WIN Energy REMC
NOVEM BE R 2017
YOUR INDIANA COOPERATIVE COMPANION
t r a e d n Ha H Indiana Artisan promotes quality craft, culinary and visual art
What to do ... If your car crashes into a utility pole
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VOLUME 67 • NUMBER 5 ISSN 0745-4651 • USPS 262-340
surprises may be in store! When we redesigned the magazine in July, we moved some things around. And since then, some readers have asked us about future food page themes or how they could enter our periodic giveaways. So, I figured this would be a good time to remind you to keep on reading below my signature to the area titled “We want to hear from you!” I know a typical knee-jerk response to fine print is, “Don’t care, don’t have time.” But here’s a hint: the stuff below my column could score you gift cards, fun freebies, or cool prizes. It’s there that we’ll tell you what’s coming up on our food and reader submissions pages, how to sign up for reader giveaways, and how to contact us. If we’re having a contest, check this section to see who the winners are. This one-stop “reader engagement” area allows you to quickly and conveniently see the various ways you can get involved in the magazine — before you even begin reading it! So, my advice to you: read on and read often. You never know when we’ll surprise you with a giveaway! On another note: during this season of thanksgiving — at a time when so many have suffered in natural disasters and through senseless acts of violence — I encourage you to contemplate your blessings and give thanks for the good things in your lives. If you’re able to help out those who are hurting, do so. Together, we have the power to make things better!
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so, share your recipes for the January food section by Nov. 22. To celebrate the Chinese New Year in February, we’ll highlight Asian food. Deadline: Dec. 22. If we publish your recipe, we’ll send you a $10 Target gift card. branches will be pictured in December. Send us photos of your decorated trees by Nov. 10. In January, we’ll be sharing your favorite funny “photo bombs” (when someone pops into your photos without warning). Deadline: Dec. 5.
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product picks 03 FROM THE EDITOR 05 CO-OP NEWS What’s happening at your local electric cooperative. 10 PRODUCT PICKS Electronic toys for tots and teens on your list. 12 INSIGHTS Electric co-ops participate in statewide community day.
16 INDIANA EATS Rev up your taste buds at the LA Cafe in Whitestown.
26 CALENDAR 28 DO-IT-YOURSELF Tips on sprucing up your home in time for holiday
17 FOOD Soup’s on!
19 COVER STORY Looking for heirloom or Hoosier-made holiday gifts? Find the best of the state’s craft, culinary and visual artists in Indiana Artisan.
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30 BACKYARD Are you serving sweet potatoes or yams this holiday season? Only your gardener or grocer may know for sure.
31 RECALLS A slew of recent recalls involve products for children. Here are some. 32 H OOSIER ENERGY/ WABASH VALLEY NEWS 33 READER SUBMISSIONS Celebrating our veterans. 34 PROFILE (not in all editions)
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In November, we often take time to show gratitude and reflect on those things for which we are thankful. Celebration is in order when we consider the freedoms we enjoy as we honor our veterans. The Thanksgiving holiday provides an opportunity for us to show how grateful we are for our families, friends and communities. And here at WIN Energy REMC, we want you to know that we are thankful for you, our members. As a member, you are an owner of this cooperative, and the very reason we exist. We work hard every day to provide you with safe, reliable electric service. But we don’t stop there — we are committed to providing exceptional member service and to serving our local communities.
Electric Service: At times it may seem easy to take electricity for granted, but we are working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure we meet your electricity needs. Providing reliable electric service is a priority for us and at the heart of our mission. That’s why we have an aggressive construction work plan and right-ofway maintenance plan. It’s all about providing you with electric service you can count on!
Member Service: While “keeping the lights on” is a priority, we also understand the importance of providing high quality member service. When you call our
office, you don’t get an automated phone system; our member services representatives answer the phones live. Or, you can come visit us at one of our three local office locations. We are here to assist you. Offering programs and services that will benefit you is also high on our list. We want to know how we can serve you better and are always open to your feedback. It’s all about providing exceptional member service!
Community Service: In addition to serving our members, we also have a strong commitment to serve our local communities. We give back to our communities through youth programs such as scholarships, Youth Tour and Touchstone Energy Camp. Each year, our employees commit to a Community Day project to assist a local organization. This year, we worked with local backpack programs to pack food for children in need. And, we support our local county 4-H fairs, provide safety demonstrations to community groups, and help local non-profit organizations through the Operation Round Up program — just to name a few. It’s all about giving back through community service! So this month, as you reflect on the things for which you are thankful, know that we are thankful to serve you. We are here to provide you with reliable electric service, exceptional member service, and to give back by serving our communities.
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WIN Energy REMC welcomes new line specialist WIN Energy REMC is pleased to announce the addition of a new employee. Tyler Lashbrook joined WIN Energy on October 3rd as a line specialist in the Princeton district. Lashbrook was previously employed by the City of Fairfield in Fairfield, Illinois. Tyler and his wife, Kelsey, have twin daughters, Essie and Sage. WIN Energy REMC directors and employees are excited to welcome our new employee to the team! Tyler’s qualifications and experience will certainly be an asset to our organization.
November office closings The employees and directors of WIN Energy REMC celebrate the dedicated veterans who have served TYLER LASHBROOK
our country, including those among us and in our families. For that reason, WIN Energy offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. We also wish everyone a warm and happy Thanksgiving. Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24. Please know, however, should you experience any problems with your electrical service on any of those three days, WIN Energy employees are still just a phone call away — just like always — ready to serve you.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Don’t forget to fall back Nov. 5! Set your clocks back one hour.
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Indiana ranks high in pool/spa drownings With backyard and community pools covered for the Indiana winter that’s approaching, pool safety might be far from the average Hoosier’s mind. But some startling facts released this fall should make everyone — especially parents of kids aged 15 and younger — take note and prepare over winter for next season. From Memorial Day through Labor Day this past summer, at least 163 children younger than age 15 across the country fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age 5. Indiana ranked eighth nationwide with six drownings of children in that age category, tied with Louisiana. Florida was the highest with 25 pool drownings. Next were California and Texas with 14 each. Ohio had seven. “Each one of these deaths is a tragedy, which serves as a sobering reminder of how dangerous water can be for young children,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Pool Safely campaign, a national
Electric cooperative employees and directors completed nearly 60 service projects across the state on Oct. 13. Projects included trimming trees, repairing playground equipment and painting the exterior of a Habitat for Humanity house.
