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Electric linemen exemplify the value of teamwork emember how brutally hot and dry it was in July? Heat advisories were commonplace as the combination of high temperature and humidity made it feel hotter than 105 F in some parts of the state. That’s the kind of weather electric power association crews (and all other emergency responders) endured while working in the throes of the Hurricane Katrina recovery. These guys worked from sunrise to dark for days on end to rebuild literally thousands of miles of power lines destroyed by the storm. Teamwork made it happen. As thousands more electric cooperative crews came from other states to help, their ranks swelled to more than 12,000. I’ve mentioned several times in this column how I admire line workers for their unique abilities and skills—and the pride they take in their work. No lineman can escape feeling a twinge of heartache when he sees the electrical system he worked so hard to build lying tangled in debris. Then there’s the physical discomfort. In an emergency situation, line workers are likely to toil 14 hours or more in sweltering heat (or freezing weather, in the case of an ice storm). It takes a work force of dedicated, skilled and safety-conscious individuals to handle the job of emergency power restoration in a disaster. We all depend on their ability to help us recover after a crushing blow like Katrina. In his new book, “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina,” Gov. Haley Barbour shares 10 leadership lessons from the crisis. One of the lessons is “there is no substitute for having a strong team around you.” (More about the book on page 5.) No one accomplishes much without help from others. That’s why Mississippi’s 26 electric power associations unite to achieve mutual goals—emergency power restoration being a perfect example. For decades we have refined not

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On the cover This year’s summer break was especially exciting for 58 Mississippi students. They spent a week touring Washington, D.C., during the 29th annual Mississippi Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Highlights included visits to the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Institution museums, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral and major monuments. See story on page 12.

only emergency response plans on the local level but have forged strong alliances with other electric cooperatives across the region. When we needed help rebuilding our electrical systems after Katrina, it poured in from electric cooperatives in 21 other states. Crews, trucks, equipment and fuel arrived just when we needed them, all according to plan. In the 10 years since My Opinion Katrina, we have returned the favor sevMichael Callahan eral times by sending Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Power Associations emergency crews in the of Mississippi wake of hurricanes, ice storms and tornadoes. That’s just how we do things in the world of electric cooperatives. We’re all on the same team. ••• Don’t get mad at your air conditioner. It’s doing the best it can. On an exceptionally hot day, an air conditioner can cool your home only so much—about 20 degrees below the outside temperature. So if it’s 100 degrees outside, your home’s indoor temperature may hover around 80 degrees or higher, even if the thermostat is set lower. At the same time, your air conditioner is reducing the humidity inside the home, making 80 feel more like the mid-70s, especially if you use ceiling or portable fans. Moving air cools the skin by increasing evaporation; it does not, however, reduce the room temperature. So don’t let a fan run on and on in an unoccupied room. That wastes energy and money. Our job is not only to provide the electric energy you need, but to help you use efficiently. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI

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A monument at the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum in Waveland stands in memory of the 25 Waveland residents lost in the storm. Katrina’s eye passed just west of Waveland, placing the Mississippi Coast in the most dangerous part of the hurricane. Fatalities attributed to Katrina in Mississippi totaled 238. A total of 1,833 died in five states.

Mississippi is Warm, beautiful quilts made with love by my friends. Art, music, food and cheer shared with laughter and smiles. A stroll by Deer Creek, taking in cypress, green vines, glimmering sun on water, wildlife and birds breaking silence. Many churches with doors open wide to all in love and communion. Making new friends out of strangers, just because we do that here. — Linda Tankersley, Hollandale My Mississippi is a wealth of childhood memories. A cool breeze drifting in from the gulf as we sit on our front porch. Days spent on the beach swimming and having fun. Funfilled days of throwing the net for Biloxi bacon, crabbing off the old Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge, evenings spent floundering or soft-shelling along the beach, or rod fishing off the old Tivoli pier. The celebration of a shrimp boat trip loaded with family and friends to spend the day at Horn Island for the Blessing of the Fleet and the Fourth of July. The smell of the shrimp factories, the shrimp boats lining the docks and every morning the shrill whistle of the factories calling their workers. Great memories of a place called Point Cadet. How happy I am to be a born-and-bred Mississippian living in the best place on Earth. — Sherry Miques-Hankins, Biloxi

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‘Everyone was in the dark’ Former PSC commissioner Michael Callahan recalls emergency power restoration effort in Katrina’s wake By Debbie Stringer In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, much has been written about its horrific devastation and human toll. But less is widely known about how 26 electric power associations joined forces in a Herculean effort to rebuild thousands of miles of power lines tangled in debris extending more than 100 miles inland. Katrina was historic in many respects, including its impact on electric utilities throughout the state. The storm’s destructive forces caused power outages for members of all 26 electric power associations in Mississippi. Nine electric power associations serving central and south Mississippi lost electric service entirely—for the first time in their history. No other event in the 81-year history of rural elec-

trification in Mississippi ranks near Katrina in terms of its impact on the entire electrical grid, from the generating plants to substations to neighborhood power lines. Michael Callahan served as Mississippi public service commissioner for the southern district before becoming chief executive officer of the Electric Michael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO Power Associations of MissisElectric Power Associations sippi in November 2005. As of Mississippi PSC commissioner, Callahan helped monitor the restoration of utility services in Mississippi after Katrina, and with a critical eye. Today

in Mississippi asked Callahan for his memories of what went right—and wrong—as electric power associations dealt with a statewide disaster on a scale no one could have foreseen.

What were some early major hurdles to recovery after Katrina’s passage? We did not have any communications. For the first seven to 10 days after Katrina’s landfall on Aug. 29, we were not really a functioning society. Cell phone service was spotty and intermittent, and satellite phone talk time was very limited. Most TV and radio stations were off the air. Those who had generators couldn’t get diesel to power them. So everyone was in the dark when it came to communications.


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The electric generating plants in south Mississippi were down. From I-20 south, everything was dark. There was no gas available because there was no electric service to power gas pumps. Electric power associations had prepared by fueling up beforehand, but because road crews often ran out of gas trying to clear trees and debris from roadways, utility trucks were stymied in many places. Everything just came to a standstill. It was almost surreal. And it got incredibly hot. We went 17 days without a drop of rain after the hurricane, with temperatures pushing 100 degrees.

What were you hearing from electric utility consumers in the days after Katrina? We got tons of calls at the PSC and the No. 1 complaint I heard was “We haven’t even seen a (utility) truck!” People don’t understand the nature of an electric system—how you have to get this substation on and that line rebuilt before you can get their lights back on. They just wanted to see a utility truck. They just wanted to see hope coming at the end of the tunnel.

