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All else can wait; it’s time to gear up for turkey season or my column this month, I could tell you that last week Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Energy, testified before a House energy committee that required use of certain technologies for capturing and storing greenhouse gases would increase wholesale electricity prices 70 to 80 percent. I could write about www.action.coop, where you, as a cooperative member, can send a message to the Environmental Protection Agency to tell them to use an “all of the above” approach to meeting our future energy needs. And not to issue burdensome regulations that would virtually eliminate coal as a fuel source. But it’s March and for us good ole boys in Mississippi, March means ... spring turkey season! I went on my first turkey hunt in the spring of 2001, when a friend invited me, and I have been hooked ever since. I have found that turkey hunters aren’t just hunters, they are rabid turkey hunters! I don’t know why it is so easy to get hooked on this sport. Maybe it’s because it appeals to our inner child, which as any woman will attest to, is a big part of every man. There is just something about dressing in camo from head to toe and sneaking around in the woods and trying to find these birds, which are very intuitive if not smart. And there are the “toys”! Oh yeah, turkey hunters have lots of equipment. First, you have to have the calls. To kill the turkey, you must first call the turkey to you. This requires the use of a call, but not just one. You can use a box call, a slate call, a striker call, a mouth call and— for those of little skill or conscience—an electronic call. And you need several of each type, plus a bag to carry them and a vest to carry them while hunting.

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Then there are the clothes. You have to be totally concealed, so camouflage is a must. But because of the unpredictable springtime weather in Mississippi, you need warm camo, cool camo, bug-proof camo, raingear camo and snakeproof boots. And then there is the gun. Your dove, duck, deer, rabbit, squirrel gun will not work. Only a special camo, 12 gauge, full external choke, 3 1/2 inch My Opinion shell turkey gun will do. Michael Callahan Even as my wife protests, Executive Vice President/CEO “Do you really think the EPAs of Mississippi turkey cares what kind of gun you shoot him with?” Well, as a rabid turkey hunter, I care! Then there are the teachable life moments that come from turkey hunting: how you have to have a plan and prepare in order to be successful. I remind my son every year, who is now 16, the gobbler is chasing a hen when he gets shot! That is a life lesson for a man of any age. My greatest joy in turkey hunting happened last year on opening weekend. On my father-inlaw’s land on the Mississippi/Louisiana border, I called up a turkey and my son killed him. It was his first bird and a thrill for both father and son. I have the picture on my desk, and the fan, feet and beard are mounted in his room. Lucky for us, his room is so messy my wife still hasn’t realized it’s in there. For turkey hunters, the wait is almost over and soon we will be in the woods. For the rest of you, visit www.action.coop. It just might help you save money on your electric bill for years to come. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI

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Mississippi is ... ... vast bodies of water in the bayous, rivers and the Mississippi Sound. It’s catching perch in the afternoon on the bank of Bernard Bayou, and rising early before the sun to catch flounder and specks on the beach piers. And gazing back at the beautiful white, sandy beach. It’s the moss hanging from the huge oaks and the smell of fresh mown grass along the drive down Highway 90. Mississippi is hearing a blues band on the Town Green in Biloxi or attending the Crab Fest in Bay St. Louis. It’s eating watermelon straight from the farm. It’s the fireworks displays along the beach front on the Fourth of July. – Judy N. Clark, Pass Christian Starkville Cafe I know it might be out of your way but I’m going down to the Starkville Cafe. I have so many friends waiting there for breakfast, with smiles and stories to share. The waitresses are beautiful, fun and sweet, despite being constantly on their feet. They’re always so full of loving cheer, and when coffee is low, they’re always near. As for John, well, what can I say, he’s so “here and there” he looks like a “them.” Babies are cooing and bubbling with glee as if they were there to see only me. So if you could, please ma’am, as you pass by, “I think I know you, don’t I?” The pride of Starkville isn’t too far afield, just three red lights and a couple of yields. – John Michael Shelton, Starkville

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Eyes on the Skies Spectacles in space captivate Rainwater Observatory’s

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By Debbie Stringer He has been called the “Space Man” by students at French Camp Academy. But outside the school’s orbit, Edwin Faughn is widely known as a space sciences lecturer and painter of space art. His science-based paintings of extrasolar planets, star clusters and supernovae have illustrated every major science publication and been exhibited internationally. And hundreds of his space science presentations have been enjoyed by audiences of all ages and all types, from young scouts to professional astronomers. As director of the FCA’s Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium, Faughn channels his artistic talent and passion for astronomy to benefit the Choctaw County facility. Situated on a rural ridge near the Natchez Trace Parkway, Rainwater is home to some two dozen telescopes, including some of the largest scopes in the Southeast. Faughn describes Rainwater as “a window to the splendor of the heavens.”

There he leads popular educational programs open to the public and hosts special events for groups and organizations. Coming up this month is Rainwater’s annual Midsouth Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference (see sidebar). French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school and member of 4County Electric Power Association, hired Faughn about five years ago to work as assistant director under Jim Hill. A former FCA instructor and amateur astronomer, Hill led a group of volunteers in creating the observatory in 1985 with a donated 16-inch reflector telescope housed in a used 10-foot dome. Under Hill’s leadership, Rainwater grew to become one of the largest observatories in the region. Faughn became director upon Hill’s retirement. He brought a new set of skills to the post, having worked 20 years as artist, photographer and art director at the Pink Palace Museum’s Sharpe Planetarium, in Memphis, and as a successful freelance space science illustrator.

Edwin Faughn, top, a nationally known space sciences lecturer and space artist, is leading efforts to bring Rainwater Observatory, to the next level of service and functionality. One of the newer additions is the Sangre 25inch fully automated Ritchey-Chretien telescope, above, housed in the large observatory dome atop the rural Choctaw County ridge. Photos courtey of Edwin Faughn

With the help of volunteers, Faughn is renovating Rainwater’s facilities, restoring telescopes and repairing equipment. Faughn has a staff of none, so the volunteer labor is crucial. “Just in the short time I’ve been here,

I’ve realized just how dependent I am on volunteers,” Faughn said. “It’s a collective effort.” Scouts throughout the South come to Rainwater each year to camp, help with renovations and building projects, and


