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Storm Season

Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency wants you to be ready

Col. Dewey Smith

An Alabama and an American hero

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Vol. 65 No.6 June 2012



Max Davis Co-Op Editor

Chellie Phillips Alabama Living is delivered to some 420,000 Alabama families and businesses, which are members of 22 not-for-profit, consumer-owned, locally directed and taxpaying electric cooperatives. AREA cooperative member subscriptions are $3 a year; non-member subscriptions, $6. Alabama Living (USPS 029-920) is published monthly by the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives. Periodicals postage paid at Montgomery, Alabama, and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER send forms 3579 to: Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-4014.

Alabama Rural Electric Association

AREA President Fred Braswell Editor Darryl Gates Managing Editor Melissa Henninger

10 Smartphone Alerts Track hurricanes with new applications for iPhones and Androids. Several free ones are available.

12 Storm Season

Although tornadoes have been on the minds of Alabamians recently, hurricane season is now upon us.

ON THE COVER: June 1 is the start of hurricane season. COVER DESIGN by mark stephenson

Creative Director Mark Stephenson Art Director Michael Cornelison Director, Marketing & Advertising Jay Clayton Recipe Editor Mary Tyler Spivey

16 Col. Dewey L. Smith Fighter pilot, two-time Silver Star recipient, prisoner of war, and American hero.


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Manager’s Comments

Let’s Celebrate! Max Davis

South Alabama Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees

Bill Hixon District 1

James Shaver District 2

Leo Williams District 3

Ben Norman District 4

DeLaney Kervin District 5

Norman D. Green District 6

Glenn Reeder District 7

James May At Large

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General Manager

This month, South Alabama Electric Cooperative wants to invite you to celebrate with us. In June 1937, the cooperative opened its doors for the first time. For 75 years, we’ve been working to provide you with reliable affordable electric service. That’s still the core of our business today. It takes looking back to realize how far we have come. Our founders laid a strong foundation that we continue to build on today. We continually move forward. Many of you will remember the days when you had to read your own meters and send that information to the cooperative. You may remember Alabama Living coming in the form of a newspaper. Today you can get information 24-hours a day about your account through our website or over the phone system. Meters now report their own readings back to the cooperative over our Automated Metering System. This year we are adding an Outage Management System. Once your phone number has been tied to your account, the system is able to accurately pinpoint your location on our maps. This will result in faster response time to outages by service crews and reduce the duration of the outage time for you. But that’s not all we are celebrating. Last year, the United Nations proclaimed that 2012 would be the International Year of the Cooperative. So cooperatives everywhere are celebrating our unique not-for-profit, member-owned business model. I hope you’ll each take a moment and think about all the cooperatives you encounter in your day to day lives. You might even

be surprised to learn about a few. Take for example your morning breakfast. Your electric cooperative provides the power to make the coffee and light the room. The milk in your cereal could come from a dairy cooperative. Your juice might be from Sunkist or Ocean Spray (yes, both cooperatives). And finally, the stories you read in the newspaper could be provided by the Associated Press. So cooperatives are found throughout our society and play an important role in your daily life. I hope you’ll take a moment to think about all the cooperatives we have in our area and continue to support this member minded business system. Finally, there’s one more reason to celebrate this June. One lucky member will receive $500 CASH. I want to thank the hundreds of you who have already taken the time to update your account information. Your phone numbers are vital to making our new technology work at its highest level. Winners have been posted on our website and through our Facebook and Twitter accounts since April. But it’s not too late for you to enter! You’ll notice on the next page, one more chance for you to enter your information into the drawing. So take a minute and fill out the information and who knows - you just might have 500 extra reasons to celebrate this month too!

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South Alabama Electric  Cooperative

5 Easy & Convenient Ways to Update your Outage Phone Number! 1. Call our automated phone system anytime 1-877-566-0611 and follow the automated selection to update your account information.

5. Fill out the information below and return with your payment to: South Alabama Electric Cooperative• P.O. Box 449• Troy, AL 36081.

2. Call our member services department at 334-566-2060 during office hours. Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

KWH Sold 21,141,733 Avg. Utility Bill $166.92 Average Use 1,303

3. Visit or follow the link on Facebook or Twitter. Once on the homepage, click on the red checkmark at the top right corner of the page. 4. Visit our office at 13192 Highway 231, Troy, AL 36081 (Across from Sister’s Restaurant). You can update your Emergency Outage Number while you pay your bill.

South Alabama Electric Monthly Operating Report

Total Accounts Billed 16,221

Just look for the red checkmark at, click and follow the directions on the screen to update your account information.

Update and win! All members who provide the cooperative with their emergency outage number (the number you’d call from to report an outage) will be entered to win prizes including CFLs, bill credits, and weather radios. Every member who updates their account information before June 30, 2012 will be entered into the grand prize drawing for $500 cash!

Name on Account:

Phone Number 1

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Phone Number 2


Phone Number 3

Total Miles of Line. 2,646 Consumers per mile of line 6.13 Information from MARCH 2012

We will not share your information with another party.

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Stay Cool, Save Money By Brian Sloboda, Cooperative Research Network Cooling a home on hot, humid days can be an energy-intensive process—in fact, cooling generally becomes the largest energy expense homeowners face during the summer. A room air conditioner may seem like an easy-to-install, low-cost way to add comfort, but it’s easy to waste energy and money in the process if you’re not careful. A room air conditioner is an encased assembly—a self-contained box, basically—designed to be mounted in a window, through a wall, or as a console. These units deliver conditioned air to an enclosed space or zone. Costing between $100 and $1,000, room air conditioners can be purchased at home improvement centers, big box retailers—even yard sales and flea markets. They tend to last a long time with minimal maintenance, so selecting the right model can save significant amounts of energy. Room air conditioners rated by ENERGY STAR, a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, deliver the same or better performance and use 10 percent less energy on average than comparable models. An energy efficiency ratio (EER)—the ratio of the cooling capacity in British thermal units (Btu) per hour to the power input (in watts)— measures each unit’s efficiency. The higher the EER, the more efficient the air conditioner will be. National appliance standards require room air conditioners built after January 1, 1990, to have a minimum EER of 8.0 or greater. ENERGY STAR–qualified appliances boast advanced compressors, drawing more heat efficiently from the air. In addition, the high-efficiency motors in these devices use less energy to circulate air and run more quietly. However, they do cost

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slightly more. Nationally, an average consumer saves approximately 76 kilowatthours per year—about $8—with an ENERGY STAR-rated room air conditioner. Residents in hot and humid states could save up to $30 annually. So over the life of the appliance a consumer could save between $50 and $250, depending on the model and climate. Consumers should look for room air conditioners with timers and programmable thermostats. These features offer better temperature control, allowing users to cool spaces according to their preferences. For example, you can set the unit to turn on 20 minutes before bedtime to make your bedroom comfortable. Installing a room air conditioner is typically an easy job. Most can be fit into a window in a matter of minutes. Another option is to create a custom opening in a wall. Large-capacity units often require a dedicated electric circuit or may have specific wiring and breaker requirements. They may need to be installed by a professional. Room air conditioners come in a variety of sizes. Many people buy the largest one they can afford, assuming more power is better. While that may be true in racing, it’s not necessarily the case with an air conditioner. A unit too large will cool a room too quickly to properly remove humidity, leaving the space feeling cool but also wet and clammy.

