Kosciusko REMC — September 2019 Indiana Connection

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from the editor

Scent sense

You’ve probably heard educators talk about different learning styles. We learn best by engaging our dominant sense, be it sight, sound or touch. I, however, believe my most evolved senses are taste and smell. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help me when it comes to learning anything. It’s impossible to eat my way to a math problem’s solution or sniff out a poorly constructed sentence. But I can usually surmise the exact spices, flavorings and ingredients used in various dishes. And with my amazing olfactory abilities I’ve been able to correctly determine “what’s for dinner” eight out of 10 times while standing at the other side of a building. As you can imagine, with my “super power” senses, I’m pretty critical about what I eat and what scents I surround myself with. Perfumes and scented candles must have just the right smell because I definitely notice them. While perusing online candle purveyors recently, I came across a candle called “Indiana.” It didn’t just feature a drawing of our state on the label; it claimed it actually smelled like Indiana. And what does the Hoosier state smell like? According to Homesick Candles, when you breathe in Indiana air you get a whiff of popped kettle corn, coconut, denim and hay. I’m not sure I agree with that (I’m still trying to figure out what denim smells like!), but I do appreciate an attempt to encapsulate Indiana’s uniqueness in a special scent. You see, I’ve heard that the sense of smell can trigger memories and emotions, more so than our other senses. If a candle can ensure that we’re never far from our Indiana home, wherever we may actually be, than our noses may be a key to our

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 ENERGY Choosing the right insulation. 12 INSIGHTS 14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH Spotlighting Allen County.


Indiana eats 16 INDIANA EATS Cork ‘n Cleaver: Setting the Bar. 17 FOOD Better with Nut Butter. 20 COVER STORY Best of Indiana: Food, fun and favorite sons.


Indiana Connection



24 TRAVEL At the Crossroads: Ruralthemed exhibit comes to Indiana. 26 EVENTS CALENDAR 28 DIY Wall of Frames: How to hang a gallery wall.


29 SAFETY Baby-proofing your home. 30 BACKYARD Ask Rosie. (Not in all versions) 32 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 34 PROFILE Sarah Mahnesmith goes above and beyond.

On the cover A family perches high upon the roof of its SUV for the beginning of “The Lion King” at the Georgetown Drive-In Theater earlier this summer. Readers of Indiana Connection selected the drive-in as that category’s “Best of Indiana” in our most recent survey. PHOTO BY RICHARD G. BIEVER



co-op news

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

COOKWARE EFFICIENCY Copper-bottomed pans heat faster on the stove. In the oven, ceramic and glass dishes are better than metal. With ceramic and glass dishes, you can turn the oven down about 25 degrees, and your meal will cook just as quickly. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Use your Co-op Connections Card to save at local businesses Grossnickle Eye Center $100 discount (per eye) for LASIK vision correction LIKE US ON FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/kosciuskoremc

Here in Indiana, we’ve had our fair share of severe storms. In my 34 years serving this community, the worst I recall was the storm of 2003 when some KREMC members were without power for nearly three days. It’s those scenarios we don’t think about until we’re living them. What do you do when you don’t have power for a couple of hours? What do you do without power for a couple of days? Sometimes, we are warned of severe weather coming, and we can prepare. There are other times that the storm that arrives is far worse than the storm that was predicted. While we can’t predict which weather forecast will come true, we can plan, so when severe weather strikes, we have the tools and resources to weather the storm effectively. To stay prepared at home, consider these suggestions from the Department of Homeland Security. • Stock your pantry with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, energy bars, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant coffee, water and other essentials (i.e., diapers and toiletries). • Avoid the temptation to check on your refrigerated goods. Keep the doors closed to keep food colder longer. • Keep sanitation supplies like towelettes, soap and hand sanitizer on hand. • Ensure your first aid kit is stocked with pain relievers, bandages and other medical essentials, and make sure your prescriptions are current. • Set aside essential household items you will need, including flashlights, batteries, a manual can opener and portable, battery-powered radio, or TV. • Organize emergency supplies, so they are together in an easily accessible location.


KREMC rates and rebates RATES


Residential and farm service Service charge ............................$24.50 per month Kilowatt-hour (kWh) charge ......@$.0922 per kWh Tracker charge ..................... @-$.003330 per kWh

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

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

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



co-op news CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 If we are lucky enough to receive advanced warning of an impending severe storm such as a tornado, take extra steps to safeguard your home. Shutter the windows and securely close exterior doors. Fully charge all cell phones, laptops and devices, so you have maximum power in the event of a power outage. If you have a generator, make sure it’s rated to handle the amount of power you will need, and review the manufacturer’s instructions to operate it safely. It’s always a good idea to let us know you have a generator installed for the safety of our linemen.


2019 H O M E S O N PA R A D E

In the event of a prolonged outage, turn off your appliances, TVs, computers and other sensitive electronics. Doing this will help avert damage from a power surge and will also help prevent overloading the circuits during power restoration. That said, do leave one light on so you will know when power is restored. If utilizing a small household generator, consider using LED holiday lights to illuminate a living area. A strand of 100 white lights draws little energy yet produces considerable light. Solar lights also work, if they can receive some sunlight during the day for charging.

Homes on Parade

During thunderstorms that lead to outages, KREMC stays in touch with local news. Stay tuned in and check our outage map on kremc.com for restoration updates. You can also follow us on Facebook for instant alerts.

Participating builders and home locations include:

After a storm, avoid downed power lines and don’t walk through flooded areas where power lines could be submerged. Allow ample room for our crews so they can safely perform their jobs. A little planning for severe storms or other emergencies can reduce stress and anxiety caused by the event and can lessen the impact of the storm’s effects. As we look toward what this winter has in store for us, I encourage you to plan, because there is POWER in planning.

BRUCE GOSLEE President and CEO



Are you looking for some fresh ideas for your home? What better place to get those ideas than the 2019 Homes on Parade event brought to you by the Builders Association Kosciusko and Fulton Counties (BAKFC)? This annual event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 (4 to 8 p.m.),

Saturday, Sept. 28 (noon to 8 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 29 (noon to 6 p.m.)

