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hidden treasures at your local thrift shop
labor of love Haines Hallmark provides sense of community
from the editor
Goodwill hunting Some shop because they have to — their shopping list rarely strays from just “the necessities.” For others, shopping is a hobby — something to do to while away a free Saturday.
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I, though, shop for the thrill of a bargain. Show me a 70 percent off sign, and I’m off and running toward it. I instinctively know when the best seasonal sales are and I can whip out coupons as quickly as I can pull out a credit card. So I could really relate to this month’s cover story about Mike and Tammy Martin, and Kim Gray, who have uncovered treasures at one of my favorite bargain haunts, Goodwill. You never know what you’ll encounter when you enter a Goodwill but more often than not you’ll find something that amuses or intrigues you without impacting your budget too much. My favorite Goodwill purchases — all acquired for $5 or less — have included a highend store black velvet jacket that I’ve worn to numerous cocktail-attire functions, an Oriental rug, an antique bookcase, and a vintage metal first aid kit. While vacationing in Stratford, Ontario, last year, my husband and I happened upon a Goodwill where a favorable U.S.-Canada exchange rate made the New York and London canvas prints we purchased less than $2 a piece. At other Goodwills, I’ve scooped up rolls of never-opened Christmas wrapping paper, beautifully crafted Indian saris and a cute evening bag. Did I actually need everything I bought? Admittedly, no. And perhaps one day, my thrifty finds will end back up at another Goodwill. But for now one person’s trash is my treasure, and this gal is all about treasure hunting!
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insights 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY The business of energy savings. 12 INSIGHTS Project Indiana volunteers help Guatemalan villagers form electric cooperatives.
Indiana eats 14 PRODUCT PICKS High-tech bathrooms. 16 INDIANA EATS Lafayette’s Midtowne Oven Restaurant has some of the state’s best pizza. 17 FOOD A taste of time: Sharing your heirloom recipes.
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cover story 21 COVER STORY Vintage finds can be fashionable and profitable. 30 EVENTS CALENDAR 32 DO-IT-YOURSELF Upgrade your outdated bathroom. 33 SAFETY Understanding your home’s electrical system.
34 BACKYARD Mystery plants and bumper crops. 36 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 37 READER SUBMISSIONS Photographs and memories. 38 PROFILE Enduring gridiron lessons from former Purdue football player Jon Goldsberry.
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Teaching youngsters about
energy efficiency Electronic and mobile devices, TVs, computers and gaming stations have become ubiquitous fixtures in our homes, particularly those with children. Consumer electronics coupled with the proliferation of smart home appliances, technology and electric vehicles have slowly but steadily changed our homes and lifestyles. With lifestyles increasingly reliant on technology and, in turn, energy consumption, teaching youngsters to save energy is an important life lesson.
For older children, show them how to program the smart thermostat and appliances. Shop with them for LED lights and discuss ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. Show them the electric bill so they can see the costs, energy use and how their actions impact the bill.
Kids of all ages can learn a few simple energy-saving habits that can last a lifetime:
But before parents can teach their children how to save energy, they must first answer the question, “what’s in it for me?” As most parents can attest, convincing kids to care about energy efficiency is a hard sell. Parents need to explain why it’s important to save energy and how it benefits the child. Otherwise, they will not understand the need to change their habits and will be less motivated to do so. In the simplest terms, less money spent on an electric bill can mean more money used for fun activities. (That’s something children can relate to!) Less tangible, but just as important, using less energy means running your home more efficiently, conserving natural resources and helping the environment.
Learning by doing
TURN OFF THOSE FANS! Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you’re done cooking or bathing. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models. — ENERGY.GOV
For younger kids, turn energy efficiency into a “treasure hunt” game to locate all the things in your home that use electricity. Depending on the age of the children, challenge them to count and group the items into categories: electronics, appliances, lights, etc. If age appropriate, have them create a list. Ask which gadgets and appliances could be turned off or unplugged to save power every day.
Because “saving energy” is an abstract concept for children, be specific about energy efficiency actions and set an example. We know that children learn by observing what their parents do. Even if they don’t say anything, children are processing your actions. When you turn off the lights when leaving a room or unplug the phone charger once the device is fully charged, they will notice. Learning about energy efficiency doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fun for greater impact.
• Turn off lights, devices, computers and video consoles when not in use. • Open blinds and curtains during winter days to let warm sunlight in and close them during summer days to keep your home cooler. • If your children are old enough to run the dishwasher or wash their own clothes, teach them to run these appliances only with a full load and during off-peak energy hours.
Rewards Offer rewards for agreed upon milestones. Rewards provide positive reinforcement on energy-saving actions. The idea is to create a habit of being energy efficient. And for parents, this could mean less nagging about turning off the lights! Teaching your children about saving energy is not only a creative way to spend time with them; it helps your home to be more energy efficient and can instill good habits that will benefit your child long into adulthood.
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SEPTEMBER APRIL 2018
What’s happening in your community
• Sept. 1: Hoosier Classic Guernsey
Jay County Fairgrounds. Vehicles
sale at 10 a.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Union
Sale. Jay County Fairgrounds.
and guns from various wars. Hosted
City Chamber of Commerce, 765-
Heath Rigby, 260-251-1649.
by Indiana Military Vehicle Pres-
• Sept. 1: Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit
ervation Association. Contact: Jim
• Sept. 1-3: World Stock Car Festival.
Harness Races. Jay County Fair-
Waechter, 260-729-7017, rally@
Winchester Speedway. Saturday –
grounds. Post time, 10 a.m. Free.
indianaMVPA.org or http://www.
Open Practice All Divisions, 1-5 p.m.
Sunday – Practice/Qualifying/Heats.
• Sept. 1-2 and 15-16: Museum of the Soldier. Noon-5 p.m. Jim, 260-7262967, or email@example.com. Other hours by appointment. • Sept. 8-9: Jay County Fall Classic,
• Sept. 15: Jay County Conservation
Pits open at 8 a.m. Gates open at
Club Fish Fry. Jay County Conser-
10 a.m. Jegs All Star Tour – 100
vation Club. 4-7 p.m. 260-726-8966.
laps. Vore’s FWD Compacts – 20
• Sept. 22-23: Jay County Heritage
laps. Monday – CRC Super Series
Festival. Jay County Historical
– 100 laps. I-Car All Star Modified
Horse & Cattle Show, Show Horse
Society Grounds. Enjoy a glimpse
Tour – Vore’s FWD Compacts – 30
Auction & Vendors. Jay County
of then and now. Demonstrations,
laps, Thunder Roadsters – 20 laps,
Fairgrounds. Free. Mark Valentine,
food, crafts, entertainment and
CRC Late Model Sportsman – 40
exhibits. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
laps, CRA Street Stocks – 40 laps.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 260-726-
Pits/gates open at 10 a.m. Features
at 1 p.m. Call 765-874-2525 for
• Sept. 13: Arby’s Cruise-in. Portland. 5-8 p.m. • Sept. 14: Annual Chicken BBQ
• Sept. 22: Second Annual Gathering
ticket prices or visit www.winches-
Supper. Held in conjunction with the
of Streetside Vendors and Antique
Indiana Military Vehicle Preservation
Auction.Union City, Indiana. One-
— Sidelines information courtesy of
Show at Museum of the Soldier.
day sale event. Over 60 vendors
Jay County Chamber of Commerce,
Dinner, 4-7:30 PM.
of antiques, collectibles and crafts.