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Faughn enjoys sharing such jaw-dropping tibits of science. He seeks not to sensationalize but to convey the grandeur of the universe—and how tiny we are in the midst of “something far greater than any one of us can begin to comprehend,” he said. “God’s creation is off the scale. I don’t understand it and I have a million questions, but it’s exciting for me to study it,” he said. Astronomy grabbed hold of Faughn when he was a young boy. “My dad said I always had my head in the sky.” When his parents gave him a 6-inch telescope around age 8, he turned it on the moon, then the trees; he didn’t know then he could have seen the rings around Saturn and Jupiter’s moons—all from his backyard in Paragould, Ark. In high school, Faughn was inspired by astronomer Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” TV series. “He had a very powerful way of talking about the beauty and majesty of the heavens.” The series also gave Faughn his first look at fine-quality space art rooted in science. While in college studying graphic design, he met Kermit Rhea, a local astronomer. Recognizing Faughn’s genuine interest in astronomy and space art, Rhea invited him to view the heavens at his personal observatory. “He started teaching me how to do real high-end technical drawings through high-powered telescopes, like detailed drawings of the surface of Mars.” Rhea became a mentor who not only encouraged Faughn to apply for the job of artist at the Pink Palace but also Faughn’s highly realistic space artwork is based on scientific research data, not fantasy, and a good dose of his imagination. His works include, from top, images of matter swirling into a black hole; a ringed gas giant beyond our solar system, as viewed from one of its moons; and a binary star system seem from a desert extrasolar world. Images © Edwin Faughn

earn merit badges. Church groups, museum professionals, staff members and many other volunteers also lend a hand as needed. Rainwater has benefitted through the years from generous donations of equipment and funds, and from research grants. Faughn plans to expand that support by offering sponsorships to corporations and businesses. Given his museum background, it’s no surprise that another of Faughn’s priorites is the observatory’s collection of artifacts, such as meteorites and scale models. Faughn called on former colleagues at the Pink Palace to help assess and restore the collection, which will be

displayed in Rainwater’s renovated lecture hall. “I want to see them under glass and properly displayed, because we have some quality artifacts here,” he said. On one wall hangs Faughn’s painting of an asteroid as it would appear seconds before impact on Earth. The 6-mile-wide chunk of rock traveling at 1,000 mph above the blue Earth dominates the canvas with in-your-face boldness. “Say it hit the Gulf of Mexico,” Faughn said. “It would send a tsunami out at thousands of miles per hour and thousands of feet high. The wave, when it hit the coast, would go up past Kansas.”

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helped the young man rekindle his spirituality. “I was an atheist during that time. I was resolved that there was nothing beyond whatever we experience here on this earth,” Faughn said. Rhea shared his Christian beliefs with Faughn and patiently answered his questions. “I was really being stirred at that point because I realized I love science, but it seemed like it had only half the picture,” Faughn said. Convinced that God was nudging him, Faughn eventually returned to the church. One version of his most popular space science presentations, “Reflections of the Universe,” includes scriptures chosen for their beauty and relevance. “How tiny we are in the middle of all this. It’s humbling,” Faughn said. He hopes FCA students get this message. Some of them come to the school from a personal crisis or troubled background. Faughn wants these students, especially, to comprehend the immensity of the universe so they may learn to put their problems in perspective. “We’ve had some incredible experiences out here,” he said. “I think it really opens their eyes up. For one thing, [they see] they are not the center of the universe.” See more of Edwin Faughn’s artwork at edwinfaughn.com. To learn more about Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium, visit rainwaterobservatory.org, call 662547-7283 or email: info@rainwaterobservatory.org

Rainwater to host Stargaze, conference Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium in French Camp will host the 2014 Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference March 26-29. The annual event attracts participants and presenters from around the country for four days of learning, fellowship and observing. “They’ll set up on that hillside with every piece of equipment you can imagine. They come to do photography and serious work,” said Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater. Professional astronomers to speak at

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this year’s event include galaxy researcher Dr. William Keel from the University of Alabama, plus comet researcher Dr. Donna Pierce and extrasolar planet researcher Dr. Angelle Tanner, both from Mississippi State University. Registration is $45 per person before March 4 and $55 afterward. To register or make reservations for on-site accomodations, contact French Camp Guest Services at 662-547-9988 or: guestservices@frenchcamp.org More information is available at: rainwaterobservatory.org


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Building an easy-clean birdhouse and running from skunks

he day began in rare form. Upon stepping outside just before daylight, I discovered a skunk in my carport—under which was my truck, a favorite coat and, within seconds of said discovery, one of my dogs. The situation quickly got completely out of hand. A too-familiar aroma was immediately attached to all entities involved other than me. Upon my spontaneous retreat, I concluded 1) my truck was unfit for travel, 2) my dog was unfit for a game of chase the ball and 3) my coat was unfit for wear. I would have to remain sequestered for a time. Back inside and safe behind closed doors, I put on a pot of coffee and watched a feeder just outside the kitchen window. Within minutes the sun was up and a huge concentration of birds was there, goldfinch for the most part. They were glorious and this day, a day that could have been considered glum if judged by its genesis, was transformed into one of beauty. Out farther in an open area, I saw a bluebird checking a new house I had just the day before fabricated and erect-

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ed. And that brings us to the thrust of this column. My old bluebird house, after 10 years of viable service, had succumbed to the elements. Even the post holding it had toppled a month or so back. The entire unit had to be replaced. I liked this old house and considered getting another like it, but minus the tiny entrance hole, there was no way to clean it each year. With that in mind I lay awake Mississippi a couple of Outdoors nights trying to by Tony Kinton figure a system that I could build with limited tools and far more limited skill. I arrived at what I felt would be the perfect solution. Let me be quick to say that my design is not likely the first of its kind to be conceived. And there are probably more workable approaches. But keep in mind I did say limited tools and limited skill. I had a circular saw and drill and

zero prior experience in building a birdhouse. But with some rough-cut cypress, I entered the project with enthusiasm. And a simple project it is. Follow: First determine the size of the house without the floor. Now cut the floor 5 or so inches longer than the house is deep, but narrow enough to fit inside the side walls. Then cut the side walls so that they fit flush on the outside of the floor— only shorter—and still reach the desired height. The ends come next and can be vaulted toward the top middle or can be a simple slant front to back. Cut these so that they fit resting on the floor and sit inside the walls. The roof, whether vaulted or slanted, must now be cut and should offer ample overhang. Assemble the primary house (box) first. Drill the entrance hole and perching peg hole. Now place the house onto the floor, being sure the back wall is flush on the outside with the floor. Also, take care to sand the floor and/or side walls so that they slide easily over the floor. Attach the back wall, which is resting on the floor and not behind it, to the floor with two small hinges. I used a scrap of piano hinge left over from a previous project and cut it to length with a hacksaw.

Two deck screws, at top and left, screwed through the side walls and into the floor toward the front of the house hold the house down. They can be removed easily for cleaning. Hinge the back wall, above, to the floor of the birdhouse so the entire house will swing back and off the floor.

