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We partner with members to effect real change for life ost of the 26 electric power associations in the state have been serving Mississippians for 75 or more years. I can’t think of many other companies that have grown, both in service and significance, for as long a period of time while remaining true to their founders’ original vision. In our communications, you may see us describe ourselves as a “Quality of Life Partner.” This is more than a catchy phrase; it accurately represents what electric power associations have stood for since the mid-1930s when we were organized by Mississippians wanting the benefits and conveniences offered by electricity. The reliable, affordable electric service we brought them greatly improved their quality of life at home, on the farm and in the work place. Thanks to electricity, these early 20th century folks finally had the power to leave their labor-intensive 19th century lifestyle behind. Working as your partner in maintaining an enjoyable, prosperous and healthy lifestyle remains a key component of our business structure. While our core mission is providing safe, affordable and reliable electric service, our purpose at the end of the day is to make lasting contributions to the quality of life for the more than 1.8 million Mississippians we serve. To accomplish this, we: • take advantage of new technology to improve our service and to ensure we are always in close contact with our members to know their needs and concerns; • offer programs to help our members learn about energy efficiency and to save money yearround on their energy bills; • lead in local and state efforts to bring new jobs in our service areas and to help existing employers grow (and hire);

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On the cover Risk factors for adult heart disease, such as obesity and high blood pressure, start in childhood, according to cardiologist Gerald S. Berenson. A member of Coast Electric, Berenson and writer NancyKay Sullivan Wessman explain in a new book how to identify these risks and take preventive action to promote life-long health.

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• ensure our members’ interests are presented to elected officials on state and federal levels of government; • develop and present electrical safety programs for all ages. Every one of our more than 2,800 employees is dedicated to our quality-of-life philosophy. They come to work knowing that the tasks they carry out every day make a real difference in the lives of our members and in the wellbeing of their communities. They build, maintain and repair a complex electrical delivery system to make sure you have electricity at the flip of a switch. Along the way, they may battle nature’s fiercer elements—from freezing temperatures and ice to oppressive heat and humidity—and the havoc they create in daily life. When the work day is done, many of our employees volunteer their time and skills for local charitable, church, school and civic activities. Electric power associations lead a powerful force for good in Mississippi. By partnering 26 electric power associations, more than 2,800 employees and some 1.8 million members, we can effect real improvements in our state’s quality of life.

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Snow day! Andrew Kuhn, 7, of Hinds County, catches snowflakes on his tongue while enjoying a rare day off from school due to snowy weather. Parts of Mississippi received up to 6 inches of snow on Jan. 17, following a long stretch of dreary, rainy weather. The welcomed return of sunshine shooed the snowmen away and sent kids back to school.

Mississippi is . . . . . . the scent of gardenia floating on air, Pine trees, pine trees everywhere. Old oak trees dripping Spanish moss, Fresh seafood and hot dipping sauce. Sandy toes and fishing poles, Secret southern swimming holes. Root beers and wooden piers, Watching as the sun disappears. Southern drawls and shopping malls, Planning for Mardi Gras balls. Azalea and camellia flowers, Crowning glory for all the bowers. Hospitality, heritage and unity, all make for one big ole community. — Charla Wilson, Biloxi In 1953, a recession was on nationwide. I moved to St. Louis, Mo., in order to find a job. When jobs came available in 1962 I moved back. I took a 50 percent cut in wages. The man that hired me said I needed a doctor, not a job. I found here in Mississippi what most of my friends searched all over for. Peace, joy and happiness, which is more valuable to me than money. I have a savior, home and family and friends. What more could a man ask for? — Forrest Poindexter, Water Valley To me, Mississippi is a wonderful state. I have lived here all my 86 years. We have wonderful churches. People with kind hearts, kind words and kind deeds. Handsome men and beautiful women, inside and outside. — Katie Bilbo, Poplarville

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Cardiologist Gerald Berenson explains strong link between childhood obesity and adult heart disease in a new book for parents (and everyone else).

By Debbie Stringer A toddler can’t see herself as a fat 50-year-old with heart disease. It’s up to her parents to consider this very real possibility and to prevent it by curing her growing addiction to salt, sugar and fat. So says Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, a renowned cardiologist and children’s health advocate who has taught at both Louisiana State University and Tulane University medical schools for more than 40 years. A member of Coast Electric Power Association, Berenson was the first to discover that the process of adult heart disease begins in childhood. Berenson created the Bogalusa Heart Study in 1972, a childhood health study that grew to span more than 30 years and involve 16,000 children and adults in Bogalusa, La. Berenson and his historic study were featured in the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America’s Obesity Epidemic.” The study was designed to look at all aspects of childhood health, including weight, as future predictors of adult heart disease. Within a few years the research had established that lifestyle choices and behaviors contributing to heart disease—such as poor diet and lack of exercise—start in early childhood. The major heart disease risk factors of obesity, high blood cholesterol and hypertension resulting from these behaviors cause changes to the body as early as age 5, the study revealed. The good news is that early detection of caridovascular risk factors enables parents to take preventive action that will dramatically influence their child’s risk later in life. The benefits of better lifestyle choices extend to all areas of health—mental, social and physical—as the child grows up, Berenson said. Berenson presents more findings from his study and the effects of obesity on the body in his new book, “You Can Fix the Fat From Childhood & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too,” co-authored with Gerald Berenson NancyKay Sullivan WessTulane University/Donn Young man, M.P.H., of Jackson. The authors spent seven years distilling the information into a form everyone can understand, and enjoy reading. Readers will learn not only heart disease risk factors but get practical advice on how to


