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News for members of Coast Electric Power Association

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Crosby Arboretum preserves state’s botanical heritage

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It’s time to grab a cane pole and crickets

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Don’t put your life on the line; respect the power of electricity he power lines bringing electricity to your home may appear harmless but nothing could be further from the truth. Power lines are suspended high overhead or buried deep below and heavily insulated for a reason: Contact with them can cause serious injury and even death. To deliver electricity efficiently from the power plant to your electric meter, lines carry very high voltages. Voltage acts like water pressure; think of high-voltage lines as a firefighter’s high-pressure hose. A transformer mounted on the utility pole at your place reduces the voltage to a usable level—like the flow from a garden hose—before the electricity enters your electric meter. My analogy greatly simplifies a huge, complex system but the thing to remember is this: Like lightning, manmade electricity seeks to enter the ground by the path of least resistance—your ladder, construction materials, farm equipment, kite string and other objects. If you are touching the grounded object or standing nearby when this happens, you could be seriously or fatally injured. Birds perch on a power line without harm because they are not grounded. Trees, however, are grounded by their trunk and should never touch power lines. Trees also contain moisture and sap, which makes them excellent conductors of electricity under most conditions. Trees’ ability to conduct electricity makes them not only a safety hazard but also a primary cause of power outages. A properly maintained right-of-way greatly reduces the occurrence of storm-related power outages by preventing limbs from contacting the lines. Your electric power association follows a diligent right-of-way clearing schedule to prevent outages caused by tree limbs and other plants reaching into power lines. As the growing season kicks into high gear, so do our vegetation-management activities.

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On the cover Pat Drackett, a former landscape designer, serves as director of the Crosby Arboretum, a public garden of regional native plants in Picayune. The garden’s award-winning Pinecote Pavilion overlooks a pond, where visitors can feed the fish and turtles. Learn more about this special place, a member of Coast Electric Power Association, on pages 4-5.

Underground power lines, typically found in subdivisions, must be avoided as carefully as overhead lines. Any digging activity, whether trenching, landscaping or construction, presents opportunities to come in contact with an underground line. Do not begin any digging before calling 811 to have all underground utilities marked in the area. This is a free service, though disregarding it could cost dearly. As member-owned electric power associations, we do all we can to build and maintain reliable electric distribution systems to serve our members. Above all else, this infrastructure must be safe. Our employees literally risk their lives building and repairing power lines. Their intensive safety training, specialized gear and extreme attentiveness keep them safe on the My Opinion job. Michael Callahan We should all be so Executive Vice President/CEO respectful of the power of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi electricity. For many people, however, utility poles and power lines are such a part of the landscape, they have become invisible. May is National Electrical Safety Month, a good time to consider how you can protect your family from electrical accidents. Children, especially, need to learn to avoid all electrical equipment, including substations and downed power lines, as well as trees that touch lines. If you have questions or concerns about electrical safety, or want to report an electrical safety hazard such as a downed power line, please contact your electric power association.

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The Jaketown Museum, in Belzoni, tells the story of the prehistoric Jaketown site, which was inhabited from 1750 BC to 1500 AD. Exhibits include artifacts found in the area of the site. Located in Humphreys County north of Belzoni on Highway 7, the Jaketown site is one of the longest and earliest inhabited sites discovered in North America. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The museum is located at 116 West Jackson St. Admission is free. For details, call 662-247-2151.

Mississippi is to me like a good cup of coffee; it wakes up the spirit in me and makes me want to go out and see it all. I love Mississippi for its beauty. I think there is a tree of just about every species, from the tall pines and cedars to the beautiful blooming magnolias. Mississippi has it all, the rolling hills to the Delta’s flat lands to the beautiful Gulf Coast—and so many lakes and rivers you can’t count them all. I will never leave my beautiful Mississippi. —Carolyn Parker, Mathiston Mississippi is my happy place. [I was] born and raised in Miami, Fla., but got here as quick as I could. This was my mother’s home. Smithville is a well-kept secret, a place to exhale. From day one, I knew I was home. The kindest, most welcoming people. Mississippi is my home. —Patty Lovern, Smithville Mississippi is memories of childhood glee on the dusty ride home on that school bus on the last day before summer vacation. Making a pallet in the yard with an old handmade quilt, waiting for June bugs to land.... Being afraid of those ugly, green, horned catawba worms on our neighbor’s tree, then realizing they made fantastic bait for bream fishing in our farm pond. Overwhelming noise filling the air from seven-year locusts for weeks.... I still live on the same farm, but all these insects have almost vanished. Is this progress? —Martha Gadd, Byhalia

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By Debbie Stringer Far more than just a walk in the woods, the Crosby Arboretum immerses visitors in a celebration of nature. For 30 years, the arboretum has been demonstrating that nature is not the backdrop to our world—it is our world. Located in Picayune and operated by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the awardwinning arboretum encompasses more than 700 acres dedicated to research, education and preservation of the Pearl River basin habitats of Mississippi and Louisiana. Its bogs, fields, forests and ponds support more than 300 species of native plants and untold numbers of birds, reptiles and other wildlife. The site’s public garden consists of the 104-acre Pinecote Native Plant Center. Included are exhibits of the basic habitats found in the local ecosystem: savanna, woods and waters. A network of wide, flat pathways leads visitors through a rich tapestry of plant life. In springtime, native azaleas, irises, mountain laurel, pitcher plants and red buckeye splash color in every direction. This month, several species of native orchids will emerge along with the more prominent blossoms of water lilies, southern magnolias and tulip poplars. Each bend of the trail reveals photo-worthy views (a camera is a must here). Signs along the way help visitors learn more about the plants they see. Wooden benches offer shady places to enjoy the free concerts staged by frogs, songbirds and insects. The trails converge at a visitors center, which houses a gift shop, restrooms, a library and a Pat Drackett, a former landshady boardwalk. scape designer, is director of the Crosby Arboretum. Overlooking a nearby pond is the 4,000-squarefoot Pinecote Pavilion, the venue for arboretumsponsored programs and special events as well as private events. Pinecote’s architect, Fay Jones, described his iconic design as “abstract forest,” with tall wooden supports echoing the trees surrounding it. Jones’ numerous awards for Pinecote included the American Institute of Architects’ highest honor, the Gold Medal. More recent accolades for the arboretum include the Garden Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association, for commitment to best horticultural practices. It is these practices that have transformed the remnants of old pine plantation into a lush, botanically diverse garden. Visitors might assume the A wide boardwalk leads to a bridge that spans one of the ponds at the arboretum. All the trails are flat, well maintained and suitable for wheelchair use. Benches provide places to rest and observe.