You now have a birdhouse that can be lifted from the front and will swing back and out of the way on that back hinge. The floor is exposed and can be attached to the post with deck screws. When you flip the house back into place, it is a complete unit. Be advised, however, that you must contrive some type latching system so that wind doesn’t blow the house open. A nifty brass latch would look good, but I just ran a deck screw though the wall and into the floor near the front on each side. A simple reverse of the drill will back them out to allow access to the house for cleaning and maintenance. I do recommend sanding the outside, particularly the top, to afford a smooth surface that will better shed water than will rough-cut lumber. That’s it! A birdhouse that can be built with basic tools and a minimum of carpentry skills. It could be a pleasant project in the shop or storage shed or carport on a cold day or a hot day or a day when you must wait for the essence of skunk to dissipate. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book, “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories,” is now available. Order from Amazon.com or: tonykinton.com


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Confederate deserter et me just say that I’ve never had a problem with winters so mild they were used as proof for global warming. This has not been one of those winters. ‘Course, we’ve had both cold and mild winters for as long as I can remember. I overheard a lady talking to the cashier at the grocery store the other day, saying all of this stuff comes in cycles. Probably true. Scientists say that at one time or another the entire planet has been completely covered in ice, pole to pole. And at other times earth has been so warm that there was no ice on it at all. The only Mississippi thing I can say Seen for sure is, we by Walt Grayson are between one or the other of those extremes. Now which way we’re heading, can’t tell. And you can’t prove a thing one way or the other by the weather at my house this winter. I do know this. This has not been the winter to make a bunch of travel plans without a backup alternative. For instance, on the day I was planning to travel to Hot Coffee (near Collins in Covington County), an ice storm hit south Mississippi. Up in the middle of the state where I live it was pretty much all snow. The roads were slick enough to keep the youngest granddaughter out of school that day, but clear enough so that she and I managed to putt around Brandon, Pearl and Jackson to get snow shots for a TV story. But south of us was slicked over like Atlanta. So I put off my Hot Coffee excursion until the next warm spell. What I wanted to do in Hot Coffee was talk to Judy and Herbert Harper, who ran Knight’s store there for years until they retired to their comfortable

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home across the highway. And what I wanted to talk to them about was Newt Knight. Newt is a hard-todefine character who hit his stride about the time of the Civil War. The legend of the “Free State of Jones” centers on Newt Knight and his band of deserters, and their evasion of the authorities while taking refuge in the Leaf River swamps in Jones and Smith counties. There are a couple of books about him. Each of them paints him in a different light. Ethel Knight’s “The Echo of the Black Horn” stylizes Newt from a family point of view, vindicating him and disavowing a bunch of the stories. More objectively, Victoria Bynum’s “The Free State of Jones” fills in the gaps and sticks more closely to the historical record. The 1940s book and movie “Tap Roots” is loosely based on Knight. The reason I wanted to go talk to

Judy and Herbert is that Judy is a Knight, and husband Herbert has become sort of a scholar on the topic ever since he discovered it irritated Judy’s mother to no end when he would call Newt Knight “Uncle Newt.” (Newt Knight was a distant relative.) I’ve been interested in the story for a while but have never taken the time to put the bits and pieces together. And wouldn’t you know it, the day I decided to start, I had to put it off because of an ice storm. (Maybe that’s an omen to leave the topic alone!) I’ll try to parcel out what I find over time, when I get back on it after the

Judy and Herbert Harper have closed Knight's store in Hot Coffee and retired. A long time ago when Mr. Davis owned it, his policy of always having hot coffee brewed at this store gave the village its name. Photo: Walt Grayson

spring thaw. He’s an interesting fellow, and the source of a bunch of Mississippi legends. Some of them may be true! Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at: walt@waltgrayson.com


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Safe bets for spring spruce-ups Leave electrical work to the pros Even the handiest do-it-yourselfers know it’s not safe to repair their own electricity. Your best bet: Spring for a licensed, qualified electrician when your home’s electricity or electric appliances are on the fritz. Even if you turn your electricity off at the circuit breaker box, it’s not necessarily safe to work on your home’s plugs and wiring. The Electrical Safety Foundation International also recommends: • Study your panel’s circuit breakers or fuses so you will know which one controls each switch, light and outlet. • Suit up in safety goggles and gloves before touching electrical components. • Triple-check that you have turned off the right circuits before you start any work. It’s easy to flip the wrong switch by accident. • Make 100 percent sure that the circuit cannot be accidentally turned back on while you are working. Let everyone in the house know the breaker box is off limits until you say otherwise. • Use a circuit tester to verify that the switch you are working on is operating properly before you turn everything back on.

• Even then, consider leaving dangerous electrical work— even small jobs—to a pro who knows the ins and outs of how to stay safe—and keep your home safe—when electrical work is needed.

It’s time to open up your summer place If you’re lucky enough to have a second home to enjoy on summer weekends near the water or in the woods, it’s time to get it ready for summer. On the first warm spring weekend, take a drive to your place to air it out, dust off the cobwebs and chase away any bugs that moved in while you were gone for the winter. Also: • If you keep the water shut off all winter, that’s the first thing to turn back on—even before you turn on the electricity, gas or water heater. Turn on the faucets first—to “bleed” air and sediment out of the system, and then turn on the main water valve. • Once the water is on, check under sinks and toilets for leaks that might have to be repaired. • Turn on your electricity and gas and plug in your appliances to learn if they’re still working properly. • Take a walk around the outside of the house and remove broken tree limbs, leaves, dead animals and anything else that might have fallen on your outdoor air conditioning unit. • While you’re at it, rake leaves, branches and brush away

from your house—both as a safety precaution and also so they won’t retain water that could leak into your weekend home’s foundation. • Change your furnace and air conditioner filters. • Inspect windows for cracks in the glass or rot around wood frames. The better shape your windows are in, the more comfortable your home will be during air conditioning season. • If you have an attic or crawl space, squeeze yourself into it and inspect your insulation. If it has gotten wet or has pulled away from the ceiling or walls, replace or reattach it. Insulation is most effective when it’s touching a surface. • Notice if your gutters have pulled loose from the house, and reattach them so they will keep winter storm water from draining too close to the house.

