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Our first 75 years of service helped grow rural Mississippi hen a company continues to grow and improve over the course of some 75 years, that’s something to celebrate. Eight of the 26 electric power associations in Mississippi have celebrated their 75th anniversary in recent years. Six more will join this exclusive club this year, with nine to follow next year. How many companies can you name that are still around (and still relevant) after 75 years? It’s a point of pride for us that the electric power associations organized in this state beginning in 1934 are as vital to local communities today as they were in their early years. Through the years, electric power associations have delivered more than electricity to rural Mississippi. They have, for example, served as catalysts for economic development by making their service areas more inviting to business and industry. No business can prosper in an area that does not have reliable, affordable electric service. For some companies, the cost of electricity alone can determine whether they choose to build a plant in Mississippi. So we have to make sure our service is not only highly dependable but also competitively priced. As a result, electric power associations serve some of the largest electrical loads in the state, including pulp mills, oil and gas facilities, and industrial parks. We provide service to some of Mississippi’s premier industrial parks, such as Port Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County and the newly created Linbrook Industrial Park in Brookhaven. Electric power associations also have a long history as an important employer in small towns across Mississippi. An electric power association is a place where a person can work for decades and know he or she is making a real difference in the community. Our employees

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are devoted to providing efficient service to members. But many are also active in leadership roles in their churches, civic clubs, schools and local charitable campaigns. I’m impressed—but not surprised—by the number of electric power association employees who retire with 40 or more years of loyal service to their credit. Our collective work force represents thousands of years of service, a real advantage in our everyday operations and especially when a major storm causes massive power outages. These employees know every detail of emergency power restoration, from communications to work force coordination to re-energizing power lines. How does this vast experience benefit you? Simply put, you enjoy electric service that ranks among the safest, most reliable and most affordable in the world. As more electric power associations reach their 75th anniversary, each one will celebrate in its own way. I encourage you to take the time to learn more about the history of your own electric power association. Chances are it was started by a small group of local farmers who wanted electric service for their rural homes and farms. They created an electric cooperative that would be owned and controlled by the people it served, a concept that would benefit the community beyond their dreams.

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First-grader Jaquaries Boyd is one of the students who benefit from daily visits with B.J., a Bichon Frise pup, at Starkville’s Sudduth Elementary School. Principal Lisa Thompson started the dog therapy program last August. B.J.’s effect on the students has been positive and encouraging. Story on page 4.

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Mississippi is . . . ... long, hot summer nights, trips to the creek, picnics on Fourth of July with family all gathered around, kids jumping into the pond from the zip-line we made to go all the way across. It’s Maw Maw telling us we couldn’t go barefooted till May, fireflies being caught in a Mason jar and Daddy plowing up the potato patch with us kids behind him digging up all those taters (and we didn’t mind it because we knew we would get a trip to the creek). Riding on back of the truck, playing cops and robbers on our bikes, making mud pies in the dirt under the sweet gum trees. I wouldn’t trade my growing-up years in the great state of Mississippi for anything in the world. —Cindy Kahn, Pinola Mississippi has a special place in my heart; from Mississippi I will never part. My grandmother telling tales of long ago while she sat by the fireside to sew. Soft sounds of southern accents fill the room, the smell of fresh magnolias are in bloom. In our Bible Belt church bells ring, all the old hymns we still sing. The smell of corn bread fills the air while we look forward to the Mississippi State Fair. My Mississippi, my home state, I say it’s never second-rate. In my book, it’s great. —Cynthia Post, Meridian

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big job First-grader Jaquaries Boyd is all smiles when he is with buddy B.J. Principal Lisa Thompson calls Jaquaries her “classic success story.”

Dog therapy helps students at Starkville school

Lisa Thompson, principal at Sudduth Elementary School, is encouraged with the results of her experiment with dog therapy.

By Debbie Stringer He may look like a cotton ball on four legs, but B.J. is a powerful force on the campus of Sudduth Elementary School, in Starkville. The 7-month-old Bichon Frise pup is a therapy dog for a special group of K-2 students at the school. “B.J. plays a very important role at my school,” said Lisa Thompson, school principal and B.J.’s owner. “His primary responsibility is to make children feel better by giving them unconditional love. B.J. does not judge, criticize, scold,

reject, correct or recognize fault in anyone. Just the sight of him brings smiles to students, visitors and staff members.” The use of therapy dogs in hospitals, nursing homes and schools in other states has grown in the last decade. A therapy dog can lift spirits, provide unconditional affection, encourage communication and reduce hostile behavior in some people, according to a study conducted by Therapy Dog International. Thompson knew of no other school in Mississippi using pet therapy, so she read extensively online to determine whether a dog would make a good “therapy companion” for her students. She discovered the ideal breed: The Bichon Frise likes being around children, is gentle yet playful, and doesn’t shed—a bonus for children with allergies.

