2020 Annual Meeting recap.
Jackson County REMC’s
UNLEASHING ICAN is a win-win for two groups of people in need of help pages 20–24
from the editor
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS James Dean truly was the man, the myth and the legend. The Fairmount, Indiana, native may have lived fast and died young, but even after his death on Sept. 30, 1955, his iconic presence endures. I’ve been intrigued by Dean since my freshman year of college. I fell under his charismatic spell during a humanities class movie screening of “Rebel Without a Cause.” I thought it was so cool that he was a Hoosier and, in the age before Google, I set out to learn more about him the old-fashioned way: books. I found out about his growing-up years, his early career, and his love of racing cars. I discovered his other movies — including one of my all-time favorites, “Giant.” This epic three-plus-hour-long classic chronicles the lives of a wealthy Texas ranch owner, his family, and the ranch hand (Dean) who strikes it rich when he discovers oil. Dean had just finished filming the movie when he died in a car crash enroute to a road race. He was only 24. Each year, the town of Fairmount has commemorated the anniversary of his death by celebrating his life on the last full weekend of September. Events have included a look-alike contest, a 1950s dance contest, screenings of his three films and a parade. Authentic James Dean memorabilia is displayed, too. This year’s Remembering James Dean Festival, which would have acknowledged 65 years since his death, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Although fans from near and far won’t be converging on his Indiana home this month, they will continue to do what the festival was designed to do: remember James Dean. And, while around the world he remains an ageless representation of teenage angst, in Fairmount he is much more than a legend. He is one of the community’s own. Isn’t that really the best way to be memorialized?
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03 FROM THE EDITOR
05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative.
14 COUNTY OF THE MONTH
10 ENERGY Two household systems that can help you manage your energy use.
20 COVER STORY
Spotlighting Henry County.
Unleashing hope: ICAN is a win-win for two groups of people in need of help.
28 BACKYARD Mystery seeds from China.
16 INDIANA EATS
Ten ways to chill out on National Chocolate Milkshake Day. 18 FOOD Prep these reader favorites in just a half hour.
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Be safe around electricity when moving farm equipment.
The future of lighting has never been brighter. 30 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS
On the cover Dustin, an incarcerated offender at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, shares a moment with Maple, the service dog heâ€™s training for Indiana Canine Assistant Network. ICAN provides service dogs for clients with physical and health issues and gives inmates a chance to learn skills they can use after prison. PHOTO BY LIZ KAYE/ICANdog.org
Jackson County REMC news
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Dedicated to providing you with essential services
The last few
Given the circumstances and the
format of this meeting, I am going
been a true
to make this very brief. If a member
testament of our
has any questions, feel free to
Local calls: 812-358-4458 Toll-Free: 800-288-4458
our members and
shutdown, we were able to
Some operational highlights from 2019 include:
transition how we do business
• We implemented a rate change
OFFICE HOURS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
the communities we serve. Through the COVID-19
almost overnight and still provide
in April 2019 which supports the
the same excellent service you
sustainability of the cooperative.
• We completed several projects
I am proud of the willingness of
in the $1.9 million construction
every employee to do whatever it
workplan to enhance the
Online: www.jacksonremc.com By phone: 1-888-999-8816
took to serve our members during
reliability of electric service.
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honored to be part of this amazing
right-of-way at a budgeted cost
Jackson County REMC team.
of $1.4 million, which continues
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this unprecedented time. I am
• We trimmed over 500 miles of
our commitment to maintaining continued on page 6
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President John Trinkle, District 3 Vice President Walter Hunter, District 2 Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Kelley, District 5 John Hackman, District 1 Paul Elliott, District 4 Mark Trisler, District 6 Curtis Wischmeier, District 7 Dave Hall, District 8 John Miller, District 9
Annual meeting attendees registered, voted for directors, and received registration gifts and ice cream sandwiches while remaining in their vehicles.
Jackson County REMC news report in the June/July edition
Jackson County REMC Board President John Trinkle, surrounded by fellow board members, addresses the REMC membership during a virtual business meeting.
of the Watt Highlights, which highlighted our financials for the year. The cost breakdown for where your dollar goes is always interesting. Almost 71% of every dollar we collect goes toward wholesale purchased power costs. The statement of operations for 2019 shows electric operating margins of $5.6 million. Electric
continued from page 6
Once the pre-drop survey is
our right-of-way program for
complete, we turn it over to our
contractors to install the drop and
â€˘ We ended 2019 with 1,036 miles of fiber-optic cable installed
splice and test the fiber-optic cable to your home or business.
and 2,245 active fiber accounts,
Once we get the job back from our
with over 800 in the queue to
contractors, we will contact you to
get connected. Today we have a
schedule one of our technicians to
total of 1,264 miles of fiber-optic
complete the install.
cable installed and 3,641 active fiber accounts, with over 1,000 accounts in the queue to get connected.
