APRIL 2012 â€˘ POWERING YOUR COMMUNITY
Wiregrass Electric COOPERATIVE
Got organic milk? Local organic dairy, a family affair, now bottling milk
Saving on demand Programmable thermostats helping local churches reduce energy bills
Tornado strikes Crews spend the afternoon
of March 1 restoring power in Geneva & Houston counties www.wiregrass.coop
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VOL. 65 NO.4 APRIL 2012
Michael McWaters CO-OP EDITOR
Cary Hatcher ALABAMA LIVING is delivered to some 420,000 Alabama families and businesses, which are members of 22 not-for-profit, consumer-owned, locally directed and taxpaying electric cooperatives. AREA cooperative member subscriptions are $3 a year; non-member subscriptions, $6. Alabama Living (USPS 029-920) is published monthly by the Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives. Periodicals postage paid at Montgomery, Alabama, and at additional mailing office.
6 Cutting demand
A new rebate program from Wiregrass Electric Cooperative means savings for members in a rate class that carries a demand charge. Learn how programmable thermostats are making a difference for two Houston County churches.
POSTMASTER send forms 3579 to: Alabama Living, P.O. Box 244014 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-4014.
ALABAMA RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION
AREA PRESIDENT Fred Braswell
A Birmingham author has published a book about her relatives’ trials aboard the doomed RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic 100 years ago this month.
EDITOR Darryl Gates MANAGING EDITOR Melissa Henninger CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mark Stephenson ART DIRECTOR Michael Cornelison DIRECTOR, MARKETING & ADVERTISING Jay Clayton
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18 Artsy Eggs
A Brundidge artist uses the old Ukrainian method of pysanka to create Easter artwork on eggs.
RECIPE EDITOR Mary Tyler Spivey ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL OFFICES:
National Country Market 611 South Congress Ave., Suite 504 Austin, Texas 78704 1-800-626-1181 www.nationalcountrymarket.com www.alabamaliving.coop USPS 029-920 • ISSN 1047-0311
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ON THE COVER
Alabama’s first organic dairy, near Slocomb, is now bottling its own milk products. (Page 8)
WEC’s Jessie Ingram programs a thermostat at Bethel Baptist Church. See story Page 6.
Spotlight 10 Power Pack 16 Motorcyle Diaries 22 Worth the Drive 23 Fish&Game Forecast 24 Alabama Gardens 26 Cook of the Month 27 Apple Recipes 38 Alabama Snapshots 9
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Wiregrass Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees
Proud of employees Michael S. McWaters
CEO of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative Donald Ray Wilks District 7 President
Kip Justice District 6 Vice President
Debra E. Baxley District 1 Secretary
Donna Parrish District 2
John Clark, Jr. District 3
Danny McNeil District 4
Tracy Reeder District 5
Greg McCullough District 8
Nolan Laird District 9
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A utility is a lot like a high-performance engine. There are hundreds of parts working together, each doing the specific job they’ve been assigned to do. And while the pistons may seem big and important, for example, so is the hidden work of the valve cover gasket and the oil filter. Every part must be doing its job well in order for the engine to perform at its top level. I am very proud of the employees of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative — not only for the job they do serving you every day, but for the way they work together as a team. An excellent example of this teamwork came a few weeks ago when WEC celebrated one year with no loss time accidents. That’s an important milestone, especially when you consider how many employees we have and the hazardous work that many of them do. We have focused hard on safety for a long time, and there are many reasons. First, we want every employee to go home safe and whole to their families each day. By creating safe working environments throughout the cooperative, we also help ensure the safety of our members and the public at large. Occasionally there is an opportunity to shine a light on a particular department for its exceptional work. Such an opportunity came in February at the 2012 ADDY awards. This program is sponsored by the Dothan chapter of the American Advertising Federation, and honors outstanding efforts in communications. Of course, we take communicating with our members very seriously at WEC, so we were particularly excited to come away with eight awards. A gold ADDY came in the Elements of Advertising category for the INcontrol logo we introduced last year to brand our prepay electricity program. Winning silver ADDYs were:
The “My Hometown Power” bill insert you receive each month (Brochure Campaign). • The Alabama Living feature spread on the Wiregrass Museum of Art, which appeared in our November 2011 issue (Publication Design Editorial Spread or Feature). • Alabama Living Magazine in general (Publication Design Series). • The 2011 “Your Town In Focus” series in Alabama Living that explored the towns in our service area (Publication Design Series). • The cooperative’s website in general (Websites, Consumer). • The annual report “Climbing New Heights in Member Service” (Public Service Annual Report). • The video “Voice of the Elders” (Public Service Broadcast). Producing excellent communication pieces like these goes beyond our member services department. They may be in charge of these projects, but it takes the help and cooperation of people throughout the company to ensure that our members stay informed about their cooperative. Like the high-performance engine, it’s a combined effort. Of course, we don’t plan our communications efforts around winning awards. That is not why we do what we do. What really matters is that our members are aware of the activities and programs of their electric cooperative, and that they learn ways to use energy safely and efficiently. Still, it is very nice to be recognized by other professionals in the industry for producing excellent work. The employees of your cooperative really are focused on excellence, and it shows by their recent accomplishments. Great job! A
Your Cooperative Contact Information Business Phone: 1-800-239-4602 (24 hrs/day) Office: Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Time to apply for Alabama Cooperative Youth Conference Students in the 9th or 10th grade have an opportunity to experience a fun summer conference where they will learn about leadership and how cooperatives shape our lives. Each summer, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative sponsors the Alabama Cooperative Youth Conference in partnership with other rural electric cooperatives, the Federal Land Bank, the Dairy Farmers of America, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University. This three-day conference (July 10-12) gives youths the opportunity to study and understand our economic system and the important role cooperatives play in it. The conference also offers numerous opportunities for youth leadership development. Students learn about the
cooperative way of doing business. They attend special sessions emphasizing citizenship, leadership and possible future careers, with various businesses participating in the conference. Many recreational activities are available to attending students, including swimming, boating, table tennis, basketball, rock climbing and indoor games. May 15 is the deadline to apply for the conference. WEC will select several students who have an interest in leadership, business, economics and/or agriculture, and will pay all of their expenses to attend the conference. To apply, contact Cary Hatcher, manager of member relations, at 334-944-7115, or chatcher@ wiregrasselectric.coop. A
WEC Member Satisfaction Survey
to be conducted by phone during April Wiregrass Electric Cooperative’s mission is to provide members with reliable electric service at the lowest cost possible. Through efforts such as Alabama Living magazine, My Hometown Power bill inserts and our website (wiregrass.coop), the cooperative communicates with its members regularly about news, new programs and more. During the month of April, several of our members will have an opportunity to give WEC feedback about how it is completing its mission. This is a chance for members to let their cooperative know how satisfied they are with their service and what they would like to see from Wiregrass Electric in the future. The 2012 Residential Member Satisfaction Survey will be conducted by PowerSouth, Alabama Living
Toll Free Outage “Hotline” 1-888-4-MY-OUTAGE 1-888-469-6882 (24 hrs/day)
WEC’s generation and transmission partner. Every two years, this survey gives 250 members of the cooperative the chance to answer questions about WEC’s reliability, commitment to community service and communication. Participants for the phone interview will be chosen at random. All the information gathered will be kept strictly confidential. WEC will never reveal who was interviewed. “We want to hear back from our members,” says Michael S. McWaters, CEO of the cooperative. “That helps us improve the services we provide.” For questions about the 2012 Residential Member Satisfaction Survey, please call 334588-2223 or 800-239-4602 and ask to speak with Brad Kimbro. A
website www.wiregrass.coop Find Wiregrass Electric Co-Op on Twitter (twitter.com/wec2) and on Facebook
Payment Options BY MAIL Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Inc. Department 1340 P.O. Box 2153 Birmingham, AL 35287-1340 WEBSITE Payments may be made 24 hrs/day by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and E-Check on our website at www.wiregrass.coop PHONE PAYMENTS Payments may be made any time by dialing 1-800-239-4602. NIGHT DEPOSITORY Available at each office location. IN PERSON Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hartford 509 N. State Hwy. 167 Hartford, AL 36344 Samson 13148 W. State Hwy. 52 Samson, AL 36477 Ashford 1066 Ashford Highway, Ashford, AL 36312 Dothan 6167 Fortner St. Dothan, AL 36305 For questions regarding sanitation service, call Houston County Sanitation Department at 334-677-4705
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Savings and convenience
SEE THERMOSTAT, PAGE 34 6 APRIL 2012
WEC’s Jessie Ingram (left) uses an iPad to show Pastor Jim Tate (center) and Gary Manz of Memphis Baptist Church the savings that have resulted from using programmable thermostats.
