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News for members of Singing River Electric Power Association

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Food bank feeds needy 7 Southern Gardening:

Time to plant dianthus

8 Outdoors Today:

Hunting friendship endures

12 New cookbook offers

healthy recipes for diabetics

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Mississippians shine when it comes to charitable giving ississippians dig deeper in their pockets when it comes to giving. We always rank high in national surveys in the percentage of income donated each year to church and charity. There are many other ways to give, of course, from donations of clothing to Christmas toy drives, and Mississippians are no slackers there either. Our notable generosity may seem ironic, given that Mississippi is considered a “poor” state. Yet I think we are rich in the things that matter most in life. A case in point: Volunteerism is alive and well in Mississippi. Our cover story in this issue concerns the Mississippi Food Network, the state’s only food bank. It came about in the mid-1980s because enough of our caring citizens wanted to help alleviate hunger due to poverty. The incidence of hunger seemed to balloon after the Great Recession, when many lost their jobs and more seniors joined the ranks of the hungry. Today, one in four Mississippians in MFN’s 56county service territory is at risk of real hunger. Many are low-income wage earners whose paychecks and supplemental benefits play out before the end of the month. If people can get a few groceries to live on toward the end of the month when the need is greatest, they don’t have to choose between buying medicine and eating. Their kids can concentrate on school work better when their stomach doesn’t ache from hunger. Although the issue of hunger still looms large in Mississippi, the folks at MFN have made incredible progress in helping hundreds of thousands of school children, seniors, people with disabilities and working families. As you’ll see in our story, MFN has grown to become highly efficient in obtaining food in bulk, warehousing it and then distributing it to member churches and nonprofit organizations across the state. None of this would mean much, however, without the army of enthusiastic volunteers that collect, sort, box and give out the food from community

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On the cover The Mississippi Food Network, the state’s only food bank, ramps up its food collection drives during the holiday season to help needy families. The Jackson-based food bank works yearround with donors and member agencies to get food to those who need it most. Learn how MFN manages to provide so many meals for so little cost in our story on page 4.

food pantries, many of them operated by churches, and other feeding programs. MFN couldn’t operate without the efforts of these dedicated volunteers. Equally important are the generous donors, including the Mississippians who contribute to local food and fund drives to support MFN’s mission. Ninety-seven percent of the money donated to MFN goes directly to support its services and proMy Opinion grams. Michael Callahan I’m impressed that MFN Executive Vice President/CEO can turn a $10 donation Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi into 70 meals. Charitable giving is where Mississippi shines. Let’s keep that light shining bright not only through the holiday season but every day of the year. ••• Speaking of lights, your family may enjoy a lot of shiny, sparkling bling at Christmas time. But don’t let your decorations turn deadly. Live Christmas trees can pose a real fire hazard, especially when they’re dried out. Fires due to Christmas trees are uncommon, but when they do happen they are likely to be serious, even life threatening. Make sure your Christmas tree has fresh, green needles. Before placing the tree in a stand, cut a couple of inches from the base of the trunk so it can drink, and add water to the stand daily. Place the tree at least 3 feet away from any type of heat source, including the fireplace, portable heater, heating vent and the like. Never burn candles on or near a Christmas tree, and turn off the tree lights and all other decorative lights before leaving home or going to bed. And above all, have a very happy and safe holiday season!

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The Capt. (William) Ray House is one of several homes in the Carrollton Historic District. Built before 1840, the house was remodeled and a second story added later in the century. Some scenes from the 1969 movie “The Reivers,” starring Steve McQueen, were filmed at the house.

Mississippi is the place where people still say “yes, ma’am” and “yes, sir.” People hold the door open for strangers; people let you ahead in the grocery line when you only have a couple of items and they have a buggy full. Mississippi is where you meet strangers and become friends. Mississippi is where you can go when you’re hurt, hold onto someone’s hand and pray to the good Lord above. Mississippi is a smiling face blessed by Grace. Mississippi is the place I’m proud to call home. — Krista Griffin, Carthage The beautiful state of Mississippi is where I was born and raised. After living temporarily in a different state for several years, it was time to return back home. Once I smelled the salt air of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and heard the calls of the many seagulls, I knew I had arrived back to my home town. The town where the sun is bright, the magnolia flowers are fragrant, the wind is a warm breeze and the pace of life is a lot slower. The people in Mississippi are friendly and helpful and have the strongest dedication to family and trust in God for His will. Home to me means Mississippi, where I find comfort, safety and security, and where I will remain. — Carol Watkins, D’Iberville My Mississippi is sitting in my outdoor living room with a cup of coffee on a sunny morning. Listening to Mother Nature in all her glory. Birds singing in harmony with the soft southern breeze as a backup singer. Having a raccoon come on the porch with me on a rainy afternoon. Watching squirrels, rabbits, opossums, raccoons and woodchucks walk across the yard. Where else, except Mississippi, would you find this? — Pat Sartin, Ecru

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Food Network fights Mississippi’s hunger pains “When you run out of money and [benefits] and your family needs to eat, that’s what you use the food pantry for.” – Marilyn Blackledge By Debbie Stringer Marilyn Blackledge was helping with a food drive one day when a man rolled up a fully loaded grocery cart. Food pantries had helped him survive tough times at one point in his life, he told her. Now he was back on his feet and working. And he wanted to give back. “He might not have had much money but he brought me a buggy load of food that day,” Blackledge said. She often hears similar stories as director of external affairs for the Mississippi Food Network (MFN), a nonprofit food bank based in Jackson. And they always warm her heart, reaffirming the career choice she made a decade ago. “You never know what somebody’s been through, and it’s not our place to judge. We are just in the business of making sure people have enough food to eat,” she said. A member of the Feeding America network, MFN distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food each month, feeding more than 1.8 million Mississippians a year. Donated and purchased groceries make their way to hungry families through 430 member agencies— churches and nonprofit groups located in 56 counties (areas not served by food banks in Memphis or Mobile). MFN also contracts with the state Department of Human Services for statewide distribution of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Department of Health for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) boxes.

