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Our members benefit from the cooperative difference here are stark differences between your electric power association and the two other major forms of electric utilities in America. I believe once you understand these differences, you will be grateful to be a member of an electric power association. In this country, most people get their electricity from one of three types of utilities: investor-owned, municipal-owned and member-owned. An investor-owned utility is a corporation owned by a large number of stockholders who may or may not be customers of the utility. They could live anywhere in the world, actually. The mission of an investorowned utility is to generate profits for its stockholders. A municipal-owned utility, as the name implies, is owned by a city government, large or small. The city runs the utility with little or no input from consumers. The third type of utility is the not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative. In Mississippi, an electric cooperative is called an electric power association. Our customers are members; they join the electric power association when they apply for service. Twenty-five electric power associations distribute electricity to more than 766,800 members in Mississippi. Our lines serve an estimated 85 percent of the state’s landmass, reaching into nearly every county. Membership in an electric power association has its benefits, what we call the cooperative difference. Here are a few: • An electric power association is not only owned but governed by the members it serves. Members elect the co-op’s board of directors at an annual meeting open to all members. These directors are members themselves, local residents who pay the same rates as all other members. They are farmers, business owners, educators or from other backgrounds typical of rural Mississippians. In addition to the directors election, the electric power association annual meeting provides a forum for members and association management to meet and discuss co-op business. Unless you are major investor, that is not possible at an investor-owned utility. • Electric power associations serve their members at local offices. You can walk into your electric power

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On the cover You may not be able to pronounce it, but you will appreciate the beauty of Shawn Richards’ Scherenschnitte. The Rankin County art educator brings her own designs to this traditional German folk art and teaches others the finer points of paper cutwork. Her works include this nativity landscape and the decorative Mississippi shape. Story begins on page 4.

association’s headquarters (and, in many cases, a branch office) and take care of business face to face with a person. These offices are staffed with local people who understand your service needs. They can answer your questions on any subject from billing to service options to energy-saving tips to help you save on monthly energy costs. • Electric power associations throughout the state (and nation) make up an emergency response network My Opinion that springs into action when a natural disaster causMichael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO es major, widespread power Electric Power Associations outages. We in Mississippi of Mississippi have benefitted from this mutual-aid arrangement many times, including the Hurricane Katrina emergency power restoration. Having the help of additional crews makes a huge difference in how quickly and safely we can rebuild power lines and restore service. • Electric power associations work together to reduce operating expenses by sharing the cost of insurance, workers compensation, regulatory compliance, safety instruction and other services. • Your electric power association also serves as your watchdog for state and federal legislation that could impact the cost, reliability and safety of your electric service. We monitor legislation and meet with lawmakers to make sure they understand how a bill could have unintended consequences on our members. Time after time, consumer surveys indicate that Americans served by an electric cooperative are the most satisfied with their electric service. Our work makes a difference in the well-being of the Mississippi communities we serve, and that makes us proud. We are the home folks, y’all. I hope you and your family enjoy a very happy Thanksgiving and Christmas together, and that you find many things to be grateful for this holiday season.

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Puffy clouds and sunshine make a scenic skyscape over Lake Lincoln State Park. Located near Wesson in Lincoln County, the park offers year-round outdoor recreation on the 550-acre lake. Read more about cool weather camping in Tony Kinton’s Outdoors Today column, on page 10.

Mississippi is a place of many memories, happy and sad. Gentle Jersey cows and black-and-white Holsteins grazing in lush pasture. Red and white chickens roaming the unfenced yard. Cats blinking lazily in the summer heat. Refreshing sweet tea after a morning in the hot garden. Abundant okra. Barefoot days in spring, occasionally unpleasant by reason of prickers. And the best of all, growing up in the Bible belt where it is still OK to pray before your meal in public and to say, “God bless you.” —Joanna Coblentz, Grandin, Mo. I moved from Boston, Mass., to the Mississippi Gulf Coast seven years ago. I felt like I made the transition to bona fide Mississippian when a po-boy and a Barq’s qualified as “eating out.” On a grander scale, the transition was more notable when people stopped asking me “Where are you from?” as soon as I started talking, because I’d apparently picked up enough local speech patterns and colloquialisms that I didn’t sound like a complete foreigner. My husband, a born-and-raised Mississippian, says I’m not quite there until I’ve survived a hurricane here. —Allyn Hinton, Gulfport My memories of yesteryear: waking up to the smell of bacon sizzling, hot biscuits, and coffee perking on the wood stove, with country butter and sorghum molasses. A small pond where you sat on the bank, throw out your bait with a cane pole and wait for a bite. You may not catch anything but bait-size, but it’s the tug that matters. Sitting on the front porch in the evening. To me, there is nothing greater than being raised in Mississippi. —Mildred Dean Windham, Ellisville

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By Debbie Stringer Shawn Richards creates delicate paper cutwork with such precision you might think a laser did the work. But this artist uses a pair of tiny embroidery scissors guided by her own sure hand—and fueled by her passion for design. She is a devotee of Scherenschnitte, a paper-cutting folk art rooted in Germany and Switzerland. The German word (pronounced sche-ren-schnit-te) means “scissor cuts.” German immigrants brought Scherenschnitte to America in the 1700s; artists like Richards help keep it alive. In traditional Scherenschnitte, the artist cuts away only the background of a design to achieve an intricate silhouette. Mounting the work on a darker (or lighter) background enhances the effect. Working at her home in Rankin County’s Fannin community, Richards snips away bits of paper to bring forth images of flowers, hearts, trees, animals, children, ballet dancers, Christmas trees, nativity scenes, crosses and countless other motifs. Whether traditional or modern in style, each of her pieces reflects her signature fluid lines and shapes inspired by nature. “I prefer the go-with-the-flow organic shapes,” said Richards, who teaches high school art and biological sciences at the Rankin Learning Center. Her Scherenschnitte adorns walls, tabletops, Christmas trees, greeting cards and even cell phone cases. “It has become something I’m really passionate about now,” she said.

