FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:
YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS WE NEED Peggy R. Vanover President District 6
J. Thomas Bradley Vice-President District 1
Tommie Werneth Sec. / Treasurer District 4
Aubury L. Fuller District 3
Joseph Coleman District 2
Robert Kaiser District 5
Jimmy LaFoy District 7
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER E.A. “Bucky” Jakins, Jr.
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E.A. “BUCKY” JAKINS, JR. Chief Executive Officer
Member survey is an important part of our business.
very January, Baldwin EMC conducts a survey of a random selection of members to find out our strengths and weaknesses as a cooperative. You may have participated in this survey in the past. You might be called upon to take the survey some time this month. I can't stress enough how important this survey is. It's the most significant tool we have for identifying how our members are rating their experience with Baldwin EMC. By including questions that ask you to pinpoint areas where you would like to see improvements, the survey paints a picture for us. That picture shows us where we are on target and where we need to focus more attention. That knowledge helps create a road map for upcoming years.
This annual member survey is one way Baldwin EMC stays in touch with your needs. You deserve the best experience possible, and when we know what's important to you, we can fine-tune the service we provide to better accommodate you. Not every company takes such measures. For example, when was the last time you were handed a survey as you left a retail store? Or have you ever been asked by employees how you liked the movie as you left the theater? I've never had either of these things happen, and I'd bet you haven't either.
Baldwin EMC is a different kind of organization - the kind that sees the value in a successful co-op / member relationship. If you receive a phone call asking you to participate in Baldwin EMC's member survey, please take a few minutes and offer your input. Your responses will be compiled with the feedback of the other participating members and reported back to Baldwin EMC. Your input gives us insight. That insight improves the experience for you. And that's what I like to call a winwin situation.
An independent agency will be contacting some of Baldwin EMC’s members via phone to survey their overall satisfaction with their cooperative. Your anonymous answers will be compiled with the answers of the other surveyed members and reported back to Baldwin EMC. Thank you in advance for your time!
BALDWIN EMC NEWS:
THE Power OF GIVING Baldwin EMC lineman Jerry Rider was one of many to roll up a sleeve for a blood donation.
aldwin EMC held its sixth annual Power of Giving drive on November 3, 2011 at the cooperative's headquarters in Summerdale. Employees and members of the public made a great showing at the event, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A total of 92 pints of blood were collected for LifeSouth Community Blood Center, along with 410 pounds of food for Catholic Social Services of Baldwin County, and close to a ton of pet food for the Baldwin County Humane Society. Around 20 vendors also participated in the Power of Giving health fair, offering a variety of information and services, including vision screenings, blood sugar tests, flu shots and massage therapy among others. All of Baldwin County's hospitals, including Thomas
Annual event shows community kindness Hospital-Infirmary Health, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, and North Baldwin Infirmary were represented. The Power of Giving drive is an annual event for the cooperative, but Karen Moore, Baldwin EMC's vice president of member services and public relations says this was the biggest year so far. "We are always so pleased with how many people turn out to support this event," Moore says. "It shows how many people in this community really care about their neighbors. They want to do a kindness, and we're happy to give them the opportunity." Moore expressed the cooperative's appreciation for all who donated blood, food or pet food at the drive, along with all the organizations and agencies who participated. ď ¤
VISION STATEMENT: Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative will be the leader as a customer focused, efficient and community involved cooperative. OFFICE HOURS AND LOCATIONS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Headquarters: 19600 State Highway 59 Summerdale, AL 36580 South Baldwin Office 21801 University Lane Orange Beach, AL 36561 North Baldwin Office: 47525 State Highway 59 Bay Minette, AL 36507 CALL CENTER HOURS: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (251) 989-6247 or (800) 837-3374 AUTOMATED OUTAGE REPORTING LINE: (251) 989-9999 or (800) 287-5809 AUTOMATED BILL INQUIRY LINE: (251) 989-0202 or (800) 287-5809 STORM RESTORATION UPDATES: www.twitter.com/BEMCRestoration
Health fair participants were treated to free vision screenings, along with many other services.
(left to right) Shelby Singleton, Dianne Brantley and Jordan Hughen gave three of the 92 pints of blood collected.
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COULD A SCHOLARSHIP BE IN YOUR FUTURE? Two programs available through Baldwin EMC could make it possible.
ollege is expensive, and its price tag is going up all the time. But these costs are an investment in a brighter future. Studies show that not only are college graduates more likely to be employed than those without a college degree, they also earn more money.
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However, the high costs of college tuition can make it unattainable for some high school graduates. Baldwin EMC can help, thanks to two scholarship opportunities for local youth.
WHO CAN APPLY: • Any high school senior who is dependent upon a member of Baldwin EMC.
OPERATION ROUND UP®
VALUE: • The Electric Cooperative Foundation awards two $500 scholarships.
This scholarship is administered by the Baldwin County Electric Charitable Foundation using funds collected through the cooperative's Operation Round Up program.
HOW TO GET AN APPLICATION: • Applications are available in any of Baldwin EMC's three offices, or at www.baldwinemc.com.
WHO CAN APPLY: • Any student in Baldwin EMC's service area who is currently enrolled or plans to enroll in a college, university, trade school or community college following high school graduation. VALUE: • The scholarship can provide a student as much as $3,500 annually. The winning applicants are awarded money depending on their academic achievements and financial needs. HOW TO GET AN APPLICATION: • Applications are available in any Baldwin EMC office location, or at www.baldwinemc.com. DEADLINE: • The deadline is February 29, 2012.
In cooperation with our statewide organization, the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA), we are also able to offer an annual scholarship through the Electric Cooperative Foundation, Inc.
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DEADLINE: • The deadline is March 16, 2012.
BALDWIN EMC PROGRAMS
WHO WE GONNA CALL?? PEAK BUSTERS! Members can help their cooperative cut down on demand and share in the savings. Electricity is electricity. It costs the same no matter when you use it. Right? WRONG. "Peak" periods occur when the demand for electricity is the highest. Usually, these are periods when it is very cold or hot outside, and they coincide with the times our members are using a lot of electricity all at once in their homes and businesses. Unfortunately, the cost of electricity during peak times is much higher compared to times of normal electrical demand on the system. By limiting the amount of power purchased during these high-priced energy periods, the cooperative can reduce its total power costs and minimize increases in our costs to members.
YOU CAN HELP. By signing up to be a Peak Buster, you invite Baldwin EMC to alert you by phone when our system is approaching a peak. We'll ask you to take steps to decrease your energy use at these times by doing things such as: • Adjusting your thermostat • Delaying major appliance use--especially in the kitchen and laundry room • Delaying hot water use • Turning off all unnecessary lights and appliances Your efforts to beat the peak will reduce costs and promote savings for all of Baldwin EMC's members.
