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The dangers of a storm don’t end with its passage think most Mississippians start getting spring fever on Jan. 2, as soon as the holiday activities subside. Spring is indeed a glorious time in Mississippi. As if you need a little push to get in the mood, maybe this issue’s stories of colorful butterflies and songbirds will do the job. But springtime has a dark side too, in the form of severe storms and tornadoes. There are sobering reminders in many Mississippi communities—Louisville, Smithville, Tupelo and Yazoo City, to name a few—of these storms’ destructive and deadly power. A bit of tornado trivia: In 1936, a 1-year-old named Elvis Presley survived an estimated F5 tornado that slammed his hometown of Tupelo, killing at least 233 people. It is one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.* They didn’t have the effective warning systems in place back then that we have now. (Even if folks had been warned, many would still have perished in an F5.) Alerts (and weather radar) on smartphones, local sirens and “breaking news” TV reporting undoubtedly save lives today by giving people time to take cover. But it’s still up to us to be alert to those warnings. One tornado victim said in a TV interview last year that she didn’t know a tornado was occurring until she saw it bearing down on her neighborhood. It’s also important to remember that the danger doesn’t end with the storm’s passage. A tornado-stricken area will have downed power lines, and there is no way for the public to determine whether these lines are energized or not. Even if the power is off in the immediate area, an individual line could still be “hot” and extremely dangerous. Fatalities have occurred when homeowners tried to move a power line themselves. The No. 1 rule of electrical safety is to avoid contact with all power lines, damaged or not. If you touch a live wire, it will likely be the last

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On the cover Margaret Gratz, aka the Earth Lady, has photographed butterflies for years at her home in Tupelo and now shares the beautiful results in her new book, “Butterflies: At Home in the Earth Lady’s Garden.” Gratz, a Master Gardener and member of Tombigbee Electric Power Association, shares tips for creating your own butterfly-friendly garden. See story on page 4.

thing you ever touch. If you see a downed or low-hanging power line at any time, call your electric provider immediately to report it. Do NOT approach the line or any trees it may be touching, and keep others out of the area. Children must learn this safety lesson too, and the sooner the better. Never allow children of any age to roam through storm My Opinion damage. Electric power assoMichael Callahan ciation linemen underExecutive Vice President/CEO EPAs of Mississippi go extensive training to gain the life-saving skills necessary to restoring power after a natural disaster. Everyone wants their power back on quickly, but linemen can’t ignore safety. Electric power association members seem to get this. We usually see a lot of “atta boys” on social media after storm work, and we’re always grateful for the public’s patience. Part of our job as electric cooperatives is to educate our members about electrical safety. If you ever have a question about electrical safety or see a situation that prompts such a question, please don’t hesitate to call your electric power association. Your concern will be taken seriously and your questions will be answered by highly trained electric power professionals. As for me, I’m looking forward to shaking off winter in the coming weeks and giving some wild turkeys a good chase—after I check the weather forecast. * From “Mississippi Weather and Climate,” by Kathleen Sherman-Morris, Charles L. Wax and Michael E. Brown. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI

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In a tender display of courtship, a male northern cardinal feeds a seed to his mate. Cardinals mate for life and stick together throughout the year. Noveline Higgason photographed the love birds at her backyard birdbath in Louisville.

Mississippi is hospitality! Sunday gatherings with family and friends.... where “please” and “thank you” go a long way. Majestic oaks, tall pines and beautiful magnolias in bloom are all sights to behold. Don’t forget about the mighty Mississippi River! A visit here will make you wonder why you didn’t come sooner. Upon leaving, you’ll probably hear these words, “Y’all come back now!” – Charles L. Freeman Jr., Wayne County Where I’m from looks like Dusty cornfields across my dirty, deep driveway Duck and deer mounts scattered on our wall like prized possessions Celebrating our excellent grades at a restaurant of the kids’ surprising choice. Where I’m from smells like Fudge brownies tempting us to devour them The strong cologne my long-legged dad wears to work Homemade chicken and dumplings on Easter in my grandma’s colorful kitchen. Where I’m from sounds like Ear-busting cheering from both anxious softball teams Ten thousand laughs from our wars of tickling each other “I love you” early in the morning before I get on the school bus. Where I’m from tastes like Pizza topped with melting cheese and red, thin pepperoni with a thick seasoned crust at Miller’s Spaghetti with red, mouth-watering sauce, slippery noodles and bits of deer meat McAlister’s on a chaotic Sunday after early-morning church. Where I’m from feels like The joy and excitement of a first-place win late at night The anxiousness of my baby sister’s birth at dawn The warmth and love from my family’s hugs. – Columbia Holeman, age 13, Sandhill

What’s Mississippi to you? What do you treasure most about life in our state? Send your thoughts to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or email them to news@epaofms.com. Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing.


