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Shawn Richards’ art from a thousand cuts


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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


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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Shawn Richards’ paper cutwork melds centuries-old tradition with modern design

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 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 or visit her PaperSnipz shop at 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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How not to be

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


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

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


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

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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-

name(s) of any recognizable people or places in the picture. • Prints will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot, however, guarantee their safe return through the mail.

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

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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CEO’s message

Mike Smith, General Manager and CEO

Singing River Electric Power Association’s board of directors approved a retirement of $2,503,299.23 to the membership this year. This represents capital credits for the years 1980-81. What does this mean for members? As a member and owner, you have a share in the earnings of your not-forprofit electric cooperative. Singing River Electric’s rates are set so the Association has enough revenue to operate, make payments on loans and make improve-

ments to the electrical system. If margins are made beyond these needs, they are assigned to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the capital credit assigned to a member is based on the amount of electricity used during a particular year. When appropriate cash is available, Singing River Electric’s board of directors can approve retiring a portion of a member’s capital credit in the form of a credit or check. How do I get capital credits? Members during the years of 198081, with an account that is still active and receiving a billing statement each month, will receive a credit on their bill automatically and do not have to fill out

paper work. Previous members who had an account from 1980-81, but no longer have an active account, must visit between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to receive instructions and download necessary paperwork to claim their capital credit refund. Completed documentation must be returned to Singing River Electric’s Lucedale office by 5 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. We hope these returned capital credits help your family during this holiday season. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from our SRE family to yours. Thank you for the privilege to serve you.

Singing River Electric retires over $2.5M in capital credits to members

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Jeff Gray Member Services Representative

When decorating your home or business this holiday season, consider using LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Energy Star qualified LED decorative light strings consume 65 percent less energy than traditional incandescent and can last up to 10 times longer. They are also cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.

Capital Credits: The Benefit of Membership Members receive electric service from Singing River Electric.

Margins are assigned to an account for each member; the funds become capital credits.

Singing River Electric uses sales revenue to pay expenses.

At the end of the year, revenue minus expenses equals net margins.

Singing River Electric retains the capital credits to operate the co-op. Capital credits are returned to members in the form of a


The board of directors decides annually the amount of capital credits to return to members.

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5 When will Singing River Electric retire my capital credits?

Singing River Electric allocates capital credits to accounts annually and retires a certain amount of the capital credits each year as the financial condition of the cooperative permits. An example of a condition that might prohibit retirement of capital credits would be a hurricane. Each year, current members who are eligible for the year’s capital credit retirement will receive a credit on their power bill. Previous members who had an account with Singing River Electric during the years of the capital credit retirement must complete an application and return it to SRE’s Lucedale office within the timeframe listed on the website each year. Previous members may file a claim for retired capital credits at any time once their credits have been retired.

Things to know

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about capital credits

What are... capital credits? Singing River Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative; it is owned by the individuals who receive electric service. As a cooperative, Singing River Electric abides by seven cooperative principles. One of the principles is Members’ Economic Participation, which states that members will receive the benefit of any profit made by the association. Singing River Electric allocates its annual operating margins to members receiving service during the year. These margins (revenue minus expenses) are allocated using a proportional ratio (the dollar amount of member electric service purchased in a year compared to total electric service purchased by all members), and this allocated amount is called capital credits.


What is Singing River Electric’s history on retiring capital credits?

As of Nov. 2015, Singing River Electric has retired $9.5 million in capital credits to members. In addition, the cooperative gave a bill credit of more than $3 million in revenue to current members following the unusual and extreme weather in 2010. This December, Singing River Electric will retire over

What does


$2.5 Million

Singing River Electric do with my capital credit allocation?

Capital credits are allocated to members’ accounts annually. Only a percentage of the margins (or profit) are retired to members. The remaining margins fund future plant investments, which reduces loans and related interest expense. Plant investment includes upgrades to the electrical system or facilities. The investment of capital credits for these functions helps ensure electric reliability and lower costs for members.

How does Singing River Electric

calculate my retired credits?

Singing River Electric allocates capital credits to the membership annually after the independently audited financials are presented to the membership at the annual meeting. The membership is notified in writing of the allocation. Each year, the CEO and Singing River Electric’s management team review and recommend an amount of capital credits to be retired based on the financial condition of the cooperative.

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The Cooperative University participants visit with Senator Michael Watson, Representative Charles Busby, Representative Dennis DeBar and Judge Jaye Bradley following the panel discussion.

