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Salt CONTENTS

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A Cure for the Summertime Blues By Marsha Mundy

A Man in Stitches By Gary Brock

Preserving the Harvest By Lori Holcomb

The Joy of Fishing By Carol Chroust

Walls that Wow! By Laura Pribish

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Where the Well Never Runs Dry By Abby Miller and Deb Gaskill

Frog Days of Summer By Marsha Mundy

Cake Pops By Sheryl Sollars

columns Publisher’s Note By Pamela Stricker

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Salt Notes By Gary Abernathy

Recipe Index God Bless the Fishermen! By Kay Frances

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Summer 2012 Publisher Editor Food Editor Health & Wellness Editor Layout/Cover Design Photographer

Pamela Stricker Gary Abernathy Lori Holcomb Lora Abernathy Tina Murdock Steve Roush

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On the Cover We chose “Gone Fishin’” as the theme of this edition of Salt. Fishing is a favorite pastime in Southern Ohio and the area is filled with great fishing holes. Grab a pole, some bait and head out to your favorite getaway.

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bass as it jumps through the surface of the water, commanding the attention of anyone who may be watching but only giving a second or two to catch a glimpse. That invigorates me. Stealing away from the noise and busy-ness of my world to a place where the interruption of silence is not manmade. This is the kind of stimulus I need to energize. Now, I know for many of you, you do not share my fondness for fishing. But we all have something we like to do, some place we like to go that produces the same result of rejuvenation. There’s a scripture I love in Mark 6 where Jesus is talking to some of his close friends after they had returned from a mission trip. His advice to them was, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while”. It goes on to say, “They went away in a boat to a solitary place by themselves.” That’s the voice I sometimes hear in my head - “Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.” Sometimes grabbing a pole and setting out for a quiet place on a pond or lake is one of the best things we can do for ourselves (and the people around us).

It doesn’t have to be fishing that takes you to that quiet place. But what is important is to do something you love that creates that space in your life where you can decompress. If you do go fishing and you are lucky enough to land some, we’ve shared some good recipes in this issue of Salt. Here’s one of my favorite batters to use on fried fish… 7-Up Fish Batter 1 Egg 1 Cup pancake mix 8 ounces 7-Up Roll fillets in dry mix first. Mix one slightly beaten egg with the 7-up. Dip each fillet in the batter. Then deep fry at 400 degrees till browned. Hope you make time to relax as we head into summer. If you’re looking for me and can’t find me, it might just be because I’ve gone fishin’. In the meantime, please pass the salt!

Pam Stricker Salt Publisher pstricker@ohcommedia.com

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I woke up early one spring morning several years back. My husband, Jerry, woke up early too. “I had a dream,” I told him. “We were fishing at Vic’s pond and I caught five bass!” “Let’s go!” he responded. We hadn’t planned to go fishing that day, but Jerry took my dream as a good omen. So we jumped out of bed, brewed some coffee for the thermos, grabbed our poles and tackle box and drove to Vic’s pond just outside of Hillsboro. When we got out of the car I started walking toward the pond. “It was right here… by this tree… in my dream.” I strung up the purple worm on the end of my line and cast into the water. Not ten minutes had elapsed when the tug on the end of the line pulled the bobber under with decided strength. My adrenaline suddenly raced and defied the patience I was trying to exercise controlling my line. I jerked and snagged and reeled in a two-to-three pound bass! I was so excited and laughing. Finally calmed down, I cast again. Again, another two or three pounder! It happened five times that morning. Just like that crazy dream! One of the reasons I like that story so much is that it happened so spurof-the-moment. As the years have passed, I think I am less apt to toss aside my day’s agenda and trade it for the unplanned, impromptu and seemingly frivolous. But, in fact, that’s probably what I need more than anything. The best emotional, mental and physical support… just some good ole’ fashioned R&R. Sun coming up on the lake, slight ripples reflecting dawn’s first light, silence… and suddenly the crash of a

Roger Rhonemus – Adams County, Ohio

Front Porch

Profile

Front Porch Profile offers a personal glimpse into the lives of notable people in our communities.

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By Lora Abernathy

Adams County Commissioner, Farmer

Cats or dogs? Dogs.

What is your favorite movie? Quigley Down Under or The Longest Yard. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled? I have never been to a bad state, never been to a bad place. Probably one of my favorites is Denver, Colorado. What is your favorite Elvis Presley song? How Great Thou Art.

What is one of the funniest things a kid has said to you? There were some third graders What quote best defines how at the courthouse recently and you live your life? I was giving them a tour. I People don't care how much asked them how old I was. One you know, until they know how little boy said 25. (I'm 53.) I much you care. told him to remind me to give him a quarter when we were Winter, spring, summer or fall? done. That little rascal came up That's why I love living where at the end and asked for his we live because I like them all, quarter and I had to give it to but I would say spring because him. I'm glad I didn't tell him I love to plant. I'd give him $10. Regular or decaf? Regular. Definitely.

What is the thing you love most about your community? I think it's the caring attitude. What character from a book If someone has a need, would you be? there's always someone there Though non-fiction, I would to help. It crosses say Captain McNelly from The backgrounds. I've been on the Real Book About the Texas receiving and hopefully on the Rangers, a book I read as a kid. giving end.

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What are your favorite summer canning recipes?

We’d love to share them in the next issue of Salt. Vegetables, pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, preserves and fruit butters… or anything else you might “put up” from your harvest.

Whether or not you grew up on a farm, visited local fishing spots with your parents or grandparents, or ever held a pole, baited a hook, or cast a net in your life, just the idea of fishing has permeated everyone’s life. A newspaper reporter often goes fishing for a story. A police officer often thinks something smells fishy. A negotiator might decide it’s time to fish or cut bait. A politician might tell a whopper of a fish story. A philosopher will point out that if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach him how to fish he will eat for a lifetime. You get the idea. Fish and fishing have become infused into our daily conversation and activities in ways most of us don’t even think about. I think fishing has become a metaphor for so many things in our life because whether someone has ever actually fished or not, the concept is so simple and universal that it is relatable to everyone, and applicable to so many aspects of our lives. The essence of fishing is as follows. Bait the hook. Cast the line. Wait patiently. Wait patiently some more, but never take your eyes off the float or bobber. Anyone who has fished has quickly learned that nibbles are not bites, and some days it seems like we get nibbles all day long without actually snagging the prize. Such is life, also, but with enough patience, we eventually are rewarded. In this issue of Salt, we explore the special place fishing holds in the lives of so many southern Ohioans, along with the other features, recipes and advice to live by you have come to expect and enjoy with each edition. Thank you to our many contributors, and thank you for reading!

GARY ABERNATHY Gary Abernathy is publisher of The Times-Gazette in Hillsboro.

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SaltNotes

A Cure for the Summertime Blues

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Delicious Fruit on Gorgeous Shrubs By STEVE BOEHME Blueberry bushes are attractive shrubs with abundant pink-tinged, white blooms in spring, shiny foliage and stunning fall color. If you have a well-drained, full-sun location for foundation shrubs or privacy hedge, consider using blueberry plants. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are even blueberries ideal for planting in containers. As an added bonus, your family can enjoy loads of luscious fruit. Like any orchard plant, blueberry bushes have challenges, particularly keeping wild creatures from getting all that juicy fruit before you do. The most important step is well-drained soil, best accomplished in raised beds. The reward is an attractive landscape plant that also provides a plentiful food supply. Here’s a radical approach to successfully growing blueberries and strawberries in your yard: Rather than digging holes and planting them, set the plants on top of the ground and build a raised bed around them. Then fill the bed

completely with Pine Magic mulch and keep the mulch moist until the root systems grow out into the mulch. This won’t take long, and you’ll have a bumper crop of blueberries. This technique is easy to do and it works for two reasons. The first is that blueberries love well-drained acid soil, and the second is that blueberries just hate hard, gooey clay soil. We come from southern New Jersey where there is a huge blueberry industry. South Jersey has well-drained, sandy acid, soil.You can pour a bucket of water on the soil in a Jersey blueberry field and it will immediately soak in and disappear. If your soil doesn’t drain this well, blueberries will sit and sulk. Raised beds allow excess water to simply drain off by gravity rather than

being trapped in a hole around plant roots. Pine Magic is very similar to the potting soil that nurseries use for growing blueberries in containers. It holds just the right moisture and the rest just drains away, allowing roots to breathe. The fluffy texture of the mulch encourages new feeder roots to quickly grow, and the acidity is perfect for blueberries. Adding a few inches of pine mulch every spring prevents weeds, making your bed maintenance free. We recommend Espoma “Holly Tone” fertilizer for blueberries. “Holly Tone” is the perfect blueberry food, providing additional acid and trace minerals vital to healthy blossoms and fruit. For excellent quality blueberry plants (“instant results” sizes, not “sticks-ina-bag”), visit GoodSeed Farm Country Garden

Center in Peebles, Ohio (www.goodseedfarm.com). You’ll find all the essentials for growing blueberries, including Pine Magic, Holly Tone organic fertilizer, Peat moss, bird netting and other home orchard supplies. GoodSeed Farm has a good selection of favorite orchard plants along with more unusual offerings like Gooseberry, Currant, hardy Kiwi, crabapple, rhubarb, asparagus and strawberry plants. Steve Boehme is the owner of GoodSeed Farm Nursery & Landscape, located on Old State Route 32 three miles west of Peebles. More information is available online at www.goodseedfarm.com or call (937) 587-7021.

Growing blueberries in raised beds filled with shredded pine instead of soil produces delicious fruit with very little maintenance. (GoodSeed Farm Photo)

Chandler Blueberry Fruit

Blueberry Varieties There are hundreds of blueberry varieties available. It’s a smart idea to plant several different types; since they ripen at different times you can extend your harvest that way. If you’re using them for landscaping you’ll want a particular shape and size. Here are our favorites, all hardy for this part of Ohio. Blue Crop: Hardier and more drought resistant than most blueberries. Dense upright bush six feet tall x four feet wide. Medium to large, light-blue fruit that’s firm, resistant to cracking and has a good flavor. Red fall foliage & stems. Blue Ray: Vigorous 5-foot bush bears tight clusters of large, firm blue fruit early to mid-season. Very showy burgundy fall foliage, deep red stems in winter.

Commercial blueberry farms are in areas with sandy soil and the plants grow quite large and bushy. Blueberry fall color is stunning. (Photo courtesy of JellyfishBay.wordpress.com)

Chippewa: An upright, highbush blueberry with large, light-colored, sweet berries. Mid-season fruiting. Bright red fall foliage, red stems in winter. four feet tall x three feet wide.

Northblue: Compact size makes this blueberry an excellent landscape shrub. Very productive. Moderate grower three feet tall and wide. North Country: Low, spreading shrub good for containers and landscaping. Small to medium fruit has a sweet wild blueberry flavor. Ripens early.Three feet tall and wide. Patriot: Sweet berries cover this early producer. Distinctive upright habit and colorful fall foliage make this a superior blueberry for landscape use. St. Cloud: Upright, growing blueberry with firm, medium-sized fruit. Grows four fee tall three feet wide. Good producer. Sunshine Blue: Compact semi-dwarf shrub good for large tubs. Semi-evergreen. Hot pink flowers and abundant large tangy fruit.

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Chandler: Vigorous, upright, high-bush blueberry six feet tall and five feet wide. Bears the largest fruits of any blueberry. Fruits heavily for up to six weeks.

Jersey: A favorite of home gardeners wanting an easy-togrow, heavy-producing blueberry. Reliably produces medium sized, very sweet fruit.

