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Vol. 65 No.10 OCTOBER 2012

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Mike Simpson Co-Op Editor

Diane Hale 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.

4 AMI Update CMI Services is in the process of changing all meters in the SMEC service area.

Alabama Rural Electric Association

AREA President Fred Braswell Editor Lenore Vickrey Managing Editor Melissa Henninger Creative Director Mark Stephenson Art Director Michael Cornelison Advertising Director Adam Freeman

12 Alabama post offices and Depression-era art Many Alabama post offices benefited from a federal program that aimed to put artists back to work during the Depression. Writer Marilyn Jones details some of the stories behind those post office murals that can still be seen.

ON THE COVER: Detail of the 1938 mural created for the Ft. Payne Post Office, part of New Deal-era artwork designed for many post offices statewide. Photo BY: Michael Cornelison

Advertising Coordinator Brooke Davis Recipe Editor Mary Tyler Spivey ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL OFFICES:

340 TechnaCenter Drive Montgomery, Alabama 36117-6031 1-800-410-2737 E-mail: advertising@areapower.com www.areapower.coop NATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE:

National Country Market 611 South Congress Ave., Suite 504 Austin, Texas 78704 1-800-626-1181 www.nationalcountrymarket.com www.alabamaliving.coop USPS 029-920 • ISSN 1047-0311

22 The hunt is on

John Felsher takes an in-depth look at quail hunting in the state.

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Spotlight 10 Power Pack 26 Alabama Gardens 28 Worth the Drive 30 Alabama Outdoors 31 Fish&Game Forecast 32 Cook of the Month 36 Consumer Wise 46 Alabama Snapshots 9

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