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Around Alabama Enterprise – May 14

Lions Club Boll Weevil 100 Bike Ride and 5K run Join us for the ninth annual charity event by the Enterprise Lions Club. The bike ride is broken into four rides; a 7.5 mile Fun Ride, a 25 mile, a Metric Century Ride (100K) and a challenging 100 mile ride. The 5k run is a course to walk or run. All bike participants will receive medals upon completion of the ride. All participants will receive commemorative T-shirts.

Valley – May 7 35th Annual Hike/Bike/Run Begins at 7 a.m. Admission: registration fee Contact: Tony Edmondson at Valley Haven School 334-756-7801 Elberta – May 7 & 8 14th Annual Wooden Boat Festival 6600 Highway 95 Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - sunset Sharpie Sailboat Race Saturday at 1 p.m. Race for the Skull Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, 12 & under free Contact: 251-987-1547 or Helena – May 13 & 14 10th Annual Buck Creek Festival Helena Amphitheater Park Rubber Duck Race at 3 p.m. on Saturday Admission: Free Contact: 205-296-6153 or Somerville – May 14 Somerville Celebration Festival Pancake breakfast, 5K Fun Run and 1 mile Kids Run Contact: 256-778-8282 or email Pell City – May 17 Rockin’ America Presented by Eden Elementary School 3rd & 4th grade students CEPA building by Pell City High School Performances at 6:30 & 7:15 p.m. Admission: donations will benefit the school’s music department Georgiana – May 20 & 21 32nd Annual Hank Williams Festival Music, arts and crafts, food Admission: Charged Contact: 334-376-2396 or visit Chickasaw – May 21 Freedom Run 5K Chickasaw Civic Center, 8 a.m. Contact: Peggy Olive at 251-401-8039

Scottsboro – May 21 Annual Catfish Festival Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Jackson County Park at 8 a.m. Free fishing, free bungee jumping, free inflatable toys, Shriners catfish plates Contact:Vickie at 256-574-4305 or email

Loxley – May 30 Pat Crumby’s Holiday Dances featuring music of John & Jim Loxley Civic Center – 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5 (all proceeds to local charities) Contact: 251-955-5500 Gulf Shores – May 30 7th Annual Lulu Palooza 2011 200 East 25th Avenue Admission: Free Contact: 251-967-5858

Estillfork – May 21 Honeysuckle Jam, Meal & Bluegrass Music Paint Rock Valley Lodge & Retreat, 4482 County Road 9 – 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $12.50 Contact: Edley or Vivian Prince at 256-776-9411 or email

Alexander – June 4 Alexander City Indian Artifact Show Charles E. Bailey Sportsplex Gymnasium 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Audie Moncrief at 256-329-8329 or Wayne Hunter at 256-234-7725

Decatur – May 21 13th Annual SoulStock Point Mallard Park Gates open at Noon, closing at 10 p.m. North Alabama’s largest outdoor Christian music festival. Admission: Free

Atmore – June 4 First Annual Community Benefit Singing Benefits the Hospitality House Prison Ministry and Atmore Christian Care Ministry Food Bank 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Arelene Mack at 251-368-8638 or email

Stockton – May 21 A Walk in the Park 2-mile Davita Hastie Nature Trail at Bicentennial Park, Route 225 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 (proceeds benefit the War on Terrorism Monument) Contact: Cathy at 251-580-1826

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Arley – May 21 Arley Day Festival and Parade Meek School grounds Festival begins at 8 a.m. and Parade at 9 a.m. Contact: Brandy Thompson with Arley Women’s Club at 205-401-7584 or email

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Decatur – May 28 & 29 34th Annual Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic Point Mallard Park Kick off Saturday at 6:30 a.m. with Hare and Hound Balloon Race. Free tethered rides offered at 5 p.m. at 8:20 p.m. the Balloon Glow. Sunday balloon race and rides at same time, concludes with fireworks show at 9 p.m. Admission: Free Contact:

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Issues outside direct control

The largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States is in South Dakota.

of Alabama cooperatives will impact electric bills in coming years

Managing Costs By Magen Howard


control of cooperatives, regardless fter two years of declines, levels of other electric utilities – of what state they’re in.” the price tag for building estimate they will need to bring power plants and purchasing approximately 12,000 MW of new utility equipment has begun Keeping the lights on generation on-line over the next climbing once again. An improving The North American Electric decade. “However, this generation world economy and hikes in costs Reliability Corp., the nation’s bulk will be most expensive in history, for skilled labor, fuel and raw power grid watchdog, estimates coming at a time when construction materials are driving expenses up. the United States will need to build materials like steel, copper, and These higher prices likely will affect 135,000 MW of new generation by concrete are shooting upward,” electric bills over the long term. English says. “Alabama’s electric This is not good news for cooperatives have an obligation ratepayers of any electric to keep the lights on and utility. The past 20 years have electric bills affordable at a time witnessed nations in Asia, when costs for components Eastern Europe and the Middle needed to construct generation, East transform themselves upgrade existing power plants, from backwater provinces into expand transmission facilities, economic “tigers,” particularly and modernize distribution in the areas of manufacturing, systems are steadily rising,” tourism, information technology says Glenn English, CEO of and financial services. Flush Construction worker at a plant in South Dakota the National Rural Electric with cash, these countries have Cooperative Association embarked on unprecedented (NRECA). “Combined with the costs 2017 to meet demand. Facilities on construction binges, erecting of complying with new regulations, the drawing board, though, will thousands of power plants, these pressures that will affect only deliver 77,000 MW. Electric factories, residential high-rises and electric bills in years to come. All of co-ops – experiencing average office towers. these issues are largely beyond the annual load growth well above Projects of this scope


