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Storytelling and storytellers

Storytelling is at the core of what Today in Mississippi does every month. Whether it’s articles about electrical power safety, information about your co-op’s annual meeting, or the amazing feature stories we publish that showcase the best of Mississippi, the magazine strives to tell the stories that our members both need and want. This month, our cover feature happens to be a story about storytellers. The name “Cleveland” is synonymous with sports writing in Mississippi. Three generations of the Cleveland family have been telling the stories of the state’s athletes from the state’s rural high school fields to the biggest stages in professional sports. Robert “Ace” Cleveland, his sons Rick Cleveland, — known as the dean of Mississippi sportswriters — his brother Robert “Bobby” Cleveland Jr., who tragically died earlier this year, and Rick’s son, Tyler Cleveland, are an honest to goodness sports writing dynasty. We hope you enjoy their story. Speaking of storytelling, I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to our staff at Today in Mississippi. The magazine won two National Rural Electric Cooperatives Statewide Editors Association Willie awards this year. Creative Manager Chad Calcote won 1st

place in the Best Portrait Photo category for his photograph of retired PR guru Joe Dera and Flora butcher and Chef David Raines from the March 2022 issue. Today in Mississippi Editor Steven Ward won an Award of Excellence (2nd Place) in the Best Entertaining Feature (under 650 words) category for his February 2022 story about a collector of 1980s pizza restaurant memorabilia. The Willie Awards, which are held annually, showcase the best writing, photos, and design of statewide co-op magazines from all over the U.S. Month in, and month out, the talented staff of this magazine works hard to put together a publication that is both entertaining and filled with important information about your electric cooperative. They are all storytellers at heart, and we hope that comes through every time you open one of our issues.

Mississippi is... Where Highway 84 meets 61, in a school at Washington, A teacher made learning fun. She made our little town sound great, in 1812, we were capital of the state. Jefferson College for the military bound, is now a museum on Live Oak ground. A Methodist church built in 1799, still stands strong through time.

by Michael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

This teacher made it interesting to me, with a love for Mississippi history. Thank you, Washington, 6th-grade class. Thank you, Ms. Pendergrass.

by Lynda O’Quinn, a resident of Natchez and a member of Southwest Electric.

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Time to start planting Root vegetables such as carrots are good choices for fall gardens.

Simply walking out the front door each day, we’re reminded that it is a blistering hot season. But believe it or not, now is the time to start planning and getting ready for the fall vegetable garden. The benefit of growing fall vegetables is that you can keep your home garden productive much of the year. It extends your harvest of fresh, homegrown, cool-season produce well into the fall and maybe even into winter. The secret to successfully growing fall vegetables, like many things, is all about timing. To determine when you should plant, count backward from the average date of the first annual hard frost. In Mississippi, there are big differences when this can arrive in coastal and northern counties. Fall okra Many cool-season veggies can be direct seeded, though I like to start the plants in smaller pots and transplant them. Either The secret to successfully way, the process is growing fall vegetables, the same. like many things, is all You need to know about timing. the number of days to harvest, information that is usually found on the seed packet. Count backwards from the frost date and add 10 days, as the plants will grow a little slower in the fall. This tells you when you should plant in your region. Fall is a great time to grow vegetable “sprinters,” or crops that can go from seed to plate in under 30 days. Cool-season greens like arugula, mustard and turnip and my favorites. Cincinnati Market radishes are quick and easy. Another musthave in my fall garden is any variety of kale.

Kale is a quick-maturing vegetable that is a must-have for fall vegetable gardens.

Other fall vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, and collards need a little more time to be ready to eat. Even though it’s really hot now, it is time to sow these seeds in order to have harvest-ready plants in fall. But not every fall crop needs to be a cool-season vegetable. Spring-planted okra can be pretty big right now and may be overwhelming you with pods. These big okra plants can be pruned back. When I learned this, I took my limb loppers and cut 7-foot-tall okra plants halfway down the stem. In short order, the new shoots popped out and started producing again. This is perfect weather okra-growing weather, and these plants will produce well into fall. So the take-home point for today is that even though it’s hot in the garden right now, start planting your fall vegetables. When it’s time to harvest them, the temperatures will have dropped, and you’ll still be growing and enjoying fresh veggies.

by Dr. Gary Bachman Gary Bachman, Ph.D., Extension/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. He lives in Ocean Springs and is a Singing River Electric member.

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A September symphony Septembers were different back then — 1965 and a few years afterward. At least it seems now that they were different then. The cawing of crows possessed a peculiar timbre, a resonance that, when heard in the distance, evoked a sense of tranquility, and of casual indifference. A simple chattering among fellows, allowing no rush to impede the lackadaisical. Just quiet chitchat as the collection removed itself from one location to another. The woodwinds — if this were an orchestra.

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Cornstalks contributed, their withered leaves and browned stalks serving as the string section, performing a symphony across post-harvest fields. All in well-tuned harmony with autumn’s first hints of arrival. A pleasant breeze serving as bow for cello, viola, and violin, warmth of an afternoon sun the bow’s resin. The percussion? Grasshoppers and other insects chiming, clinking, and buzzing. These were not the overriding portion of this musical jubilance — more the background. Still, the composition would be lacking without their foundation tying meter and measure and downbeat and fermata together to create the perfect whole. The blast from a Blue Jay was the brass. And there were the delightfully endearing smells. Hay fields for the most part, now lying dormant and peaceful, that last mowing of the season behind them. Seeds strewn hither and yon. And to those scattered seeds came the doves. Skydivers of great renown, those doves were. We hunted them in early September.

It is September again. Somewhere that symphony is playing. Somewhere those pleasures of sweet aromas abound. Somewhere doves are diving from above, accelerating tree-top high with skilled aerobatics, frustrating shotgunners who empty twin tubes or magazines with no reward past an enhanced admiration for the little grey missiles that outperformed shooters’ best. That somewhere is worth finding. Dove season has a rich heritage. It is the first of fall seasons, and the pursuit attracts thousands each year. That attracting translates into gatherings, cook-outs, fellowKevin Tate waits for doves in the sunflowers. ship, and sharing. Recreation in God’s Creation at its finest. And it should be pointed out, though this is a mundane calculation apart from those fun times that dove hunting — all hunting for that matter — generates millions of dollars that go into management in its various forms, including maintenance and acquisition of lands and other wildlife-related programs. And quickly: What about shotguns for doves? Most anything will do. The younger will likely lean to synthetic-stocked semis or pumps. Those older among us, those who remember reading Nash Buckingham, will entertain a strong propensity to side-by-sides. To each his own in that regard. Now that I think about it all, Septembers today are not terribly different than Septembers of my youth. Simply put, Septembers are spectacular.

by Tony Kinton Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. He lives in Carthage and is a Central Electric member. Visit www.tonykinton.com for more information.

