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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS VOLUME 76 • NUMBER 3 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240)

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The ride

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Take a wild ride behind the scenes of the Blythewood DOKO Rodeo and enjoy a slice of wholesome Americana, cowboy-style.

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difficulty to power management. That’s why utilities are developing large-scale storage batteries to capture energy when it’s breezy and sunny then deliver it when needed.

Electricity must be used or stored after it’s generated. Electricity produced

Power out? Blame a ­squirrel. We all know to

from power plants, solar panels, wind turbines and hydro dams needs to be perfectly timed for when you decide to cook dinner, wash clothes or watch TV. The national grid of power generators, wires and substations is an incredibly complex network that makes electricity flow smoothly. Utility operators must be strategic when adding renewable energy to the nation’s fuel mix—a coal or natural gas plant can ramp generation up or down fairly quickly to meet changing energy demands. But solar energy and wind power depend on the whims of nature, which adds an extra degree of

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makes hot foods cold and cold foods hot, washes the dishes and searches the internet. It is essential to our everyday lives, but we rarely think about it. Here are three facts about electricity that may amaze you.

ELECTRICITY TURNS DARK INTO LIGHT,

THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES Futurists predict that within five years, wireless dynamic charging systems for electric delivery trucks will be built into special high-occupancy-vehicle lanes in large cities.

play it safe around elec­ tricity, but squirrels don’t. They scamper and chew around transformers, substations and utility poles, where they can disrupt high-voltage equipment, shutting down power. But it’s not just squirrels. Snakes, birds and other critters can find their way into dangerous places. There’s no official recordkeeping of wildlife-caused power outages, but estimates run as high as 20%. Highways could charge electric trucks.

Futurists predict that within five years, electric trucks will stay on the road longer, thanks to wireless dynamic

charging systems built into special highoccupancy-vehicle lanes in large cities. Test projects are underway around the world, and the basic idea is similar to using those wireless chargers you can buy for your home electronics. Charging cars while they’re driving along the freeway is, of course, a lot more ambitious. But within five years, wireless dynamic truck charging could keep the deliveries rolling rather than having drivers sitting and drinking coffee for the several hours it takes for conventional plug-in charging. —PAUL WESSLUND

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Hungry for more of Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan’s no-knead bread recipes? Visit SCLiving.coop/ food/chefbelinda for her ­magnifique take on baguettes.

Beyond Bradfords Bradford pears are a landscaping nightmare. See what our gardening columnist ­recommends as a replacement. You’ll find the story under the “Home & Garden” tab at SCLiving.coop.

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The path to lower power bills may run through your attic, but there is more to consider than just insulation. Get advice from the pros at SCLiving.coop/energy.

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MIKE COUICK

President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

Electric cooperatives recognize that they need to be as prepared for cyberattacks as they are for severe weather.

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line, electric cooperatives here have already prepared for its arrival. They’ve tracked its movements, reserved line crews and stocked their trucks with equipment and materials to rebuild lines and restore power as quickly as possible. If you ask any line superintendent, they’ll tell you much of that preparation happens before a storm is even assigned a name, with efforts like rights-of-way maintenance, system upgrades and the ability to reroute power around downed circuits. When Winter Storm Izzy’s ice and wind caused thousands to lose power in January, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative member Hal Stone could appreciate more than most the role that preparation, resources and collaboration played in getting it back on. As an information security expert with 28 years of experience, the Pickens resident has kept a watchful eye out for threats that can harm infrastructure and take out vital services, and he is helping South Carolina’s electric cooperatives protect themselves and their members from the gathering storm of cyberattacks. Businesses, governments and utilities have all been victims of cybercrimes like ransomware, data theft and cyberespionage. The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline last May had a widespread impact, creating a gasoline shortage and confirming the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure. Cybercriminals certainly don’t discriminate based on the size of the targets. In November, Delta-Montrose Electric Association, a Colorado cooperative serving about 35,000 meters, was hit by a malicious cyberattack that took down internal systems like payment processing and billing for over a month. Fortunately, neither the cooperative’s distribution grid nor sensitive member data was breached, but such a threat looms over energy companies, big and small. Information technology has been a driving force in the evolution of energy delivery. Cooperatives have built smart systems that can predict interruptions, locate trouble and prevent widespread outages. In many cases, members are able to connect and engage with these systems, ­allowing them to receive in-depth energy data and pay