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STITCHES Some people relax by fishing. Others unwind by hunting, or trail riding, or model railroad building or gardening. But one retired southern Ohio school official gets his kicks one stitch at a time

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By Gary Brock

The Cross Stitch Passion From that day in 1989 when he did his first simple cross stitch pattern, Jim has done between 75 and 100 cross stitchings. And while his first ones might have taken just a few hours, his more elaborate examples - and there are many of these - can take months and 200 hours of work. And of all those cross stitchings, he has sold only three. He sold one to local art dealer George Stove for his gallery; one went to Dr. Doug Martin; and a third was done on commission by an Ohio woman who had heard of his “famous cross stitch work.” “She asked how much I would charge, and I told her, ‘How about $1.50 an hour?’ and she agreed. It took about 200 hours to do.” Most of his cross stitchings he displays in his home or gives away for charity auctions. His Christmas holiday cross stitchings are highly prized at events such as the annual Washington Kiwanis Club Christmas Auction. Jim, who is a Kiwanian, usually stitches and donates four to five such works of art each year for the auction, all beautifully

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His fingers flew with ease across the cream-colored square of mesh linen. A needle between his index finger and thumb, he carefully weaved the colored thread through and back the tiny openings in the cloth. Through and back, through and back - over and over. “And that is how it is done,” said Jim Oughterson. “Cross stitching is nothing more than ‘Xs’ - this is not difficult, not rocket science.” But a look around Jim’s and his wife Kay’s Washington Court House home reveals that his cross stitch talents might just be closer to rocket science than he thinks. It certainly doesn’t look easy. Throughout the Oughterson home are framed examples of intricate, detailed cross stitch work that Jim has done over the past 23 years. Each one looking more like an oil painting than a cross stitch of cloth and colored thread. Jim appears an unlikely person to master such a delicate skill. Back in 1989, he and his two young

daughters were renting an apartment while he served as superintendent at the Caldwell Exempted School District in Noble County. Jim said that when his work day was done, “I was just coming home and falling asleep. I didn’t like that.” Jim said he needed something to do, something to stimulate his mind and concentration. “I saw my daughter, who was nine at the time, doing cross stitch and I thought, ‘I can do that.’ ” So he did. After serving 10 years as superintendent, he retired in 2003 and return to Washington Court House, where he and Kay call home. He had previously been assistant superintendent at Miami Trace, where Kay retired after teaching 32 years. Looking back to that time when he first did cross stitch, Jim said, “I thought I was doing something productive with my life. It also teaches you patience.” He said his first cross stitchings were “just caricatures of little girls” and he gave these to his daughters, who he gives a lot of credit for getting him started.

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framed. They often fetch several hundred dollars each for charity. “The Santa one (a popular cross stitching subject) took about 150 hours to do,” he said. But which of his many cross stitch works took the most time and effort? The purple iris, his favorite. “That one had DMC and Anchor brand floss (thread). It took about four and a half months to do and more than 300 hours.” How Does He Do This? Sitting on a couch in his family room with the afternoon light shinning in from large picture windows on each side of a fireplace, Jim said, “I usually sit like this, with the TV on,” demonstrating his cross stitch style. “Cross stitch is nothing more than a series of Xs. There are different ways of doing it, but this is how I do it. I am a ‘back-stitcher.’ That is a fancy way of saying ‘outlining.’ ” He said this back stitching gives the picture its shape and form and texture. The backing material, the ‘canvas’ for the cross stitch, is usually cotton, a blend, or linen. Linen is the most expensive. All - or at least almost all - cross stitching results from a pattern. The pattern, which can be bought either in stores or online, gives a roadmap for what colors are used for each stitch on

the sheet. He said using a pattern is part of the “experience” of cross stitching. “I start in the center of the pattern. To find where that is on the material, you just fold it into four sections, and when you open it, the point in the middle is the center,” he said. “I work from the center and then move down. I am right-handed, but I stitch like I am a left-handed person,” he pointed out. An avid, and frequent golfer, Jim says he still tries to cross stitch every day. “But I don’t cross stitch at night much. I do it more in the morning and afternoons, because of the light,” he said. The Beauty is in the Details So how does he get his cross stitchings to look so much like paintings? “The material goes from 11 count to 18 count, and in linen, it goes to a 36count,” he said. An “18-count” for example means there are 18 holes in the material per linear inch. The more the holes to thread through, the greater the density. “The higher the count, the more it gives the look of a painting.” And one more thing: He points out that you don’t call it “thread” - it is technically called “floss” when you are cross stitching. He said the more complicated

patterns can take more than 150 hours of work. And he never repeats a pattern more than once. Once he has finished the cross stitch, he then hand washes it - in cold water, using Ivory dishwashing detergent. He adds white vinegar to help “set’ the colors. He then irons it. Jim is quick to admit that he does not do the framing himself. He works with someone else to professionally frame the cross stitch, which he says in many ways is the most important part of all. “It is all about the presentation. The matte color and frame are always a personal preference, but I have seen some great cross stitchings that have had terrible framing,” he said. “People have to know what they are doing when framing.” Surprisingly, he has taken his cross stitch art to the Ohio State Fair competition only once. He won third place. “I was thrilled,” he said. At the Fayette County Fair, he is more successful. He wins something almost every year, and has won Best in Show seven or eight times. Now Let’s Give it a Try What advice does Jim have for those wanting to give cross stitch a try? “I would start out by going to a store that carries a lot of cross stitch material. The people who work there can be very helpful,” he said. He also recommended starting out simple. “Start with a simple pattern, one that isn’t too complicated or has too many colors,” he suggested. He also said, “Don’t be intimidated by it.” Does cross stitch require any certain skills? “I would say the only skill you really need is patience.” When asked how he would rank his own cross stitch skills, he thought a second, “Average.” And he also urged people to not fret or worry too much. Nodding toward his many framed cross stitchings on his walls, he said, “And there isn’t a picture here that doesn’t have a mistake in it.” Jim said that as time goes on, there are fewer and fewer people cross stitching. “It seems that it is getting harder and harder to get new patterns, and there

are fewer and fewer craft stores in business where you can get the floss,” he said. Kay Has Her Favorites And what does Kay think about his cross stitching hobby? “I think it is very therapeutic for him. When he gets stressed out, he can pick up his cross stitch and it releases the stress,” she said. “I think that is why he started it in the first place.” She and Jim have been married 21 years. When asked if at any time the hours he spends on cross stitch bothers her, she was quick to say, “Not really. Jim has always had the right priorities and knows that when other

Get Started Stitching! There are many books, programs and websites available to those who would like to give cross stitch a try. Here are some tips on how to get started from www.cross-stitching.com

Buy your materials… The shopping list on each project will tell you what size and type of fabric you need, and also which needle to use.You’ll find details of the threads you need in the key. Get ready…

She says she may not have the patience, but she does have a deep appreciation for the skill needed to create what she calls works of art. ”They look like paintings.” Her husband believes that her favorite of his cross stitchings is “Nantucket Rose,” and she agrees that is one of her favorites. But she says she has a number of “favorites” including the Christmas pieces and one showing a girl reading under a tree. What Kay hates about his hobby is simple - parting with the cross stitch pieces. “I hate seeing him give them away. I want to keep them all. But our home just can’t accommodate them all.”

We recommend always starting from the middle of the design. Follow the two heavy ‘0’ grid-lines on the chart. A grid or graph of symbols or colors that represents the stranded cotton colors, metallic threads, beads etc. of the design. A key lists the symbols and the thread number used, as well as a list of materials and instructions. Find a symbol near the center. Look for this symbol on the key for the color of thread you need, plus the number of strands. Thread your needle with this color.

finishing all the cross stitch in your design before you work the backstitch. This is an outlining stitch that is used to add final details to a design over the top of the cross stitch. It is worked in a ‘two steps forward, one step back’ motion, or add any French knots. Knots can cause problems when you are stitching, suddenly appearing in your thread. In fact, they are not actually proper knots but just very tightly twisted thread. If one appears, take your needle and insert it into one of the loops of the knot and pull gently.You should find that this releases the ‘knot’ and you can carry on stitching.

Get set… Fold your fabric in half horizontally and vertically to find the center of that as well. The folds will make a cross, which corresponds to the cross at the center of your chart. Get stitching! To make a cross stitch, bring the needle up at the bottom left corner of a square and down at the top right corner. To finish a thread, leave a thread tail of two inches on the back of the fabric, and catch it under your stitches to secure it. We recommend

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Choose your project… Make sure you choose the right level for you.You’ll find this information in the Factbox on each of our projects. Absolute beginners should choose a design without fractional stitches, a modified form of cross stitch used by designers to create more naturallooking shapes and outlines on a chart. Look out for half, three-quarter and quarter stitches. Half cross stitches are usually given a separate symbol in the key; three-quarter and quarter stitches are shown by a tiny version of the cross stitch symbol in the corner of a square.

things need to be done, he does them. He has always been very considerate about that.” Kay said she knew going into their marriage that he has this hobby. “I was really just curious about it. The one thing that surprised me was how much time it takes to do them.” Kay is very proud of her husband’s cross stitch pieces, and the reputation he has gained for his works, especially the holiday ones that she says are her favorites. But has she ever considered taking up Jim’s cross stitch passion? “Well, I would like to, but I don’t think I have the patience,” she admitted. “I am pretty high-strung. My mind is always racing ahead on things to do.”

Cross-stitchionary Here are some of the most common terms used in cross stitch and what they mean: Aida cloth: A type of even weave cloth made for counted cross stitch. Available in many sizes and colors. Identified by the number of stitches per linear inch. Backstitch: A method of finishing off areas that have been cross stitched to make them more defined. Blanc: DMC, based in France, uses this French word for white as a name for its white floss. Blended stitch, or blended needle: In a blended stitch, two or more floss colors are threaded together on your needle and stitched where the cross stitch symbols indicate. The key will indicate multiple floss colors for the symbol.

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Bury the ends, or bury the thread: A method of securing floss without using knots, preventing bumps on the finished article. Chart: A pattern, in the form of a graph, using symbols and/or colors to indicate the position and type of stitches, beads and other specialty materials to be used to complete a cross stitch design.

Chenille needle: Longer, thicker and with larger eyes, sharp pointed chenille needles make a good choice for embroidery with heavier yarn. They range from size 13 to 26.

material that feels softer than Aida or linen and is available in many colors and stitch counts. Ideal for table cloths as well as samplers.

Crewel needle: Crewel (embroidery) needles are sharp pointed and range in size from 1 to 10. These are used for standard embroidery stitched on common fabric such as stamped designs on pillow cases, towels, etc. Daisy stitch: A stitch that is combined with others to make flowers, stems, vines or to fill in large areas of a design. Also called a lazy daisy or detached chain stitch. Even weave: A fabric that has the same number of threads per inch in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. Aida cloth is an example. Cross stitch patterns placed on such cloth are therefore uniform in spacing. French knot: Used in the center of flowers, as eyes or curly hair, the French knot has a raised, rounded look. Most often used as an accent stitch in a small group or scattered in the midst of a larger cross stitched area. Jobelan: An even weave fabric about half cotton and half man-made

Linen: Made from flax, linen consists of somewhat irregular strands of even weave, a consistent number of threads per inch. Available in mostly higher stitch counts (14 to 40), it is usually worked over two threads. Metallic thread: Metallic thread can be used to add sparkle to cross stitch designs, but must be worked in shorter lengths to prevent knots. Over two threads: Stitching over two threads means to make each cross stitch twice the size as that indicated by the cloth. Instead of using each hole of the grid, skip to the next available hole. Thus the project will be twice the size it would be otherwise. Quarter stitch: A diagonal partial stitch used for fine detail work. Sampler: A sampler combines an alphabet, motto and a picture or pictures done in cross stitch on fabric. Sewing method: The sewing method involves working only on the front side of the fabric, pushing the needle

through to the back and bringing it to the front in one motion. Stab method: Most people learn cross stitch using the stab method. It involves "stabbing" the needle through the fabric from front to back, then stabbing from back to front. The hand thus works on both sides of the fabric. Tapestry needle: A blunt tipped needle that works perfectly for "finding" the hole in even weave/Aida cloth by feel. Preferred over sharp needles that so easily pierce the fabric, resulting in uneven work or repetitive stitching. Variegated thread: Variegated thread changes from dark to light to dark along the length of floss in a skein. Interesting effects can be achieved using this thread in cross stitch. Waste canvas: Waste canvas can be attached to fabric that is not even weave so that a counted cross stitch pattern can be applied. When completed, the waste canvas is dampened to remove the starch and the strands are withdrawn, leaving the design. Waste knot: A knot that is tied in the end of the floss when beginning in a new location, then clipped off after the floss is secured. See how to make a waste knot.

What is “cross stitch”?