1 2 3 4 5 6

Coplen Construction: 1010 Country Club Drive S., Warsaw, IN 46580 Milestone Construction: 11107 N. Ideal Beach Drive, Syracuse, IN 46567 Miller Brothers Builders: 93 S. 250 E., Warsaw, IN 46582 Miller Brothers Builders: 26301 CR 52, Nappanee, IN 46550 Renewal Homes: 4 Trailside Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590 T.L. Jackson Construction: 1497 S. Freedom Parkway, Winona Lake, IN 46590

KREMC members receive one free admission with coupon (found here). Admission to the Homes on Parade is $5. For more information on the Homes on Parade, visit the BAKFC website at www.bakfc.com.

co-op news

Operation Round Up grants awarded between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019 GRANTEE



Kosciusko County Special Olympics



Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana



Early Childhood Alliance



Heartline Pregnancy Center Inc.



Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry Inc.



Joe’s Kids



Kosciusko County Special Olympics



Little Lambs Preschool/Daycare Ministry Inc.



Real Services of Kosciusko County



Women of Grace USA



Treasurer of Kosciusko County



Boomerang Backpacks Inc.



Fellowship Missions



Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse Inc.



Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice Inc.



Muscular Dystrophy Association



Tippecanoe Valley Middle School



Turning Point Inc.



Warsaw Parks & Recreation Department



Grace College and Seminary



Junior Achievement serving Warsaw and Tippecanoe Valley



Pierceton Elementary School



Kosciusko County Special Olympics






Baker Youth Club



Combined Community Services



Fort Wayne Philharmonic Inc.



Grace Lutheran Church



Kate’s Kart Inc.



Kosciusko County Council on Aging and Aged Inc.



Kosciusko County Special Olympics



McMillen Center for Health Education Inc.



Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation



Warsaw Community School Corporation







co-op news

Thirty years of service Times are changing. It’s not common

assigning four line crews, one service

to find a dedicated and reliable team

truck, and one technical equipment

member like Jeff Moore, Kosciusko

lineman. Under his supervision, 18

REMC’s operations supervisor.

men in the operations department

KREMC would like to recognize him

work fluidly together to meet the

for 30 years of dedicated service to

needs of KREMC members.

our members.

Moore’s contribution during major

Jeff Moore, Kosciusko REMC’s operations supervisor

Initially hired as a meter technician in

storms is essential. He is the ever-

1989, Moore worked diligently in the

watchful eye on KREMC territory.

meter department for six years. He

Moore tracks outages, pinpoints

attended apprentice lineman school

the source and assigns crews

and quickly joined KREMC’s line


Thirty years have flown by. Here’s

When asked what he enjoys most

hoping for many more with Moore!

about his job, without hesitation,

“Over the last 30 years, Jeff has

department. Moore worked hard as a lineman for five years before being promoted to lead lineman in 2005. He led a line crew for eight years. In

Moore said “technology.”

worked as a meter technician,

2013, Moore was promoted again

“The technology in this field is

lead lineman, and now operations

to operations supervisor. Moore has

constantly changing. It improves our

supervisor. He has overcome every

been in his current role for six years.

job performance exponentially,” he

challenge that has come his way,” said

KREMC would be hard-pressed to

said. “It’s always interesting to see

Kurt Carver, manager of engineering

find someone to fill his shoes. He

what new technology is out there and

and operations. “KREMC is fortunate

is responsible for supervising and

to learn how to utilize it.”

to have Jeff as part of our team.”




Worth the investment

fiberglass cellulose

How to choose the right insulation for your home One of the best investments you can make for your home is insulation. To choose the best insulation you must consider location and if the comfort and energy savings outweigh the cost.

HEAT IS ‘ON THE MOVE’ You may not realize it, but the heat in your home is always moving. By insulating our homes, we can stop that movement or reduce it. That heat movement — or heat transfer — occurs in three ways: through conduction, convection or radiation. Here’s what those three terms mean: Conduction: That’s when heat moves from one solid to another cooler solid when they’re touching either. An example: your cold hands are warmed up when you’re holding a cup of hot cocoa. Conduction is measured in R-value. R-value determines how well the material is blocking the heat. A high R-value means the resistance is greater; in other words, that the insulation is very effective. Convection: Heat is transfered through the air. Have you heard the expression “Hot air rises and cool air falls to take its place”? That’s a simple way to describe convection. When air is leaked in and out of a




home, it’s due to convection. Proper insulation can help reduce heat transfer caused by convection. Radiation: Radiant heat passes through the air and heats solid objects. This is what happens when you place your cold hands near a warm fire or when you feel the sun’s heat outside in the summer. Now that you know how heat moves, you can choose the best insulation for your home.

FIBERGLASS INSULATION Fiberglass insulation is made from strands of glass. That content — and the fact that this type of insulation is not compact — makes for a great heat deterrent. However, since it is not compacted, air may flow through it more easily. So, steer away from fiberglass insulation if you’re dealing with convective heat loss or heat gain. Fiberglass insulation comes in premade batts precut to fit wall or joist cavities. It can also be blown in loose, allowing for a more custom install with less opportunities for gaps.

CELLULOSE INSULATION Cellulose insulation is made up of finely cut-up newspaper. It is blown or sprayed into

wall cavities or attics. If you want to reduce conductive heat flow, cellulose may be your insulation of choice. Over time, though, this type of insulation settles and may lose some of its conductive properties, resulting in lower R-value. But since it is denser than fiberglass, even as it settles it will not allow as much air to flow through it. Because cellulose is loose and is not a good air barrier, it does not address convection heat transfers.

FOAM INSULATION Foam insulation can be sprayed on or installed in sheets. The tiny plastic bubbles —known as “cells” — which are part of this insulation slow down heat transfer due to conduction. That’s because it takes longer for heat to travel through each bubble. And, if the foam is applied thick enough, it becomes an air barrier strong enough to reduce convective heat loss or gain.

There are two main types of “cells” in foam insulation: opened and closed. Opened cell foam is softer, lighter and not very dense. In addition to providing R-value, it acts like a house wrap. It provides an air barrier. However, it doesn’t provide a moisture barrier. Closed cell foam is harder, heavier and denser. It has a higher R-value per inch. Use it when you need R-value, an air barrier, a vapor barrier and/or have a limited space to try and fit higher R-values into. An energy audit may help to identify the characteristics of heat transfer in your home. For more information, visit www. energy.gov/energysaver/ weatherize/insulation.


Nick Geswein

Energy Advisor Harrison REMC


Indiana tops list of lowest credit card debt There might be something to this notion of

Key statistics about Indiana’s debt

“Hoosier sensibility” or frugality, after all.


Indiana has the lowest credit card debt in the nation.

