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Barn quilt trail takes shape in south Mississippi


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How do electric co-ops benefit our state? Let’s count the ways hat if the investments and jobs made possible by Mississippi’s 26 electric power associations were removed from the state’s economy? How would that impact Mississippi? That is what we asked the University Research Center of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. They crunched the economic data we supplied last year and came to these conclusions: • On average, our total employment of 2,936 workers directly and indirectly caused another 4,361 workers throughout the state to be employed. • The value of goods and services purchased by electric power associations is estimated to be more than $3.5 billion. • Members of electric power associations in the state contribute an estimated 7,300 jobs to Mississippi’s economy, $2.1 billion in demand for goods and services, and $1.7 billion in gross domestic product. • Electric power associations create about 0.6 percent of Mississippi’s private non-farm employment, 1.43 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and contribute 0.46 percent of its disposable income. Electric power associations are powerful economic drivers, not only because we provide affordable, reliable electric service to residential, commerical and industrial members, but also because of our long tradition as important local employers. Since the 1930s, electric cooperatives have provided good jobs in small towns, where stable employment is never taken for granted. The typical electric co-op will employ people to run its business office, build and maintain the electrical system, assist members, keep the bucket trucks running, manage a warehouse, buy supplies and perform countless other daily tasks. We also hire contractors for various jobs,


On the cover Regina Breland and other volunteers are building the Chickasa-Leaf Barn Quilt Trail, a rural folk art project in south Mississippi. Participants hang painted quilt squares on barns and other outdoor structures, including Breland’s own Folded Flag square on her barn on Old Highway 24, north of McLain. See story on page 4.

from meter reading and right-of-way maintenance to engineering and data processing. The revenue we receive from power bills— beyond that used to purchase wholesale electricity—churns throughout the local economy, fueling the creation of more jobs, as the research indicates. One place the revenue does not go is into investors’ pockets. Electric power associations are not-for-profit cooperatives; we are owned the people we serve, My Opinion by not investors. You can’t Michael Callahan buy stock in your local Executive Vice President/CEO electric power associaEPAs of Mississippi tion, but you can become a memberowner by applying for electric service. October is National Co-op Month, when cooperatives of all kinds are celebrated and their benefits highlighted. If you are a new member of an electric power association, I encourage you to take time to learn just what cooperative membership means. I think you will be impressed. Electric cooperatives grew out of a true grassroots movement in the 1930s, when most of America’s farmers were still living a hardscrabble 19th century lifestyle. Determined to liberate their families from a life of hard manual labor, farmers formed local electric cooperatives to obtain affordable service. Your electric power association exists today to provide that service, make significant contributions to community development and help power Mississippi’s future growth. That’s worth celebrating. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI


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Liz Griffin of Roxie, a member of Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association, snapped this photo of granddaughter Curtlien Griffin, left, and Brianna Garner showing off their big catch. See page 14 for more reader photos of folks “Gone Fishin’.”

Mississippi is long, hot summers with tea and lemonade and, of course, some berry cobbler. We have a slow gait because of the heat; it tweaks one’s heart to move too fast. We have time to linger and to chat, and to tell someone how God has blessed us on our way, for we are really just passing through. —Nelda Johnson, Wiggins As a child looking up at the tall pine trees of Mississippi, I wondered how tall they were. Seventy feet, 80 feet? They always seem to fascinate me. As a soldier with the U.S. Army in Germany, their pine trees reminded me of the pine trees back home in Mississippi and the beautiful countryside, and the magnolias trees up and down Interstate 55. —Charles Williams, Winona Mississippi is tall, ancient oak trees and a cool summer breeze. Listening to cicadas singing late in the day. Hearing my grandkids laugh and play. Watching an ice cream truck come down the street, knowing it has something cold and sweet. Looking at thunderstorms in the late afternoon sky. A quick glimpse of a lizard as it darts by. Eating my favorite dish—Mississippi homegrown fried catfish. Going to a yard sale or a garden show. This is the Mississippi I know. —Tim Pattison, Saucier Hearing a tractor plowing the fields, picking sweet juicy plums from the plum trees, swinging from a homemade swing, an old car tire. Sitting on the front porch early in the morning, listening to the singing of the birds. There’s no place to be like my Mississippi. —Betty Johnson, Columbus

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Regina Breland wants to blanket Mississippi with

By Debbie Stringer During a trip to visit her brother in Kentucky two years ago, Regina Breland noticed huge squares of brightly painted quilt designs mounted on barn after barn. “The colors caught my eye,” she said, “and stayed on my mind. There were so many of them that it had to be an organized effort behind them. I had to know what it was.” She had discovered the nationwide trend of displaying painted barn quilts along a driving route called a barn trail. Materials can vary, but most barn quilts consist of large plywood squares painted to resemble a patchwork quilt. Intrigued by Kentucky’s colorful barn quilts, Breland researched online and found barn quilt trails listed in nearly every state, except hers. “When I found out Mississippi didn’t have one listed, it really bothered me,” she said. Calling on her background in business administration, she formed a committee of volunteers and bylaws to create the Chickasa-Leaf Barn Quilt Trail Association, a grassroots organization named for the rivers that converge to form the Pascagoula River. Membership is open to anyone located in the Chickasawhay or Leaf River area. “I guess you would call me the founder. I’m the one bugging everybody about it,” said Breland, a member of Singing River Electric Power Association. Building support for the trail project is one of the association’s immediate goals. Its enthusiastic Facebook page offers photos and updates on new barn quilts. Breland makes presentations at club meetings and welcomes invitations to speak to groups about the trail. And she stays in touch with organizers of a new barn quilt trail being developed in Oktibbeha County. (The Union County Heritage Museum, in New Albany, hosts a local barn quilt project as well.) Barn quilts being new to Mississippians, Breland has some educating to do. “I spend a lot of time explaining that an

Sharon Pipkins created original designs for the barn, above, and house she shares with husband Leo on Prentiss Road in Perry County.

actual quilt won’t be nailed to the barn, and that you don’t have to know how to quilt. It’s not real quilting, y’all!” She senses a “wave of excitement” when people catch on. “Once I explain it, everybody gets excited. They all want to do it.” A high point came when Breland met Suzi Parron, author (with Donna Sue Groves) of the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement,” in Mobile earlier this year. Parron travels the country to document barn quilts for her website, Parron’s book includes the story of Donna Sue Groves, the founder of the national quilt trail movement. In 1989 Groves painted the first barn quilt, an “Ohio Star,” at the farm she shared with her mother in Adams County, Ohio. Since quilting had been a family tradition for several generations, Groves wanted to paint the square to honor her mother.