Day of service Electric co-ops volunteer time, participate in statewide community day Twenty-nine of Indiana’s electric cooperatives completed nearly 60 projects in their service areas for the fourth annual Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day.
throughout the state of Indiana. In addition to Community Day, Indiana’s electric cooperatives are involved with philanthropic activities throughout the state of Indiana and
public education campaign run by the
Working side-by-side, Indiana’s electric
beyond. In March 2017, 16 electric
product safety commission, provides
cooperatives demonstrated one of
cooperative linemen returned for the
information on steps parents, caregivers
the core cooperative principles —
third time to one of the poorest areas
and pool owners should take to ensure
concern for community. This initiative
of Guatemala to electrify a village.
safety in and around pools and spas.
provides the electric cooperatives the
Indiana’s electric cooperatives have
Visit PoolSafely.gov for information.
opportunity to use their time, skills and
also been a proud supporter of the
expertise to make a positive impact
Ronald McDonald House since 1995.
Get your 2018 student art calendar Cooperative Calendar of Student art 2018
The 2018 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art will soon be available at participating Indiana electric co-ops. Supplies may be limited. Kankakee Valley REMC and Newton County REMC will be delivering calendars to consumers with this issue of Electric Consumer.
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• Marshall County REMC, Plymouth; • Miami-Cass REMC, Peru; • Newton County REMC, Goodland; • Noble REMC, Albion; • Northeastern REMC, Columbia City; • Orange County REMC, Orleans; • RushShelby Energy, Manilla; • South Central Indiana REMC, Martinsville; • Southeastern Indiana REMC, Osgood; • Tipmont REMC, Linden; • Whitewater Valley REMC, Liberty; • WIN Energy REMC, Vincennes. Copies are also available through the mail from Electric Consumer. (Please see below to order.)
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Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure
Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions. by David Waxman Seattle Washington:
Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure. Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.
The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know Acemannan has many of other health benefits?...
HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slowto-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory. Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”
body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back!
HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all FREE bottles with their order. sorts of health problems. But what you may not This special give-away is available for readers realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. of this publication only. All you have to do is Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A low-intensity call TOLL-FREE 1-800-748-3280 1-800-746-2951 and provide form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps the operator with the Free Bottle Approval you awake in the background. AloeCure helps Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. digestion so you may find yourself sleeping Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media through the night. exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS call and do not immediately get through, Certain antacids may greatly reduce your please be patient and call back.
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All in the family Indiana’s fastest growing community — Whitestown — boasts new hotels, businesses, a sprawling residential area and even an Amazon.com warehouse. The booming Boone County town, just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, may be ever-changing but, luckily for local foodies, one local treasure remains the same: LA Cafe. The restaurant, one of the few businesses in Whitestown’s diminutive downtown area, was started in 2002 by Larry Averitt and a former employee of the legendary St. Elmo’s Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Averitt, owner of the nearby L.A. Cycles shop, decorated the restaurant in a memorable motorcycle motif. Though Averitt’s daughter, Jessica, has since taken over the reins of the restaurant, the biker decor and sophisticated menu continue to draw locals and out-of-towners to LA Cafe. Among the most ordered favorites: parmesan encrusted pork loin, Ahi tuna seared in sesame seeds, steaks, seafood and its famous shrimp cocktail (modified from St. Elmo’s renowned recipe). For warm weather dining, check out LA Cafe’s patio area. The restaurant provides full-service catering as well. If you’re in the area, take a short jaunt off I-65 to LA Cafe — and L.A. Cycles, too.
LA Cafe 4 S. Main St. Whitestown, Indiana
317-769-7503 Mon-Thur: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun: closed lacafeindy.com
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It’s soup season! Try these readers’ recipes for homemade soup. Company Chowder by Jeanne Akers, Pine Village 2 cups diced potatoes ¼ cup finely cut celery ½ cup diced onions 4 T. butter or oleo 4 T. flour 2 cups milk ½ lb. pasteurized processed cheese, cubed 1 qt. canned tomatoes Cook potatoes, celery and onions until tender in 2 cups of water. Do NOT drain. Make a medium white sauce by melting the butter, stirring in the flour, and adding the milk. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Add the cheese to the sauce, and
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stir until cheese is melted. Add the cheese sauce to the vegetables. Add the tomatoes, and stir lightly to break up the tomatoes just a little. Heat and enjoy!
Cook’s notes: This is a recipe from World War II given to me by a friend. It was popular because it was meatless, and meat was rationed at the time. “Meatless Tuesdays” were observed widely, including at Purdue University’s residence halls. We who lived on the farm usually had our own meat, so it wasn’t much of a problem for us. But this soup is still a warm, filling supper dish on a cold, winter evening.
food Four-Hour Beef Stew
Black Bean Soup
by Teresa Woolard, Lafayette
by Janice Stanley, Lexington
1½ lbs. lean stewing beef,
Combine beef, potatoes,
cut in 1-inch cubes
carrots, onions and celery in
on top of bowl for garnish later)
3 medium potatoes, pared and
13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle with
2 (15.5-oz.) cans black beans, drained
1 cup tomato salsa (plus use some
seasoned salt and pepper.
6 medium carrots, pared and
Pour on tomato sauce and 1
2 (14.5-oz.) cans of chicken broth
cut in 1-inch pieces
cup water; stir to mix. Cover.
1 dollop of sour cream, if desired
2 medium onions, quartered 1 cup sliced celery
Bake in 275 F oven for four
2 t. seasoned salt
hours. Remove from oven;
/8 t. pepper
place on range top.
1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce 1½ cups water, divided
Combine flour and ½ cup
¼ cup flour
water in small bowl. Blend until smooth. Add to stew and stir until liquid thickens, stirring
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Heat the salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in black beans and chicken broth and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Then, spoon about half of the soup out of the saucepan into food processor or blender and puree. (You may mash by hand if no appliance is available.) Return pureed soup to saucepan and heat through while stirring. Garnish with sour cream and salsa garnish, if desired. Serve with multi-grain scoops or crackers.