Most room air conditioner purchases are “impulse buys”— bought during hot weather by consumers who have conducted little research. Most retail displays do not promote the benefits of ENERGY STAR models. So buy a unit from a knowledgeable retailer who will help you select the right size equipment for your room. Consumers replacing an existing unit with a more efficient model should not immediately throw the old one away. Air conditioners contain a refrigerant that should be removed by a trained technician first. Contact a local solid waste organization for information on how to properly dispose of old air conditioners. Air conditioning will raise your monthly electric bills—what type you choose, climate, and length of use will determine the full impact. Making smart energy choices will leave you happier, cooler, and with a couple of extra bucks in your pocket. Brian Sloboda is a program manager specializing in energy efficiency for the Cooperative Research Network, a service of the Arlington,Va.based National Rural Electric Cooperative

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Pump Up Your Pool’s Efficiency By Kelly Trapnell After an afternoon in the backyard, a swimming pool provides the perfect summer retreat. But who wants it to be a wallet drain? Soak up these pool efficiency tips to save money while maintaining your personal, pristine oasis. Each pool is equipped with an energy guzzler: the pump. The bigger the pump, the higher the power bill. Make sure your pool uses the smallest pump possible. New products like variable-speed pumps offer a good way to save. A knowledgeable pool supply or service firm can help choose a proper pump for your pool, taking into consideration its size, filter, and piping. Greater savings can come from decreasing pump operation time, no matter the pump size. Keep drains clear of debris, or your pump will work harder to circulate water. Also, find a proper balance for backwashing the filter. Too much backwashing—the process of filtering and disposing of dirty water—wastes

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water, while too little strains the pump. Here are some common myths that lead to extra pump time (and wasted energy): •I need to run my pump to keep chemicals mixed – FALSE. Circulate while adding chemicals, and they will stay mixed. There is no need to recirculate the water each day to “re-mix” the water. •My pool will be dirty if I don’t run my pump to constantly clean debris – FALSE. Try running your pump for six hours or less a day, as suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy’s If the cleanliness is not to your liking, increase filtration time by 30-minute increments until you are satisfied. If six hours works well, try decreasing filtration time to find a balance with energy efficiency. To keep debris down without running your pump overtime, use a skimmer to manually clean the water. Also, try using a timer to run your filter for several short periods during the day rather

than allowing debris to pile up after one long continuous filtration. •I need my pump to run continuously to keep algae at bay – FALSE. Proper chemical balance and brushing down pool walls are the best algae fighters. Make sure your pool isn’t draining energy dollars needlessly by adjusting pump time and investing a little legwork. You’ll have a prime poolside spot to relax in afterward, and the relief you’ll see on your power bill will be well worth the effort. Find more ways to save energy around your home at www.TogetherWeSave. com. Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Pentair Water Pool & Spa, Inc. Kelly Trapnell writes on safety and energy efficiency issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumerowned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

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and Open Membership 1. Voluntary Cooperatives are voluntary organizations; open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

Member Control 2. Democratic Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by the members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives are other levels are organized in a democratic manner.

Economic Participation 3. Members’ Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

and Independence 4. Autonomy Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

Training and Information 5. Education, Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute

effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

Among Cooperatives 6. Cooperation Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

for Community 7. Concern While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

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Spot Light

In June

June 1-14

Berries ripe for picking With more than three acres of blackberries and blueberries, Barber Berry Farm in Millbrook should have plenty of pickings for those who visit June 1-14. The farm has a variety of fruit trees and vegetables from a hydroponic vegetable garden. It is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more information. june 6-july 25

June 1-30

‘Wild Woodsy Wednesdays’ planned

Art show honors Helen Keller

Join the USDA Forest Service and Jacksonville State University Field Schools for a nature and art adventure every Wednesday in June and July at Coleman Lake Recreation Area in Talladega National Forest in the Shoal Creek District. Hikes, talks, crafts, games and more will take place during the free event. Call 256-782-5697 to learn more.

Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama, an annual exhibition at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia, features juried competition of works of art by Alabama children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind. The exhibition tours state museums and agency galleries from February through June, arriving finally at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, which is mere yards away from the birthplace of Helen Keller. The event is sponsored by UAB School of Education, Program for Visual Impairments, School of Optometry Vision Science Research Education and Outreach Module, and the Council for Exceptional Children Division of Visual Impairments. Admission is charged. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 256-383-0533.

June 8 and 9

Bluegrass festival set for June 8 and 9 Love bluegrass music? Then visit the Whites Mountain Bluegrass Festival in St. Clair Springs on Friday, June 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be bands, jammin’, camping and homecooked food available. Admission is charged. Visit www. or call 205-467-6927 for more details.

For more Alabama Events, visit page 29.

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Power Pack

Smartphone apps to prep for hurricanes With the onset of hurricane season, it’s best to prepare now for a possible storm. FEMA has many resources on the website www., including safety checklists for the home and business, resources for children to prepare an emergency kit, and ways to support community preparedness. Many smartphone applications are also available to alert users of disaster planning and severe weather patterns. Below are some recommended apps: Alabama SAF-T-Net, an Alabama-based weather technology application, is available to all residents at no cost. It is a fully automated weather alerting system that uses a combination of phone, email and text messaging to notify users ahead of a storm. Direct sign-up is available at www. iHurricane HD covers hurricanes all over the world with video updates. (iPhone, iPad) Hurricane Hound shows the tracks and forecasts of active hurricanes. It also shows NWS forecast information as well as public advisories, forecasts, and satellite imagery. (Android) FEMA has a free app that covers preparedness information for hurricanes and other disasters. It features an interactive checklist for emergency kits, a section on planning emergency meeting locations, as well as a map with FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations and shelters. There is also a section on how the public can get involved before and after a disaster. You can also text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) for monthly preparedness tips. The Weather Channel hosts a free application which features updates with detailed weather conditions and forecasts, customizable weather maps, and videos.

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State park spotlight: Cheaha Mountain Cheaha Mountain Resort State Park sits at the highest point in Alabama, 2,407 feet above sea level, with views of the surrounding Talladega National Forest. Its name comes from the Creek Indian designation “Chaha,” meaning high place. The park has a restaurant and hotel rooms, mountainside chalets, camping, and other accommodations. Visitors can go hiking, swimming, fishing and picnicking. The state park is located about an hour east of Birmingham at 2141 Bunker Loop, Highway 281, Delta, AL 36258. For questions, call 256-488-5115 or email

Co-ops press for outage-prevention technology By Maurice Martin and Brian Sloboda Cooperative Research Network In keeping with their tradition of innovation, electric coops are working hard to introduce new technologies that will increase service reliability, decrease outage time, and improve safety for line crews and the public. One of the major areas where advancements are taking place involves down-line automation. An umbrella term describing the use of digital meters and equipment, software applications, and two-way communications, down-line automation allows your electric cooperative to effectively monitor the flow of electricity in near real-time; identify voltages out of allowed ranges; pinpoint outages; and transmit signals to transformers, capacitors, circuit breakers, and other devices to initiate diagnostic or corrective actions that can isolate, reroute power around, or even remotely repair the cause of a power interruption. With down-line automation, co-ops can decrease the number of members who lose power and the duration of an outage as well as reduce “line losses”—electricity that dissipates in the process of distributing it over power lines. This saves your co-op (and you) money by not having to buy electricity that doesn’t get used. One of the most promising advances in down-line automation, distribution fault analysis (DFA), taps high-resolution monitors installed on electric lines and cutting-edge algorithms to zero in on hard-to-find electric system trouble spots before they morph into full-blown outages. In its purest form, DFA “reads and identifies” specific fault signatures in a waveform— such as a cracked insulator or a tree limb occasionally brushing a line and causing a blink. Instead of learning about an event, like an outage, after it happens, co-ops can fix a potential problem ahead of time.

