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Around Alabama Eva – September 17-24

Eva Frontier Days September 24th Antique tractor show and car show (Registration begins at 9 a.m.) Parade - 11 a.m.; Craft show - 9 a.m.; Baking contest entry deadline 10:30 a.m.; Live entertainment - 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Best dressed contest - 1:30 p.m.; Pig calling contest - 2 p.m. Drawings - 3:30 p.m.; Frog jumping contest - 4 p.m. (at ball fields); Greased pig contest - 5 p.m. (at ball fields); Games for all ages - rides, train etc. Food vendors and more.

Good music, good food, and a pig-calling contest. It’s not heaven, but it is close. Bring the whole family for all of this and more at the Eva Frontier Days. Check out the schedule below to find your favorite events, or join us every day for the whole experience. Beauty pageant Journey church 10 a.m. Admission - $3 Bluegrass festival Eva school 3 p.m. Admission - $6 Hayride Eva saddle club arena 6:30 p.m. (Sep. 20) Admission $1 (Free hotdog and coke) Community Singing West Side Baptist Church 7 p.m. (Sep. 22) Attalla – Month of August Tigers for Tomorrow Untamed Mountain, 708 County Road 345 Summer Environmental Education Tours every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Admission: $12-adults, $7.50-children Contact: 256-524-4150 Foley – August 4-6 The 14th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo City of Foley Horse Arena Pre-rodeo festivities nightly at 7 p.m. and rodeo following at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-adults, $6-children ages 4-12, freechildren 3 and under Tickets available at Summerdale Western Store, State Farm Insurance in Foley, at the gate and online Andalusia – August 4-9 Babe Ruth 12U Softball World Series Andalusia Sports Complex Info: Orange Beach - August 5 Dive-In Theater Orange Beach Aquatics Center Ages 5 and up for swimming, eating and watching a movie Admission: $10 per child, all children much be pre-registered Contact: 251-974-7946 Gulf Shores – August 6 147th Anniversary Commemoration Battle of Mobile Bay 51 State Highway 180 West Fort opens at 8 a.m. Cannon salute followed by oral account of the Battle of Mobile Bay Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children 18 and under, free 6 and under, Family Pass $12 for 2 adults/2 children Contact: 251-540-5257

For information call 796-7023, 796-6981 or visit

Dothan – August 20 Dothan Artifact Show Flint knapping demo, raffle and refreshments, display cases, pipes, bowls, spears, clothing, jewelry, books and more Contact: Troy Futral, 334-821-5823

Ider – September 5 25th Ider Mule Day Parade-9:30 a.m., horse and mule show-11 a.m., horse and mule team power pulls-1 p.m. Contact: Town of Ider, 256-657-4184 Cullman – September 9 & 10 12th Annual 10 Mile Yard Sale Ala. County Road 1545 Bargains galore, food, liquidations Selling spaces available $10 per day Contact: 256-737-0604 or

Cullman – August 20 Back to Mayberry St. Jon’s Evangelical Protestant Church 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue plate dinner, checker tournament, horseshoe tournament, cake, pie and pickle contest and more

Fayette – September 10 42nd Annual Fayette Arts Festival Guthrie Smith Park, Sponsored by Fayette Art Museum 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact: Fayette Art Museum, 205-932-8727

Fairhope - August 27 Eastern Shore Strutters NWTF Heritage Banquet James P. Nix Center, 1 Bayou Drive Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. Contact: Denny Chambers, 251-605-3446 or

Estillfork - September 16-18 11th Annual Ole Timey Craft and Bluegrass Festival Paint Rock Valley Lodge & Retreat, 4482 County Road 9 Friday 1 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m. Admission: Charged, under 12 Free Contact: Edley or Vivian Prince, 256-776-9411 or

North Alabama – September 1-5 3rd Annual 50 Mile Yard Sale Sand Mountain Highway 71 & 73 Communities participating: Section, Dutton, Pleasant View, Pisgah, Rosalie, Flat Rock, North Sand Mountain and Bryant For Info and rental spots: Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 256-259-5500 or email

For more information on these and other

Deatsville – September 3 Lightwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ & Flea Market 6250 Lightwood Road, Deatsville 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. BBQ plates $8 or Boston Butts $25 $5 Flea Market booth rental Contact: Daphne Smith at 334-569-2264.

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Careers on the Line

Chuck Billings, Central Alabama EC

Electric cooperatives offer exciting and stable job opportunities By Magen Howard Photos by Darryl Gates


n a bright spot for the nation’s economy, electric co-ops are recruiting and retaining talented people for jobs of all kinds. Some of the hiring is in response to Baby Boomer retirements – electric co-ops expect nearly 10 percent of lineworkers and almost 18 percent of engineers and operations staff will retire over the next five years. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), a non-profit group in Washington, D.C., that studies labor shortages in the utility and nuclear power industries, predicts that 46 percent of existing skilled technicians and 51 percent of engineers in the electric and natural gas utilities may need to be replaced by 2015 because of retirement or attrition. While the recent recession delayed some retirements, CEWD found only the timing of those retirements changed, not the estimated need for future replacements. Other electric co-op workforce sectors are also impacted by turnover. The Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA) estimates that nearly half of the Alabama co-op employees in administration, marketing and member services leadership roles will be eligible to retire over the next five to eight years.


