Carroll White REMC — September 2021 Indiana Connection

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Becky Jackson always put members first.

Carroll White REMC’s


September R E A D E R S R E F L E C T O N T R AG I C DAY





from the editor

After 23 years living in the same house, it’s definitely time for a major decorating refresh. So, I’ve been scouring home décor magazines for months now, seeking inspiration on how to update the mid-‘90s style that we’ve surrounded ourselves with all these years into something more on trend. Kitchens and bathrooms seem to top most homeowners’ renovation to-do lists. I totally understand why. When comparing the dark wood cabinets and black appliances in my kitchen with the lighter cabinetry and farmhouse décor in so many homes nowadays, the passage of time and trends is crystal clear. I know many DIY’ers freshen their cabinets by replacing the doors or painting them in one of numerous shades of white but, according to the decorating magazines, to really update your kitchen’s appeal, open shelving seems to be the way to go. I love the look of neatly stacked matching plates, soup bowls and mixing bowls nesting within each other next to them, and rows of sparkling glasses out in the open for all to see. But as much as I covet this popular trend, I know I’d never be able to pull it off. For one thing, I’d have to buy a whole new set of dishes and glassware fit to be a kitchen focal point. Plus, the stress of having more open surfaces to dust (as if I dust regularly as it is!) is negating the tranquil effect the open concept is supposed inspire. So, maybe I need to ditch the decorating trends and create a totally original look — one that won’t be subject to the whims of design gurus who will never know what works for me. And 10 years from now, when the shelf life of open shelves is over, I won’t have to dismantle them to put some cabinets back up. I guess it’s time to pick up some paint and keep what’s behind closed doors right where they are. Who knows — my as-yet undiscovered kitchen makeover may be a home style hit!

EMILY SCHILLING Editor Editor’s comment: I received several comments about my July column and the fact that I did not specify I would be recycling my preponderance of old magazines. To clarify, everything was donated to various resale shops so others will hopefully be able to enjoy reliving the “good old days” through the magazines.

On the menu: December issue: Chocolate, deadline Oct. 1.

January issue: Sheet pan meals, deadline Oct. 1. If we publish your recipe on our food pages, we’ll send you a $10 gift card.

Giveaways: We have two prize opportunities this month. Kankakee Valley REMC is

providing a $50 gift card to Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso. Plus, we have a prize package from Ripley County Tourism (value $150). For details and to enter, visit Entry deadline: Sept. 30.

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

and entries for gift drawings, please use the forms on our website; email; or send to Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606.

VOLUME 71 • NUMBER 3 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340 Published monthly by Indiana Electric Cooperatives Indiana Connection is for and about members of Indiana’s locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. It helps consumers use electricity safely and efficiently; understand energy issues; connect with their co-op; and celebrate life in Indiana. Over 304,000 residents and businesses receive the magazine as part of their electric co-op membership. CONTACT US: 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606 317-487-2220 INDIANA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES OFFICERS: Walter Hunter President Randy Kleaving Vice President Steve McMichael Secretary/Treasurer John Gasstrom CEO EDITORIAL STAFF: Emily Schilling Editor Richard George Biever Senior Editor Holly Huffman Communication Support Specialist Ellie Schuler Senior Digital and Layout Design Specialist Taylor Maranion Senior Brand and Visual Design Specialist Lauren Carman Communication Coordinator Mandy Barth Vice President of Communication ADVERTISING: American MainStreet Publications Cheryl Solomon, local ad representative; 512-441-5200; Crosshair Media 502-216-8537; Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. UNSOLICITED MATERIAL: Indiana Connection does not use unsolicited freelance manuscripts or photographs and assumes no responsibility for the safe‑keeping or return of unsolicited material. SUBSCRIPTIONS: $12 for individuals not subscribing through participating REMCs/RECs. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you receive Indiana Connection through your electric co-op membership, report address changes to your local co-op. POSTAGE: Periodicals postage paid at Indianapolis, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send change of address to: Indiana Connection, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4606. Include key number.

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03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS Energy news and information from your electric cooperative. 12 INSIGHTS 14 ENERGY How the cost of energy remains stable.









Industrial Revolution salutes nation’s greatness while serving great food.

Spotlighting Ripley County.

Shades State Park. (Not in all editions)

16 FOOD Pick of the chick.

24 SAFETY Take care when charging your electric vehicle.

18 COVER STORY Remember that September: Readers reflect on 9/11.



28 DIY Wallpapering to create an accent wall. 30 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS

26 PETS Don’t ignore your pet’s dental health. (Not in all editions)


Indiana Connection

On the cover Twenty years after 9/11, not only is the New York City skyline forever altered — so are those who remember that tragic day. And though the 9/11 Memorial, shown on the cover, is a magnet for those wanting to reflect on what happened, our readers simply took pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard to share their stories of where they were when the world changed.



co-op news “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” CARROLL WHITE REMC P.O. Box 599; Monticello, IN 47960 800-844-7161 (Toll Free) MONTICELLO OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday DELPHI OFFICE 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday EMAIL CEO Randy W. Price BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kevin M. Bender, 219-863-6652 4280 W, 700 N, Delphi

Margaret E. Foutch, 219-279-2677 7535 W, 500 S, Chalmers

Gary E. Gerlach, 574-595-7820 9833 S. Base Road, Star City

Kent P. Zimpfer, 765-479-3006 4672 E. Arrow Point Court, Battle Ground

Tina L. Davis, 219-204-2195 7249 W, 600 S, Winamac

Ralph H. Zarse, 219-863-6342 1535 S, 100 E, Reynolds

Aaron Anderson, 765-427-5592 6634 W, 300 S, Delphi


always put members first In 1988, Becky Diener Jackson was hired by White County REMC as a member service representative. And for 33 years, Jackson has taken the words “member” and “service” to heart. Now she begins the next stage of her life as an REMC retiree. Casey Crabb, Carroll White REMC communications and public relations manager, noted Jackson elevated member services to a whole new plateau. “Becky truly puts members first by connecting with them,” Crabb said. “She takes time to get to know them and that is a gift. No matter what members need or what problem they may have, Becky takes time to listen and find a solution.”