Singing River Electric hosted its 5th annual Cooperative University in conjunction with its Youth Leadership Program interviews on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at its headquarter’s in Lucedale. All high schools serving Singing River Electric’s service territory were invited to nominate one member of the junior class to represent the school at the Cooperative University and interview. Student nominees were required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities, be active in church, civic and community activities and receive electricity from Singing River Electric at their main residence. During the Cooperative University, students got to know each other through networking activities, learned about the cooperative form of business and got a closer look at how Singing River Electric provides power to its members, restores power after an outage and emphasizes SRE Substation Technician Kevin Slay helps Samuel suit up like a lineman.

electric safety not only for its linemen but also for the general public. A panel discussion based on questions asked by the students featured Judge Jaye Bradley, Representative Charles Busby, Representative Dennis DeBar and Senator Michael Watson. Speakers included Emily Barnes, who was one of Singing River Electric’s 2015 Youth Leadership students, and Singing River Electric’s Tom Davis, Lorri Freeman, Jeff Gray, Amanda Parker and Kevin Slay. Each student also participated in a 10-minute interview during the day, moderated by a panel of out-of-town judges from electric cooperatives across the state. Following the Cooperative University and interviews, Alyssa Britton, Samuel Goff, Taylor McDonald and Cailin Sims were selected to represent Singing River Electric at the Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson in February 2016, as well as the Youth Tour of Washington, D.C., in June 2016.

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SRE Youth Leadership Students

Dispatch Center, System Engineer Tom Davis demonstrates how fast a power outage ported using the SmartHub app and how dispatchers assign servicemen when an curs.

Alyssa Britton

Samuel Goff

Taylor McDonald

Cailin Sims

St. Martin High School

East Central High School

George County High School

Vancleave High School

Cooperative University Participants These students were their high school’s representative based on their leadership skills and community activities.

Riley Brown

Niya Cooper

Amber Davis

Barron Freeman

Gautier High School

Moss Point High School

Fruitdale High School

Resurrection High School

Charlsie Hicks

Abbigail Ledet

Jaylin Mazingo

Isabella Rubenstein

Greene County High School

Richton High School

Pascagoula High School

Ocean Springs High School

liam, Charlsie and Alyssa prepare their song about leadership with a patriotic theme. Emily Barnes, one of SRE’s 2015 Youth Leadership students, passes a roll of tissue to Jaylin as part of an ice breaker.

William Windham Perry Central High School

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NHN Energy Assistance Jennifer Williams Director, Catholic Social and Community Services Inc.



What is NHN Energy Assistance? NHN Energy Assistance is a round-up program in which Singing River Electric members choose to round-up their bill each month to the nearest whole dollar. The roundedup portion of the bill is used to assist those in the community who cannot pay their power bill. Donations range from 1¢ to 99¢ each month and average only $6 per year.

How do I donate to SRE’s NHN Energy Assistance? Four ways to sign up. (1) Check the NHN Energy Assistance box at the top of your bill. (2) Sign up using the SmartHub app on any mobile device. (3) Go online with your computer at (4) Call any SRE office and request to participate. Once enrolled, the billed amount will “round up” to the nearest whole dollar. Why should I donate? We all need a little help from our neighbors from time to time. This is a unique, secure way to help those in your community. All recipients are screened to ensure there is a verified need, and 100 percent of NHN Energy Assistance donations go to help SRE members.

Where does the money go? One hundred percent of collected donations are distributed to SRE members through United Way for Jackson and George Counties and Catholic Social and Community Services (CSCS).


How does CSCS work to further assist applicants? The goal of case management is to assist applicants and offer ways to help minimize the stress of a financial strain in the future. To meet this goal, each applicant is partnered with a case manager. Clients are asked to provide financial information to the agency and work with case managers to establish financial goals and objectives. How do Singing River Electric members qualify for assistance? Members must show a need and a willingness to make changes in their life to change their current financial situation. Applications may be picked up at the CSCS office or call 1-855-847-0555 to learn if they meet qualifications for the program.

How many times a year can SRE members get power bill assistance and for how much? Qualified SRE members can receive up to $125, one time per year through NHN Energy Assistance as long as funds are available.

Does Catholic Social and Community Services only help Catholics? No. Applicants are not asked about faith affiliation.

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NHN Grant dollars at work Singing River Electric’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grants provide funding for local non-profit organizations to conduct projects and make progress in areas such as education, community development and economic development. Here are some of the 2015 NHN grant recipients showing how they are using the funds to further their organization’s success. To learn more about the NHN Community Grant program and to view grant parameters, visit

George County High School Soccer Boosters: SRE Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker (right) presents a NHN Grant check to George County High School Athletic Director John Douglass (second from right) and Soccer Coach Britian Dean. Also present are soccer boosters Kim Johnson, Theresa Simpson, Ashley Davis and Daniel Smith. The George County High School Soccer Boosters received $2,500 to purchase materials to construct lockers and storage areas in the new field house for both the girls and boys varsity/junior varsity soccer teams.

Vancleave Upper Elementary School: Vancleave Upper Elementary School received $1,657 to purchase an Apple iMac computer for the gifted classroom serving grades 2-6. With the WINGS program students in 3rd-5th grade present, SRE Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker (second from right) presented the NHN Grant check to WINGS teacher Beth Seymour along with Jackson County School District Superintendent Barry Amacker (left) and Assistant Superintendent Todd Knight (right).

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Leakesville Elementary School:

SRE Manager of Public Relations Lorri Freeman (left) presents a NHN Grant check to Ocean Springs High School Biology teacher Renee Edwards, AP Biology student Tate Pepper, Assistant Principal Jacob Dykes and AP Biology student Lukas Wicht. Ocean Springs High School received $2,087 to purchase updated biology lab equipment to perform DNA/protein gel electrophoresis in experiments such as DNA restriction enzyme analysis, DNA finger printing, paternity testing and genetic testing.