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change obesity-promoting behaviors leading children (and adults) toward heart disease and other chronic health problems. “It was originally written [to help parents] raise kids healthy and to teach them good decision making,” Berenson said. “You always hope they are going to make the right decision, whether it’s for drugs, food, alcohol or smoking.” Reflecting Berenson’s reputation as a caring doctor, the book does not scold parents. Instead, the cardiologist uses humor, empathy and authority to inform and motivate them in helping their children abandon (and avoid) bad habits that could follow them into adulthood. “We think it’s a clear, concise explanation of what contributes to heart disease and how you can identify those contributing factors in your own life, and change them,” NancyKay Wessman Wessman said. “It has all the facts about all the major Justin Rives things people need to do to be healthy.” Wessman, a freelance writer with a background in public health, has been down that bumpy self-improvement road herself. “I am the poster child for ‘You Can Fix the Fat’ because I’ve been fighting the fat since I was a baby, sometimes successfully and sometimes not,” she said. After the sudden death of her husband two years ago, Wessman slipped into a destructive cycle of poor eating habits, too much drinking and too little exercise. “Finally I realized that I was fast on the road to diabetes. The thought of having diabetes scares me more than having a heart attack. I just don’t want to live with that disease, but I knew that I was well on the way to both that and liver disease.” Sensing herself at a life-altering crossroads, Wessman turned her life around by sticking to a plan based on healthier choices. She kickstarted her new eating program by eliminating sausage and bacon from her diet. Instead of pork at breakfast, she enjoys brown rice, two scrambled eggs and tomatoes. “It’s delicious! And it’s so healthy,” she said. Improving dietary habits is all about making a lot of little changes and sticking to them, Wessman said. “It’s about lifestyle. It’s about an adult deciding that they and their children will be healthy in spite of bad genes, an environment that’s not conducive to living a healthy lifestyle and a food industry that doesn’t encourage healthy eating.” Wessman hopes “Fix the Fat” opens parents’ eyes to the long-term health consequences of serving poor food choices every day. “As they continue to feed that child high sugar, high fat, refined foods with little nutritional value, with little fiber, they’re making the child sick. They’re preventing the child’s having good health, and no parent wants to do that,” she said. But how does a parent convince a child to choose fresh fruits and vegetables over fatty fast food and sugary cereals? To play outside instead of watching TV? And to say no to cigarettes? Berenson encourages parents to talk to their children about better choices in a positive, well-meaning conversation without argument. And to be tolerant of slip-ups and mistakes. “It’s tough for kids to choose a healthy lifestyle because they don’t

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always know what the choices are. They’re not doctors, they’re not psychiatrists, they’re not preachers. But it’s important,” Berenson said. Never underestimate the power of a role model, he cautions in the book: “A parent or other adult role model who avoids smoking, eats nutritious food, exercises regularly and possesses a healthy and positive self-image will be a more effective health educator than anyone who communicates information and skills without practicing those behaviors.” A life-long swimmer, Berenson may be his own best evidence of his healthychoices advocacy. “Somehow or other, I got to be 90,” the doctor said before departing Tulane for a weekend at his Pearl River County farm, where he raises cattle. “You Can Fix the Fat From Childhood & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too” is available at www.authorhouse.com and Amazon.com. The softcover edition (signed and personalized upon request) may be ordered from the author. Price is $21, including postage. Send check to NKS Wessman, 3726 Crane Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39216. For more information email nksw@nancykaysbooks.com.

Bogulasa Heart Study findings As of 2010

• Cardiovascular risk factors can be identified early in life. • Children on average are over 12 pounds heavier, though no taller, since 1973 and are continuing to gain weight, over expected gain, with growth. • Over 40 percent of children are overweight or obese. • Sixty percent exceed dietary cholesterol intake; 80 percent exceed recommended saturated fat intake. • Risk factors lead to more diabetes in African Americans, and to coronary artery disease at an earlier age in white males. • Average age of heart attacks is 51 years in the Bogalusa community. instead of white bread. Beans are a good source of vitamins and fiber; rinse and drain canned beans to reduce sodium intake. • Reduce consumption of refined sugar. Try fruit Start with these tips: to satisfy a sweet tooth as you wean taste buds off pastries and candy. • Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products, or • Don’t be misled by advertising claims on food abuse drugs. Period. • Cook at home instead of dining out. Avoid the labels. Some “cholesterol-free” foods actually fast-food drive-through. Replace high-sodium contain more fat than a lean steak. “Low-fat” doesn’t necessarily mean low-calorie, and packaged meals with fresh foods. “multi-grain” bread does not mean the same as • Avoid excess calories by enjoying caloriedense foods in moderation. You can still enjoy “100 percent whole wheat.” • When buying ground beef, choose extra-lean. an occasional sweet treat or small snack, but keep the portions small. Replace high-fat foods After browning the meat for use in chili, tacos and spaghetti sauce, drain it in a colander lined with tasty substitutions, like frozen yogurt for with a paper towel to absorb fat. Eliminate ice cream. • Eat more vegetables, minimally cooked. Read even more fat by rinsing the drained beef with hot water. labels on canned vegetables to avoid excess • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. sodium and additives. • Introduce a fun physical activity into everyday • Eat more fiber. Introduce more whole grains into the diet, such as quinoa and brown rice. Eat routines. People who do not engage in physical 100 percent whole wheat bread (read the label) activity are twice as likely to suffer heart disease.