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New book from Master Gardener

Margaret Gratz showcases Mississippi’s native butterflies By Debbie Stringer It’s cause for celebration, that first springtime butterfly seen bouncing across the yard. It may be shopping for a summer home, although butterflies don’t care about floor plans or updated kitchens. Their real-estate ideal is all about the plants they need to survive. You can put out the welcome mat for butterflies in your yard by allowing native trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers to flourish there too. But which plants? What nectar does the viceroy butterfly prefer to sip? What leafy cradle is best for gulf fritillary eggs? And who knows the pearl crescentspot’s tastes? Margaret Gratz does. For years she has watched and studied the butterflies inhabiting her wooded neighborhood in Tupelo. A Master Gardener, nature enthusiast and illustrator, Gratz writes the “Earth Lady” column in the Tupelo Daily Journal and has contributed articles to several publications. She is the author/illustrator of four books, including “Wildflower Watch” and “At Home

in the Earth Lady’s Garden.” Butterflies are her special passion and a favorite photographic subject. Whether looking out a window or walking down the street, Gratz keeps her camera handy to photograph these flamboyant—and often elusive—divas of the insect world. So, naturally, a book about butterflies was in order for this author. “Butterflies: At Home in the Earth Lady’s Garden” presents full-page portraits and essays on some 30 species of butterflies Gratz has photographed, mostly in her own backyard. “A lot of beautiful butterfly books have butterflies that are exotic, and you

have to go to Brazil to see them. The ones in my book can all be found in Mississippi,” said Gratz, a member of Tombigbee Electric Power Association. Each species’ picture is accompanied by detailed information on habitat needs at all stages of life, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly. “It is not a field guide,” Gratz said, “but sort of an introduction to the butterflies that are indigenous to Mississippi, the ones that would most catch your eye.” She writes for readers who want to learn more about butterflies and ways to attract them. Only a little know-how is

required to get started in this absorbing, enlightening hobby, suitable for people of all ages. Children especially could benefit from more time spent observing the natural world around them, Gratz believes. She encourages her own three young grandchildren to spend time among the garden plants and creatures when they come to visit. “Children always seem to have their head down. The ivory-billed woodpecker could land on their head and they’d never know it,” she said laughing. Native plant species are a must for enticing butterflies. “If you want a butterfly garden, you need host plants and


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Gratz advises resisting the urge to grab the herbicide when early-spring “weeds” pop up. Chances are the plants will be beneficial to butterflies or other desirable insects. Butterflies photographed in her yard in Tupelo include (clockwise from far left):

you need nectar plants,” Gratz said. “I think the interconnection between plants and butterflies is what makes lepidoptery so interesting, because you cannot have one without the other.” Lepidoptery is the study of butterflies and moths. Each species of butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves of a specific host plant, on which the larva will munch after hatching. Monarchs, for example, cannot survive without the native variety of milkweed, its host/larval plant; the zebra swallowtail lays its eggs only on the pawpaw tree. Nectar plants provide food for adult butterflies. Butterflies depend on them for a continuous source of nectar from spring to fall. Zinnias, although not native to Mis-

sissippi, are “butterfly magnets,” Gratz said. “A pack of zinnia seeds is really all you need to get started. Butterflies love the nectar, and zinnias bloom and can take the drought in the hot Mississippi summer.” Gratz is not above setting out purchased pots of flowers to grab the attention of the first butterflies of spring. But she is a firm believer in the power of short-lived spring wildflowers—what some folks call weeds—to provide food for pollinators. Some examples: • Woodland phlox: Its lavender flowers open in time to feed butterflies emerging in early March. • Clover: Let it grow unchecked. It will disappear from the lawn when the grass begins to grow. • Spring beauty: This common native perennial produces clusters of small white to light-pink flowers. The plant goes dormant in late spring.