Union City Chamber of Commerce
“Antiques Only” auction with estate
and Randolph County Tourism.
• Sept. 14-15: Military Vehicle Show.
Win a $50 bill credit
DRAWING WINNERS Kay H. of Jay County won the $50
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.
Wrap Shop gift certificate. The winner of the Bicentennial T-shirts was Teresa H. of Randolph County.
JULY'S WINNER: Dale B. of Adams County
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AUGUST MAY 2018 2018
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Jay County REMC linemen Dave Peters, foreground, and Ron Laux, background, discuss 4-H Electric projects with these 4-H’ers.
Staff judges 4-H Electric projects Concern for community is one of our founding principles, and during the County REMC put the principle in motion.
Five winners will be selected to travel to Indianapolis in December to be recognized at a special program in their honor. They’ll also receive $500, enjoy a free night’s stay in Indianapolis, and be featured in an upcoming issue of Electric Consumer.
At last month’s fair, Jay County REMC linemen Dave Peters and Ron Laux evaluated entries in the 4-H Electric exhibit category on behalf of the co-op. The duo spent time interacting with
Those interested must submit an application, examples of how they have been involved in their local communities, and a reference letter from a trusted adult.
4-H’ers as they reviewed projects and graded them based on workmanship and knowledge of the subject. Each year, first-year members build circuit boards, second-year members members make a trouble light or extension cord and fourth-year and advanced 4-H’ers are allowed to select their own project. Jay County REMC was proud to support
You could be a winner. Tell us your story. Are you an Indiana fifth through eighth grader making a difference in your community? APPLY NOW!
recent Adams County 4-H Fair, Jay
make a “shake” flashlight, third-year
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Jay County REMC linemen Ron Laux and Dave Peters look over 4-H Electric projects at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
Parents, please visit electricconsumer.org/?p=230 for an application and to learn about past recipients. Questions? ec@ElectricConsumer.org or 317.487.2220
Applications are due Friday, Oct. 5.
4-H and the 4-H Electric program by participating in this event.
Janis Mote of Haines Hallmark in Winchester, left, serves up a tasty treat for this customer.
A labor of love BY CINDY DENNEY Working at her family’s business is a labor of love for Janis Mote of Haines Hallmark in Winchester. She’s been
They support jobs and encourage the
shop or enjoy a treat from the soda
entrepreneurial spirit. Many small
fountain than at Haines Hallmark.
businesses offer unique locally made products that attract customers.
Be sure to use your Co-op Connections Card while there. As a participant
working on and off at the store her
Mote and her right-hand man, Dustin
in the discount card program, Haines
father opened in 1954 since she was 12
Shannon, are awaiting your arrival.
Hallmark is offering any size flavored
They will help you find the perfect gift —
fountain coke for $1.
“Eight years ago, I came back to help my brother run the store. It was like going back into time,” said Mote. “I walked into the store and I could see my dad behind the soda fountain with a smile serving customers. To him, they were more than customers — they were friends,
something that you can’t find anywhere else. Russell Stover, Ty, Winchester/Randolph County Bicentennial items, school merchandise and many locally made items, such as Mrs. Coe’s Noodles and books and music from local artists, are available for purchase at the store.
they were family. I want people to know
There is no need to labor over finding
this store is a part of me. It is a part of
the perfect gift. Haines Hallmark is here
my family. It is a part of Winchester. I
for you. Let Janis and Dustin show you
can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
why there is no place you would rather
The business is located at 101 N. Meridian, Winchester. You can contact them at 765-584-1461. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The business is closed Thursday and Sunday. Fill out the entry form below for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Cindy Denney is director of marketing and customer services for Jay County REMC.
Small businesses, like Haines Hallmark, provide a sense of community. They offer a community identity and are the backbone of small town America. They
Win a $50 gift certificate to Haines Hallmark
are the businesses that sponsor Little
League teams. They are members of the
Account number: ___________________________________________________
Chamber Commerce and they support countless local charities. When you shop locally, your dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve it. Small businesses also have an impact on economic development.
Phone number: ____________________________________________________ Complete this form for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Haines Hallmark 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Drawing will be held Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.
The business of energy savings How commercial rebates can save your business money
You don’t need a business degree
efficient lighting, HVAC equipment,
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energy-efficient motor equipment,
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compressed air systems, and any
you need to manage costs. And one
energy-efficient upgrade that may
of the easiest ways to save on your
be applicable for a custom program.
monthly energy bills is to invest in energy-efficient equipment and appliances.
When businesses switch to energyefficient equipment, not only are they lowering their electric bills with
While energy-smart lighting and
their decreased energy use, they are
machines run on less electricity
also helping to keep prices low for
and can last years longer than
everyone. With lower demand for
their traditional counterparts,
electricity, the need for expensive
they sometimes come with higher
construction to expand the energy-
upfront purchase prices. A higher
providers’ power plants can be
price tag may be hard to justify
delayed, keeping rates low
when an owner is watching the
for all members.
business’s bottom line.
To learn more
But thanks to rebates from your
about how your business
electric cooperative’s power supplier
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— either Hoosier Energy in southern
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business owners have access to
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Buying LED bulbs and water heaters through a cooperative — and taking advantage of rebates — has benefited residential members for a while. However, many businesses may not be aware that they qualify for the same types of discounts on an industrial level. These rebates and incentives apply to the purchase and installation of energy-
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TO THE EDITOR ARTICLE GIVES HOPE There are tears in my eyes after reading “A Golden Age” in July’s edition
Jennifer Rufatto (third from left), vice president of communication and human resources at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, and Steve McMichael (third from right), board member from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, pose for a photo with community leaders during a recent trip to Guatemala to train staff at two newly formed co-ops.
Project Indiana helps developing co-ops
almost a year old, was diagnosed
Project Indiana, the initiative formed
Aqua Dulce. Then from July 30–Aug. 1,
with myelomeningocele spina
to bring power and brighter futures to
Paulding Putnam CEO/General Man-
bifida before birth. We elected to
developing countries, is going be-
ager George Carter and Ron Holcomb,
have her lesion repaired prenatally
yond setting poles and stringing lines
CEO of Linden, Indiana-based Tipmont
last May to hopefully give her the
in rural Guatemala — straight to the
REMC were in Guatemala to train those
best outcomes even though there
co-ops’ staffs. The co-ops have been
of Electric Consumer. Our youngest daughter,
is no cure for spina bifida. She is doing wonderfully, which is so very encouraging. Being new to raising a child with special needs is a little intimidating since there are so many
In June, Project Indiana volunteers, Steve McMichael, board member from Paulding, Ohio-based Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative, and Jennfer
trying to establish solid groundwork, trust and financial practices to help them serve the nearly 11,000 people in their service territories.
Rufatto, vice president of communi-
“We bring electricity to places that don’t
cation and human resources at Indi-
have it, but we can’t stop there,” Rufatto
ana Electric Cooperatives, traveled to
said. She hopes that, armed with their
Guatemala to train board members
training, leaders at the Hoja Blanca and
opportunities no matter what.
of the country’s two recently formed
Aqua Dulce can help start other co-ops
from Charmian Klem, Bretzville
electric cooperatives — Hoja Blanca and
Team Indiana brings home the gold — and silver and bronze
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Indiana’s Special Olympics athletes represented the state well at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle in July.
