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A sampling of Indiana’s autumn attractions
FREE WEATHERIZATION KIT: Stop by this month and pick up yours!
from the editor
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 email@example.com 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.
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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
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.
What is a cooperative? www.kremc.com CONTACT US Local: 574-267-6331 Toll-Free: 800-790-REMC EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICE HOURS 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday ADDRESS 370 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS To report a service interruption after hours, please call 267-6331 or 800-790-REMC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS William Stump Jr., Chairman Dan Tucker, Vice Chairman John Hand, Secretary/Treasurer Kim Buhrt Terry Bouse Tony Fleming
A cooperative is defined as a willingness and ability to work with others for a common purpose. That is exactly how I would describe Kosciusko REMC. We see ourselves as partners — with the community, other electric cooperatives and especially our members. In the 1930s, electric cooperatives were formed by a group of forward-thinking individuals who knew that people in rural America needed electricity, just like the towns and cities. Providing energy wasn’t the only goal. These pioneers decided to make our organization not-for-profit and send unused funds back to our members. We are unique in the world of utilities because our goal is not to maximize shareholder profit, but to provide reliable power at an affordable price. We see our role in the community to support worthy organizations through employee volunteers and donations, when appropriate. October is Co-op Month, usually a month when cooperatives participate in a community project. But we don’t reserve our commitment to our community and members to just one month. That commitment is standard practice for KREMC and has been for years and years. We are supporters of organizations like 4-H, Family
Safety Day, Junior Achievement, Combined Community
Service, the Builders Association, Kosciusko Economic
Development and the Warsaw Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. We are committed to supporting the
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Use your Co-op Connections Card to save at local businesses Body Work by Terry 10 percent off any service in Warsaw
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community that supports KREMC, not just during Co-op Month but all year long.
BRUCE GOSLEE President and CEO
KREMC rates and rebates RATES
Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge..........................$-.003297 per kWh
Electric water heaters 50 gallons or larger: • Gas to electric replacement — $125 • New construction water heater — $125 • Second water heater — $50 • Geothermal desuperheater — $50
Outdoor Lights* 40w LED........................................$8.75 per month 70w LED......................................$12.25 per month
HVAC: • Geothermal system installation — $250 • Air-source heat pump system — $150 • Programmable thermostat — up to $25 Visit www.kremc.com for complete guidelines and restrictions. Additional rebates can be found at powermoves.com.
Watch out for vampire loads
his month, keep your
• Use power strips. Power strips
eye out as ghosts and
allow you to toggle the power
goblins emerge from
flow on and off. This will allow
their dark hiding places to roam
you to control the power use of
your neighborhood. They seek
several devices so they are not
sustenance (mostly in the form of
consuming electricity when you’re
fun-sized candy bars). But beware,
while you’re not watching, an actual terror may already be in your home, leeching off your energy supply!
• Curb idle time in devices, such as computers and video game consoles. Simply set
Unlike the creatures commonly
your computer to sleep mode or
associated with Halloween, these
save a game and power down,
“energy vampires” are all too real,
instead of leaving it paused.
and they are all around you. They
These practices can lead to
are running up your energy bill
when you’re not even home. These vampires are wasteful, and they are costing the U.S. household an average of $100 per year — the horror! Here’s the good news: You don’t have to succumb to these wicked little energy suckers. Here are a few simple and inexpensive tips that will help you rid your home of these vampires for good. • Unplug devices you don’t use
• Phone charger (phone connected and charged): 2.24 watts • Desktop computer (off): 2.84 watts • Microwave (ready to use): 3.08 watts • Furnace: 4.21 watts
plugged in): 8.9 watts
replacing it with a new ENERGY
• Desktop computer (sleep
STAR appliance. Though none of these strategies will eliminate your electric bill entirely, together these tricks can help you slay energy vampires while saving money. And that’s a treat you can
you use them.
• Clock radio: 2.01 watts
appliance to the grave, consider
you only use from time to time?
