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The meeting drew 500 electric cooperative leaders and supporters


labama is facing some severe funding challenges, but a rebounding economy may help, said speakers at the 64th annual meeting and trade show of the Alabama Rural Electric Association (AREA). The meeting, which was held April 13 and 14 in Montgomery, attracted some 500 electric cooperative leaders and supporters from across the state. Speakers included some of the state’s top leaders: Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, state Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Alabama Development Office Director Seth Hammett and Jim Byard Bobby Farish, right Jr., director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Former state representative and political commentator Steve Flowers also spoke. Ted Jackson, center Hammett told the meeting that funding for state departments is lean this year, and will be even leaner next year. But, Alabama’s strong economic development activities, which have lead to substantial job creation, ought to help. The Lt. Gov. indicated that further cuts in state funding also were necessary. During the meeting, AREA’s board of directors elected George Kitchens, manager of Joe Wheeler EMC, chair-

man; Patsy Holmes, a director from Central Alabama EC, vice chairman; and Randy Brannon, manager of Pea River EC, board secretary-treasurer. Montgomery attorney J. Theodore “Ted” Jackson Jr. received AREA’s prestigious Eminent Service Award for a career of contributions to Alabama’s and the nation’s electric cooperatives. Named as the association’s State Senator of the Year was Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale. Bobby Farish, a long-time employee at Clarke-Washington EMC, received the association’s 2011 Jack Jenkins Award for a career of outstanding contributions to his cooperative and the community it serves. Michelle Ricard of Baldwin EMC was named the 2011 Communicator of the Year. Reporter Elise Burkart of Montgomery television station WAKA and reporter Devon Sellers of television station WTVY in Dothan each were awarded the 2011 Award for Media Excellence. The Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives is a federation of 22 not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide dependable electricity to more than 1 million Alabamians in 64 counties.d

A trade show held during the meeting featured new technology.


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Steve Flowers

Commissioner John McMillan

Jim Byard

Seth Hammett

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey

2011 hurricane season expected to be busy


urricane forecasters are predicting the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be stormier than average, an early heads-up for people who live along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Famed forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University expect 16 named storms, nine of them hurricanes. Of those, they predict that five will be Category 3 or above. An average season has 10 named storms – six of them hurricanes and two of those major. The Colorado State team points to warmer ocean surface temperatures and the weakening of La Nina as factors favorable for more storms.

While the 2010 hurricane season was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms and a dozen hurricanes, the U.S. coast was spared. Up until then, the United States had never escaped a hit in years where there had been that many hurricanes. But Gray said that’s unlikely to continue. We’re still in the middle of a multi-decade cycle of more active seasons that began in 1995. The Colorado State forecast predicts a 72 percent probability of a major hurricane making landfall for the entire U.S. coastline. The Gulf Coast has a 47 percent probability of a major strike, the forecast said. Both are above average.d

Electric cooperatives outperform all other utilities in the latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index


ccording to data released in the spring by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), electric cooperative consumers are significantly more satisfied with their co-op energy provider than consumers who receive power from either investor-owned or municipal-owned utilities. In a year when consumer satisfaction overall dropped to a twoyear low, electric cooperatives received an average satisfaction score of 82, eight points higher than the median score for investor-owned utilities (74) and nine points higher than the median score for municipal utilities (73). The Southern Co., parent company of Alabama Power Co., dropped to a 14-year low 77. 2011 is the first year the well-regarded ACSI included cooperative electric utilities as a separate category. The survey included a random sampling of co-op consumer members from across the country. The average score for electric cooperatives topped that of FirstEnergy, the top-scoring investor-owned electric utility (78), and matched the score of Salt River Project, the top-scoring municipal (82). “These scores validate the unique co-op business model,” said AREA President Fred Braswell. “Owned by the people they serve, cooperatives put affordable electric bills above profits and dividends. At heart, the 22 electric cooperatives in Alabama are local consumer advocacy organizations.”d

With an average score of 82 – eight and nine points higher than the average score for investorowned and municipal-owned utilities – cooperatives set the standard for consumer satisfaction

Ted Stettler, Central Alabama EC (left), and Houston Fuqua, Dixie EC

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Rain of Terror

ore strong m n e se r e v e n s a h This country one state in a single day tornadoes in Scars left by the deadly April 27 tornadoes will take years to heal. Some may never heal Folks in Alabama went to bed the night of April 26, 2011, knowing there was a good chance of thunderstorms the next day, but that was nothing unusual. In fact, just about any day in April has a chance of thunderstorms. But that next day – April 27 – would be different. It would be a day our great-grandchildren will talk about. The first tornado touched down at 4:16 a.m. in Pickens County. By 6:18 a.m., a time when most people are just stirring, nine tornadoes had been reported in Alabama. The day was just beginning. This country has never seen more strong tornadoes in one state in a single day. Winds 150-210 mph stripped the bark from trees, peeled the asphalt from highways, and sucked people from safety shelters. Little can survive winds that strong. By the time the last tornado was reported at 9:50 p.m. in Chilton County, 238 Alabamians had been killed. Thousands had been injured. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses had been damaged or destroyed. In Jefferson County alone, 13,000 people came to Boutwell Auditorium seeking food assistance. More than 232,000 homes and businesses that receive electricity from Alabama’s electric cooperatives were out of power. Electric cooperatives in north Alabama did not have a single consumer with power. The path to recovery has been steep. More than 700 line workers from across Alabama and six other states worked tirelessly for more than two weeks to rebuild the electrical infrastructure necessary for power to be restored – or, restored to what homes and businesses remained. A fund to help electric cooperative employees who lost property in the storms stands at more than $100,000 and is still growing. But the scars of that day will take months and even years to heal. Some may never heal. We at Alabama Living feel there is no way to describe the devastation of that day in terms that make sense. We feel photos tell the story better. The next three pages are dedicated to the citizens of Alabama, because we feel everyone here was touched by the events of that tragic day.d – Darryl Gates, Editor