An electric cooperative in Tennessee has been testing a DFA system designed by Texas A&M University and the Electric Power Research Institute, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based non-profit consortium whose members include co-ops. Other electric cooperatives have signed up to test DFA’s potential through the Cooperative Research Network, an independent research and development service of the Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Another down-line tool that could go a long way toward improving electric reliability entails using robots to check out the condition of transmission lines. Like DFA, robots seek to prevent outages. But unlike DFA, robots directly inspect cables and other components rather than waveforms. Robots can work on the ground or in the sky, and some even operate while suspended from live power lines. It may surprise some folks that electric co-ops have emerged as leaders in the down-line automation field. But innovation is a key part our cooperative DNA. It embodies the same spirit that drove rural residents to find ways to overcome seemingly insurmountable technical, engineering, legal, political, and financial hurdles and bring central station electric service to all corners of America. Our not-for-profit, consumer-oriented business structure ensures all decisions—technology-based or otherwise—focus on our core mission: providing members with a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of power.

Follow Alabama Living contributor David Haynes as he travels down the Alabama Scenic River Trail through this month at Haynes, along with his two golden retrievers, is paddling from where the Coosa River enters the Alabama River down to Fort Morgan at the mouth of Mobile Bay.

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Storm Season

Although tornadoes have been on the minds of Alabamians recently, hurricanes can cause widespread devastation Special to Alabama Living

from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency

A Baldwin County road, following Hurricane Ivan

W 2012 Hurricane Names

ithout a doubt April 27, 2011, changed Alabama forever. After that date, when you mention Alabama, it is now synonymous with the possibility of deadly tornadoes, deadly straight-line winds and dangerous hail. More than a year later, people are still focusing on disaster preparedness to a degree not seen in recent years as a result of the lessons learned from that day.

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William

But, as soon as one natural hazard or threat passes another approaches. June 1 marked the first day of the 2012 hurricane season. The peak months are August and September.

The Definition

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for hurricane season, and we are encouraging Alabama residents to do the same. The dangers associated with a hurricane can be deadly. It is important to note the severe weather potential from a hurricane reaches much farther than Baldwin and Mobile counties on the coast, and can produce weather similar to any tornado-related event. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a vivid explanation of a hurricane. It is a tropical weather system with winds that have reached a sustained speed of 74

mph or more. Hurricane winds blow in a large spiral around a relatively calm center, known as the “eye.” The eye is generally 20-30 miles wide, and the storm may extend outward from the eye for 400 miles. Hurricanes wield incredible power. As they near land, they can bring torrential rains, high winds, floods, flash floods and spawn tornadoes. Even more dangerous is the storm surge – a dome of water that, at its peak, can be 20 feet high and 50-100 miles wide. Surges can devastate coastal communities. A single hurricane can last more than two weeks over open waters and can run along the entire length of several coastal states. The 74160 mph winds can extend inland for hundreds of miles. Hurricanes are classified by five categories according to wind velocity. Category 1 is the mildest and Category 5 is the strongest.

Hurricane forecasters predict 10 named hurricanes this year, two of which reach Category 3 or more in strength.

The Danger

Storm surge is a danger you may not be familiar with. According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. In the past, large Long-term power outages The History death tolls have resulted often follow hurricanes The most significant hurricane in recent hisfrom the rise of the ocean associated with many of tory was in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan came the major hurricanes that have made landfall. ashore, and then again in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina (2005) is a prime Contact Hurricane Katrina devastated New example of the damage and devastathe Emergency Orleans, parts of Mississippi and the tion that can be caused by surge. At Management Agency coast of Alabama. More recently least 1,500 persons lost their lives Baldwin and Mobile were eligible during Katrina and many of those If a hurricane is predicted for for public assistance from FEMA deaths occurred directly, or indiAlabama, the Alabama EMA will be in 2009, resulting from Tropical rectly, as a result of storm surge. providing emergency information for Storm Ida. Storm surge is an abnormal rise residents. There are several ways to Looking back at Hurricane of water generated by a storm, receive the news releases or pertinent Ivan in 2004, counties as far over and above the predicted north as Jackson and Colbert astronomical tides. information, follow the Alabama EMA received both individual and Storm surge should not be on Twitter and/or Facebook. Visit us public assistance from the Federal confused with storm tide, which at Also on Emergency Management Agency. is defined as the water level rise this site you can find the contact The severe weather impacting most due to the combination of storm information for your local of the state came from a hurricane surge and the astronomical tide. This EMA office. that originated in the Gulf of Mexico. rise in water level can cause extreme Prior to the April 2011 storms, Hurricane flooding in coastal areas particularly when Ivan was Alabama’s most significant disaster in storm surge coincides with normal high tide, recent history. resulting in storm tides reaching up to 20 feet or more in some cases. Paths of hurricanes affecting Alabama, 1990-2009

How You Can Prepare

Now that you know the seriousness of a hurricane, preparedness before a disaster is essential to protect you and your family. Here are tips to consider before a hurricane impacts your area: Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted. Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

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Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage. Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

Following a Hurricane

Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. Stay alert for extended Power restoration can be rainfall and subsequent complicated – and dangerous flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you have become separated from your family, contact FEMA or the American Red Cross. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washedout bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects, downed electrical wires, and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks. A

Build an Emergency Kit Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Food: at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both. Flashlight and extra batteries. First aid kit and medicine. Manual can opener for food. Local maps. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger. A

Orange Beach, after Hurricane Ivan

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Col. Dewey L. Smith Fighter pilot, two-time Silver Star recipient, prisoner of war, and American hero

“The North Vietnamese took control of Smith, stripped him of his possessions and began marching him to the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison camp.” By Ben Norman

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ed lights blinked and alarms sounded as fire spread throughout the cockpit of Maj. Dewey Smith’s spinning F-105 fighter jet, which had just been hit by a surface to air missile. With a split second to spare, Smith pulled the ejection lever and was catapulted into a blue sky just northeast of Hanoi, North Vietnam. He began a parachute descent on June 2, 1967, that can only be described as a descent into a living hell. The parachute canopy hung in a tree, leaving Smith dangling just a few feet off the ground. “I just hung there for several minutes and then the parachute began to slowly slip from the limbs it was hung up on,” he remembers. “I actually had a soft landing, but that was about the only soft thing I experienced for the next 5 and a half years.” Smith had just hit the ground when a group of North Vietnamese civilians descended upon him. One villager had a machete, and had drawn back to decapitate Smith, when a North Vietnamese soldier arrived and stopped the attack. The North Vietnamese took control of Smith, stripped him of his possessions and began marching him to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison camp. Along the way the villagers were allowed to punch, kick and hit Smith with any object they had in hand. Upon arrival at the prison camp, Smith was incarcerated in a small cell and manacled to the floor. Here he was beaten daily, hung from the ceiling with ropes, and subjected to a favored rope torture where a victim’s arms are pulled so tightly behind him that they become dislocated. “There must have been at least 30 soldiers trying to get information from me, but I wouldn’t give them any information and that made them mad,” Smith says. “They considered me someone that had valuable information and they didn’t want to give up trying to get information from me.”