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by Steven Ward If you hear the terms “bonsai” or “bonsai tree,” thoughts of Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid” might spring to mind. You may even think of a small tree with a certain, clipped look. That’s partly correct, according to Brussel Martin, co-owner of Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery in Olive Branch. Martin and business partner McNeal McDonnell operate the largest bonsai nursery in the United States. “Bonsai has origins in Asia with Japan having refined it into an art. Bonsai means tree in a pot. Bonsai is a connection of art and horticulture. There is no such thing as a natural bonsai tree. Bonsai is the technique you use to create a tree,” Martin said. The techniques include wiring, trimming, and occaBrussel’s Bonsai co-owners sional repotting. Over time, McNeal McDonnell (left) using these techniques, a and Brussel Martin bonsai develops character. “You start with trees that have small leaves, short needles, or compact foliage. The value of a bonsai is determined by how well and how long these techniques have been applied,” Martin said. The nursery, on Center Hill Road, is powered by Northcentral Electric. When Martin was young, his father — an architect — brought some bonsai back from a business trip to California. “I was very young, and we had the original trees for several years. I started growing more bonsai in my parent’s back yard as a teenager,” Martin said. When Martin was in his 20s, he outgrew his parents’ back yard. “I rented an old abandon nursery for a couple years and then bought five acres next to our current location. McNeal and I built our current location in 2004. It has been enlarged several times.”

Martin has gone on annual buying trips to Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea where he has friends he has worked with for years. Brussel’s Bonsai mainly sells the trees online. “We have our own website but mainly sell through other sites like 1800Flowers, Amazon, Pro Flowers, FTD, Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, and many others. They take the order, send it to us, and we ship directly to the customer. Our geographic location works well for ground shipping to most of the United States. Our packing expertise assures a bonsai arrives to the customer in good condition,” Martin said. A typical shipping Monday is anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 orders. Brussel’s has bonsai from two years to 200 years old. “One of the cool things about bonsai is being able to hold a mature old tree in your hands.” Martin said bonsai is not for everybody, but it can be a great hobby. “You can find an easy-care tree that fits your skill level. All bonsai are living plants and require maintenance, like watering and other care. Bonsai is not rocket science, or I wouldn’t be doing it,” Martin said.

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Mississippi’s 2022-2023

HUNTING SEASONS For a complete list of hunting seasons, bag limits, and other legal restrictions, go to www.mdwfp.com.

Migratory Game Birds SEASON

DATES

DAILY BAG LIMIT

POSSESSION LIMIT

Sept. Teal

Sept. 10 - Sept. 25

6

18

Sept. Canada Geese*

Sept. 1 - Sept. 30

5

15

Woodcock

Dec. 18 - Jan. 31

3

9

Snipe

Nov. 14 - Feb. 28

8

24

Gallinules (Common & Purple)

Sept. 1 - Oct. 2 Nov. 25 - Jan. 1

15 Singly or in aggregate

45 Singly or in aggregate

Rails: Clapper and King

Sept. 1 - Oct. 2 Nov. 25 - Jan. 1

15 Singly or in aggregate

45 Singly or in aggregate

Rails: Sora and Virginia

Sept. 1 - Oct. 2 Nov. 25 - Jan. 1

25 Singly or in aggregate

75 Singly or in aggregate

Mourning and White-winged Doves (North Zone)**

Sept. 3 - Oct. 14 Nov. 19 - Nov. 27 Dec. 24 - Jan. 31

15 Singly or in aggregate

SEASON

Fall Turkey DATES

45 Singly or in aggregate BAG LIMIT

Sept. 3 - Sept. 18 ONLY from October 15-November 15 on private lands in the following counties or portions of Fall turkey season is open BY PERMIT counties where Oct. the landowner/leaseholder completes fall turkeyor hunting application to the MDWFP Jackson Office receives 8 - Nov. 6 15aSingly in aggregate 45 Singly or inand aggregate tags. The fall season bag -limit is two Dec. 19 Jan. 31(2) turkeys, which may be of either sex.

Mourning and White-winged Doves (South Zone)***

Delta Zone: Bolivar County - west of the main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as 27 Break Hunting Club; Desoto, Issaquena, Tunica, and counties - west of the main Mississippi Nov. 5 Coahoma, - Feb. 28 NoWashington Limit No LimitRiver levee.

Crows

North Central Zone: Lafayette, Nov.Benton, 25 - Nov. 27 Marshall, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties.

Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots****

Dec. 2 Amite, - Dec. 4 See below**** See below**** Southwest Zone: Adams, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties. Dec. 9 - Jan. 31

Nov. 11 - Nov. 27 Dec. 2 - Dec. 4 SEASON Dec. 9 - Jan. 31

Geese: Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Ross’, and Brant Youth, Veterans, and Active Military Waterfowl Days

Light Goose Conservation Order***** (Special Permit Needed)

Youth (Private and authorized state and federal public lands. Youth under) Feb. 4 -155,and 2023 Spring

Oct. 1 - Nov. 10 Non- Resident (Public Lands) Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 Dec. 5 - Dec. 8 Feb. 1 - Feb. 3 Feb. 6 - Mar. 31

Canada Geese : 5 Spring Turkey Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 White-fronted: 3 DATES Brant: 1 Mar. 8 - 14

Same as regular season Mar. 15 - May 1 Mar. 15 - 28

No Limit*****

Canada Geese : 15 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: No limit White-fronted: 9 BAG LIMIT Brant: 3

One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season. Hunters 15 years of age and Same as regular season younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per Spring season. One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring Noseason. Limit*****

* Non-residents Turkey Hunting on Public Lands: Non-residents cannot hunt any public land in Mississippi between March 15-28 unless

*Sept. Canada Goose season is closed drawn on Roebuck in Leflore county. for either a Lake Non-resident Public Lands Turkey Permit or WMA Draw Hunt. **(Dove North Zone) Areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. ***(Dove South Zone) Areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. ****The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 redheads. The daily bag limit for scaup is 1 scaup per day Nov. 25 SEASON DATES DAILY BAG LIMIT – 27, Dec. 2 – 4, and Dec. 9 – 17; and is 2 scaup per day Dec. 18 – Jan. 31.