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It takes a village to run an electric system While lineworkers are generally the most visible employees, it takes many more departments to effectively run an electric co-op. Electric distribution co-ops – those that directly serve you – employ more than 55,000 people nationwide. If you factor in power supply cooperatives and various support groups, like AREA, electric co-ops have more than 70,000 folks on their payrolls. Electric co-ops employ a median of 48 workers, with lineworkers comprising the largest single group of workers – 17, on average – followed by administrative and clerical workers, which includes billing and account clerks, and engineering and operations employees. The typical co-op also has one technology professional and one communicator. Co-ops need accountants and clerks to make sure bills – and employees – are paid and to keep finances in order. Communications and marketing professionals inform consumer-members and the general public, through publications like Alabama Living and meetings, about the co-op’s community activities as well as products and services offered. Member services and energy services employees take care of the needs and concerns of members – handling phone calls, bill payments and offering home energy audits and other energy-saving solutions. Staking technicians and engineers plot where new lines will be built, while purchasing employees maintain an inventory of equipment to keep the lights on and negotiate contracts. Information technology professionals keep telecommunications networks and computers running smoothly.

Women in the male-dominated workforce

Diane Schoenbauer, one of a handful of women in Minnesota certified as a home energy auditor, works for Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative in Jordan, Minn., in its demand-side management program (DSM). Schoenbauer spent seven years in marketing and communications at the co-op before accepting her current position. Being a woman in a male-dominated field like energy auditing and working with DSM contractors, Schoenbauer admits she felt a need to be more Shelby Ellison and Kim Bauar of Central Alabama EC

Michelle Ricard and Tim Hobbs of Baldwin EMC prepared than the average person coming into the job. “My first order of business was to cultivate relationships. I didn’t want anyone laughing at me or the co-op. When I pull up at a construction site with my hard hat, and they see me – a little 5-foot-5 blond – getting out of the car, I know some guys are gonna go, ‘What the heck!’ I take pride that I can alleviate their concerns right off the bat.” Nationally, about 10 percent of electric co-op chief executives and energy auditors are female; less than 1 percent of lineworkers are. Schoenbauer encourages more women to consider careers that are traditionally filled by men. “I wish I would see more women in this type of position,” she says. “I encourage them to think about it because it is a challenging position – it keeps me on my feet every day. It’s a great role to be in.”

The future of electric co-ops Electric co-ops fare better than other types of electric utilities when it comes to an aging workforce. Roughly 36 percent of not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric co-op lineworkers are under 37 years of age, versus just 30 percent for profit-driven investor-owned utilities. “Electric co-ops continue to be some of the best places to work in a community,” says Russell Turner, principal, human capital issues, for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “Salaries and benefits packages remain competitive in a time when other firms are scaling back. Co-ops often hire from within communities, and promote from within. We’re very good corporate citizens.” National electric cooperative career opportunities are available at, the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ career center where applicants can search for openings and submit resumes. “Our resources now touch almost every role at the co-op,” says Ann Maggard, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives director of communications and membership. “Helping co-ops recruit and retain the most valuable employees is essential in today’s world, and we’re glad to help out.”d

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The First Alabamians An all-new exhibit at the Alabama Archives takes visitors on a 14,000-year journey By John Brightman Brock

Are you ready to go back in time? Sifting through history’s ashes reveals that Alabama breathed life into the mastodon and bison. Or, at least Alabama’s very first “PaleoIndians” thought so. Their proud life’s journey ended some 10,000 years ago, but their haunts now lead to an exhibit opening Aug. 27 at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in downtown Montgomery. The exhibit is a wonderfully recreated, figurative footpath that leads back through the centuries, a visual experience where visitors will feel they’re walking in the very footsteps of these first Alabamians.


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First to Set Foot

The first people to set foot in what is now Alabama arrived about 14,000 years ago, archaeologists say. Those settlers, dubbed Paleo-Indians, were in a period that runs from about 12,000 – 8,000 B.C. Besides hunting animals, they gathered nuts, berries and other plant sources for food. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers, according to John Hardin, an ADAH archivist. “We’ll have stone spear points, knives and scrapers from this period on display. That along with a mastodon tooth and a mammoth vertebra.” A mural in this part of the exhibit section depicts a bison kill.

Settling In

Archaeologists call the next period, with a date range of about 8,000 to 1,000 B.C., the Archaic period. “These people lived in larger groups and led a more settled lifestyle, but still moved around some,” Hardin says. “The big animals disappeared, and so they mainly hunted smaller animals like deer and turkey – some things never change.” Fish, mussels and plant sources were also important to their diets. “Technology was developing, and these people are known for their stone bowls often carved out of soapstone, or ‘steatite,’ “ he says. “We’ll have some of those on display including a rather large cooking pot. We’ll also have a variety of spear points and stone tools, including early axes. “Archaic people often used bluff shelters and caves as homes. Russell Cave is the best-known example in Alabama.” A mural in this exhibit section depicts life at a cave shelter.