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Native azaleas, left, are among the springtime bloomers at the arboretum. A new deck with ramp, below, leads into the forest from the visitors center.

arboretum sprang to life on its own. The real story involves far more human intervention: 40 acres was planted with some 12,000 trees and plants according to a carefully designed master plan. “All of our aquatic exhibit is manmade, though you would think that this is just a place where there is a pretty pond and streams,” said Pat Drackett, arboretum director and a self-described “nature nut.” The Crosby Arboretum, a member of Coast Electric Power Association, was established as a family memorial to L.O. Crosby Jr., whose father conducted timber and agricultural operations in the area. Crosby Jr. operated the 640-acre Strawberry Farm, as the arboretum was then known, as a longleaf pine plantation from the 1940s until Hurricane Camille leveled most of the trees in 1969. After Crosby Jr.’s death in 1978, his family decided to build a memorial to the successful timberman by establishing a native arboretum on the site of the old farm. The Crosby Arboretum opened to the public in 1986. The site was operated as a private, nonprofit entity by the Crosby Arboretum Foundation until 1997 when it became a part of the Coastal Research and Extension Center of Mississippi State University. The merger with MSU Extension ensured the sustainability of the arboretum and expanded its educational mission. A master plan developed in the 1980s by landscape architect Ed Blake defined the exhibits and served as a blueprint for future development. Blake was the arboretum’s first

director, having served from 1984 to 1994. His plan and landscape design for the arboretum won an American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award. Continued on page 8 One of the trails takes visitors through a savanna exhibit, right. Carnivorous pitcher plants, below, appear to talk to one another in the arboretum’s pitcher plant bog. The pitchers are filled with a fluid that drowns and digests the insects that fall in.

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You may hear more than bird calls at Strawberry Plains ne of the big activities at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center near Holly Springs comes up May 20-21. It’s their annual native plant sale. The other big attraction is the first weekend of September when people come out to watch migrating hummingbirds. Holly Springs isn’t exactly just down the road from my house. So when I am in the area I try to stop by the Audubon Center and take a little quiet walk on the nature trails to hear myself think again. Mitch Robinson is the education manager there. Mitch and I were visiting when he mentioned the plant sale. Mitch says “native plants” are plants that are indigenous to the region and have been here since before European colonization. Insects and birds and deer and such have been feeding off these plants for millennia. So if you want to support the bird population like the Audubon Society does, there needs to be a healthy crop of insects for the birds to eat. And the insects prefer to feed on these native plants that have been around for so long, and not so much on the exotic varieties that have been transplanted here from other parts of the world. I told Mitch my definition of a native plant from a gardener’s point of view would be a plant that’s hard to kill. He agreed. Since these plants have grown here for so long they have adapted to our wet springs, dry summers and sharp cold snaps in the winter. They manage to survive when others don’t. But secretly I also like to drop by Strawberry Plains to poke my head inside the old Davis House on the property. That may seem odd to go to a nature preserve to see an old house. But it was the center of life for the plantation that became the Audubon Center. The Davis House was the only house in the Holly Springs area that was burned by the Union army during the Civil War. The house stayed in that charred condition for a century before it

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Unlike many other public gardens, the Crosby Arboretum was planned to showcase native rather than exotic plant species. The landscape would be allowed to change in time as its forests matured and weathered storms, fires and pests.

Three cypress trees, for example, remain bowed from Katrina’s winds of 10 years ago. “These are plants being themselves and growing as they do in nature,” Drackett said. “That’s what’s fun to watch.”

Crosby Arboretum employee Terry Johnson, top, builds the bridges and boardwalks and maintains the grounds to keep the site welcoming and safe for visitors. A shady woodland trail, above, follows a small stream before terminating at the pitcher plant bog. Learn more about the arboretum in former director Robert F. Brzuszek’s book “The Crosby Arboretum: A Sustainable Regional Landscape,” left.

The Crosby Arboretum is a popular destination for school field trips and teacher training workshops. In this outdoor classroom, students can witness the evolution of a forest, see pitcher plants trap insects, count turtles and feed the fish. Teachers often tell Drackett their students can’t stop talking about their arboretum visit. “I’ll never forget that

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kid who said, ‘I’m having the best field trip ever,’ and he had just gotten off the bus,” she said. The arboretum offers plenty of ways for individuals to get involved too, including the new Adopt-a-Trail program and a range of memberships. Its busy slate of programs and events—from nature discovery presentations to plant sales to yoga classes—allows visitors of all ages to enjoy learning about nature in nature. The Crosby Arboretum is located at 370 Ridge Road in Picayune. For information, call 601-799-2311 Wednesday through Sunday. Visit the website at crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu for complete details, including upcoming events and a webcam. Admission to the site is $5, with discounts available for seniors, children and members of the military.