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True to its reputation, Mardi Gras inspires craziness at Tuesday (French: Mardi Gras) comes early this year, on Feb. 12. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time of preparation before Easter, the Resurrection Day of Jesus. The date for all of this varies from year to year because it is all dependent on the date for Easter and the Mississippi date for Easter Seen varies. by Walt Grayson Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Spring starts on March 21 most years, or sometimes on the 22nd, depending on how far away from leap year it is. The farther from leap year, the later spring starts by a few hours. The latest Easter could be is April 25; the earliest is March 22. Thence, the date established for Ash Wednesday is 40 days prior to Easter (not counting Sundays) to allow for 40 days of penitence and confession commencing with Ash Wednesday and continuing until Easter. Whew! All I really wanted to say was that Fat Tuesday is early this year. And I say that just to say I have been invited to be the grand marshall of the Krewe of Phoenix Mardi Gras Parade in Natchez. And the parade comes early in February That has meant a busy January for the Krewe because of all the balls and parties associated with Mardi Gras that had to be crammed in and attended. What are the duties of the grand marshall? Hopefully nothing but to ride the float and wave and throw beads to the parade crowd. That’s all Miz Jo and I plan on doing, anyway—other than attending some of the Mardi Gras balls the Krewe is throwing. Not all of them by any means. One event we managed to attend was the “Call Out Ball,” where the king and queen and royal court and other associated dignitaries, including the grand marshall, are recognized. It was a hoot. People come dressed in formal evening-

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wear but soon are sporting some outlandish accessories, like glowing glasses or headbands with dancing lights. We had blinking tambourines in the section of Natchez City Auditorium where we were sitting. People can act pretty crazy when put in an environment where that sort of stuff is allowed and expected. I wondered if these were normal people putting on a crazy act, or if they really were this outlandish and have to put on a sane act otherwise, like when you meet them on the street or at work or at church. I’ve often wondered the same thing about the people who carry on like that at the Neshoba County Fair. This year’s king of the Krewe of Phoenix parade, Tim Sessions of Natchez, is the perfect choice to lead in outlandish-isms. He drives a hearse as “his” car. He told me he wanted one ever since he was hired as a teenager to clean up a hearse between two funerals. He drove it to his house and hurriedly washed it in his driveway. His mother was buying groceries at the time and had people coming up to her offering condolences in the grocery store. Tim said before he could get home after delivering the hearse back to the funeral home, people were already showing up with food. He said he just had to have a vehicle that made people do such crazy things. And that’s also a part of Mardi Gras,

I’ve discovered. To always consider that it’s the other fellow who is the weird one. Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting

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Yes, Mississippi, I have been hypnotized hen you hear the word hypnosis, what comes to mind? If you’re like many people, the word may call up images of a movie where a male actor swings a pocket watch in front of a female actress. She drops her head as if falling into a deep sleep. Movies or television may have convinced you that if a person has been hypnotized, he or she will carry out all commands given by the hypnotist. These commands are usually sinister, only to create enhanced interest in the film. It certainly created interest, but a person under hypnosis will not carry out suggestions that are sinister or immoral. Real hypnosis bears little resemblance to these stereotyped images. According to research, the hypnotist doesn’t hypnotize the individual. Rather, he serves as a coach whose job is to help the person become hypnotized. It’s often described as a sleep-like trance but is better characterized by “focused attention and heightened suggestibility.” The term hypnosis comes from the Greek work hypnos, which means sleep.

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James Braid, a Scottish surgeon, coined it “sleep” in the first book on the subject, written in 1841. Braid based his book on a practice developed by Franz Mesmer. “Mesmerism” is derived from his name and is also called hypnotism in the dictionary. Old friends already know where this column is headed. They have heard it many times. “Are you bringing up your hypnosis story again?” Well, yes, I am. February never fails to take me back to a February years ago when Dawn, our first daughter, was born while I was under hypnosis. April also takes me back to when Babette, our second daughter, was born while I was under hypnosis, five years later. I could write a book on the circumstances that took me down the road to choosing hypnosis over anesthesia, and the outcome, but this publication isn’t the venue for such an undertaking. So this is my story. When Mr. Roy and I were married and he was in the army, we were stationed at Pine Bluff Arsenal, near Pine Bluff, Ark. After two months I was not feeling well, so I went to the doctor on the base. He gave me a “rabbit test.” Surely some of you remember that name. The test was positive, which

meant I was pregnant. I was very young and frightened about taking anesthesia. My reason for the panic was simple: I had surgery when I was in high school and had a bad experience with anesthesia. Dr. Grade explained to Mr. Roy and me that he had been using hypnosis for several years and thought it would work on me. He wanted Grin ‘n’ both of us to Bare It come to his by Kay Grafe office every three weeks and practice until time for delivery. OK. This is how it worked. I sat in a chair next to Mr. Roy. Dr. Grade began by having me close my eyes and relax. Then he told me to think of something happy and concentrate very hard. He began counting backwards from 10, slowly using a monotone voice. Between the numbers he said things like, “You are going deeper and deeper into a wonderful state of relaxation. So when I reach number one, you will be com-

