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Successful holidays require planning Andy Williams’s lyrics in the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” may not conjure happy feelings in everyone during the holiday season. The death of a loved one, health challenges, and shrinking financial resources can make the holidays hard for people who no longer celebrate the season as before. Holidays may even heighten feelings of sadness when people reflect on time passing; loved ones moving away; parents, siblings, and friends gone forever. What’s a person to do as the holidays near and clearly there won’t be “parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.” Here are some coping strategies to consider: 1. Acknowledge your feelings of sadness or grief if you cannot be with loved ones or you are grieving for someone who has died. 2. Consider volunteering to help others. Contributing your time can lighten your mood, lift your spirits, and broaden your circle of acquaintances. 3. Accept change. Choose a few traditions to keep and look for new habits to replace what is no longer possible. Keep listening to favorite carols but consider learning to use a computer to keep in touch with far away family and friends. 4. Stick to a budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, and then stick to your plan. Consider donating to a charity in someone’s name, giving homemade gifts, or starting a family gift exchange. 5. Make a schedule. Consider your energy level, then

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make reasonable to do lists. Ask for help to accomplish the tasks that are important to you. If you need transportation to religious services or holiday celebrations, ask in advance for rides from family, friends, neighbors, or at your place of worship. 6. Say no. Consider your energy level before agreeing to activities. If you cannot say no to requests from family or friends, remove something else from your to do list before adding the new effort. 7. Keep your healthy habits. Eating right and getting the right amounts of exercise and sleep might seem impossible if the holidays get hectic. That is when your budget, your schedule, and practicing your habit of saying no spring to the rescue and help you to stay healthy throughout the holidays. 8. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad, irritable, or anxious, beset by physical complaints or feelings of hopelessness, unable to sleep, or unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. With a little planning in advance of the holidays, when, as Andy Williams sang, everyone tells you, “Be of good cheer,” you can honestly answer, “I am.” Trusted resources to turn to for help if life’s woes seem insurmountable are the 12 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that serve people in all 88 Ohio counties. Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc, (AAA 9) is located in Byesville. AAA 9 serves people living in Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties. Readers of the Coshocton County Beacon can contact the people at AAA 9 in a variety of ways. AAA 9 is located at 60788 Southgate Rd., S.R. 209S, in Byesville, OH 43723. You can reach them by phone or fax: 740-439-4478, 740-432-1060 (fax) o r online at www.aaa9.org . The website has quick links to resources that you can use. Mary Jo Hyde is Advocacy Coordinator at the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a), a statewide network of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that provide information and services to older adults and people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

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A quote by Marie Huston notes, “The gardening season officially begins on Jan. 1, and ends on Dec. 31.” No truer words were ever spoken. As we move ever closer to winter, fellow gardeners know there are more than enough gardening chores to keep us busy year-round! If the grass is still growing, you should keep up with mowing. You can lower your mower deck a little, though, as lawn grasses are less apt to develop winter diseases when mowed at 2 to 2 ½ inches. Ohio State University research has shown that late fall (October, November or December) fertilization is ideal for home lawns. Fertilizations during these times will benefit lawns more than any other practice and really help with spring greenup. And speaking of lawns- if there is frost or snow on the grass; try to stay off of it. Frosted and frozen blades are easily damaged or broken, leading to potential disease issues or turf decline later. Also be aware that salt applied to sidewalks and driveways can wash into lawns and beds. Salt can build up in the soil and can be detrimental to grass, trees and other landscape plants. Take care to remove dead foliage from perennials and remove dead annuals and vegetables from the garden. Disease and insect pests can overwinter in garden debris lying in wait to re-infest your plants next year. Any stakes, sting, cages, markers, trellis, etc. should also be removed, cleaned and stored. Containers that have held annuals can be emptied. Compost the spent plant and potting mix. Clean the pots out with a 10 percent bleach and water solution to sanitize. Take care to empty and store clay pots so that they will not break during winter freeze. Do you want to know a secret? Take your mower in to be serviced before or shortly after the first of the year. You will beat