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Bream fishing and the joys of May he time has come. Yes, a Vicksburg were our preferred destinagreat many anglers have tions, specifically Albermarle Lake, but already begun collecting crap- we never missed an opportunity to visit pie and catfish. In fact, less exotic environs, such as the sloughs reports of exceptional crappie catches and eddies and dead rivers along the from those spots where high waters have Pearl. Even the Pearl itself. All afforded pushed out of stream banks and flooded good bream fishing. timber along the edges have been quite Those far-off excursions were all-day common. doings. We loaded cane poles into racks So are notes from those who have attached to the rain gutters on some stretched trot lines and bank hooks in aging Plymouth or Rambler and headed search of catfish. These folks have been west at 2 a.m. Arrival at Albermarle usugathering impressive numbers of blues, ally coincided with sunrise. We hit the channels and even the occasional flatwater in rented cypress boats propelled head. by wooden paddles and bream fished Fishing has been good. But the time with abandon. mentioned in that first sentence deals Somewhere around 9 that same with a diminutive creature that defines morning, we cooked breakfast on a driftfor many, and did so for me from early wood fire: homemade sausage and childhood until now, what spring fishing bacon, eggs fresh from a chicken coop in is all about. That entity is the bream, the backyard, buttered toast made in a whether in bluegill or red ear or long ear skillet. It was purely grand. persuasion. They all fall under the desigBack at home in mid-afternoon, the nation of bream for most anglers. And work began. We pulled big bream the time has definitely come. from the ice chest and set about scalCountry wisdom says that bream ing and cleaning. These were our make their most concentrated effort at favorite fish for the table. They bedding on the first full moon of May. remain the same for me today. That is a rather loose underThe closer-to-home standing of the biology, for fishing was far less water temperature is the ornate. Daddy and I overriding factor. Still, May would go to the river is a logical schedule for such or some slough either activity, and the full moon just before daylight seems to spur this instinct or late in the day. It into a frenzied regimen. was understood that I recall with fondness the these would be short anticipation of this time and sojourns and that we can still feel the pure exhilawould likely catch ration present when we fewer bream than on made our first spring effort those Delta trips. But at catching bream. And yes, we caught bream just by Tony Kinton it was usually in May. the same. And they Bluegills were the target, but were carefully reserved we never turned down a chinquapin (red and prepared for the table as well. ear) or red belly (long ear). And there But regardless of where we went, would also be the odd goggle eye (rock we followed a prescription that lay bass) or the spunky channel cat. All were hard against tradition and simplicity. welcome. Fishing tackle was cane poles equipped This was a family affair for the most with tiny Eagle Claw hooks and goosepart. There were times when Daddy and quill “corks” on a monofilament line. I were the only two along, but more Bait was hand-caught crickets and often a bream trip included Mama and grasshoppers extracted from a wooden my sister. The oxbows north of box with screen sides and overlapping

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top flaps of rubber made from a worn inner tube salvaged from a truck or tractor tire. There was also a coffee can filled with rich dirt and the worms that inhabited it. Pedestrian to be sure, but such rigs were pure magic. I admit to an affinity for the flyrod or ultralight nowadays, but the cane pole baited with crickets is near impossible to beat for certain success when bream fishing is on the agenda. So now that May is here, what must you do should you opt to go bream fishing? Do what we did as per outlined above. Find a stream or oxbow or slough or pond. Bream will be in each. Regardless of the technique or equipment employed, bream fishing remains a delightful experience. Photo: Tony Kinton

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Fish from the bank or get a boat. Either will work. Employ a flyrod and popping bug or ultralight and spinnerbait. You can catch bream. Or, should you desire to keep things truly simple, this is especially important if youngsters and/or novice anglers are involved: use a cane pole and crickets. Let these base elements cast their spell and transport you from the mundane into the surreal. It can happen in May where bream are encountered. 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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We are here when you need us In April we celebrated Lineman Appreciation Day with food drives to benefit local food pantries. I am grateful to work with a group of people who believe in cooperative principles, like showing concern for the communities we serve, and live those principles every day at work and in Robert J. Occhi their personal President and CEO lives. Our employees are dedicated to serving you and will show up when you need them whether that is in the midst of a storm to restore your power or at your local grocery store to offer you an umbrella so you don’t have to run through the rain. (Make sure you look at the photos on our Lineman Appreciation Day article to see what I am talking about!) I am proud of our employees and the people who work to provide you superior service. Their work ethic and concern for those we serve is not seen in today’s world as much as we would like. Their job is often tough and can be dangerous, which is why safety is and must always be of high importance for us. There is a children’s book titled “Safety

1st, Safety Always.” As you can imagine, it encompasses many of the traditional safety lessons parents should teach their children. We drill youngsters about safety from an early age because we know how important it is to protect ourselves and those we care about. May is Electrical Safety Month and we want you to know that Coast Electric employees do everything in their power to work safely, and we want you to practice electrical safety too. Co-ops and other utilities have a culture of safety and we expect our employees to speak up about any unsafe or potentially dangerous practices they see on the job, regardless of seniority or position. We also expect those they tell to listen and act to ensure the safety of all employees and the members we serve. As a member, you too have a role. If you see any potential dangerous situations or practices, you should report them as soon as possible to Coast Electric. If we are intentional about our actions, we can indeed ensure a safer environment and a culture of safety at our workplace. The same is true for our families, our teams and any groups we may belong to. We also know that living our cooperative principles and values is equally important. We have the best business model because it puts you, the member-owner, at the center of our efforts. We look forward to being your safe electricity provider and energy advisor long into the future.

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

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I Your questions about HVAC maintenance answered.

I Thank you for thanking our linemen and donating to our food drives. I May is Electrical Safety Month. Learn how you can make your home safe. I Landscaping for energy efficiency I Learn how to make sure you are paying Coast Electric directly to avoid fees and late charges.

I Our Glow Run is next month! Learn how to register. I Closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. I THIS MONTH IN HISTORY Douglas Mooney elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors 30 years ago.


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When should I do maintenance on my central air system?