Raised in Reynolds, she and her

“Creatively enhancing our community through safety and service.”

family were well-known in White

Safety, Service, and Community IMPORTANT DATES Cycle 1 August bills are due Sept. 5 and are subject to disconnect Sept. 28 if unpaid. Cycle 2 August bills are due Sept. 20 and are subject to disconnect Oct. 12 if unpaid. Meters are read using the Automated Meter Reading system. Cycle 1 meters will be read on Sept. 1. Cycle 2 meters will be read Sept. 15.

Energy used for cooling and heating your home makes up the largest portion of your monthly energy bills. By combining regular equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can save on your energy bills. — U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


“At that time, there was a lot of cross training,” she said. “If someone was at lunch or out, we would cover for each other. We learned a lot from each

County. Being involved with the Diener


family business and attending church,

At this time, the White County REMC

she had more than acquaintances: they were neighbors and good friends. After graduating from North White High School, Jackson attended Vincennes University for two years.



In 1988, Anita Lingenfelter told Jackson about a job opening at White

office was located on N. Main Street in downtown Monticello. “Becky and Gayle Prather worked at the front counter on Main Street,” recalled Crabb. “There was a lot of laughter daily coming from that counter. They weren’t goofing off … they were

County REMC. When Jackson was

relationship building!”

interviewed for the REMC position,

Technology was one of the biggest

she had to fill out the application responses by hand. “Lydia Parrish, who was the office manager at the time, liked my penmanship,” Jackson recalled, smiling. “We did service orders and most of the work written by

changes during Jackson’s REMC tenure. “The pandemic made people realize that they don’t have to come physically into the office,” Jackson


hand. SEPTEMBER 2021


co-op news CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 said. “So many transactions can be completed online.” As CW REMC evolves, “Transitioning to renewable energy will play a big impact,” Jackson said. “Social media is and will continue to play a strong role in communication. It is a vital part of marketing.” Jackson’s husband, Ed, retired a little over a year ago. The couple, who lives in Monticello, hopes to spend extended time with their sons. Son Jonathan Jennings and his wife, Stefanie, live in Carlisle, located in southern Illinois. They


have three children: Will, age 5; Lily, age 3; and 18-month-old Silas. Son Patrick Jennings and his wife, Maureen, live in Rochester, New York, with Jackson’s granddog, Cooper. Among Jackson’s bucket list goals is traveling throughout the country, and maybe even beyond its borders. “Ed and I have a little camper,” Jackson said. “It’s hard to imagine that we can pick up and go camping anytime now!” Her ultimate trip would be a repeat visit


n July 2, 2019, a press release announced that Livingston, New Jersey-based Inteplast Group’s AmTopp division would increase

its stretch film manufacturing capacity by adding two cast film extrusion lines in its newly acquired facility in Remington, Indiana. The $20 million Indiana project was designed to cut delivery times to

to Taiwan. In 2010, she and Ed hosted a Rotary

customers in the Midwest.

Exchange student, Steve, from Taiwan. The

According to the press release, this expansion

Jacksons visited there once but would love

would add 60 million pounds to AmTopp’s current

to see Steve and his family again. “Steve is

385-million-pound capacity, bringing its total capacity

almost like a son,” Jackson said.

to 445 million pounds. Other AmTopp locations are in

As she begins her retirement, Jackson said she

Lolita, Texas; Charlotte, NC; and in Phoenix, AZ.

will miss “helping our members and being with

“AmTopp has been a Division of Inteplast Group for 30

my co-workers. Working at REMC has been an

years,” said Brenda Wilson, Senior Director of Human

adventure, a joy.”

Resources and Communications at Inteplast. “Our Remington, Indiana facility has been in existence

MORE ABOUT BECKY • Hobbies — The “4 Gs”: Grandpa, Grandchildren, Gardening and “Go, Purdue!” She also enjoys most genres of music and reading. • Favorite historical novel — “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown • Life philosophy — Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.



since 2019. We currently employ 22 manufacturing professionals. However, with onboarding between the Fourth Quarter 2021 and the First Quarter 2022, that will increase by about 38-48, for a total of 70 (maximum) on staff.” “We manufacture stretch film, which is used for applications such as pallet wrapping and securing other large scale or multi-component items during shipping and various forms of transportation,” said Wilson. Located at 3505 US Hwy 24, the Remington

co-op news

facility is a 350,000-square property, which functions as a warehouse and distribution center in addition to a pre-stretch film production facility. “No one really can imagine what has gone into developing our newest organically grown facility in Remington during 2020,” said Tom Ku, Operations Manager at the AmTopp Remington location here in Indiana. “Our stretch films site in Remington is outfitted with the state-of-the-art technology, efficient safety procedures and quality product—the team here is second-to none.” “We’re very excited to now be a contributor of opportunities here in the Remington community and its surrounding areas,” said Ku. “We have collaborated with multiple entities in developing creative campaigns to attract talent. We offer a ground floor opportunity to join us on an exciting journey in manufacturing and technology. Inteplast Group, our parent company, affords us the ability to take very good care of our people, supply our customers with technologically sound production, and quality.”


ABOUT INTEPLAST GROUP Established in 1991, Inteplast Group is a leading integrated plastics manufacturer focused on the ideal of American manufacturing. Their products support diverse markets including healthcare, food service, packaging, building products, grocery, retail, sanitation, industrial and graphic arts industries.” Inteplast is one of the largest film and sheet producers in North America.



co-op news CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 “Our core values center on reliability, modesty, and transparency,” said Ku. “We


This illustration shows the basic equipment found on electric utility poles. The equipment varies according to the location and the service they provide.

couple this with continuous improvement throughout all facets, from logistics, safety, quality, customer service, technology and operations.” “The advantage of doing business in Indiana really centers around our Midwest customers who will have shorter delivery times,” said Wilson. “This also supports

PRIMARY WIRES Primary wires carry 7,200 volts of electricity from a substation. That voltage is 60 times higher than the voltage that runs through your home’s electrical outlets! SURGE ARRESTORS These protect the transformer from lightning strikes.