Community-minded youth in grades
Team Indiana earned 17 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 12 bronze medals. Nine athletes placed fourth, six placed fifth, one placed seventh and two placed eighth.
winner will receive $500. Winners will
unknowns, so this article gave me an extra boost of hope that her future will be bright and she have wonderful
Powerlifter David Paul from Milan, who was highlighted in the July Electric Consumer cover story, “A Golden Age,” was awarded a bronze medal in bench press. Some 3,500 athletes from all over the country competed in 14 sports. Forty athletes from Indiana participated in the games.
5-8 are encouraged to apply for the Youth Power and Hope Awards. Each be formally recognized at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives annual meeting in Indianapolis on Dec. 4. They will also be featured on the pages of Electric Consumer. Five winners will be selected. Though applicants do not have to live within an REMC/REC territory, they must reside in Indiana.
Deadline to apply is Oct. 5. To learn more and to find application forms, please visit our website: www.ElectricConsumer.org.
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Fresh from the oven LAFAYETTE RESTAURANT’S PIZZA AMONG STATE’S BEST State Sen. Ron Alting likens the Midtowne
olis Star in February. Pizza lovers can also
Trail. If you’re a fan of Italian food, you’ll
Oven Restaurant in his hometown of
create their own masterpieces from a wide
want to head to Lafayette to try Midtowne
Lafayette to an evening in the Big Easy —
array of toppings, including the restau-
even though this highly rated hangout is
rant’s homemade mozzarella. Those who
in Purdue Boilermaker country. “The ambi-
are following a gluten-free diet can select a
ence reminds me of a New Orleans setting
cauliflower crust as the base for their pizza.
with large windows so you may dine while looking outside,” Alting said.
In the mood for something besides a slice? Midtowne Oven offers appeitizers includ-
ABOUT STATE SEN. RON ALTING: Indiana State Sen. Ron Alting represents Senate District 22 in Tippecanoe County. He chairs the Senate Public Policy Committee and serves on the Civil Law Committee.
Though the atmosphere is unbeatable, the
ing meatballs and Brussel Sprout Skewers;
pizza is actually the claim to fame at the
soups and salads; chicken, pork and pasta
restaurant, just one of several owned by
entrees; and three equally tempting choic-
Doug Cooper. “They are famous for their
es on its dessert menu (Beer Bread, Creme
pizzas baked in a real wood-burning oven,”
Brulee and Midtowne S’more, a multi-lay-
Alting said. Patrons can choose from Ex-
ered masterpiece of a buttery chocolate
ecutive Chef/General Manager (and Carroll
cookie crust, bourbon fudge, homemade
White REMC member) Dennis Raney’s
marshmallow and pecan cream).
625 Columbia St. Lafayette, Indiana
Hoosier foodies who appreciate their
“cuisine d’Italia” have discovered Midtowne
Hours: 4 to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday
homemade specialties incuding the Ravine, a sausage and fresh sage concoction finished with a drizzle of homemade apple butter, that was named one of Central Indiana’s Top Five Pizzas by the Indianap-
Oven because the Indiana Foodways Alliance included it on its 19-restaurant Italian
MIDTOWNE OVEN RESTAURANT
a taste of
THESE RECIPES HAVE BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR YEARS
German Heritage Cheesy Potato Soup by Jan Hackman, Columbus 6 potatoes, diced 8 oz. baby carrots (½ bag) 6 oz. (1 cup) chopped broccoli 1 t. salt 1 oz. (2 T.) minced onion 2 T. corn starch ¼ t. pepper 4 slices of ham, diced 1½ inches from block of pasteurized, processed cheese Parsley flakes Fill 4 quart saucepan half full with water. Add in potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. Add salt and onion, and bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Mix corn starch with a small amount of cold water and stir into soup to thicken. Add pepper, ham, and cheese. When the cheese is melted, add a sprinkling of parsley flakes and stir. Serve hot.
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Pigs in Blankets
Juamsetti by Sheila Reed, Bremen 1 lb. ground beef, browned
Pigs in Blankets (Golompki) by Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup rice, uncooked
1 can tomato soup
1 medium head cabbage
8 oz. noodles, parboiled
1 lb. ground meat (½ beef, ½ pork)
until al dente
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion, chopped and
Shredded cheddar cheese
sauteed in margarine
¼ cup water 1 t. salt
Mix ground beef, soups and
Dash of pepper
noodles together. Season with
½ cup catsup
salt and pepper. Pour into sprayed
8 oz. can tomato sauce
baking dish (9x13 for a thinner casserole, 8x10 for a thicker
Boil rice and set aside. Core cabbage and
version). Top with shredded
partially cook (about 5 minutes). Remove
cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with
leaves from head. Mix cooked rice, meat,
bread crumbs. Bake at 350 F
egg, onion, water, and seasonings.
for 45 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
Place about 2 tablesppons of filling in each cabbage leaf, roll up and tuck ends in. Mix catsup, tomato sauce and enough water to cover rolls. Place extra cabbage leaves in bottom of pan and on top of rolls. Bake 2 hours at 325 F or
until tender. SEPTEMBER 2018
Mother’s Banana Cake by Denise Hershman, Ligonier ½ cup shortening 1 t. vanilla 2 cups sugar 2 cups flour 2 eggs Pinch of salt 2 T. buttermilk 1 cup mashed bananas Mix first seven ingredients together. Then add mashed bananas. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 1 hour at 350 F.
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0 5 . 2 the old $ MAKING VINTAGE FASHIONABLE AND PROFITABLE ARTICLES BY RICHARD G. BIEVER
"Nostalgia,” some quip, “ain’t what it used to be.” But, that’s an old joke that’s just gotten older. “Vintage” is now in. What’s old is hotter, cooler, groovier and hipper than ever. Thanks to Pinterest, eBay, HGTV and popular TV shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and (the granddaddy of them all) PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, there’s a giant audience of people infused with creative, shared and innovative ideas and a fascination with the past. Toss in their concern about their own individual environmental footprints, and they have made antiquing and repurposing old household and vintage items — turning yesterday’s landfill fodder into decorative or useful items with a personal tale — fashionable and profitable. This month, it’s “in with the old” as we meet some Hoosiers who pan through the dustbins and ash heaps of history looking for the fab and fashionable that will be treasured into the future.
Scavenger hunts for vintage items reap unexpected rewards
he “Lightning” logo hit Mike Martin like a bolt from the blue.
Only four letters — just L-I-G-H — popped out of a bin of clothes at a
It’s really just how much something is
Goodwill Outlet store. But Mike instantly
worth to somebody at
recognized the distinctive “L” that turned
the right time.
into a jagged electrical bolt as “Johnny Lightning,” a brand of die-cast race cars he collected in the early 1970s. “I got very pumped when I pulled it out,” Mike said. “There’s this perfect blue shirt, unbelievable condition.” And while a shirt with an embroidered
MIKE MARTIN had a two-year sponsorship with Johnny
Johnny Lightning logo across the back
Lightning,” he said.
would have been cool enough, Mike,
Those two years were 1970 and
age 53, sensed it was more than that.