Marilyn Blackledge stands surrounded by donated foods at the Mississippi Food Network warehouse, in Jackson. The products will be sorted and distributed among 430 member agencies. MFN serves as the linchpin in a system that helps feed more than 1.8 million Mississippians a year.

The goal is to eliminate poverty-related hunger in the nation’s hungriest state: Nearly one in four Mississippians—about 690,000 people—struggles with hunger, according to the food bank. Member agencies distribute the food to recipients free of charge through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, senior citizen programs and after-school programs. Each agency selects recipients based on need and in accordance with qualifying guidelines. Agencies do not pay for the food they receive from MFN, but they are charged a fee of 19 cents per pound to help offset costs and are held to strict accountability standards. MFN also provides training to teach the agency volunteers about safe food storage and distribution. k Mississippians who depend on food programs to supplement their nutritional needs may be seniors, single parents, at-risk children and the working poor. The

number of “food insecure” households—those that do not know how to provide for their next meal—tends to be higher in rural counties. (For county-by-county statistics, go to www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.) Food insecurity may be caused by the loss of a job, illness or other crisis that triggers a landslide of financial hardship, forcing people to choose between paying for utilities, medical care or food. “So many of our families now are the working poor. Some of them work two jobs but they just cannot make enough,” Blackledge said. More seniors are using food pantries since the recession, she has noticed. “They were living off interest [before the recession] but now they’ve spent their savings and are living on very fixed incomes.” Federal nutrition assistance programs, like SNAP, provide monthly benefits to program participants, but a Feeding America hunger study indicated these benefits generally last only two to three weeks. “When you run out of money and [benefits] and


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your family needs to eat, that’s what you use the food pantry for,” Blackledge said. “It’s humbling to go to a food pantry. I’m telling you, I’ve sat in those pantries and talked to people. It is humbling to have to go ask for food and ask for help to feed your family,” she said. “We chose to distribute food at the end of the month. That’s when they need that little boost,” said the Rev. Calvin White, pastor of Sweet Home Outreach Ministry in Itta Bena. His church started a food pantry, Caring Hands of Sweet Home, and now offers classes in budgeting “to get people to see that if you manage your money right, it will last,” the pastor said. Thanks to its partnership with MFN, the food bank provides “good, nourishing food” that recipients look forward to receiving. “It’s made a big difference and they are very grateful,” White said. MFN cannot supply all the food needs for its mem-

ers like Walmart, Target and Kroger. Food drives sponsored by commercial and community groups are just as important to MFN’s food distribution, especially during the holiday season. These events provide food for tens of thousands of meals each year.

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already kept food for emergencies to help the community, but we wanted to reach out further, and that’s when we applied for the Food Network,” Cross said. “Without the Food Network, we couldn’t afford the food. “When they see you reaching out in the community, you draw people to your church, and it helps them find God also. So it’s a good outreach and a help to the community,” he said.

k “Our biggest challenges are raising enough money and getting enough food to provide for all the people that need it,” Blackledge said. “We’re doing a good job reaching about 150,000 people a month. But we could be reaching more if we had more food to provide for the agencies.” MFN wrings the most it can from donated dollars and products; 97 percent of all gifts received goes to fund programs. “For every dollar, we can proKevin Cross and his son, Kevin Jr., pick up some 4,000 vide seven meals. It costs about 15 pounds of grocery staples for the clients of Mount Charity Missionary Baptist Church food pantry program, in Leake cents to provide a meal, based on County. our operating cost, so no donation is too small,” Blackledge said. Under the food bank’s BackPack Program, five dolk lars fills a child’s backpack with a nutritious meal kit Every week day, and snacks. The program serves an average of more than 50,000 pounds of 1,000 children weekly throughout Mississippi, with food products leave more planned. the MFN warehouse. MFN saves money in its warehouse operation by The food bank operusing local inmate labor and a small army of volunteers. ates two 18-wheelers Male and female inmates sort food packages and perand two box trucks, all form other tasks. In return, they gain job skills and refrigerated. The receive a letter of recommendation upon their release Tractor-trailer driver Frank Montgomery loads food onto a member agency’s trailer in Greenwood. Montgomery, a 25trucks haul food to from custody. Four former inmates are now full-time year MFN employee, delivers thousands of pounds of food most every weekday to distribution points around the state. distribution points— MFN employees. usually large parking On Volunteer Saturdays, held monthly October bers agencies, so local food and fund drives are still lots—to waiting representatives of the member agencies. through May, as many as 200 community volunteers important. White hopes to expand Caring Hands’ year- Those in the Jackson metro area can pick up their ship- show up to work in the warehouse. Students, church old pantry program with the help of local donations. ments at the warehouse dock. groups, scouts, company co-workers and others help Kevin Cross and his son, Kevin Jr., recently met the sort packaged foods and pack food boxes. k MFN truck in Kosciusko to receive 4,000 pounds of “I tell people all the time it’s a great team-building MFN was organized in 1983 to store bulk foods food products for the food pantry program at Mount effort,” Blackledge said with a grin. and serve as the central distribution point for food Charity Missionary Baptist Church, in Leake County. Knowing their daily efforts help feed thousands of pantries. Housed in a former Hardin Bakery plant, the Cross directs the program and chairs the church trustee hungry Mississippians is a powerful motivator for operation comprises a cavernous warehouse with walkboard. A Central Electric Power Association member, MFN’s paid employees, staff and board members. in cooler/freezer space, offices, loading docks and an Mount Charity provides food boxes twice a month for Blackledge described them as “mission driven.” annex building for sorting food. 400 qualified recipients in the community, 80 percent “We all wear multiple hats, but we all have passion Member agencies use a new online system to check of whom are seniors or disabled. for it,” she said. “It’s a whole lot more than a job. I MFN’s ever-changing warehouse inventory in real time “We enjoy serving the community, and I have a great can’t imagine doing anything else.” and place orders for grocery staples, boxes of fresh fruits staff of retired ladies who come and take care of all the and vegetables, and frozen foods. Much of the inventory pantry’s day-to-day operations,” Cross said. The women The Mississippi Food Network welcomes visitors to its is purchased in bulk from or donated by corporations meet weekly at the church to pack food boxes for distri- headquarters at 440 West Beatty St., in Jackson. For more such as Kellogg, Nabisco, Sam’s Club and other sources. bution to recipients. information or to donate, call 601-353-7286 or visit the Food products marked unsellable due to package Mount Charity became an MFN agency several years website at www.msfoodnet.org. damage, yet remain safe to eat, are collected from retail- ago in order to expand its community outeach. “We