Sand Hill district manager Jeff Catlett presents a NHN Community Grant check to Leakesville Elementary School teacher Liane Courtney and Principal Shalonda Hollingsworth. LES will use the $1,855.99 grant to purchase a variety of hands-on science materials for their first grade classrooms.

Happy Holidays Singing River Electric is wishing you and your loved ones a season filled with warm moments and unforgettable memories.

We will be closed November 26 for Thanksgiving, December 24 and 25 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Year’s Day. 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)



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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 or Kinton’s website:

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Cinnamon Butter: ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened Cornbread: 1 medium sweet potato ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided 1 large egg ½ cup low-fat buttermilk 1 cup fat-free milk 2 cups fine stone-ground yellow cornmeal

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To make the cinnamon butter, combine the butter and cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix well. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. To make the cornbread, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake sweet potato on a baking sheet for about 1 hour, until soft. Remove skin and transfer the pulp to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Increase oven temperature to 450 F. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into a 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Place skillet in the oven for 5 minutes or until the oil is sizzling hot. Combine the sweet potato puree, remaining ¼ cup oil, egg, buttermilk and milk in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the cornmeal, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cayenne. Stir until well blended. Pour batter into the hot skillet. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. Turn the cornbread out onto a serving plate. Serve warm with the Cinnamon Butter and honey.

Oatmeal Lace Cookies 1⁄3 cup butter 3 packets maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal 1⁄3 cup pure cane sugar 1⁄3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1⁄8 tsp. fine salt

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Melt butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add oatmeal, cane sugar, brown sugar and salt. Stir mixture. Stir in vanilla and egg until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scooper, drop mounds of the chilled dough 2 to 3 inches apart on the lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly. (Make sure there’s enough room for each cookie to spread.) Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges have browned. The cookies will continue to cook on the baking sheet. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before using an offset spatula to gently transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely and harden. Garnish with almonds and a drizzle of chocolate.

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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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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: 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; 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; Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Singing, Nov. 21, Black Hawk. Black Hawk Old School; 6 p.m. Details: 662-453-0072; Tarts and Tramps Disco Inferno Ball, Nov. 21, Bay St. Louis. Disco-themed costume ball; 7-11 p.m. Admission. 100 Men Hall. Details: 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; 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;

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; 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; Christmas in Natchez, Nov. 28 - Jan. 1, 2016, Natchez. Historic homes tours, holiday concerts, candlelight carriage rides, more. Details: “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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights, Dec. 5, Vicksburg. Theme: “The Music and Magic of Christmas”; 5 p.m. Downtown. Details: 601-634-4527; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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: “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; 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; 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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8 FT. 6" x 11 FT. 4" FARM QUALITY TARP LOT 2707 shown 60457/69197

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SAVE 66% • 176 lb. Capacity

Customer Rating Fits flatscreen TVs from 37" to 70".


$ 99



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LIMIT 4 - Good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Cannot be used with other discount or coupon or prior purchases after 30 days from original purchase with original receipt. Offer good while supplies last. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 3/5/16. Limit one coupon per customer per day.



SAVE 83%


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LOT 60363 69730/68120

LOT 47873 shown 69005/61262

LOT 68121/69727 shown CALIFORNIA ONLY



$ 99 $17.99

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• No Hassle Return Policy • Lifetime Warranty On All Hand Tools



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LOT 69006 60715/60714

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LOT 62514/62656 67646 shown


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• 300 lb. Capacity • 23 Configurations





LOT 68530/69671 shown LOT 68525/69677 CALIFORNIA ONLY

SAVE $169

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6999 $11999


LOT 69512/93840 61858/69445 shown

LOT 62868/62873 69651/68239 shown


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• Extends from 6 ft. to 8 ft. 10"

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LOT 62896/68862 shown


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SAVE $90



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SAVE $85

• Weighs 73 lbs.


$ 99 $

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Includes one 18V NiCd battery and charger.


LOT 61611 46092 shown

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comp at $ 99 $7.15





SAVE 58%

Batteries included.


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$ 99

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LOT 67227 shown 69567/60566/62532

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LOT 42305/69044






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LOT 61256/60813



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LIMIT 1 - Cannot be used with other discount, coupon or prior purchase. Coupon good at our stores, or by calling 800-423-2567. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping & Handling charges may apply if not picked up in-store. Non-transferable. Original coupon must be presented. Valid through 3/5/16. Limit one FREE GIFT Coupon per customer per day.

$ 99

$1111 $

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$ 99

SAVE 61889/68142 shown SAVE $453 Customer Rating 66%

LOT 42292 shown 69594/69955

LOT 60625 shown 69645/95578


• 580 lb. Capacity

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

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LOT 95659 shown 61634/61952

LOT 69080 shown 69030/69031


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How Does Harbor Freight Sell GREAT QUALITY Tools at the LOWEST Prices?


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