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remotely. This evolution toward interconnectivity is necessary but brings the risks of cyberattacks. Electric cooperatives recognize that they need to be as prepared for these kinds of attacks as they are for severe weather. Cyberattacks are just as inevitable as weather events, but their impact can be managed. According to Stone, mitigating that risk requires an investment in incident planning, security technology, personnel training, and resource sharing. The cooperative model is well suited for this venture. Although electric cooperatives are autonomous organizations, the standard of cooperation provides a crucial network of support. That kind of partnership will be necessary if and when a cooperative system is compromised by a cyberattack. South Carolina’s cooperatives have already established a cybersecurity task force—made up of information technology and systems security ­professionals like Stone—to share the latest information and best practices about keeping their co-ops safe. Cooperatives prioritize safety and reliability, so protection of their systems is nothing new. Co-ops have built firewalls that act as a barrier between their internal network and the public internet. Member and energy data is mirrored to remote servers in the event that the local data is breached. Cooperatives have strict policies on how their employees engage with the network, and the co-ops train them on how to avoid threats like phishing and spyware. For decades, electric cooperatives have improved equipment, developed practices and upgraded materials primarily to prevent and restore outages created by environmental elements. It’s that devotion to the mission of providing safe and reliable power that is helping cooperatives face this new digital-age challenge. Whether it’s a hurricane or a hack, I’m thankful cooperatives are looking out for their members and for the next threat to that mission.



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In a large bowl, add flour, salt and yeast and mix well. Add water, oil, 4 cups bread flour honey and 2 eggs and ½ tablespoon kosher salt mix, using the handle of 1 teaspoon instant yeast a large wooden spoon, 1½ cups water, room temperature just enough to form a G cup olive oil ball. Cover bowl with G cup honey plastic wrap and allow to 2 large eggs, room temperature rest at room temperature 1 large egg, for egg wash for 2 hours. Refrigerate Sesame seeds, optional for 2 days to allow the dough to form strong gluten strands that will give the bread strength and texture.

NO-KNEAD CHALLAH MAKES TWO LOAVES

After 2 days, remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Scrape dough onto a clean, floured surface and divide dough in half. Then divide each half into three even-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a long log—the same length. With three logs side by side, pinch the top ends together and braid the three logs. Bring the right log to the middle, then the left log to the middle (the same process as braiding hair). Repeat until you get to the end of the loaf. Make sure the ends are securely pinched together and tucked underneath the loaf. Repeat with remaining three logs. Cover with a clean, dry towel and allow to rise for 1 to 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk together 1 egg and 1 table­ spoon water, and brush onto the risen dough. Allow to sit another 10 minutes, then apply a second coat of the egg wash. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 25–30 minutes until golden brown, rotating the baking pan halfway through baking for an even crust color.

No-knead breads: part II BY BELINDA SMITH-SULLIVAN

If the pandemic had a silver lining, it was the chance to learn new skills and experiment in the kitchen. My escape was no-knead bread baking, and now I can’t stop! Here are some of my new favorites for you to try at home and enjoy— for a fraction of the price you would spend at the market. What’s cooking at

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SCLiving.coop/food/ chefbelinda

In a large bowl, stir water, salt and yeast together to combine. Add flour and stir into wet MAKES ONE LOAF (8½ X 4½ INCHES) mixture with the handle of a 1I cups water, room temperature wooden spoon until it forms a 1½ teaspoons kosher salt ball. Scrape sides of bowl and G teaspoon instant yeast continue to stir until all flour is 3½ cups bread flour incorporated into the dough ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm, dry area or lighted oven. Proof dough for at least 8 hours, up to 24 hours.

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A new mission To hear military personnel and police officers say “I’ve got your six” means they’ve got your back. You’re covered. John Richards, an active-duty U.S. Navy EOD tech, and Philip Moniz, a Charleston County sheriff’s deputy, have been looking out for each other since their first day of third grade in Summerville some 30 years ago—and they’ve been protecting the rest of us most of their adult lives. One day, the childhood friends were discussing what they might do when they eventually retire. Both men wanted an opportunity that would serve their fellow service members, veterans and first responders. “Coffee was the natural choice,” says Moniz, who, as a hobby, roasted beans in his Goose Creek garage. “I started roasting because I started hating 3 a.m. gas station coffee. It did the job, but I wanted better.” In April 2017, the duo started OneNation Coffee with the slogan: “We’ve got your six— a.m.” The company donates $1 per pound of coffee sold, has partnered with organizations serving military and law enforcement personnel, and the founders have now formed their own OneNation Foundation. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company donated 2,000 pounds of coffee to first responders in South Carolina and New York City. Partner Neil Johnson, who joined the company in March 2020, has helped guide steady growth of the business and its charitable mission. “We made something out of nothing,” Richards says of the risky decision to launch OneNation Coffee. “You can prepare as best you can, but at some point, you have to jump out of the plane, jump into the water, go and do the business.” —MICHAEL BANKS | PHOTO BY MILTON MORRIS

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Rounding up the buck-wild world of the Blythewood DOKO Rodeo BY HASTINGS HENSEL | PHOTOS BY MIC SMITH