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Some of the numbers from April 27

q Estimated chickens killed in Alabama: 3 million q Alabamians who applied for FEMA help: 72,000 q Number of co-op workers restoring power: 700+ q Number of Alabamians killed: 238 q Number of tornado warnings in Alabama: 145 q Hackleburg tornado, path: 106.9 miles long q Hackleburg tornado, path: 1.25 miles wide (maximum) q Hackleburg tornado, wind speed: 210 mph q Hackleburg tornado, rating: EF-5 q Months with more tornadoes than April 2011: 0


To help Alabama electric cooperative employees who have lost property in the storms send donations to: Alabama Cooperative Employee Disaster Relief Fund c/o AREFCU P.O. Box 240547 Montgomery, AL 36124


All donations not dispersed to cooperative employees will be donated to the American Red Cross’ tornado relief efforts.d


1 1 Hackleburg, near U.S. 43 2 Hackleburg 3 700+ co-op workers from several states restored power 4 Near Hackleburg 5 Co-op crews in Marion County

When there’s a warning Listen to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio or television for tornado warnings and instructions. If you hear a tornado warning seek safety immediately. Indoors: • Abandon mobile homes – they are not safe even when tied down. Go to a designated shelter. • Go to a basement or interior room on the lowest floor (bathroom or closet without windows, under stairs). Get under a sturdy piece of furniture. • Cover yourself with a mattress or blanket. • Put bicycle helmets on kids. • Put on sturdy shoes. • Put infants in car seats (indoors!). • If you have time, gather prescription medications, wallet and keys. • Do not open your windows!


In a vehicle: • Leave the vehicle for sturdy shelter or drive out of the tornado’s path. • Do not hide under overpasses – they provide no shelter. • Last resort actions – stay in your vehicle or abandon for a roadside ditch. Outdoors: • Find a culvert or cave. • Find something to hang onto. • Lie flat in a ditch. • Cover your head.

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Destruction and Perspective

By Stephen V. Smith

“Daddy, why does God make tornadoes?” That was the question from my 4-year-old son that stopped me in my tracks. It was April 1997, and our northeast Alabama town had been transformed in one afternoon by a sudden tornado. He saw the damage it did to our office, where his Daddy had hunkered in a back room to ride out the storm. He saw the city park with its tall trees laid over, the police station and several businesses reduced to rubble. And he wondered why something like that had to happen.

along its outer circle, little fingers twirl and tease, begging to get to the ground.

Fast forward 14 years and 5 days. April 27, 2011. That same little boy is now 18, looking forward to high school graduation just one month away. It’s Wednesday morning, and school is delayed due to the threat of severe weather. After a powerful storm system sweeps through the county, officials cancel school for the entire day. Meteorologists begin using terms such as “high risk” and “historic.” As the day rolls on, we hear the reports of damage in other parts of the state. The storms track all too close into the afternoon.

Among the devastation it left behind was Plainview High School, where our son had a few more weeks left in his senior year. And the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum, where he and his classmates were to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

And then we see it. From our front porch, across an open field, we watch a tornado rip across the landscape. We don’t know it at the time, but it is destroying homes and poultry houses less than a mile away. It dips, leaves the ground, and touches down again, over and over in its destructive dance. Moving closer, there is no funnel on the ground. Just a black hole, a hole that opens wider the closer it gets to us. “Dad, we gotta get inside!” my son shouts. “That’s the tornado!” The gaping wound in the cloud swirls and widens to a half-mile. All

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Tornadoes teach life lessons across 14 years

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My son, wife and I huddle in a closet as the twister passes overhead, blowing down trees around us and exploding mobile homes in our community as it makes its way toward downtown Rainsville. There it grows to a monster, destroying houses and commercial buildings, and claiming a number of lives as it plows across the rest of the county and into Georgia.

In the 14 years between these two natural disasters, I’m not sure I’ve learned anything that could help me answer that question: “Daddy, why does God make tornadoes?” I still don’t know, son. This time, especially, I can’t imagine a good reason for the unimaginable terror that killed so many people and destroyed much property across our state. I wrote a column for Alabama Living in the aftermath of the 1997 tornado. In it I concluded that, “now, more than ever, I realize just how precious, how fragile life really is.” That lesson has now been reinforced in a powerful, deadly way.d Stephen V. Smith is owner of WordSouth Public Relations in Rainsville.