PHOTO BY CHEROKEE SPIVEY
Over the past year, Pastor Jim Tate and the congregation of Memphis Baptist Church in Dothan felt the need to add a part-time staff person while also increasing the dollar amount the church was giving to mission work. “We did that by faith, wondering where it was going to come from,” says Tate. Their answer began with a letter from Wiregrass Electric Cooperative. Last fall, WEC invited churches in its service area to a series of meetings to educate them about ways to save on energy costs. “We explained how demand charges impact their power bills, and shared ways they could reduce the peak demand they set each month,” says Jessie Ingram, energy services manager for the cooperative. Moreover, the cooperative offered a rebate to churches as an incentive to install programmable thermostats. Memphis Baptist accepted WEC’s offer. From installing new units in the sanctuary it is expanding to replacing old thermostats throughout the existing facility, the church purchased more than 20 programmable thermostats. Ingram met with Tate and Gary Manz, the church’s buildings and grounds committee chairman, to discuss how the various sections of the church campus are used. He then developed a schedule and programmed each thermostat. The devices now work together to gradually raise the temperature throughout the church. Over the course of several hours, the thermostats start and stop the heat pumps in a synchronized rotation until every section is at the desired temperature by the time classes and services begin. This is a dramatically different method of heating a church campus. “Like most churches of this size,” says Ingram, “they had someone coming in on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, going through the whole church turning on thermostats. They would set them on 72, or whatever temperature they wanted, and let the heating units go to work.” The problem was, setting a thermostat to suddenly jump several degrees usually engages the unit’s heat strips — thereby losing the efficiency of the heat pump. “And that’s what sends demand charges through the roof,” says Ingram. Demand charges are what large churches and most commercial accounts pay to cover the costs of having their peak
PHOTO BY CHEROKEE SPIVEY
Programmable thermostats help area churches reduce energy demand charges
Pastor Ricky Plummer of Bethel Baptist Church checks the settings on one of the more than 20 thermostats the church installed.
NOT JUST FOR CHURCHES... The programmable thermostat rebate program is available to more than just churches. “Any commercial account that has a lot of heated space, and is paying a demand charge each month, is likely eligible,” says Ingram. Church leaders and business owners who want to learn more about the program can contact Ingram or Deanna Albritton at 800-239-4602.
Geneva & Houston counties affected
March 1 tornado knocks out power, damages property The first day of March roared into the Wiregrass with a damaging tornado. No injuries were reported, but homes and other properties were damaged in and around Hartford, Slocomb, Cottonwood, Gordon, Rehobeth and Malvern. Winds in upwards of 100 mph left more than 800 Wiregrass Electric Cooperative members without power. Several poles were blown to the ground in the Hartford area.
Crews worked outages all afternoon. The longest outage was 41/2 hours. “We were monitoring the weather, and crews rolled out as soon as it was safe,” says Jerry Sorrells, manager of operations. “Everyone worked hard and got power restored as quickly as possible. They all did a great job.” The storm came exactly five years after a deadly tornado tore through Enterprise. A
In the first two photos below, WEC crews work to rebuild service after a tornado downed five poles in the Hartford area, near Highway 123 and Geneva County Road 61. The image at the bottom of the page shows WEC’s online outage map during the afternoon of the storm. The interactive map displays how many active accounts are in each county, and how many are affected by the outage. Members can also view the map in aerial mode or as a road map. To monitor the extent of any outage, visit www.wiregrass.coop. And remember to call 1-888-4-MY-OUTAGE to report an outage.
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Alabama’s first organic dairy farm begins bottling operation
PHOTOS BY CHEROKEE SPIVEY
Market conditions have forced many small dairy farmers out of business in recent years. One Alabama family decided that instead of becoming a statistic, they would fight back by becoming the state’s first certified organic dairy operation. And now they are delivering products direct to store shelves.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of a series ex-
amining the agribusiness industry in Southeast Alabama.
onny de Jong knows how to treat the ladies. The 200 or so fourlegged darlings that roam the fields of Working Cows Dairy hardly look like they’re working. Days spent leisurely grazing the open range, Jonny says, is just part of the treatment; the herd also enjoys water beds, sprinkler baths and daily rides aboard a carousel milk barn. The treatment is not only humane, but makes solid economic sense. As Alabama’s first certified organic dairy farm, the operation enjoys a significant increase in the production years of most of its cows, a fact the de Jong family attributes to the lack of stress that goes along with the high-powered diet and high-capacity production of a traditional dairy operation. Working Cows Dairy, located in Geneva County on the Wiregrass Electric Cooperative system, was launched in Florida in 1985 by Jonny’s parents, Jan and Rinske de Jong. Immigrating from
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Holland, the couple came to the land of opportunity to pursue their dream of starting a dairy in the United States. That dream took them to South Alabama in 1991, where they operated a traditional dairy while raising their three sons, Jonny, Mendy and Ike. The entire family worked hard, even as milk production continued to shift westward and the number of small dairies in America continued to decline. In 2001, there were more than 94,000 small U.S. dairies (defined as having fewer than 500 head of cattle). That number dropped more than 20 percent by 2006 — the same year the de Jongs saw the price that dairies were paid for milk fall to 1976 levels. “I’ve been kicking against the sys-
tem — from producing milk and selling milk — for a long time,” says Jan de Jong. “Most of the money generated, the middle man is going to walk away with it.” He says that 30 to 40 years ago, farmers could expect to earn about 80 cents of every dollar the consumer paid for milk in the store. He watched that number drop to 35 or 40 cents. De Jong says he tried to work within the industry to change that system, to no avail. After much study and careful planning, the de Jong family decided to do what no other Alabama dairy operation had done — work through the U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations to become a certified organic dairy. SEE DAIRY, PAGE 35
What is Organic? “Organic” is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering may not be used. SOURCE: USDA, NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM — WWW.AMS.USDA.GOV
In April April 26-29
Red Door Theatre presents new comedy
The Passing of Pearl, a new Southern comedy, will be presented at the Red Door Theatre in Union Springs. Set in a Memphis diner, it tells the story of a cook and her waitress friend trying to go on after the death of Pearl, the diner’s owner. Each performance is preceded by a seated dinner. Dates are April 26-29. Dinner is at 6 p.m. (reservations required); play is at 7:30 p.m. Contact 334-738-8687 or visit www.reddoortheatre.org to learn more about the event. April 14
happening In May
Ozark hosts Crawdad may 5 Art at the Barn and Music Festival The 6th Annual Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival will be scheduled for May Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Ozark. Entertainment includes Todd Allen Herendeen, The Swingin’ Harpoons Blues Band, The Fabulous Shades, Herrick and more. There will also be food vendors, arts and crafts, as well as the Ozark Crawdad 5K Run-Walk-Crawl. For more information on the event, call 334-774-2618. April 21 and 22
Cullman announces arts and crafts fair
Cullman’s 28th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair will be April 21 and 22 at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. For more information, visit www.bloominfestival.com.
BBQ Festival to be featured on TV show
The most popular show to portray the world of competition barbecue, BBQ Pitmasters, is coming to the 7th annual Tri-State BBQ Festival to film an upcoming episode. Season three of BBQ Pitmasters is scheduled to begin airing Memorial Day weekend, so filming during the April 13 and 14 event in Dothan was perfect timing. The Tri-State BBQ Festival is held at the Houston County Farm Center, and features some of the biggest names in professional competition barbecue, vying for over $10,000 in prize money.
Art At The Barn will be on Saturday, May 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sweet Seasons Farm in Valley Head. There will be 75-100 regional artists as well as entertainment throughout the day, including a sheep/border collie demonstration. Food will be abundant with sales from pastries going to a help a local young man in his battle with cancer. Admission is free. For more information visit sweetseasonsfarm.com or call 256-635-6791.
For more Alabama Events, visit page 29. Event Coordinator Kerry Farrell couldn’t be happier with the news. “I’ve been a big fan of the show BBQ Pitmasters since the first season. The show really portrayed what professional barbecue was all about, and it’s helped legitimize the sport of competition barbecue.” Filming for the show will take place all weekend on an open set. This means the public is able to come out and watch the filming of the show, as well as enjoy the other sights, sounds and smells of the Tri-State BBQ Festival. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at www.TriStateBBQ.com or locally at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. For questions, call 334-699-1475.
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New ‘100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die’ brochure released The Alabama Tourism Department recently released a new version of its food brochure as part of The Year of Alabama Food campaign. The brochure, 100 Dishes to eat in Alabama Before You Die, lists more than 30 new dishes. The brochure highlights dishes at award-winning restaurants, historic diners, famous BBQ joints, farmto-table, fresh Gulf seafood and home cooking. Some of the new listings include A young woman displays a savory pie at the Pie Lab in T-Bird sandwich at Rosie’s Greensboro. Grill in Daphne, pecan chicken salad at Claunch Café in Tuscumbia and braised Meyer Ranch beef short ribs at the Cotton Row in Huntsville. Four Alabama chefs and restaurants that are semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world, have dishes listed in the brochure. They include Frank Stitt’s Highland’s baked grits at Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, James Lewis and his Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola in Birmingham, Chef Chris Hastings and his Tomato Salad at Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Nick Pihakis and his cheese biscuits at Jim N’ Nicks and Chef Wesley True and his sweetbread with braised vegetables at True in Mobile. A few other dishes that continue to be listed in the brochure include the Muffaletta at Panini Pete’s in Fairhope, peach pie at Peach Park in Clanton, orange-pineapple ice cream at Trowbridge’s in Florence, BBQ chicken & white sauce at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, Cheeseburger in Paradise at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, Eggs Cathedral at Spot of Tea in Mobile, BBQ Ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa and the BLT Supreme at Radley’s Fountain Grille in Monroeville. The brochure can be downloaded from the website, www. yearofalabamafood.com or visitors can pick up a copy at any of the state’s eight Welcome Centers. For more information about the Year of Alabama Food visit www.yearofalabamafood.com. Also like Year of Alabama Food on Facebook and follow @AlabamaFood on Twitter.