THE RIDE

FOR BULL RIDER HUNTER TARDIFF OF BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, two days of the Blythewood DOKO Rodeo have all come down to this moment. The bright lights are on. A haze of kicked-up dirt hangs in the air, which smells of livestock and funnel cakes. The crowd, whooping and hollering, stands on its feet in the metal bleachers. Under two billowing American flags, other cowboys perch like hawks atop the chute where a 1,500pound bucking bull flares its nostrils and stomps its hooves. The young cowboy has waited all night—through the bucking bronc riding, the barrel racing, the calf roping, the steer wrestling, the circus acts and kids’ races—and soon he’ll climb over the chute’s rails and mount the bull. When the gate swings open, the crowd will watch in rapt attention to see if he can hold on for the next eight violent seconds. “It’s a feeling you don’t feel doing anything else in the world,” Tardiff says just before climbing up. “It’s a feeling that nothing else can give you.”

held each spring and fall, is the brainchild of Buck and Kristi Coggins. As his name suggests, Buck Coggins is a rodeo man—tall and cowboy-handsome in his denim jeans, cowboy boots and Stetson hat. He met Kristi when she was the University of South Carolina women’s golf coach. They’d both been around rodeos—Buck when he worked for a company that sponsored them, and Kristi when her mother produced them for oil companies in Texas. “It’s just family-friendly, kid-friendly and truly somewhat unique on the East Coast,” Kristi says of bringing rodeo events to Blythewood. “It’s just something you don’t get to see every day.” During the event, they make their rounds like rodeo ambassadors between the crowd, the cowboys, the cowgirls, the vendors, the sponsors, BLYTHEWOOD’S DOKO RODEO,

THRILL SEEKERS Hunter Tardiff, top, readies himself for eight wild seconds atop a furious bull, while Wagner’s Gabriel Simmons, 9, above, enjoys a somewhat calmer ride on its mechanical counterpart.

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HORSING AROUND Cowboys, top left, need confidence and athleticism to be successful in the steer wrestling event.

the emcees, the journalists, the cops, the paramedics, the bullfighters, and the judges. “We do this for the community,” Buck says while “God Bless America” blares on the loudspeakers. And yes, the crowd is completely roped in. They, too, don the boots and hats and belt buckles, but instead of riding a bucking horse or wrestling a steer, they lick ice cream cones and ride mechanical bulls and hold hands with their dates. FOR ALL THE FUN AND GAMES, though, there is still serious money on the line. Sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), the top competitors can go on to the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma. Winners of the local events can also pocket around $800 in cash. One of the first cowboys up in the bucking bronc riding event is 62-year-old South Carolina native Harold Miller, who won the first rodeo he ever attended—in his hometown of Seneca in 1975. At one time, he ranked in the top 15 in the world. These days, he cites hard work and regular prayer for the reason he’s still going, despite injuries that prevent him from turning sideways. “Jesus has given me a good blessing to go on this far,” he says. “And it’s a great sport. It’s dangerous, but it’s a great sport. You meet a lot of good people. It’s a family-like deal.” Miller mounts the bronc in the bucking chute, and when the gates open, his whole body moves as fluidly as a wet noodle. Somehow, in spite of the laws of time and gravity, he hangs on. The crowd goes wild. Although roughstock events like bull riding and bronc riding get the most attention, steer wrestling might be the most athletic rodeo event. The steer wrestler (or bull-dogger) must chase a steer that usually weighs twice as much as he does, leap from his horse, put the steer into a horn lock and wrestle the animal to the ground. This is why there’s a saying in rodeo: “It’s not a matter of if you get hurt; it’s a matter of when.” And sure enough, one

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p Taylor Dodd guides her horse through the barrel racing course. t Buck and Kristi

Coggins first found each other and a shared love of rodeos, then founded the Blythewood DOKO Rodeo.

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u Columbia cowgirl Eva

Thigpen, 5, with sister Emma, 2, and mom Taylor, displays her rodeo spirit.

q Harold Miller has been riding bucking broncs for more than 45 years.