In your opinion, how was electric power associations’ response to the massive outages? Electric power associations were getting lights back on and showing real progress early on. They were hard hit, with more than 500,000 meters losing service. As they restored power in the northern counties, electric power associations sent crews to help out in south Mississippi. More than 12,000 emergency work crew members were involved in the electric power associations’ restoration effort. The work force included crews from

electric cooperatives in 22 states. To some degree, there was some friendly competition among the electric power associations. Everybody wanted to be the first to get lights back on. We had estimated the power restoration would take six weeks, but by Sept. 20, three weeks after Katrina’s landfall, electric power associations had restored service to every meter capable of receiving it. They did it by joining work forces, resources and equipment under a disaster emergency response plan they have devoted years to developing and refining.

What were the biggest challenges facing electric power associations? To get the power back on in a crisis of this magnitude, you have to have people, communications and fuel, as I’ve said. You also need a strong team effort to pull it all together. Katrina destroyed or severely damaged the homes of hundreds of electric power association employees, and some of them lost loved ones in the storm. Yet most of these employees reported to work immediately after the winds died down. In many cases, employees’ spouses and children joined the employees in preparing meals and laundering clothes for crew members who were working 14to 16-hour days. Their motivation was to make sure the men were taken care of. One office worker said her team put a homemade dessert in at least one meal a day for the crews. Housing the large numbers of visiting crew members was a huge challenge, but electric power associations routinely plan for this type of situation. Coast Electric had a “tent city” erected near Gulfport for the crews. They ate and slept in air-conditioned 120-by60-foot tents and bathed in mobile shower trailers.

What could electric power associations have done better in the Katrina emergency power restoration? Overall, electric power associations did a great job getting lights back on—but they didn’t tell anybody, at least not at first. I think sometimes that electric power associations feel bad about self-promotion. The investor-owned utilities never feel bad about it; they will always tell you how good they are. When Gov. Haley Barbour overlooked electric power associations while praising other utilities in an interview after all the power was restored, we went to his office. We sat down and gave him the numbers and showed him our day-by-day progress. And Haley said, “I didn’t know this.” The only reason there was a hospital with electricity in south Mississippi was because of South Mississippi Electric Power Association.

Any final thoughts? We thought Camille was the worst we would ever see, but then Katrina came along. One day there will be a storm that surpasses Katrina. I hope I’m not around for that, but rest assured one is coming. That is why the electric power associations constantly work on their energy-restoration plans. We look at storms like Sandy, ice storms in the Midwest and tornadoes and try to learn, so that when we are hit again, we will be able to restore power to our members as quickly and safely as possible.

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Gov. Barbour details Katrina recovery, lessons learned in new book If Mississippians need more reason to feel pride in their state, it can be found in the pages of “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina.” “I have come to believe that the response of the people of Mississippi to Katrina’s destruction did more to improve the image of our state than anything that has happened in my lifetime,” wrote Gov. Haley Barbour, who authored the book with Jere Nash. Set for release this month, the book is based on Barbour’s personal experiences as governor in the first 12 months after the hurricane’s landfall Aug. 29, 2005, on the Mississippi Coast. The authors also interviewed more than 45 key people involved in the unprecedented disaster recovery effort to present a variety of perspectives and experiences. Surveying the obliteration of a 70-mile stretch of coastal communities by helicopter the morning after the storm, Barbour identified three major recovery goals: schools for students, jobs for workers and housing for everyone. How Barbour and an army of government officials, state workers, politicians, corporations, law enforcement officers, health professionals, military members, volunteers, and countless other individuals and organizations worked together to meet these goals is the subject of the book. They were, in many cases, breaking new ground for recovery efforts in the wake of the worst natural disaster in America’s history. Barbour relates the big stories—the planning, funding and execution of the rebuilding effort— as well as stories of individual acts of courage and compassion. More than one million volunteers from other states eventually poured into south Mississippi to help in countless ways, and their impact will be remembered for generations. In the final chapter, “Lessons Learned,” Barbour reflects on the lessons learned (or confirmed) as a leader grappling with a megadisaster such as Hurricane Katrina. An epilogue offers statistical information and other details of public and private recovery programs. “America’s Great Storm” will be available this month from booksellers. Price is $25 for the 256page hardback book.

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This heat is a bear hat a hot summer! I asked Miz Jo if it was this hot when we were kids. She didn’t think so. But then again, I can recall riding my bike in downtown Greenville when I was a youngster and seeing the time/temperature sign on Commercial National Bank at the corner of Washington and Broadway registering 100 degrees. Then I’d ride on over to the levee as if it were nothing unusual. Nowadays I don’t particularly like to ride in the car when it’s 100 degrees outside, much less on a bicycle. But you know and I know that in no time at all it will cool down again. I just hope Mississippi the old folks aren’t right Seen when they say one extreme by Walt Grayson follows another. I would rather not have a winter this year that feels as cold as this summer has felt hot. Not only has it been unusually hot this year but the Mississippi River has been unusually high for summer. And the high river has caused something else out of the ordinary, a bunch of black bear sightings. Folks tell me the high water is running the bears out of their usual secluded stomping grounds and into populated places. I was in Rolling Fork photographing some of the carved black bears they have scattered around town for a story about Mississippi’s most famous bear when several people told me about close encounters with bears in their yards—and even right there in town. And that “most famous bear” is of course the teddy bear. I figure the weather was a lot cooler in November 1902 when Teddy Roosevelt came to Mississippi to hunt bears. The hunt happened about 10 or 12 miles south of Rolling Fork, just past Onward. The president had not been having much luck on his hunt. Someone bet their guide, Holt Collier of Greenville, that he couldn’t lasso a bear, which he promptly did. An aid ran and got Roosevelt, thinking this was a chance for his boss to shoot a bear. How could he miss? It was all tied up in a neat bundle waiting for him. Roosevelt, being the sportsman he was, refused to shoot a tethered bear. A Washington Post cartoonist’s sketch of the incident inspired a New York toy maker and his wife to start making and selling

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Teddy’s Bears. So we have Teddy Roosevelt and Holt Collier to thank for the teddy bear. Back in 1902 there were plenty of bears in Mississippi. But as people crowded out their habitat bears grew very scarce. Conservation efforts are helping them make a comeback. I recall someone telling me there used to be no deer in the state until conservation measures were put into place that allowed them to revive. Who knows? Bears may become just as common as deer some day. They celebrate Delta bears and Roosevelt’s bear hunt every October in Rolling Fork with the Great Delta Bear Affair. One of the popular events of the weekend is having a giant bear carved from a huge tree trunk. The bears carved at past festivals are scattered all over town. Standing there in Rolling Fork the other day getting shots of some of those bears, I was sure hoping it cools off before festival time in October or they’ll have to find a place to have it indoors. Maybe that’s why the bears are showing up in town. It’s not the high water driving them out of the woods; they’re looking for some place that’s air conditioned! Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.