Years passed before painting actually began. By then, Groves, whose job involved nurturing community development through the arts, had another idea: Why not paint quilts on several barns and create a driving tour to attract visitors, and their tourism dollars. She formed a committee, raised funds and began a trail of 20 “quilt barns.” Since Groves launched the Ohio Quilt Barn Project in 2001, painted quilt squares have appeared on more than 3,000 barns across the nation—and now in Mississippi. At this writing, 17 barn quilts are in place or being planned for Chickasa-Leaf Trail locations in Greene, Perry, George and Wayne counties. Barn quilts are popping up on barns, houses, community centers, businesses, fences, posts and trees. Even the local street-race track is getting a barn quilt. Most are painted on a 4-by-4-foot

sheet of plywood, with several coats of primer and latex enamel for durability. No art talent is required to paint a barn quilt. It’s OK if the lines are not perfectly straight; when viewed from a distance, wobbly edges appear to straighten out. The Chickasa-Leaf Trail offers detailed guidelines to help participants plan their quilt squares for maximum visual impact. Breland herself painted some of the barn quilts on the trail, though she stressed she is not an artist—nor a quilter. For trail participants who do have artistic leanings, one barn quilt is not enough. “I love quilts and I love to paint, so this was right up my alley,” said Beverly Pierce. She painted a “Log Cabin Star” quilt for her and husband Earnest’s barn in Perry County. “It was so much fun and my husband helped me a little. [I] am planning another quilt board, as I enjoyed doing this one so much.” Like Breland, Leakesville resident Laura Walley, an artist with a background in decorative painting, had admired barn quilts while visiting Kentucky. She returned home inspired to paint one of her own but put it off, until she heard about the local trail being developed. “So when I finally painted one, it turned into two and three and four,” Walley said laughing. “I’m excited about it and hope that more people get on the trail with us.” She paints barn quilts in various sizes for folks who prefer to buy rather than create their own. Participants are encouraged to create barn quilt designs with personal meanings or significance. A design may replicate an heirloom quilt block, to honor its maker, or represent a livelihood or special interest. Paw Paw’s Country Catfish, in Wayne County, displays two abstract fish designs; beekeepers Timmy and Kathy McLendon, of Neely, chose a “Honey Bee” pattern from 1929. Perry County resident Sharon Ann

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Pipkins’ two barn quilts featuring eagles convey pride in her country and community. “I chose to paint signs that are patriotic because I still believe that America is the greatest nation on earth. As a teacher, I try to instill in my students a desire to serve their community and build it and themselves up. If Beaumont, Perry County or Mississippi is on the news, let it be for something good.” The Chickasa-Leaf joins other barn quilt trail associations in requiring participants to register and obtain design approval in order for their barn quilts to be included in promotions and documentation. The design-approval requirement simply helps avoid duplication in designs, Breland explained. “You don’t want to go to a trail and find six of the same kind of designs,” she said. Applicants pay a small fee to help fund the development of promotional brochures, trail maps and art prints. Seeking out barn quilts gives visitors (and the locals) something fun to do and could boost rural tourism, as it has in other states. More visitors means more sales of gasoline, food and the like. Breland downplays her lead role in the trail project, but somebody had to get the ball rolling. “I just wanted to be a part of introducing to our area to a whole new folk art form, and hopefully begin a project that can involve hundreds of people,” she said. “What I see happening is that it starts to catch on throughout the state, and different trails get started. Then we eventually link together.” Her brother in Kentucky, a former long-haul driver, used to call home from

the road to share stories of unusual things he saw along the way. “A barn quilt would be something he would call home about,” Breland said. For more information, contact Regina Breland at 601-525-7366 or Chickasa-Leaf Barn Quilt Trail updates appear on its Facebook page. Find an interactive national map of barn quilt trails at

Laura Walley, of Leakesville, can’t seem to stop painting barn quilts in various sizes for herself and others. Her “Carpenter’s Wheel” design hangs from twin pine trees in her front yard.


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Beverly and Earnest Pierce made this “Log Cabin Star,” left, for their barn on Little Creek Road, in Perry County. A barn quilt may depict a single quilt block or, like this one, an entire quilt. Regina Breland, below, devotes space in her Greene County home to the business of the Chickasa-Leaf Barn Quilt Trail Association. She works tirelessly to support the project, from designing barn quilts to recruiting participants in the trail. With the exception of Laura Walley, all the owners of barn quilts pictured here are members of Singing River Electric Power Association.



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Romance and wonders of an October sand ditch

The wonders of a sand ditch come through careful attention to detail. Photo: Tony Kinton

annon Branch is a rather nondescript trickle perhaps less than a mile long. Portions of it run through a 12-acre block of land on which my house rests. The house is at the front of those 12 acres; the remainder of the property is wooded. Cannon Branch is there—in that wooded part hosting big oaks, hickories, black and sweet gum and a scattering of outsized beeches. This stream is really a sand ditch more than a creek. I don’t recall ever seeing the branch in days of childhood other than where it ran through a culvert beneath the gravel road. I just knew it was there—somewhere. It demanded the return to my roots more than 30 years back to truly come to know Cannon Branch and develop a full appreciation for it. Like so many others of its kind, it took the path of least resistance as springs and rains pushed water downhill toward the big creek at the branch’s terminus. In so doing, it deposited white sand along its route, with miniscule


sandbars on one side or the other of each little bend. It retains that docile and non-threatening demeanor. Some might see it and others of its ilk as insignificant, but that would exemplify a gross lack of attention to detail. These little sand ditches are true marvels. Spangled on those tiny sandbars can be found the first fallen leaf of autumn. Oh, perhaps the leaf seen there is not really the first to fall; hundreds likely fell before it. But that single leaf’s position on the sand, touched by scattered sunlight that must work its way through thousands of other leaves still clinging to high timber, sets that one leaf apart, ascribes to it an aura of individuality. It is not lost in the masses. It stands alone in light to proclaim the surety of season change.