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commandeer vast amounts of basic resources along with engineering and skilled labor expertise – and push up prices for items like oil, timber, steel, nickel and concrete. After a brief downturn due to the global recession, worldwide commodity prices have rebounded – steel soared 42 percent between 2009 and 2010, while copper, used for wire and to ground electrical equipment, topped record highs of $4.50 a pound earlier this year. For new coal-fired and nuclear power plants, overall costs jumped 25 percent and 37 percent, respectively, compared to the year before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Capital costs for a pulverized coal plant now average more than $2,800 per kilowatt (kW), while a nuclear plant runs about $5,300 per kW. Wind generation capital costs increased as well – about 21 percent, to $2,400 per kW for landbased wind farms, and 50 percent, to $5,975 per kW, for turbines placed offshore. Geothermal power plants also leaped 50 percent, to $4,140 per kW. On the other hand, costs for solar power dropped. The cost to build photovoltaic arrays, which convert sunlight directly to electricity, decreased 25 percent, to roughly $4,755 per kW. But for both wind and solar, backup power from coal or natural gas must be built to be available when wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. Natural gas-fired power plants, both peaking units – which operate only when electric consumption crests – and baseload (fulltime) facilities, currently boast the most stable costs. Because combustion turbines and other natural gas generation equipment is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on-site, rather than being built from the ground up, like a coal or nuclear plant, total costs (and time needed to get a plant operating) are generally much lower.

emissions from power plants. That could become game-changers for electric utilities. In addition, the agency has begun regulating greenhouse gases from new and modified large stationary sources, including coal and natural gas power plants, under the federal Clean Air Act. The bulk of these EPA regulations are due to courtimposed decisions and deadlines. “It’s entirely possible tighter emissions standards and other rules will have a multi-billion dollar impact on the cost of doing business for electric co-ops,” says Kirk Johnson, NRECA senior vice president of government relations.

The bottom line? A portfolio of power plants that cost $100 billion to build in 2000 would cost about $215 billion today.

Hometown effects

For Alabama’s electric cooperatives, the biggest expense involves buying power. Wholesale power purchases can account for as much as 75 percent of your coop’s budget, meaning pressures on generation costs impacts electric rates as well. Then there’s basic operations, everything from replacing poles and wire to maintaining rights of way and fueling line trucks. Costs for

Combating rising costs

In May thousands of co-op leaders will travel to Washington, D.C., to call for more certainly on how electricity generation will be regulated. “Co-ops need Congress’ help to break out of the planning gridlock and set the rules for power generation today and in decades to come,” says English. “Not knowing the rules is costing us valuable time and delaying critical decisions. Until the government provides more certainty, electric cooperatives, along with the rest of the utility industry, are hamstrung in making informed decisions to provide generation and reliable power for our future.” Following orders and deadlines set by court orders, EPA in recent years has begun issuing regulatory proposals that will affect power plants. However, what the final regulations will look like remains unclear. “Rest assured, Alabama electric cooperatives are working together to keep your electric bills affordable,” says Fred Braswell, president and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association. “We’re controlling costs through innovation. No matter what government mandates come our way, we’ll continue to put cooperative members first.”d

Engineers inspect equipment at a Wyoming coal-based power plant these activities continue to escalate. Between 1990 and 2010 in the some parts of the nation, prices for utility poles, towers, and fixtures skyrocketed 98 percent while transformers spiked 154 percent.

Regulations on a roll

Looming government regulations also pose a threat. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering major rules on cooling-water intake, coal ash disposal, interstate transport of air pollutants, and using the best available technology to curb

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Open Water Great fishing is available for everyone in Alabama By Alan White


hether you like pulling in big bass or enjoying a quiet afternoon with a bucket of worms and a cane pole, try Alabama’s public fishing lakes as a low-cost destination. Fishing in Alabama is available to everyone. Even if you don’t have a boat, you can enjoy fishing a wellstocked and managed lake nearby. The Alabama wildlife and freshwater fisheries division, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, manages 23 public lakes in 20 counties throughout the State. These lakes range in size from 13 to 184 acres, for a total of 1,912 surface acres. Since the program was initiated in the late 1940s, its purpose has remained unchanged: provide quality fishing at an affordable price in areas of Alabama that lack sufficient natural waters to meet the needs of the public.

All lakes were originally stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill (bream), redear sunfish (shellcracker), and channel catfish. White crappie and black crappie, my personal favorite fish to eat, have become established in many lakes. Channel catfish are stocked in every lake during the fall. Hybrid striped bass and rainbow trout are stocked annually in designated

or seven days a week from Feb. 1 through June 30. From July 1 until about Dec. 1, lakes normally are open five or six days each week. From about Dec. 1 until Jan. 31, many lakes are closed or may only be open during the weekend.  Information and schedules may change without notice, so please call the lake manager for the current schedule. The rules of what may be kept are posted at each lake; before fishing, check to see what types and sizes of fish may be kept. Fishers over 12 years old must purchase a daily permit, usually for $3. If you are age 16 to 63, you must also purchase a freshwater fishing license. A one-year license costs $12. Gather up the kids and take a trip to a public lake this summer. You’ll have memories to share for a lifetime.d

‘Quality fishing at an affordable price’


