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Preparing for Isaac’s punch helped dampen its impact ower outages are unavoidable in the face of a hurricane. But electric power associations are extremely effective in lessening their impact. Our experience with Hurricane Isaac once again proved the effectiveness of electric power associations’ emergency work plans and the value of cooperation in restoring electric service. Each of Mississippi’s 26 electric power associations activated a specific emergency response plan even before Tropical Storm Isaac entered the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi’s statewide emergency coordinator and staff took preliminary actions several days before the path of Isaac’s landfall became apparent. At the time, we had no idea how (or if) Mississippi would be affected by the storm. But we weren’t leaving anything to chance. One of the first things we did was to make sure we could count on help from electric cooperatives in other states should the need arise. While Isaac was still a tropical storm, we coordinated with cooperatives in some 20 other states to arrange for additional emergency work crews and equipment if needed. Then we took part in conference calls with statewide emergency coordinators representing electric cooperatives in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to assess needs and plan appropriate responses. The power of working together in emergency operations is a hallmark of electric cooperatives in America. Each cooperative is an independent, locally owned utility, but together we share the same mission: the delivery of reliable electric service. No one in the electric utility industry works harder to keep your lights on than your electric power association. The amount of detail covered in our emergency preparedness operations is staggering. Long before a hurricane arrives, electric power


On the cover Hattiesburg resident and quilter Martha Ginn deviates from the traditional designs of her craft to produce expressive, original work. Ginn’s award-winning wall quilts are rich in color and texture, and often incorporate unexpected materials. Read more about the quilter and her work on page 4.

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associations arrange accommodations for the hundreds of emergency workers that may be called upon in other states to help us restore power. We talk with suppliers to ensure availability of line construction materials. We hold safety briefings with employees. Vehicles are fueled up and everyone stands ready to respond as soon as weather conditions allow. Fast power restoration is our goal, but nothing takes priority over the safety of our employees and the public. Our employees are highly skilled and well versed in safety procedures. They think about electrical safety every day. On the other hand, electrical safety is not always foremost in everyone’s mind. Please, be especially alert for safety hazards during emergency situations. Stay away from power lines at all times, and report a damaged line to your electric power association. As I write this, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the electric power association work force is on standby, waiting for Isaac to budge from the Louisiana coastline and move farther inland. As soon as the strong winds diminish, our crews will begin rebuilding lines and restoring service in an orderly, speedy fashion. As we remember the victims of Hurricane Katrina, we also pray for the safety of those in Isaac’s path and those who will take part in the recovery process.

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The corn harvest piles up at Valley Park Elevator, in Valley Park. Most growers in Mississippi are reporting record or near-record yields on some 840,000 acres of corn. Yields for some irrigated corn in the Delta have topped 200 bushels per acre, surpassing the state’s previous record yield of 148 bushels per acre. Most of Mississippi’s crops have not been affected by drought, but many corn producers face higher transportation costs for their crop due to low levels on the Mississippi River. Valley Park Elevator is a member of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association.

Mississippi is . . . Going to Granny and Pawpa’s house helping Granny make tea cakes and fried chocolate pies, Riding with Pawpa in the wagon and drinking from the spring when our throat got dry, Helping Granny pick blackberries to make a homemade blackberry cobbler or pie, Sitting in Dad’s lap and listening to stories of things that happened in years gone by, Helping Mom chase a chicken all over the yard and watching her cut it up to fry, Mom saying, come here child, this dress I sewed is ready for you to try, Sitting on Dad’s knee and him saying, I love you, Sugarfoot, and it will be OK by and by. I have lived in other states but always return to see “Old Glory” fly. —Helen Shannon, Meridian I was not born in Mississippi. I moved down here from Chicago and Michigan in 1963. I have been in Mississippi now for 48 years. I love the South and all the people here. They are all so friendly [and] caring and will do anything to help you when you are in need. I also love the not-so-fast pace, like it is in big cities. Hurricane Katrina was a frightening experience for me, but the people made it easier with all their help and concern. —Pauline Bass, Bassfield

What’s Mississippi to you? What makes you proud to be a Mississippian? What do you treasure most about life in our state? Send your thoughts to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or email them to Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing.



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Ginn combined a wide range of fabrics embellished with stitchery, beads and textured yarn in this applique quilt. It won top honor in its category at a Hattiesburg art show.

Veering from the path of traditional quilting, Martha Ginn goes her own way to create original works of art By Debbie Stringer You expect to see colorful fabric and fancy stitching in a pieced quilt. But a foil candy wrapper? Crinkled cellophane, metallic fibers and fuzzy yarns? Count Hattiesburg resident Martha Ginn among the growing number of quilters who use unexpected materials in works made for the wall, not the bed. In Ginn’s work, the foil candy wrapper resembles a silo in a rural landscape, and crinkled cellophane mimics the spray of an ocean wave. If an object can be stitched by hand or machine, it could show up in an art quilt—as long as it helps the quilter communicate her vision. Ginn’s journey into art quilting reflects that of most artists: She mastered the traditional techniques of her craft, then went her own way to create completely original and expressive work unfettered by tradition. “My biggest joy is doing more artistic quilts, my own designs, and expressing myself through the fabric and hand work,” Ginn said. Ginn’s works reveal her connection with nature. Images of leaves, flowers and trees appear often in her work, though she also experiments with geometric and abstract designs.