Richards is an exhibiting member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and a member of the Guild of American Papercutters.

Richards was introduced to Scherenschnitte in 1985 by her Using small, sharp embroidery scissors Richards can cleanly make the tiniest mother-in-law, a creof cuts in the paper. ative crafter herself. Richards made cutwork for gifts and taught papercutting to others, including international school children while her family was living in Malaysia. For the past 10 years she has become a more devoted papercutter, determined to create works based only upon her original sketches. Scherenschnitte, she has found, meets all her requirements for a personal creative expression offering unlimited potential for design—her favorite part. “I thought I could make this [art form] my own by designing my own patterns. So that’s what I set out to do, and I’ve been building an inventory ever since.” Richards calls her papercutting enterprise PaperSnipz. “‘Scherenschnitte by Shawn’ was a little too much of a tongue twister,” she said with a laugh. Inspiration for paper cutting designs can strike anywhere so Richards keeps drawing materials handy at all times. Her “studio” consists of two small plastic

Shawn Richards keeps her work protected in vinyl sleeves stored in notebooks. She needs little more than pencil, paper and scissors to produce exquisite papercuts.

crates that hold sketchbooks, finished works and patterns in plastic sleeves, pencils, scissors and an assortment of papers. “What’s really nice about this is it doesn’t require much equipment at all,” she said. She uses high-quality archival papers, including cardstock, parchment calligraphy paper and imported German silhouette paper. The first step in making Scherenschnitte is to draw a reusable pattern piece to guide the cutting. Richards enjoys the puzzle-like challenge of creating a design


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Most of Richards’ Scherenschnitte is inspired by shapes she sees in nature. Above, she hides silhouettes of birds and squirrels in the oak tree’s foliage. Above right is a purely decorative design. At far right is a detail of a Christmas tree papercut. Ornaments and hearts, left, are favorite subjects. At far left is the logo she designed for her trade name, PaperSnipz.

that won’t fall apart during the cutting process. Working from the pattern, she transfers the design to the paper to be cut. If the design is symmetrical, she transfers only one side of the pattern; next she folds the paper and cuts through both layers at once. Working this way, the cutwork is perfectly balanced. Richards continues to teach Scherenschnitte. At the recent Mississippi Art Educators Convention, she taught an ancient Japanese paper-cutting technique called Notan, meaning “light and dark.” The first lesson is a cutting technique that will help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. “What people try to do is turn their wrist as they are cutting, rather than turning the paper to the scissors. That can cause some pain to develop eventually, and I speak from first-hand experience.” Novice cutters tend to panic when they make a wrong cut, she said. “Invariably, beginners want to start over but I’m like, no! Just make it something else. It doesn’t have to be what you intended.” Richard saves her own “failed” papercuts as a reminder of how far she has come in developing her Scherenschnitte skill. As with most artists, Richard would

rather spend time creating than marketing. Her work is available to buyers at Esty.com and at the Mississippi Craft Center galleries in Ridgeland and Biloxi. She welcomes commissions for custom work and enjoys the challenge of creating designs based on customers’ requests. “I’m going to put my heart into whatever I do, and make it work,” she said. For more information, email Shawn Richards at papersnipz@gmail.com or visit her PaperSnipz shop at Etsy.com. She will teach a Scherenschnitte workshop Nov. 21-22 at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland and participate in the Chimneyville Crafts Festival Dec. 3-5 in Jackson. For details, call 601-856-7546.

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Haunted McRaven Tour Home in Vicksburg is open again after being closed for several years. Among other things, McRaven is supposed to be Mississippi's most haunted house. However, I have never seen anything there myself. But I also know what to say as soon as I get inside the door! Photo: Walt Grayson

arly November is an awkward time for me to write a timely article. Looking ahead, Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks off and Christmas even farther, although some years time flies so quickly it seems as if Christmas is the next week. But the holidays are still far enough distant that I don’t know whether to try to write something about them this early or not. And we have just passed Halloween. Although it is a lot closer, Halloween is still behind us. So I’m not sure whether to delve into ghost stories and haunted houses now, because we are past all of that. But Halloween is still pretty near. So, I’ll do what a wise person advised me to do a long time ago: When faced with the choice between two evils, chose the one that’s the most fun! I wouldn’t consider the holidays or haunted houses as an evil, but it’s the only “making a decision” advice I could come up with off the top of my head. All of that said, I think I will strike off toward haunted houses. I have been in my share of haunted houses in Mississippi, doing TV stories mostly. I have yet to see a ghost. I partly attribute that to what my mama told me was the truth: “There ain’t no such