• Silver-spotted skipper • Viceroy • Tiger swallowtail • Eastern black swallowtail • Monarch Butterfly photos by Margaret Gratz

Gratz advises resisting the urge to grab the herbicide when other earlyspring “weeds” pop up. Chances are the plants will be beneficial to butterflies or other desirable insects. “Nature’s timing is really interesting,” she said. And avoid the tendency to view caterpillars as intolerable invaders to be plucked from herb and vegetable plants. The eastern black swallowtail, for instance, depends on plants in the carrot and parsley family for its caterpillars’ survival. “How much parsley do you need? Let the butterflies have some,” she said. “Without bees and butterflies and other pollinators, you won’t have tomatoes or other vegetables.” Gratz tries not to preach the gospel of nature, just share information about it. She hopes her new book will foster a

wider appreciation of the workings of nature as exemplified by the butterfly’s life cycle. “I think if people understand nature’s way, they become much more tolerant. Once you acquire knowledge, even a little knowledge, it will peak your curiosity, and I think that’s what we need,” she said. “Butterflies: At Home in the Earth Lady’s Garden” is available at major independent bookstores in Mississippi. To order from the author, send $25 plus $3 S&H per book to Margaret Gratz, 3675 Old Town Circle, Tupelo, MS 38804. For more information, find Margaret Gratz on Facebook or visit the website (under development) at theearthladypress.com.


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Co-op crews rebuild power lines in a frozen landscape Once again Mother Nature left a path of destruction across north Mississippi, bringing down trees and power lines with freezing rain and leaving more than 15,000 homes into the cold and dark on Feb. 16. “Once we received the weather forecast predicting a major storm, we immediately activated our emergency work plan and placed our statewide work force on standby. We were prepared,” said Micheal Weltzheimer, vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi and coordinator of the organization’s storm power-restoration efforts. “At the peak of the storm, electric service was lost to more than 16,000 meters. This was due mainly to broken utility poles, downed tree and limbs on the electric lines,” Weltzheimer said. Officials from the eight electric power association reporting outages praised the efforts of their employees who worked in adverse weather conditions to restore electric service in a timely and safe manner.

Immediately after the storm, local crews battled cold and windy weather to begin the recovery task. They were joined by crews from four electric power associations in Mississippi not affected by the icy conditions. Within the first 24 hours, service was restored to more than 12,000 meters. Additional crews were called to assist and within 48 hours power was reconnected to virtually all meters. Thankfully, this year’s ice storm did not compare to the February 1994 ice storm, which left more than 196,000 meters without power. Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, recalled those cold, dark days of 1994. “Any time a winter storm is mentioned, my mind immediately takes me back to that infamous storm noted for the devastation it delivered. Fortunately, the latest version did not surpass or erase the memory of the ice storm of ‘94.” In case you do not remember or were not in the area, the 1994 storm affected

196,000 electric power association meters, and more than 25,000 poles had to be replaced or reset. The total cost of restoring electric service to electric power association members exceeded $75 million. In the past 21 years many things have improved due to lessons learned. Electric power associations continue to improve their comprehensive emergency work plan, train employees, stock extra materi-

als, and emphasize right-of-way clearing and technology use. But one thing has not changed. “As in 1994, our professional, hard-working employees are always prepared to answer the call. We will continue to be there for our members every day, night, weekends and holidays,” Stewart said. “And we appreciate our members’ patience and kindness during these difficult times.”

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Next ‘Picture This’: Pet Portraits You know how beautiful and sweet your pet looks. Now you can show everyone else. Pet Portraits is the theme of our next “Picture This” reader photo feature. Selected photos will appear in the April issue of Today in Mississippi. Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by March 16. Prints and digital photos are accepted. Mail prints or a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Attach digital submissions to an email addressed to news@epaofms.com. Please include the pet’s name and the photographer’s name, phone number, mailing address and, if applicable, the electric power association providing service to that address. For more information, go to www.todayinmississippi.com and click on “Picture This Guidelines.” Or call 601-605-8600.


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Ag museum alive and well (and open) despite fire Could be the weather. Could be that ark Twain, although folks thought it burned down. an immensely sucBut now that spring is in the air cessful writer and again, you might think about popping publisher, made into the ag museum to see what you some poor investments and ended up haven’t seen in a while. I stopped by the other day and chathaving to go on another ‘round the ted with Sandy Havard, the museum’s world lecture tour late in life to make some money to live on. During that trip director of operations, with the idea of doing a TV story update about the word came back to America that the museum, and what had and beloved author had died in hadn’t changed since the some foreign country. fire. Sandy said the fire was When Twain heard about it actually just confined to a he issued a statement somebarn and a utility shed and thing to the effect of, “The the veterinarian’s office. It report of my death is greatly just looked huge from the exaggerated.” helicopter’s viewpoint on The same could be said television, especially since it for the Mississippi Agriculwas getting dark on a late ture and Forestry Museum Mississippi afternoon in November. in Jackson. In spite of the Seen The animals are being huge fire on the property by Walt Grayson housed off premises until a last November, not only was new barn can be built. But the museum itself other than that, nothing has unharmed, but it is wide changed. The Parkman Farm is still open for business as usual. It has been there. So is Small Town Mississippi and open all winter, although visitation has all the buildings scattered about that are been down over the past few months.