Unplug them until the next time
• DVD player (off): 1.55 watts
• Laptop (off, fully charged,
(there’s always next year)?
• Inkjet printer (off): 1.2 watts
it comes time to send your old
television, computer or stereo
now serves as a drying rack
• Game console (off): 1.01 watts
• CD player (off): 5.04 watts
for yourself last Christmas that
• Air conditioner: 0.9 watts
• Make smart upgrades. When
often. Do you have an extra
Perhaps that treadmill you bought
Average power consumption
mode): 21.13 watts • DVR (off): 36.68 watts
Are you taking your goblins and ghouls trick or treating this Halloween? Be sure to stop by KREMC Oct. 31, and we’ll get you and your kiddos started off right!
Welcome to KREMC, Danielle Meads! Kosciusko REMC welcomes Danielle
high school sweetheart for over 20
Meads to our member service team.
years. The Meads have two children,
Austin and MiKayla, both students at
Meads comes to KREMC with a long history of customer service. She has worked as an office manager for
Family focused and community
a local dental office in Warsaw for
minded, Meads spends most of her
more than 14 years. She was born
free time with her family, preferably
and raised in Warsaw. She met her
at a Tigers football game or a Friday
husband, Andrew Meads, at Warsaw
night family dinner.
Community High School (WCHS). She has been happily married to her
“We are so excited to have Danielle join our team,” said Stephanie Scott,
“She brings with her the genuine kindness that our members have come to expect. She will do just great!”
Guys in pink KREMC Linemen Brian H, Larry R., Mike W., R. Runkel, J. Justice wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness
who have fought or are fighting the
work in the field. If you’d like to
Month. We all know someone who
battle against breast cancer.
donate to breast cancer awareness,
has been affected by this disease. The month of October turns pink as more and more people don the color to show their support of those
Be on the lookout for our guys in pink this month as they promote breast cancer awareness while they
stop by our office any weekday in October to make a donation and add your name to our pink ribbon window display.
PICK UP A FREE WEATHERIZATION KIT FROM KREMC Summer has come to an end, and before we know it, we will be racing frigid winds as we run from our cars to our homes, piling up draft stoppers at our doors and cranking that thermostat up higher than we know it should be. There is no better time than the present to weatherize your home. Invest one afternoon in weatherizing your home now while the weather is “kind,” and you will reap the rewards all winter long. Just a few small adjustments can make your home much more comfortable in the winter and can save you serious bank. This is where we come in. Throughout the month of October, KREMC is offering a free weatherization kit to our members. Each kit includes awesome things like outlet sealers, surge protectors, pipe insulators, rope caulk, foam tape, door seals, window insulation kits and more! All of this and instructions on how to use these energy-saving items! That, friends, is what we call a recipe for savings! Head our way one day in October and get yours! We’re all about giving our members the power to save.
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Look up for
potential energy-efficient lighting improvements no insulation!
vs. People considering home
More options available to retrofit into
especially when compared with older
improvement projects typically think
tight spaces. Can-less recessed LEDs
bulbs. LEDs can last years before they
about tackling particular areas of the
have all of the technology needed built
ever need to be replaced – and they are
house. Yet one item that affects the
within the light fixture. There’s no need
brighter while using less energy, saving
entire dwelling – lighting – is often
for additional wiring or elements other
you money in the long-run.
overlooked. With recent technological
than simply properly installing the light!
developments, it is easier than ever to
Because of this, they can more easily be
retrofit existing houses with recessed
installed into tight areas without having
lighting. Can-less recessed LED lights
to install additional equipment.
can lead to significant savings in
You can review different types of can-less recessed LED lighting on the Internet. You also can reach out to your local energy cooperative for some
Variety of styles for virtually any
general ideas, as well as suggestions on
room. Because can-less recessed LEDs
other efficiency improvement projects
fit easier into cramped spaces, they also
that can help lower your monthly
are available in a variety of applications.
energy use. And as new technologies
Going slim can help reduce costs.