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lakes. Many of these lakes offer boat rentals and most offer bait and tackle for purchase. Each lake is intensively managed to provide quality fishing on a sustained basis. The days of the week that the lakes are open and the hours the lakes are open are subject to change. Call the lake manager for the most current information.   Normally, the lakes are open six

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A Barbour County B Bibb County* C Chambers County D Clay County E Coffee County F Crenshaw County G Dale County* (Ed Lisenby Public Lake) H Dallas County I DeKalb County J Escambia County
(Leon Brooks Hines Public Lake) K Fayette County L Geneva County M Lamar County N Lee County Public Lake O Madison County P Marion County Q Monroe County R Pike County S Walker County T Washington County (J. Emmett Wood Public Lake) * Lakes that will be closed during 2011


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Barbour County Lake is a 75-acre lake located six miles north of Clayton off County Road 49. Call 334-775-1054. Bibb County Lake is a 100-acre lake located five miles north of Centreville off Alabama Highway 5. Call 205938-2124. Call the lake manager for the most current operating times and days. Note: Bibb County Lake is closed for renovation and will reopen in May or June of 2012.

DeKalb County Lake is a 120-acre lake located one mile north of Sylvania off County Road 47. Call the lake manager 256-657-1300 for the most current operating times and days.

Marion County Lake is a 37-acre lake located six miles north of Guin off US Highway 43. Call the lake manager 205-921-7856 for the most current operating times and days.

Escambia County Lake or Leon Brooks Hines Lake is a 184-acre

Monroe County Lake is a 94-acre

Chambers County Lake is a 183acre lake located five miles southeast of Lafayette on Chambers County Road 83. Chambers County Lake has a courtesy pier by the boat ramp. Call 334-864-8145. Call the lake manager for the most current operating times and days.

Fayette County Lake is a 60-acre lake located six miles southeast of Fayette off County Road 26. Call the lake manager 205-932-6548 for the most current operating times and days.

lake located five miles west of Beatrice off County Road 50. From Monroeville take Alabama Highway 21 north to Beatrice, then left on Alabama 265 and go 1/4 mile, then left on Robins Street (County Road 50) for 2 1/2 miles to the lake. The coordinates of Monroe County Lake are N31 41.915 and W087 15.698. Some self-contained camping sites are available beginning Memorial Day; call for required reservations. Call the lake manager 251-7892104 for the most current operating times and days.

Clay County Lake is a group of

Geneva County Lakes consists

Pike County Lake is a 45-acre

three lakes of 13, 23 and 38 acres located one mile west of Delta on Alabama Highway 47. Call the lake manager at 256-488-0038 for current operating times and days.

of two lakes, 33 and 32 acres in size, located 20 miles southwest of Enterprise off County Road 63. Call the lake manager 334-248-2727 for the most current operating times and days.

lake located five miles south of Troy off County Road 39. The lake is open seven days a week during daylight hours. No rentals or concessions are available. Call 334-242-3471.

Coffee County Lake is an 80-acre

Lamar County Lake is a 68-acre lake located eight miles west of Vernon on Alabama Highway 18, then five miles north off County Road 21. Call the lake manager 205-695-8283 for the most current operating times and days.

Walker County Lake is a 163-acre

lake located four miles northwest of Elba off Coffee County Road 54. Call 334-897-6833.

Crenshaw County Lake is a 53acre lake located five miles south of Luverne off US Highway 331. Call 334335, lake manager, for the most current operating times and days.

Dale County Lake or Ed Lisenby Lake is a 92-acre lake located one mile north of Roy Parker Road (Dale County Road 36) in Ozark. Call 334774-0588. Open seven days a week. Call the lake manager for the most current operating times and days.

Dallas County Lake is a 100-acre lake located 11 miles south of Selma off Alabama Highway 41. Call the lake manager 334-874-8804 for the most current operating times and days.

lake located in the Conecuh National Forest 23 miles east of Brewton off County Road 11. The coordinates of Escambia County Lake are N31 01.513 and W086 49.914. Escambia County Lake has a courtesy pier by the boat ramp. Call 251-809-0068.

lake located three miles southeast of Jasper off old US Highway 78. Walker County Lake has a courtesy pier by the boat ramp. Call the lake manager 205-221-1801 for the most current operating times and days.

Lee County Lake is a 130-acre lake located six miles southeast of Opelika. Take Alabama Highway 169 south from I-85, then 1 mile west on Lee County Road 146. Lee County Lake is the only Alabama State Public Fishing Lake with fishermen cabins and has a courtesy pier by the boat ramp. Call the lake manager 334-749-1275 for the most current operating times and days.

Washington County Lake or J. Emmett Wood Lake is an 84-acre lake located two miles west of Millry off County Road 34. The coordinates of Washington County Lake are N31 37.212 and W088 20.901. Call 334242-3471 or 251-626-5153. The lake has reopened under the management of the City of Millry. Primitive and RV camping is available and may be reserved through the manager.d

Madison County Lake is 105-acre lake located 11 miles east of Huntsville. Additional facilities: trout fishing from Thanksgiving-March. Call the lake manager 256-776-4905 for the most current operating times and days.