The Bow and Arrow Arrives

Hardin points to the exhibit’s next period, known as the Woodland period (1,000 B.C. to A.D. 1,000), and

to a mural depicting “a very-settled lifestyle” with houses along a riverbank. “We’ll have several examples of ceramic pottery, some of it decorated or in effigy form,” says Hardin. “The bow and arrow came to this part of the world about A.D. 700, so we’ll have our earliest arrowheads on display.” Visitors will see greenstone axes and stone tools, as well as ornamental wear such as stone necklaces and shell beads.

Pottery, Corn – And DeSoto

Technology took a leap forward in the next period, known as the Mississippian era (A.D. 1,000 to 1,550). “This period is known for its mound building, particularly at places like Moundville, which was the location of a powerful chiefdom with 32 mounds, some very large,” Hardin says. One of the murals shows a portion of Moundville, while others show Mississippian people farming, holding a harvest ceremony, playing a game called chunkey and making pottery, tools and other things. “Even more than the mounds, these people are known for their beautiful ceramic pottery and works of art carved from stone,” Hardin says. “We’ll have several beautiful objects from our collection on display, and we’ve also borrowed some items from the Moundville museum on long-term loan.” The Mississippian civilization began around the

These Indian vessels, now in storage, will be part of the exhibit’s extensive display of original artifacts


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Mississippi River. It spread to Alabama, where people developed corn farming along creeks and rivers. With corn to supplement their other food sources from rivers and forests, Mississippian societies became rather stable and large, building communities throughout much of the eastern United States. In 1540, Hernando de Soto and his Spanish expedition came through Alabama, culminating in the battle at the central Alabama Indian town of Mabila, ruled by Chief Tascaluza. A mural in the exhibit shows Spanish soldiers and Indian warriors in a face-off at a village. “The Spanish managed to eke out a devastating victory at Mabila, killing practically every Indian at Mabila that day, but damage had been done to Indian societies throughout the Southeast as the Spanish marched through, spreading disease and wreaking havoc at many points along the way,” Hardin says.

Before European Settlers

Indian history then moves into another period, as Mississippian society and culture begins to collapse

due to population loss and dislocation. “So the period from about 1540 to roughly 1690 is known as the Protohistoric period (before the return of European settlers),” Hardin says. “We have some beautiful items from this period, too, including many large cooking pots that were used as burial urns. As we transition into the Historic period, we display trade items that mainly came from the Spanish.” A mural shows Indians trading deerskins for Spanish goods about 1690.

‘Touchable’ reproductions

The exhibit contains 10 large and stunning murals, seven maps of various sizes and a rich array of artifacts, including a few “touchable” reproductions. “It’s all supported by interpretative text to create a narrative arc for the space,” Hardin says. As you enter the First Alabamians exhibit, you will be greeted by a full-size reproduction cast of a mastodon skull hanging above you. To the left are two large murals – one illustrating the Archaic period and the other the Woodland period. As you work your way around the corner, you’ll be confronted by a large mural of Moundville, a large diorama of a typical Mississippian town, and cases of artifacts dating from 1,000 years to 350 years ago – and even more murals. “In other words, you might say visitors will be progressively astounded,” Hardin says confidently.d

John Hall, narrator of a film on Alabama geology

Detail from a diorama of a typical Mississippian town

First Alabamians Exhibit Grand Opening The grand opening will be Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Curators, the mural artist, the diorama model maker, the landscape photographer, filmmaker and the exhibit designer will make presentations about and be on hand to discuss the exhibits. Interactive, handson activities will be going on throughout the day. For more information visit www.

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Keeping Daddy’s Name Alive The Johnny Shines Blues Festival kicks off Aug. 27 in Tuscaloosa By Jennifer Kornegay


just wanted to keep daddy’s name and his music alive,” Carroline Shines says, when asked what motivated her to start the Johnny Shines Blues Festival in Tuscaloosa in 2010. This year, the second annual Johnny Shines Blues Festival takes place on Aug. 27. Born in Tennessee in 1915, Shines was known for his skill on the guitar and his passionate, powerful voice and energetic singing style. He was influenced by blues legend Robert Johnson (the musician purported to have traded his soul to the devil in Mississippi to gain his impressive musical abilities), with whom he often traveled. In the late 1930s, the two would strum and sing in any joint that Bobby Rush would let them. For the next few decades, Shines lived in Chicago, playing local clubs and making his first record in the mid-1940s, although it was never released. It was not until the late ’60s, when he was asked to contribute recordings to a series of compilation albums, that Shines began to gain more widespread acclaim. He moved with his family to Tuscaloosa in the early ’70s, and Little G. Weevil he continued to tour, record and even taught guitar to some lucky T-town residents. His most popular album was recorded in 1975, “Too Wet to Plow.” As a blues musician herself, Carroline says holding an event in her father’s honor was something she had considered many times since he died in 1992, but it took the encouragement and support of two new friends to make it happen. “I had tried to get something together for years,” she says. “Then I met Deidra Hurdle and Steve Ruff, two blues musicians who were as interested as me in getting something like that going.” So last year, with their help, Carroline held the almost-impromptu event (it came together in just eight weeks) in the back yard of her father’s home where she now lives, and hundreds showed up to hear Bobby Rush, Kent Burnside, Kent Duchaine, Steve Ruff and Carroline pay homage to Shines as they dished out some authentic blues. “Last year was a huge suc-