Spring is a good time to perform preventive maintenance on your central heating and air system. During the coming summer months your unit will be operating at peak capacity during hot days. Performing scheduled maintenance could prevent you from having a problem with your system when you need it most. It also ensures that your unit is running efficiently and you are getting the most out of it. One of the most important things you can do to maintain the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, as well as the air quality in your home, is to change the air filter on a monthly basis. A clogged or leaky filter makes the unit inefficient, increases runtime and costs you money. Check out filterchange.coop – a service that ships filters right to your door. Have a certified HVAC technician inspect your ducts for leaks and clean or replace them if needed. Also, make sure the contractor inspects the indoor and outdoor coils for debris, dirt or dust. Any obstructions to the air flow through the coils in the sides of the outdoor fan can be detrimental to the

unit. The contractor should check the This month, Senior Residential refrigerant Energy Management Representative Phillippe Michel charge to answers our Q&A. make sure the level is correct and running at optimal performance. The contractor should also inspect the fan blades, fan motor, control box and compressor for damage. Would you run your car for 50,000 miles without changing the oil? Like regular maintence on your car, following these suggestions and havign the yearly maintenance performed could save you from a more expensive problem in the future and will save money on your energy bill. Regular preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure your unit will run trouble-free and at peak performance when you need it most. We encourage you to spring into efficiency! Want more tips? Visit coastepa.com. Have a question? Email asktheexpert@coastepa.com.

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Lineman Appreciation Day; a day of thanks and caring In April, Coast Electric celebrated Lineman Appreciation Day. A day of appreciation is typically set aside for those being honored to bask in the glow of thanks and praise, but our linemen wanted to do something a little different to show our communities how much they enjoy serving the people of south Mississippi. Employees gathered at Walmart locations in Picayune, Waveland and the neighborhood Walmart in Gulfport for food drives for local food pantries. The day was gray and rainy, but a little rain doesn’t bother linemen! Instead of hindering the food drive, employees saw the rain as another opportunity to further serve, walking shoppers in and out of the stores with umbrellas and even helping several unload groceries. At the end of the food drive, more than 700 pounds of food was collected and donated to the following organizations:

271 lbs. Manna Ministries in Pearl River County 246 lbs. Salvation Army in Harrison County 186 lbs. Hancock County Food Pantry Coast Electric thanks everyone who donated items for our friends and neighbors in need. What a great way to celebrate the men and women who keep the lights on and to demonstrate the cooperative principle of having concern for those we serve!

Shoppers in Pearl River County donated 271 pounds of food to Manna Ministries. Coast Electric employees Brandon Lee, Chris Westbrook, Sonia Mitchell and Scott White present donations to representatives from Manna Ministries.

2016 Energy Fair Dates and Locations

All energy fairs will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Bay St. Louis Energy Fair Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 90 . . . . . . . . May 3

Picayune Energy Fair Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 11 . . . . . . . . June 3

Poplarville Energy Fair Coast Electric Office on Hwy. 53. . . . . . . . June 3

Luke Davis and Juston Oliver purchase food to donate to the Hancock County Food Pantry.

Linemen were supposed to be getting praise that day, but Coast Electric employees like Braden Shaw were happy to keep shoppers out of the rain – demonstrating one of the many reasons these employees deserve our thanks!


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National Electrical Safety Month

Addresses common home electrical hazards Coast ElectricPowerAssociation is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to spearhead the annual effort to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. “Extension cord misuse and overburdened electrical systems are two of the main causes of home electrical fires,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “It is important to be aware of these common and preventable hazards, as well as other safety measures you can take to ensure that your home is electrically safe.” The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year involve some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. These fires result in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires. “We tend to overlook the things we see in our homes every day, so it may be easy to miss a frayed wire or overloaded outlet,” said Bob Occhi, President and CEO of Coast Electric. “Taking a few moments to look at those things with a critical eye can ensure the safety of your family and prevent accidents and injuries.” Adhering to basic electrical safety principles can prevent electrically-related deaths and injuries. There can be warning signs of potential electrical problems in your home. Be sure that you are not overloading your circuits. Flickering, blinking or dim lighting can all be signs of overload. Any warning signs of burning such as odors from receptacles or wall switches, discoloration of wall plates, crackling or sizzling receptacles or fuses and circuit breakers that trip often are all indicators of an electrical overload. These circuit overloads can easily be avoided by checking several things in your home. Make sure that all major appliances are plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet and never use extension cords for appliances. Be careful with power strips. You may have additional outlets, but the amount of power received from the outlet is still the same. Protect your home and workplace and be aware of potential threats. For more information about electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.


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Make the most of ceiling fans By turning on the fan, you can turn up the savings! If you are like most Americans, you have at least one ceiling fan in your home. Ceiling fans help our indoor life feel more comfortable. They are a decorative addition to our homes and, if used properly, can help lower energy costs.

amount. Ceiling fans push the warm air from the ceiling back down toward the living space, which means the furnace won’t turn on as frequently.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CEILING FANS:

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE – Make sure your ceiling fan is the right size for the room. A fan that is 36-44 inches in diameter will cool rooms up to 225 square feet. A fan that is 52 inches or more should be used to cool a larger space.

FLIP THE SWITCH – Most ceiling fans have a switch near the blades. In warm months, flip the switch so that the blades operate in a counter clockwise direction, effectively producing a “wind chill” effect. Fans make the air near them feel cooler than it actually is. In winter, move the switch so the fan blades rotate clockwise, creating a gentle updraft. This pushes warm air down from the ceiling into occupied areas of the room. Regardless of the season, try operating the fan on its lowest setting.

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ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT – In the summer, when using a fan in conjunction with an air conditioner, or instead of it, you can turn your thermostat up three to five degrees without any reduction in comfort. This saves money since a fan is less costly to run than an air conditioner. In the winter, lower your thermostat’s set point by the same

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Landscaping for energy efficient home For centuries, homeowners have depended on landscaping as a means of energy efficiency. Before air conditioning, a home’s architecture was more practical than aesthetic. However, it is important to know your climate and what will aid while trying to save energy in your home. Wind and breezes, humidity and the sun affect the climate, therefore affecting energy consumption. In the South, there is very little wind; a lot of humidity and the sun will likely shine bright the majority of the day. These factors make it important to know the sun’s path to your home. When planning for landscaping in a hot and humid Southern climate, there are a few important things to know.