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Beach Party The second annual, star-studded Hangout Music Fest promises to bring locals and tourists back to the Alabama Gulf Coast By Margaret Littman


lex Butler grew up in Mobile, spent holidays on the beach in Gulf Shores, both as a kid and in college. But the 24-year-old is unequivocal: “The most fun I have ever had in Gulf Shores was at the Hangout Fest.” Butler attended the inaugural May 2010 concert series, with friends and family (everyone from his mom to his college buddies) in tow. The highlight, he says, was hearing The Black Crowes play on the white sands behind The Hangout restaurant. “I grew up listening to this music, and here it was on my beach.” That’s exactly what Shaul Zislin was going for when he created the multi-act Hangout Music Fest last year. Festival founder Zislin, (who also is one of the owners of The Hangout bar and restaurant and the Surf Style chain of souvenir shops), wants to build a “national brand,” a festival that is not just a jazz fest or a country music concert, but an all-genres, family friendly “jam fest” that shows off “the special community” of the Alabama Gulf Coast. “This is an island getaway; it is a throw back to another time,” Zislin says. While there are a few other beach music festivals, none has the national, multi-genre flavor of the Hangout Music Fest, and none features the white sands of Gulf Shores. There are other megafests, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, but none of those have creature comforts of home that the Hangout offers. Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, for example, is almost exclusively a camping festival, with Woodstock-style accommodations. With access to condos with showers and swimming pools,


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Zislin says families with children, young adults like Butler, snowbirds and everyone in between can enjoy the music without roughing it. In fact, for 2011 the team is adding even more, such as a sunken pool on the beach for VIP-level tickets, to make it even more attractive. But in a way, every ticket is a VIP admission. “This is really a VIP festival, but with general admission,” Zislin says of the access to real mattresses, running water, swimming pools and other amenities not available at other festivals. In 2010 the crowds topped 15,000 people a day; Zislin is The Hangout Music Fest runs at The Hangout, hoping for 35,000 in 2011. With its 101 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, May 20 – May 22. five stages of musical acts, VIP-levThree-day music passes run $159 - $174; VIP el perks and no new environmental passes, which in include reserved restrooms with crisis, Zislin thinks the three-day fest airconditioning, concierge service, shade areas may bring in $20 million in revenues and more, are $900. Other ticket packages are to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach available from the website. Applications for communities, which, obviously will be Work Exchange Tickets are also on the website, welcomed after last year’s BP oil spill. Most Gulf Shores area Organizers are confident the fesrealty firms offer packages for combined condo tival is going to be an ongoing hit. rental and festivals tickets. Try these for rooms Zislin says that tickets had been sold close to the action, as well as those that offer to concert-goers in every major city a little space between you and the crowds: east of Mississippi even before the Meyer Real Estate: this year’s line-up was announced. Kaiser Realty: The sounds this year will include php?deal=498 Cee-Lo Green, home state favorites Brett-Robinson: Drive-By Truckers, Paul Simon, Sunset Properties: Foo Fighters, Trombone Shorty Shuttle buses are available for and Orleans Avenue, Ween, and those who are not staying in many others. Hammocks and walking distance of the fest, shade structures built on the but veteran concert-goers beach help music lovers cope say a bicycle makes it with the heat. The festival goes easier to shuttle crowds.d on rain or shine.d

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Hank Williams Festival set for May 20 & 21

Honky Tonkin’ By Jennifer Kornegay

The original Drifting Cowboys, circa 1939


n just a few short years, a young boy from Georgiana named Hank Williams created country music classics that have been hailed by critics and fans alike as some of the most important songs of all time. The catchy, sometimes tragic, lyrics he penned set to the simple melodies he crafted and sung in his distinctive voice resonated with many. (Remember the almost palpable pain heard in “Your Cheatin’ Heart?”) And over the last 60 years, his songs have influenced countless country music stars, as well as artists in other genres. Before his untimely death in 1953 at age 29, Williams had racked up 11 No. 1 hits and cemented his place on the list of American icons. In 2010, the Pulitzer Prize Board recognized his contributions to our culture and awarded Williams a posthumous citation in honor of his lifetime achievement as a singer and a songwriter. This month the famed country crooner is celebrated at the annual Hank Williams Festival, held at his birthplace. The 2011 Festival on May 20 and 21 is the 32nd “salute to a legend,” and is promising “country music, arts and crafts, food and drink and good ole’-fashioned fun.” Native of Georgiana and current mayor Mike Middleton believes the festival is an important part of Georgiana’s identity. “Hank is a legend,” Middleton says. “He influenced all most every country music artist that has come after him. He made country music what it is today, and so many people are interested in him. It is real point of pride for the city that we are where he came from.” Williams’ legacy and the festival are also important to Georgiana’s economy. “The Hank Williams Birthplace and Museum helps us


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The Hank Williams Museum in Georgiana, site of the festival financially, as does the festival,” Middleton says. “Last year alone, over 4,500 people from all over paid to visit the museum. They stop and buy food and gas. The same can be said of the festival. It brings thousands in for several days and pushes our sales tax take up.” In this small town where, according to Middleton, “everybody knows everybody and everybody gets along,” it was only a matter of time before the close-knit community came together to honor its favorite son. “The festival was started by a local arts club as an arts and crafts event,” Middleton says. “Then they added some music and the Hank Williams component, and then the Kiwanis Club took over. In 1993, the city stepped in and bought Hank’s boyhood home and turned it into the museum. It was then that we started holding festival in park behind the museum.” The festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble beginning. Last year, the event drew more than 3,000 people over two days, all of whom congregated to hear hours of good music, including members of Williams’ old band, The Drifting Cowboys, who play on Saturday morning each year. Pee Wee Moultrie is one of the

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Georgiana is in Butler County. Take I-65 to Exit 114. Visit www.hankwilliamsfestival. com to find more information, and to get your tickets.