Alabama now first in tornado deaths

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Sadly, with the tornado events of April 27, Alabama has leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in the number of tornado deaths since 1950, and by no slim margin. The top five states in tornado deaths are now ranked like this: Rank State Deaths

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Alabama Texas Mississippi Arkansas Tennessee

625 537 452 370 344

Definitions su·per·cell

noun/-ˈsoopeər-ˌsel A supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone; a deep, continuously rotating updraft.


noun/-ˌmezəˈe-sīiklōon A cyclonic air mass associated with a supercell; its presence is a condition for a tornado warning.

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Cullman, near U.S. 278 Cullman residential area DeKalb County Coliseum

Sand Mountain EC Sylvania substation


U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, left, and FEMA official with a tornado victim in Rainsville

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Chicken house, DeKalb Co. Cullman residential area (Background) co-op crews

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It was June 18, 1954, when he was told about his father’s murder.

The man who took back

Phenix City Former Gov. John Patterson looks back on a lifetime that spans 90 years By John Brightman Brock


help but look back with that same resolve at the June he former governor of Alabama looked out anniversary of the event that changed him completely. from his home office at what once was his 
It was June 18, 1954, when he was told about his grandfather’s farm, wondering how they raised father’s murder. The news that night jolted him from eight children on such poor land. The old terraces immersion in another tale of crime, and rock walls beckoned him back justice and power, as he read “The to a time when there was no welfare, Scottsboro Boys,” a book about no Social Security. People would pay the trials of nine young black men his father’s legal fees in sweet potaunjustly charged with raping two toes and sorghum syrup. It seemed white women in 1931. He marked like yesterday when he’d run to the his place in the book when his own road just to see a car pass. drama began. 
A vivid memory of the local 
“I had picked it up at a book sale “poor house” downtown conjured for $1.98,” Patterson remembers. “I up childhood fears of being seen was interested in the Scottsboro case anywhere near that place, forming a because it became one of Alabama’s type of inner resolve to stay on track more infamous legal cases. I was with life and its challenges. 
And life reading it when I got the message to would bring some harsh twists and turns, with one in particular taking Former Gov. Patterson in his office come to the office. I tore a piece of paper off then. him – for a long while – far from the “And I’m looking at the piece of paper right now. old farm. 
 Here it is, on page 146. There’s the piece of paper, 
Today, on these 1,200 acres in the Goldville community of Tallapoosa County, former Gov. John Patit’s old and faded and yellow… I never picked it up terson tends with a nurturing spirit 40 head of Angus again; never finishing reading it.”
 cattle. And while his 90th birthday is Sept. 27, he can’t Continued on Page 18


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Gov. John Patterson greets supporters after the 1958 election

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Sin City

Scanning past the decades of time, he can still picture his father’s body lying motionless, dead from gunshot wounds, the victim of organized crime’s attempt to stop him from cleaning up Phenix “Sin” City in 1954. The message was clear: No one disturbs the gambling profits from Fort Benning’s monthly payroll. 
 A former schoolteacher, principal, then lawyer, Patterson’s 60-year-old father, Albert, had won the Democratic nomination for attorney general early in June 1954. But at 9 p.m. Eastern time on June 18 he was shot three times outside his law office. He was scheduled to testify before a Birmingham grand jury in three days about vote fraud involving public officials. And reputations were at stake. 
 John Patterson’s mind raced with thoughts of how to find his father’s killers. Though one man pulled the trigger, he sensed there was more than one – an entire organization – to blame. “Gambling hurts everything it touches,” Patterson says now in the measured, deliberative tones of a judge. “I’ve never seen it fail. The day after my father’s funeral, I was sitting in my office trying to ponder what I was going to do. I had a paper sack on my desk with a pistol... I didn’t trust anyone.” The investigators who paid him a visit following the murder “didn’t ask the right questions,” the 32-year-old

lawyer thought at the time. Collecting his thoughts, and the savvy he had gained in military service, Patterson became convinced the investigators were in on the crime. “They never asked what I would have asked: ‘Where were you last night’; ‘Was anybody with you…,’ you know the questions,” he says. “I became suspicious.”
 So a young attorney who didn’t like politics ran for attorney general in his father’s place, and found Alabama voters believed in him. His feet soon fit firmly in his father’s shoes as Alabama’s new, young attorney general. The timing of his life events began fitting together like a puzzle. In the 1940s, Patterson had earned the Bronze Star, serving with an artillery battalion in both North Africa and Europe. In 1947, he married Mary Jo McGowin, and reared three children. He got his law degree, but was recalled to military service during the Korean War, and was transferred to the judge advocate’s section. In December 1953, he came home to his father’s law practice in Phenix City – just six months before his father’s life ended there.