Escarole Soup by Maureen Mainardi, DeMotte 1 head of escarole, rinsed 2 (14.5-oz.) cans chicken broth 1 medium onion, chopped 3 T. butter 3 T. olive oil Grated cheese (Parmesan or romano) Nutmeg Cut leafy part of escarole off the middle stem. Discard stem. Chop leafy part into medium-sized pieces. Heat butter and olive oil in saucepan. Add onions and sauce until soft. Add chopped escarole to pot, stirring to coat with butter and oil. You can add extra butter or oil if needed. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer about 25-30 minutes until escarole leaves are soft. Add a sprinkling of cheese and a dash of nutmeg in each serving. Cook’s notes: To make this a more hearty soup, add cheese Correction: Pat Harmon, who shared the Kickin’ Hot Chocolate Bars recipe last month, is from Depauw, not Hebron.
or meat tortellini cooked in another pot and added to soup. Diced cooked chicken or ham can also be added.
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The Nativity is one of Sue Scamihorn’s favorite subjects to render in stoneware because she said it promotes the true meaning of Christmas. To read a profile on her, please see page 34 (of most editions).
Indiana Artisan promotes highest quality craft, culinary and visual art
ne of the best compliments longtime clay artist Sue Scamihorn said she’s ever received came when she was applying for Indiana Artisan, the
juried branding program that recognizes and promotes the state’s exceptional art, crafts and foods. Reviewing her work, one of the judges wrote, “She has an overdeveloped sense of whimsy.” “I always though that was kind of fun,” said Scamihorn. She had just retired as an art teacher the year before and was trying to turn a lifelong passion for sculpting playful clay critters and figurines into a full-time endeavor. That’s when she turned to Indiana Artisan. Though she may have been “overdeveloped” on the creative side, Scamihorn said the program helped fill in dimples when it came to the business of being an artist. “Self promotion is hard because most of us don’t like to brag that much.” That was five years ago. The now 62-year-old rural Wabash artist said Indiana Artisan has helped get “Scami Stoneware,” as she calls her work, into places she never dreamed — including a boutique, owned by a native Hoosier, in Paris.
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Artisan trails Visit artisan studios, workshops, galleries and stores throughout the state on Artisan Trails:
and EARTH TRAIL — Throughout • ART Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, Kosciusko, and LaGrange counties in northern Indiana, taste regional cuisine, sample home-grown treats and see one-of-a-kind artistry. ArtAndEarthTrail.com
ARTSROAD 46 — Three unique counties, Bartholomew, Brown and Monroe, connect artisan-made folkpainted gourds, handmade jewelry, woven rugs, poplar bark syrup, flavored homemade marshmallows and more. ArtsRoad46.com
BY HOOSIER HANDS — Travel along the Ohio River Scenic Byway and meet craftspeople, fine artists and specialty food makers unique to Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings and Ripley counties. ByHoosierHands.com
GLASS — Connects • INDIANA communities, galleries, studios,
museums and festivals that celebrate Indiana’s unique craft and tradition of glass blowing in Allen, Bartholomew, Cass, Delaware, Hamilton, Harrison, Howard, Jay, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Wayne counties. IndianaGlassTrail. com
TRAIL — Journey through • LIMESTONE the heart of Indiana — Lawrence and Monroe counties — and taste Indiana Artisan wines, caramels and baked persimmon goods and take home exquisite photography, stone carvings, handmade greeting cards and much more. LimestoneMonth.com
PLATE — History, art and • NICKEL adventure blend in Hamilton and
Tipton counties. You will find eclectic art galleries, custom jewelry designers, acrylic wildlife paintings, magnificent stained glass and delicious pies. NickelPlateArts.org
AND ROADS — This West • RIVERS Central trail along Indiana’s most storied waterway includes the area along U.S. highways 40 and 41 and byways within Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties. RiverAndRoadsTrail.com
ROUTES TO MAIN STREET • RURAL — Linking 24 unique places – wineries, orchards, artists’ studios, herb and fruit farms, and much more in Hendricks and Morgan counties. RuralRoutesToMainStreet.com
CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE But like Scamihorn, he, too, is an Indiana Artisan. From the workshop beside his home in the rolling hills of rural Perry County, Caldwell, 43, has turned his experience in engineering and building high-end wood products into a side business: meticulously handcrafting rocking chairs, lamps, barstools and more from traditional native and exotic hardwoods. “Wood is beautiful, and every piece is unique,” said Caldwell, a consumer of Southern Indiana Power. “My focus is turning it into functional art, and it’s inspiring to see people’s reaction to my work.” Caldwell has been an Indiana Darin Caldwell stands with one of his more recent works: a rocker with a curly cherry frame and 22 different species of wood that make up the flexible back and seat. The blue ribbon is from last spring’s Indiana Artisan marketplace where Caldwell’s booth exhibit was awarded first.
Artisan since 2014 and embraces the brand that gives artisans a hand. “I have no desire to be a starving artist,” he said. “That was the goal of Artisan: To help people start a business and grow a business.”
• • • No one would suggest that the Sisters of St. Benedict at the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand is a new venture. The Benedictine Order was established there in 1867. The monastic tradition of the Rule of St. Benedict that they live, work and pray by dates back 1,500 years. But relatively speaking, the bakery at the monastery is right out of the oven. It’s been selling baked treats to the public for just about 20 years. So when Indiana Artisan — which includes culinary creations, bakers and vintners — came along in 2008, the sisters saw it as an opportunity to expand the monastery’s sales and, more importantly, its mission. “In the Rule itself, there’s a chapter on the ‘artisans of the monastery’ and recognizing the work that they do,” said Sr. Jean Marie Ballard, who tends to quality assurance and a number of other duties at the bakery. “It’s part of what we do. We shouldn’t be too concerned if we have to support ourselves by the work of our hands. Work is sacred.” Like most religious communities, the Ferdinand Benedictines have experienced declining numbers and economic changes in the past several decades. But as the sisters noted, with the losses have come new opportunities. One has been the bakery. For years, the bakery’s only public
Sister Roxanne Higgins works on the next batch of Hildegard Cookies for the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Baked Goods in Ferdinand. She smooths the edges of the slab of dough for its next pass under an electric bakery press, on her right. After several passes, the slab becomes a thin sheet which is then sliced into small rectangles with a large cookie gridded cutter and baked. St. Hildegard, a Benedictine abbess, included the recipe for “Cookies of Joy” in her 12th century medical writings. Higgins, the newest member of the monastery kitchen, has a chemistry background and noted she is struck by St. Hildegard’s study of the medicinal properties of herbs and elements 860 years ago.