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Baked grits at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham. All photos courtesy of Alabama Bureau of Tourism
Did you know? On May 1, 1961, Harper Lee of Monroeville won the Pulitzer Prize for To Kill A Mockingbird, her first (and only) novel. The tale, set in 1930s Alabama, became an international bestseller and was made into a major Hollywood motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Alabama Department of Archives and History
Cooperatives are global enterprise Electric co-ops join a global celebration of member-owned businesses during the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 By Megan McKoy-Noe, CCC
The International Year of Cooperatives 2012 theme, “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” embodies the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Programs, a division of NRECA that celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Since its creation in November 1962, NRECA International Programs has assisted with electrification endeavors that have resulted in increased agricultural output, millions of new jobs, as well as an enhanced quality of life for more than 100 million people in 40-plus nations. NRECA International Programs projects are currently under way in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Despite progress, much work remains. “More than 2 billion people worldwide still lack electricity and millions more must depend on unreliable and unsafe power,” emphasizes Ingrid Hunsicker, manager of international program development for the NRECA International Foundation, a charitable organization that has partnered with more than 300 electric cooperatives in the United States to bring power and economic development to rural villages overseas. “In many countries, a dismaying array of financial problems, such as a lack of investment capital and little understanding of even the most basic accounting procedures, throw up barriers.” Because circumstances vary so widely, NRECA International
Cooperatives around the world
The cooperative sector boasts nearly 1 billion members in more than 90 countries. • The proportion of cooperative membership to population varies, but can be as high as 50 percent in Finland and Singapore, 33 percent in Canada, New Zealand, Honduras, and Norway, and one in four in America, Malaysia, and Germany • Forty-five percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product can be attributed to cooperatives • Cooperatives account for 80 percent to 99 percent of milk production in Norway, New Zealand, and the United States • Co-ops account for 71 percent of fishery production in Korea, 40 percent of agriculture in Brazil; 25 percent of savings in Bolivia; 24 percent of the health sector in Colombia; and 55 percent of the retail market in Singapore. • Financial cooperatives serve an estimated 857 million people -13 percent of the world’s population • Approximately 49,000 credit unions serve 177 million members in 96 countries, under the umbrella of the World Council of Credit Unions • Financial cooperatives are the largest providers of microfinance services to the poor, reaching 78 million clients living below the poverty line of $2 per day • Cooperatives generate 100 million jobs globally Source: International Cooperative Alliance
Programs has adopted the slogan, “Electrifying the world, one village at a time.” Outreach relies on the time-tested electric cooperative approach—giving individuals, many for the first time, practical experience in democratic decision-making and entrepreneurship so they can launch locally driven services. In many cases, volunteer electric co-op lineworkers from the United States head to distant lands for a few weeks to teach their peers safe construction practices. Then NRECA staff instructs local residents on how to maintain simple power grids and run their own utilities.
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Author Julie Hedgepeth Williams of Birmingham
Unsinkable One family’s story of survival aboard the RMS Titanic, which sunk in the north Atlantic 100 years ago this month
By John Brightman Brock
hile boarding, Sylvia asked a baggage handler, “Is this ship really non-sinkable?” He gave the notoriously inaccurate reply, “Yes, lady – God himself could not sink this ship.” – Excerpted from the book “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival.” 12 APRIL 2012
Homeward-bound missionaries Albert and Sylvia Caldwell stared back in disbelief at the RMS Titanic as they shivered in a lifeboat rowing away from the ship. Looking up at the long, high decks just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the couple could see that no one really believed the ship was sinking in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. www.alabamaliving.coop
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“It was like a throng of people milling about calmly on the deck,” says Julie Hedgepeth Williams, of Birmingham. Williams, a Samford University journalism professor, recently released a book, “A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival,” which rehashes the sea disaster as told by Albert, her great-uncle. Williams also is the author of “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama.” “There was no water rushing in, and the floor was flat below your feet,” an aging Albert told Williams 60 years after the incident. Not many aboard wanted to brave that dark night to leave the world’s largest and supposedly safest vessel. Albert didn’t believe it either... until they had rowed far out and looked back. With the clamor of oars slicing into the water, each splash jolted Albert and Sylvia from their dreams of a calm voyage on the much-hyped ship that should have brought them safely home. Williams’ book, published by NewSouth Books, coincides with the April 2012 centennial of the renowned and much-documented sinking. The book relives the sea salvation of Albert, 26, and his sickly wife, 28 at the time, who, with her 10-month-old son Alden, was “sick of the heat” of Siam. Their journey home, financed begrudgingly by the Presbyterian mission board, took them from Siam (present-day Thailand) to Europe, where they boarded the Titanic, and, finally, clinging to life on Lifeboat 13.
One irony after another
In less than three hours after an 11:40 p.m. collision with an iceberg, Titanic’s lights were no longer visible, which was documented by another ship, the SS Californian. The Californian was one of several ships that earlier had attempted to warn Titanic of icebergs The telegraphed warnings had stopped because the Titanic’s operator was too busy telegraphing personal messages for the wealthy onboard. Later, the Californian was unable to respond in time to prevent two-thirds of Titanic’s 2,224 occupants from drowning or dying of hypothermia in the 28-degree water. The rescue ship that actually brought the Caldwells to New York harbor on April 18 was the ship they earlier rejected in favor of the Titanic, the Carpathia. Sylvia had favored the larger, smoother riding Titanic because she was prone to seasickness. Their story could just as easily have gone to the bottom had they stayed on board with the nearly 1,500 others who died in the freezing water despite wearing lifejackets. In “A Rare Titanic Family,” Williams recalls her great-uncle’s stories when she was still a girl in pigtails. The little bit of gold left in their stateroom, he’d jest, could all be hers if the ship were resurrected. Williams pulls back the curtain into the lives of Albert and Sylvia, who had convinced the mission board to pay the nearly $3,000 for their trip due to her claim of ill health. Albert’s story included many anecdotes, such as when after boarding the ship, they took a tour and went to the engine room. Williams recalls that Albert posed for a picture with a stoker, pretending he was “shoveling coal to the fire to keep it going.” One of those same stokers told them after the ship had struck the iceberg: “If you value your life, get off this ship.” But then added, “If the ship is still here in the morning, you can get back on.” Albert and Sylvia soon faced the shock of moving to Lifeboat 13 as it dangled high above the freezing Atlantic, abruptly being jerked down the ship’s ropes gummed up with paint from Titanic’s send-off from Belfast. “It went bow down, then bow up, nearly throwing people out,” Williams said in an interview about her book. “It passed by the outflow of a pump, and everyone got wet. Meanwhile, the pump water (or the effort to keep away from it) put (lifeboat) 13 directly under (lifeboat) 15, 14 APRIL 2012
which was coming down on top of them, and threatened to dash both boatloads into the water.” “But 13 couldn’t release from the side of the Titanic - the release mechanism was also gummed up with paint. Finally, when the occupants of 13 were able to beat on the bottom of 15, 15 was stopped, and two crewmen cut the ropes on 13 to set it free.” It splashed to the sea. “Oddly enough, if you count rate of loss, the highest death rate was in second-class men,” Williams says. “My great-uncle was in second class.”
‘Women and children first’
Detail of Titanic Engineer Memorial, Southampton, England. Dedicated to the engineer officers of the Titanic, all of whom were killed when the ship sank.
One reason for Titanic’s infamy is due to the many wealthy men who went down with the ship after a captain’s directive of “women and children first.” The poor onboard also were the victims of society’s protocol. Among the notable deaths were: John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Isidor Strauss (founder of Macy’s department store), Washington Roebling Jr. (builder of the Brooklyn Bridge) and Henry B. Harris (Broadway theater magnate). “The ship’s first officer found that women were reluctant to get on the lifeboats without their husbands,” Williams says. “So he took women without husbands, then women with husbands, then men without women.” Then the ship’s second officer was told “women and children first,” and no men were allowed until all women were loaded. This officer was assigned to the millionaires’ side of the ship. Maritime law at that time did not require lifeboats for all, but only for a certain percentage of passengers and crew. The Titanic carried 20 – more than required, but still not enough for all on board. Albert was still speaking about the ironies of the Titanic years later, even after he and Sylvia divorced. He had always wanted to go back to the mission field, but she did not. Even in his late 80s, and then at 90 and living in Richmond, Va., Albert would speak about the couple’s survival. “When I first heard about the Titanic it scared me,” Williams recalls. “Mother said I had a relative on that ship. I was 12, so I got to hear the Titanic story a lot then, and I would beg him to tell it.” “(Albert) came and spoke to anyone we knew,” Williams says. “He always had a smile on his face. He bragged that he never charged a penny for speaking and thought of it as public service.” Albert reveled in the fact that he was among the 700 rescued. “It was very dramatic and exciting,” Williams says. “The last time I spoke with him, in 1976, I asked him about the people in the water” who no doubt he and Silvia, and their child, could hear. Albert answered, but this time without his smile: “You just have to forget about the screams... or you go crazy.” A
“A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival” is available through your favorite local or online retailer, or from NewSouth Books, 334-834-3556, (www.newsouthbooks. com) for $21.95.