“I submitted a proposal to the school board to use pet therapy as part of my program here at school, and it went over

unanimously,” she said. “They had never heard about it, but they welcomed it.” Thompson acquired B.J. from a Meridian breeder early last summer, and in August B.J. reported to work at the school. “He almost jumps out of the car, he is so happy and excited. He knows where he is.” B.J. lives with Thompson’s family but spends most of the school day in her office. In the rare quiet moments, B.J. naps in his own red bean-bag chair

Sudduth students enjoy a brief visit from B.J. during class. The students have been coached to be gentle with the little dog and to avoid overwhelming him. B.J. is a Bichon Frise, a breed of dog known for its suitability for children and playful personality. B.J. rides to school every day with Thompson, his owner, and settles in her office.


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Second-grader Garrett Carson, left, gets the special privilege of walking to class with B.J. There are frequent stops along the way so his classmates can show B.J. some love. B.J. spreads smiles wherever he goes. Kindergartener Lilly Evans, above, accepts B.J. from Lisa Thompson. Lilly used to be afraid of B.J. Now, thanks to the help of caring teachers, she greets him with hugs. She rarely speaks at school, but she talks freely with B.J.

beneath a sunny window. B.J. is accessible to all the students, but several children facing unique problems get a daily 10-minute visit with the little dog in Thompson’s office. The children can spend the time reading, playing or just talking to B.J. under Thompson’s supervision. Sometimes she leads B.J. on a leash through the school’s art-filled halls for visits to two classrooms—but only briefly “because it’s hard for the teachers to compete with him,” she said. True to his breed, B.J. is an easygoing, affable little guy who tolerates the children’s constant attentions. He seems to have a calming effect on some of them. One little boy, protesting his return to school after the holiday break, was crying and screaming and pushing against his mother when Thompson walked up with B.J. “I said, ‘Come on, you can walk B.J. to class.’ Everybody was standing around watching to see how this was going to play out. But he took that leash and didn’t say another word,” Thompson said. An unexpected benefit of pet therapy is the closer relationships it is fostering between the principal and her students with special needs. “With my children who have emotional problems, there have been times when we would never see each other unless we were dealing with a problem. But now we see each other every day, because of B.J. I have them walk in all the time, all day.

Jade Roberts, a second grader, gets to dog-sit B.J. when his owner runs errands. She and her sister, Jasmine, visit B.J. every day.

“Through B.J., I’ve been able to develop a better relationship with all my students, but I really have a close connection with those who come to me. Our interaction is positive, not negative. It’s all hugs and smiles, and that’s important to me,” said Thompson, a member of 4County Electric Power Association. “B.J. is what, in my opinion, brought about the change and helped us form a relationship between me and my children.” One of B.J.’s first school buddies was first-grader Jaquaries Boyd. “He has a brother who was diagnosed with cancer at age 5, so Jaquaries was having lots of anger issues. He was my No. 1 target. I felt like if I didn’t help anybody but him, I would be doing a service,” Thompson said. With his parents often away for his

