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WATERING Carol Bobbitt volunteered her time to water container plants at PULLING WEEDS Debbie Corder helped keep the gardens at Roscoe Village Roscoe Village. Pat Welsh, featured on this issue’s cover also volunteered her neat and tidy. Volunteers will be needed at the Village again this spring, but there time to help the Roscoe Village Landscape Department. Places like Roscoe Vil- is still plenty of gardening to do in the fall around your own home. BOOMER lage, Clary Gardens and Lake Park often look for volunteers to help care for their TIMES PHOTO BY JOSIE McCORMICK gardens. You can contact the local establishments to find out when volunteer opportunities are available. BOOMER TIMES PHOTO BY JOSIE McCORMICK You’re hot, you’re tired and you’re done gardening for the year. Well, keep going just a little longer and use these garden tips for fall. You’ll be glad you did next spring! Vegetable Garden Clean-up • Keep harvesting those veggies. Don’t allow them to rot

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on the plant or on top of the soil. Insects and diseases can overwinter and re-infest your crops next year. Pull up spent plants and throw them in the compost pile. • Remove all stakes, ties, cages, etc. Avoid the headache of “finding” them with the rototiller next spring. • Now is a great time to have your soil tested. After getting your results, amendments can be added and will have all winter to “work in.” • Consider planting a cover crop. Cover crops can be used either as Nitrogen-fixers or as additional organic matter. OSU Extension has a good fact sheet on different cover crops for different situations. • You can still plant garlic bulbs and some cool season veggies to continue the harvest. Landscape Clean-up • Keep mowing lawns at 2- 2 ½”. Be sure to keep up with fallen leaves. Leaves left on the lawn can cause dead patches over the winter. Fallen leaves are an excellent addition to the compost pile or they can be spread over a vegetable garden. • Collect seeds from annuals and perennials. Use paper envelopes to keep them in, taking note of the plant’s name, color, bloom time, etc. Envelopes can be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to sow them. • Remove foliage of perennials as they turn brown. Allow green foliage to remain as they are still producing energy for the plant. Leave an inch or so of stem when cutting back perennials that way you can see where they are when they start growing in the spring. Add dead foliage to the compost pile. • Keep watering! All perennials, trees and shrubs need a thorough watering before the ground freezes. It is especially important after this dry summer. While plants appear dormant, roots are still actively growing and functioning. • Newly planted trees and those with smooth bark may need some protection during the winter to prevent winter injury such as sunscald or frost cracking. This damage usually occurs on SEE ‘GARDENING’ ON PAGE 8

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Get tips on healthy eating from local doctor The party continues…… Everyone took a piece of the cake and sat down to enjoy; after singing happy birthday to Tina. My sister’s boss asked “Is it healthy for us to eat cake?” “There is no one answer which fits every person” I stated. The purpose of our digestive system is to digest, absorb, and stock the nutrients that our body needs. I went on to explain; Unfortunately this system always works at its max capacity; regardless of, whether we are in need of these nutrients or not, and even if we have extra of them stored, our body still keeps absorbing and stocking them to a high level. The huge quantity of stocked fats or other nutrients can start becoming dangerous to us. The worst is that there are some of us who have difficulties in dealing with these nutrients, so they start stocking it anywhere they can find a spot. It could be in the large or small arteries, creating risks of blockages. Just imagine what would happen if a large blockage happens to arteries which are normally providing oxygen to some vital organ such as the heart, or the brain, or the kidneys. These organs will suffocate and die within minutes, and with it we will die due to the fact they are vital to life. If a partial blockage would happen to a less vital organ it could result in the loss of function of that organ. We may not be able to walk or go to work if this happens to an artery in the leg. If this happened to the retinal artery it could result in an infarct of the retina of the eye which will lead to blindness, infarct of a limb leads to gangrene of the tissue and results in loss of the limb.

