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Warm welcome in Congress enhances Youth Tour experience tudents who work hard to do well in school tend to have more opportunities available to help them excel in their education and succeed in life. One of the best opportunities for rural students in Mississippi is the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership program. The highlight of the program is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, which takes students on a week-long, jam-packed visit to Washington, D.C. Each student is chosen for the all-expenses-paid trip through a competitive process sponsored by his or her local electric power association. (Meet our 2016 Youth Tour participants on page 13 of this issue.) What elevates our Youth Tour beyond simply a series of stops at memorials and museums is the warm, personal treatment our Mississippi group receives during their visit to Capitol Hill. U.S. senators and representatives lead extremely busy lives, as do most all elected officials. Yet Mississippi’s congressional delegation has made every effort to meet personally with our Youth Tour student group every year since the Youth Leadership program began 30 years ago. This year all of Mississippi’s senators and representatives were able to meet with the students, for which we are grateful. Not only that, but Rep. Gregg Harper personally led our group, as he has done the past several years, onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during a recess. He gave 64 Mississippi students, some of whom had never even traveled outside the state, the privilege of standing in the room not only where members of Congress debate, but where the President delivers the annual State of the Union address to the nation, where world leaders speak before Congress and, in September 2015, where Pope Francis of the Holy See addressed a joint meeting of the House and Senate. In his speech, Pope Francis referred to America as “a land of dreams ... that lead to action, participation and commitment.” His words express exactly what we hope our Youth Leadership program instills


On the cover The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, a component of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership program, marked its 30th anniversary in June. Sixty-four students from every region of the state enjoyed a week immersed in U.S. history, government and culture in Washington, D.C. Meet these outstanding students, who won local competitions to earn the trip, on page 13.

in its student participants: the desire to act as leaders as they take part in and commit to making their communities, state and nation better places to live for everyone. These students are our future citizens. Their dreams could open up possibilities and options for the future that we adults might never imagine. They deserve every educational opportuMy Opinion nity we can offer them. Michael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO We appreciate the Electric Power Associations encouragement given the of Mississippi Youth Tour students by our state’s congressional delegation. Mississippi’s elected officials have a long history of being supportive of electric power associations as well. We enjoy a productive working relationship on behalf of our members with all elected officials, from local to federal levels. Officials trust us to represent the best interests of all our members regarding electric service and, increasingly, community development. The last thing any lawmaker wants is to support proposals that could impact the safety, affordability or reliabilty of the electric service we provide. Yet, if we are not diligent in monitoring legislative proposals and identifying any unintended consequences, it could happen. Elected officials have come to rely on electric power associations to keep them informed of potentially negative byproducts of legislative proposals. They trust us as member-owned electric cooperatives whose sole mission is service to members. Not profits for investors. Congratulations to the 2016 Youth Leadership program participants. I hope they long remember the friends they’ve made not only among themselves and with us, but in Congress as well.

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The historic Greenville Cemetery is home to the Blanton Magnolia, a Mississippi Champion Tree believed to be around 160 years old.

Mississippi is Sweet honeysuckle and azaleas so lovely; Coffee, grits, fried chicken and gravy. Family gatherings and Southern ladies; Four-wheeler riding: a little bit crazy. Sweet magnolia and climbing trees; Lighting a bonfire and rocking to the beat. Swimming in the creek to escape the heat; Losing some but never getting beat. Jacked-up trucks and sweet iced tea; Picking your six-string and shelling peas. Working hard—it’s not a life of ease; Remembering your manners: thank you and please. I am lucky to live in Mississippi, Where I am happy and free. I may be prejudiced, but to me Mississippi is the best and always will be. — Grace Anne Holloman, age 16, Lucedale Mississippi is our adopted home. I am retired Air Force and DOD civilian. My wife is retired Air Force and USPS. We were stationed here in 1986 and somehow knew we would retire here. We bought a house in 1987 and have beeen here since. My wife and daughter both earned degrees from MUW. Our daughter is locally employed and lives about five miles from us, so we see her and her family quite often. The grandchildren visit several times a week and we often go out to eat. My wife is locally involved in the arts program and I enjoy playing golf with my friends, since 1988. I am from upstate New York and my wife is from North Carolina. We love it [here] and enjoy the weather tremendously. — John V. Rogowski

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Young pilot’s dream takes flight By building his own airplane, John Luke Gross achieves what many pilots only dream about

son not only the motor skills to operate a plane but the proper mindset of a pilot. “It was pretty smooth sailing once he realized his old man knew what he was talking about,” Gross said. So when John Luke obtained a pilot’s license at age 17, as soon as legally possible, no one was surprised. But no one anticipated his next move. “To get my pilot’s license I was borrowing somebody else’s airplane, and after I got my license I had to give them back the keys,” John Luke said. “I was all excited to have my license but I couldn’t go fly anymore. I decided I wanted to build an airplane.” John Luke had always enjoyed building things, including modJohn Luke Gross’ confidence and self-motivation kept him on track for more than four els. But a real airplane? To fly? Fortunately for John Luke, his years while building an airplane with the help of his father. dad didn’t flinch. These same qualities led to John Luke’s selection as Central Electric Power Associa“I was all for it because that’s tion’s representative for the 2010 Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadalso been my dream all my life. I ership program, including the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Youth Tour offers a rare and memorable opportunity that John Luke recommends for just always figured it would be my airplane I’d build first, not all high school juniors. “To do all that with people who become your friends is a lot of his,” Gross said laughing. fun, and just getting to see all the history, like George Washington’s house, is cool. I At first, John Luke had in wish I could go back and do it again,” he said. mind a simple ultralight plane, Read more about this summer’s Youth Tour on page 13. but Gross shot down that idea. “I