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Part of the "new" model train setup at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Not only did the museum itself not burn in the big fire last November, but it is open and full of interesting things to discover and play with, like the trains! Photo: Walt Grayson

used for meetings and things. And, of course the main building has not changed at all except for the new additions to the collections. One of those new additions that I had heard about but had not yet seen was the extensive electric train display. The Red Caboose Crew and the Central Mississippi Model Railroad Association installed them and maintain them. They are huge, patterned after actual railroad exchanges and rail yards in Mississippi. And they are set up so you can push buttons, stationed at various places around the tracks, to run the trains and make noises and things like that. So I told Sandy that I was glad the opportunity came up to do a story about the museum being open full time because I had been wanting to do a feature on the new model train display, anyway. She said, “Yes. They have been in operation since 2008.” 2008? Really? My intentions are better than my actions, evidently, since I had been

planning to go see the trains since I first heard they were being installed. I guess I was just giving them time to finish up all the details. My tardiness in doing that story reminds me of something Miz Jo showed me on Facebook the other night. Someone had posted, “When a man says he will do something, he will do it. You don’t have to nag him every six months about it.” I didn’t think that applied to me until I realized I was seven years late covering a story I had been intending to do while it was still “fresh.” “Better late than never.” I don’t think Mark Twain said that. Maybe it was Miz Jo when I finally actually finished a project. One I probably thought I was well ahead of schedule on. 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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Little things mean a lot irst on my agenda is to thank my readers for your letters, calls and comments about my columns. You can’t possibly know how much that means to me. It’s heartwarming when I get calls from people I don’t know who give me encouragement. Also, if I run into folks at the grocery or when a nurse or patient recognizes me in a doctor’s office or other places I least expect. I’m always amazed how many people read Today in Mississippi. Folks tell me all sorts of things. For example: “Your story reminded me of my husband, or my cat or dog.” And, “Like you, I do crazy things and open my mouth when I shouldn’t.” Many have said that they were feeling blue and a column cheered them up. I especially like for folks to mention that they can tell I’m a Christian. Because my writing is not coming from me—only from our creator, and I do it for His glory. I’m blessed beyond anything I would have expected when I was young and living in an unpleasant family situation. I held my secrets close, hoping my friends wouldn’t know what went on inside my home. That’s a future book. I have pondered little things people do for friends and strangers in my heart, and now I try very hard to express my appreciation to others. Yet I don’t do it enough, especially when my mind is in the clouds or I’m tripping over the person in front of me at Dirt Cheap or Family Dollar. My list of things I intend

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to do reaches from here to Australia. We shouldn’t need a reminder to tell someone that they did a good job, whatever it is. So I guess I’m reminding myself as I write this. The title of my column is undeniably true. Some of you may remember the song “Little Things Mean a Lot” from back Grin ‘n’ in the fifties. Or Bare It as an Oldie. It by Kay Grafe was a romantic love song. The title is true in romance and marriage, but the meaning shouldn’t stop there. Little things go much further than pulling out a chair for one’s wife, or sweet notes stuck on the mirror, or husbands washing dishes or bringing their wives coffee in bed each morning. I’m not overlooking that big things mean a lot too, such as taking care of aged parents or sick wives, husbands or friends. Also: helping the poor, taking unpaid jobs in our churches and civic clubs, visiting shut-ins, calling and sending cards or letters to anyone you appre-

ciate, plus the volunteer workers who give their time and energy to hospitals and clinics. My main column idea today is the little things. We can illustrate little things by the number of miles from Mississippi to Australia. That’s a mere 9,789 encouraging remarks and thank-yous in a lifetime we can direct toward others. Examples: “That was a good sermon you delivered today,” “Thank you for helping me find the aspirins” and “Thank you for lifting that heavy sack of groceries for me.” The small things we say and do for people will not only make their day, but on occasion take away their lack of confidence, ease a heartache or relieve the hurt from harsh remarks made by a customer or friend. Some small thing may ease a nagging anxiety that some people carry in their hearts. A word of encouragement, especially, could help folks to feel appreciated whatever their job, whether a manager or a worker refilling empty shelves or some-