brother’s treatments in Jackson, Jaquaries the only words that I have ever heard her was invited to drop by the principal’s say.... When she sees me in the halls, she office each day to play with B.J. “We did stops and reaches out her arms to hug homework. Jaquaries would read to B.J. me. She is happy and smiling. She still and me. I signed his folder, so when he only talks to B.J., but she is talking and came back to school the next day, he had smiling.” what he needed. That made him feel “It’s like he’s the president. Everybody good about himself.” loves him,” said Jade Roberts, a second Last year, Jaquaries spent 14 days out grader. Jade has the responsibility of of class; this year he has missed only one. watching B.J. when Thompson has His reading has improved. errands to run. Before starting regular visits with B.J. Jade and her sister, Jasmine, visit B.J. and his principal, Jaquaries interacted “for a daily dose of love and attention,” negatively with adults, if at all. Thompson said. “Their attitude and par“He smiles now. ticipation have He walks up to me improved drastically “Through B.J., I’ve been able to and says, ‘I hope from last year.” you have a great After second-graddevelop a better relationship with day,’” Thompson er Garrett Carson lost all my students, but I really have a said. “Jaquaries is his sister in an accimy classic success dent during the holiclose connection with those who story.” day break, Thompson come to me. Our interaction is Playing with thought visits with B.J. makes him feel positive, not negative. It’s all hugs B.J. might benefit “happy,” Jaquaries Garrett. She told him and smiles, and that’s important said. he could come to her Kindergartener office at any time, to me.” Lillian “Lilly” without prior permis– Lisa Thompson Evans rarely speaks sion from his teachat school, but she ers. lights up when she sees B.J. and greets “Any time he needs me or B.J., he can him with hugs and kisses. Yet Lilly’s first come. And he does,” Thompson said. reaction upon meeting the puppy was to “B.J. walks Garrett to class. The other run away. She was terrified of animals, kids don’t get to do that, so that’s a big and of anyone in costume. privilege.” Each day her teachers brought Lilly to “[B.J.] makes me feel happy ‘cause he see B.J., and although she seemed to plays with us, and I just like him,” Garwant to pet him, she always drew back. rett said. “And you know what made me “After months of coaxing, Lilly now so happy? He was laying on me!” talks to B.J., but not to me,” Thompson “B.J.’s a superstar,” he said with a grin. said. “She says, ‘I like my dog.’ Those are


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Wildlife trophies

It takes more than just good photographic gear to capture images like these by Sherry Thornton.

any who frequent the outdoors, particularly hunters, are fond of keeping something from the events that helps remind them of those events. These keepsakes may take the form of items that come from the taxidermist or tannery. They may also include rocks or leaves or various flora from a region apart from where we live. I brought my dad a tumbleweed this past October from Kansas. He has never been to Kansas—or any number of a great many other places for that matter—but always loved the old westerns such as “Gun Smoke” and marveled at the unfamiliar scenery, tumbleweeds among that scenery. He now has one of his own! And these items, trophies they are often called for lack of a more suitable term, are dear to us. I have a trophy house (there is that word again) on the hillside just up from my dwelling. This is a special place. It is not a locale for bravado or boast; it is a place of and for reverence. The animal specimens there are cherished. I go there to sit and

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reflect and remember—and to express deep gratitude and respect for those I see there. Some individuals perhaps won’t understand my sentiment and may vigorously disagree, but I hold firm. This is my house of respect. That matter aside, however, we do like to collect items that generate recall of the experiences. One way to do that is through pictures. It has been my discovery that the images I capture on film or a memory card fall woefully short of containing the real image I had envisioned when I clicked the shutter. I just never conquered the process. Oh, I know the mechanics. I can get the color right and the focus sharp. But I just don’t have the eye. Developing that is an art form. It is what makes a picture, apart from that focus-and-color blend, a true masterpiece. But there are those who can. When we see their work we sigh. “Oh, so that’s how it’s done!” I often say as I try to hide away my own feeble efforts of doing what these have so successfully done. That is exactly what my friend Sherry Thornton has learned to do— successfully create masterpieces. Sherry

and husband Danny are country neighbors, and Danny serves on the board at Central Electric Power Association. He also is a farmer and staff member at Mississippi State University. They are both hunters in the basic sense of that word, but Sherry is also more than accomplished with the camera (sthornton09@yahoo.com; 601-728-0392). I recall years back when Sherry began toying with the camera and blush now at the fact that she attended one of my photography seminars. I told her all I knew at that gathering, and she then went about the business of developing her skills despite my weak pedagogics. And building on her personal hunting background, as well as that of Danny, wildlife photography became of keen interest. She has now traveled and photographed extensively to collect some purely amazing images. Along with her expertise, her equipment has grown. There are various cameras, all digital now of course. And there are tripods and solid collections of impressive lenses. But most of all, there is this phenomenal eye for the shot. What does Sherry shoot? Just about anything she sees. There are fawns hidden by the attendant doe in some secure weed patch. There are high-scoring bucks—in the woods, in the fields, jumping fences, pushing another like-

sized buddy around. There are bear cubs scooting up trees and mama bears high in an oak eating acorns and menacing boars profferMississippi ing a judicious Outdoors look toward the by Tony Kinton intruder. There are rustic cabins set off a dusty road in the hillside. There are enchanting trout streams flowing through ancient rocks festooned with moss and over covered with mountain laurel in full bloom. There are even shots of Danny admiring a big rainbow or brookie before he released these back into a gurgling stream from which they came, though I doubt anyone save Sherry and Danny would want these images hanging by the fireplace! It is all pure art. The wild things and the wild places promote artistry. It is work in the form of pictures that enriches the lives of those who see it. And Sherry has perfected it to its most refined. Refreshing, to be sure. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His books, “Outside and Other Reflections,” “Fishing Mississippi” and his new Christian historical romance novel, “Summer Lightning Distant Thunder,” are available in bookstores and from the author at www.tonykinton.com, or P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051.