INSULATORS Insulators prevent energized wires from contacting each other or the pole.

our aim to integrate sustainable practices relative to our shipping-related carbon footprint.” A member of Carroll White REMC, AmTopp has a positive relationship with the cooperative. “We appreciate customer support in terms of rate plans and strategies, as well as energy savings opportunities,” said Ku.

HOW COVID IMPACTS AMTOPP Covid has changed the way we operate our business. We continue to wear masks when we are closer than six feet to another person. All visitors and contractors are required to take a temperature scan and wear masks. We have limited the number of guests and/or contractors to the plant, which is hard to do when you are in a start-up situation. We encourage frequent hand washing. In addition, Inteplast Group has limited corporate travel, so we have not had training like we initially planned. We conduct interviews via Zoom and have daily/weekly meetings as well via Zoom. We have tried to limit overtime and not have possible cross-contamination between the shifts. We have also increased our cleaning and have a ‘deep cleaning’ plan if there are positive cases in the facility. Each crew is required to sanitize their work area prior to beginning the shift. — Tom Ku, Operations Manager at the AmTopp Remington location



NEUTRAL WIRE The neutral wire acts as a line back to the substation and is tied to the ground, balancing the electricity on the system. SECONDARY SERVICE DROP Carries 120/240-volts of electricity to consumers’ homes. It has two “hot” wires from the transformer and a bare “neutral” wire that’s connected to the ground wire on the pole. GROUND WIRE The ground wire connects to the neutral wire to complete the circuit inside the transformer. It also directs electricity from lightning safely into the earth.

TELEPHONE, CABLE TV, AND FIBER WIRES These are typically the lowest wires on the pole.


Original illustration by Erin Binkley

FROM THE BOARDROOM The Carroll White REMC board of directors met on July 23. Roll call was taken, and the minutes of the previous board meeting were approved. The board went through a review of two annual policies and received the financial report from C.O.O. Cathy Raderstorf. The board was presented the adjustment to Wabash Valley Power Alliance’s wholesale power tracker which was approved. The board also approved the allocation method for the new Looped In program. Reports were given for Indiana Electric Cooperatives and Wabash Valley Power Alliance, as well as each department giving its monthly information. Voting delegates for the upcoming NRECA Region I and IV meeting and the NRECA board of directors representing the state of Indiana were selected.






WHAT MAKES YOUR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL? Holiday movie marathons. Christmas Eve church services. Visits to Santa. “Ugly Christmas sweater” family portraits. Matching PJs on Christmas morning. Every family has its own traditions that make the most special holiday even more special. Our December issue will feature our readers’ favorite holiday traditions. Let us know how you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends. We’d also love to see your photos from Christmases past that illustrate what you love the best about your seasonal celebrations. Deadline to send us your stories and photos is Oct. 29. If we publish your submission, we’ll send you a check for $50. We’ll also send $50 to a randomly selected reader with a tradition to share. Our address: Indiana Connection, Holiday Traditions, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You can also submit your tradition to us online at

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YOUTH POWER AND HOPE AWARD DEADLINE OCT. 1 Since 2009, Indiana’s electric cooperative have honored middle school students who are committed to helping others in their communities. This year’s deadline to enter the Youth Power and Hope Awards is Oct. 1. Qualified candidates must be in grades 5-8. Up to five winners will each receive $500 and be featured in an upcoming issue of Indiana Connection. Award recipients will also be recognized at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives annual meeting, to be held in Indianapolis in December. For an online application, visit www. youthpowerandhope. Contact Holly Huffman at or 317-487-2254 if you have questions.



how the cost of electricity remains



s we go grocery shopping or fill up at a gas station, we see first-hand how the cost of goods fluctuate. Today, price changes are driven by factors beyond supply and demand. Cyber attacks can shut down systems as seen in the ransomware attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and meat processor JBS. Global supply chain shortages can halt manufacturing as seen in the computer chip shortage affecting the automotive



Cost of common household electric devices MICROWAVE

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industry. When these issues happen, prices can increase for consumers like you. Your electric co-op and its power provider — both based right here in Indiana —are committed to serving members like you. Co-ops understand the challenges Hoosiers face and we work to keep costs stable while improving the resiliency of the grid. The electricity you use is generated and transmitted regionally. It is monitored by an





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Independent System Operator (ISO) which looks at energy demand and what generating resources will be needed every day. This process helps us manage energy demands. The structures in place that monitor, protect and supply energy to your home are constantly reviewed by your co-op, energy supplier and the ISO. This level of analysis is one reason electric costs have not seen dramatic increases during the past three decades.

per month

Locally-owned operations and constant review of systems for security and safety, through the cooperative business model, are just a few reasons electric costs remain stable for members like you.