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In the 16th century, “Blackwork,” a geometric design in black on white linen fabric, is believed to be a precursor of modern cross stitch. The first cross stitch pattern book was published in Germany in 1524. Early books were printed in black ink, leaving the color choices to the stitcher. Samplers, or exemplars, designed to show off a young girl’s sewing skills, popularized cross stitch. The name comes from women stitching “samples” of their favorite stitches. By the 1700s, samplers had become more complex, including intricate geometric and floral designs, fancy alphabets and Biblical or moral quotations. With advances in technology and fabrics in the ealry 1900s, more detailed designs were possible, and the samplers became less popular. Cross stitch is a popular form of embroidery in which X-shaped stitches form the basis of the design. Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with cross stitch, especially from continental Europe and Asia. Two-dimensional (unshaded) cross stitch in floral and geometric patterns, usually worked in black and red cotton floss on linen, is characteristic of folk embroidery.doilies (only a small portion of which would actually be embroidered, such as a border). Although there are many cross stitchers who still employ it in this fashion, especially in Europe, it is now increasingly popular to simply embroider pieces of fabric and hang them on the wall for decoration. There are many cross stitching “guilds” across the United States and Europe which offer classes, collaborate on large projects, stitch for charity and provide other ways for local cross stitchers to get to know one another. Today, cotton floss is the most common embroidery thread. It is a thread made of silk and Rayon. Sometimes different wool threads, metallic threads or other specialty threads are used, sometimes for the whole work, sometimes for accents and embellishments. Hand-dyed cross stitch floss is created just as the name implies - it is dyed by hand. Because of this, there are variations in the amount of color throughout the thread. Some variations can be subtle, while some can be a huge contrast. Some also have more than one color per thread, which in the right project, creates amazing results. Cross stitch is widely used in traditional Palestinian dress making. Other stitches are also often used in cross stitch, among them one-fourth, one-half, and three-fourth stitches and backstitches. Cross stitch is often used together with other stitches. A cross stitch can come in a variety of prostational forms. It is sometimes used in needlepoint. A specialized historical form of embroidery using cross-stitch is Berlin wool work and similar drawn thread work. Beadwork and other embellishments such as paillettes, charms, small buttons and speciality threads of various kinds may also be used.

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Recipe

Index 51

Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packs

55

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

40

Homemade Lemonade

56

Baked Fresh Fish

25

Hot Pepper Jelly

54

Beefy Three-Cheese Enchiladas

41

Lemon Cake Pops

52

Berry Butter

22

Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

56

Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

55

Onion Potato Chip Crusted Fish

25

Blackberry Crisp

22

Red Onion Marmalade

54

Blackberry Lemonade

56

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake Pops

52

Blackberry or Raspberry Jam

22

Simple, Quick Slaw

25

Cornmeal Crusted Catfish

25

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

22

Creamy Dilled Cucumbers

55

Strawberry Bread

22

Cucumbers with Tomatoes and Onions

55

Strawberry Preserves

22

Firecracker Lime Grilled Shrimp

56

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

54

Fresh Fish, In a “Jiffy”

25

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

56

Fresh Salsa

54

Sugar Cookie Pops

52

Frozen Strawberry Merlot

22

Tartar Sauce

25

Grilled or Roasted Asparagus

55

Tomato Basil Crouton Salad

55

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Angel Food Cake Pops

Preserving the Harvest

by Lori Holcomb

Traditions that connect the past and present.

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Years ago, my relatives gardened and harvested seasonal vegetables and fruit to survive. It supplemented the meat and dairy from their farms while fresh in the spring and summer; and much of that harvest was canned or “put up” to continue to feed their families during the long winter months. I have spent many a summer snapping beans by the bushel with my mom. She grew up on the canned beans, vegetables, fruit butters and preserves that her grandmother made. Snapping and canning beans for her was just an extension of that heritage. And most of us can agree, our mother’s or grandmother’s homecanned green beans are one of the best things to come out a garden, right up there with heirloom tomatoes, homemade pickles and summer sweet corn. I can’t remember a

summer breakfast at my Grandpa Charlie’s house where his wife, Delores, didn’t add fresh tomatoes and fruit preserves to her usual menu of homemade coffee, biscuits, gravy, sausage and eggs. My mother canned from our garden throughout my childhood, too, although more out of a need to keep our bountiful harvest from going to waste or to reminisce and recreate the bread and butter pickles of her childhood, than to survive like her parents and grandparents did. Even as a child, I can remember our little strawberry patch off the patio and the large garden full of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers out in the yard. We’d pick strawberries, sprinkle them with a little sugar, pour on some milk and we had a real treat! She always made preserves, too. Strawberry, peach and, one time, grape jam with grapes from our neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Burton. And I loved it. In the early summer, blackberries are coveted in our family like no other harvest – even more so than our

heirloom tomatoes. I’m even planting a few blackberry bushes this year in hopes of a big harvest next summer for cobbler, pies and preserves. We also have a garden with mostly tomatoes and peppers, although we expand that each year, too. This year, we added cucumbers because last summer my mom and I had so much fun making bread and butter pickles. And they were good, very good, if I do say so myself! And easy. That’s the thing. Canning is really easy. And sharing the things you’ve canned with your family and friends not only

Jam. Preserves. Jelly. We’re all pretty clear (no pun intended) on jelly, although, I’ve often wondered about the difference between preserves and jam. If there really was one at all, or was just a different way of saying the same thing – like how some people say lunch while others call their mid day meal dinner? Upon further thought and with a little quick research, there really is a difference. Jelly is made with the clear, filtered fruit juice. It is clear, smooth and gelatinous. Jam is made with crushed or pureed fruit, keeping the pulp, which is why it is cloudy and not clear like jelly. It has a smooth texture. Preserves is a jam that also has pieces of fruit intermixed with the puree. It is not smooth like jam or jelly. It has a chunky texture.

What are your favorite summer canning recipes? I’d love to share them in the next issue along with some of my favorite summer garden canning recipes. Vegetables, pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, preserves and fruit butters… or anything else you might “put up” from your harvest. Shoot me an email to lholcomb@wnewsj.com or send me the recipes to Salt Recipes, 761 S Nelson Ave,Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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blesses their heart, but yours as well. As a working mom with two busy kiddos, I don’t have nearly as much time to can as I’d like. The one thing I do get done every year, though, is to make strawberry preserves. One of my most favorite things to do is to pick strawberries with James and our kids – we usually pick a 5 gallon bucket, or two, full! I make about half of those berries into preserves following the basic recipe in the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. It’s the best and most helpful tool a beginning, or even a well-seasoned home-canner can have. Once I am done with the preserves and a fresh strawberry pie (or two!), I take the remaining berries, wash them gently, remove the stems and leaves and freeze them whole, spread out individually on cookie sheets. Then I transfer the berries to gallon or quart freezer bags for use later. This method prevents them from freezing in a giant clump, that way, if I just need a few, I can get just what I need. These berries are for smoothies, strawberry pancake syrup, strawberry bread and frozen strawberry merlot (a divine, not-toosweet, adult summer beverage my father came up with last year after picking berries that was an instant hit!) On the next page are a few of my favorite early summer canning recipes for strawberry, raspberry, blackberry jam and preserves, with a few other early harvest recipes, too. I hope you enjoy them. Here’s to a delicious and blessed summer, from my kitchen to yours.

Strawberry Preserves

Blackberry or Raspberry Jam

2 quarts strawberries, cleaned, stems removed and crushed 6 ¾ cups sugar ½ teaspoon butter 1 pouch powdered fruit pectin

4 cups blackberry puree 6 ¾ cups sugar ½ teaspoon butter 1 pouch powdered fruit pectin

Wash jars and bands thoroughly in hot water. Pour boiling water over lids and set aside. Stem and clean strawberries. Pulse in food processor until strawberries are broken down and small pieces remain. Measure 4 cups strawberry puree into a pot and place over high heat. Add sugar and butter, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and return to full rolling boil and cook at rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam from mixture. Pour or ladle into prepared jars to within ¼ inch from top. Clean rims of jars with damp cloth and top with lid. Screw on bands tightly and place on jars on rack in canner filled with boiling water. Lower rack into canner making sure at least 2” of water covers tops of jars. Bring back to a soft boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on a towel or wire rack to cool. When cool, check to make sure each jar sealed by pressing middle of the lid with your finger. If lid pops back, it did not seal and any jam remaining unsealed should be stored in the refrigerator. Sealed jam can be stored in pantry. Enjoy.

Berry Butter

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Delicious with homemade biscuits or bread, hot from the oven! ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature 2-3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar 2 tablespoons preserves or jam In a bowl or food processor, combine above ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate to firm. Serve with rolls, biscuits or bread.

Wash jars and bands thoroughly in hot water. Pour boiling water over lids and set aside. Stem and clean strawberries. Crush blackberries by hand or pulse in food processor until smooth. Pour through a wire strainer to remove all seeds. Measure 4 cups of the seedless puree into a pot and place over high heat. Add sugar and butter, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and return to full rolling boil and cook at rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam from mixture. Pour or ladle into prepared jars to within ¼ inch from top. Clean rims of jars with damp cloth and top with lid. Screw on bands tightly and place on jars on rack in canner filled with boiling water. Lower rack into canner making sure at least 2” of water covers tops of jars. Bring back to a soft boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on a towel or wire rack to cool. When cool, check to make sure each jar sealed by pressing middle of the lid with your finger. If lid pops back, it did not seal and any jam remaining unsealed should be stored in the refrigerator. Sealed jam can be stored in pantry. Enjoy.

Frozen Strawberry Merlot 2 cups fresh strawberries 4-6 oz Merlot Sugar or sweetener, to taste Ice (2-3 cups) Place strawberries, Merlot and 1 cup ice into blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice ½ cup at a time until desired thickness. Sweeten as desired with sugar or sweetener.

Blackberry Crisp 4 - 4 ½ cups fresh blackberries 1/3 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1 cup oats ¾ cup brown sugar, packed ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¾ cups butter (not margarine) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine berries and white sugar in a baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut in butter until you have coarse crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over fruit in baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool slightly. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie 1 cup strawberries, frozen 8 oz plain or vanilla yogurt 1 banana 2-3 tablespoons milk Combine strawberries, yogurt and banana in blender. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until desired thickness. Serves two.

Strawberry Bread 1 (10oz) package frozen strawberries, thawed and crushed 1 cup sugar 2 /3 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 ½ cups flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar and oil until smooth and creamy. Stir in strawberries. In a separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. Add strawberry mixture to dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into a well-greased and floured loaf pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 8-10 minutes, then turn loaf out on wire rack. When cool, wrap tightly in plastic.

The Joy of Fishing

By Carol Chroust

The line that binds “Ray taught me how to fish,” added his wife, Doris. “Then we taught our sons how to fish and they taught their children. And they will probably teach their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to fish, too.” The love of fishing often connects children and families to other outdoor activities. Time spent outdoors in nature picnicking, camping, walking and spending time at parks, lakes, rivers, ponds or even the backyard are part of those cherished memories. “That’s what brings us together as a family,” said Karla Velazquez of Wilmington, who has three girls. “My husband and I take the girls fishing all the time. We bring out a couple of poles and just having that engagement together makes it totally special. The girls bait their George Mollette takes own hooks and take the his five-year-old fish off the hooks. That’s grandson, Adrian, how I grew up, camping fishing at Cowan Lake. and fishing. It was my mom’s getaway and I’m trying to pass that on to my girls.” Karla, along with her husband, Adam, is a volunteer coach for the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Department. “We’ve volunteered at the ‘Rec’ for two years and I just love it,” said Karla. “It brings our whole family together. The girls play soccer, kickball and softball. The fishing, sports and outdoor activities get our family away from television, the Internet and phone. It gets them away from that exposure. We also use the parks and facilities as much as possible. The girls might complain at the beginning, but once they get into fishing or the sports, they stop complaining. My youngest is 10 and we’re trying to get all this in before they grow up.”

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The love of fishing is usually a tradition passed down from one generation to another. One reason it continues is the warm, wonderful memories of time spent with friends or family members. The older generation wants the children to have precious memories, too. Fishing also creates a hobby to be enjoyed for a lifetime. “I went fishing with my dad,” remembered George Mollette of Franklin as he very patiently supervised his five-year-old grandson, Adrian, on a fishing outing at Cowan Lake. “I take his six-year-old brother fishing, too, but not both of them at the same time. The two of them together are a handful. I go fishing with one of my sons, but two other sons don’t even like to fish. I have a 17-yearold grandson that I taught to fish, too. He lives a distance away. I pick him up a couple of times a year to go fishing. He’s more into video games now. I just retired and I want to do more fishing with the grandchildren.” Adrian is well-trained for one so young. He could bait his own hook with a minnow or wax worm. His grandfather kept reminding him to lift the bail on the reel so the line would cast. Adrian focused and made some good casts. Adrian is on his way. “Adrian caught several fish the other day,” added his grandfather proudly. Ray and Doris King of Golf Manor in Cincinnati are part of a four-generation family fishing tradition. “I learned fishing from my uncles and father,” said 71year-old Ray on a cool, misty morning as he cast his fishing line into Cowan Lake. “They threw me in the water and said I couldn’t fish until I learned how to swim. I learned how to swim.”

Brandi Willar d proudly show s off her catch at Cowan Lake. Her sister Kristina is in the background .

