went to Guatemala in June as part of a Project Indiana training program, pointed out. “I’ll have my bags packed and ready to go as soon as I’m needed,” the Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative trustee said. “Those days in Guatemala were some of the most meaningful days of my life. “The more you give without waiting or expecting anything in return, the more you’ll receive,” he said. “And I’m ready to give.”
Diane Willis is a freelance journalist from Indianapolis. She accompanied Indiana’s line crews on their first and second trips to Guatemala in 2012 and 2015. She wrote about those trips in the November 2012 and June 2015 issues of Electric Consumer. She also produced a PBS documentary about the 2012 trip called “Power to the People.” Willis is a member of Project Indiana’s board of directors.
The children motivated and inspired Southern Indiana Power lineman Travis
How you can support Project Indiana Q: WHEN IS THE NEXT PROJECT INDIANA TRIP PLANNED AND WHAT IS THE DESTINATION? A: Indiana’s electric cooperatives return to Guatemala every other year to electrify a village. The next trip will be in the spring of 2019. Although the destination of the next trip
Future opportunities abound as more people get involved in Project Indiana. Various needs exist in the villages we visit. Be assured that your contributions to Project Indiana will go toward meeting those needs.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS ON A PROJECT INDIANA TRIP?
has not yet been determined, the villages
A: Quite simply, lives are changed
we have helped in the past have been in
during the trip — not just the lives of the
remote, rural areas. Some have been in
Guatemalan villagers who are introduced
jungles, some high up in the mountains,
to electricity for the first time but also
accessible only be narrow, winding dirt
the Project Indiana volunteers who are
paths. Residents of villages like these
touched by the hard-working, humble,
are the poorest of the poor. With the
welcoming, grateful villagers.
assistance of the Project Indiana program and caring folks like you their lives can dramatically improve.
Q: WHO GOES ON A PROJECT INDIANA TRIP? A: Since the core mission of the trip is to bring light to villages that do not yet
Like the Indiana electric co-op linemen who make the trip to Guatemala, you, too, can be a part of Project Indiana’s lifechanging experience. Your contributions go directly to the core mission of Project Indiana — electrifying and supporting our adopted communities.
Q: WHAT IS MY FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION USED FOR? WILL IT ACTUALLY BE USED TO HELP THE VILLAGERS? A: One hundred percent of all donations to Project Indiana go directly to the mission of electrifying and supporting the Guatemalan communities. (Indiana’s
have power, linemen from electric co-ops
Q: HOW CAN I HELP?
38 electric cooperatives cover all of the
throughout Indiana are key members of
A: The easiest way you can get involved
program’s administrative costs.)
in this mission is to contribute financially
Q: IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
the Project Indiana team. But because so much more can be
to the cause. Visit ProjectIndiana.org to
accomplished, while our group is there
donate. While at ProjectIndiana.org read
on previous trips, we have also helped
about past mission trips, watch videos
at nutrition clinics for children and
about this life-changing program, and
expectant mothers and village schools.
look at photos of people whose futures are brighter because of Project Indiana.
A: All contributions are tax deductible. Won’t you consider helping to empower global communities one village at a time?
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While decorations liven up the mood, it makes the most sense to have them on at times when people can enjoy them. Automatic timers can schedule your holiday decorations so that they are enjoyed when you want them – and not cost you money the rest of the time.
Consider different kinds of decorations. While planning your décor, there may be some options that you may have not before considered. From lawn ornaments to a variety of objects for the house, alternatives to lights and decorations that use electricity can help you save money – and make for creative displays! Visit www.PowerMoves.com for more tips on how you can save energy – and money –
Each inflatable lawn decoration you decorate with during the holiday season can add $5-10 to your holiday electric bill.
all year long!
Hoosier Energy news
it up! Backup transformer continues reliability of the electric grid
There is more than meets the eye with this 283,000-pound transformer at Hoosier Energy’s coal-fired power plant. This equipment is in place to step-up or boost the energy being generated at the station before it is put onto the electric grid. But what if this vital equipment fails?
There is not a “transformer store”
Mark Hall, a substation design
that the electric cooperative can go
engineer at Hoosier Energy, said,
to purchase a new one on the spot. It
“It is wise and responsible to be
can take as long as a year to repair
prepared. In this case, we save time
or replace a piece of equipment like
and money while increasing reliability
this. For this reason, Hoosier Energy
of the grid.”
keeps a backup on-site.
Pick of the litter LIL BUB HITS THE BIG TIME BY ELLIE SCHULER
hen Mike Bridavsky rescued a tiny kitten from a tool shed in rural Indiana seven years ago, he had no idea this runt of a feral litter would become one of the “most famous cats on the planet.” But Lil BUB’s wideeyed face, with her trademark stuck-out tongue, is a feline phenomenon. She has been featured on Good Morning America, BuzzFeed and Animal Planet and has more than 3 million followers on Facebook and more than 1.8 million followers on Instagram. BUB is a “perma-kitten,” which means she will always look like a kitten. She also has an extreme case of dwarfism; her legs are disproportionally smaller than the rest of her body. Her teeth never grew in, although she can still eat wet and dry food without problems. Because she’s missing her teeth, her tongue often sticks out of her mouth. She also is a “polydactyl cat” with one extra toe on all four paws. Noting her unusual attributes, BUB’s original owner realized she needed special care. She was passed around to different friends, never quite finding her forever home … that is, until Bridavsky met her. “I was enamored by her. She needed someone to take care of her, and I thought, ‘well, I can help her,’” Bridavsky said. “I assumed she wouldn’t live long based on her size and unique features, and my vet agreed.” Bridavsky brought BUB to his Bloomington home when she was eight weeks old, and she’s now seven years old. The vet thought the kitten would only live to be a few months old. “She’s doing very well,” Bridavsky said. “Everything with her is always kind of a mystery. But her demeanor, well-being and spirit seem just fine.”
After the photogenic and mild-mannered BUB became a celebrity pet around Bloomington, one of Bridavsky’s friends started imprinting her face on T-shirts. That led to Bridavsky creating a blog so people could see photos of her. Unexpectedly, that blog developed a cult following and led to national attention. Bridavsky said he has never tried to perpetuate the fame, but always makes sure there’s a charitable aspect to what they do. For instance, a portion of every sale at the Lil BUB store (store.lilbub.com) goes to the cat’s fund for special needs pets. “If my pet’s going to be famous, I want people to know her real story, what she stands for and for there to be a real purpose,” Bridavsky said. “I certainly didn’t want my beloved pet to turn into a joke on the internet. I don’t care for the fame, but I do like the ability to spread a positive message and create some fun, creative content.”
Ellie Schuler is senior communication specialist at Electric Consumer. PHOTOS PR OVID ED BY MIKE BR ID AV S K Y
Enter to win a plush Lil BUB! See page 3 for details. NOVEMBER 2018
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.