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cess,” she says. “There were at least 300 people in my back yard. People who knew daddy’s music loved it, and so they came to see what an event with his name on it had to offer.” And though a good time with good music is practically guaranteed, the festival is about more than fun. The proceeds support the Johnny Shines Foundation that Carroline founded. “The purpose of the foundation is to promote the study of the blues,” she says. “People just don’t appreciate it like they used to.” In light of the recent destruction from the tornado that struck Tuscaloosa in late April, Carroline is also donating a portion of the proceeds to aid storm victims and the rebuilding efforts. After the great turnout and positive word of mouth following the inaugural festival, Carroline is expecting a bigger crowd this year and so has found a new location. The 2011 festival will be held at Evans Rochelle Park at 4006 20th Street NE in Tuscaloosa, and will feature headliner Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck as well as Sweet Claudette from Detroit, Kent Burnside, Kent Duchaine, the Johnny Shines Jr. Blues Band and more. There will be food, but guests are welcome to bring their own coolers, lawn chairs and blankets. There might be few surprises on hand as well. “I might do a silent auction too, and auction of some of dad’s memorabilia,” she says. Of course, in Carroline’s eyes, Johnny Shines will always be more than a talented artist; he was her dad.”d


Johnny Shines Blues Festival Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Evans Rochelle Park, 4006 20th Street NE in Tuscaloosa. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. VIP tickets are $35 and include a tent with fans, soft drinks, a signed poster and access to an after-concert party. Call 205-887-6859 for more information.





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Nocturnal Beauty The Great Horned Owl can be found throughout Alabama By Alan White


ound throughout North America from the northern tree line to South America, the Great Horned Owl is a nocturnal beauty. The large yellow-orange eyes, oval face and tufts of feathers on the side of the head that look like horns, give this bird a unique look. Females are 10 to 20 percent larger than males. The wingspan of an adult can reach 60 inches and they are stealth predators, making no sound when gliding to capture prey. Activity usually begins at dusk but they may be seen in late afternoon and in early morning. They can be very aggressive toward intruders when they are nesting. You will often see owls bobbing and weaving their heads. This appears to be an act of curiosity, but in fact this movement serves to improve their three-dimensional vision of what they are viewing. When alarmed the feathers are pulled in tightly to the body and ear tufts will stand straight up.

Alan White is publisher of Great Days Outdoors magazine. To learn more, or call 800-597-6828.


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Small owls will bob their body up and down when alerted. The sounds they make can vary from deep booming hoots to shrill shrieks. The common “who cooks for you… who cooks for you all” territorial call can be heard on a still night for several miles. Most calling occurs from dusk until midnight, then again just before and after dawn. This call often will cause wild turkeys to gobble. Gangs of small birds can be viewed sometimes attacking owls. This is called mobbing. Small birds do this because they fear predators. Owls usually don’t respond to this mobbing, but occasionally will move on to a different area. The breeding rituals of Great Horned Owls include bowing to each other with drooped wings, bill rubbing and preening. These owls utilize the nests of other species such as crows, squirrels and herons. They also nest in abandoned buildings, hollows in trees and artificial platforms. Two to four eggs are laid and incubated for only 26-35 days. Young start exploring nearby branches and limbs at 6-7 weeks but do not fly well until 9-10 weeks old. Adults tend to stay near the breeding sites and the young will disperse widely. Owls are solitary creatures, except during mating season. During the day, they will remain motionless while perched on a secluded limb or nest. Wild specimens can live up to 13 years while captive birds have been known to live as long as 38 years. These birds have very few natural predators other than man. Owls as well as hawks, seem to have a taste for unprotected chickens.d

August Wildlife Management Tips


Tables indicate peak fish and game feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour before and an hour after. Minor peaks, half-hour before and after. Adjusted for daylight savings time. a.m. p.m. Minor Major Minor Major

AUG 17 08:37 18 09:22 19 10:22 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 01:52 25 03:07 26 04:07 27 05:07 28 - 29 12:52 30 07:37 31 08:37

02:52 02:37 08:52 03:22 02:52 09:07 04:07 03:07 09:22 05:07 12:07 09:37 06:22 - 10:07 07:37 - 11:37 08:52 09:52 05:22 09:52 10:37 05:37 10:37 11:07 05:52 11:22 11:37 06:22 11:52 12:22 06:37 05:52 07:07 12:37 06:52 07:22 01:07 01:37 07:52 01:52 02:22 02:22 08:22

SEPT 1 09:37 2 11:07 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 02:37 8 03:52 9 04:37 10 05:22 11 - 12 - 13 07:22 14 07:52 15 08:37 16 09:22 17 10:22 18 11:52 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 01:37 23 03:07 24 04:22 25 05:07 26 - 27 - 28 07:52 29 08:52 30 09:52