also ended 2019 with $153.1 million in electric assets. Fiber operating margins were negative $2.6 million. The financial model projected negative margins for a few years due to the capital ended 2019 with $28.9 million in
time, especially when we started
fiber assets and $32 million in long-
from scratch. Another time factor
In almost every location, take-
high-speed fiber-optic broadband
rates have exceeded the projected
connection. I know several of you
take-rates by 30%, which is a true
are still patiently waiting to get
indicator of the need for a reliable
high-speed broadband connection
optic mainline network should be
payments on long term debt. We
requirements of the project. We
proved was the need for a reliable
a fiber-optic backbone and fiber-
credit retirements and principal
steps in the process, and it all takes
is the demand from our members.
construction of over 2,000 miles of
infrastructure investments, capital
As you can see, there are several
One of the many things COVID-19
At our current pace, the
margins are used for cash reserves,
within our service territory. Even though mainline construction will be completed by the end of 2021, we will still be doing installs
We continue to leverage our partnerships with our national organization, NRECA; our statewide organization, IEC; and our power provider, Hoosier Energy. These organizations have been especially helpful in providing support and resources to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
in the home well into 2022. I can
I am excited about what the future
assure you we will do what we can
holds for Jackson County REMC.
As each section of the mainline
to get those of you patiently wait
As I said before, I am honored to
construction is complete, the next
connected as fast as possible.
be part of your local electric and
completed by the end of 2021.
step is for us to contact you to let you know the area is ready for a pre-drop survey.
Now a quick financial review: You all received the 2019 annual
MARK MCKINNEY President/CEO
Jackson County REMC news
2020 Annual meeting recap
Over 700 members attended this year’s drive-thru meeting.
This year’s Annual Meeting was
During the virtual business ses-
ballots were cast with 2,764 of those
different than ever before due to
sion, REMC CEO Mark McKinney
coming from the pilot program of
COVID-19. On Thursday, July 23,
and REMC Board President John
mail-in and online. Three hundred
we had a drive-thru registration
Trinkle both presented short talks
sixteen election ballots were cast at
where you could register, vote and
to the members during the virtual
the drive-thru registration.
pick up ice cream sandwiches and
business session. (McKinney’s talk
is printed on pages 5 and 6 of this
There was no in-person business meeting this year. The business meeting was recorded and posted to our Facebook page on July 24. The drive-thru registration boasted a large turnout with over 1,000 attendees and over 1,400 ice cream sandwiches handed out.
magazine.) The election of three board members was also held. Re-elected by the members to represent districts three, six, and nine, respectively, were John Trinkle, Mark Trisler and John Miller. This year was our first year to offer a pilot program of mail-in and online ballots. A total of 3,080 election
The board reorganized for the coming year during a short meeting following the business session. John Trinkle was re-elected to the post of president; Walter Hunter was re-elected as vice-president and Jerry Kelley was re-elected as secretary-treasurer. Thank you to all our members who attended our drive-thru meeting and/or voted in this year’s election.
Jackson County REMC news
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Residential electrification Two household systems that can help you manage your energy use
Heating water and
efficiency units to
efficiency but their
heating and cooling the
operate in cold climates,
goals are the same â€” to
air in your home are
reductions in costs
help their consumers
for these systems are
in heating across the
better understand the
benefits of electrified
Finding ways to reduce
better manage their
the energy they use
energy use. One way
this is taking place is
comfort can be
through electric air
challenging. Adding to
source heat pumps
the complexity are the
(ASHPs). These units
various energy sources
provide a cost-
effective way to heat
propane or natural gas
and cool your home
by transferring heat
When it comes to the benefits that electricsourced climate controls and water heaters provide, consumers like you have choices.
from one place to another instead of only generating heat. Examples include
electric water heaters incorporate heat pump technology as well to assist in heating
equipment that can both increase the comfort of their homes and reduce their overall energy consumption.
water while reducing the amount of energy needed. Some of these water heaters can be two to three times more efficient than conventional electriccoil water heaters. by
Electric co-ops have
heating systems. New
toward helping members
technology in ASHPs
also allow for high
Manager of Energy Management Solutions Hoosier Energy
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
I enjoy reading Emily Schilling’s “From the Editor” in the REMC magazine each month. July’s column was especially interesting to me ... I could have written it! I, too, enjoy the Hallmark Christmas movies. It is what this crazy world needs right now, movies that make you feel good. I especially enjoy the County of the Month, Indiana Eats, Food, Backyard, and Travel sections of this little magazine. Keep up the good work! Chris Seal, Daviess-Martin County REMC member
Youth Power and Hope Awards
deadline Oct. 2 Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Indiana Connection, are accepting applications for the Youth Power and Hope Awards. This awards program honors fifth through eighth graders who are leaders in their communities. Five winners will receive $500 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Indiana Connection. Interested students must submit an application, examples of how they have been involved in their local communities, and a reference letter from a trusted adult by Friday, Oct. 2. Visit indianaconnection.org/?p=230 for an application and to learn about past award recipients. Contact us at info@IndianaConnection.org or 317487-2220 if you have any questions.