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New monument commemorates remarkable centenarian y the time you read this, Sylvester Magee will have a monument at the head of his previously unmarked grave. The ceremony for the placement of the marker was late in February, scheduled at that time so it could occur during Black History Month. And if the things I’ve been told about Sylvester Magee are true, then he was a pretty historic black man. He is buried in the graveyard at the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church in Foxworth. Mr. Magee died back in 1971. Ike Smith wasn’t much more that a kid back then when he helped the elderly community grave digger dig Mr. Magee’s grave. He said there were a lot of photographers around the funeral, but he didn’t pay too Mississippi much attention to Seen them. He told me that it was only by Walt Grayson later that he real-

ized Mr. Magee’s significance. I’m not exactly sure when the events of Mr. Magee’s life started becoming extraordinary. Nothing happened to him early on that hadn’t happened to thousands of other black men of his day. All he had to do was outlive them. But as each one passed, Sylvester Magee became more unusual. And Sylvester Magee’s “day” was way back there. He always claimed he was born on May 29, 1841. That would have made him 130 years old when he died The present railroad bridge over the Big Black River at Bovina is about where the old burned Confederate bridge would have been. There are pilings from the replacement bridge built just after the Civil War on the far side of the river in this picture. in October of 1971. Just that According to Sylvester Magee, this is about where the Union pontoon bridge was. Photo: Walt Grayson fact alone is remarkable enough. and memorized the facts of history that River on a pontoon bridge after the If it is true. he seemed to know so well. Little things Confederates burned the railroad bridge Problem is, people usually don’t live and the ability to name the various offito be 130 years old. So why should any- only an eyewitness would recall. Sylvester Magee said he was 22 years cers in charge of the Siege of Vicksburg one believe such a claim made by an old old when the Civil War started and that that convinced Andrews that Sylvester man who couldn’t even read or write? he ran away from the plantation where Magee had to have been there. He was Well, the fact that he couldn’t read or he was a slave near Florence in Rankin so convinced that he helped Magee write is partly what convinced historian obtain medical treatment for pneumonia A.P. Andrews (Andrews was instrumental County. He joined the Union Army at Vicksburg. It was his detailed accounts in 1966 as a Union veteran at the V.A. in organizing the Jackson Civil War of the Battle of Champion Hill and how Hospital. Roundtable) that Mr. Magee’s claims the Union Army crossed the Big Black The town of Collins pitched a party were true, since he couldn’t have read for him on his 124th birthday. Gov. Paul Johnson declared it Sylvester Magee Day in Mississippi. Presidents Johnson and Nixon sent him birthday greetings through the years. So accepting the stories handed down as true as certified by historians, census records and what scant government records can be found, Sylvester Magee would have been the last slave at the Join Walt and many other Mississippians as they open their life albums and share time of his death. And having served their memories in words and photographs. This collection from the readers with the Union Army at Champion Hill of Today in Mississippi prompted Walt to pull related tales from his vault of and Vicksburg, he would have been the experience, collected while living in and traveling throughout his home state. last Union veteran, too. But what makes “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories with Walt Grayson” is a him even more unusual is that he may valued gift, and the book is sure to become a collector’s item. have gone to war with his owner on the side of the South at the beginning of the Mother’s Day is May 13 war. If so, then that would have also ONLY made him the last Confederate veteran. Please send _____ copy (or copies) of “Oh! That Reminds Me: More The last slave, the last Union veteran and the last Confederate veteran. It Mississippi Homegrown Stories” at $34.95 per book (includes sales tax, should be a pretty big monument to shipping and handling). commemorate all of that. Name ____________________________________________________ EASY ORDERING Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi ONLINE Mailing Address_____________________________________________ Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting televiwww.todayinmississippi.com sion, and the author of two “Looking Around City______________________________ State____ Zip____________ Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: Visa • MasterCard Make check or money order payable to Today in Mississippi and send to: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” To conDiscover accepted Mississippi Homegrown Stories I P.O. Box 3300 I Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300 tact Grayson, send email to walt@ waltgrayson.com.