Tankless Water Heater Program Deadline Lifted It's good news for Baldwin EMC members using electric tankless water heaters. The deadline has been lifted for the cooperative's tankless water heater replacement program. This program gives members options for changing out their electric tankless water heaters before being placed on a new rate for tankless users. Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity among new and remodeled homes in Baldwin EMC's service area. However, the large amount of electricity these devices consume puts significant strain on the co-op's system and equipment, and drives up purchased power costs. Hoping to encourage members to replace their tankless water heaters, in 2010 Baldwin EMC created a rebate program. With this program, members can allow Baldwin EMC to replace their electric tankless units with a traditional storage water heater, or they can replace it on their own and have their costs rebated (up to $1,000 in the form of an electric bill credit). The program was initially set to expire last month, but co-op officials say the savings associated with replacing the tankless water heaters quickly outweigh the costs. Therefore the program has been indefinitely extended. If you are using an electric tankless water heater and would like to take advantage of the program, please call 251-989-6247 and ask to speak with one of our energy marketing specialists.
Join Peak Busters by going to www.baldwinemc.com and clicking on the Energy Savings tab.
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TOGETHER WE SAVE BECAUSE SAVING ENERGY SAVES MONEY
THIS MONTH’S TOPIC: Weather Matters On Your Power Bill freezing in winter to more than 100 degrees in summer, demand for heating and cooling can be significant,” Gipson notes. “Warm air leaving a home essentially wastes the money spent to heat it. The same is true for air a homeowner has paid for cooling.”
lectric bills vary with the seasons, driven by weather and consumer use patterns.
“Weather matters,” stresses Greg Gipson, energy services manager at Baldwin EMC. “In this area, we see bills change dramatically as temperatures shift."
FAC TO R S T O C O N S I D E R How much weather affects your electric bills depends on many factors, including your home’s original construction materials, insulation, and air leaks. Personal comfort plays a role too, as does the difference between the thermostat setting inside and temperatures outdoors. “When a house stays at 68 degrees Fahrenheit while the outdoor temperature varies from
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outlets and weather stripping along doors and windows, replacing old windows, and upgrading insulation. When practical, adjust landscaping to provide sunlight in winter and shade for your property in summer.
R-value offers a way of measuring insulation’s effectiveness (a higher R-value indicates more effective insulation). For example, on a 28-degree day, heat loss from a residence set at 68 degrees could hit 2,464 Btu per hour even through an 80 ft. x 10 ft. exterior wall packed with R-13 insulation. Reverse that situation on a scorching day—100 degrees outside—and heat gain indoors will still reach 2,464 Btu per hour. To save money, set your thermostat five degrees closer to the outdoor temperature (lower in winter, higher in summer). This simple change could result in a savings of 90 watts per hour of electricity—about 197 kilowatthours (kWh) in three months.
C O N T R O L W H AT C O M E S I N Keep blinds and drapes on the sunny side of your home closed in summer and open in winter. Find mysteriously “hot” or “cold” spots in the house and solve them by installing gasket seals around
U S E YO U R R E S O U R C E S Weather doesn’t have to play havoc with electric bills. “There are a variety of tools, appliances and resources available to solve energy challenges,” Gipson stresses. “Some require significant financing. But there are a lot of options that are inexpensive and simple.” Need another resource? Check out the energy saving information at www.TogetherWeSave.com.
Football in Mobile
Tour D’Italia Cooking
Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State and the Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois will compete in the GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan. 8 in Mobile. Kick-off will be 8 p.m. at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. january 10
Navigating by the stars
A two-hour class will be held Jan. 10 in Fort Payne with a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Three-person minimum. Meet at True Adventure Sports Training Center. Class fee is $20 per person. For more information, call 256-997-9957.
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Led by Chef de Cuisine Miguel Figueroa of the Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar in Auburn, the Tour D’Italia cooking classes will highlight traditional Italian foods from different regions of the country. Attendees will get hands-on experience working with the Ariccia chefs and will learn how to prepare a variety of Italian dishes. Attendees will receive a take-away basket containing fresh pasta, basil pesto (made with basil from the Ariccia herb garden), Ariccia’s traditional tomato sauce, a small block of cheese from the featured region, and a signature Ariccia apron. Classes are $100 per person and attendees will be able to sample their creations. To reserve a cooking class, please call Hayley Grimes at 334-321-3179. Reservations are required because space is limited.
Support Our Troops Taxpayers can demonstrate support through the Alabama Military Support Foundation for Guardsmen and Reservists by making a contribution by using a check-off box on the bottom of the Alabama State tax form. The mission of the foundation is to educate employers on the active role played in the defense of our nation by Guardsmen and Reservists, and to inform them on their legal rights and responsibilities. Funds donated to the foundation will be used to educate and recognize outstanding employers who go above and beyond to support employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
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Year of Living Cooperatively Alabama’s electric co-ops join a global celebration of memberowned businesses during the International Year of Cooperatives
s it possible to change the way people eat a fruit? Could cheese unite communities? Can electricity transform the future of a country? It’s possible... with a little cooperation. The United Nations General Assembly designated 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012), under the banner “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World.” The 10 JANUARY january 2012
resolution recognizes the vital role cooperatives – democratically governed businesses that operate on an at-cost, not-for-profit basis – play in the economic and social wellbeing of communities and encourages countries to foster cooperative development as a way to generate local wealth, employment, and marketplace competition. “At a time when folks are losing faith in big corporations, International Year of Cooperatives 2012 offers us a great opportunity to showcase the many ways the consumer-owned and member-controlled cooperative form of business benefits a community,” says Alabama Rural Electric Association CEO Fred Braswell. “It gives us a perfect venue to contrast how we differ from profit-driven companies.” www.alabamaliving.coop
Co-ops are everywhere
were only eaten by the slice. By the end of World War I, however, Sunkist’s “Drink an Orange” push had increased the average per capita serving size from one-half an orange to almost three.