03:07 02:52 08:37 03:52 03:37 09:07 04:52 01:07 09:37 06:22 04:07 10:37 07:52 12:37 04:37 09:22 10:22 05:07 10:07 10:52 05:22 10:52 11:22 05:52 11:22 11:52 06:07 11:52 12:07 06:22 06:07 12:37 12:22 06:37 06:52 12:52 01:07 01:22 07:07 01:37 01:37 07:37 02:07 02:07 07:52 02:37 02:22 08:07 03:22 02:37 08:22 04:07 02:37 08:37 05:07 - 08:52 06:37 - 04:22 08:07 09:52 04:22 09:07 10:22 04:37 10:07 10:52 04:52 10:52 11:22 05:22 11:37 05:52 11:52 06:07 12:07 12:37 06:52 12:52 06:37 01:07 01:22 07:07 01:52 02:07 07:22 02:37 02:37 07:52

ertilize and mow perennial clover plots. Fall is a good time to boost these plots and the clover will start recovering from the heat of summer. Don’t mow it too low! Just above the plants is fine (cutting off the flowers and other weeds). Mow lanes, power lines and cornfields for better shooting opportunities.You can’t harvest them if you can’t see them. By mowing now, you won’t disturb the deer too close to opening day of season. Start preparing your fall food plots. Proper preparation will make the difference in a good plot and a bad one. A soil test is a great idea so that you can follow the recommendation for a proper mix of fertilize. If your plots are overgrown, mow them now and allow the vegetation about two weeks to decay. Then turn the soil with a breaking plow and disk. This

brings many old plots back to more productive life. Plan to plant fall crops in September or October depending on rainfall and your personal preference.d

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THANKS FOR YOUR HELP Co-op members did a lot to help our line crews safely restore power

Send your questions: Safe @ Home Alabama Living P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 334-215-2732

Jason Saunders & Michael Kelley are certified managers of Safety & Loss Control for the Alabama Rural Electric Association.


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The April 27 tornadoes that ripped through Alabama left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, some for more than week. Electric cooperative crews from throughout Alabama and states as far away as North Carolina and Kentucky rushed to the stricken areas to restore power. I know of one man in a north Alabama cooperative who greeted some of those crews when they arrived on his road about a week after the storm. First, he thanked each one of them for being there, and he actually apologized for any trouble he’s caused them. He went on to say that the storms have taken just about everything he owns, but added, “Don’t worry, I’ll be OK.” The man offered the workers something to eat. The men assured him they have been well taken of, and really need nothing. But instead the man wandered back into a pile of rubble that once was his home, and later emerged with some bottled water and snacks for the linemen. This type of scene was repeated numerous times during the massive power restoration efforts in April, and reoccur every time there are disasters. Jason and I have been a part of many restoration efforts in many different states. Each time I pray something bad like that never hits Alabama. On April 27 that

something bad did happened, and it was worse than I could have ever imagined. Fortunately, no worker who assisted an Alabama cooperative was seriously injured. Minor injuries were few. One reason for this is because the citizens of the affected communities did so much to make sure that our people were made to feel at home. Further, they understood that following this type of widespread disaster, power restoration is likely a long process. Co-op crews recall very little complaining, and a whole lot of giving. Incidents of communities cooking meals were numerous, and many times folks would drive past working crews, pull over, and simply say “Thank you.” So Jason and I want to say a similar thank you to the numerous church folks, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, National Guard members and volunteers who just came to do whatever they could. Neighbors from nearby towns offered to help, and farmers offered to pull our trucks out if we got stuck. Then there were the hundreds of people who helped us in other ways. In short, crews restoring your power could do their jobs more safely because they knew our members understood what was going on. And that’s important.d

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for Storm Victims Some disaster recovery centers are still open to aid Alabama tornado victims

Alabama residents affected by the devastating outbreak of tornados in April were given until July 18 to register for federal disaster assistance, thanks to a 21day deadline extension granted by the Federal Emer-

Cullman County Cullman Civic Center 510 5th St. Southwest Cullman, Ala. 35055 DeKalb County Tom Bevill Center 115 Main St. West Rainsville, Ala. 35986 Jefferson County Mt. Moriah Baptist Church 306 Avenue U, Pratt City Birmingham, Ala. 35214

First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove 724 4th St. Pleasant Grove, Ala. 35127 Â Jefferson County Satellite Courthouse 1485 Forestdale Road Birmingham, Ala. 35214 Madison County Monrovia Church of Christ 595 Nance Road Madison, Ala. 35757

The centers are open 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. Additionally, if you’re in need of assistance, you may also


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gency Management Agency (FEMA). When Alabama Living went to press, nine disaster recovery centers in six counties were still open and providing assistance in these locations:

Marion County Old Indies House Plant 8741 State Highway 172 Hackleburg, Ala. 35564 Tuscaloosa County American Legion Post 3120 University Blvd. East Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35404 McDonald Hughes Center 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401

call 2-1-1 to find information about community resources in your area. When you call 2-1-1 Connects Alabama, specialists assess your needs, help you solve your problems and provide referrals to community-based organizations, government programs, support groups and other local resources.d

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Alabama Gardens


Ever wanted to share your gardening secrets? Try blogging over the Internet By Katie Jackson If you’ve ever wanted to share your gardening ideas and experiences with friends, family or the world, it’s never been easier, though it may require embracing social media and, perhaps, starting your very own blog. In case you’ve not heard of blogging, it’s the hip word for “Web logging,” or logging your ideas and thoughts on a website for pretty much all the world to see. I’ve not yet been moved to blog, but I know people who do (like Maggie Lawrence, the host of the Backyard Wisdom public radio gardening show, for one at www. and they make it look easy and fun. If you’re interested in blogging, lots and lots of good basic advice is available – just search the Internet for more information than you may want. Basically all that’s needed is a blogging site, which can be set up through blog hosting services such as Blogspot or WordPress. Free versions are available as well as upgrades for minimal fees. More expensive options, such as buying an Internet domain name and having a special site designed, are also available, but not necessary for beginning bloggers.