one hauling off our trash. It will do your heart a world of good to say “thank you” or make a comment about a job well done. Even if sometimes it’s a stretch. Guess I’ll be hearing from all those I didn’t say “thank you” to or mention their good deeds. I’ll apologize in advance. My brain doesn’t always perform well, and good intentions are a long-standing excuse. Ouch! That hurt to admit. 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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We know good customer service is more than making sure the power comes on when you flip the switch. Reliability is crucial and something we work hard to provide; however, good customer service can also be achieved through the little things. Two new customer services we are planning include the ability for members to prepay their electric bill and to directly report a power outage with a touch of the screen of a mobile phone or tablet. Over the past few years, Singing River Electric has installed new meters,

new technology in our substations and new software in our offices to put us in the position to offer Prepay and other services. Prepay would enable a member to forego the usual deposit and pay by kiosk, SmartHub app, in office or online, an amount of money that would directly be applied to the member’s account in prepayment for their electric use. The member’s use would be billed to the account on a daily basis. The member would receive an email when the balance is low. We feel this service would be a convenience to many members on a budget or otherwise. It is also a great way to monitor and manage the electricity you use in your home or business. Our SmartHub app and SmartHub website were launched in 2014. Both the mobile application and the website allow

members to view their electric use and compare data against weather history. This enables members to see how low and high temperatures correlate directly with increased electricity use. Members may also pay their bill and review current and past billing history. The mobile app allows members to access this information on the go. Singing River Electric is working to expand the mobile application to report outage information directly to dispatch. Currently the outage reporting button takes you to a phone number, and outages must still be called in. Changing the reporting to a more direct method speeds restoration time and increases ease of use and convenience. It is our goal to have both of these services available to Singing River Electric members by the end of the year.

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Singing River Electric exploring Prepay and direct outage reporting on SmartHub app

Member Services Rep. Stan Mills mills@singingriver.com

As we enter into a brand new spring season, warmer weather is well on its way. It is the time of year when we start gearing up to make changes in the home to try to reduce those higher summer electric bills. One way to do so is to reduce the air infiltration into the home. Outside air can leak into your home through unsealed areas around windows and doors. Air leakage accounts for between 25-40 percent of the energy used to heat and cool the home. There are several inexpensive ways to seal your home, including caulking around the inside and outside of your windows and adding or replacing the weather stripping around doors. Making these changes will reduce the amount of hot, humid air leaking into the home and in turn, reduce your A/C run time. 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 day of March (Tuesday, March 31, 2015).


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at Pearl River Valley Electric On December 24, 2014, a 15-man SRE crew traveled to Columbia to assist Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association with power restorations after an EF-3 tornado tore through the area on December 23. Starting in the early morning and continuing into the night, SRE crew members worked along Highway 98 to rebuild a 3-phase tap, which included changing out 3-phase poles and stringing new wire. PRVEPA had more

than 4,100 members without power. More than 150 broken poles had to be replaced. Power was restored to about half of the affected members sometime after midnight that first evening, with all power restored to those who could receive it by mid-afternoon on Christmas Day. SRE crews were among more than 200 linemen working on behalf of PRVEPA members.

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SRE crews repair a span of line.

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Giving to those in need ost of us have plenty. Oh, there are perhaps things we want and can’t afford, but true need likely keeps its distance. We are defi-