Water can be a burden. In Mississippi, temperatures soar above 100˚F at times, and are brewed with generous rainfall in the spring and summer months. This creates a humid atmosphere that feels hotter. Landscaping is one of the most effective energy-saving plans to invest in for a Southern homeowner. For those with limited resources, center your attention on shielding your home from the harsh, midday sun from overhead. Tall deciduous trees and trellises covered with seasonal vines can achieve this

goal. Creating comfortable outdoor living spaces can also reduce your energy use.

Control the flow of wind around your home. Winds are similar to water, in that cold air settles to the bottom, while the hot air will rise. In a warm climate, it is important to use the winds and breezes to your advantage. By evaluating the way wind flows around your home, large and lush landscaping can be used to manipulate the winds and provide cool spaces around your home.

Minimize the sun exposure to your home. In Mississippi, swimming pools and other water based activities are a welcome pastime. However, these large water collectors are generally not as great for your outdoor landscape as one would think. The water increases the moisture in the air and creates a glare from the sun; making the area seem hotter. The insects that are attracted to the water can also be an irritation, and even a health risk. Landscaping can cut utility bills by up to 30 percent, while creating additional living space. For a guide on how to save with energy-efficient landscaping, visit www.energy.gov.

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Paying your bill

online Why you should avoid bill pay services Paying bills online can make our lives much easier – most of the time. There are several bill pay services out there that will send your payment to Coast Electric. These sites are legal, however, they are not affiliated with Coast Electric and could mean you are spending more and, unbeknownst to you, paying late. Even though you may be paying these services before your bill is delinquent, it takes time for their payment to reach Coast Electric. This means your electric service may be disconnected, leaving you with even more fees to pay. If you want to pay your Coast Electric bill online, there are a few things we suggest you do to make sure your payment is received in a timely manner and that you aren’t paying unnecessary fees: • When you go online, make sure you type www.coastepa.com into the address bar.

Typically, if you do a search for Coast Electric, our site will show up first, but if you scroll down, you might find a site with Coast Electric’s logo that is not actually our site. • Set coastepa.com as a favorite – This way, you can make sure you are going to our page every time you pay. • Pay with CE on the Go – Paying with our mobile app is a breeze! It takes a few seconds and ensures we receive payment immediately. • Recurring payment – You can set up recurring payments so your account is charged each month automatically.

Why should you pay Coast Electric directly? • We don’t charge any extra fees. There are no

additional service or credit card fees to pay when you pay Coast Electric directly. Bill pay services may charge you several extra dollars to pay your bill. Paying us directly ensures you keep more of your cash. • For your convenience, we offer several payment options. You can mail your bill to us, pay at any of our office locations, pay via phone, online, with our CE on the Go app or at kiosks at our offices. Many of these services are available to you 24/7. • Your payment is received automatically. There is no wait time before your payment enters our system and is credited to your account. Bill pay services can take several days to reach us, meaning your service could be disconnected.

Other tips: • If you have a hard time remembering when your bills are due and you don’t want to sign up for recurring payments, you can also choose to sign up to receive alerts and reminders from us. We will send you texts and/or emails to remind you when your bill is due. Call us at 877-769-2372 or log on to your account on coastepa.com to set up this service. *Please note, Coast Electric does use a third party vendor, South Eastern Data Center (SEDC) to maintain our member database and take payments. If you are paying online or via the app and see a notification about SEDC, it’s okay to pay! We use this vendor to make your payments more secure.

Co-op Connections Pharmacy Discount Counterfeit bills can sometimes make their way into circulation, causing problems for businesses and consumers. Coast Electric’s Member Service Representatives are trained to detect counterfeit money. If they suspect a bill is counterfeit, they run it through an electronic detector to determine if the bill is real or fake. If the bill is determined to be a fake, our representatives are required by federal law to confiscate the bill. They cannot accept the bill as payment or return the bill to the person who gave it to them. They must instead fill out a Secret Service report and alert local authorities. The goal is to get the counterfeit bills out of circulation so it isn’t passed along to other unsuspecting consumers. Counterfeit money detection is just another way our member service reps are trained to serve you!

When you receive electric service from Coast Electric, you aren’t just a customer but a member and owner of the cooperative. Membership comes with certain benefits. One of those benefits is our Co-op Connections Card program. Your Co-op Connections Card offers benefits at your pharmacy. Coast Electric members have saved literally millions of dollars with their cards, making it possible for people to receive necessary and many times life-saving medications at a discounted price. There is no cost associated with this card; you simply have to be a member of Coast Electric to start taking advantage of the awesome benefits offered. If you need a card, please contact us at 877-769-2372 and we will mail one to you. Co-op Connections – another way your local cooperative is looking out for you and helping you save!


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Coast Electric offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of

Memorial Day. Dispatchers will remain on duty and crews will be on call throughout the holiday weekend. If you need to report an outage, please call 877-769-2372 or use our free CE on the Go mobile app. Let’s all spend time this Memorial Day honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of our country and freedom.

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District 3 director named Douglas Mooney has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Coast Electric Power Association. According to Gordon Lee, board president, Mooney was chosen to serve as representative, District 3, Pearl River County, at the March board meeting. A resident of the Salem community, Mooney is vice president and sales representative for The Office Supply Company, Gulfport. He is an honor graduate of Pearl River Central High School, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a graduate of Pearl River Junior College. Mr. Mooney is well recognized by Pearl River County residents for his involvement in community activities. He is a member and past president of the Picayune Kiwanis Club; member of the Picayune Chamber of Commerce; past elected member and president of the Board of Education, Pearl River County; and vice president of the Gulf Coast Mental Health Association, Pearl River County District. Married to the former Barbara Johnson, Mr. Mooney and his wife reside in Salem with their three daughters. He is also an active member of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church and serves as its treasurer.