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Living my life in the black and white an you answer this question? When was the first cookbook written in America? “America Cookery” was published 1796 in Hartford, Conn. The author was Amelia Simmons. Before then cookbooks were printed by the British and used in the colonies. Do you know this answer? Who is noted for writing the first modern book on self-improvement, or as it is called today, “self-help?” He was born in 1888 and died in 1955. If you guessed Dale Carnegie, you are right. In very ancient times, Plato, who was born in 427 B.C., wrote self-help books. His most famous writing was “The Republic.” This dealt with ethics, politics, moral behavior and other subjects. Solomon wrote rules for a good life through “wisdom” in Proverbs around 950 B.C. Jesus “spoke” his words of help and we read them today in the Bible. In our day it’s obvious we want selfhelp in a summarized version. A quick fix. Check it out when you visit a large book store or other places where books are available and meander down the row or rows of self-help manuscripts. I have oodles of self-help books, though the books failed to give me answers to all my questions. Especially “Live Now, Age Later.” I’ll admit, I’m passionate about books in general, though I’m choosy about novels and don’t care for romance paperbacks. Not saying I haven’t read a few ...

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just to see why so many people are addicted to them. My favorite categories are nonfiction, biographies, self-help and cookbooks. I fancy fiction if it is outstanding and with a moral story. Mr. Roy prefers nonfiction and a good novel occasionally, but his favorites are Civil War and World War II books. After my war hero finishes a book on the Civil War, he packs the RV for a trip to visit a particular battlefield. Later he says, “Now I understand better what happened and why they chose their course of action.” I yawn and say, “Let’s find a good restaurant.” While he was building shelves for my cookbooks, I asked, “Would you make a valid Grin ‘n’ mathematical Bare It estimate of the number of by Kay Grafe books in our home library?” He’s an engineer and definitely good at mathematical problems. After 30 minutes he gave me a typed report. Just like him. “There are 1,240 volumes.” Then he sarcastically added, “An estimate of books actually read from cover to cover: 500 volumes.” “You don’t know that!” I took a stand with my hands on my hips. “I know how many you don’t read from cover to cover when I order them from Amazon,” he said. “I haven’t had time to read ‘The Daniel Plan.’ It should be good since the

main author is Rick Warren, the minister. Dr. Oz has his say in the book too. It’s a healthy diet book that doesn’t make you feel deprived. According to Rick.” Mr. Roy wouldn’t stop there. “What about ‘The Paleo Plan’?” “Now that’s where you’re wrong. I read every word, and tried it, remember? It’s the one that I had to give up wheat, then found out wheat is in everything. Fillers and, of course, flour for cakes, gravy, canned food ... you name it. I almost had a nervous collapse during those weeks.” “There’s no magic formula for losing weight,” he said. “Here’s my formula: Don’t eat as much.” He had become annoying. “I do not eat much! It’s about metabolism.” He looked at me with a smirk. “But please don’t give up wheat again. You almost drove me crazy. Keep collecting normal cookbooks when we travel. I like you better when you’re cooking real food.” “OK, if you’ll continue taking me to new places of interest, you know I can’t pass up tantalizing cookbooks.” Neighbors in Mississippi, before I close, can anyone read French or Italian? I need help on two cookbooks I couldn’t resist on a trip a few years ago.

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Lee Hedegaard, General Manager & CEO Lorri Freeman, Manager of Public Relations Amanda Parker, Public Relations Specialist For more information, call 601-947-4211/228-497-1313 x 2251 or visit our website at www.singingriver.com

Reflecting back over 44 years at Singing River Electric

The year 1970 seems like a long time ago. But in reality, I do not know where all the time has gone. First as a cooperative engineering student, then as a project engineer for the Gautier office in 1975, and finishing my career as the CEO located in the Lucedale office today. My career has seen many ice storms and hurricanes, both here at home and away helping other systems. In addition, I have seen many techno-

logical advancements including trucks, computers, meters, cell phones and substation equipment. These improvements have really changed the electric industry. Time has finally arrived for me to go home to my cows and spend time with my family. Forty-four years ago, I walked in the Singing River Electric office for the first time. Over the years, I have stressed to the employees how important that first impression is and how important it is for us to treat others as we want to be treated. Singing River Electric has grown to be the 44th largest electric cooperative out of nearly 900 in the United States. I am very proud of this fact and the level of professional service we are able to provide to our members. I would like to thank all the members, employees, and past and present

board of directors for their support over the years. I have enjoyed helping others make their dreams come true by bringing reliable, cost-effective electric power to their homes and businesses.

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Lee Hedegaard, General Manager and CEO Singing River Electric

Save on lighting costs

Member Services Rep. Jeff Gray gray@singingriver.com

Retiring CEO Lee Hedegaard and his replacement Mike Smith in 1989 reviewing the departing crew roster following Hurricane Hugo.

Conservation can begin with a better understanding of your electric bill. SRE members are billed according to how much electricity is used and how many kilowatt hours are consumed. A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy equal to 1,000 watt-hours. For example, a 100-watt light bulb burning for 10 hours uses one kilowatt-hour and costs about 11 cents. Replacing an incandescent 100-watt light bulb with a 26-watt CFL bulb will result in significant kilowatt-hour savings and can be multiplied by every light fixture in your home according to the light’s use. Lighting makes up about six percent of a residential monthly bill.

Notice of Singing River Electric Director Qualification Period 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 (Friday, March 28, 2014).


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Hedegaard to retire as manager of Singing River Electric

Lee Hedegaard will retire this month after 44 years at the cooperative. Starting his career as an engineering co-op student from Mississippi State University, Hedegaard rose through the ranks to become assistant manager, and then CEO in 1998 succeeding Jack Ware who had hired him in 1975. Lineman Training School Partnering with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to form the Lineman Training Program and working with NRECA International to organize four trips to Guatemala are two of his favorite accomplishments. In 1999, Singing River Electric (SRE) and MGCCC came together to create an apprentice lineman training program in response to a shortage of trained linemen and a trend toward a retiring workforce. The program was the first of its kind in the southeastern United States and has been duplicated by three other community colleges in Mississippi. It has graduated more than 500 linemen in 14 years, and SRE has hired over 60 of the graduates. Guatemala In 2009, SRE partnered with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s International Foundation on a humanitarian project to bring power to the rural areas of Jalapa, Guatemala. Lee had the opportunity to travel on these humanitarian trips two times. The trips were organized and funded by NRECA International. The efforts to bring electricity to these villages changed the lives of the residents forever. They also changed the lives of the linemen who traveled to help. Hurricane Katrina In the years Lee led SRE, he faced many natural disasters from ice storms to hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina, however, proved to be a defining moment in his career. Following Katrina, every meter in the system lost power and was restored within just 14 days. “We went from about 180 employees to 1,000 in about 24 hours after the storm. I am so proud of our