Inspiration for a quilt design can materialize anywhere at any time. A photograph she made of lush plants growing in a hospital atrium triggered the idea for one applique quilt. Sometimes the fabric itself suggests a quilt, Ginn said. Pointing to one of the small wall hangings lining the hallway of her home, she explained. “This one I did after 9/11. A lot of times, the fabric is the main event, the reason for doing something. I found this fabric [printed with small colorful squares] that looked like buildings.” She used the fabric as the basis for “City Celebration,” in which sparkly threads and yarns erupt like fireworks from a city skyline. It’s one of her favorite quilts. Ginn started quilting in the late 1970s, when traditional patchwork patterns were the norm for her area. “You wouldn’t see any of what we now call art quilts. It was all traditional patterns,” she said. “But soon I wanted to make my own designs, and that’s how I branched out.” It was a bold move for a former legal secretary with no art training. “As I grew up, I didn’t know I had any artistic talent. I didn’t draw a thing, but I wish I had explored it back then.” But when she enrolled in an adult drawing class taught by a fellow church member, “that just set me on fire,” Ginn said.

“Then I thought, well, yeah, I can draw. I can be an artist. And I think everyone does have some of that talent; they just don’t always recognize it.” Ginn attended workshops with nationally known instructors to learn new skills. Her repertoire grew to include various layering and piecing techniques, dyeing, fabric painting, collage, applique, free-motion machine stitching, thread painting and beading. “Every class I’ve taken is to learn something new, not that I want to copy what the teacher did in class, but to learn a skill that I can use in my own things.” Ginn hasn’t completely forsaken traditional patchwork designs. She based one of her quilts on the Mariner’s Compass, a modern name for a quilt pattern hundreds of years old. Ginn set a constellation of the compass patterns on a dark, flecked background that brings to mind the night sky. She calls the quilt “Finding My Way.” “It means listen to your own voice. Find what you like,” she said. Working in her spacious home studio, Ginn begins a new project by working out the design on paper. For her pictorial quilts, she uses an original drawing as the pattern for cutting the fabrics. An eclectic stash of fabrics in every color imaginable makes up her palette. Favorites are cotton prints, batiks, hand-dyed sateens, silky blends, upholstery and drapery fabrics. Once the quilt top is pieced and layered with batting and a backing fabric, the quilting process begins. Guiding her longarm quilting machine, she “paints” images

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Thread painting and hand-dyed fabrics lend variations of color and interest to Ginn’s wall quilts, right.

with thread, blending or contrasting colors for special effects. One of her favorite techniques is “ghost” quilting, used in her “Jungle Leaves” wall hanging. In this freemotion quilting technique, Ginn starts with a square piece of a bold print centered on a larger piece of a single color. “I have to imagine what the print would look like beyond the square, what would come next. Then I just complete it [by stitching] these ghost images. It’s so much fun.” Quilting means far more to Ginn than creative fun. Throughout her husband’s 10year illness and her own recovery from a foot injury, quilting provided a much needed distraction from life’s difficulties. “It was such a refuge to go in my studio and play with my fabric and stitch. There were a lot of interruptions so at times I didn’t get a lot done, but there was the joy of being in there. “I recall walking into the door of the studio on a bad day and it was almost like somebody pouring something over me, just a peaceful feeling.” Husband Roy was her biggest fan, Ginn said. “He would come to the doorway and say, ‘I’m so glad you have this space.’ He was proud of everything I did and really wanted me to enjoy it.” Developing friendships with quilters across town and around the world is another benefit of quilting, Ginn pointed out. She blogs about quilting and serves as the moderator of an online critique group for members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization. As a member of Mississippi Quilt Association, “I have found friendships not just in Hattiesburg but all over the state. It’s really enriched my life,” she said. Twenty-nine years ago, Ginn and four other quilters started Pine Belt Quilters. “We had just taken quilting classes [at a Gulf States Quilting Association event] and just got so crazy for it. On the way home in the car, we said we have got to form a guild.” The quilters first exhibited their work in a local mall, with quilts draped over tables, chairs and planters. “After that, one of the first things we wanted to do was to have a real quilt show, with judges,” Ginn said. Pine Belt Quilters now hosts the largest quilt show in Mississippi, a biennial event that opens next month in Hattiesburg. Guild members meet up to three times monthly to share ideas, learn new techniques and sew charitable projects that benefit hundreds of children each year. Ginn’s art quilts have earned awards at area quilt shows and have been juried into the nation’s largest and most prestigious shows, including the International

Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. A Ginn applique quilt with a dazzling array of fabric, texture and color took first place in its category at a local art association show. “It wasn’t a quilt show but an art show. That was a thrill to have it recognized as art,” Ginn said. Ginn’s “Rise and Shine, Inner City,” a quilt made of small half-hexagons arranged in a way to suggest buildings warmed by the rising sun, is included in the book “Color Play” by Joen Wolfrom and two other quilting books. Starting this month, “Rise and Shine” will tour China as part of “The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America,” which will travel to five museums. But when Ginn makes a quilt, she is not thinking of shows or public recognition. She works to suit herself, not judges. As long as a quilt satisfies her tough inner critic, its appeal cannot be diminished by the

“Jungle Leaves,” left, is an example of ghost quilting. Using free-motion machine quilting, Ginn extends the leaves’ shapes beyond the edge of the printed fabric square.

lack of a blue ribbon. “If I know it’s a good artistic design, then I’m proud of it,” she said. “It’s the creation of these things that brings the most joy.” See a gallery of Martha Ginn’s quilts at, and find her blog at For information on the Pine Belt Quilters 14th Biennial Fiber Art & Quilt Show, Oct. 5-7 in Hattiesburg, go to Ginn will demonstrate ghost quilting, speak on the care and repair of quilts and exhibit eight of her quilts at the show.