End of mob rule

In the end, however, Phenix City’s gambling, prostitution and mob rule soon fell to the younger Patterson’s pressure – and to several other heroic people including Alabama Gov. Gordon Persons, who sent in

Gov. Patterson still keeps cattle and other stock on his Tallapoosa County farm


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National Guard constructroops under tion projects. Maj. Gen. Walter Other efforts J. Hanna, and and successes acting state Atincluded torney General property tax Bernard Sikes. equalization; Circuit Judge a $60 million Walter B. Jones bond issue for of Montgomery highway conwas sent to take struction and over the court maintenance; system and apstate sales-tax point a special increases on grand jury. A liquor and total 750 indictcigarettes ments against earmarked 175 people for education, were returned pensions and and resulted in mental health. His goat Rebecca “lives with me like a dog,” the former governor says convictions. On the opposite end of history remain the names Back on the farm
 of people who Albert Patterson had evidence against 
Back on the farm these days, Patterson talks about –Alabama Attorney General Silas Garrett and Russell other challenges life has brought him, including quaCounty Solicitor Archer Ferrell. Neither they, nor the druple bypass heart surgery a few years ago. Now, he man convicted of the murder, Chief Deputy Albert likes to be at home. Fuller, are alive today. Fuller was sentenced to life in He checks on his cow-calf operation every day. “All prison. Garrett also indicted, went to Galveston, Texas, I do is worry about my cows getting stuff to eat. Oh, I where he was kept in a mental institution for nine ride around the place and reminisce.” years. Ferrell was acquitted. His white Alpine milker goat Rebecca “lives with me 
As an aside, it seems the young, new attorney genlike a dog,” he says, and he’s been married to his seceral had never been inside the AG’s office when he was ond wife, Florentina, or “Tina” for 35 years. They live a elected. mile off the road in the woods with a herd of wild deer nearby. “I asked a trustee, ‘Would you show me where the 
Patterson recently assisted in a book signing at an AG’s office is?’ And he said: ‘Boss, don’t you know?’” Alabama Department of Archives and History in MontPatterson laughs. “It had the biggest overstuffed gomery, promoting “Wings of Denial,” a book by Warleather chair I had seen in my whole life. So I sat ren Trest about the Alabama Air National guardsmen down... and stayed in that office two weeks.”
 who were called to assist in the April 1961 Bay of Pigs And the more he looked at illegal gambling, Patterinvasion. Patterson, governor at the time, feels he was son was convinced organized crime had “bought off” too trusting of the federal government’s efforts then. the local officials in Phenix City and then in MontgomFour guardsmen were killed in the failed invasion, and ery, as well. he says today that he regrets Alabama’s involvement. 
 “(Phenix City) was a poor man’s Las Vegas,” he says. Later, Gov. George Wallace appointed Patterson to the “It corrupted the ballot box, the jury box, city hall... Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, “the best job I ever everything was fixed.” had,” he says. He served 21 years in that position. By the time his tenure as state attorney general had “I sit here some mornings, looking out the window ended, he had confronted several challenges, mainly at the sunrise,” Patterson says, with a touch of melanthe cleanup of Phenix City and investigations of corruption in the second administration of Gov. James “Big choly. “When you’re approaching 90, you think about the future. Jim” Folsom Sr. Patterson successfully campaigned for “I’d like to be remembered in history books of Alagovernor in 1958 referencing these bold public stands bama as a person who did what he thought was right as well as his legal attempts to prevent desegregation and tried to set an example for the people of Alabama. following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education deciI believe in good government, good law enforcement. sion of the U.S. Supreme Court. I didn’t want to see organized crime come back and 
Patterson’s governorship was marked by successes flourish in Alabama. If I was able to do something and attempts at reform, among them education, in about it, then that’s all I want to be remembered for.”d which he proposed a “rescue” plan for Alabama school

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Hunters Hungry for the

Hunters and food banks team up to feed the needy


eeding the hungry is not a project for social climbers. It’s a necessity for all Alabama citizens, regardless of status or income. Sporting enthusiasts across Alabama are excited about helping facilitate fund-raising events between hunters, food banks and a state-sponsored foundation. It all begins with a bluegrass music event in Fairhope. The event will be staged June 10 in the auditorium of Faulkner State Community College. We’ll keep events going all over Alabama such as continental pheasant shoots, fishing tournaments, BBQ cook-offs, golf outings and a host of other fund-raising activities. We’ll be working closely with Captain Mark Rouleau who administers The Conservation Foundation (CF). The CF works with hunters who supply deer to food processors. However, state funds are limited to $50,000$60,000 a year. This means too many hunters who want to supply venison for the CF’s Hunters for the Hungry program are turned away. “We pay $l per pound to processors,” Captain Rouleau says. “Only 44 deer processors are signed up to help in a total of 27 Alabama counties. That’s not enough. You see, we also Alan White is work with 62 publisher of registered food Great Days Outdoors magazine. To learn more, banks in the state. We’re not or call 800-597-6828. the poorest state


Wildlife Management Tips for June

une is a great time to plant chufa for turkeys. Chufas will regenerate for several years if you maintain the plot correctly and the turkeys don’t eat all the seed. Maintenance of chufa includes light disking, weed control and fertilizing at least once each year. Chufas provide high nutritional value to turkeys and other wildlife during the lean winter months and into early spring. If you planted summer food plots, this