Get out and vote The 2020 general election is just around the corner. Polls will open on Nov. 3. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5. Who can vote? To vote in the 2020 general election, you must be both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; be at least 18 years of age on or before the general election; not currently be in prison after being
COOKIE TIP I read with interest your editorial on baking cookies (in the July issue). This is what a good friend of mine told me years ago: If the instructions say remove from oven in 10 minutes, that is what you do because after removing a cookie sheet from oven, the cookies continue to bake for 5 minutes. This was good advice and I followed it. Try this and you will be happy. Rosalie Spirek, Angola
convicted of a crime; have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and are registered to vote.
How to vote. There are two ways to vote in the general election: by absentee ballot or in-person on Election Day. To register for an absentee ballot, you must qualify under one of the 11 reasons listed on the Indiana Secretary of State’s website. Visit https://www. in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm. If you plan to vote in-person on Election Day but are not sure where to go, visit https://indianavoters.in.gov and click on “Find My Polling Location.” You can search by both voter registration (your name and birthday) as well as by county. By casting your vote on Nov. 3 you can be assured your voice is heard on the local and national levels. As you evaluate the candidates and determine who to support, remember that elected officials play a very important role in ensuring that your electric cooperative can continue providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.
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LETTERS TO THE
Henry County An old biplane is parked on a basketball court in a relief sculpture representing Henry County (pictured on right). It’s part of the permanent 92 county artworks built into the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. The basketball court for Henry County might be obvious: the New Castle High School gymnasium is among the largest high school gyms in the nation, and New Castle is home to the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum. The county has produced 13 Hoosier high school hoops legends who are in the Hall of Fame. The airplane, however, is one of Indiana’s little-known claims to fame: Millville in eastern Henry County is the birthplace of Wilbur Wright. Wright is the oldest of the two brothers who invented, built and flew the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane. If Henry County was the basketball court in the IMS sculpture, the plane is perched right about on top of Millville. Wilbur Wright was born in the tiny town on April 16, 1867. He was the third child of the Rev. Milton Wright and Susan Catherine Koerner Wright. In the spring of 1869, the family moved to Dayton, Ohio, where the other famed brother, Orville, was born in 1871. As adults in Dayton, Wilbur and Orville pursued their growing interest in powered flight and by 1901 began putting their
theories to the test on the Atlantic shoreline at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On Dec. 17, 1903, they made the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane. Wilbur piloted their flyer for 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet. Over the next several years, they continued perfecting their flyer and the controls to make fixed-wing powered flight practical. Today, the home in Millville is operated as the Wilbur Wright Birthplace Museum. It includes the original house where Wright was born and a full-size replica of the brothers’ first plane. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is located in New Castle. The Hall is a 14,000-squarefoot museum full of memorabilia and interactive displays about basketball in the state. Thirteen New Castle graduates are in the Hall, including Indiana University basketball legends Steve Alford and Kent Benson.
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Shake Indiana eats
Ten ways to chill out on National Chocolate Milkshake Day
valpo velvet shoppe
fair oaks farms
just cream ice cream boutique
silver dipper ice cream
Traders Point Creamery gordon’s milkshake bar
zaharakos the chocolate moose
Traders Point Creamery’s Chocolate Milkshake
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Indiana eats Not that you need an excuse to enjoy a rich and creamy milkshake, but Sept. 12 is the designated day to raise a toast to everyone’s favorite sweet indulgence. Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day by popping into one of these 10 Hoosier ice cream shops that offer exceptional chocolate shakes. The Chocolate Moose Bloomington, Nashville Moosebtown.com IU alums are certainly familiar with this Bloomington mainstay which opened in 1933 as May’s Café. The ice cream is homemade and includes vegan varieties.
to order from Ivanhoe’s extensive menu. One choco-licious choice: Chocolate Anonymous, a chocolate shake with chocolate wafers and a Hershey bar.
Valpo Velvet Shoppe
The hand-spun shakes at this Howard County restaurant come with your choice of flavor and topping in four sizes: child, small, medium and large. Soft serve and frozen yogurt flavors change weekly so you’ll have to visit often.
Fair Oaks Farms
Just Cream’s Zanzibar Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
Just Cream Ice Cream Boutique
Fair Oaks fofarms.com/dining/cowfe
Fort Wayne icecreamboutiquefw.com
Stop by the Cowfé for cups, cones, sundaes, floats, malts and shakes made from Fair Oaks Farms’ homemade ice cream. Order Fair Oaks’ famous grilled cheese sandwich or pick up some awardwinning cheese while you’re there.
This northeastern Indiana shop’s shakes can literally go from “simply” to “extremely” delicious: your choice. Made from super premium ice cream, shakes can be garnished with sweet treats like cotton candy, Rice Krispie treats, cookies, and doughnuts. Or, milkshake purists can opt to crown their icy delights with just whipped cream and maraschino cherries.