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thing as a ghost.” And I partly attribute it to something a friend told me a long time ago. We ate Sunday dinner at Pete’s house a good bit back in my college days when I was at a small rural church way back in the country in extreme northern Madison County. Usually Pete and I would gravitate toward ghost stories as we sat around drinking coffee. Pete had so many experiences and had seen and heard so many things that after a while I started thinking of him as Mississippi’s most haunted man. Pete gave me some sage advice one time. It was just an Mississippi offhand remark Seen for him, but I by Walt Grayson remembered it very well after I started doing television feature stories. If you ever go into a haunted house expecting to see something, Pete said, you never will. It’s always when you don’t expect it that something happens. So now, every time I go to a haunted

house the first thing I do is ask, “Well, where’s the ghost?” Knowing that if I do, the ghost will never appear. So far it has worked every time. That’s not to say I haven’t had experiences that raised the hair on the back of my neck. And I have had impossible tricks played on my camera in some instances. But after I’ve had some time to reflect, either my memory dims or more rational explanations pop up that would also fit the circumstance. At any rate, I’ve never experienced anything scary enough to keep me from doing more ghost stories. That’s not to say it hasn’t happened to others. I won’t use his name since I haven’t checked with him, but a promi-

nent historian associated with a respected south Mississippi community college used to chase and document ghosts all the time. But he suddenly quit. I asked him why. He simply said he had had a bad experience at a certain place. He never told me what the experience was. Hope I never find out first hand. My hair is already white as it is. Are ghosts real? I won’t rule it out. But if I always ask where they are when I first get there, maybe I’ll never have to find out for myself! Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.

Journaling along toward Christmas ver the years you, my readers, and I visited via my columns during the holiday season. I have written about my memories, both good and sad. As I thought about this, I decided to pull out one of my journals written back in the 1960s when the kids were young. When a family has young children many memories are made during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. I have a stack of journals I have written over many years, so I soon found a Christmas dating back to 1967. This was a different time for our young family. After Mr. Roy had completed his military service, he got a job at Brookley AFB in Mobile. We built a house in a nice subdivision in Mobile, made numerous friends with other young couples, found a great

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church and decided this was where we wanted to spend the rest of our lives. Living was great. Soon we learned one of life’s lessons: Life does not stay the same forever. A shocking announcement was made that Brookley AFB would close in three years and all 17,500 employees moved to other locations around the country. Our job was going to California. After the shock soaked in, Roy began looking for a job closer to Mississippi and sold our beloved house. Soon he found the job he wanted at Eglin AFB in Florida. In1967 my journal entries describe what was going on in our lives. Sometimes we don’t understand why changes or bumps in life’s road occur, but occasionally their consequences are not bad. We moved to the small town of Val-


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Send us your best shot of 2015 Which of your photos is too good to keep to yourself? Pick one (or a few) and send it to our “Picture This” reader photo feature! Our theme is My Best Photo of 2015. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 7. Selected photos will appear in the January 2016 issue of Today in Mississippi. “Picture This” is a reader photo feature appearing in the January, April, July and October issues of Today in Mississippi. We publish a few of the photos that best illustrate the given theme. Photographers whose photos are published become eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing in December. Please note: This is not a contest, as photos will not be judged. Photos are selected for publication based on their overall quality, relevance to the given theme, visual impact and suitability for printing on newsprint paper. (Dark phoparaiso, Fla., near Fort Walton. Through a series of events and blessings from God, we were able to rent a house that you would find in the pages of Good Housekeeping. It was situated on a three-acre grassy hill overlooking a large bayou. The old two-story wood frame house had a large Grin ‘n’ screen porch Bare It that provided a by Kay Grafe great view of the water. It had four fireplaces and had recently been remodeled. I had always wanted to go to college and the new community college was near our house. Our youngest daughter was now enrolled in kindergarten. So in August of 1967 I enrolled as a full-time student. I felt like I was in heaven. Christmas morning was also heaven with our

tos usually do not print well. We look for bright photos with good contrast and sharp focus.)

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sweet daughters and all family members. Now back to 2015. Mr. Roy and I drink coffee at the end of the day; we meet up for our afternoon board meetings. I opened a journal I had found and began smiling. “What’s so funny?” he asked. I began to read my words from 1967. By now you are wondering where my column is headed with all of this background: Christmas 1967? Life’s changes? Going to college? Wrong! I want to encourage you to keep a daily or weekly journal. It’s never too late to start. Journals record memories as well as facts that may be of value at a later time. My experience with a diary has been ongoing since I was a young girl, though I call it a journal now. I have a cedar chest that holds my journals. These were written about my everyday activities. Later I added current events. One discovery about these writings is that my life’s phi-

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How to submit photos Prints and digital photos are acceptable. Prints: Mail prints to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Digital photos: Email (as an attach-

losophy magically evolved. People who were and are part of my life are found in the narratives. I record my thoughts and opinions. Guess you could say “I Grin and Bare It.” I like to write in the quietness of my tree house, bedroom or my comfy chair swing in the woods. When I write about a friend I hold dear, it is easier than telling her or him how much they mean to me face to face. The journals you keep are irreplaceable. Looking back at journaling in years

ment to your e-mail message) to news@epaofms.com. If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to only one e-mail message, if possible. Or, mail a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Question? Call Debbie Stringer, editor, at 601-605-8610 or email news@epaofms.com.

past, I am amazed at how open and vulnerable I was while reacting to situations with honesty and true emotions. If I had one wish about the past, it is that I had asked my parents and grandparents more questions that only they would know. My hope is that my journals will answer some questions for my children and grandchildren. And that they will be tolerant of my illogical thinking— as they are now! I also hope my writings will be passed around to later offspring who want to know who I really was. Mr. Roy says he wants to write a book for our family describing his life and previous ancestors. He had better get busy—time is moving on! Merry Christmas to my dear readers. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.” To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95, plus $3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.