If variety is the spice of life, co-ops are a zesty bunch. Every day, more than 29,200 cooperatives supply essential products and services to American consumers, touching our This pioneering co-op tradition continues in many ways lives in almost every way. Tomorrow at breakfast, check your morning paper. Many today: • Credit unions fought off the destructive cycle of payday of the articles may be labeled “Associated Press” or “AP.” loans by creating salary advance loans with low rates Those stories were written by individual reporters but disthat placed part of the borrowing into a savings actributed by a cooperative news organization. count– helping members escape a cycle of debt. If your breakfast includes freshly squeezed orange juice, • Marketing cooperatives added food nutrition labels to it may be from a Sunkist product. Sunkist is a cooperative products long before it was required by federal law. formed by California and Arizona citrus growers. • Electric cooperatives lead the way in smart grid imIn fact, one out of every four Americans claims memplementation. Close to half have installed advanced bership in some type of cooperative, including 91 million metering infrastructure (AMI), with 30 percent integratserved by credit unions and 42 million connected to more ing AMI or automated meter than 900 electric cooperatives reading devices with various in 47 states. One of every four Americans claims software applications, such as Although many in number, cooperatives differ from membership in some type of cooperative outage management and geographic information systems. “typical” businesses in one big way: they are organized for the benefit of their members, not single owners or stockholders. Some electric co-ops are already sponsoring joint coop“Co-ops are established when the for-profit, investorerative initiatives. For nearly three decades electric coopowned commercial sector fails to meet a need, either due to eratives in the Yellowhammer State have linked arms with price or availability of goods and services,” explains Brasthe Alabama Council of Cooperatives to hold a three-day well. “The co-op business model works in housing, utilities, statewide youth leadership conference, called Co-op Boot and in both rural and urban settings. Co-ops empower Camp, for more than 50 high school students. people to take control over their own economic destinies. Last July the event was chaired by Chellie Phillips, com“When you’re a member of a co-op, you have a real say munications and marketing coordinator for Troy-headin the direction of that business. That’s critical – it helps the quartered South Alabama Electric Cooperative, and Laura co-op rapidly respond to changing conditions. As an exThornton, community relations specialist at Ozark-based ample, a number of electric co-ops have branched out into Pea River Electric Cooperative. other pursuits beyond electricity to meet pressing consumer “We highlight all of the different kinds of cooperatives and community requirements.” found in our state: banking, farming, dairy, and electric,”
On the cutting edge Odds are you have orange juice in your refrigerator. But before a 1916 advertising campaign by Sunkist, oranges
says Phillips. “Our biggest challenge is incorporating the co-op message while keeping students engaged and active. We strive to balance educational aspects with recreation and fun times.” A
America’s 29,200 cooperative enterprises build a better world by: • Providing 2 million jobs with annual sales of $652 billion. • More than 900 electric co-ops deliver electricity to 42 million consumers in 47 states. • Electric co-ops own and maintain 42 percent of the nation’s electric distribution lines that cover 75 percent of America’s landmass.
• Two million farmers are members of nearly 3,000 farmer-owned cooperatives. • More than 7,500 credit unions offer financial services to 91 million consumers. • Approximately 233 million people are served by insurance companies organized as or closely affiliated with co-ops.
• About 50,000 families use cooperative day-care centers. • Roughly 1.2 million Americans in 31 states are served by 260 telephone cooperatives. • More than 1.2 million families live in housing owned and operated through cooperative associations. A
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Hands-On Education Alabama teachers explore the great outdoors through Legacy workshops
By David Haynes or most of my adult life I’ve explored this beautiful state of Alabama, first with cameras, canoes and kayaks, and later by motorcycle. From the Gulf beaches in the south to the Appalachian foothills in the north, and I thought I knew the Heart of Dixie fairly well. Until last fall when I discovered just how little I really knew about the place we call home. I was invited to attend the “Down Under in North Alabama” workshop sponsored by Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, where I saw Alabama in a completely new perspective: from below ground in the caves of Jackson County. The workshop is one of several presented each year by Legacy, where teachers from around the state learn by doing, seeing and touching their environment, with thoughtful instruction from top experts in their fields. The goal is for these teachers to bring the lessons learned back to their classrooms, and help to make environmental subjects come to life for their students. The site for this workshop was Estillfork in the northeast corner of the state, just a stone’s throw south of the Alabama-Tennessee state line. This area
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of the state is home to one of the largest concentrations of underground caverns in the world. Those of us in the workshop would learn about these magnificent natural features from recognized experts on everything from cave-dwelling bats to the geological forces that set in motion the process that over millions of years created the caverns. A safety team of caving enthusiasts from the area were also were involved to ensure the inexperienced participants (like me) didn’t hurt themselves. An hour after arriving the workshop began in earnest with classroom lectures from Legacy Program Director Toni Bruner, bat expert Vicky Beckham Smith and earth sciences guru Jim Lacefield. Cavers Randall Blackwood and Sabrina
Simon gave a brief talk about safety gear and the caves the group would visit later in the four-day workshop. Lacefield, who along with his wife, Fay, are both longtime educators, operate their own nature preserve near Tuscumbia – Cane Creek Canyon. Lacefield’s book “Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks” is recognized as the definitive guide to the state’s dim and distant geologic past. He explained that when he was a high school teacher with a master’s degree in biology, he had only a cursory grasp of Alabama’s geology. But when he found himself as “the” science department at his school, he had to expand his geology knowledge. “Everything I could find was about Continued on Page 16
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Legacy Teacher Workshop S c h e d u l e
Mouth of the South: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta
June 3-6 - Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island Immerse yourself in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta as you explore the bays, coastal forests, estuaries, watersheds, wetlands, and diverse wildlife that make up this unique environment.
From the Mountains to the Gulf
June 18 – June 24 – A Journey Across the Great State of Alabama Three leading scientific experts, Dr Jim Lacefield (Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks), Dr Bill Deutsch (Alabama Water Watch and AU) and Dr George Cline (JSU), will guide 20 teachers throughout the state of Alabama, sharing their collective knowledge of the waters, geology, flora and fauna to help teachers make connections for their students back at home.
Left, experienced cavers accompanied the group. Below, unfurling the Legacy banner
Left and above, workshop participants learn simple climbing skills.
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Exploring Alabama’s Grand Canyon
July 10 – 13 – Desoto State Park, Fort Payne Explore the natural wonder of Alabama’s Little River Canyon by navigating unfamiliar wilderness, paddling Terrapin Creek, hiking and other canyon-specific activities.
Fascinating Flora & Fauna
July 18 – 20 – Camp McDowell Environmental Center, Nauvoo Explore the beauty of Alabama’s flora and fauna and learn about native and invasive plants, tree identification, organic gardening and composting, sustainable agriculture, native wildlife and outdoor classrooms.