Larry Edwards

Supervisor of Engineering Services Clark County REMC

Indiana eats

ALL-AMERICAN EATERY Industrial Revolution salutes nation’s greatness while serving great food BY AMANDA STEEB Those who visit Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso may come for their favorite all-American cuisine, but they leave with an appreciation for the hard-working men and women who revolutionized our country — including those who worked in the steel industry. So, it’s so appropriate that the restaurant is located in northwest Indiana, home to some of the country’s largest steel mills. “Saluting American Greatness” is the theme of this very patriotic restaurant where every entrée is served with a toothpick American flag. Throughout the eatery, exposed brick walls are adorned with iconic black and white photographs from the industrial age, and quotes from famous inventors painted on bricks. Steel statues are just one element of the nostalgic décor of Industrial Revolution. Eleven life-size statues perched atop the roof greet you before you enter the building. These statues recreate the famous 1932 photograph, “Lunchtime on a Skyscraper,” which depicts ironworkers taking a break during the construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Industrial Revolution’s menu offers traditional favorites like the piledhigh red, white and blue-chipped

Welded Nachos as a starter, followed by Chicken Fried Chicken, Legendary Meatloaf, or brick oven pizza. Revolution’s Originals also include favorites like Elijah McCoy’s Chicken Pot Pie, Mom’s Famous Double Shift Pot Roast, Dedicated Hero Chicken, “Captain Jones” Fish Tacos and Pot Roast Mac and Cheese. Industrial Revolution also offers a full-service bar featuring beers from local breweries.

With pot roast, blue cheese crumbles and pepperoncini atop it, the Opportunity Pizza is truly revolutionary.

A favorite attraction for diners is the surprise visit from a model PHO TO BY RO BI N PEDERSEN train during their meal. Children and adults alike wait with These life-size statues atop Industrial Revolution recreate the 1932 photograph, excitement for the train to pass through "Lunchtime on a Skyscraper." on a track suspended from the ceiling. The train makes its way around the entire restaurant at various times.


Industrial Revolution is located along U.S. Highway 30, just steps from Valparaiso University. Amanda Steeb is the director of marketing and communications at Kankakee Valley REMC, headquartered in Wanatah, Indiana.

a $50 gift card to Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille, courtesy of Kankakee Valley REMC. LEARN MORE ON PAGE 3.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION EATERY AND GRILL 1084 Linwood Ave. Valparaiso, Indiana

Open every day but Tuesday

219-465-1801 SEPTEMBER 2021



Susie Kraning Peru, Indiana

4½ cups uncooked bowtie pasta ½ t. lemon pepper seasoning 1 (2 oz.) boneless chicken breast cut in 1-inch pieces 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 T. vegetable or olive oil 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed ⅔ cup shredded carrots ¼ cup cream cheese, cubed 2 T. lemon juice ½ t. salt ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not drain. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on chicken. In a large skillet, stir fry chicken and garlic in oil until juices are clear. Remove chicken and keep warm. Add broth, peas, carrots, cream cheese and lemon juice to the skillet. Cook and stir until vegetables are cooked and cheese is melted. Drain pasta and add to the reserved chicken. Salt the pasta/chicken mixture, then add it to the vegetable mixture in the skillet. Heat through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 3-4 servings.





MEXICAN CHICKEN SPAGHETTI Kayla Knepp Montgomery, Indiana ½ stick butter 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast ½ medium onion, chopped ½ bell pepper, chopped ½ lb. spaghetti 1 (10 oz.) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles (regular or hot) 1 (10 ¾ oz.) can cream of chicken soup

½ lb. pasteurized processed cheese (regular or Mexican) Salt and pepper to taste In a large frying pan, melt the butter. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and saute in the butter. When no longer pink inside add the chopped onions and chopped bell pepper and cook about 2 minutes. Boil spaghetti in a large pan of water. Cook according to the package. Drain the pasta after cooked and discard the water. Do not rinse. Set cooked pasta aside.

Add the tomatoes, soup, and spaghetti to the sautéed chicken, onion and green pepper mixture and gently fold. Add the cheese and stir together, mixing well. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Heat until cheese is thoroughly melted. Makes 4 servings. Cook’s Note: I like to use half regular and half Mexican cheese. I’ve made this adding a can of cream of mushroom soup as well as the cream of chicken. (Makes it creamier)

HONDURAN CHICKEN AND RICE Sharon Mullen Columbus, Indiana

3 T. canola oil ½ cup diced onion ½ cup diced green pepper 2 cups uncooked parboiled (converted) rice 4 cups water 1 cup cooked shredded chicken 1 chicken bouillon cube ½ t. garlic 2-4 t. curry powder or to taste 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

In a saucepan or rice pan, add canola oil, onion and green pepper. Sauté and then add rice and water; stir well. Add all other ingredients except frozen vegetables and stir well again. Cook until rice is done. Add vegetables and cook till they are tender — just 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with cornbread or tortilla chips. Makes 4 servings. Cook’s Notes: Good way to use leftover shredded chicken or turkey.






went into the western side

Readers whose

concerned. “Don’t worry

of the Pentagon outside

submissions we printed

Dad,” I assured him.

Washington, D.C. A fourth

received $50. One

“Lightning never strikes

hijacked plane, intended

randomly selected

the same place twice.”

eared into the

for the U.S. Capitol or the

submission was also

memories of most

White House, crashed

chosen for a $50 prize.

folks over the age of

near Shanksville in rural

That reader was Natalie

25 are where they were,

southern Pennsylvania.

Yanos of New Castle.

a consulting firm. At 7:45

what they were doing,

Passengers and crew on

and who they were with

that plane, alerted of the

Here’s a sampling of

begin my workday on the

as the unspeakable acts of

other hijackings by loved

three stories we found

57th floor. I was working

terror were carried out the

ones they had phoned,


alone in an interior

morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

stormed the cockpit


and fought the hijackers


for control of the plane

the day the United

before it went down

It was Sept. 9, and I was

States was attacked by

just 20 minutes from

attending my nephew’s

Islamic terrorists who


birthday party. Near the

commercial jets, loaded

For this solemn

with fuel, into missiles.

20th anniversary

They flew two into

commemoration, Indiana

the twin towers of the

Connection asked readers

World Trade Center in

to share their memories

New York City’s Lower

of that day. We received

Manhattan. A third jet

42 letters and emails.



1-year anniversary with a.m., I arrived at 1 WTC to

computer server room.