Gordon’s Milkshake Bar Indianapolis 317-453-1360 Located in Indy’s trendy Mass Ave district, this newbie business (open since December 2019) has already been voted one of the capital city’s best dessert bars by readers of The Indianapolis Star.
north of Indianapolis: Dutch chocolate milk with vanilla ice cream, whole milk with chocolate ice cream and Dutch chocolate milk with chocolate ice cream. Besides chocolate, try shakes in a variety of seasonal flavors like wildberry and pumpkin spice at the Creamery’s Dairy Bar.
Silver Dipper Ice Cream West Lafayette silverdipper.com
Started in 1920 as Valparaiso Home Ice Company, this northwestern Indiana company makes ice cream, sherbet, sorbet and frozen yogurt. A variety of frozen gourmet novelties including ice cream cakes and pies, custom cookiewiches and chocolate-dipped bananas are available. Enjoy a chocolate shake made by trained “soda jerks,” otherwise known as “expert scoopers.”
Zaharakos Columbus zaharakos.com A trip to Zaharakos is like a journey to the past. This national historic landmark is part ice cream parlor/soda fountain and part museum (with a display of mechanical musical instruments and soda fountain relics). Come for the ice cream treats and shakes and enjoy the old-timey atmosphere featuring music from an onsite player piano.
Silver Dipper’s chocolate shake won’t disappoint. Neither will the 50-plus flavors of ice cream that have Purdue students — and other locals — coming back for more.
Traders Point Creamery
With 100 different flavors of shakes and 100 different flavors of sundaes, there’s something for everyone at this ice cream institution. You’ll have a tough time choosing which variety of chocolate shake
There are three ways to make a chocolate milkshake at this family-owned artisan creamery and organic dairy farm just
Zionsville traderspointcreamery.com Zaharakos’ Chocolate Milkshake
food CRACKER-CRUSTED BUFFALO SHRIMP ½ cup hot pepper sauce ¼ cup butter, melted 36 round buttery crackers, crushed (about 1 ¼ cups) 25 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 lb.), peeled with tails left on, deveined ¾ cup blue cheese or ranch dressing Hot pepper sauce for serving, optional Celery stalks Heat oven to 350 F. Mix hot pepper sauce and butter in a shallow bowl. Place cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip shrimp in sauce mixture, then in crumbs, turning to evenly coat both sides of each shrimp. Place in a single layer on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until shrimp are done. Serve with dressing, extra hot pepper sauce if desired, and celery. Cook’s note: Can substitute panko bread crumbs, crushed potato chips or pretzels, or crushed crackers of your choice for the crushed buttery crackers
BREAKFAST NACHOS Marilles Mauer, Greensburg, Indiana 3-4 medium/large potatoes 2 T. oil ½ t. salt 1 lb. roll pork sausage 4 eggs 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Other favorite toppings, optional
Preheat oven to 425 F and place a baking sheet with a raised edge in oven. Wash the potatoes and slice them thinly (about 1/8 inch thick). Place the sliced potatoes in a bowl and toss them with the oil and salt until evenly coated. Place the prepared potatoes on the heated baking sheet in a single layer. (Try not to let them touch or overlap for even cooking.) Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook the potatoes for about 25 minutes. Halfway through baking time, turn the potatoes over. While potatoes are baking, brown and crumble sausage in a skillet; set aside. About 10 minutes before the potatoes are done, scramble eggs in another skillet; set aside. Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and sprinkle with half the cheese. Sprinkle the sausage on top and then cover with scrambled eggs. Add the diced tomatoes on top. Can add other favorite toppings if desired. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Return the pan to the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
THAT’S ALL IT TAKES TO PREP THESE READER FAVORITES
half hour? SAUSAGE DRESSING Kathleen Tooley Berne, Indiana 1 (6 oz.) box long grain and wild rice mix 1 lb. sausage 1 small onion, diced 1 small bell pepper, chopped 1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms Prepare long grain and wild rice mix as directed on package. Meanwhile, saute sausage, onion, pepper and mushrooms
BAKED FISH PARMESAN Patricia Piekarski, Harvey, Illinois 3 T. butter, melted ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 ⅓ lbs. fish fillets, about ½ inch thick
Combine butter, bread crumbs and cheese in a bowl. Place fish in single layer in a
in a skillet. When rice is done, add to the skillet. Mix well. Cook’s note: Serve as a side dish or main dish.
shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with crumb mixture and bake in a 450 F oven for 10 minutes or until done.
FO O D PREPARED BY I NDI ANA CO NNECTI O N STA FF PHO TO S BY TAYLO R M ARAN I O N
UNLEASHING HOPE ICAN is a win-win for two groups of people in need of help Collin Kreiner was just 6 months old when doctors told his parents he had cerebral palsy. The condition affected the right side of his brain and left him with a partial paralysis. The diagnosis came after his parents had noticed Collin was not using his left hand. He kept it clenched in a fist â€” as if he needed something to hold on to. Vanessa was an adult when she was convicted of a crime and sentenced to the Indiana Womenâ€™s Prison in Indianapolis. Life was spinning too fast, she noted, and she had not slowed down to see and appreciate the beauty in things. The future seemed empty behind bars. What she had had of a life on the outside, she let slip through her hands.