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LOOK UP! Story of tragic farm accident provides valuable safety lessons for operators

Send your questions: Safe @ Home Alabama Living P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 334-215-2732

Jason Saunders & Michael Kelley are certified managers of Safety & Loss Control for the Alabama Rural Electric Association.


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An Illinois farmer, Jim Flach, was operating a crop sprayer in a neighbor’s field when one of its arms contacted an overhead power line. In climbing down from the cab, Flach was severely burned when he jumped down into the field (creating an electrical path to ground), and eventually died of his injuries. Thousands of accidents like this happen every year when large equipment touches overhead power lines. Folks on the ground who touch or even approach energized equipment can also be killed. Jim Flach’s family is working with Safe Electricity’s “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign, sharing the story of their tragic loss in hopes of preventing future accidents. A video of their story can be seen at www. More than 400 electrical fatalities occur every year, and electrocutions on farms are the fourth highest of any job classification, according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Most of the electrical deaths investigated in a NIOSH survey could have been prevented. “You need to double check, triple check, to see what’s above you,” says Flach’s widow, Marilyn. Son Brett adds, “Be conscious of your surroundings.” Safe Electricity urges everyone to keep at least 10 feet away from

overhead power lines when operating large equipment, and notes that new standards for some construction equipment require a 20-foot clearance. “We advise using a spotter, someone with a broader view, when working with extensions or tall loads around power lines,” says Jason Saunders, manager of safety and loss control for the Alabama Rural Electric Association. Agricultural machinery has increased substantially in size in recent years and can come dangerously close to overhead lines when leaving and entering fields. Safe Electricity urges farmers to note the location of overhead power lines and make sure all farm workers know to stay clear of them – as well as what to do if equipment does become entangled with a line. “The best action is to stay on the equipment and warn others to stay away until the local electric utility arrives to ensure the line is deenergized,” says Saunders. “Unless you have that assurance, don’t get off except if there’s fire, which happens only rarely.” In the event of fire, an operator should jump clear from the equipment, without touching the equipment and ground at the same time. Land with feet together, and hop away to avoid deadly current flow.d


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Discovering Alabama

Balance Alabama’s environmental future depends upon us


he famous baseball player Dizzy Dean once quipped, “I never make predictions, especially about the future.” His humorous wordplay is a succinct reminder that foretelling the future can be chancy guesswork. As history proves, events will happen and changes will occur that are presently unforeseen, bringing consequences that are difficult to predict. This is true for most endeavors, and especially for any attempt at environmental projection. Why then would I venture publicly to predict Alabama’s environmental future? Perhaps a bit of background might provide helpful preface. I share my concerns not from the perspective of some environmental extremist. To the contrary, I was raised as a good old-fashioned Alabama redneck,

tending the family farm miles down a dirt road in remote Alabama backcountry. My childhood was classically rural – long days working in the fields, no shoes to wear much of the year, no electricity, and only a fireplace to warm body and spirit on cold winter nights. I acquired an extreme love for the Alabama countryside, for Alabama’s farmlands and forestlands, rivers, creeks and critters. Alabama today remains blessed

promote long-term environmental protection for Alabama. The book explains and elaborates each in full. For present purposes, and as our new governor works to chart a course toward a quality future for Alabama, allow me to offer five of these recommendations in condensed form: 1. Redouble efforts to ensure that top priority be given to maintaining the plentitude and environmental health of Alabama’s lands, waters, wildlife, and supporting ecosystems. 2. Promote increased environmental education. 3. Develop a comprehensive statewide conservation plan. 4. Establish a planning council for a sustainable future. 5. Heed the voices of those who feel a close bond with the land. The concerns of forestland owners, farmers and others who cherish the land are vitally important for Alabama’s future. What will Alabama be like in 50, 75, or 100 years from now? As expanding growth and change come to the state, its special heritage hangs in the balance.d

Our challenge for the long term will be to achieve the right balance of growth and environmental protection.

Doug Phillips is host of the Emmy-honored television series Discovering Alabama, a production of the Alabama Museum of Natural History/The University of Alabama in cooperation with the UA Center for Public Television and Alabama Public Television. Visit the series at


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with plentiful lands and waters and bountiful rural countryside. These are natural assets that give Alabama strong positive distinction from the many regions suffering extensive environmental losses. In other words, speaking environmentally Alabama today has “got it good.” But what lies ahead for Alabama’s long-term environmental future? Our challenge for the long term will be to achieve the right balance of growth and environmental protection. My book, Discovering Alabama Forests (University of Alabama Press, 2007), presents a number of recommendations to

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Alabama Gardens

A ROSE WITH YOUR NAME If you’ve ever wanted to tinker with roses, this is the month to start By Katie Jackson They can climb, ramble, look like shrubs or trees, and even knock you out. Some demand your full attention while others thrive with hardly a second glance. And they offer bloom sizes, colors and even fragrances aplenty. They are roses, some of the most diverse and undeniably the most popular flowers in the world. As beautiful as they are, however, many people shy away from growing roses. After all, especially in a climate such as ours, they are susceptible to several diseases (black spot for one) and insects ( Japanese beetles love them). The good news is that among the more than 6,000-plus varieties available on the market, there is probably a rose with your name on it. If you want to tinker with growing roses, start small and be very particular about the variety you choose. Your best bet is to do some homework to find how well suited the rose you love is for your locale, including pest and disease resistance, before you invest. Of course there are plenty of options that are without a doubt low maintenance, such as the extremely popular Knockout roses, which come in a variety of colors and options, Lady Banks roses and some of the new shrub and groundcover roses.