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May your days be merry and bright … Soon it will be time for us to hang wreaths, decorate trees and head to storage sheds and Robert J. Occhi attics to untangle strands President and CEO of lights that will adorn our homes this holiday season. The cheerful lights are always a welcome sight in the short days of December and remind me that it is a season of joyful expectance. We hope that this holiday season when you

gather around the table with your loved ones, you take time to think of ways you can spread joy to those less fortunate. Make giving a family project this year. Of course, I ask you to consider rounding up your monthly Coast Electric bill to help others through our Share Your Blessing energy assistance fund. Maybe you could even start a collection jar for your family to make an additional donation to the fund at this time of year when so many need extra help. Even if you choose to donate to another wor-

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Share Your Blessings Coast Electric members’ generous donations last year more than doubled the amount of money donated to the Share Your Blessings energy assistance fund. Members donated more than $20,000 to their fellow members in need. Doubling the fund means members helped helped more families this year. While that is a promising number, think of how much more it could be if each one of Coast Electric’s members chose to round their bill up to the nearest dollar each month. Member donations average $6 per year. This amount may not seem like much, but if 80,000 member accounts were rounded up, the number of families helped could go from dozens to a few thousand.

With $6 a consumer can: • Buy one fast food meal. • Buy one gallon of milk. • Buy two cups of premium coffee. • Buy three gallons of gas. • Almost buy a matinee movie ticket. • Help friends and neighbors in need with Share Your Blessings! We ask that you consider sharing your spare change. Your pennies, nickels and dimes just may make a big difference in the lives of your friends and neighbors.

thy cause this holiday season, we hope you will consider making giving a family tradition. It is a Coast Electric tradition, and operating principle, to give back to the communities we serve. We are proud to call south Mississippi home and feel the calling to help our friends and neighbors in need. We hope you will join us in making the holidays a little brighter for those who need it. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Harrison County Conversion Project – creating a more reliable, efficient electric system Coast Electric crews have been working for the past several months to make upgrades to the electrical system in Harrison County. The upgrades involve converting equipment from 12.5 kilovolts (kv) to 25 kv so the electrical system is able to handle the increased demand of a growing service area. The conversion is part of Coast Electric’s long-term engineering plan and has been ongoing for many years in parts of the co-op’s service territory. Upgrades have been done in Pearl River County and Hancock County in past years, and will be ongoing in Harrison County for years to come. Crews have a big task that will affect around 25 percent of the company’s electrical load. Employees from all over the company’s service territory are working on the project to make sure work is done in a timely manner for members. Workers are going pole to pole changing out insulators, arrestors, overhead and underground transformers, and are still completing regular system maintenance during the conversion process. According Vice President of Engineering Scott Brown, upgrading voltage on the cooperative’s distribution system will increase efficiency and provide members with more reliable, efficient electric service. “The work we are doing will allow us to make our system more dynamic,” Brown said.

This means that engineers will have more options to switch electric load to other substations when members have outages, reducing outage time. It also means that load can be switched to other substations while crews perform system maintenance, which will create fewer outages for members. The conversion process is not a quick one so members in Harrison County will notice more crews out working, many times changing out equipment on busy roads. Most of the work crews have been doing recently has been on Dedeaux and O’Neal roads, where there has been a road widening project as well. The road widening was a great opportunity for Coast Electric to do the necessary upgrade work, as the company was moving poles and equipment anyway. Safety is a priority for crews and should be for motorists passing through these hightraffic work zones as well. Members will experience planned outages from time to time during the conversion process but will always be notified by Coast Electric before the outage occurs. “We know that with a project

like this one, there are sometimes inconveniences like planned outages or slower traffic,” said Vice President of Harrison County Operations Steve Pitzer. “The trade-off is that this conversion will not only make our system more efficient and provide more reliable service to our members, it will also help us reduce inventory costs and power costs. Our mission is to provide dependable electricity at the lowest possible cost, and this project helps us fulfill that mission for our member-owners.” Crews are working from west to east, so as the conversion project continues in the months to come, members in eastern Harrison County will see more activity and new equipment being installed.

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Coast Electric Annual Meeting On Nov. 5, Coast Electric hosted the Annual Members’ Meeting at the cooperative’s headquarters in Kiln. One of the privileges of being a member-owner of an electric cooperative is having voting rights to elect a board to represent you when making important business decisions. At the Annual Meeting, members in attendance and those who sent in proxy cards re-elected members of the board of directors who serve District 1 of Coast Electric’s service territory. The

elected directors include James Baldree of Hancock County, Chuck Lopez of Harrison County and Richard Dossett of Pearl River County. Besides electing members of the board of directors, Coast Electric members who attended the meeting had the opportunity to visit with Coast Electric employees, learn more about company programs and register to win prizes. Members in attendance enjoyed picking prizes from a treasure chest.

Grand Prize Winners: $250 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Herrmann $500 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cynthia Tarantino $1,000 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Micah Necaise Members who sent their proxy registration cards in by mail were also eligible to win prizes. $250 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Thomas $500 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellen Lalonde $1,000 Electricity Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cece Sue Collins Door Prize Winners $100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pearl Sue Wyatt $100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Albert Fairley $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lana Holbrook $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Carr $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raymond Barczak $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica Lea Ladner $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vernon Haas $50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Willis Food Saver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Willie Bowens Food Saver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Burlette GE USB Wall Receptacle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Wear GE USB Wall Receptacle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph Haberlein Michelin Auto Safety/Storage Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karan Smith Michelin Auto Safety/Storage Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Beavers GE LED Light Bar Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Stewart GE LED Light Bar Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marcus Ladner CEPA Plush Blanket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Wilson CEPA Plush Blanket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Slocum UtiliTech Portable LED Work Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Driscoll UtiliTech Portable LED Work Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Carver Jr. CEPA Cutting Board & Southern Living Book . . . . Alan Weatherford CEPA Cutting Board & Southern Living Book . . . . Sharon Shaw Stanley Hand Tool Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Earl Whittemore Stanley Hand Tool Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Palmer Stanley Hand Tool Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shirley Sketteno Stanley Hand Tool Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gay Larre Occupancy Sensor & LED Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . James Lagasse Occupancy Sensor & LED Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . Micah Necaise Sharp Digital Wall Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leland Taylor Sharp Digital Wall Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flora Eldreth

