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Dressed for success Regular readers of my column won’t be surprised by this revelation: I like

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to dress up for Halloween. If I’m confident enough to show 274,000 readers what I look like in clown makeup (see August issue), of course I’m game to wear a silly costume to work! For years, the Electric Consumer staff took top “group costume” honors at the annual office Halloween party and pitchin. The party had always been cohosted by Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Wabash Valley Power Association, which for years shared the office building with us. Our award-winning costumes were always handmade, utilizing lots of creativity but very little — if any — money. One year we were the components of “s’mores.” (See above.) I wore a cardboard placard hand colored to look like a graham cracker. Others were dressed as a chocolate bar and a marshmallow. We made our grand entrance in sequential order (cracker, chocolate, marshmallow, cracker), followed by a Boy Scout with a skewer and a costumed depiction of fire. Another year, we recreated the iconic scene from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in which the Peanuts gang go trick or treating. All it took were white sheets and a few props. In a nod to the popularity of social media, we were “social butterflies” several Halloweens ago, wearing garb to represent Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest — and butterfly wings. What will we dress up as this year? I’ve already got my thinking cap on and scissors, markers and glue gun ready. Let the fun begin! (BTW — another office Halloween party tradition is my famous “BOO-ffalo Chicken Dip.” Email me if you want my recipe, a perennial crowd favorite!)

EMILY SCHILLING Editor eschilling@electricconsumer.org On the menu: January — Instant Pot recipes: deadline Oct. 12. February — Cheesecake recipes: deadline Nov. 16. March — Recipes using potato chips: deadline Nov. 16. If we publish your recipe on our food page, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Giveaway: Win your own Lil Bub! We’re giving away a plush toy

version of the adorable kitty featured in this issue. Tell us why you love Lil Bub and you’ll be entered to win her likeness. Deadline to enter is Oct. 15.

Three ways to contact us: To send us recipes, photos, event listings, letters and

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insights 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Look up for potential energy-efficient lighting improvements. 12 INSIGHTS

Indiana eats 16 INDIANA EATS Christos’ Family Dining: The décor draws you in, the food makes you glad you came. 17 FOOD A slice of heaven: readers’ pizza recipes. 20 SHARE YOUR

14 PRODUCT PICKS Pet perks.

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events calendar 21 REGISTER TO VOTE 22 COVER STORY Maze running: a sampling of the state’s autumn attractions. 28 EVENTS CALENDAR 32 OUTDOORS Purple paint means “no trespassing.” 34 BACKYARD

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36 H  OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 37 READER SUBMISSIONS Pumpkin personalities: Jack-o’-Lanterns are 3-D emojis that you create yourself! 38 PROFILE Here to help you: Boone REMC Customer Service Representative Vicki Hollis.

On the cover Picking out the perfect pumpkin is just one activity to enjoyed during a family outing to a local pumpkin patch. Farms throughout the state offer a myriad of additional autumn activities. Turn to page 22 for a list of just a few fall attractions a car ride away.


CONTACT US Office: 260-726-7121 / 800-835-7362 WEBSITE www.jayremc.com EMAIL remc@jayremc.com OFFICE HOURS 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday STREET ADDRESS 484 S. 200 W. Portland, IN 47371 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 Ronald Smithson Tom Zimmerman, Chairman STAFF 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

co-op news

October is

Co-op Month Every October, cooperatives all across America celebrate the role, accomplishments and contributions of our nation’s cooperatives. Observing National Co-op Month gives electric co-ops yet another reason to tell their members that they are part of something special. Electric cooperatives began because investor owned utilities did not find it cost effective to provide electricity to the rural areas in the 1920s. It was not economically sound to run one mile of wire and poles to serve one house. One mile of wire in town could serve 20 plus homes, There was more money to be made in the populated areas. The rural areas were out of luck. Jay County REMC started in 1936. Jay County REMC serves members in Adams, Blackford, Delaware, Jay, Randolph, and Wells counties.

app to find deals and coupons at national and local retailers. To add even more excitement, we are bringing back the #ImConnected social media photo contest. Members are eligible to win prizes when they share a photo on Facebook that features them using any of the three ways to save on or before Sunday, Oct. 7, and using the hashtag #ImConnected. “We are excited to celebrate Co-op Connections Card Day with our community. The 2017 event was a great way for local businesses to connect with member-owners and generate foot traffic,” Cindy Denney, director of marketing for Jay County REMC, explained. “And we are happy to help our members save even more while supporting the local economy.”

Touchstone Energy and Jay County REMC will also be celebrating National Co-op Connections Card Day as part of National Cooperative Month. National Co-op Connections Card Day will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, and is sponsored by Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives. This year, members can “Go Beyond the Card” to save in their communities while on the go and online.

To celebrate National Cooperative Month, we welcome you to visit the Jay County REMC office and sign up to win a $100 gift certificate from one of our local Co-op Connections Card businesses (listed on page 7). If you are a Jay County REMC member who needs a Co-op Connections Card, drop by the office or call and we will make sure you have a card to begin saving.

Jay County REMC invites program participants to use the “Power of Three” to save money on the third-annual National Co-op Connections Card Day. Cooperative employees and member-owners can use the card, website, or

If you are not able to visit us during Co-op Month, complete the entry form below and mail to the REMC or email to denneyc@ jayremc.com.

Win a $100 gift certificate! READY FOR THE COLD? Cooler temps are here! Is your home’s heating system ready? Replace furnace filters once a month or as recommended. If you heat your home with warm-air registers, baseboard heaters or radiators, remember to clean them regularly to increase efficiency. — ENERGY.GOV

Name: ___________________________________________________________ Account number: ___________________________________________________ Phone number: ____________________________________________________ Complete this form for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from a local Co-op Connections Card business. Mail entry to Jay County REMC, P.O. Box 904, Portland, IN 47371. You may also call 800-8357362, ext. 225, or drop off your entry at the REMC office. Entries can be emailed to denneyc@jayremc.com. Drawing will be held Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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Win a $50 bill credit

DRAWING WINNER Chad W. of Randolph County was the

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. AUGUST WINNER: Diane S. of Portland

winner of the back-to-school pair of tennis shoes from Kelli’s Shoes.