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A blue butterfly plant is true blue resembling a butterfly’s antennae. f you’re like me and Blue butterfly plant should be plantconstantly looking for ed in the landscape in full sun to partial true blue flowers, you shade. They need consistent will want to soil moisture during the hot be sure to summer months. In the winmake a place in your garden ter months, especially in the for the blue butterfly plant. coastal region, reduce the freI enjoy spring, when quency of watering to lessen greenhouses and garden centhe chances of crown rot ters start offering all sorts of problems developing. new and exciting plants for This plant will have an our Mississippi landscapes and Southern gardens. I’m always on the Gardening open and airy growth habit and will produce flowers on lookout for blue flowers to by Dr. Gary Bachman the current season’s growth. include in the landscape. This is a good attribute, since True blue flowers can be blue butterfly plants can become gangly, hard to find. I get disappointed each spring reading gardening catalogs, which potentially getting upwards of 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Prune at any time to sometimes stretch color descriptions so much that violet, purple and every varia- keep the plant neat and tidy. This will not negatively impact flowering and, in tion in between is considered blue. fact, may promote flowering. Blue butterfly plant comes from the Blue butterfly plant is a versatile tropical regions of east Africa in Kenya and Uganda and is known botanically as plant that is at home as a specimen focal Clerodendrum ugandense. Blue butterfly point or as a member of the mixed flowplants have intricate flowers that actually ering border. This plant will flower from planting to the first frost in the fall. resemble little blue butterflies in flight. Though blue butterfly plant is conThe flowers are arranged in multiples sidered tropical, it can tolerate cooler on long, arching branches. Individual conditions and is root hardy down to flowers are about an inch in diameter, about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For most with several pale blue lobes and a single gardens in Mississippi, this plant will dark blue-violet lobe. I like the way the stamens and pistil arch out and upward, return from the roots, like many of our

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Blue butterfly plants have intricate flowers that actually resemble little blue butterflies in flight. Photo: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

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Added comfort and value of heat pumps By Megan McKoy-Noe, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Heat pumps move heat into residences during winter and out of them in summer, trimming overall home heating and cooling costs by as much as 40 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In a national study, the Cooperative Research Network (CRN), a division of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association that monitors, evaluates, and applies energy technologies, revealed 11 percent of homes use a heat pump as their primary heating/cooling system. For allelectric homes this jumps to 29 percent. Different heat pumps succeed in specific regions. Air-source heat pumps work well in the Southeast, where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. A heat pump system can deliver value to your home if the model used matches your region and if it’s installed properly. Here’s a guide to three different types of heat pumps. Geothermal Outside temperatures may vary, but the earth’s temperature remains steady year-round and can be harnessed to make homes comfortable. According to DOE, geothermal heat pumps offer energy savings between 30 percent and 60 percent annually and are typically the most efficient heat pump option. Geothermal heat pumps move a liquid or water through pipes buried in the ground, then into a home. Also called ground-source heat pumps, there are two types of units: A groundwater

(open-loop) system uses well or pond water, while an earth-coupled (closedloop) model uses a water and antifreeze solution. Systems can be installed horizontally or vertically, depending on available space. Air-Source Air-source heat pumps use a system of coils to evaporate a refrigerant and, with it, draw heat away from a home, cooling the air. In winter the magic reverses with the flip of a valve, and your home heats. The system delivers up to three times more heat energy than electricity consumed. A back-up system of electric resistance coils kicks-in when air temperatures dips below 40 degrees. When shopping for an air-source heat pump, look for an Energy Star rated unit and compare the seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER). Ductless/Mini-Split Ductwork funneling conditioned air to different rooms can cause some air to “disappear”—wasting from 15 percent to 20 percent of the energy used to heat or cool the air. While sealing air ducts and proper insulation helps, another option is to bypass ducts with a ductless version of an airsource heat pump (DHP), also called a “mini-split” heat pump. Small and versatile, ductless heat pumps have two main parts: an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air-handling units. These components are linked by a cable (refrigerant line). Many systems offer up to four indoor units to condition different rooms, and some systems come with wireless remotes or

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wall-mounted control units. According to CRN, these devices use an estimated 50 percent to 60 percent less energy than traditional forms of heating. DHPs are ideal for room additions where duct work may not be possible, or for homes with “non-ducted” air conditioning (i.e. window units). DHPs are costly—30 percent more expensive than traditional central air systems (not including ductwork). Installation can also be tricky—if a system is too big for the space, energy will be wasted and the correct temperature may not be reached. Innovation Boosts Efficiency Heat pump technology isn’t new— geothermal has been used since the 1940s—but innovations are improving

performance and efficiency. Dual-source heat pumps combine geothermal systems and air-source technologies. Though not as efficient as true geothermal systems, the device costs less than putting in a geothermal system and avoids some of air-source’s pitfalls during cold weather. Saving on Systems Although heat pumps are more expensive than traditional air conditioning, rebates and tax credits can help cut the cost. A federal tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost for materials and installation, with no limit on total project expenses, applies to geothermal heat pumps through Dec. 31, 2016. A list of requirements can be found at www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.