Down Under in North Alabama
Sept. 21-24 – Estill Fork Join spelunking experts on an exciting adventure exploring caves and learn about the biodiversity of North Alabama’s karst topography from one of Alabama’s leading geologists Dr. Jim Lacefield. All Legacy workshops require a nonrefundable application. Applications can be downloaded from the Legacy Website at www.legacyenved.org. Contact Toni Bruner at 1-800-240-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Below, Program Director Toni Bruner
Jim Lacefield lectures extensively during the workshop
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Lacefield holds class inside
A young cave bat
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cal reef inhabitants millions of years old. Each one required only a quick glimpse from Lacefield to identify. Later in the day, after lunch at nearby Cathedral Caverns, another developed cave now operated as a state park, we donned helmets and other gear we were told to bring to the workshop to explore Stephens Gap, an absolutely gorgeous vertical shaft cavern nearly 150 feet deep. After a half-mile hike we came to two entrances into the cave. Cavers Sabrina Simon, Michelle Edwards and Randall Blackwood rigged rappelling ropes to descend from the higher, vertical shaft entrance. However, we mere mortals went in through a sec-
a mist pierced by their helmet lights. It was a view of an Alabama scenic wonder I’d never seen or even considered previously. I learned later that one of the cavers, Sabrina, actually had held her wedding inside the cave. The couple exchanged vows on a pedestal-like rock halfway down the shaft. Amazing! I think everyone in the workshop was as wowed by this experience as me. Legacy Program Director Toni Bruner, a human dynamo with an adventuresome spirit, made her first rappelling descent there, even stopping to unfurl a large banner showing the “Get the Tag” Legacy license plate, sales of which help to fund the group’s workshops and other projects. At dinner that evening everyone was still buzzing about what we’d seen during the day. The highlight of the evening was a slide show featuring dramatic cave photography by Sabrina and fellow caver Nathan Williams. The following two days workshop participants explored other wild caves and took a tour of Cathedral Caverns, where the opening to the cave is large enough to drive a tractor-trailer through. Legacy’s workshops are free to Alabama educators accepted after making application to attend. The group also sponsors a variety of other environmental education efforts, including the annual EnviroBowl, a question and answer competition for high school teams, grants for educators as well as a wealth of instructional materials. Funding comes primarily from the sale of Alabama’s “Protect Our Environment” license tag. Other money comes from the partnership program, donations, corporate sponsors, in-kind donations, grants, and special events. A
the Grand Canyon or somewhere else far away, not Alabama,” he says. So he began an intense and lifelong study of Alabama’s geological origins to better help his students relate to their home state. This would become the genesis for his book. It was not until he was with Fay collecting fossils, however, that something clicked in him to make the link between a time millions of years ago and what we see in Alabama today. “When I held that fossil in my hand, could feel it, it became real,” he tells us. Lacefield explains that eons ago what is now Alabama had been a shallow tropical sea. Millions of years of corals living, dying and depositing their skeletons on the seabed is where the limestone of north Alabama originated. The unique blend of limestone and other rock, as well as the location of Alabama as continents collided and wrinkled the earth’s crust, is the reason why valleys and mountains here look as they do. The characteristic of these limestone deposits to be eroded slowly by water is why so many caverns are located in this part of the world. Immediately after the classroom session and a quick lunch, the group loaded up for a trip to Russell Cave National Monument, a developed cave operated by the National Park Service. There we learned that this cave has provided shelter for humans for nearly 9,000 years, which makes it one of the longest and most complete archaeological records in the country. Day two started with a fossil dig at, of all places, a busy U.S. Highway 72 at a point where the road cuts through a mountain. Almost immediately workshop participants began finding remnants of the state’s prehistoric past where limestone, exposed to rainwater erosion, released fossils of corals and other tropi16 january 2012
Fossils found along the roadside
ond entry point to the side that required only a careful scramble over an inclined boulder field to a ledge about midway into the pit. This entrance we were told was actually created when the roof of the cave collapsed thousands of years ago. Although we wore helmets, boots and headlights, this cave was never completely dark as light filtered in beautifully from the two large entrances. From the midpoint ledge I was able to capture dramatic photos of cavers dangling like spiders on a web from below. Behind them waterfalls rushed, creating
For information on Legacy and its workshops or other activities, visit http://legacyenved.org.
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A Clean Fireplace Professional inspections and regular maintenance can prevent chimney fires – and save lives
This illustration shows the common problems with masonry chimneys
James Dulley is a nationally syndicated engineering consultant based in Cincinnati.
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I use my masonry fireplace often during winter to cut my utility bills. The draft seemed to be getting weaker. What chimney problems should I look for when I inspect it and how can I reduce creosote? Tens of thousands of chimney fires occur every year due to creosote buildup and other problems with chimneys. In many cases, the entire house ends up burning down and many lives are lost. These thousands of chimney fires result in as much as $200 million in property losses each year. Since you have noticed reduced draft up the chimney, schedule an appointment with a professional chimney cleaner. If you are lucky as I was when my fireplace demonstrated the same draft problems, the screening in the chimney cap was just clogged with soot. This blocked the air flow up the chimney. Just tapping the screening with a rubber mallet was enough to knock the soot loose. I later replaced the chimney cap with one with a more open mesh. If you are not as lucky, there may have already been a creosote fire inside your chimney. The heat from the fire can cause the tile liner to crack and fall from the masonry wall. When this happens, the broken tile may restrict the air flow up the chimney reducing the draft. You should be able to see a broken loose tile when looking down the chimney with a bright light. A chimney fire can also cause the creosote to puff up. It expands and feels somewhat like plastic cooler foam. If you can run a brush down the chimney, some of this puffed creosote may fall down into the firebox. If you find either a broken tile or puffed creosote, your chimney will definitely need a professional cleaning and inspection with a camera. If repairs are needed, get estimates from several chimney maintenance
companies. In my own case, one chimney company found puffed creosote and claimed the tiles were also loose. They gave me a quote of $7,000 to repair my chimney. Another company cleaned and inspected the chimney with a camera, but found no broken tiles. For $200 total, they also sealed the chimney crown and my fireplace has worked fine for years now. There are some things you can do to reduce creosote buildup. First, use wellseasoned wood and do not try to choke off the combustion air too much to extend the burn time. Special fireplace logs are available which contain chemicals to reduce creosote formation in the chimney. Using these periodically can help keep the chimney clean. You can clean the chimney yourself on occasion if you do not mind getting a little dirty. This does not, however, eliminate the need for a professional inspection. A local chimney supply store should carry a brush to fit your chimney. Always wear a high-quality breathing mask so you do not inhale the fine dust particles. Seal the fireplace opening into the room with plastic film and duct tape. Also, put a large drop cloth on the floor in front of the hearth. No matter how well you try to seal it, some black dust seems to always get through. Go up on the roof and run the chimney brush up and down many times. Wear a safety harness and tie yourself to the chimney when on the roof and always have someone nearby to call for help if needed. It might be overkill, but Continued on Page 33
Send your questions to: James Dulley Alabama Living 6906 Royalgreen Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45244
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A Green 2012 Start your year with a month-by-month checklist of garden chores By Katie Jackson
new gardening year has begun and, following the suggestion of one of our readers, I’m starting 2012 off with an organizational theme: A month-by-month checklist of garden chores along with ways to find more extensive to-do lists just for Alabama. January may be the toughest month for avid gardeners who are held hostage by winter weather. Overcome that sense of aimlessness by planning for the coming year (or years, if you’re a long-range planner) and choosing seeds and plants from catalogues for the spring. It’s also a fine time to plant trees, shrubs and roses and to test the soil in your lawn and garden areas. February, also a hard month for gardeners because it often taunts us with warm bouts of weather, can still be productive, especially on those warmer days. Many shrubs can be pruned this month and it’s a good month for planting strawberries, starting spring vegetable seeds in cold frames and getting garden beds ready for the coming year. As March blows in, the gardening pace picks up. Continue to prepare garden soil, adding nutrients and organic matter based on your soil test recommendations. Begin planting spring vegetables once the threat of a hard freeze is past. It’s a good time to start fertilizing lawns, trees and some shrubs. It’s a good time to start weeding and watching for insect and disease problems. April is the month to prune those spring-flowering shrubs, but only after they have finished blooming! It’s also the time to divide many tender perennial plants and begin planting in earnest many spring and summer vegetables. May may be the month when irrigating becomes important, so keep an eye on lawns and gardens to ensure they are getting enough moisture. Continue to fertilize lawns and garden plots but make sure
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you don’t over-use fertilizer and follow those soil test results to make sure you are applying the proper amounts. Keep planting those summer vegetable crops as well. June is a busy month with lots of upkeep chores, such as mowing, weeding and watering. Finish planting most of those summer vegetables in the garden and keep a close eye on roses as they start to bloom and watch for insect and disease problems that may begin to crop up.