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What’s happening in your community

• Oct. 3: Main Street U.S.A. Dunkirk. West Jay Middle School. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arts and crafts, homemade food. Brenda Brumfield, 765-8081292. • Oct. 6-7 and 20-21: Museum of the Soldier Open House. Noon-5 p.m. Jim, 260-726-2967, or museum@ bright.net . Other hours by appointment. • Oct. 11: Arby’s Cruise-in. Portland. 5-8 p.m. • Oct. 11-13: 14th Annual Tri-State Swap & Sell Meet. Tri-State Club grounds. Antique engines & tractors. Admission charge. Chris Englehardt, 260-334-5516, or tristategasenginetractor.com. • Oct. 12, 13 and 14: 47th Annual Winchester 400. Winchester Speedway. Friday – Practice all

day. Gates open at 10 a.m. Action starts at 1 p.m. Features start at 6 p.m. Saturday — Practice/Qualifying/Heats. Pits open at 8:30 a.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Action starts at 11 a.m. Features start at 5 p.m. Sunday — 47th Annual Winchester 400. Pits open at 9 a.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Feature starts at 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices — 765874-2525 — or visit www.winchesterspeedway.com. • Oct. 19-20 and 26-27: Annual Haunted Woods. Dunkirk Fire Department. 7:30-11 p.m. Admission charge. 765-768-6122. • Oct. 20: Pennville Pumpkin Festival. Noon to 8:30 p.m. Food, vendors, demonstrations, contests, games and a bonfire. Cindy Adair, 260-731-3221. • Oct. 23: Jay County Historical Soci-

ety Monthly Program. Free. 7 p.m. 260-726-7168. • Oct. 27-28: Redkey Fall Festival. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. rhondashort@yahoo. com. • Oct. 28: Jay County Food and Drink Festival: “Eat, Drink and Think.” Jay County Event Center. 4-7 p.m. A trivia contest will start at 5 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for kids 5-12 and seniors 60 plus. Jay County Chamber of Commerce, 260-7264481, or visit Jay County Chamber’s Facebook page. • Oct. 31: Merchant Trick or Treat Night. Downtown Portland. 5-7 p.m. 260-726-4481. — Sidelines information courtesy of Jay County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph County Tourism.


co-op news

Celebrate Co-op Connections Card Day In honor of National Cooperative Month, show your Co-op Connections Card on Oct. 5 for National Co-op Connections Card Day (and all year long) to get discounts at the below participating businesses. Don’t have a Co-op Connections Card? Contact the REMC at 260-726-7121 or 800835-7362 or stop by the REMC office. You can also email denneyc@jayremc.com. All Circuit Electric, Bryant 2 percent off a generator. Balloon Elations, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Bickel Equipment Rental, Portland 10 percent off rental of a bouncehouse. Buffalo Wings and Rings, Portland $5 off of $25. Cook’s Nursery and Trim, Portland $10 off the purchase of a tree. Creative Awards and Gifts, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Crossroads Financial FCU $5 initial deposit to open a savings account. Applies at Dunkirk, Portland and Winchester locations. Dave’s Heating and Cooling, Portland 2 percent discount on a new heat pump. Dick’s Pizza Palace, Portland $2 off a large pizza. Display Craft, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Evans Pines Nursery, Albany $2 off a tree. Fastenal, Portland 10 percent off purchase of $100 or more. The Flower Nook, Portland 10 percent off purchase.

Gersh Carpet Cleaning, Monroe $25 off minimum charge. Greek’s Pizzeria, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Haines Hallmark, Winchester $1 any size flavored coke. J & N Bargain Shop, Bryant 10 percent discount. Jamar TV Appliance and Bedding, Portland Free bed frame with purchase of mattress set. Jay County Pawnbrokers, Portland Buy five DVDs of equal or lesser value, get one free. Buy five games of equal or lesser value and get one free. Joe’s Eatery, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Joe on the Go, Portland 10 percent off purchase. John Jay Center for Learning, Portland $20 off room rental. Kelli’s Shoe Store, Fort Recovery, Ohio 10 percent off regular-priced purchase. Locker’s Touch of Country, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Lutes and Sons Septic Service, Portland $15 off service. Mainstream Furniture and Upholstery, Portand 10 percent off labor on custom or recovered furniture. Manor Monument, Salamonia 10 percent off monument. Medler Furniture, Portland 10 percent off already low prices. Miles Mowing, Portland 10 percent off a scoop of mulch.

New Look Exteriors, Geneva 10 percent discount. Norm’s Place 2, Portland Purchase $5.99 meal, get free coffee. Patriot Fitness, Portland $99 six-month gym membership. Buy four massages, get one free. Patriot Sportswear, Portland 10 percent off purchase. Excludes class jackets. Portland Best One, Portland $5 off an oil change. Portland True Value, Portland $5 off a $25 or more purchase. Progressive Office Supply, Portland 10 percent discount off non-sale items. One hour of free computer service, in store only (a $55 value). Remember When, Portland 20 percent off Crossroads Candles. Ritz Theatre, Portland $1 off any combo. Sertech, Portland 5 percent off purchase. Strohl Appliance and Electronics, Portland Purchase three scrapbook pages at regular price, receive the fourth free (of equal or lesser value). UpperKut, Portland 20 percent off product. Valentine Feed and Supply, Portland 3 percent off purchase. If you are a local business wishing to be part of the Co-op Connections Card program, you can at no cost. Contact Cindy Denney at 260-726-7121 or 800-835-7362 or denneyc@ jayremc.com to sign up.

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Carolyn Carducci, Rusty Inman and Becky Kelley provide services at the John Jay Center for Learning.

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A focus on learning BY CINDY DENNEY Going off to college can be frightening for students and parents. Those at the John Jay Center for Learning (JJCL) — Executive Director Rusty Inman, Student Services Advisor Carolyn Carducci, and Administrative Assistant Becky Kelley — want to make signing up for college courses easy. The center provides services for Jay County and the surrounding areas. Its programs offer a variety of options, regardless of a person’s age or education. To deliver these services, John Jay Center for Learning partners with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic, Vincennes University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Through a partnership with the Jay School Corporation, it also offers adult basic education and high school equivalency programs. The center also has valuable community partners that support its educational mission. Located in downtown Portland at 101 S. Meridian, JJCL is dedicated to helping people achieve satisfaction and lifelong employability through education. It offers traditional college courses, vocational training courses, career planning, training and certifications.

the only way to get a promotion is to obtain a degree. We also have high school seniors taking general classes before determining their college or vocational future. Our mission is to help others achieve their goal, which achieves our goal,” said Inman. Partnerships are vital to the success of any school or business. Working with local industries and the Jay School Cooperation gives JJCL the opportunity to showcase what our community and surrounding communities have to offer for the new graduate or someone looking for a new career. Each year, the center partners with Jay County and Blackford high schools to introduce the junior class to JJCL. Success is more than going to a brick and mortar school. If you are taking online classes from another university, JJCL offers proctored exams. Carducci is certificated to make sure you can complete that exam locally.