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Brandi Willard and Kristina Re bel and a frien Lake. Fishing is d fish at Cowan part of the Vala zquez family tra "That's how we dition. grew up," said mother Karla. mom's getaway "It was my . I'm trying to pa ss that on to m y girls."

George Mollette fishes with his young grandson, Adrian, at Cowan Lake. George takes Adrian's seven-year-old brother fishing, too, but not both at the same time. George just retired and wants to spend more time taking his grandchildren fishing. Adrian baits his own hook with a wax worm on a fishing outing with grandfather, George Mollette.

Photos by Carol Chroust

Fresh Fish, In a “Jiffy” 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 2 eggs, beaten 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Salt and Pepper 1-2 pounds fresh fish fillets, bones and skin removed

Baked Fresh Fish 4 fillets white fish, variety of preference 1 lemon, sliced thin 1 small red onion or shallot, sliced very thin 2 sprigs Rosemary, leaves removed and coarsely chopped Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil

½ cup flour 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning 1 egg 1 ½ to 2 cups onion flavored potato chips 2 pounds fish fillets, skin and bones removed Rinse fish and lightly pat dry. Combine Old Bay Seasoning and flour. Whisk egg in separate, flat bowl. Crush potato chips and place in another separate flat dish. Coat fillets with flour mixture, dip in egg, and coat in chip crumbs. Place fillets on non-stick (or greased standard foil) lined baking dish. Bake 15-18 minutes at 375 or until fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice of your favorite tarter sauce.

Simple, Quick Slaw 1 package prepared slaw mix (cabbage, carrot, pre shredded) 1 medium onion, thinly sliced, then chopped ½ cup bell pepper, very finely sliced then finely chopped 1 jar Marzetti Slaw Dressing Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Stir before serving.

1 egg, beaten Juice of ½ lemon 1/3 cup flour plus 4 tablespoons, separated 1/3 cup cornmeal 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 4 catfish fillets, cleaned, skinned and deboned 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil Place 4 tablespoons flour in a dish. In a separate, flat bowl, combine egg and lemon juice, beat well. In another separate dish, combine flour, cornmeal and Cajun seasoning. Coat fillets in plain flour, dip in egg mixture, then cornmeal/flour mixture. Fry fillets in skillet with oil, 5 minutes on each side, or until fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork, being careful not to overbrown.

Tartar Sauce 1 cup mayonnaise, regular or light 1/3-1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped fine 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning Combine all ingredients well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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Season fish fillets on both sides with salt and pepper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil in dish. Place half of onion and lemon slices in dish, spread out evenly and sprinkle on half of chopped Rosemary. Top with fish fillets and then top fillets with remaining onion, lemon and Rosemary. Top with another drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Cover with foil and bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees, just until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Serve with roasted baby potatoes or fresh grilled asparagus.

Onion Potato Chip Crusted Fish

Combine flour and Cajun seasoning. Whisk egg in separate, flat bowl. Pour Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in another separate flat dish. Coat fish in flour mixture, dip in egg and then coat in Jiffy Mix. Heat oil in a skillet and lightly brown, being very careful the breading will brown quickly. Remove from skillet and place in foil pack over fire or on a baking sheet in a 400degree oven. Cook another 5-8 minutes until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon or tarter sauce.

Cornmeal Crusted Catfish

Tackle This: By Beverly Drapalik

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Along Highway 380 in Wilmington sits a tiny bait and tackle shop: Tackle Town. It’s been operating for more than 30 years. Paul and Betty Long are owners who pour their hearts and souls into handmade items and lasting memories. Paul says he still enjoys making fishing supplies. He went to Florida in 1965, couldn’t find what he wanted for fishing, made his own tackle and the rest is history. He found what he loves, and he is completely self-taught. He says life is good: When he is hungry he eats; when he is tired, he sleeps; when he is done with his work, he goes home. Paul and Betty have run a family business in every sense. When their five children were young, they sat around TV trays and worked on counting lures. The children learned to count to 10 fast, since Betty needed to gather 10 groups of 10 items for a package of 100. Over the years, sales have grown from the tri-state area to the entire United States, reaching Paul’s many fisherman friends.

Paul & Betty Long

At Tackle Town, if you can’t find it chances are Paul Long can make it

Paul says that his work is unique. That would be an understatement. Plastics, lures, and rods are each handmade, hand-poured and handpainted. Colors are specially made, and when a someone can’t find jigs, he will make them. Go by and ask how his rods are different. He hand wraps, weaves and even crochets everything – nothing stamped or produced mechanically. On a dare, Paul made a boomerang, soft-bodied crankbait, of which he’s very proud. His gifts can’t be compared to other fishing supplies. One rod bears the name “Ed.” Another rod says, “Happy Father’s Day.” The rods must be very special - Paul has made 49 custom rods since last December. Customers also stop by the shop for live bait. The customers are the best, Betty says. One day she had just lifted a bucket of live minnows from the tank. Her “legs gave out” and she fell backwards, with minnows “flapping” all over her. A 90-year-old man looked over the counter and said, “Missy, want me to help you up?” Customers learn about the shop by word of mouth. “After watching a customer look at lures for about 10 minutes, I asked him if he shops at Tackle Town often.” “Every chance I get,” he said. “I’m Danny Smith. I’ve been coming here since I was six.” When you stop by, ask Paul about a special line of products that benefits the U.S. troops. He did not make the money and hat clips made from shells actually used in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he is proud to offer them. He might even show you his “stations” where he

and Betty complete orders - a table for painting, a self-made contraption for hanging lures and jigs, a table for tying flies and the backroom for pouring plastic. He uses a different pot for melting and pouring each color. Apparently the pots last forever. For black, he uses the pot he bought for 49 cents at S.S. Kresge. Paul and Betty might have time to talk when you visit the shop, but their work keeps them busy. Their three Yorkie Terriers also require much of their time. One dog is named Tess, for Della Reese on “Touched by an Angel.” The others are Annie, the “prettiest Italian woman” Paul ever met and Kayla, one of Betty’s favorite names. They also have time to present information to civic and interest groups, can all the vegetables and fruit from their garden (Betty’s area of expertise), and on one day this spring spent considerable time talking with a neighborhood boy who was interested in making fishing supplies. You will find creativity and the joy of life.You may also find a unique gift. If you don’t see what you want, Paul and Betty will most likely offer to make it!

More than bait ... By Beverly Drapalik

A fisherman’s review on the Internet said, “Have been going there for years to get bait. They are always friendly, give information if asked—the owners are great.” As complete as this review might seem, there is actually so much more to be found within the walls of the Fishing Pole Bait Shop in Clinton County. Just inside the front door, a coffee pot greets customers each morning. Every morning. The smell of coffee does mix a bit with the smell of bait, however. This shop is open all year - yes, even in winter. Coffee and fish are not the only greeters. Twelve-year-old Gus, the store dog, quickly arrives at the door. He will want a pat on the head before you ask the first question. Karen and Jeff Andrews have owned the shop for almost 13 years. They

Fishing Pole Bait Shop provides a down-home atmosphere and surprising selection.

done in half the time without a trip to a major auto supply dealer. The Fishing Pole Bait Shop may be lovingly cared for by its next owners soon. The shop is for sale. New owners would enjoy the residence and store in the main building. The shop sits on seven beautiful acres, complete with two ponds, a 24-40 feet workshop and a 40-60 pole barn that has electricity, concrete and 14-feet sidewalls. A small piece of paradise sits at 5071 State Route 350 in Clarksville, and neighbors will probably depend on it for another 50 years. Beverly Drapalik lives in Wilmington with her husband, Jeff. They also live with a dog, a cat, a parrot, chickens and bees. She teaches English at Wilmington College.

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bought it from the Blacks, who owned it for 33 years after buying it from a parent. Get the picture? It’s been around since the 1950s. Most people around Clarksville still depend on stopping by for groceries, personal hygiene products, beer, cigarettes, pet supplies, ice and gas. The pumps seem outdated perhaps inoperable - but actually work very well. Car after truck after car stopped to fill tanks on a recent morning. Actually, this shop would save so much time – it’s much faster than the usual trip to a big grocery store for food and gas. Fishermen rely on this bait shop for equipment and bait, but the occasional fisherman with a grandchild will also find what he needs. A small child’s attention won’t wander since Lake Cowan is only a mile away. The shop sells fishing and hunting licenses, pay-lake tickets and fishing equipment. The inventory lining the walls is impressive. Karen says, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Recently, a man found out exactly how much the Andrews harbor in their shop. He needed to work on his car and was very surprised to learn that he could find gasket sealer within the automotive supplies. His work was

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We recently asked some Facebook readers to share their favorite fishing memories. Here are thei Tara Wright — Wilmington, Ohio Jill Link Holl — Columbus, Ohio Fishing with clover flowers and slaying ’em. (Formerly The of Wilmington) boys got mad because they were using worms and Making dough balls from Wheaties and baiting a couldn’t catch a thing. trotline at Indian Lake in the 1940s and 50s.

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My grandmother would add just enough water and I got to make the dough. She’d use a table knife and scrape the extra from my hands. We’d roll up balls Michelle Moye — Georgetown and my My favorite fishing memory takes me back to when I grandfather would bait the line and throw i at night. In the morning, we’d pull the line and was very young. My dad has always enjoyed fishing and wanted to see if my sister and I would bewould have ridded Indian Lake of its overinterested in taking up the hobby ourselves. population of carp. Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share

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As a child, I accumulated many good memories centered around our fishing trips.

Beth Ballein — Hillsboro, Ohio Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share With my dad in Ohio Brush Creek. My little sister and I had to pull him in the canoe through the low- Bryan — Wilmington, Ohio Louana water areas because he didn’t like getting his feet in Wilmington, but my favorite memory is I live wet. Those were the days. going each summer to St. Marys lake in Celina with with my parents and grandparents, fishing late at Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share night and watching my grandpa fish early in the morning. Mike Eason — Wilmington, Ohio Has to be watching my daughters bait their hooks Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share and all the faces they made hooking the worms. And then squealing as they caught the fish, Amber Dad, Cockerill — Washington Court House, Ohio get it off the hook! at our own pond in Wilmington. With my dad. I was still new to fishing and I trie

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throw out my line and nothing. I looked back at my dad who was hooked with my hook. He was trying not to laugh. That was at the Fish and Game Lodge. Taressa Conrad — Hillsboro, Ohio Watching my daughter catch a bass. As she wasSecond story is he had a bass boat and fished a lo reeling it in, when she saw the size of it, she threw Well, our mom was with us at Deer Creek State Park her pole down and ran crying because she saidand it I was so excited I got a fish. I got too excit was too big. She loves to catch blue gill, soand it yanked scared the line. The fish came out of the wate her to death. and hit my mom. She about died of shock. We all were cracking up laughing afterwards. Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share

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Darryl Weldy - Hillsboro, Ohio Michelle Gerard Joyce — Charlotte, N.C. I have so many it is hard to choose. I have spent (Formerly of Wilmington) many nights on the Ohio river fishing for catfish. While deep-sea fishing with my dad in the Gulf of There was one night, a friend and I got thereMexico, early a giant sea turtle came up for a breath ri next in the evening. We were prepared for an overnight to our boat. This happened more than 20 years ago, stay in the boat. We had our grill, coffee pot andand I remember it like it was yesterday.

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were prepared for everything. The day before,Like I had ¥ Comment ¥ Share gone to Wal Mart and bought a yoga mat so I could comfortably doze off on the back deck of my Kristi Jo Carson Slavens — friend’s bass boat. Washington Court House, Ohio When I was a little girl, my dad and grandma took We got out there, settled in and cooked our dinner. me fishing. Like a lot of little girls (and some After about an hour or hour-and-a-half, I started adults), I kept getting my line tangled in the wee getting sleepy, so I rolled my mat out on the back along the deck and was trying to figure out what to do if I got pond. a bite. I didn’t want to lose my poles if I fell Whileasleep I was waiting on Dad to help free my line, m and didn’t notice. grandma started yelling at me saying I had something. The pole was bending and I was reeling. I found an old piece of string about six inches in length. I then had the idea to cut the stringThen, into all of a sudden, a snapping turtle showed it head three pieces, tie each piece to a finger, then tieand thebegan hissing at me. I shouted to the heavensifand threw the pole straight up in the air. other end to my line so it would pull on my finger Dad went in after his pole, Grandma was laughing, I got a bite. and I was still jumping around screaming. All the time my friend is laughing like crazy in the front of the boat. I am not sure exactly how Dad muchdid get his pole back, but the turtle snapped the time elapsed, but it had been a while. I was fastline before he could get it in a bucket for — because I certainly didn’t want anything asleep and I was awakened by a sharp pain; itGrandma felt to do with it. like a tractor pull and my finger was the sled.