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in Mississippi ack when I was teaching quarters of the famous Viking range and school and the kinfolks cooking school, The Alluvian Hotel and were driving away after Spa. Some still call it Cotton Row. visiting us on the Fourth Giordina’s and the Crystal Grill are of July, we stood waving restaurants worth driving hours to visit. from the front yard to the departing My over-the-shoulder reader said, “I car; their arms waved back in rhythm. thought you were writing about Someone had wispily repeated the old McCarty Pottery.” clichés: “summer is almost over” or I jumped. He had sneaked up behind “school will began before we know it.” me. I pointed to the door and answered, Yet we had three hot months left on “Don’t disturb a writer in deep the horizon. Back in the day it meant thought.” “school” to me, so my As I was saying, after leavdriver and I would jump ing Greenwood drive northin our camper and make west until you reach Merigold, one or two short trips. about an hour away, where the Mostly in Mississippi. McCartys’ famous pottery stuEarly in our retirement we dio, home and dazzling gartook to the road traveling dens are located. You won’t The tiny town of Merigold is home to McCarty Pottery, founded by Lee McCarty and his late wife, Pup. From their to faraway places in the know the home is really a barn barn-turned-studio has come a wide range of functional and decorative clay items for some 60 years. U.S. and occasionally a since sky-high bamboo surGrin ‘n’ Mississippi River. trip abroad. But we decidrounds the entire block. It Good plan if I can hatch it! By the early 80’s the pottery became ed several years ago to take appears mysterious from the Bare It Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My famous around the world. He produced advantage of what outside. by Kay Grafe Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, Mississippi has to offer. McCartys’ beautiful pottery a variety of sizes and styles, of dishes, address, phone number and $16.95, plus trays, bowls, platters, birds, vases and Naturally, living in the is shown in museums across $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm oodles more. Brides now frequently regsoutheastern part of the state we are the U.S., including the Smithsonian. It Road, Lucedale, MS 39452. ister at McCarty Pottery. familiar with the Gulf Coast’s beachis also internationally recognized. A As you can see I’m a fan. Mr. Roy es—where I toasted my skin beyond recent showing was held in Japan. Quality, affordable travel likes it too, so we purchased a couple of repair. We casually accepted the array of Lee McCarty’s story is truly a love since 1967! unusual creations. antebellum homes and assumed they story, which began when he accompaNow here’s my idea. We have would remain pristine. 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ew will argue that outdoor activities during August in Mississippi can be disagreeable. They may not grind to a halt, but save water sports that provide an opportunity to cool off in the lake or river, viable choices are limited. All, however, is not lost. Some interesting and enjoyable pursuits are available, many of which are near home so that the participant can go inside and bask in the comforts of air conditioning as needed. These may be restricted to backyard outings, but they can be rewarding just the same. A touch of imagination and ingenuity can produce productive outside experiOutdoors ences. Today Watch the by Tony Kinton sunrise. This suggestion may not bode well for those who wish to sleep until 9 a.m., but early mornings are a glorious time. For one thing, the August heat is somewhat abated, making outside a bit more tolerable than it will be at noon. But the greatest reward is becoming partners with

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a new day. Water droplets dripping from overhead leaves. Sparkling dew on freshly mown lawns. Foggy fingers of light reaching gingerly from treetops to ground. Whether walking about the surroundings or sitting quietly with a mug of hot coffee, the visuals such an outing afford enrich the spirit. Listen intently. There will be bird calls. Can you identify them through nothing more than their chatter? If not, spend some time learnA simple fire pit can create the magic needed to sooth ragged edges at day’s end. Photo: Tony Kinton ing to do so. More enrichment. and get comfortable. What you read is a and premier entertainment. That which will be discovered outside is far richer And look for them as well. The oriole matter of personal preference, but it may be flitting about an azalea bush. The stands to reason that since you are doing and more meaningful. Following are the instructions: cardinal may be proffering that crisp this at the beginning of a day, reading Start a fire. Oh, there may be situastaccato chirp from a nearby feeder. The material should focus on the positive. tions where this is not an option. If it is blue jay may be scolding and changing Logical selections may be of devotionpositions from the yard’s floor to some al content and/or could include discours- possible, however, build that fire. Though the heat it provides will not be overhanging limb. Doves will likely peres on the wonders of nature or experineeded, the magic of its flames is life givform that choppy waddle while in search ences others have had in the out-ofing. of seeds. doors. Also, write your own thoughts A big rock pit is ideal, but a simple Amazing and enchanting, all these. and observations. The day and mind are fire ring or similar device will do just Read and journal. And do these dur- fresh. Allow both to probe the depths fine. And this is the time when solitude ing early morning. Go to the porch or and flow onto paper with inspiration. A should be abandoned. onto the patio or even in a woods shade novel could be in the making! Stare into the fire and allow it to genAnd while on that subject of inspira28th Annual erate its particular and pedagogical mystion and probing the depths, attempt tique. This soothing ointment is a grand solitude minus distraction. Unless cell Sept. 25, 26 & 27, 2015 phones or electronic devices are essential, prescription for smoothing rough edges 9a.m til 5p.m. Richton, MS leave them inside. The day could be bet- that developed while living apart from its Admission $10.00 (Children under 4 Free) efficacious solace. Share your sentiments, ter as a result of breaking routine and your fears, your dreams with the one being quiet and reflective. Then there are the late afternoons and there with you. Allow the evening to age early evenings. These may be plagued by with no agenda, with no rush. As a result, subsequent sleep may be restorahigh temperatures, but there will likely tive; rest may be more peaceful. be some slack in discomfort as the sun Yes, August is hot. But nature contindrops below those same treetops that greeted that same sun hours earlier. And ues to strengthen, to enlighten, to enhance life. Plan accordingly and get you will have had the privilege of seeing • SOUTH’S FINEST FOOD • ANTIQUE BOOTHS • MULE PULL • ARTS & CRAFTS outside. The rewards are innumerable. and living and experiencing the process • ANTIQUE ENGINE SHOW • QUILT SHOW in its entirety. • LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC • STOCK DOG DEMOS Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors • CHARITY BAKE-OFF • LIVE CRAFT DEMOS It is now time for another outdoor • PURTIEST ROOSTER CONTEST • DRAFT HORSE DEMOS writer for 30 years. His newest book, • BANJO & FIDDLING CONTEST • VERA’S PECAN PIES activity that is far more valuable than “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories,” is watching and hearing nonsensical babble now available. Order from Amazon.com or too often touted as necessary information Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com. Website, mspecanfestival.com