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Vintage shotgun a tangible connection to legend oug Lamb in Clarksdale called me the other day to tell me that a friend of his in Alabama had just gotten a shotgun I might be interested in seeing. I’m not known as a gun collector, except for some rag-tag specimens that have migrated to my house over time, including a .22 single shot I won in a contest with other paperboys at the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville when I was 12. And my treasure, an 8 mm German Mauser that Daddy brought back from Italy after World War II. (Loudest firecracker on the block at midnight New


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Year’s Eve!) Doug went on to say that this particular gun is over 150 years old. Not only is it in mint condition, but was specially made in England for a Mississippian I might be famil-

iar with: Henry Vick. Yes! I am very familiar with that name, having seen it no telling how

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many times on his headstone in the graveyard behind The Chapel of the Cross in Madison County. Not to mention his being associated with the legend of the Bride of Annandale. Henry Vick and Helen Johnstone were to have been married in 1859, but Vick was killed in a duel in Mobile the week before the wedding. His body was transported back to Vicksburg on the same steamboat that carried the caterers, who had not yet heard the news. Helen persuaded the Vick family to allow the body to be buried at the Annandale Plantation church, The Chapel of the Cross. Truth blends into legend after that, but the story handed down through lore has it that Helen pined her life away mourning her lost love at the foot of Henry Vick’s grave. Supposedly, she is now seen there at midnight as the ghost of the Bride of Annandale. Truth is she married the Rev. George Harris, pastor of the chapel, and the couple moved to the Delta and started another Chapel of the Cross in Rolling Fork. There is a lot more to that story, but I want to get back to the gun. Sam Gladden of Clanton, Ala., collects English-made guns and had first seen the Henry Vick shotgun 16 years before he finally acquired it. He was first attracted to it because of the perch-belly stock; that’s a stock whose underside curves slightly instead of being straight. The barrel is cast from beautiful Damascus steel. It has dolphin head hammers that show absolutely no signs

Sam Gladden brought Henry Vick's shotgun to the Chapel of the Cross the other day. Propped against Vick’s headstone, the gun gives a hint of the personality of the man buried in the grave. Photo: Walt Grayson

of wear. The metal has ornate scrollwork engraved on it, and there is extraordinary hand carving on the stock. All of that tooling on a gun that old made it a find to begin with. When Sam saw the name “H.G. Vick, Vickland, Mississippi” engraved on the barrel, and being familiar with the Vick duel from Alabama history, he knew he had to add the gun to his collection. Sam missed his first chance to buy it, but when it came on the market again this year he didn’t even haggle over price. He got it. For how much? Well, that’s kind of rude to ask. What’s it worth today? Sam politely begs off by telling me that he’s not really an appraiser. But he did tell me what Henry Vick paid for it in the 1850s: two pounds sterling. That’s two pounds of sterling silver—on today’s market, about $18,000. I got to touch the gun. It’s another of those tangibles you run across now and again that adds a sparkle of reality to a story that is a legend more than anything else, nowadays. Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” To contact Grayson, send email to

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Compost a no-cost way to improve garden soil ne of the final gifts a productive garden can give us is raw materials to compost for use in the next year’s garden. As we move into autumn, many of us will be cleaning up the garden, pruning and getting rid of leaves. A lot of this yard trash will end up at the curb for the city to pick up. Some of this will be chipped and composted for municipal use. The rest probably will end up in the landfill, which is not Southern ideal. Gardening Why not put these by Dr. Gary Bachman materials in your compost bin? If you are not already composting, fall is a great time to start a compost bin. The benefits of adding compost to your garden and landscape are numerous, and your plants will be Ted Benge, a landscape architecture student from Nashville, turns a steaming compost pile at Mississippi State University as part of a project begun last spring. most appreciative. Photo: MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence You can use compost as a soil amendment, as mulch around your essential plant nutrients that feed our standing water during rainstorms. If evenly distributes the heat generated by plants or both. When used as a soil growing plants. you place it near trees, their root sysdecomposition. For another, it brings amendment in sandy soils, compost Another big benefit, especially to tems will find your compost pile, use oxygen into the center, where microoradds texture and improves the soil’s thrifty gardeners, is that compost is the nutrients and make harvesting your ganisms can use it. Turn the pile every water-holding capacity. In tight, clay free. When you use compost, you won’t finished compost difficult. time you add fresh materials to move soils that hold too much water, the have to buy bags of soil conditioners There are many styles of composting them into the center. addition of compost will improve soil and other commercially bagged soil piles, bins and structures. Which one to You can insert a perforated drainage drainage. amendments. use is up to the individual gardener. pipe into your compost pile to introCompost helps keep the garden soil We always hear about the imporHowever, taking care of the composting duce oxygen to the center of the comhealthy by increasing earthworm popu- tance of location in real estate, but loca- process is more important than the style post pile or bin. lations; earthworms aerate and loosen Moisture is also important for the tion is just as important for your comyou choose. If left alone, the organic the soil. Composting also recycles health and activity of the microorganpost pile or bin. If it’s too far away, it matter in your bin will decompose on will not be used. If it’s too close to the its own, but with a little work, you can isms in your compost bin. There is less activity when the pile is dry, so comhouse, it may create an unsightly scene increase the rate of decomposition. in the landscape. The first thing to do is turn, or mix, posting takes place more slowly. During dry periods, water the compost pile, but Build your compost bin close to the the compost pile, which does a couple not too much. Excessively wet compost garden. Try to avoid a location that has of important things. For one thing, it can create anaerobic conditions that smell bad. During periods of heavy and Medicare Supplements, Low Rates! prolonged rain, place a tarp on the pile ( Female age 65, “Plan F” = $104.60) to help control the moisture content. For more detailed information on I Medicare Supplement - age 65 and over. Drug Card. building new compost bins or improvI Disability Medicare Supplement Under age 65 - New LOW cost!!! ing your current compost skills, request I Dental, Vision, Hearing - Ages 18-84 the Mississippi State University ExtenI Major Medical I Cancer Policy. sion Service publication P1782, ComI Final Expense, Life Insurance - issue ages 0-85 posting for the Mississippi Gardener, I Nursing Homes, Home Healthcare, Assisted Living Care from your local county Extension I Agents call and sign up to write plan “F”. office. This publication is also available at Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research P. O. Box 5277, Brandon, MS 39047 1-800-463-4348 and Extension Center in Biloxi. E. F. Hutton nor its agents are affiliated with the Federal Medicare Program.