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought it might be interesting to travel back in time and see what it has cost over the decades to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal for four to six people. I decided to begin with 1956, my parents were married Nov. 22, which was Thanksgiving same as this year and it was a cold snowy day. There were lots of choices for shopping with four large grocery stores, Kroger on Chestnut, A&P on North Third, M&K on Main Street and Young’s IGA. There were also smaller stores, among them Hamilton’s, Rollers, Brown’s IGA and the Roscoe Market all offering a good variety of fixings. The prices on fresh tom turkeys ranged from .39 a lb. for an 18-22 pd. bird at Young’s, A&P and Kroger’s to .49 for all size


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In the late 1950s there were several options for grocery stores to shop at for items for your Thanksgiving meal. The four large grocery stores at the time were: Kroger on Chestnut, A&P on North Third, M&K on Main Street and Young’s IGA, which at one point in time also was known as Brook’s IGA.

birds, hens included at Brown’s IGA. A& P also offered 10 lb. of potatoes for .49 and 2 – 10 packs of biscuits for .25. The average for cranberry sauce was 2/.39 and canned pumpkin went from .17 a single can to 6/1.00, with celery at .19 a stalk and carrots 2lb/.19. The final cost $8 to $9. In 1962, the price of turkey was very reasonable with Thompson’s IGA (Warsaw and Newcomerstown) and Young’s both offering 17lb and up frozen turkeys at .27, Kroger and A&P followed at .29 and Brown’s IGA and Paul’s Red & White came in at .39 lb. A&P also offered a good supply of fixings with stuffing mix at .23 a package, Ocean Spray cranberry sauce-2/.39, or .35 for 2 lbs. of fresh berries. Mrs. Smith’s frozen 26 oz. pies - pumpkin -.39 or mince-.49. In 1972, Buehler’s, Kroger and Brown’s IGA all offered turkeys from .39-59 lb., but Gross‘ Discount Store on Seventh was the place to go get everything else. Their deals included sweet potatoes at .29 a squat can, Pillsbury biscuits 2/.15, Silver Bar peas-.14 a can, Libbey’s pumpkin was two cans .47 or choice of Banquet pies, cherry, apple, peach or pumpkin-.25 each. The Cool Whip to top them was .27. The 1980s and 1990s found turkeys ranging from .49-.79 a lb. The price of 26oz. pies were now 2/$2.99 though brown and serve rolls remained at 2/$1 and in 1998 Big Bear offered a complete turkey meal with dessert for $32.99, just heat and serve. These days, the turkey prices range from .79-.99 a lb., though the price of the complete ready meal has taken quite a jump, now averaging in the $55 to $60 range. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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COSHOCTON – Coshocton High School will host the ninth annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the school cafeteria. A traditional holiday meal will be served by CHS students in three shifts: 5:30 - 6 p.m., 6 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 7 p.m. Call the high school at 622-9433 to RSVP for a time slot. A shuttle bus will be running to pick up those in need. Busses will leave at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. for pick-ups. The first stop will be at the Meadows Learning Center and then the bus will stop at the following locations (in order) as it travels to CHS: South Lawn Elementary, Central Elementary, the old Washington Elementary, Chatam housing complex and Lincoln Elementary. Busses will leave CHS for return runs at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The CHS music department will provide entertainment during dinner. The CHS drama club also will present its fall production at 7 p.m.