pletely at rest with no worries.” Dr. Grade talked continually. When he reached one, he asked, “Are you happy and rested?” I was alert and responsive during the sessions when I was under hypnosis. He said to prove I was hypnotized, he would prick my index finger with a pin, but it wouldn’t hurt. I’d feel pressure but no pain. It didn’t hurt. As practicing went along, he proved to me I could withstand pain using other methods. He pressed a needle into the skin of my upper arm and pushed it through to the other side. I did not feel the needle and there was no blood. This was because of my relaxed state. He taught me to press my thumb and index finger to alleviate pain. And many other positive procedures. If I wanted to remember what happened during these sessions, I could. Then I learned to hypnotize myself by practicing with Mr. Roy at home. There’s so much more to say about hypnotism, but I did not have anesthesia or painkillers of any kind for 19 hours during the delivery. Not even an aspirin. Dawn was born in Hot Springs, Ark., at the Army-Navy Hospital. Babette was born by hypnosis at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala. Some might call it an “out of body experience,” the term we hear so much today. But I believe with all my heart that it was faith that caused the pain to vanish when I pressed my thumb and index finger together. God was definitely in the mix. Footnote: In February 1957 this story was distributed by the Associated Press to newspapers across the country. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.

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Loropetalums suit most any landscape need uch of the state burgundy leaf varieties, got a dose of and you may recall me white winter writing in the past about weather in midmy favorites that have January. Seeing red/burgundy/maroonpictures of gardens and landcolored foliage. scapes farther north covered in a The flowers of blanket of snow made me loropetalum are strap-like thankful for living on the coast. and reminiscent of witch Southern Having lived in colder climates, hazel flowers. These start Gardening I had enough of snow before to bloom in early spring coming to Mississippi. and then sporadically by Dr. Gary Bachman All this cold weather is getthrough the rest of the ting me ready for the warmer spring and summer. The burgundy-leaved summer months, and I know many loropetalum varieties have pink to red other gardeners feel the same way. flowers, while green varieties have white The catalogs that seem to multiply in flowers. our mailboxes promote the latest and Burgundy loropetalum was selected as greatest flowering annuals and perennia Mississippi Medallion Winner in 2001 als. Dreaming about the colors and vari- and is still a landscape favorite. This ety available soon makes it easy to ignore selection will grow to 10 feet or more if some of the shrubs that provide the left unpruned. Loropetalum tolerates backbone of our landscapes. pruning well if you want your plant to Loropetalum is one of the best landremain a certain size. scape shrubs we can grow. There are The foliage of this variety is reddish many selections available that will fill purple, although cooler temperatures in any landscape need. I especially like the the fall can turn it a bright orange. The

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flowers have twisted straps and are hot pink in color and have a delicate fragrance. One of the nicest varieties Loropetalum introduced in recent years is Purple Pixie loropetalum. The foliage is a deep purple/burgundy, and the plant is evergreen. I really like the growth habit, which is distinctly weeping. This feature makes Purple Pixie a good choice for the spiller plant in a combination container. Consider using this loropetalum as a perennial, and then use annuals as thrillers and fillers, according to the season. As a ground cover plant, Purple Pixie will spread up to 4 feet wide and only about 1 foot tall. To develop the best foliage color, always plant your loropetalum in the full sun. The burgundy-leaved loropetalum tolerates partial to full shade, but the foliage will have a lot more green in

these situations. Loropetalum’s watering needs are lenient. This plant tolerates the drought conditions we frequently experience in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. This shrub tolerates many landscape soil conditions, especially if you pay special attention to the plant’s needs at planting. One of the most common mistakes gardeners make is planting loropetalum too deep. Never plant deeper than the top of the container and dig the hole at least twice as wide as the container. Amend the native soil with good organic matter when you fill in the hole. This gives the loropetalum roots a good base to grow into. Finish off with a 2inch layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and inhibit weeds. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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SME joins MISO and purchases Batesville Generating Station Lee Hedegaard, General Manager and CEO, Singing River Electric

South Mississippi Electric (SME), Singing River Electric’s generation and transmission cooperative, has joined regional grid operator MISO. The partnership is expected to bring operating and cost efficiencies that will benefit all who receive SME power, including Singing River Electric members. According to SME General Manager and CEO James Compton, “The move to MISO means greater

reliability and lower costs for our member electric distribution cooperatives and their customers.” The transition for participation began this January and is projected to be complete with MISO participation beginning Jan. 1, 2014. South Mississippi Electric also purchased Batesville Generating Station in Batesville, Miss. This purchase added three 279 MW combined-cycle, natural gas-fueled units to SME’s already diversified fuel mix. Having enough capacity is part of what ensures your power stays on for those cold mornings in February and hot afternoons in August. Singing River Electric works with South Mississippi Electric to plan, purchase and generate sufficient capacity including a diversified mix of fuel sources to keep reliability high

and the overall costs of generating electricity as low as possible. We take our commitment to our members seriously. SME has made many efforts to move to more efficient, environmentally-friendly resources including the Batesville natural gas purchase; increased nuclear capacity from Grand Gulf; hydropower resources from Russell Dam on the Savannah River in Georgia; increased efficiencies at the natural gas-fueled Plant Moselle; planned purchase of a 15 percent ownership in Plant Ratcliffe, an integrated gasification combined-cycle facility; and environmental control upgrades at coal-fueled Plant Morrow. The result is a clean, efficient generation fleet that will deliver low-cost energy for decades to come.