experienced and trained linemen who did an amazing job and worked safe. I am also proud of the employees who stepped up to do a variety of unusual but necessary jobs from cooking to cleaning in order to ensure power was restored as quickly as possible,” commented Hedegaard. Technology Upgrades During Hedegaard’s tenure, many efforts were made to upgrade technology in the areas of meter reading and outage management. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, SRE began the installation of the automated meters in order to process meter readings automatically and make billing more efficient. Several years later, an interactive voice response system was added where a customer could call and check an account balance, report an outage or make payments at any time of the day or night. Under Hedegaard’s leadership, SRE’s distribution system and general processes have become more reliable and embraced technology. Substations have been upgraded and constructed in new areas to meet the rising demand for electricity. Economic Development In addition to technological improvements, SRE has made strides in supporting economic development in the area it serves. Approximately $7.8 million in USDA zero-interest loans have been secured by SRE to fund local economic development projects and create or maintain jobs over the past 15 years. Recently the association has also created a revolving loan fund to increase the amount of money available to loan and spur economic growth in the service area. The cooperative has been able to assist Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, George Regional Health System and Mississippi Export Railroad, as well as other businesses with zero or low-interest loans. Mike Smith will assume the responsibilities of general manager and CEO of SRE at the end of March. Mike has worked at SRE for 38 years, is a Mississippi State graduate and has his Professional

Engineering certification. “Lee has always had a hands-on approach, traveling with crews as an engineer early on to help restore power after hurricanes or ice storms and later as a CEO taking time to regularly visit with crews and all employees to foster good communication and goodwill,” said Smith. “He has set a standard of leadership I plan to continue.”


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Extreme cold weather has big impact on winter bill The Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast area had an unseasonably cold winter this year. Coastal Weather Research Center in Mobile, Ala., stated it was the 7th coldest January on record. Singing River Electric experienced an all-time peak in demand for electricity. However, even with the extreme temperatures, Singing River Electric fared well with very minimal weather-related power outages. "Cold weather, especially extended or extreme cold weather, can create higher electric bills because it takes more energy to heat a home than to cool one," said Lee Hedegaard, general manager and CEO of Singing River Electric. When you receive the power bill for this same time period, it is easy to think you did not change your routine. It is hard to imagine using the added electricity, but severe cold weather can

have a big impact on electricity bills. On Jan. 7, when the low was 14 degrees, the heater in your home was most likely set to 68 degrees or higher. Your HVAC system had to work hard that morning and keep cycling on to make up the 54 degree difference between the frigid air outside and the comfortable temperature you desired inside. "Some homes used 10-15 kilowatt-hours or more per hour when the temperatures were below freezing, because that is when the auxiliary heat strips come on for heat pump systems," said SRE assistant manager Mike Smith. "In other homes that do not have heat pumps or have insufficient insulation and other weatherization issues, the usage was even higher." There are things you can do to help. Look on your billing statement

to monitor the electricity usage for your home or business compared to the past month or the past year, or log onto Singing River Electric’s website at www.singingriver.com and click “Pay Bill” and then “View Charts.” Teach your family to use energy wisely by lowering your thermostat, and stay warm by bundling up and dressing as you would outside while inside. Also, download “101 Ways to Save Energy

and Money” to see additional ways to save. “When temperatures are in the teens and twenties, you can only do so much to curb usage,” said Smith. “However, little changes add up and every effort made to conserve will result in savings on your billing statement.”

Did you know you can go online to www.singingriver.com and view a graph of your usage? Simply click Pay Bill and View Charts. This is a SRE member’s chart showing how electric usage spiked as temps dropped low. Monitoring your usage can help you and your family conserve.

Programmable thermostats can save up to $160 a year in energy costs. Match thermostat settings to your schedule: cold when you’re away and warm when you’re at home. In winter, set the thermostat to 68 degrees during the day (lower at night when you’re snug in bed). By turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for at least eight hours, you can shave 5 to 15 percent from your heating costs. Source: TogetherWeSave.com, U.S. Department of Energy


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Crews assist Georgia co-op restore electricity after Winter Storm Pax Singing River Electric sent a 17-man crew and nine vehicles to Sandersville, GA, on Wednesday, February 12, to help restore power to Washington EMC customers. Washington EMC’s service area, located east of Macon, experienced extreme weather conditions associated with Winter Storm Pax including ice, snow and freezing rain. At the time when SRE crews departed for Georgia, Washington EMC had approximately 9,030 of their 15,300 members without power. Heavy ice and snow accumulations had caused the widespread outages. "We were ready to respond as soon we received the call for help," said general manager and CEO Lee Hedegaard. Singing River Electric crews over the years have assisted many co-ops in both winter weather and tropical storm situations as part of a national electric cooperative assistance agreement. “This is our way to help fellow cooperative members in need, and our crews gain valuable experience during the process,” said Hedegaard. “The co-ops we help are often the first to volunteer when south Mississippi needs help.”


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Community Grants George County High School teacher assistant Raye Fincher (l-r), principal Kiley Hughes and special education teacher Cecile Yarber accept a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Grant check from SRE assistant manager Mike Smith. Grant funds will purchase six Nexus tablets with keyboards and cases to be used by special needs students as they learn life skills.

East Central fifth grade gifted students (l-r) Seth McCartney, Joshua Rhodes, Samuel Henderson, Rebecca Havens, Michael Trumbaturi, Regan Grantham, Laura Cumbest and Peyton Boler along with East Central gifted facilitator Marie Bond and East Central Upper Elementary principal Lynn Brewer accept the NHN Grant check from SRE manager of member services and facilities Nick DeAngelo. Grant funds will purchase four Dell laptops with Microsoft Office software for the gifted program, which will be used for LEGO MindStorm Robotics software and daily classroom use.

NHN Grants are available to local non-profits four times a year in January, April, July and October. For more information and application requirements, visit www.singingriver.com.

SRE administrative assistant Betty Carter presents a NHN Grant check to Moss Point STEM Team founder and head coach Billy Carroll; STEM team members Takya Millender, Shunnessey Odom and Jasmine Irving; STEM teacher Nikki Cunningham and Career and Technical Education director Durand Payton. Grant funds will be used to purchase a structure testing instrument for the team’s bridge building competition.

How to report a power outage It is easy to report a power outage. Simply call any SRE office and press “1.” While you may not speak to an operator, this is the fastest way to get your outage information into our system and get your power back on quickly. The outage management system will also call you back to confirm your restoration. Help us speed restoration and better serve you by updating your contact information including your current phone number. It’s easy! Simply call any SRE office or email us at contactus@singingriver.com.