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in America, but we rank No.1 in the number of people who go hungry. That has to change.” “People in nearly 7 percent of Alabama households experienced hunger over the past three years because they couldn’t afford enough food,” Mary Orndorff wrote in The Birmingham News this past November. U.S. Department of Agriculture facts show this represents the highest in the nation – 126,480 households. Another 8.2 percent had low food security, which means there was difficulty providing enough food for everyone in the home. “Imagine trying to feed a family of five on Ramen noodles,” says Connie Whitaker, external relations director for the Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile. Alabama’s poverty rate is 16.6 percent, and the price of food is a big factor, says Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project. “With children home for summer breaks, a household will have to provide the meals normally served at school. Summertime is crucial if all you can afford is peanut butter or macaroni and cheese.” In Alabama there is no charge to the hunter for processing deer. The food bank picks up the venison for distribution to those in need. Alabama’s abundant deer population, generous bag limits, and long hunting season allow hunters to share their game with the needy. If anyone wants to help our relief effort as a volunteer or company sponsor, contact John at 251-937-4344. For details about upcoming events, email johnw@

month is a good time to monitor weed encroachment and apply control measures to get the most benefit from your plots. Weeds and undesirable grasses take advantage of the lime and fertilize you apply to your plots. Identify the weeds and apply the correct herbicide. You can consult your local Farm Extension Office for help. Start planning to plant your dove fields soon. Field preparation should

begin by July. Common crops for doves include dove proso millet, browntop millet, Japanese millet, sunflowers, grain sorghum, corn and wheat. Maintain a clean strip of plowed soil through the field to provide a dusting place for the birds. Doves are highly attracted to bare dirt areas and these strips, if maintained, will keep doves in and around your field until the grain matures.d

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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Alabama Gardens

BUTTERFLY BUSHES They may attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, but keep them in check By Katie Jackson Want something in your yard that is sure to attract butterflies? Buddleja, more commonly known as butterfly bush, is a sure bet to do just that, but gardeners beware. It has a dark side. Butterfly bushes are lowmaintenance shrubs (some are even trees) offering a wide range of fragrant bloom colors. They attract not only butterflies, but also daytime moths, bees and some birds (hummingbirds are reportedly fond of those with red blooms). A big reason for the popularity of butterfly bushes, aside from their ability to bring in butterflies, is that they are easy to grow. They are drought and pest resistant and can make it in almost any soil type, though they prefer a well-drained soil and full sun. Once established they require only occasional watering and little fertilizer. Now here is the rub. These plants can become invasive, especially in less urban areas where they can take over a natural landscape, and in some states (Oregon and Washington, for example) they have been banned. Experts say they are not yet a huge threat in the South, but the potential exists. So what is a butterfly lover to


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do? One option is to avoid planting them entirely or remove any that already are planted, then replace them with native plants such as butterfly weed and viburnums, that butterflies also love. If butterfly bushes are already part of your landscape and you don’t want to remove them, then be vigilant with them. Never let them develop seeds by deadheading (cutting off the blooms) throughout the summer and clipping off all the remaining blooms in the fall. Deadheading also lengthens the blooming season for many butterfly bushes, so your labors will not be for naught. Also, keep a close eye out for seedlings and suckers that appear and dig these up and dispose of them properly before they can take root and spread. If a butterfly garden is part of your dream or already part of your life, strive to keep butterfly bushes in check if not in exile.d

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

Garden tips for


3 Plant transplants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potatoes. 3 Sow seeds for beans, field peas, pumpkins, squash, corn, cantaloupes and watermelon. 3 Mow lawns frequently enough so that you don’t have to clip more than an inch off the height at each mowing. 3 Watch for and control blackspot and powdery mildew on roses. 3 Irrigate spring-planted shrubs, especially if the weather turns dry. 3 Pinch off dead flowers from flowering annuals to encourage continued blooming. 3 Remove foliage from spring bulbs if it has become yellow and dry. 3 Keep an eye out for insect and disease problems.d


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MORE THAN JAZZ Alex City’s 21st Jazz Fest June 10 & 11 has musical acts to suit everyone’s taste

Musician Randall Bramblett will play this year at The Amp

Getting There Alexander City is located on U.S. 280 near Lake Martin. Follow the signs for the festival Friday night. The Lake Martin Amphitheater (The Amp) is located on Lake Martin on Alabama 63.

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By Jennifer Kornegy You don’t have to be a jazz aficionado to enjoy every note (musical and otherwise) that the Alexander City Jazz Fest hits on the sensory chord. This annual event offers some groovin’ tunes, lovely lakeside scenery and sea of friendly, smiling faces as a way to celebrate this small town and the mammoth man-made lake (once the largest in the world) upon whose banks it rests. Check out the festival’s 21st year on June 10 and 11. Despite the title “jazz fest,” the event actually highlights a little bit of everything the music world has to offer, often featuring bands that fall into genres like Southern rock, blues and more. Yet it lives up to its name too, and those who dig jazz should find what they are looking for. Just about anybody will find something to their liking, and this year’s festival chairman, Henry Foy, explained why. “The event is special because of the tradition,” he says. “We have so many people that keep coming back. For one thing, the caliber of musicians we bring in is spectacular. The entire weekend is very multi-cultural and for all ages. You’ll see folks here from ages 5 to 85. Plus, it is free.” The appeal of the venues rivals that of the featured musicians. Friday night’s frivolity and concerts are held in historic downtown