By Debbie Stringer John Luke Gross can’t remember a time in his 23 years when he didn’t want to fly. “He started learning when he was little, when he would ride with me,” John Gross, his father, said. “I told him whenever he could push the rudder pedals all the way to the floor, then I’d teach him to fly. So he really learned to fly when he was about 10.” Gross is an ex-military pilot and former flight instructor at Columbus Air Force Base, and a 16-year pilot for FedEx—a person well qualified to teach his

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John Luke was inspired by World War II-era aircraft when he chose colors and patterns for his airplane. He and his father, John, built the high-performance RV-4 aircraft from a series of kits. John Luke was 18 when they started the four-year project.

told him if he was going to build an airplane, he needed to build an airplane,” Gross said. He and John Luke chose the RV-4, a tandem-seat airplane manufactured in kit form by Van’s Aircraft. The propeller-powered aircraft is known for its safety, high performance and speed. They agreed that financing the project would be John Luke’s responsibility. “I told him I’d love to help him but I’ve got four kids to send to college. I can’t afford to build an airplane right now or I’d be building mine,” Gross said. “I paid for it by cutting grass. It was a lot of grass,” John Luke deadpanned. In fact, he mowed more than 1,700 yards, worked two summers at Central Electric Power Association and took on odd jobs—all while a full-time biological engineering student at Mississippi State University. Fortunately, John Luke didn’t have to pay for the entire project at once. Plane components arrived in a series of kits purchased separately, so as he and his dad worked on the tail kit, John Luke cut more grass to purchase the wings.

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Construction of the airplane started in a 100-year-old corn crib once used by John Luke’s greatgrandfather. John Luke and his father endured wasps and hot weather to fabricate the wings and tail section before moving the project into the family’s garage, and eventually a hangar. John Luke logged and made photos of every step of the plane’s construction, including the three photos below.

John Luke and his father, John, an ex-military pilot, prepare the airplane for painting last month at their CarthageLeake County Airport hangar. John Gross is a member of Central Electric Power Association.

Father and son knew the aircraft assembly would be complex and difficult. It would demand skills and knowledge they didn’t have, plus years of labor. John Luke’s commitment and patience would be tested at every stage. “There were tons of times when I kind of wished I hadn’t got into it ... but I can’t quit once I start something,” John Luke said.

the project. John Luke and his father also found that, when facing a monumental project like building an airplane, celebrating small milestones along the way with root beers and steaks keeps spirits high. “The end was so far away The Gross team drove the first rivet three days after that if you didn’t get excited John Luke graduated from Carthage High School in about small things, like getting the class of 2011. They devoted the next four years, the fuel system hooked up, four months and 16 days—2,000 hours total—to you’d bog down in the project,” building John Luke’s airplane, mostly on weekends. John Luke said. There were also the “countless hours of head scratchHe documented every aspect ing—probably more head scratching than actual build- of the plane’s construction, in ing,” John Luke said. part to satisfy an FAA requireTo his dismay, the kits came with scant instructions. ment for the plane’s certifica“They literally sent us some plans and some sheet metal tion. The resulting computer log and said good luck,” Gross said. “There are over 10,000 contains 3,000 entries and as rivets in [the plane] and every one of those holes had to many photographs. be measured, marked, drilled, riveted—the whole bit.” On Oct. 9, 2015, the kit “The instructions for the brakes just said, ‘Install the officially became an airplane brakes,’” John Luke said. with the issuance of an FAA air“That was it! And we had a bench full of brake worthiness certificate. parts,” Gross said. John Luke also earned a The kits provided only the material to build the air- repairman’s certificate, making frame; John Luke had to purchase separately the him not only the plane’s pilot engine, wooden propeller, instruments, avionics, uphol- but its licensed mechanic as well. stery and paint. Learning as they worked, they fabricated parts from On Nov. 14, 2015, the gleaming new RV-4 rose the sheet metal, created the plane’s electrical and fuel from the Carthage-Leake County Airport runway for systems, modified the fuselage to reduce drag and built the first time. Gross piloted the aircraft while John the engine from a 160 horsepower Lycoming block. Luke watched from a chase plane and made photos. “They didn’t even tell you what parts to get. I had to Gross circled the airport about an hour to check out figure out what parts that engine needed to work,” the plane’s systems, then flew over Carthage. In accorJohn Luke said. dance with FAA requirements, Gross flew the airplane An internet forum for RV-4 owners became a valufor a test flight period of 40 hours over the next few able source of information and advice for all phases of months before handing John Luke the keys.