July should be a rewarding month of harvesting some of those summer crops, interspersed with lawn care, weeding and deadheading flowers so they will keep blooming throughout the season. Try to keep cool in the process! August is a great month for planting irises and starting seed for fall crops such as collards, broccoli and Irish potatoes. Harvesting of summer vegetable crops continues this month. Try to harvest early in the morning and it may be time to start taking out spent vegetable plants and thinking ahead to the fall garden.
Katie Jackson is associate editor for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Contact her at email@example.com
September is the month to put transplants for fall crops in the ground and prune roses, fruit and nut trees and shrubs. It is also a great time to divide bulbs and start collecting seed catalogues for the coming year as well as take stock of how this year’s garden has grown and what you may want to do differently next year. October offers a chance to clean-up gardens, landscapes and orchards and is the month to start seed for those leafy greens (turnips, for example) and put out onion sets. As leaves begin to fall it is also a chance to add to compost piles and make leaf mold. And this is also another great time to soil test, so you’ll have results in time to add amendments to your soil. November marks the beginning of the winter tree and shrub planting season and to continue the planting of spring-blooming bulbs. Add mulch around landscape plants, prepare lawn equipment for winter storage and bring in any potted plants that can’t take winter weather. Which brings us to December, another great month for planting (and giving) spring-blooming bulbs, shrubs, trees, roses and shrubs. It’s also the time to sow seed for lettuce and cabbage in cold frames. For more detailed lists of seasonal chores check out the book “Month-byMonth Gardening In Alabama” by Bob Polomski (edited by Southeast garden expert Felder Rushing). A concise to-do list is also available through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Alabama Gardener’s Calendar, which can be found at www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0047/ ANR-0047.pdf. You can also do a Web search for information but keep in mind that broad searches may land you on a site that is not sensitive to Alabama’s specific needs, so make sure you use tips targeted to our state. A
Garden Tips: January 3 If a warm snap has caused your spring bulbs to send up green shoots, mulch these to protect them from future freezes. 3 Feed the birds! 3 Plant apples, peaches, grapes and pears as well as other shrubs and trees. 3 Apply dormant sprays and prune most deciduous trees and shrubs. 3 Clean the foliage of houseplants with a damp cloth or by running them under a water tap. Keep an eye out for signs of insects on houseplants and treat as needed. 3 Set out cabbage plants this month and plant hardy annuals as well. 3 Plant spring-flowering bulbs. 3 Keep newly planted shrubs and trees (even those planted last fall), well watered, especially if the weather is dry. 3 Turn your compost heap.
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Safe @ Home
WHERE WATER MEETS SAFETY:
Ground fault circuit interrupters could save your home and life By Michael Kelley
A GFCI receptacle fits into a standard outlet box and protects against ground faults for whatever is plugged into the outlet and outlets “down stream” in the circuit.
Michael Kelley is a certified manager of Safety & Loss Control for the Alabama Rural Electric Association.
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ertain things go together well, like peanut butter and jelly, but some things don’t go together well at all – like electricity and water. To help keep you safe in areas where the two might meet, such as in bathrooms, basements and the outdoors, make sure you have protection through ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). GFCIs can provide protection against shock from an electrified appliance, equipment in contact with water, and from a damaged or defective appliance. GFCIs are inexpensive electrical devices that can be installed into a home’s electrical system or built into a power cord to protect against electrical shocks. A GFCI constantly monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit and will shut the circuit down if it senses a groundfault. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) defines a ground-fault as an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface. Under normal conditions, current flows in a circuit, traveling from the source, through the device it operates and then back to the source. If an electrified appliance or piece of equipment contacts water or is damaged or defective and is no longer protected from unintended contact, your body could provide a path to the ground for the electrical current. This could cause shocks, burns, or electrocution.
Ground fault circuit interrupters come in several different forms: w Receptacle – this fits into a standard outlet box and protects against ground faults for whatever is plugged into the outlet and outlets “down stream” in the circuit. Consumers with adequate knowledge can install this type of GFCI or have a qualified electrician install it. Many homes now have plastic drains and water pipes. If you’re installing a GFCI near a sink, make sure it is grounded to insure proper function. w Portable – these are designed for locations where there is not a permanent GFCI installed. Some plug into the receptacle, and devices can then be plugged into the GFCI. Another type has the GFCI circuitry built into an extension cord. Both types plug into an outlet like any corded device and require no installation. w Circuit breaker – a circuit breaker with a built-in GFCI can be installed in a panel box to add protection to the circuits it supplies. This type of GFCI requires installation by an electrician. If GFCIs are not already installed in your home, contact a qualified electrician to install them in the following locations: w Bathroom; w Kitchen; w Garage; w Laundry room; w Outdoors; w Crawl spaces. a
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A Snipe Hunt? Really? No joke: Snipe hunting is the real deal – and challenging, too By Alan White
ne of my favorite nieces was only about 7 years old and I was a teenager when we convinced her to go “snipe hunting” one night. Joanne inherited every ounce of Irish blood that ever coursed through the veins of my ancestors. She not only inherited her share of it, she took most of her siblings’ share of Irish temperament too. That’s probably why, even though she’s now 37 and has a degree in environmental science from Australia, we still talk about that night. Her face still gets as red as a boiled shrimp when
Alan White is publisher of Great Days Outdoors magazine. To learn more, www.greatdaysoutdoors.com or call 800-597-6828.