“We have had students taking the real estate course come here to the finish their online class. We even had a student who was taking classes in Iowa do the exam here,” shared Carducci. The JJCL is also a partner in the Coop Connections Card program. While education is its main goal, the center provides the community with a safe, comfortable and beautiful location to hold an event, whether it is a training, baby shower, graduation or birthday. Use your Co-op Connections Card to get $20 off room rental. The center’s hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. JJCL is closed Saturday and Sunday. Find out more about the JJCL at www.johnjaycenter.com or call 260-7295525. Cindy Denney is director of marketing and customer services for Jay County REMC.

Win a $50 gift certificate for room rental! Name: ___________________________________________________________ Account number: ___________________________________________________

JJCL is anything but traditional. The center is the future of education.

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“One thing we realize is that not everyone desires a four-year degree. We have non-traditional students who want to work and go to school to get a better job or there are working students who realize

Complete this form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for room rental courtesy of John Jay Center for Learning 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 office. Entries can be emailed to denneyc@jayremc.com. Drawing will be held Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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TO THE EDITOR THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT I just read your interesting article on your stint as a face painter! (From the editor, August 2018 issue) But the thing that really got my attention was your mention of “greasepaint.” I have not heard that word since my dad passed away. He would never let his

Project Indiana helps developing co-ops Over the past few years, Electric Consumer has chronicled the work Indiana electric cooperative linemen have done to bring electricity to remote villages in Guatemala. Through Project Indiana, Indiana’s electric co-ops are empowering global communities like

three daughters wear any makeup.

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March 2017. We revisit the challenges and grueling efforts of the crew of 16 linemen — and the local villagers who assisted them — in a new video “The Challenges and the Work.” Visit youtu.be/jfbPPUKfNro to watch the video and to also learn how you can help change lives in impoverished countries that don’t have access to electricity, adequate healthcare, fresh drinking water, educational opportunities, economic development or public safety.

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How to get your hands on the 21st art calendar The 2019 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art is available at participating Indiana electric cooperatives. Supplies may be limited. Kankakee Valley REMC and Newton County County REMC are delivering calendars to consumers with this issue of Electric Consumer. Complimentary copies will be available at these offices: • Bartholomew County REMC, Columbus

• Kosciusko REMC, Warsaw

• Boone REMC, Lebanon

• LaGrange County REMC, LaGrange

• Carroll White REMC, Delphi/

• Marshall County REMC, Plymouth

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• Miami-Cass REMC, Peru

• Clark County REMC, Sellersburg

• Newton County REMC, Goodland

• Decatur County REMC, Greensburg

• Noble REMC, Albion

• Dubois REC, Inc., Jasper

• Northeastern REMC, Columbia City

• Fulton County REMC, Rochester

• Orange County REMC, Orleans

• Harrison REMC, Corydon

• RushShelby Energy, Manilla

• Heartland REMC, Markle/Wabash

• Southeastern REMC, Osgood

• Hendricks Power Cooperative, Avon

• Tipmont REMC, Linden

• Henry County REMC, New Castle

• Whitewater Valley REMC, Liberty

• Jackson County REMC, Brownstown

• WIN Energy REMC, Vincennes

• Jasper County REMC, Rensselaer • Jay County REMC, Portland • Johnson County REMC, Franklin • Kankakee Valley REMC, Wanatah

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Student artists whose works appear in the 2019 Cooperative Calendar of Student gather at the Indiana State Museum’s “Indiana” statue after meeting Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb (second row, far left).

Day dedicated to students Eighteen first place and honorable mention winners of the 2019 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest were honored at a VIP reception at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis on Aug. 3. Among those congratulating the winners was Indiana First Lady Janet Holcomb who also addressed all the attendees during the reception. The reception was held on the first day of the annual Hoosier Salon art exhibition. The students’ artwork is being displayed at the entrance to the Hoosier Salon exhibit until Oct. 14. Reception attendees included winners’ family, friends and art instructors along with representatives from reception cohost Hoosier Salon, electric cooperatives throughout the state, and Indiana Electric Cooperatives. The contest winners were selected in late March. Their artworks illustrate the 21st annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art which is available beginning this month.

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Your pet deserves to look snappy, but groomer costs can add up. Do it yourself with an all-in-one tool, the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper Kit. You’ll get an assortment of blades, combs, scissors and more, all in a convenient carrying case. $60. 800-767-9245; wahlusa.com

Pets need water for health and hydration. Make sure there’s always fresh water for your fur baby with the Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Drinking Fountain Raindrop Design. An included charcoal filter rids tap water of impurities. It’s easy to clean too — unplug it and put it right in the dishwasher. $36. 800-672-4399; chewy.com

When you’re having a bad day at work, seeing your dog’s smiling face may be just what you need. The PetChatz Digital Daycare lets you see your pet, talk to him, dispense treats, play games and even record your pup’s activities. $380. 855-444-6544; petchatz.com

Nifty idea, the pet door — but let’s face it, you don’t want just any creature coming through it. That’s not a worry with the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door. A collar microchip ensures that only your pet gets in, and there’s a timer so Rover only goes out when you want him to. $200. 800-826-2871; petdoors.com


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style food in an welcoming atmosphere. Christo’s architectural elements, both inside and out, are notably stunning. When you pull into the parking lot, you’re immediately greeted by the stone columns, a large inviting porch and a big “Christos’” sign overhead. As you step into the restaurant, the warm and charming décor — featuring stained glass, ornate woodworking, fireplaces, and other detailed finishes — provides a cozy ambiance. While the décor draws you in, Christos’ mouthwatering dishes will ensure you stay awhile. The family-owned restaurant offers a variety of menu options to enjoy throughout the day. Signature menu items include fruit pancakes and sirloin butt steak and eggs for breakfast; a charbroiled salmon salad; half-pound burgers; fancy fried chicken, prepared with the restaurant’s own blend of seasonings; and BBQ ribs. For dessert, be sure to try Christos’ Napoleon: Bavarian cream with strawberries between layers of puff pastry. Other choices include various flavors of cream pie or homemade rice, tapioca or bread puddings. If ice cream or old-time candy are what you crave, Christos’ has a small ice cream parlor ready to serve your sweet tooth.