John Luke made his first flight in the airplane he built on Feb. 6. “It was a blast,” he said, a big grin spreading across his face. For now, he limits his flights to small airports around the state. So far, his plane has more than 100 hours of flight time and more than 300 landings. “I just love it. Every time I get in it, I can’t stop smiling,” he said. Continued on page 18



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t has been 11 years since Katrina took aim on Waveland in August of 2005 and proceeded to devastate the entire area from New Orleans to Mobile Bay. But over the course of that decade the Mississippi Gulf Coast has come back to at least what it was before the storm, and more in many cases. There are still empty lots along the Gulf with “steps to nowhere” where houses used to be. But in actuality, some of those empty lots are leftovers from Camille, which also hit in August. And it shocks me to think of how long ago, 1969—nearly 50 years ago! But these two storms in particular and others in general are still present memories on the Coast and topics of conversation a lot more than you would think, to this very day. I had the chance to spend a week on the Coast at the invitation of an old friend of mine from my early days of

broadcasting. Janie O’Keefe now runs Disability Connection, a non-profit organization on the Coast that helps all sorts of people work through all sorts of problems. Her non-profit survives on grants for the most part. Well, Janie applied for a tourism grant from the Gulf Coast Heritage Tourism folks and offered to slant the outcome toward Mississippi including Seen handicapped by Walt Grayson availability information in the brochures and web page and videos and the like that are produced. And she got the grant! So Janie invited me to come down and

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Take a stroll out one of the nature trails at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point and you can catch a pretty good view of what the coastal area is today, a combination of functionality and beauty. Pristine is nature at your feet with the new Highway 613 Bridge in the background. Photo: Walt Grayson

Springs are architectural wonders. It’s amazing how they managed to blend functionality and beauty together so well. Before Katrina, Miz Jo and I would ride the quaint residential streets of Bay Saint Louis, imagining which little seaside cottage we wanted. It took a decade, but we were able to finally do the same thing again the other day without having to dodge debris or reconstruction. The stalwart icon of the Coast, the Biloxi Lighthouse has resumed normal existence to the extent it was surrounded with—not volunteers cleaning up as was the case a decade ago—but young people hunched over their cell phones trying to capture a Pokeymon Go character. Life can’t get much more normal than that. The Biloxi Small Craft Harbor was full of shrimpers selling their catch right off their boats. People were playing on the beach. The NASA museum on the west end of the Coast was full, and folks were discovering the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center at Moss Point on the east end. Right after Katrina the thought of the slow process of rebuilding seemed like it would take forever. But look now. It’s amazing how quickly “forever” flies by!



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Rudbeckias are solid landscape choices hen the summer season heats up starting in July, I really like seeing Rudbeckias in our Mississippi landscapes. Who can argue how the brightly colored flowers bring needed freshness when some of our other flowering plants may be showing wear and tear? There can be some confusion in terms of labeling, but I think Rudbeckia hirta and Rudbeckia fulgid both look good. Rudbeckias are pretty easy to grow from seed, but it’s a little too late to start them now. Mark your calendar to sow their seeds next spring. This time of year, garden centers usually have containers with large plants in full Southern bloom. My wife Gardening bought a big by Dr. Gary Bachman container with a gorgeous Denver Daisy rudbeckia a couple of weeks ago. Rudbeckias have received recognition in Mississippi for their landscape and garden performance. Here are some of my favorites.


In 1999, the Rudbeckia Indian Summer was selected as a Mississippi Medallion winner. It has been a real showoff wherever I have seen this plant in the landscape. The upright stems are sturdy enough to display the huge flowers, which can be up to a whopping 9 inches across. Petal colors are bright and cheery, ranging from sunshine yellow to warm oranges at the petal bases. Each flower has a delicious-looking, rich chocolate-brown center cone. Cherokee Sunset is a fantastic choice that blends warm, autumnal colors of yellow, orange and mahogany bronze. The flowers are big—3 to 4 inches in diameter—and are a mix of singles and doubles, especially when grown in full sun. Stems will reach about 24 inches tall and are sturdy enough to hold the large flowers without staking. Cherokee Sunset is a good choice for cutting for use in fall indoor arrangements. Rudbeckia Prairie Sun is a robust selection with distinctive blooms. The bicolor flowers have orange petals tipped in bright primrose yellow with lightgreen centers. The size of these 5-inch flowers makes it hard not to notice them wherever they are grown, whether in your landscape or a large container on the patio. As with the other Rudbeckia varieties, these make fantastic

Rudbeckia Indian Summer is a real showoff in the landscape. The upright stems display flowers up to a whopping 9 inches across. Photo: MSU Extension/Gary Bachman

cut flowers. These three great Rudbeckia choices are also All-America Selections winners. All Rudbeckias should be planted in full sun for best flowering and color. These plants grow best in compostamended, well-drained soils, but they tolerate poor clay soils. While they are known and grown for their tolerance of droughty conditions, this attribute sometimes comes at the expense of flowering. For best landscape performance, provide

consistent soil moisture. If you can water during dry times, you will be rewarded with continued flowering. Rudbeckias are considered lower maintenance plants, but you must deadhead the fading flowers to keep the plants blooming all summer long. The home gardener should take advantage of this summer-long blooming by bringing the landscape inside with gorgeous, cut Rudbeckia stems. To increase vase life for all Rudbeckias, condition the cut stems, which opens the vascular tissues for better water uptake. To do this, place cut stems in warm water of about 100 degrees for about 10 minutes. If Rudbeckias aren’t already in your landscape, choose some now to bring home instant color and freshness. Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs.