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uring one of our afternoon conference sessions, Mr. Roy said, “It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.” “We say that every year,” I said with a laugh. “When I retired from teaching I wanted time to slow down, but no, it shifted into passing gear and the weeks are flying by. I’m curious to know if my retired teacher friends are experiencing the same phenomena. You don’t think it’s because we’re getting older?” “Of course not!” he said. “But I am glad we have our memories to relive, especially Christmas. Honey, the strange thing is that our happiest memories, since we married, were when we had the least money and material possessions.” I know that the Christmas season doesn’t evoke happy memories for all people. All my girlhood memories are

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on for a short time every night. Most homes didn’t have Christmas lights burning. Folks gave up many things to supply the servicemen essentials they needed to fight for America.” Roy finally said, “This one is my best memories: My parents told me to pick out one thing that I wanted in the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog. My chemistry set arrived about two weeks before Christmas, and I found it wrapped and under our tree. I would lie on the floor next to it and dream about all the experiments I could try, using the special chemicals. That’s all I got under the tree, but that’s all I wanted. My dream had come true—I received a chemistry set.” My turn. The first Christmas Mr. Roy and I had a “house dog” we bought her a toy and wrapped it in Christmas paper. Her name was Pansy. After putting it under the tree with our gifts we told her that was her Christmas present. “You have to wait for everyone to open theirs,” I said. She spent her days napping by her gift and never tried to open it. If our daughters or friends tried to touch it, she growled and protected her present. She was a happy pup on Christmas morning when our family opened gifts. When we told her she could open hers, she immediately tore into her gift. Even her last Christmas when she was so sick, she still loved protecting and opening her gift. Our first Christmas after Mr. Roy and I were married, we were in the Army stationed at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas. We lived in an old World War II barracks that had been divided into small apartments.

An Army private’s pay was meager. Our tiny tree was foil, and I made the decorations. I saved enough from the grocery money to buy Roy a shirt from the PX. Only because I charged the groceries ... that’s another story. Roy gave me earrings from the same exclusive department store. He had a three-day furlough and we drove back home for Christmas. By then I was pregnant, and it was a happy holiday for both of our families. “Your turn again,” I said. “Our Christmas tree farm for almost 30 years was a wonderful gift to us. We made new friends from several nearby towns, and of course our regular friends came with their children. When the weather was bad, people still came. “We watched our customers’ children grow up, get married and then bring their children to pick out a tree. Everyone was in a good mood that time of year, especially watching their children run down the rows of trees calling out, ‘I found one,’ and a call back, ‘No, I like this tree.’ I truly loved those faithful long-time friends and the good memories.” I challenge my readers to take time during the holidays to snuggle up in a chair or sofa or on the floor in front of the fire and take turns sharing your happy Christmas memories. Our Lord will smile from heaven, since He knows you know the reason for the season. 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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Time to plant dianthus flowers and turn the foliage purplish, he perfect time to plant but the plants will recover. In north dianthus is when you Mississippi, protect fall plantings from plant your pansies. Dianthus and pansies are the cold. Or an easier solution is to simwonderful fall and winter ply plant new plants next spring for a great pink-themed color display. companion plants. My favorite dianthus for the cool seaDianthus is a versatile group of plants that we can grow in our Mississippi gar- son has to be the Telstar series. This dens and landscapes. My fall landscape is series has great colors ranging from carmine rose, pink and purnot complete without having ple to one that is almost red. dianthus to enjoy. Try pairing There also are a couple of them with pansies and violas pretty bicolors called picotfor a great, cool-season contees. tainer. Telstar is the perfect For gardeners in the choice for mass planting in coastal region, dianthus is a the landscape. The plants great choice for fall color. grow uniformly with a sturdy Dianthus can be planted in Southern habit that reaches only about the southern part of the state Gardening 10 inches tall and wide. now through spring for an outstanding color display. Fall by Dr. Gary Bachman Always plant in full sun in well-drained soil. plantings are good, as the Telstar dianthus is susceptible to root extra time in the ground allows plants to disease problems if the soil is consistentdevelop robust root systems. This growth results in a beautiful and colorful ly wet. This is always a concern in our cool and wet fall and winter seasons. I display next spring. Low temperatures usually damage the grow my Telstar dianthus in commer-