Ryan and Claudine Kreiner react with tears as they see their son Collin receive his ICAN service dog, Maj, at the graduation ceremony at the Indiana Women’s Prison in June of 2019.
And then, as Collin’s parents shed tears among a room full of others like them, Vanessa handed Maj’s leash to Collin at the graduation. It was an act
Vanessa together with Maj is Indiana Canine Assistant Network.
between other inmate handlers, like
Since its beginning in 2002, ICAN
Collin, taking home an individual
A L L PH OTOS B Y L IZ K AY E /IC A Ndog.or g
The program that brought Collin and
repeated several times that evening Vanessa, and other recipients, like Collin Kreiner is all smiles posing with his service dog, Your Majesty (Maj for short), at the Indiana Canine Assistant Network graduation ceremony in June 2019.
STARS AL I G N
service dog, like Maj. “It was amazing to see him the night of graduation and all the people that were coming up to him,” Ryan Kreiner said of Collin, the third of his four
has fostered 201 similar unions. The statewide nonprofit has brought new hope and possibilities to individuals living with a disability who need a service dog and to the offenders who train them. It repairs the brokenness those in both groups often feel through
sons. “I’ve never seen him like that
the unconditional love of these dogs.
rom these seemingly divergent
before. He was beaming. You could see he was just so excited to have
“They’re very parallel experiences,”
paths came a common band
Collin and Vanessa could firmly
Maj. And I was watching Vanessa and
cling to. Staring down an uncertain
him when they were going to meet on
implacable future, both found hope
the stage, and you could just see the
and redemption on the end of a leash
connection with those two.”
of a dog named Your Majesty.
Collin even noticed how his normally
In June of 2019, Collin, now 14 and
stoic dad responded, asking afterward,
an eighth grader from Noblesville,
“Dad, are you crying?”
and Vanessa, still incarcerated at the Women’s Prison, met for two weeks inside the prison walls. That’s where Vanessa, who had become a dog trainer and spent months handling and living with Maj at her side, taught Collin and Maj how to work together.
“All the stuff he’s been through,” Ryan continued. “It’s so great to see him get something that he wanted and succeed in something and be ...”
explained Jillian Ashton, ICAN’s president. “Even though their reasons may be different, the sense of isolation and not being able to participate in the community wholeheartedly for whatever reasons — barriers of intimacy, barriers of physical abilities, whatever — and then the dog just changes all that.” She added that the trainer and the client come together with the sole purpose of just helping each other. “And the dog is the conduit. There’s restitution and
“… the star!” injected Collin’s mom,
Claudine, completing her husband’s
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The professional training and experience the offenders gain handling the dogs has given most of those who have been released from prison the encouragement, confidence
ICAN, which just this summer moved
• facilities — for occupational
its office from Indianapolis’ west
physical therapy units, rehab
side to a new location in Zionsville,
centers, schools and courthouses
primarily serves residents of Indiana.
(to help children in CASA — Court
ICAN also works with other similar
Appointed Special Advocate —
organizations in surrounding states.
and skills to succeed and not repeat
ICAN currently works with 60 adult
the poor choices that put them there.
men and women offenders in three
level of the spectrum to assist with
prisons: Pendleton Correctional
disorders affecting developmental,
Facility at Pendleton, the Correctional
communication and other skills.
BEGI N N IN GS ICAN was founded with that two-fold mission: to train and place high-
Industrial Facility at Pendleton, and the Indiana Women’s Prison in
quality service dogs with individuals
with disabilities; and to provide
ICAN’s service dogs assist:
foundational life skills to inmates through their experiences as trainers. The dual purpose makes ICAN stand out as one of the few organizations like it in the U.S.
• autism — for those on the higher
• diabetics — for those who have a hard time sensing rapid changes in blood sugar, dogs are trained to
• mobility/stability — for those who have suffered strokes or other
detect the chemical changes and alert the diabetic of the onset of low or high blood sugars and assist.
traumatic brain injury. Dogs help
Puppies for the program are raised by
stabilize the clients as they get up
trained volunteers who help socialize
and move, clear
the dogs and teach basic obedience
skills. They also work at stimulating
open doors. This
the dogs’ cognitive abilities and acuity
is ICAN’s primary
through rubbing, touching and noises.
At about 16 weeks of age, each dog is
assigned an offender inside a prison
• veterans — for service men
to begin the first round of its Level 1 training.