Interrogation and torture continued daily in the prison camp. Smith was put in a cell with two other prisoners for a short while, but was later placed in solitary confinement and was beaten and tortured daily. He says it was a major task just to keep from going crazy. “We had a tap code that we communicated with. I passed time counting flies, watching rats, and a whole lot of daydreaming. I thought of my boyhood, family and friends I wanted to see.” Food was just enough to live on. Smith says he lived on stewed cabbage and pumpkin with almost no meat. “I still will not eat cabbage and pumpkin to this day,” he says. “The food was terrible and sanitation was basically non-existent. Combine terrible food with being alone and daily torture – it was about more than anyone could stand.” After spending 2,103 days in captivity, Smith was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973, and flown to the Philippines, then on to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where he was hospitalized for observation and to gain some strength back. Smith continued his Air Force career and eventually was stationed in Montgomery, where he met and married an Alabama girl, Elaine Hall from Glenwood. Smith was promoted to full colonel and retired. Dewey, who turned 83 on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, and Elaine now divide their time between their homes in Fairdale, Ky., and Glenwood, where they are members of South Alabama Electric Cooperative. Age and health problems have slowed Col. Dewey Smith down a bit, but he remains fiercely patriotic. Those who know him well, know that if asked, he would not hesitate to climb into the cockpit of another F-105 and head into the wild blue yonder to engage any enemy of his beloved United States of America. A

Don’t forget to display your patriotic colors on Flag Day, June 14.

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Power Plants

Water Works There are several ways to make watering your lawn and garden easier and less expensive By Katie Jackson

Garden Tips: June t Sow seeds for beans, field peas, pumpkins, squash, corn, cantaloupes and watermelon. t Plant transplants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and sweet potatoes. t Pinch off dead flowers from flowering annuals to encourage continued blooming. t Remove foliage from spring bulbs if it becomes yellow and dry. t Keep an eye out for insect and disease problems in all garden areas and on houseplants. t Add fresh water to birdbaths and ornamental pools frequently to reduce mosquito breeding. t Watch for and control black spot and powdery mildew on roses. t Plant mums now for fall bloom and pinch back established mums to encourage fall flowering and to keep them compact. t Keep up spray programs on fruit trees and grape or muscadine vines. t Thin apples and peaches if needed. A Katie Jackson is associate editor for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Contact her at

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s summer arrives so does watering season, but there are ways to cut back on the use of time, money and moisture that summer irrigation usually requires. The very best way to reduce the need for watering is to develop a water-efficient landscape, which can be done by improving the quality (and, thus, water-holding capacity) of soil, choosing plants that need little or at least less water and finding ways to make landscapes and lawns more water efficient. Certainly these and other modifications of our landscapes, such as installing rain barrels, can be part of a long-range water efficiency plan. However, there are ways to more immediately improve your water use quotient that require less time and money. Among these is simply making sure to water plants, not the air or the sidewalk. Don’t run a sprinkler or hose so long or so fast that water runs off the lawn or garden, and don’t allow the spray of water from a sprinkler to go so high that much is lost to evaporation before it ever touches a plant or so wide that it’s watering pavement or roadways. For garden beds and non-lawn areas, drip irrigation systems are wonderful options because water is applied directly on or into the soil and, thus, close to plant roots. While a buried drip irrigation hose is ideal, perforated hoses that can be laid on the soil surface beneath plants and moved around to various parts of the garden are great alternatives. Remember, too, that it is best to apply water early in the morning,

not during the heat of the day, and to water deeply but less frequently so that water reaches down into the soil to plant roots. Also, rather than watering on a set schedule, let the plants say when they are thirsty. The best time to apply water is just as plants begin to wilt or as blades of lawn grass begin to fold in on themselves. More information than you can soak up? A great source of information on this topic and many others is the Alabama Smart Yards publication, a comprehensive and, in my opinion, a must-have resource developed through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to help home gardeners practice “environmental consciousness and practical management options” (as its subtitle states). It is available online at and through local Extension offices. While there’s little chance that any of us will avoid watering altogether this summer, spending a little time researching water-saving ideas is well worth the effort really can help save water, time and money. A

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The Alabama Bass Trail Lakes Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick – Four Tennessee River lakes could hold record bass

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By John N. Felsher


he largest tributary of the Ohio River, the Tennessee River, runs 652 miles, cutting across most of northern Alabama. Along the way, it creates several lakes that offer anglers some of the best bass fishing in the nation. Lake Guntersville

Topping the list, Lake Guntersville stretches 75 miles along the river channel from Tennessee to Guntersville Dam in Marshall County. The largest lake in Alabama covers about 69,100 acres. In the northern portion, the lake retains much of its riverine characteristics while the lower lake more resembles a typical southern reservoir with large creeks feeding vast grassy flats. “Without a doubt, Lake Guntersville is one of the premier bass lakes in the nation,” says Mike Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion who won a major tournament there in 2006. “It’s an amazing numbers lake, but can also produce giant bass. I caught one 10-pounder in that lake, but I caught bunches in the 6- to 8-pound range.” The lake produces many largemouth bass in the 3- to 8-pound range and some monsters. On Feb. 21, 1990, Charlie Bertus of Huntsville, caught a 14.5-pound largemouth in the Murphy Hill area near mid-lake. The lake also holds big smallmouth and Kentucky spotted bass. Duanne McQueen of Stockbridge, Ga., landed the lake record smallmouth, a 5.85-pounder, in November 2010. Many people fish the matted grass for big bass. For fishing thick grass, few lures work better than a buzzing frog. Rigged Texas style, these plastic temptations can easily slip over the thickest mats. Work them with a steady retrieve or a pop-andstop method. “Guntersville is such a great lake because it has so much grass,” Iaconelli says. “With so many vast grass flats, much of the lake looks the same. I look for ditches. Water depth doesn’t really matter as much as depth change. It doesn’t even have to be a radical drop. Just a drop of a foot or two might make a difference.” 20  JUNE 2012

Lake Wheeler

Downstream, the Tennessee River flows into Lake Wheeler, the second largest lake in Alabama. The lake totals 67,100 acres and runs for 60 miles. The upper end of the reservoir remains more riverine with many rocks and shoals. The lower end contains more deep water, weed beds, stumps, flooded brush, rock piles, steep banks, channel drops and points. “Wheeler Lake fishes a lot like Guntersville, but doesn’t have as much grass,” says Chris Jackson, a guide and professional bass fisherman (205-704-2425, or “The Decatur flats area is full of creek channels and stumps. Once an angler learns how to fish it, it’s a gold mine. It’s a great place for numbers, but also has some big bass, including some 5- and 6-pound smallmouth. It produces a lot of 6- to 8-pound largemouth and some 10-pounders.”