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The Streak . . . otherwise known as Mollie hat was that?” Roy, my fairly tolerant husband, was standing at the kitchen window looking out toward the enclosed back porch. “Mollie,” I answered. “What’s wrong with her? She’s streaking in all directions. There she goes! She landed on top of three chairs, the fireplace mantel and now she’s rocking on top of the high-back rocker.” “She uses it like a diving board,” I said. Before I finished explaining, Mollie, the new cat, landed on the window sill and began scratching the window.

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“She loves that chair,” I said. “It’s like a springboard to where she wants to go.” “I don’t understand.” Roy said. “She’s always been lively, but why did she ratchet up her energy level?” He walked out on the porch. I watched as he tried to coax Grin ‘n’ her into his lap Bare It (she had liked his lap), but Mollie by Kay Grafe jumped up on his shoulders and then flew over to the counter top and back to his shoulders.

Co-op council to offer scholarships The Mississippi Council of Cooperatives (MCC) has announced the funding of two scholarship endowments. MCC, organized in 1945, is the principal organization charged with promoting cooperatives in the state. The council’s membership includes 47 local, state and regional cooperatives and represents nearly every type of co-op operating in Mississippi, including agricultural, marketing and financing cooperatives, and electric power associations. The scholarships, two at $1,000 each, will be awarded on an annual basis from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. Details on how to apply will be published in the April issue of Today in Mississippi. Over the past six years, the council has awarded a total of $40,000 in scholarships to

deserving students whose parents were members of a Mississippi cooperative. In addition to scholarships, the council sponsors annual programs for 4-H and FFA students, including a five-day youth co-op tour and a cooperative leadership camp. “Cooperatives have a tradition of encouraging the development of our young people,” said Ron Stewart, council board member and senior vice president of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. “For many years we have invested in their education through our scholarship programs and have made a strong commitment to equipping our future leaders with appropriate skills through 4-H and FFA activities. The cooperative business model is a great tool for teaching young people on the importance of working together to become successful in life.”

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Roy pried her off his shirt collar. He’d had enough. When he opened the door to go into the den she zipped in front of him and climbed up the Easter tree. Bunnies and plastic eggs tumbled across the floor. “Mollie’s acting crazy.” He turned to me. “Will the veterinarian take her back?” “She comes under their ‘no return’ policy,” I said. “Besides, I love her.” “What happened in a day’s time to change her so drastically?” He asked. Mollie is 5 months old, but she’d never been outside—until her calculated escape. She opened the cat door, which was locked. Its moveable knob was for human hands only. My fairly tolerant husband installed the flapping door in the garage for our grown cats. Mollie had been restricted to the back porch and the garage. There was a logical reason for her to stay inside. Our vet, who loves cats, wanted her to be a housecat. We’ve never had a cat live indoors all day and night. Except for a few months when we adopted Pitch Black. Pitch soon moved out after my not-so-tolerant husband caused his nervous breakdown. He scratched our recliner and Roy raised his voice to him. Poor Pitch. But Mollie is a different story. The vet was graced with an entire litter of newly born Siamese, except for the black sheep, Mollie, who was mostly black. All the Siamese had been adopted. Before Christmas I took Blue Mack out for shots and saw Mollie playing with a ball in the waiting room. I knew she was mine. Roy said it was a setup. They were expecting me—Mollie was planted so I’d see her. She was the most playful friendly cat I’d seen in a long time. No physical resemblance to her Siamese siblings—just a plain short-haired cat. Her actions, however, have changed into the cat breed of old Siam, now called Thailand. Siamese cats can act a bit testy. My belief is when she suddenly found herself outside, the shock was too much for her pampered lifestyle. She’d never walked in grass, been exposed to thorny shrubbery or climbed a tree. She’d watched the older cats stalk birds and witnessed other antics from the windows on the porch.