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cially available container gardening systems or raised beds, which eliminate the worry about oversaturated soils. Telstar dianthus is a moderate to heavy feeder. At planting, I always fertilize with a good, slow-release fertilizer. I place about a tablespoon of my favorite fertilizer in the planting hole and then supplement monthly with water-soluble fertilizer. After the first flowering flush, prune the plants back about 3 inches. This trimming encourages more lateral growth and even more flowers. Another good dianthus choice is the Super Parfait series. Super Parfait is indeed super and tolerant of cold weather. This group is known for its compact size and large blossoms -- 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Super Parfait Raspberry has gorgeous, pinkish-white flowers with crimsonstreaked petals and dark eyes. My favorite is the large Super Parfait Red Peppermint flowers, which are bright white with a red center eye. One of the most surprising things about dianthus flowers is that they are

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Rabbit hunting and friendship, minus presumption rag-tag pair of litter mates, Herman and Homer had fair breeding but not the offspring of show stock. Dad got them for me during late winter when I was in ninth grade. Squirmy, energetic, beagle pups, they followed me about the dirt yard of our country home constantly. During the upcoming summer, they learned well. They trailed chickens and cats, the occasional neighbor dog. They even bumped a rabbit from a cotton patch in early fall, and such a pleasant outcry of confusion and anticipation I had never heard. Herman and Homer exemplified proper genetics. That year would be my last in the little county school eight miles east. I entered 10th grade in a new and mysterious environment. Always interested in music and acquainted with it as a result of my by Tony Kinton mother’s piano playing and all us singing at church, I wanted to be in a high school band. I talked with the

director in this unfamiliar setting and there found a large portion of my being. I was part of a school activity in which I could express myself, excel. I owe that to the director. To honor his privacy, I shall not give his full name but say only that his first name was Tom. It obviously was Mister (last name) to me, for we were taught at home to use such titles. I learned quickly that he had beagles. We talked chasing rabbits and fishing creek banks and the possibility of my adequately learning an instrument in the two years remaining of high school. He suggested I begin with tenor drum, an instrument used basically to pound out down beats. I could do that, but I also began immediately on the tuba. It was grand. I used that tuba business to partly pay my way through college with scholarships, but running beagles was never far from the minds of my director or me. He had an aging station wagon dedicated to hunting. Many Saturday mornings we loaded that car and headed out, always bound for the swamps. And there was never a time that a merry chase didn’t get underway soon after those dogs

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bounded from that car. Sometimes chases were long, with tiny, short-legged hounds trying to sort out a savvy swamp rabbit. And there was occasionally the rumble of a 20-gauge shotgun and the heft of a heavy game vest. But there was always a warm greeting, palatable conversation, smiles and a genteel parting. Never presumptions, for he remained my teacher and I his student. Protocol reigned. One day stands out in recall. We were running late sorting dogs for the drive home. Herman, one who lived only to hunt, jumped a rabbit. A big swamper that led the little beagle across two sloughs. Distant and haunting bawls faded, and the only choice was to leave him. Herman simply would not respond to my pleas and leave the trail. In desperation I removed my hunting vest, ripe with my scent, placed it on the ground near where we parked and left, sunset barely visible in an eerie sky over dark and foreboding woods. I didn’t sleep well that night.

But the next morning was glorious. I took my dad’s battered pickup and went to the spot where the vest lay, daylight still an embryonic glow on the horizon. And there was Herman, curled on that vest. I cuddled him, wiped dew from his coat and put him in the truck. It would be the following day, Monday, before I could relay this perfect outcome to my friend, my band director, but he shared in my relief and good fortune with a wide grin. He was still Mister (last name) then. As time always does, it changed things. He went on to gain additional degrees and took on other positions in education at Mississippi State. I chased my dreams of music and teaching and writing. We talked rarely, but did keep in touch. About a year ago now, I was standing beside my mother’s casket, a practically inevitable but still emotional setting that many have faced or will face. Back down the line of kind faces I saw one that moved me deeply. There he was. He shook my hand and offered his condolences. We even mentioned beagles. That friendship begun while rabbit hunting had endured. I greeted him as Tom but felt strangely uncomfortable doing so. Friendships allow such liberties. 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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We outgrew our name. But we’ll never outgrow the values we stand for. South Mississippi Electric Power Association is proud to be

We are not-for-profit, member-owned and community driven. Just like always. When we first started out in 1941, we served seven Member cooperatives, all in South Mississippi. But over time, that changed. Because we just kept growing. We grew our energy resources. We grew our service area. We grew so much, we outgrew our own name. That’s why it’s time for a name that will grow with us. One that truly reflects who we are and what we believe in. After 75 years as South Mississippi Electric Power Association, we are proud to be Cooperative Energy.

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

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Mike Smith General Manager and CEO Singing River Electric

Singing River Electric Power Association’s board of directors approved a retirement of more than $7 million in SRE capital credits to the membership this year. This represents capital credits for the years 1982-1985. An additional $1.3 million of other capital credits will be returned to the membership for the years 1982-83. What does this mean for members? As a member and owner, you have a share in the earnings of your not-for-

profit electric cooperative. Singing River Electric’s rate revenue is used to operate, make payments on loans and make improvements to the electric system. Any remaining revenue is allocated to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the capital credit assigned to a member is based on the amount of electricity used during a particular year. When appropriate funds are available, Singing River Electric’s board of directors can approve retiring a portion of the member’s capital credit in the form of a credit or check. How do I get capital credits? Members during the years 19821985, with an account that is still active and receiving a billing statement each month, will automatically receive either

a bill credit or check based on the credit amount. These members do not have to fill out any paper work. Previous members who had an account from 19821985, but no longer have an active account, must visit singingriver.com between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30 to receive instructions and download necessary paperwork to claim their capital credit refund. Completed documentation must be returned to Singing River Electric’s Lucedale office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. We hope these returned capital credits help your family during this holiday season. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas from our SRE family to yours. Thank you for the privilege to serve you.