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Baby Boomers might be interested in a new book by Peter Spiers, Senior Vice President of Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel). The book is called “Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier” and is available at the Coshocton Public Library. Using inspirational stories from active seniors, supported by the latest research in the fields of psychology and neuro-science, “Master Class” shows how to build an enriching lifestyle on a foundation of enjoyable activities. Spiers and his colleagues at Road Scholar surveyed a representative sample of all Americans aged fifty-five and over. They discovered that the people who are extraordinarily engaged, enriched, and happy are involved in activities that require two or more of the following behaviors: socializing, moving, creating, and thinking. The book outlines how the reader can design his or her own Master Class based on a list of 31 “Master Activities” such as learning a musical instrument, playing tennis, volunteering, gardening, singing in a choir, pursuing an art or a craft, and more. It just so happens that several of the activities Spiers suggests are offered at the Library. One of his suggestions is to participate in a book club. Reading, according to Spiers, is one of the best things we can do for our brains, and discussing books with others is even better. In addition to intellectual stimulation, book groups offer experiences that are full of rich social rewards. Discussions range far beyond the book at hand, and fast friendships are formed that become support networks in times of need. The Coshocton Public Library offers two book groups for adults: Monday Book Talk meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; and Sr. Center Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center on Browns Lane. West Lafayette Branch Library offers a Book Discussion Group that meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Pointe meeting room. Another activity that Spiers suggests is exercising with friends. The Coshocton Public Library offers “Chi” classes that involve gentle movements designed to increase vitality, lower stress and improve overall health. The movements, based on qigong and tai chi, are somewhat like dance steps. Spiers says that dancing is one of the greatest Master Activities there is because it involves all four behaviors: moving; socializing; creating; and thinking. The next session of Chi classes, Holiday Chi, will be offered Thursdays at noon on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The Local History Room at the library is an excellent place to begin researching your family’s genealogy, which is another


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COSHOCTON - The New Year is just around the corner. Are you thinking of downsizing in 2013? If so, here are some tips from local realtors to help you get your house ready to sale. “Check your closets,” said Sally Foster from Stoffer Real Estate. “Make sure they are not too full. Take stuff out and put it somewhere else or in storage. You don’t want people to think it’s not big enough for them.” She also suggests giving some separation to large rooms. “You can put area rugs on top of rugs to define seating areas,” Foster said. “It’s a visual thing for buyers.” Completely updating your kitchen and bathrooms maybe too much of an expense, but Debbie Myers, from Olde Town Realty said some little touches can go a long way. “We go into so many houses where nothing has been done to them at all,” Myers said. “Paint, hardware on cabinets and stain can go a long way.” However, when giving your home a fresh coat of paint, you want to make sure to keep it a neutral color. “You want people to feel like their towels and furniture will match well,” Foster said. It’s also important to keep the outside of your home tidy. “Make sure the yard is mowed and the leaves are racked,” Foster said. “You also don’t want things to look over grown. If you don’t have the finances to get them taken out, at least have them trimmed. The outside shouldn’t look overwhelming.” Both Foster and Myers agreed that first impressions of homes are formed quickly so it’s important to get rid of clutter and have your home looking fresh and clean. JOSIE@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM


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The 25th anniversary of the local Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, on the court square. BOOMER


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for them because they made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the Vietnam War. The Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans group wants to make sure their sacrifices are never forgotten. “I can’t tell you the names on the memorial and at one time I could,” said Robert Sees Jr. “I’d like my memory refreshed and definitely the county’s on what’s on this memorial and why it’s there.” The local Vietnam Veterans group will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its memorial at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Coshocton County Court Square. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Elks. The Elks also will host a dinner for members and guests of the Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans group. The idea for the memorial was formed in 1985 and after fundraising and a design competition it was dedicated Nov. 28, 1987. Dale Foster’s design was selected for the memorial and Jim Buday came up with the inscription for it. Both are members of the Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans group. According to Foster, the black and white walls of the memorial show the controversy of the war. “I have a lot of feelings for those who did go to Vietnam,” Foster said. “I didn’t have to get on the plane, but I was close.” The black part, where the names are inscribed, also was designed to remind people of The Wall in Washington D.C. “It’s an honor to have our own memorial,” said Mike Burkey. “Not everybody is able to go to D.C. so it’s an honor for our county to remember these seven.” The anniversary ceremony for the memorial will be short, but the Vietnam Veterans group is going to make sure they somehow display the photos of the local men who were killed in the war. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” Burkey said. Families of the soldiers who were killed in Vietnam also are invited to the ceremony. “The memorial is there for the families and the veterans that served,” Foster said. The Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans group made sure to spruce up the memorial before its ceremony. “We redid the concrete around the memorial,” Foster SEE ‘MEMORIAL’ ON PAGE 9