one I discover. But use and appreciation of venison doesn’t assist those in need. We must take action to see that the meat is made available to those who go lacking. nitely blessed. A nationwide effort began years ago But there are those who do have needs and has as its focus the collection and that they find difficult or even impossible distribution of deer meat to those who to meet. And while it may seem foreign are hungry. These individuals are numerin this land of abundance, the certainty ous and may depend on a variety of entiof a next meal is an issue for many. Enter ties to help meet their food requirements. the generous hunter. Common among these entiIt can be argued that Misties are local soup kitchens, sissippi has tremendous rescue missions, the Salvawealth where wildlife is contion Army and others. cerned. And among this Some organizations have wildlife perhaps no creature stepped up and direct this is more significant than the collection and distribution. white-tailed deer. Hundreds One such here in Mississippi of thousands are scattered is the Mississippi Wildlife Mississippi about the state, and these Federation (MWF). That Outdoors animals are the focus of organization’s program, practically every hunter who Hunter’s Harvest, sees to it by Tony Kinton ventures into the woods and that donated venison finds fields. Rare it would be for its way to the needy. any dedicated hunter who spends adeDr. John Woods, a friend and fellow quate time in pursuit of this grand anioutdoor writer, is on staff at Hinds mal to fail in the collection of all the Community College. There he serves as venison he or she can use. This introvice president of Economic Development duces the matter of those who are needy. and Workforce Training and Eagle Ridge Venison is a protein-rich, low-fat Conference Center in Raymond. He also commodity that should never be wasted. serves on the board of directors of MWF A little experimentation at the stove or and is head of the annual magazine progrill turns out dishes that are simply out- duction. standing, and hundreds of hunters have Woods says of the Federation’s efforts gained solid reputations as fine cooks of to feed the hungry: “Hunter’s Harvest is this attractive meat. So appealing is veni- a program sponsored by the MWF and son to the initiated in its use that it is a others where deer hunters can take their preferred choice. deer harvests to participant processors to I quickly admit to my fondness for have the meat turned over to the Missisdeer meat over all others, and it is an sippi Food Network to feed the hungry integral part of my diet. Recipes abound, in the state.” and I can hardly wait to try each new He adds that information about this

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Venison meatballs are excellent as a meat dish for a main course or on the party table.

Venison Party Meatballs 1 lb. ground venison (bacon burger can also be used) 8 to 12 oz. chili sauce 8 to 12 oz. grape jelly Salt and pepper* 1 egg

Worcestershire sauce* Dale’s Seasoning* Dried minced onion (optional) Bread crumbs (optional) Instant potato flakes (optional)

Combine chili sauce and grape jelly in a saucepan, and simmer until jelly is completely melted and blended into the chili sauce. Set aside. Knead all other ingredients into the ground meat. Use the Worcestershire and Dale’s sparingly. Unless fat has been added, venison is dry and will fall apart. Bread crumbs and/or instant potato flakes help hold it together. Roll the meat mixture into small meatballs and brown them in a skillet with oil. Be careful handling them to prevent crumbling until they are cooked. After browning, place meatballs on a paper towel laid in a platter and allow them to drain. Put sauce and meatballs into a slow cooker and cook on low to medium for approximately 2 hours, or until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked. * Add to or substitute other seasonings if desired. program is available on the Federation’s website, www.mswildlife.org. There are certainly other outlets for the donation of meat. Individual churches and other benevolence organizations may also have programs that provide meals for those in need. A bit of research could turn up a great many outlets across the state that could make good use of surplus venison. It will be much appreciated by all involved. So how big is this approach nationwide? The figures may surprise you. In a recent release by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), it was noted that since organized programs have been implemented, some 11 million meals have been provided to people in need, these all from hunters’ donations. Each year an estimated 2.8 million pounds of game meat goes to food pantries, church kitchens and shelters and finds its way to the plates of those

who would likely go hungry without it. With these statistics confirmed, it is easy to see that donated venison is a key ingredient in these charitable operations. It is estimated that one deer can feed up to 200 people, so hunter donations are essential. And we should not overlook that even more personal tactic of simply taking some deer meat to an individual or family who needs it. Check the freezer. Is there meat you can spare? If so, find someone who needs and would appreciate it. Make a donation. And begin even now planning for next year. Explore the details and requirements for donating, and make a pledge to share some of what you take. Somebody out there is depending on such generous action. 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 Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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Fried Green Tomato Casserole Not actually fried, this is a delicious use of green tomatoes.

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Soppin’ Shrimp Serve with hot, crusty bread for soppin’. ¼ lb. butter 2⁄3 cup lemon or lime juice 2 ½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. grated lemon rind 1 ½ cups Italian dressing 2 lbs. raw shrimp, with shells

In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add juice, pepper, rind and dressing, and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and simmer 6 minutes. Divide shrimp and sauce among 6 bowls to serve.

1 cup Ritz Cracker crumbs, divided 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese, divided 6 Tbsp. butter, divided

Layer half the tomatoes in a greased shallow dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add ½ cup cracker crumbs and ½ cup cheese. Dot with 3 tablespoons butter (in small pieces). Layer remaining tomatoes. Add seasonings and remaining ½ cup cheese. Add remaining ½ cup crumbs and 3 tablespoons butter. Bake, covered, at 350 F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes or until brown. Serves 6.