That is, of course,

turned three hijacked

Sept. 11, 2001, was my

end of the party, I told my father that I was flying to New York the next day for a week-long business trip. I mentioned I was going to be in One World Trade Center, the one bombed in 1993. My father was

I turned on my laptop to begin loading software for my project and noticed through online messaging that two women from my Chicago office, Laura Murphy and Bridget Patowski, were working on the 59th floor. At 8:46 a.m., there was a large “THUMP,” followed by a huge, drawn-out explosion. The floor in

The “Tribute in Light” — an annual installation of vertical searchlights — represents the Twin Towers that fell on 9/11. The lights are installed at New York City’s Battery Park, six blocks south of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Across the street from the new tower, the 9/11 museum and memorial have been built in the footprints of the original Twin Towers.

here, look at this!” From

That was the first time

the World Trade Center

his window we could

I saw how badly some


see the dark smoke and

people were burned.

flaming debris above us. Paper was raining down from the upper floors. At this point, I thought we had been hit by something a few floors above us. We all hustled quickly to the stairwell entrance, but there was no panic.

Once we were able

Around the 44th floor, the

to come out of the

smoke began to rise up in

underground mall, about

the stairwell. It was thick,

a block away, I was able

gray smoke, and I couldn’t

to turn around for the

even make out people

first time and see the

two floors below. People

Towers. The upper third

were not panicking at

of 1 WTC was rolling with

this point, but I could see

thick, black smoke. The

concern in some faces. I

upper half of 2 WTC was

When we got to the

knew I couldn’t continue

engulfed with thick, black

stairwell, it was already

down this stairwell with

smoke. Debris littered the

packed with people

all the smoke. I opened


coming down from the

the door on 44, which is

floors above. They were

a switchover for elevator

very calm and helpful to

banks. A security officer

others. Conversations in

asked, “Is that stairwell

the stairwell ranged from,

filling with smoke?” He

“What happened?” to “We

began hustling people

the room lifted me up and

were hit by a commercial

to another stairwell that

put me back down. The

jet plane.” How could we

was clear of smoke to the

rows of servers shook and

get hit by a commercial jet


shuddered, the monitors

on such a clear, beautiful

went off, then immediately


back on. Then, the building began to sway violently. I thought, “BOMB!” I was scared and thinking, “I am going to go down with this building.” All I could think of was, “I need to get out of here. Where is the closest stairwell?” As I exited the server room, I could hear the metal beams creaking within the walls due to the stresses put on them from the swaying. I found four strangers in the hallway from the New York office. From a corner office, an attorney yelled, “Come

I started to walk east, away from the Towers, toward my hotel. I was no more than a block from the WTC when I heard my name being called out. I turned around and ran into Laura and Bridget, my two coworkers from the

After 35 to 40 minutes in

Chicago office who also

the stairwell, I reached

escaped. We grabbed

It was a very slow

the ground level. We were

each other and hugged,

process: going down a

hustled down an escalator

flight of concrete stairs,

and through a mall below

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waiting for more people to enter the stairwell, going down another flight, and then waiting for more people to enter the stairwell. At 9:03 a.m., there was a muffled concussion, and the stairwell shook for a few seconds. People began screaming and crying. I thought the building was coming down on us. During the slow descent, the crowd above would yell, “Move right! Injured coming down!”

YOUTH TOUR VISIT S MEMORIAL S Indiana Electric Cooperatives' Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., includes a visit to the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, above, and to the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania.



continued from page 19

and I told them we should

airplane hit the World

get back to my hotel to

Trade Center. When

make phone calls.

the second aircraft hit,

It took us five to 10 minutes to walk back to my hotel. When we made it there, we were inside no more than five minutes when the ground began to

Admiral Richard Mies said "That's no accident. We're under attack. Send out the messages to cancel the exercise, and let’s get into real-world operations."

shake. At first, we didn’t

We were on a telephone

know what caused the

conference the rest

shaking. From the TV in

of the day with Vice

the lobby of the hotel,

President Richard

we learned it was Tower

Cheney, Condoleezza

Two collapsing. The sky

Rice, Colin Powell, the

went light gray, gray, then

Joint Chiefs of Staff, the

black for at least a minute.

Secret Service, NSA,

Thirty minutes later, the


whole scenario would

Combat Command, Pacific

repeat itself as Tower One

Command, NORAD,


European Command,

We finally found public phones on the second floor of the hotel. I was conferenced in to my home from the Chicago office, and my wife, Jennifer, answered the phone. I said, “I am alive. I am OK.” Then, I broke down in sobs. DON BACSO, Monticello, Indiana

A FLY ON THE WALL I was at Headquarters, United States Strategic Command, serving as the reserve advisor to the commander. We were 40 feet below ground at the beginning of a worldwide exercise when the first



Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and others. The operation was being orchestrated from the basement of

MARK A. PILLAR, M A J . G E N . (U S A F) , (R E T.)


I was a fly on the wall on one of the most important days in our history. I saw and heard what our government and military was doing behind the scenes while there was

“I was a fly on the wall on one of the most important days in our history.”

so much chaos above ground. I watched men

out in the office … keep a

and women remain calm

log of who's left.”

and focused on their jobs of keeping Americans safe

How could I explain to

throughout the world.

9-year-old children the

would be polled for our


had brought us to this?

answers. Military and

Maj. Gen. (USAF), (Ret.)

And at that moment, we

civilian leadership was

Columbus, Indiana

did not even know the

the Pentagon. Questions would come up, and we

worst of it.

working very hard to defend the United States from whatever the next


attack would be.