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Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share I manged to get the string cut from that finger, however, I had forgotten about the others when I grabbed the rod to set the hook and my other Kindra poles Kempke Landon — Wilmington, Ohio were flying everywhere and getting entangled.I Ihave two. One is when I was 12-years-old, my then cut the other strings and got the rods out of went on vacation to North Carolina and we family the way. went on a fish boat tour. Everyone put money in a I ended up catching the biggest fish by a I ended up landing the fish. It turned out topot be and a half inch. The man I beat was not very happy. blue-cat right at about 40 pounds. It was like

something out of a comedy skit, but I didn’t The losesecond my is when I was 8-months-pregnant, my rods or my fish. dad came and took me to Caesar Creek to fish and we ended up catching a huge fish. It was interesti Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share trying to walk around on the rocky bank and trying not to fall being pregnant. Angela Roberts — Goshen, Ohio Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share Catching the biggest fish of the week (of course with the help of my husband) at Cozy-Dale Pay Lake and winning the jackpot! Tom Little — Sabina, Ohio My favorite fishing memory was fishing with my Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share grandfather when I was about 7-years-old. We fished together at the Washington Court House city Scott Alspaugh — Washington Court House, Ohio park. I remember him teaching me how to tie on a Fishing with a top water frog and catching a hook 10- and the smile on his face. I wish he was stil pound bass. around to see me fish in my bass tournaments. He taught me how to be patient in fishing, and patien Like ¥ Comment ¥ Share in life.

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Walls that Wow!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

TRENDS IN AFFORDABLE ART

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Favorite images are now being printed on demand to your size request. You are no longer tied into framing images that only come in one or two sizes. Various substrates are taking over the art world – have an image printed on the substance of your choice: Acrylic, Paper, Glass or Bamboo.

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Helpfu Items in your arrangement should hang close together. Too much space between pictures disrupts the graphic effect. For large pieces of art, do not leave more than four inches of space between the frames; for 8x10 pieces, do not leave more than two inches. If there is too much space, your eye will be drawn to the “blank space” between the art, rather than the art itself. Hang frames in reasonably close proximity to furniture under it as well. I will usually hang a piece of art no more than eight inches above the back of the sofa.

act of Art

As the largest design element in any room, your walls and the art they highlight express your personality and customize your surroundings.

ul Hints on Displaying Art From a distance, permanent accessories such as lamps become part of your composition, so include them in your plan.

DIY Tip: Measure out the entire amount of wall space you have to work within. Figure out the arrangements on the floor by using the actual pieces, or trace each picture on paper, making a template of the actual pieces. Once you have each piece arranged on the floor, tape each template to the wall to see if you are happy with the arrangement.

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Remember not only size, but color and texture also affect the balance of your grouping. Keep the visual weight of your composition well distributed.

How high or how low? This is the most common question I am asked. Remember everyone’s eye level is different when standing. Entries and halls should have art hung at standing eye level for an average person. I usually aim for about five feet six inches high. Living rooms and other areas which are designed to sit down in furniture should have art hung to be viewed from a sitting eye level, not standing. Hang pictures six to eight inches from the top of the furniture over which it is being placed.

Trends and Solutions

More Windows Windows take away wall space where framed art may otherwise have been displayed. Look for other places and ways to display art.Your “wall� may be the side of a built-in bookcase or even a closet door. Also, use conservation grade glass to protect your art from the light that comes inside through all that glass.

Colorful Walls Neutral mat colors are the best choice to provide the flexibility to look good on all sorts of colorful walls.

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In rooms with high ceilings, there are several ways you can relate framing to your space.You can start with vertical pieces of art, or, if you have pairs or sets, hang them up the wall instead of across it. If the art is something you can mat, your mat borders can be bottom-weighted or elongated to fill more vertical space.

Large Scale Furniture Laura Pribish Art Consultant Photos courtesy of Larson-Juhl

Over the past few decades, furniture size has become increasing larger to keep it in proportion to larger rooms. When you have something custom framed, be aware that the proportions of the frame and mat can help balance it, too. A single piece of art can be framed larger or smaller to fit the space. Make sure you use a large enough size piece for your wall space - especially over your sofa or your bed.

Go Green Larson-Juhl has established itself as the first custom framing company to offer certified green products. They are also working on a long range sustainability initiative.

Built In Bookcases Eclectic Design Design today is often less pure than in the past. A traditional home may have contemporary features or a Victorian chair may get an updated new look with modern upholstery. Likewise, with custom framing, you can mix and match art and framing styles to get the right look for your home.

Built-ins take away wall space where framed art might otherwise hang. Rather than giving up on displaying your favorite treasures, there are several ways to utilize this space. Remove a shelf to create a larger open space where you can hang a framed piece on the wall at the back of the bookcase. Prop smaller pieces on easels. If the shelves are loaded with books, hang a small piece in front of the books, from the shelf itself.

Hardwood Floors Because a wood floor is a large surface in the room, either choose a wood frame that matches the floor, or consider a contrasting metallic finish.

Leaning/Overlapping Framed Art Rather than always hanging framed art on the wall, you can set pieces on a mantel, shelves or other pieces of furniture. You can combine multiple pieces, with one overlapping in front of another.

An open floor plan means fewer walls separating spaces. Since walls are the usual spot to display framed pieces, you may need to look for other alternatives such as the upper wall space. Try displaying a painting on a floor easel in the corner, setting smaller frames in bookcases. Open floor plans allow you to see farther from room to room. In order to maximize viewing pleasure, consider selecting somewhat more dramatic art to frame when it can be seen from a longer distance.

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Where

The Well never runs dry

Diners enjoy home cooked meals at The Well in Washington Court House

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By Abby Miller & Deb Gaskill There’s nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal and to that end, one organization in Fayette County has been providing community meals three times a week — each Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at about 11:15 a.m. Since its inception in September 2009, the Well at Sunnyside, 721 S. Fayette St., Washington C.H., has provided food, clothing, and kindness to countless families in Fayette County. The community meal program began about three years ago, according to kitchen coordinator Cindy Silveous, with eight people coming to the first Tuesday night meal. Meals were cooked at home by volunteers and brought over to the former Sunnyside Elementary School

in roasters and served. Soon the program increased to dinner served two nights a weekTuesdays and Thursdays— beginning at 5:30 p.m.— and now serves between 70 to 100 people per night, Silveous said. The number of meals served per night often increased toward the end of the month. The organization now has a professional kitchen to cook and serve meals. “All types” of people come in for meals, Silveous said. Folks who are unemployed or on Social Security, widows, widowers, or people who just want a little human contact. “We try to help people with their problems, too,” Silveous said. “People ask us to pray with them, or keep an eye open for a job, or housing.” Volunteers serve meals restaurant

style to clients. On this particular afternoon, Silveous was working on that evening’s meal, which would be marzetti, salad, garlic bread and butter and pie for dessert. Another favorite is chicken casserole, made with celery, onion, noodles, chicken and cream of chicken soup. “Some folks call it gourmet, I just call it every day home cooking,” she said. Meals have been everything from tomato soup to BLT sandwiches to tacos. Silveous keeps the menus and the number of meals served in a record book and tries to plan meals a month in advance. Grants and personal donations pay for the grocery bill, as well as donations of produce from Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The Well has a budget of approximately $1,200 per month for

Fran and Bob Whitely seated are served . at a Well dinner by volunteer Steve Faust

“An (anonymous) couple came to me and said they had sold a partnership in Indiana, and were going to use the money to buy a summer home somewhere, but they decided they wanted to help the needy instead,” Lynch said. “They decided to the buy theSunnyside school when it went up for sale, and within a matter of months we opened the doors. It was unreal.” For Fayette County, the timing couldn’t have been better. “We opened right at a time when the economy was really going south,” said Lynch. “More and more people were losing their jobs or their homes. People who thought they would never need help were coming to us.” The Well at Sunnyside also provides a ‘free store’ with clothing, meals, a laundry ministry and a toy ministry among other things. Lynch estimates in January over 1200 people benefited from The Well’s services. Along with the obvious need of food and clothing, Lynch said members of The Well noticed other needs of those in the community. “Somebody came to us and said that needy children were going to school with dirty clothes because their parents either didn’t have a washer

and dryer, or couldn’t afford the laundromat. So we started our Loads of Love program at Sunshine Laundry,” Lynch said. “We also started getting donations of toys from different people, so we started a toy ministry. Toys might not seem like necessities, but they definitely bring joy into children’s lives.” Though The Well offers a program for a variety of needs, Lynch believes the most important need they serve is the need of companionship. “I think the most important thing that has developed is the community within The Well,” Lynch said. “It is a welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere. We have found that many people come in just to be with other people. They want to talk to somebody, or get some prayer, or just have somebody listen to what is going on in their lives. “Every time we have a meeting, we can’t believe this is happening. We have been able to get all the churches to work together. The fact everyone is working towards a singular goal… just proves this is a God thing,” Lynch said. “All churches believe you should help the needy. We just want people to know that God loves them, and we want to help take care of them.”

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meals, but has kept the cost under that amount, she said. On Saturday morning, the Bread of Life Ministry provides breakfast and lunch. The idea of The Well is a unique one. “People said we would never get all these churches working together, and they were right - we couldn’t. But God could, and did,” said The Well at Sunnyside board member Dale Lynch. The concept for The Well came from a casual conversation Lynch had with a friend over lunch during the winter of 2009. “Many churches and organizations in our community had programs to help those in need, but we thought it would be a neat idea to make a ‘onestop-shop’ type of place for people in need. We wanted a place where all the churches could pool their resources. I was reading a book about how some area churches turned a church that was closing into a community center, and it really struck a chord with me,” Lynch said. “So my friend and I started contacting people at area churches to call a meeting and see what we could come up with.” From there, the concept took off and came to fruition far faster than even Lynch had imagined.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Looking to feed a crowd like they do at The Well? Often cooks can simply take a home recipe and multiply the ingredients. For a casserole that feeds four, multiply the total ingredients by three to make 12 servings.

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If you are mathematically challenged, here are a few recipes from Ask.com’s home cooking page to help you feed a crowd:

Two volunteers sing to a diner at a recent dinner at The Well.

By Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com Guide Take potato salad to an entirely new level with the flavors of bacon and ranch dressing. Waxy potatoes (such as Red Bliss and Yukon Golds) work best because they hold together better. Plan ahead to refrigerate to let the flavors meld before serving. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 3 pounds small red potatoes 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup ranch dressing 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled 1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/4 cup wedge-cut black olives Preparation: Steam or gently boil red potatoes (skin on) in salted water until tender but not mushy. Drain and let cool. Cut into 1-inch chunks. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ranch dressing, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined. Add potatoes, bacon, celery, sweet onion, bell peppers and olives. Toss gently until well combined. Refrigerate potato salad at least 4 hours or overnight for flavors to blend. Yield: 16 servings or about 8 cups

Beefy Three-Cheese Enchiladas From “Cooking Among Friends” by Mary Tennant and Becki Visser Make this tasty beef and cheese enchiladas recipe for a crowd or freeze into portions for family meals. Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 3 pounds ground beef 2 Tablespoons garlic, pressed or minced 2 Tablespoons ground cumin 1 Tablespoon chili powder 48 ounces mild salsa or picante sauce (for use with beef mix) 1-1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks 6 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 6 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 3 red or green peppers, finely chopped

36 (6-inch) tortillas 48 ounces mild salsa or picante sauce (for topping) 4-1/2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese Preparation: Note: These instructions are for makeahead freezer meals (6 meals of 6 servings each). However, if you are cooking for a crowd, simply use a large pan and skip the freezing instructions. For a chicken version, substitute shredded cooked chicken for the ground beef. In a stock pan over medium heat, brown ground beef. Drain and return to pan. Over medium heat, add garlic, cumin, chili power, and salsa; stir to combine. When mixture is heated, add cream cheese chunks, stirring until melted. Stir in Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and peppers. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assemble enchiladas by placing 1/2 cup beef-and-cheese mixture onto each tortilla and rolling. Place 6 enchiladas in each container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to cling to food. Package salsa in snack bags, 1 cup per meal. Package cheese in snack bags, 3/4 cup per meal. Place a package of salsa and cheese in each container and cover. Freeze. Defrost in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350º. Remove lid, salsa, cheese and plastic wrap. Spread salsa over enchiladas and cover loosely with foil to prevent drying. Bake until bubbly around edges and hot in the center, about 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 36 servings

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n a hot, muggy day in the middle of the summer of 1982 my oldest son, David, could almost always be found around the small lake that was situated outside the back door of our home in Union, Ky. As a family, we had been fishing in lakes and farm ponds from Canada to southern Kentucky and at 12years-old, David was a pretty fair fisherman. A fishing trip in 1977 to Rice Lake in Canada had given all four of us "fishing fever." It was like fishing in a barrel when we took the small Jon boat out on the lake. The fish were biting as fast as we could bait a hook and get it in the water. Our evenings were spent cleaning the fish, eating them and preparing them for a trip home. We brought a large cooler of fish back to Ohio when our vacation was over and we were "hooked."

