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recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is good news for all electric cooperative members in America,

including you. The EPA’s plan is an incredibly complex scheme that could endanger the reliable electric service you now enjoy. And despite claims from the EPA, aspects of this plan would undoubtedly increase your monthly electric bills. Part of the cost increases would come from prematurely shutting down coalfired power plants that are in good working condition. In my column last month, I explained how electric power associations and their members work together to represent members’ interests at all levels of government. Over the past two years, your electric power association and other electric cooperatives across the country have been urging the EPA to step back and develop a plan that is more achievable and affordable than the Clean Power Plan. Jeffrey Conner, interim CEO of the National Electric Cooperative Association, called the current plan a “huge overreach of EPA’s legal authority” that threatens cooperatives’ ability to provide affordable and reliable electricity. Electric cooperative members and advocates across the country came together in a grassroots effort to let the EPA know of their objections to these rules. Together they submitted more than 1.2 million comments to the EPA. The EPA charged ahead anyway and finalized the plan, only to eventually hit a legal brick wall with this recent Supreme Court ruling to halt its implementation. A decision in this case may come later this year or in early 2017. Grassroots efforts that unite electric cooperative advocates in protesting harmful legislation and regulation have effectively served electric power association members throughout our history. It was, after

On the cover Coast Electric Power Association member Ruth Miller creates jaw-dropping, hand-embroidered tapestry portraits at her home in Hancock County. Each of her life-size tapestries involves thousands of hand stitches and months of work, including “Our Lady of Unassailable Well-being” (inset photo). Read more about the artist on page 4.

all, a rural grassroots effort that created electric power associations: Farmers wanted electric service they could obtain no other way than by forming their own electric cooperatives. Even now, more than 80 years later, electric cooperatives and their members are a powerful force in protectMy Opinion ing the affordability and Michael Callahan reliability of their electric Executive Vice President/CEO service. Just last year, for Electric Power Associations example, electric cooperaof Mississippi tives’ grassroots efforts addressed monopoly pricing by railroads, cybersecurity, solutions to protect wildlife and energy efficiency. Our grassroots work on your behalf will never go out of style. Mississippi’s 26 electric power associations, their directors, staff and members are to be commended in working together to make sure your voice is heard by elected officials. As I explained last month, it is up to us to inform them when their legislative proposals may impact your electric service. They listen, too, especially when you take part in the process by writing or talking with those who represent your area of Mississippi. We can help with that. You can find the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi 2016 Legislative App and our 2016 Legislative Roster at www.epaofms.com. Click on Government Relations and then General Information to reach both of these helpful free products. To learn more about electric cooperatives’ grassroots efforts on the national level, visit the Cooperative Action Network website at Action.coop.

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Mississippi is I am from New Jersey. We moved to Tennessee in 1992 due to job relocations, and then to Mississippi in 2005. I read this column every time Today in Mississippi comes, and I thought this would be a different perspective than usual, as most of the stories are from life long residents of Mississippi. So, here goes! It is February and I am out working in the garden in a long-sleeve shirt! I can actually dig a hole to transplant things. I have a horse! Never would have happened in New Jersey, too expensive. I have fox hunted my horse in Como, Blue Mountain and the Holly Springs area. Beautiful country to ride in! I love the rest stop on Route 78 when you come in from Alabama. Very pretty and the attendants are super nice. I miss the crashing, big waves of the Atlantic Ocean, but this fall we went to Ocean Springs, Miss., and what a wonderful town that is! I will always be homesick for where I was born and lived for almost 40 years, but my children and grandchildren are here, so I will continue to explore Mississippi and enjoy life! Oh, and fried peach pies with a little powdered sugar are incredible! —Sue Enright, Olive Branch

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Uncommon Threads Ruth Miller employs simple stitches to create complex embroidered portraits A detail from Miller’s latest work, “Congregants,” shows the surprising number of yarn colors she uses in flesh tones.

By Debbie Stringer Upon seeing artist Ruth Miller’s portraits for the first time, you may be surprised: There is not one drop of paint in her work—just thousands upon thousands of hand stitches in hundreds of colors. Guided by an extraordinary sense of color and tonal values, she embroiders tapestries with such realism, some viewers can’t believe their eyes. “They don’t believe it’s embroidered. They want to touch it,” said Miller, a member of Coast Electric Power Association. Her subjects are everyday folks, friends and relatives. Some are picRuth Miller tured in settings that tell a story. Dancers apply make-up in a back-stage dressing room and a young man closes his eyes while a phone-talking stylist works on his long hair. In a piece she calls “The Evocation and Capture of Aphrodite,” a reference to the mythological Greek goddess of love and beauty, Miller depicts her granddaughter posing for a selfie in a mirror.

Working from a drawing based on a photograph she has made of her subject, right, Ruth Miller begins stitching a portrait tapestry. In this piece, she begins with the subject’s left eye. A small detail of her first tapestry, “Flower,” above, shows her characteristic use of a rich variety of yarn colors and stitch directions.

“All the young girls are always in the mirror, trying to find the beauty in themselves,” she said. Motifs inspired by embroidered Kuba cloth from Zaire drift across the tapestry, evidence of her interest in African fiber art traditions. Miller learned to sew and embroider from her mother and two aunts, who lived in Meridian. Her mother made sure her three children’s education included a broad range of cultural experiences, from musical instruments to museum visits. Young Ruth was a shy child who aspired to become an artist as she studied drawing and painting at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. “I really felt I was a terrible painter but I learned to draw well,” she said. Embroidered tapestries became her alternative to painting. Her first effort was a life-size full-length portrait in wool yarn that took 19 months to complete. Miller returned to Mississippi in 2009, settling into the Hancock County home she renovated to include a studio. “I really came here just to work,” she said. “I wanted to be able to work at the art without having to

have a job, so that I wouldn’t have to interrupt the process.” Hers is a slow, meditative process that can require more than a year to complete a tapestry, depending on its size and the degree of realism. She works in the spacious studio at her home, sometimes listening to audiobooks while she stitches. Large windows on three walls admit the natural light she needs for her extremely detailed work. Stacks of plastic boxes hold her vast collection of Paternayan tapestry wool yarns in most every conceivable color. Miller composes tapestries based on the drawings she makes from photographs of her subjects. She transfers the basic outlines to a linen or other fabric foundation, scaling the size to suit the composition. Despite careful planning, the outcome is never certain. Miller edits as she works, ripping out stitches and stitching on top of stitches to get the effects she wants. She may apply up to three layers of stitching to render facial features, hair and clothing as convincingly as possible. “You really don’t have any idea in the beginning what it’s going to look like in the end,” Miller said. Traditional hand embroidery, such as crewel work, is made up of elaborate multistitch patterns. Miller prefers to use simple straight stitches in varying lengths, which resemble tiny brush marks. “I like all those traditional embroidery stitches, but I wanted the stitching to take a back seat to the storytelling,” Miller said. The direction of each stitch contributes to the realism of the image. Miller carefully places each stitch in