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Let's go to football camp fter having football seaages a method to learn about the game, son tickets for the other than playing it. Mississippi State games So off I went. for over 40 years, I still There were about 150 ladies at the don’t understand footPalmeiro Complex at MSU. This modball. Meaning: I ern building is a very attractive large couldn’t explain how to play multipurpose facility. It the game or all the rules if has a humongous room in someone asked me. front suited for meetings, After all those years of sitbanquets or lectures. The ting in the stadium with the back portion has an indoor Bulldawgs winning or losing football/baseball practice games, that means (a) I’m facility. We met with all intellectually challenged, (b) I the coaches, including Dan Grin ‘n’ can block the game from my Mullen, who stayed with mind or (c) I’m reading a us all day. Wives and sinBare It book. gle ladies attended two lecby Kay Grafe I suspect it’s all all three, tures on how to play the but I choose (c) as the correct game of football, given by answer. You would think this habit of Coach Knox and Coach Smith. The mine would drive my football enthusiast talks were more like fun conversations that sits next to me crazy. But he’s still than lectures. sane. I think he’s just happy that I’m at Several first-string players gave us a every game and haven’t given my tickets fashion show dressed out in their new away. uniforms. One defensive and one offenAs I was reading “Gene’s Page” sive player demonstrated how hard it online earlier in the summer—he gives was to get out of their uniform and the scoop on MSU sports—I noticed pads. that Misssissippi State had a football Balis, the strength and conditioning camp listed for ladies. The camp was for coach, told us about his workout sesone day, on July 21. The write-up sions; Stan Murray gave an officiating looked cool, since it offered ladies of all overview. A referee’s job is tougher than


I imagined. Many door prizes were given away. The best part was after lunch. The ladies that chose to go through a football player’s practice day went to the indoor field in the back of the Palmeiro building and warmed up with Coach Balis. That was tough; he gave us no slack. Those who chose not to exercise watched from the sidelines. Next on our schedule was working out or training like the players. We were divided into seven groups with a coach over each group and went through training sessions. Here we had to throw, catch, block, learn how to carry and run with the ball, tackle, pass rush, and the turnover. Oh, my! I appreciate the players more now. Afterwards, we were taken in the player’s big busses to tour the Templeton Building: weight room, locker room, training room. Another bus ride to the stadium. Coach Mullen took us through game day. We had the Lord’s Prayer holding hands at the entrance of the field, then jumped up and down and ran through the smoke coming out the door and onto the field. Two lines of people (cheerleaders, pep squad and band) make up the lines that the players run

Thanks to Dan Mullen, MSU head football coach, and members of his staff, Kay Grafe and some 150 other women have a better understanding of the game of football.

through on game day. We ran through two lines of cheering ladies and coaches. After a footrace in our age group, and push-up competition, prizes were given. It felt strange standing on the field. The Jumbotron sprang to life and highlighted the video that will be shown on the first game day. The finale was great. Coach Mullen thanked us for coming and gave a pep talk. Now, let the games begin. At 5:00 I had to drag myself back to our motorhome. Every muscle in my body was screaming, HELP. But I was glad I didn’t take the easy way out and sit on the sidelines. Any she-Bulldawgs out there who would like to attend next year for a fabulous day, write me for details or go to the Mississippi State University’s website. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.

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During press time, Hurricane Isaac was approaching the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our affected members. We will cover the storm in a later issue of Today in Mississippi.

Planning for future generation to ensure reliability

South Mississippi Electric’s (SME) Board of Directors has been looking for new sources of electricity as they plan to meet our needs for the next 40 years. The demand for electricity is increasing—the population is growing and households are using more electricity—and the commitment to provide you with the most affordable and reliable electric system remains strong. In order to uphold that commitment, the board requires new potential sources of electricity to meet the following criteria: 1. The source must help continue diversity of SME’s fuel mix; 2. The source must be environmentally compliant; and 3. The source must help stabilize the long-term cost of electricity. Right timing for long-term investments First, fuel diversity, which means using several types of fuel to generate electricity, keeps SME from depending too heavily on any one type of fuel. If that fuel becomes too expensive or unavailable, other fuels can be used to generate power and offset costs. Second, the greatest impact on affordable power is environmental regulations and the costs of addressing those changes. Many factors affect the cost of new generation and the ability to stabilize the cost of electricity. For example, much like owning your house has longterm advantages over renting a house, owning a generation resource has

advantages over purchasing electricity from another power supplier. In addition, interest rates are at historic lows, making now the right time to invest in new generation resources. Right choices for the future Based on these criteria, SME’s Board voted in August to add two new generation resources to its fleet of power plants: the Batesville Generation Facility and 15 percent interest of Mississippi Power Company’s Plant Ratcliffe. The Batesville purchase is expected to close in late 2012 and Plant Ratcliffe in 2013. The Batesville Generation Facility includes three natural gas units, totaling 837 megawatts. Since the plant was completed in 2000, SME has purchased electricity from one unit. The current owners filed for bankruptcy in February 2012. SME’s offer was tentatively accepted at auction, but the sale is subject to confirmation by the bankruptcy court. Plant Ratcliffe in Kemper County,

upon completion in May 2014, will be a 582 megawatt lignite-fueled plant that will provide SME with a low-cost fuel source. Lignite is an abundant resource in Mississippi, ensuring a constant fuel supply for the life of the plant. The lignite will be mined onsite, saving money on delivery costs. By-products from the electric generation process will be sold for beneficial use in other industries, providing additional environmental and cost benefits. Furthermore, a recent study completed by SME confirmed an earlier 2010 study that found that owning a portion of the plant will reduce the cost of electricity purchased from Mississippi Power Company as a wholesale customer. The purchase of these facilities ensures the ability of SME, Singing River Electric and the other 10 SME member cooperatives to meet the needs of you and the more than 410,000 meters located across the state for now and into the future.