Waiting for a bite Aaron Mundy, left, and his cousin, Denver Steward, are waiting for a bite as they fish a farm pond in Springfield, Ohio.

We took up camping as a family hobby and always had our canoe and fishing poles ready for action. I dubbed us the "adventure people." We caught bass, cat fish, blue gill, walleyes, crappie and even an occasional carp. We fished in state parks, large lakes and small farm ponds. If there was a body of water that smelled like fish, we gave it a try. If we ran out of bait, no problem, the kids learned how to find bait along the banks of lakes and ponds by turning over rocks and catching bugs. Japanese beetles make good bait in a pinch. There's a lot more to fishing than just dropping a line in the water and waiting for the fish to bite. It's a process and it often requires teamwork. For my husband, it required lots of patience as he untangled lines caught in limbs overhead or unsnagged hooks caught in the moss underwater. Retying hooks, readjusting sinkers and fixing reels that "somehow" got tangled really put his love for his sons to the test. Tempers flared occasionally, but fishing, for the most part, was an enjoyable and relaxing family hobby. The weather is always a factor in fishing. My husband, Don, and youngest son, Aaron, took the canoe out on Cowan Lake on a beautiful spring morning. I had opted to wait on the shore during this excursion. About an hour after they paddled out of sight, the clouds started rolling in and the

temperature dropped. A snow squall blew in from the northwest and dumped blowing snow everywhere. As I saw the canoe coming toward me, I had to laugh because both of them were literally half covered with snow (their bodies facing the west were white). I don't think the fish were biting that day. When we had an opportunity to build a house on a small lake in Union, Ky., we jumped at the chance. Having a fishing lake just a few steps away is every fisherman's dream. It just doesn't get any better than that. David had been catching some good-sized fish out of the lake, but his focus was different this year. He had discovered some large frogs around the banks of the lake and was determined to catch as many of them as possible. He baited his pole and dangled the bait along the edge of the pond tempting the frogs to jump and grab the big, fat, juicy worm. It took lots of patience and a quick, accurate snap of the wrist to snag a frog and he became an expert. As he caught frogs big enough to keep, he and his dad skinned them and prepared them for the freezer. It took quite a few frogs to get enough to fry so we stockpiled them. By the end of the summer of 1982, he'd kept a running log on the number of frogs he caught and announced that he had snagged 60 frogs. The fish in the lake got a reprieve that year, but it was considerably quieter around the lake

Nice Catch David Mundy is shown with a stringer of bluegills. on a summer evening. We eventually moved from the house on the lake, but family memories of fishing, camping and canoeing still keep resurfacing. The canoe was sold, but it has been replaced with a Jon boat. The poles and tackle box aren't used as often as before, but now our grandchildren are on their way to becoming "hooked". It has become a generational hobby. Marsha Mundy is news editor of the News Democrat in Georgetown, Ohio.

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Fishermen! Fishing is b o you catch a ring, unless n and then it actual fish, is disgustin g. ~Dave Barr y them upon flushing. One would never do this to their pet iguana, although this could be more out of concern for the plumbing issues that would likely ensue. People seldom rally to the defense of fish like they do other animals. True, there is the concern for well-being of dolphins* and tuna, but not for your plain old rank-and-file fish. I’m guessing you could wear a coat with fish dangling all over it and walk through the middle of an animal rights convention and the only reaction you would get is that people would hold their noses and keep a wide berth from you. Come to think of it, wearing a Coat of Many Cods might be a good way to keep people from sitting near you in movie theatres. (Note to self: apply for Cod Coat patent immediately.) I knew my million-dollar idea would come along eventually. *(I know, I know; dolphins aren’t “fish,” they’re mammals. That’s one of those laws of science I never really “got.” To me, if it looks like a fish and quacks like a fish…) I have to admit that when I eat fish, I really don’t want it to look like a fish. No head or tail or eyeballs looking at me. But, I thoroughly expect that a fish will taste like a fish. I’m always a bit amused when I hear someone complain that their fish tastes “fishy.” You never hear anyone complain that their pork chop tastes “piggy” or their

hamburger is a little on the “beefy” side. I’ve even come to enjoy sushi. Most of the fish in sushi is raw. It is then wrapped in rice, seaweed and probably a couple of other unidentifiable items. Sushi is especially good when dipped in that hot mustard sauce that doubles as a sinus cleanser. Sushi is one of those foods that taste much better than it sounds like it would when you describe it. So, as we enter fishing season, I want to extend a hearty “good luck!” to all of the fishermen out there. And, God bless ‘em, because they sure make good eatin’ (the fish, not the fishermen). And, if you find yourself swimming in fish (after they’ve been cleaned/batter-dipped/fried), give me a call. I promise: “no whining while dining.” I’ll even help with the dishes. KAY FRANCES Kay Frances is known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster.” She gives humorous keynote presentations and stress management workshops all over the United States. She is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.” To order the book or find out more about Kay, visit her website at: www.KayFrances.com.

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The notion of fishing for sport sort of eludes me. First of all, I tend to shy away from anything that involves worms. The couple of times that I’ve gone fishing, I did so on the condition that someone else would bait the hook for me. Then - 14 hours later when I’d get a bite - I would toss the pole to someone else to reel in. I would then whine until somebody removed the fish from the hook. So, my contribution to the process is basically to sit there and take up boat space. (Come to think of it, I haven’t been invited to go fishing in years.) I’m not big on the cleaning/batterdipping/frying part of it either. But, man, do I enjoy eating fresh fish and I’m very grateful to those who are willing to go out and catch them. I don’t think that fish are at the top of the intellectual food chain. They are amazingly easy to fool. No matter how hungry I got, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t fall for the old trick of eating food that was suspended from a hook, attached to a string. If I were walking down the street and happened upon a sandwich hanging from a string, I would not take a big bite out of it. Of course, if I were really hungry (or the sandwich looked especially tasty), anything’s possible. I guess what I’m saying is that if there were a game show called, “Are You Smarter than a Fish?” I might qualify as a contestant. Not saying I’d win, but… Fish as pets are sort of the Rodney Dangerfield of the animal world; they get no respect. Especially in death. Sure, people might say a little prayer, but their final resting place is likely to be wherever the commode takes

(Accidently) On Purpose From culinary disaster to simply divine

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By Lori Holcomb We’ve all been there. Despite our best, most carefully plotted efforts, whether in the kitchen or elsewhere, something doesn’t go quite as planned. Sometimes, it’s just a disaster; too great of a mishap for the dish or project to be saved. Sometimes, it works itself out to be okay - but just that, okay. But sometimes, the dreaded misfortune turns into something delightful. Sometimes, through a mistake or missing ingredient (or two), you find something even better than what you set out for in the first place. As was the case this past weekend. We were thoroughly enjoying a lazy weekend morning at home when we decided it would be fun to wander around the local flea market. Caesar’s Creek Flea Market here in Wilmington is still recovering from the devastating fire not too long ago, but many vendors have taken their booths outdoors and the weather was cool but clear. I’ve been itching to start a home improvement project for weeks and am looking for something different to serve as a new headboard for our bed… an old, weathered door or set of shutters,

perhaps. I’ll know it when I find it. And since there aren’t many garage sales yet to speak of and I really didn’t want to travel too far - after all, it was supposed to be a lazy, relaxing day I thought that maybe I’d find something there. Before we got ready to head out, I decided to pop dinner into the CrockPot (the Orange Sesame Pork Loin from the last issue, although I used chicken) and bake a Bundt cake for dessert while I got ready to surprise James and the kiddos later. Just before we left, I turned out the Apple Caramel Cake onto a plate, picked it up to wrap it in plastic wrap and CRASH! The whole cake slid right off the plate and onto the baking sheet on the stove. All that work, destroyed. I scooped up the pieces, put them back on the plate and thought, what now? Cake pops? A trifle? Oh, a Caramel Apple Trifle, that could still work! Later that evening, with no luck at the flea market, other than a pair of purple, movie-star, rhinestone-studded sunglasses for my Madie, we stopped at the grocery store on the way home and I picked up some Cool-Whip and caramel sauce.You could use

homemade whipped cream or caramel sauce and it would be delicious, I didn’t because the cake was rich enough already and again, it was supposed to be a lazy day, remember? Once home, I got a pretty crystal bowl, spread in some Cool-Whip, topped it with half the crumbled cake, drizzled on a little caramel sauce, topped it with more Cool-Whip, cake, caramel sauce and finished it with more Cool-Whip and a pretty drizzle of caramel sauce. So simple and it looked delicious. And you know what? It was delicious. Better, in fact, that the original Apple Caramel Bundt Cake I had intended to make. Best of all, James and the kiddos were thrilled. Conner couldn’t wait for leftovers the next night. The Bundt cake-turned-trifle was a hit! And, of course, as any good mama would say when asked, I meant to do it that way all along - wink! Have you ever had a recipe or kitchen mishap turn into something delicious? I’d love to hear about it! Shoot me an email at lholcomb@wnewsj.com or send me your “accidently on purpose” story and recipe to Salt Recipes, 761 S. Nelson Ave, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

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By Sheryl Sollars

Where do you think “cake pops” came from? I think that a very smart cook came up with the idea of mixing the icing with the baked cake rather than trying to impress her guests with a fancy iced cake. Half the time it flops and ends in a disaster, so she just came up with her own invention… it worked and “cake pops” were born. Not only are cake pops a unique idea, but they are easy to eat and can be made in a variety of flavors. And because they are made with prepackaged cake mixes, they are also very easy to make. There are products on the market that form and bake the cake pops for you, but those are a different type of pop. They are more like “cake” on a stick and don’t have the texture that creating your own cake pops have. The most popular types are made with chocolate or yellow cake added to a variety of canned icing, but any variety of cake mixes work. I also like to make and use cookies sandwiched with icing or melted candy coatings to form another idea for placing a treat on a stick. The key to making all of these pops is chilling the dough and using “candy coating” as not only a final coating, but also as an adhesive to hold the pop on the stick. Next, I will be giving you the basic instructions for making cake pops that will work with almost all recipes. By adding your favorite ingredients, you can create a wide variety of cake and cookie pops. If you plan on making cake or cookie pops often, then it is best to invest in an oblong block of white Styrofoam which will allow you to insert the sucker stick in for an upright chilling of the final candy coating; giving you a more professional finish.

There are great cake pop recipes in 175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Recipes

Preparation For Basic To Make Cake Pop Cookie Pops 1. Prepare your desired cake mix per instructions on package. Bake in single layer pan; usually 9”x13”. 2. Cool completely. Best if you can cover and let set overnight. 3. With a fork, mash and crumble to fine crumbs or place in food processor and process to fine crumbs. 4. Mix with icing or cream cheese mixture (which ever the recipe calls for). Refrigerate about 1 hour or longer if possible. 5. Roll into 1” balls. Place on foil-lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes. 6. Melt candy coating such as Wilton brand or White or Chocolate Bark (found in craft stores in large chunks) in double boiler. Leave over water to allow chocolate to stay warm and melted. 7. Remove balls and dip round sucker sticks in candy coating and then into cake pop. Place in stand-up position on cookie sheet and return to freezer for 15 minutes. 8. Remove from freezer, coat each ball with melted coating. Carefully shake or spin off excess and stand cake pop upright with stick pressed into Styrofoam block. 9. Refrigerate or freeze 10-15 minutes to set coating. 10. Store cake pops in refrigerator.

1. Using your favorite recipe or refrigerated cookie dough, form 1” balls and mash gently with the back of a fork one time. (You want your finished cookie to be approximately 1 ½” in diameter). 2. Bake as per directions, usually about 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. 3. Melt candy coatings in milk or dark chocolate flavor. 4. Spread one cookie (bottom side) with a thin layer of vanilla canned icing and the other cookie bottom with a layer of chocolate coating. 5. Dip flat, popsicle-style wooden stick in candy coating and place between two cookies. Squeeze gently and place on parchment paper and place in freezer for 15 minutes. 6. Either serve as is or dip cookie pops in melted chocolate or candy coating to cover. Cool in refrigerator to set coating. Now here are a few recipes for cake pops and cookie pops to get you started. After a few tries, you can invent your own, too!