Sand ditches, regardless of their com- picture of life, these prostrate monsters. monality, are valuable micro environAnd in a strange fashion, these skeletons ments. Along them are tracks, these somehow add to the magical and mystespeaking of life separate from that of our rious setting of this sand ditch. own but somehow connected and essenAnother aspect contributing to the tial to it. Here the raccoon hunts for intrigue is that Cannon Branch is a bit crawfish or other preferred morsels that impeded by a pond. The ditch keeps might be encountered. The squirrel scur- that pond freshened but maintains ries about to drink or to ample resolve to move on locate an acorn or hickory through a spillway and to the nut produced by the trees creek farther down. We might that favor a water source, take a needed lesson from this even one as gentle and when obstacles block our way. obscure as Cannon Branch. We keep flowing, moving, And while not here seeking freedom from stagnawhen I was young, deer tion. now leave their hoof prints And there are the sounds behind as they course the and smells. Insects chirping a branch in search of food. I crisp chorus; birds singing expect to see these tracks with abundant joy even when Mississippi with every visit and often clouds scuttle above; the Outdoors take one of my old rifles aroma of damp sand and wet by Tony Kinton and sit by the branch hopleaves wafting on an autumn ing to see one of the deer breeze. The ghosts of winter that left those tracks. I do are not far away, but these see them but somehow just never get elements found along a sand ditch around to taking one from among the remind us that for now autumn has now-sizable herd that calls these woods crept across the landscape with taciturnihome. ty and pleasant promise. Looking up from this sand ditch I Fully grasping the subtle nuances of find expansive beeches and outsized oaks a sand ditch and seeing it as it should be and tall hickories. These shade the sand seen require the visitor to absorb tiny and draw a great deal of the branch’s segments rather than acquire expansive moisture into long, heavy roots. There vistas. This, then, can help us realize that are also deteriorated forms of these same true treasures of life may more often be trees lying still and silent where they fell found while mining the familiar than to venom many of us well recall—Hurri- while viewing the exotic. cane Katrina. She took 27 in all from Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors the acreage. They no longer produce for- writer for 30 years. His newest book, “Ramage for game or brilliant autumn leaves. bling Through Pleasant Memories,” is now But they are returning slowly to the soil available. Order from or Kinand providing nutrients there. A reliable ton’s website:

State launches online filing system for business The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office launched a new online filing system in August to serve existing and potential businesses in the state while reducing mailing expenses for the agency. “For years, companies looking to do business in Mississippi were forced to use the mail or make a trip to Jackson to conduct business with our agency,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Requiring the use of the online filing system will save the state thousands in taxpayer dollars by reducing paper, postage and manpower to process the documents, Hosemann said.

“We ask that the public be patient as we integrate this new system, which will be a convenience for small businesses and promote job growth in our state,” he said. Mississippi is the first state in the nation to provide online filing for all of its business services. Paper business filings will continue to be accepted through Dec. 31. Beginning in 2015, all users must utilize the online filing system. To use the system, go to and click on “Online Filing.” First-time users will have to register.

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Christmas? I’m enjoying October’s attractions first omeone posted on Face- spring when the sap starts to rise, here in the South it is an autumn ritual. book the other day Making syrup is a daylong (at least) about how few Fridays process. And I have observed a lot of are left before Christpeople my age or older are mostly the mas. (You can count ones who fool with it. Most of them them on your fingers wouldn’t bother and would simply go and not even have to use all of your buy the stuff if they didn’t toes, it’s so close.) I know have ties back to when their why they posted it. Same daddy or granddaddy made reason people post a lot of syrup in a time when they stuff, for the shock value of had to make their own if it. It shocked me! they wanted any. And these We are just now sliding older fellows watched or out of summer and haven’t helped out back then. Now even gotten a good grip on they are the ones making it. fall yet. No use panicking A little sip of green cane about Christmas lest we Mississippi juice sampled from the spigskip too quickly over the Seen ot before it’s cooked down is month in which the biggest by Walt Grayson a time machine that zips you changes of the year happen. instantly through the Many of them are the decades. Just like the steam rising from things that we love about living in the the cooker attracts friends and neighDeep South. bors who flock to see the syrup being For example, scattered about the made again this year, it also brings back state are folks who still make syrup. unseen spectators from your memory. About this time of the year is when My friend Orly Hood, the fantastic that process starts. Unlike in New England where they make syrup in the columnist who reported sports, then wrote features for the Clarion-Ledger for many years wrote in one of his articles that October is why front porch swings were invented. We all probably knew that but it took him to say it for us. Now, if we could only find time to actually sit in them and watch the changing of the seasons. Speaking of changing seasons, lots of times the break from summer heat comes about midway through the Mississippi State Fair in early October. It starts out hot usually, but sometimes COMING DUE? slips in a chilly, rainy night toward the



end of the run. If it doesn’t happen fair week, it will before the end of the month. October hangs on to summer heat most years, but a frosty morning can slip in before Halloween. Of course, Halloween happens in October too. Lots of places take advantage that we already have spooky things on our mind and hold their nighttime cemetery tours in October. Greenfield Cemetery in Glen Allan, Washington County, has its the middle weekend of this month. I was there a couple of years ago shooting the tour for a TV story. While taking a shortcut across the dark graves from one dimly lit venue to another, I bumped into a small group of Civil War soldiers, washed an eerie blue from a streetlight 50 yards away. Startled, I asked them to please tell me they were some of the reenactors and not a part of


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Beech trees hang onto their dead leaves all winter. They turn brown as a sign of fall. They turn loose as a sign of spring. Either way, they mark the inevitable passage of time. Photo: Walt Grayson

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Just between buddies hen I became a part of my husband’s family, it didn’t take long for me to realize that Roy and his dad had a very special relationship and bond. Soon after we married I asked Roy why he and his dad, whose name was also Roy, called each other Buddy. Roy smiled and said, “When I was a little boy Daddy told me that we were buddies and that we would always be buddies. He also explained that if a person were buddies with someone, it meant they were special friends, and in our case he had selected me and not anyone else to be his buddy. He added, ‘You’re my son; daddies and sons have a special love.’” Roy smiled, as if he could Grin ‘n’ hear his father Bare It at that moment by Kay Grafe talking to him. He said, “When I was a little boy Dad worked at his car business and came home for supper, then would go back and work another hour or two. But he’d always get home in time to tuck his little Buddy in bed and talk to him as two close buddies would. One night I was extra tired and lay down in bed and went to sleep. I remember Mother woke me up when Buddy drove up, and a sleepy little boy got up so his daddy could put him to bed.” I couldn’t help but wonder how it would have felt for me to have had that relationship with my daddy. “So how old were you when you began to go to the business with him during the day?” “That was definitely up to Mother,” he said with a laugh. “She had been a teacher, so she kept me home as long as she could. She read all the classics to me, and even used the dictionary to read words and their meanings. I guess that’s where I got my love for reading. But as hard as she tried, I wanted to go to work with my Buddy during the summers after I began school. “We always called one another ‘Buddy’ at his business. Back in the shop he’d call, ‘Hey, Buddy, bring me a half-


inch wrench.’ All the fellows that worked in the shop never turned around—they knew that name was for me. For both of us.” He stared off into the distance. “I always wanted to be with my dad. That was my first love. Though, that didn’t keep me from playing with all the boys on my block. Days were longer back then.” He grinned. “I don’t remember my dad ever disciplining me. He just told me what to do and I wanted to please him. He probably needed to give me a few spankings. Though, Mother could wield a wicked peach tree switch.” I asked Roy what he and his father did for fun. “We went fishing and hunting. He wanted me to share his love for the outdoors. He began by taking me hunting when I was no more than 6 years old. By the time I was 8 he bought me a single-shot 410 gauge shotgun. His favorite was to hunt squirrels and he was a good shot. We’d go on Mr. Milt Taylor’s property across the Chickasawhay River bridge west of Lucedale. “One morning he spotted a squirrel in a tall tree and told me he was going to walk around to the other side of the tree. The squirrel moved to my side and I shot him with the 410. My first. I was