Wilson Lake

Although not one of the 11 lakes and rivers in the Alabama Bass Trail, Wilson Lake, just below Wheeler, produces many 4- to 6-pound smallies and some good largemouth bass. Wilson once held the world record for smallmouth, and still holds the Alabama state record with a 10.5-pounder caught

On March 8, Gov. Robert Bentley announced the Alabama Bass Trail to promote 11 of the best fishing waters in the state. This is the first of a four-part series focusing on those lakes and rivers. waters, smallies like deeper water, more current and rocky bottoms. Therefore, the best smallmouth fishing on Pickwick generally occurs near the Wilson Dam. Here, the river flows through several channels and around numerous rocky shoals, islands, sandbars and other obstructions. “It’s not uncommon to fish a point and catch a largemouth, a smallmouth and a spotted bass on three casts with the same lure,” Stegall says. “The Wilson Dam area has a lot of current breaks like rocks, logs and stumps. Fish will be near those current breaks. One of the simplest ways to catch smallmouth: Throw a smoke or chartreuse grub on a leadhead jig upstream. Let it go to the bottom. Hold the rod up, reel the bait about five or six cranks and let it fall back.” These four lakes on the Tennessee River offer anglers nearly 200,000 acres to fish for many species. On any of these lakes, anglers could possibly set a state or even a world record in several species categories. A Professional Craig Powers fishes Lake Wheeler near Decatur

Texas-style rig works well in Lake Guntersville’s weedy areas

in the Wheeler Dam tailrace. The smallest impoundment on the Tennessee River, Wilson Lake runs 15 miles and covers 15,930 acres.

Pickwick Lake

Downstream from the Wilson Dam, Pickwick stretches across 47,500 acres and runs 53 river miles from Florence, to Counce, Tenn. Many people think Pickwick Lake could hold the next world-record smallmouth bass. The lake already produced smallmouth exceeding 10 pounds and some double-digit largemouths. “Pickwick is a dynamite lake for big smallmouth,” says Roger Stegall, (662-423-3869, or a professional bass angler and Pickwick guide. “I’ve heard of some 10-pound smallmouth. I’ve caught some 8-pounders. Recently, the lake produced a lot of largemouth in the 9- to 11-pound range.” While largemouth prefer weedy or woody cover in slack backAlabama Living

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Worth the Drive Alabama Blueberry Festival Brewton June 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Burnt Corn Creek Park, downtown Brewton, AL

Alabama Blues The Alabama Blueberry Festival in Brewton offers plenty to eat – and lots to do By Jennifer Kornegay

Go Get ’Em! Get your fill at U-pick berry farms Eating local produce is good for you (tastes better, costs less), and is good for our local economies. If you can’t make the Blueberry Festival, set aside a Saturday this summer to visit a U-pick berry farm around the state. We’ve listed a few below, but remember to check the farm’s website or call before you go to make sure their hours haven’t changed and that their fields aren’t picked clean (it happens!). • The Straw Bale House Blueberry Farm, Mentone, 256-634-4150 • E&T Berry Farm, Albertville, 256-7388715, • Holmstead Farm, Talladega, 256-4044316, • Spradlin Farm, Vinemont, 256-7346419, • Maple Manor Farm, Pell City, 205-3381462 • Barber Berry Farm, Millbrook, (334) 549-4710, • Brannan Blueberry Brae, Mobile, 251327-6503, While you’re at a farm, don’t just purchase what you’ll eat right now. Go ahead and buy more. Blueberries freeze beautifully, if you do it right. Make sure the berries are clean and dry and lay them in a single layer on a sheet pan. They can touch on the sides a bit but should not be jumbled up on top of each other. Place the pan in the freezer and freeze the berries solid (several hours). Then package the individually frozen berries in freezer-safe zip-top bags. Defrost as needed all fall and winter long to add summer’s sweetness to cereal, pancakes, muffins, pies or whatever you like. A

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lueberry ice cream, blueberry pie, blueberry cobbler, blueberry jelly, blueberry bread pudding. The ways to enjoy the sweet-tart pop of flavor packed into this tiny indigo fruit are many and varied, and there’s no better place to taste at least three or four of them than at the Alabama Blueberry Festival in Brewton this month. Now in its 32nd year, this food fest has grown to bring anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 blueberry fans to Brewton for the one-day event. Judy Crane, executive director of the Brewton Chamber of Commerce and director of the festival, has been involved with the fruit-filled event for 22 years. “It’s a popular event,” she says. “We’re in a great setting in a pretty park, and Brewton is in a good location. It’s on the way to the beach, and lots of people stop in for the festival on their way to vacation. Plus, the blueberries are delicious.” The festival was started three decades ago to promote the blueberry farms dotting the region, so of course, all of the blueberries and blueberry products found at the festival come from Brewton and surrounding areas. The Blueberry Growers Association brings in bushels and bushels of their crop. You can buy berries by the pint, by the crate or by the flat, just picked and at the peak of their freshness. They’re undeniably tastier than those shipped into your local mega mart. And, they’re cheaper too. Or if you’d like to grow your own, you can buy a few blueberry bushes and anxiously anticipate picking blueberries in your own backyard next summer. A few years ago, the Blueberry Festival changed venues to take advantage of the beauty and convenient, central location of charming downtown Brewton. “We’re in the Burnt Corn Creek Park in the shade, and it has proven to be a great move,” Crane says. In addition to all of the blueberry business going on, there’s an arts & crafts show, an antique car show, live musical entertainment and a kids section with waterslides, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides and more – all for free. “We have some lovely arts and crafts

for sale,” Crane says. “They are all original works, things made by artists or craftsmen. And we’ve got some great local acts that will be playing from the stage all day.” It’s also free to park, and if you have to park farther away than you’d like to walk, hop onboard the also-free shuttle to and from the park. Food vendors will be hawking their blueberry creations: blueberry ice cream (Crane’s favorite festival treat), blueberry cobbler and blueberry bread pudding. If you need some inspiration once you’re home with the blueberries you buy at the event, reference the Alabama Blueberry Festival Cookbook and find recipes making delicious use of the berries, as well as other regional dishes. The Alabama Blueberry Festival is a leisurely event with families meandering under the trees and around the booths. Streets around the park are closed, making it safer for little ones. And there’s more than the tempting scent of ripe blueberries floating through the air; Brewton’s celebrated hospitality is in no short supply during the festival, according to Crane. “Brewton has been voted one of the Best 100 Small Towns in America by Money Magazine several times,” she says. “I think it is because we are a small town, but we’re not closed off or kept to ourselves. We’re really welcoming and friendly.” A

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Consumer Wise

Electric Yard Tools The four basic types of batteries used in rechargeable tools are lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, and lithium-ion

This 36-volt lawn mower has a removable battery, cuts a 19-inch path and weighs 72 pounds

James Dulley is a nationally syndicated engineering consultant based in Cincinnati.

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: I want to use cordless and electric tools, especially yard tools and a lawn mower, instead of gasoline ones. Will using them increase my electric bills much, and which rechargeable batteries are best?