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Singing River Electric retires more than $7M in capital credits to members

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Capital Credits: The Benefit of Membership Members receive electric service from Singing River Electric.

Singing River Electric uses sales revenue to pay expenses.

Margins are assigned to an account for each member; the funds become capital credits.

At the end of the year, revenue minus expenses equals net margins.

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Questions & Answers Q. What are capital credits? A. Singing River Electric’s rate revenue is used to operate, make payments on loans and make improvements to the electric system. Any remaining revenue is allocated to the members in the form of capital credits.

Q. How do members earn capital credits? A. When you signed up for electrical service from the cooperative, you became a member. Each member is allocated capital credits based on how much energy the member uses from the cooperative.

Q. Are capital credits returned every year?

If you get your electricity from a local cooperative, you are a member-owner. That means you are entitled to certain benefits, including the allocation of capital credits.

A. Each year the board of directors will decide whether to retire capital credits. There may be years when the cooperative is not able to distribute capital credits because of certain economic conditions and other factors such as major storm damage.

Q. How are capital credits returned? A. Either by a check mailed to members, or in the form of a credit on the electric bill.

Q. What happens to a member’s capital credits if the member moves away? A. Capital credits are maintained on record and can still be returned to a member when those credits are retired by the local board of directors. Members who move away may download paperwork from singingriver.com to request capital credits if they were members during the years being retired.

Q. Can I obtain a deceased member’s capital credits? A. Yes. Surviving family members may download paperwork from singingriver.com to request capital credits for a deceased relative.

Capital credits are not the only member benefits: • Reliable electric service at cost • Local control of your cooperative, governed by a board of directors, also member-owners, who live and work in your area • The right to participate through voting memberships

To find out more visit singingriver.com/capital-credits or CooperativeEnergy.com.


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Cooperative University participants visit with Representative Charles Busby, Senator Michael Watson and Senator Dennis DeBar following the panel discussion.

SRE System Engineer Tom Davis gets Zoe to report a power outage using the SmartHub app while Victoria records the short amount of time it takes.

Singing River Electric hosted its Youth Leadership Program Cooperative University and interviews on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at its headquarters office in Lucedale. All high schools serving Singing River Electric’s service territory were invited to nominate one member of the junior class to represent the school at the Cooperative University and interview. Student nominees were required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities, be active in church, civic and community activities, and receive electricity from Singing River Electric at their main residence. During Cooperative University, students got to know each other through networking activities, learned about the cooperative form of business and took a closer look at how Singing River Electric provides power to its members, restores power after an outage and emphasizes electric safety not only for its linemen but also for the

general public. A legislative panel discussion driven by questions asked by the students featured Representative Charles Busby, Senator Dennis DeBar and Senator Michael Watson. Presenters throughout the day included Singing River Electric’s 2016 Youth Leadership students Samuel Goff, Taylor McDonald and Cailin Sims, along with Singing River Electric’s Tom Davis, Garen Ferguson, Lorri Freeman, Jeff Gray, Jason Havard, Amanda Parker and Kevin Slay. Each student also participated in a 10-minute interview moderated by a panel of out-of-town judges from electric cooperatives across the state. Following the Cooperative University and interviews, Austin Baldwin, Kenley Cochran, John Noah Moran and Morgan Rich were selected to represent Singing River Electric at the Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson in February 2017, and the Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. in June 2017.


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SRE Youth Leadership Students These four students will attend the 2017 Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson and Youth Tour of Washington, D.C.

Austin Baldwin St. Martin High School

Zoe tries on a lineman’s belt with the help of SRE Journeyman Lineman Garen Ferguson.

Glennie shares some things about herself with the group during “Let’s See How You Roll” ice breaker.

Matthew, Morgan, Lauren and Austin prepare for their leadership skit with a country theme.

Kenley Cochran Perry Central High School

John Noah Moran Ocean Springs High School

Morgan Rich East Central High School

These students were their high school’s representatives based on their leadership skills and community activities.

Victoria Chaney Gautier High School

Jerica Galloway Vancleave High School

Zoe Olson George County High School

Chloe Rylee Greene County High School

Gavin Sellers Richton High School

Matthew Sellers Moss Point High School

Lauren Skinner St. Patrick High School

Glennie Viverette Resurrection Catholic High School


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What is NHN Energy Assistance? NHN Energy Assistance is a round-up program in which Singing River Electric members choose to round-up their bill each month to the nearest whole dollar. The roundedup portion of the bill is used to assist those in the community who cannot pay their power bill. Donations range from 1¢ to 99¢ each month and average only $6 per year.

How do I donate to SRE’s NHN Energy Assistance? There are four ways to sign up: (1) Check the NHN Energy Assistance box at the top of your bill. (2) Sign up using the SmartHub app on any mobile device. (3) Go online with your computer at singingriver.com. (4) Call any SRE office and request to participate. Once enrolled, the billed amount will “round up” to the nearest whole dollar. Why should I donate? We all need a little help from our neighbors from time to time. This is a unique, secure way to help those in your community. All recipients are screened to ensure there is a verified need, and 100 percent of NHN Energy Assistance donations go to help SRE members.