Father-and-son buddies, both named Roy.

so proud when the squirrel fell to the ground, but not near as happy as my Buddy. He told that story to people for months.” I said, “Your dad was pleased when I told him I liked to fish. He grinned from ear to ear and took me fishing with the two of you, but not to the Cooley Hole.” Roy shook his head. “That was for just for the two of us. When I was little he carried me on his back since the swamp was full of moccasins and alligators. This was next to the Escatawpa River in Jackson County. The river flooded each year and filled sloughs that collected fish—they grew large by late

spring. He would say ‘Buddy, don’t you think it’s time to visit our special fishing hole?’ “We always brought home several hundred bream. And this continued until I started college. Again, he loved to watch me catch fish, even the day snakes ate the string of fish we had hanging in the water. I’ll never forget him pulling up the fish and moccasins wrapped around them.” I told Roy I was trying to think of an appropriate ending for this column when he handed me a frayed yellow sheet of paper with this song, words written by Gus Kobn: Nights are long since you went away; I think about you every day. My Buddy, my Buddy, nobody quite so true. Miss your voice, the touch of your hand; just to know you understand. My Buddy, my Buddy … your Buddy misses you. 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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Preparing your water heater for fall

CEO’s message

Mike Smith, General Manager and CEO

Benefits of Capital Credits to Members

River Electric is a member-owned elecOctober is cooperative month. One of the ways co-ops demonstrate that they tric cooperative; it is owned by the indiare different from other utilities is by liv- viduals who receive electric service. ing according to seven cooperative prin- Singing River Electric allocates their annual operating margins to members ciples (see page 10d) Principle 3: Members’ Economic Participation refer- receiving service during the year. These margins (revenue ences how the co-op minus expenses) are membership invests allocated using a in the cooperative “To date, Singing River Electric and can have capital has made available $4.4 million in proportional ratio (the dollar amount credits allocated and capital credits to return to memof member electric retired to them. bers. In addition, the cooperative service purchased Singing River gave a bill credit of more than in a year compared Electric has a policy $3 million in revenue to current in place and a history to total electric members ... in 2010.” service purchased of not only allocatby all members), ing, but also retiring capital credits to members. Capital credit and this allocated amount is called capital credits. return announcements are made each Singing River Electric allocates capiyear in the Today in Mississippi member tal credits to the membership annually publication, and the information after the independently audited finanremains available year round on our cials are presented to the membership at website located at the annual meeting. The membership is But what are capital credits? Singing notified in writing of the allocation.

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Each year, I along with Singing River Electric’s management team review and recommend an amount of capital credits to be retired based on the financial condition of the cooperative. To date, Singing River Electric has made available $4.4 million in capital credits to return to members. In addition, the cooperative gave a bill credit of more than $3 million in revenue to current members following the unusual and extreme weather in 2010. This money would be returned to investors at other utilities, but because you are a member of an electric cooperative – it is given to you! The recommendation for the 2014 capital credit return, once approved by Singing River Electric’s board of directors, will be announced in the coming months on the website and in the next issue of this publication. For more information on capital credits, please see “Top 5 Things to Know About Capital Credits” on page 10a of this issue or visit SRE’s website.

Member Services Rep. Jeff Gray

Cooler weather is almost here. Have you thought about how this will affect your water heater? Having hot water is important year round, especially when it comes to showers and washing dishes. However, did you know an electric tank-style water heater’s kilowatt usage makes up 16-20 percent of your monthly energy cost? And if your unit is located in an unconditioned space, such as an attic or garage, steps should be taken to avoid additional costs associated with the extra operational time for the appliance to heat the water in a cold environment. The first step is installing an insulation blanket around the unit. These are usually two-inch plastic covered fiberglass blankets that surround the unit and are held in place by tape. The second step is installing pipe insulation on both the hot and cold pipes from the top of the unit to the wall or insulation. Both of these items can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store. Another way to keep your hot water costs down is by setting your water heater thermostat lower. We recommend setting the thermostat at 120 degrees year round. For more information and helpful efficiency tips, visit

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What are capital credits?

Singing River Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative; it is owned by the individuals who receive electric service. As a cooperative, Singing River Electric abides by seven cooperative principles. One of the principles is Members’ Economic Participation, which states that members will receive the benefit of any profit made by the association. Singing River Electric allocates its annual operating margins to members receiving service during the year. These margins (revenue minus expenses) are allocated using a proportional ratio (the dollar amount of member electric service purchased in a year compared to total electric service purchased by all members), and this allocated amount is called capital credits.

How does Singing River Electric calculate my retired credits?

Singing River Electric allocates capital credits to the membership annually after the independently audited financials are presented to the membership at the annual meeting. The membership is notified in writing of the allocation. Each year, the CEO and Singing River Electric’s management team review and recommend an amount of capital credits to be retired based on the financial condition of the cooperative.

What does Singing River Electric do with my capital credit allocation?

Capital credits are allocated to members’ accounts annually. Only a percentage of the margins (or profit) are retired to members; the remaining margins fund future plant investment or serve as capital for borrowing additional funds for necessary improvements. Plant investment includes upgrades to the electrical system or facilities. The investment of capital credits for these functions helps ensure electric reliability and lower costs for members.

What is Singing River Electric’s history on retiring capital credits?

To date, Singing River Electric has made available $4.4 million in capital credits to return to members. In addition, the cooperative gave a bill credit of more than $3 million in revenue to current members following the unusual and extreme weather in 2010. The recommendation for 2014 capital credit retirement, once approved by the board of directors, will be announced on the website and in the Today in Mississippi publication.

When will Singing River Electric retire my capital credits?