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Mississippi Power’s refund to their retail customers Robert J. Occhi President and CEO

Recently the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that Mississippi Power retail customers were due an 18 percent refund from the Kemper generating plant. As a Coast Electric member, you may be wondering if you will get an 18 percent rate refund. The answer to the question is no because the 18 percent retail increase that Mississippi Power customers paid, was not paid by Coast Electric members. Coast Electric’s costs have been impacted by a 4 percent increase due to the construction of Mississippi Power’s Plant Ratcliffe in Kemper County. Coast Electric purchases 100 percent of our wholesale power from our generation and transmission cooperative, South Mississippi Electric (SME). South Mississippi Electric generates most of its electricity and purchases the rest. Of the purchased power, only 25 percent comes from Mississippi Power Company. It is important to note the difference between wholesale and retail power costs. First, wholesale power costs are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, and not the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Second, FERC allows a portion of the construction costs for new power plants to be recovered prior to completion. The Kemper plant costs that have been recovered so far in South Mississippi Electric’s rates were actually less than what is allowed. You may also wonder why the wholesale rate increases were so much less than the retail rate

increases. Wholesale power costs can be lessened when a variety of wholesale power resources are purchased. South Mississippi Electric works hard to keep costs low by generating or purchasing a blend of resources including natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydroelectric power. The blended cost savings are then divided by the 11 member electric distribution cooperatives that comprise SME. For some time, SME and its member systems considered purchasing a 15 percent interest in the plant and even paid a $235 million deposit to Mississippi Power. When SME and its member systems, like Coast Electric, decided they would not buy into the

plant, Mississippi Power returned the deposit, with interest, to SME and SME repaid that money to its lenders. Neither SME, Coast Electric or any other SME system ever collected money for the deposit from their members. We understand this is a complex issue that can be difficult to understand. If any of you have questions, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you. As always, we appreciate your support as we work to make the best decisions we can for you, our member-owners to deliver reliable, affordable electric service.

Coast Electric’s business offices will be closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day. Dispatchers will remain on duty and crews will be on call throughout the holiday weekend. If you experience an outage, please call 877-769-2372 or report it using our CE on the Go mobile app for iPhones and Android devices.


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fan if you are still warm. 5) Make sure the condensing unit is clear of any debris (i.e. bushes, grass) and consider shading your outside unit. Studies have shown that shading the outside unit can save as much as 10 percent on cooling costs. 6) Plant shade trees on the west side of your house so your home is shaded during the evening sun. 7) Try our Time of Use Rate and cool your house down before the peak times, turning it up during the peak hours of 3-6 p.m. Then you are paying half the price you would normally pay to cool your home. These seven simple tips can keep you cool while making sure you aren’t putting a drain on your wallet!

For more energy efficiency tips contact: Hancock County Phillippe Michel: 228-363-7261

Pearl River County Scott White: 601-889-5109

Harrison County Tyler Green: 228-539-5720

August featured artist Coast Electric’s 2015 calendar was completed with help from some talented young artists in the service area. Students from schools in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties submitted artwork and winning drawings will be featured each month. This month, we congratulate our August artist, Richard Castro. Richard’s artwork gives fantastic energy efficiency tips for every room of your home! Richard’s tips can help you save energy and money. Thanks to Richard for these amazing tips for energy savings!

Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufactures recommend using a rigid venting material – not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages. Source: energy.gov Eleven-year old artist Richard Castro illustrates how we can have an energy efficient home from top to bottom!

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Local youth participate in Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Tommy, Savanah, Beth and Erin meet with Representative Steven Palazzo.

Each year, Coast Electric Power Association and other cooperatives across Mississippi and the United States, send high school juniors to represent their associations on the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour. This event is hosted nationally by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and statewide by the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. Coast Electric sponsored four delegates on the 2015 Youth Tour. Tommy Duong, Erin Geist, Savanah Rupkey and Beth Shiyou joined 54 other Mississippi students, and more than 1,700 students from 44 states across the nation to further develop their leadership skills, learn about the nation’s history, the role of government, and inspire youth to become public servants. Tommy is the son of Hiep Duong of Biloxi. He will be a senior at D’Iberville High School. Erin will be a senior at Harrison Central High School and is the daughter of Stephanie and Donald Geist of Saucier. Savanah is the daughter of Mary Kippes of Long Beach and will be a senior at Long Beach High School. Beth will be a senior at Hancock High School and is the daughter of Patricia and Robert Shiyou. During the week of June 13-19, these students enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. For seven days, the students visited all of the major monuments and memorials including the Jefferson, FDR, Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Air Force, World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam Veterans memorials. “This Youth Tour was not only an opportunity to learn

about the rich history of our great country, but also a chance to form lifelong memories and friends,” said Tommy. “The fellowship I have gained from this experience will leave a lasting impact on my life that I will forever cherish.” Many of the students that traveled to Washington, D.C., for Youth Tour had never experienced traveling on an airplane. The experience was life-changing for many and gave them a first-hand look at their government in action. The students spent a day on Capitol Hill, and thanks to the generosity of Congressman Gregg Harper, they were given a private tour of the United States Capitol building, where he invited them onto the U.S. House floor and allowed them the privilege to view the Washington Mall from the Speaker’s Balcony. After the tour, students visited with Senator Roger Wicker in the Russell Building rotunda. One of the highlights of Youth Tour was the popular Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Since 1956, this event has honored men and women in uniform. The Marine Drum and Bugle Corps commences the occasion with popular music, which leads into the Silent Drill Platoon. In the spirit of honoring our nation’s military, the students visited Arlington National Cemetery where they witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The students joined other states for several activities throughout the week, including a boat cruise on the Potomac River and a dinner and dance with all 44 of the participating states. They also participated in national Youth Day where they were able to hear inspirational speeches and interact with students from across the United States in a high-energy atmosphere. “To have been selected to attend Youth Tour was such a blessing! By understanding our nation’s history, we will be able to take these life skills and become a better leader “The fellowship I have gained from this for our people,” said Erin. “This trip will be one to rememexperience will leave a lasting impact on my ber for the rest of our lives.” Tommy, Erin, Savanah and Beth also toured Mount life that I will cherish forever.” Vernon, the home of our nation’s first president George - Tommy Duong Washington and went to Ford’s Theater where the infa-