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Certainly the technology is a big part of blogging, but the real challenge for successful blogging – for any kind of successful communication effort – is to know the audience, so think before you blog. Do you want the blog to be a personal journal to share with those near and dear to you? Do you hope to garner millions of faithful followers and become a gardening guru? If your desire is to keep an online journal with no aspirations of fame and fortune, go for it and feel free to write about whatever strikes your gardening fancy. Who knows, your journaling may be so wonderful that it goes viral and brings you unexpected fame and fortune. If you want to cultivate a following for your blog, though, decide who you think will read it and cater to their interests and needs. But pick a subject or focus that you feel passionately about. If you aren’t engaged, your readers will not be engaged, either.d

Katie Jackson is associate editor for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Contact her at

Garden tips for


3 Harvest summer vegetables early in the morning when the flavor is usually at its height. 3 Divide irises and plant new ones. 3 Prune old blackberry canes and add fertilizer. 3 Choose and order fall bulbs. 3 Use mosquito repellant and sunscreen when working or playing outside. 3 Plant fall vegetables, such as cabbage, collards and broccoli and fall-bearing beans and peas. 3 Keep an eye out for insects and disease on all ornamental and vegetable plants and treat for problems before they get out of hand. 3 Begin layering shrubs, such as hydrangeas. 3 Irrigate lawns if rainfall is scarce using deep, long waterings so the water soaks in deeply.d

Alabama Recipes Breakfast

Cook of the Month

Heather Letson, Joe Wheeler EMC

Farmer’s Pie

1 pound ground pork sausage, crumbled ½ cup onion, chopped 2 cups shredded Colby cheese 1 cup broccoli, chopped and blanched 1 cup cooked brown wild rice 1 tomato, cored and chopped

1 2-ounce can sliced black olives 1 10-inch unbaked pie crust 4 large eggs ½ cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon garlic, crushed ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown sausage about 5 minutes. Add onion and continue to cook until onion is fragrant and translucent, 3-5 minutes; drain thoroughly. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, broccoli, rice, tomato and olives. Transfer into pie crust. Combine together eggs, cream, garlic and pepper; pour over sausage mixture to cover. Bake 10 minutes, reduce heat to 400 degrees, bake additional 35 minutes or until brown.

My favorite meal is breakfast, but I rarely eat it in the morning. My favorite time to prepare breakfast food is at dinnertime. It seems I just get too hurried, or I just want to relax with some coffee when I get up in the morning instead of cooking a good breakfast. Usually I just get something quick like a piece of fruit. But at night, when the day is over, I can spend more time concentrating on preparing a complete breakfast meal. When I was a little girl, my father would make breakfast for dinner and I always thought it was such a treat. French toast was my favorite because my grandmother taught me how to make it. At 9 years old, I thought I was a chef extraordinaire breaking those eggs into a bowl to create the batter. Making breakfast for dinner is still a treat. It makes me feel like a kid again, and it just tastes like home.

Breakfast Tacos Your Way

Baked Grits

4 cups water 1½ teaspoon salt 1 cup uncooked grits 2 eggs beaten 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter

1 package large, soft tortillas 6-8 eggs 1 medium onion, chopped 1 red, yellow or green bell pepper, chopped 1 small package shredded cheese, any type Salsa

Optional ingredients: shredded (cooked) chicken, ham, turkey, crumbled bacon, corn, mushrooms, hot peppers, etc.

Scramble eggs, onion, bell pepper and optional ingredients of your choice. Heat several tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds. Top tortillas with shredded cheese, egg mixture and salsa. Roll tortillas over mixture. Jayne J. Butler, Arab EC

1½ cups grated Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, combined 2 cloves garlic, crushed Dash of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring water and salt to a boil. Add grits to boiling water, stirring constantly for a minute. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until grits are thick and creamy. Temper eggs with a small amount of hot cooked grits, then add back to remaining grits. Combine remaining ingredients with grits and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese, if desired.Yield: 6 servings. Maxine Day, Covington EC

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Maple Breakfast Pizza

Apple-Sausage Breakfast Pie

1 package mapleflavored sausage (recommended: Jimmy Dean) 1 can crescent rolls 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup apple, peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook sausage. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Place on ungreased 12-inch rimmed pizza pan with points toward middle. Press together to seal. Combine beaten egg and softened cream cheese. Whisk until smooth. Pour evenly over pizza. Sprinkle sausage over cream cheese mixture. Toss apples with cinnamon and sugar. Top with apples. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Cook 15 minutes, cool then cut into 8 slices. Jennifer Guilford, Pea River EC

1 bag shredded potatoes 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 16-ounce carton sour cream Salt and pepper, to taste