From there, ICAN uses a 6-weeks-in/
who live with
3-weeks-out training schedule that
repeats until the dog is about 2 years
or brain injuries
old and is ready for its permanent
with a secondary
placement. For six weeks, the dog is
trained in various skills by its selected
PTSD. Just by
inmate handler. For three weeks,
it is taken out of prison and placed
nature, dogs help
with a trained volunteer known as a
“furlougher” who socializes the dog
ICAN at a glance Founded in 2002, Indiana Canine Assistant Network is a non-profit organization that trains and places
• Number of active client/dog teams — 108 • Number of inmate handlers — 60
assistance dogs with children and adults
(recidivism rate of past handlers is
living with disabilities AND provides
less an 15%, Indiana average is 33.8%
foundational life skills to carefully
• Number of outside volunteers — 140 • Number of people waiting for a dog — 85 • Average wait for client/dog pairing — 2-3 years • Accreditation — ICAN is accredited
screened incarcerated adults through
• Number of dogs in program — 60
by Assistance Dogs International and
their experiences as trainers.
• Average graduation rate for dogs in
is the only accredited service dog
program — 60%
program based in Indiana
to the noises and distractions of the
dog specialized skills based on the
outside world it will face with a client.
selected client. About six out of
The dog then returns to the handler for
10 dogs that enter the training will
another 6-week training session.
graduate and serve ICAN clients.
To be a trainer for ICAN, the offender
The overall cost to train a service
must not have committed a crime
dog is about $25,000. To receive an
against children or animals. Handlers
ICAN dog, the client is asked to cover
must also have four years or more
10% to demonstrate a commitment
of their sentence remaining, have
to the dog and the training. But once
high school diplomas or GEDs, and
that partnership is created, ICAN
be referred by their counselors. They
continually monitors and maintains
then complete an application and go
that relationship and provides support
through an interview process with
to the client throughout the working life
Sean Diamond, ICAN’s director of
of the dog, usually about 8-10 years.
training, and key staff at the prison.
“When you’re placing a dog with
Diamond, himself, is an ICAN success
somebody with a health concern,
story. He turned his life around after
especially a degenerative health
he turned his love and experience of
concern like MS, the client
working for ICAN while in prison into
experiences changes,” noted Ashton.
his career after he was released.
“So we may have to do some tune-up
As the dog approaches its second birthday, a client is carefully matched to the strength of each dog. Bigger, stronger dogs, might be assigned to bigger clients needing mobility
work on the dog to make sure that the dog’s skills are keeping up with the individual’s changes.”
P ROMISING F UT UR ES
and stabilization help. A dog who
Over the years, Collin Kreiner has
has shown a keener sense of
had surgeries to help his mobility.
smell might be trained in sensing
But he’s also been diagnosed with a
hypoglycemia and be matched with
seizure disorder and attention-deficit/
a diabetic. “Finishing school” for the
dog is with a handler at the Indiana Women’s Prison who teaches the
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ICAN costs Training a dog to become an ICAN service dog takes two years. The total cost for training and for ICAN to provide lifetime support for the dog and its partner is $25,000. Here are some of the costs based on just one year in training:
$600 dog food, bedding and crates
$2,000 veterinary care, and heartworm and flea prevention
$75 grooming and hygiene
$750 An ICAN trainer at the Pendleton Correctional Facility cradles the dog he’s training. Offenders become attached to the dogs they train and the dogs give unconditional love back to the offenders, many who grew up never knowing the love of a pet before. It helps them in their relationships with others inside the prison and with their families.
team training/graduation (per client-canine team)
$300 x-rays for joint health
$500 balance and training vests, bandanas, collars, leashes
$125 toys, Nylabones and treats SEPTEMBER 2020
HOW YOU CAN
Do you like dogs? Want to help ICAN meet its multipurpose mission? Here are three ways to volunteer: PUPPY RAISERS
• Welcome a future service dog into their home when the dog is approximately 8 to 16 weeks old. • Go through training with ICAN volunteers. • Socialize the puppy to home life and world experiences. • Begin basic obedience training.
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“If you met him, he doesn’t use his disability as an excuse. He makes his own adaptations, but sometimes he does get frustrated,” said his mom. With the arrival of Maj, who’s also been trained to assist Collin during a seizure, Collin, his parents and his
“super nice, super welcoming” trainer. “I think it’s taught her to do good in life, and not just throw away your life and act like it doesn’t matter.” ICAN has shown offenders and their clients, two groups of people broken in different ways, that their lives do matter. ICAN brings hope.
three brothers are all sleeping easier.
“Hope is defined as a promise for a
Even though Maj takes up most of his
better future,” noted Vanessa. “With
bed and pushes Collin to the edge as
the training and character-building
dogs do, Collin said, “She makes me
skills that ICAN has provided for me,
feel safe at night. I’m not afraid I’m
I can now say that my future looks
going to wake up and have a seizure.
promising — not only for me but, more
And if I do, she’ll be next to me.”
importantly, for my children.”
Collin is grateful for what Maj has
This story was written by senior editor Richard G. Biever using some source material from ICAN.
brought to his life and recognizes what ICAN has done for Vanessa, the
• Attend puppy-raiser classes with their puppy.
FURLOUGHERS • Give dogs the opportunity to leave their prison training environment and practice skills in real-life situations. • Go through training with ICAN volunteers. • Take a dog for three weeks at a time. • Attend monthly meetings to maintain skills.