Small Game

Youth Squirrel*

Sept. 24 - 30

8

Squirrel - Fall Season

Oct. 1 - Feb. 28

8

Squirrel - Spring Season

May 15 - June 1

4

Rabbit

Oct. 15 - Feb. 28

8

Frog

April 1 - Sept. 30

25/Night

The merganser daily bag limit is a total of 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The coot daily bag limit is a total of 15 coots.

The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.

Shooting hours for all migratory game birds are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the Light Goose ConservaBobwhite Quail Nov. 24 - Mar. 4 8 tion Order (see below). *****The Light Goose Conservation Order is a special Raccoon opportunity designed to reduce population of overpopulated snow, blue, and July the 1 - Sept. 30 1 per Party/Night Ross’ geese when no other waterfowl seasons are open. This order allows for expanded methods of take that are not allowed Oct. 1 - Oct. 31 during regular waterfowl seasons. To participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order, hunters need a valid Mississippi hunting 5/Day; 8/Party No Limit (Food and sport) license, state waterfowl stamp, and a freeOpossum, Light Goose Order permit number. Hunters can obtain a permit number by Raccoon,Conservation and Bobcat Nov. 1 - Feb. 28 (Food, sport, and pelt) visiting mdwfp.com/waterfowl. Trapping Nov. 1 - Mar. 15

Mississippi’s largest circulated publication. Light Goose Conservation Order Methods: Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Only snow, blue, and No Limit

Ross’ geese are eligible for harvest. The use of electronic callsand is allowed. of unplugged shotguns allowed. There is no daily *On private lands authorized The state use and federal lands only in those areasisopen for squirrel hunting. or possession limit for snow, blue, or Ross’ geese. Hunters must use non-toxic shot. Hunters must possess a valid Mississippi hunting license and a Mississippi state waterfowl stamp. Light goose conservation order hunters do not need a federal duck stamp.

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DELTA UNIT

A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR one main beam at least 15 inches long. How to estimate a 12 inch inside spread:

How to estimate a 15 inch main beam:

12” Inside Spread

15” Main Beam

Estimating a 12 inch spread is accomplished by observing a buck’s ears in the alert position. When in the alert position, the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip measures approximately 15* inches. If the OUTSIDE of each antler beam reaches the ear-tip, the inside spread is approximately 12 inches. (Therefore, if the outside of both antler beams reach the ear tips, the buck is legal).

DEER ZONES

*Due to body size differences in the Delta Unit, ear-tip to ear-tip measurements are slightly larger compared to the other units.

WHITE-TAILED DEER

DELTA, NORTHEAST, NORTH CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL, AND SOUTHWEST UNITS

METHOD

SEASON DATES

Archery

Sept. 16 - 18

Youth Season (15 and under)

BAG LIMITS ■ Antlered Buck Deer: The statewide bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day and three (3) per annual season. One (1) of these three (3) may have hardened antlers that do not meet the unit legal antler requirements on private land and Holly Springs National Forest. For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and fed- eral lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer. Antlered buck bag limit in the North Central Deer Management Unit (DMU) is one (1) buck per day and four (4) per annual season. No antler restrictions apply to this DMU. All four bucks may have any sized hardened antlers. ■ Antlerless Deer: Private lands: The statewide annual bag limit on antlerless deer is five (5). The antlerless bag limit for private lands in the North Central DMU is ten (10) antler- less deer per season. Antlerless deer are male or female deer which do not have hardened antler above the natural hairline. Only two (2) antlerless deer may be harvested from the Southeast Unit. There is no daily bag limit on antlerless deer in the Northeast, North Central, East Central, Southwest, and Delta units. Only one (1) antlerless deer per day may be harvested in the Southeast DMU. U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed five (5) per annual season except in the Southeast Unit, which is two (2) per annual season.

To estimate a 15 inch main beam, the buck’s head must be observed from the side. If the tip of the main beam extends between the front of the eye and the tip of the nose, main beam length is approximately 15 inches.

LEGAL DEER Legal Bucks Only. Special permit, mandatory reporting, and CWD sampling required.

Oct. 1 - Nov. 18

Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF

Nov. 5 - Nov. 18

Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands.

Nov. 19 - Jan. 31

Either-Sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow below legal deer criteria.

Antlerless Primitive Weapon

Nov. 7 - 18

Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 19 - Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 - Jan. 18

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Spring NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 19 - 31

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

METHOD

SEASON DATES

LEGAL DEER

Archery

Sept. 16 - 18

Legal Bucks Only. Special permit, mandatory reporting, and CWD sampling required.

Oct. 15 - Nov. 18

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

SOUTHEAST UNIT

Youth Season (15 and under)

Nov. 5 - Nov. 18

Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands.

Nov. 19 - Feb. 15

Either-Sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow below legal deer criteria.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 19 - Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Either-Sex on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 - Jan. 18

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Jan. 19 - 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Feb. 1 - 15

Legal Bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

SEASON SEASON

Fall Turkey DATES DATES

BAG BAG LIMIT LIMIT

Fall Fall turkey turkey season season is is open open BY BY PERMIT PERMIT ONLY ONLY from from October October 15-November 15-November 15 15 on on private private lands lands in in the the following following counties counties or or portions portions of of counties counties where where the the landowner/leaseholder landowner/leaseholder completes completes a a fall fall turkey turkey hunting hunting application application to to the the MDWFP MDWFP Jackson Jackson Office Office and and receives receives tags. tags. The The fall fall season season bag bag limit limit is is two two (2) (2) turkeys, turkeys, which which may may be be of of either either sex. sex. Delta Delta Zone: Zone: Bolivar Bolivar County County -- west west of of the the main main Mississippi Mississippi River River levee levee and and those those lands lands east east of of the the main main Mississippi Mississippi River River levee levee known known as as 27 27 Break Break Hunting Hunting Club; Club; Coahoma, Coahoma, Desoto, Desoto, Issaquena, Issaquena, Tunica, Tunica, and and Washington Washington counties counties -- west west of of the the main main Mississippi Mississippi River River levee. levee. North North Central Central Zone: Zone: Benton, Benton, Lafayette, Lafayette, Marshall, Marshall, Panola, Panola, Tippah, Tippah, and and Union Union counties. counties. Southwest Southwest Zone: Zone: Adams, Adams, Amite, Amite, Claiborne, Claiborne, Copiah, Copiah, Hinds, Hinds, Franklin, Franklin, Jefferson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lincoln, Madison, Madison, Warren, Warren, Wilkinson, Wilkinson, and and Yazoo Yazoo counties. counties.