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Delight and misery Neal Brown fishes in a small creek while on a canoe trip with the author. Photo: Tony Kinton

ogi Berra, folksy philosopher and baseball great, was correct when he said, “It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future!” Yet, that is exactly what I am attempting to do in this column. It will be hard, no, impossible, to offer surety in this matter, but based on more than 60 years of observing, tolerating and often enjoying August, I feel somewhat confident that a few of the predictions outlined below will be accurate. I predict August will be hot in Mississippi. That statement is less than breaking news, for August is typically hot. In fact, it can be the hottest month we experience here. But that heat and other elements somewhat related to it are pertinent to this discourse. I also predict August will be dry. See those last


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ter. No bigger rivers are required, though these can be highly productive as well. A tiny creek narrow enough to step by Tony Kinton across in places will work just fine, and it could be one along which the angler will see no others of his or her persuasion. One benefit of low water and high heat is that fish tend to congregate in deeper pools. And know that deep is relative here. A river such as the Pearl of my area may exhibit holes that are 10 feet deep or more, while a small creek may have only a scattered few that are even 6 feet. Still, these holes are fine places to locate fish. And those fish will be varied. Catfish, perch, crappie and bass should be common. My personal favorite for late summer and fall fishing is the Kentucky bass, also called spotted bass. Common to most waters, this is a spunky little fish that attacks a lure with vigor. But contrary to what was just noted, those deep holes may not be the very best locales for the spotted bass. Rather, move above or below these holes and fish along a log that has a dark pocket on one or both sides. A Kentucky will hold in these


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64 applicable PRVEPA members, increasing the total amount returned for 2016 to OF P e a r l R iv er Val l e y El ec tri c $2,528,284.64. Po we r As s oc ia ti on “This is one of the many benefits of being a member-owner of a not-for-profit electric provider,” said Randy Wallace, general proud of it.” manager. “Our members share in the cost of doing Members receive a share of the patronage returns business as well as the returns. While investor-owned based on their annual electric use. Each qualifying utilities return a portion of any profits back to their member will receive their refund as credit applied to investors, electric cooperatives assign excess revenue to their power bill mailed in August. For inactive memmember-consumers as capital credits and pay them bers who qualify, checks will be mailed in September. when the co-op’s financial condition permits. In addition to patronage refunds for members, “Pearl River Valley Electric remains very sound and Pearl River Valley Electric began returning accumulatstable financially,” Wallace continued. “This is now ed credits to the estates of deceased members in 1988, the 53rd year that we have returned a portion of our a program that has now returned more than $12 milmargins back to members, totaling more than $42 lion. In 2015, more than $786,000 was returned million overall. That’s one of the best records of any through this program. rural electric cooperative in the nation, and we’re very TO THE ORDER OF


mately 10,000 electric meters throughout its 12-county service area,” Wallace noted. “Today, that number has increased to nearly 49,000, with approximately 9,000 served out of Wiggins. We are very pleased and proud to make this commitment to our members and everyone else in Stone County.” The new facility, which opened its doors for members at the end of June, is modern, secure and open, with room to grow as necessary. The complex includes a 7,500-squarefoot office that provides work space for the district’s inside employees. There is also a warehouse, vehicle and equipment



New Wiggins service center opens After much planning and anticipation, Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association has moved into its new Wiggins service center, located at 2865 Highway 49. The complex includes a main office building to provide full services for members, as well as additional facilities to meet the needs of the Association’s district employees and line crews. “Our previous location on Pine Avenue, which was built in 1957, had become much too confined as our Wiggins-area operations grew over the years,” said Randy Wallace, general manager. “We purchased the 25-acre parcel on the highway several years ago with this kind of move in mind. Being able to design a brand new facility has allowed us to be very effective in terms of providing service to our members for decades to come. Just as importantly, the new construction will not affect members’ rates. “In 1960, the Association served approxi-


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sheds, a pole yard and refueling station. During an emergency, the facility can accommodate hundreds of outside workers. Former district manager Matthew Ware oversaw the design and construction of the new facility, which began in January 2015. “The process was really a group effort,” he said. “We consulted our local employees and many others across our system in order to incorporate ideas about how best to make things efficient and practical. I think the finished product is one that employees and members can be very proud of.”



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Washington, D.C. “The 2016 Youth Tour has been an incredible, life-changing experience. I would highly recommend any eligible student to apply for this opportunity, no matter who they are or what background they come from.” - Taylor Martin, Brooklyn, Miss.