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In addition to its Plymouth location, Christos’ Family Dining welcomes hungry

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food

Easy Pesto Pizza

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New OrleansStyle Pizza

New Orleans-Style Pizza by Ruth Ann King, Warsaw ½ cup finely chopped celery ¼ cup chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives ¼ cup chopped pepperoncini peppers 2 T. olive oil 1 small clove garlic, minced Hash Brown Pizza

1 t. oregano 3 oz. diced ham 3 oz. diced salami 1½ cups (6 oz.) shredded provolone cheese 1 12-inch pre-made pizza crust Combine celery, olives, peppers, olive oil, garlic, and oregano. Stir in meats and cheese and spoon on the crust. Bake at 375 F for 12-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

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food FO O D PREPARED BY ELECTR I C CO NS UME R S TA FF PHO TO S BY RI CHA RD G . B I E V E R

Hash Brown Pizza by Charlotte Rymph, Monterey CRUST 1 package (26 oz.) frozen hash browns, thawed 1 can (10¾ oz.) Cheddar cheese soup, undiluted 1 egg 1 t. salt ½ t. pepper TOPPING 1 lb. ground beef 1 med. onion, chopped 2 T. flour 1 can (10¾ oz.) tomato soup, undiluted ½ t. salt ¼ t. garlic powder ⅛ t. pepper 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press firmly into a greased 12-inch pizza pan. Bake at 450 F for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile in a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Add onion. Stir in flour until blended. Stir in soup, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Top crust with meat mixture and remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 to 6 servings Cook’s note: If desired, add 1 cup chopped tomatoes or green pepper (or combination of the two) to the filling for color and more flavor.

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Pizza Pancakes

Easy Pesto Pizza

by Marilles Mauer, Greensburg

by Rosemary Stanton, Bridgeview, Illinois

2 cups biscuit mix 2 t. Italian seasoning 2 eggs 1 cup milk ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cup chopped pepperoni ½ cup chopped tomatoes ¼ cup chopped green pepper 1 can (8-oz.) pizza sauce, warmed In a large bowl, combine biscuit mix and Italian seasoning. Combine eggs and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cheese, pepperoni, tomatoes and green pepper. Pour batter by ¼ cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until

Flatbread (purchased in store) Pesto, either homemade or store bought Olives (black or green) Feta cheese Mozzarella cheese Cherry tomatoes sliced in half Olive oil Preheat oven or barbecue grill to 400 F. Brush olive oil on both sides of the flatbread. Place on pizza pan, spread on pesto, add cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese melts, 15-20 min. Makes 2 servings.

second side is golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

Cook’s note: If using barbecue

Makes 14 pancakes.

grill, use indirect heat. This recipe is very versatile. Use ingredients to your liking.


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ZE R U N A M Just a sampling of the state’s autumn attractions

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There’s no doubt that Indiana’s autumns can be among the most beautiful in the country, with vibrant fall foliage sometimes visible for miles. Each of us has our own autumn traditions, from making s’mores over backyard firepits to carving pumpkins to hitting the road in search of prime spots to enjoy nature’s explosion of color. A must-do activity this season is a visit to one of our state’s numerous pumpkin patches or corn mazes. These agritourism attractions, which feature family-friendly activities for all ages,

Here ar e just a few cor n maze s and pumpkin patches to check o ut this m o n t h. Be sure to

visit the farms’ website s for hou rs of operatio n, phone numbers and adm ission fe es.

allow guests to enjoy the great outdoors, take part in some fun and games, and grab some seasonal décor to spruce up their homes for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Twelve acres of corn are carved into an

The Trowbridge family of Kendallville owns

amazing maze at AMAZING FALL FUN

and operates THE AMAZING MAZE

ARMAND’S HARPER VALLEY FARMS features a unique maze experience

in Waterloo. The pumpkin patch offers more

AND PUMPKIN PATCH which includes

than 40 different varieties of pumpkins,

a four-acre family maze, a haunted maze

corn stalk version. The pumpkin patch

gourds and Indian corn. These autumn

(which begins at dark), wagon rides through

encompasses eight acres, and garden mums,

staples can be handpicked or, for those

the woods, a straw mountain, tube slides,

gourds and fall décor items are for sale at the

who like to grab and go, there is a selection

yard games, a fire pit, concession area, farm

Westport working farm along with produce and

of pre-picked items. Besides hayrides, the

animals, bounce house and more. Fresh cut

fresh meat. Visitors can choose to spend the

straw mountain, duck races, and the corn

Christmas trees and vegetable and bedding

night at Harper Valley Farms and experience

box, this northeast Indiana attraction features

plants are also available on the farm. The

the joys of being out in the country. Grandma

interactive attractions like the Barrel Roll, in

146-acre farm on which The Amazing Maze

Pearcy’s Hilltop Rental Home has enough

which participants race in cylinders (à la a

is located has been in the Trowbridge family

room to sleep up to seven people. The fixin’s

hamster wheel), Farmer Foosball (life size

for over 100 years. The farm started out

for an egg and sausage breakfast — all ready

foosball — you’re actually part of the game!)

as a dairy farm and now Tom and Cindy

and waiting in the home’s refrigerator — are

or Pumpkin Checkers or Tic Tac Toe (a giant

Trowbridge, their three daughters, their

included with the stay.

board game with pumpkins as the game

husbands and their children are running a

pieces).

thriving agribusiness.

Amazing Fall Fun is open Fridays, Saturdays

The Amazing Maze is open Fridays through

and Sundays until Oct. 28.

Sundays until Nov. 2.

www.amazingfallfun.com

www.theamazingmaze.com

— a sunflower maze as opposed to the

Harper Valley Farms will be selling pumpkins until Oct. 31. www.harpervalleyfarms.com

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MAZE RUNNING

CORNUCOPIA FARM in Scottsburg is

DULL’S FARM in Thorntown pays tribute

EXPLORATION ACRES in Lafayette,

celebrating its 20th anniversary with a “Golden

to everyday heroes in its cornmaze this year.

voted the Best Corn Maze by Electric

Pumpkin” scavenger hunt. Each weekend, a

The Boone County attraction honors first

Consumer readers in the 2017 Readers’

golden pumpkin will be hidden somewhere in

responders, law enforcement personnel and

Choice Awards, is home to the largest corn

the farm’s corn maze. If you find the pumpkin

firefighters in its eight-acre maze that also

maze in northwest Indiana. The attraction

you’ll receive a gift certificate to be used in

specifically pays tribute to Jacob Pickett, a

encompasses 20 acres with 10 miles of

the farm’s Cornucopia Farm Market. Among

Boone County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot

paths. The theme of this year’s maze is the

the unique attractions at Cornucopia Farm

in a police chase in March. Dull’s Farm also

Indiana-based sci-fi hit series, “Stranger

is an observation bee hive. City slickers

honors first responders by inviting them to

Things” with a design featuring key

who’ve never milked a cow before can do

visit its Pumpkin Harvest for free this year.