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“What can we do to aid in the prevention of this excessive storage,” he asked? The best thing to do is to take over consciously and do what the digestive system is unable to do, which is to control digestive system with just the quantity and the quality of nutrients [food] that we need. Our bodies need six main nutrients from our food: Water, salts, vitamins, carbohydrates (sugars and starches), lipids and proteins. Water is always needed; this is the one time that more is better. Extra water is better especially with advancing age. Salts are a complex nutrient as some of them provide us with needed elements such as iodine, zinc, copper, iron etc... However, normally when we say salt we think immediately about table salt. With age we all need to reduce table salt, and we all know why. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy and yes, we need them to live and perform our daily activities. Your activity level dictates how much should be taken in or the amount you should reduce daily. Extra carbohydrates are transformed to fat and get stored under the skin in fat cells and contribute to the ever growing problem we all face of being overweight. The average calories needed per day after age 45 is 1800 calories, each calorie of sugar or starch provides us after being burned, with 150 calories. Lipids [fats] are the trouble makers we need to just get enough of them to allow the vitamins to dissolve in them and for cellular maintenance. Lipids are the trouble makers because after age 45 they are the least needed but the most difficult to control. “Why, was I asked? Lipids cover the taste buds and make our food taste delicious. The bad news is that after age 45 our taste buds become even more sensitive to this phenomena, so we will consume even more lipids or better known as fats but they are a bad fat. Fats are bad because: First; they are easy to consume due to be delicious, second; they are difficult to control without the feeling of suffering, third; they are easily stored in the body and finally; fats are very difficult for your body to put back into a form to burn or to metabolize. When all of the previous factors are put together it leads to an overweight person with bad consequences. Don’t forget that the body can stock bad fat e.g. cholesterol, anywhere even, including in the arteries SEE ‘HEALTHY EATING’ ON PAGE 7

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Ralph Hollingsworth was born and raised in Guernsey County and had his first experience in Coshocton when he was 11 years old when he was taken to the Coshocton Memorial Hospital for appendicitis. Many years later, after being called by God into ministry, he returned to Coshocton as the pastor at the Roscoe United Methodist Church for the next 22 years. Rev. Hollingsworth spent the first 20 years of his life on a farm between Peoli and Birmingham which was built by his parents. He attended school in Guernsey County and shopped frequently in the neighboring town of Newcomerstown. After graduation, he worked at Heller Brothers in Newcomerstown for $0.40 an hour. He remembers buying six gallons of gas for $1. In the early 1940s, Hollingsworth was drafted in the service and trained as a medic and surgical technician, staying on Attu Island, Alaska for one and a half years before his discharge in December of 1945. He then started at Mount Union in the fall of 1946 in ministry when he received a calling from God. “It was always there, but I had to make a decision.” he said. “It was after I came out of the service. It’s hard to put into words something like that, but I just knew this is what I was to do.” While still in college, Hollingsworth married his wife, Ida in May of 1946 and had two children, Butch and Dave. He graduated Mount Union in 1950 and attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1953. After serving as pastor of a church in Marion, Hollingsworth began his ministry at Roscoe


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United Methodist Church in 1958 and helped to build the new church. “When it came time to move from the old church to the new, we started the service in the old church and took something from the old church, and took it to the new and finished the service there,” he said. Hollingsworth also received clinical training at Riverside Hospital in Columbus for a summer and one day a week in the fall, and became a well-known counselor in the area. “This helped me tremendously as a pastor and that was a main thrust in my ministry from then on,” he said. He remembers helping a young woman deal with her grief, and thanks to Hollingsworth’s counseling, she came out of her depression. “I knew then that I had to do something,” said Hollingsworth. “These were good people, but they didn’t know what to do with their feelings. It’s worse now because there are all these different things effecting people.” In 1985, Hollingsworth retired from his pastoral position at the church, but he was the minister of visitation for many years and attended Roscoe United Methodist on a regular basis. “I said yes (to minister visitation) because I wanted to be a good pastor to those people who had worked so hard to build that church,” he said. Hollingsworth has always been interested in construction, and after his retirement, he and Ida built their own home. FRIENDSHIP FLOWER CIRCLE Rev. Ralph Hollingsworth, former MethodSEE ‘HOLLINGSWORTH’ ON PAGE 11 ist minister at Roscoe United Methodist Church, now resides at Riverside Apart-

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ARTICLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 “Let’s all stop eating cake because we really don’t need it and it could cause an over stock in our bodies” Tina said. I said you are right, but on one condition, which is you should not suffer from not eating your cake and you must be able to handle the social and the peer pressure of eating healthy. “But what about if I feel hungry and I want to eat something and did not exercise.” my sister said “isn’t a lot of what I’m going to eat be transformed to fat, since it’s not going to be burned.” “Yes” nodding my head and lifting my shoulders. “But don’t forget that a lot of vitamins are dissolved in fat and you get them only from fats; such as vitamins A, D, E, and K moderation is the key to healthy eating habits.” The story will continue……………….