Since then, five more cookies have
Indiana Artisan began in 2008 as
passed the Indiana Artisan muster,
the state-funded brainchild of then Lt.
including a new one last month. And
Gov. Becky Skillman. Freeman said she
while their sales at Indiana Artisan events
wanted a brand that gives meaning and
raise money for the monastery and its
recognition to Indiana-made goods.
missions, the sisters also share their mission with other Indiana Artisans. “We have one of the chocolatiers
“The mission is we create and develop a brand based on the highest quality art and foods coming from
who, from time to time when the show
Indiana,” said Freeman, “and help those
starts, will ask us to pray with her for a
artisans expand their business.
successful show,” said Ballard. “Praying with the other artisans,
“Everybody knows the 500. Everybody knows corn. We’re trying to
that the work that we do is all to be for
create a brand that says ‘Know Indiana by
the glory of God,” added Sr. Lynn Marie
its great art and its great foods.’”
Falcony, bakery manager, “is just a way
Three other states — Kentucky,
for us to connect with more people.”
North Carolina and West Virginia — had
Christmas cookies sold during
Connecting with people
artisan branding initiatives. Each offered
Ferdinand’s annual Christmas festival
Indiana Artisan celebrates its 10th
and at the monastery’s gift shop. But the
anniversary in January. Eric Freeman,
popularity of the cookies inspired the
who has been director since its
sisters to seek other markets. The bakery
inception, points out that despite its
applied for Indiana Artisan. All applicants
name, the organization is not focused on
for the initiative must pass a panel of
“art,” per se. “It’s not an arts program or
expert judges. Three of the bakery’s
foods program. Its mission is economic
cookies were in the inaugural class.
development,” he said.
offerings were traditional German
distinctly different avenues to support their artisans. After looking at their programs, Freeman helped craft Indiana Artisan as a hybrid of the three with a menu of services: offering business “bootcamps” on budgeting and pricing;
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Befriend an ‘Artisan’ Friends of Indiana Artisan puts you in the studios, kitchens, workshops, wineries and galleries of the Hoosiers recognized by the state as creators of the highest-quality art, fine craft, and one-of-a-kind foods and beverages coming from Indiana today. Through almost-monthly events held around the state, Friends of Indiana Artisan and their friends will develop a deeper appreciation of artisanal work. Friends attend these events, as well as the annual Marketplace, free of charge. One-year memberships: $45 for single members $80 for dual members. To purchase memberships or for more information, visit IndianaArtisan.org.
Christkindlmarkt kindled bakery The Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery Baked Goods traces its origin of consumer baked goods to Ferdinand’s Christkindlmarkt, a German holiday festival and marketplace. When the festival began 20 years ago, the Benedictine sisters at the majestic monastery on the hill above town provided traditional anise-flavored German Christmas cookies called “Springerle.” They proved to be so popular, the bakery began selling more and expanding its product line. 2017 FERDINAND CHRISTKINDLMARKT Dates & Times: Friday, Nov. 17; 6:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 18; 9 am-5 pm Sunday, Nov. 19; 10 am-4 pm. Location: Monastery Immaculate Conception (Friday); various locations around Ferdinand (Saturday and Sunday). For info: www.ferdinandchristkindlmarkt.com; For bakery info: MonasteryBakedGoods.org.
Mark calendar for spring Marketplace Once a year, the state’s highest-quality Artisans come together — at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. Over 150 are expected to be on hand.
At the Indiana Artisan shop at the French Lick Springs Hotel, Marta Sweitzer, left, and Sally Crow, both of Noblesville, look over handmade jewelry, pins and other items — all made by members of Indiana Artisan. The store opened at French Lick last year. A second Indiana Artisan store is expected to open this month in downtown Carmel. The French Lick store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
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want Indiana Artisan to teach watercolor classes, for instance, he said. “But take
hosting an annual spring marketplace
that watercolorist and help him or her
at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
learn how to create a budget or create
that attracts thousands of shoppers;
a business plan, or design a website or
publishing a 48-page “viewbook”
understand how to make sales ... help
magazine/catalog showcasing all
them build their business.”
the artisans, their goods and contact
After a three-year incubation,
information; helping form “artisan
Indiana Artisan began operating as
trails” to encourage folks to visit the
a self-sustaining 501(c)(3) non-profit
local workshops and studios around the
corporation at the beginning of 2011.
state; launching IndianaArtisan.org that
As it entered its 10th year this year,
highlights each member; and opening a
Indiana Artisan for the first time began
shop that sells nothing but the works of
charging annual dues — $100 — to
member artisans. The first store opened
maintain membership. While artisans
in French Lick last year, and a second is
agreed that was still a bargain for the
scheduled to open by this holiday season
return the brand delivers, about a third of
in Carmel’s downtown.
the group’s almost 350 members juried in
Initially, Indiana Artisan was overseen by four state divisions:
over the years declined to continue. With the annual jury selections
agriculture, tourism development, the
announced last month, 11 new
arts commission, and the Office of
artisans were introduced, bringing
Community and Rural Affairs. The latter
the current number back to some
supplied the original funding.
220 artists, woodworkers, sculptors,
“OCRA’s primary interest was I get
photographers, culinary artists, vintners,
outside Indianapolis and really involve
and craftspeople from all sorts of media
folks in Indiana’s rural areas,” said
from some 60 counties. Freeman said
Freeman. “They didn’t care if artisans
only about 17 percent of those who apply
Dates & Times: Saturday, April 7; 10 am-6 pm Sunday, April 8; 10 am-5 pm.
came from Indianapolis, but they did
make it in. But, he added, those who do
care that not all artisans came from
are at the top of their trade and usually
Indianapolis. And they don’t. They come
have been honing it for a lifetime.
Location: The Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis.
from all over. Little towns of 500 people
Tickets: $10 at the door (ages 14 and younger admitted free).