1971 — when Unser won his first two
“Being an Indy 500 guy, I knew Al Unser
Indianapolis 500s. Mike’s heart skipped a beat as he pondered: Could this be an authentic Unser pit crew shirt from then?
TAPPING INTO VINTAGE Mike, an Avon, Indiana, resident, was
Props for a vintage wedding might include old suitcases, lanterns, lace doilies, antique pitchers and Ball jars, ornate solid wood picture frames and even an antique fireplace mantle. They are used for welcoming signs, centerpieces and the like. Vintage weddings have become popular in recent years as many couples shun the glitzy trappings of ballrooms and banquet halls. Instead, they are finding a bucolic beauty at venues close to nature which reflect the timelessness of the vows they’ve made. Building an inventory of interesting vintage props took time. As Tammy’s principle prop procurer and roadie, Mike visited mostly garage and estate sales, flea markets, and thrift shops like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity ReStores. “It’s really about finding hidden gems,” he said. “You never know what you’ll find … I’ve found some incredible things.”
visiting the outlet on Indianapolis' west side when he found the shirt, but he wasn’t there looking for shirts. He was making a periodic stop on his way home from work for his wife, Tammy. Tammy had just started a decorating business — Vintage Wedding Decor and Floral — which provides props and decorations for weddings at venues like old barns converted into event centers. “With a barn built a hundred years ago,”
FATEFUL 'LIGHTNING' Back at the Goodwill Outlet, Mike dropped the Johnny Lightning shirt into his cart. For a buck, he was buying it; he loved the Johnny Lightning logo. When he got the shirt home, he began researching what he had. Like a detective, Mike pieced together an openshut case on the shirt’s authenticity.
Mike said, “you want vintage wedding
There was the circumstantial: a Google
decorations. So, I started going out
search of the custom shirt's maker,
looking for items.”
still tagged in the collar, showed it was made near the Torrance, California,
headquarters of the race team Unser was with at that time, Parnelli Jones. Then, Mike checked out the 1970 and 1971 photo archives at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum where he found the contemporary evidence: scores of photos of Unser’s pit crew wearing the exact shirts down to the placement of the patches. “I was able to verify that it was from 1970 which was the first of four that he won,” Mike said. Mike said, probably is a common tale. “I bet it belonged to someone on the west side [of Indianapolis] who worked out there that month for him, had a cool experience, went home and stuck it in his closet. As what usually happens with a lot of this stuff, grandpa passed away, and they were cleaning out his closet.” Though he loved the shirt, Mike decided he had more stuff like that than he could ever display. As he had been doing with many of the interesting items he’d see
PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI EVER
Mike and Tammy Martin show off the cover and parts of a Maclise’s Surgical Anatomy book he found scattered in bins at a west side Indianapolis Goodwill Outlet. The book, published in 1859, belonged to a Civil War battlefield surgeon. Stuck inside the pages, the Martins found fading and yellowing hand-written notes and speeches, dated from 1866, that they think the doctor gave at conferences where he described battlefield hospital conditions and amputations he performed.
How the shirt ended up at Goodwill,
and buy while searching for Tammy’s business, Mike put the shirt up for sale on eBay. He asked $1,000, based on race items he was seeing. “I pretty much know what it’s worth when I sell it, or my best guess,” he said. Still, nothing he saw compared to the significance of a 1970 Al Unser winning pit crew shirt. “This was a one-of-a-kind kind of deal.”
For $10, Mike bought a box full of old
“It was the week of my in-laws’ 60th
sprint car racing programs and penciled
wedding anniversary,” Mike said.
in heat sheets from the 1960s. They came from dirt tracks around Indiana and neighboring states. Some of the programs included autographs of famed Indy 500 winners like Johnny Rutherford
“We wanted to take my dad to Florida one more time,” Tammy added. “And he died the next month. He got to go, and we had a really nice time.”
and Tom Sneva who must have still
It’s ironic that one person’s discarded
Immediately, an avid race fan from
been doing the dirt-track circuits.
memories could generate new, precious
Michigan contacted him. After an
Turning again to eBay, Mike divided the
offer and a counter offer, they agreed on $750. “It’s really just how much something is worth to somebody at the right time,” Mike said. “I happened to find the one guy who has an Al Unser/ Johnny Lightning collection.” Another race-related find — this one at a garage sale — also brought a huge return.
box into three bundles and sold them separately, netting $390 in all.
MEMENTOS & MEMORIES In just the few years selling finds on
memories for others. But scavenging for treasures not only funded special family time for the Martins — it helps them fashion wedding decor for couples beginning their journeys as families. Some things old really do create something new.
eBay, the Martins were able to fully fund an entire week’s vacation to Daytona Beach last year, including condominium, car rental and air fare for seven. SEPTEMBER 2018
Kim Gray stands beside the antique mantle she bought after placing a classified ad in Electric Consumer back in the 1990s when she and her husband were planning to build their new home. The mantle had been used as a prop in a men’s clothing store in Lafayette. Gray said she likes knowing the history of the items that decorate her home. PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . BI E V E R
What's the story? NineStar consumer decorates with items that have a ‘history’ There was no joy in McCordsville the day Dylan Gray shattered more than just the air in his parent’s living room with a new baseball bat. The bat, an inch longer than the ones he’d swung in there before, clipped the edge of his mom’s favorite serving tray resting on an ottoman. Even at a brush, the carbon polymer bat mangled the tray’s mango wood handle. Dylan, a travel team and high school player, and dad, Bryan, who was focused on Dylan’s batting stance and feet, immediately ran to mom and spouse, Kim, to fess up about the foul tip. “They both were overly apologetic and taking the blame,” Kim said. She couldn’t be too mad. Kim tried to fix the tray, but its splintered handle was beyond repair. Instead of trashing the tray, though, she let her knack and passion for creatively repurposing items take a whack at it. It wasn’t as if the tray was a valuable heirloom. The white-washed hand-carved vine pattern was just something she saw and liked at Pier
1. But when she was done, the “upcycled” tray became part of a multidimensional picture frame in the very room it was damaged. Part of those dimensions is the colorful story behind it. It’s yet another to go with the many decorative or useful items in the Gray home that have “history” behind them — in more ways than one. “I didn’t want to throw it away because it was still pretty, even though it was cracked,” she said. Kim, 54, is among a generation of folk – of all ages — which dimly views the “disposable society” we have become. Borrowing the prudent “waste-not” trait from the generation that came of age in the Great Depression, this generation has made “repurposing” and “upcycling” buzz words for both the fashionable and environmentally conscious. “Part of it is I don’t like putting stuff in the landfill,” Kim said. The other part, she said, is the creative challenge of “making something out of nothing.” “Usually it starts as inspiration — with a piece like the tray where I didn’t want to
You’ve got to go (shopping) with an open mind.
KIM GRAY throw it away. Then it becomes an obsession where I won’t stop till it’s done,” she said. “I’m happier when I’m creating stuff.” The former Electric Consumer staff member and member of NineStar Connect electric/ telecom cooperative on the east side of suburban Indianapolis, had previously devised a system of turning scrap wood into backgrounds for store-bought frames to enhance her photographs. She did the same with the battered tray. She
used it as a background, centered a square picture frame in the middle that she affixed with a nail and velcro. Trained in various forms of communications at Purdue University, Kim likes the stories behind both the simple and major pieces of furniture and art that decorate her home. Some have family ties; others she was able to research and learn the background.