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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What’s the weather going to do? y only husband and I were drinking morning coffee on the enclosed back porch and watching Fox News. I said, “I’m so tired listening to what one candidate says about the other and continues repeating their marvelous qualifications, I could scream!” He was playing with his iPhone. I looked out the windows. “Wow, it’s cloudy. Honey, why don’t you get the chair cushions off the patio.” He responded, “It’s too dangerous. I’ll wait until the lightning quits.” “Lightning? I haven’t heard thunder or noticed any flashes.” He then handed me his iPhone. “Look, it says right here in my latest bulletin that lightning struck a quarter of a mile from our house at 7:40 and that I should stay indoors. Do you want me to get struck?” He then settled back and took another swallow of coffee. He continually checks his phone for the latest weather forecasts and gets all the weather alerts for our area. The weather app on his phone tells him the exact minute the rain will start at our house, lightning warnings, tornado watches and warnings, and of course the exact temperature. He knows more about

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Basil varieties produce garden, food options f there is an herb that my wife and I love to grow, it has to be basil. There is nothing better for the hot months because it is gorgeous in any landscape and really delicious for fresh summer meals. Many gardeners only think of this herb as being the sweet Italian basil. For the beginning gardener, that variety is most likely the basil of choice. It is versatile in the kitchen and pretty nonthreatening for the novice. But for experienced gardeners, the world of basil is seemingly endless. There is a wide range of basils to explore for the more adventurous. There are Southern many leaf sizes, Gardening textures and, believe it or not, by Dr. Gary Bachman flowers. Cinnamon, licorice, lemon and lime— you can’t imagine all the different aromas. I start to miss the fresh garden lettuce hamburgers and sandwiches when we get into the summer months. One of my absolute favorite basils has to be the lettuce-leaf variety with its ruffled leaves that are as big as my hand. A single leaf

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adds a new twist to the standard sandwich. Compared to other garden herbs, basil is a tough landscape plant. As a testament, Purple Ruffles was named a Mississippi Medallion winner. The deeppurple leaves are very fragrant. Uses include fresh garnish or color in salads. A variety I like is Dark Opal. This is a beautiful selection that has variable, mottled, dark-purple appearance; no two plants are the same. Dark Opal was an All-America Selection in 1962 and is still a winner. Thai basil varieties like Queenette and the heirloom Cardinal—with their beautiful, bright-green foliage that contrasts with dark-purple stems—have delicious and exotic cinnamon and licorice flavors and aromas. Siam Queen is a Thai basil with beautiful flowers that begin as tight, purple bunches. These make good cuttings when collected as the white flowers start to emerge. The flowers will continue to open in the vase and will stay fresh for at least a week. Basil thrives when grown in raised beds planted in well-drained soil, but the roots need consistent moisture. Water deeply each week and use a good-quality mulch to help conserve soil moisture and keep the soil cooler. We like to grow our basil in subirrigated Earthboxes. Growing in containers is a superb option when you have limited space. Placing

Siam Queen is a Thai basil with purple flowers and a licorice aroma and flavor. Basil is delicious for summer meals and easy to grow. Its variety of shapes and sizes makes the plant an excellent addition to the perennial garden, shrub border or container garden. Photos: Gary Bachman/MSU Extension Service

containers on the porch or patio keeps them near your outdoor living area and makes them handy for fresh summer recipes. Regardless of the variety of basil you want to grow, the plant can be as pretty as a coleus in the flowerbed. Basil is incredibly easy to grow, and the variety of shapes and sizes makes it an excellent addition to the perennial garden, shrub border or container garden. Basil can be tucked into unused garden corners, displayed among vegetables, edged along a flower garden or grown in mixed containers where its handsome foliage contrasts with bouquets of colorful flowers. My wife and I like to enjoy our fresh basil all summer long and miss it once the temperatures start falling in autumn. Here’s a tip for saving the summer har-

vest to use in the winter months: Using a food processor, take your extra basil and combine with olive oil. Place about half a cup in a freezer bag, press the bag out flat, and store it in the freezer. It doesn’t take up much room and can make any recipe extra special. A word of caution is needed here. The garden centers will have the basic basils. To become a basil explorer, you will need to become a basil grower. The catalogs are full of amazing varieties to try. 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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Fruit Dip mississippi

1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. grated orange rind

1 Tbsp. orange juice (or 2 tsp. orange flavoring)

Combine all ingredients and chill at least 4 hours. Use as a dip for various fresh fruits.

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‘Mississippi Church Suppers’ Church cookbooks tend to dominate our “Mississippi Cooks” page because that’s where you’ll find the dishes Mississippians have enjoyed for generations. This tradition of home cooking is showcased in a new cookbook from Great American Publishers, based in Lena. “Mississippi Church Suppers” presents more than 300 recipes collected from 70 Mississippi Baptist churches and profiles of each church with a color photograph and information. The cookbook features the staples of the southern church supper: meat loaf, chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, vegetable casseroles, cobblers, pies and cakes— and variations thereof. Additional recipes reflect more modern culinary trends, some with international inspirations. Color photographs illustrate many of the recipes. “Mississippi Church Suppers” is available in softcover at participating churches and gift shops. Price is $21.95. For more information, call Great American Publishers at 888-854-5954.

Honey and Spiced Glazed Chicken ¼ cup honey 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. sweet paprika

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper 4 (10-oz.) bone-in chicken breast halves with skin Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a small bowl, mix honey, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, paprika and cayenne. Put chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, make 2 deep slashes in each chicken breast; season with salt and pepper. Brush most of the honey glaze over chicken. Bake 15 minutes. Brush with remaining honey glaze and bake about 10 minutes longer, or until cooked through. Remove chicken breasts from oven. Preheat to broil. Using a clean brush, brush juices from baking sheet onto chicken and broil about 1 minute, or until skin is crisp. Serve immediately.

Jalapeño Bites 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 8 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated 1 large egg, beaten 4 Tbsp. seeded, chopped jalapeño peppers (about 2)

2 to 3 cups plain or seasoned breadcrumbs (or panko)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine cream cheese, Parmesan, egg and jalapeños to form a paste. Shape into ¾-inch balls, using about ½ tablespoon for each. Roll balls in breadcrumbs. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 36 Jalapeño Bites.