: Using electric or cordless tools make more sense than using gasoline-powered ones for many reasons. Obviously, the United States has to import huge amounts of oil to make gasoline. Anything a homeowner can do to use less gasoline is good. If you have access to an electric outlet, plug-in tools offer lighter weight and more power than cordless ones. Electric or cordless tools also cost much less to use than gasoline tools. For example, a cordless lawn mower can cut a one-third acre lot for about 10 cents’ worth of electricity to charge the battery – usually an overnight charge at a rate of 45 to 90 watts, depending upon the battery voltage. Also, there are no maintenance costs associated with a cordless or electric tool. There are differences in the life, weight, cost and effectiveness of various types of rechargeable batteries for cordless tools. The four basic types of batteries used are lead-acid, nickelcadmium, nickel metal-hydride, and lithium-ion. Lead-acid batteries are used in cordless lawn mowers because they can store the most charge. Leadacid batteries are also relatively inexpensive for the amount of power they can store. Their drawback is heavy weight. In a tool such as a lawn mower that rests on wheels, this is not a major problem. For hand-held yard tools, having a lead-acid battery hanging on the handle could wear out your arm quickly. Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium) batteries

were used on the earliest cordless tools and most tools still use them. They are relatively inexpensive, and they maintain their performance at cooler temperatures ­– an important feature for tools used outdoors. NiCd batteries are relatively heavy, so they are not often used on the highest voltage cordless tools. Ni-Mh (nickel metal-hydride) was the next generation of rechargeable batteries. These batteries can store more electricity for the weight. They are more expensive to make than NiCds so they are used on fewer cordless tools. They are ideal for indoor use but tend to lose runtime in colder outdoor temperatures. Also, their life (run/recharge cycle) is less than for Ni-Cd batteries. Li-ion (lithium-ion) batteries are the newest type. These are the most expensive but also are the lightest for the power they can store. Li-ion batteries operate very well at cold temperatures, so they are effective for outdoor use. Some take longer to charge than Ni-Cd or Ni-Mh batteries, so they may not be the best choice if you are constantly running them down and trying to recharge them quickly. Having a second battery pack on the charger is a good idea. Don’t necessarily look for the highest voltage tool with the most power. No matter what type of battery a tool uses, higher voltage means more battery weight. If you primarily do light shrub trimming or drill small holes in soft wood, lower-voltage is your best choice. A

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Alabama Recipes

Seafood Cook of the Month: Tracy Welch, Joe Wheeler EMC Parmesan Crusted Tilapia 1-½ pound tilapia fillets, or other white fish like cod or trout 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon lemon pepper 1 cup Panko bread crumbs ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ¼ cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Place all fish fillets on the pan and pat dry with a clean paper towel. In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, kitchen salt and lemon pepper until blended. Spread over top of each fillet. In another small bowl, mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and softened butter together until well blended. Spread evenly over the mayonnaise mixture on each fillet; pat crumb mixture lightly into the mayonnaise. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork and top is golden brown.

Shrimp Salad 16 ounces pasta shells of choice (boiled & drained) 2 pounds boiled shrimp peeled & deveined ½ cup celery finely chopped

4 tablespoons mayonnaise ¼ cup sweet pickle relish 1 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper ¼ C. green onions finely chopped 1tsp. black pepper

Boil pasta until tender, drain. Boil shrimp for 5 minutes, drain. In a large bowl mix all ingredients and add salt to preferred taste. Chill for about 1 hour before serving.

Besides relaxing in a beach chair, reading a good book and soaking up some good old-fashioned sunshine, my favorite thing about spending time near the beach is eating local seafood. There is something magical about preparing food which was caught just hours before. I love to try new dishes, but somehow I’m always drawn to the fried shrimp. If you can’t get away to the beach, just venture to your local market and you will be able to find fresh items to prepare as well. Happy cooking.

Demaris S. Anders, Joe Wheeler EMC

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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.

Seafood Lasagna

8 lasagna noodles 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter 8 ounces softened cream cheese 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese 1 beaten egg 2 teaspoons basil 2 cans cream of mushroom soup

11/2 pounds shelled and cooked shrimp 8-10 ounces cooked and flaked crab meat 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup milk Salt and pepper to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions and arrange half in the bottom of a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Cook onion in butter until tender. Blend in cream cheese, cottage cheese, egg, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Spread half on top of noodles. Cover with remaining 4 noodles. Combine separately soup, milk, shrimp and crab. Spread half over casserole. Repeat layers and sprinkle with Parmesan last. Bake uncovered 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with cheddar cheese and bake an additional two minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Makes 12 servings. Janie Whelton, Baldwin EMC.

Nikki’s Shrimp Chowder 1-2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 pint half and half 1 stick butter 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 cans cream of potato soup

1 8-ounce can shoepeg corn 1 can Rotel 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms (optional) 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) Tony’s Creole Seasoning

In a Dutch oven, saute onions, mushrooms, and shrimp in butter over medium heat. Stir in softened cream cheese. Add soup and corn, mixing well. Add half and half and Rotel. Season with Tony’s Creole seasoning to taste (start with 1 tablespoon then add to your taste). Donna Turner, Pea River EC

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Crab Cakes

1 pound lump crabmeat â „3 cup crushed crackers 2 green onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1/4 cup mayonaise 1 egg 1

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dry mustard Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Dash cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon seasoned salt Flour for dusting 1/2 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients (except for flour and oil) in a large bowl. Shape into round patties and dust with flour to help keep them together. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes in pan, 3-4 at a time. Fry on one side, about 4-5 minutes, until browned. Carefully turn crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Serve with cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, or shrimp sauce. Kirk Vantrease, Cullman EC

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Around Alabama June 29 - 30

Guntersville • Alabama Songwriters Festival

from their latest production, “Lovein’ the 60’s”. Friday night, Crossfire will entertain the crowd with a free concert. Saturday evening Nash Street will open a free concert for Taylor Hicks, Alabama’s own American Idol winner. Children’s activities will include face painting and a “Make and Take” tent. Sand Mountain Cruisers and the Arab Classic Cars Club will host a classic car show at Town Harbor on Friday and Saturday. On the pier, Vintage Boats, from days gone by, will be docked for all to admire. The Harbor grounds will be filled with food and beverage vendors as well as, art and merchandise vendors. Call 256-571-7199, visit or e-mail

The Alabama Songwriters Competition will hold its 11th competition of the Alabama Songwriters Festival (ASF). The Festival will present live music, storytelling, and excerpts from the local community theater. An arts exhibit celebrating Alabama’s “Year of Food” and music from the Mountain Echo Dulcimer Players will be held at the Mountain Valley Arts Council Gallery. Saturday’s songwriters competition at Town Hall will include three genres; inspirational, country/bluegrass and contemporary/pop. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each genre. At City Harbor, an appearance by Tom Sawyer and other storytellers will capture the imagination of the young and old. Talented theatrical performers from our local community theater will amuse the audience with excerpts Tuesday Nights in June and July • Gulf

Shores, Civil War Evening Tours (excluding July 3rd.) Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 State Highway 180 - 7-8 p.m. Admission: Small Charge Contact: 251-540-7127 or e-mail

Wednesdays in June and July •

Theodore, Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road. Admission: Adults $12, Children 5 -12 $6.50 and Children 4 and under are free. Contact 251.973.2217 extension 111 for reservations.


1 &2 • Guntersville, Kenneth Perice Memorial

Extreme Bulls & Barrells Evesham Farm 4056 Fry Gap Road Between Guntersville & Arab 7:30pm Gates open at 6:30pm both nights

Adults - $10 - under 5 free Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Contact JR Rudeseal at 256-457-8692 8 & 9 • St. Clair Springs, White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Camping available. Friday, 6 -10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: $10 Fri., $15 Sat. $20 for both days Contact 205-467-6927, e-mail or visit 8 & 9 • Marion, 17th Annual Marion Rodeo at the Marion Arena on Highway 14. Gates open at 6 p.m. , Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30, Little Wranglers at 7:15, and rodeo starts at 7:30. Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5, under five, free. Proceeds donated to Perry County Fire Assn. Crisis Fund. Contact: 334-683-4004 and leave message. 14 • Huntsville, Indian Artifact show Sponsored by Hillabee Archaeological Society. This is a free to the public show with collectors from all over the state of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi displaying and selling artifacts. Contact David Weinstein at 256-534-7384 21 • Andalusia, Paul Finebaum, At the Andalusia Kiwanis Center. The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. A surf ‘n’ turf dinner will be served and Paul Finebaum will begin at 7:00 p.m. Individual Tickets are $50.00. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds from this event will support the scholarships and programs

To place an event, mail to Events Calendar, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124; e-mail to calendar@ (Subject Line: Around Alabama) or visit Each submission must include a contact name and phone number. Deadline is two months prior to issue date. We regret that we cannot publish every event due to space limitations.

of the LBWCC Foundation. Please call 334-8812306 for tickets or additional information. 23 • Andalusia, South Alabama Amateur Radio Club Field Day. Twenty-fourhour event, contacting other Ham radio enthusiasts across the country. Sweet Home Alabama Campground & RV Park.