Alexander City, and Saturday night, the festival moves to the Lake Martin Amphitheater. “People love being downtown and just being outside,” Foy says. “It is the beginning of summer, and people are ready to party. The Amp (Lake Martin Amphitheater) is a great venue. It’s wonderful to sit under the stars and take it all in.” At both venues, guests are encouraged to can bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Friday night includes reserved tables and chairs for Jazz Fest sponsors, but everyone is invited to bring their own tables, too, with prizes awarded for the best decorated tables. It all began in 1990 as a simple, local event to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Froshin’s Department Store in downtown Alexander City. “They were located over on Broad, a big wide street, so they set up a stage right in front,” Foy says. “It was a one-night event, and there weren’t a ton of people that first year.” But it was just popular enough to go for a second year, and two decades later, it has grown to a weekend-long festival that attracts approximately 10,000 people a year. People come from all over for a taste of lake life and good music. It’s family-friendly fun in a picture-perfect setting for free – just this alone can get people pretty excited. As Foy says, “People around here just love good music.d

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PEACH JAM The Chilton County Peach Jam Jubilee offers family-friendly activities for all ages

Getting There Clanton is located at either Exit 212 (from the north) or Exit 205 (from the south) on I65 between Montgomery and Birmingham.



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If you are seeking a familyfriendly event featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s playground, fireworks and other attractions, the Peach Jam Jubilee is the place for you. The Peach Jam was founded in 2005 under the leadership of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to provide a safe and friendly environment for the central Alabama community to enjoy music, food and activities for all ages. “This event is part of the Chilton County Peach Festival, which has been celebrated here for over 50 years,” says Mike Robertson, executive director of the Chamber. “We want the Peach Jam to be a familyfriendly gathering that enhances the Peach Festival.” Attendance at the 2010 Peach Jam was estimated at 8,000-10,000 as attendees came from throughout Alabama. This year’s event will be held in Clanton City Park on June 24, 4-10 p.m. New attractions will be added along with local, live entertainment, and the feature act

will be the Tip Tops, a high-energy, 10-piece dance band from Mobile. Additionally, the event will offer arts and crafts, and food vendors of every description, plus a children’s playground filled with inflatables as well as mechanical attractions. The Peach Jam truly offers family-fun for everyone. The best thing about the Peach Jam is that it is absolutely free, and it could not be done without support from local sponsors. This is a real testimony to the generosity of Chilton County businesses and individuals. Join in the celebration of all things peaches in Chilton County the last week of June. You’ll be glad you did. For more information on the Peach Jam Jubilee, contact the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce at 205-755-2400 or

Alabama Recipes Five Ingredients

Cook of the Month Helena Harris, Baldwin EMC

Hurricane Ham

1 12-ounce can Spam or similar canned pork 2 teaspoons prepared mustard

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 4 pineapple or spiced red apple (canned) rings, cut into halves

Slice Spam slightly more than halfway through into 8 sections. Place in microwaveable 1-quart casserole dish. Spread ½ teaspoon mustard between every other cut. Insert a half slice of fruit into cut. Top with remaining slices. Sprinkle the brown sugar over all. Cover tightly and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes or until hot. Let stand 3 minutes. Cook’s note: easy dish to prepare and cook during a power outage. Wrap in foil and place on a grill or in a heavy pot or cast iron skillet over a wood fire indoors or out.

Hobo Dinner ¾-1 pound hamburger patty 1 medium potato, sliced

Red Velvet Chess Squares ½ bell pepper, sliced ½ sweet onion, sliced Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Place hamburger patty in a piece of aluminum foil. Alternate remaining ingredients as you add them on top of the patty in layers. Seal foil and bake in oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees. Frog Nunley, Sand Mountain EC If you are as busy as I am, I’m sure you will love trying out recipes that have under 5 ingredients. Who wouldn’t love to walk to the fridge and pantry, grab only 5 items, and produce a great dish? I’ve recently heard about a great way to create fast dinners with little to no searching for ingredients the day of. I am terrible at meal planning so when I saw this for the first time, I wondered why I hadn’t tried it. First, you take a couple of small dollar store plastic bins, then you find dinners that would work for you and your family for the week. After you grocery shop to get everything you need, pre-measure all the ingredients and place them in the bins (dry goods in the pantry). Finally, print the recipe for the meal on an index card and tape it to the front of the box. All you have to do is pull the bin out of the fridge when you are ready to cook your meal.

1 box red velvet cake mix 1 stick margarine, melted 4 eggs, divided

1 box powdered sugar 1 8-ounce block cream cheese

Combine cake mix, margarine and 1 egg. Mixture will be consistency of cookie dough. Press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch cake pan. Cream powdered sugar, cream cheese and remaining 3 eggs. Pour over crust and bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Joyce Harrington, Cullman EC

You could win $50! If your recipe is chosen as the cook-of-the-month recipe, we’ll send you a check for $50! Upcoming recipe themes and deadlines are: August Breakfast June 15 September Crock Pot July 15 October Oranges August 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.