Taylor Martin

Anna Claire Pecunia

Jefferson Memorial Hundreds of high school juniors across Mississippi and thousands throughout the nation compete each year for the opportunity to take part in the trip of a lifetime, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Since 1964, the program has grown significantly, with more than 1,700 high school juniors now participating from 47 states. The goal of the program is to help educate and develop tomorrow’s leaders. Taylor Martin and Anna Claire Pecunia represented Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association—along with 62 other Mississippi students—on the week-long adventure to our nation’s capital in June. Taylor, the daughter of William Randall Martin and the late Tobey Martin of Brooklyn, Miss., will be a senior at Forrest County Agriculture High School. Anna Claire, who will be a senior at Presbyterian Christian School, is the daughter of Rick and Melanie Pecunia of Hattiesburg. During the seven-day trip, the students visited all of the major monuments and memorials including the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Air Force, World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam Veterans memorials. The students also spent a day touring the Smithsonian Museums, including the museums of Air and Space, American History, Natural History and the National Gallery of Art. They also visited the Washington National Cathedral, toured Mt. Vernon, the historic home of George Washington, and attended the popular Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial. While at Arlington National Cemetery, they watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the gravesites of several of our nation’s prominent figures.

One of the trip’s highlights is a full day on Capitol Hill, which workings of our government.” began with a special tour of the Congressional House Floor, Pearl River Valley graciously hosted by Rep. Gregg Harper. After touring the rest Electric will be looking of the Capitol, Taylor and Anna Claire joined a group of stufor next year’s Youth Leadership pardents to visit with Rep. Steven Palazzo in his D.C. office, and ticipants in the fall. Information will be available in September. then also had the chance to meet with Sen. Thad Cochran and “Take advantage of this program,” said Anna Claire. “It’s a Sen. Roger Wicker. once in a lifetime opportunity. I wish I could repeat junior year “The 2016 Youth Tour just so I could have a chance to come again.” has been an incredible, life-changing experience that could have only been made possible by the hard working men and women in electric co-ops throughout the United States,” said Taylor. “I would highly recIwo Jima ommend any eligible student to apply for this opportunity, no matter who they are or what backRepresentative Steven Palazzo ground they come from. I am blessed to have been a part of this tour, and will remember all of the knowledge obtained and friendships made.” The Youth Tour is part of an The U. S. Capitol extensive youth leadership program supported by Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association. “We are proud to offer an opportunity to participate in this exceptional program to any high school junior in our service area,” said Randy Wallace, general manager of PRVEPA. “We believe it is important to help identify our future leaders and provide them with this first-hand look at the history found in our nation’s capital and the inner

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64 of Mississippi’s finest high school juniors spent part of their summer vacation exploring the nation’s capital and making new friends, courtesy of their electric power association

As participants in the 30th annual Mississippi Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, the students visited many of Washington’s historic and cultural sites, including the Smithsonian Institution, Arlington National Cemetery and the Washington National Cathedral. They also took part in special events with more than 1,700 students from 47 states. A highlight of the week-long tour was a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where Rep. Gregg Harper took the Mississippi students to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the congressmen convened. Harper also personally took the students onto the Speaker’s Balcony that overlooks the Washington Mall. Each student had the opportunity to visit his or her senator and congressman. “I have learned so much from each person on Youth Tour that I will never forget,” said Jack VanDevender, of Shuqualak. “I am so thankful for each person I met and the bonds created.” Jack was selected during the Youth Leadership Workshop in March to represent Mississippi on the national Youth Leadership Council. The workshop, held in Jackson, and Youth Tour are components of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership program. Participants are chosen through a com-

petitive process sponsored by their local electric power association. The goals of the program are to motivate students to assume leadership roles and to help them obtain the skills they will need to become effective, respected leaders in the future.

“As an organization, we value our investment in the development of our young leaders. It’s amazing to watch these youth in action; they are already serving in leadership roles in their schools and communities.” – Ron Stewart “The success of our leadership program has been achieved by becoming a part of their lives and challenging them to set goals and work hard in making a difference in the lives of others,” said Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. “They know we truly care about them.” 2016 Mississippi Youth Tour delegates and their sponsoring electric power associations are Alcorn County EPA: Hailey Hodum, Luke Price; Central EPA: Wallace Bass, Dylan

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‘Day in the Country’ Beyond the community it serves, Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison County is known for its history, its popular A Day in the Country fall festival and, as featured here, its hugely successful cookbook. “Day in the Country: Sharing Our History, Heritage & Fabulous Fare Through the Generations” serves up 169 recipes based on fresh ingredients and simple preparation. It’s all here: foods for everyday meals, tailgate snacking, entertaining and special occasion dining. Included are “secret” recipes, including the award-winning recipes of the Chapel’s own Heavenly Hogs Barbeque Team. The emphasis is on the homemade, from dressings and soups to breads and desserts. Cooking instructions and tips are peppered throughout the book. Stories about church history, people and foods—including the one about the original 63 Egg Cake (an 1859 recipe)—make this a cookbook as interesting to read as it is inspiring. The 63 Egg Cake takes center stage at A Day in the Country, the Chapel’s largest fund-raising event since 1979. Held on the first Saturday in October, the event features good food, wholesome fun, a country store with baked goodies, large crafts fair, activities for kids, silent auction, Chapel and cemetery tours, hayrides and much more. The event draws thousands from across the state. The full-color cookbook may be purchased on the Chapel of the Cross website, chapelofthecrossms.org. Price for the 262-page hardcover book (with lay-flat binding) is $28.95, plus tax.