mous assassination of President Lincoln oc visited the White House Visitor’s Center w able to learn about the celebrated home a the first families who have occupied it ove decades. In addition to witnessing our country's h hand, the students spent a day touring th museums, including the museums of Air a American History, Natural History, American Indian Museum and the National Gallery of Art. “Youth Tour was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience,” said Savanah. “I want thank all of the electric power associations that put this together. I will never forget it.” The week ended with a visit to Nationals Park where the students saw the Washington Nationals play the Tampa Ba “The Youth Tour has provided me with a experience to meet other leaders in my st lifelong friends,” said Beth. The Youth Tour is part of an extensive Y Program supported by Coast Electric and w these students on their accomplishments. “We are proud to be able to offer this op deserving students in our service area,” sa Coast Electric president and CEO. “It is imp future leaders, including these four impre people, to see how our country has been s through history, as well as how hard our c leaders work on behalf of Mississippi.” Coast Electric will be considering next year’s Youth Leadership participants later this fall. Be sure to contact your school’s guidance counselor for more information on the 2016 Youth Leadership Program.


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Savanah, Beth, Erin and Tommy stopped to have their picture taken in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Youth Tour group visited the Jefferson Memorial, one of the many impressive memorials along the National Mall.

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Hurricane Katrina TEN YEARS LATER

By Elissa Fulton It is a time in our history that can be summed up in one word, one name – Katrina. She wreaked havoc on the state of Mississippi and left no mercy on the residents of the Gulf Coast. There are the heartbreaking stories of how we survived, and how we rebuilt our lives and communities in the midst of the massive destruction the storm left in her wake. For many, it is hard to believe that the 10 year anniversary of Katrina is approaching, as that time is still very fresh in the minds of Gulf Coast natives, and very much in the minds of Coast Electric employees. Gus Irias is one of those who said it feels like just yesterday. “I don’t think a day goes by that it doesn’t cross my mind,” said Irias. “It really doesn’t seem like it’s been 10 years.” Irias was at his home in Diamondhead when the water started rushing into his house. He was in an area that had never before seen water from a hurricane. Hunkered down with his mother and two small children, he never dreamed that he would be fighting for their lives that day, as he tried to figure out a way to get them all to the roof. Fortunately, the water stopped coming in before they were forced out into the elements. Once the water began to recede, he swam out of the neighborhood to find help and to get his children and mother to safety, but like so many, that was only the beginning of his struggles. “Being at Coast Electric during that time really helped,” he said. “This was like a family here and it was therapeutic for me to come to work – to be able to talk about it during that time.” Just some ways down the coast, in one of the hardest hit areas, Jill DeSalvo was taking shelter in the Bay St. Louis headquarters office. Her family, including her mother, who was on dialysis at the time, was with her. “I saw a whole lot more than I wanted to, being in that Bay St. Louis office,” said DeSalvo. “There were people in the water swimming to you and you couldn’t get to them. For me, it seems like it just happened, because you still think about it.” For DeSalvo, it was not so much the destruction of her home in Waveland that was so painful, but it was all the simple things that were gone and left a void. “The pictures and home videos were gone. Things you can never replace,” she said. “We lost our pet because she drowned, and that was devastating. And I’ll never forget the look on my kids’ faces when they real-

pared to those directly affected by storm surges, however, they both were in an area with vast timber damage from high-force winds and tornadoes. The massive trees that were down made it difficult to get from one place to another and the feeling of defeat was quickly rising. “We refer to it as flat, meaning there’s no structures standing,” said Baucum. “For me, it wasn’t a personal loss. I mean I didn’t lose my house or my kids, but when you think of all the years you’ve worked and invested in those lines, it’s a feeling of… ‘we’re never going to get this built back up.’ And you can’t help but feel that way, when you look in every direction around you and you don’t see anything standing.” After a few days, the crew workers from 22 states started to arrive and spirits began to lift. “It felt so good to see them come in,” said Baucum. “You want to talk about relief? That’s how you spell relief – Lineman!” There were approximately 10,000 outside crew members that came in to Mississippi to aid in restoration, and 3,200 of those workers came to Coast “It kept us going,” she said. “If we had not had that Electric’s service area to help build the system back. kind of support, I don’t know if we would have done as They formed bonds with each other that are unbreakwell as we did. It is still very overwhelming to me and I able even today. Although dedicated employees worked around the still get very emotional when I think about what all clock to restore power to everyone who could receive it, others did for us. People that did not even know us many lessons were learned in the aftermath of Katrina. were helping in unreal ways. I don’t think there’s anyway to ever repay that.” Although the devastation was inconceivable, one thing all Coast Electric employees have in common – “We had a good hurricane response plan that we going to work to help their communities kept them walked into Katrina with,” said Ron Barnes, vice presigoing through the darkest days. dent of marketing and public relations. “The problem was, everybody had a good plan – but nobody had a Katrina plan.” All eyes were on the Gulf Coast. Though those that Hurricane Katrina presented many unique chalwere left behind were in the midst of the ruin, the lack lenges statewide, not just for Coast Electric. Nine of communications at times left them further in the Mississippi electric cooperatives lost 100 percent of dark. their electric grid during the storm, including South Scott Baucum and David Ervin, linemen on the Mississippi Electric, Coast Electric’s generating facility. Picayune crew, were almost sure it would be impossible And it was the first time in the history of Mississippi to have electricity again – at least not for a long time. electric cooperatives, that every cooperative in the state “After we went out and assessed the damage, I came had outages at the same time. It truly was a statewide home and told my wife we may never have lights disaster, and the Gulf Coast was ground zero. again,” said Ervin. “I just knew if we could get crews in “When Katrina devastated our service area, many of to help us, we would be okay, but as far as you could our employees were left without homes, their families see there were no poles standing and we knew it was temporarily living in other locations so their children going to be a long, long road.” could go to school. Those who still had homes saw the Baucum and Ervin had minimal personal loss complaces they knew and loved in ruins. It was a trying ized we had lost everything.” Like Irias, DeSalvo found peace in putting her efforts in at Coast Electric. She also found comfort in the outpouring of support from all across the country.

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“I am proud to say that even in the face of such devastation, our employees were never defeated. They worked long, hard hours knowing their efforts were part of a new beginning for us all.” Robert Occhi, President and CEO Coast residents showed determination even in the first days following this storm. This member wrote about their determination to stay on what was left of their home.