What was said at Annual Meeting? Each year, Coast Electric President and CEO Bob Occhi opens the floor to questions from members at the Annual Meeting. We thought those of you who could not attend the meeting would appreciate knowing what your fellow members asked and how Mr. Occhi replied to the inquiries. Please note that this is not an official transcript but instead paraphrases of the questions and answers. Q: Instead of getting back such a big capital credit return each year, why doesn’t Coast Electric use that money to lower rates? A: Coast Electric borrows funds for system upgrades and equipment and our lenders require us to meet loan mortgage requirements, and capital credit allocations are a big part of the financial health of the cooperative. While Coast Electric is allowed to allocate and not return capital credits as a cooperative, we believe we have an obligation to pay members the return on their investment in the company. Capital credits are funds that belong to the members and

Coast Electric leadership believes it is the right thing to do to return that money to its members. Q: Would it be possible to get capital credit returns credited to your Coast Electric account so the company saves money on postage, etc.? A: The board has found that most members really like to receive that check each December. After a quick show of hands at the meeting, it was confirmed that at least those in attendance would prefer a check. A follow up question was asked about having the option to be able to choose if you receive a check or a credit and Mr. Occhi responded that he would present that idea to the board for next year’s capital credit retirement. Q: Will Coast Electric rates be affected by Mississippi Power’s Kemper County plant? A: Yes, but not at the rate they will be affected for Mississippi Power customers. Coast Electric purchases all of its power from South Mississippi Electric, a genera-


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tion and transmission cooperative that serves 11 distribution cooperatives like Coast Electric. South Mississippi Electric in turn purchases about 25 percent of its power from Mississippi Power at a wholesale rate. That means the rate increases to the base wholesale rate charged to South Mississippi Electric and, in turn, to Coast Electric won’t have as much of an impact on Coast Electric members. We do not anticipate Coast Electric members will see a rate increase due to Kemper in 2016, but may see a rate increase of up to 4 percent in 2017, which is significantly less than the increase Mississippi Power customers will see if approved by the Public Service Commission. Q: Will Coast Electric members get a refund from the state Supreme Court’s ruling that Mississippi Power customers have been approved to receive? A: No. Coast Electric members did not pay the 18 percent rate increase that Mississippi Power customers paid.

Q: Will the Obama administration’s attitude towards the coal industry affect prices? A: Yes. The current administration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will potentially force the shut down of coal plants that still have useful life and will affect jobs, the economy and will be very costly to Mississippians. Q: Can members request underground service for their homes and neighborhoods? A: Yes. Coast Electric has been doing underground construction for years. Coast Electric rates, however, are based on overhead line construction and since underground construction is more expensive, Coast Electric members are asked to pay the difference when requesting underground service. The Q&A portion of the meeting was concluded by two members who were thankful for Coast Electric employees and their service to the community. Do you have a question to ask? Don’t wait until next November, email us at communications@coastepa.com with your inquiry.

Coast Electric Power Association Board Chairman Gil Arceneaux announced at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Nov. 5 that the company will retire $4,256,082 in capital credits, the largest retirement in company history, to its member-owners. Checks will be mailed to eligible current and former members in early December. What are capital credit refunds? Coast Electric is a cooperative business, meaning that the company is a locally-owned, not-for-profit organization that is owned and governed by those it serves. The company's notfor-profit status allows Coast Electric to return earnings back to its members in the form of capital credits. The amount each member receives is based on the years they have been served by Coast Electric and the amount of electricity purchased during that time. Capital credit checks represent the portion of the electric bill not needed for current operating expenses in the designated years. Each member of Coast Electric has a capital credit account that is kept up-to-date

with the amount of contributed capital. What does Coast Electric do with members’ capital credit allocations? Capital credits are allocated to members’ accounts annually. Only a percentage of the margins (or profit) are returned to members; the remaining margins fund future plant investment or serve as capital for borrowing additional funds for necessary improvements. Plant investment includes upgrades to the electrical system or facilities. What is Coast Electric’s track record on returning capital credits? Coast Electric has returned a total of more than $50 million in capital credits to members since 1961.

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As a not-for-profit cooperative, Coast Electric operates by a set of seven cooperative principles, one of which is showing concern for the communities we serve. Coast Electric sees great value in serving our communities in ways other than providing electric service and the company and its employees spend much time and energy giving back. Here are some of the projects Coast Electric employees have been working on recently:

Household Hazardous Waste Day This fall, Coast Electric hosted its second annual Household Hazardous Waste Day at its Kiln Headquarters in partnership with the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, Mississippi Power, Gulf Regional Planning, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Compton Engineering, Fastenal and the Mississippi Hunting Dog Association. Eighty-five volunteers assisted 541 residents who came with car, truck and trailer loads of hazardous waste. Some of the items collected during the six-hour event include 24 tons of scrap metal, 3,000 tires, 27,545 pounds of electronics, 3,248 linear feet of fluorescent light bulbs, 10 55-gallon drums of flammable liquids and much, much more. Coast Electric Commercial Marketing

Executive Janell Nolan, who coordinates the company’s environmental projects, said she was proud to see such great community involvement for the Kilnbased event. “To be able to host an event that has such a positive impact in the communities where we live, while working with such great community partners, is really gratifying for all of those who volunteer. It is amazing to look around and see the sheer number of hazardous materials that can now be disposed of properly instead of creating hazards in our homes, our properties and our waterways. We hope that the board of supervisors will continue to allow us to be the location of such a great service to our county.”