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she’s reminded of the prank. Her eyes get that glazed-over look and you can almost see faint wisps of smoke coming from her ears. Everybody should know what I’m talking about, especially if you were raised in the South. Snipe hunting is a prank played on the young or even perhaps on our slower Yankee friends where you send someone out in the woods at night with a sack and instruct them to hold it open, make certain noises, and wait for the snipe to run blindly into the sack. The unfortunate victim is left in the woods for as long as it takes for them to figure out it was a hoax. They usually come back angry. It was years later that I learned that indeed, a creature actually exists called a snipe. And it’s a bird not only worth learning about, but great fun to hunt. Common snipe, formerly known as Wilson’s snipe, are migratory and abundant. They breed in Canada and the northern United States. Common snipe migrate to marshes and soggy crop fields across the South each winter. They arrive on the Gulf Coast by midOctober and stay until April. They are small birds weighing only a few ounces. In the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, hunters can be seen walking across mud flats in line abreast from one another, spread out of shotgun range, in search of these speedy flyers. Hunting equipment is simple. It requires only a reliable scattergun with improved cylinder or open choke, a pocket full of No. 8 or 9 shot shells, and rubber boots. Snipe can be found in soggy marshes and wet meadows throughout Alabama. They thrive in damp soybean fields and Continued on Page 33
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
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Cook of the Month Greek Veggie Pitas
Dowe Foreman, Sand Mountain EC 1 lb. water packed extra firm tofu (such as NaSoya). Freeze tofu overnight, thaw, rinse and drain. Squeeze moisture out with hands, then place between flat weave towels (like a flour sack) and squeeze until most of the moisture is gone. Cut into small cubes. Place in large bowl. Add: 2 cups broccoli cut in small pieces In smaller bowl combine: ½ cup olive oil 1½ teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup thinly sliced red onion 3 cloves garlic finely minced
1½ tablespoons sweet basil 1 tablespoons oregano
Mix thoroughly then pour over salad and toss. Chill overnight. Before serving add: 2 cups chopped roma ½ can green ripe olives tomatoes (app. 5) ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 1 pack whole-wheat pitas Cut pitas in half, toast lightly, open pita (so it won’t close as it cools) and fill with salad. Enjoy! I love veggies so much I almost forget to prepare a meat with them. It drives my husband nuts. He loves a traditional meat and three, but veggie plates are enough for me! I wouldn’t say I was a vegetarian, though, because I do love a great steak every now and then. This month we are featuring different vegetable recipes so I hope you get some inspiration to make a new dish for the new year. I want to remind everyone how to enter our recipe contest: First, legibly type or print out your recipe including the ingredient list, directions, and any notes or tips. Be sure to include the name of your cooperative and contact information. Sometimes I might have a question about a recipe so please include your telephone number, as well. We are blessed with so many contributions to our recipe section through the year, and I want to thank you for your participation. Your recipes are great and we love sharing them with our readers so keep on submitting your favorites. Recipes P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 26 january 2012
Spinach Spaghetti (A Peruvian recipe)
2 8-ounce packages Athenos brand Chunk Traditional Feta Cheese 1 11-ounce package baby spinach 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
1 package fresh sweet basil Salt Walnuts Vegetable oil Angel hair or vermicelli cooked noodles
In blender add evaporated milk, and 1/2 package of feta cheese cut into chunks. Blend until smooth. Add 1/2 package of spinach and continue to blend until smooth. Keep adding 1/2 packages of feta cheese in chunks (while blender is running), the remaining 1/2 of spinach, handful of walnuts, 16-18 basil leaves (include big and small), 5 dashes of salt and blend until smooth. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in medium saucepan on medium-low then add sauce. Cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes, stirring often, until sauce is dark green in color. Do not overheat or it will curdle. Top cooked noodles with sauce. Carol Zambrano, Baldwin EMC
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.
Egg Roll Utopia Finely chop: 1 small head of cabbage 1 cup of fresh broccoli 1 bell pepper 1/4 of a white onion or 4-5 pearl onions 1/2 cup of artichoke hearts 1/4 of a cucumber 2 medium carrots 3 strips of wakame or other sea vegetable (optional) 2 tablespoons of chives or green onions
1 tablespoon fresh dill 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon tarragon 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon mustard powder Salt & pepper to taste 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (optional) 1 package of egg roll wrappers
Combine all ingredients except egg roll wrappers in large mixing bowl. Fill each wrapper with approximately 4 tablespoons of mixture, close wrapper according to directions on package. Fill as many rolls as desired for your meal and freeze leftover mixture. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a heavy Dutch oven or skillet and cook until golden on bottom and turn, repeating until all sides are golden brown and transfer to paper towel-lined cookie sheet to remove excess oil. Serve warm with soy sauce for dipping if desired. Optional: Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked chopped chicken or tuna to mixture and follow all other directions.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Jasmine Goodlett, Cullman EC
1 lb. pkg. carrots, thinly sliced 1 cup cooking oil 1 large bell pepper, sliced 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce 1 medium onion, sliced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup cider vinegar 1 teaspoon mustard 1 cup sugar Salt and pepper to taste
3 butternut squash, peeled, cut in half and seeded 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium,yellow onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh, grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 4 cups vegetable stock 1 tablespoon maple syrup Juice of 1 or 2 limes, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel squash with a potato peeler, then cut in half and remove seeds with a spoon. Coat halves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place cut side down on non-stick or parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until squash are easily pierced with a fork. When squash are about 15 minutes from being done, sauté onions in remaining olive oil or about 10 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and salt and sauté for about 2 more minutes. When squash are ready, puree in a blender or food processor with broth and onions until smooth. Return mixture to a pot and heat through, add maple syrup, lime juice and serve. Serves 6. Donna Frazier,Tallapoosa River EC
Peel and thinly slice carrots; boil for 5 minutes in salt water or until tender. Drain. Blend together the cooking oil, vinegar, mustard, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper in a sauce pan over low heat until mixture is steaming hot. Layer in a bowl the carrots, bell pepper and onion rings. Pour sauce over vegetables and store covered in refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.