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Roses need at least six hours of sunshine daily and soil with lots of organic matter, so get a soil test for the site you want to use and add any nutrients and extra organic matter before the roses go in the ground. When they are planted, make sure the new roses get lots of water, especially during these upcoming hot and possibly dry summer months, and keep a close eye on them for pest or disease problems. If you catch an infestation early you are more likely to be able to treat it successfully. Most roses also benefit from a bit of pruning, though do follow pruning guidelines before you get too carried away with the clippers. A nice layer of mulch is also great for most roses, as it will help conserve water in the soil and suppress weeds. A handy guide to growing roses in Alabama is also available through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at docs/A/ANR-0157/.d

Katie Jackson is associate editor for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Contact her at

Garden tips for


3 Pay attention to the water needs of house plants that have been moved outside for the summer. They may need more moisture outside than inside. 3 Plant eggplant, pepper and tomato transplants. Sow seed for sweet corn, squash, okra and lima and snap beans. 3 Fertilize warm season lawn grasses as soon as they turn green. 3 Mark the gaps in your flower beds for next spring’s bulbs with stakes so you’ll know where to plant bulbs this fall. 3 Keep newly planted shrubs and trees well watered. 3 Prune climbing roses after their first flush of flowers. 3 Plant ornamental grasses and fall-blooming perennials. d

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Alabama Recipes Asian Treasures

Cook of the Month

Denise White, North Alabama EC

Chicken Pork Adobo

1 pound chicken, cut into pieces 1 pound pork, cut into pieces 1 head garlic, minced 1/2 yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 cup vinegar

2 cups water 1 teaspoon paprika 5 bay leaves 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons cornstarch Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons water

In large pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and sauté garlic and onions. Add meat, 2 cups water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, vinegar, paprika and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, cover & simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Remove meat from pot. In another pan, heat oil and brown meat for a few minutes. Mix browned meat back into sauce. Add cornstarch to 3 tablespoons of water to dissolve and add to sauce. Add remaining soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

Stir Fry Cabbage 1 head cabbage 1 onion

4-5 bacon slices

Wash and cut up cabbage; steam in a small amount of water. Cook, cool and crumble bacon. Sauté onion in the bacon drippings. Two or three minutes before cabbage is done, add the cabbage to the skillet with the onion and stir fry for the remainder of cooking time. Add crumbled bacon. Debra Green, Pea River EC

Asian Short Ribs

1 cup soy sauce ⁄3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup rice vinegar 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 2 pounds meaty short ribs


1 large onion, sliced 12 baby carrots (or 4 med carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces) 1 head savoy or other cabbage 4 green onions, tops only, chopped (optional)

Mix first 5 ingredients in crockpot until well combined. Layer meat, onions, carrots, and then cabbage in crockpot. Cook 5-6 hours on high; 8-9 hours on low setting. Serve  over rice, sprinkled with green onion tops.  

Juliet E Watter, Cullman EC


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You could win $50!

If your recipe is chosen as the cook-of-the-month recipe, we’ll send you a check for $50! Upcoming recipe themes and deadlines are: July Tomatoes May 15 August Breakfast June 15 September Crock Pot July 15 Please send all submissions to: Recipe Editor P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, AL 36124 or e-mail to: recipes@areapower. coop. Be sure to include your address, phone number and the name of your cooperative.

Why don’t more people try their hand at Asian cuisine? We go out for it, but we don’t cook it as often at home. Branching out and trying different Asian recipes can be like our passport to a different country. Next time you are thinking take-out, try one the recipes in this issue and see how great recipes at home can be. Don’t forget to try and include the number of servings in the recipes you submit for the upcoming issues. Keep those recipes coming.

Want to see the Cook of the Month recipe before the magazine gets to your door? Become a fan of Alabama Living on facebook. Sweet & Sour Chicken 4-6 chicken breasts, skin removed 1 small onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 stick plain margarine 3/4 cup ketchup 1 20 ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits, include the juice 1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Dash of red pepper

Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Arrange in a large, greased baking dish. Melt margarine and sauté onion and bell pepper 3-4 minutes. Add other ingredients, including juice from the can of pineapple and stir until well heated or just before a boil. Pour over chicken and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, covered. Remove cover and bake another 30 min. This makes plenty of sauce for dipping and goes well over cooked white rice. Becky Tomerlin, Black Warrior EMC

Editor’s Note: Alabama Living’s recipes are submitted by our readers. They are not kitchen tested by a professional cook or registered dietician. If you have special dietary needs, please check with your doctor or nutritionist before preparing any recipe.