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This is the first of many “Dear Photograph” pictures we will publish in honor of Singing River Electric’s 75th anniversary. Every photo tells a story. Each “Dear Photograph” photo showcases an older photo in its current location. The older photo in this picture is of SRE’s former office on Ratliff Street in Lucedale across from the courthouse. The older building was torn down in 2003. The current building houses George County administration offices.

Singing River Electric and its members are reaching out to help the community through NHN Energy Assistance. In this program, SRE members check a box at the top right of their billing statement to allow their current and future power bills to round up to the nearest whole dollar to help a neighbor. (Donations range from 1¢ to 99¢ and average $6 per year.) Contributions will be given to our local United Way for a one-time annual distribution to eligible SRE members who cannot pay their power bill. We ask our members to consider contributing to SRE’s NHN Energy Assistance fund. Your dollars, along with your pennies, nickels and dimes, can help SRE raise thousands of dollars to help others. You can make a difference in the lives of senior citizens, disabled individuals and those who are less fortunate in our area. It just takes a little to make a big difference in our community. Please consider checking the box to participate in NHN Energy Assistance. You may stop the donations at any time. Your pocket change will be greatly appreciated.



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Member Services Rep. Stan Mills mills@singingriver.com

As the outside temperature drops and becomes cooler, warm, moist air inside the home comes in contact with the colder glass surface of the windows. Inside air is cooled and moisture is released in the form of condensation on home windows. To reduce the amount of condensation on the windows, the humidity inside the home must be reduced and air movement created. The solution to this problem is to control moisture sources and increase ventilation. There are several ways to do this: • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms • Make sure the exhaust vent on the clothes dryer is sealed and is exhausted outside of the home • Use your dishwasher during the day in the winter time • Pull back the drapes and open the blinds to promote airflow on the windows For more energy saving tips, visit www.singingriver.com or contact a Member Services Representative at Singing River Electric.

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STEP 1: Check the box on your billing statement to participate in the NHN Energy Assistance program. STEP 2: Your monthly bill will be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. You can choose to end this service at any time.

Candidates seeking election to the board of directors for Singing River Electric Power Association must visit Singing River Electric’s Lucedale office (11187 Old 63 South) and obtain a Director Candidate Packet. The forms and petitions in the packet must be completed and returned by close of business on the last business day of March (Thursday, March 28, 2013).


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Next ‘Picture This’ theme: Kids at Play “Picture This” is a reader photo feature appearing in the January, April, July and October issues of Today in Mississippi. We publish a few of the most eye-catching photos that best illustrate the given theme. Photographers whose photos are selected for publication are eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing in December. Photos are selected for publication based on their overall quality, relevance to the given theme, visual impact and suitability for printing on newsprint paper. (Dark photos usually do not print well. We look for bright photos with good contrast and sharp focus.) Our next “Picture This” theme is Kids at Play. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by March 9. Capture kids playing in funny, creative or moving ways. No posed photos, please.

Selected photos will appear in the April 2013 issue of Today in Mississippi and on our website. Submission requirements • Submit as many photos as you like, but select only your best work. • Photos must relate to the given theme. • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer, of any age. • Photos must be in sharp focus. • Digital photos should be high-resolution JPG files. The images may be

cropped but please do not use photo-editing software to adjust colors or tones. (We prefer to do it ourselves, if necessary, according to our printer’s standards.) • Please do not send a photo with the date appearing on the image. • Photos must be accompanied by the photographer’s name, address, phone and electric power association (if applicable). Include the name(s) of any recognizable people in the picture. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot guarantee their safe return by mail so please do not send irreplaceable prints.

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Infatuation, Instruction, Pleasure Bo Wilcher, the author’s great nephew, on his first squirrel hunt three years ago. Photo: Tony Kinton

he hunter in me encourages a minor episode of melancholy at this time of year. Those longanticipated seasons that occupied my mind and spare time in September are soon to be a memory for another year. Yes, there is a West Texas hunt and magazine assignment that will be completed before you read this. And

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through thorn bush, wooden longbow in hand, and search for that magnificent Grey Ghost of the rocky tangles, the kudu. All grand dealings. But those five months of being free to ramble in Mississippi with a prodigious list of open seasons available are ending soon. As I look back on the outdoor experiences that will become memories within a few days, I am reminded of the good derived from them all. I put a deer in the freezer but watched in wide-eyed amazement and deep gratitude as countless more of these marvelous creatures simply went about doing what deer do. There was no cause to draw the bow or cock the hammer on my rifle. Watching was the greater reward. But perhaps the greatest reward of the 2012-2013 seasons was spending time with my great nephew Bo—the closest thing I have to a son or grandson. He is becoming quite the hunter. And he took a deer one cold afternoon in late December. Other than being with him, I was not involved. He spotted the deer first and I sat in silent observation. I saw him squirm into position and coax a too-big rifle to his shoulder. I studied him closely as he made sure he had the proper hold and sight picture. I marveled at his calmness and patience in the midst of excitement. After the shot I smiled in approval as he quietly extracted the spent case and poked the remaining thumb-sized rounds back into the magazine and slid the bolt closed over them to assure the chamber was empty before he moved the muzzle. I saw that glint of sobering sadness peek through the enchantment. I feel that same heart tug when I do as he did. To be truthful—and selfish to a degree—I hope some of what he demonstrated was the result of my training over the past two or three years in similar settings. Or perhaps these practices came from long conversations he and I have had regarding safety and respect and what it really means to hunt and ultimately take an animal. Or maybe it is just his compassionate nature. There is a possibility that I had nothing to do with it at all. But whatever the impetus, he seems to have learned well.