SECOND-HAND SAFETY What to avoid when buying used electrical devices Second-hand stores are great places to
the device or cord may have gotten
find bargains. They’re meccas for people
looking for low-cost useful items and
When she and husband Bryan, an Indianapolis entrepreneur, began planning to build a new home on Geist Reservoir some 20 years ago, she wanted many of the home’s significant features to be antiques or reclaimed items. At the time, she handled classified ads for Electric Consumer and placed her own ad looking for antique fireplace mantles. She received responses from almost 20 readers.
“upcyclers” looking for trendy vintage
After she and Bryan had left a Louisville antique shop where they saw a beautiful wooden mantle that had a shell design for $9,000, she got a call from an Electric Consumer reader in Brookston, north of Lafayette. He described an old mantle he was selling for $500. It was just like the one they saw. “I saw how much the shell was, so it made me think, ‘I need that shell.’” The mantle, probably dating to the 1870s, was rough but was in great shape overall. It had been used last as a prop in a display window of the Baltimore Clothing House in Lafayette to help display mannequins modeling suits. As a Purdue graduate, Kim loves that it came from the Lafayette area. After she stripped it and cleaned it up, carpenters built it in with the bookshelves, wainscoting and other woodwork of the new home’s study and finished it with the rest of the room. A marble fireplace in their home, however, doesn’t have such a pedigree. “It really bothers me that I don’t know where the marble fireplace comes from because it was from an antique store,” Kim said.
items to repurpose. But buyer beware when it comes to used electrical devices.
• deep dents, dings or cracks in the outer housing which could mean the item was dropped or mistreated; • scratches in the paint or damage to the housing of the device near the
Worse than not working, those devices
tiny screws that hold it together or
might be defective, have been recalled
to the screws themselves. This may
long ago by the manufacturer or have
indicate the device was opened by
been damaged. Any of those things
an untrained person, and its integrity
could make them fire or shock hazards.
may have been compromised.
Before buying a used electrical device,
If the item looks OK and you purchase it,
ask if you can plug it in to see if it works.
it’s best to have it inspected by an elec-
If you can’t do that, check the device
trician before using it. If you decide not
and power cord carefully. Don’t buy it if
to do that, at least plug it into a ground-
fault circuit interrupter first when you
• cracks or cuts in the cord’s insulation or the insulation feels brittle; • damage to the plug or prongs; • burn marks or discoloration where
check it out just to provide yourself a layer of safety.
UPCYCLING LAMPS IS A BRIGHT IDEA Go into any second-hand or thrift store, and you’re bound to see a brigade of old lamps varying in shapes and sizes and standing in formations like old soldiers waiting to be put back into use. Unlike a lot of electrical devices, table and floor lamps are generally straight forward and easy to rewire for even the most rookie DIYer. Hardware stores carry a variety of new sockets with various switches, cords and plugs, and all the
While Kim and Bryan do some shopping at antique stores, she echoes the comments of others: The best places to shop for vintage items with which she can get creative are estate sales, garage sales and Goodwill.
threaded pieces, grommets and parts
The key piece of advice she offers to those interested in joining in the upcycling movement: Don’t go looking for a specific item. “You can’t go with: ‘I need a chair’; or ‘I need a —,’” Kim said. “Right now, I’m looking for a little console table, and, of course, I can’t find it. If I weren’t looking for it, I’d find it.
RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor
necessary to rewire an old lamp — or to create a new one from “upcycled” items — and attach the shade.
of Electric Consumer. Electric Consumer Senior Editor Richard G. Biever refashioned an old kerosene lantern into an electrically powered lamp.
“You’ve got to go with an open mind.” SEPTEMBER 2018
product recalls 1. Recessed downlights recalled for shock hazard
Ketra D3 recessed downlights have been recalled because the power supply connectors can have incorrect wiring, posing an electric shock hazard to the user. The lights were produced between Nov. 4, 2016, and March 14, 2018. The date code is located on a sticker attached to each unit and is in the format KWWYY representing WW-work week and YY-year of manufacture. Only downlights with date codes between K4816 and K1118 are included in this recall. The Ketra D3 downlight is typically installed behind a ceiling and the light generated by the LED illuminates the space below. The light fixture enclosure measures 18.5 inches by 10 inches by 4 inches. The downlight is dark gray and black and weighs approximately 8 pounds. The lights were sold by authorized Ketra lighting distributors and specialty audio/video stores nationwide from November 2016 through April 2018 for between $550 and $750. Call 800-940-5917 or go to www.KetraRecall.com for more information.
2. Stanley workbench LED light and power stations recalled due to shock and electrocution hazards
Baccus Global has recalled Stanley workbench LED light and power stations because they are wired incorrectly, posing shock and electrocution hazards. The firm has received three reports of the units being wired incorrectly. No injuries have been reported. The recalled units are model number WLB40PS. The model number is printed on a sticker located on the back of the lighting panel. “Stanley” is printed in yellow by the outlets. They were sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide and online from March through August 2017 for between $25 and $40. Call 877-571-2391 or go to www.baccusglobal.com and click on “FAQ” for more information.
3. Werner recalls aluminum ladders due to fall hazard
Five models of Werner aluminum multi-purpose telescoping ladders have been recalled. The ladders, ranging in size from 13-feet to 26-feet, can break while in use and pose a fall hazard to the user. The model numbers are: MT-IAA-13A; MT-IAA-17A; MT-IAA-22A; MT-IAA-26; and MT-IAA-26A. The model number is printed on a label located on the side of the ladder rail. The recalled ladders have a load capacity of 375 pounds and were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from April through May 2018 for between $180 and $275. Call 888-523-3370, or visit www.wernerco.com/us/en/news-events/recalls.
4. Regency Fireplace Products recalls gas stove fireplaces due to explosion and injury hazards
Regency Ultimate direct vent gas stove fireplaces, models U37 and U39, have been recalled. The pressure release system can fail and cause the gas stove to explode, posing explosion and injury hazards. The units were sold by fireplace distributors and stores nationwide from January 2001 through January 2018 for about $2,800. They were sold in black and have gold or silver trim around the glass doors. “Regency” is printed on the front, bottom left corner of the pedestals of the stoves. Call 866-867-4328 or visit www.regency-fire.com and click on “U39 recall notice” at the bottom of the page 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.
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LITTLE COUSIN JASPER FESTIVAL, Rensselaer (Jasper), Historic courthouse square. Three days of family fun, arts and crafts, food, games, parade, contests and free daily entertainment. Free. 219-866-5001. facebook.com/LCJROCKS
43RD ANNUAL TRAIL OF COURAGE LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL, Rochester (Fulton), Fulton County Historical Society. Foods cooked over wood fires, contests, crafts, canoe rides, historic programs, dances, music and more. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm. Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. Admission: $8 adults, $3 children (6-11), kids five and under are free. 574-2234436. fultoncountyhistory.org/trailof-courage
FALL HARVEST TRAINS, North Judson (Starke), Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Take a scenic journey through the countryside while enjoying the fall colors. The 10-mile, roundtrip excursions last approximately 45 minutes. Event times: 12:30 and 2 pm (Central Time). Cost: $6 and up. 574-896-3950. hoosiervalley.org
TIPTON COUNTY PORK FESTIVAL, Tipton (Tipton), Historic downtown. Pork, food vendors. New wine and beer garden. Car and motorcycle show. Carnival, free concerts, arts and crafts, parades, pageant. Easy park and ride shuttle. Free. 317-513-4086. tiptoncountyporkfestival.com.