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bull-dogger at the Blythewood rodeo jumps “What makes me really like it is after I GET THERE on top of a steer but gets his boot hung up make a save with a guy, he comes up to me in the stirrup, eats dirt, and then lies on the and is like, ‘Hey man, I really appreciate it. If In 2022, the Blythewood DOKO Rodeo will take place April 22–23 ground in obvious pain. it wasn’t for you, then I would have got run and Oct. 28–29 at Community “We’ve got a possible injury here,” the over,’” says bullfighter Cody Ballard. Park Arena, 311 Blythewood Road emcee announces as the crowd falls silent in Blythewood. For details, visit and the paramedics carry out the cowboy on FOR BULL RIDER HUNTER TARDIFF, his time blythewoodrodeo.com or email a stretcher. “Lift him up in a little prayer.” in the bright lights has arrived. info@blythewoodrodeo.com​. In the end, he’s OK, and one senses that He climbs up the chute railing and mounts most cowboys wear their injuries with a kind the bull. He places one hand on the saddle of pride. knob and with the other he adjusts his hel“It’s pretty intense,” admits bull rider Jacob Cashion of Cross met. The other cowboys—their Adam’s apples clicking, their Anchor, who recounts with a shrug a ride-gone-wrong four cowboy hats drawn close to their hawk-bill noses—encourage weeks earlier that left him with four broken ribs and a bruised him on. Tardiff zones everything out. Technique is now muscle lung. “It’s a gamble.” memory—to keep the free arm raised for balance, to lean forward when he bucks, to stay seated when he jumps, to hold on. The chute opens. The bull goes, as they say, buck wild. WHICH IS WHY, AT RODEOS, you always have bullfighters—a Tardiff falls off before the eight seconds required to receive team of professionals whose job it is to steer away the wild a score, and the bullfighters guide the bull away from the animal after the cowboy is bucked off. Sometimes known cowboy, who slams his thigh in frustration. Still, he is undeas rodeo clowns because they wear face paint—a tradition that harkens back to when their job was also to entertain the terred. He’s already thinking about the next ride. crowd between rides—they protect the rodeo athlete by dis“My goal is to get Rookie of the Year,” he says. “Then I’m gonna try and be a champion.” tracting the animal once the rider is off.

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Every wizard needs a torch BY JAN A. IGOE

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years or so, humans have relied on clothes for warmth, protection and resistance to arrest. Since nature elected not to cover us with thick fur or scaly hides (most of us, anyway), we’re not weatherproof or tough. Humans are a woefully delicate species. Our kind may be mortally wounded by a stray Lego. In the interest of full disclosure, I would still wear clothes even if it wasn’t required for practical and legal reasons. The colors, designs, styles and variety call to me—usually from a store to say they want to come live in my closet. And who am I to deny them? Even though writers of modest means are not the target audience for celebrated fashion designers, I follow them to spot the latest trends so I’ll recognize a bargain when it shows up at Goodwill five years from now. But the latest out of Paris is too bizarre, even for me. During a winter fashion show, Kanye West (or Ye as he is now known) and his new squeeze debuted denim outfits, which were fashionably ridiculous. His ultra-baggy pants looked like hand-medowns. Hers were long enough for an NBA center, yet her jacket didn’t make it to her bare navel. On the functional side, the jacket gets points for the builtin cone-shape bra, pointy enough to impale an enemy (think Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour). It could also double as a funnel in case these folks ever see a kitchen. The thing is, fashion loves to leave practical in the dust. Take the “Godfather of Goth Glam” Rick Owens and his 22

Menswear designer Rick Owens thinks that every guy wants to be remembered “as a heroic wizard standing on a cliff holding a torch.” trendsetting menswear, for example. He designs mostly black clothes that might have two sleeves, or maybe three. And they may be 5 feet long. There may be a tank top hanging from the pants. Sometimes there’s a spare armhole by your navel should you grow an extra appendage. (The jury is out on long-term effects of the vaccines, so anything is possible.) Owens’ shapes would make Salvador Dali drool. One design has shoulder pads like pro football players wear. Another features metal chains that hug your bare

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chest like a vest. If you get cold, check out his puffer coat that zips from waist to forehead. (You can’t see or breathe, but you’ll be warm.) If someone wearing a Rick Owens original leather design with random architectural features jutting out of the abdomen showed up at your door on Halloween, you’d give him all the treats he wanted. Then you’d turn your porch light off and hide. Pushing the boundary of bizarre, Owens also introduced a hat-like helmet thing that’s about 3 feet tall and features two glowing lights. Fluorescent, I think. It might be good for hurricane season. Ironically, Owens keeps no more than five things in his own closet and always wears the same outfit. He says a fit body is way more important than clothing. He also thinks that every guy wants to be remembered “as a heroic wizard standing on a cliff holding a torch,” according to hypebeast.com. While peasants like me wonder where in the world men wear this stuff, Owens has fans around the world who do. You can land a patterned hoodie with stripes going in every direction for $2,435 at farfetch.com. Pair it with black drawstring trousers for $453 from ssense.com. (That’s the sale price.) Go ahead, Gandalf. Get the helmet to go with it. JAN A. IGOE isn’t knocking wizards or fashion; she’s just fascinated by outfits that won’t fit in a car. Especially if they cost more than the car. Trendsetters and Merlins are always welcome at HumorMe@SCLiving.com.


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