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Mar. Mar. 15 15 -- May May 1 1

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Mar. Mar. 15 15 -- 28 28

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“With the help of our members and employees, Magnolia Electric Power collected 38 jars of peanut butter, which has now been distributed to two local food pantries!” said MEP Manager of Member Services and Communications Lucy Shell. Nineteen jars of the golden food were distributed to St. Andrew’s Food Ministry and another 19 jars were distributed to MICA (McComb Interdenominational Care Association). At the St. Andrew’s distribution were MEP’s Lucy Shell and Mable Lenard and St. Andrew’s Heather Van and Lanette Granger. At the MICA distribution were MICA’s June Moak, MEP’s Heather Atwood, MICA’s Jerry Calhoun, MICA’s Christine Montgomery and MEP’s Laura McKenzie.

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The MEP Peanut Butter Drive was a part of Cooperative Energy’s collaboration with Extra Table on their Everyone Eats program. Cooperative Energy, our state’s generation and transmission cooperative, which is headquartered in Hattiesburg, gave a donation to Extra Table that provided almost 350,000 meals to those hungry across Mississippi! According to Extra Table Executive Director Martha Allen, “During the month of July, Cooperative Energy provided Extra Table with the resources to purchase the necessary food for all 57 food pantries!” “As we print this story to give our MEP members an update, we also want to thank everyone who donated to the Peanut Butter Drive,” Shell said.

Extra Table is located at 3904 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39402. You can email Martha Allen at martha@extratable.org or call the office at 601-264-0672. Visit www.EXTRATABLE.org to donate or learn more about their feeding programs.

Donation made to Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center Representatives from Magnolia Electric Power made a quick visit to the Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center recently to present the organization with money they helped raise for the center. Haley Shepherd, Anthony Hughes, and Luis Ybarra, all who served as co-chairs of the 2022 MEP Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser, presented a $1,700 check to officials at the center for their endeavors. The co-chairs held a raffle and drawing for several prizes and sold t-shirts to raise Luis Ybarra (left) presents the check the funds for the center. MEP members, to Southwest Mississippi Children’s MEP employees, and their family members Advocacy Center’s Kim Walley. all supported the fundraiser. The top five winners of the raffle were: Echo Weed Eater, Mary Ybarra; Apple iPad, Kendrick Lampton; Apple AirPods Pro, Phil Delozier; KitchenAid

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At the MICA distribution were (from left) MICA’s June Moak, MEP’s Heather Atwood, MICA’s Jerry Calhoun, MICA’s Christine Montgomery, and MEP’s Laura McKenzie.

At the St. Andrew’s distribution were (from left) MEP’s Lucy Shell and Mable Lenard and St. Andrew’s Heather Van and Lanette Granger.

5-Quart Stand Mixer, Susan Bracey; Solo Stove Smokeless Fire Pit, Terri Blake. On MEP’s Facebook page, dated June 10, there is a video announcing all the winners as their names are drawn. “MEP would like to thank our members, family and friends who helped in raising the money for the Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center. We would also like to thank Tylertown Hardware and Graves Cycle for the items they donated,” said Shepherd.

Magnolia Electric Power’s Anthony Hughes, Haley Shepherd, and Luis Ybarra (from left), who all served as co-chairs of the 2022 MEP Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser, recently presented a check to the center. Those representing the center were (starting fourth from left) Kim Walley, Alexia Steptoe, Donna Lukacs, and Mary Hudson. Hughes is holding the MEP T-shirt, which was sold as part of the fundraiser, to show the back of the shirt.


Easy ways to help a neighbor by Miranda Boutelle I’m a firm believer that saving energy helps the environment as well as the pocketbook. So, how can I help others improve their energy savings at home?

Helping people feels good. Supporting community is sewn into the fabric of your electric co-op, which is guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles that put the needs of members first.

On National Good Neighbor Day, which is September 28 — or any day this month — join in the cooperative spirit and help your neighbors, friends, and family save at home with these do-it-yourself energy-saving tips. Tips range in physicality and cost, providing options based on your ability.

Change lightbulbs

Swap the filter

Adjust the water heater

Open the dampers

Remove the window AC

Share energy-saving programs

Prioritize changing lights that are used the most, such as incandescent porch lights left on all night. LEDs use about 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Some neighbors can’t climb step stools or ladders, so help them out if you are able. Be sure to check for overhead power lines when using ladders outside.

Register dampers allow heated and cooled air to properly circulate throughout the home. If you have a central air heating or cooling system, dampers should be left open. The idea that closing registers saves energy is a common misconception. If furniture is on top of dampers, move it to a new permanent spot, so it does not block air flow.

Furnace filters should be checked regularly and replaced when they are dirty. Simply writing down the dimensions of the furnace filter can help your neighbor, who can pick up a pack of new ones in the store or order online. If you find a really dirty furnace filter, don’t remove it until you have a replacement. Operating your system without a filter allows dirt and dust in the system to go directly to the heating and cooling components, which can damage the system and necessitate costly repairs.

By removing the unit before wintertime, the window can close properly. This prevents heat from escaping and wasting energy. It also keeps the room more comfortable. Window AC units are heavy and awkward. This project is best done with a buddy. Get that person to commit to helping put the unit back next spring.

Check the water heater and set it to 120 degrees. Use a kitchen thermometer to test the water temperature. At the faucet nearest the water heater, turn only the hot water on and wait until it gets hot. Let the hot water run into a glass and place a kitchen thermometer in it. Wait until it registers the highest temperature. If the water heater is set too high, you can save energy by lowering the setting.

Information is a great way to help, and it’s free. Don’t forget to check the U.S. Department of Energy for federal tax credits for upgrades. Share the information with your neighbor.