WENDELL WILLKIE DAYS, Rushville (Rush), downtown. Friday — covered bridge dinner. Saturday — parade, wine tasting, games, vendors, art show, farmer’s market, music, touch a truck, mascot olympics. Sunday — Out of the Darkness Walk. Free. 765-932-2880. rushcounty.com.
ANNUAL GATHERING 22 2ND OF STREET SIDE VENDORS
& ANTIQUE AUCTION, Union City (Randolph), downtown. Over 60 plus vendors of antique, collectables and crafts. “Antiques Only.” 9 am-4 pm. Auction with estate sale begins at 10 am. Free. email@example.com.
51ST ANNUAL DALE FALL FEST, Dale (Spencer), Dale town park. Queen contest, food, bands, beer garden, rides, barbeque contest, bingo, and raffle. Saturday afternoon parade. Free. 812-630-9465. facebook.com/dalefallfest
3RD ANNUAL FARM TO TABLE DINNER, Tell City (Perry), 700th Block of 9th Street.. In addition to the dinner, there will be a farmer’s market, petting zoo, chalk art contest, tractor rides throughout downtown, food booths, and a wine and beer garden! After the dinner and other activities, there will be live music in City Hall. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the Perry County Development Corporation. 1-9 pm. Cost varies. 812-547-8377. firstname.lastname@example.org. pickperry.com
POSEYVILLE AUTUMN FEST, Poseyville (Posey), Poseyville Community Center. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday morning. Enjoy activities, contests, food and music. Parade on Main Street Sunday at 3 pm. 812-431-6596. email@example.com. poseyvillekiwanis.org.
OLD ECKERTY DAYS, Eckerty (Crawford), Main Street. Come celebrate the 20th festival with all kinds of fun! Food, live music, retail booths, contests, talent show, raffles, pageants, and our parade. Handicapped parking and shuttle services available. Free. Friday, 5-10 pm. Saturday, 10 am-10 pm. 812-338-2041. firstname.lastname@example.org. facebook.com/ oldeckertyday.
ROANN COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL, Roann (Wabash), downtown. Family friendly, free concerts, games, carnival rides, food, hot-rod and farm tractor pulls, car/truck cruise-in. Cornhole contest in Covered Bridge. Trolly 85 rides to Stockdale Mill. Mud volleyball and more! No pets or alcohol. Free. 765-8332136. roanncoveredbridgefestival.com
NAPPANEE APPLE FESTIVAL, Nappanee (Elkhart), downtown and various locations. Largest sevenfoot apple pie, Napple Store with everything apple, craft and commercial vendors, food booths, entertainment, carnival rides, exhibits, contests, antique farm. Free. 574-773-7812. nappaneeapplefestival.org
JAY COUNTY HERITAGE DAYS, Portland (Jay), Historical Museum. Demonstrations, reenactors, entertainment, exhibits, crafts, artisans, music, history, kids’ area, old-time games, kettlecooked food. Free. 260-726-7168. jaycountyhistory.org
SUMC COMMUNITY ART FESTIVAL AND CRAFT FAIR 2018, Scottsburg (Scott), Scottsburg United Methodist Church. Local area artists and craft vendors offering their crafts for sale. Food, entertainment, crafts, works of art, handmade jewelry, woodworking, quilters, children’s crafts during festival, indoor restrooms, playground and lots of fun for everyone! 9 am-2 pm. Free. 812-7523545. email@example.com. sumc.live ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND CORN MAZE, Lanesville (Harrison), Farm Life Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Great food, historic animal farm, pumpkins, hayrides, slides, kids’ train, and lots of attractions. Saturday, 11 am-7:30 pm. Sunday, noon-6 pm. Event runs through Oct. 28. firstname.lastname@example.org. farmlife.fun
ANNUAL QUILT/CRAFT SHOW, Edwardsville (Floyd), Edwardsville United Methodist Church. Annual quilt show with quilts and crafts for sale. Shop early for best selection. Homemade soup and pies will be served. Friday 9 am-7 pm. Saturday, 9 am-4 pm. $1 admission. 812-9452939. email@example.com
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.
your outdated bathroom
by JEREMY & TINA BURGI
BRIGHTEN UP Continue the lightening
COSMETICALLY SPEAKING While
effect by replacing outdated light fixtures,
fixing or replacing functional items like
Oh, the bathroom. The room with so many
and choose brighter LED bulbs, too. Not only
faucets makes good sense, so does a little
will it liven up the look, but it will give you
beautifying. That could include putting a new
a clean, more modern feel that you’ll love,
bead of caulk around your tub to replace a
and so will future prospective buyers. You’ll
dirty or moldy one. Grout repair products
be pleasantly surprised what a difference a
make old grout look brand new. Or hide
new light fixture makes in your bathroom.
counter clutter by installing a new medicine
Just remember to turn off the power at the
cabinet and mirror. Attractive shelving keeps
breaker box before working with any wiring
towels and beauty supplies tidy. Change out
an old or non-functioning bath exhaust fan
moving parts, taking care of our most basic needs. The room that seems to get dirty five minutes after you’ve cleaned it, and the room that can quickly show wear and tear. If you take a moment to look at your bathroom with an objective eye, you may notice how outdated it’s become. There are some simple DIY upgrades that will take your bathroom from drab to dynamite. Best of all,
with a quieter, more powerful one. Keeping
they’ll add value without busting the budget.
HARDWARE HELP Another quick way
all that steam at bay will help keep your new
to change the look and feel of your bathroom
paint and hardware streak and rust free!
LIGHTEN UP A fresh coat of paint does
is with new hardware. That could include
wonders in the bathroom, especially when you’re replacing a darker color with a lighter one. After closets, your bathroom is probably the smallest room in the house. Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the space. When you lack square footage, a lighter shade of paint expands the feel of the room instantly. Make sure to choose paint better suited to withstand humid conditions and repel mildew, such as a semi-gloss. And while you’re sprucing up the walls, don’t forget about the ceilings. Scrape down any dusty, steam-trapping popcorn texture and then prime and paint.
updated towel bars, hooks, and shower
Visit your local Do it Best store or
curtain rings and rods. Heck, you may as
doitbest.com for thousands of the best
well throw in a new curtain while you’re at
home improvement products, including
it. If you have an older vanity that you don’t
paint, fixtures, and hardware for all your
want to replace, just changing the door pulls
bathroom DIY projects.
and hinges can make a big difference. And finishes to choose from. New hardware is an
JEREMY & TINA BURGI operate
easy way to show off your stylish flair!
believe us, there is no shortage of styles and
Do it Center® in
FAUCET FANTASTIC An old faucet can really date a bathroom. Fortunately, replacing it with a modern one only takes a couple of hours. Just like the hardware, faucets come in so many styles and finishes, you may spend more time picking one out than actually replacing it. That’s because most new faucets come as an ensemble with all the components you need, including the drain collar and sink stopper. You’ll be splashing water all over the counter again in no time.