• Median credit card balance: $2,313 • Median income: $42,438

According to a report from WalletHub, a

• Cost of interest until payoff: $167

personal finance website, Indiana holds the

• Expected payoff timeframe: 9 months,

51st spot (the report includes Washington, D.C.) in the ranking. The site’s researchers drew upon data from TransUnion, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Census Bureau, and WalletHub’s proprietary credit card payoff calculator to determine the cost and

29 days Americans started 2019 off with over $1 trillion in credit card debt. A net increase of $70 billion is projected by the end of this year.

time required to repay the median credit card balance in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


community-minded youth

Apply for Youth Power and Hope Awards

Is all-electric future on the way? In a first for California and the nation, the Berkley (California) City Council passed a historic ordinance in mid-July requiring that new buildings be built allelectric beginning Jan. 1, 2020. This

The program recognizes Indiana students in grades 5-8 who are making a difference in their communities.

new law means no gas hook-ups

Up to five winners will be selected. Each winner will receive $500. Winners will be formally recognized at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives annual meeting in Indianapolis on Dec. 10. Former Youth Power and Hope Award winner Sarah Mahnesmith, who was recently selected as Indiana’s Youth Leadership Council representative (see article on page 34), will be on hand to help honor this year’s winners.

buildings would not be affected.

Winners will also be featured in an Indiana Connection article. Applicants do not have to live within REMC/REC territory although they must be Indiana residents.

Visit our website, www.IndianaConnection.org, for an application form.



will be installed in new houses, apartments, and commercial buildings. However, existing

The city across the bay from San Francisco is not alone in pushing to reduce the use of gas, which is currently used for heating in 90 percent of California homes. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 50 other California cities are exploring the use of local building codes and ordinances to encourage or require all-electric new construction, paving the way for all of California, and other states, to follow suit in eliminating fossil-fuel heating sources from buildings.

Indiana teachers in running for skilled trades prizes Two Indiana high school skilled trades

field of 749 skilled trades teachers who

teachers are among 50 teachers and

applied for the prize.

teacher teams from across the country who were semifinalists for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. They and their high school skilled trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash awards. Eric Fisher, an industrial technology teacher at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, and Chad Sutton, a construction and manufacturing teacher at Garrett High School in Garrett, were chosen from among a

The 2019 semifinalists now advance to a second round of competition. Two rounds of judging, each by separate independent panels of reviewers, will narrow the field to 18 finalists and,

Freight Tools. The prize recognizes

finally, name the three first-place and 15

outstanding instruction in the skilled

second-place winners. Winners will be

trades in U.S. public high schools and

announced on Oct. 24.

the teachers who inspire students to

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was started in 2017 by Eric Smidt, the founder of national tool retailer Harbor

learn a trade that prepares them for life after graduation. Now, in the third year of the prize, more than 150 teachers have been recognized as winners or semifinalists.



county feature

Allen County BY RICHARD G. BIEVER For a county as renowned for its genealogy research center as Allen County, it’s no surprise it traces its own cultural and economic impact back long before the county’s 1824 founding.

Countycts Fa FOUNDED: 1824 NAMED FOR: Col. John Allen, an attorney and Kentucky state senator killed in the War of 1812 POPULATION: 377,872 (2017) COUNTY SEAT: Fort Wayne HOME TO: Do It Best Hardware Franklin Electric Steel Dynamics Vera Bradley




The confluence of the St. Joseph and St. Mary rivers, where the Maumee River begins, created a natural crossroads that attracted Native Americans for thousands of years, and, later, European explorers and traders. By the time U.S. Gen. Anthony Wayne built a fort at the confluence in 1794, the nearby Miami village of Kekionga was the tribe’s largest settlement and capital. American pioneers began settling around the fort in 1815 after the Miamis surrendered their land. The settlement became the city of Fort Wayne whose growth was aided by the ease of transportation from the three rivers and the shortlived Wabash and Erie Canal. Today, Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second most populous city. Among the early travelers passing through was John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Chapman was living in Fort Wayne when he died of pneumonia at age

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Sept. 21-22 | Admission: Free Johnny Appleseed Park/Archer Park, Fort Wayne www.johnnyappleseedfest.com



70 in March 1845. Though the whereabouts of his actual grave is debated, a memorial marker is at Johnny Appleseed Park, site of an annual festival to his memory (see below).

giveaway! Enter to win a Fort Wayne prize package courtesy of Visit Fort Wayne! One lucky winner will receive...

Fort Wayne’s Class A professional baseball team, the TinCaps, is also a tip of the cap to Appleseed who was known to wear his cooking pot on his head as he traveled. The TinCaps wrap up their regular season on Labor Day at Parkview Field.

Two $50 gift cards to Tucanos Brazilian Grill

Parkview Field was part of the Fort Wayne’s downtown turnaround that began in the 1990s with redevelopment and investment, and continues today with new restaurants and entertainment opportunities.

Four tickets to the Botanical Conservatory

As noted, the Allen County Public Library is internationally known among genealogists and maintains the largest public genealogy department in the United States. The library’s reputation helped the library and the Indiana State Museum jointly secure the world’s largest private collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts and documents when the Lincoln Financial Foundation sought a new home for its collection in 2008. Other notable attractions in Allen County include: • The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo which opened two new exhibits in its Central

Four tickets to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Four tickets to a TinCaps Baseball Game Two tickets to Science Central Four tickets to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Visit indianaconnection.org/ talk-to-us/contests to enter. Zoo environment: Monkey Island and a new home for its otters. The zoo continuously ranks among the top zoos in the country. • The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory which encompasses some 100,000 square feet of gardens and displays with over 1,200 plants of 502 different species. Fort Wayne’s newest attraction, which opened just last month, is Promenade Park. The park features new river access points, dining, a Tree Canopy Trail, amphitheater, playgrounds, and many public spaces along the three rivers. Richard G. Biever is senior editor of Indiana Connection.

Family oriented, 1800-period outdoor festival featuring food, crafts, and historical demonstrations commemorating the times of John Chapman — Johnny Appleseed — who died and was buried in Fort Wayne in 1845.