Halloween safety and fun Each year, Coast Electric teams up with local libraries to host events for the littlest ghouls and goblins in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties. In Harrison and Pearl River counties, local deputies stopped by libraries to tell trickor-treaters about Halloween safety.

Attendees were also treated to snacks, activities and story time. In Hancock County, a trunk or treat was hosted in conjunction with the Kiln library at Coast Electric’s headquarters on Hwy. 603. Hundreds of trick-or-treaters came to participate in this safe and fun event.

Supporting Heart Walk and Making Strides Employees always take time to participate in community events for good causes such as the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Gulfport and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Biloxi. Many employees spend time raising funds for these worthy causes and working to raise awareness for these diseases who affect so many.


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Aidan Dickinson is December’s featured artist, with a drawing that encourages us to be festive and efficient!

Renew Our Rivers Cleanup

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Coast Electric employees spent a day cleaning up an area of Clairmont Harbor in Hancock County that still had lots of debris left from Hurricane Katrina. Clearing our

Coast Electric’s 2015 calendar was completed with help from some talented young artists in the service area. Students from schools in Harrison, Hancock and Pearl River counties submitted artwork and we are featuring photos of the contest winners in each issue of Today in Mississippi. In our holiday issue, we have the opportunity to recognize a few of the featured artists. First we must correct a misprint in our October issue. Last month, we featured artist Riley Blethen, whose work should have been featured as our November artist. Eleven-year-old Tegan Whitfield should have been featured as our October artist with a fantastic and

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup Coast Electric employees maintain a three-mile stretch of road in Kiln that runs in front of the cooperative’s headquarters. Employees participate in cleanups quarterly to keep roadways clean.

waterways by partnering with Mississippi Power’s Renew Our Rivers program ensures that our coastal environment is usable and beautiful for residents.

spooky drawing of Halloween jack o’lanterns featuring the Coast Electric logo. Thanks to both of these talented young artists for their contributions! In December, six-year-old Aidan Dickinson’s drawing of trees lit for Christmas with LED lights is festive and reminds us all to be efficient this holiday season. Our January 2016 featured artist (not pictured), nine-year-old Addison Arthur’s cozy drawing encourages us to stay warm and cozy with blankets and lit fires instead of turning up temperatures on our thermostats. Thanks to Tegan, Riley, Aidan and Addison for their beautiful drawings!

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from everyone at Coast Electric Power Association. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

We will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas, and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. To report an outage, please call 877-769-2372 or report it on our CE On the Go mobile app.


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Cool camping along the Tenn-Tom amping is often viewed as the cooler months and ready availability a warm-weather endeavor. of campgrounds providing electrical and The image of geodesic or water hookups pushes me, and with only cabin-style tents scattered mild resistance, to the self-contained RV. about and children scamThese units do not have to be those pering here and there goliaths commonly seen along the roadcomes to mind. Such imagery is legitiways. In fact, a simple tow-behind with mate; it is perhaps the most common reasonable amenities will work just fine. scene. But there is another setting and RVs, regardless of size and configuration, situation in which camping is viable, and those prepared campgrounds are the maybe even preferred. And that is movway to go for cool/cold-weather camping. ing onto a well-maintained campsite dur- Add a good campfire, good food and ing fall and winter. Such action can be good weather, and the condition is near more enjoyable than that perfect for some relaxing practiced during summer, days and nights close to particularly here in the nature. Southeast where summers Geography plays a big can be unpleasant. role in selecting a campCool-weather camping, ground. Those of us in the and even cold at times, area where I live tend to affords a different experigravitate eastward. One reaence. It is also best done son for that decision is likely while employing different the Tenn-Tom Waterway, equipment. Depending that much-debated endeavor upon season, the cool expethat resulted in the largest rience can involve spectacucivil works project the U.S. by Tony Kinton lar color shows as foliage Army Corps of Engineers transforms from the sumever completed. Conceived mer greens to the autumn golds, yellows, in the early 1700s and first surveyed in reds, oranges and a host of other inde1874, it saw life 100 years later, in 1984. scribable hues. That experience will also It is lined with campgrounds. Fall and involve quieter, less crowded environs. winter, apart from holidays, generally And while shorts and sandals must be find these grounds with open sites. replaced with more weather-worthy In addition to the Corps campgrounds clothing and hiking boots, rewards are that lie hard against the Tenn-Tom, there worth the tradeoff. are several state parks close enough to the Also consider camping equipment. I Waterway to draw attention. Tishomingo hold a strong propensity for tents, but State Park near Iuka and Lake Lowndes