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Preheat oven to 325 F. In a small saucepan, heat cream and vanilla to simmer, but do not boil. In separate bowl, whisk together sugar and egg yolks. Add warm cream very slowly, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Add mango nectar, Key lime juice and lime zest. Divide among 8 (4-inch) ramekins. Place ramekins in bottom of large roasting pan. Place in oven and carefully pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until almost set in center when dishes are gently shaken, about 30 to 35 minutes. Using tongs, carefully remove ramekins from roasting pan and transfer to cooling rack. Let cool 30 minutes, cover and chill at least 3 hours and up to 2 days. When ready to serve, sprinkle each custard with 2 teaspoons sugar. Place ramekins on baking sheet and place under broiler until sugar is melted and browned, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate until custards are firm again but topping is still brittle, at least 2 hours, but no longer than 4 hours so that topping doesn’t soften. Garnish with blackberries and serve. Serves 8.

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By Nancy Jo Maples find what you need at Tupelo Hardware, then An “X” made of duct tape marks the spot you don’t need it.” on the old wooden floor at Tupelo Hardware Celebrating its 90th year, the hardware where Elvis Presley stood in 1946 to buy his emporium sells a huge variety of items ranging first guitar. from nuts and bolts to T-shirts. It is known for “Elvis really wanted a bicycle he had seen in its enormous selection of mill and industrial our window, but couldn’t afford it,” Connie pieces, small engine parts and general hardware. Tullos, the store’s Elvis docent, said. “Then he Customers will find “everything under the sun.” became interested in a .22 rifle but his mother “We’ve always been known for having a large didn’t want him to have that. Mr. Bobo was selection. My grandfather always said you couldworking that day and reached into the music n’t sell from an empty wagon,” owner George display case and pulled out a guitar. Elvis H. Booth II said. played with it a little and decided to get it. His Booth is a third-generation hardware store mother was apologetic to him about not being man. His grandfather, the first George H. able to afford anything else. We like to tell Booth, started the store in 1926 in a building people that he turned to his mother and said, across the street and constructed the current ‘That’s all right, mama.’” facility on the corner of Main and Front Streets The purchase was a gift for Elvis’ 11th in 1941. George II’s father, William, began birthday. Anybody who knows much about managing the store when he returned from Elvis Presley, or about Mississippi, is aware World War II in 1945 and operated it until his that the King of Rock-n-Roll was born in death in 2000. Since that time, George II has Tupelo. He grew up just a few blocks from managed the store and his son, George III, Tupelo Hardware and frequented the store. A became a full-time employee in 2014. family friend and relative, The store became famously known for selling Forrest Bobo, worked there and Gladys Presley a guitar for her son after the legsold Elvis the guitar. In 1979 at endary singer’s 1977 death. Journalists flocked age 78, Bobo documented the to Tupelo to interview people who knew him in details of Elvis’ purchase in a his younger years. The fact that his first guitar signed statement which read: came from Tupelo Hardware surfaced and “I showed him the rifle first before long fans began going into the store out and then I got the guitar for of curiosity. Many became fond of the store him to look at. I put a wood because of the uniqueness of its original décor. box behind the showcase and “It’s like it was when Elvis walked in the let him play with the guitar for door,” Booth said. “And I don’t plan to change some time. Then he said that it. I just like it the way it is.” he did not have that much The three-story brick building in historic money, which was only $7.75 downtown Tupelo mesmerizes first-time visitors plus 2 percent sales tax. with its old-fashioned glass-fronted counters and “His mother told him that if its ceiling-high shelves stocked full of items he would buy the guitar instead Connie Tullos is the Elvis Presley docent at Tupelo Hardware and George H. Booth II is the store’s owner. The accessible by a rolling ladder. The original light historic store looks much as it did when Elvis bought his first guitar there, at age 11. of the rifle, she would pay the fixtures hang from the tall ceilings and, for the difference for him. The papers most part, the same coat of paint is still on have said that the guitar cost $12.50 but at that time Many travel to Tupelo from Memphis while on a sort wood surfaces. Old tables located everywhere display of Elvis holy site pilgrimage. Most are in groups of 25 goods for sale. The store serves not only as a retail you could have bought a real nice one for that to 40. Thus, the need for the store to have an amount. The small amount of money that he had to outlet but as a museum of days long past. spend had been earned by running errands and doing employee dedicated to the Elvis tourists. Store hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. Tullos is the perfect choice considering she is a small jobs for people.” until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. until noon. In member and past president of the Tupelo Elvis Fan Tupelo Hardware has become a stopping site on keeping with modern times, purchases can be made Club. On a regular day in the off-season for Elvis Elvis tours. 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Recalling Katrina: One church’s long road to recovery received an invitation to speak at Lakeshore Baptist Church near Bay St. Louis and Waveland in June. My speaking schedule was clear on that date, so I said, “Yes, I will be honored.” Juanita Shiyou, the lady in charge of planning programs for the Woman’s Society, said, “Now be sure and bring Mr. Roy. Everyone wants to meet him.” I knew Hurricane Katrina had aimed its enormous eye at these towns 11 years ago on Aug. 29. I also knew that this area had more damage and deaths than any area on the Coast. My heart was beating triple time as I prepared my speech and when we arrived at the Mercy House, their building for special occasions. The building’s height from ground to first floor was the tallest I’d seen as a protection from rising water. Near the steps a lift was moving up and down for folks who had an arm full or just enjoyed the ride. Several ladies hurried to meet us on the porch, smiling and hugging our necks like we were old friends. As we walked inside the laughing, talking and busyness was a joy to behold. Almost every lady hurried over and hugged our necks ... you would have thought we were relatives or celebrities. By the time we left, I felt a story brewing in my head. I called Juanita a couple