Above, The projected generation mix of fuels for South Mississippi Electric. SME is a generation and transmission cooperative, headquartered in Hattiesburg, that provides electric energy to Singing River Electric’s 40 substations. SME is responsible for meeting the electricity demands for our members as well as the members of 10 other electric power associations in the state.

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If you are having difficulty cooling your home this summer, inspect your air conditioner's duct system. The duct system, generally located in your attic, distributes conditioned air throughout your home. Energy Star suggests the average U.S. home has 20 percent duct leakage. Leaks in a typical duct system could cause an A/C system to lose as much as half a ton of air conditioning capacity, thus causing your air conditioning system to run more frequently and for longer periods. Another fact to consider, since most duct systems are located in the attic, is that attic temperatures will exceed 100 degrees. Therefore, your A/C system will experience a decrease in efficiency. If your duct system is not insulated, capacity losses are greater. The combination of these two occurrences will result in higher utility bills due to increased kilowatt hours used. To combat both issues, insulate the complete duct system in your attic and seal all joints and connections. For proper inspection of duct work, have a duct blast test done by a certified HERS rater. A more economical method, although less accurate, would be to place your hand on every joint and connection in your duct work and locate and fix air leaks.

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Solar panels line the roof at Grand Bay NERR (main photo). The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center serves as the headquarters for Grand Bay NERR and the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Singing River Electric Serviceman Mark Robichaux (left photo) verifies the voltage output of the solar generator for Grand Bay NERR’s solar power system. SRE crew members install warning labels on transformers (top photo) feeding the facility to alert co-op personnel of the additional solar-power feed.

Singing River Electric and its generation and transmission cooperative, South Mississippi Electric, recently worked with Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Moss Point to energize a 6.7 kW-capacity solar system consisting of 21 panels. Solar energy generated powers part of the reserve’s energy use. Grand Bay NERR is managed by a localstate-federal partnership designed to promote estuarine research and education within Mississippi's coastal zone and adjacent ecosystems. Originally established in 1999, the

property has 18,400 acres in southeast, coastal Mississippi. The facility is LEED Certified and was designed to be a "green" project and achieve a GOLD rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. "The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was originally built with many energyefficient and conservation measures including water and electric," said Singing River Electric Assistant Manager Mike Smith. "This solar project addition adds to efficiencies already in place."

Singing River Electric personnel viewed and discussed each component of the solar system, tested the utility disconnect and applied warning labels to transformers feeding the facility. Labels were applied to alert co-op personnel of the additional solar-power feed. In the first two weeks, the solar power system was estimated to have saved $22 in energy costs. The project is meant to be a teaching tool in the community and is one of three solar projects recently installed and coordinated by the state of Mississippi.



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September memories and outdoor wonders ttempts to live in the past ed a swirl of enthusiasm. That has not are futile. The only viable changed. options have been estabAt some point during all this, my lished: Progression or stag- dad and I would pull out battered sinnation. Still, I gle-barrel shotguns and rumcan’t resist those mage through tattered tan occasionally deep and often game vests. The latter held protracted journeys into remiwhat we hoped was a suffiniscence each year as cient supply of leftover September casts its mystical shells: 20 gauge, No. 6 shot, spell across the landscape and high-brass paper hulls. The through my aging recall. guns received a cursory squirt And not surprisingly, of 3-In-One machine oil. I Mississippi many of those journeys—if can still smell that magic Outdoors not all those journeys—in one elixir, which remains a capaby Tony Kinton way or another relate to the ble cure for most ailments. outdoors. Not exclusively to No trip to the Big Island or hunting or fishing, though these were the Coast of Maine now could produce and are certainly an integral part for me the degree of exhilaration which that and likely anyone else with a similar pedestrian practice of gun cleaning did mindset, but to the outdoors in general. back then. For it was in these alfresco settings that Even during those times of farm my childhood was spent. labor, some of it arduous, the lure of Squirrel season was the most heraldSeptember managed to creep into the ed hunting event in these parts and in crevices of my being, those external those days when I was young. And while crevices soiled and beaded with sweatit did not open in September, that soaked dust and plant debris common to month gave ample cause to begin think- harvest. The internal crevices were far ing about and planning for those more antiseptic, but September reached grandiose adventures that would come and excited them as well. The rustle of soon. The black gum leaves would turn dried and curled corn stalks giving up brown and red then as they do now, and their chubby ears of yellow sustenance some few would rattle to the ground to served as sentinels that stood and shoutrest silently on warm sand along wooded ed: Fall is coming; fall is coming! streams and ditches or among the long And I would be fully remiss should I grasses bordering field-edge roads. These neglect the most delightful work-related leaves were an epiphany, a proclamation outdoor endeavor from those days past. of things to come. They always generatThis one was cotton picking. Hot, tiring, difficult—but delightful just the same. We had our own family fields, but picking them was often a lonely affair, with perhaps only two of us dragging sacks and stuffing them with fluffy


Even with some summer green still showing, the presence of early-fallen black gum leaves announces autumn's sure arrival. Photo: Tony Kinton

white. The one most entrenched in memory was shared by our little community church. We used the field to generate funds that were placed in the offering on one special day each fall we called Harvest Day. Both the cotton picking and Harvest Day were social gatherings much anticipated by all involved. Practically all church members showed up for picking day. The able bodied snatched glowing fibers from fistsized boles; others cooked stew and


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made jugs of iced tea. Sweet, of course! And if you have ever crawled into a truck load of freshly-picked cotton, you know the delight. It is a sensory journey like no other. While the true essence of autumn did not then nor does now arrive in September, there was and is ample warning of its imminent appearance. And with it comes perhaps the most welcomed change known to the South. That is none other than the cessation of oppression handed out by summer’s sinister grip. This begins to relinquish its hold in autumn. Life is quickened, refreshed. Outside is no longer the place to avoid; rather, it is the place that beckons. It is the place to be. September is a reasonable time to enter training for the promises of autumn. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His books, “Outside and Other Reflections,” “Fishing Mississippi” and his new Christian historical romance novel, “Summer Lightning Distant Thunder,” are available in bookstores and from the author at, or P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051.