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Watts Happening MARCH 7-9 GULF COAST GARDEN AND PATIO SHOW

MARCH 15-16 27TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW

This event features gardening seminars, experts in gardening products and services, outdoor living needs, yard art and more. Hosted by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Admission is $6. Free parking. Time: Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi Contact: 601-919-8111 or www.msnla.org

Exhibitors will have information on home design, new construction, remodeling, interior decorating, kitchens, baths, appliances, lighting, flooring, cooking security and more. Hosted by the Home Builders Assocation of the Mississippi Coast. Admission is $5. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi Contact: 228-896-7646 or www.hbamscoast.com

MARCH 15 14TH ANNUAL GULF COAST BLESSING OF THE BIKES Come out for a fun day with music, door prizes, good food, free event pins, children’s activities and more. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles to be blessed. Sponsored by the Christian Motorcyclists Association Chapter. Free admission. Time: Registration begins at 8 a.m. - Blessing takes place at 10 a.m. - Games begin at 11 a.m. Location: First United Methodist Church, 2717 Highway 90 in Gautier Contact: 228-217-1139

MARCH 15 SUPER SATURDAY AT THE AARON JONES FAMILY INTERACTIVE CENTER Enjoy family-oriented fun with activities throughout the interactive rooms and outside. The day’s theme is “Wide World of Sports.” Free admission. Time: 10 a.m.-1p.m. Location: Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip Avenue in Pascagoula (Across from Pascagoula High School) Contact: 228-938-6418 or www.psd.ms/Information/FamilyInteractiveCenter

MARCH 22 18TH ANNUAL EAST CENTRAL OLD FASHION DAY This festival features food, arts and crafts, live music, antique cars, children’s activities and more. Sponsored by the East Central Civic Association with proceeds going toward scholarships for East Central seniors. Free admission to the grounds. Time: 9 a.m.-5p.m. Location: Lum Cumbest Family Park on Highway 613 in Hurley Contact: 228-623-0527 or on Facebook at East Central Civic Assocation

MARCH 22-23 21ST ANNUAL HERB, GARDEN AND ART FESTIVAL This outdoor event will feature the finest plants and herbs for gardening, landscape design, garden art and more, along with good food, fun lectures, and music. Free admission to the grounds. Hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Depot Parking and Marshall Park in downtown Ocean Springs Contact: 228-875-4424 or www.oceanspringschamber.com


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Picture This: Things to love about spring For our next “Picture This” reader photo feature, we are looking for photos on the theme “Things to Love About Spring.” Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by March 10. Selected photos will appear in the April 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 each December.

free to add comments or explanatory notes. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail. I

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Mail prints to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Attach digital photos to email and send to: I Submission requirements news@epaofms.com • Submit as many photos as you like, but select only your best work. If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to • Photos must relate to the given theme. only one e-mail message, if possible. • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer (of any age). Or, mail a photo CD to Picture This, Today in • Photos must be in sharp focus. Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS • Digital photos must be high-resolution JPG files. Please do not use photoediting software to alter colors or tones. (We prefer to do it ourselves, if nec- 39158-3300. For more information contact Debbie Stringer, essary, according to our printer’s standards.) editor, at 601-605-8610 or: • Photos must be accompanied by identifying information: photographer’s name, address, phone and electric power association (if applicable). Include news@epaofms.com the name(s) of any recognizable people, places and pets in the picture. Feel


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Try heirloom tomatoes for a unique experience here’s a mystique about heirloom tomatoes that causes me to get several phone calls each spring from gardeners interested in growing these fascinating plants. Let’s set one thing straight right now. There isn’t just one heirloom tomato; there are literally hundreds. These are not the perfect mass-produced hybrid tomatoes found in the seed racks and transplants at the garden center or in the bins of the grocery store. They’re colorful, with a range from bright red, orange and yellow to mahogany brown. They even have stripes. Many are lumpy and bumpy. Their best characteristic is that most people think heirloom tomatoes taste the way tomatoes are Southern supposed to Gardening taste. by Dr. Gary Bachman A frequent question is, “What makes a tomato an heirloom tomato?” First of all, heirloom tomatoes are nonhybrid, open-pollinated plants. That

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means seed collected from a particular fruit will produce similar tomatoes crop after crop. Second, heirloom tomatoes are typically defined by age. Depending on whom you ask, an heirloom tomato must be at least 25 years old. Some say 50 years or more. Others define them as seeds dating from before 1945. After World War II, hybrid development became more prevalent. I’m of the opinion that age doesn’t matter when it comes to heirloom tomatoes, as long as the variety is open pollinated. Third, families pass heirloom varieties down through the generations just like they do antique furniture. Any vegetable can become an heirloom when families collect their seeds and pass them on. The Nebraska Wedding tomato is a prime example. Tomatoes are also called “love apples,” and seeds were

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I grow primarily determinate varieties, because they are easy to care for. Heirloom varieties can be vigorous growers, and some indeterminate varieties can easily grow 6 to 7 feet tall. Determinates range from 3 to 4 feet tall. And once July 4 rolls around, it’s just too hot for the plants to reliably set fruit and for me to care for unproductive plants. Determinate tomatoes have a reputation for all their tomatoes ripening at once. This may be true for hybrid varieties, but in my experience, determinate heirloom tomatoes produce ripe fruit for six weeks, from the end of May to around July 4. This schedule is perfect for my style of tomato growing. At this point, I have to make a confession: I really don’t like fresh tomatoes. I grow them because my wife likes them. In effect, I grow the love apples out of love. So there’s no reason for you not to try some heirloom tomatoes starting this year. Now is the time to start your transplants. Seed selection will be limited in the seed racks, but take time to look through seed catalogs to find the heirloom tomatoes you want to grow this year. Try several varieties and see which do well in your garden. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.


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‘Southern Blend II’ Columbus residents and close friends Patsy Conquest and Gail Ward compiled more than 1,300 recipes from Columbus-area cooks, friends and family to create “Southern Blend II.” All proceeds from cookbook sales support the work of two mission efforts with roots in Columbus: • Operation Ukraine began in 1999 to send hospital supplies/equipment and clothing to Donetsk, Ukraine. The effort has expanded to include aid shipments within the U.S. and many other parts of the world, plus support services for local families. Conquest and her husband, Gary, work as volunteers at the organization’s warehouse in Columbus. • The Bill Brumley Cottage and Library at Casa de Esperanza (House of Hope) Children’s Home, in Honduras, was founded by two former Columbus residents to care for homeless children. Ward and her husband, Wade, have made many trips to Honduras to support the children’s home and other ministries. She also teaches English and assists women with the labor and delivery of babies. The cookbook may be purchased for $15 each if picked up or delivered in the Columbus area. For shipment to other areas, send $20 per book to Gail Ward, 244 Highway 373, Columbus, MS 39705. For information, call 662-352-4231.