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Row Your Boat The Lake Guntersville Rowing Club appeals to rowers of all ages By David Haynes
otorists driving along the Alabama Highway 69 causeway into Guntersville craned their necks on a recent Saturday morning to watch as two 65-foot-long rowing shells glided gracefully through the choppy waters, each manned by members of the Lake Guntersville Rowing Club. Rowing Club President (and coach) Randy Anderson, holding an old-school, cone-shaped megaphone in a motor launch followed the sleek and lightweight craft as they navigated around bass boats in the Brown’s Creek section of the lake, south and west of the causeway. It was 7:30 a.m. and the temperature hovered around 40 degrees as the rowers practiced their rowing skills on the chilly waters. Anderson, who rowed in college at Oregon State and has coached at Loyola Marymont University, among others, explains that the sport of rowing is all about teamwork. The delicate-looking longboats the club members were row-
David Haynes is a freelance
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ing this morning had eight-person teams of rowers, plus a coxswain who steers the boat and calls out the cadence for the strokes. At present the club, which was founded in July 2010, has about 40 members who compete in both the junior (high school age) and masters (over 21) classes. In addition to the large boats, the club also competes in shells for one, or teams of two or four rowers. “We’ve gotten great support from the city,” Anderson says, noting that the recreation center’s gym is one of the few places in town large enough to stow a 65-foot-long rowing shell. Recently the Guntersville City Council approved plans for a more permanent home for the club, complete with a “shell house.” Since organizing in 2010, the club has competed in several regional meets in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee and will host the “Lake Guntersville Sprints,” April 14. Anderson says the competition will be a 2,000-meter sprint and will be held along a levy that parallels Railroad Avenue between U.S. Highway 431 and Alabama Highway 227. The levy offers many excellent and unobstructed viewing positions for spectators, he adds. The event this year will be one day only, but he hopes it will grow into a larger competition in the future. The club meets in the Guntersville Recreation Center, near the west end of the Highway 69 causeway. Membership is open to those
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A Brundidge woman uses the old Ukrainian practice of pysanka to create Easter artwork By David Haynes
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ost everyone is familiar with the process of dying eggs at Easter. It’s a simple process, really: Eggs are boiled, dyes mixed with water from pre-measured packets, a piece of bent wire forms a hoop and eggs are dipped into varying colors. The brightly colored eggs become the treasures sought by children in their Sunday best in Easter egg hunts throughout the country. Melodie Lauer also dyes eggs every year just before Easter. But she takes the process quite a bit further than her neighbors in the southeast Alabama town of Brundidge. For the past decade or so during Lent, Melodie has practiced the art of pysanka, which is from a Ukrainian word meaning “to write.” Eggs burst with spectacularly detailed and colorful patterns, designs and iconic symbols, some of which predate Christianity. Melodie’s eggs will not end up in a youngster’s Easter basket. They are much more likely to be proudly displayed as unique pieces of home décor. On a recent visit to Brundidge she described the process she uses to create the pysanka eggs. Typically several colors of dyes are used to color the eggs with the lightest color – white – always being the first color that will be the background. The dye color is progressively darker for subsequent dye baths. Each of the patterns and symbols that adorn the eggs is tediously hand-drawn on the surface of the egg using beeswax funneled through a heated stylus called a kiski. This wax relief process dyes selected parts of the egg according to designs in wax in progressive baths of dyes. In between dye dippings, more wax details are added for the next dye color. Sometimes she’ll use as many as seven colors, but most of her eggs will have four or five. She uses three kinds of eggs. She explained that when shopping for conventional hen’s eggs she’ll open and pick through each carton to check for flaws in the surface of the eggs within. She also uses larger goose eggs and gigantic ostrich eggs, which she orders from a company in Arizona. The eggs are not boiled. In fact, the dyes she uses are not food-safe, so each egg is “blown out” after the dyeing process is complete. This involves boring small holes in each end of the egg and using a bulb syringe to remove the yolk and egg white within after carefully scrambling it with a piece of wire. If she were to remove the innards before dyeing the egg, she explains, it makes the egg harder to dye because it wants to float when put into the dye bath. At least, this makes the process go easier with hen’s eggs. The
larger goose and ostrich eggs are delivered to her with the inside of the egg already removed. Melodie told me it usually takes her about eight hours to complete a hen’s egg, 15 hours for a goose egg and about 40 hours for an ostrich egg. After the dyeing and blowing-out process is complete, the bee’s wax is carefully melted away and dabbed off before the color is sealed using a polyurethane finish. Each year she creates between 30 to 50 eggs, no two of which are ever the same. In fact, she notes that even if she tried she couldn’t make two alike. Each of her eggs is signed and dated. Melodie’s eggs are exclusively available thru the Brundidge Marketplace and prices range from about $25 for a hen’s egg to over $500 for a commissioned ostrich egg. For more information contact the marketplace at 334-536-5300 or visit its website at brundidgemarketplace.com. A
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Continued from Page 16 in Marshall and surrounding counties, Anderson says, adding that all the club’s membership to date has been from inside Marshall County. The club also hosts “learn to row” classes for new members or others interested in learning more about the sport. For additional information contact either Anderson at 256-477-0378 or Doc Speir at 256-673-5827, or visit the Lake Guntersville Rowing Club’s website at guntersvillerowing.org. A
Be sure to watch the Lake Guntersville Sprints on April 14
Rowing Terms Sweep: Rowing with one oar on one side of the boat. The length of the oar is about 12 feet long. Sculling: The opposite of sweep. Sculling is rowing with two oars (an oar on each side of the boat). The length of each oar is about 9 feet long. Hull: The actual body of the shell. There are different boat or shell sizes, distinguished by the number of rowers in the shell (eight, four, two or one). Gunwales: The top rail of the shell (pronounced: gunnels). Bow: End of the boat closest to the direction of travel. Also can be used to refer to oneseat, or in conjunction with either four or pair. Bow-four refers to seats four through one. Bow-pair refer to seats two and one. Stern: End of the boat farthest from the direction of travel. Also can be used in conjunction with either four or pair. Stern-four refers to seats eight through five. Stern-pair refer to seats eight and seven. Port: Side of the boat to the coxswain’s left and to the rower’s right. The oar sticks out to a port-rower’s right. Starboard: Side of the boat to the coxswain’s right and to the rower’s left. Skeg: Fixed plastic piece beneath boat for stabilization (keel). The rudder is some time mounted on it or next to it. Also called a fin. The skeg, including the rudder, can break off in shallow water. It can also break off by hitting the dock when putting the boat in the water or taking it out. Rudder: A little fin on the bottom of the boat that the coxswain uses to steer the boat. Coxswain or cox: A very important member of the crew. Their primary job is steering, but they also provide feedback during races about location on the course, relative position to other crews, and stroke rate per minute. They serve as an in-the-boat coach during races. They do not say, “Stroke, stroke, stroke.”
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Worth the Drive
Our Place Café Fine dining without the fussy attitude in Elmore County By Jennifer Kornegay
Our Place Café 809 Company Street Wetumpka 334-567-8778 Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner
To help celebrate Alabama’s 2012 “Year of Food,” each month freelance writer Jennifer Kornegay will take you to an out-of-the-way restaurant worth the drive.
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really is our place; it’s our personality. The music playing is music we like. The way the place looks is the feel we like, and the food we create and serve is the food we like to eat.” As he summed up the essence of the restaurant he owns with his wife, Mona, the chef of Our Place Café in Wetumpka, David Funderburk, talked with his hands, using sweeping motions to draw attention to the sounds floating from overhead, the décor and the waitresses ferrying plates of food to waiting diners. It may be their place, but with just one visit, you’ll feel like it’s yours, too. Open heavy wooden doors and step inside the dining room to find a cozy hamlet glowing with flickering candles atop the tables and tiny white Christmas lights twinkling on bare-branch wreaths. Exposed brick walls, rough wood beams and a second-story-high ceiling covered in old tin panels add rustic to other words that spring to mind, like homey, warm and yes, even elegant. The environment sets the perfect tone for the food, which is also casually elegant and equally pleasing. Offering selections like Shrimp Thermodore, Eggplant Delacroix and Shrimp Diane, Our Place is fine dining without the fussy attitude. Indeed, there’s no room for any pretension when Dave’s affable laugh fills the room. This head honcho doesn’t put on any airs. He greets and seats guests and takes drink orders in addition to running the kitchen and then later, helping clean it. As for what comes out of that kitchen, David’s favorite is “everything.” “I don’t put anything on the menu I don’t love,” he says. But his eyes shine just a bit brighter when he describes the Eggplant Delacroix, two fried eggplant medallions served over angel hair pasta with a cream sauce and topped with sautéed crab and shrimp. “It’s something special,” he says. “A great blend of pasta and seafood.” The Alabama Department of Tourism and Travel was wowed by Our Place’s crab cakes: The golden-crusted, moist rounds full
of sweet lump crabmeat fresh from the Gulf Coast earned a coveted spot on its “100 Alabama Dishes to Eat Before You Die” list. Daily specials are driven by whatever fish Gulf fishermen are catching that week, and while seafood is Our Place’s specialty, steaks and chicken are on the menu, too. The Lemon Herb Chicken is simple, and simply delicious. In every dish he makes, David’s experience in the restaurant business (gained at the famous Hotel Talisi) shows. In 2001, he took the leap and opened Our Place in an old, abandoned 1920s-era brick grocery store on a less-than-busy road in Wetumpka. Ever since, Our Place has enjoyed the steady success that many restaurants dream of, but few ever achieve. The secret? “You have to have a passion for food and for being in this business, because it’s hard work,” David says. “We’ve grown from seating 80 to 120 to meet demand. People keep coming because we are consistently good.” And they come from miles around. Our Place has become a destination, drawing customers from Montgomery, Birmingham, Prattville and Tallassee. “It’s nice to know that people drive past plenty of other places they could get a good meal to come here,” David says. And they come back. Some regulars are so regular, waitresses bring them their standard drink when they sit down at the table. But Our Place is not a place for everybody, something that David believes adds to the appeal for those who’ve come to love it. “We’ve never tried to be everything to everybody,” he says. “You can’t do that and do it well. We don’t do lunch. We don’t have a kids’ menu. We are a smaller place, so when we are busy, you have to wait. But you will always get good food and good service at reasonable prices.” Another guarantee: You will never taste better bread pudding than what Mona is whipping up at Our Place. Dense, rich and sweet (but not overly so), it alone is worth a visit to Our Place. Plus, it’s guiltfree. “There’re no calories in there,” David promises with a wink. A www.alabamaliving.coop