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A granddaughter poses for a selfie in Miller’s tapestry “The Evocation and Capture of Aphrodite,” a reference to the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Her portrait of a man, right, demonstrates Miller’s skill at realistically depicting hair and skin tones, lighting and fabric folds. See these works in their entirety in the online gallery at ruthmillerembroidery.com.

order to replicate the contours of the face, hair, body and clothing. In a portrait of a young man wearing a blue pullover, Miller enjoyed the challenge of placing the blue stitches “so that you can get a sense of a solid man in there.” Possibly the most astonishing aspect of her portraits is the wide range of yarn colors she uses to create realistic skin tones. The complexion of one African American woman, for example, is stitched with yellow, aqua, lime green, orange, red, pink, blue, lavender and purple—and other colors. The colors are not chosen arbitrarily; these are the actual hues Miller sees in the reference photos of her subjects. When viewed from a distance, the colors merge into natural-looking flesh tones. Miller’s tapestries have been exhibited from Kiln to New York City. Her latest portrait, “Congregants,” won Best in Show at “Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art,” an exhibit held last summer at a gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also a teaching artist. Last summer, she taught her tapestry methods at the Tougaloo Art Colony, an annual week-long event at Tougaloo College in Jackson. These days, however, she prefers to teach in her home and welcomes groups interested in booking a class in tapestry embroidery. She teaches all phases of her process, from concept to drawing to stitching. She enjoys sharing what she has learned—and is still learning—about the art of embroidering portrait tapestries. “With each piece I’m learning something new about how to see, as well as how to replicate it,” Miller said.

“You really don’t have any idea in the beginning what it’s going to look like in the end.” –Ruth Miller

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long to find the heavy treasure box. But it was buried in some boggy ground and every time they jarred it, the box would just sink deeper. The more it was jarred the farther it sank. So the hole had to be enlarged to try to get it. And then the same thing would happen all over again until over the years the Gold Hole grew to be massive. Twenty or so years ago when I did my TV story, former Roxie mayor Whitehead told me that the digging in the Gold Hole was an endless source of entertainment for a long time in Franklin County. The road to the hole was packed daily with people wanting to see it. Where did the gold come from? One story says Natchez Trace robbers buried their loot there. Others say it was train bandits. One version says it was pirate Jean Lafitte’s gold sent with Andrew Jackson to finance Jackson’s trip back to Tennessee after the Battle of New Orleans.

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Did they ever find the gold? Some believe yes, others, no. Some think it’s still in the bottom of the Gold Hole under all that water. And a bunch of people doubt there ever was a treasure to begin with. But to me the hole itself ought to be proof of something. I mean, people don’t go digging the Grand Canyon in their backyard because they have nothing better to do. Lots of time and lots and lots of money were poured into that hole. Today, the Gold Hole is just a huge quiet pond, over 500 feet across and no telling how deep, situated on private property off Gold Hole Road north of Roxie. There are rumors of rattlesnakes and sink holes around it, so don’t try to slip through the fence to get a peek. Besides, if you’ve seen any old farm pond you’ve seen it. And even if gold was never found or was never there to begin with, the Gold Hole itself is a monument to dreams and fantasies. Or to gullibility and greed. Or to all of the above. It seems to take it all to make the world go round, or at least to make a good story. 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.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.


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Miss. Medallion winners are good garden choices s gardeners across the state are starting spring planting, I want to urge everyone to consider the plants selected as Mississippi Medallion winners for 2016: Serenita Angelonia, muscadine, rosemary, Drift roses and Cherokee Purple tomato. Angelonia, also called summer snapdragon, is a favorite in any Mississippi summer garden. Serenita Angelonia is a selection that is sure to delight, with its blue, blush and white colors. These tough but elegant plants bring long-lasting color with very little maintenance. They create a soothing sea of soft color in the landscape. Serenita Angelonias are heat tolerant and grow 12-14 inches tall and wide. Muscadines are grapes that grow well in the heat and high humidity of Mississippi. In late summer, they reward gardeners with their sweet, fruity flavors. Plant muscadines from November through February. I suggest these muscadine varieties: Carlos, which has high yields of bronze-

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Drift roses, such as these pink and red selections, left, are lower-growing landscape roses that work great in small spaces, borders and even containers. Serenita Angelonia, center, are tough but elegant plants that bring long-lasting color with very little maintenance. Rosemary, right, is an aromatic herb that is a favorite for cooking. It thrives on neglect, and when planted by paths or steps, it releases its sweet scent at the slightest touch. Photos: MSU Extension/Gary Bachman

skinned, medium-sized fruit; Doreen, which has medium-sized, bronzeskinned fruit; and Noble, which has purple fruit. All are excellent for juice, wine and jelly. Rosemary is an aromatic herb with leaves that typically are dark green with silvery undersides. A favorite herb for cooking, its sweet aroma makes the kitchen an inviting place. But rosemary can sometimes be tough to grow, so my advice is to plant it and leave it alone; it thrives on neglect. Just be sure that there is good drainage and that the plant receives full sun for at least six hours each day. Plant rosemary by paths or steps where the slightest touch will release the sweet scent. There are many upright growing varieties, but I love trailing rosemary growing in a hanging basket outside my back door. The Drift rose is a group of lower-

growing landscape roses that work great in small spaces, borders and even containers. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, coral, red, white, peach and apricot, and they will fit into almost any design scheme. For the best landscape growth and performance, plant Drift roses in locations receiving full sun for at least six hours each day. Southern These roses grow Gardening to 2 or 3 feet tall by Dr. Gary Bachman and have a 4-foot spread, so be sure to space them a minimum of 3 feet apart. Plant Drift roses in well-drained beds with a slightly acid pH in the range of 6.0 to 6.5.