OTHER VOLUNTEERING ICAN does a lot of outreach and special events. One, for example, is “Puppy Love Valentines,” a fundraising program in which volunteers deliver gift boxes with one of the dogs-in-training.
FOR MORE INFORMATION If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, sponsoring ICAN dog training or making a financial donation or know someone who can benefit from a service dog, please contact Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) at 317-672-3860 or visit www.icandog.org. 24 SEPTEMBER 2020
The Kreiner Family — dad Ryan, Collin and mom Claudine — gather around Maj and Vanessa. Vanessa served as Maj’s final ICAN trainer at the Indiana Women’s Prison.
WINE & WAGS GOES ONLINE ICAN’s largest annual fundraising event, Wine & Wags, is going virtual this year because of the pandemic. The incredible online experience will be filled with stories of clients, handlers in prison, released handlers and community members.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to view the virtual event. Visit www.icandog.org to register. The link will then be emailed to you. Questions? Contact Dino at 317-6723864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AROUND ELECTRICITY WHEN MOVING FARM EQUIPMENT With the arrival of harvest time,
• Watch out for power poles, too.
Indiana’s farmers are shifting into high
If you strike one, it may break,
gear as they move into their fields to
dropping a live line on your metal
bring in their crops. The increased
tractor or combine.
activity puts farmers and farm workers at greater risk, warns John
• When considering the height of equipment, don’t forget about the
Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric
radio antennas and GPS receivers
that may reach another couple of
“Combines and grain augers are large
feet above the roof.
pieces of equipment,” says Gasstrom.
• Remember new equipment could
“People assume everything will fit
be bigger and taller than what it
under the power lines, but that isn’t
replaced. Don’t assume the new
always the case. The biggest cause of
equipment will fit in the same space.
electrocutions on farms is equipment accidentally touching power lines.” Here are some tips Indiana Electric Cooperatives recommends for farmers
• When moving equipment near power lines, have a spotter on hand to ensure your safety. • If you’re not completely sure
to protect themselves and their
equipment will fit under a power
line, find an alternate way to
• Always look up and around before moving or raising equipment. Keep in mind power lines sag between poles, especially on hot days. A good rule of thumb is to stay at least 30 feet from all power lines and power poles. • Never try to raise power lines to allow passage of tall equipment.
move it. • If you’re in equipment that touches power lines, stay in the cab and call for help. Tell others to stay away. In the rare case of a fire that requires you to escape, jump clear of the equipment. Keep both feet together and shuffle or hop at least 30 feet away.
Even non-metallic objects such
“Working the land has enough
as wood poles or branches can
hazards in the work itself,” says
Gasstrom. “With care and planning, moving to and from the fields shouldn’t
be one of them.”
Knowledge is power for farm safety Anyone who operates farm equipment and augers should be educated about safe operating procedures and hazards, including the possibility of coming in contact with electric lines. Your electric cooperative reminds you to be alert when you’re at work.
• Remember: Lower grain augers to a horizontal position before moving from location to location. Pay attention to where power lines are located before raising an auger into position.
• Think safe, think 10 — the 10-foot rule, that is! When working with farm equipment or machinery, stay away from power lines at least 10 feet in every direction. If you need to work within 10 feet of an overhead power line, call your electric cooperative first.
Gas fireplaces recalled due to burn hazard Miles Industries has recalled two models of Valor H5 propane gas fireplaces: Model 1150ILP with serial number ranging from 20001 through 20365 and model 1150JLP with serial number ranging from 20366 through 21502. A delayed ignition, due to pilot degradation, can cause gas in the fireplace to accumulate prior to burner ignition. When ignition takes place, it can cause the glass window to shatter, posing burn and laceration hazards. The recalled fireplaces were sold in seven different trim and front options with a log set and a mesh barrier screen that was installed in front of the glass. The fireplaces are a fully enclosed rectangular sheet metal box with a glass front. The exhaust is vented to the outside through a ventilation duct. The fire places were sold at Southern Fireplaces & More, Custom Hearth, On Fire, Abercrombie & Co., Southern Hearth & Patio stores and other specialty hearth stores from July 2014 through March 2020 for between $3,700 and $5,500 (not including installation).
Call 866-420-3360; or go online at valorfireplaces.com and click on H5 Recall Notice for more information.
Christmas treeâ€™s mode-switching controller can overheat Willis Electric has recalled its Home Accents Holiday Artificial Christmas Trees due to a burn hazard. The Christmas treeâ€™s foot-pedal controller can overheat. This recall involves mode-switching foot-pedal controllers included with 2019 Home Accent Holiday 7.5-feet and 9-feet artificial pine Christmas trees. Multiple model numbers are involved. The recalled trees were sold exclusively at Home Depot from June 2019 through December 2019 for between $80-$360.
Call 866-210-5958; or go online at www.williscorporation.com and click on the recall tab for more information. As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are some recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of these recalls and for notices of many more.