Cindy Wade, Franklin EC

Berry Friands

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted 4 egg whites, beaten until stiff 5 strawberries, thinly sliced ½ cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease muffin pans. In a medium bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, flour, ground almonds and baking powder. Stir in melted butter. Gently fold in egg whites. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pans. Top batter with fruit. Bake 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans immediately. Jennifer Robinson-Tijsma, Sand Mountain EC


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1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup brown sugar

Brown sausage in a skillet until no longer pink, breaking into small bits. Drain on paper towel. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use ½ package piecrust (prepare according to package directions) for a single 9-inch pie pan. Line pan with pastry, flute edge and prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Pour pie filling into partially baked shell. Layer cooked sausage over pie filling, sprinkle with cheese. For topping, combine brown sugar with remaining pie crust mix. Sprinkle over pie. Return to oven and bake 2535 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Cook’s note: Pie may be assembled and frozen before final baking. Thaw and bake as directed before serving.

Spinach and Cheese Frittata

Thaw hashbrowns and with mix cream of chicken soup, 1 ½ cups cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese on top and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

1½ cups confectioners’ sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup ground almonds ½ teaspoon baking powder

Mary Burk, Cherokee EC

Hashbrown Casserole (Crackle Barrel style)

1 pound ground sausage 1 11-ounce box pie crust mix 1 20-ounce can apple pie filling

4 eggs ¼ cup milk 1 small onion, diced ¼ cup chopped mushrooms (optional) ½ cup chopped tomatoes ¼ teaspoon basil ¼ teaspoon oregano

Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup fresh spinach ½ cup cheese (cheddar, goat or mozzarella) Optional: one pound sausage, browned

Preheat oven to broil.Whisk eggs in bowl with milk.Add spices. On stovetop, heat cast-iron skillet with olive oil. Simmer onion and mushrooms, if desired, for 1-2 minutes. Layer spinach on top of onions. Pour egg mixture into skillet, add tomatoes. When egg is set, top with cheese. Transfer to oven and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Optional: brown sausage and sprinkle on top of egg mixture in skillet before adding cheese. Sue Robbins, Coosa Valley EC

Salmon Patty Breakfast

1 can Double Q salmon 1 teaspoon regular mustard ¼ cup oil

1 0-12 frozen biscuits 1 cup self-rising flour Salt and pepper, to taste 2 eggs

Empty salmon in medium-size bowl. Crush bones and tear salmon apart, discarding bones. Add mustard, oil, eggs and mix well. Add flour, mix well. Add salt and pepper, mix well. Drop by tablespoon into hot cooking oil. Cook until brown on both sides. Bake biscuits and serve with salmon patties as a sandwich. Sara Sallas, Central Alabama EC

Editor’s Note: Alabama Living’s recipes are submitted by our readers. They are not kitchen tested by a professional cook or registered dietician. If you have special dietary needs, please check with your doctor or nutritionist before preparing any recipe.

Praline French Toast Casserole

Hearty Homemade Waffles

8 eggs 1½ cups half and half 1⁄3 cup maple syrup

2⁄3 cup unbleached flour 2⁄3 cup wheat flour 1⁄3 cup sugar 1⁄3 cup butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon coriander or cinnamon

Topping: ½ cup (1 stick) butter ½ cup packed light brown sugar


⁄3 cup packed light brown sugar 10-12 slices soft bread, 1-inch thick


⁄3 cup maple syrup 2 cups pecans, chopped

Generously butter a 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix eggs, half and half, maple syrup and sugar in a large bowl. Place the bread slices in the prepared casserole dish and cover with egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator. Make the topping: melt the butter in a saucepan.Add the sugar and the maple syrup and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the pecans. Pour the mixture over the bread and bake for 45-55 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.

1 tablespoon vanilla 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cornstarch Approximately 1½ cups milk

Preheat waffle iron. Mix all ingredients together until there are no lumps. Spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Bake batter in waffle iron to desired brownness. Serve with fruit syrup. Fruit Syrup 1 can apple concentrate 2 tablespoon (or less) cornstarch

Dash of salt Sprinkle of coriander or cinnamon

Whisk together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and it will thicken. Remove from heat and add fruit of your choice (fresh or frozen: apples, blueberries, peaches, or strawberries).

Betty Harpe, Joe Wheeler EMC

Navit Hill,Tallapoosa River EC

Buttermilk Pancakes

Breakfast Bread Pudding

2 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 cups buttermilk 2 tablespoons melted butter

Sift flour, soda, salt and sugar into bowl. Add sugar, buttermilk and butter, stir until just mixed. Mixture will be lumpy. Pour ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto hot, greased griddle; cook until bubbles form. Brown on both sides. Serve with butter and syrup. Debra Green, Pea River EC

Weight Watchers Breakfast

⁄3 cup cottage cheese 2 packets Equal brand sweetener, or other artificial sweeter to equal 4 teaspoons sugar


4 slices canned pineapple, no sugar added 4 teaspoons pineapple juice Dash of cinnamon 2 English muffins