Joe Davis, Baldwin EMC
Becky Rodgers, Covington EC
1 quart okra, chopped 1 medium potato, diced 1 quart oil
½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup flour ¼ cup corn meal
Mix together the okra and diced potato. Add salt and flour and mix well; add the corn meal mix to the mixture. Heat oil and fry the mixture until well done.
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Spaghetti with Ricotta, Lemon and Spinach 1 pound spaghetti 1 cup whole milk ricotta 2 tablespoons olive oil 1½ grated lemon zest 1 ⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. In a bowl, stir together ricotta, olive oil, lemon zest and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Drain spaghetti, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot and stir in ricotta mixture, spinach and ½ cup pasta cooking water. Toss well, adding more pasta cooking water 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Serve immediately. Instead of spinach, try escarole, which has a slightly bitter flavor and more crunch than spinach. Chop, wash thoroughly, pat dry with paper towels and sauté in 1 tablespoon olive oil until it releases its water and then add to the paste. Cook’s note: You can use frozen spinach, if you prefer. Thaw a 10-ounce box, squeeze greens dry and add to the recipe as directed.
Warm Winter Lentil Soup
1 bag lentils, washed 1 small onion, diced 3 celery stalks, diced 3 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced 3 teaspoons olive oil 1 jar pizza sauce
Dice onion, celery, carrots and garlic and sauté in 3 teaspoons olive oil. Add pizza sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 3 hours until tender. Kimberly Lee,Wiregrass EC
Norma Jean Roberts,Tombigbee EC
Turnips in Dijon Sauce
2 medium turnips, peeled and sliced 1 medium potato, peeled and diced 1 carrot, diced 1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Freshly ground pepper
Steam the vegetables for 10 minutes or until tender. Combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and pepper in a small saucepan and heat gently. Add the vegetables to the sauce and stir to coat the vegetables. Serve immediately. Maxine Day, Covington EC
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Upcoming recipe themes and deadlines are: March Hot Off the Grill January 15 April Apple Dishes February 15 May Strawberries March 15
Please send all submissions to: Recipe Editor P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 or e-mail to: recipes@areapower. coop. Be sure to include your address, phone number and the name of your cooperative. 28 january 2012
Cheesy Spinach Pasta Pie
1 (9-oz) package frozen creamed spinach, defrosted 6 ounces dry spaghetti, prepared according to package directions 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 6 large eggs 1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup half-and-half 1 ⁄3 cup chopped onion 2 ⁄3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon crushed dried basil leaves
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine pasta, oil and 2 lightly beaten eggs in large bowl; press onto bottom and up side of 10-inch pie plate. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until set. Combine spinach, remaining eggs, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, half-and-half, onion, Parmesan, parsley and basil; spoon into pasta shell. Top with remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Robin O’Sullivan,Wiregrass EC www.alabamaliving.coop
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Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Alabama • Winter Camellias • Admission Charged The colder months are a great time to visit Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile. The more than 65 acres are currently filled with many poinsettia varieties, camellias, narcissus, as well as a winter garden filled with ornamental kale, mustard and cabbages, pansies and violas, primroses, cyclamen, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. There are several special winter events scheduled for February including Camellia Day and Mini Camellia Show Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a rose pruning party Saturday, Feb. 12. The Mobile Rose Society visits Bellingrath and prune more than 2,000 roses in 75 different varieties. The event is open to the public and the Rose Society offers advice to attendees on rose cultivation. The gardens are open year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are several admission packages offered and children under 5 are free. For more information and directions, call 800-247-8420.
28 • Pell City The Platters concert Pell City Center Tickets: $35 Contact: Center box office 205-338-1974 www.pellcitycenter.com
11 • Millbrook Mardi Gras Parade (family oriented) Village Green Park Festival at 9 a.m., parade at noon The largest Mardi Gras parade north of Mobile. Featuring Mardi Gras related food vendors, arts and crafts. Admission: Free Sponsored by MAX Community Credit Union, Hardees and Central Alabama EC Parade/art contact: 334-285-6847 Vendor space contact: Ken 334-285-3838 www.millbrookrevelers.com
5 • Dothan A James Farmer Event Covenant United Methodist Church 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., recipe sampling 30 minutes prior to each session Tickets: $15 per session or $25 for both sessions (each session is completely different from the other) or $20 at the door For tickets: Courtney@covenantdothan.org or 334-836-0179 For information: Carole Lee 334-792-6240 www.allthingsfarmer.com
25 • Fairhope 12th Annual Ecumenical Ministries Inc. Chili for Charity Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $10-adults $5-children ages 3-12 All proceeds benefit social service programs Contact: Sally Deane, 251-928-3430 www.baldwinemi.org/events 18 • Dauphin Island Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Run Fort Gaines, 9 a.m. Contact: Port City Pacers 251-473-7223 25 • Mobile Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run 8 a.m. Contact: LRH Productions 251-401-8039 www.productionsbylittleredhen.com
18 • Pell City Terry Padgett as “Elvis”-The Man Behind the Suit Pell City Center 6:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and cheese party, 7 p.m. Terry Padgett’s tribute to Elvis Contact: Pell City Center Box Office, 205-338-1974 Scan this code with your phone and join Alabama Living on Facebook.