days later to set up a meeting with her. When she called back she said, “I asked a cross section of only three people to meet with us. Every person who lives here had an unparalleled experience.” She said, laughing, “We’d be here for days ... if I asked all our church members.” The Rev. Don Elbourne, Barbara Anderson, Janice Grin ‘n’ Mowbary and Juanita met with Bare It me and my by Kay Grafe chauffeur, Mr. Roy. We sat in her den and Mr. Roy, my stenographer, and I asked questions for hours. Bro. Don spoke first. “After the storm, a reporter said ‘I’m sorry you lost your church.’ I immediately answered, ‘You’re wrong! The building’s gone, but the church is standing strong.’ And, I had calls from people wanting to help rebuild the church building, but we had already decided to rebuild the 40 church member houses lost before we rebuilt the church.” “Bro. Don, how long have you been the pastor of the Lakeshore Baptist?” I asked. “I have been here 22 years. At the time

of the hurricane I was in my last year at the seminary in New Orleans. Bay St. Louis and Waveland are home to me. I couldn’t leave now. “We had our service on the church’s slab the first Sunday after Katrina. All of our church members lost everything except their hope and faith. We had no electricity, water or shelter. Members rummaged through the debris and found a dozen or so folding chairs and a couple of broken pews. My brother built a cross from the broken beams. We sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and I preached from Habakkuk 3:17-19 and John 14:1-6.” Juanita spoke up and said, “Tell them about the steeple.” “Yes, please,” I said. Bro. Don began. “The church had no steeple, only a bell tower that was destroyed in ‘69 by Camille. Thirty years later we replaced it with a beautiful steeple made of fiberglass. In less than five years Katrina moved in. The steeple was the only thing left of our church. It floated out into the woods, but we hauled it back and worked to secure it out in front of the slab. In December 2005 we obtained a metal Quonset hut and this is where we had services for 10 years. “Yes, that’s the same steeple that is on the new church ... we dedicated the building on the 10th anniversary of

Katrina, Aug. 29, 2015. And the love that poured out from almost all 50 states is the big story here. There were 700 people who came to help rebuild the houses first, and then the church. I said, “This story is only the tip of the hurricane stories.” I looked at the three ladies. “Tell me a short summary of your experiences and Katrina.” Janice said, “My husband had died four months before Katrina, and I had not learned how to take care of normal house business before the storm hit. I lived in Waveland and lost everything, so I lived in a FEMA trailer and worked for a company that hauled debris away. We lost 50 people in Waveland and 238 in Hancock County.” Juanita spoke up. “FEMA would not help my husband and me, only because we had a little flood insurance, so we moved to Virginia near my sister for two years and eight months. Her church let us stay in the empty parsonage for two years free. It was furnished. My sons lost their homes, but they stayed. We rebuilt here at Lakeshore, but before we moved my husband died. This is my home, so I came home. These people are part of my family now.” “Barbara, what's your story?” I asked. She smiled. “My husband and I used to vacation here from California. We adored the people and so shortly before the hurricane hit we sold our house in California and moved our furniture to a warehouse in Gulfport. The warehouse was destroyed, but we came anyway!” Readers, I can only say that Heaven must be full of people just like these loving folks—and also like the 700 who drove from Michigan and New Jersey and almost every state to help rebuild and repair this area. They taught me a lesson about loving your neighbors I shall never forget. Note: For more information on this wonderful church, go to www.rebuildlakeshore.com. 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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Horsemanship for Beginners, Aug. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Gulfport. For ages 616; 3-8 p.m. Admission; call to schedule. 17417 Carlton Cuevas Road. Details: 228-3570431. Children’s Workshop: Field Walk and Handbuilding with Clay, Aug. 6, Picayune. Family workshop led by Pat Drackett; 1011:30 a.m. Register by Aug. 5. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. “Steel Magnolias,” Aug. 5-7, Winona. Montgomery County Arts Council production of Robert Harling play. Admission. Performing Arts Center. Details: 662-417-3429. Citizen Science Saturday, Aug. 13, Moss Point. Intro to projects in need of citizen scientist helpers; 10 a.m. Continues second Saturday of each month. Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Details: 228-475-0825. Black Hawk School Reunion, Aug. 13, Black Hawk. Bring covered lunch dish; 10 a.m. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Lower Delta Talks: “The Crown: Its History and Its Recipes,” Aug. 16, Rolling Fork. Presenters: Evelyn Roughton and