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Workshops begin Friday at 9 a.m. and continue Saturday morning. • Blacksmith • Natural horsemanship • Canning on the farm by Advance Equine Training • Growing grapes in the south • Alpaca weaving projects • Amish bread-making class • Quilting classes • Old-time biscuit making Registration and fee are required for the classes. Contact us at 601-964-8222 or fulmersgeneral@gmail.com for more information. Visit: www.fulmershomesteadersgathering.com

The horsedrawn auction will be held on Saturday. Find deals on plows, discs, mowers, hay rakes, wagons, buggies, cultivators, harnesses, antiques, farm collectibles, and much more. Sale handled by Holden Brothers Auction-MS License #995

Cherokee Purple tomato also has been selected as a Medallion winner for our Mississippi gardens. This is a popular heirloom tomato that is thought to have been grown by the Cherokee tribe in North Carolina. It’s known for its purplish color and a rich taste that makes a great tomato sandwich. I have grown Cherokee Purple in my garden for almost 10 years, and it is a good producer every year. You will need to trellis or cage this plant, as it is a vigorous indeterminate grower. The fruit start maturing in my Ocean Springs garden around mid-June. Your patience will be rewarded. The Mississippi Medallion program was established in 1996 by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association to increase awareness of plant materials and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in Mississippi. Compared to national campaigns such as All-American Selections and Perennial Plant of the Year, the Mississippi Medallion program focuses on plants adapted to the environment in Mississippi to benefit both consumers and the green industry. Visit www.msucares.com for information on past Mississippi Medallion winners.

Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs.


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Pascagoula River Audubon Center By Nancy Jo Maples The Pascagoula River Audubon Center serves as an epicenter to a national natural treasure, the river from which it derived its name. Perfectly situated in the midst of the Mississippi Flyway and other ecotourism sites, the center offers sites and activities for all ages to learn more about the area’s estuary interactions. The center’s new $2.3 million facility opened last October and is expected to draw 8,000 to 10,000 visitors per year. With an eye toward conservation and economic development, the center focuses on one of the community’s greatest natural assets—the Pascagoula River and its surrounding basin. “The river basin supports 75 reptile species, 75 mammal species and 327 bird species,” Pascagoula River Audubon Center Director Mark LaSalle said. “People will come here to see the biodiversity.” The Pascagoula River is the last large unimpeded free-flowing river in the contiguous United States. It is considered a large river based on its annual rate of discharge into the Mississippi Sound at 430 cubic meters per second. The “Singing River,” as it is sometimes

called, flows 82 miles from Merrill where it forms via the confluence of the Chickasawhay and Leaf rivers. It has no controls, no dams and no locks. “Because it’s free-flowing, the biodiversity is high. If the water flow were to be changed or if the habitat were to be altered, its value would change,” LaSalle said. The center lies within the Mississippi Flyway, the migratory route of more than 300 birds that fly from their breeding grounds in Canada and the northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America. An epicenter for promoting nature-based tourism, the center is one of 16 stations along the Pascagoula River Blueway, a six-hour water trail, and is one of 44 destinations on the Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center’s first location opened in 2006 about three miles away. The newly opened center, a 5,000-square-foot elevated cypress structure, is located on 10 woodland acres on Rhodes Bayou. Easily accessible for senior citizens and disabled visitors, it houses the Pascagoula River Room and the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery.

Inside the Pascagoula River Room are with plants native to the Pascagoula tanks with turtles and snakes, aquariums River,” LaSalle said. McCoy’s Swamp and River Tours with fish and water creatures, and interoffers guided boat trips from the center. active displays for education and awareThe 22-passenger boat leaves twice daily ness about the river. March through December and gives twiThe Moss Point Fine Art Gallery light tours from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on doubles as an exhibit hall for nature Friday nights during summer months. artists to exhibit their artwork and as a Boat tours are $28 for adults and $18 meeting room for programming and for children ages 12 and under. Senior events. It can be rented for private parties, wedding receptions and public forums. The grounds feature a children’s nature playground, a humVisitors to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, top, try out interactive educational displays. The 5,000-square-foot center, above, is located on 10 woodland acres. Photos: Bill Colgin mingbird and butterand military discounts are available. fly garden, a historic Boy Scouts of Admission to the center costs $8 for America hut, blinds for bird watching adults and $5 for children. Center memand a kayak launch area. Boardwalks berships are $35 per year for individuals create paths across marshes and a pier and $65 per year for families. Yearly extends toward the bayou. Observation memberships provide free admission decks and nature paths are abundant. Continued on page 15 “The entire site is a botanical garden


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Where our members have the power This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Communicators: Melissa Russo and April Lollar For Today in Mississippi information, call 877-7MY-CEPA (877-769-2372) www.coastepa.com

CEO’s message

Cooperatives support legislation As a not-for-profit cooperative, Coast Electric promises the members we serve that we will provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost. There are a number of ways we do this from carefully monitoring our expenses to protecting you from unnecessary and costly regulations. Recently, we asked you through our electronic communications channels to help us support legislation in the Mississippi Senate and House that would modernize language in the Electric Power Associations Act to help protect co-op members throughout the state from unnecessary regulations and higher costs. Robert J. Occhi President and CEO

I would like to thank all of those who took time to email or call their elected officials to support our bill. Your legislators heard you and the bills are going through the next steps now. As a locally operated, not-for-profit cooperative that is owned by those we serve, we rely on your support. Grassroots efforts such as this are the backbone of the cooperative way. When your voices rise together, people take notice. When we work together it helps ensure better policies and outcomes for the people of South Mississippi. Since we are talking about political action, I would like to encourage you all to stay informed about upcoming elections and exercise your right to vote. As citizens of the United States, we have the awesome privilege

of being able to have a voice in our country’s government by voting for those who represent us. As a cooperative member, you have a unique perspective. If you don’t use your privilege to vote, you won’t be able to express that perspective. We want all of our members to exercise their right. Take a few minutes to visit vote.coop to register to vote, learn election deadlines and find out more about candidates. As the CEO of this cooperative, I believe it is my duty to be an advocate for you in our local, state and national government and make sure your interests are protected. As a cooperative member, I hope you will see it as your duty to continue to be part of grassroots efforts that could affect your quality and cost of service.