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‘Feeding the Flock’ Members of Oak Grove Baptist Church will celebrate their 100th year as a church Sept. 30 in the Phoenix community of Yazoo County. To mark the anniversary, the ladies of the church published a commemorative cookbook they call “Feeding the Flock.” The name Phoenix is a reminder of the destruction the area suffered as Union troops marched through on their way to Vicksburg. In 1865, as residents began rebuilding homes burned by the soldiers, they named their community after the mythological bird that rises reborn from its firey nest. In 1912, 38 founding members completed the construction of Oak Grove Baptist Church. The original building was demolished 40 years later to make way for a larger, more modern building to accommodate a growing membership. “Feeding the Flock” offers more than 275 pages of recipes enjoyed by generations of Oak Grove members. Proceeds from sales help support local and international missions. To order, send $20 plus $5 S&H to Oak Grove Baptist Church, c/o Linda Martin, 719 Hebron Church Road, Bentonia, MS 39040. For information call 662-755-2331.

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Frosting: 8 oz. butter 1 cup brown sugar

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Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, combine cake mix, buttermilk, applesauce, oil, eggs, cinnamon and jam. Mix well. Add vanilla and beat again. Pour into prepared pan, either a tube pan or 2 (9-inch) layer pans. Bake in tube pan for 50 minutes, or layer pans about 30 minutes. In a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil the butter and brown sugar. Boil about 2 minutes. Add milk and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and add sifted confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.

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Alice Moseley home St. Louis Bay

Local seafood

By Nancy Jo Maples When “This Property is Condemned” was filmed in Bay St. Louis in the 1960s, camera crews and movie stars rolled into town and lit this lazy place ablaze. Today’s stars aren’t from Hollywood. They live locally and perform dramatic productions at the Little Theater Company named in honor of the film and Tennessee Williams’ play. The town has retained that lazy atmosphere; however, it is ablaze with fabulous art shops, scrumptious restaurants and a lengthy beach that begs to be jogged, walked, bicycled, or cruised in your favorite automobile at 25 miles per hour … or perhaps less. My younger sister and I recently wandered off Interstate 10 looking for lunch. A quick text message to a colleague native to this Hancock County town led us straight to Trapani’s Eatery. The hostess asked whether we wanted an inside or outside table. With skies as blue as Frank Sinatra’s eyes and a vista of the Gulf of Mexico, the decision proved a no-brainer. She sat us on the veranda in green and taupe checkerboard chairs that perfectly match the rest of the restaurant’s new two-story building on Beach Boulevard. Trapani’s opened on this spot in 1994 but Hurricane Katrina blew it away in 2005. Owner Tony Trapani served his seafood and specialties in a temporary location until February 2012 when he reopened on his

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original slab. Tony couldn’t be happier to be back near the breeze. A lifelong resident of Bay St. Louis and a graduate of the town’s male boarding school, St. Stanislaus College Preparatory School, Tony is now a businessman in his hometown. Autographed photos displayed in the upstairs tapas bar show evidence that leaders appreciate his commitment to the community here. “It’s just a great place to live and to raise children. Kids can fish or ride bikes anywhere they want,” he said. “And if you don’t live here, this is a nice place to get away from it all. Bay St. Louis is very relaxing.” He tells us about the two casinos for those who gamble and the Buccaneer State Park for those who like to get close to nature. After stuffing ourselves with a fried green tomato seafood dish and a good ole’ shrimp Po-boy, my sister and I decide to walk off the calories following a brochure guide called “Old Town Bay

St. Louis Historic Walking and Biking Tour.” These free brochures lay abundantly on counters in shops and eateries across town. The guide highlights 24 sights. However, if the weather or your feet cause you to trade the walking tour for a cruising tour, no one will notice or care. Parking is generous enough throughout town to drive a little and walk a little. We enjoyed seeing the home of late folk artist Alice Moseley whose 1915 home and studio was featured in one of her most famous paintings, “The House May be Blue, But the Old Lady Ain’t.” Alice started painting when she was 60 and her work received national acclaim. We ventured across the street from the blue house to the serene Brothers of the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Set underneath ancient oaks, the old burying ground is dedicated to brothers who served at St. Stanislaus College. The college, founded by the brothers in 1854, became St. Stanislaus College Preparatory School in 1923.

“If you don’t live here, this is a nice place to get away from it all. Bay St. Louis is very relaxing.” Tony Trapani

Near the school and facing the Gulf sits the magnificent Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church where visitors are welcomed by the Angel of Light. This striking statue features an angel gazing slightly upward while holding a lighted torch. She is a tribute to volunteers who helped Bay St. Louis residents after Hurricane Katrina’s wrath. The angel isn’t the only welcoming feature. Visitors to the area are invited to The Depot, a two-story former depot for the L&N railroad that now houses the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau. The Depot was part of the movie setting for the filming of “This Property is Condemned” starring Robert Redford and the late Natalie Wood. Lunch and a romp around Bay St. Louis was definitely a good idea. We spot a bed and breakfast called Carroll House, located on Carroll Street, and think it could serve as lodging for a future weekend getaway. It sits only a few blocks from the beach and if we packed bicycles we could feel like locals. Hollywood and hurricanes have come and gone from Bay St. Louis, but the buttermilk white beaches are still here, and I think that sis and I will be back. For more information call the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau at 800-466-9048 or visit www.mswest Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at or on Twitter.