characters from the Netflix show. Rewards

so at Cornucopia. Little ones who may be

Dull’s has a pumpkin patch and an array of fall

from 28 advertisers are hidden in the maze.

frightened by the tall stalks in a corn maze

activities including a straw maze, left turn and

As you find each reward, punch your maze

can visit the farm’s soybean maze — all

right turn only mazes, slingshots, stilts, hillbilly

map to claim the rewards. The farm’s 11-

the fun without feeling dazed by the maize.

treadmill, wagon rides and pony rides. The

acre pumpkin patch includes 38 varieties

Among other things to see and do: a pumpkin

historic Stone Cabin Inn Bed and Breakfast,

of pumpkins and gourds weighing from 1

patch, tunnel slide, hay ride, petting zoo,

featuring a unique waterfall-like shower, is

to 200 pounds. Exploration Acres’ array of

duck races and the super straw house. The

right on the property for those wanting to

family-friendly activities includes laser tag

onsite Cornucopia Café serves sandwiches,

extend their autumn getaway at this 50-acre

and corn cannons. There’s a country store

nachos and seasonal sweets including

farm. Dull’s also sells a half-dozen popular

onsite as well as food truck and food booth

pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls and apple

varieties of choose-and-cut Christmas trees.

dining options.

cinnamon doughnuts. Dull’s Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays

Exploration Acres is open Thursdays through

The farm is open until Nov. 3.

through Oct. 28.

Sundays until Oct. 28.

www.cornucopiafarm.com

www.dullstreefarm.com/FallFestival

www.explorationacres.com

? W O U KN DID YO

Corn maze crops should be planted from mid to late May. This is two-three weeks later than crops being planted for grain. Corn mazes are typically cut down in early November. The first corn maze was in Annville, Pennsylvania. Corn mazes in the United Kingdom are called “maize mazes.” Maize mazes are particularly popular in the eastern portion of England. As of 2014, the Guinness World Record for largest corn maze was 60 acres, created by Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, California.

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HO E? WI S A MAZE MAD

FARMLIFE (Lanesville Indiana Family

LARK RANCH provides double the

Prior to modern technology, corn mazes began as sketches or

Entertainment) is Southern Indiana’s largest

autumn fun! There are two locations of this

were plotted on graph paper and

corn maze and pumpkin patch attraction.

popular family attraction — Loogootee and Greenfield. Activities are similar whichever

measured into the field manually.

Guests can explore 20 acres of pumpkin patches and 13 acres of corn mazes along

site you visit. Besides the pumpkin patch

four miles of paths. There are horse and

and corn maze, you can enjoy the train ride,

pony rides, pig races, a giant tire mountain, a

slide mountain, various rides, a rock wall, a

bungee trampoline, a tug of war, animal farm

mechanical bull, life size birdhouses and go

tours, and gem and fossil mining, among other

karts. There are farm animals and hayrides,

attractions. FARMLIFE is famous for its apple

and, for those who want to report on their

cider slushies, pumpkin caramel cheesecake

down-on-the-farm experience on Instagram,

and 12 oz. smoked butterflied pork chops.

there’s a selfie booth and giant rocking

Fall décor is for sale as well as pumpkin

chairs, the perfect place for a photo op. Both

decorating and carving kits.

locations also offer gem mining and pony rides.

Visit FARMLIFE on weekends until Oct. 28. Friday Flash Light Mazes are by appointment only.

Lark Ranch is open Fridays through Sundays

www.farmlife.fun

until Oct. 28. www.larkranch.com

Now, GPS technology is often used to create mazes. The first step in creating a corn maze is coming up with a grid plot. Next, a vehicle fitted with a GPS tracking device is driven around the property on which the maze will be located. GPS coordinates are obtained. An electronic version of the maze design is placed over a map of the field. A program plots the maze and lets a mower follow the GPS-guided path for cutting the maze at the right locations. In most cases, the maze design process begins while the corn is

STEELE FARMS in Decatur offers a fun farm experience

growing. Corn in mazes is planted in

for all ages. There’s the pumpkin patch (which has been

rows going two directions. Thus the

featured on “The Blog for Lifestyle and Travel” in a list of 30

crop is denser than normal, making

perfect Indiana pumpkin patches) and corn maze for sure

the “walls” of the maze difficult to

but there’s also a Play Zone for the little ones. The Play

see through.

Zone features a corn crib, straw mountain, spider web, play set, duck races and more. Tour the property via a barrel train

When the corn stalks are a foot

or wagon and see farm animals up close. Shop for fall décor

tall, a tractor cuts through the field

like multi-colored mums, Indian corn, decorative pumpkins and gourds and corn shocks. Fresh, homegrown pork and beef is available for purchase. Visitors who work up an appetite exploring Steele Farms’ attractions can enjoy hot dogs and Coney dogs as well as snacks like pretzels, fresh baked cookies, nachos and apples with caramel dip. Steele Farms is open weekends from Sept. 29 – Oct. 28. www.visitsteelefarms.com

according to GPS tracking specs. The maze is ready for business once the remaining corn stalks reach 10 feet high. That takes about two months. When fall is over, the corn maze is flattened. The corn is usually used for animal feed.