Mud Pie

This steakhouse also gets kudos for salad choices It isn’t every day that a steak place gets

Cork ‘n Cleaver used to be a nation-

rave reviews for its salad bar. But Cork

al chain with 80 locations across the

‘n Cleaver, an institution in Fort Wayne

country. Now, only three privately

(it opened in 1974), is renowned for its

owned locations remain. Besides the

52-item salad bar which State Rep. Bob

Fort Wayne restaurant, there is a Cork

Morris calls “the best salad bar in the

‘n Cleaver in Evansville (which also

state.” The recommendation comes

opened in 1974) and another in Fargo,

with good reason. Besides the obliga-

North Dakota.

tory lettuces and traditional toppings, the Cork ‘n Cleaver’s selections include anchovies, artichoke salad, creamed

The Fort Wayne restaurant’s motto as described on its website may be the


reason it has thrived through the years:

221 E. Washington Center Road

“Eat Well, Laugh Often, Live Long.”

Fort Wayne

With its commitment to the Golden


Cork ‘n Cleaver’s signature Mud Pie

Rule — treating others as we would like


is just as famous as its salad bar. It’s a

to be treated — and to quality service

sky-high treat featuring an Oreo cookie

and food, Cork ‘n Cleaver certainly has

crust, coffee ice cream, warm chocolate

discovered the recipe for success.

herring and, wait for it, caviar and … jelly beans!

fudge, toasted almonds and whipped cream. It’s such a large serving of sweet deliciousness that you will probably want to share it! The restaurant’s menu is varied and unique in that is actually printed on a meat cleaver! (Don’t worry: the cleaver’s edges aren’t sharp.) With entrees like hand-cut steak, salmon, scallops, lobster and king crab, Cork ‘n Cleaver is an excellent dining option for those wanting to celebrate a special day.



ABOUT STATE REP. BOB MORRIS: Rep. Bob Morris (R) represents District 85 which covers Allen County, including the city of Fort Wayne and St. Joseph Township. The small business owner serves on the Employment, Labor and Pensions, and Roads and Transportation committees. He is vice chair of the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development committee.

Lunch: Monday–Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dinner: Monday–Friday: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday: 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday: 4 to 9 p.m.


Indiana eats


nut butter better with Nut Butter Power Smoothie Heidi Stamets, Monroeville, Indiana ¾ cup uncooked rolled oats 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice) ½ cup frozen banana slices 1 T. honey 2 T. creamy peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) Place oats in a blender, grind until powdered. Add milk and blend for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Purée until smooth. Serve immediately in a chilled glass. Cook’s note: This is a great smoothie for adding your favorite supplement, like flax or chia seeds.


Peanut Butter Swirl Bars Ruth Ann King, Warsaw, Indiana ½ cup crunchy peanut butter ⅓ cup butter ¾ cup brown sugar ¾ cup sugar 2 eggs 2 t. vanilla 1 cup flour 1 t. baking powder

Oriental Pork Chops on Spinach with Thai Peanut Dressing

¼ t. salt

4 boneless pork loin chops (1 lb.)

12 oz. chocolate chips

8 cups torn fresh spinach (10 oz. bag)

combine all ingredients. Purée until

1 sweet red or yellow pepper, cut in strips

smooth. Place chops in a glass dish just big enough to hold in single layer.

4 green onions, chopped

Remove 2 T. of the dressing. Brush all

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Spread batter in greased 9-by-12-inch pan and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over batter. Bake for 5 minutes at 350

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 2 cups bean sprouts

F and then remove from oven and

Thai Peanut Dressing:

swirl chips with a knife going back

⅓ cup packed fresh cilantro or parsley

and forth lengthwise and crosswise.

First make dressing: In a blender,

over chops. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature. Place chops on a greased grill over medium-high heat. Cook, turning once, for about 10 minutes or until just a hint of pink remains inside. Cut crosswise into strips. Meanwhile, in large bowl, toss spinach, red or yellow

Continue baking 10-15 minutes

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

more until slightly brown around

3 T. cider vinegar

edges. Cookies will continue to

2 T. packed brown sugar

bake once removed from oven.

2 T. sesame oil

Cool before cutting into bars.

pork, drizzling with any accumulated

2 T. peanut butter

juices and remaining dressing.

2 T. dry sherry

Makes 4 servings.

Cook’s note: I usually make a double batch and bake in a jelly roll pan plus a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.



2 t. chopped fresh gingerroot 2 cloves garlic, quartered Dash hot pepper sauce

pepper, onions, mushrooms and bean sprouts with all but 1 T. of the remaining dressing. Arrange on plates. Top with

Cook’s note: The peanut dressing is delicious as a condiment on other meats, seafood or vegetables or as a salad dressing.



Readers rallied around fave businesses — and notables — from the southern part of Indiana in this latest round of voting. But the great thing about compiling a "best of" list is that it's ever-evolving as you discover new must-visits around the state to add to your current top spots!

Food, fun and


favorite sons

indiana Readers’ Choice Awards

Readers choose their ‘bests’ of Indiana Since 2002, readers of this magazine have cast their votes for their favorite people, places, products and


events (among other categories) in our recurring Readers’ Choice Awards. Seymour

This year marks the seventh time we’ve asked you to share your picks in a variety of categories. Categories

French Lick

this time around include bakery, barbecue, drive-in


theater and water recreation site. We also asked who your favorite Indiana musician/singer was and who you felt was a “hometown hero.”



Santa Claus

Best Bakery

there for sweet treats all their lives.

also does custom cakes and serves

The bakery’s offerings are spelled

commercial accounts — making the


out on its white board menu: cookies,

daily bread for a Louisville deli and

pies, cakes, doughnuts, long johns,

sub shop, for instance.

1051 N. Clark Blvd. Clarksville, Indiana 47129

and breads.