Where does the money go? One hundred percent of collected donations are distributed to SRE members through United Way for Jackson and George Counties and Catholic Social and Community Services (CSCS).

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How does CSCS work to further assist applicants? The goal of case management is to assist applicants and offer ways to help minimize the stress of a financial strain in the future. To meet this goal, each applicant is partnered with a case manager. Clients are asked to provide financial information to the agency and work with case managers to establish financial goals and objectives.

How do Singing River Electric members qualify for assistance? Members must show a need and a willingness to make changes in their life to change their current financial situation. Applications may be picked up at the CSCS office, or call 1-855-847-0555 to learn if a member meets the qualifications for the program.

How many times a year can SRE members get power bill assistance and for how much? Qualified SRE members can receive up to $125, one time per year through NHN Energy Assistance as long as funds are available.

Does Catholic Social and Community Services only help Catholics? No. Applicants are not asked about faith affiliation.


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NHN Community Grants Awarded Singing River Electric’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grants provide funding for local non-profit organizations in areas such as education, community development and more. Here are the grant recipients from the May 2016 application period. To learn more about the NHN Community Grant program and to view grant parameters, visit www.singingriver.com.

East Central Upper Elementary

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Resurrection Catholic Elementary

(l-r) East Central Upper Elementary Principal Jamie Wade and Fifth Grade Teacher Kimberly Buckley receive the $1,399 NHN Grant check from Singing River Electric Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker to purchase 20 Physics Solar Workshop kits for hands-on activities/experiments related to solar energy.

(l-r) Singing River Electric Manager of Member Services and Facilities Nick DeAngelo presents a $2,252.94 NHN Grant check to Pascagoula River Audubon Center Education and Outreach Manager Erin Parker and Director Dr. Mark LaSalle to create education materials for the School Yard Science project.

(l-r) Resurrection Catholic Elementary Teacher Amy Baker accepts a $1,500 NHN Grant check from Singing River Electric Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker to purchase supplies for the “Full STEAM Ahead” enrichment class.

You have a voice

Participate in our Member Survey

In mid-November, a small random sample of Singing River Electric members will receive either an email or phone call from NRECA Market Research Services. This confidential survey will help us explore members’ satisfaction and views on the service provided to you. The survey will take about 10 minutes, and NRECA Market Research Services guarantees complete confidentiality of your individual responses. Results are compiled and reported to Singing River Electric as group totals. So, please be candid in your response. There are no right or wrong answers. Only a very small random number of residential members will receive the emails or calls. This makes your

Wishing you and your loved ones a season filled with warm moments and unforgettable memories.

response critical. If you are contacted by NRECA Market Research Services at an inconvenient time, suggest a better time to call. We look forward to sharing the results of this survey with you. Again, if you are contacted, we ask for your participation and thank you for your time and input.

Our offices will be closed November 24 for Thanksgiving, December 23 and 26 for Christmas, and January 2 for New Year’s Day. Dispatchers will be on duty.


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Penne Pesto with Baby Spinach ½ tsp. minced garlic (about 1 clove) 8 Tbsp. homemade pesto (recipe below) or use store-bought 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp. capers, drained 16 oz. whole-wheat penne pasta

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‘Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner’ We all know we need to eat healthier foods, but pulling together a nutritious meal can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Often we run out of time and ideas at the end of the day and resort to unhealthy fast food or calorie-laden frozen meals. A new cookbook from the American Diabetes Association can help. In “The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner,” author Aviva Goldfarb shows how to plan easy, healthy meals and shop for ingredients one week at a time. The cookbook is organized into 32 weekly meal plans, arranged by season, with main dishes and sides. Readers will find 160 diabetes-friendly recipes that require 30 minutes or less to prepare, plus a wealth of do-head tips and flavor boosters. Nutritional information accompanies each recipe and many have instructions for adapting the recipe for slow cooking. The recipes are not only for diabetics; everyone wanting to improve their health without sacrificing flavor and variety will benefit from this cookbook. The Mississippi State Department of Health estimated in 2014 that 13 percent of Mississippi adults have diabetes, the second-highest diabetes rate in the country. Diabetes is an incurable disease that can result in disability, hospitalization and the inability to work. Self-care practices, including adopting better eating habits, are important in helping sufferers stay healthy and manage the disease. During American Diabetes Month in November, the American Diabetes Association shares information and stories of people living with the disease. For more information, visit the website at www.Diabetes.org. Recipes reprinted with permission. To order “The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner,” go to www.ShopDiabetes.org, call 1-800-232-6733 or look for it in bookstores. The price for the softcover book is $22.95.

Carmelized Cabbage 1 head green cabbage 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 tsp. butter

½ tsp. salt 1⁄8 to ¼ black pepper 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Halve, core and thinly slice the cabbage. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and butter. When the butter melts, add cabbage. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until it starts to cook down, and then remove the lid. Cook the cabbage, turning occasionally (tongs work well), until it starts to brown, about 15 minutes. Add the salt, pepper and vinegar, and cook for about 5 more minutes until nicely browned. Makes 6 servings of ½ cup.