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 said. “The brick that was there was an afterthought. There was no drainage and water was lifting the brick up and making it uneven. Now the water will flow away.” Just like when the memorial was built, the group was able to get donations for the work that needed done. “Holmes Redimix donated the concrete,” Foster said. “The owner is a veteran and he also ended up hauling it here for free.” Sees hopes that programs like this ceremony and groups like his can help show children what war is really like. “We have to give children the true history because veterans are dropping like flies,” he said. JOSIE@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM

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The holidays can be an exciting, heart-warming time filled with family, friends, and cherished memories. Unfortunately, the holidays can also provide an increase in stress related to time constraints, financial concerns, and emotional highs and lows. For many, symptoms of depression and anxiety may also accompany the holidays. Fortunately, there are many practical ways to cope with some of the most typical stressors and emotional responses presented by the holiday season. Some of the most common triggers are indicated below, along with helpful tips for reducing unwanted holiday woes. Grief: The loss of a loved one, either through death or distance, can be particularly hard-felt during the holiday season. Remember to acknowledge and express those feelings. Forced smiles only add to stressors, which can take a physical toll as well as an emotional one. It is important to also recognize that the holiday can still be made enjoyable through contact with others, whether it is friends and family, or volunteering to support those less fortunate. Perfectionism: Striving to make every holiday perfect, often leads to feelings of defeat if plans don’t work out exactly as intended. Instead, try to accept the reality of change. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. One common experience for parents with adult children is the loss of gathering together on the assigned holiday. If this is the case, work to find new ways to celebrate together, such as finding an alternate day to share a meal together. For families and

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friends separated by distance, sharing pictures, emails or videos, and phone calls can make the season more meaningful. Anger/Frustration: Remember, the holidays can be stressful for everyone, including friends, children, relatives, co-workers, and fellow shoppers. Everyone has their own expectation of how the holiday will and should go. When those ideas are in conflict, often times so are the players. Grievances that arise during the holidays are often situational and will look a lot different when viewed at any other time of the year. Give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt during the hectic holiday season. Financial Worries: So many find it difficult to stick to a budget when holiday shopping. The inability to afford that “perfect gift” can leave one with feelings of inadequacy and perhaps loss, sometimes leading to a real blow to the self –esteem. As a way to combat these feelings, try thinking back to your own most cherished holiday memories. Did they relate most to the amount of money that was spent or the conversations, meals, and experiences shared with loved ones? Decide if your holiday focus is on gifts or the feelings associated with gift giving. If the latter is true, consider making gifts, or foregoing gifts altogether in exchange for spending time with loved ones in some more meaningful way. Consider writing letters of appreciation to loved ones, creating personalized cards, sharing family photos, watching a favorite movie together, volunteering together, or joining together for an evening of board games or a shared hobby. Demands of Time: The feeling of being overwhelmed by the holiday bustle is common. In this case, the calendar really can be one’s best friend, rather than a cruel and taunting reminder. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends, and other activities. Last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients can be prevented by planning menus and making a shopping list. Don’t forget to take a breather. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may energize you for the work ahead. Consider taking a brisk walk or listening to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing, and restoring inner calm. Health: Many of us find it difficult to stay healthy over the holidays. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only leads to added to stress and guilt. Try enjoying a healthy snack before holiday parties so you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese, or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity. Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays. What if the feeling doesn’t do away or gets worse? If, despite your best efforts, you find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores, you may need to seek professional help. The best gift you may give yourself is talking to your doctor or a mental health professional. Both can help you find strategies for feeling better. If you would like to talk with a counselor/ therapist to deal with these or any other concerns, feel free to call Sheila Mayse, MSW, LISW-S at MSW Solutions (740-722-9095).