Singing River Electric allocates capital credit refunds to accounts annually and retires a certain amount of the capital credits each year as the financial condition of the cooperative permits. An example of a condition that might prohibit retirement of capital credits would be a hurricane. Each year, current members who are eligible for the year’s capital credit retirement will receive a credit on their power bill. Previous members who had an account with Singing River Electric during the years of the capital credit retirement must complete an application and return it to SRE’s Lucedale office within the timeframe listed on the website each year. Previous members may file a claim for retired capital credits at any time once their credits have been retired.

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Weather stripping your home By Amber Bentley There is no doubt about it; the cold weather is on its way. Not only is it important to make sure that your heating unit is working properly, but you should check your home to make sure that none of that heat is escaping. When the weather turns colder, drafts around windows and doors are constantly letting in cool air. Most people will immediately want to raise their thermostat even higher; however, that will cause you to use more energy when you don’t necessarily need to. The best solution is to weather strip your home. This is typically an easy fix that will eliminate energy waste and help you save on your monthly electric bill. Sometimes drafts are obvious, and other times the openings are much smaller. Here are two quick ways to find out if heat is escaping from your home. For doors, look for daylight between the door and its frame. If you see even a hint of light in between the two, you need to weather strip that area. For windows, place a piece of paper between the sash and the seal then close it. If you can remove the piece of paper from the window without ripping it, you need to weather strip that area as well. The great thing about all of this is that weather stripping is easy! There is an assortment of materials available to you (like rubber, foam, metal, etc.) and they are all inexpensive. Once you have purchased what you need, keep the following in mind before you begin weather stripping: be sure the surface is

dry and clean, measure the area more than once for best accuracy, and apply so that strips compress both sides of the window or door. To weather strip windows: • Place the stripping between the frame and the sash. • Be sure that it compresses the window when shut. • Check to make sure that the stripping does not interfere with the moving of the window. To weather strip doors: • Choose the proper sweeps and thresholds for your door. • Weather-strip the entire door jamb. • Make sure the stripping meets tightly at both corners. • Use a thickness that allows for a tight press between the door and the ground, but one that does not make the door difficult to shut. Roughly half of the energy that your home uses comes from heating and cooling. So the next time you feel an uncomfortable draft in your home, do not immediately crank up the heat. Check to find out where the draft is coming from and properly weather strip the area. This will ultimately save you more energy and more money in the end. Amber Bentley writes on energy efficiency issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

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Singing River Electric and its members are reaching out to help the community through Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Energy Assistance. In this program, SRE members check the box on the top of their billing statement to allow their current and future bills to round up to the nearest whole dollar and help their neighbor. (Donations range from 1¢ to 99¢ each month and average only $6 per year.) Contributions are then given to a local United Way organization to be used as a onetime annual distribution to qualified SRE members who cannot pay their power bill. For more information visit

Please check the box and help a neighbor.

People who need energy assistance may fill out an application at their local Catholic Social and Community Services office or call 855-847-0555 to learn if they meet the qualifications for this program.

October is National Cooperative Month

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Celebrate with Singing River Electric

Singing River Electric is inviting all to celebrate cooperatives in Mississippi – and across America – during National Cooperative Month. Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique. Seven cooperative principles set us apart from other businesses: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member’s economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. This Co-op Month, we’re focusing on “The Electric Co-op Connection: Discover the meaning of membership.” Co-ops exist to serve their members, but they also play a major role in their local communities. “Cooperative membership is unique,” said Mike Smith, general manager and CEO of Singing River Electric. “Electric cooperatives are committed to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but there’s more to it than that. We’re local, and that means we care about our community.” Singing River Electric is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which includes more

than 47,000 cooperative businesses. Electric co-ops provide power for many Mississippians, with 25 electric co-ops serving 762,000 members. Other co-op businesses thrive in our state, too, with Mississippi’s co-op economy employing 6,410 residents. Singing River Electric is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states. “In the 1930s, rural America needed electricity just as much as anyone else,” Smith said. “It was a major

challenge that big utilities weren’t interested in tackling. So, the men and women of rural America banded together and made it happen. And that’s why we celebrate in October – we celebrate the power of working together for the common good and bettering the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.” In addition to cooperative utilities, Mississippi residents are served cooperatively by credit unions, food co-ops, agricultural co-ops and more! To learn more about Singing River Electric, visit

Seven cooperative principles VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP


Cooperaves are voluntary organizaons open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilies of membership, without gender, social, racial, polical or religious discriminaon.

Cooperaves are autonomous, self-help organizaons controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizaons, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democrac control by their members and maintain their cooperave autonomy.

DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL Cooperaves are democrac organizaons controlled by their members, who acvely parcipate in se ng policies and making decisions. The elected representaves are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperaves, members have equal vong rights (one member, one vote) and cooperaves at other levels are organized in a democrac manner.

MEMBERS’ ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION Members contribute equitably to, and democracally control, the capital of their cooperave. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperave. Members usually receive limited compensaon, if any, on capital subscribed as a condion of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperave, possibly by se ng up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefi ng members in proporon to their transacons with the cooperave; and supporng other acvies approved by the membership.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND INFORMATION Cooperaves provide educaon and training for their members, elected representaves, managers, and employees so that they can contribute effecvely to the development of their cooperaves. They inform the general public, parcularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperaon.


CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY While focusing on member needs, cooperaves work for the sustainable development of their communies through policies accepted by their members.

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Proposed regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency will raise costs.


How will the regulations affect Mississippi?

Singing River Electric’s wholesale power provider is South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SME), which is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Miss. SME uses coal, natural gas, nuclear power and hydroelectric power to generate electric energy – with coal and natural gas generating the most. According to Jim Compton, General Manager/CEO of SME, the new rules do not treat all states equally and Mississippi did not fare well. Records indicate that Mississippi’s fossil fuel plants emitted 1,093 pounds of carbon dioxide per MWh in 2012. Emissions from SME’s units were slightly less at 1,070 pounds per MWh. “We were expecting the limit for existing plants to be in that (1,100 pounds per MWh)

2 Why do the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations matter to me? The regulations will essentially eliminate coal as a fuel source for generating electric power. First, removing coal as a fuel source will make the U.S. primarily depend on natural gas, which will increase the cost of natural gas because of the higher demand for it. Secondly, coal is a dependable and affordable resource, so when it is no longer available, utility companies can no longer promise dependable, daily power without it. Here is an example. In January 2014 when the temperatures reached extremes lows, coal plants that were scheduled to be retired were running to meet the high demand for electric energy that provided heat. If these coal plants are retired and not replaced, there won’t be generation available to meet the demand for electricity.