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safety IN YOUR HOME
KNOWING THE LINGO When you call an electrician to assist you with a problem, it’s helpful to know the lingo. Here are a few electrical terms to know: Electrical Service Panel: Distributes electricity to switches, outlets and appliances. This is where you can restore the flow to an overloaded circuit or shut
HOME’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
down the power to the circuit. Fuse: Safety devices used to protect individual circuits that were installed in homes before 1965. Every time a fuse is blown
Many move into a new home without understanding the electrical system that makes all the electronics work. Would you know how to trip the main circuit if someone was being shocked in the bathroom?
ning. The service panel sends electricity to the light switches, outlets and appliances. If your electricity short circuits or an overload shuts down power, your service panel is where you will go to restore the flow.
it must be replaced.
“Understanding how your home’s electrical system functions is important not only to keep it properly maintained, but for your safety if a problem arises,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives.
Depending on the age of your home, either fuses or circuit breakers help protect your home’s electrical system from overloading thus preventing an electrical fire. The main breaker will cut all power to the home, and the individual circuit breakers administer power to individual parts of the home. If you look in your service panel, all of the circuits and what they power should be labeled. A couple times a year, try turning each breaker on and off. This helps familiarize you with each component of the box and keeps them from getting stuck.
newer homes. When a circuit
Your electric cooperative handles the line portion of your service, which includes everything up to the attachment point on your house. Everything beyond that point is called the “load side,” and everything on the load side is your responsibility. Your electric cooperative connects the outdoor wires to the meter mounted on the outside of your home. The meter measures the amount of electricity your home uses and determines your bill each month. Tampering with this meter is both extremely dangerous and illegal. You’ll find your electrical service panel inside your home. It keeps everything run-
You are responsible for making sure no circuits are overloaded. A general rule when setting up your breakers is to have only one big ticket item on a circuit. Once you understand the basic workings of your home’s electrical system, you will be able to jump into action if a problem arises.
Circuit Breakers: Safety devices used to protect individual circuits that are now used in all is “tripped,” it just has to be mechanically reset to resume operating. Arc Fault: A dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Grounding: The method used to connect an electrical system to the earth with a wire. Grounding will help protect the person working on the system, the system itself, and any appliances and equipment that are connected to the system. JU L Y 2 018
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New Pill Targets Weak Bladder Muscles, Preventing Accidents and Leaks Developed for 24-hour bladder control; participants in clinical trial experience dramatic reduction in trips to the bathroom, embarrassing leaking, and nighttime urgency without the usual negative side effects of drugs. Robert Ward, Associated Health Press AHP− Adult diaper sales are expected to plummet as results from a clinical trial on a new, patented bladder control pill have finally been released. Sold under the brand name UriVarx™, the new pill contains key ingredients that keeps the bladder from releasing voluntarily, which reduces accidents and frequent bathroom trips. Perhaps more impressive, it also targets the tiny muscles around the bladder, which helps the bladder to create a tighter seal. This would explain why the average UriVarx™ user in clinical trials experiences a 66% reduction in urinary incontinence symptoms, such as day and night leaking and sudden urges to urinate.
NEW DISCOVERY IN BLADDER CONTROL Until now, doctors believed it was impossible to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder. They are amazed to see that it can now be done with the non-prescription UriVarx™ pill. “As you get older, and the involuntary muscles around your bladder weaken, you lose urinary control. With your bladder wall unable to properly seal, you constantly leak and feel pressure to urinate” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj of Innovus Pharmaceuticals. “UriVarx™ targets the bladder muscles and help restores vital kidney health, reducing urgency and frequency. It also helps you “hold it” for hours so you never have to worry about embarrassing accidents ever again!”
FREEDOM FROM SUDDEN URGES AND LEAKS Since hitting the market, sales for the patented UriVarx™ pill have soared and there are some very good reasons why. To begin with, the double blind large clinical studies published in the clinicaltrials.gov have been impressive. Participants taking UriVarx™ saw a stunning reduction in urinary frequency, which resulted in fewer bathroom trips both day and night. They also experienced a dramatic decrease in incontinence episodes, such as leaking and bed wetting. The active ingredients in UriVarx™ comes from a patented formula. It is both safe and healthy. There are also no known serious side effects in its history of use. Scientists believe that the ingredients target the muscles of the bladder to grow stronger. These muscles are responsible for keeping the bladder tightly sealed. They also help the bladder to
completely empty, allowing bacteria to be flushed from the urinary tract. Research has shown that as you get older, certain hormonal changes in the body cause these muscles to shrink and become lose. This is what causes the bladder to be over active and the resulting urine accidents and why UriVarx™ seems to be so effective in the published clinical trials.
EXCITING RESULTS FROM URIVARX USERS Many UriVarx™ users say their bladders have never been stronger. For the first time in years, they are confident and in complete control. Adult pads and diapers are no longer a big worry. “After my third child, I couldn’t control my bladder. I was running to the bathroom all the time! And once I hit my 60s it became so unpredictable I needed to wear adult pads every day” explained Marie L. of Danbury, CT. “I was embarrassed so before going to my doctor I decided to try UriVarx and I’m so glad I did! The urgency is gone and I no longer feel like my bladder is about to explode. I can also “hold it” when I need to so I’m no longer living in constant fear of finding a bathroom.”
IMPRESSIVE CLINICAL RESULTS The exciting clinical results published on the government clinical website clinicaltrials.gov show that UriVarx™ can strengthen your bladder fast, significantly reducing the urine urgency and leaks. In a new double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 142 men and women with bladder control issues were separated into two groups. The first group was given a placebo while the other received UriVarx™. The results were incredible. The participants who received UriVarx™ saw major improvements in leaking, pressure, and the urgency to go − all without the usual side effects seen in prescription drugs! They also reported fewer trips to the bathroom both day and night. Overall, the UriVarx™ group experienced: • 56% Reduction in Urge Incontinence • 66% Reduction in Stress Incontinence • 61% Reduction in Urgency • 33% Reduction in Frequency • 46% Reduction in Nighttime Bathroom Trips Additionally, at the end of clinical trial and after seeing the results, 84% of the participants taking UriVarx™ said it significantly improved their quality of life. “The clinical findings are incredible, but people still wonder if it will really work” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj. “It’s normal to be skeptical, but we’ve seen thousands of UriVarx™ users get results
Urivarx: This new patented, clinically proven pill solution is now available nationwide exactly like the participants in the study. It’s an amazing product.”
HOW IT WORKS UriVarx™ is a pill that’s taken just once daily. It does not require a prescription. The active ingredients are patented natural extracts. Research shows that as we get older, the muscles which surround the bladder weaken. This is caused by hormonal changes in the body that causes the muscles to atrophy and weaken. When they become too small and weak, they cannot seal your bladder shut, which causes leaking, accidents, among other incontinence symptoms. It also prevents your bladder from fully emptying, which can result in persistent bacterial infections and UTIs. UriVarx™’s active ingredient targets the muscles around the bladder, making them stronger. Supporting ingredients in UriVarx™ support kidney function and overall urinary health.