The bakery may be a tad off the

Chicken salad, Italian cannolis and

main drag, on a side street with more


French crullers are also available.

residential and commercial area


To wash ’em down, Williams Bakery

than bustling retail, but customers


offers coffee, milk, orange juice

still beat a path to door (or through

and sodas. Since the bakery offers

its drive-thru window, unique for

seating, you can grab a spot and get

bakeries). Operators Monica and

your sugar rush immediately — then

Chaz Ritenour say it’s a hot spot in

get a dozen doughnuts “to go” to

the morning. Fortuitously situated

share with your family. The bakery

between Clarksville High School and

WILLIAMS BAKERY is an institution in Clarksville, serving all manner of baked goods for over 115 years. Many of their patrons have been stopping



Providence High School, students frequent the shop before school or after. The bakery also does deliveries. The Ritenours, both 27, took over operation from her grandfather, Ernie Polston, a couple of years ago. Polston was an employee at the bakery when he purchased it from the original Williams family decades ago. Though Monica says she grew up at the bakery — being babysat by her grandmother there and working there in high school — she never planned to take over the family business. She and Chaz were both studying music at the University of Evansville where they met. But after graduation, the opportunity to operate her family’s business presented itself, and they went for it. While still providing the traditional goodies everyone might expect — like the popular apple fritters and deep-fried chocolate danishes — the younger couple has tried to mix in some new trendy baked products, like adding crazy toppings and trying new decorating techniques. Asked about any new additions to the bakery line, Monica thought for a second then quipped, daughter Charlotte. Now 8 months old,

Monica and Chaz Ritenour take great pride in continuing the family-owned legacy of the century-old full-service Williams Bakery. The couple, both 27, began running the reader's choice winner a couple of years ago after Monica's grandfather retired. He purchased it from the Williams family decades ago. A new addition to the bakery lineup, besides trendy baked goods, is perhaps the future baker, daughter Charlotte.

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Indiana Connection readers love their

of her on the counter, they were asked

barbecue but as for their favorite spot

if Charlotte has already developed a

to indulge in smoky deliciousness,

sweet tooth.

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the onsite smoker flavors favorites


like pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Corned beef is another customer favorite. Menu items like smokehouse burritos and the Walking Pony and Running Pony nachos allow diners to try barbecue staples in a whole new way. Customers say it’s worth the drive — no matter where you’re heading. Tim and Cathy Looper were heading home to Markleville from a vacation in Tennessee when they detoured off I-65 to try Carriage’s barbecue a second time. “We enjoyed it so much, we thought we’d stop for lunch on the way home. We hit Columbus and cut across country to Greensburg. It was that good.” As you’d expect, a lot of customers come in off I-74, which goes right by Greensburg, and are from Cincinnati, Indianapolis and points east and west. SEPTEMBER 2019


Farther south in Paoli, PORKY’S

The days of enjoying

specializes in dry-rubbed smoked

movies under

meats including pulled pork, ribs,

the stars haven’t

chicken and brisket — all smoked in

disappeared in

house. Another specialty — apropos

the Hoosier state.

for a restaurant by its name — are

Indiana is home

the homemade pork rinds, served

to several drive-

fresh from the fryer. The Loaded

in theaters including our readers’

Porky Potatoes prove that fried spuds

favorite, Georgetown Drive-In. The

and pulled pork are a match made in

drive-in, which premiered in 1951,

heaven especially when cheese and

also topped this category in our 2013

onions are part of the deal.

Best of Indiana poll.

It, too, is situated on a well-traveled

Two facing screens show different

highway, U.S. 150/Ind. 56, that is a

movies simultaneously so movie-

popular route for folks heading toward

goers have a choice in what to watch.

the French Lick/West Baden resorts.

With a playground for youngsters, a concession stand, and special family-


Best Water Recreation Site

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friendly attractions, Georgetown Drive-


The ticket price of $11 for adults (over


13) and $6 for kids 6-12 (those 5 and

Santa Claus,

under get in free) covers the entire


evening’s movies. (Four movies are

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A sliced brisket sandwich, topped with coleslaw on a pretzel bun, is one of the menu items that made Carriage on the Square Smokehouse in Greensburg a “Best of Indiana” for 2019. With so many great barbecue places around Indiana that have popped up in the last decade, readers had a hard time picking just one, though. Porky’s in Paoli tied with Carriage on the Square for the “readers’ choice.”

(Hall of Fame), Popular Mechanics (Best Roller Coaster in Indiana), and USA Today (Best Water Park in the Nation) — was voted Best Water Recreation Site by Indiana Connection readers. Previously, our readers have named Holiday World the Best Place to Take the Kids (2002 and 2003) and the Best Family Vacation Spot (2009). Splashin’ Safari is home to Mammoth, the world’s longest water coaster. It towers seven stories high and covers over three acres. Meanwhile, the Wildebeest is billed as the world’s number one water park ride (voted on by Amusement Today magazine readers) and is the world’s second longest water coaster just behind the Mammoth. It spans one-third of a mile





Hometown Hero LARRY BIRD Indiana Connection readers are just wild about Larry! Larry

enter to win

Bird has been a “Best

Four 2020 Holiday World Tickets

readers chose him as their favorite


of Indiana” winner since 2002, when Indiana sports figure. He repeated that designation in 2013 and last year, he was named readers’ Favorite Famous Hoosier. This year, he topped the Hometown Hero list.

and takes riders on a two-and-a-half minute thrill ride of drops, twists and turns. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is

John Mellencamp, a name synonymous with small town Indiana, performs during the 2001 Farm Aid concert held at Deer Creek Music Center, now Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, in Noblesville.

free sunscreen and free parking. Experience our readers’ favorite water park for free. Enter to win four 2020 season Holiday World tickets. Find out how to win on page 3.

of Fame, among other prestigious honors. Indiana Connection readers also recognized this Hoosier son as their favorite musician/singer. Back in 1985, with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Mellencamp organized

Favorite Indiana Musician/Singer JOHN MELLENCAMP

of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, Bird has excelled in all facets of basketball throughout his life: as a player, coach and team

renowned for its value. Its guests receive unlimited free soft drinks,

Currently the advisor to the president

the first Farm Aid concert to raise awareness of the loss of family farms and to raise money to keep farm families on their land. He continues to serve on the Farm Aid board and will

executive. But through it all, Bird, who grew up in French Lick, hasn’t forgotten his small town roots and humble beginnings. He may be known as “Larry Legend” but to his Hoosier fans, Bird will always be one of them.

$50 winners

exhibit of his artwork.

Indiana Connection thanks all who took time to offer their opinions by filling out and mailing in the published ballot or by going online to vote. The three ballots randomly drawn for $50 participation prizes belonged to:

Mellencamp has been honored with a

Mellencamp splits his time among

Grammy, a Billboard Century award,

residences in Bloomington, Indiana;

• Valerie Stutler, Batesville

the Woody Guthrie Award and the

New York City; and South Carolina.

John Steinbeck Award, and he was

He has a recording studio outside

inducted into the Songwriters Hall

Nashville, Indiana.