It costs $30 to apply, and artisans can
have an artisan there.” And the state arts commission didn’t
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Support your local Artisan Some 220 Indiana Artisans in over 60 counties have been recognized for their exceptional work. To see a complete current listing and contact information, go to IndianaArtist.org. ADAMS
Kristy Jo Beber Lydia Gerbig-Fast Susan Morgan Thomas Pabst Leigh Rowan Wayne Shive
BARTHOLOMEW Marilyn Brackney Alexa Lemley
Jan McCune Lathay Pegues Larry Simmons
CARROLL Rena Brouwer Peter Falk
Mercedes Brugh Toney Robertson
Jennie DiBeneditto Ted Huber Diane and Dan Wibbels
Linda Armes John Bower Kris Busch Marla Dawson Tom Duffy Suzanne Halvorson Mary Hambly Thomas Harris Nathan Hunter Rebecca Lowery Carolyn and Don Madvig Bill Oliver Cappi Phillips Kendall Reeves Kyle Spears Liudmyla Symonenko
FRANKLIN Glenn Goss
Patricia Rhoden Bartels Rosemary Bolte Adam Egenolf Arny Greely Chris Gustin Anabel Hopkins Amanda Mathis Anne Miller Cheri Platter Rose Poe Michele Pollock Daren Redman Ronald Schuster Susan Spagnuolo Larry Spears
Carl Degraaf Kurt Huntley Dawn Middleton
Rose Brown Susan Kline
Bob Anderson Jennifer Berger Janet Boettcher Joyce Jensen Inga Smith Mark Waninger Scott Ward Carol Watson
Srs. of St. Benedict Monastery Baked Goods
BLACKFORD Sharon Downhour
Heidi Mandich Nick Murdick Clayton Ramer Zach Rohn Donna Shortt Pete Steele Kent Susott David VanWye Carrie Wild Robin Willis Megan Winn
Linda Adamson Carol Bell Jason Bundy John Bundy Lee Ellis Charles Ferguson DeMaris Gaunt Sylvia Gray Carl Harvey Eric Heagy Michael Janosky Nancy Keating Tim Kennedy Deb Miller Jill Mowrey Pam Newell Lily Pai Kenneth Rabbers Marie Reamer Earl Tharp
Aaron Dickinson Liz Perr-McColrn Ruth Ann Roney Jon Vance
Rudee Ann Rudd Rodriquez
Pete Baxter Angie and Tim Burton
Clint Bear Seth Bickis Kevin Bohman Tami Hagemier Alice Jane Smith Elizabeth and Steve Thomas
Jeff Bricker Daina Chamness and Betty Davis Bill Richardson
Cindy Cradler Lisa Pelo
Terry Armstrong Harry Gigous Lauri Isle Angela Thompson
Daniel Driggs Wendy Simon
DELAWARE Carol Burt David Calvin Brian Gordy
Jayme Goffin Michell Mathis
Andy Cole Deborah Flowers
Steven Skinner Sue and Marion Wilson
George Abiad Greg Adams Pattie and David Barrickman Fran Carrico Jim Prather
Carrie Abbott Lisa Atchison Teri Barnett David Berg Cynthia Blasingham Peggy Breidenbach Chuck Bruce Larry Carman Amy Carroll Cathy Claycomb Mark Cox and Adam Southerland Cindy Cwi Mary Ann Davis Jim Dupler Meredith Easley Elizabeth Garber Dick Gerard Jerry Gran Rick Greiner Jayne Hoadley Anita Hopper Micah Kirby Rachel Klein Gabriel Lehman
Robin Dyer Jeffrey Hill Roland Rein
ST. JOSEPH Laurie Balla Nancy Sinnott
Debra Achgill Dominick Andrisani Kathy and Rick Black Mary Firestone Lisa Hopkins Al Knight Bev Larson Marsha Williamson Mohr Sharon Owens B Skinner Sara Vanderkleed Lisa Walsh Craig Whitten
TIPTON Lisa Sparks
Pam Hurst Joe Krutulis Lynne Medsker
Karen Hampton Larry Hampton
Debbie Goodin Marilyn Oehler
Kim and John Doty
Anthony Leaderbrand Connie Moolenaar
Jay Noel Dan Sims
Donna and Dan Adams Darin Caldwell Nita Claise
David Lee Lynn Retson
WHITLEY Fred Inman Lyn Ocken
Judy Coe Wayne Gaydos Martin Price
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From ‘shop class’ to classy shops After college in 1998, Kentucky native Darin Caldwell crossed the river, taking a job as an assistant engineer and furniture designer in Tell City, a river town with a rich tradition of furniture making. It was a perfect “shop class.” From experienced woodworkers, he learned how to build high-end wood products. At his fingertips, he had some of the best woodworking equipment. But the 2000s were hard years on the U.S. woodworking industry as more contracts went overseas. At the end of 2008, the plant closed. Caldwell remained in Perry County and found other day jobs and new inspiration to expand his own passion in woodworking. He became an Indiana Artisan in 2014 to help his work find a larger audience. “I’d built most of my own furniture in my house. It was NEVER this good,” he said, “until you start seeing what other people are doing, and you step it up.” By joining Artisan, he said, “It’s allowed me to realize what I CAN do.” Check out his work at DarinCaldwellDesign.com.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 apply however many times it takes to get accepted. He notes that’s still a bargain for younger artists getting into the business on their own because the panel of judges provide valuable feedback to all applicants. “For 30 bucks, I get seven, eight, nine people I don’t know to look at my work which they don’t know and critique it for me. Where am I going to get that deal?” The judges use four criteria for art/craft and culinary submissions. All applicants must first explain in writing what links their product to Indiana. They must also show there’s “marketability” for
Darin Caldwell pushes a long steel rod threaded with rope, like a giant sewing needle, through the last row of holes on the last row of wooden slats for a barstool. The pieces of wood for the back and seat are stitched together with the long continuous rope which makes for a flexible, comfortable and beautiful seat.
The last rocker I sold, the guy told me, ‘I didn’t buy this for
The first chair Caldwell sold at his first Indiana Artisan Marketplace, though, was perhaps the most memorable. “Everybody told me: ‘Your first show; don’t expect to sell anything. They don’t know you, they’re not going to buy from
myself. I bought it
you the first time around.’
for my grandkids.’
chair bought it.” He said he and his wife,
— Darin Caldwell
“The first woman that sat in that Angie, who travels with him to shows, were ecstatic. “It was a walnut frame,” Caldwell continued. “Her brother had just passed, and he built a lot of furniture out of walnut. There was an emotional
Telling the story
connection to that chair.”
and craft arts are then judged for design
Caldwell can attest to both the “heirloom”
with their words or painters and
and technique. Those in the culinary
quality work and the “story” that goes
photographers who touch people with
fields are judged on taste and texture, and
with each piece by recalling the last chair
their images, Caldwell found he, too,
he sold recently, and the first in 2014.
can touch hearts and emotions — as a
their product. Those working in visual
But the one thing, Freeman said all
“The last rocker I sold, the guy told
Like poets who move people
furniture maker using his hands to shape
the artisans have in common, whether
me, ‘I didn’t buy this for myself. I bought
wood. “I never thought I’d be able to do
its heirloom-quality furniture or a cookie
it for my grandkids.’”
that for anybody,” he said.
that will be gone in an instant, is the
The man asked Caldwell to write a
But that’s what artists do.