Miranda Boutelle is the vice president of operations and customer engagement at Efficiency Services Group in Oregon, a cooperatively owned energy efficiency company.

Member/customer charge rising Magnolia Electric Power has had to raise the member/customer charge $10 a month due to inflationary and supply chain pressures. This increase comes as MEP has seen significant increases in the cost of materials used to maintain our grid, fuel to run our vehicles, and an inability to get materials needed in a timely fashion. MEP has not seen an increase since September 2017, and we will continue to do everything in our power to hold costs down as we face the uncertainties of the current economy.


Store medications properly to avoid Accidental Ingestion by Susan Collins-Smith Over-the-counter medications and supplements seem safer than prescription drugs, but a dramatic rise in pediatric melatonin overdoses serves as a warning that these items can be dangerous and must be stored safely. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 530% increase in melatonin overdose in children from 2012 to 2020. Most of these ingestions were unintentional and occurred among children 5 and younger in their homes. While this study focused on melatonin, other studies generated data pointing to an increase in overdoses from various sources, including other supplements, medications, and controlled substances, said Lori Staton, a human development and family science specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

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“Overdoses in children have been on the rise,” said Staton, who is also an associate professor in the MSU School of Human Sciences. “People can easily get supplements over the counter, and many come in gummy form. To a child, that looks and tastes like candy.” Proper storage is important to help avoid accidental ingestion, said David Buys, Extension health specialist. “We recommend for the safety of those taking medicines and others who may be in the home, such as young children, guests or pets, people should keep their medicines in their original containers and up, out of sight and out of reach. “Of course, you need to get the prescription drugs stored out of reach, but other items you have, like supplements and vitamins, matter just as much,” Buys said.


Buys said keeping these items in a medicine cabinet or another out-of-reach area can work in some households. People with young children may need to consider using child safety locks on cabinets. For those with older children or guests coming into the home, it may be a good idea to use a lock or lock box. Staton points out that many consumers do not realize that the Food and Drug Administration has limited oversight of supplements. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure the safety and legality of their products. The FDA cannot approve a supplement or its labeling; its authority is limited to removing mislabeled or contaminated supplements from the market. “Supplements are not regulated by the FDA like medications,” Staton said. “The amount of ingredients could vary across manufacturers. For many supplements on the market, you don’t have a good way to know whether it contains the actual drug listed on the label, how much of the actual drug it contains, if the active ingredient can be absorbed by the body, and whether there are any impurities, such as heavy metals.” Some supplements are tested by U.S. Pharmacopeia, an independent, nonprofit scientific organization that establishes minimum quality standards for medications, supplements, and food. Pharmacopeia’s seal appears on supplements it has tested and verified. If people do choose to use these products, Buys urges them to always consult a health care professional before beginning a supplement, regardless of brand or type. “This is essential because some supplements, including vitamins, can interfere with medications,” he said. While people may be tempted to use an over-the-counter sleep aid, such as melatonin, Staton said it is best to avoid these substances. Instead, she recommends concentrating on good sleep hygiene.

Overdoses in children have been on the rise. People can easily get supplements over the counter, and many come in gummy form. To a child, that looks and tastes like candy.

“Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis is important for our physical, cognitive, social and behavioral health,” she said. “Start with creating a bedtime routine and keeping a regular sleep/ wake schedule, even on the weekends.” A healthy bedtime routine includes a consistent, repetitive set of activities done every day a half-hour to an hour before bedtime. Activities shown to benefit sleep for children include reading, taking a warm bath, having a nutritious snack, and talking about their day. For adults, beneficial activities include journaling, reading, yoga, meditation and listening to music. It also helps to follow sleep hygiene rules, such as keeping the bedroom dark, cool and quiet.

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Keep food safe by Abby Berry

Severe winds, lightning, and even squirrels can temporarily cause the power to go out. We understand power outages of any length can be frustrating, especially when your fridge is stocked with perishable foods. Extended power outages are rare, but when they occur, it’s important to understand food safety measures to take to avoid illness.

Here are a few food safety tips to keep in mind before, during, and after a power outage.

Before an outage

A good rule of thumb is to keep an emergency supply kit on hand. Be sure to include nonperishable food items like bottled water, powdered milk, canned goods, cereal, and protein bars in your emergency kit. If you have advance warning that an outage is possible, fill a cooler with ice — just in case the outage spans several hours. Having a cooler ready to go can buy extra time for your refrigerated, perishable items.

During an outage

If an outage occurs, do not open the refrigerator or freezer unless absolutely necessary. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A half-full freezer will keep food frozen for about 24 hours and a full freezer for about 48 hours. If it looks like the power outage will last longer than four hours, move your important perishable items to an ice-filled cooler.

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After an outagefood safe when Keep the power goes out If refrigerated foods have been exposed to temperatures higher than 40 degrees for more than two hours, the American Red Cross recommends discarding the items. If any foods have an unusual color, odor, or texture, they should be thrown away. While most perishable foods should be thrown out after an extended outage, there are a few items that are safe to consume after a two-hour exposure to 40+ degrees: • hard cheeses that are properly wrapped • butter or margarine that is properly wrapped • taco, barbecue, and soy sauces • peanut butter, jelly, mustard, ketchup, and relish The best way to avoid illness from spoiled food during or after an outage is to follow the four-hour rule of thumb. After an outage, always smell and inspect foods before consuming and remember: when in doubt, throw it out.

To learn more about food safety after an emergency, visit www.ready.gov/food Abby Berry writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

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Tyler Cleveland, left, holds a photo of his grandfather Robert “Ace” Cleveland. Rick Cleveland, right, holds a photo of himself and brother Bobby Cleveland.

FOR THREE GENERATIONS

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by Tammy Ramsdell

he 13-year-old boy sat at the kitchen table with a sheet of paper in the Underwood typewriter his daddy had bought him. He had two lines typed: By Rickey Cleveland

Hattiesburg American

His daddy had driven him from Hattiesburg to his first assignment, a football game in Lucedale, and he had a deadline to make. About 20 minutes had passed when “Ace,” a semipro baseball-player-turned sports writer, came back to the kitchen to fix a drink and check on his son. “I can’t get started,” said Rickey, who had decided at age 12 — when he “learned he couldn’t hit a curve ball and had no chance to play in the Major Leagues” — to do what his daddy did.