I was in front of my class

Late that afternoon, President George W. Bush arrived in our command post. Admiral Mies briefed the president on what was on our situation video board. Later, they went into a Top Secret video conference with the leadership in Washington.

hatred and insanity that

of fourth graders when our principal came to the door and beckoned me into the hall. She was terribly upset, and her voice was shaking as she said “If any parents come to your classroom to pick up their children, just let them go. No need to have them sign

Almost immediately parents were cramming the hallways, taking their children home. Once the pace slowed a bit, I was left with six students whose parents worked in Chicago and were not able to retrieve their children. These poor kids were so upset as they watched their friends leave with their moms

TIMELINE OF EVENTS ON and dads. I knew the

to our room wanting

parents of those six

to take my last two

children must have

brave little guys to

been frantic. I named

the office to wait for

my little group “The

their pickup, but I told

Mighty Six” and

her we were fine and

tried to assure them

we would just “wait

(and myself) that we

it out” together. They

would be just fine.

were finally rescued

We played charades,

by relatives around

had a checker

6 p.m., quite relieved

tournament, and

they did not have to

raided the cafeteria.

spend the night with

And, yes, we prayed.

Mrs. P.

I pulled up my list

That whole nonsense

of parent contact

about keeping prayer

numbers, and each

out of school … not

child called at least

on that day at Hickory

one of his or her

Bend Elementary.

parents from my cell

Those 9-year-olds

phone. I can still

(and their teacher)

see their confused,

were praying their

frightened faces

little hearts out. Their

while they waited

honesty, sincerity,

their turn. Four of the

and innocence

six were picked up by

melted my heart like

dismissal time.


An hour passed and


the principal returned

Sept. 11, 2001

7: 5 9 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston en route to Los Angeles.

8 :15

United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Boston for

8 :1 9

Flight 11 crew members alert ground personnel to the flight’s hijacking.


American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport.


United Airlines Flight 93 takes off late from Newark International Airport for San Francisco.


Flight 11 smashes into floors 93 through 99 of 1 World Trade Center (North Tower).


Flight 175 crashes into floors 77 through 85 of 2 World Trade Center (South Tower).


Flight 77 crashes into the west side of the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C.


The FAA orders all civilian planes in U.S. airspace to land immediately and prohibits departures.


The South WTC Tower collapses.


Flight 93 crashes into a field in southern Pennsylvania, 20 minutes from Washington.


The North WTC Tower collapses.

Wheatfield, Indiana

1 2 :1 6 p.m.


The name of Tell City native Stacey Peak is located on a panel at the World Trade Center memorial site in New York City. Peak was a stock broker on the 105th floor of the North Tower. She and eight others with direct ties to Indiana died in the attacks on 9/11.

The last commercial/general flight still in the air above the continental U.S. lands.

President George W. Bush was at an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, that morning when informed of the events. At 9:54, Air Force One departs Sarasota and flies to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. At 2:50 p.m., the president lands at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska and spends the afternoon in the bunker at Strategic Command. He returns to the White House that evening. *Most of Indiana did not observe Daylight Saving Time in 2001 which would make the time listed an hour later than most of us might remember.



county feature

Ripley County Muzzleloaders and bumbershoots make Ripley County burst with the curious combo of clouds of black powder and showers of color this month. The county, in the southeast pocket of the state, has long been known for hosting the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in Friendship with its spring and fall competitions. The NMLRA was established in 1933 to preserve the history of muzzleloaders through shooting competitions and living history re-enactments and events. In addition, the NMLRA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is devoted to providing high-quality educational instruction in the heritage arts associated with the sport of muzzleloading. Each year, thousands of shooting and history enthusiasts flock to Friendship for the NMLRA’s major shoots in the community. During the events, competitors from around the world vie for national record scores shooting the historic muzzleloading guns. Archery and tomahawk and knife throwing competitions are also part of the events. Coinciding with the NMLRA shoots, Friendship hosts Indiana’s most distinctive open-air flea market event. Vendors from around the country, but especially from the Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio tri-state, participate.




On site at Friendship, the NMLRA has The Museum of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association as well as Gunmakers Hall, where the works of contemporary gunmakers are displayed. The Museum is located within the historic structure known as The John Linsey Rand House. This month’s National Championship Shoot runs Sept. 11-19. The shoots are packed with a variety of matches, classes, programs, lectures and vendors each day. Meanwhile, on up the Laughery and Little Laughery creeks from Friendship, the Umbrella Sky Project continues coloring in Batesville. The project is an international exhibit, originally inspired by Mary Poppins, made from 464 umbrellas that appear to be floating magically in mid-air and bringing a shower of color. Umbrella Sky Batesville went up in late June and will continue to mid-October at the Village Green (East Boehringer and North Main streets). The Umbrella Sky Project started in 2011 in Portugal, and since then,

County Facts FOUNDED: 1816 NAMED FOR: Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812 POPULATION: 28,521 (2018 estimate) COUNTY SEAT: Versailles INDIANA COUNTY NUMBER: 69

these pop-up shade structures have become an annual summertime installation and they have developed a cult following around the world. After Lisbon and Paris, the exhibit came to Pittsburgh, Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and Dollywood in Tennessee. Indiana is only the fifth ENTER TO WIN U.S. location. a prize package from Ripley County Tourism (Value $150) See page 3.

For more information about the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and its events, call: 812-667-5131 or 800-745-1493; or visit: For more information about Umbrella Sky Batesville, visit: www.baacindiana. org/umbrella-sky-project or find it on Facebook.



Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, please note that the events below may not occur at their originally scheduled times. Be sure to reach out to the event contacts below to ensure that the programs you are interested in are still taking place.

SEPT. 25-26: MADISON CHAUTAUQUA FESTIVAL OF ART, Madison (Jefferson), Madison to Vine streets. Southern Indiana’s premier outdoor juried arts and fine crafts festival. Variety of food vendors, live entertainment, and fun for kids. Free. 812-571-2752. OCT. 2-3: KENDALLVILLE APPLE FESTIVAL, Kendallville (Noble), Noble County Fairgrounds. Demonstrators, primitive village, children’s crafts and games, contests, antiques, crafts, foods, and entertainment. Parking charge. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. 260-3501119. OCT. 24-25: OLD ECKERTY DAYS, Eckerty (Crawford), Main Street. Live outdoor music, food booths, craft vendors, bounce houses, contests, and more. Entry fee for corn hole and cross cut contests. Parade on Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Free pumpkin painting Saturday. Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. 812-630-8915. OldEckertyDays MORE EVENT LISTINGS AT INDIANACONNECTION.ORG/EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2021






o you recall all the safety rules you were taught about refueling

when you first learned to drive: Shut off the engine; don’t smoke; don’t leave the pump

your vehicle, though it is the slowest.