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STATE OF THE ART: ART OF THE STATE, Rensselaer (Jasper), Lillian Fendig Gallery, Carnegie Center. As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Prairie Arts Council is sponsoring and hosting the creative talent of Indiana artists. Gallery times: Tuesday and Thursday, Noon-4 pm. Opening reception, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 pm (Central time). Free. 219-866-5278. pacrensselaer@gmail.com. prairieartscouncil.net. Event runs through Nov. 4. PUMPKIN TRAINS ON SATURDAYS, North Judson (Starke), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Fall foliage excursion through the countryside with a stop at a pumpkin patch where pumpkins can be purchased for a nominal fee. The 12-mile, round-trip excursion lasts approximately 75 minutes. 10 am, 12:30 pm, & 2:30 pm (Central time). Cost: $6 and up, plus pumpkin fee (optional). 574-896-3950. marketing@ hoosiervalley.org. hoosiervalley.org

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MARSHALL COUNTY SENIOR EXPO, Plymouth (Marshall), Plymouth High School. Live entertainment, educational presentations, health screenings, free food, lifestyle opportunities and information for the senior population and their caregivers. Free. 8 am-3 pm. 574-9369904. tmorales.mcoas@hotmail.com. marshallcountycouncilonaging.org

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DUGGER COAL FESTIVAL, Duggar (Greene), Community Center Park.Celebrating the town’s coal mining heritage and Dugger Union High School homecoming since 1979. Food, parade, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle show, and more. Free. 812699-0446. facebook.com/DuggerCoalFest/

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PIONEER DAYS, Terre Haute (Vigo), Fowler Park. Wagon rides, music, demonstrations, authentic food, vendors, and much more. 9 am-5 pm. Parking, $5. 812462-3392. laura.maloney@ vigocounty.in.gov

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MORGAN COUNTY FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL, Martinsville (Morgan), Courthouse Square. Car show, kids’ events, arts and crafts vendors, parade and much more. Free. 765-342-0332. morgancountyfallfoliagefestival. com/wordpress

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BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, Rome (Perry), Courthouse square. Music all day, free children’s activities, food vendors, history tours and demonstrations, market vendors, reunion and stories of anyone who lived, worked, or went to school in Rome. Saturday, 9 am-6 pm. Sunday, 11-am-4 pm. Free. 812-7198418. peke@psci.net. romeindianacourthouse.com

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ANTIQUE FARM SHOW, Saint Meinrad (Spencer), Saint Meinrad Community Center and Park. Antique farm equipment, food, entertainment, cash raffle drawing, judging and more! Featuring John Deere tractors and equipment. 9:30 am-3 pm (Central time). Free. 812-5498093. smvfd@psci.net

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FALL HERITAGE DAYS, Rockport (Spencer), Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum. Costumed interpreters, demonstrators, kids’ activities, music, food and more. Cost: $5, adults (50 and under); $3, children (12 and under) and seniors. 9 am-4 pm. 812-649-9147. lpvdirector@gmail.com. lincolnpioneervillage. com

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WALK ’N’ ROLL TO CURE ATAXIA, Fort Wayne (Allen), Foster Park (Pavilion 1). Two-mile loop through Foster Park. Social hour before the walk with coffee and snacks. Door prize drawing after the walk. Ataxia is a neurological degenerative disease of the cerebellum. 10 am. jclebrato711@gmail.com

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APPLE FESTIVAL OF KENDALLVILLE, Kendallville (Noble), Noble County Fairgrounds. Unique entertainment, over 35 food vendors, handmade crafts, a traders’ village, antique vendors, children’s games and activities and two demonstration buildings. Saturday, 9 am–6 pm. Sunday, 9 am–5 pm. Free. Parking, $5. 260-350-1119. applefest@ kendallvilleapplefestival.com. www. kendallvilleapplefestival.com.

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HOWL O’ WEEN, Albion (Noble), Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. A family friendly “safe” celebration. Park at the 4-H park adjacent to Black Pine and enjoy a free wagon ride to the sanctuary! Trick-or-Treat stations throughout the grounds. Costumes optional. Cost: Free for ages 0-2; $7, ages 3-9; $10, ages 10-54; $8, ages 55 plus. Free for Park Pal members. 260-636-7383. info@blackpine.org. bpsanctuary.org/howl-o-ween

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HARVEST HOMECOMING FESTIVAL, New Albany (Floyd), Downtown. Parade, rides, entertainment, kids’ events, craft/food booths and more! Admission charge at some events. Fees for select activities. 812-944-8572. harvesthomecoming.com

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ZIMMERMAN GLASSTOBERFEST, Corydon (Harrison), Downtown. Celebrate a family tradition of glass making. Demonstrations, live music, beer garden, artists’ booths, entertainment and German food. Begins Friday at 5 pm and Saturday at 10 am. Free. 888-738-2137. thisisindiana.org

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UPPER CLUB 26TH 19- PEPPER ANNUAL HAUNTED WOODS, (Clark), 10801 Hwy. 60. 20 Sellersburg Concession opens at 6:30 pm. Event: 7:30 pm-Midnight. Cost: $15, adult; $10, children (12 and under). Express: $2 more. suescholl1@gmail.com

OKTOBERFEST/CORNMEAL BAKE OFF, Salem (Washington), Historic Beck’s Mill. Adult art show, campfire beans and Beck’s Mill cornbread. Craft vendors, demonstrations, music and kids’ crafts. 9 am-4 pm. Cornmeal bake off — entry must contain at least 1/2 cup of Beck’s Mill cornmeal and be in non-returnable pan with recipe. Drop off between 11 am-Noon. Cost: $5, adult; children (16 and under) free with a paid adult admission. becksmill1864@outlook.com. www.becksmill.org

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Electric Consumer publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Electric Consumer strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Electric Consumer advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at electricconsumer.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.

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Bourbon Trail

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


outdoors

Purple paint means

‘no trespassing’ B Y J ACK SPAULDI NG When I first heard about the new “Purple

I also question the selection of the color

Paint No Trespass” law, I thought it was

purple. In shadows or dim light, purple

a joke. But believe it or not, in our label-

paint can be hard to detect. Why wasn’t the

loving, litigious society, an easy-to-read

law written around using “blaze orange”

“No Trespassing” sign is being upstaged

paint or “high visibility green?” Should

by a simple swatch of purple paint

the paint also be luminous so it will glow

strategically placed on a post or tree. This

in the dark to notify nighttime woodland

can now legally define areas of denied

walkers, raccoon hunters and the like?

entry as well. One place where purple paint on trees and

IC 35-43-2-2 says the “purple mark” on a tree must be:

I couldn’t help in my twisted humor

posts designates something forbidden is

but wonder if the sign manufacturers

in Haiti. When traveling the roads and you

had been out-lobbied by the paint

see purple painted trees and posts and

manufacturers. I even checked the local

utility poles, it signifies it is where the local

farm supply store, and it had a good supply

voodoo witch doctor lives. For me, this

of “No Trespassing” signs. Some locations

application is a “big time” no trespassing

length with the bottom of the mark

even sell the signs in Spanish.

indicator.

at least 3 feet and not more than 5

We are a nation that demands we be told

The official media release for our Hoosier

of eminent danger or of situations of

residents reads:

unintentional rule breaking. Everywhere we see signs saying: “Don’t Feed The

“Hunters, anglers, trappers and anyone

Animals,” “Don’t Walk On The Grass,”

else who enjoys time in the woods will

“Coffee is Hot,” etc.

need to be aware of a new law that took effect July 1. Per Indiana Code (IC 35-43-

I can see where the new legislation

2-2), landowners may mark no-trespassing

may create havoc for Hoosier woodland

areas of their property with purple paint

wanderers and our Indiana conservation

instead of no-trespassing signs.

officers. The legislation brings up more than a few questions!