Working together to provide
essential services How long have you been employed here at Jackson County REMC? 8.5 years. Before working here, what was an interesting job that you have had? I worked in Maine on a trail crew doing search and rescue. How has the company changed since you have been here? We are using technology to offer many services to our members. Most currently we are offering fiber to our members through our Smart Grid Fiber Project. What is your favorite part of working here? I love the camaraderie and atmosphere of the company as well as the ability to help provide essential services to our membership. If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be? I would be a scuba instructor on a tropical island.
Nancy Stidham Vice President of Cooperative Services Jackson County REMC What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my family, camping and being on the lake, reading, and traveling. What is your hidden talent? I like to sew and make clothes. What motivates you to wake up and go to work? Helping people.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability what would it be? I would like to be able to sing. Music makes me happy.
INTERESTED IN AN ELECTRIC CO-OP CAREER? Visit WePowerIndiana.org to learn about available careers or tell us about yourself.
do-it-yourself What’s “old” is new again when it comes to lighting — but only on the outside. That’s good news for those who love the look of yesteryear. Contemporary products using older materials like wrought iron, watermark glass, or mesh shades offer even more ways to express your personal lighting style. These nostalgic looks do get 21st century updates with LED technology and connected home capabilities.
THE FUTURE OF LIGHTING HAS
never been brighter Mainstream use of incandescent lightbulbs is dwindling, and for good reason. While many people still favor them (and are buying up what’s left), incandescents waste energy by giving off more heat than light, are inefficient, and have short lifespans. Long-life LED bulbs have power- and moneysaving qualities that make them a desirable choice. The upfront cost of LEDs can be a turn off, but replacing them less often while gaining energy savings over time just makes good sense. And, the technology behind them only continues to improve. If you’re replacing entire fixtures, try new retrofitted light replacement kits with LED lights built right in. It can be a very simple fix if you’re updating a slew of recessed can lights, for instance. If you’re considering a home lighting overhaul, take a look at modern or updated vintage designs available now with LEDs.
Make a big statement One design trend is to eliminate multiple
lights in a room in favor of one oversized light fixture as a statement piece that creates a “wow” factor. People who enjoy a minimalist look in décor may choose a very substantial light fixture as a room’s focal point and conversation piece.
Shapes, colors, and textures Chandeliers and pendants are trending toward geometric shapes, such as circles, rounded triangles, or hard-angled squares, sometimes with multiples intertwined. Abstract shapes and clean lines in chandeliers and sconces are popular with folks who dislike elaborate designs. The color palette for fixtures is expanding, and one finish that’s trending this year is gold. Expect to
see beautiful soft gold (not brass) finishes, with long-standing favorites like brushed nickel, bronze, and black holding strong. The exciting thing about home lighting options today can’t be pinned down to one aspect like technology, cool new design choices, or efficiency. It’s really a combination of all these things. Gone are the days of just throwing a few lamps around your space and regularly replacing short-life bulbs in builder’s grade fixtures that came with the house. Lighting possibilities are endless, and the future of lighting has never been brighter. Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products.
Jason Bolinger is the owner of Garrett Hardware in Garrett and is a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based 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.)
Hoosier Energy news
Observation process helps identify where to make improvements When asked to use a No. 2 pencil,
Bubble after bubble, details of the
Capturing safety information like
fill circles completely and make
job are categorized. If the job is
this is important but what you do
no stray marks on the form, these
completed properly, with safety at
with the data is where the value
instructions are likely to bring back
the forefront of the work being done,
lies. Once scanned, data collected is
memories of school years when
the task is marked as “safe.” If there
then searchable through a database
scantron technology was used for
were safety issues not addressed,
so that analysis can be performed
such as forgetting to check fall
to find opportunities for additional
protection harnesses, the task is
Hoosier Energy’s Merom Generating Station’s Job Safety Observation
marked as “at-risk.”
“We can see where the ‘at-risk’ areas
Team is utilizing this technology in a
Unsafe practices are discussed on the
are as we go along so we can identify
spot. The goal is to help employees
trends. If we need to fix something,
build safety habits through the work
retrain or make improvements, we
they do – and the work is diverse.
have the data to figure that out,” said
Using a custom form that is specific to the power plant, members of the team observe work practices and
The safety review process includes
identify safety procedures. They use
topics such as permits and
the forms to identify if practices are
procedures, personal protective
safe or at-risk.
equipment, excavation, ladders and
“We worked directly with the Scantron company to develop our form for the specific safety items that we wanted. The custom form allows us to identify and address at-risk areas and make proactive changes in order to improve working conditions and maintain a high level of safety for our employees,” said John Sneed, area coordinator – I&E maintenance at the Merom Generating Station. A safety observation begins during a job briefing — scantron and pencil in hand. Throughout the process, safety leaders are able to identify risks involved with a job or task, that can include climbing, using a forklift, or connecting rigging equipment.
Sneed. Area Coordinator John Sneed, left, observes Electrician Rich Beller at Merom’s Electrical Maintenance Shop as he performs a circuit breaker repair.