BLADDER PROBLEMS GONE With daily use, UriVarx™ can restore strong bladder control and help users overcome leakage without the negative side effects or interactions associated with drugs. Leakage sufferers can now put an end to the uncontrollable urges, the embarrassing accidents, and enjoy an entirely new level of comfort and confidence.
HOW TO GET URIVARX™ This is the first official public release of UriVarx™. In order to get the word out about UriVarx™ the manufacturer, Innovus Pharmaceuticals, is offering special introductory discounts while supplies last. A special phone hotline has been set up to take advantage of deep discounts during this ordering opportunity. The discounts will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-506-8220 and will only be open while supplies last. Don’t miss out, call today.
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COMMON AIR LEAK SOURCES
Plumbing Stack Gaps around the plumbing stacks and framing can let air escape, causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should.
Ductwork Disconnected ductwork can lead to significant amounts of air escaping. Check to make sure ducts are properly sealed and fastened, including at vents and registers.
Chimney Air leaks can exist in the attic around the chimney. Be sure to safely air seal the gaps to avoid air from escaping.
Bulkhead An improperly sealed bulkhead can lead to significant heat waste.
Water Lines / Gas Lines / Dryer Vent Any connection going through the foundation wall in either a crawlspace or basement needs to be properly sealed to prevent air infiltrating.
Look out for scams and scammers Scammers don’t take summer vacations, as several electric cooperatives, including Jay County REMC, can attest. Reported efforts to rip off consumers have been picking up in recent weeks, including one making claims of incorrect meter readings and another citing invalid checks. Nebraska’s Howard Greeley Rural Public Power District wrote on its Facebook page that some residents “have been getting calls that the meter reading has been wrong for a few months and that they need your address to send you a check.” “IT IS A SCAM!! If we have your meter reading we also have your address,” the St. Paulbased utility wrote. What the scammers really plan to do with the addresses isn’t known. Howard Greeley is among the members of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association urging consumers to be alert. On its own Facebook page, the association noted it’s seen “a large number of recent phone scam incidents reported around Nebraska.” “If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with your local electric utility, don’t give them any personal or financial information.
Instead, hang up and call your electric utility right away!” they wrote. “Your electric provider will never ask for a pre-paid card to pay your bill—that is what many scammers ask for in the calls!” In David City, Nebraska, Butler Public Power District warned members of calls threatening disconnection unless payment is made immediately. That attracted the notice of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, which posted on its Facebook feed that it’s received numerous complaints about calls— supposedly from BPPD or other local utilities —“requesting cash payments or customers will face an immediate disconnect of their power.” “This is a scam!” the sheriff noted, before taking to all caps to warn, “DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE.” That’s sound advice in neighboring Colorado, where La Plata Electric Association says someone claiming to be from the co-op is calling members, saying the payment check they sent wasn’t valid and they need to give a credit or debit card on the spot to keep the lights on.
“The scammers called members late in the afternoon, which is apparently part of the now traditional scam to panic them. Of course our consumer-members do not want to be without electricity overnight,” said Ron Meier, LPEA manager of engineering and member services. Meier noted that the Durango-based co-op never makes these types of calls, nor does it disconnect power outside of regular business hours or on weekends. Across the border in New Mexico, Cloudcroft-based Otero Electric Cooperative warned of callers threatening disconnects unless members buy a gift card at Family Dollar to make a payment. While the co-op does call members with past-due accounts to give a final due date, it never demands immediate payment. Jay County REMC warns members to be aware of these types of scams. If you have any questions regarding your bill, please contact our office.
Information for this article was provided by Michael Kahn of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
FRIDAY NIGHT Lights
Football was fleeting for Heritage Hills fullback, but its lasting lessons are passed on BY RICHARD G. BIEVER The Friday night air everywhere this time of year carries the whistles and cheers of another football season kicking off. For every player along the sidelines whose dream of making it big in the NFL comes true, there are thousands and thousands whose dreams will remain behind on the high school or collegiate gridiron. Then there are players like Jon Goldsberry. A standout at Heritage Hills High School in Spencer County and a member of Purdue University Boilermaker teams that went to bowl games every year he was there, Goldsberry came ohhhh-so-close to fulfilling an NFL dream. While he played in preseason games and suited up for the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006, the six-footone-inch, 246-pound fullback never left the sidelines, never played a down, in a regular season game. In 2007, he signed with his
third team, the Chicago Bears practice squad, but as injuries began taking a toll, he was released before the season began.
What an athlete does when no one is watching or making them do it, is what will make the biggest
Statistically, his career may have been for naught, but on life’s higher playing field, Goldsberry sees a greater silver lining. “I do believe that everyone has their role in life, and God has a plan for everyone. That happened to be my role during that time in my life, and I did my best with no regrets. Unfortunately, due to several injuries and surgeries, I simply wasn’t good enough to start in the NFL, and I am OK with that. After being with three teams in three years and constantly scratching and clawing to make a team, I knew my time was limited from the beginning.”
difference in the long run.
Goldsberry, now 36, came back to southern Indiana. He is now a sales rep at Mulzer Crushed Stone in Tell City. His wife, Rachael, is the manager of member services at Southern Indiana Power. And just as his dad, a coach at Heritage Hills, passed the love of the game to him, Goldsberry is now passing that love of the game and its life lessons on to his own two children — son Jett, age 10, and daughter Gianna “Gigi,” age 7 — and other youth in the north Spencer area. Coincidentally, like his late father who once played college football with Phil Simms who went on to star in the NFL with the New York Giants, Goldsberry also played with quarterbacks Drew Brees at Purdue and Jay Cutler at Heritage Hills who also went on to star in the NFL. Jon Goldsberry of Santa Claus played for Purdue University from 2001 to 2004. He split his time in fullback, special teams and linebacker positions.
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“When you love anything as much as I love football, of course it can be frustrating to watch rather than play,” Goldsberry said. “I have often told people I would have all of my surgeries over again tonight if it meant I could play again tomorrow.”
“There are so many things I carry over to kids from my playing years,” Goldsberry said, “but the one thing I continue to relay from the late [Purdue Head Coach] Joe Tiller, is this: ‘Do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, the way it’s supposed to be done, and do it that way every time.’”
JON GOLDSBERRY Goldsberry is coaching in his son’s fifth and sixth grade tackle football program at the North Spencer School Corporation. In the past, he has also held summer camps at Heritage Hills where some of his former Purdue and NFL teammates assisted. “There are a lot of BIG dreams out there in youth athletics today,” he said. “I would love to see them all play professionally and live out those dreams. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many athletes who will focus on the little things that will make the biggest difference. What an athlete does when no one is watching or making them do it, is what will make the biggest difference in the long run.” While playing on Sundays before crowds of 60,000 may be an ultimate dream for many of those players suiting up for the season this month, here’s a bit of advice most all former high school athletes would impart to today’s high school players — and, really, for all youth: Cherish these days — now. Make memories, now. Youth is fleeting. “Those days were fun,” recalled Goldsberry. “Football was still just a game at that point. Although I loved to play at each level, nothing compares to high school football and the camaraderie that comes along with playing on Friday nights.” Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Electric Consumer.