“As the CEO of this cooperative, I believe it is my duty to be an advocate for you in our local, state and national government and make sure your interests are protected.” - Robert J. Occhi


Co-ops launch non-partisan voter engagement program March 2016

By Justin LaBerge America’s electric cooperatives have launched a nonpartisan, nationwide effort to promote civic engagement and voter participation in the communities they serve. Jeffrey Connor, interim CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, unveiled the Co-ops Vote program at the association’s 74th annual meeting. “Through Co-ops Vote, we want to help our members know when elections are, what’s at stake and how to make their voices heard,” Connor said. “Who folks vote for isn’t really as important as the fact that they do vote.” The Co-ops Vote initiative will focus on eight issues that are important to health and prosperity of communities served by electric cooperatives: • Rural Broadband Access • Hiring and Honoring Veterans • Low-Income Energy Assistance • Cybersecurity • Water Regulation • Rural Health Care Access • Affordable and Reliable Energy • Renewable Energy “Electric cooperatives are perfectly designed to help address these important issues,” Connor said. “We can make politics ‘local’ again because civic engagement is part of our DNA.” A new website, vote.coop, offers co-op members information on the voter registration process in their

state, dates of elections, information on the candidates running in those elections, and explanations of the eight key issues the campaign aims to address. In keeping with its non-partisan goals, the initiative will not be endorsing specific candidates for office. Coast Electric President and CEO Bob Occhi said the program would help ensure the voices of rural Americans are heard. “We want to make sure our government knows that rural America matters,” Occhi said. “This campaign isn’t about divisive, partisan issues. It’s about real people in real places facing real challenges. It’s about our co-ops living out the principles of our movement: Concern for community and democratic control.” Connor cited partisan gridlock in Washington, the explosive growth of money in politics and the effects of gerrymandering as important reasons for launching the program. In 2014, 318 of 435 House races had a margin of victory of 20 points or more, and 30 House candidates – 16 Democrats and 14 Republicans representing 11 states – didn’t even face an opponent in the general election. “Elections aren’t won and lost in November anymore,” Connor said. “They’re really decided in primaries months sooner, when fewer voters recognize the opportunity to vote, fewer participate and only a handful of issues are up for debate.” This results in a Congress where more members represent the extremes of each political party and are less inclined to seek compromise and bipartisan solutions to

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problems. “The electric cooperative movement has always been non-partisan, and our communities are facing too many challenges to have a government crippled by bickering,” Coleman said. “When our parents and grandparents set out to electrify rural America, they didn’t have time to ask the person next to them about their views on economic or social policy. Their economic policy was ‘we need to save this community’ and their social policy was ‘let’s do it together.’ I hope the Co-ops Vote program can help rekindle that spirit of cooperation.” For more information about Co-ops Vote and the impact of these eight key issues on the people of South Mississippi, visit vote.coop. Justin LaBerge writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.


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HOW TO CLEAN REFRIGERATOR COILS

… and why it matters!

This month’s question is answered by Senior Residential Energy Management Specialist, Scott White.

To see these and other helpful tips to help you save energy and lower your electric bill, visit www.coastepa.com or give one of our Residential Energy Representatives a call for more information:

Is there something I can do while I am doing my spring cleaning that might help my appliances run more efficiently?

Your refrigerator is one of the largest, most-used appliances in your home. It requires only minimal maintenance – just simple cleaning of the condenser coils, which disperse heat. If the coils are covered with dust, gunk or pet hair, they cannot diffuse the heat properly and will not run efficiently. A bigger problem can result if the compressor burns out from having to run constantly because of the grimy coating. This can be an expensive problem. The bottom line? A minor investment in time once a year can save you cold cash down the line.

1. Locate the refrigerator’s coil, a grid-like structure, or fan that will likely have a covering or grate protecting it. The coil is usually concealed behind the front toe kick or in the back. Some newer models have internal coils, so if you don’t find them in the front or back, this may be the case with your fridge. 2. If the coil is in the back, slide the refrigerator away from the wall, removing the plug from the electrical outlet. You may also need to disconnect the line to the water dispenser or icemaker to allow enough room to work. 3. Gently vacuum and clean the coil. Using the brush or crevice attachment, carefully vacuum the dust and dirt wherever you see it. If you have pulled the fridge out, vacuum and wipe down the sides and back of the fridge and the floor. 4. Once the floor is dry, plug in the refrigerator and rearrange the power cord and supply lines so they don’t get a kink or stuck under the weight of the refrigerator. Slide the refrigerator back into place. Be sure to replace the toe kick panel if this was removed.

Don’t forget our first energy fairs of the year at our Biloxi and Gulfport offices this month! Come visit our energy efficiency experts to see how you can save on energy costs in your home. 2016 Energy Fair Dates and Locations All energy fairs will be begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Biloxi Energy Fair Gulfport Energy Fair Bay St. Louis Energy Fair Picayune Energy Fair Poplarville Energy Fair

Coast Electric Office on Cedar Lake Rd. Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 49 Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 90 Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 11 Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 53

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Improved

You have the power to control your electric bill!

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Mark your calendars! TOU summer hours begin April 1 If you are a member who is taking advantage of our energy and money-saving Time of Use (TOU) rate plan, remember that the summer period begins April 1. If you have water heater timers, pool pump timers or programmable thermostats, make sure you change the settings to reflect the summer hours. If you have not taken advantage of our TOU rate plan, what are you waiting for? The plan comes with a six-month guarantee, so if you

don’t save, you haven’t lost a penny. That’s a great deal!