“story” that goes with the product and the
little journal of how the flexible backed
artisan as a person. “That is the appeal of
and seated rocker was put together, and to
of all kinds connect with prospective
local art and food. In many cases, you get
note the two dozen species of wood used
patrons and share the many more stories
to meet the maker. Once you meet him
on the chair and where each is placed.
out there just waiting to be told.
or her, you really have to buy something
It’s a journal that will travel with the chair
because you know the maker.”
perhaps for decades — or longer.
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RICHARD G. BIEVER is senior editor of Electric Consumer.
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JEFF DANIELS, Delphi (Carroll), Delphi Opera House. Emmy Award-winning actor and musician. With son Ben and the Ben Daniels Band. 8-10 pm. Admission charge. 765-564-4300. info@ dephioperahouse.org. delphioperahouse.org
“A CHRISTMAS STORY” COMES HOME, Hammond (Lake), Indiana Welcome Center. Free. 219-989-7979. southshorecva.com/ achristmasstory
10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY KICK-OFF CELEBRATION, Downtown Hammond (Lake). Tribute to Jean Shepherd. Free. 219-512-4298. downtownhammond.org
THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS, Delphi (Carroll). Admission charge. 765-564-4300. info@ delphioperahouse.org. delphioprahouse.org
HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Bloomfield (Greene), 4-H Fairgrounds, 4503 W. State Road 54. 9 am- 3 pm. Free. 812-863-2226. firstname.lastname@example.org
12TH ANNUAL COUNTRY BARN CRAFT AND CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Kokomo (Howard), 3545 W. County Road 250 S. 9 am-5 pm. Free. 765-210-0971, 765-210-1253. artbarburge@ sbcglobal.net
HARRISON BAND BOOSTER CRAFT SHOW, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), Harrison High School, 9 am-2 pm. Admission charge. 765463-2511. email@example.com. harrisonbandcraftshow.com
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, West Lafayette (Tippecanoe), West Lafayette Golf and Country Club, 3244 U.S. 52. Fri: 9 am-7 pm; Sat: 9 am-4 pm. Free. 765-427-5733. firstname.lastname@example.org
BLUE MAFIA, Mitchell (Lawrence), Mitchell Opera House. 7 p.m. Admission charge. 812-849-4447. email@example.com. mitchelloperahouse.com/event/blue-mafia/
MUSTER ON THE WABASH, Vincennes (Knox), Fort Knox II. Admission charge. 812882-7422. visitvincennes. org/muster
PATOKA VALLEY TOY FARM MACHINERY SHOW, Jasper (Dubois), Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. 9 am-3 pm. Admission charge. Children under 8 free.
MIRROR LAKE CRAFT SALE, Rome City (Noble), 11463 N. 150 W. 8 am-3 pm. Free. 260-854-4675. firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL SWISS HERITAGE HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Berne (Adams), South Adams Schools. 9 am-3 pm. Admission charge. 260-5898007. swissheritage.org
CHRISTMAS IN SHIPSHEWANA, (LaGrange), Townwide. Free. 866631-9675. shipshewana.com
DELTS’ HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND GIFTS SHOW, Portland (Jay), Jay County High School. 9 am-4 pm. Admission charge. 260-726-5866. dttcraftshow@ yahoo.com. visitjaycounty.com
45TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Batesville (Franklin/Ripley), Batesville Primary School. 10 am- 3 pm. Free. Sandy Ziegler: 812-9342374. email@example.com
ANNUAL TURKEY DINNER, Batesville (Franklin/Ripley), Batesville United Methodist Church. 4-6:30 pm. Admission charge. 812-9343137. firstname.lastname@example.org. batesvilleumc.org
LIGHT UP CORYDON, Corydon (Harrison), Downtown Square. No admission charge. 888-738-2137. thisisindiana.org
CLARK COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Charlestown (Clark), Clark County Fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-2 pm. 812-256-4591.
This calendar is published as a service to readers and the communities electric cooperatives serve. Electric Consumer publishes events free of charge as space allows, giving preference to free community festival and events in and around areas served by subscribing REMCs/RECs. While Electric Consumer strives for accuracy, please note that events, dates and time may change without notice. Electric Consumer advises using contact phone numbers or internet sites to check times and dates of events before making plans. To add events to Calendar, please use the “Submit and Event” form under the “Talk to Us” or “Calendar” buttons at electricconsumer.org; or mail your info to: Calendar, Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Please submit info two months before the date of the event.
Refresh the halls do-it-yourself
BY DE NNI S and SH ER RY B ISH OP
he holiday season is upon us, and in the midst of planning for family gatherings and creating
Black Friday shopping lists, you might also be thinking about how you can get your home ready for all those whimsical Christmas decorations and loving family members from out of town who will soon fill your home. Before the in-laws arrive,
GET A NEW WINTER COAT. A fresh
BE ALERT. Give yourself peace of mind
coat of paint is an inexpensive way to
this holiday season by checking all smoke
give any room new life. Consider doing
and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s also
an accent wall or investing in some paint
important to make sure all detectors are in
stencils. If you don’t want to tackle any
working order so take this time of the year
walls, consider painting your front door.
to test and replace all batteries.