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.

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Creamy Roasted Broccoli

2 pounds broccoli, trimmed ¼ cup olive oil 1 large orange, juice and 2 tablespoons zest

Potato Soup

1 32-ounce package frozen hash brown potatoes 1 49-ounce can fat-free chicken broth

1 package McCormick Original Country Gravy mix 1 package McCormick Sausage Country Gravy mix

Spray soup pot with cooking spray and place frozen potatoes in pot. Cover with lid and steam 10 minutes until thawed. Pour in the can of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Prepare gravy mixes according to directions, adding milk in place of water (optional). Add gravy when thickened into the broth when it is at boiling point. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Ruth Branscome, Dixie EC

Grape Juice Cobbler

1 stick butter 1 cup milk 1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar ¾ cup grape juice cocktail concentrate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in pan. Mix sugar and flour in a bowl; add milk and mix. Pour batter over butter; do not stir. Pour grape juice concentrate (do not dilute) over batter, do not stir. Bake for 1 hour or until brown. Carol Kelley, Central Alabama EC

Wilted Spinach with Tomatoes

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ pint grape tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste 1 pound spinach, triple washed, steamed and coarsely chopped

Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the grape tomatoes and cook until they start to burst, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic, season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the spinach, turning it until it is partially wilted. Adjust the salt and pepper and serve immediately.Yield: 2 servings. Wanda Porter, Sand Mountain EC


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1½ cups heavy cream 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 2⁄3 of trimmed broccoli in a large bowl with olive oil and orange juice. Season with salt and pepper, toss well. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes until edges are golden brown. Meanwhile pour cream into medium-heavy saucepan. Add remaining broccoli, garlic and orange zest. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cook until cream is reduced to half and broccoli is cooked thru. About 10 minutes. Use potato masher to blend mixture until coarsely blended but still a bit chunky. Stir in roast broccoli, salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. Happi Ross, Arab EC

Stuffed Summer Squash

2 medium-size yellow squash 1 cup of any flavored salad croutons or bread crumbs ½ cup melted butter

1 cup shredded Colby or Pepper Jack cheese ¼ cup bacon bits or cooked cubed ham or chicken

Cut squash into half lengthwise. Scrape out the middle and save in a mixing bowl. In a microwave safe dish, place washed squash in microwave for 1-2 minutes, lightly steaming them. Mix salad croutons, cheese, bacon bits and melted butter with the remaining squash. Stuff the mixture in the squash halves, microwave until cheese is melted. About 3-4 minutes. Cindy James, Southern Pine EC

Chicken Pot Pie

2 large cans mixed vegetables 2 small cans cream of chicken soup

1 can canned biscuits (flakey style) 2-3 medium-sized chicken breasts

Boil chicken. Pull off bone. Mix vegetables, chicken and cream of chicken soup together in a casserole dish. Take biscuits, divide each biscuit in half then place on top of mixture. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Rebecca Lott,Tombigbee EC

Stuffed Mushrooms 1½ pounds fresh mushrooms 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

6 slices cooked bacon 3 green onions, chopped Butter

Loretta Robinson, Sand Mountain EC

Parmesan Chicken Fingers

⁄3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 package Shake-n-Bake Extra Crispy coating mix


Remove stems from mushrooms. Mix together cream cheese, bacon and onions. Stuff mushroom crowns with mixture. Put in pan and add butter on top; broil until brown.

Lemon Pepper Chicken

1½ pounds chicken tenders

4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 12-ounce package frozen chopped onion and pepper mix

1 pound smoked sausage Lemon Pepper seasoning, to taste

Quarter chicken breasts and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over chicken. Spread onion/pepper mix evenly over chicken. Cut smoked sausage into ¼-inch slices. Place these slices evenly over onion/pepper mix. Tightly cover with foil or pan lid. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.Yield: 8 servings. Roberta McClellan, Cullman EC

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add cheese and coating mix in shaker bag. Moisten chicken with water. Shake off excess water. Add 2 or 3 tenders to bag and shake to evenly coat. Repeat with remaining tenders. Place on non-stick baking sheet or sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Discard shaker bag and mix. Bake 12-14 minutes or until cooked through. Jennifer Robinson-Tijsma, Sand Mountain EC

Old Fashioned Apple Butter

1 gallon apple sauce 4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves 7-9 pint jars, with lids

Pour applesauce in a 6-quart slow cooker, add sugar and spices. Stir until well blended. Cook on low 8-10 hours, stirring occasionally. Check for desired thickness and cook longer if not as thick as you like. Put mixture in jars and seal tight as you can, put in water bath on stove and boil for 20 minutes. Remove from water, check lids for tightness and tighten if needed. Allow to cool. Neysa Johnson, Joe Wheeler EMC

Salmon Croquettes

1 can salmon, drain but reserve juice 1 egg

½ cup plain flour, sifted 1 teaspoon baking powder Vegetable oil

Mix drained salmon with egg. Add flour and mix well. Add reserved liquid to baking powder and allow to fizz. Add liquid to salmon and combine. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. Fry until crispy and brown. Liza Flannigan, Franklin EC