Angel Food Cake Pops 1 angel food cake mix, prepared as per package directions, or 6 cups store bought angel food cake cut into cubes ½ cup light cream cheese (room temperature) ¼ cup powdered sugar 20 paper lollipop sticks 1 – 1 ½ cups milk chocolate candy coating discs Prepare and bake cake as per directions and cool completely. With fingers, tear cake into large cube pieces. If using a store-bought cake, cut into cubes to make approximately 6 cups of cubes. Place cake cubes in food processor and process until it forms fine crumbs. Transfer to large bowl and set aside. In small bowl, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth. Place cheese mixture in large bowl with crumbs and blend until a dough forms. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape into 1” balls, place on aluminum foillined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Melt chocolate in double boiler, leaving over simmering water to keep warm and melted. Dip lollipop stick in chocolate and insert in chilled cake balls. Replace back on cookie sheet and place back in freezer for 15 more minutes. Roll cake pops in chocolate, shaking off excess, and place stick in Styrofoam or set the pop upright on a baking sheet and return to the freezer or refrigerate until chocolate is completely set. Store in refrigerator.

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Sugar Cookie Pops

1 box lemon cake mix 1 can creamy lemon icing 1 package vanilla candy coating or vanilla bark Candy sprinkles

1 package refrigerator sugar cookie dough ½ can creamy vanilla canned icing 1 package chocolate (milk or dark) candy coating 6 oz. mini chocolate chips Flat popsicle sticks

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Bake cake as directed on box. Cool completely (cover and leave overnight is best). Place cake in large bowl and with a fork, crumble it until it forms fine crumbs. Using hands or mixer, mix cake crumbs with 2/3 to whole can of icing. Chill for 1 hour. Remove from freezer and roll into 1” balls and place on parchment paperlined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 15 minutes or until dough is firm. Melt vanilla coating in double boiler. Dip stick in coating and then stick into chilled balls. Return to freezer to allow coating to set up (about 15 minutes). Roll balls in bark/coating and shake off excess. Then sprinkle with colored sprinkles and place in Styrofoam by stick or place on bottom of pop back on a covered cookie sheet. Return to the freezer or refrigerate until coating is completely set. Store in refrigerator.

Cut sugar cookie dough into ¾” slices and then each slice into 4 pieces. Place on waxed paper and let set for about 10 minutes to soften. Roll into balls and, with fork or cake spatula, gently press down slightly. Bake as per directions, being careful to not over-bake. Cool completely. Place on waxed paper in freezer for 15 minutes. Melt chocolate coating in double boiler. Remove cookies from freezer and spread icing on flat (bottom) side of half of the cookies. Spread the remaining cookies with a layer of melted chocolate. Return cookie sheet to the freezer for 15 minutes or until icing and chocolate are firm. Remove and dip popsicle sticks (up to 1”) in chocolate and place between one of each cookie to form a sandwich. Place on cookie sheet and place in freezer for 15 minutes.

Remove and dip top 1” in melted chocolate and then sprinkle with mini chips. Return to freezer until top chocolate is set up. Store in closed container in refrigerator.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake Pops 1 large box chocolate/devil’s food cake mix 1 can cream cheese frosting ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 3 regular-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (melted) 2 packages chocolate (melts) candy coating 24 cake pop (lollipop) sticks

Prepare cake as per directions and let cool in pan several hours or cover and leave overnight. Melt peanut butter cups in the microwave in 30-second increments stirring often, until completely melted. COOL. Crumble cake with a fork or in a food processor until small crumbs form. Mix cooled peanut butter cups with ¾ cup (up to1 cup if needed) of the cream cheese frosting. Stir in cake crumbs with food processor or mixer until completely incorporated. Chill in freezer for 1 hour. Roll mixture into 1” balls and place on wax paper-covered cookie sheet. (Should make approximately 20-24 balls.) Place in freezer for 15 minutes. Melt chocolate candy coating. Dip lollipop stick in coating about ¾ inch. Insert into chilled balls. Replace in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and dip into melted chocolate and shake off excess. Place upside down on waxed paper on a cookie sheet or in a square of Styrofoam, placed on a cookie sheet and return to freezer for 15 minutes or until chocolate coating is set up. Store in refrigerator.

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Recipes Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Red Onion Marmalade

4 cups rhubarb, diced 4 ½ cups strawberries, sliced 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 packages powdered fruit pectin 1 teaspoon butter 10 cups sugar

2 cups red onion, very thinly sliced 1 cup dried cranberries 3/4 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 3 cups apple cider or juice 1 package powdered fruit pectin ½ teaspoon butter 3 1/2 cups sugar

Wash jars and bands thoroughly in hot water. Pour boiling water over lids and set aside. Place rhubarb and strawberries in pot and place over medium-high heat. Add butter and then add sugar one cup at a time, stirring constantly, until all sugar is incorporated and fruit is broken down and simmering. Turn up to high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and return to full rolling boil and cook at rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam from mixture. Pour or ladle into prepared jars to within ¼ inch from top. Clean rims of jars with damp cloth and top with lid. Screw on bands tightly and place on jars on rack in canner filled with boiling water. Lower rack into canner making sure at least 2” of water covers tops of jars. Bring back to a soft boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on a towel or wire rack to cool. When cool, check to make sure each jar sealed by pressing middle of the lid with your finger. If lid pops back, it did not seal and any jam remaining unsealed should be stored in the refrigerator. Sealed jam can be stored in pantry. Enjoy.

Wash half pint jars and bands thoroughly in hot water. Pour boiling water over lids and set aside. Cook onions, cranberries, vinegar and brown sugar in a skillet on medium heat 8-10 minutes. Turn heat to high and add zest, juice and pectin, stirring constantly. Bring to a strong boil and add sugar and butter. Return mixture to a rolling boil and cook at rolling boil for 1 ½ minutes. Remove from heat and skim foam. Pour or ladle into prepared jars to within ¼ inch from top. Clean rims of jars with damp cloth and top with lid. Screw on bands tightly and place on jars on rack in canner filled with boiling water. Lower rack into canner, making sure at least 2” of water covers tops of jars. Bring back to a soft boil and process for 17 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on a towel or wire rack to cool. When cool, check to make sure each jar sealed by pressing middle of the lid with your finger. If lid pops back, it did not seal and any jam remaining unsealed should be stored in the refrigerator. Sealed jam can be stored in pantry. Enjoy. Note: Several variations of this recipe suggest serving with cream cheese or goat cheese and crackers, mixed with salad vinegar to use as a salad dressing or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or pork.

Hot Pepper Jelly 3 red bell peppers 2 habanero peppers 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar 6 1/2 cups sugar ½ teaspoon butter 2 ½ packages powdered pectin Remove seeds and stems from peppers. Place peppers and vinegar in blender and blend until smooth. Pour pepper puree in a sauce pan and place over high heat. Add sugar and butter, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and return to full rolling boil and cook at rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam from mixture. Pour or ladle into prepared jars to within ¼ inch from top. Clean rims of jars with damp cloth and top with lid. Screw on bands tightly and place on jars on rack in canner filled with boiling water. Lower rack into canner making sure at least 2” of water covers tops of jars. Bring back to a soft boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on a towel or wire rack to cool. When cool, check to make sure each jar sealed by pressing middle of the lid with your finger. If lid pops back, it did not seal and any jam remaining unsealed should be stored in the refrigerator. Sealed jam can be stored in pantry. Enjoy. Note: Several variations of this recipe suggest serving with cream cheese or goat cheese and crackers, or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or pork.

Fresh Salsa 2 pounds Roma tomatoes, finely diced 2 white onions, finely diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 2-3 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped Salt to taste Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve.

Cucumbers with Tomatoes and Onions

Blackberry Barbecue Sauce ¾ cup fresh blackberries 1/3 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon dry mustard, ground 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

2 large cucumbers, seeded and cut into ¾” chunks 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1 large sweet onion, sliced 1 ½ cups Ken’s Northern Italian Romano Salad Dressing Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve.

Tomato Basil Crouton Salad 4 large tomatoes, cut into cubes 6 cups firm Italian bread, crusts removed and cubed 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons red wine or light balsamic vinegar ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled Salt and pepper to taste Arrange bread cubes on baking pan and crisp in 400-degree oven 8 minutes or until crispy but still tender inside. Combine garlic, vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. In serving bowl, combine bread cubes, tomatoes and onion. Toss with dressing mixture. Add basil and feta, stir to combine. Let sit 20 minutes and then serve immediately.

Creamy Dilled Cucumbers

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Stir and serve.

3 large baking potatoes, sliced ¼” thick (and peeled, if you prefer) 4 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon parsley, dried 4 tablespoons water Salt and pepper to taste 4 – 12” square sheets foil Spray foil sheet well with non-stick cooking spray or use non-stick foil. Divide potato slices among the four sheets. In a bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley. Dot butter mixture over potatoes. Salt and pepper. Fold foil over potatoes to make a pouch and seal two of the three open sides. Carefully pour 1 tablespoon water into open end of each packed and seal immediately. Grill 8-10 minutes over medium-high heat until potatoes are tender. Serve.

Grilled or Roasted Asparagus 1 large bunch asparagus, fresh, washed and snapped to remove stem ends 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper Toss asparagus with olive oil and garlic. Spread asparagus out in a single layer on baking sheet or perforated grill pan. Salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees or grill on medium-high heat 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through, until asparagus begins to become tender. Serve. Salt | Summer 2012 | 55

1 large cucumber, sliced ½ red onion, sliced 1/3 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon lemon juice Fresh dill, finely chopped to make 1 ½ tablespoons salt and pepper to taste

Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packs

Combine cider vinegar, brown sugar and berries in a small saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat, smashing berries with a spoon until sauce bubbles, about 8 minutes. Turn up heat to medium and add remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. Heat mixture until it just begins to lightly boil. Reduce heat and slowly cook for 15 minutes, stirring constantly. If desired, press sauce through a fine metal strainer to remove seeds. Sauce will be thick. Serve. Note: This sauce is best served with grilled salmon or pork.

Maple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Blackberry Lemonade

½ cup bourbon 1 ¾ cups brown sugar ¾ cup maple syrup ½ cup tablespoons cider vinegar 1 ½ teaspoons ginger 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 cup ketchup

1 package (two crusts) store bought or homemade pie crust 3 ½ cups rhubarb, sliced into ½” slices 3 ½ cups sliced strawberries 2 /3 cups light brown sugar ½ cup sugar 3 ½ tablespoons corn starch 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 teaspoon water Coarse decorative white sugar, optional

2 cups sugar 1 cup lemon juice with pulp, seeds removed 2 cups blackberries, divided 10 cups water 1 lemon with peel sliced into rounds, seeds removed 1 cup whole blackberries

Combine all ingredients in a small stockpot. Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring often, for 30-40 minutes. Cool. Serve with ribs, chicken or pulled pork. Also great in baked beans.

Firecracker Lime Grilled Shrimp

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1 ½ raw shrimp, peeled and deveined ½ habanero pepper, finely diced 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1-2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ½ lime Fresh parsley Salt and pepper Skewer shrimp on metal kabob skewers. Brush with olive oil and salt and pepper. Grill 2-3 minutes, until shrimp are pink and just cooked through. Do not over cook. Gently sauté habañero and garlic in butter until softened. Remove from heat and squeeze lime into butter. Stir well. Drizzle butter mixture over cooked shrimp and top with chopped parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine one egg with one teaspoon water. Set aside. Place one prepared crust in bottom of pie plate. Combine sugars, corn starch, spices and salt. Toss with strawberries and rhubarb. Pour into crust. Top with remaining crust. Trim and pinch to seal edges. Cut several vent slits into top crust. Brush with egg wash. Dust with coarse sugar. Place pie plate onto a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and continue baking for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Watch crust and cover loosely with foil if needed to prevent over browning. Cool completely in pie plate on wire rack. Serve.

Homemade Lemonade 2 cups sugar 1 ½ cups lemon juice with pulp, seeds removed 10 cups water 1 lemon with peel sliced into rounds, seeds removed Heat one cup water in microwave or on stove top until very hot. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved. In a large pitcher, combine remaining water with sugar syrup. Add lemon juice and lemon slices. Stir. Serve over ice.