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Mollie and Blue Mack were friends. They hung out together in the garage on occasions. Our outdoor blue heeler is the cats’ caretaker. Sugar lives in the house and thinks Mollie is her toy. So they play on the back porch. Mollie stands on her back feet and boxes with Sugar, then they tussle like two wrestlers. Sugar is never bored. The day Mollie fled the garage, she climbed up and down the oak tree, stalked birds and ran like a deer. She showed no fear of the two big cats and chased them in circles around the house. There was no way to catch her. So I let Sugar out, opened the porch’s outside door and called Sugar. Mollie followed her inside. She is, however, too smart for me. Mollie learned that she can push her food and water off the counter—and my cell phone, my laptop computer screen, my cookbooks, even my potted cactus. It’s a game to her! I’ve tried her on a leash, but that makes her mad and she bites my hand. If there are cat race tracks, I may have a future champion. Do vets dispense tranquilizers for cats? I’ll ask that question when we board Mollie for our trip to Israel. I’m taking her to that “nice” veterinarian who tricked me into adopting her. I’m expecting him to use his expertise and train her to stop streaking and biting— or else she’ll reside outside with the unspoiled cats. Any advice from cat lovers? 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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Amazing Omelets in a Bag

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Most of the recipes in “Our Family’s Favorites” come from home kitchens in Mississippi. But just to spice things up a bit, a smattering of recipes from good cooks in other states is included. Members of Full Life Assembly of God Women’s Ministry compiled the recipe collection—their sixth cookbook—with the church’s annual Taste Fair in mind, said Debra Dickson, of Lucedale. “At the Taste Fair, which is held at Full Life Assembly in Hurley each April, we serve over 30 delicious dishes that are taken from the cookbook,” Dickson said. Proceeds go toward the organization’s missions pledge to the Mississippi District Women’s Ministry. “We were able to generously support the printing of Gospel literature to be used in ministering to Chinese children,” Dickson said. We hope you enjoy the sample recipes on this page. To order your own copy of the cookbook, send $12 (includes postage) to Debra Dickson, 151 Ronald Williams Road, Lucedale, MS 39452. For more information on Full Life Assembly, go to the church website at fulllifeassembly.org.

Tuscan Vegetable Soup 1 (15.5-oz.) can cannelloni or other white beans, drained and rinsed 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup) 1 medium carrot, diced (about 1/2 cup) 1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 tsp. minced garlic 1/2 lb. hot and spicy link sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 4 cups chicken broth 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice 2 cups baby spinach leaves

In a small bowl, mash half the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, zucchini, garlic, sausage, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender (about 5 minutes). Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add mashed and whole beans and spinach leaves. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.

Extra-large eggs, two per person Filling ingredients: Cheese, shredded Ham, chopped Steak, chopped Onion Green pepper

Tomato Salsa Mushrooms Salt Pepper

Cut onion, pepper and tomato into a small dice. Slice mushrooms. Lay out filling ingredients in small containers on a counter. Have guests use a permanent marker to write their name on a quart-size, self-locking freezer bag. Crack 2 eggs into each bag and seal the top; shake, mixing eggs well. Have guests add desired filling ingredients to the bag; seal, pressing out the air, and shake again. Place the bags into water at a rolling boil for exactly 13 minutes. (You can usually cook 6 to 8 bags in a large pot.) Open the bag with your name on it and the omelet will roll out easily.

Cast-Iron Skillet Blueberry-Peach Cobbler 3/4 cup self-rising flour 1/2 cup milk 1 cup sugar, divided 1 Tbsp. cold butter, cut up

1 egg 1 bag frozen sliced peaches, thawed 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a bowl, combine flour, milk, 1/2 cup of the sugar, butter and egg to make batter; set aside. In a cast-iron skillet, combine peaches, blueberries and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Heat to boiling. Pour prepared batter over fruit, and place skillet in preheated oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

Spinach-Artichoke Party Cups 36 (3-inch) wonton wrappers 1 (6-oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1/2 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic, minced

Prepare a mini muffin cup pan with nonstick cooking spray, and press 1 wonton wrapper into each cup. Lightly spray wonton wrappers. Bake at 300 F for 9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove shells from pan; place on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Combine artichoke hearts, spinach, cheeses, mayonnaise and garlic in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well. Fill each cup with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of mixture. Place filled cups on baking sheet, and bake about 7 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.

Pecan Crusted Catfish 4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp. milk 1/2 tsp. dried dill

1 cup ground pecans 4 (6-oz.) catfish fillets

In a shallow bowl, combine mustard, milk and dill. Place pecans in another shallow bowl. Dip fillets into mustard mixture and then into pecans. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425 F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 frozen banana, peeled and chopped

1 tsp. honey 1/2 cup strawberries

In a blender, combine the milk, yogurt, banana, honey and strawberries. Blend until smooth.