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Our Sources Say

TROUBLING RESPONSE Where does electricity come from? If you don’t know, you may be in trouble I speak at civic club meetings on a fairly regular basis. I usually start my talk by asking the crowd – or someone in the crowd – where electricity comes from. The responses are not very surprising, but they are a little troubling. Before we go any further, I will ask you the same question: Where does electricity come from? If your answer is ‘from the switch,’ ‘from the plug’ or ‘from the wall,’ you are in the majority. I get those answers most often. At times, I also get ‘from power plants,’ ‘from dams’ or ‘from natural gas or coal,’ but the majority of people say it comes from the wall. Maybe people are suspicious of my question, think it is a trick question, panic when singled out in the crowd, or maybe they really don’t know. But they should. We all learned about dams and hydroelectricity in elementary school, even if we didn’t learn about coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants. The Energy Information Administration, which keeps statistics on all forms of energy and energy usage, reports that 45 percent of the electricity Americans used in 2009 came from coal, 23

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative


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percent from natural gas, 20 percent from nuclear, 7 percent from hydroelectricity, 4 percent from renewable resources and 1 percent from fuel oil. If you are reading this article, you should also know that more than 50 percent of your electricity comes from coal and more than 30 percent from natural gas, since we have a larger percentage of coal-fired generation than the average utility. So now that you know, what should it mean to you? You should recognize that more than twothirds of the electricity in the country comes from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and fuel oil). It should also be logical that the price of electricity will increase if the cost of coal or natural gas increases. A very small percentage of electricity comes from renewable resources – about 2.4 percent from biomass, about 1 percent from wind and less than 1 percent from solar and geothermal. Why does so much electricity come from fossil fuels and so little from renewable? The reason is two-fold – cost and energy density. Fossil fuels cost less to convert to electricity than renewable resources, therefore renewable energy is more expensive. Fossil fuels are available all the time in quantity to meet changing demand for electricity, and renewable power is not. Many surveys indicate that

people want more of their electricity to come from renewable resources, and they want their electricity to cost less. This is impossible with today’s technologies. The fact is that electricity generated from renewable resources costs more. Cheaper electricity will have to come, at least in the near future, from fossil fuels. I do electricity for a living, for more hours a year than I want to think about. I know the sources of electricity and the limitations of those sources. I know the costs of the different types of generation. I also know what is and what is not possible in generating electricity. I am not an enemy of renewable resources and am not biased toward fossil generation. My job is to provide electricity from the best resources at the lowest cost, working within the legal boundaries, and my experience tells me that producing electricity from renewable resources is more expensive than producing electricity from fossil resources.d

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2011 Alabama Cooperative Youth Conference

The conference will be held July 6-8, 2011, at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana.

Purpose of the conference


To give youth in attendance an opportunity to study and underst and our economic system and the plac e of cooperatives in it; to provide for leadership development.

Who may attend?

Sixty outstanding boys and girls , preferably members of FCCLA, FFA or 4-H. They must have complet ed the ninth grade in high scho ol but are not yet attending a postsec ondary school. No person who has previously attended this confere nce is eligible. An approximately equal number of boys and girls will atte nd.

Who selects youth?

Applicants should be recommend ed by their county extension agen t, agricultural education instructor, Family & Consumer Science instr uctor or co-op manager. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of the Alabama Council of Cooperatives , whose decision on acceptance for attendance is final. All applicants may not be selected to attend. You will be notified in writing by June 15, 2011, if you are selected to atten d.

What will they do?

Learn about cooperatives and othe r businesses by participating in the conference. Special sessions will emphasize leadership, citizenship and care ers. Recreation will be an important part of the conference. Swimming, boating, basketball, table tennis, softball, indoor games and other types of recreation will be conducted.

Cost of the conference

The conference fee will be paid by one or more local sponsoring cooperatives. The only money you will need will be for vending machines.


The program — from arrival time on Wednesday until Friday afternoo n — will be a fast-moving, well-planned series of activities, both educational and recreational. Parents and cooperative leaders are welcomed and encouraged to visit the conference at any time during the week. However, lodging will not be available for visitors.


Kyle Scheele is an inspiring speake r, writer, and yout h expert who has ch allenged thousand s of teens across the nation to live be tter stories. When he’s not on a plane or a st age, Kyle is at hom e in Sp ringfield, MO, where he lives with his beautif ul wife, Lindsay and their ra mbunctious so n, Wesley. He’s still not sure ho w he ended up with such an incredible family , but he’s trying to lay low in case this who le thing was so me sort of mistake. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, writing, and he lping his son bu ild forts out of household furn iture.

tion, contact: For application or informa Phillips ellie Laura Thornton or Ch operative Co ma ba Ala Co-Chairs of ce Youth Conferen P.O. Box 449 APPLY Troy, AL 36081-0449 0 06 6-2 -55 TODAY! Chellie: 1-800 Laura: 1-800-264-7732 laura.thornton@peari Sponsored By


Columbiana, Alabama

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