1/2 tsp. chili powder 1 can tomatoes 1 (12-oz.) can whole kernel corn 1 1/2 cup rice

Brown beef in a skillet. Add onion and bell pepper. Add salt, pepper and chili powder. Add tomatoes and corn. Simmer 30 minutes. Cook rice and add to skillet.

Pizza Casserole 12 oz. pasta 1/2 onion, chopped 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper 1/2 cup pepperoni slices

1/2 cup cottage cheese 1/2 cup canned peaches or pineapple

1/3 cup powdered milk 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate

Process ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or ice cube trays and freeze.

Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice Cream Pie 1 (11.75-oz.) jar hot fudge topping 1 graham or chocolate-flavored pie crust 1 qt. vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

1 cup extra-chunky peanut butter Whipped cream

Spread 1/3 cup of the hot fudge topping (at room temperature) over bottom of pie crust. Chill in the freezer. Soften ice cream and mix with peanut butter. Spoon into pie crust and freeze several hours or overnight. Cover with plastic wrap when firm. Remove pie from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. Heat remaining fudge topping as directed on jar. Serve each pie wedge with a dollop of whipped cream and some fudge sauce. Yield: 8 servings

Apple-Raisin Topped Ham 1 (21-oz.) can apple pie filling 1/3 cup light raisins 1/3 cup orange juice 2 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 1/2 lbs. fully cooked ham, sliced 2 3/4 inches thick

Combine pie filling, raisins, orange juice, water, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cut ham slice into 6 equal pieces. Place ham and apple mixture into slow cooker by alternating layers of each, ending with apple mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve with rice, if desired.

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches 3-lb. chuck roast 1 cup water 2 beef bouillon cubes 1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce 1/4 cup catsup

Dash Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. minced onion 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup mustard

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Cauliflower Salad

Beef Skillet Fiesta 1 lb. ground beef 1 small onion, diced 1 small bell pepper, diced 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper

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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball 1 jar mushrooms, drained 1 (26-oz.) jar marinara or pizza sauce, divided 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

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Mississippi State University’s

Ulysses S. Grant 

By Nancy Jo Maples A lock of Frederick Douglass’ hair and photographs taken during the funeral procession of Ulysses S. Grant are part of a collection that spans 16,000 linear feet in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University. Those two items are among favorites of the library’s director, Dr. John Marszalek, a historian and professor who serves as managing editor of the Grant papers project. The collection includes Grant’s letters and other writings. The library gives instruction on Grant’s life, the Civil War, Reconstruction and 19th century America. Grant was born in 1822 in Ohio and died in 1885 in New York. He is best known as a U.S. military general during the Civil War and as the 18th president of the United States of America. Mississippi State University opened the library in 2009 after the papers were transferred from Southern Illinois University. Most of the papers are photocopies of originals held in other repositories and by individuals around the world. These photocopies were made over a period of 46 years by the previous library director. MSU is

Presidential Library

Visitors can learn about the Civil War, Reconstruction and 19th century life in America through artifacts and the writings of the 18th president of the United States.

responsible for their care and for making them available for research. The collection is open to undergraduate and graduate students, on-campus and visiting scholars, and to others who request permission from the library staff. Throughout the five years MSU has hosted the collection, approximately 3,000 people have visited the library for viewing and research. Its website has had about 100,000 hits. The library can accommodate all class sizes from school ages K-12 to college undergraduate and graduate levels. MSU is one of two Southeastern Conference universities with presidential papers. The other is University of Tennessee, which has the papers of Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. The Grant library is located in the Congressional and Political Research Center on the first floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library, just inside the Hardy Road entrance. The first volume of “The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant” appeared in 1967 and the last one, Volume 32, was published in 2012. The collection is owned by the U.S. Grant Association.



The association approved transferring the papers from Illinois to Mississippi and named Marszalek executive director and managing editor of the paper project. Marszalek is MSU’s Giles Distinguished Professor of History. At the time of the transfer, the decision was made to not disclose the names of other entities that had lost the competition for the collection. Marszalek said that people all across the nation, including national media, are intrigued that the Grant papers are located in the heart of the Confederacy. “We jokingly like to point out that it was fated to happen,” Marszalek said. “On Aug. 17, 1864, when Grant was battling Lee in the Virginia campaign, Lincoln wrote Grant the following: ‘Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew & choke, as much as possible.’ In fact, though, it was MSU’s reputation as a leading research institution with an outstanding university library that was instrumental. And, as President Mark Keenum likes to say, ‘Without Mississippi, no one would have ever heard of Grant!’” To arrange a visit to the library, call 662-325-4552. Information about the library is also available at: usgrantlibrary.org Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or via email at: nancyjomaples@aol.com


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B&S Consignment Spring/Summer Sale, March 5-7, Brookhaven. Gently used clothing for children, juniors and adults. Toys, shoes, home decor and more. Free admission. Lincoln Civic Center. Details: 601-303-1466; bnsconsignment.com. Lamar County Bluegrass Fest, March 6-8, Purvis. Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley & Larry Cordle, others. Admission. Lamar County Community Shelter. Details: 601-596-6496; hsellers@lamarcounty.com. 38th Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, March 8, Magee. Featuring Singing Echoes, Tim Frith & Gospel Echoes, others; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Magee High School auditorium. Details: 601-906-0677, 601-825-3937. Oxford Sacred Harp Singing, March 9, Oxford. Shape note singing from “The Sacred Harp”; 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; potluck lunch. Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Details: 662-236-5356. Mommy’s Secret Spring & Summer Consignment Sale, March 13-15, Olive Branch. Pleasant Hill Elementary. Details: mommyssecret.com. ourMississippi Honors, March 15, Tupelo. Recognition of corporate leaders in diversity and inclusion. Speaker: Stedman Graham; special guest: Myrlie-Evers Williams; 6 p.m. Admission. BancorpSouth Conference Center. Details: 662-844-2602; legendpublishing@comcast.net. Good Ole Days Festival, March 15, Lucedale. Old-time demonstrations, crafts, live music, antique cars/tractors, hit-and-miss engines, kids games, contests, more. Admission. George County Fairgrounds. Details: 601-508-9132, 601-947-2755. Retail Therapy, March 20, McComb. Nineteen Pike County retailers offer discounts, promotions to ticket holders. Admission. Details: 601-684-2291. Power of Angels in Concert and Lecture, March 23, Natchez. Featuring University of Southern Mississippi Opera singers and priests from Work of the Holy Angels; 1:30