Painting your front door can give the exterior of your home enhanced curb appeal your guests will notice before they ring the bell.
consider these home refresher ideas
DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY.
so that everyone can enjoy the festive
Nothing’s more inviting on a cold
cheer at your house this holiday season.
winter’s night than a warm fire, so make
LIGHT THE WAY. The winter months can be dark and dismal. Make sure all walkways and driveways leading to your home are well lit. This is especially important if there is ice or snow on the ground. You don’t want anyone to slip and fall on the way up to your house. Replace any burnt out bulbs on existing outdoor light fixtures with durable and long-lasting LEDs and consider where
out for any damages that may have happened during the off-season. Also, make sure the immediate area around the opening is clear of flammable material. Finally, to clean out built up soot, consider scheduling a professional chimney sweeping. No one wants to be
cold in their own
DECK THE WALLS WITH
home, so try out some
SPACKLE. One of the
simple sealant options.
easiest ways to spruce up
Keep cold air from coming
your walls is to repair nicks
in through electrical outlets
and scratches. Start by
by removing the wall plate and
removing any peeling
inserting a rubber cover; then
paint or plaster from
reattach the wall plate. For
around the crack.
holes around cables,
Next, grab some
pipes and vents, try
joint compound or
an expanding foam
spackling and apply thin coats to your walls using a drywall or putty knife. Make sure the spackling is dry before applying additional coats. sand the repaired area.
surveying your fireplace inside and
KEEP JACK FROST OUT.
you might need to install new
Before moving onto primer and paint,
sure your fireplace is ready. Start by
product. If large gaps around doors are giving you problems, install door sweeps or use weather stripping.
P H OTO B Y IS TOC K /G ETTY I M AG ES PLUS
Visit your local Do it Best store or doitbest.com for thousands of the best home improvement products, including paint, applicators and other essentials for successful paint projects! DENNIS and SHERRY BISHOP (pictured on the right, with daughter and son-inlaw Robin and Eric Smith) are the coowners of Petersburg Do it Best® Hardware in Petersburg and are member-owners of Do it Best Corp., a Fort Wayne-based cooperative of thousands of hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards in the United States and around the world. (This article is for informational purposes only. Electric Consumer and Do it Best assume no liability for the accuracy or completeness of its content, or for injuries, property damage, or the outcome of any project.)
Holiday food preparation RAWPI XEL LTD / I STO CK / G ETTY I M AG ES PLUS
INGREDIENTS FOR SAFETY
During the holidays, everyone gathers in
and on every level of the home. Test the
using the back burners. If children are in
the kitchen to cook favorite recipes, share
batteries in each smoke alarm every month
the room, keep a close eye on them, or
warm meals and reconnect with each
and replace them once a year. Creating
direct them out of the kitchen. If cooking
other. Keep your family safe during these
an escape plan for the whole family will
over a hot stove, wear short or close-fitting
joyful times by learning some basic holiday
ensure that no matter the circumstances,
sleeves to avoid a fire.
food preparation safety tips before you
everyone knows how to exit safely.
Always locate appliances away from the
Since unattended cooking equipment are
sink to avoid any electrical dangers. Plug
“The United States Fire Administration
the leading cause of home cooking fires,
countertop appliances into ground fault
estimates more than 2,000 residential
always be sure that someone takes over
circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets
fires are reported each Thanksgiving,
the preparation when needed. Before
and keep cords away from hot surfaces
with cooking the leading cause,” said
cooking, clean the stovetop and oven to
like toasters. When finished with these
Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric
wipe away any grease or dust to prevent
appliances, always unplug them to save
Cooperatives. “The holidays are supposed
energy and avoid electrical hazards.
While cooking, it’s easy to forget about
Before your family can sit down and enjoy
something in the oven, especially when
the meal you just spent all day preparing,
you’re entertaining guests. Use a kitchen
be sure all appliances have been turned
Take steps to protect your home and
timer to make sure your dish doesn’t burn
off. Then you can all enjoy each other’s
family from cooking hazards while in the
to a crisp, creating a fire hazard. When
company during the holiday season with
kitchen by installing smoke alarms in every
cooking on the stove, protect you and any
peace of mind knowing everyone is safe.
bedroom, outside each sleeping area,
reaching hands from spills or burns by
to be a wonderful time for families to be together in celebration, and we just want them to take precautions and be safe.”
NOVEMBER 2 017
Ask Rosie Q:
Sweet potato or yam? by B. Rosie Lerner
Sweet potatoes can be grown in the home garden. However, since they are tropical in
Will you be eating sweet potatoes or
origin, they produce best with both warm
yams at your Thanksgiving dinner?
days and warm nights. A long growing
While many folks use the terms inter-
season of 4-5 months is needed for opti-
changeably, they are distinct.
mum yield, but acceptable home garden
Botanically speaking, the sweet potato is known as Ipomoea batatas and belongs to the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). True yams belong to one of several species of Dioscoreain (Dioscoreace),
quantities can be harvested in a shorter growing season. The common sweet potato is a vigorous trailing vine, but some cultivars are bush or bunch types that are more practical for small gardens.
and their production is limited to tropical
Ornamental cultivars of sweet potato are
climates. So most likely you will be eating
quite popular as container plants and an-
sweet potatoes rather than true yams.
nual ground covers. While the ornamen-
There are two types of sweet potatoes, often described as either dry-fleshed or moist-fleshed. This refers to the mouth feel, rather than the actual moisture present in the root. Actually, soft vs. firmfleshed types would be a more accurate description. Moist-fleshed types (often incorrectly called yams) tend to convert more of their starch to sugar and dextrin during cooking, becoming softer and
tal cultivars typically produce enlarged roots, they are bred for beautiful foliage rather than food quality. Their roots are likely to be starchy or possibly bitter. You must also consider whether pesticides, which are not labeled for use on the edible crop, have been used on the ornamental plants. So it’s best to admire them with your eyes rather than your taste buds.
sweeter than the more mealy, dry-fleshed
For more information on growing
sweet potatoes for harvest, see Purdue
The nutritive value of the sweet potato is high and is a great way to increase vegetables in your diet. Sweet potatoes are a fat-free source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, Vitamins A and C, and iron, and are low in calories.
Extension Bulletin HO-136, http://www. hort.purdue.edu/ext/ho-136.pdf. B. ROSIE LERNER is the Purdue Extension consumer horticulturist and is a consumer of Tipmont REMC. Questions about gardening issues may be sent to “Ask Rosie,” Electric Consumer, P.O. Box 24517, Indianapolis, IN 46224; or use our “Talk to Us” form online at ElectricConsumer.org.
Harold Gingerich, Shipshewana, Ind.
This is the perennial garden flower known commonly as hibiscus or rose mallow, botanical name Hibiscus moscheutos. This type of hibiscus is a hardy perennial that dies back to the ground each winter, and returns in the spring, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall or more. They usually begin blooming in mid-summer and keep up the show until fall frost. There are many cultivars in the trade with large blooms of white, pink, red, or bicolor with some selections reaching up to 12 inches across! Hibiscus perform best in full sun with consistent soil moisture, but they can adapt to part shade. Plants will get a bit droopy in dry conditions.