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Events Want more than 400,000 readers to know about your event? Send it to us at least two months prior to the event date. Submissions must include a phone number with area code for publication. Mail to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300; fax to 601-605-8601; or email to Events of statewide interest will be published free of charge as space allows. Event details are subject to change, so we strongly recommend calling to confirm dates and times before traveling. For more events, go to

“Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back,” through Jan. 6, 2013. Robotic dinosaurs. Admission. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Details: 601-576-6000; All 4 Children Consignment, Sept. 5-8, Jackson. Toys, books, shoes, baby gear, furniture, more. Mississippi Trademart. Details: 601-566-7046; Bogue Creek Festival, Sept. 8, Duck Hill. Games, crafts, food, entertainment. The Pecan Grove. Details: 662-565-2563. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Session and Dance, Sept. 9, Biloxi. Admission; 2-5 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. Details: 228-392-4177. Joppa Shriners Steak Night, Sept. 14, Biloxi. Joppa Shrine Temple, 6-8 p.m. Admission. Details: 228-392-9345. Picnic on the Grounds Community Wide Picnic, Sept. 15, Aberdeen. Entertainment by local churches, children’s activities; boxed lunches available. Columbus Street. Details: 800-634-3538.

Downtown Jubilee, Sept. 15, Grenada. Entertainment, Hero Run 5K, arts/crafts, antique car/truck/bike show, children’s activities, swamp tours, climbing wall, more. Historic Square. Details: 800-373-2571; Brandi Perry Signing/Reading, Sept. 15, Canton. The author to sign her novel “Buried Cries,” all day. Union Street Books, Arts on the Square. Also, Oct. 6 at Marion County Heritage Festival, Columbia City Park. Music Barn Camp and Jam, Sept. 16-22, Polkville. Bluegrass, country and gospel music; jamming daily. Free. Music Barn. Details: 601946-0280, 601-955-9182. Lower Delta Talks, Sept. 18, Rolling Fork. “Panther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Delta” by Melody Golding, Howard Brent, Hank Burdine; 6:30 p.m. SharkeyIssaquena County Library. Details: 662-8734076. B&S Consignment Sale, Sept. 19-21, Brookhaven. Children’s, juniors’ and adult clothing, shoes, toys, nursery items, furniture, home decor. Lincoln Civic Center. Details: 601-

303-1466; Gulf Coast Health Educators Charity Golf Tournament, Sept. 20, Gulfport. Registration 11 a.m.; shotgun start 1 p.m.; dinner, awards 5 p.m. Windance Country Club. Details: 228864-1122; 22nd Annual Rice Luncheon, Sept. 21, Cleveland. More than 300 rice dishes; 11 a.m.1 p.m. Admission. Walter Sillers Coliseum, Delta State University. Details: 662-843-8371. 11th Annual Pickin’ at the Lake, Sept. 2122, All-acoustic bluegrass, country, Cajun, gospel music. Bring lawn chairs. Free. Grenada Lake. Details: 662-227-1491, 662-417-7300. Family Fun Day on Main Street, Sept. 22, Lucedale. BBQ cookoff, craft booths, artists, music, dunking booth, more. Downtown. Details: 601-766-0730; Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride, Sept. 22, Clinton. Begins 7:30 a.m. at Baptist Healthplex-Clinton, continues on Natchez Trace Parkway. Details: 601-974-6289; Jag Day, Sept. 22, Southaven. Silent auctions, percussion playground, Moonbounces, Battle of the Bands, more. DeSoto Central High School. Details: 662-536-3612; Cruzin for a Cure, Sept. 22, Star. Raffles, children’s activities, food, car/truck/bike show. Spectators free. Star Baptist Church. Details: 601-842-7947; Cedar Hill Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Sept. 27 - Nov. 3, Hernando. Petting zoo, pony rides, hay fort, pumpkins, Country Store, more. Admission. Details: 662-4292540; Historic Rose Hill Costumed Cemetery Tour, Sept. 29, Meridian. Costumed portrayals of persons buried mid-1800s-1930s; 6 p.m. Details: 601-681-8525, 601-482-9752.

25th Annual Mississippi Pecan Festival, Sept. 29-30, Richton. Crafts, living history homestead, mule pull, antique engine show, draft horse demos, bluegrass music, more. Admission. Wingate Road. Details: 601-9648201; Smith County Cruisers Car and Truck Show, Sept. 29, Forest. Drive Max Auto Center and Mid State Auto. Details: 601-4057685; Revelations Quartet 31st Anniversary Southern Gospel Singing, Sept. 29, Hattiesburg. Featuring Gold City; 6 p.m. Admission. Saenger Theater. Details: 601-2148017, 601-672-1500;, Highway 61 Blues Festival, Sept. 29-30, Leland. Live music, Holly Ridge Jam, other events. Admission. Buster Morlino Community Center. Details: 662-334-2711, 870-572-5223; Natchez Gun Show, Sept. 29-30, Natchez. Admission. Natchez Convention Center. Details: 601-498-4235; Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 29-Nov. 4, Silver Creek. Wagon rides, zipline, pony rides, paddle boats, petting zoo, waterfowl park, hamster tube, hay pyramid, more. Admission. Swan Creek Farms & Waterfowl Park. Details: 601-587-7114; Nichols-Boyd Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 1-31, Brandon. Hayrides, corn maze, playground, retail area, farm animals, more. Highway 43 N. Details: 601-829-0800; Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Oct. 1-Nov 4, Collins. Admission. Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze. Details: 601-606-0762; Wayne County Fair, Oct. 2-6, Waynesboro.