Ever since his breakout hit “I Need a Lover” 40 years ago, Seymour native John Mellencamp has topped the charts, filled countless concert venues and made music that struck a chord with its raw honesty.

perform at the next Farm Aid concert Sept. 21 in East Troy, Wisconsin. A prolific painter as well as a singer, songwriter, musician and performer, Mellencamp founded the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour. The center has a permanent

• Fran Swartzentruber, Odon • Krista Henson, Lafayette

of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall SEPTEMBER 2019


Visitors look over the national and local components of the “Crossroads” exhibit when it was in other states.



At the Crossroads

Rural communities spotlighted in Smithsonian exhibit

Two-lane highways steadily brought people to Dillsboro over the first half of the 20th century. Then interstates sped them away. What remains of the small southeastern Indiana town, like so many rural towns everywhere, are empty buildings, fading photos, memories — and dreams for a revival that still flicker within. Now, a Smithsonian-curated traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” hopes to bring people back to Dillsboro and five other specially selected rural Indiana communities. (see sidebar) The exhibit looks at the economic and social changes that have affected the



fortunes of small towns over the past century. It explores how they adapted, identifies what makes them uniquely appealing, and fans discussions about the future. The exhibit opens this month at the Dillsboro branch of the Aurora Public Library, will spend six weeks in each of the six Indiana locations and will close in New Harmony in June 2020. “Crossroads” is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a division of the Smithsonian that brings highquality exhibits and resources to rural communities. Indiana Humanities, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting the public humanities,

helped bring the exhibit to Indiana and selected the six Hoosier hosts. Each of the six Hoosier communities will add its own local story to the exhibit. “We really had to brainstorm to see what made the biggest change in Dillsboro,” said Cathy Wilkymacky in developing the local theme. Wilkymacky is manager of the Dillsboro library branch. She wrote the town’s proposal for the exhibit and is also serving as the local project leader. “Everything led back to the roads — the change in the road patterns,” she said. “That’s what made the businesses end up closing. There was quite a big downtown area in

travel Dillsboro, lots of shops and stores, groceries, clothing stores, furniture stores. The thing that was the deciding dagger to the businesses was really the improved transportation with I-74 and I-275 around Cincinnati.” Running through Dillsboro is U.S. 50 — once a major East-West national highway. As traffic on the two-lanes trickled out with the completion of the new interstates, so did many towns across rural America. The building of suburban malls and national chain stores around nearby larger cities also hastened the closings on Main streets as rural residents found lower prices and more selection just a short drive away. “Conversations about change in our rural communities are vital to the future of Indiana,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We are excited to be able to utilize the ‘Crossroads’ exhibition as a catalyst for dialogue around the past, present and future of rural Indiana.” This is the first Smithsonian Main Street Program to come to Indiana. “Crossroads,” noted Megan Telligman, Indiana Humanities program manager,

aligned well with Indiana Humanities’ current two-year initiative called “INseparable.” INseparable invites Hoosiers to explore how we relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined, and consider what it will take to indeed be “inseparable.” “Crossroads” examines that urbanrural dynamic and how place affects identity. Through community programs and creative activities, Museum on Main Street exhibitions and research are a launching point for storytelling and local pride. “The people in this community are just so genuinely excited about the exhibit coming,” said Wilkymacky. That community spirit doesn’t surprise her. “The pride in the community is just incomparable. The people that are from here, live here, are just are so involved and always wanting to do things to make it a better place.” And while the exhibit is supposed to stimulate dialogue about the future, Wilkymacky said Dillsboro is already talking. She said the town has a revitalization plan in place, has developed things like a large farmer’s market and music programs, and is trying bring in new businesses and create an arts community.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION EXHIBIT COMING TO A MAIN STREET NEAR YOU Hosts and dates for “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” in Indiana are: 1• Sept. 7-Oct. 20: Dillsboro branch of

the Aurora Public Library in Dearborn County 2• Oct. 26-Dec. 8: Washington County

Historical Society in Salem 3• Dec. 14-Jan. 26, 2020: Jennings County Historical Society in Vernon

• Feb. 1-Mar. 15, 2020: Elkhart County 4 Historical Museum in Bristol • Mar. 21-May 2, 2020: North Manchester 5 Center for History in Wabash County 6 • May 9, 2020-June 21, 2020: University

of Southern Indiana/Historic New Harmony in Posey County The six hosts also will curate a unique section of the exhibit that tells the story of their communities. Another nine states were chosen to receive grants to develop programs, mini-exhibits and other projects related to the themes of the “Crossroads” exhibit. To learn more visit IndianaConnection.org.

Bristol 4 North 5 Manchester

“We hope the exhibit starts a statewide conversation,” said Telligman, “in Evansville and Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and encourages people to take a little road trip through rural areas to see the changes happening in front of them and the potential they have to evolve and flourish.” Cathy Wilkymacky holds an old guest register from Dillsboro Sanitarium which will remain on display at the Disllboro Public Library during the exhibit.

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FRANCISVILLE FALL FESTIVAL, Francisville (Pulaski), corner of Montgomery and Bill streets. Arts, crafts, food, flea market, kids’ rides and “Chicken Bingo.” Saturday afternoon parade with fireworks in the evening. Car show on Sunday. Special attractions include the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular and the Starry Trails Starlab. Friday, 4-9 pm; Saturday, 8 am-11 pm; Sunday, 8 am-4 pm. Free. 219-567-9689. bkruger9639@gmail.com. www. francesvillefallfestival.com


TRAIL OF COURAGE LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL, Rochester (Fulton), Fulton County Historical Society. Historic encampments, Chippeway Village, programs, food, booths, crafts and more. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.; Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. fchs@rtcol.com. www.fultoncountyhistory.org/ trail-of-courage


ST. PETER GERMANFEST, Portage (Porter), Founders Square. Authentic German food, beer, music, contests, raffles, and market. Admission charge. 219-381-1138. stpetergermanfest.com



WENDELL WILLKIE DAYS, Rushville (Rush), downtown. Friday: dinner in covered bridge, music (reservations needed). Saturday: parade, games, vendors, art show, farmer’s market, music, touch-a-truck, concert, bicycle ride. Sunday: suicide prevention walk. Free. 765-932-2880.