But that deer was not the only thing of great import on this outing. We talked in a whispered manner about his future. I learned more of his dreams and gave encouragement to strive for them. He even asked my opinion on the type and caliber rifle he should get. I outlined a variety that might be considered and instructed him to make his own decision based on practicality rather than misguided publicity. We talked of his friendships and how these can and do influence his own life. We talked of God’s creation and its marvels. I was pleased with his insight. He asked about my adventures in various venues. I told him, as I have before, of a lonesome and haunting late afternoon and early evening alone on a South African kopje as I sat and shivered with cold and excitement and a pronounced degree of trepidation as unfamiliar night sounds filled the air and the Milky Way engulfed me. I told him of my attempt to stay aboard a spooked saddle horse as he ran through tamarak and spruce in an attempt to put distance between himself and a grizzly. The horse had no regard for me! I told him of a Montana blizzard that put four of us inside a big canvas tent for three days in the Missouri Breaks. I told him of growing up with very little and yet experiencing a true form of wealth while beside my dad in the Pearl River swamps hunting squirrels for supper. Those latter remain the grandest memories of them all. The weather was cold that day Bo and I went hunting. But never did I hear a complaint. Never once did he suggest we go home, nor did he have his pack stuffed with electronic gadgets. He was there to hunt. And he did it with proper style. “I want to do all those things you have done,” he said. Perhaps he can. Bo and I have a campout and squirrel hunt planned in February. I will report on our adventure in next month’s column. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. Book 2 in Kinton’s “Wagon Road Trilogy” is now available. Order from your local bookstore, Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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Three-Cheese Vegetable Pizza Olive oil cooking spray 1/2 (8-oz.) pkg. sliced fresh mushrooms 1 (10-oz.) thin-crust Italian bread shell, such as Boboli 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings 1 medium-size green or red bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil 3 Tbsp. sliced ripe olives 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tbsp. grated Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 475 F. Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until golden. Set aside. Place bread shell on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan. Top bread shell with mushrooms, tomato, onion, bell pepper, basil and olives. Sprinkle with mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes or until cheeses melt. Cut into 8 wedges. Yield: 8 servings. Per serving: Calories 217, fat 6.3 g, saturated fat 2.9 g, protein 10.9 g, carbohydrate 30.2 g, fiber 2.3 g, cholesterol 10 mg, sodium 413 mg.

1 1/2 cups dried beans (navy, cannellini or any white) 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup non-fat chicken broth 1 tsp. chicken broth granules 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning 1/2 tsp. garlic salt Sprig of fresh oregano, or dried oregano

Soak beans overnight in plenty of water. Drain and place beans in a large pot for cooking. Add 6 to 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly for about 1 hour, or until beans are tender. Serve with cornbread. Cornbread: 1 cup non-fat buttermilk 1 oz. egg substitute (Egg Beaters or Second Nature)

1 heaping Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce 1 cup self-rising cornmeal

Preheat oven to 425 F. Mix first 3 ingredients together, then add cornmeal and stir thoroughly. Spray an 8- or 9-inch frying pan with vegetable spray, and pour the mixture into pan. Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Asian Pork Tenderloin 1/2 cup light soy sauce 1/4 cup sesame oil (or vegetable oil) 1/3 cup light brown sugar 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 Tbsp. dry mustard 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 1/2 to 2 lb. pork tenderloin

Whisk together first 8 ingredients. Place pork in shallow dish or large zip-top bag and pour marinade over pork, turning to coat. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove pork from marinade and place in foil-lined roasting pan. Bake at 450 F for 25 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160 F. Let pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This recipe also works well on the grill.

Easy Blueberry-Lemon Parfait 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

2 (8-oz.) cartons non-fat lemon yogurt 10 gingersnaps, crumbled

In each of 4 parfait glasses, put 1/2 cup blueberries, followed by 1/2 cup yogurt. Top with crumbled gingersnaps. Yield: 4 servings.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes 2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes (peeled or not) Olive oil to taste

Salt, pepper to taste 1 tsp. dried rosemary 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves

Toss cubed potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread into a single layer. Roast at 400 F for 45 minutes. Can mix with baby new potatoes or cubed new potatoes. Yield: 4 servings

Light and Creamy Coleslaw 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing 1 Tbsp. Splenda 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. celery seed 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/2 medium head cabbage, finely shredded or chopped (see note) 1 small carrot, shredded (1/2 cup) 1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)

Combine all ingredients except cabbage, carrot and onion in a large glass or plastic bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Note: Bagged coleslaw mix may be substituted for cabbage and carrots. Per serving: Calories 45, total fat 1 g, saturated fat 1 g, cholesterol 5 mg, carbohydrate 9 g, fiber 2 g, protein 2 g, sodium 120 mg.