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Oleander Sure it’s poisonous, but this hardy plant is worth taking a look at By Katie Jackson
Garden Tips: April Celebrate National Garden Month and Earth Day (April 22). Plant seeds for beans, corn, squash, melons and other summer vegetable crops. Transplant tomato, pepper and eggplant seedlings into the garden. Fertilize warm-season lawns and plant new lawns. Plant summer annual flowers after the last predicted spring frost date. Prune spring-flowering shrubs (spirea, flowering quince, azalea, jasmine and forsythia) after they have bloomed. Plant strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Move house plants outside when any chance of a hard freeze has passed. Don’t mow or cut foliage of early spring-flowering bulbs, such as narcissus and daffodils, until the foliage has turned brown. A
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Longing for something a little tropical in your yard? While palm trees can be a bit of a challenge to grow in parts of Alabama, that ubiquitous coastal shrub oleander (Nerium oleander) can do beautifully even in the northernmost regions of Alabama. A perennial evergreen that produces fragrant, showy flowers in a variety of colors (among them white, red, pink, salmon, peach, orange and yellow) throughout the summer and into the fall, oleander is attractive, fast-growing, low maintenance and, it turns out, hardy throughout Alabama. This plant is probably native to southwest Asia, China or the Mediterranean (there’s still some debate about that among botanists), and has typically been used in coastal landscapes, in part because it does well in salty environments. Because it is so often associated with beach landscapes, many people don’t realize that it can tolerate frosts well and even survive single-digit temperatures. In addition to being a lovely shrub, it’s also very drought tolerant, does well in a wide range of soil types with little fertilizer and has few pests. It can serve well anywhere in a landscape, but also makes an exceptional screen along property lines and roadways. So what are oleander’s drawbacks? It does prefer plenty of sunlight so it’s not adapted to deeply shaded locations. And some pruning may be needed since many oleanders typically grow to 10 or 12 feet in height (and width) and can reach heights of 20 feet. However, for those who don’t like to prune, dwarf cultivars are available. Another drawback is that, despite the fact that oleander seems so com-
mon in the state’s coastal areas, it is not a native plant so those trying to stick with all-native plants may want to avoid it. Luckily, unlike many other non-native plants, it does not seem to be invasive. All that said, there is one really big drawback to oleander: It is considered among the most poisonous of landscape plants. Though oleander extracts have been used by herbalists for centuries and are now being explored for the treatment of cancer and heart disease, among other ailments, its sap does contain compounds that are toxic to many mammals, including humans. Most oleander poisonings occur if the plant is ingested, though the sap may also cause skin and eye irritation as well. One story about a troop of Scouts dying after roasting hotdogs on oleander sticks is considered an urban legend, though it’s a powerful cautionary tale. Oleander wood should never be used to skewer or cook food and pruned cuttings should not be burned in case the smoke contains toxic compounds. If, even knowing that potential for risk, oleander sounds appealing to you, just make sure it is not planted where it can be easily accessed by children or livestock, such as on playgrounds or along pasture fences, and take care in handling its cuttings. A www.alabamaliving.coop
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Cook of the Month
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” My 2-year-old daughter could eat an apple every day of her life. It sure would be nice if they kept her away from the doctor, but we still get the sniffles every now and then. However, I actually do believe the saying “as American as apple pie.” Every July, my church hosts a grand patriotic concert in the sanctuary with a band accompanying our fantastic choir. Before the concert the dinner is called an All-American Supper: Hot Dogs with fixins’, chips, baked beans and, of course, apple pie a la mode for dessert. Fun Fact: Did you know “a la mode” means “stylish or fashionable” in French? I’ll have my apple pie with style please.
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Patricia Gardner, Central Alabama EC
1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup fat-free milk ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup egg substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 apples, quartered 1 can crescent rolls 1 cup orange juice
5 cups cubed day-old bread ½ cup Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped ½ cup fat-free whipped topping ½ cup fat-free caramel ice cream topping
In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, brown sugar, egg substitute, vanilla and cinnamon. Fold in bread cubes and apple. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish, coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped topping and caramel topping. Refrigerate leftovers.
Caramel Apples 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Wrap apples in crescent rolls. Sprinkle cinnamon over crescent rolls. Place orange juice, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over crescent rolls. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Ann Richarson, Marshall DeKalb EC
1 cup butter (no substitutes) 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup light corn syrup
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 8-10 wooden sticks 8-10 medium tart apples
Insert 1 wooden stick into each apple. In a heavy saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and milk; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm ball stage) about 30-40 minutes and for a softer caramel, cook to a few less degrees. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Holding by the stick, sprinkle with nuts or whatever you desire while the caramel is still warm (work quickly, the caramel sets up fast). Set on generously buttered wax paper to cool. Cook’s note: if making a double recipe, make two recipes in two separate pots. Jennifer Miller, Central Alabama EC
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Surprise Salmon and Apple Salad
1 can salmon, drained and cleaned 1 apple, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped ¼ onion, chopped
2 boiled eggs, chopped 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Drain salmon and clean it. In a medium bowl, mix salmon onion, chopped apple, celery and boiled eggs. Add sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise, toss until mixed well. Chill for 2 hours before serving. Karen Turnquist, Cullman EC
Sour Cream Apple Pie 1 unbaked pie crust 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons flour ¼ teaspoon salt
teaspoon vanilla 1 flavoring 1 egg 3-4 cups chopped apples
Mix sour cream, flour, salt, vanilla, egg and apples together. Pour into pie crust; bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. During this time prepare the topping: ½ cup brown sugar 1⁄3 cup flour
¼ cup butter or margarine ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Remove pie from oven after 25 minutes. Cover with topping and bake an additional 20 minutes. Mary Walters, Baldwin EMC
2 cups tart apples, peeled and finely chopped ½ cup onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 4 cups chicken broth 3 cups canned pumpkin ¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon ginger 1 cup half and half cream ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
Heat butter in a large saucepan. Sauté apples and onion in butter 3-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until blended, gradually whisk in broth. Stir in pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes. Cool slightly. In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Just before serving reheat soup in saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5-10 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, cream, salt and pepper. Heat thoroughly.Yield: 2 quarts, 12 servings. BeLinda Sims, Joe Wheeler EMC Alabama Living
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Simple Apple Cake
3 cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 ¼ cups cooking oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups diced Granny Smith apples 1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup coconut 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Glaze: 1 cup brown sugar ¼ cup milk ¾ cup butter
Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.Add flour and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Mixture will be slightly stiff. Fold in apples, pecans and coconut. Pour into Bundt pan that has been well sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. When cake is done, remove to a cooling rack. Mix brown sugar, milk and butter; bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to medium heat and cook for 3 minutes. While cake is still hot and in pan, poke holes in it with a drinking straw. Pour glaze all over cake, let stand in pan for 1 hour. Turn onto a plate and enjoy. Brenda Pettis, Southern Pine EC
Apple French Toast 2 eggs ½ cup milk 3 tablespoons sugar (dark brown) 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon 4 slices bread, cubed (whole wheat preferred)
2 small apples, peeled cored and diced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 5x3-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs; blend in milk, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.Add the bread cubes and apples, stirring gently; let stand until bread absorbs all liquid (2-3 minutes). In a small bowl, mix together (using a fork) flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, butter or margarine and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Divide bread mixture between the loaf pans; sprinkle with the topping. Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly and serve warm with maple syrup, chocolate syrup or sugarfree syrup. Anna Clines, Sand Mountain EC
Melanie’s Apple Dip
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1 8-ounce package cream cheese ½ cup light brown sugar ¼ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 1 bag Heath Toffee Bits 4-5 green or red apples Pineapple juice
Cream together 8-ounces cream cheese and ½ cup light brown sugar. Add ¼ cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring. Mix well. Add bag of Heath toffee bits and mix well. Refrigerate overnight and stir two or three times to mix together the bits and the cream cheese. Cut 4-5 green or red apples as desired. Soak apples in pineapple juice overnight; drain. Arrange on serving dish with dip. Carolyn Drinkard, Clarke-Washington EMC
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Around Alabama April 21 • Millbrook • AWF Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival
Art designed with nature in mind! That is the focus of the Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival located at Lanark in Millbrook - home of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) State Headquarters. Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. With nature as your backdrop, view the inspiring 57- piece exhibit of original paintings that depict Alabama wildlife and plant species in a variety of media.
North April 21 • Red Bay, Garden Club 5th
Annual Plant Sale Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 8 a.m. Contact: City Hall, 256-356-4473 21 & 22 • Cullman, 28th Annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair St. Bernard Prep School www.bloominfestival.com
Contact: Janet Burton, 256-601-8902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Central April 21 • Prattville, 7th Annual Bark in
the Park • Cooter’s Pond, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Prattville Autauga Humane Society at email@example.com
April 21 • Ancestor Swap Meet, at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.
Sponsored by Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Inc. Admission at the door, $25 (includes hot lunch). Speakers will be Mr. Chris Meekin of the North Carolina Archives & History and Dr. Lindy Martin of Birmingham. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org phone or call 256-490-4683.