12 oz. baby spinach ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste 1⁄8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

Boil water for the pasta in a large stockpot. Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, combine the garlic, pesto, oil and capers. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until it is about 1 minute short of being done. Add the spinach to the boiling water with the pasta and cook for about 1 minute. Drain pasta and spinach briefly and toss with the ingredients in the large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and top with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days. Makes 8 servings of 1 ½ cups. Pesto: 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves 2 chopped garlic cloves 2 Tbsp. pine nuts ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper ½ lemon, optional

Combine pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until coarsely chopped. Tip: You can use extra pesto sauce as a spread for crackers, toss it with steamed green beans or freeze it for future use. To freeze leftover pesto, spoon it into ice cube trays and, after it freezes, remove from the tray and store in reusable bags in the freezer. Take cubes out as needed and add to pasta recipes.

Turkey, Cranberry and Wild Rice Salad 1 cup wild rice blend, such as Lundberg’s 1 cup cooked turkey breast, chopped 2 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 2 to 4 scallions, thinly sliced (¼ to ½ cup), to taste ½ cup dried cranberries (or use raisins or pomegranate seeds), or ½ to ¾ cup

cranberry sauce ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing (or use equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinegar) ½ cup pecans, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

Prepare the rice according to the package directions, using water or chicken broth. In a medium serving bowl, combine the turkey, celery, scallions and cranberries. When the rice is cooked, combine it with the ingredients in the bowl. Stir in the vinaigrette dressing. Refrigerate the salad for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 days. Just before serving, stir in the pecans. Makes 6 servings of 1 cup.

Rosemary-Garlic Pork Roast with Whipped Sweet Potatoes 1 ½ to 2 lbs. boneless pork loin roast or pork tenderloin, or bone-in chicken pieces 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 ½ tsp. minced garlic (about 5 cloves) 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried rosemary ½ Tbsp. kosher salt ¾ tsp. black pepper

2 ½ lbs. sweet potatoes (about 5 potatoes), peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces 1 Tbsp. trans fat-free margarine 1 to 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or brown sugar, to taste ½ cup nonfat or low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 400 F. Put the meat in a large roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture over the top and sides of the meat. (If using pork tenderloin, fold the skinny piece under so you have a piece with somewhat uniform thickness.) Roast the meat for 30 to 40 minutes (check it after 25 minutes for pork tenderloin) until it is cooked through, or has an internal temperature of 160 F. While the meat is cooking, cover the sweet potatoes with water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer the potatoes until they are fork tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain thoroughly and whip them in a mixing bowl with the margarine, syrup or sugar, and milk until they are smooth. (Optional: Transfer the whipped potatoes to a small casserole dish and put them in the oven with the pork roast until the tops of the potatoes start to brown.) Cut the meat into slices and serve with warm potatoes. Slow cooker directions: Follow the pork recipe as above, placing the pork in the slow cooker and covering with rub mixture. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Prepare potatoes as directed above. Makes 6 servings of 3 ounces meat and ½ cup mashed potatoes.


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FIRED UP: hese cool autumn and winter mornings are the kinds of days John Nelson likes, so he can go play in the tin building across the road from his house in the Courtland community of Panola County. That’s because these crisp mornings are perfect for firing up the wood-burning boiler that supplies steam to the antique steam engines John has managed to collect over the years, and houses in his building. The engines aren’t just for looks. They power a sawmill and a gristmill and an old wood shingle-making machine. The heat from the boiler not only warms up the cool mornings but also melts away the years, back to a time we perceive as Mississippi much simpler Seen than today. After a couby Walt Grayson ple of blasts on the old steam whistles mounted above the building, John is no longer alone. Neighbors start to trickle in to watch. John says when he first put his collection together back in the 1980s his audi-

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ence was primarily old men who had worked with these types machines when they were younger. But by and large most of them are gone now, so nowadays it’s mostly neighbors that gather here with him, and maybe a group of home-schooled youngsters wanting to look through the curtain of time to see how things used to be. It’s a noisy operation with belts slapping in time to the chugging of the engines and the startling, loud hiss when the release valve on the boiler suddenly pops open. It makes you look around to be sure the preacher wasn’t standing near to hear what you just said when it scared you. There are the smells, too. Smells of hot oil as the bearings sing, the cedar from the

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juring up simpler times. I think that is a part of the appeal of the holidays, the attempt to do things like they once were done, from Thanksgiving dinner to decorating for Christmas. Oh, we may use laser lights to deck the front of the house now, but it’s the same thing Daddy used to try to do with a couple of strings of “big lights” haphazardly strung over the boxwood by the front steps years ago. Honestly, I don’t know if times were actually simpler back then than they are now. But they are over and we know how they turned out. And we had the old folks to lean on and ask for advice and perhaps to tide us over if we needed it. Now, more and more, we’re becoming the “old folks” and it’s a little frightening. I don’t think I’m as qualified as they were back then. Even more frightening, what if they were no more qualified to be the wise old leaders back then than I am now! 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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Handworks Holiday Market, Nov. 18-19, Jackson. Arts and crafts. Admission. Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: HandworksMarket.com. Stringer Alpaca Festival, Nov. 19, Stringer. Live alpacas, vendors, crafts, food, children’s activities, more; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas. Details: 716863-4366; AStrokaGeneUsAlpacas.com. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Nov. 19, Black Hawk. Featuring Uncle Pug Kea & Bluegrass Friends, The New Hillbillies and Pilgrim Family; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Brandon Opry, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Brandon. Country music hits; 6 p.m. Admission. Brandon Municipal Complex. Details: 601-825-5021; BrandonMS.org. Egg Bowl Run, Nov. 21, Calhoun City. Ole Miss and MSU ROTC to exchange game ball; around noon. Calhoun City Square. Details: 662-628-6990. Christmas in the Park Driving Tour, Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, Collins. Thursday, Friday, Saturdays only; 5-9 p.m. Free admission. Bettie D. Robertson Memorial Park. Details: 601-765-6012; CovingtonChamber.com. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, Louisville. Downtown; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Details: 662-773-3921. 33rd Annual Christmas at Landrum’s Homestead, Nov. 26-27, Laurel. Tour work-