You can find lights available for attics,
develop, more options likely will
Look at all that wasted space in the can!
bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms,
become available. Can-less recessed
Compare that to the profile of a slim
bedrooms, and more! You also can install
LEDs can help you see the light!
LED. Slim LEDs free up more space in
them against a wall to highlight artwork
the attic for insulation. Most recessed
or other features, or elsewhere in a room
lighting also have several holes in the
for proper illumination. They can be
“can” part that are potential sites for air
added to a planned room renovation to
leaks. Slim LEDs have fewer places that
provide an entirely different look.
Miami-Cass REMC, Peru, Indiana
energy costs beyond lighting alone. Some advantages to consider about can-less recessed LEDs are:
must be air sealed, making can-less recessed LEDs a great choice to help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Great long-term savings over the life of the bulb. Of course, the cost-saving attributes of LEDs are always a plus –
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.
those in Guatemala one village at a
He always said “You don’t need to
be wearing that greasepaint.” When
The last Project Indiana trip was in
I was in a high school play (in 1957) and came home from a production, I was wearing makeup plus my costume. Mom suggested I show dad how I looked. He took one look and said: “Why in h... are you wearing that d.. greasepaint?” Needless to say, I went off crying. Can laugh today but it sure hurt back then. Anyway, you provoked a strange memory for me with your use of “greasepaint.”
from Elsie Kerr, Tipmont REMC consumer
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.
P RO J E CT IN DI AN A P HO TOS BY R O N HO L CO MB
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
• 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
Copies of the calendar are also available through the mail from Electric Consumer. (Please see below to order.)
Order your 2019 calendar today! Please send ______ copy (copies) of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art 2019 at $6 each to: Name:
City, State and ZIP:
Price includes shipping and Indiana sales tax. Send this completed form to “Indiana Electric Cooperatives” at Electric Consumer Calendar; 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600; Indianapolis, IN 46240.
PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI E V E R
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.
Oh, how we love our pets. From cats and dogs to rabbits and reptiles, we spoil them as much as we can. And because they can’t do it themselves, we shop for them, too.
by JAY N E C A N N ON
FELINE FUN Keep your cat amused for hours with a classic hide-and-seek toy, featuring electronic mouse sounds. The OurPets Catty Whack Electronic Motion Cat Toy has a feather that moves in and out of the mouse holes, as Kitty pounces and purrs. $30. 800-672-4399; chewy.com
NOT HERE, ROVER
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Ever notice that your dog or cat always heads straight for the places you don’t want him/her to go? Until your pet learns to read “Keep Off” signs, here’s a solution. The PetSafe ScatMat Electronic Training Mat emits a safe but annoying three-second burst of static pulse when Rover or Kitty go into forbidden area. No yelling involved. $40. 800-672-4399; chewy.com
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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CHRISTOS’ DÉCOR DRAWS YOU IN, THE FOOD MAKES YOU GLAD YOU CAME
ince the 1980s, Christo’s Family Dining in Plymouth has been serving up delicious, American-
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.
CHRISTOS’ FAMILY DINING
In addition to its Plymouth location, Christos’ Family Dining welcomes hungry
2227 N. Michigan St.; Plymouth, Indiana
guests in nearby LaPorte and Knox.
The hours vary at each location, so be sure to check the restaurant’s website at christosfamilydining.com.
Sunday through Thursday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Easy Pesto Pizza
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.
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.
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.
broadband story? Tell us why expanding high-speed internet to all of Indiana is important. How frustrated have you been waiting for
previously only available to their urban
an important file to upload from home?
peers. Adult learners will have access to
How many hours have you spent driving
distance education options right from
to a place that offers a more reliable and
quicker internet connection? If you’re like most of rural Indiana, you’ve felt the pain.