“The purple-paint perimeter serves the

• a vertical line at least 8 inches in

feet from the ground; • not more than 100 feet from the nearest other marked tree.

On a post, the mark must: • cover at least the top 2 inches of the post; • be at least 3 feet and not more

same legal purpose as a “No Trespassing”

than 5 feet, 6 inches from the

First, how is the general public supposed

sign. Painting can be done around the

to learn of the new ruling? I know there

perimeter of the area where entry is denied

ground

are a few people who read this column but

on either trees or posts.

come on, where is the media blitz to notify the masses? Do we need to post signs

“The purple marks must be readily visible

telling misguided woodland wanderers the

to any person approaching the property.”

purple swatches replaced the signs telling people to stay out?

My good friend Paul Coffey from Shelby County heard about the new law and

And secondly, how can an enforcement

wanted to paint trespass boundaries on his

officer be sure the swatch of paint was

new property. Sure enough, he found the

simply not seen by an unaware trespassing

local farm supply stores completely sold

offender?

out of “no trespassing” exterior purple. For more information, see IC 35-43-2-2 at iga.IN.gov.

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• be not more than 36 feet from the nearest other marked post.

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 Electric Consumer or email jackspaulding@ hughes.net.


safety

Electrical overloads HOW TO PREVENT THEM, SPOT THEM AND FIX THEM No matter what time of year, whether

Relying too heavily on extension

it’s the holidays, full of bright

cords may mean that your home

decorations covering every inch of

doesn’t have enough outlets. Instead

your home, or summertime, when you

of grabbing an extension cord for a

just can’t seem to plug in enough fans

temporary solution, you should call a

to keep cool, it’s never the wrong time

qualified electrician who can install

to talk about electrical overloads — and

more outlets.

how to prevent them, spot them, and fix them.

Major appliances, like your refrigerator, should always be plugged directly

PREVENT

into a wall outlet. Never use extension

Prevention is simple — don’t overuse extension cords when powering your home. It’s easy to grab one when you’ve run out of outlets; we are all

cords or multi-outlet converters for these larger appliances. Extension cords should be used as a short-term option, not a long-time fix.

guilty of plugging in too many lamps,

So why is this a big deal? An overload

chargers and other electronics into

occurs when the home draws more

those convenient extension cords.

electricity than a circuit can safely handle. Electrical circuits are designed to handle a limited amount of electricity. When it receives too much, it causes the circuit breaker to trip, shutting off the power to the entire circuit. If there were no breaker in the circuit, an overload would cause the wires to overheat and start a fire.

SPOT Here are some easy ways to spot an overloaded circuit: • Flickering, blinking or dimming lights. • Outlet switch covers that are warm to the touch. • Burning odors from outlets or switches. • Frequently tripped circuit breakers. • Crackling, sizzling or buzzing receptacles. • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles or switches. • Power tools, appliances, or electronics that seem to lack adequate power.

FIX Once you know how to spot an overload, it’s a quick fix consumers can manage themselves. Simply locate your circuit panel, usually found in the basement or a garage in most homes, and check to see if any of the switches

“It’s way too easy to plug

in the panel have been tripped or

in too many devices onto

partially tripped. Then turn them off

the same circuit,” said Tom

and back on again.

VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Everyone has a role — whether it’s the cooperative keeping consumers informed, or homeowners doing their research — to best keep their home safe.”

Can’t find enough plug-ins? Call an electrician to install more outlets in your home.

Indiana’s electric cooperatives recommend all consumers map their home’s circuits. It’s as simple as grabbing a notepad and a pencil. This will ensure you are not loading too much on one circuit. Knowing what is on each circuit could help you navigate an overload in the future.

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co-op news We’re scaring up savings on LED bulbs Afraid of the dark? Jay County REMC has the perfect ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs that will brighten all those dark and scary places. The benefits of LED lighting include long life, energy efficiency, ecologically friendly, durability, design flexibility, operational in all temperatures, instant lighting and frequent switching, and low wattage. Pricing on the bulbs are: • • • • • •

60-watt equivalent: $3 75-watt equivalent: $4 100-watt equivalent: $5.50 Can/flood lights: $6 Candelabra: $4 Globe: $4

POWER MOVES®, an energy-efficiency program through our power supplier Wabash Valley Power Association, also offers lighting incentives for commercial, industrial and ag members, whether it is new construction or retrofit from incandescent or CFLs to ENERGY STAR LEDs. Visit powermoves.com for energy efficiency tips and more.

Do you have the right site to pay your bill? Searching the internet is a great way to discover all kinds of information. It’s even a great way to pay your Jay County REMC bill. Many of our members use a search engine, like Google, on the web to locate our site for paying their monthly bill. If you type in “Jay County REMC” in a Google search, numerous findings will appear. Members have reported that they have clicked on the site “County of Jay-REMC (IN): Login, Bill Pay and Customer Service” for bill payment. That is not Jay County REMC’s official website. If you used that website to pay your bill, you will be charged a fee from that company. Be sure to only visit www.jayremc.com to pay your bill. Jay County REMC does not charge a fee for you to pay your bill online. Our website has a new look. Please check it out at www.jayremc.com.

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Tips for a Safe Harvest

Harvest season brings hard work and can be an exhausting, but rushing the job to save time can be extremely dangerous (even deadly!) when working near overhead power lines. We urge farm operators and workers to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Use care when operating large machinery near power lines. Inspect the height of equipment to determine clearance. Always keep equipment at least 10 feet away (in all directions) from power lines. Remember to lower extensions when moving loads. If a power line is sagging or looks to be dangerously low, please call us immediately.

Source: SafeElectricity.org


co-op news

Help our communities on Make a Difference Day On Oct. 27, millions of volunteers across

October is National Cooperative

the nation will unite with a common

Month. The observance gives all

mission — to improve the lives of others.

cooperatives, including electric

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND

cooperatives like Jay County REMC,

Magazine, in collaboration with Points of

the opportunity to show why being a

Light, has brought you Make A Difference

member of a cooperative is unique and

Day. The event is the largest national day

beneficial.

of community service.