Summer TOU Hours (April ‐ October)

On‐Peak Times:

Coastepa.com has a great tool that allows you to look at all of the costs that make up your monthly bill. Our rate calculators explain and break down all of your monthly costs while allowing you to compare, for example, our standard rate and our Time of Use rate to see if you could benefit from making a switch. Until now, these calculators have not been functional on all mobile devices, but now they are!

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3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday‐Friday

“Calculate my bill”

Off‐Peak Times: All other times including all day Saturday and Sunday

link under the Quick Links heading. The calculator is interactive and easy to use. Now, understanding your bill is just a click away!

Daylight saving time begins March 13 For more information on the TOU rate plan, please visit: http://www.coastepa.com/myHome/timeOfUseRates.aspx.

Change your clocks; change your batteries

The second Sunday in March will trigger daylight saving time, when we “spring ahead” and set our clocks one hour later. That’s also the best day to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors–even if the batteries aren’t dead. If you don’t have fire alarms and CO detectors, your family is at risk. The alarms will loudly warn you if smoke or gas is present in your home–so you can get out. Carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that is deadly but hard to detect. If you don’t have an alarm, it’s unlikely you will know if your home has a CO leak. Carbon monoxide doesn’t come just from cars. Your gas furnace or stove is a potential source of the gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these tips for poison prevention: • Keep gas appliances properly adjusted. • Use electric space heaters, not gas space heaters.

• Install an exhast fan, vented to the outdoors, over a gas stove. • Open flues when wood-burning fireplaces are in use. • Choose properly sized wood stoves with tight-fitting doors that are certified to meet EPA emission standards. • Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune up your central heating system–including furnaces, flues and chimneys–annually. Repair leaks promptly. • Do not idle your car inside the garage.


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Second Annual

Coast Electric IT Director retires

Glow Run set for June 18 Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18, for Coast Electric’s second annual Glow Run! This exciting event features a one-mile fun run for kids and a 5K for adults and children alike. Last year was Coast Electric’s first ever Glow Run and hundreds of runners participated in the event, raising thousands of dollars for the

American Cancer Society. The event was a huge success, but we also learned a lot about how we can improve the race and give runners a better experience. You asked and we listened! For this year’s event you can expect:

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Coast Electric IT Director Tom Moore recently retired after nearly 17 years of service to the cooperative and its members. Moore saw Coast Electric’s IT department through major technological advances through the years. His work ensures the company’s systems operate more effectively and keep members’ information safe. Congratulations to Tom on his retirement. We thank him for his service in advancing technology for Coast Electric and its members.

Your member benefits

Mobile App Did you know that when you receive electric service from Coast Electric, you aren’t just a customer but a member and owner of the cooperative? With co-op membership comes certain benefits. One of those benefits is having a staff of professionals at the co-op who always work to improve your experience. One of the ways we can improve your experience is by giving you the ability to access your account, pay your bill, view your use, report an outage and view our outage map all from the palm of your hand. Our CE on the Go mobile app for Android and Apple devices is free and keeps you connected to your cooperative. It is easy to use and brings you the peace of mind when reporting outages. Want to download our app?

We hope you will join us again to light up the night! Remember, all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!

Just search for CE on the Go on Google Play and the App Store.


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Enjoy springtime with energy savings

After a mostly mild winter, the weather is beginning to improve even more. Put the mild temperatures to work for your energy bill.

Here are 10 easy ways to save energy this spring:

10 easy ways to save energy this spring

1. Hire a heating and air conditioning professional to check out your air conditioning system and window units. Annual spring maintenance can keep your air conditioner running smoothly and catch any problems before they arise. Ask the professional to change or clean the filters while he’s there. 2. Open the windows. As soon as it’s warm enough to feel comfortable indoors without heat, turn the heat off and invite the warm, outdoor air inside. The natural breezes will freshen a stuffy house that’s been closed up all winter. And keeping the heat and air conditioner turned off for a few weeks–or longer–will help you save on energy cost. 3. Let the sunshine in. Throw open the drapes or blinds during the day to let bright, warm sunrays into your rooms on mild days.

Then, turn off the lights and the heat. When summer arrives, close those drapes during the day to keep the sun from overheating your house. 4. If you have a programmable thermostat, use it to its potential. Set it to automatically lower the heat before everyone leaves the house in the morning and again when the family turns in for the night. Once air-conditioning season starts, program it to conserve the air conditioner in the same way. 5. Switch the direction of ceiling fan blades. During the spring and summer, the blades should pull warm air up toward the ceiling—rather than push it down into the room. Using ceiling fans will allow you to lower your thermostat setting by up to 4 degrees. 6. Have a cookout. Prepare dinner on your outdoor grill on nice evenings rather than using the stove or oven. Appliances that create heat tend to heat up the whole house. 7. Run the dishwasher and clothes dryer after dark. No need to add that heat to your home’s air during the day when it’s warm outdoors. 8. Caulk and weatherstrip windows and

doors. You read about this every spring because you should do it again every spring. Caulking doesn’t last forever. 9. Dress for the weather. Shed the sweaters and socks when it’s warm outside so you can delay the start of air-conditioning season inside. 10. Turn down the water heater. If you snuck it up a couple of degrees during the winter to make your showers extra-steamy, it’s time to lower it to 120 degrees. Not only is that hot enough, it’s a safer temperature than anything higher, especially if kids or older family members are showering in your home.

Coast Electric Offices will be Closed Friday March 25, in observance of Good Friday. Dispatchers will remain on duty throughout the holiday weekend. Call 877-769-2372 to report outages or use our free CE on the Go mobile app. We wish you and your family a happy and safe

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Turkey madness

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fter more than 40 years of grand and glorious experiences in the hunting fields of 18 U. S. states, four Canadian provinces and a huge chunk of South African real estate while in pursuit of 30-plus species of legal and abundant big game animals, I have come to a conclusion. That conclusion? There is nothing better than chasing the wild turkey. Squirrels in a Mississippi creek or river bottom come close, but they are small game. Turkeys are generally considered big game in many locales. And if contact with fellow hunters is a valid indicator, thousands of others share my sentiment. Turkeys are as good as it gets. Wild turkeys, in a variety of subspecies, are scattered about from Central America to Canada. Estimates put the population at 7 million. Some stocking efforts have been marginally successful in isolated regions of Europe, but those efforts failed solidly in other areas. Hawaii and New Zealand boast sizable numbers, with hunting a celebrated activity. Perhaps the most common four among the six subspecies are the Eastern, Osceola, Rio Grande and Merriam’s. While this following description of locations is not complete, it is a rough outline of the individual subspecies’ range. The Eastern variety is found from the North Country of the East down to Central Florida and points westward across the Mississippi River. The Osceola inhabits only Central