range, but certainly no lower than 900 pounds per MWh, which is what a new, efficient, natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant would produce. So imagine our shock when the EPA announced that Mississippi’s 2020 target for existing plants is 732 pounds per MWh, and the 2030 target is 692 pounds per MWh,” Compton said. “Like an iceberg, the regulations on carbon emissions are the visible element. Another element of the proposed regulations that will raise rates for Mississippians is the mandate for electrical generation from renewable sources. Patrick Sullivan, president of Mississippi Energy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to energy-based development in the state, said the renewable requirements alone could cost state ratepayers any-


where from $5 billion to $10 billion by 2030. According to Sullivan, that cost would be added on top of the need to increase generation capacity as more industries and residents move to the state,” according to’s article on July 15, 2014, entitled New EPA Regulations on Coal-fired Power Plants Could Cost Mississippi Billions. These regulations are unrealistic, causing electric utilities to make tough decisions, and will raise the cost of electricity.

What can be done about this?

Many have asked if Congress will do anything to stop the Environmental Protection Agency, but there is little Congress can do to stop these regulations. Congress is holding hearings and asking tough questions, but the voice of the American people is what really counts. Please stand with Singing River Electric and the other electric cooperatives in Mississippi by going to and sending a message to the Environmental Protection Agency. Tell them that these regulations will damage the U.S. economy and threaten the future of reliable and affordable electricity. Individuals and businesses who are not members of an electric cooperative can make their voice heard through



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French Toast Casserole 1 loaf French bread, cut into 20 slices 1 inch thick Butter 8 large eggs 2 cups half-and-half

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Blend all topping ingredients. Spoon topping over bread mixture just prior to baking. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.

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Annuals offer plenty of fall foliage color fter the heat we’ve had this In the landscape, the Mahogany summer, thank goodness Splendor hibiscus provides awesome fall has officialcolor and is a vigorous growly arrived. Fall er that adds height and was always a excitement. This plant is diffavorite season for me growferent from the other landing up in Michigan because it scape hibiscus varieties I’ve meant cooler weather, going written about in the past that to the cider mill and, of have colorful and gaudy flowcourse, the beautiful red and ers. The flowers of Mahogany orange tree colors. Splendor are inconspicuous. Southern Living in Mississippi, I It’s the foliage that is the Gardening main attraction. still like fall, but I miss the by Dr. Gary Bachman foliage colors. A few red Many garden visitors will maples scattered about will initially think this a shrub put on a fiery orange show some years, form of purple Japanese maple, and it’s but it’s not the same as in the North. If easy to see why. Mahogany Splendor has you want fall foliage color in the South, dramatic, purple burgundy leaves with here are a few of my favorite plants that coarse, deep serrated edges. When grown should make you happy. in full sun, the color develops deep bur-


Although coleus is traditionally a summer favorite, some of its best color happens when temperatures moderate in the fall. This Fiesta cherry coleus brings falls colors to Mississippi gardens. Photo: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

gundy tones. Mahogany Splendor will also grow well in partial shade, but the colors won’t be as intense with green and rusty brown tones. Mahogany Splendor is perfect for Mississippi gardens. The plant withstands high heat loads and is drought tolerant. But like all drought-tolerant plants during times of extreme dryness, periodic watering is required. Another colorful landscape plant is the grass Pennisetum Vertigo with its coarse, wide, arching leaves that are dark purple to almost black. Wherever Vertigo is planted, it creates a landscape presence that has been described as Pennisetum on steroids. In the landscape, this grass easily gets 4 feet or more tall and wide, so make sure it is planted in a big enough spot. Since Vertigo is a tropical grass, it actually loves high summer temperatures. The color only gets better with more light, so be sure to plant in the full sun. Because of its tropical heritage, consider Vertigo an annual, and I’ll bet it will be the biggest annual color plant you’ve ever grown. Coleus is traditionally a summer

color favorite, but some of its best color happens when temperatures moderate in the fall. With a growing season from spring to fall frost, coleus belongs in every fall garden and landscape. One coleus that stands out for me is Big Red Judy. It grows up to 3 feet tall and wide and has brilliant red foliage. Other great coleus selections for your landscape include yellow and red Fiesta Cherry, dark purple and lime-green Solar Set, finely lobed burgundy and gold Kiwi Fruit, and the lime and chartreuse Mississippi Medallion winner Electric Lime. When you plant several selections together, like we do in Mississippi State University trial beds, the landscape can take on a carnival-like atmosphere. So next year, start thinking about your fall garden when buying plants for the spring and summer seasons.

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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Whether your gear is high-tech or pink plastic, it’s easy to get hooked on fishing in Mississippi. 1. James “PawPaw” McKenzie and grandson Dylan McKenzie watch for a nibble. Photo by Amy McKenzie, Madison; 4-County Electric member. 2. Mason Collins’ technique may be unorthodox, but he catches a lot of fish, his grandfather Mike Collins says. Photo by Mike Collins, Hattiesburg; Pearl River Valley Electric member. 3. Nothing to it, says Amaryllis Cannon, showing off her ninth bream. Photo by Jason Cannon, Bay Springs; Southern Pine Electric member. 4. Fishing is serious business for young Wyatt Burton. Photo by Lesley Burton, Hoover, Ala. 5. Boys fish a serene Newton County farm pond. Photo by Jeanette Winstead, Brandon; Central Electric member. 6. Albert Reid, aka Gramps, and granddaughter Maley Thornhill spend the day bream fishing together. Photo by Lola Reid, Prentiss; Southern Pine Electric member.

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7 7. “That fish pulled me in the water but I held on,” Andrew Jones said after hauling in this nice bass. Photo by Vickie Shows, Lexington. 8. Chloe Warren tries out her new tackle at Flint Creek Water Park, in Wiggins. Photo by Sandra Warren, New Hebron; Southern Pine Electric member. 9. Tucker Gilmer looks content to be fishing with his dad, Glenn Gilmer. Photo by Johnny Gilmer, Columbus; 4-County Electric member. 10. Dianne Sykes takes her father, John Russell, from the nursing home to a fishing hole. Photo by Shaunna McCammon, Bruce; Pontotoc Electric member. 11. Mattox Payne, 5, reels in the last cast of the day. Photo by Kathy Mattox, Bay Springs; Southern Pine Electric member. 12. Austin Speed, left, and Tyler Atkinson, center, of Philadelphia pull on some big redfish from aboard the “Amberjack,” off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Photo by Ben Atkinson, Philadelphia; Central Electric member.