Best Egg Rolls

1 pound ground pork 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 quart peanut oil for frying 2 tablespoons allpurpose flour

2 tablespoons water 2 cups shredded cabbage 2 ounces shredded carrots 8 (7 inch square) egg roll wrappers 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)

Season pork with ginger and garlic powder and mix thoroughly. Heat mixture in a medium skillet, stirring, until pork is cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside. In another large skillet heat oil to about 375 degrees or medium-high heat. While oil is heating, combine flour and water in a bowl until they form a paste. In a separate bowl combine the cabbage, carrots and reserved pork mixture. Mix all together. Lay out one egg roll skin with a corner pointed toward you. Place about a 1/4 to 1⁄ cup of the cabbage, carrot and pork mixture on egg roll paper and fold corner up over the mixture. Fold left and right corners toward the center and continue to roll. Brush a bit of the flour paste on the final corner to help seal the egg roll. Place egg rolls into heated oil and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or rack. Put on serving plate and top with sesame seeds if desired. 3

Deana Boyett, Cullman EC

Fried Rice

2 cups steamed rice (do not use minute rice) 1½ pounds meat of choice (shrimp, pork, beef, chicken or a combo) 8 ounces frozen peas and carrots 1 small onion, chopped Few pieces broccoli tops

2 eggs Canola oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil ½ stick butter Salt and pepper, to taste MSG, optional

Preferably in a wok (may use deep frying pan) heat enough canola oil each time to fry ingredients separately, and set aside in a large bowl when done. Peas, carrots and onion first, then broccoli. Add meat. Scramble eggs. Melt ½ stick of butter in wok and add rice. With two large cooking spoons mix around rice like a tossed salad frequently while cooking for 2 minutes. Drizzle soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Cook for 1 minute. Add ingredients from bowl to rice. Add MSG, salt and pepper to taste. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Judy Wingard,Wiregrass EC

Oriental Casserole 11/2 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 small can water chestnuts, drained and chopped

1 small can mushrooms, chopped 2 ⁄ cup uncooked rice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup soy sauce 3

Brown beef, onion and celery together. Drain water chestnuts and mushrooms and reserve liquid. Add chestnuts, mushrooms, rice, salt, pepper and soy sauce to meat Add water to drained liquid to make two cups and add to mixture. Stir just to mix. Put in covered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Trudy F. Nelson, Central Alabama EC

Egg Foo Yung 5-6 large eggs 2 sliced green onions 1 package raw bean sprouts 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Egg Foo Yung Gravy: 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons soy sauce

¼ cup chopped cooked meat- shrimp, pork (such as Chinese barbeque pork), or chicken ¼ cup frozen peas and carrots-thawed (optional) 2½ tbsp canola oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar ⁄3 cup chicken broth


Whisk together eggs and the salt and pepper, when frothy add remaining ingredients except oil. Heat 1¼ tablespoons oil in heavy skillet or wok over medium heat. Scoop about 2 ⁄3 cup of mixture into wok/skillet keeping it mounded up. If using skillet, you can cook two at a time, wok-only one. As edges start to curl and mixture sets, turn over once. Remove to warming plate and continue in batches of one or two at a time, add more oil if needed. Makes 6 servings. Top Egg Foo Yung with gravy. May serve with steamed or fried rice. Daphne Brown, Sand Mountain EC

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Asian Chicken Noodle Bowl 1 package (9-ounces) refrigerated linguine, uncooked Non-stick cooking spray 1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut in 1-inch pieces 2 cups (16-ounce package) frozen bell

pepper and onion strips 2 cups frozen sugar snap peas 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup teriyaki stir fry sauce marinade 2 tablespoons lime juice

Cook linguine according to package directions omitting salt; drain and return to  pan. Meanwhile, spray 12-inch non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over mediumhigh heat, add chicken and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink. Stirring occasionally, add vegetables, cook 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Move to side of skillet and add remaining ingredients to skillet. Stir to blend; move chicken and vegetables into sauce and stir until coated. Pour chicken mixture over linguine, toss to coat.  

Susan George, Central Alabama EC

Chinese Salad

1 8-inch head chopped cabbage (2 pounds chopped slaw) 2 packages Ramen noodles, crushed 2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 stalks sliced celery (optional)

2 cups fresh snow peas (optional) 1 can bean sprouts 1 can bamboo shoots 1 can mushrooms 2 cans water chestnuts 1 package seasoning (from the Ramen noodles)

Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the following ingredients and pour over the ingredients in bowl. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally. 3/4 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon salt 11/2 teaspoon garlic salt 2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon pepper 31/2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons Accent

Donna Tidmore, Arab EC

Pork and Vegetables

Japanese Style Fried Chicken 1-11/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips or large chunks 1 cup potato starch Vegetable oil (enough to have 1/2 inch in your frying pan)


1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup sugar 1 clove of garlic crushed or minced 1/2 cup sake (Japanese Rice Wine)

1 pound boneless pork chops, cut into thin strips 4 teaspoons olive oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 carrots, thinly sliced 1 broccoli stalk, chopped 1 small bag frozen peas

Thinly sliced ginger, optional 1 clove chopped garlic, optional 1 can chicken broth Salt and pepper, to taste Soy sauce, optional Sesame seeds, optional

Marinate chicken strips/chunks in the soy sauce, sugar, garlic and sake. Marinate for 1 hour. Heat oil in a pan.  Take chicken from marinade and coat in potato starch.  Deep fry until golden brown.

In a large skillet, heat about 2 teaspoons of oil. Add pork and onion, cook until no longer pink. Soy sauce can be added for a stronger flavor. Add more oil if needed then add all other vegetables until rawness is cooked out, about 2-5 minutes. Add chicken broth, but just enough to cover most of the vegetables. Simmer, covered, on low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until broth reduces a bit. Serve over steamed rice or noodles of your choice. Top with sesame seeds and serve.