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State Park near Columbus quickly come to mind. History permeates the entire area, and camping in any of the campgrounds of the region affords easy access and multiple day trips. While recently camping at the Corps’ Pickensville Campground and Aliceville Lake, which is approximately divided by the Noxubee County, Miss., and Pickens County, Ala., line, we were treated to a peaceful setting with abundant color. Fallen leaves whurred from beneath quiet bicycle tires. Squirrels barked and chattered and scurried up nearby oaks. Deer nibbled acorns. Barge traffic was sufficient to provide periodic entertainment but not so much as to be intrusive. Campfires produced that gentle aroma common to wood smoke. At night, sleep was peaceful. One day trip led to Columbus. There is far too much history to absorb there in one day, but a must-do stop was at Tennessee Williams’ first home. It also serves as the Welcome Center. Another day trip was across the Waterway and nine miles south to Aliceville, Ala. A museum is now open there, highlighting the POW camp that housed 6,000 German soldiers for three years. Absolutely incredible! I admit I had no idea such a facility was ever in this part of the world. Although camping is most often associated with the summer months, it is clearly not restricted to such times. Those who have begun to enjoy the cool and/or

cold months in a campground have discovered a completely new and refreshing arena. The practice provides a broad spectrum of recreation too often overlooked. So get that RV out of storage or go purchase one if you don’t already have one. The smaller, less-expensive units will certainly suffice if they have adequate bathroom facilities, sleeping quarters and heating system. Then, drive off across Mississippi and surrounding areas and settle into a secure, well-kept campground. Make some day trips if time allows. There is a great deal to do and see and learn. All of it far too good to miss. 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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4 tsp. finely chopped green bell pepper ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 8 large eggs 4 Tbsp. whole milk ¼ tsp. fine sea salt ¼ tsp. cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with butter. Place a bread round into each muffin cup. Divide the bacon, onion, mushrooms and green pepper evenly among the muffin cups. Top the vegetables with cheese. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper until combined. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until set. Let cool for 2 minutes and then transfer the mini quiches to a serving plate. Serve immediately. Makes 12 mini quiches. Note: If you don’t want to make the quiches gluten-free, a loaf of hearty multigrain bread can be substituted.

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Want more than 400,000 readers to know about your special event? Submit it at least two months prior to the event date. Submissions must include a phone number with area code for publication. Mail to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300; fax to 601-605-8601; or email to news@epaofms.com. Events open to the public will be published free of charge as space allows. Please note that events are subject to change; we recommend calling to confirm details before traveling.

Vancleave Arts and Crafts Show, Nov. 21, Vancleave. Vendors, entertainment, food. Vancleave Public Library. Details: 228-8265857. Handworks Holiday Market, Nov. 20-21, Jackson. Admission. Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: handworksmarket.com. Stringer Alpaca Festival, Nov. 21, Stringer. Alpacas, arts/crafts vendors, food, children’s activities, entertainment, fiber demos, feed animals; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas. Details: 716-8634366; astrokageneusalpacas.com. Maze in Concert, Featuring Frankie Beverly, Nov. 21, Southaven. Special guests Cameo, Bootsy Collins, Klymaxx, Manhattans; 6 p.m. Admission. Landers Center. Details: 662-471-2131; ticketmaster.com. Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Nov. 21, Black Hawk. Black Hawk Old School; 6 p.m. Details: 662-453-0072; bobbykayalford@gmail.com. Tarts and Tramps Disco Inferno Ball, Nov. 21, Bay St. Louis. Disco-themed costume ball; 7-11 p.m. Admission. 100 Men Hall. Details: artsalivegulfcoast.com. Egg Bowl Run, Nov. 23, Calhoun City. Runners from Ole Miss ROTC and Miss. State ROTC meet to exchange game ball; noon. Calhoun City Square. Details: 662-628-6990. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Holiday Workshop for Kids, Nov. 23-24, Ocean Springs. Kids ages 5-12 make gifts and design wrapping paper, cards; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission. Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Details: 228-872-3164; educate@walterandersonmuseum.org. Christmas in the Park, Nov. 26 - Dec. 26, Collins. Driving tour with thousands of lights, manger scene, holiday displays; Thursdays Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. Free. Bettie D. Robertson Memorial Park. Details: 601-765-6012; covingtonchamber.com.

17th Annual Southern Lights, Nov. 26 Dec. 31, Southaven. Drive-through display of 500,000 lights and music; begins at dark nightly; closed Christmas. Admission. Central Park. Details: 662-890-7275; southaven.org. 32nd Annual Christmas at Landrum’s Homestead, Nov. 28-29, Laurel. Working homestead, Civil War reenactment, dulcimers, Santa, wagon rides, blacksmith, crafts, barbecue, more. Admission. Landrum’s Homestead. Details: 601-649-2546; landrums.com. Christmas in Natchez, Nov. 28 - Jan. 1, 2016, Natchez. Historic homes tours, holiday concerts, candlelight carriage rides, more. Details: visitnatchez.org. “The Magic of Christmas” Coast Chorale Concerts, various dates/locations. Nov. 29: Christ Episcopal Church, Bay St. Louis; 4 p.m. Dec. 4: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Pass Christian; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6: Pass Christian Yacht Club, Pass Christian Harbor; 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11: Main Street United Methodist Church, Bay St. Louis; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12: caroling, Main Street, old town Bay St. Louis, 5 p.m. Free. Details: 504-319-3530. Old Towne Christmas, Dec. 1-10, Olive Branch. Photos with Santa Tuesdays, Thursdays; kids’ train rides, carriage rides for adults; 4-8:30 p.m. Wesson House. Details: 662-8930888; olivebrancholdtowne.org. Shape-note Singing School, Dec. 2, Jackson. Learn to sing folk hymns in four-part harmony from Sacred Harp hymnals; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. Details: 601-953-1094. On the Radio with Edgar Allan Poe: A Live Theatrical Performance, Dec. 3, Hattiesburg. Poe stories, poems performed by USM students; soundscapes by Jonathan Pluskota; 7 p.m. Free. University of Southern Mississippi. Details: 601-266-4347; lib.usm.edu/bigread. Toast and Tails, Dec. 3, McComb. Silent auction, raffle for George Rodrigue Blue Dog print,