Art genius Ohr mad potter? You decide

By Nancy Jo Maples She said many people visit the museum to see In the late 1800s, George Ohr proclaimed himself Gehry’s architectural creation, an avant-garde endeavthe world’s greatest potter. However, it took a century or that “makes the buildings dance with the trees.” for the world, including his hometown, to agree. The museum campus sits free of fences or gates and Ohr also labeled himself as “The Mad Potter of features several buildings that appear separate but Biloxi,” a title that fellow citizens didn’t dispute. should be viewed as rooms or galleries. Because the Today people pay big bucks for his clay pieces. For museum is located on the sunny Gulf Coast with a example, a vase sold for 84 grand at Rago’s Art and modest cool season, Gehry designed it as an Auction a few years ago. outdoor/indoor complex with brick sidewalks and a Ohr never saw such proceeds. His provisions for plaza connecting all of the “rooms.” his wife and 10 children came from selling traditional, The O’Keefe name is part of the museum’s name functional pieces of pottery such as water jugs, flower because of generous support from the Jerry O’Keefe pots and chimney flues. He also made tourist pieces family. such as fired and glazed miniature replicas of Jefferson Admission is free to the welcome center where Davis’ Beauvoir and puzzle coffee cups that had to be exhibits always feature Mississippi artists. Now held a certain way to prevent leakage through the through June it showcases ingrained woodwork by holes. Terry Tjader, who crafted many pieces from wood However, some of his most prized work came dursalvaged after Hurricane Katrina. ing a quirky phase in the latter portion of his career Tickets can be purchased for admittance into the after a fire destroyed his first studio. Funny-looking pots and vases provided shock and awe for the Biloxi community between 1895 and 1910. Nowadays those pieces are considered quite fashionable. His life represents the epitome of an artist who was never accepted or understood in his own time or his own town. Ohr’s time is now and Ohr’s town is still Biloxi. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 stands whimsically across from the sandy beach of the Mississippi The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, in Biloxi, is as innovative in its architecture as the native potter it celebrates. George Ohr, above right, produced ceramic work between 1895 and Sound and to some onlookers seems 1910 that shocked the community but is now revered. Photos: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art absurd. Yet art historians believe that Ohr would approve of this style structure for displaying his pottery. other galleries at the welcome center. Some exhibits, Temporarily his pottery is displayed in the Star such as Ohr’s, are permanent. Others change twice Gallery at the museum. Its permanent home will be per year. For example, the Dusti Bongé exhibit in the four stainless steel pods, slated to open later this year. IP Casino Resort and Spa Exhibitions Gallery will The gigantic pods are visible and under construction, leave June 8. but are incomplete. Designed by Los Angeles architect The Gallery of African American Art always feaFrank Gehry, the four pods stand like icons symboliztures items about African Americans, but the art is ing the twists and turns of the potter’s wheel that Ohr not always made by an African American. Lydia would have used to manipulate his creations. Thompson’s pieces are on view in this gallery until “The pods are the crowns of our campus,” museum June 1. director Denny Mecham said. The Pleasant Reed House, another exhibit area, is Gehry designed the entire campus. Unlike Ohr, he labeled an interpretive center and is a constant part of has not proclaimed himself as world famous. the museum campus. The house replicates a home However, Mecham says that Gehry is. built by an African American carpenter during the late “Both Ohr and Gehry are internationally known 1800s, which coincides with the time period of Ohr’s and are really appreciated in Europe and Japan,” she creations. Ironically, the historic Reed House faces the said. “Both are mavericks of the visual world.” four futuristic pods. Old confronts new.

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The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art offers more than observations. It boasts a Center for Ceramics with weekly pottery classes and workshop weekends for outof-town visitors. Dates of classes, as well as information about changing exhibits, are on the website at www.georgeohr.org or can be learned by calling 228-374-5547. The plaza and facilities are also available for private receptions and galas. Tourists may want also to the visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (228-872-3164) in Ocean Springs, a 10-minute drive from the Ohr-O’Keefe. Other coastal museums and points of interest are the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum (228-4356320) in Biloxi, Jefferson Davis’ Beauvoir (228-3884400) in Biloxi, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education (228-818-2878) in Ocean Springs, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (228-897-6039) in Gulfport and the Infinity Science Center (228-5339025) at NASA Stennis Space Center off I-10 near the Mississippi and Louisiana state line. Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at nancyjomaples@aol.com or on Twitter. Or write her at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.