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October 2014


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Nichols-Boyd Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 1-31, Brandon. Hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, more. Open to public weekends; group tours weekdays. Details: 601-829-0800; Chickin Fixin’ Cook-off, Oct. 4, Osyka. Amateur and professional divisions. Details: 601-249-5910; 34th Fall Fest, Oct. 4-5, Osyka. Wildlife theme with Redneck Adventure guys, live snakes, Mississippi Hand Grabbers. Crafts, food. Railroad Avenue. Details: 601-542-5106; John Quinones: “The Power of Education,” Oct. 9, Poplarville. 7 p.m. Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts, Pearl River Community College. Details: 601-403-1438; Nativity Antique Show & Sale, Oct. 9-11, Greenwood. Preview party Oct. 9. Admission. The Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Details: Annual Fall Trunk Sale, Oct. 11, Meridian. Sales of art, antiques, neat junk from car trunks; 7 a.m.- noon. Sellers fee. Rain date Oct. 18. Meridian Activity Center. Details: 601-485-1812. Pink Ribbon Walk, Oct. 11, McComb. Register 7:30 a.m.; walk starts 8 a.m. Canal and South Railroad Blvd. Details: 601-684-2284. 19th Annual Fall Festival, Oct. 11, Walls. Country Café, music, car show, children’s activities, vendors, more. Minor Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: 662-781-1333; Repticon Memphis, Oct. 11-12, Southaven. Breeders of exotic reptiles and other animals; supplies and other merchandise. Admission. Landers Center. Details: Lower Delta Talks: “Delta Duo Garden & Design,” Oct. 14, Rolling Fork. With Brantley Snipes and Peggy Snipes; 6:30 p.m. SharkeyIssaquena County Library. Details: 662-8734076. Delta Hot Tamale Festival, Oct. 16-18, Greenville. Hot tamale cooking contest, street

party, vendors, entertainment, more. Downtown. Details: 662-378-3121; American Barrel Racing, Oct. 17, Starkville. Nationally televised barrel racing preliminaries. Mississippi Horse Park. Details: 662-325-9350; Caledonia Days Festival, Oct. 17-18, Caledonia. Vendors, car/truck shows, children’s events, entertainment, Tate Stevens concert Friday (7 p.m.). Details: 662-574-3744. Gulf Coast Military Collectors Show, Oct. 1718, D’Iberville. Buy, sell, trade military memorabilia. Admission; free for WWII vets. D’Iberville Civic Center. Details: 228-224-1120. Mississippi Numismatic Association 53rd Annual State Convention and Coin Show, Oct. 17-19, Southaven. Buy, sell, trade coins and collectibles. Free admission. Landers Center. Details: 601-527-9340. Dark Zone Haunted House, Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1, Brandon. Monsters, ghouls, laser effects; not recommended for ages 5 and under; 7-10 p.m. Frank Bridges Exchange Club Field. Admission. Details: 601-825-2094. Magnolia State Bluegrass Association Fall Show, Oct. 18, Foxworth. Featuring Fair River Station, Heart Deep, others; 1 p.m. Hickory Hills Bluegrass Park. Details: 601-408-5965. “Sharing Garden Secrets” Garden Tour, Oct. 18, Winona. Featuring four home gardens; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission. Montgomery County Extension office. Details: 662-283-4133. Sounds of Bluegrass, Oct. 18, Philadelphia. Karl Shifflet & Big Country Show, Alan Sibley & Magnolia Ramblers; 6 p.m. Admission. Ellis Theatre. Details: 601-656-1000. Piney Woods 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run, Oct. 18, Picayune. One-mile begins 8 a.m.; 5K 8:30 a.m. Senior Center of South Pearl River County. Details: 601-798-9892; River Market and Bluegrass Gospel Singing, Oct. 18, Chunky. Vendors of handmade/homemade items only. Five gospel

groups; singing begins 11 a.m. Chunky River Recreation Trading Post and Campground. Details: 601-480-3045. Antique Tractor Pull, Antique Car Show, Oct. 18, Holcomb. Parade, arts, crafts, food, music, kids games/rides. Details: 662-614-2145, 662-392-9670. Barter Day Festival, Oct. 18, Morton. Entertainment, contests, flea market, more. Roosevelt State Park. Details: 601-732-6135. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Oct. 18, Black Hawk. Featuring Uncle Pug Kea & Bluegrass Friends, Country Jack Harper & Silver Eagle Band; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-453-0072. A Day in the Country, Oct. 18, Causeyville. Barbecue, crafts, homemade cakes, flea market, more. Causeyville Volunteer Fire Department. Details: 601-644-3556, 601-479-7185. Gautier Mullet and Music Festival, Oct. 1819, Gautier. Music, crafts, food, children’s area with pony rides, petting zoo, more. Details: Lucedale Fall Farmers Market, Saturdays, Oct. 18 - Nov. 15, Lucedale. Open sunup until. Cox Street at Courthouse Square. Details: 601947-2755, 601-947-2082. Fall Campin’ and Jammin’, Oct. 19-25, Foxworth. Acoustic instruments only (electric bass allowed). Hickory Hill Bluegrass Park. Details: 601-441-1544. Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 2325, Columbus. Readings, discussions featuring Southern writers. Speaker: Robert Edsel, author of “The Monuments Men.” Also, Welty Gala dinner Oct. 24. Mississippi University for Women. Details: 662-329-7169. Children’s Fall Festival, Oct. 24-26, Picayune. Costumed children can participate in puppet parade (strollers, wagons allowed). Games, entertainment, hayride, food; 5-8 p.m. Admission. Jack Reed Park. Details: 601-3476883. ZooBoo, Oct. 24-31, Hattiesburg. Train/carousel rides; 5:30-8 p.m. Admission. Hattiesburg Zoo. Details: 601-268-3220. “Terror in the Woods: A New Kind of Fear,” Oct. 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1, Columbia. Halloween trail; 577 Clear Creek Church Road. Details: 601736-4007. Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild 20th Annual Show and Championships, Oct. 25, Brandon. Free admission; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Brandon Senior Center. Details: 601-906-9416. Fall Festival, 5K Run/Walk, Oct. 25, Jayess. Vendors, children’s games, silent auction, gospel singing, bake sale, more. Race starts 8 a.m. Topeka Baptist Church. Details: 601-587-4195. Fall Fest on the Roost, Oct. 25, Olive Branch. Chili cook-off, craft vendors, children’s activities/costume contest. Old Towne. Details: 662893-0888;