21 & 22 • Guntersville, 51st Annual Art on the Lake Lake Guntersville – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, rain or shine • Admission: $2 May 4 • Guntersville, Hospice of Marshall County 11th Annual Spring Fundraiser Guntersville Senior Center Contact: Susan Sanders, 256-891-7724 or email@example.com www.hospicemc.org 4 & 5 • Somerville, 8th Annual Somerville Celebration 175th Birthday of the Historic Somerville Courthouse Admission: Free Contact: Samantha Perdue, 256-7788282 or firstname.lastname@example.org 5 • Rainsville, NAAC 2nd Annual Crossroads to the Arts – opens 10 a.m. Rainsville City Park & the Bevil Center,
28 • Deatsville,
Lightwood V.F.D. Yard Sale Fire Department, 6250 Lightwood Road Also selling whole Boston Butts ($30) and barbeque sandwiches. Contact: Daphne Smith, 334-569-2264 28 • Prattville, Indian Artifact Show Prattville Doster Memorial Community Center Contact: Tony Bulger, 334-365-7766 or email@example.com 28 • Montgomery, Ride to the Capitol Promoting motorcycle rights, safety and motorist awareness. Riders welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org
South April 13 & 14 • Dothan, Tri‑state BBQ
Festival • Houston County Farm Center www.tristatebbq.com
To place an event, mail to Events Calendar, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124; e-mail to calendar@ areapower.coop. (Subject Line: Around Alabama) or visit www.alabamaliving.coop. Each submission must include a contact name and phone number. Deadline is two months prior to issue date. We regret that we cannot publish every event due to space limitations.
This quality artwork is framed, ready to hang and available for purchase. Artists will also display more of their naturethemed works. Wildlife and floral paintings, fine art prints, wildlife photography, sculpture, woodcarvings and more! As an added bonus, AWF will have on hand a wide selection of “quality stock” plants from the Lanark gardens, including hard to find heirloom plants available for purchase. 14 • Orange Beach,
Orange Beach Nautical Flea Market 4550 Main Street – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 8’ tables may be rented for $50. Contact: 941-780-0538 14 • Gulf Shores, 2nd Annual Aviation Day 3190 Airport Drive • Admission: Free Contact: 251-967-3968 or visit www.jka.us.com 14 • Stockton, Wild Game Cook Off Old Schoolyard Park, Hwy 59 N. – 4 p.m. Tickets: $15 includes food tasting Contact: Phillip Hadley, 251-937-1248 19 - 22 • Dothan, Alabama Good Sams Spring Samboree National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds Theme: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Contact: Pat Smith, 256-3501037 or email@example.com www.alabamagoodsams.org 21 • Magnolia Springs, 9th Annual Magnolia Run Jesse’s Restaurant, 14770 Oak Street Registration at 6:30 a.m., start at 8 a.m. Contact: Kristin, 251-943-3291 21 & 22 • Dothan, Gem & Mineral Club 5th Annual Show and Sale Westgate Park Recreation Center Gym Sat. 9 - 5, Sun. 10 - 4 Contact: Arnie Lambert, 334-792-7116 or firstname.lastname@example.org 26 – 29 • Union Springs, The Passing of Pearl Red Door Theatre Dinner at 6 p.m. (reservations required) Play at 7:30 p.m. Contact: 334-738-8687 or
Access the Arts Festival through the Alabama Nature Center and spend the whole day with us. While exploring one of our fabulous nature trails, the observant visitor might spot a screech owl roosting next to a tree trunk or discover that the natural surroundings inspire the artist in you. All proceeds from the Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival will be utilized to support AWF’s wildlife conservation mission.
email@example.com www.reddoortheatre.org 28 • Opp, DRA Downtown Yard Sale – 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Contact Emilee Gage at 334-493-3070 or firstname.lastname@example.org 28 • Spanish Fort, Delta Woods & Water Expo 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center Admission: Free Contact: Spanish Fort City Hall, 251-626-4884 www. deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com 28 & 29 • Troy, TroyFest Arts & Crafts Festival Downtown Troy Contact: Rob Drinkard, 334-268-1098 or email@example.com www.troyfest.com May 1 – 5 • Gilbertown,
6th Annual Heritage Festival Contact Gilbertown Town Hall at 251-843-2766 5 • Atmore, 39th Annual Mayfest Tom Byrne Park – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free Contact: Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, 251-368-3305 www.atmorechamber.com 12 • Bay Minette, Cookies for Kid’s Cancer Bake Sale • Halliday Park 2nd annual bake sale to benefit childhood cancer research. Lots of goodies, kids activities, live music and silent auction. www.thecookiemomsters.com
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Market Place Miscellaneous DIVORCE MADE EASY – Uncontested, lost spouse, in prison or aliens. $179.00 our total fee. Call 10am to 10pm. 26 years experience – (417)443-6511 METAL ROOFING $1.79/LINFT – FACTORY DIRECT! 1st quality, 40yr Warranty, Energy Star rated. (price subject to change) 706-383-8554 WALL BEDS OF ALABAMA / ALABAMA MATTRESS OUTLET – SHOWROOM Collinsville, AL – Custom Built / Factory Direct - (256)490-4025, www.wallbedsofalabama.com, www. alabamamattressoutlet.com AERMOTOR WATER PUMPING WINDMILLS – windmill parts – decorative windmills – custom built windmill towers - call Windpower (256)638-4399 or (256)638-2352 18X21 CARPORT $695 INSTALLED – (706)383-8554 CUSTOM MACHINE QUILTING BY JOYCE – Bring me your quilt top or t-shirts. Various designs offered – (256)735-1543 KEEP POND WATER CLEAN AND FISH HEALTHY with our aeration systems and pond supplies. Windmill Electric and Fountain Aerators. Windpower (256)638-4399, (256)899-3850 FREE BOOKS / DVDs – Soon government will enforce the “Mark” of the beast as church and state unite! Let Bible reveal. The Bible Says, POB 99, Lenoir City, TN 37771 – firstname.lastname@example.org, (888)211-1715 CHURCH FURNITURE – Does your church need pews, pulpit set, baptistery, steeple or windows? Big sale on new cushioned pews and upholstery for hard pews – (800)2318360 or www.pews1.com DAYLILY GARDEN OPENS MAY 1st @ CRENSHAW FARMS in Baldwin County - Take I-65 to Exit 31(Stockton/Hwy 225) go south 1/4 mile - Hundreds blooming each day - www. crenshawfarms.com, (251)577-1235 Also Yard Sale/Flea Market/Antique Store. PUT YOUR OLD HOME MOVIES, SLIDES OR PHOTOS on DVD – (888)609-9778 or www.transferguy. com SAWMILL EXCHANGE: North American’s largest source of used portable sawmills and commercial equipment for woodlot owners and sawmill operations. Over 800 listings. THE place to sell equipment. (800)459-2148, www. sawmillexchange.com
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NEW AND USED STAIR LIFT ELEVATORS – Car lifts, Scooters, Power Wheelchairs – Walk-In Tubs Covers State of Alabama – 23 years (800)682-0658
PANAMA CITY BEACH CONDO – Owner rental – 2BR / 2BA, just remodeled inside and outside – (334)790-0000, jamesrny@graceba. net, www.theroneycondo.com
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GATLINBURG, TN – Fond memories start here in our chalet – Great vacation area for all seasons – Two queen beds, full kitchen, 1 bath, Jacuzzi, deck with grill – 3 Night Special - Call (866)316-3255, Look for us on FACEBOOK / billshideaway
Business Opportunities EARN $75,000/YR PART-TIME in the livestock or equipment appraisal business. Agricultural background required. Classroom or home study courses available. (800)488-7570 PIANO TUNING PAYS – Learn with American Tuning School home-study course – (800)497-9793 START YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Mia Bella’s Gourmet Scented Products. Try the Best! Candles / Gifts / Beauty. Wonderful income potential! Enter Free Candle Drawing - www. naturesbest.scent-team.com
Vacation Rentals AFFORDABLE COZY CABINS for your vacation in Pigeon Forge- (865)712-7633 CABIN IN MENTONE – 2/2, brow view, hottub – For rent $100/night or Sale $199,000 – (706)767-0177 GATLINBURG – DOWNTOWN LUXURY CREEKSIDE CONDO – 2BR / 2BA, sleeps 6 – aubie12@centurytel. net, (256)599-5552 HOUSE IN PIGEON FORGE, TN – fully furnished, sleeps 6-12, 3 baths, creek, no pets – (256)997-6771, www.riverrungetaway.org www.vacationsmithlake.com – 3BR / 2BA home w/ 2 satelite TV’s, gaslog fireplace, central H&A, covered boat dock - $75.00 night – (256)3525721, email email@example.com PIGEON FORGE, TN: $89 - $125, 2BR/2BA, hot tub, pool table, fireplace, swimming pool, creek – (251)3631973, www.mylittlebitofheaven.com KATHY’S ORANGE BEACH CONDO – 2BR/2BA, non-smoking. Best rates beachside! Family friendly – (205)253-4985, www.KathysCondo. eu.pn GATLINBURG TOWNHOUSE on BASKINS CREEK! GREAT RATES! 4BR/3BA, short walk downtown attractions! (205)333-9585, firstname.lastname@example.org GATLINBURG / PIGEON FORGE – 2 and 3 BEDROOM LUXURY CABINS – home theatre room, hot tub, game room – www.homeaway.com #178002, #359930, #965933 - (251)363-8576