1½ pound pork (or turkey) 5 eggs sausage, crumbled and 3 green onions including fried greens, chopped 8 slices French bread, cubed 1½ cups shredded cheddar 1½ cups milk cheese Cook and drain sausage, mix with cubed bread, pour into greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Mix milk, eggs and green onions. Pour over bread mix. Top with cheese. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cover and bake additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes. To serve, cut in generous squares. Paul D. Neuwirth, Baldwin EMC

Breakfast Pizza

1 pound pork sausage 1 package crescent rolls 1 cup frozen hashbrown potatoes, thawed 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

3 eggs ¼ cup milk ½ teaspoon salt 1 ⁄8 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Combine cottage cheese, sweeteners and pineapple juice in blender. Process until free of lumps. Stop blender and stir with a spatula, if necessary. Put a pineapple slice on each half of English muffin. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place under broiler until pineapple begins to brown. Remove from oven, place ¼ of cottage cheese mixture on each half. Divide evenly. Return to broiler to warm cottage cheese. When done, remove. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cook sausage until brown and crumbly, drain. Separate crescent roll dough into 8 triangles. Place on ungreased 12inch pizza pan with points facing forward center. Press over bottom and up sides, sealing to make crust. Spoon sausage on crust, sprinkle on potatoes. Top with cheddar. Beat eggs with milk, salt and pepper; pour into crust. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Jerri Lockhart, Central Alabama EC

Wanda Ogle, Central Alabama EC

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Our Sources Say

Mercury: Will the EPA save us? My great-grandfather and grandfather were known as the “great fishermen of Alcorn County, Mississippi.” During my greatgrandfather’s life, they fished almost every Wednesday afternoon when Corinth’s businesses closed. They also fished on weekends. After my greatgrandfather died, They would eat the fish they caught and gave some away to friends and families. I certainly ate a lot of the fish they caught when I was young. I started fishing as a teenager, although I don’t remember ever fishing with my grandfather. I think fishing was a much too serious pastime for him to have grandchildren along. My friends and I mainly fished Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River and caught bream, smallmouth bass and catfish. We ate almost all the fish we caught. I remember the warnings and the signs in the 1970s about the dangers of eating fish because of high mercury levels. There was even a ban on eating fish from Pickwick because of the mercury levels in the fish. We ate the fish we caught anyway. We all know mercury is the silver stuff in thermometers, and my mother told me not to bite the thermometer or the mercury would poison me. Mercury is a neurotoxin. That means it poisons your brain cells. We have been told that the mercury in the atmosphere comes from coal-fired electric generation plants, and that we need to limit the amount of mercury coal-fired power plants emit to save babies’ health and lives – something we would all like to do.

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative


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Mercury is found naturally in many places. It is embedded in rock, is in seawater, is vaporized in the air and is found in most substances on the earth, including coal. When coal is burned in power plants, the mercury that is not captured in scrubbers and other environmental equipment is released into the atmosphere where it eventually drops into the oceans and is eaten by small fish that are eaten by bigger fish and ultimately end up on your plate. The EPA will soon pass regulations to limit the amount of mercury coal-fired power plants can emit. EPA estimates compliance with the rule will cost electric utilities – and ultimately you through your electric bill – $10.9 billion and will save 17,000 lives and generate savings of $140 billion in reduced health benefits. The value in lives alone, if the numbers – which are unsupported by EPA – are true, makes the effort worthwhile. From the publicity, you would think that once the mercury reductions on coal-fired power plants are in place we will all be safe from the ravages of mercury and can eat our fish without worry. After all, U.S. coal-fired power plants emit around 48 tons of mercury a year, which sounds like a lot. However, forest fires in the U.S. emit around 44 tons of mercury a year, volcanoes and geysers release about 10,000 tons of mercury a year, and cremation of bodies in the U.S. releases around 26 tons of mercury a year. Finally, Chinese coal-fired plants release about 400 tons of mercury a year. Dr. Willie Soon, a professor of natural science at Harvard University, estimates that U.S. coal-fired power plants contribute less than 0.5 percent of the mercury released into the atmosphere each year. He reasons that imposing billions

of dollars of added expense on the nation’s people and economy (remember that almost all additional electric utility costs are passed on to consumers in rates) will do nothing for the remaining 99.5 percent of the mercury emitted into the atmosphere each year. And, if mercury form coalfired power plants will actually kill 17,000 people, how many will be killed by mercury from other sources? I don’t tell you all this to because I am not concerned about public health or don’t care about the health of the people that live in our service area – I do. Nor do I tell you this as an objection to investing in equipment to reduce mercury emissions from our coal-fired power plants. Our scrubbers do a good job capturing mercury, and it appears our coal-fired power plants will comply with the coming EPA regulations as we understand them. And we will do more to comply with EPA’s regulations on mercury emissions if we have to, or if we are required to. However, you should not be fooled into thinking that coalfired power plants are the root of all environmental evil and that if we could only get our electricity from “green” sources all would be environmentally well with the Earth. Huge amounts of mercury will continue to be released from other sources. If the EPA would spend more time structuring approaches that balance environmental and economic interests our country, our economy and our people would be much better off. In the meantime, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how poisoned my brain may be because I ate a lot of banned fish from the Tennessee River when I was young. I continue to enjoy fish and don’t worry very much about the mercury.

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