Correction The amount of cocoa powder in the Double Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake frosting recipe in last month’s issue should be 3 1/2 tablespoons.


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New TV show promotes healthy cooking with

Fresh ingredients Noted Gulfport chef Rob Stinson will host a new show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting beginning April 5. The program showcases fresh ingredients and healthy recipes for average cooks looking for alternatives to some of Mississippi’s traditional high fat content foods. More than two-thirds (68.6 percent) of Mississippi adults are either overweight or obese. As Mississippi leaders work to combat the state’s obesity and health problems, MPB has teamed up with Stinson to bring healthy cooking instruction right into the homes of MPB TV viewers. “Rob’s show is simply outstanding,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director. “Rob has a simplistic style that will help every Mississippi cook struggling to find better ways of eating healthy. This show is another extension of MPB’s efforts to help improve the quality of health in Mississippi.” The show is designed specifically with Mississippians in mind, tailoring each episode to Mississippi’s tastes. “‘Fit to Eat’ will take the average Mississippi resident and show them how simple it is to change their cooking style so they become focused on healthy cooking without sacrificing taste,” Stinson said. “It will show that with a little planning, they can eat healthier foods that will change their family’s future, and they can have fun doing it.” Seeking to help Mississippians make better, healthier choices when preparing everyday meals at home, “Fit to Eat” not only provides recipes, but also gives viewers helpful tips along the way.

“Making small changes in the way we cook our food can make a huge difference in health,” said Stinson. “For example, baking instead of frying, using a touch of oil instead of a pan full, using fresh, local vegetables instead of packaged—making these little changes can contribute to better health.” Highlighting and encouraging viewers to utilize Mississippi produce is an important component of the show. “Mississippi has always had great food resources,” said Stinson. “‘Fit to Eat’ will show viewers how to take

“Making small changes in the way we cook our food can make a huge difference in health.” — Rob Stinson Mississippi’s fresh products, such as seafood from the Gulf and the proRob Stinson duce from local farmers markets, to make delicious meals while also supporting our state’s commerce.” Beginning April 5, “Fit to Eat” will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. on MPB. For a list of dishes or for more information, visit mpbonline.org/FitToEat.

Our next Picture This reinvents the alphabet “Picture This”is a reader photo feature appearing in the January, April, July and October issues of Today in Mississippi. We invite readers to submit photos illustrating a given theme and select a few for publication. Our next“Picture This”theme is The Photographer’s Alphabet. Submit pictures of any object that resembles a letter of the alphabet but does not actually depict the letter. For example, a tire representing an“O”would qualify but not an “O”depicted on a sign. Look for letter formations in your world and send them to us by March 19. Be sure to identify the letter in your photo. Some of the most creative photos will appear in

the April 2012 issue of Today in Mississippi. 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. We look for bright photos with good contrast and sharp focus.

Submission requirements • Photos must relate to the given theme. • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer (of any age). • Send prints or digital photos, but all 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. • Please do not send any photo with the date appearing on the image. • Photos must be accompanied by identifying information, including photographer’s name, address, phone and electric power association (if applicable). Include the name(s) of any recognizable people in the picture. • Submit as many photos as you like, but select only your best work. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail.

How to submit Mail prints or a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 391583300. Or, attach photos to an email message and send to news@epaofms.com. If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to only one email message, if possible. Photos must be postmarked or emailed by March 19. For more information, call Debbie Stringer, editor, at 601-605-8610 or e-mail news@epaofms.com.


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72nd Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage, Education Festival, March 31, Pass Christian. March 26 - April 7, Columbus. Historic home More than 20 exhibitors and youth activities, tours via double-decker bus, candlelight including NOAA’s “Turtle Hurdle” and marine reenactments at Friendship Cemetery, walkanimal touch tank. Free. War Memorial Park. ing tours, living history, 10K race, church Details: 228-475-7047. tours and more. Details: 800-327-2686; Christian Collegiate Academy’s Spring nancy@columbus-ms.org. Festival, March 31, Gulfport. Games, food, Taste of DeSoto, March 27, Southaven. silent auction, rummage sale, music, bounce Tasting event with foods from area restauhouses, crafts and more. Details: 228-832-4585. Submissions should reach us at least two months prior to the event date and must include a phone number with area code for publication. Mail submissions to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158rants; silent auction, entertainment. 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