food; 6-10 p.m. Benefits PALS Animal Rescue. Ice House. Details: 601-276-7145; sandymorrish@yahoo.com. Ackerman Christmas Parade: “The Wonder of Christmas,” Dec. 3, Ackerman. Silent auction 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; parade 6 p.m. Downtown. Details: 662-285-6251. 39th Annual Chimneyville Fine Crafts Festival, Dec. 4-5, Jackson. More than 170 booths of crafts by Craftsmen’s Guild of Miss. artisan members. Preview party Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Admission. Mississippi Trade Mart. Details: 601-856-7546; craftsmensguildofms.org. Santa’s Christmas Factory, Dec. 3-19, Meridian. Decorations, music, snow-covered play area, mini-train ride for kids; Thursdays Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. Admission. Soulé Steam Works’ Steam Alley. Details: 601-693-9905; soulelivesteam.com. Cross Mountain Candlelight Service, Dec. 4, Porterville. Celebrate the birth of Jesus in song; 7 p.m. Free. Cross Mountain Ministries. Details: 601-513-3348, 601-743-5676; crossmtn.org. Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus Concerts, Dec. 4-6, three locations. Dec. 4: Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Biloxi; 7 p.m. Dec. 5: Miss. Gulf Coast Community College Jeff Davis Campus, Gulfport; 7 p.m. Dec. 6: Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Pascagoula; 3 p.m. Free. Details: 228-324-9292; ed.cake@yahoo.com. Olive Branch 39th Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, Olive Branch. Pigeon Roost, Goodman roads; 2 p.m. Food, craft vendors in Old Towne; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: 662-8952600; olivebranchms.com. Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights, Dec. 5, Vicksburg. Theme: “The Music and Magic of Christmas”; 5 p.m. Downtown. Details: 601-634-4527; downtownvicksburg.org. Jingle Jamboree, Dec. 5, Brookhaven. Live nativity, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, activities; 47 p.m. Admission for ages 3-13; all others free. Brookhaven Parks and Recreation. Details: 601-823-0082. Southaven Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, Southaven. Main St., Hwy. 51, Stateline Road; 7 p.m. Details: 662-890-7275; southaven.org. 53rd Bruce Lions Club Christmas Parade, Dec. 5, Bruce. Santa on the Square, 2 p.m.; parade, 4:30 p.m. Details: 662-983-2222. Christmas in the City, Dec. 5, Biloxi. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: 228-435-6339. Big Pop Gun Show, Dec. 5-6, Philadelphia. Neshoba County Coliseum. Details: 601-4984235; bigpopfireworks.com. Seventh Annual Nativity Display, Dec. 519, Cary. Collection of more than 400 nativities from around the world; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free admission, dona-

tions welcomed. Goodman Memorial Methodist Church. Details: 662-873-2365. 58th Annual Hernando Christmas Parade, Dec. 7, Hernando. Mt. Pleasant Ext., Commerce St., Courthouse Square; 6:30 p.m. Details: 662-429-9055; hernandoms.org. Horn Lake Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Dec. 8, Horn Lake. Tulane Road, Latimer Lakes Park; 6 p.m. Tree lighting follows parade. Details: 662-393-9897; hornlakechamber.com. Shape-note Singing School, Dec. 9, Florence. Learn to sing hymns from Sacred Harp hymnals; second Wednesday monthly, 6-8 p.m. Free. Details: 601-953-1094. Christmas on the Tracks, Dec. 10-12, McComb. Polar Express, Christmas model trains, snow villages. School groups only Dec. 10-11; open to public Dec. 12. McComb City Railroad Depot Museum. Details: trainmaster@mcrrmuseum.com. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Dec. 10-13, Laurel. Laurel Little Theatre production of classic 1940s comedy. Admission. Historic 1927 Arabian Theatre, downtown. Details: 601-4280140; laurellittletheatre.com. Drive-Thru Living Nativity, Dec. 11-12, Utica. Featuring nine scenes; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission. Utica Baptist Church. Details: 601-885-8806. Calhoun City Christmas Parade: “Christmas Through the Ages,” Dec. 12, Calhoun City. Begins 5 p.m. Details: 662-628-6990. Turkey Shoot, Dec. 12, Vestry community in Jackson County. From 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Daisy Masonic Lodge #421, off Hwy. 57 at Vancleave (follow signs). Details: 228-392-5227. 18th Annual Ovett Community Christmas, Dec. 12, Ovett. Begins at noon. Details: 601-344-8784. Christmas in Osyka, Dec. 12, Osyka. Parade, 4 p.m.; Santa Fest, 5 p.m.; fireworks, 7 p.m. Free entertainment. Details: 601-810-3953, 601-249-5910. Holiday Bonfire, Dec. 12, rain date Dec. 19, Biloxi. Indoor market begins at noon; bonfire at dusk. Free admission/donations. Benefits homeless, hospitalized and needy veterans. VFW Post 2434. Details: 228-374-4112. Toys for Tots Cookin’ Fer Kids, Dec. 12, Picayune. State championship BCA-sanctioned BBQ contest, entertainment, music, jumps, rides. Admission. Crosby Commons Park. Details: 601-590-6494; bcabbq.org. Sacred Harp Singing, Dec. 20, Bruce. Bethel Primitive Baptist Church; 1-3 p.m. Free. Details: 601-845-1984. The Primitive Quartet in Concert, Jan. 1, 2016, Petal. Begins 7 p.m.; love offering. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown. Details: 601583-3733.


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