October 5-6, 2012

25th Annual

MS Pecan Festival 40th Annual

Sept. 28, 29 & 30 2012 Richton, MS Admission $10.00 (Children under 4 Free)

Carthage Arts & Crafts Festival Friday, October 5 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Nightly events include gospel singing and cheerleading competition. Admission. Fairgrounds. Details: 601-410-1950. Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, Oct. 5-6, Starkville. Equipment manufacturers operate logging equipment in actual field conditions. John Starr Memorial Forest. Details: 662-325-2191; Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Oct. 5-6, Crystal Springs. Educational exhibits, yard/garden seminars, tours, plant sale and 3-acre vegetable, herb and flower garden. Free. Truck Crops Experiment Station. Details: 601-8923731; 14th Biennial Fiber Art & Quilt Show, Oct. 5-7, Hattiesburg. Quilt exhibit with some 400 entries. Vendors, demonstrations, more. Admission. Lake Terrace Convention Center. Details: 34th Annual Oktoberfest, Oct. 6, Hattiesburg. German food, delicatessen, quilt raffle, silent auction, crafts, band. St. John Lutheran Church. Details: 601-583-4898; 32nd Fall Fest, Oct. 6, Osyka. Craft/food booths, contests, entertainment. Details: 985229-8053 or 601-542-5106, after 6 p.m. Laurel Gun Show, Oct. 6-7, Laurel. Admission. Fairgrounds. Details: 601-4984235; Grasshoppers Family Fun Center Grand Opening, Oct. 6, Picayune. Grass maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, gem mine, goat walk castle, more. Admission. Details: 228697-1871;

35th Annual Zonta Club Arts and Crafts Festival, Oct. 6, Pascagoula. Food, exhibits, entertainment, children’s activities, car show, shuttle bus service. Downtown Plaza. Details: 228-229-9908; Mississippi Peanut Festival, Oct. 6, Collins. Pumpkin patch, maze, wagon rides, log home tours, sunflower fields, more. Admission. Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze. Details: 601-606-0762; Third Annual October Fest, Oct. 6, Vancleave. Food, gospel singers, yard sale items, baked goods, silent auction, children’s activities. Community of Christ. Details: 228826-5171, 228-826-3358. Laurel Gun Show, Oct. 6-7, Laurel. Door prizes, concessions. Admission. Fairgrounds. Details: 601-498-4235; Cruisin’ the Coast, Oct. 7-14, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Ocean Springs. Antique, classic, hot rod vehicles. Details: 888808-1188; Tony Kinton Signing/Reading, Oct. 11, Pontotoc. Author reads from novel “Summer Lightning Distant Thunder”; noon-1 p.m. Pontotoc County Library. Details: 662-4893960; 16th Annual Biloxi Auction, Oct. 12-13, Biloxi. Auction of more than 400 classic, muscle cars; 10 a.m. Admission. Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Details: 504-875-3563; Bukka White Blues Festival, Oct. 12-13, Aberdeen. Blues music on banks of Tenn-Tom,

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Ribs on the River Cookoff, pet costume parade, arts/crafts, petting zoo, food. Details: 662369-9440; Dark Zone Haunted House, Oct. 12-13, 1920, 26-27, Brandon. Crossgates Exchange Club benefit; 7-10 p.m. Not recommended for 5 years and under. Admission. Frank Bridges socceer fields. Mississippi Opry Fall Show, Oct. 13, Pearl. Harmony & Grits and other gospel/bluegrass musicians; 6 p.m. Admission. Pearl Community Room. Details: 601-331-6672. Third Annual Mississippi ARTeast Festival, Oct. 13, Hattiesburg. Potters, photographers, honey makers, soap/perfume artists, jewelers, authors, glass blowers, fiber artists, more. Free. Meador Homestead Cabin. Details: 601-268-3236; French Camp Harvest Festival, Oct. 13, French Camp. Auction of handcrafted/homegrown items, sorghum syrup making, musicians, craftsment, horse rides, dinner on the grounds, more. Free. French Camp Academy. Details: 662-547-6482; The Sounds of Bluegrass Concert, Oct. 13, Philadelphia. Delta Reign, Bill & Temperance, Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers; 6:30

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p.m. Admission. Ellis Theater. Details: 601656-9838. Day in the Park, Oct. 13, various locations. Pat Harrison Waterway District 50th anniversay celebrations. Free. Flint Creek Resevoir, Wiggins; Little Black Creek Reservoir, Lumberton; Big Creek 10 Reservoir, Laurel; Dry Creek Reservoir, Mt. Olive; Maynor Creek Reservoir, Waynesboro. Details: 601-2645951, 800-748-9618.

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Candid photos Share a memorable moment in our next Picture This theme, “Gotcha— Great Moments in Candid Photos.” Photos selected for publication will appear in the October issue of Today in Mississippi. Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Sept. 17. Photographers whose work is selected for publication will be entered in a drawing for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in December.

Requirements • Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer (of any age). • Photos eligible for publication may be either color or black and white, print or digital. • Photos must be in sharp focus. • Digital photos should be high-resolution JPG files. Please do not use photo-editing software to adjust colors or tones. (We prefer to do it ourselves, if necessary, according to our printer’s standards.) • Please do not send a photo with a date on the image.


• Photos must be accompanied by identifying information, including photographer’s name, address, phone and electric power association (if applicable). Include the name(s) of any recognizable people in the picture. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail, so please do not send irreplaceable photos.

How to submit your work Mail prints or a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Email photos (as an attachment to your email message) to If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to only one e-mail message, if possible. Questions? Call Debbie Stringer, editor, at 601-605-8600 or email questions to

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