The level

Always use the charger provided by

2 electric

If you are among the growing number

the vehicle’s manufacturer. Before you


of drivers sliding in behind the

plug into any electrical outlet, have a


wheel of an electric vehicle, different

qualified electrician inspect and verify


“refueling” considerations apply.

the electrical system (outlet, wiring,

240 volts

junctions and protection devices) for

and 20 to

heavy duty service according to your

40 amps. These will recharge the car

vehicle’s owner’s manual.

more quickly. You will probably need

unattended; don’t overfill?

The most basic electrical safety lesson is that electricity and water don’t mix. However, EVs and their charging stations are designed to

Check the electrical outlet and plug

handle whatever Mother Nature

while charging and discontinue use if

throws your way, be it dust or rain. You

the electrical outlet or plug is hot, then

must remember, though, that there

have the electrical outlet serviced by a

are precautions to think about when

qualified electrician.

charging an EV whether you are in your garage or at a public charging station. “You might not have to worry about spilling gasoline or setting off an explosion at the pump,” said John Gasstrom, CEO at Indiana Electric

In addition, when charging always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Some of the most common are: • Do not use extension cords,

240 service for an electric range, water heater or clothes dryer. Before using a public charger, always inspect it first to make sure it doesn’t appear damaged. EV charging stations are designed so the cable remains de-energized until it’s connected to the port on the vehicle. Once connected, the

use anything electric, there are a few

is worn or damaged, or one that will

things to keep in mind.”

not hold the plug firmly in place. • Do not use an electrical outlet

into your garage’s 120-volt/15-amp

that is on a circuit with other

outlet is the easiest way to charge

electrical loads.


and plug at your home, similar to the

protection strips or similar devices. • Do not use an electrical outlet that


the charger and a separate service

multi-outlet power strips, surge

Cooperatives. “But, just as when you

Using a level 1 charger plugged

to have a qualified electrician install

vehicle starts communication with the device, conducting measurements to determine everything is safe and working properly, and only then will it begin the flow of energy.

product recalls Generators may overheat ECHO is recalling one of its generators due to fire and burn hazards. Manufactured by TTI, affected units are those with the model number EGi-2300 and a serial number from EU19483D010001 through EU21021N010180. The model and serial number are printed on the data label on the bottom left hand of the side panel. The generators are orange and black with “ECHO” and “EGi-2300” printed on the side. The generators were sold for about $850 at independent ECHO outdoor power equipment dealers nationwide and online at from February 2020 through June 2021. Contact ECHO at 800-432-3246 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,Central Time, or 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or online at www. and click on “Support/Help,” then “Product Recall,” for more information. ECHO is also contacting all known purchasers directly.

Fire pits’ wood storage areas raise safety concerns Two wood-burning fire pits are being recalled due to a fire hazard. The recall includes Arroyo (UPC 752370060107) and Hideaway (UPC 752370064501) Wood Burning Fire Pits sold at Crate and Barrel. Wood stored under these units can ignite, posing a fire hazard. The fire pits were sold exclusively at Crate and Barrel stores nationwide and online at www. from December 2020 through May 2021 for about $700. Contact Real Flame at 800-654-1704 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Time, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or online at and click “Support,” then “Product Recalls” for more information.

Pooh bear rattle recall Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Rattle Sets are a potential choking hazard for young children. The set includes three rattles and is marked for ages 3 months and above. The rattle, which has the character Winnie the Pooh as part of the toy, is blue and red with green and yellow shapes. The set was sold at Walgreens Stores nationwide from September 2019 through January 2020 for about $10. Contact Walgreens at 800-925-4733 — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — or online at Type in “Recalls” in the Search bar for more information.

As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here is a recent recall notice provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit for full details of this recall and for notices of many more.



co-op news

Eight grants distributed in second quarter In the Operation Round Up Second Quarter grant cycle, eight grants totaling $12,140 were distributed to non-profit organizations served by Carroll White REMC. Two $2,500 grants were awarded by Round Up trustees. Pulaski County 4-H Community Fair Association received a grant to help refurbish an over-50-year-old building. Funds will also help replace fencing for the Horse and Pony project and improve the landscaping at the Health and Safety area. “Due to the river surrounding our area, landscaping and the facility as a whole have suffered damage from flooding over the years,” wrote grant writer Elaine Zeider. The buildings are used by many community organizations in addition to the 4-H activities. The second $2,500 grant was given to Delphi Community School Corporation to help purchase five Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The current AEDs are being recalled due to age or because they need repairs wrote grant writer Katelyn Allen. “We need to replace all five AEDs so they are available for everyone’s safety in case of an emergency arising.” Since 1974, Carroll County Senior and Family Services has served as a senior center and meal site for Carroll County clients. “We provide transportation, recreational



and homemaking services to the elderly and handicapped,” wrote grant writer Ashley Wilson. This organization received a $1,500 grant for transportation costs and expanding “Thursday Luncheons,” a program offering home-cooked meals and quality time with friends. The Upper Room Youth Center is located on the top floor of the Freedom Mission Inc. building. This new organization, created to launch an after-school youth program for the Delphi Community School District, received a $1,5000 grant to update restrooms. Active and retired teachers teach and tutor at the youth center. Life skills are taught and participants can build relationships with mentors. A $1,500 grant was awarded to Life Wise Academy. This organization offers a free, biblical-based education for public school students on an elective basis. The grant is earmarked for transportation expenses at the academy. “West Central teachers have expressed support for muchneeded instruction in traits such as respect and kindness,” wrote grant writer Amber Leman. White County Economic Development received a $1,000 grant to help sponsor Leadership White County 2022. “LWC is an in-depth leadership development program designed to cultivate leadership capacity by providing both