OF THE TURNING 27- FESTIVAL LEAVES, Thorntown (Boone), Street. Friday: Bluegrass 29 Main jam, 6 pm; Movie and fireworks,



8 pm. Saturday: 5/10K, 9 am; Cornhole tourney, 1 pm; Parade, 1 pm. Sunday: Car show. Live entertainment (Saturday and Sunday), kids’ zone, vendors and food court. Free. 765-336-2488. thorntownfestival.org

RILEY FESTIVAL, Greenfield (Hancock), downtown. Shopping, live entertainment, food, parades and more. 450 arts, crafts and food booths. Flea market. Home arts and quilt, fine arts, and photography shows, and fun zone. Free. 317462-2141. rileyfestival.com


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BLOCK BASH, French Lick (Orange), Town Green. Ten of the nation’s top wood carvers compete. Music, entertainment, artists, wine and beer, car show, and live carving auction. Free. 812-936-3030. bearhollowwoodcarvers.com/ bash.html HERBSTFEST, Huntingburg (Dubois), Huntingburg City Park. Food and game booths, rides, horseshoe, dodgeball, cornhole tournament, and parade. Free. 812-683-5699. huntingburgherbstfest.org




DUGGER COAL FESTIVAL, Dugger (Sullivan), Town Park. Carnival, arts and crafts, flea market, parade, entertainment, car show and more. Free. 812-699-9658.



To ensure our readers have sufficient time to plan ahead to attend these events, we are revamping the timeline of our calendar. Beginning this month, our events listing will run from the 15th of the current month to the 15th of the next month. We hope you find this revised schedule helpful.



BLUFFTON FREE STREET FAIR, Bluffton (Wells), downtown. Vendor booths, food, games, parades, idol contest, free entertainment, horse show, horse and pony pull. Free. 260-824-4351. blufftonstreetfair.com


AUTUMN HARVEST HOEDOWN, Angola (Steuben), Pokagon State Park South Beach Parking Lot. Music, square dancing, food. In case of bad weather, this event will be held in the CCC Shelter. 7:30-10 pm. 260-833-2012. niball@dnr.in.gov



ATAXIA WALK ’N‘ ROLL, Fort Wayne (Allen), Foster Park. Twomile walk and door prize to raise awareness of the neurological disease ataxia. 9-10 am., walk registration. 10 am, walk begins. 11 am, door prize drawing. 260-452-6231. www.ataxia.org/ WalkFW



SEPTEMBERFEST, Charlestown (Clark), St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Food, raffles, pull tabs, silent auction. Games for all ages. 11 am-4 pm. 812-2563200.


DILLSBORO HERITAGE FESTIVAL, Dillsboro (Dearborn), various locations. Festival features a variety of events including a Pop-up Museum at the Dillsboro Civic Center (Saturday and Sunday) and the Festival Car Show at the Community Park (Sunday). 812-432-5648. http://www. dillsboro.in. See more about Dillsboro on pages 20-21.



SLEEPY HOLLOW CRUISIN’ CLASSIC, Vevay (Switzerland), 100 Ferry St. Cruise In at 6:30 pm Friday. Live band, pumpkin painting, ice skating, bounce houses, baked goods, handcrafted items and more. Friday, 6:30-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-6 pm. Free. 812-427-3237. lavender@switzcotourism.com. https://switzcotourism.com/ sleepy-hollow-cruisin

This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Indiana Connection 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 Indiana Connection strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Indiana Connection 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 indianaconnection.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.




WALL OF FRAMES: Beating those hang up hang-ups Like a giant blank canvas waiting to be painted, a large blank wall may seem like a daunting vast expanse begging to be adorned. A gallery wall is a creative and visually appealing way to show off your photos, artwork, or other hanging décor. It can really add a contemporary flair to a room, hallway, or staircase. Best of all, it only requires a handful of steps to accomplish it.

Step 1: Gather your materials First and foremost, determine what pieces you’d like to place together in your gallery. Think of your gallery wall as one piece of art, so try to keep the basic design of the frames cohesive. This may require repainting some frames or reframing them altogether. But if you prefer having lots of different frames and styles, you can certainly do that! Once you decide what pieces to include in your gallery wall, pick up the necessary tools and items to get the job done. You’ll need tape, a big roll of plain brown crafting paper, scissors, hanging hardware, nails (or screws and anchors), a hammer, and a pencil. You may also need a mini level.

Step 2: Plan the look Roll out the craft paper on the floor and begin placing your pieces on it in your desired pattern. If you’re creating a large gallery, you may need to tape together two widths of the paper to fit all the pieces. Straight columns or rows are fine, but juxtaposing the pieces in a random pattern is professional looking and much more interesting to the eye. Don’t stress if the spacing isn’t totally precise between each piece, but arranging them about 2-3 inches apart makes the placement seem purposeful. For a more balanced look, place the larger pieces in the center of the gallery, then work your way out from there by mixing in medium and smaller pieces.



Step 3: Make templates Once you’re happy with the arrangement, trace around every piece and write the name of the piece inside each tracing so you remember where they go. As accurately as you can, mark on the tracings where each nail would line up with that piece’s hanging hardware, be it a wire or sawtooth hanger. This mark will come in handy later. Next, there are two options for placing your templates on the wall. You could cut out each individual tracing from the paper and tape them to the wall where you want them. Or if you think the arrangement is perfect on the paper as it is, you can just tape the entire template showing all the tracings to the wall.


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Step 4: Start hanging


Since you marked exactly where each nail goes on its tracing, grab your hammer and nails and get going. If you taped up individual cut-outs, simply hammer the nail in the correct spot, then tear your paper tracing away. With one giant paper template, install all the nails where they need to go, then tear away the entire template. No matter your chosen placement pattern, nothing jars the eye more than pieces that aren’t level. A mini level is the perfect solution. Now step back and admire not only your artwork and decor pieces, but your handiwork, too.

is the owner of North Manchester Do it Best Hardware and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Waynebased cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout the US and around the world. (This article is for informational purposes only. Indiana Connection and Do it Best Corp. assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)


SAFETY CHECKLIST Is your home fully baby-proofed?

Baby-proofing your home

CHECK THE CRIB. Make sure it meets today’s safety standards.

What’s our favorite way to kick off Baby Safety Month? By taking a quick inventory of your home to be sure it’s electrically safe for your little ones!


Whether you’ve recently welcomed your first baby, or you already have a full house, it’s vital to keep your home electrically safe for the little ones. Electrical safety should be at the top of the list when preparing a safe space for babies and children to thrive.