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and Southern Florida. My favorite, The Rio Grande finds a home in the Hill Country of Texas and several hundred miles in practically every direction from there. The Merriman’s is a spectacular bird. Its customary white bands on the tail feathers make it a magnificent specimen. This one can be by Tony Kinton found throughout the hills and plains of the West and Midwest, and my solitary encounter with these in Montana’s Little Snowy Mountains is a life-long memory. Collecting one of all four of these is known in the hunting world as a Grand Slam. There are two others, the Gould and Oscillated. Some may argue that the latter is not a turkey as all but a separate entity. Regardless, it is gathered under the turkey designation. This strange but handsome bird lives in tight cover of Central America. The Gould is found in Northern Mexico and scattered, isolated spots of the Southwestern U.S. Adding one each of these to that list making up the Grand Slam is termed a Super Slam.

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Nothing in nature compares to a wild turkey gobbler answering and strutting to a call. Photo: Sherry Thornton (www.photographyonthewildside.com)

As suggested by the title of this piece, Mississippi hunters are enamored of the wild turkey. It is the Eastern that we seek, and the state has solid flocks living in all portions of its borders. Since wild turkeys do what wild turkeys do and nest on the ground, they are subject to a great many pressures from nature, among these flooding. Predation also plays a significant role. Individually and/or collectively, these two elements— flooding and predation—can adversely impact reproduction. As a result, turkey numbers can be up and down with some degree of regularity. On the whole, however, turkeys do very well in the Magnolia State. And to add validity to the assumption that Mississippi hunters possess a rare fondness that borders on addiction for the wild turkey, consider the number of world champion competition callers and masterful call manufacturers with their roots firmly planted right here. Their numbers are too many to include in this discourse, but they are here. And, they are world famous, both in the call and calling business. Mississippi’s wild turkey season gets underway in March. There is a special youth season that opens the weekend before the regular season, and this is a good time to introduce a young hunter to that wonderfully frustrating endeavor of turkey hunting. Seldom easy, it remains a cunning lure once the youngster hears a big gobbler answering a call and hopefully strutting into view. Such sounds and sights are the panicle of wildness. This practice of turkey hunting is a procedure of cunning and shotguns.

The hunter must remain concealed. This can be done with the aid of blinds or solid camo. Renowned companies that make both are here within the state. Shotguns? Absolutely. That is the only ethical—and legal in Mississippi —way to take a turkey in most areas. The 12-gauge remains king, but the 20 is also a good choice. I have taken turkeys with every shotgun gauge save the 28, and yes, that includes the .410. This was not a stunt but a necessity following a vertebra repair in my neck five days before season opener. The good doctor thoroughly admonished me not to shoot a recoiling firearm, so I opted for that .410. Taking it for what it was, I exercised extreme caution to keep the range short. And while I don’t recommend it, the little rig worked. If you are fortunate enough to walk from the woods with a big gobbler slung over your shoulder, take all the pictures you want and show the bird off to those who would like to see. But treat that hefty breast with care. Extract it as quickly as possible, slice it into cubes, dip it in buttermilk and batter it in flour seasoned to taste. I like lots of black pepper. Deep fry these morsels to perfection and prepare to enjoy one of the finest meals nature provides. If you weren’t afflicted by the madness of turkey hunting until then, you will be immediately after the first bite! Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book, “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories,” is now available. Order from Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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Occhi wraps up long service on national co-op board Robert “Bob” Occhi recently comvisionary supporter of emerging techpleted 11 years of service as nologies that have helped drive growth Mississippi’s representative on the in communities served by Mississippi’s National Rural Electric Cooperative 26 electric power associations. Association (NRECA) board of direc“Bob was a dynamic leader in the tors. Occhi’s long career in rural electrification began in 1973 when he took a job as an engineer at Coast Electric Power Association after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. In 1986, he was Kevin Doddridge, CEO of Northcentral Electric Power Association, speaks with Bruce chosen to lead McCaffery, a director of Magnolia Electric Power Association, last month at the NRECA annual meeting in New Orleans. the 80,000member cooperative as chief executive development of strategies to face officer. national issues. He has made signifiThe Louisiana State University grad- cant contributions to the national and uate has been very active throughout state electrification program,” said his career in civic and community Michael Callahan, CEO of the affairs. He has served on several indus- Electric Power Associations of try and professional boards and on the Mississippi. Electric Power Associations of Occhi’s leadership skills led him to Mississippi board for more than 30 being selected as chairman of the years. insurance and financial services comDuring his service to the NRECA, mittee. This committee is the most Occhi was a dedicated advocate for prestigious committee at NRECA as it rural economic development and a is responsible for over $20 billion in assets. “One of my biggest challenges was Medicare the selection of CEOs” said Occhi.

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“The selection of a qualified person to as CEO. Doddridge is a graduate of the lead your national organization is critUniversity of Mississippi and active in ical due to the many issues facing our community and economic developcooperatives on a national level. ment activites throughout During my 11-year tenure with NRECA, I developed some close perNorthcentral’s service area. He is a sonal relationships with other board member of the Lions Club and Rotary members and staff that I will truly Club and serves on the boards of the miss. NRECA is a very large complex Electric Power Associations of organization that has a lot of moving Mississippi and North Mississippi parts. My NRECA experience has Industrial Development Association. taught me a lot and helped me He and his wife, Leigh Ellen, have become a better CEO.” two daughters, Aggie and Anna Ruth. At the recent NRECA annual meet- They are active members of Maples ing, Kevin Doddridge was chosen to Memorial United Methodist Church. replace Occhi as Mississippi’s repre“I am honored that Mississippi sentative on cooperative leadthe board. ers have elected Doddridge me to serve and “Bob was a serves as chief humbled by the executive offifaith shown in dynamic leader in cer of me to represent the development Northcentral the interest of Electric Power their organizaof strategies to Association, in tions and memface national Olive Branch. bership on a “Kevin will national level,” issues. He has continue the Doddridge said. made significant Bob Occhi tradition of “I look forMississippi ward to addresscontributions to having a ing the chalthe national and state strong voice lenges our induson matters try faces on a electrification program.” that come national and state before our Michael Callahan level, and being national assoCEO, Electric Power Associations part of an expericiation. He has of Mississippi enced team seeka real passion ing to find solufor cooperations. It’s impertives and is a successful leader at one ative that we continue to be wise and of the fastest growing electric coopera- diligent in making decisions that will tives in the nation,” Callahan said. allow us to maintain reliable electric A 27-year electric power association service at the lowest cost for all veteran, Kevin has served the last 12 Mississippians.”