personal and community leadership development opportunities,” wrote grant writer Debbie Conover. 2022 will mark the ninth class of LWC. A $940 grant was awarded to Francesville-Salem Township Public Library to fund two theatrical performances at the library. “Francesville-Salem Township Public Library takes great pride in our service to our patrons and community,” wrote grant writer Anita Messer. “We enjoy being at the heart of continuing education and providing educational programs and activities for all ages.” The theatrical performances will include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Dickens Tale. In 2013, the Monon Civic Preservation Society purchased the abandoned and deteriorating historic Monon Theatre. “The goal of restoring the facility is to provide a much-needed community space for movies, plays, concerts, meetings and other art-related events,” wrote grant writer Julie Gutwein. The preservation society received $700 to install exterior light fixtures at the movie theatre lobby entrance doors and interior ticket booth.

For more information about Operation Round up, visit or visit its virtual lobby at virtuallobby.

energy travel


getaway Seeking a getaway made

Within the park, visitors will

in the shade? Shades

find lots of amenities and

State Park is a place that

things to do. There’s an

lives up to its name.

amphitheater, bath house,

Located in west northcentral Indiana straddling the Montgomery/Parke/Fountain county junction, this nature lover’s paradise is a favorite for hikers and canoeists. Its beautiful sandstone cliffs overlook Sugar Creek and trails take you through shady ravines. Trails go from easy

a playground, pavilions, picnic areas with shelters, a retail and concession shop, Deer Mill’s Covered Bridge, and nature and recreational programs. Folks can bike, bird watch, camp, picnic, fish, hike, run or jog, shoot photos, see wildlife and wildflowers, sightsee, and stargaze.

to rugged. Some take you

Shades offers 10 hiking

through a creek, over logs

trails, ranging from easy to

and rocks, and up and down

rugged, from a half mile to


1.5 miles long. Plus there is a 2.5-mile backpack trail to the

area, with its noted landmarks

In early 1947, the park was

backpack camp.

and natural springs, was

purchased from Frisz’s heirs

for hiking with spectacular

Shades became Indiana’s

being developed as a health

by a holding company until a

topography for those willing

15th state park in 1947. The

resort and recreation area

public subscription campaign

to take longer walks into the

land with its ravines had been

known as “The Shades.” In

(“Save the Shades”) raised


recognized for its beauty by

1887, a 40-room inn was

the purchase money to

built where the state park’s

donate the land to the state.

The park’s Pine Hills Nature Preserve is a beautiful setting

While the park lacks the more genteel on-site inns and

Native Americans before the first European settlers came

shelter house near Devil’s

to this area in the late 1820s.

Punchbowl now stands.

parks (like nearby Turkey

Since the shallow soils

Run) do, Shades does have

and broken topography

damage and maintenance

over 100 primitive campsites

of the lands that border

for those who love camping

Sugar Creek provided little

in quiet surroundings without

enticement to farmers, the

electricity. There is also

majority of the original forest

a backpack camp that is

escaped destruction. Through

accessible only by hiking.

the rest of the 1800s, the

restaurants as some state

The inn was razed after fire costs. The “Father of Shades,” Joseph W. Frisz, purchased the land in 1916 and safeguarded the natural areas and dense forests.

Shades State Park is located at 7751 S. 890 W., Waveland, Indiana. For more information, call 765-435-2810 or go online to shadessp.


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Mary Sexton is the manager of Connolly’s Do it Best Hardware & Rental’s Illinois Road location in Fort Wayne. Connolly’s 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 U.S. and around the world.

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Wabash Valley Power news


Your electricity is delivered by member-owned co-ops – and that powers how we operate

No matter your job, a business

As a member of your local electric


cooperative, you are actually an


owner (a member-consumer)


of the organization! Electric

offered by

cooperatives sprang up across

your local

the U.S. in the 1930s as towns


and cities across the nation

co-op are

gained access to electricity. The


Rural Electrification Act in 1936

based on

provided a way for residents in

what is in

a community to join together

the best

and gain low interest loans to

interest of

create a member-owned electric

the co-op’s

cooperative. Today, more than


and businesses, we also plan

three dozen electric cooperatives

consumers. Your co-op offers

with you in mind: our power

power communities across

Power Moves® rebates for energy

supply portfolio features diverse

Indiana. You benefit from being

efficiency upgrades, which can

resources to safeguard against

a member-consumer of your

lower your long-term energy

price volatility for any particular

local electric cooperative in

costs. Your local electric co-op

resource. In the past few years,

multiple ways:

may even retire patronage – the

we’ve added more alternative

co-op’s equivalent of profits –

energy sources such as wind and

which are returned to members

solar, as they have become more

as financial conditions allow.

competitive compared to other

The financial benefits stay in

energy sources. This is done to

your community – not given as

ensure you receive affordable,

dividends to shareholders far

reliable energy.

owner lives in your house: you!

YOU HAVE DIRECT SAY IN HOW YOUR CO-OP OPERATES. Each year, each local electric co-op hosts an annual meeting that includes the election of cooperative members to the organization’s board of directors. The directors


You can visit your co-op’s

are elected by fellow co-op


website to learn more, including

member-consumers; they are not

Valley Power Alliance was created

about your co-op’s history

shareholders located in an office

by member co-ops and is owned

and programs available to the

somewhere far away. You may

by the 23 cooperatives it serves

community. And the next time

even personally know some of the

in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

you flip on the light switch, you

members of your co-op’s board!

And as a cooperative serving

can do so knowing that you are

more than 321,000 families

part owner of the cooperative


powering your day! SEPTEMBER 2021