Jennifer Roughton Schaumburg; 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharkey-Issaquena County Library. Details: 662-873-6261; lowerdelta.org. Old Man River QuiltFest, Aug. 16-20, Vicksburg. Nationally known teachers, vendor mall, juried quilt show. Vicksburg Convention Center. Details: 601-634-0243; oldmanriverquiltfest.com. Mississippi Book Festival, Aug. 20, Jackson. Noted authors, more than 30 panel discussions, entertainment, book signings, foodtruck village, kids corner, more; opens 9 a.m. Free. Capitol. Details: msbookfestival.com. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Aug. 20, Black Hawk. Featuring Mack Allen Smith & The Flames and Alanna Mosley; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Open Car Show, Aug. 20, Biloxi. Registration 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds support Veterans of Foreign Wars. VFW Post 2434. Details: 228-374-4112. Gardening and Gulf Coast Butterflies, Aug. 20, Moss Point. Presenters: nature photographer Fairn Whatley and Master Gardener Suzanne Damrich; 10 a.m. Pascagoula River

Audubon Center. Details: 228-475-0825. Boggy Creek Vineyard Pick-Your-Own Muscadine Grapes, Aug. 20, Vancleave. Five hybrid varieties. Opening date tentative; continues daily for 2 to 3 weeks. 11300 Paige Bayou Road. Details: 228-283-0669; boggycreekvineyard.com; Facebook. Shape Note Singing Convention, Aug. 2021, Forest. Congregational singing from early American hymnals; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. Details: 601953-1094. Karen Peck and New River in Concert, Aug. 21, Petal. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown; 6 p.m. Details: 601-583-3733. Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, Aug. 26-27, Starkville. In-woods equipment demonstrations. Admission. MSU John W. Starr Memorial Forest. Details: 662-325-2191; midsouthforestry.org. 43rd Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, Aug. 27, Magee. Featuring The Hinson Family, Terry Terrell, Tim Frith & Gospel Echoes, Revelations, Carolyn Norris; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Magee High School. Details: 601-906-0677; 601-7208870. Scooba Day Barbecue and Horse Show, Sept. 3, Scooba. Horse show begins 10 a.m.; negative Coggins test papers required of all horses. Scooba Riding Club Arena. Details: 601562-5552, 601-527-9792. Pike County Fair and Livestock Show, Sept. 7-10, McComb. Livestock show, carnival rides, children’s barnyard, cattlemen’s kitchen. Details: 601-276-7231. Meridian Little Theatre Guild Fall Variety Sale, Sept. 10, Meridian. Variety of items plus boutique area, wedding gowns, evening wear; 9 p.m. - 2 p.m. Meridian Little Theatre. Details: 601-482-6371, 601-679-7671. Bob Marr Memorial Classic Car Show, Sept.

Young pilot’s dream takes flight Continued from page 5

John Luke’s girlfriend was his first passenger. “The first time I took her for a ride in it, all she could do was squeal the whole time.” They were queals of excitement, he clarified. Since then his three sisters and mother, Linda, have flown with him. The RV-4 is a high performance aircraft that flies at 200 mph. Gross described it as responsive, agile and smooth. “It’s like driving a Ferrari around, or an Indy Formula race car. It’s designed to fly like a small fighter aircraft,” he said. Looking back on the four-year project, John Luke and his dad both laugh and shake their heads. “It wasn’t always fun,” John Luke said. “There were times when I just wanted to take a hammer and smash

the whole thing to pieces.” Overall, however, John Luke said it was a positive experience. “And we got to work on it together. That was fun.” Building a private airplane is a common dream of pilots, Gross said. “I can’t tell you how many grown men wished they could do it. But it’s an extremely rare thing for somebody his age to take on a project like that.” “Every time I get in it, I have to remind myself that I don’t have to give somebody the keys back,” John Luke said. Will he build another airplane some day? “Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’ve had to restrain myself a lot from trying to jump into another one right now.” Although John Luke has a list of six more planes he wants to build, it’s Dad’s turn. Last Christmas, John

10, Olive Branch. Olive Branch City Hall; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Details: 662-893-0888; olivebrancholdtowne.org. Hamasa Shriners Poker Run, Sept. 10, Meridian. Registration 11 a.m. at Chunky River Harley-Davidson; finish 5 p.m. at Hamasa. Dinner, dance; 6:30 p.m. Details: 601-6931361, 601-917-1027. Bogue Creek Festival, Sept. 10, Duck Hill. Duck Hill Lions Club fundraiser; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: 662-565-2563, 662-520-8014, 662310-2331. 35th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival, Sept. 10-11, Biloxi. Entertainment, seafood, gumbo contest, arts and crafts, children’s activities. Point Cadet Plaza. Details: 228-604-0014. Mermaids Arts and Crafts Show, Sept. 1718, Bay St. Louis. Featuring handmade goods from artists across the South. Historic train depot. Details: thekreweofnereids.com.

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Luke gave his father the plans for a wooden aircraft designed in 1929, Gross’ own dream plane. This summer John Luke will report to duty at Key Field, in Meridian. He was selected in May by the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Mississippi Air National John Gross takes his son’s airplane up for its maiden Guard for flight to check out its systems and operation. Photo: military John Luke Gross pilot training. The 186th flies the KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueling aircraft. “It’s a great job,” John Luke said. “You get to fly around, explore the world and get paid to do it.” As for his RV-4 ... “I told him I’d make sure it doesn’t get dusty,” Gross said.

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