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Continued from Page 24 fresh or brackish marshes. They also will visit salt marshes. Snipe resemble woodcock, sporting long wings, a short tail and long bill for probing the soggy ground searching for insects, worms, snails and small crustaceans. The feathers are striped with flecks of brown, black and buff colors that provide excellent camouflage. Snipe hunters are rare. Most snipe are shot by duck hunters when they happen to fly by during a morning duck hunt. Snipe are, however, one of the most challenging targets a shotgunner can face. When they are “kicked up” by hunters, they are very quick with an erratic flight pattern, making it difficult to
hit for even the most experienced wing shooters. A real organized snipe hunt is a great deal of fun with a group of friends. Snipe generally freeze in cover, and flush at the last minute with blinding speed, giving the hunter a quick dose of adrenaline. They don’t fly for long, however, and you can sometimes watch where they land and flush them again. A good dog can help when snipe hunting because they are hard to find when they fall. Dogs in this type of hunting should be well trained to stay close to the hunter, otherwise they will flush snipe that are out of shooting range. Snipe season in Alabama is Nov. 14 through Feb. 28. No joke, snipe hunting is a real deal. A
January Wildlife Management Tips Plant fruit trees for wildlife. Early January is the best time to plant trees and get the best results. Make sure you plant them strategically in areas around food plots, fields, along roadsides and other areas that will provide adequate sunlight. Strip-disk along roadside, around old fields and in thinned pine plantations to enhance quail and turkey habitat. Strips 10-30 feet wide will stimulate natural desirable quail and turkey food like partridge pea and beggar weed. You should do this every other year. Fertilize selected roadside areas to increase nutritional value in native browse. Look for places where
Continued from Page 18 I always wear my bicycle helmet and a mountain climbing harness so I can lower myself down slowly if I lose my footing. Much of the hazardous damage to chimneys is caused by moisture entering from outside. This moisture can migrate through the brick and the mortar joints into the chimney. This is bad everywhere, but particularly so in cold climates with repeated freeze-thaw cycles during winter. Use a water- or solvent-based sealer on the chimney bricks and mortar. Alabama Living
honeysuckle, green briar and other wildlife friendly plants are growing. Apply at around 200 pounds per acre. Late winter is a great time for prescribed burns. Nothing helps more than controlled fire to enhance wildlife habitat. Make sure you obtain the proper permits. A
The crown of the chimney is another location for moisture to enter. Tap on it lightly with a hammer to locate any loose areas and brush them away. If the crown is still in good condition, coat it with a special elastomer crown repair compound. Check the condition of the mortar joints. Where you find loose mortar, fill in the gaps with a elastomer concrete-colored sealer. Also, inspect the flashing where the chimney meets the roof. Deteriorated areas can be sealed with a flexible flashing repair compound. a january 2012 33
HIGHWAY WORK ZONE CAUTION SAVES LIVES Inattentive drivers make job more dangerous for Baldwin EMC employees
e approach them with little forethought, until the warning sign appears that prison time is the result of killing a worker in a highway work zone. But your rear-view mirror shows the driver behind you talking on a cell phone and then braking hard to avoid hitting a flagman. Electric utility crews, highway repairmen, and many others who work along roadways are in danger when motorists don't heed the orange traffic barrels, flashing arrows, and other signals that try to slow traffic. When traffic warning devices don’t work, someone can be injured or killed. In 2009, 115 construction workers lost their lives in the U.S., along with 667 motorists who died in construction zones. Baldwin EMC urges motorists to slow down and pay close attention to work crews while driving. “Power poles and electrical equipment line our streets and highways, and narrow roadways often require crews to place their equipment in traffic lanes,” said Shane Ellison, safety and loss control coordinator for Baldwin EMC. “Their work activities are often taken for granted but benefit us all, and like everyone, they deserve a safe workplace.” To help prevent fatalities and injuries this year, Baldwin EMC recommends the following guidelines while driving: • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and
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traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers. • Be patient: Traffic delays are sometimes unavoidable, so try to allow time for unexpected occurrences in your schedule. • Obey all signs and road crew flag instructions. • Merge early and be courteous to other drivers. • Use your headlights at dusk and during inclement weather. • Minimize distractions: Avoid activities such as operating a radio or cell phone, or eating while driving. Many states have recently restricted the use of cell phones in work zones, so be aware of the legislation in your area. The most common crash in a roadway work zone is the rear-end collision, so remember to leave at least four car lengths of braking distance between you and the car in front of you. Be prepared to leave more room between you and the car ahead of you if the weather presents hazardous driving conditions. “When people are traveling between locations, they're often preoccupied with maintaining a schedule and become impatient with delays,” Ellison said. “Unfortunately this may lead us to neglect the most important factor in our lives - our safety. It’s always more important to arrive at a destination alive and unharmed.” For more on work zone safety, visit the Federal Highway Administration website at www.fhwa.dot.gov.d
I DON’T LEAVE THE TV ON FOR THE COFFEE TABLE. WHY HEAT AN EMPTY HOUSE? It only makes sense. My house shouldn’t have to work so hard when I’m taking it easy on vacation. So now I adjust my thermostat, turn off my water heater and unplug as much as I can before I pull away, and those simple acts save me some serious money. Money I can spend on things like vacations. What can you do? Find out how the little changes add up at TogetherWeSave.com.
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Our Sources Say
How do you feel about 2012? It will take compromise, but we can find a way to success and prosperity
Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
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s long as I remember, new years have been depicted as babies in diapers with smiles on their faces, and past years have been depicted as scowling old men. I am not usually optimistic, and the PowerSouth staff often refers to me as the pessimist in the group. As I look ahead, it is easier to think of 2012 as a scowling old man than a smiling baby. I can’t remember any time that people, including me, are as uncertain about the future as now. Tea Party members are concerned about taxes and government debt levels. Wall Street protestors demonstrate against the wealth that investment bankers have accumulated through the latest recession. Businesses question government-imposed regulations that have the prospect of limiting growth and investment. Environmentalists are concerned about the condition of the environment into the future. Politicians complain that the other political party is hindering their social reform. Consumers are concerned about their jobs and their ability to balance household finances. We have been through recessions and depressions. Things have been bad before. I am as concerned now about the future and prospects for people – especially the poor and those on fixed incomes – as I have ever been in the past. The economy refuses to pick up, regardless of the Federal Reserve’s lowering interest rates to historic lows and other government efforts to spark economic growth. Federal government debt continues to grow, and the stock market remains rather stagnant through volatile periods. Unemployment levels will remain high, new or better jobs will be more difficult to find and compensation levels will remain static without economic growth. Although gasoline prices have declined, increased social costs from government regulation are driving up the price of household necessities such as food, electricity and clothing. The price increases of those items reduce the amount of disposable income available for the average household. The reduction in available disposable household income reduces
consumer spending and tends to depress the economy. Government regulation, especially by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to add increased cost to manufacturing and production by increasing the cost of material production inputs and electricity required for the production cycle. Even as the economy struggles, EPA continues to impose additional regulation that further stifles improvement in the economy. The government also proposes increased taxes, which may curb the growth of government debt but also further slows economic growth. Capital required for businesses to expand operations and for people to finance personal assets is becoming harder to secure as banks brace for fallout from the deepening European financial crisis and increasing European governmental debt. If European countries are truly bankrupt – and it appears that some are – can we expect those problems to find our shores and cause additional havoc with our economy? While regular people grope for solutions to their everyday problems like paying household bills, finding jobs, educating children and planning for retirement, politicians posture and preach about the opposing party’s unreasonable positions, and how if re-elected they can improve our lives. With all those problems, no clear social consensus and no easy solutions, it is difficult to view 2012 as a cute, smiling baby. However, I do. I think of the greatness in the country’s past and how we have overcome so many obstacles. I believe we can again find a way to success and prosperity. It will require sacrifices, social and political consensus, people working together for the good of the whole and – more importantly – compromise. I am confident that with a presidential election in the fall we will come together as a single people and work toward a common goal of making a great country and great society even better. I plan to have a great 2012, and I hope you do, too. A
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