p.m. Free. St. Mary Basilica. Details: hedyboelte@gmail.com; stmarybasilica.org. “Coastal Treasures” Spring Pilgrimage, March 25-29, Mississippi Coast. Tour homes, gardens, historic places from Diamondhead to Pascagoula. Special opening-day events at Biloxi Visitors Center. Tours are free. Sponsored by Gulf Coast Council of Garden Clubs. Details: springpilgrimage.webs.com. Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference, March 26-29, French Camp. Lectures by professional astronomers, observing, more. Camping area. Registration fee. Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium. Details: 662-547-9988; rainwaterobservatory.org. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Super Circus Heroes, March 27-30, Southaven. Acrobats, aerialists, clowns and more. Admission. Landers Center. Details: 662280-2131; landerscenter.com. Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival, March 28-29, Starkville. Features performers from around the country playing jazz, stride and ragtime music. Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Details: 662-325-6634; library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival. 74th Annual Spring Pilgrimage, March 28 - April 12, Columbus. Events include catfish cooking contest, garden party, “Tales from the Crypt” cemetery tour, carriage rides, Artisans Alley, homes tours, Wings Over Columbus Air Show and more. Details: 662-329-1191; visitcolumbusms.org. Art in the Park, March 29, Quitman. Craft vendors and demonstrators, food, entertainment. Mary Carter Park. Details: 601-7763080. “Road to Calvary” Easter Drama, March 30, Carthage. East Central Community College Drama Team to perform; 7 p.m. Old elementary auditorium. Also, 7 p.m. April 6 at Daniel Memorial Baptist Church, Jackson. Details: 601-654-3834. The Marksmen Quartet in Concert, April 3,

Newton. Bluegrass gospel music; 7 p.m. Offering. Ebenezer Baptist Church. Details: 601-896-2249, 601-683-3928. Annual Rummage Sale, April 3-4, Harrisville. Bargains, hot food, fellowship. Family Life Center, Harrisville United Methodist Church; 7 a.m. Details: 601-8471324, 601-847-1261. “Wings into Spring” Home and Garden Show, April 4-5, New Albany. Horticulture speakers, demonstrations, vendors. Free admission; luncheon admission. Union County Fairgrounds. Details: 662-316-0088; newalbanygardening.com. Gulf Coast Military Collectors Show, April 4-5, D’Iberville. Buy, sell, trade military memorabilia. Admission; free for WWII vets. D’Iberville Civic Center. Details: 228-224-1120. NatureFEST!, April 5, Jackson. Live animals from around the world, audience participation, nature trails, river canoe float. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Details: 601-5766000; msnaturalscience.org. “Fishes for Wishes” Police Motorcycle Training and Competition Rodeo, April 5, Southaven. Practice days April 1-5. Entry fee; proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. Southaven Town Center. Details: fishesforwishesmotorrodeo.com. Hunter Cox May Homecoming Gospel Singing, April 5, Wesson. Performers include Spoken 4 Quartet, Calm Assurance Quartet, others; 6 p.m. Admission. Rea Auditorium, CoLin Community College. Details: 601-9063554, 601-214-8017. 39th Biannual Street Festival, April 5-6, Picayune. Food, handmade items, restored-car show, motorcycle show, children’s activities. Free admission. Details: 601-799-3070; picayunemainstreet.com. 39th Annual Southern Heritage Pilgrimage, April 4-6, Aberdeen. Historic homes tours, ghostly cemetery tours, carriage rides, live performances, more. Details: 800634-3538; aberdeenpilgrimage.com. Walk for Wishes, April 5, Meridian. Make-AWish fundraiser 5K walk. Dumont Plaza, downtown. Details: 601-483-8144. Pink Ribbon English Tea, April 5, Hattiesburg. “Downton Abbey” themed tea room, fashion show, string quartet music; 2-4 p.m. Admission. Downtown train depot. Details: 601-450-7465. Whistle Stop Arts & Crafts Festival, April 5, Waynesboro. Classic car and motorcycle show, 5K run, mechanical bull ride, pony rides, children’s train rides, goofy golf, entertainment, more. Details: 866-735-2268; wlib@wwcls.lib.ms.us. Annual Sacred Harp Singing, April 6, Bruce. Shape note singing from “The Sacred Harp”;

10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; potluck lunch. Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. Details: 601-8451984. “Light the Track” Relay For Life Event, April 11, Hattiesburg. Fun, food, awareness, luminaria ceremony; 4-8 p.m. Wesley Medical Center. Details: 601-543-8874; kerri.mauldin@cancer.org. Friends of Walthall County Library Dinner Theatre, April 11-12, Tylertown. Dinner, musical/dance performances, skits; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Tylertown Library. Details: 601876-4348. The Rodeo of the Mid-South, April 11-12, Southaven. PRCA-sanctioned rodeo; 7:30 p.m. Landers Center. Details: 662-470-2131; landerscenter.com. Third Annual “Smokin’ on the Tracks” BBQ Cook Off, April 11-12, Summit. Music, barbecue contest, entertainment, car show. Car show contact: 601-276-3294. Details: smokinonthetracks.com. “Southern Hospitality–George County Style” Quilt Show, April 12, Lucedale. Vendors, boutique, door prizes, donation quilt. Hosted by Melon Patch Quilt Guild. George County Middle School Gym. Details: 601-7660544. Sheep-to-Shawl Fiber Arts Demonstrations, April 12, Ridgeland. Wool processing, spinning, weaving, knitting demonstrations. Children’s activities and (weather permitting) sheep shearing. Free. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: 601-3732495; dhstringer@gmail.com; mscrafts.org. 34th Alcorn State University Jazz Festival, April 12, Vicksburg. University, college, high school jazz ensembles to perform; Arturo Sandoval workshop and performance. Free. Vicksburg Convention Center. Details: 601-877-6602, 866-822-6338; alcorn.edu/jazzfest. PineFest, April 12, Laurel. Working homestead, school wagon rides, Confederate soldiers, Southern Strings dulcimer music, food, more. Admission. Landrum’s Homestead & Village. Details: 601-649-2546; landrums.com. Big Pop Philadelphia Gun Show, April 1213, Philadelphia. Admission. Neshoba County Coliseum. Details: 601-498-4235; bigpopfireworks.com. Spring Variety Sale, April 12-13, Meridian. Meridian Little Theatre Ladies Guild event offering garments, housewares, home decor, toys, books, boutique area, more. Meridian Little Theatre. Details: 601-482-6371, 601679-7671. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Session, April 13, Gulfport. Admission; 2-5 p.m. Gulfport Elks Lodge 978. Details: 228392-4177.


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