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Contributed by Holli Rainwater Other books that have influenced the lives of Baby Boomers are listed below. They are in no way representative of all Baby Boomers and are listed in no particular order. Included in the list are a few favorite children’s books that Baby Boomers remember. If you missed these books the first time around and you’re looking for a good book to read this fall, you might want to check them out. They are all available through the Coshocton Public Library. - “Catch 22” by Joseph Heller - “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell - “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith - “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau - “Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger - “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac - “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank - “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison - “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” by J.R.R. Tolkien - “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand - “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut - “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson - “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London - “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery - “The Little House Books” by Laura Ingalls Wilder - “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Narnia Books by C. S. Lewis Holli Rainwater is the outreach coordinator at the Coshocton Public Library.

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If you ask a Baby Boomer to name the one or two books that had a profound effect on their lives, chances are they will name books that broke new ground or were considered controversial in some way when they were first published. This is not surprising since Baby Boomers have the reputation for questioning authority and redefining traditional values. What may be surprising is that most of these books are now considered “classics” and appear on high school and college reading lists. The book that is mentioned most often is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Published in 1960, this book about racial injustice in the South won a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962. As one reader remarked, “It has all the factors of a great read. It is touching and funny but has a serious message about prejudice, standing up for what you believe in, and coming of age.” Of course, not all books that influenced the lives of Baby Boomers are considered classics. A fellow librarian friend of mine couldn’t even remember the title of the book that impacted her life. (And you know it has to be an obscure book if a librarian can’t remember the title!) It was a small book that she ordered from Scholastic when she was in elementary school. The story was about an African-American girl going to an all white school in the 60s during school integration. My friend said, “When I read it, it was the most enlightening and powerful story I’d ever read . . . . it gave me empathy and helped shape my beliefs about a difficult time in our history.” She did finally remember the title of the book, by the way. It was called “Mary Jane” and was written by Dorothy Sterling.


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go home. Or, you may go straight home. As you prepare to go home, communication becomes critical. Research shows that hospital readmissions sometimes happen because of a lack of communication between healthcare providers, between patient and providers, between patient and caregiver, or between provider and caregiver. The hospital will have a discharge planner to help you make the transition from the hospital. It is a good idea to start working with a discharge planner as early as possible in your transition back to your home. The discharge planner can help answer your questions about the care you will need after you leave the hospital. Some questions to consider are: - What medications will I take and how and when will I take them? - What equipment will I need? - What supplies will I need? - Do I have someone to help me fill prescriptions, shop for groceries, and prepare meals? SEE ‘RECOVERY’ ON PAGE 9 ARTICLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 • Remove mulch “volcanoes” from trees and shrubs. This deadly practice not only encourages trunk rotting, but voles and mice love to spend the winter under the nice, warm mulch while nibbling on the trunk. Mulch should not be deeper than 2-3 inches and should not come in contact with the trunk. Start a Compost Pile • Composting is a practical and convenient way to handle yard trimmings such as leaves, grass, thatch and kitchen scraps. It can be easier and cheaper than bagging or paying to have them removed. • Properly maintained compost piles should reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F., which is necessary to kill insects and disease organisms. • Compost returns organic matter to the soil in a usable form. Organic matter in the soil improves plant growth by stimulating the growth of beneficial microorganisms, loosens heavy clay soils to allow better root penetration, improves the capacity to hold water and nutrients in sandy soils and adds essential nutrients to any soil. Yes, we have a fact sheet on that, too. Plan for Next Year • It’s never too early to start thinking about next year; jot down some notes about where you would like more color or a new garden. What grew well? What could have done better? • Start perusing gardening books, magazines and catalogs to spark ideas for next year. Aspire to grow a new vegetable or change your bedding plant selections. If nothing else, these publications can brighten your winter days with their information and images. Remember your local OSU Extension office is just a call (or e-mail) away! Contact us at 622-2265 or visit coshocton.osu. edu. Tammi Rogers is the OSU Extension - Coshocton County Program Asst., Ag & Natural Resources Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator.


ARTICLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 “When one of the directors got county commissioner, he kind of tapped me to take care of the racehorses,” he said. “I’d never been around racehorses before and I really enjoyed it. I still watch racehorses on TV.” The Coshocton County Fair will be Sept. 28 thru Oct. 4. The Senior Fair Board members agreed that they hoped to have a fair with good weather and no rain. “I hope we have good attendance,” said Karr. “We’ve been down the last couple of years. We need a good fair this year.” To find out more information about the fair, visit www. BETH@COSHOCTONCOUNTYBEACON.COM



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They also used to love to travel together and visited 48 states with their sons, spending nine winters at St. Simon’s Island in Georgia. Hollingsworth spends his time now reading books and studying people. “Ever since I was a kid, I have studied people,” he said. “That just comes naturally for me now and I make no apologies for it. Out of that has grown a search for personalities. I love people. This was the key to my life. Meet the needs of the person, tool up your resources within yourself to meet and deal with that need.” Hollingsworth now resides at the Riverside Apartments in Newcomerstown and starts each day with his daily devotionals and reciting the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer. He worships in his own apartment with DVDs that the church sends to him through the mail. Throughout everything in life, he strongly believes in the power of prayer. “It’s real,” he said about prayer. “That is real. That’s the closest to heaven I have ever been.” Hollingsworth prays for people over the phone and believes that even though they are miles apart, they are still communing together through prayer. “You’ve got to think clearly and positively about people,” he said. “Forgive them. Learn to forgive. I refuse to let the negativity of today ruin my life.”

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My mom makes this recipe in the fall when all of the produce is being harvested out of the garden. You can also use frozen or canned just make sure to rinse and drain all of the vegetables accordingly. As always fresh from the garden is healthier and recommended. Feel free to add or omit any ingredients to suit your tastes. It makes a colorful, beautiful dish, with tons of vitamins and nutrients. This is also great for a covered dish to take to picnics and football game tailgating parties! Happy fall and harvest! Mom’s Vegetable Medley Recipe given by Jenny Wilson from mother Sharon Fox’s recipes



Remembering Coshocton County schools

Contributed by Sharon Hunter

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With school back in session at the three local school districts, to many, it might seem unbelievable that there were once 230 schools located in Coshocton County with each township averaging eight. While most were one-room, there were 10 high schools among them: West Bedford, Nellie, Keene, Conesville, Roscoe, Wright (Virginia Township), Plainfield, Warsaw, West Lafayette, and Coshocton. There were also academies in West Bedford, West Carlisle, Keene, and Spring Mountain. They all had boarding halls (dorms) and offered the equivalent of a college education. West Lafayette even had its own college, which later




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became the high school. The schools had a wide range of names too, from the usual there were four Chestnut schools, three Center, four Clark, and five had Rock in their title, including Rock Ridge, Hill, Valley, Rocky Dale, and Rocky Point. Some names came from their locations. Lookout (Tiverton Twp.) was in a large open field, Election (Keene) was where elections were held, and Swamp (White Eyes) was located at the edge of a swamp. Others were named for landowners: Anderson, Hyatt, Porteus and Smith included. Many had unusual names among them: Tarkiln (Jefferson) Frog Pond, Salt Works, both in White Eyes, Grapevine (Virginia), Mount Dispute (Clark), Broomstick (Pike), and Whip-Poor-Will (Crawford). Two of the schools had college in their title Brush College and Wood College, but they were both one room schools. Many of the old schools still survive as township halls, farm buildings and even houses. I know because I live in one of the two former Princeton schools (Monroe Twp.) and my dad started first grade in the house right across the road. That school was open from 1890-1948. I enjoy people’s reactions when I tell them I live in a historical place. Miriam Hunter’s One Room Schools of Coshocton County was a valuable resource in the writing of this article. The Coshocton Library has a copy in their local history room.


September - October 2012 Boomer TImes  

Volume 1, Issue 4

September - October 2012 Boomer TImes  

Volume 1, Issue 4