Heat one cup water with one cup blackberries on stovetop until blackberries pop. Smash berries with a potato masher until completely broken down. Stir in sugar and continue to heat until completely dissolved. Pour mixture through a fine wire strainer to remove seeds and any remaining pulp. In a large pitcher, combine remaining water with berry/sugar syrup and lemon juice. Stir well. Place ice in glass. Top with a lemon slice and a few blackberries. Pour blackberry lemonade over fruit and ice. Serve. Note, this recipe also works with strawberries or raspberries in place of the blackberries.

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Out & About Adams County June 7 - June 9 – West Union Summer Fest. Fun for all ages. Contact Roy Stricklett at (937) 544-2512. June 16 Ohio River Sweep. Help clean up the river. Locations: Rome Boat Ramp, Brush Creek Boat Ramp, Manchester Island Boat Ramp, Manchester Riverfront Boat Ramp. For information, contact Sam Perrin at Adams-Brown Recycling at (937) 378-3431. June 20 Summer Solstice Sunset Celebration. Sunrise to sunset. Take part in a guided hike around the Serpent Mound effigy. This interpretive walk will explore how past cultures used Serpent Mound as an ancient time piece. Discussions will make a comparison of this site with other cultures and solstice markers around the world. Contact (937) 587-3953 or visit www.serpentmound.org. June 24 2-4 p.m. Page One-Room School House Event. At the corner of Page School Road off Vaughn Ridge Road, West Union. Contact Mary Fulton at (937) 587-2043. June 30 - July 1 39th Annual Country Run for Fun-Ramblin' Relics Car Show. At the Adams County Fairgrounds in West Union from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Contact Kenneth McCann at (937) 544-5266.

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July 4 Fourth of July Celebration and Lion's Club Parade 9 a.m. line up. Parade starts at 10 a.m. next to Olde Wayside Inn in West Union Line up begins at 9 a.m. Contact Jud Paul at (937) 544-1464 or Mel Pfistner at (937) 549-333.

July 15 - July 21 121st Annual Adams County Fair. Held at the Adams County Fairgrounds, West Union. For more information, visit www.adamscountyfairground.com or call Connie McDonald at (937) 217-1522. July 27 - July 28 Indian Artifact Show at the Riverbarn in Manchester. Showtime is Friday, noon-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Steve Lewis at (937) 549-4093 or Mike Evans at 937549-1877. July 28 Adams County Genealogy Society Reunion. From noon to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Center in West Union. For more information, contact the Adams County Genealogy Society at (937) 5448522, Thursdays and Saturdays. July 29 See June 24. August 3 - August 4 Kinfolk Landing Days at Manchester. Celebrate the founding of one of Ohio's oldest villages. Contact Jane Wilson at (937) 5494074 August 12 - August 13 Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing. From 10 pm - 2 a.m. Everyone will gather on property adjacent to Serpent Mound to watch the sky for meteors. We hope to take a count of how many meteors we see and what direction they are moving. Plus, there will be a guided tour through the sky. There is no cost, but you must register. For more information contact (937) 587-3953 www.serpentmound.org. August 18 4th Annual Cowboy Copas Memorial Concert. At the Red Barn Convention Center in Winchester. Concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets $15. Contact Lynne Newman at (937) 587-3358 2223 Russellville Road. Winchester, Ohio 45697.

August 18 16th Annual Marine Corps League 5-K Race and Walk. 8:30 a.m. Contact Danny Blanton at (937) 217-3516. Alexander Salamon Airport, Winchester. August, 26th 2012 See June 24, pg 58 August 30 - September 1 Fall Harvest Celebration. Carriage Lane Antiques, 180 Werline Lane, West Union. Contact Anit Vogler at (937) 549-4530. August 31 - September 2 Winchester Caramel Festival. The Winchester Caramel Festival will have live music, Civil War-era ghost walk, community-wide yard sales, talent shows and parade. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact the Winchester Caramel Festival at (937) 695-0950.

Brown County May 28 Memorial Day Ice Cream Social. The annual event will be held in Decatur at the Community Center located on state Route 125. The event features a variety of homemade ice cream and an old fashioned parade. Entertainment and food is provided throughout the day and visitors are welcome to attend. Now - September Ulysses S. Grant grew up in Georgetown. His boyhood home, built by his father, Jesse Grant, in 1823 is a National Historic Landmark. The homestead is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Grant Schoolhouse State Memorial is also part of the Land of Grant Tour. For more information, call (937) 378-4222 or visit ita website at www.ohiohistory.org/places/grantboy. July 6-7 Summer National Tractor Pull Association. Events will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Georgetown. Light super stock tractors, super farm tractors, two-wheel drive trucks and modified tractors will be featured both nights. The cost is $15 for a single day or $25 for a weekend pass. Advance tickets and camping is available. Call (937) 378-3558.

August 9-12 Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show. The show will be celebrating 40 years. The show grounds are located at the intersection of state Route 125 and Winfield Road, in Georgetown. Camping and RV sites are available. The three day event will include parades, demonstrations of antique machinery, entertainment, plenty of food and antique cars. In addition, there will be a craft area and flea market filled with antiques of all sorts.Visit it website at www.ovams.org or call Jeff Smith at (513) 734-6272.

Clinton County Through June 29 Power of the Purse. We’ve carried purses as long as we’ve had valuables to carry. Originally named for the money they contained, purses were carried by men and women alike. Over time, the purse fell almost exclusively into the domain of women. Few items in our lives speak so clearly of our public and private lives. See a special exhibit at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust St., through June 29 Wednesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Over the years, nearly 100 purses have been donated to the center. For more information, call (937) 382-4684. Admission is $5. Through Dec. 14 Undie Cover. Ladies’ undergarments, which can be a delicate matter, are the focus of an educational and entertaining journey through the collection at the Clinton County History Center, 149 E. Locust St., Wilmington, Wednesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m., vintage undergarments spanning a 70-year time frame will be on exhibit at the center. For information call (937) 382-4684. Admission is $5. Through Dec. 14 Patterns and Prints. See an exhibit titled “Patterns and Prints: Quaker Quilts and Textiles” through Dec. 14, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quaker Heritage Center on the campus of Wilmington College. Join in a celebration of the heritage of southwest Ohio through the quilts and textile left behind by residents of Clinton and Warren counties over the past 200 years. For information, call 937-382-6661, ext. 719 or visit www.qhc@wilmington.edu. Free admission.

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Out & About Through June 29 Windows and Mirrors — This unique and powerful traveling exhibit provides an opportunity to see ourselves in depictions of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of more than 40 artists and children from around the world, including U.S. students. The exhibit can be viewed through June 29, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quaker Heritage Center on the campus of Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington. The sponsor of the exhibit is the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence. Free admission. Through June 15 Pick Your Own — Here’s your opportunity to pick your own asparagus at Brausch Asparagus Farm, 2514 Center Road, Wilmington. See how and where asparagus grows. For information, call 937-382-2384.

June 8 Banana Split Festival. The annual festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at J.W. Denver Williams Park, located at 1326 Fife Ave. in WIlmington. Join us at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival. This will be our 18th year. Enjoy free concerts, continuous entertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and, of course, Banana Splits! Admission is free. Visit www.bananasplitfestival.com or call (877) 428-4748 for more information. June 16 - 17 2012 Summer Solstice Lavendar Festival. Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm will hold its 4th annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peaceful Acres Lavendar Farm, 2391 Martinsville Road. Experience the overwhelming beauty of two acres of certified organic lavender in full bloom. There will also be lavender food, vendors, u-pick, wreath and wand workshops, yoga in the field, massage therapy, children’s activities, music and more. Admission is free. Visit peacefulacreslavenderfarm.com or call (937) 242-5055 for more information. July 8-July 14 Clinton County Fair. Located at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St. in Wilmington. Enjoy seven days of action in July with live entertainment, harness racing, an antique tractor pull and a demolition derby. If you enjoy animals, be sure to catch the Junior and Senior Fair Shows of cattle, sheep, hogs, rabbits, chickens, horses and pets. Discover what a great county fair is like. Cost is $6; children eight years old or younger are free. Call 937-382-4443 for more information.

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August 17 - August 18 Wilmington Art and Pottery Festival. August 17, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and August 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Roberts Center, located at 123 Gano Road,Wilmington. The show features high quality art and pottery including hand-thrown pottery, glassware, weaving, sculpture, jewelry, wall art and more will be highlighted. This juried show delivers quality art items from functional to ornamental. Expect demonstrations, food and a great time for all. Cost is $4 per adult; children 12 years old and under are free.

Fayette County May 26 - 27 Bash and Crash Demolition Derby. Fayette County Fairgrounds grandstands. Admission fee. Call Fayette County Agricultural Society at (740)-335-5856. June 2 Truck Pull. Fayette County Fairgrounds grandstand, 7 p.m., Admission fee. Call Fayette County Agricultural Society at (740)335-5856.

June 9 Motorcross competition. Fayette County Fairgrounds grandstands, Admission fee. Call Fayette County Agricultural Society at (740)-335-5856. June 10 Dragon Angels Car Show: Dragon Angels Anniversary Show, 11 a.m. at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. June 14 - 16 The Pfeifer’s Camp Meeting 2012. Washington Court House. Four days of family fun and devotion featuring gospel music, golfing, camping, and shopping excursions and more. This is sponsored by the Pfeifer’s Evangelist Association. Please call (740) 335-9641 for reserved seat tickets. General admission is free.

June Highland House Museum, 151 E. Main St., Hillsboro, opens for the season. The c. 1842 federal-style house has extensive collections relating to the cultural, historical, farming, arts, pioneer and manufacturing history of Highland County. Special displays and monthly historical society meetings. For more information, call (937) 393-3392. June 1 Hillsboro Uptown Business Association, First Friday Car Show, 5-7 p.m. June 9 Christmas In June, Paint Creek . June 16 Father's Day Mini Golf Tournament, Paint Creek. June 16 Father's Day Weekend, Rocky Fork.

June 16 Relay for Life. Saturday at noon until Sunday June 17 at 6 a.m. at the Washington Court House Senior High School track. Annual American Cancer Society fundraising event. For information, call Marie Cooper, (740) 505-2807.

June 17 Father's Day special events, Pike Lake.

June 16 - 24 24th Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). Will be in Washington Court House on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 at the Washington Senior High School.

July 5-7 Festival of the Bells. In downtown Hillsboro, Ohio. Festival celebrates the C.S. Bell Company and the bells heard around the world. Food booths, crafts, rides, historical displays and high quality entertainment, Hillsboro Uptown Business Association Customer Appreciation Days. For more information, call (937) 393-9957 or visit www.festivalofthebells.com.

July 3 - 4 Fireworks, July 3 in Washington CH. and July 4 in Jeffersonville. These events start at dusk. July 16 - 22 Fayette County Fair. Washington CH. The agricultural highlight of the year, featuring demolition derbies, tractor and truck pulls, harness racing and many other events. Sponsored by the Fayette County Agricultural Society. (740) 335-5856.

Highland County

June 23 Appalachian Music Festival, Pike Lake. June 30-July 2 Campsite and bike decorating, Paint Creek.

July 5-7 July 4 weekend events, Rocky Fork. July 7 July 4 weekend events, Pike Lake. July 20, 21, 22 Greene Countrie Towne Festival. In downtown Greenfield, Ohio. Celebrating the industrial history of Greenfield, historical displays, food booths, crafts, entertainment, historical society buildings are open for the festival, cruise-in, fun for the whole family. For more information, call (937) 981-3500. July 21 Railroad Days Rendevous, Pike Lake.

May 24-26 AMVETS Post 61 Bluegrass Festival. AMVETS Park, 10539 North Shore Dr., Hillsboro, Ohio. Bluegrass music, camping, picking all night. For more information, call (937) 3932900 or (937) 763-6666. May 25-27 Memorial Day Events, Rocky Fork. May 26 Memorial Day Remembrance, Pike Lake. Starting in May Lavender Field Day at Springbrook Meadows, 11821 US 50 E., Hillsboro, Ohio. Call (937) 365-1632 or e-mail SpringbrookMeadows@hotmail.com for more information or visit the website at www.ohiolavender.com.

July 21-22 Dog Days, Rocky Fork. July 28 CampersYard Sale, Paint Creek. August 3 Hillsboro Uptown Business Association, First Friday Car Show, 5-7 p.m. August 4 Campers Yard Sale, Rocky Fork. August 5 SATH Car and Bike Show, Rocky Fork. August 11 Huckleberry Finn Fest, Paint Creek.

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If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. ~ Doug Larson

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