• Economic development. Small businesses in rural areas can enter the global marketplace. And, young
I believe I now know how it felt when electricity first came to rural America! For
Last month, Gov. Eric Holcomb
families seeking a rural lifestyle
years we paid far too much
announced the Next Level Connections
can enjoy that small town sense of
for a service that was barely
infrastructure plan, which dedicated
community along with the modern
$100 million in state funding for the
conveniences of an urban area.
useable. Now I feel like the
development of rural broadband. This will help close the rural digital divide, providing underserved or unserved Hoosiers the same opportunities that exist in internet-connected communities. Affordable and reliable quality internet access would mean life-altering improvements for rural Hoosiers in: • Modern health care, including prompt access to specialists and expanded monitoring and treatment options. • Modern education options so rural students can use technology
Electric cooperative representatives have heard your stories about how a lack of affordable and reliable high-speed internet service has negatively impacted your lives. We at Indiana Electric Cooperatives want to hear from you, too.
lights have finally been turned on for us!
Tell us how having access to affordable
and reliable high-speed internet could
improve your family’s quality of life.
share why you think expanding
Your stories will continue to inspire our
high-speed internet to all of
state’s leaders to do all they can to bring
Indiana is important.
broadband to all of Indiana.
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ZE R U N A M Just a sampling of the stateâ€™s autumn attractions
G N NI
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
Amazing Fall Fun is open Fridays, Saturdays
The Amazing Maze is open Fridays through
and Sundays until Oct. 28.
Sundays until Nov. 2.
— a sunflower maze as opposed to the
Harper Valley Farms will be selling pumpkins until Oct. 31. www.harpervalleyfarms.com
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.
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.
? 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.
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
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
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. email@example.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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. marshallcountycouncilonaging.org
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/
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
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
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. email@example.com. romeindianacourthouse.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com. lincolnpioneervillage. com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. email@example.com. bpsanctuary.org/howl-o-ween
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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.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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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.
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.
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
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
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
out of “no trespassing” exterior purple. For more information, see IC 35-43-2-2 at iga.IN.gov.
• 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.
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
how to prevent them, spot them, and fix them.
Major appliances, like your refrigerator, should always be plugged directly
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.
OCT OB E R 2018
Ask Rosie backyard
Dying Blue Spruce and Potato Bugs soil as well as from extreme heat and drought. They are also susceptible to a number of fungal diseases. If caught early, there are some fungicides that can be applied to protect the healthy foliage, but they must be applied early in the season as the new needles are still elongating and then repeated for one or two more applications depending on the season.
Above: Blue spruce are susceptible to a number of fungal diseases. This one began dying off from the bottom up.
Q: We have 5.5 acres with several hundred white pines, seven blue spruce and two red pines. Several of the blue spruce are dying. Several years ago, we had two start dying from the bottom up. We put evergreen spikes around them, and after a year or so, they came back to normal. Presently some of the large ones are now dying from the bottom to the top. We have put spikes around two large and one small, but they continue to deteriorate. The picture above shows one in the front yard which is a beautiful tree, but we are losing it. The problem begins on the bottom branches. How can we save them? Three large and one small are dying. They were planted in the mid 1990s. — Danny Teague, Anderson A: Unfortunately, blue spruce are not particularly well adapted to Indiana. They suffer in heavy, poorly drained
Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to save them once the injury has progressed to the point seen in your photos. So, when it’s time to replace them, you might consider other species of spruce that are a bit better adapted to our area, such as white spruce and Norway spruce. You can read more about this blue spruce dilemma at www. purduelandscapereport.org/article/ blue-spruce-update/.
When planning your landscape, consider species of spruce better adapted to Indiana, such as white spruce and Norway spruce.