What he heard next would be advice the most award-winning sports writer in Mississippi history, who turns 70 in October, still uses to this day. “Well, if I was you, I would just start writing it like you would tell it to somebody.” So, what would that advice look like for this story? If ever there was a dynasty in sports writing, Mississippi’s Cleveland family is it. Since 1946, the Cleveland name has been on a byline from every nook and cranny of the state. And beyond.

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Robert Hayes “Ace” Cleveland, a World War II veteran and Hattiesburg native, was inducted posthumously into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame for sports writing in 1998. He started his career as sports editor of the Hattiesburg American. (He told the editor, who was covering one of his games, that he could write better than the sports editor. It was vintage Ace, and it wasn’t long before he was offered the job.) Later Ace did a stint at the Jackson Daily News before joining what is now The University of Southern Mississippi, where he was sports information director for 31 years. The press box at M.M. Roberts Stadium is named in his honor. He and wife Carrie had two sons, Rick and Robert Hayes “Bobby” Jr.

Robert Hayes “Bobby” Cleveland Jr. worked offshore on oil rigs and as a bartender before starting to cover games while a student at USM. “I think he started writing mostly for beer money, but he was instantly good at it. He was a natural,” Rick said of his younger brother. Bobby’s fishing and hunting expertise — he even met wife Pam at a bait shop — paired with a classic Cleveland family sense of humor made him a favorite among Clarion Ledger readers over the years. The award-winning writer later worked as a freelancer and then for the Ross Barnett Reservoir and Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. When Bobby, 67, died from injuries suffered in an auto accident April 28, a petition was started to rename the reservoir in his honor. He had long advocated for a name change, given the reservoir’s namesake former Gov. Ross Barnett’s segregationist stance. On July 21, the Reservoir Board of Directors voted to change the name of Lakeshore Park to Bobby Cleveland Park at Lakeshore.

Rick Cleveland was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame for sports writing in 2017. He was the sports editor of the Hattiesburg American then spent nearly 33 years at The Clarion Ledger in Jackson. He spent four years at the helm of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum before joining the online news outlet Mississippi Today in 2016. He has written four books and covered 25 Super Bowls, several Masters tournaments, the 1996 Olympic games, a couple of U.S. Opens, more bowl games than he can count, and the Mississippi State and Ole Miss College World Series championships. His favorite event, though, remains the State 1A football championship. “Those games are often magical.” He’s always wanted to cover the Kentucky Derby. Never has. He and wife Liz, who live in Jackson, have two children, Tyler, 36, and Annie, 33, a second-year law student at Tulane University. One more thing of note. Rick didn’t always take his daddy’s advice. If he had, he never would have become a sports writer. Low pay. Grueling hours. Nights and weekends away from family. “Dad tried to talk me out of it.”

Tyler Cleveland, senior reporter and editor of the online site Scorebook Live, I’ve done some radio writes, edits and plans coverwork and know what will age that includes every high play on the air and what school in the state. He has worked for several papers, won’t, and he’s the including the Hattiesburg American and The Clarion encyclopedia of Ledger. Like the Clevelands Mississippi sports before him, he earned his degree at USM. knowledge. A little over a year ago, he teamed up with his dad for a weekly podcast, “Crooked Letter Sports.” “It’s actually the first time we’ve ever worked together, which is cool,” Tyler said. They both bring a lot to the table. “I’ve done some radio work and know what will play on the air and what won’t, and he’s the encyclopedia of Mississippi sports knowledge,” Tyler said. But if Tyler had listened to his dad, they wouldn’t be doing the podcast. “I tried like hell to talk him out of it (journalism), because I could see what was happening to newspapers,” Rick said. “I had no more luck than my daddy did with Bobby and me.”

Tammy Ramsdell, an award-winning reporter and editor, has been writing for more than 40 years. The South Dakota native, who’s learned to like grits and sweet tea, lives in Jackson.

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Archie Manning, Tim Floyd on the Clevelands Both Archie Manning, who knows a thing or two about sons following in their father’s footsteps, and Tim Floyd, who coached several high-profile college basketball teams and followed Phil Jackson as the coach of the Chicago Bulls, call the contributions of the Clevelands immeasurable. They have championed Mississippi sports at every level with a commitment to accuracy and fairness, a sense of compassion and an abundance of wit. Ace was the sports information director at USM when Manning first met him. He was a real “character,” Manning said, “a lot of fun.” But it was his personal treatment of athletes that stays with him. “My first year, coming out of Ole Miss,” Manning said, brought a lot of attention from the media and fans as he entered training camp with the New Orleans Saints in Hattiesburg. “Ace took good care of me.” Over the years, Manning developed a deep respect for Rick, who wrote stories not only about him, but sons Peyton and Eli. “I cherish

his friendship,” he said, describing Rick as a remarkable historian of Mississippi sports. Floyd said Ace and wife Carrie were like “second parents to me growing up.” He and Rick have remained fast friends for more than 60 years. They met when Floyd’s dad Lee was basketball coach at USM. While Ace was the writer, Floyd said Carrie’s influence shouldn’t be underestimated. She was sensitive, he said, to how words affected people’s lives. “Assassination,” Floyd said, has never been in the playbook for any of the Clevelands, calling it “a beautiful part of the legacy of the family.” In fact, he said, he often sees Rick’s mother in his writing. There’s a reason for that. It’s his mother he often has in mind when he writes, Rick said. “She was a huge sports fan, but she didn’t give a rat’s ass about the x’s and o’s. She was into it because of the people and the pageantry and the passion inherent in sports.”

Persevering through the changing landscape of journalism Adam Ganucheau, editor-in-chief of Mississippi Today, said Rick’s writing inspired him to become a journalist. Now, the 30-year-old is Rick’s boss — and still learning from him. He also has high praise for Tyler. “High school sports is quite literally everything for so many Mississippians. He’s one of the few telling those important stories,” Ganucheau said. “It’s right up Cleveland alley.” From typewriters to laptops, print to digital, and a massive number of layoffs along the way, the Clevelands have persevered through incredible change in journalism. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. When you’re part of a dynasty, it’s what you do.