Mid-South Dressage Academy Spooktacular, Oct. 25, Hernando. Pony rides, hayrides, cakewalk, carnival games, more; 3-6 p.m. Clifton Farms. Details: 662-449-0968; Jake Moeller Memorial Shallow Creek Homecoming, Oct. 25, Picayune. Bluegrass gospel singing; 6 p.m. Shallow Creek Farm. Details: 601-590-3577; Red Beans and Rice Celebration, Oct. 25, Jackson. Team cooking contest, more; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission. Trustmark Park. Details: 601540-5588; Antique Days, Oct. 25, Yazoo City. Antique engines, grist mill, kibbee cook-off, blacksmithing, crafts, 5K run, more. Triangle Cultural Center. Details: 662-590-5415; Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour: “Biloxi Families, Legends & Lore,” Oct. 26, 28, Biloxi. Threehour self-guided tour of historic cemetery. Free. Details: 228-435-6370; Farmers Market Festival, Oct. 30, Biloxi. Vendors, entertainment; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Corner of Howard/Hopkins. Details: 228-435-6296. Fall Foliage Camporee, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, Morton. Camping, entertainment, games. Roosevelt State Park. Details: 601-732-6316. Booseum, Oct. 31, Hattiesburg. Admission; 4-6 p.m. African American Military Museum. Details: 601-268-3220. Whistlestop Weekend, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, Meridian. Combines Soule LiveSteam Festival, Meridian RailFest. Traditional craft demos, steam and hit-and-miss engines, early 1900s machine shop, Alabama Ironcasters, model train exhibit, much more. Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Railroad Museum. Details: 888-868-7720; Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ Festival, Nov. 1, Taylorsville. BBQ contest, crafts, 5K run, car/truck/motorcycle show, Sammy Kershaw concert. Carnival rides 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Admission. Taylorsville Town Park. Details: 601-785-4756; Fall Arboretum Field Walk, Nov. 1, Picayune. Explore native plants; 10-11 a.m. Admission; register by Oct. 1. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; Veterans Harvest Festival, Veterans Parade, Nov. 1, Louisville. Arts, crafts, auction, program honoring Winston County veterans. Details: 662-773-8909, 662-773-3921. “Saluting Ellen Douglas,” Nov. 1, Natchez. Literary seminar; 2-5 p.m. Judge George W. Armstrong Public Library. Details: 601-4461289; Gator Fest, Nov. 1, Columbia. Arts, crafts, canoe/kayak races, air boat rides, music, live gators. Free admission. Columbia Water Park. Details: 601-736-6385.

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Jingle Bell Jubilee, Nov. 1, Monticello. Arts, crafts, fun run, bike/trike/wagon parade, food; 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Details: 601-587-3007; 15th Annual Old Time Day, Nov. 1, Leakesville. Cane syrup making, grist mill, mule pull, entertainment, primitive farming, quilting, more. Details: 601-394-2385; Big Pop Gun Show, Nov. 1-2, Pascagoula. Jackson County Fairgrounds. Details: 601-4984235; Vancleave Quilt Show, Nov. 7-8, Vancleave. Door prizes, refreshments. Hosted by Vancleave Quilting Bees. Free. Vancleave Public Library. Details: Second Annual Sawdust and Splinters Logging Sports Event, Nov. 7-8, Magnolia. World Champion lumberjacks, pole climbers and chainsaw carvers; 5K run/walk; vendors; children’s activities. Shirard Grey Estates. Details: 601-876-9635; Magnolia State Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Nov. 7-9, Pascagoula. Exhibits, demos, vendors, educational resources, more. Jackson County Fairgrounds. Details: 42nd Annual Gingham Tree Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 8, Lucedale. More than 300 vendors. George County Middle School. Details: Red, White & Blue on the Green, Nov. 8, Biloxi. Veterans Day festival. Parade at 11 a.m. Biloxi Town Green. Details: 228-435-6339. Pearl River Ramble 5K Walk/Run, 10K Run, Nov. 8, Picayune. Starts 8 a.m.; participants’ breakfast follows at Henleyfield Community Center. Details: Holiday Missions Marketplace, Nov. 8, Puckett. Vendors, homemade soup lunch, crafts, casseroles, holiday gifts, blood drive, more; 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Puckett United Methodist Church. Details: 601-591-5570. Dinner and a Play, Nov. 8, Meridian. Family event. Free; donations accepted. Longstreet Masonic Lodge. Details: 601-743-4201. RotaryFest 2014, Nov. 8, Ellisville. Arts, crafts, antiques, raffles, flea market items, entertainment, children’s activities, more. Downtown. Details: 601-477-9201. Big Pop Capital City Gun Show, Nov. 8-9, Jackson. Wahabi Shrine Building. Details: 601498-4235; Turkey Shoot, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Vestry community, Jackson County. Begins 9 a.m. Daisy Masonic Lodge #421. Details: 228-392-5227. Downtown Marketplace Christmas Open House, Nov. 9, Yazoo City. 1-5 p.m.; 231 S. Main St. Details: 662-746-5031. PRCC Fall Choral Concert, Nov. 13, Poplarville. 7 p.m. Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts, Pearl River Community College. Details: 601-403-1438;

Disney on Ice Treasure Trove, Nov. 13-16, Jackson. Mississippi Coliseum. Details:; Holiday Boutique, Nov. 14-15, Pass Christian. Gifts, books, handmade items, homemade foods, clothing, more. Admission. Pass Christian Yacht Club. Details: 228-452-7564. Piney Woods Heritage Festival, Nov. 15, Picayune. Exhibits, live music, traditional craft demos, more. Registered school groups Nov. 14. Admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-7992311;

Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Nov. 15, Black Hawk. Featuring Donnie Buckner & Canaan View, others; 6 p.m. Black Hawk Old School. Details: 662-453-0072. A Night in the Country at the Elkin, Nov. 15, Aberdeen. Musical stage production highlighting country music trail markers in Mississippi; 6:30 p.m. Historic Elkin Theatre. Details: 662347-0291. Empty Bowls Hattiesburg, Nov. 15, Hattiesburg. Soup meal in handmade bowl; 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Benefits Edwards Street Fellowship

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Center food pantry. Main Street Books. Details: 601-584-6960; Lower Delta Talks: “From Mules to Modern Equipment: An Agricultural Progression,” Nov. 18, Rolling Fork. Willy Bearden; 6:30 p.m. Sharkey-Issaquena Co. Library. Details: 662-8734076. Business Expo, Nov. 20, Morton. Retail and service businesses and agencies; 3:30-6:30 p.m. Morton Activities Center. Details: 601-732-6135.

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