Old-fashioned Christmas takes shape at Roscoe 11-B by Josie Sellers

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Ann Baker helped bring an old fashioned Christmas to life Nov. 5, at the visitor’s center in Roscoe Village. She was one of at least a dozen volunteers who helped the Village’s landscape department decorate. For more photos of the decorations, visit www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com. BOOMER TIMES PHO-




COSHOCTON – An old fashioned canal days Christmas came to life Nov. 5, at the Roscoe Village Visitor’s Center thanks to the help of the landscape department and its elves. “The volunteers mean the world to me,” said Diana Swigert from the landscape department. “I call them my garden elves because in the summer they help us with gardening and then they also help us at Christmas time.” Preparations for Christmas decorations actually start in May and June when flowers are planted that are grown just to be dried and used in holiday decorations. “They are Mrs. Montgomery’s preferences and using the dried flowers helps us be able to continue to be old fashioned,” Swigert said. “We don’t use a lot of modern decorations that are purchased. We try to use techniques of the 1830s and try to be very authentic.” Ornaments on the trees were made out of cinnamon sticks, scraps of material, paper and even some buttons were used. Snowflakes for the trees were crocheted and apples and oranges also were dried to be used in decorations. At least a dozen volunteers helped Swigert trim trees, hang garland and spread holiday cheer while listening to Christmas music. “I really enjoy getting together with the ladies,” said Becky Alford. “You learn neat ideas and get to do different crafts.” Mary White has volunteered at Roscoe for several years, but this was her first time helping with the Christmas decorations. “I’m enjoying the fellowship and the music,” she said. Ann Baker said working on Christmas decoration is a big event for all the volunteers. “It puts you in the Christmas spirit and it’s a fun time to see everybody,” she said. Sharon Rice had the job of stringing popcorn. “It’s hard on the fingers, but I enjoy learning the old fashioned ways,” she said. Swigert encourages everyone to come over to Roscoe and enjoy the old fashioned Christmas decorations. “This is the true Christmas spirit for everybody no mater your denomination or lifestyle,” she said. JOSIE@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM


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Try these recipes for your holiday parties The Sweet Potato & Cranberry Casserole is a nice festive side dish for the holidays and the Cranberry Orange Tea Bread is great for Christmas morning or to give as a gift. We wish you and your family a happy and blessed holiday season Sweet Potato & Cranberry Casserole Prepared by Jenny Wilson Recipe from: The Spirit of Christmas Book 16 page 71 Ingredients 4 lg sweet potatoes (about 3 ½ lbs) 1 Tablespoon butter ½ cup packed brown sugar 1 cup fresh cranberries ½ cup orange juice ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans 2 Tablespoons butter; melted 1 Tablespoon brown sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions Cover potatoes in water and boil 40-45 minutes or until tender. Drain and let cool slightly. Peel and cut into ¼ inch slices. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange half of sweet potato slices in a greased 9 x 13inch baking dish. Sprinkle with ¼ cup brown sugar; dot with 1 ½ teaspoons butter. Top with ½ cup cranberries. Repeat layers. Pour orange juice over top. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Combine walnuts or pecans, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and cinnamon; stir well. Sprinkle nut mixture over potato mixture and bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes. Serves 8 to 10.

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Cranberry Orange Tea Bread By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts 2 cups fresh chopped cranberries grated zest and juice if 1 orange 1/4 cup melted butter 1 egg, beaten Preparation In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, nuts, and chopped cranberries. With a wooden spoon, mix until ingredients are blended. Combine the orange zest, juice, and butter with enough water to make 3/4 cup. Beat in the egg. Pour over dry ingredients and mix just until all ingredients are dampened. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 60 to 70 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack. Wrap airtight to store for up to 1 week, or freeze. Jenny Wilson owns and operates The Village Pantry of Roscoe with her husband Chris.



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November - December 2012 Boomer Times  

Volume 1, Issue 5

November - December 2012 Boomer Times  

Volume 1, Issue 5