YLC delegate Madelynn Lynch attends NRECA meeting Madelynn Lynch, of Corinth, represented her home state in opening ceremonies at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) annual meeting, held in February in New Orleans. Pictured with Lynch at the NRECA meeting is Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. Lynch was chosen at the 2015 Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop to serve a one-year term as Mississippi’s delegate to the national NRECA Youth Leadership Council. The Corinth High School senior was sponsored at the workshop by Alcorn County Electric Power Association.


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the resulting detrimental effect on her self-worth, not to mention her health. Turner strives to help readers recognize such “self-sabotaging” behavior patterns on the way to improving their well-being. “You will learn to appreciate and enjoy heathy eating in contrast to forcing yourself to adhere to a diet plan,” she writes. March being National Nutrition Month, there is no better time to begin adopting healthier eating habits for life. “Mind Over Fork” can help you succeed, beginning with the meal examples reprinted here. “Mind Over Fork” is available in paperback for $15.95 or as an e-book for $8.95. For more information, visit rebeccaturnernutrition.com.

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• Healthy fajitas: Chicken, beef or shrimp 2 soft tortillas Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce ¼ cup guacamole 1 tablespoon sour cream Salsa • Vegetarian wrap: Sauteed tofu or ½ cup beans Endless non-starchy vegetables 1 ounce Cheddar cheese 1 (6-inch) whole-wheat wrap

Snacks • ¼ cup almonds, 1 medium apple • 1 cheese stick, single-serving light popcorn • ½ cup hummus, unlimited raw veggies • ¼ cup dark chocolate nibs, ¼ cup dried fruit • ½ cup black bean dip, 1 serving baked chips • 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 medium banana • ½ cup 2% cottage cheese, 1 cup canned (in water) peaches • ¼ cup walnuts, 1 small box raisins


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Today is the time to turn over a new leaf his column is written in real time. Which means my story is about now, and time spent in Sunday school and church this morning. Sunday. The lunch dishes are in the dishwasher and my bag of Gummy Bears is on the desk in front of me. I am not stressing about eating too many carbs—though the number is way over my limit. Today I began my journey to eliminate the ugly word “stress” from my life. I will now turn off the news on TV. Grin ‘n’ Whew! Bare It I went to sevby Kay Grafe eral sources to learn the exact meaning of this word referenced often in conversation and by doctors. I found a ton of definitions for stress, but here is one from the Merriam-Webster dictionary that seemed to fit my story today: a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Actually, this stress-less decision came after listening to “Doctor Radio” on the subject last week and purchasing a small

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way, I didn’t try to hide my Yeti cup under my chair when I sat down. After we walked into church from the Sunday school building, I sat on my usual thirdrow front pew and began a four-sided conversation with friends, whispering reverently. Brother Larry came in with the choir. I began to sip on my coffee without hiding behind the person in front of me. I was not stressing. He told a little joke before the sermon: This lady was going to a new dentist whose name looked very familiar. She had a classmate in high school by that name 40 years ago who was tall, dark and handsome. She always had a crush on him. When the lady saw the dentist she noticed a man who was balding and had a fat tummy. That is probably his father, she thought. The lady sat in the dentist chair and asked, “Did you go to Monroe High School?” He said he had.

Then she said, “I believe you may have been in one of my classes.” And he said, “I don’t remember. Which class did you teach?” We all laughed and I felt relaxed and ready for the sermon. So I pulled out my bag of Gummy Bears and began to nibble and drink my coffee. When we walked out after the sermon, Brother Larry shook my hand and whispered in my ear. I thought he said, “Don’t eat in church.” Nah. He wouldn’t correct someone older than he is ... so I decided not to get stressed. I sure don’t want my brain to shrink or have a stroke. I enjoyed the gummies and coffee so much, I may take some chicken fingers to church next Sunday. 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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A historic Boy Scouts of America hut still stands on the center’s 10-acre site. The center welcomes school field trips and offers a program for preschoolers.

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McComb Garden Club Azalea Festival, March 1-31, McComb. Lighted azalea trail, garden tours and presentations, flower show, azalea coronation. Details: 601-303-7193. 42nd Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, March 12, Magee. Featuring The Hinson Family, Singing Echoes, Tim Frith & Gospel Echoes, and others; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Magee High School Auditorium. Details: 601906-0677, 601-720-8870. 44th Smith County Jamboree, March 1419, Polkville. Bluegrass, country and gospel music, featuring Tyler Carroll & Pine Ridge, The Pilgrim Family, Bluegrass Cartel and others. Jamming; camper hook-ups. Music Barn. Details: 601-946-0280, 601-955-9182. Wild Game Supper Featuring Tony Kinton, March 17, Philadelphia. Outdoors

writer Tony Kinton portrays Daniel Boone in program on long hunters; 6 p.m. First Baptist Church. Details: 601-656-1507. Spring Fling Rock AF 2016, March 19, Southaven. Featuring Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, FOALS, Bear Hands; 7 p.m. Admission. Landers Center. Details: 662-4702131; ticketmaster.com. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, March 19, Black Hawk. Black Hawk Old School; 6 p.m. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Cedar Hill Farms Annual Easter Egg Hunt, March 19-26, Hernando. Pony rides, egg hunts, more. Admission. Cedar Hill Farms. Details: 662-429-2540; gocedarhillfarm.com. Easter Cruise-In, March 26, Pearl. Classic cars, oldies music, more. Trade Days at Jones