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Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibit, through Feb. 28, Jackson. Free. Mississippi Library Commission, Mississippi Education and Research Center. Details: 601-432-4111. Rainforest Adventure, through May 12, Jackson. Multisensory expedition with more than 40 interactive components. Admission. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Details: 601-576-6000; www.mdwfp.com. “War Comes to the Mississippi Detla,” through Aug. 31, Greenwood. Exhibition tells story of the Union’s failed Yazoo Pass Expedition of 1863. Includes Civil War artifacts, period clothing and restored “Lady Polk” cannon. Admission. Museum of the Mississippi Delta. Details: 662-453-0925; www.museumofthemississippidelta.com. Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo, Jan. 26 - Feb. 17, Jackson. Livestock shows daily. Rodeo Feb. 7-13 with daily concerts. Admission. Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Details: 601-961-4000; www.mdac.state.ms.us. TNA Impact Wrestling “Road to Lockdown” Tour, Feb. 9, Vicksburg. Featuring TNA Impact wrestling superstars seen on Spike TV; 7:30 p.m. Admission. Vicksburg Convention Center. Details: www.impactwrestling.com. Discover Series Craft Classes, Feb. 14, Ridgeland. Couples Pottery with instructor Blanca Love and Couples Blacksmithing with instructor Lyle Wynn; 6-8:30 p.m. Admission. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: 601-8567546; education@mscrafts.org. Arbor Day Native Plant Sale, Feb. 16, Picayune. Trees, shrubs, hard-to-find native plants; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu. “We Shall Not Be Moved: Heroes and Stories of the Jackson Woolworth Sit-In,” Feb. 21, Jackson. Featuring Michael J. O’Brien, author of “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired,” and Loki Mulholland,

director of “An Ordinary Hero”; 6 p.m. Reception follows program. Free. Old Capitol Museum. Details: 601-576-6920. Roosevelt State Park Music Festival, Feb. 21-23, Morton. Featuring Goldwing Express, Clear Blue Sky, Trugrass, Driskill Mountain, others. Campsites, motel rooms. Admission. Livingston Performing Arts Center, Roosevelt State Park. Details: 601-537-3641. 24th Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Feb. 21-24, Natchez. Focus will be Civil War’s imprint on Southern culture. Author presentations, Civil Warinspired films, tours, concert, awards ceremony, social events, more. Most events free. Various venues. Details: 601-446-1289, 866296-6522; www.colin.edu/nlcc. Mardi Gras Party, Feb. 22, Byhalia. Music, dancing, silent auction, more. Benefits Byhalia Beautiful/Main Street projects; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Reach Adult Building. Details: 662838-8127. Winter Botany Field Walk, Feb. 23, Picayune. Botanist to lead exploration of pond, savanna habitats; 10-11:30 a.m. Suitable for families. Admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu. Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, Feb. 23-24, Jackson. Lapidary art demonstrations, 24 dealers, exhibits, more. Admission. Trade Mart, state fairgrounds. Details: missgems.org. Marshall/Benton County Area Job Fair, Feb. 26, Holly Springs. Dress to impress and bring resume; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. McMillan Gym, Rust College. Details: 662-838-8127. Seventh Annual Italian Festival, March 12, Cleveland. Bands, bocce tournament, Italian cooking contest, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities. Bolivar County Expo Building. Details: 662-843-2712. Consign It, Honey! Women’s Consignment Event, March 1-4, Hattiesburg. Women’s clothing and acces-

sories, maternity clothes, junior girls clothing and accessories, more. Free admission. Forrest County Multi Purpose Extension Building. Details: 601-270-6595; www.consignithoney.com. Sheep-to-Shawl Fiber Arts Demonstrations, March 2, Ridgeland. Chimneyville Weavers & Spinners Guild demonstrate weaving, spinning and other fiber arts. Sheep shearing (weather permitting), live fiber animals, hands-on children’s activities. Free. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: 601-373-2495. Gospel/Bluegrass Concert, March 2, Fulton. Featuring Paul Williams and The Victory Trio, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Chuckwagon Gang; 4 p.m. Admission. Davis Event Center, Itawamba Community College. Details: 662-842-1891. Mary J. Blige in Concert, March 3, Southaven. Admission; 7 p.m. Landers Center Arena. Details: 662-429-2131; www.landerscenter.com. Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, March 5-6, Raymond. Seminars, exhibits of interest to producers. Registration fee. Eagle Ridge

Conference Center. Details: 601-892-3731; greenhousetomatosc.com. Kids Wildlife Day, March 7, Picayune. Also, Bonsai class March 9. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu. Lamar County Bluegrass Fest, March 8-9, Purvis. Bands include Rigney Family, Breaking Grass, Flatt Lonesome, others. Admission. Lamar County Community Shelter. Details: 601-596-6496; www.lamarcounty.com. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Session, March 10, Biloxi. Dance, jam session; 2-5 p.m. Non-member and student musicians may sit in (students must call for details). Hard Rock Casino. Details: 228-392-4177. Twice As Nice Kids Consignment Sale, March 14-16, D’Iberville. Opens 9 a.m. each day. D’berville Civic Center. Details: www.2asnicekidsresale.com. Spring Garden Day, March 15-16, Laurel. Vendors, speakers, homegrown native plants sold by Master Gardeners. Free. Ag Building, South Mississippi Fairgrounds. Details: 601428-5201.

Battle of Vicksburg

Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Vicksburg Commemorates 150 Year Anniversary:

• April 1-30: Tapestry: The Pilgrimage to Vicksburg tour of homes • April 5-7: Vicksburg Sesquicentennial Heritage Fair at Pemberton’s Headquarters, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Complex and the Old Courthouse Museum • May 23-26: Vicksburg Sesquicentennial Signature Event at the Vicksburg National Military Park • June & July: Living History Presentations Fridays – Tuesdays at the Vicksburg National Military Park • July 4: Anniversary of Vicksburg Surrender • July 4: Fireworks Show at the Waterfront

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