July 1 – 5 • Birmingham, 5

Days of Prayer for Our Nation, at Caritas FREE event, no registration required Contact: 205-672-2000 or visit 3 • Chatom, 4th of July Celebration Chatom Community Center 5 p.m. All activities are free. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Parking - $1 per vehicle Bring your lawn chairs. There will be food and arts and craft booths. Contact Fran Thornton at (251) 680-3075, e-mail or visit

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HOUSE IN PIGEON FORGE, TN – fully furnished, sleeps 6-12, 3 baths, creek, no pets – (256)9976771,

SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North American’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. (800)459-2148, www. – VERY NICE 3BR / 2BA home, deep water, covered deck, 2 satelite TV’s $75.00 night – (256)352-5721, email

Business Opportunities PIANO TUNING PAYS – Learn with American Tuning School homestudy course – (800)497-9793 ATTENTION BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS: Make Additional Income with Discount Drug Cards. Investment Required. wjonesmym@, www.williamjones. START YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Mia Bella’s Gourmet Scented Products. Try the Best! Candles / Gifts / Beauty. Wonderful income potential! Enter Free Candle Drawing -

Vacation Rentals SMOKIES – PIGEON FORGE, TN CABINS – (251)649-3344, (251)6494049, ORANGE BEACH CONDO, 3BR/3BA; 2,000 SQ.FT.; beautifully decorated; gorgeous waterfront view; boat slips available; great rates - Owner rented (251)604-5226 DAYTONA: OCEANFRONT CONDO…near boardwalk and other attractions..See the sunrise Over the Atlantic from your queen size bed… pool and many other amenities.. Non-smoking..Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at 256-259-2244 TENNESSEE’S FINEST SMOKY MOUNTAIN VACATION GET AWAY! Cozy cabins by Owner – (865)712-7633 GULF SHORES CONDO - 2BR/1BA Affordable Rates &

PIGEON FORGE, TN: $89 - $125, 2BR/2BA, hot tub, pool table, fireplace, swimming pool, creek – (251)363-1973, www. KATHY’S ORANGE BEACH CONDO – 2BR/2BA, non-smoking. Best rates beachside! Family friendly – (205)253-4985, www.KathysCondo. GATLINBURG TOWNHOUSE on BASKINS CREEK! GREAT RATES! 4BR/3BA, short walk downtown attractions! (205)333-9585, GATLINBURG / PIGEON FORGE – 2 and 3 BEDROOM LUXURY CABINS – home theatre room, hot tub, game room – #178002, #359930, #965933 - (251)363-8576 PANAMA CITY BEACH CONDO – Owner rental – 2BR / 2BA, wireless internet, just remodeled inside and outside – (334)790-0000,, www. GATLINBURG, TN – Fond memories start here in our chalet – Great vacation area for all seasons – Two queen beds, full kitchen, 1 bath, Jacuzzi, deck with grill – 3 Night Special - Call (866)316-3255, Look for us on FACEBOOK / billshideaway ALABAMA RIVER LOTS / MONROE COUNTY, AL – Lease / Rent – (334)469-5604 HELEN GA CABIN FOR RENT – sleeps 2-6, 2.5 baths, fireplace, Jacuzzi, washer/dryer – www. - (251)9482918, email

PIGEON FORGE, TN – 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath house for rent $75.00 a night – Call Bonnie at (256)338-1957 GULF SHORES / FT. MORGAN / NOT A CONDO! The original “Beach House” on Ft. Morgan peninsula – 2BR/1BA – Wi-Fi, pet friendly, nonsmoking – $895/wk, (256)418-2131, GULF SHORES - 3BR / 2BA ON BEACH – W/D, 4 queen beds, sleeps 8 - VRBO#354680 Gulf Shores East – (251)979-3604 FT. MORGAN GULFSIDE – 2/2, air, cable and quiet – Owners (251)6752483 or cell (251)709-3824. LEAVE MESSAGE! GULF SHORES CONDO - 4 miles from beach or outlet mall, 2BR / 2BA, pet friendly, http://www.vrbo. com/396334, (251)213-0688. WEST BEACH – 3 GREAT CONDOS – Call (404)219-3189, (404)702-9824 or email gulfshores4rent@gmail. com. www.GULFSHORES4RENT.COM DESTIN 2.5 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH TOWNHOUSE - Across street from beach. Near Silver Sands Outlet mall. Private access to beach. Two pools, wireless internet, Great play area for children. Request Unit 2C – (800)874-4144, (850)837-7810 EDGEWATER BEACH in PANAMA CITY – Beach front condo – 1BR / 2BA – (334)596-4921 GATLINBURG, TN CHALET 3BR/3BA Baskins Creek – Pool, 10 minute walk downtown, Aquarium, National Park – (334)289-0304 DISNEY – 15 MIN: 5BR / 3BA, private pool – www. – (251)504-5756 ORANGE BEACH, AL CONDO – Sleeps 4, gulf and river amenities – Great Rates – (228)369-4680 FT. WALTON BEACH HOUSE – 3BR / 2BA – Best buy at the Beach – (205)566-0892, mailady96@yahoo. com PENSACOLA BEACH CONDO – Gulf front – 7th floor balcony – 3BR / 2BA, sleeps 6, pool – (850)572-6295 or (850)968-2170 GULF SHORES BEACHSIDE CONDO available April thru December – 2BR / 2BA, WiFi, No smoking / No pets – Call Owner (256)287-0368, Cell (205)613-3446

MAGGIE VALLEY / WAYNESVILLE, NC – 2BR / 2BA, fireplace, deck, hottub, grill, Smokey Mountain view – Close to historic Waynesville shopping, Cataloochee Ski Resort – Ask for Mountain memories (800)648-1210 ALWAYS THE LOWEST PRICE $65.00 – Beautiful furnished mountain cabin near Dollywood, Sevierville, TN – (865)453-7715 GULF SHORES, WEST BEACH - Gulf view, sleeps 6 - www.vrbo. com/92623, (404)641-4939, (404)641-5314 GULF SHORES – CRYSTAL TOWER CONDO - 2 bedroom/ 2 bath, Great Ocean View - #145108 - Call Owner (205)429-4886, GULF SHORES CONDO – 1BR, sleeps 4, Gulf-front – Owner (251)342-4393, www.brett-robinson. com, Unit I104E MENTONE, AL – LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN – billiard table, Jacuzzi, spacious home, sleeps 12 – www., (850)7665042, (850)661-0678.   GATLINBURG: FABULOUS VIEWS pool, hot tubs and many other amenities. Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at 256-259-2244. Non-smoking. FORT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, HDTV, WiFi –, www., (251)363-8576 GULF SHORES CONDO ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA - Beautiful update at SANDPIPER - (502) 386-7130 GULF SHORES RENTAL BY OWNER – Great Rates! (256)490-4025 or GULF SHORES BEACH HOUSE – Nice 2 bedroom, great view – Spring $800 / week, Summer $995 – (251)666-5476