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by Katherine Loving According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric vehicle (EV) sales doubled from 2020 to 2021, reaching a record high of 608,000 sales. Sales of internal combustion engine vehicles grew by only 3% the same year. The number of EVs on the road will continue to grow over the next five to 10 years, and many brands have pledged to convert to manufacturing only EVs within the next three to 12 years. Part of this sales growth stems from more choices in the EV market. Today, more than 80 base models of sedans, SUVs and minivans are available. The number of automakers that are exclusively manufacturing plug-in vehicles is also increasing, from recognizable brands like Tesla to growing brands like Rivian, Polestar, Karma and Lucid. Ford introduced its now sold-out F-150 Lightning in April and is already taking orders for 2023. While the EV market is growing, it has some challenges to overcome before broader adoption takes place. The upfront cost of an EV is more expensive than a comparable gas-powered vehicle, and many EVs are limited to a driving range of 250 miles on average — though there are exceptions. Some automakers offer EV models with ranges over 300 miles and a handful are approaching 400. Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and Nissan offer EV models that are priced around $30,000, and available federal tax credits can bring the initial costs down considerably. EV range numbers are approaching those of a tank of gas, but EVs require more time to charge compared to a gas-powered vehicle’s quick fill-up. Even at the fastest charging level, it takes

Ford, Hyundai, Kia and Nissan offer EV models that are priced around $30,000, and available federal tax credits can bring the initial costs down considerably. Photo Credit: Nissan

approximately 20 minutes to charge 80% capacity. This makes EVs suitable for daily driving needs like commuting or running errands but less suitable for longer road trips. Access to publicly available charging stations is not as plentiful or as geographically accessible as gas stations, which makes using an EV for an extended road trip less straightforward. However, The Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy have teamed up to offer grants to help states and local partners, including electric cooperatives, to develop a national charging network with EV chargers located every 50 miles on interstates. The goal is to place EV chargers where they make the most sense in terms of business or recreational activities. National parks, convenience stores and local businesses could be popular stops for EV charging. Compared to a standard wall outlet, charging times can be shortened by using a Level 2 charger. Level 1 chargers are the standard charger that come with an EV and provide about 40 miles of range after eight hours of charging. Level 2 chargers provide about 25 miles per charging hour. They consume a lot of power over a short amount of time and require local electric infrastructure to support the increased energy load. If you’re considering a Level 2 charger, make sure your home’s electrical system is in good shape and give your electric co-op a heads up. Katherine Loving writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Electric vehicle sales continue to climb. Ford introduced its now sold-out F-150 Lightning in April and is already taking orders for 2023. Photo Credit: Ford

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with Martha Hall Foose

Chicken Divan

Serves 6

Chicken Divan, an old school staple of the potluck, might seem to be not much in fashion these days. But I can assure you it will be a hit at a luncheon or dinner. The sherry gives it a sophisticated pop of flavor and a rotisserie chicken makes a short prep time. This casserole freezes wonderfully either baked or not baked and can go straight from the freezer to the oven. Just increase the baking time by 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS 3 cups diced cooked chicken 1 (10.5-ounce) can condensed cream of broccoli soup 1 (10.5-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets ¼ cup finely cut green onions 1 cup half and half 1⁄3 cup sherry 1 cup cooked rice 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese plus 2 tablespoons for topping 1 cup crushed Ritz cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons melted butter Butter a 2-quart baking dish and heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the chicken, soups, broccoli, onions, half and half, sherry, rice, and 2 cups of cheese. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. In a small bowl mix the crumbs and butter. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the casserole then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake 45 minutes or until bubbly. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

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Lazy cinnamon rolls These super cinnamon-spiced, gooey (in the best sense of the word), icing-drenched rolls may be thought of as a breakfast treat. Really though, these are good 24/7. One of the things that makes these so fantastic is that this dough is very forgiving. Some recipes do require precise measurements when baking. This one is a throw it together and know it’s going to be delicious kind of deal. A couple of pantry items that can be kept on hand are key elements. The first is evaporated milk, and the second is organic powdered sugar.

INGREDIENTS

Yields 9 large rolls

The reason for evaporated milk is — well, it’s just so easy to have around. Soaking the rolls prior to baking insures a tremendous amount of gooeyness. The reason for the organic powdered sugar is because it usually contains tapioca starch instead of the corn starch most conventional powdered sugars use to keep the sugar from clumping. You can get up super early and make these knowing full well they are going to need to rise for at least an hour and a half, or shape them the night before. Then just pop them in the fridge and set them to rise while the coffee is brewing.

ICING

SPREAD

¼ cup warm water 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon granulated sugar ¼ cup evaporated milk 1 packet rapid-rise yeast Splash of vanilla extract 3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour Tiny pinch of salt ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 2⁄3 cup very softened butter 1 large egg 1⁄3 cup evaporated milk (reserve remaining for soaking and icing) 1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup dark brown sugar 1⁄3 cup very softened butter 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon Dashes of ground ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom, if desired

In a 2-cup measuring cup combine the water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface and let hydrate for 5 minutes. Whisk together and set aside until foamy about 8 to 10 more minutes. Butter an 8-inch baking dish and set aside. Whisk in the egg, 1⁄3 cup evaporated milk, vanilla, and 2⁄3 cup softened butter. In a large bowl, sift in 3 ½ cups flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and stir until well combined. The dough will be lumpy but that’ll be alright. Let sit for 5 minutes. Knead the dough a few minutes until it is smooth. Cover with a damp dishtowel and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. Takes about an hour. Roll dough into a 12 x 22-inch rectangle. Spread all the way to the edges. Using a serrated knife, cut into 9 rounds. Place the rolls in the prepared pan and cover loosely with wrap. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Allow rolls to rise until just about doubled in size. Pour remaining evaporated milk over the rolls. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and all the milk has been absorbed. Place on a rack to cool 10 minutes. Spoon icing over the warm rolls.

by Martha Hall Foose Martha Hall Foose, the author of “Screen Doors & Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales of a Southern Cook,” won the James Beard Award for American Cooking. Her latest collaboration is “A Good Meal is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South” with Amy C. Evans. Martha makes her home in the Mississippi Delta with her husband and son. She is a member of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association.