ALABAMA RIVER LOTS / MONROE COUNTY, AL – Lease / Rent – (334)469-5604 HELEN GA CABIN FOR RENT – sleeps 2-6, 2.5 baths, fireplace, Jacuzzi, washer/dryer – www. cyberrentals.com/101769 - (251)9482918, email email@example.com MENTONE, OVERNIGHT CABIN RENTAL – Hottub, King bed, Jacuzzi – (256)657-4335 – www. mentonelogcabins.com PIGEON FORGE, TN – 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath house for rent $75.00 a night – Call Bonnie at (256)338-1957 GULF SHORES / FT. MORGAN / NOT A CONDO! The original “Beach House” on Ft. Morgan peninsula – 2BR/1BA – Wi-Fi, pet friendly, non-smoking – $695/wk, (256)418-2131, www. originalbeachhouseal.com AFFORDABLE BEACHSIDE VACATION CONDOS – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL. Rent Direct from Christian Family Owners. Lowest Prices on the Beach – (251)752-2366, (205)5560368, (205)752-1231 GATLINBURG: CONDOS AND CABINS AVAILABLE NOW – Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at (800)3149777 – www.funcondos.com – Non Smoking GULF SHORES - 3BR / 2BA ON BEACH – W/D, 4 queen beds, sleeps 8 - VRBO#354680 Gulf Shores East – (251)979-3604 TWO GULF SHORES PLANATION CONDOS – Excellent beach views – Owner rented (251)223-9248 WEST BEACH – 3 GREAT CONDOS – Call (404)219-3189, (404)702-9824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.GULFSHORES4RENT.COM DISNEY – 15 MIN: 5BR / 3BA, private pool – www. orlandovacationoasis.com – (251)504-5756 GULF SHORES / FORT MORGAN BEACH COTTAGE – 3BR / 1BA, sleeps 6, gulf side, beach access – Summer rental $900 a week – (251)540-1086
ORANGE BEACH, AL CONDO – Sleeps 4, gulf and river amenities – Great Rates – (228)369-4680 GULF SHORES 4 / 5 BEDROOM BEACH HOME – Direct Gulffront – Also for Sale – (678)409-6616, rob@ playgagolf.com FT. WALTON BEACH HOUSE – 3BR / 2BA – Best buy at the Beach – (205)566-0892, mailady96@yahoo. com PENSACOLA BEACH CONDO – Gulf front – 7th floor balcony – 3BR / 2BA, sleeps 6, pool – (850)572-6295 or (850)968-2170 ORANGE BEACH, 1BR / 1BA, GRAND CARIBBEAN - 3rd Floor - Across from Cotton Bayou State Park! Great Rates! Call for quote. (205)965-8922, or email: email@example.com GULF SHORES BEACHSIDE CONDO available April thru December – 2BR / 2BA, WiFi, No smoking / No pets – Call Owner (256)287-0368, Cell (205)613-3446 MAGGIE VALLEY / WAYNESVILLE, NC – 2BR / 2BA, fireplace, deck, hottub, grill, Smokey Mountain view – Close to historic Waynesville shopping, Cataloochee Ski Resort – Ask for Mountain memories (800)648-1210 GUNTERSVILLE – SMALL COTTAGE: 2BR, full kitchen, w/in 300 yds of boat ramps - $80/night - call (334)361-2459 ALWAYS THE LOWEST PRICE $65.00 – Beautiful furnished mountain cabin near Dollywood, Sevierville, TN – (865)453-7715 GULF SHORES, WEST BEACH - Gulf view, sleeps 6 - www.vrbo.com/92623, (404)641-4939, (404)641-5314 GULF SHORES – CRYSTAL TOWER CONDO - 2 bedroom/ 2 bath, Great Ocean View - www.vrbo.com #145108 - Call Owner (205)429-4886 MENTONE, AL – LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN – billiard table, Jacuzzi, spacious home, sleeps 10 – www. duskdowningheights.com, (850)7665042, (850)661-0678. ORANGE BEACH, WINDWARD POINTE – GULF FRONT CONDO – 3/2, Owner Rate – (251)626-6566, (251)689-8328 FORT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, HDTV, WiFi – www.homeaway.com/178244, www. wardvacationproperties.com, (251)363-8576 GULF SHORES BEACH HOUSE – Nice 2 bedroom, great view – Spring $800 / week, Summer $995 – (251)666-5476 www.alabamaliving.coop
GULF SHORES CONDO ON THE BEACH! 2BR/2BA - Beautiful update at SANDPIPER - (502) 386-7130
SMOKIES - TOWNSEND, TN – 2BR/2BA, secluded log home, fully furnished. Toll free (866)448-6203, (228)832-0713
GULF SHORES RENTAL BY OWNER – Great Rates! (256)490-4025 or www.gulfshoresrentals.us
GULF SHORES PLANTATION - Gulf view, beach side, 2 bedrooms / 2 baths, no smoking / no pets. Owner rates (205)339-3850
GULF SHORES CONDO: $75 - $110 night – 1 BR / 1BA, sleeps 4, pet friendly, pool, beach access – (251)9487140, firstname.lastname@example.org RENTAL BY OWNER – DESTIN, FL CONDO - Check out patsdestincondo. com - 2BR/2BA, across from beach with gated access - Call (334)244-6581 or email email@example.com for more information WEARS VALLEY MOUNTAIN CABIN NEAR PIGEON FORGE – 2 / 2, fully furnished – Brochures available – (251)649-9818 GULF SHORES / FT MORGAN BEACH HOUSE - 3/3 . A short walk to the Gulf of Mexico - WINTER rental $9OO.OO A Month, plus half of utilities – Summer rental $850.00 a week, sleeps 6 adults – Call (251)540-7078. GULF SHORES PLANTATION - GULF FRONT - 2BR/2BA, remodeled, sleeps 6-8, Unit 1133 – YoungSuncoast.com, (800)826-1213 BEACH CONDOS: TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW IN GULF SHORES AND DAYTONA BEACH – Call Jennifer in Scottsboro at (800)314-9777 – www. funcondos.com – Non Smoking
SMOKIES – PIGEON FORGE, TN CABINS – (251)649-3344, (251)6494049, www.hideawayprop.com GATLINBURG, TN CHALET – 3BR / 3BA Baskins Creek – Pool, 10 minute walk downtown, Aquarium, National Park – (334)289-0304 ORANGE BEACH CONDO, 3BR/3BA; 2,000 SQ.FT.; beautifully decorated; gorgeous waterfront view; boat slips available; great rates - Owner rented (251)604-5226 GULF SHORES BEACH COTTAGE – Affordable, waterfront, pet friendly – http://www.vrbo. com/152418, (251)223-6114
Camping / Hunting / Fishing VALLEY HEAD, AL LODGE - 5/2, fishing - Weekly, monthly rates available for summer - Cabin available also - www.lookoutcreekfarm.com, (256)635-6420 CAMP IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS – Maggie Valley, NC – www.trailsendrv-park.com, (828)421-5295.
How To Place a Line Ad in Marketplace Closing Deadlines (in our office): June 2012 – deadline – April 25 July 2012 – deadline – May 25 August 2012 – deadline – June 25 -Ads are $1.65 per word with a 10 word minimum and are on a prepaid basis -Telephone numbers, email addresses and websites are considered 1 word each -Ads will not be taken over the phone. You may email your ad to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800)410-2737 ask for Heather for pricing. -We accept checks, money orders and all major credit cards
ANDALUSIA AREA RV CAMPGROUND for fishing and swimming on Point ‘A’ Lake - Nightly, weekly and monthly rates - Reservations (334)388-0342, email@example.com , shacrvpark.com
Real Estate Sales/Rentals GULF SHORES CONDO - $49,900, close to everything. Go to www. PeteOnTheBeach.com, click on Colony Club – (251)948-8008 NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY – 6,000sqft home, 55 acres partially fenced, nice lake – 1,600sqft shop / barn. Great potential for horse farm. Many Extras. (256)249-9187 LAKE GUNTERSVILLE – DEEDED RV LOT WITH PORT – 30ft x 40ft, FISHERMAN’S DREAM – MLS#832472 – (256)302-1510 Lot# 51 WE PURCHASE SELLER FINANCED NOTES, Trust Deeds, Contracts for Deed, Commercial / Business Notes and more, Nationwide! Call (256)6381930 or (256)601-8146 MOUNTAIN TOP HOME – MENTONE, AL – 2BR / 2BA on 13.3 secluded acres overlooking 5 acre lake. Beautiful View - $185,000 – (256)634-8017
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Musical Notes PLAY GOSPEL SONGS BY EAR - 10 lessons $12.95. “LEARN GOSPEL MUSIC”. Chording, runs, fills - $12.95 Both $24. Davidsons, 6727AR Metcalf, Shawnee Missions, Kansas 66204 – (913)262-4982
Education FREE BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE – write to 23600 Alabama Highway 24, Trinity, AL, 35673 FREE CREATION SCIENCE INFO – WWW.CREATIONANDSCIENCE.NET – Adults, teens – Box 508, Fairhope, AL 36533 BECOME AN ORDAINED MINISTER correspondence study. Founded in 1988. Free info. Ministers for Christ Outreach, PMB 767, 6630 West Cactus B-107, Glendale, Arizona 85304. http:// www.ordination.org
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What is demand?
THERMOSTAT, continued from page 6
Certain types of accounts that require a large amount of electricity at any given time pay a demand charge in addition to a fee for the electricity they use. This demand charge is intended to cover the costs of having the equipment and the power generation in place to provide the electricity a larger user needs — when they need it.
demand available any time they want to use it (see “What is demand?” at left). For churches the size of Memphis Baptist, these charges can equal several hundred dollars per month. And that’s where Memphis Baptist Church began seeing a budget miracle. The programmable thermostats, set to the schedule Ingram created, are helping slash the church’s demand charges — as well as the amount of electricity it is using overall. Tate is delighted. “That’s just more that can go into Kingdom business,” he says. “This has been an answered prayer for us.”
Here’s an example that helps explain how demand charges work:
This family owns a van because it needs room to transport all 8 family members on Sunday mornings. Each month, they make a loan payment and an insurance payment for this large vehicle. They also pay taxes on it each year when they renew the license plate.