Crews from co-ops across the country help restore service to members on Canal Road in Harrison County.

Members show support for Coast Electric and visiting crews during the restoration process.

time for us all.” said Robert Occhi, president and CEO of Coast Electric. “I am proud to say that even in the face of such devastation, our employees were never defeated. They worked long, hard hours knowing their efforts were part of a new beginning for us all. They weren’t just restoring power; they were restoring hope for our communities. We all learned a lot from Katrina and in the 10 years that have passed, our employees have continued to push each year to make our plan better. We pray that we don’t face another Katrina but if we do, know that our employees are ready to face whatever the Gulf sends our way.”

Operation improvements post Katrina Another thing that all employees at Coast Electric can agree upon, is that today’s ever-growing technology would aid in a similar situation should it develop in the future. The lessons learned were hard ones, however, experiencing Hurricane Katrina exposed the imperfections. The last 10 years have been an opportunity to improve operations overall and relations with members – and technology has been at the forefront. “Technology has greatly improved in just a decade,” said Barnes. “Especially in terms of the reach of mobile. People are able to receive information more readily than they did then, regardless of where they are. Whether they are sheltering on the Coast, or if they have gone five or six states over.” The implementation of the mobile app, automated metering, a global mapping system and social media are just a few of the ways we have improved at Coast Electric. Information exchange has greatly improved internally and externally, and would be significantly valuable in a storm situation. The response plan has also been modified to include a dedicated person of contact between Coast Electric and outside

Anthony Macuick, the son of a Coast Electric employees, rescues Hancock County residents from rising waters in Bay St. Louis.

organizations. This person would report all information and act as a liaison between the various departments in our organiMore than 3,200 crews members from 19 states zation and emergency management agencies, to ensure that our and 120 companies assisted with restoration information and message remains consistent. efforts. All of these improvements would aid in communications, allowing for more productivity in the field, as well as communication to the members, the community and emergency officials seeking information about restoration. Another major improvement and smart business decision was to relocate our headquarters to Kiln. Although this was already in future plans, Katrina expedited that process. Moving our headquarters inland and away from the “danger zone,” will allow us to operate more efficiently. Visiting crews work to restore service to Coast Electric members.

Thank you! As we reflect on the ten years that it has taken to rebuild our community after Hurricane Katrina, many thanks are due to the community, to our members and to those who came to our aid and helped us to re-establish our lives in some of the most trying times. Baucum still remembers that feeling 10 years ago, when power was restored to all those who could receive it. “It wasn’t us. It was a relief to know that things were going to finally start getting back to some semblance of normalcy, but to take any credit for what had just happened is unfair to the thousands of men who left their families and drove from all kinds of states to come to our aid,” said Baccum. I can’t take that away from them. They did that and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

In memory of all those who were lost during Hurricane Katrina.

Lakeshore Baptist, like many area churches, continues to have services amidst the devastation.

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As participants in the 29th annual Mississippi Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, the students visited many of Washington’s most significant historic and cultural sites, including the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery and the Washington National Cathedral. They also took part in special events with more than 1,700 students from 44 states. A highlight of the weeklong tour was a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where Rep. Gregg Harper took the Mississippi students to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the Congressmen convened. Harper also personally took the students onto the Speaker’s Balcony that overlooks the Washington Mall. Each student had the opportunity to visit the office of his or her Congressman. For some of the students, the tour was their first trip to the nation’s capital. “Friendships and memories were made throughout Youth Tour,” said participant Madelynn Lynch, of Corinth. “This is an inforgettable opportunity that everyone should experience.” Madelynn was selected during the Youth Leadership Workshop in March to represent Mississippi on the national Youth Leadership Council. The workshop and Youth Tour are components of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Program.

Participants are chosen through a competitive process sponsored by their electric power association. The goals of the program are to motivate students to assume leadership roles and to help them obtain the skills they will need to become effective, respected leaders in the future.

“As adult leaders, we have a responsibility to support and provide our youth with encouragement and resources they can use in making good decisions as they continue on life’s journey.” Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi “Throughout this leadership program, electric power association leaders, elected officials and successful business people remind the students nothing is accomplished without setting goals and working hard to achieve them,” Stewart said. 2015 Mississippi Youth Tour delegates and their sponsoring electric power associations are Alcorn County EPA: Madelynn Lynch, Matthew Turner; Central EPA: Emerson Billy, Ali Pike, Carly Pippin; Coast EPA: Tommy Duong, Erin Geist, Beth Shiyou; Coast

EPA and South Mississippi EPA: Savanah Rupkey; Dixie EPA: Alicia Brown, Chance Sumrall; East Mississippi EPA: Alec Marlow, Zoria Nicholson, Keira Phillips; 4-County EPA: Philip Evans, Macy Walters, Grant Wolfe; Magnolia EPA: Alexcia Carr, Brooke Myers, Brooke Wells; Natchez Trace EPA: Liz Boyer, Walker Winter; North East Mississippi EPA: Lindsey Lott, Tate Russell, Savannah Shirley; Northcentral EPA: Hailey Corbett, Bailey Easley, Josh Gramm, Alyssa Grant, Stuart Gunner, Sarah Henthorn, Annette McGee, Holly McGinnis, Tyneria Moore, Kaycee Robbins, Loren Williams; Pearl River Valley EPA: Bethany Lawson, Luke Logan; Singing River EPA: Emily Barnes, Brice Fortinberry, Rachel Pugh; Southern Pine EPA: Zavan Brown, Brooklyn Mooney, Marly Perkins; Southwest Mississippi EPA: Marcus Durrell Jr., Katherine Shell; Tallahatchie Valley EPA: Bryce Griffin, Taylor Norwood, Dalton Robison; Tombigbee EPA: Tucker Carter, Beth Ezell, Melea Mansel, Lane Scribner, Dakota Taylor; Twin County EPA: Caleigh Haynes, Baljot Singh; Yazoo Valley EPA: Curtis Hill, Jeremy (J.J.) White. “It’s rewarding to be a part of a program focused on the development of young people. This year we had a fine group of young men and women whom we will look to for our future leaders,” Stewart said. “We challenge them to return to their schools and communities and begin making a difference in the lives of others.”