ing homestead with over 80 buildings. Civil War reenactment, entertainment, dulcimers, Santa, wagon rides, blacksmith, cloggers, crafts, more. Admission. Details: 601-6492546; Landrums.com. Coast Chorale Christmas Concerts, Nov. 27, Bay St. Louis. Christ Episcopal Church; 4 p.m. Also: Dec. 3, Kiln, Hancock Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, Bay St. Louis, Main Street United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, Diamondhead, Diamondhead Country Club, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, caroling, Old Town Bay St. Louis, 5-7 p.m. Details: 504-319-3530. Kids and Carols with Santa, Dec. 1, Louisville. Courthouse lawn; 5:30 p.m. Details: 662-773-3921. Christmas Parade: “A Storybook Christmas,” Dec. 1, Ackerman. Begins 6 p.m. Silent auction 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Details: 662-285-6251. 40th Annual Chimneyville Craft Festival, Dec. 1-3, Jackson. About 170 booths featuring works by Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi members. Preview party 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1; craft show Dec. 2-3. Admission. Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: 601-856-7546; CraftsmensGuildofMS.org. Christmas Parade: “Christmas Stories,” Dec. 2, Brandon. Begins 7 p.m. Details: 601825-5021; BrandonMS.org. Cross Mountain Christmas Candlelight Celebration, Dec. 2, Porterville. Singing and

celebrating the Savior’s birth; 7 p.m. Free admission. Cross Mountain Ministries. Details: 601-513-3348. Drive-thru Living Nativity, Dec. 2-3, Utica. Nine scenes; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission. Utica Baptist Church. Details: 601-885-8860. Ka Pottery Gallery Open House, Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11; Seminary. New works in clay by Claudia Ka Cartee, paintings by Heidi Pitre; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Also open by appointment. Details: 601-722-4948; KaPotteryStudio.com. Columbia Christmas Train, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, Columbia. Train ride presenting “The Reason for Jesus’ Birth,” wagon ride, pony ride, inflatables, music, crafts, food, photos with Santa, more; 5-9 p.m. Admission. Details: 601731-5944; ColumbiaChristmasTrain.com. James Wilkerson Faith and Family Craft Festival, Dec. 3, Cleveland. Gospel singing, crafts, food; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission. Bolivar County Expo Building. Details: 662-843-9747; Facebook. City-wide Rummage Sale, Dec. 3, Laurel. More than 100 families participating; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free admission. Benefits Good Samaritan Center. Magnolia Center, fairgrounds. Details: 601-319-6086; MyRummageSales.com. Christmas in the City, Dec. 3, Biloxi. Vendors, entertainment, Santa, more. Downtown Biloxi Art District. Details: 228-435-6339; kmiller@biloxi.ms.us. Christmas Parade: “Winter Wonderland,” Dec. 3, Calhoun City. Santa’s Workshop, 5 p.m.; parade 7 p.m. Soup/corn bread supper. Details: 662-628-6990. Winter Spectacular Holiday Market, Dec. 3, Leakesville. Arts, crafts, food; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. Greene Park. Details: 601-7665379. Parade of Lights: “Christmas Trees & Memories,” Dec. 3, Vicksburg. Begins 5 p.m. Details: 601-634-4527; DowntownVicksburg.org. Big Pop Gun Show, Dec. 3-4, Philadelphia. Details: BigPopGunShows.com. 59th Annual Hernando Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, Hernando. Begins 6:30 p.m. Details:

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662-429-9055; HernandoMS.org. Christmas on the Tracks, Dec. 7-9, McComb. Santa, Christmas stories, model train displays, outdoor train exhibit; school groups invited mornings Dec. 7-9; open to public noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Free admission. McComb City Railroad Depot Museum. Details: 601-5514905; trainmaster@mcrrmuseum.com. Carl Jackson “Home for Christmas” Concert, Dec. 10, Louisville. Old Strand Theater; shows 4 and 7 p.m. Details: 662-7733921. Christmas in Osyka, Dec. 10, Osyka. Food, crafts, entertainment, parade (4 p.m.), free Santa pictures for 12 and under, fireworks (7 p.m.). Free admission. Details: 601-249-5910. Operation BBQ Relief BBQ Challenge, Dec. 10, Picayune. BCA-sanctioned state championship event. Sun Roamers RV Resort. Details: 601-749-9569; bcabbq.org. Cider Sippin’ City Shoppin’, Dec. 15, Louisville. Downtown; 4-7 p.m. Details: 662773-3921. Bluegrass, Country & Gospel Singing, Dec. 17, Black Hawk. Featuring Mack Allen Smith & The Flames, Back Porch Pickers; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Hamasa Shriners Gun and Knife Show, Dec. 17-18, Marion. Admission; registration. Details: 601-693-1361, 800-243-1361; hamasashriners@comcast.net. Christmas Singing at Rocky Springs, Dec. 18, Rocky Springs. Singing, communion service, potluck; 11 a.m. Rocky Springs Church, 10158 Old Port Gibson Road. Details: 228-2557083. Memphis Grizzlies Basketball Camps, Dec. 27-30, Southaven. Youth basketball camp for boys and girls ages 7-16. Admission; registration. Landers Center. Details: Grizzlies.com/camps. The Primitive Quartet in Concert, Jan. 5, 2017, Petal. Love offering; 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown. Details: 601-5833733.


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