Through the week, the kids take the bus to school. Dad works from a home office. This leaves Mom to drive the big van to work and on errands — all by herself. Even though they only need the large capacity one day per week, they must pay the costs (loan, insurance and taxes) necessary to have the van available any time they chose to use it. Likewise, when a church, for example, needs to heat a sanctuary and 20 classrooms on a Sunday morning, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative must have the capacity to meet that high energy demand — even though the church may only set that demand a few hours each week. The demand charge fairly charges those members who set high demands, helping WEC meet its obligation to provide reliable service at rates that are reasonable and fair across all types of users. A
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A few miles away, Pastor Ricky Plummer at Bethel Baptist Church knew their method of adjusting all thermostats at once was likely impacting their power costs. With a large expansion project underway, he was excited to receive WEC’s invitation to an energy workshop last fall. “We learned that the programmable thermostats were what we needed,” Plummer says. “Wiregrass Electric was offering a rebate, and we saw this as a great opportunity.” Plummer praises Ingram for going “above and beyond” to help the church. “He laid out the plan,” Plummer says. “He programmed every thermostat in our church.” Bethel Baptist has one unit that incorporates gas heat to offset electric heat strips, so its demand charges were not as high as Memphis Baptist’s. The costs savings have therefore not been as dramatic. Still, Ingram says the programmable thermostats will trim Bethel Baptist’s overall electricity use. That’s good news to Plummer and his congregation, especially since power costs constitute 5 percent to 6 percent of the church’s budget. “We are trying to be more conscious of our energy usage,” he says. He believes they will see solid results over time from their investment in programmable thermostats. The church is also enjoying the convenience the units bring. “These units are taking care of themselves,” Plummer says. No longer does someone have to manually turn on each unit in preparation for services. Furthermore, the thermostats lessen the risk that someone could forget to turn off a unit in an area where it would run all week without anyone noticing.
HELPING ALL MEMBERS
The impact of WEC’s programmable thermostat rebate program will be felt far beyond the churches and commercial accounts who have installed the units. “This program is part of a larger effort to reduce demand systemwide,” explains Brad Kimbro, director of member services for WEC. As individual accounts do more to control their energy demand, the capacity needed to serve the entire system is reduced. “Lowering our demand benefits every member of this cooperative,” Kimbro says. “It helps us control our costs today, helps our supply partner PowerSouth avoid using more expensive fuel sources during peak demand periods, and helps us all delay the need to build new, expensive generation facilities. Everyone wins.” A
DAIRY, continued from page 8 “By going organic, we knew we’d be able to achieve a more level milk price by eliminating the middle man and going straight to the public,” he says. While the de Jong family believed the move was in the operation’s best economic interest, they also knew the transition would be a difficult one. In fact, moving from a traditional dairy operation to an organic one is a threeyear process. To begin with, it takes time for the fields to be purged of the chemicals used in a traditional operation. Organic fertilizers are used, and the chemicals used to burn off grass are replaced by an actual flame process. During this period, the cows also undergo a major lifestyle adjustment. To be certified, an operation must: • meet animal health and welfare standards; • not use antibiotics or growth hormones; • use 100% organic feed; and • provide animals with access to the outdoors. The transition was not easy. As a conventional dairy, the de Jongs milked 800 cows three times per day. As an organic operation, they milk 200 cows twice per day. To help ease the short-term financial burdens of the transition, Jan de Jong does heavy equipment work for the public, including building pads and cleaning out chicken houses. The family also sells its excess hay. “It’s been tough,” he says. “But it looks like it’s working out now.”
PUTTING IT IN THE BOTTLE
In 2011, the de Jong sons took the dairy operation to a new level when they started a bottling operation on site. “We can go from the cow to the store shelf in 24 hours now,” says Jonny. They use a technique known as vat pasteurization, which heats the milk at 145 degrees for 30 minutes. This process takes much longer than the traditional high-heat pasteurization, but the de Jongs believe it leaves the milk with a better taste. Their mother, Rinske, makes this point by saying that with the quick, high-heat process “all you’re drinking is white water.” For now, the processing operation yields milk in all the popular varieties: skim, 1%, 2%, whole, chocolate and cream. Consumers will notice that the cream rises to the top; a quick shake of the container and a sweet, rich taste is on the way. Locally, products can be purchased at Winn Dixie Westgate and Winn Dixie 84 West. Visit www.workingcowsdairy. com for additional outlets. As sales increase, expansion plans are being discussed. The sons expect to add ice cream equipment in the near future. They also hope to process and sell cheese and butter at some point. Meanwhile, the de Jong family continues to explore its distribution options. Earlier this year, they were in talks with the nation’s leading distributor of organically grown produce and perishable items about the possibility of taking their products to a larger market.
Despite the challenges they have faced in transitioning to an organic operation, the de Jongs would not trade life on the family farm. “It’s enjoyable to have the kids with you,” says Rinske, who left her family 6,000 miles away when she moved from Holland to America. Raising the children in the family operation has been a blessing to her and her husband, and they look forward to working with their sons to expand Working Cows Dairy in the growing organics market. A
Staying Certified By the time a food product shows up in the grocery store with the “USDA Organic” label, it has gone through an extensive certification process. Besides complying with all the regulations of the USDA’s National Organic Program, the food producer must: • Develop a production plan and submit it to a USDA certified agent. This plan must be updated each year. • Allow an agent to inspect every part of the operation — even sections that are not part of the organic operation. This includes office areas. • Maintain for at least five years all records that apply to the organic operation. These records must be available for review by an agent and other officials anytime during normal business hours. • Pay any fees that are charged by the agent. The organic producer must also notify the agent immediately if:
FAMILY BUSINESS — Working Cows Dairy is a family business. Pictured on the organic dairy with samples of their milk products are Ike, Jonny, Jan, Rinske and Mendy de Jong.
• Any prohibited substance is applied to a field, production unit, site, facility, livestock or product that is part of the organic operation; and • There is any change to any portion of the certified operation that may affect its compliance with the organic program.
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Our Sources Say
A Carbon Free Budget? I try to remind readers – our electric customers – that a carbon tax or fee on carbon emissions will increase their cost of electricity.
Gary Smith is President and CEO of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
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If you follow my articles, you know I periodically address global warming, climate change and carbon taxes. My interest in addressing these subjects is to some degree (if not primarily) selfserving. I try to remind readers – our electric customers – that a carbon tax or fee on carbon emissions will increase their cost of electricity. Therefore, when the carbon taxes or fees are actually imposed, customers will be forewarned and understand why their power bill is higher. Furthermore, I am far from personally convinced that anthropogenic carbon emissions are ruining the environment, and I am certainly not willing to spend my money to satisfy someone else’s concern that there will be no future unless we change our carbon-emitting ways. My friend David Darby continually tells me he doesn’t care for my global warming articles, and other readers complain about my “extremist” political views. While I recognize those opinions, other readers also write notes expressing their appreciation for my positions. So, if you are offended by my climate-denial opinions or political positions, I encourage you to stop here, read something else, watch TV or “An Inconvenient Truth,” or just take a nap. The Washington Post published an op-ed piece Feb. 24 by Democratic Congressmen Henry Waxman, Sherwood Boehlert, Edward J. Markey and Wayne Gilchrist discussing the apparently unrelated issues of the government’s debt levels and budget deficits. The article encourages urgent action to “protect our nation and the world from irreversible climate change.” The congressmen express their deep moral concerns about “cutting spending on programs Americans cherish or raising taxes on American job creators.” They lay out a better policy to “slash our debt by making power plants and oil refineries pay for the carbon emissions that endanger our health and environment. This policy would strengthen our economy, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, keep our skies clean – and raise a lot of revenue” ($200 billion over 10 years).
What does all that mean? First and foremost, it is not a tax. Instead, they suggest “fees on carbon pollution” are merely a charge on all hydrocarbon usage, like fossil fuel electric generation, natural gas and gasoline usage. The fees are not taxes, just fees, passed on to all consumers, on the most basic of life’s necessities. More frightening is the apparent destination for some of the fees, such as “transition-affected industries and investments in cleanenergy related technologies.” The congressmen state: “A marketbased (carbon fees) policy would... help protect U.S families from ecological disasters and level the playing field for clean-energy sources such as wind and solar. It would spur research into and development of electric batteries, carbon capture, storage technologies and the like.” More transparently, the congressmen propose to charge fees on all carbon emissions that will be passed on to retail consumers, and give at least some of the revenues to affected businesses and clean-energy companies. I guess we can assume some of the entities will be the congressmen’s affected (bankrupt) clean energy friends like Solyndra, Beacon Power, Evergreen Solar and SpectraWatt. The congressmen conclude their article by stating, “No other policy would do as much for our economy, our security and our future as putting a price on carbon.” I am not sure what carbon fees would do for our economy, but I am sure it would not be good. Also, raising revenue to support the congressmen’s pet programs and affected friends by imposing additional regressive costs on the everyday necessities of life on all citizens, imposing additional costs on the nation’s production and giving money raised from those efforts to the congressmen’s favorite affected industries (supporters) seems like a poor bet to me, but any bet with someone else’s money is a good bet. I hope you all have a great month.A
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5 1. Danica O’Dell submitted by Laura O’Dell of Ider 2. Nathan and Jackson Reid of Bay Minette submit ted by Napoleon and Gracie Reid of Thomasville 3. Lily Dobbins submitted by Lynda Dobbins of Boaz 38 APRIL 2012
4. “Hannah picks flowers for mommy” submitted by Miriam Patterson of Highland Home 5. “Eden’s Garden” submitted by Denise Wempe of Chancellor 6. “Hailey’s yellow flowers” submitted by Tami Ables of Hamilton
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