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mississippi marketplace Events open to themenu public will be published free of charge as space allows. Submit details at least two months prior to the event date. Submissions must on the outdoors today include a phone number with area code for publication. Email to news@ecm.coop. Events are subject to change. around the picture this The Gulf Coast Military Collectors & Antique Arms Thescene World of Marty Stuart. Now through the end of ‘sip Show. Oct. 28 and 29. Biloxi. Historical artifacts from the year. Jackson. The exhibit will debut at the Two Medicare Supplements all periods and wars — Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Mississippi Museums downtown. “The World of Marty my opinion co-op involvement Vietnam bought, sold, traded, and exhibited. 11 a.m. Stuart” explores Stuart’s life and his legacy of colGuaranteed Renewable lecting country music’s stories. The exhibit includes hundreds of items never shown before in Mississippi, including Marty’s first guitar, original handwritten Hank Williams manuscripts, guitars from Merle Haggard and Pops Staples, costumes from Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, personal items from Johnny Cash, including his first black performance suit, and much more. 222 North St. No. 1206. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details: 601-576-6934.

to 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29. Joppa Shriners’ Center, 13280 Shriner’s Blvd. Take I-10 exit 41 (Wool Market/Shriner’s Blvd.) between Biloxi and Gulfport. Go north to the 4-way stop, then continue north 1/4 mile to the Joppa Shriner’s Center on the right. Admission is $7. Details: 228-224-1120.

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Mossy Oak Show & Shine Cruise. Sep. 3. West Point. Mossy Oak Mall. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20 entry fee. Cash prizes. Fundraiser for St Jude Hospital. Presented by Southern Cruisers Car Club of Mississippi. Details: 662-574-2678. Waynesboro Farmers Market. Sep. 3 and Oct. 1. Waynesboro. A free event for vendors and patrons. Livestock, produce, canned goods, baked goods, and crafts. 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 3849 Hwy 63. Details: 601-410-1001. 3rd Annual Faery Court Masquerade Ball. Sept. 24. Biloxi. Court of the Dark Fae Wildlife Fundraiser. Costume or formal attire required. Immersive event based on Venetian tradition, fantasy stories, Celtic faery and goblin lore, and stories of fantasy and wonder. Between the sea and the land, under the ancient live oak trees, between the worlds, the veil is open for one night. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd. Limited VIP tickets $70 or table of 8, $500.General admission pre-sales tickets $45. General admission at the door tickets $55. Details: Faery-ball.com or call 228-280-3461.

Byrd’s Chapel Annual Fall Festival. Oct. 29. Carriere. Crafts, food, and auction. 26 Byrd’s Chapel Road. Details: Pam Farr at 601-799-6606 or Mae Smith at 607-875-9008. Holy Land Trip. Nov. 25 to Dec. 4. Ronnie and Beverly Cottingham are hosting a trip to the Holy Land. This will be their 20th time to host trips to “the land of the Bible.” If you’ve ever dreamed of literally walking where our Lord walked, this trip is for you. Sponsored by Jus’ Jesus Ministries, Incorporated of Lucedale. Space is limited. Details: 601-770-1447.

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Bluegrass in the Park. Oct. 22. Quitman. Sponsored by Friends of Clarkco State Park. Entertainment will include Bound & Determined of Northport, Alabama, Answered Prayer Gospel Band of Brandon, and Tyler Carroll and Pineridge of Quitman. Bring your lawn chairs. Concessions for sale by Friends of Clarkco State Park. Entry fee is $2 per person. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clarkco State Park, 386 Clarkco Road. Details: 601-776-6651.

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Clarke Fest. Sept. 24. Quitman. Clarke County Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Archusa Water Park. The event will feature the Paul Brown Memorial Car Show, a bass tournament, arts and crafts vendors, non-profit booths, food vendors, kids area, and entertainment all day. Admission is $1 at the gate. Details: 601-776-5701. Turkey shoots. Sept. 24, Nov. 12, and Dec. 17. Jackson County. Shoots begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Daisy Masonic Lodge No. 421, 25700 School House Road. Vestry. Drive 14 miles north of Vancleave off Hwy 57. Details: 228-383-2669.

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Labor Day is to autumn what in late July and early August. Memorial Day is to summer — Maybe it’s been so hot they the marker for the unofficial bedecided not to make the whole ginning of the new season. The trip this year and found some actual changing of the seasons shade and stayed. Then again, are offset a few weeks determaybe I’ve seen more because mined by the position of the sun I’ve been keeping my humin relation to the equator. Autumn mingbird feeders filled better begins when the sun passes over this year. the equator heading south in Back when we were kids, late September, and winter starts we rarely saw hummingbirds. as soon as the sun gets as far Maybe we were too busy. But south as it is going and heads it was an event worthy of tellback north in late December. ing the rest of the gang when Another of my signs of fall came early this year. Then spring begins when the sun one whizzed past. Of course, by passes over the equator again on the time I could tell them, the I watch for the hummingbirds to swarm our its return trip back north in late hummer would have flitted on feeders every September. That’s when they March. Summer starts when the and none of the other kids saw start coming through Mississippi migrating sun makes it as far north as it it. But with feeders at the end back to Mexico and Central America. going to go and starts back south of our porch just outside the in late June. Celestially, the sun kitchen window, we have dictates the seasons. hummingbirds so often that I rarely bother to announce seeing one However, in practical terms, the way we live our lives isn’t tied to the anymore. Although occasionally I do. earth and the sun so much as it is governed by things such as the school By the way, the hummingbirds come back through Mississippi in great year starting and ending. Holidays like Christmas, Memorial Day, and Lanumbers in March heading north. Just like the sun, both sun and birds bor Day make good way markers, too. Besides, back to school has more head south in the fall and north in spring. Another practical marker of the of a tangible effect on our lives than the sun crossing some invisible line. ongoing seasons. Settling into the routine of the kids off to class is a distinct way-of-life change from the unstructured days of summer. Years ago, back when school didn’t start until after Labor Day weekend, it really made September seem more like fall than summer. But with school starting in early August nowadays, it muddles up my September by Walt Grayson “clean break” theory. It’s a blend more than a bang. Another of my signs of fall came early this year. I watch for the hummingbirds to swarm our feeders every September. That’s when they start 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 coming through Mississippi migrating back to Mexico and Central AmerReminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Walt is also a reporter and 4 ica from summering in places as far north as Canada. But I have already p.m. news anchor at WJTV in Jackson. He lives in Brandon and is a Central Electric member. Contact him at walt@waltgrayson.com. been seeing more than normal numbers at our house beginning back

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