Roasted New Potatoes with Herbs ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 to 5 large garlic cloves, crushed 20 new potatoes, halved

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary 1 ½ Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme Salt and pepper to taste

Combine oil and garlic; set aside for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place potatoes in baking dish and sprinkle with rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour oil and garlic mixture over potatoes and toss well. Roast, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes or until tender and crusty. Serves 4 to 6.

Blackberry Upside Down Cake 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 3 ½ Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and divided ¾ cup sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature 2 tsp. vanilla extract ½ cup milk 1⁄3 cup dark-brown sugar 3 cups blackberries

Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat 2 tablespoons butter with sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with milk; beat until combined. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and arrange blackberries evenly in skillet. Pour batter over berries and smooth top. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 35 to 40 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool in skillet on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run knife around edge and carefully invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Rice Pudding with Cherries 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 1 ½ cups milk 1 ½ cups water ½ tsp. salt 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed

milk 2⁄3 cup dried cherries 2 Tbsp. heavy cream 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract Ground nutmeg, for garnish (optional)

Using a double-boiler over lightly simmering water, combine rice, milk, water and salt. Cover and cook until rice is tender. Stir in condensed milk, cherries and heavy cream. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes or until pudding thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Sprinkle with nutmeg when serving, if desired.


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By Nancy Jo Maples Ninety-nine years ago the federal government selected a tract of wooded land south of Hattiesburg as a World War I cantonment that became known as Camp Shelby. “Most people associate Camp Shelby with WWII, but the fact is that Camp Shelby dates back much further in time,” Rita Dianne McCarty, Cultural Resources Program manager at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, said. McCarty works under the Environmental Division of the Mississippi National Guard as Scenes from Camp Shelby’s early days show tents that housed soldiers an archeologist to preserve artifacts and details and a few of more than 1,200 buildings constructed for the 136,000-acre camp, located south of Hattiesburg. Photos courtesy of Camp Shelby of Camp Shelby’s history. Shelby is a national training center for guardsmen from all across the U.S. as well as for soldiers from other countries. The “Camp Shelby also had a bakery with 14 ovens. cantonment was established on July 18, 1917, when Four thousand loaves of bread were baked here each Hattiesburg won the bid for a day,” McCarty said. U.S. Army camp. The property Soldiers lived in tents in segwas donated by the J.J. Newman ments of the camp and were Lumber Co. in an agreement that divided by units, including sepathe government purchase lumber rate sites for Japanese soldiers from the Newman company. and another separate site for Construction occurred quickly African-American soldiers. The with the first troops sleeping in tents were so numerous that train cars while structures were Camp Shelby was sometimes built and wells were dug. called “tent city.” Family memElectricity was provided by the bers of officers and medical staff Rita Dianne McCarty works at Camp Shelby to preserve lived at three sites called Squaw Hattiesburg Traction Co. The camp’s location offered easy access artifacts and history. Shown are maps of historic camp Camps. Houses in the Squaw to the Mississippi Central and the sites on the Camp Shelby grounds. Camps were built by the owners; Gulf and Ship Island railroads. the camps had churches and a “For the day and time it was a modern place with fully functional school. electricity and other amenities,” McCarty said. “They were like a mini-town within a town,” More than 4,500 civilian contractors were hired to McCarty said. build the post. An ice-making plant, laundry faciliSoldiers were trained in artillery, cavalry, bayonet ties, hospital, two theaters, four YMCA buildings warfare and other battle techniques. Three professors and a telegraph station were among the 1,206 buildfrom Canada were relocated to Camp Shelby to teach ings constructed. The camp also had a library with soldiers the French language before the soldiers were 10,000 books donated by citizens from Kentucky, deployed to Europe. Indiana and West Virginia—home states of the first “The professors were arrested one night when they troops stationed there. These first troops totaled went into Hattiesburg to see a movie. Police arrested 6,000 National Guardsmen and formed the 38th them as spies and didn’t initially believe their story that Infantry Division. they were working for the military,” McCarty said.

At its height during WWI, Camp Shelby housed 35,000 troops. When WWI ended in November 1918 the camp was converted to serve as convalescing quarters for soldiers returning from battle. The history of Camp Shelby and the artifacts found here are important to McCarty. She is directly involved in any building or excavation project on the property because federal regulations require such projects be cleared regarding historical value. If a site has historical significance or artifacts, McCarty makes sure the historical value is not damaged and that the artifacts are permanently preserved. Trenches are among the significant remnants of the WWI training grounds. Soldiers were taught tactics in building trenches that zigzagged. “The soldiers were drilled in techniques to build trenches so that the enemy could not shoot in a straight line to kill them,” McCarty said. “The trenches are very important and are eligible for listing on the National Register (of Historic Places).” Some of the artifacts discovered at Camp Shelby include dog tags, pottery, helmets and various military gear. All are coded, catalogued and permanently preserved though an arrangement with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Some pieces are exhibited at Camp Shelby’s Armed Forces Museum, which is currently under renovation and expected to reopen this summer. McCarty also works with history prior to WWI, including a current antebellum project that includes archeological digs and research about early owners of the Camp Shelby property. Mississippi has two National Guard training sites. The Hattiesburg site is the largest with 136,000 acres. The other, a 29,000-acre site at Grenada, is called Camp McCain. Writer Nancy Jo Maples can be reached at 188 Ernest Pipkins Road, Lucedale, MS 39452 or nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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“The Power of Children: Making a Difference,” through May 25, Greenwood. Stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, Ryan White. Museum of the Mississippi Delta. Details: 662-453-0925; museumofthemississippidelta.com. Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Spring Showcase, May 7, Ridgeland. Indoor/outdoor show and sale. Free admission. Mississippi Craft Center. Details: 601-8567546; craftsmensguildofms.com. Rummage and Bake Sale, May 7, Brandon. Indoors; 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Lutheran Nativity Church. Details: 601-825-5125. McComb Train Day, May 14, McComb. Model trains, railroad car/museum tours, entertainment, food; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free admission. McComb Depot and Railroad Museum. Details: trainmaster@mcrrmuseum.com. MayFest, May 14, Olive Branch. 5K run/walk 8 a.m.; festival 9 a.m. Arts, crafts, music, more. Old Towne. Details: 662-893-0888; olivebrancholdtowne.org. Snakes, Snakes, Snakes!, May 14, Picayune. Learn about snakes from “Snake Man” Terry Vandeventer; 10-11 a.m. Admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. 43rd Annual Gospel Singing Jubilee, May 14, Pearl. Featuring Freemans, Tim Frith and Gospel Echoes, Southern Plainsmen, Revelations; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Pearl Community Center. Details: 601-906-0677. Wildlife Photography: Birds, Bugs and Other Wildlife, May 14, Holly Springs. Curt Hart and Allen Sparks to lead workshop; 9 a.m. Registration fee. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Details: strawberryplains.audubon.org. Live Oak Arts Festival, May 14, Pascagoula. Music, arts/crafts, local food, kids’ activities, more. Downtown. Details: 228-219-1114. Lakefest, May 14, Lake. Christian music of Finding Favour, 5K run/walk, car/bike show, crafts, more. Free admission. Lake Depot. Details: 601-479-4223. Lower Delta Talks: Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County and Chicot County, Ark., May 17,