Center Flea Market. Details: 601-939-4131. The Marksmen Quartet in Concert, March 30, Newton. Bluegrass gospel; 7 p.m. Love offering. Ebenezer Baptist Church. Details: 601-896-2249. Mississippi Exchange Clubs’ Step-Change Ball, April 1, Brandon. Dinner with speaker, dance performances, social dance; 6-10:30 p.m. Admission. Brandon Municipal Civic Center. Details: 601-937-1301. 10th Annual Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival and Gatsby Gala, March 31, April 1-2, Starkville. Sounds of boogie, blues, swing, New Orleans jazz, ragtime, more. Mississippi State University. Details: library.msstate.edu/templeton/festival. “Whispers in the Cedars,” April 1-2, Port Gibson. Nightly walking tours of historic cemetery with live portrayals of featured characters. Admission. Wintergreen Cemetery. Details: 601-437-5097, 601-529-4680. 41st Annual Southern Heritage Pilgrimage, April 1-3, Aberdeen. Tours of historic homes, carriage rides, cemetery tours, live performances. Details: 662-369-9440; aberdeenpilgrimage.com. Sheep-to-Shawl Fiber Arts Demonstrations, April 2, Ridgeland. Sheep shearing, wool dyeing, spinning, weaving; hands-on weaving for all ages. Free. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: 601-3732495; craftsmensguildofms.org. Shiloh Arts & Crafts Show, April 2, Pelahatchie. Handmade items, gospel music,

craft demos, children’s activities, silent auction. Shiloh United Methodist Church. Details: 601-213-7528. Starkville Public Library Book Sale, April 4, Starkville. Noon - 6 p.m. Starkville Public Library. Details: 662-323-2766. Fifth Annual Smokin’ on the Tracks BBQ Cookoff, April 8-9, Summit. Barbecue contest, entertainment, 5K run, car show. Details: 601248-2509; smokinonthetracks.com. New Albany Home and Garden Show, April 9, New Albany. Gardening experts, floral designers, crafts, antique tractors, vendors, more. Historic downtown. Details: 662-5385333, 662-316-8321; Facebook. Juleps and Generals, April 8, Holly Springs. Historic Montrose mansion; 7-9 p.m. Reservations. Details: 662-551-0076; hollyspringspilgrimage.com. Van Dorn Rides Again, April 9-10, Holly Springs. Civil War reenactment of raid on Holly Springs; 2 p.m. Admission. Details: 662-5510076; hollyspringspilgrimage.com. Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage, April 13-17, Mississippi Coast. Tours of homes, gardens and historic places from Moss Point to Diamondhead. Free. Details: 228-623-1614; springpilgrimage.com. Fulmer’s Homesteaders Gathering and Horse-Drawn Auction, April 15-16, Richton. Workshops, food, entertainment. Sale conducted by Holder Bros. Auction; 10 a.m. Saturday. Details: 601-964-8222; fulmersfarmstead.com.

Picture This: Spring Color Help us get a jump on spring fever! Our next “Picture This” theme is Spring Color. We are looking for photos of the brilliant, beautiful colors of springtime in Mississippi (or anywhere else). Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by March 7. Selected photos will appear in the April issue of Today in Mississippi. “Picture This” is a reader photo feature appearing in the January, April, July and October issues of Today in Mississippi. We publish a few of the photos that best illustrate the given theme. Photographers whose photos are published become eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing in December. Please note: This is not a contest, as photos will not be judged. Photos are selected for publication based on their overall quality, relevance to the given theme, visual impact and suitability for printing on newsprint paper. (Dark photos

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people or places 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.

How to submit photos Prints and digital photos are acceptable. Prints: Mail prints to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Digital photos: Email (as an attachment to your e-mail message) to news@epaofms.com. If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to only one email message, if possible. Or, mail a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Question? Call Debbie Stringer, editor, at 601-605-8610 or email news@epaofms.com.


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99 $250

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1-1/4 GALLON SPRAYER

$20.26

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R PE ON SU UP CO

$1199$1499

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$17.97 LIMIT 9 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/5/16. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

$17 .99

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$ 99

WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF GRINDING AND CUT-OFF WHEELS

73 lbs.

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99

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SAVE 83%

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$13499

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® RAPID PUMP 3 TON LOW PROFILE HEAVY DUTY STEEL FLOOR JACK • Weighs

5 $84

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$17.97

Customer Rating

99

Customer Rating

$328

12" SLIDING COMPOUND DOUBLE-BEVEL MITERGUSAW WITH LASER IDE

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Customer Rating

WOW SUPER COUPON

72" x 80" MOVING BLANKET

SAVE 66%

$ 99

WOW SUPER COUPON

1999

$32.99

R PE ON SU UP CO

99

LIMIT 3 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/5/16. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

SAVE 39%

$

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LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or prior purchase. Coupon good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping & Handling charges may apply if not picked up in-store. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/5/16. Limit one FREE GIFT Coupon per customer per day.

99 comp at

LOT 67514

• 225 lb. capacity

$89

16 OZ. HAMMERS WITH FIBERGLASS HANDLE

R PE ON SU UP CO

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5999

LIMIT 8 - Good at our stores, HarborFreight.com or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/5/16. Limit one coupon per customer per day.

11999 comp at

55% $

$ 99

ANY SINGLE ITEM

$3999

SAVE

WITH ANY PURCHASE

SAVE $79 Customer Rating

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FREE 20% OFF Limit 1 coupon per customer per day. Save 20% on any 1 item purchased. *Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or any of the following items or brands: Inside Track Club membership, extended service plan, gift card, open box item, 3 day parking lot sale item, compressors, floor jacks, saw mills,  storage cabinets, chests or carts, trailers, trenchers, welders, Admiral, CoverPro, Daytona, Diablo, Franklin, Hercules, Holt, Jupiter, Predator, Stik-Tek, StormCat, Union, Vanguard, Viking.  Not valid on prior purchases. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 7/5/16.

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900 PEAK/ 700 RUNNING WATTS 2 HP (63 CC) 2 CYCLE GAS RECREATIONAL GENERATOR

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89

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$168.97

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