Q: I had potato bugs really bad this year. I picked them off every few days, but they just came back. I tried Sevin, but the rain just washed it off. What can I do about potato bugs? — S. Newland, Columbus, IN A: There are a number of insecticides labeled for control of Colorado potato beetle on potatoes. Unfortunately, this pest is developing resistance to insecticides when the same product is used repeatedly. So, if you find that one product is not being effective, try switching to a different unrelated product such as Bacillus thuringiensis (sold as BT, Dipel and others), bifenthrin or spinosad. Be sure to read all label instructions and follow the days to harvest restrictions. Additional strategies include rotating your crop plans out of potato for a year or two. But Colorado potato beetle will also feed on related plants in the nightshade family including tomato, pepper, eggplant, and weedy species such as buffalo bur and black nightshade so you’ll have to avoid those as well.
B. ROSIE LERNER is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent directly to Rosie at homehort@ purdue.edu; mailed to “Ask Rosie,” Electric Consumer, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606; or through our “Talk to Us” form online at ElectricConsumer.org.
1. Harbor Freight Tools recalls unsafe handgun safe Harbor Freight has recalled two models of its electronic handgun safe. The handgun safes can open without the use of a key or combination upon impact and allow unintended access to the contents of the safe, posing a risk of serious injury to children and others. Sold under two different brand names, Union Safe Company and Bunker Hill Security, the recalled safes have 0.17 cubic foot capacity and are dark gray. The safes were sold exclusively at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online from November 2014 through February 2018 for about $65. Call 800-444-3353, or go online to www.harborfreight.com and click on “Recall Safety Information” on the bottom of the homepage for more information.
2. Hirsch Gift recalls wireless charging pads due to burn hazard
CloudCharge Wireless Charging Pad and accessories have been recalled because the wireless phone chargers can overheat while in use, posing a burn hazard to consumers. The charging pads were a promotional giveaway to employees and customers of various companies from February 2018 to May 2018. The product name and model number T4706 are printed on the bottom of the product and select company promotional logos and artwork are printed on the top. The recalled chargers are circular and have a white plastic bottom. They measure about 4 inches in diameter and 0.5 inch tall. A white USB power cable is included along with a wireless receiver adapter. Each charging pad and accessories are packed in a white plastic box with a clear lid, measuring approximately 5 inches x 5 inches x 1.25 inches. This recall involves only one production lot (version 2) of the charging pad. Call 877-220-4438, ext. 117, or go online at hg-promo.com and click on the recall link at the bottom of the page for more information.
3. Hair dryer models pose fire, burn and electrical shock hazards Two models of hand-held hair dryers and their power cords have been recalled because they can overheat posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards. This recall involves the Allure and Allure Pro 2200W ionic ceramic hair dryers. The hand-held hair dryers are black or white and include a concentrator nozzle. The hair dryers were sold separately or as part of various hair care kits that included hair treatment products, a flat iron or a diffuser online at Amazon.com, eBay.com, Walmart. com, Xtava.com, Groupon.com and other websites from October 2014 through August 2018 for between $15 and $60 when sold separately, and for between $20 and $80 when sold as part of a hair care kit. The firm has received 193 reports of the hair dryers or power cords overheating, melting, exploding or catching fire, including 18 reports of burns and two reports of a minor electrical shock. Call 877-643-8440, or go online atxtava.com and click on “Product Recalls” or recall-xtava-allure.expertinquiry.com for more information.
4. Koehler-Bright Star recalls WorkSafe flashlights due to explosion hazard
Koehler-Bright Star has recalled WorkSafe Model 2224 LED 3-D cell flashlights. The flashlights are missing a circuit board component which protects the flashlight from igniting an explosive environment, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystander. The flashlight is safety orange with a black reflector assembly and black end cap and measures about 10.25 inches long by 2 inches in diameter. Only 3-D cell flashlights that do not contain a date code stamped on the body of the units are included in the recall. The flashlights were sold at Koehler-Bright Star Industrial distributors, Grainger and online January 2017 through May 2018 for about $21. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Call 800-788-1696, or go online at www.koehlerlighting.com and click on the “Contact Us” tab for more information. As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/ en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more. OCTOBER 2018
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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.
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.
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 —
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?
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.