“September is Baby Safety Month, and we want to encourage families to make smart electrical safety decisions when babyproofing their homes,” said John Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Tamperresistant receptacles cost as little as 50 cents more than a standard outlet and can save a child’s life.” What are tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs)? These outlets are now required in all new homes and homes

renovated after 2008. The shutter system allows only plugs to be inserted because both springs must be compressed at the same time. While they might be a little more expensive, you can’t put a price on a child’s life. But why do we need TRRs in our homes? The top two things we lose just happen to be two of the top objects inserted into outlets — hairpins and keys. While we can be more conscious of what’s inserted in those outlets, we could also cut out the middleman and update to TRRs. Are there other ways to protect your children from electrical safety? Of course! Keep all electrical cords out of reach or secured to the floor. There’s no telling what he or she could be pulling down on when tugging on a cord.

If outlets are occupied, an easy way to prevent children from pulling on these cords is No TRRs at home? Add by moving electrical furniture in outlet covers. front of the covers. If outlets are unoccupied, and you don’t have TRRs, its vital to find tight-fitting electrical outlet covers. Test them with your children to be sure they cannot pull them out. Their chances of electrical shock will be decreased immensely. Being electrically safe isn’t difficult, but it does take time to keep you and your family safe. For more information about TRRs and how to keep your home safe, reach out to your electric cooperative.

GUARDS, but remember, they do not substitute parental supervision. LATCHES AND LOCKS for toilets, cabinets or drawers. CUT BLIND CORDS or use safety tassels and inner cord stops to ensure children don’t get entangled. PUT SAFETY GATES in front of any stairs in the house. INSTALL CORNER AND EDGE BUMPERS. These will prevent injuries from falls. USE DOORSTOPS AND DOOR HOLDERS. Keep small fingers from getting crushed.



backyard B. Rosie Lerner is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to “Ask Rosie,” Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606, or use the form at IndianaConnection.org.

such as your plant. In other cultivars, it could be a unique color variegation in foliage or flowers, twisted leaves, weeping habit, etc. The plant in your photo appears to be a dwarf Alberta spruce. The best approach is to prune out the errant branches, the sooner the

Dwarf spruce branch reverting back to “normal” size. Photo Credit: J.K., St. John, Indiana



Please don’t think I’m totally crazy, but I couldn’t get

anyone around here to answer this

Do we cut them

better. In addition to the larger

both down

branch habit, they tend to be

and start over,

more vigorous and can take over

or can we just

the plant. It is best to remove the

cut off the

branch by cutting back as close

branches that

to the point of origin without

do not match?

damaging the main trunk. The

I hate cutting

plant may continue to send these

down trees but

out from time to time, so keep after

honestly, this


looks VERY weird sitting next to my house. - J.K., St. John, Indiana


Here are a few articles that we’ve published on this very subject. You can see you are in good company!

This is a great photo. What’s happening to your trees

https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/ppdl/ Pages/POTW_old/6-27-05.html

question and I thought someone

is not really a rare occurrence.

at Purdue could. I have two trees

You are indeed on the right track.

in my backyard that are growing

These are dwarf cultivars that

branches that are completely

are reverting back to what is the

Additional information on pruning

different from the rest of the trees.

normal growth for the species.

technique can be found in Purdue

It is NOT another tree coming up

Dwarf evergreens such as yours

Extension bulletin HO-4, Pruning

under them, which is what most

are usually selected from a plant

Ornamental Trees and Shrubs.

people tell me. Am I correct in

that showed a mutation/genetic

guessing this is a cultivar that went

variation from the species.


Sometimes this is a dwarf habit



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profile youth power & hope Youth Leadership Council delegate Sarah Mahnesmith received a Youth Power and Hope Award as a fifth grader. Her community service activities back then included collecting over 2,000 pairs of shoes for the Share Your Souls organization.

ABOVE & BEYOND YLC delegate puts all her energy into what she does

By richard G. biever Going the extra mile is what makes Sarah Mahnesmith smile … and tick. In track and field, instead of the one-mile, the Rensselaer Central High senior prefers running the two-mile. In 4-H, she wasn’t just a local leader; she represented Indiana at the National 4-H Congress. In high school, her classmates have elected her president all four years, and she’s academically tops in her class. Her interest in public policy took her to the Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Her interest in a medical career took her to a high school conference hosted by Harvard in Boston. “I always do the best I can to better myself and those around me …,” Sarah said, “… always doing as much as I can, going the extra mile, putting forth as much effort as I can, to give my all to something.” So when her local electric cooperative, Jasper County REMC, selected her to go on the annual Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., in June, she applied for an added opportunity: Representing Indiana on the



national Youth Leadership Council. This meant giving a speech in front of the other 103 Youth Tour participants from around the state and the trip’s electric co-op chaperones only hours after they had all first gathered in Indianapolis. Six finalists were then interviewed by chaperones later on the trip. Sarah nailed the audition. She was selected for the YLC which meant returning to the D.C. area in July to learn more about electric coops, public policy and leadership. She’ll also be representing Indiana when the nation’s electric cooperatives gather for their annual meeting in New Orleans in March. While the opportunity for another free trip to D.C. interested her, Sarah said that’s not why she signed up for YLC. “Bottom line: I thought it would be good preparation for interviews, and public speaking, and I thought it would be just a good opportunity to gain practice and gain skills in the areas. I never anticipated that I would be chosen.” Chaperones also selected the YLC delegate based on their attitude and character they observed on the first parts of the trip. “We could see that Sarah was an ‘includer’ from the beginning of Youth Tour,” said Chaperone Tracey Miller from Tipmont REMC. “There was no hesitation when she noticed someone alone. She was able to interact and pull them into a conversation or activity with ease.

sarah mahnesmith Jasper County REMC

Sarah is the type of person who will step up to lead and communicate effectively in any situation with a smile and great attitude.” This is not the first time Sarah’s been recognized by her local REMC and featured in this magazine. In 2012, as a fifth grader, Sarah was among five students, which also included three eighth graders and a seventh grader, to win a Youth Power & Hope Award for outstanding commitment and service to her community. (Please turn to page 12 to learn about this year’s YP&H Award program.) Even though she’d always excelled in school, Sarah said that award gave her added incentive to succeed outwardly. “It gave me confidence at a young age to put myself out there and try new things and widen my perspective.” And that commitment to helping others and her community remains just as strong today. “I’m definitely a people person, and I really like to help people,” she noted. “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my community and the people here that have pushed me and helped me become who I am, so I feel the need to give back.” PHO TO BY RI CHARD G . B I E V E R

Sarah Mahnesmith is the daughter of Christine Scheurich and the late Kent Mahnesmith. Her stepfather is Pat Scheurich, an employee of Jasper County REMC.



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