Here are some facts about

National Make a Difference Day is the

cooperatives that you may find

largest national day of helping others.

interesting:

The event is sponsored annually by USA WEEKEND Magazine and its 700

• One out of three Americans is a

carrier newspapers. Make A Difference

member of a cooperative.

Day takes place each year on the fourth Saturday in October. “Make a Difference Day provides Crossroads FCU with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the cooperative principle of concern for

• There are 2,106 agriculture co-ops Ken Bantz, left, and Don Denney, right, spouses of Crossroads FCU President/CEO Janet Bantz and Jay County REMC Director of Marketing Cindy Denney, dance for a difference at last year's Make a Difference Day bucket drop.

community,” said Janet Bantz, President/

difference by conducting a bucket drop

CEO of Crossroads Financial Federal

on Oct. 27 at Meridian and Votaw streets

Credit Union. “It also ties in with the

in Portland to benefit area food banks.

theme for October’s National Cooperative

Crossroads has been doing the bucket

Month: Cooperatives See the Future.

drop for nine years as well as collecting

We understand there are many needs

food and donations at all its branches.

in our community that are underfunded and we want our community’s future to be bright,” said Bantz. “The bucket drop is our way of raising funds to help our local food bank at Community and Family

The co-op’s efforts have raised over $20,000 for area food banks. We

member-owners. • Consumer cooperatives have a membership base of over 343 million. • More than 1.2 million families live in cooperative housing. • Cooperatives generate $514 billion in revenue and more than $25 billion in wages. • Co-op Month has been celebrated since 1964.

commitment to the community. You can make a difference by stopping

six counties. The food bank is just one of

at the intersection and dropping your

the many necessary programs offered by

spare change (or dollars) in one of the

the local agency.”

volunteers’ buckets. Crossroads FCU

(a financial cooperative) will be making a

in the U.S., with more than 2 million

applaud Crossroads FCU on its

Services which provides programing in

Crossroads Financial Federal Credit Union

Did you know?

will see you on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Help them make a difference in our community. Did you know that more than 1.2 million families live in cooperative housing?

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Wabash Valley Power news

Don’t Fall Behind: Prep your HVAC system now to stay warm in winter The cooling temperatures and kids once again climbing the school bus steps to head to school mean that fall is quickly approaching! The changing season also can serve as an alarm clock to prepare for what is to come – winter. Early fall is the perfect time to prepare your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for winter. Many HVAC contractors are not as busy in the early fall as they will be during the winter months, when they receive more emergency service calls. As a result, you’re more likely to get a timely response, and perhaps even get a special rate on service. Some steps you may want to take include:

Replace your furnace filter.

Get a system inspection.

The changing seasons can serve as a

Early fall is a perfect time to schedule

Consider an upgrade if one is needed.

reminder that it’s time to change your

an inspection of your HVAC system. This

If you have an older or underperforming

furnace filter. This is a fairly easy step,

could include a tune-up to ensure that

system, you may want to think about a

and can help keep your furnace clean.

your system is optimized to perform as

replacement. While not cheap, it may

A dirty furnace filter can plug up the

best as it can. Preventative maintenance

ultimately be a better option than having

airflow of your system, making your

frequently can be more affordable than

to keep making needed repairs on an

home uncomfortable and shortening the

having to pay for an emergency house call

inefficient system. If you choose to upgrade

furnace’s lifespan at the same time.

when your system goes out! During an

your system in the fall, HVAC contractors

excellent “clean and tune,” a technician

may be running seasonal discounts. Of

will pull the blower from your system and

course, your local electric cooperative offers

use water or a cleaner to remove the dirt

POWER MOVES® rebates for qualifying

that made it past the furnace filter.

efficiency upgrades that will help you save more on energy costs. Contact your local electric cooperative for details.

Taking the time in the fall to prepare your heating system can lead to a warm, more comfortable winter! It also can help your HVAC system run more efficiently and last longer. You always can contact your local electric cooperative to inquire about a home energy assessment, which would provide details on your whole home’s energy use and give suggestions on steps you can take to improve your home’s energy usage and efficiency. You also can visit www.PowerMoves.com for more information.

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reader submissions

Pumpkin personalities

ABOVE: Reader Elaine Glova dug into her photo file to share this seasonal snapshot from 1999. “Great memory!” she noted.

LEFT: Making a Jack-o’-Lantern takes time! Jane E. Pirtle from Lanesville shared a vintage photo of her young daughter patiently removing the “guts” from her just-carved pumpkin.

JACK-O’-LANTERNS ARE 3-D EMOJIS THAT YOU CREATE YOURSELF!

ABOVE: Jack and Rita Purcell’s annual pumpkin carving party in Bloomfield is a gathering of siblings, their spouses, children and, most importantly, grandchildren. Oh, and don’t forget all the pumpkins! “Our family loves spending time together,” Rita said.

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cooperative career profile

Here to help you! Top 3

responsibilities in a day 1. Greet the consumers — either on phone or in person. I’m the first one they’ll see or speak with. 2. Answer questions. Many are general, but it’s my job to help consumers problem solve. 3. Electric service requests. Starting, stopping or transfering service —

Vicki Hollis

I process them all.

Customer Service Representative Boone REMC

What type of background did you need for this position? It was important for me to have a background in customer service, and we have opportunities for additional training at the cooperative.

What part of your job is most fulfilling? My favorite part of the job is talking with the consumers and helping them find the answers they are seeking. Every person has a story, and it is fun to get to know some of them.

How would you describe working for a cooperative? We take pride that we’re owned by the consumers we serve. It is important to us to look out for the consumers and really listen if they have a suggestion or concern.

Do you see opportunity for growth at the cooperative?

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Regardless of what position a person is in, there is always room for growth. As technology changes, so does the way we do our jobs. The opportunity always exists. We just need to be willing to take it.

Have you had to master new skills? Yes. Several of my responsibilities require industry-specific skills. It is a constant education process. I have had to learn to analyze a person’s electric use to see if something is out of the ordinary. I also need to remain aware of any changes in the industry that could affect the way I do my job.

What’s the best part of your job? The kind and caring consumers and the people I work with. I look forward to coming to work every day and not many get to say that.

Interested in an electric co-op career? Visit IndianaEC.org/Careers to learn about available careers or tell us about yourself.


Jay County REMC — October 2018 Electric Consumer  
Jay County REMC — October 2018 Electric Consumer