Southern Pecan Chicken Can substitute fish for the chicken for an equally good variation. 6 to 8 boneless chicken breasts Salt and pepper 2 eggs 2 tsp. Creole mustard

½ cup finely chopped pecans 1 cup plain bread crumbs ¼ cup butter, divided ¼ cup vegetable oil, divided

Lay chicken breasts out on wax paper. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, beat eggs with mustard. In another bowl, combine pecans and bread crumbs. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. Sauté half the chicken until golden brown on each side. Place in an ovenproof dish. Wipe out skillet, pouring off any drippings (so second batch will have a clean, fresh look after browning). Sauté the rest of the chicken in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and oil. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Sauce: ¼ cup butter ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in pecans and lemon juice. Serve over chicken. Serves 6 to 8.

Toffee Cheesecake Temptations Creamy and rich bite-size cheesecake bars. Ideal to serve on a buffet. 2⁄3 cup butter or margarine, softened ¾ cup packed brown sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup chopped pecans 16 oz. cream cheese, softened

¾ cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 (7-oz.) Heath Bar, crushed

Beat butter at medium speed in mixing bowl until light. Add brown sugar gradually, beating until fluffy. Add flour and mix well. Stir in pecans. Set aside 1 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture over bottom of a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 14 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Beat cream cheese at medium speed in mixing bowl until smooth. Add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over hot crust. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until nearly set; cheesecake will be firm when chilled. Sprinkle candy over hot cheesecake. Cool on a wire rack. Chill, covered, for 8 hours. Cut into bars to serve. Yields 3 dozen.

Buttercup Biscuits

Strawberries Rebecca 2 qts. fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed 2 cups sour cream 1 cup light-brown sugar

6 medium green tomatoes, sliced in rounds Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon Fresh mint for garnish

Place strawberries into a large bowl or small dessert dishes. Combine sour cream, light-brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Spoon over strawberries; garnish with mint. Sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated. Serves 8.

This recipe won first prize in an Easter Brunch contest. 2 sticks butter, softened 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream 2 cups pre-sifted self-rising flour

Blend butter and sour cream until creamy. Add flour; mix. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into buttercup-size mini muffin pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 F or until golden brown. Yields 4 dozen.


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By Kristen Hannum it’s far better to landscape with a variety Gardening with an eye to attracting of native shrubs, trees, flowers and grassbirds, plus the butterflies and bees that es that to provide a year-round supply of come along with them, means gardening food for the birds. “Bird feeders tend to with a completely different mindset attract the noisiest and bossiest birds, than we’re used to. So why do it? birds that attack or chase away the beauThe joy of creating a lively home for tiful, small songbirds,” Adams said. a wide variety of colorful, lively birds Birds’ names can be a guide to what turns out to be reato plant for them. son enough for most Cedar waxwings love gardeners. But there’s the little berries on more: Gardeners red cedars—that is, report that an amazeastern junipers. ing satisfaction Yellow-rumped warcomes with doing blers used to be something to help called myrtle warthreatened birds. The blers because of their Audubon Society taste for the berries and the U.S. of wax myrtle, a Department of the common Mississippi It won’t be long before these robin nestlings try out Interior say there has native. Adams’ book their wings. Photo: S. Carnes/all photos courtesy been a 70 percent has a guide to Cornell Lab of Ornithology decline in popularegional plants and tions of common backyard birds since birds, with specific advice for different 1967. If everyone made just a corner of species. Plan a garden that will produce their yard more bird friendly, that could seeds and berries for the birds yearhelp turn those declines around. round. “So many problems seem beyond Caterpillar baby food individual action,” said Dr. Stephen Native shrubs are also important Kress, vice president of bird conservabecause they host native insects. We’ve tion for the Audubon Society. “But we all become accustomed to thinking that can make a difference for birds.” insects need to be wiped out, but that’s The best place to start, he said, is in completely wrong from a bird’s point of your own backyard. It’s not difficult. view. Caterpillars are the major source of Simply think in terms of being a good host, making sure that your little guests protein for many nestlings, making the native plants that host caterpillars espehave refuge, food and water, and that you don’t accidentally poison them with cially important for baby birds. (Not to mention butterflies!) pesticides or herbicides. When native trees aren’t available, Bird’s-eye view birds are forced to live in exotic trees. A bird feeder is a good beginning, a That makes them and their nests more first hop toward seeing your property vulnerable to predators. from a bird’s point of view. Bird feeders Birds do not thrive amidst endless can also help wintering birds make it acres of chemically treated lawns, which through the coldest days. are dangerous, unprotected food deserts Bird feeders, however, are perhaps a that provide neither food or shelter. bit more for us than for the birds. Both Home tweet home Kress and George Adams, author of “Gardening for the Birds: How to Suitable nest boxes can be one of the Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard,” say simplest things you can do to increase