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Old-fashioned liriope still a garden staple

ne of the most frequent calls I get in the summer concerns lawns and groundcovers under trees, where sunlight is limited. Most callers want grass in these areas and realize the limitations presented by the shade. My go-to answer is an unwavering: “Why not plant liriope?” Liriope is a versatile groundcover that is very effective under large trees with reduced light, or mass-planted on slopes. It also creates soft borders and edging for paved areas and foundations. Some callers respond to my suggestion by saying, “Liriope is an old-fashioned plant that my grandmother had in her garden.” And that’s true. Liriope is an old landscape standard groundcover. That’s partly because liriope is reliable, especially in the shade. As

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long as the soil is well drained, liriope thrives in heat and drought. This is a great attribute for our Mississippi landscapes. Liriope foliage is narrow and grass-like, and the plant is known by a couple of more comSouthern mon names, such Gardening as monkey grass or even lily turf. by Dr. Gary Bachman It produces flower spikes starting in July, and the flowering period can extend to the end of August. Individual flowers are very small and arranged in whorls. I believe liriope is as showy as any other flowering plant when it’s in flower. Flowering is more intense in full sun, and flower colors are purple, lavender or white, depending on variety. Dark purple-black, round fruit follow the flowers.

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Clumping liriope is a wellbehaved variety that stays where you plant it. As the name suggests, each plant will grow larger in diameter, not from underground stems, but by forming suckers from the crown of the plant. It displays lavender flower spikes uniformly throughout the plant clump. Because it is not aggressive, you need to use more plants for area coverage. A commonly available variety called New Blue is possibly the all-around best for landscape use. The clumps feature arching, glossy leaves. In late summer, its flower spikes feature whorls of dense, lavender flowers that I believe resemble the spring-blooming grape hyacinth. Big Blue will grow to about 1 foot tall, and, when mass planted, it creates an elegant green carpet. Another good landscape choice for areas that need a larger presence is Evergreen Giant liriope. This selection has the same impact as Big Blue, just in a larger version. Evergreen Giant reaches a height of 24 inches. If you like variegated selections, consider the variety Marc Anthony. This variegated selection is 16 inches tall and has three foliage colors. The leaves start out as a unique golden yellow and green and mature with white and green variegation.

The Evergreen Giant liriope is a good landscape choice for shady areas that need a large presence. New Blue liriope has beautiful flowers, and, at 1 foot tall, it can be mass planted to create an elegant green carpet. Photos: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

Space liriope about 12 to 18 inches apart in the landscape, depending on the variety selected. The plants readily fill in spaces. When the area becomes overgrown, simply dig and divide every three or four years. Unlike other perennial plants, division is not required for plant health, but it is an easy way to make more plants. The only maintenance these plants need is for gardeners to cut them back before growth starts in the spring. Clearing away old foliage allows the new growth to develop unimpeded and reduces the occurrence of anthracnose. Use a string trimmer or your lawn mower, but be careful not to injure the crown of the plant. Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs.


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Squash Appetizer 3 cups thinly sliced yellow squash 1 cup Bisquick ½ cup very thinly sliced onion ½ cup Parmesan cheese ½ cup oil 4 eggs, well beaten

2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped fine ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. seasoned salt ½ tsp. oregano Dash pepper 1 clove garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients, stirring well. Pour into 9-by-13-inch pan and bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, or until browned. Cut into squares to serve.

Crusty Potato Wedges 1 lb. red potatoes (about 8 potatoes) 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 ½ tsp. paprika

¾ tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Cut potatoes into wedges. Combine mustard, paprika, cumin and garlic salt in a large bowl; mix well. Add potatoes to bowl; toss until well coated with mustard mixture. Spread potato wedges in a single layer in prepared baking dish, leaving a little space between wedges. Bake for 10 minutes and turn. Bake 10 minutes longer, or until tender and crusty.

12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. yellow mustard

1 cup packaged cornflake crumbs, or 2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed ¼ tsp. salt Dash ground black pepper

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut chicken into ¾-inch strips. In a shallow dish, combine egg, honey and mustard. In another shallow dish, stir together cornflake crumbs, salt and pepper. Dip chicken strips into the egg mixture; roll them in crumb mixture to coat evenly. Arrange chicken strips on a baking sheet. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with ketchup, if desired.

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Bell Peppers 4 large green bell peppers 2 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 small sweet onion, sliced 6 oz. baby portabella mushrooms, sliced

1 Tbsp. minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste 1 lb. thinly sliced roast beef 8 slices provolone cheese

Slice peppers in half lengthwise; remove ribs and seeds. Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat; add sliced onion, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until onion and mushrooms are soft. Preheat oven to 400 F. Slice roast beef into thin strips and add to the onion/mushroom mixture. Cook until juices start to flow or about 5 minutes. Line the inside of each bell pepper with a slice of provolone cheese. Fill each pepper with meat mixture until they are nearly overflowing. Top each pepper with another slice of cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese on top is golden brown.

Bearcat Dip 1 lb. baby portabella mushrooms, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped ½ stick unsalted butter 2 (8-oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened 12 oz. sour cream 1 (8-oz.) pkg. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

1 can black olives, drained and coarsely chopped 1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped 2 tsp. Tony Cachere’s Creole Seasoning 1 lb. bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Sauté mushrooms and green onions in butter over medium heat. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and grated Cheddar in a bowl; stir in sautéed mixture. Add black olives, water chestnuts and seasoning mix. Pour into baking dish or slow cooker and heat until bubbly. Top with crumbled bacon. Use sliced French bread or chips or choice for dipping.

Tomato-Cheese Spread 1 (10-oz.) can Rotel tomatoes 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp. garlic salt 2 (8-oz.) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

¾ cup chopped pecans 1 (4-oz.) jar chopped pimento, drained 1⁄3 cup chopped green onions

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt. Stir in cheese, pecans, pimento and green onions. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Slow Cooker Pizza Dip 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 (8-oz.) jar pizza sauce ¼ cup pepperoni slices, cut up

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Heritage cattle Your family history might include your livestock’s lineage