Rolling Fork. Blake Wintory to present; 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharkey-Issaquena County Library. Details: 662-873-6261; lowerdelta.org. Olive Branch Genealogy Club, May 18, Olive Branch. Meets every third Wednesday; 12-2 p.m. Free; public welcome. Olive Branch Public Library. Details: 662-895-4365. Magnolia Fest, May 18-21, Horn Lake. Carnival, midway, music, food, more. Free admission. Latimer Lakes Park. Details: 662393-9897; hornlakechamber.com. Alfalfa Hay Production and Equipment Demo, May 19, Newton. Topics include establishment, fertility/harvest management, pests/diseases, more; 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Free. Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station. Details: 601-683-2084; jlt205@msstate.edu. Native Plant Sale, May 20-21, Holly Springs. Experts to answer questions; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Details: 662-252-1155; strawberryplains.audubon.org. Pascagoula Gun Show, May 20-21, Pascagoula. Buy, sell, trade, appraisals. Jackson County Fairgrounds. Details: bigpopgunshows.com. Bluegrass and Gospel Singing by the River, May 21, Chunky. Bluegrass Cartel Band, Tyler Carroll and Pineridge Bluegrass, Rowzees, Southern Grace, Jason Archie Family; begins 11 a.m. Chunky River Recreation and Trading Post. Details: 601-480-3045. Mendenhall in May, May 21, Mendenhall. Arts, crafts, car show, 5K run/walk, BBQ cookoff, kids zone, food, free concert featuring 55 South. Downtown. Details: 601-847-1725, 601-847-2525. Square Affair, May 21, Carthage. Music, garden tractor pulls, kids fishing rodeo, kids zone, art/crafts, car show, 5K run, blues by James SuperChikan Johnson, more. Free admission. McMillan Park. Details: 917-547-8579; carthagemainstre@bellsouth.net. Dixon Day, May 21, Philadelphia. Begins 10 a.m. Lunch served picnic style. Neshoba County Fairgrounds. Details: 601-656-3795. 42nd Annual A’Fair, May 21, Hernando. Arts, crafts, 5K run/walk, food, kids’ activities, music. Hernando Courthouse Square. Details: 662-280-8875; hernandooptimist.org.

Arboretum Habitat Walk: Exploring Native Plants and Their Pollinators, May 21, Picayune. MDWFP botanist Heather Sullivan to lead walk; 10-11 a.m. Admission; register by May 20. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. Butterfly and Moth Gardening, May 21, Picayune. Dr. Charles Allen to discuss attracting and feeding butterflies and moths; 1-2:30 p.m. Admission; register by May 20. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311. Mini Maker Faire, May 21-22, Meridian. Makers from various fields, from technology to arts, share skills, knowledge; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free admission. Miss. Industrial Heritage Museum. Details: makerfairemeridian.com; Facebook. Downton Abbey English Tea, May 22, Hattiesburg. Benefits Pink Ribbon Fund; 2-4 p.m. Admission. Downtown train depot. Details: 601-450-7465. World Championship Old-Time PianoPlaying Contest and Festival, May 26-30, Oxford. Early 20th century music with competitors from four countries, workshops, concerts by guest artists, sing-along show, more. Admission. University of Mississippi. Details: oldtimepianocontest.org. St. Clare Seafood Festival, May 27-29, Waveland. Music, carnival rides, fireworks show, 5K race, classic car show, more. St. Clare Catholic Church. Details: 228-467-9275; Facebook. Red Hills Festival, May 28, Louisville. Crafts, food, car show, carnival, antiques; 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Details: 662-773-3921. Living History Event, May 28, Sandy Hook. Civil War reenactors, artillery, antebellum duel, War of 1812 reenactors, more. Historic John Ford House. Details: 601-731-3999. Hill View Arts and Crafts Jubilee, May 28, Greenwood. Vendors; 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hillview Baptist Church. Details: hillviewbaptist.net/artsandcraftsjubilee. The Hoppers in Concert, May 28, Moss Point. Gospel music; 6 p.m. Admission. Escatawpa Baptist Church. Details: 228-4752938; thehoppers.com. Hog Wild Barbecue Cook Off and Family Festival, May 28, Brookhaven. 5K walk, vendors, entertainment, food. Railroad Park. Details: 601-757-2826; hogwildfestival.org. Lake Fest, May 28, Eagle Lake. Bands, food, flea market, kids fest, silent auction, door prizes. Free admission. Details: easysite.com/eaglelakematters. Crawfish Music Festival, May 28-29, Olive Branch. Gumbo cookoff, kids’ area, crafts, live music; 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. Admission. Old Towne. Details: southbranchlionsclub@gmail.com. 37th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, May 28-29, Biloxi. Exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, educational activi-

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