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the variety of birds on your property, although just putting out a nest box and forgetting about it isn’t helpful. Just like teenagers’ bedrooms, nest boxes need to be thoroughly cleaned out at least once a year. Don’t choose a birdhouse by its cuteness. That darling Victorian may be completely wrong for the birds you’re hoping to attract. Bluebirds, for instance, need an entrance hole oneand-a-half inches in diameter. That discourages larger birds, namely aggressive starlings, from moving in and taking over. Another Top, a male Eastern bluebird feature to feeds a meal worm, a favorite look for in a food, to its youngster. Photo: birdhouse is a Judy Lyle. Above, a nestling appears ready to leave the nest hinged roof. box. Photo: Laura Hathcock Once you’ve tried to clean out a birdhouse that doesn’t have a hinged roof, you’ll find yourself a convert to that type. Location is key to successful birdhouses, Kress said. For bluebirds, that means out in open habitat, so that pushy house sparrows don’t take it over. Nestwatch.org gives great advice on birdhouses, and the “Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing and Maintaining Great Homes for Great

Birds” is another excellent resource.

G They need baths too Birdbaths really are for bathing. Cleanliness is key to staying warm, cooling off and flying right if you’re a bird. Buy a pedestal type and put it near protective shrubbery to keep the birds safer from cats. Empty and refill it often to rid it of mosquito larvae. Use a brush to scrub away algae. During the nesting season, female birds will visit birdbaths more often. Birdbaths are especially important in arid areas, but even if you live near a lake, a puddle-sized birdbath will attract visitors. “Puddles are more their size,” Kress said. Water with a dripping action is especially popular. Keeping fresh water in birdbaths and putting in native plants may sound like work, but it’s satisfying work. “I know a lot of people who started out with sterile backyards and transformed them into great bird habitats,” Kress said. “They talk about how much fun it is.” One of Adams’ readers reported how easy it was to change a boring backyard into a bird haven. “The result was almost magical,” the gardener wrote in a review on Amazon.com. “The more things I planted the more birds showed up.”


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Details: 601Barbecue cooking competition, craft vendors. and Brandon Opry; doors open 5:30 p.m. 825-4121. Admission. Brandon City Hall. Details: 601Free admission. Town Green. Details: 228Spring Street Festival, March 28-29, 825-5021 ext. 249. 435-6339; mainstreet@biloxi.ms.us. Picayune. Details: 601-799-3070; Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Spring Citywide Yard Sale, March 14, picayunemainstreet.com. March 21, Black Hawk. Todd Donahoo & Good Keesler Air Force Base Air Show and Open Lucedale. Various homes and businesses. Ole Boys, Back Porch Pickers and Boundless Details: 601-947-2755. House, March 28-29, Biloxi. Air Force Love; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 40th Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights Parachute March 14, Magee. The Freemans, The Singing 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Team, more flying demonstrations, static disOktibbeha County WMU Association Echoes and others; 6:30 p.m. Admission. plays, performances, exhibits. Free admission, Spring Meeting, March 23, Starkville. For Magee High School auditorium. Details: 601shuttles. Keesler AFB. Details: 228-377-3901; women ages 18 and up. Speakers Donna 906-0677. keesler.af.mil. Brown, Pat Belcher, Sarah Hardin; 9 a.m. Big Pop Gun Show, March 14-15, Jackson. Winning the Race Conference, March 30noon. Bring covered dish. Fellowship Baptist Wahabi Shrine Temple. Also, March 21-22, 31, Cleveland. Conference on diversity and Church. Details: 662-312-8840. Laurel, South Mississippi Fairgrounds; April community. Delta State University. Details: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, March 11-12, Philadelphia, Neshoba County 662-846-4675; deltastate.edu. 24, Poplarville. Light classical and pops music Friends of Starkville Public Library Book Coliseum. Details: 601-498-4235; under direction of Crafton Beck; 7:30 p.m. bigpopfireworks.com. Sale, April 6, Starkville. Bargains on used Admission. 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