By Nancy Jo Maples While many genealogy hobbyists can trace their family roots, few know the heritage of their farm animals. However, Billy Frank Brown does. He and his family raise Pineywoods cattle in Pearl River County, a practice that dates back at least 10 generations. Sometimes these animals Billy Frank Brown are called “Rakestraws” because they use their large horns to push through pine needles while searching for food. “They’ll eat brush just like a billy goat,” Brown said. Cleaning underbrush is the trait for which they are best known. These cattle originally came from Spain and adapted to the scruffy terrain of the Mississippi Gulf Coast when the Spanish explorers settled there in the 1500s. They are a hardy breed that can withstand Southern summers and prefer to feed on brush, tree leaves and twigs. They also produce lean meat and rich milk, although they are not considered a dairy animal. Some people own the cows for fun or

to help keep their woodland clean. The Brown farm, called Cowpen Creek, raises them commercially in the oldest homestead in this area of south Mississippi. Brown lives on the property that Carlos Ladner acquired from the United States public lands as a homestead in 1811. Brown’s son, Jess, now owns the farm and continues the family legacy. This property is known by some locals as the Sebron Ladner Place. Sebron Ladner was Brown’s grandfather, who used oxen to harvest longleaf pine timber for the Hines Lumber Company and raised cattle on the open range. When he died in 1956, he had 1,000 head of Pineywoods cattle, 4,000 Gulf Coast Native sheep and 40 horses. The property sits 10 miles southeast of Poplarville in the Silver Run community. The farm was later named Cowpen Creek Farm because it had long served as a watering site for cattle being driven through Mississippi to the markets in nearby New Orleans. Pineywoods cattle is a rare breed and can be registered. Brown has about 350 head of them. They come in a variety of colors including Blue Roan, Pearl River Red and Griffen Yellow. Females weigh between 500 and 800 pounds. Bulls weigh 1,100 to 1,200 pounds. Brown can trace both his family

genealogy and the heritage of his herd to 1726, when Nicholas Christian Ladner married Marie Anne Paquet, a Native American living on the Gulf Coast. They lived on Cat Island in the Gulf of Pineywoods cattle were brought to the Gulf Coast Mexico before petitioning the King of in the 1500s by Spanish settlers. Spain in 1788 for access to vacant areas Brown maintains that Pineywoods of the mainland in order to run cattle cattle and Gulf Coast Native sheep comand sheep in what is present-day Pass plement timber farming by providing a Christian and Long Beach. Pass setting for a silvo-pasture system producChristian was named for Nicholas ing both meat and timber. Christian Ladner. Cowpen Creek Farm not only raises distinct herds of woods cattle, but also has horses and sheep. The farm has 200 sheep and 15 horses. The lineage of the farm’s Pine Gulf Coast Native sheep is a hardy breed that has adapted well to the high heat and Tacky horses humidity of Mississippi summers. can be traced to For more information about these the Choctaw Trail of Tears through animals, see the farm’s website, DNA. Its sheep are called Gulf Coast www.cowpencreekfarm.com, or call 601Native sheep and produce fine wool. 795-4692. Because there is currently no market for wool, the sheep are sheared every Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached two years for cooling and grooming at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS purposes. 39452 or nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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17th Annual City-wide Pep Rally, Aug. 8, Vicksburg. Begins 9:30 a.m. Free. Outlets at Vicksburg. Details: 601-636-7434. Shape-note Singing School, Aug. 12, Florence. Learn to sing folk hymns in four-part harmony from Sacred Harp hymnals; second Wednesday monthly from 6-8 p.m. Free. Details: 601-953-1094. Sounds of Summer Music Festival, Aug. 15, Byhalia. Live music, arts, crafts, wellness area, Kids’ Zone, corn-hole tournament, more. Admission. Byhalia Walking Park. Details: 662838-8127. Sixth Annual Covington County Genealogy Fair, Aug. 15, Collins. Explore Covington County family lineage; 9 a.m. noon. Free. Collins Civic Center. Details: 601-

947-4610, 601-797-3233. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Aug. 15, Black Hawk. Featuring Mack Allen Smith & The Flames and Good Times Express; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-4530072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Lower Delta Talks: “The Literature of Delta Food and Cooking,” Aug. 18, Rolling Fork. Jesse Yancy, presenter; 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharkey-Issaquena Library. Details: 662-8734076. Praise Fest, Aug. 21, Greenville. Featuring gospel recording artist Pastor Shirley Caesar in concert; 7 p.m. Admission. Washington County Convention Center. Details: 662-820-5885; wdsvpraisefest.com. Third Annual Old School Arts Festival, Aug.

21-22, Carthage. Art show, artists’ booths, 5K run, live music, Kids’ Zone, more; free admission. “Johnny Cash Returns” tribute concert; 79 p.m Aug. 22; admission. Carthage Old Elementary School. Details: 601-267-6764; carthagemainstre@bellsouth.net; Facebook.com/oldschoolartsfestival. Mississippi Book Festival, Aug. 22, Jackson. Featuring 75 authors, including Greg Iles. Author signings, panel discussions, exhibitor booths, music, food, children’s stage, more. Free. State Capitol grounds. Details: msbookfestival.com. 42nd Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, Aug. 22, Magee. Featuring Inspirations Quartet, Tim Frith & Gospel Echoes, Revelations Quartet, Carolyn Norris; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Magee High School Auditorium. Details: 601-9060677, 601-825-3937. Mississippi State Sacred Harp Convention, Aug. 22-23, Sebastopol. An old-fashioned shape-note singing and dinner on the grounds; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. Details: 601-953-1094; christianharmony.org. Ninth Annual State Qualifying Golf Scramble, Aug. 31, Olive Branch. Four-man scramble to help send local athletes, coaches to Fellow Christian Athletes Camp; 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cherokee Valley Golf Course. Details:

jengstrom@fca.org. B&S Consignment, Sept. 1-3, Brookhaven. Consignment sales for children and adults. Lincoln Civic Center. Details: 601-303-1466; bnsconsignment.com. Mountain Faith in Concert, Sept. 11, Petal. Love offering; 7 p.m. First Baptist Church Runnelstown. Details: 601-583-3733, 601-3254047. Greater Jackson Quilt Celebration: “Stitches in Bloom,” Sept. 11-13, Ridgeland. Judged quilt show hosted by five guilds, silent auction, educational programs; admission. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: gjqc2015.com. Share With MSers Fund Raiser, Sept. 12, D’Iberville. Mississippi Gulf Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society event with music, door prizes, silent auction; 5-8 p.m. Admission. D’Iberville Civic Center Automall Parkway. Details: 228374-7403, 228-392-4179.

Coming up: Fourth Annual Greenfield Cemetery Candlelight Tour, Oct. 2-3, Glen Allan. Storytellers in period dress portray selected persons at their gravesites; 7-9 nightly. Advanced tickets required and go on sale Aug. 1. Details: 662-822-6868; Facebook.com/ greenfieldcemeterycandlelighttour.

Picture This: A Walk in the Woods What do you see when you walk in the woods? A colorful toadstool? A scenic creek? Share your discoveries with readers of Today in Mississippi! Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by Sept. 14, 2015. Selected photos will appear in the October 2015 issue

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