Laura Symonds, Joe Wheeler EMC

Lakin Robertson, Covington EC

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Continued from Page 18 original Cowboys who’ll be playing at the festival this year. He explains what it was like to make music with Williams: “I was 17 when I met him in Montgomery,” Moultrie says. “After watching me play with another band, he offered me a job in his band, which I instantly accepted. I lived for a time in his mother’s boarding house, and he was like a brother to me. The time I spent with him had a major impact on my music and my life.” Moultrie, who now lives in Florida, enjoys coming back to Alabama each year to take part in the festival. “There are loads of people that like to see me and all the other musicians perform,” he says. “I imagine Hank would like the fact that there is a festival in his name. He always liked things like that.” In addition to Moultrie, the 2011 festival will include a line up of Grand Ole Opry stars performing

together, including Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, David Frizzell, Razzy Bailey and Jimmy Fortune. The “mini Opry” show hosted by Willams’ daughter, Jett Williams, will be taped and broadcast on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree radio show, the second oldest running radio show in the country that’s heard on Nashville’s WSM station right after the Grand Ole Opry. Other entertainers for the weekend include Starla Jones, Mary McDonald, Frank Brannon, Frank Tums, Slim Pickens, Jackson Capps and many more.d

Former caboose is now festival office

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BALANCED POWER SUPPLY Nuclear energy is still the only realistic energy alternative to fossil fuels As I watch the continued coverage of the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I am deeply saddened by the devastation and loss of life left in their wake. As the Japanese bury their dead and begin the restoration process, they also are faced with adversity of another magnitude with the impending nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. It is unfortunate that publicity surrounding the nuclear situation has overshadowed the enormity of human upheaval in that country. With events rapidly shifting, it can be difficult to get a clear sense of what is happening at Fukushima and of what to expect going forward, but I am certain that the situation will have an impact on the future of nuclear power in the United States. In the past, President Obama has proposed expanding nuclear power in the United States as a green energy source. In fact, the president touted Japan’s push toward nuclear energy at a town hall meeting in 2009. The White House is showing no signs of backing away from nuclear energy.

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative


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For now. In light of the unfolding nuclear event, the Obama Administration has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct a safety check on U.S. nuclear plants. Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions have pledged support of the continued operation and new construction of nuclear power plants, with additional attention on safety. Nuclear opponents are using the Fukushima plant as a springboard from which to launch continued attempts to eliminate nuclear power in the United States. Nuclear power is increasingly viewed as the only realistic alternative for providing large amounts of carbon-free power, with no air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power has one of the lowest-cost sources of baseload electricity – to provide around-the-clock electricity. With demand for electric power continuing to rise and concerns over climate change likely to place more restrictions on the use of fossil fuels, nuclear power plays a key role in PowerSouth’s longterm power supply plan. While it is noble to think that renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass are viable resources for meeting future energy needs, when you consider volatile fuel markets and availability in our region, all roads point to nuclear power as

the only feasible energy source in today’s regulatory environment. In 2009, PowerSouth entered a 20-year contract for the purchase of 125 megawatts of nuclear power from the Municipal Energy Authority of Georgia (MEAG) generated at Vogtle Nuclear Units 3 and 4 under construction near Augusta, Ga. The units are scheduled to become commercial in 2016 and 2017, respectively. At press time, construction was progressing on schedule, but recent events have raised questions about possible delays. The primary question is – will the U.S. continue to support new nuclear construction? As we look toward the future, it is imperative that PowerSouth maintain a balanced portfolio of power supply resources and keep a watchful eye on legislative and regulatory developments that could hinder our mission to provide affordable, reliable energy to consumers.

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2011 Alabama Cooperative Youth Conference

The conference will be held July 6-8, 2011, at the Alabama 4-HYouth Development Center in Columbiana.

Purpose of the conference


To give youth in attendance an opportunity to study and underst and our economic system and the plac e of cooperatives in it; to provide for leadership development.

Who may attend?

Sixty outstanding boys and girls , preferably members of FCCLA, FFA or 4-H. They must have complet ed the ninth grade in high scho ol but are not yet attending a postsec ondary school. No person who has previously attended this confere nce is eligible. An approximately equal number of boys and girls will atte nd.

Who selects youth?

Applicants should be recommend ed by their county extension agen t, agricultural education instructor, Family & Consumer Science instr uctor or co-op manager. Applicants will be reviewed by a committee of the Alabama Council of Cooperatives , whose decision on acceptance for attendance is final. All applicants may not be selected to attend. You will be notified in writing by June 15, 2011, if you are selected to atten d.

What will they do?

Learn about cooperatives and othe r businesses by participating in the conference. Special sessions will emphasize leadership, citizenship and care ers. Recreation will be an important part of the conference. Swimming, boating, basketball, table tennis, softball, indoor games and other types of recreation will be conducted.

Cost of the conference

The conference fee will be paid by one or more local sponsoring cooperatives. The only money you will need will be for vending machines.


The program — from arrival time on Wednesday until Friday afternoo n — will be a fast-moving, well-planned series of activities, both educational and recreational. Parents and cooperative leaders are welcomed and encouraged to visit the conference at any time during the week. However, lodging will not be available for visitors.

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Kyle Scheele is an inspiring speake r, writer, and yout h expert who has ch allenged thousand s of teens across the nation to live be tter stories. When he’s not on a plane or a st age, Kyle is at hom e in Sp ringfield, MO, where he lives with his beautif ul wife, Lindsay and their ra mbunctious so n, Wesley. He’s still not sure ho w he ended up with such an incredible family , but he’s trying to lay low in case this who le thing was so me sort of mistake. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, writing, and he lping his son bu ild forts out of household furn iture.

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