MOUNTAIN CABIN, WEARS VALLEY NEAR PIGEON FORGE – All conveniences, 3 / 2 – Brochure available – (251)649-9818 GULF SHORES / FT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3/3 . A short walk to the Gulf of Mexico - WINTER rental $9OO. OO A Month, plus half of utilities – Summer rental $850.00 a week, sleeps 6 adults – Call (251)540-7078. GULF SHORES: FESTIVE CONDO AT SEA AND SUN on west beach with private beach access close to restaurants and all attractions.. private pool,,non smoking. Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at 256-259-2244 GUNTERSVILLE – SMALL COTTAGE: 2BR, full kitchen, w/in 300 yds of boat ramps - $80/night - call (334)361-2459 SMOKIES - TOWNSEND, TN – 2BR/2BA, secluded log home, fully furnished. Toll free (866)4486203, (228)832-0713 GULF SHORES PLANTATION - Gulf view, beach side, 2 bedrooms / 2 baths, no smoking / no pets. Owner rates (205)339-3850

Camping / Hunting / Fishing CAMP IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS – Maggie Valley, NC –, (828)421-5295. VALLEY HEAD, AL LODGE – 5/2, fishing – Weekly, monthly rates available for summer – Cabins available also – www., (256)635-6420 PRIMITIVE CAMPING AND HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS in North Alabama – (256)565-9609

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GULF SHORES BEACH COTTAGE – Affordable, waterfront, pet friendly – http://www.vrbo. com/152418, (251)223-6114

12.5 ACRE PECAN ORCHARD – COVINGTON COUNTY, ANDALUSIA: Three ponds, 30 X 60 metal barn/ office, power and water. GREAT LOCATION - visit: www.allisonland. com,  (205)789-0327 - $139,000

FT. WALTON, FL CONDO – 1BR, sleeps 6 – Gulfside – Owner (251)3424393,, Unit 105A

GULF SHORES CONDOS - 4.7 miles from beach, starting prices $49,900, click Colony Club – (251)948-8008

GULF SHORES PLANTATION CONDO: 2BR / 2BA, No Smoking / No Pets – Owner Rates (612)759-8710 or email

LOWNDES COUNTY ALABAMA, BRAGGS - 160 acres of prime hunting and marketable timber, 2 acre stocked pond, with power and water available - Cedar Creek - Visit www., (251)454-9753

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WE PURCHASE SELLER FINANCED NOTES, Trust Deeds, Contracts for Deed, Commercial / Business Notes and more, Nationwide! Call (256)6381930 or (256)601-8146 DeKALB COUNTY – 45 ACRE WORKING FARM - Crossed fenced for cattle, Home and several barns. $247,000 -, (205)789-0327.

Travel CARIBBEAN CRUISES AT THE LOWEST PRICE – (256)974-0500 or (800)726-0954

Musical Notes PIANOS TUNED, repaired, refinished. Box 171, Coy, AL 36435. 334-337-4503 PLAY GOSPEL SONGS BY EAR - 10 lessons $12.95. “LEARN GOSPEL MUSIC”. Chording, runs, fills - $12.95 Both $24. Davidsons, 6727AR Metcalf, Shawnee Missions, Kansas 66204 – (913)262-4982

Education FREE CREATION SCIENCE INFO – WWW.CREATIONANDSCIENCE.NET – Adults, teens – Box 508, Fairhope, AL 36533

BECOME AN ORDAINED MINISTER correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 767, 6630 West Cactus B-107, Glendale, Arizona 85304. WWW.2HOMESCHOOL.ORG – Year round enrollment. Everybody homeschools. It is just a matter of what degree – (256)653-2593 or website FREE BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE – write to 23600 Alabama Highway 24, Trinity, AL, 35673

Critters ADORABLE AKC YORKY PUPPIES – excellent blood lines – (334)301-1120, (334)537-4242, CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. Tiny, registered, guaranteed healthy, raised indoors in loving home, vet records and references. (256)796-2893 AKC MINIATURE LONGHAIR DACHSHUND PUPPIES READY NOW! $200 – Call (256)255-9094 PAPILLONS FOR PLACEMENT IN PET, SHOW OR AGILITY HOMES – Older ones only cost is Spaying / Neutering. Younger ones are various prices – (334)493-3865, www.dreampaps@

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Come join us for our Annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 30. Everyone is invited to attend.

Parade begins at 9 a.m. with entertainment to follow at the Knox Ryals Pavilion.

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Footprints What will we be remembered for and how long will we be remembered? It is really up to us.

Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative

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As a sophomore in college, I contracted what my doctor called glandular fever. I lost weight and ended up weighing about 125 pounds before I finally leveled off. For a number of years afterward, I had trouble gaining weight, regardless of what I ate. I would eat two double cheeseburgers, chips and candy bars at the Smoke House Pool Room in downtown Florence. I would eat two Whoppers and fries at Burger King. Yet, I still had trouble gaining weight and graduated college weighing only about 160 pounds. But that is no longer the case. My metabolism has changed. A couple of months ago I was over 200 pounds. After a number of lectures from my doctor, I finally decided to find an exercise program. I now walk about two and half miles every morning, and I have lost about 12 pounds. Weekdays, I walk around my neighborhood. We spend many weekends at Perdido Key, where I walk on the beach. My dog, Gus Mayer (I am an experienced talker, and he is a fine listener), and I like the serenity and beauty of the beach. I usually start walking to the east watching the sun rise above the horizon. Last week, there was a particularly beautiful sunrise. The sun appeared to be a half circle of fire sitting on the horizon. Sunbeams reached out of the sun and gave the long thin clouds a golden background, contrasted by a darker crimson front. Gus even wagged his tail when I told him about it. The sky to the south and west was still dark blue, and the Gulf even a deeper blue in the distance. The water near the shore was already turning a transparent, emerald green and the water in front was like a golden mirror with the reflection of the sunrise. The white foam of waves lapped around my feet before running back

into the Gulf. Seashells that had washed up during the night lay at the edge of the water line. Remnants of earlier fun were also on the beach. Beer cans, water bottles and other forms of garbage were left where people enjoyed the beach. There was also an assortment of kids’ sand buckets and shovels, broken beach chairs and umbrellas. It makes you wonder how people can have so little regard for the beauty of nature. As I reached the halfway point, I turned away from the sun, now well above the horizon. My footprints marked my path down the beach. I saw the alignment of my feet and the length of my stride. However, the surf had started washing over my footprints, and in the distance my footprints were completely washed away. There was no evidence that I had walked down the beach. As I walked back toward the condo, I thought it ironic how similar life is to a walk on the beach. Every life is unique – like a sunrise or a shellfish in the sea. As we approach the final turn in our lives – and regardless of our age, we are all approaching that turn – we often think about how long our lives will be remembered before our memories are washed away by time like footprints washed away by the surf. Do we think about what we can do for others, how can we help others, how we can contribute to society and how the world will be better for us being here? Will our lives be remembered like a sunrise lighting the skies, starting the day, bringing beauty to a dark morning? Or will our lives be forgotten like the trash on the beach? What will we be remembered for and how long will we be remembered? It is really up to us. Are you ready for the challenge? I hope you enjoy every sunrise and have a great month. A

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