Q: I am curious what
the white feathers are used for in this garden picture from one of your earlier columns. Please explain! Paul Potosky, Warren, Ind.
Ah, one of my favorite vegetable garden photos from a garden I visited in England. The feathers are fastened together to form a pinwheel spinner and attached to garden twine stretched between two stakes. I believe the intent is to repel unwanted visits from critters as the feathers twirl and wave in the breeze. While I can’t attest to whether this is a successful repellent, they do add visual interest and motion to the design of the garden!
PHO TO BY HARO LD G I NG ERI CH
P H OTO BY I STO CK/ G ETTY I M AG ES PLUS
I was wondering if you can identify this volunteer flowering plant. This is the second year it has come up!
Skip Hop’s nightlight soothers Skip Hop’s Moonlight & Melodies owl and elephant soothers that play melodies or nature sounds and project images have been recalled because their USB wall power adapter can break, posing an electrical shock hazard. The soothers were sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target and other retailers nationwide and online from July 2016 through August 2017 for about $40. Call 888-282-4674; email recall@skiphop. com; or go to www.skiphop.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page.
All-terrain jogging stroller
Recalls focus on children 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.
J is for Jeep brand cross-country all-terrain jogging stroller has been recalled because the leg bracket on the stroller can break, posing a fall hazard to infants in the stroller. “J is for Jeep” is printed on the side of the stroller sun canopy. The strollers were sold at Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide from August 2015 through August 2016 for between $130 and $160. Call 800-377-3777; deltachildren.com and click on Help Center and then Recall Center.
Children’s Playtex plates and bowls Children’s Playtex plates and bowls have been recalled because a clear plastic layer over the graphics can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates and bowls, posing a choking hazard. The plates have various printed designs. Playtex is written on the bottom of the plates and bowls. Playtex has received four reports of children choking on pieces of the detached plastic. The products were sold at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide from October 2009 through October 2017 for about $2.50 for a single plate or bowl and $15 for a Mealtime set. Call 888-220-2075; or go to www. playtexproducts.com and click on Recall.
Toys R Us infant wiggle ball toys
Toys R Us has recalled Bruin Infant Wiggle Ball toys, also called a “giggle ball” because rubber knobs and the plastic back can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants. The recalled wiggle balls have model number 5F6342E and Toys R Us printed on the product. The toys were sold exclusively at Babies R Us and Toys R Us stores nationwide from June 2016 through January 2017 for about $13. Call 800-869-7787; or go to www.toysrus.com and click on Product Recalls.
Hoosier Energy news
Wind farm expansion to benefit co-ops Renewable energy project located off of Interstate 65 Hoosier Energy and Wabash Valley Power Association have entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement that will add 100 megawatts (MW) of energy from EDP Renewables’ Meadow Lake V wind farm for the benefit of rural electric cooperative members across the state. Meadow Lake Wind Farm, which consists of five operational sections that flank Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana, has been in operation since 2009. The agreement will provide approximately 25 MW of energy annually in 2018 and an additional 50 MW in 2020 for Hoosier Energy’s cooperative member systems, bringing Hoosier Energy’s total wind generation to 100 MW.
Employees from Hoosier Energy and member cooperatives dedicated the Meadow Lake V wind farm purchase power agreement in October.
HONORING OUR VETERANS Rachel Persinger from Wingate submitted this photo of her husband, Larry, who served in the Air Force for 32 months. He joined the Air Force Service in May 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. The Persingers celebrated their 57th anniversary this year.
In 1995, Katrina See took this photo of her two-year-old son, Austin See, and her husband, Jason See, then 20 years old, when the family was reunited after being separated for more than six months. Jason served on the USS Seattle in the Mediteranean Sea during Operation Desert Storm. Despite Jason’s absence, Katrina said she and her husband were “relieved and elated that Austin seemed to remember his father!”
Joe Wasson served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He described his service as a good experience during which he made lifetime friends.
Kyla Jones, employee and member relations manager at Dubois REC, shared this photo of her family members in their uniforms. Pictured in the front row, from left, are her dad, David Eger (former manager of Southern Indiana REMC, now Southern Indiana Power); grandfather Charles Eger; and uncle Earl Eger. Standing behind them, from left, are her uncle, Bernard Eger, and her aunt, Delores Little.
Clay artist finds joy with whistles & whimsy P H O TO S A N D T E X T BY RICHARD G. BIEVER Sue Scamihorn’s husband, Mike, says she must not have had enough toys when she was a child. Every day, she’s surrounding herself with a menagerie of playful little critters she sculpts with her own hands from stoneware. Most often, they come with a trademarked “overdeveloped sense of whimsy” — which is how a judge on the jury panel of Indiana Artisan put it. (Please see the cover story.) And many are whistles that, when blown into, make a bright toot. “I’ve always been fascinated with miniatures,” said the 62-year-old clay artist from Wabash. “It’s fun to see people’s smiles.” She sells her creations at gift shops and festivals. “Working with clay gives form to my desire to capture the artistic notions or creative insights we have as children and to share those imaginative moments with others,” she said describing her art. “My hands are constantly busy molding shaping, pressing, painting, tying or hinging.”
As a member of Indiana Artisan since 2012, she also sells her works at the Indiana Artisan store at the French Lick Springs Hotel and its annual marketplace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But long before Indiana Artisan, Scamihorn was a prolific participant in the Christmas ornament contest the Electric Consumer held from 1996-2005, entering most every year. Her works usually were among the top vote getters. More than once, the narrative quality of her works landed them on the cover of December issues of the past. Along with little characters and scenes and animal whistles, she sculpts various depictions of the Nativity and molds inspirational sayings. Her favorite is Jeremiah 18:6, “As the clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.” “The Nativities are very important to me to promote the true meaning of Christmas,” she added, “to remind people what it’s about.” You can see her work at ScamiStoneware.Webstarts.com. Sue Scamihorn works on a whistle — this one an elephant — at her rural Wabash home studio. Her unique menagerie of whimsical animal whistles helped her become an “Indiana Artisan” (please see cover story). But long before the Indiana Artisan program even began, the Heartland REMC consumer had her work appear many times in Electric Consumer during its run of annual Christmas tree ornament contests including, from left: an angel, 1997; lighted bird house, 2002; and caroling penguins, 1999.
Published on Nov 2, 2017