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Local Look Back
A Decade of Growth for Ashland Submitted by CHRISTINE HICKMAN BOX DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ASHLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
elle Mansﬁeld Wiest, wife of a leading Ashland druggist, wrote the following account of life in Ashland, in the 1880s. We are thankful to Belle for the forethought to record life as she saw it in the 1800s. More of her records can be read in a publication titled “Horse and Buggy Days”, found in the Ashland Historical Society library. Future “Now and Then” articles will feature additional writings from Belle. 1880. Arthur Street Bridge. From Center Street east, there was no way for the people on the south side of town to get to Main Street; unless they went around by Center Street or up the Wooster Road, which was sometimes very muddy as there were no sidewalks. A need for a cross street was thus deeply felt. One was opened by buying land from M.H. Mansfield. A bridge was built and the street was called Arthur. It is a thoroughfare that has been a benefaction to the people living in the southeast end of town. During this same year, the old Center Street Bridge was replaced by the present culvert. This year, the council also bought the lot on Second Street where the fire department now has their building. This lot cost $1,300.00. The town, showing a steady growth, now had a population of 3,100. Bicycle Craze. The bicycle craze struck the town. Those bicycles first on the market were made with the great large wheel in front and a rear wheel very small in comparison. Those brave enough to mount and use a wheel of this kind were W.T. Stoll, Joseph Patterson, Wils McClellan, and Will Topping. They were the pioneer wheelmen of the town. New Year’s Open House. It was the custom of the ladies of the town to keep open house on New Year’s during the
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1870’s and 80’s. The social life was busy with parties and entertainments. Sled loads of young people visited the neighboring towns and several went to Mansfield. Coasting down Claremont Avenue was a sport that drew crowds. In the spring, many new builds were erected; fifteen having been built on Bank Street, and four new houses having been built on Pine Street, which is now East Liberty. First Telephone. In April of 1880, the telephone was first used in town; and P.A. Myers was the first to use it in his home. 1881. The town hall burned down on June 6, 1880. Bonds were issued to build a new one. Ground was broken on May 18, 1881, and work progressed right along until it was finished and opened for business one year later on May 20, 1882. 1882. Skating Rink Craze. In the fall of this year, the skating rink craze struck Ashland. The hall used was the Armory, east of the Central Hotel on Third Street. It was called Fasig’s Rink. Another large rink was built later by Newton Harvout on West Main Street and used several years. It was destroyed by fire. Another rink was built near the same locality by the Clark brothers and is still used for skating and other sports. This fad has held the attention of two generations of Ashlanders. Its success has been intermittent, and at the present day is patronized by many who enjoy the sport. 1883. The Ashland Fair Association was reorganized, and the grounds on the Olivesburg Road were equipped with all the necessary buildings and a good track. A most successful fair was held on October 9, 10, and 11 with fine displays and good attendance.
1884 Gentlemen’s New Year’s Day. On January 1, the men of the town, the husbands, brothers, sons, fathers, uncles, nephews, and sweethearts of those ladies who had kept open house for several years, recognized 1884 as a year to reciprocate the favor. Their plans materialized in one grand reception for all the women of the town. The Masonic Hall was engaged and decorated with ﬂowers, palms, and evergreens. White canvas spread over the ﬂoor
so delightfully entertained by the gentlemen returned the favor by giving a leap year party, which was a fair counterpart of the one of January 1. The town was growing to such an extent that the corporation line was extended. The office of city solicitor was created for a term of two years. Also were created the posts of street commissioner, to be elected, and of night watchman. The
Members of the Stevens and Dilgard families. Many of the children were born or grew up in the 1880s and members of both families came to Ashland and Polk to settle down. Their descendants are still living in the Ashland area today.
made the effect very artistic. The south end of the hall was arranged with a cottage of gothic architecture heavily draped and gorgeously furnished. The orchestra was seated in this bower. Above the door was written the welcome, “A Happy New Year.” Here the men received the calls from their friends. The banquet room was furnished with little tables decorated in harmony with the occasion. Here the hosts provided their guests with many good things to eat. Music was furnished by the Fostoria Orchestra. A grand concert was given at four o’clock, and at eight-thirty the dancing began. The grand march was led by Charles E. Wiest and Florence Marsh. The gowns worn by the ladies on this occasion have never been surpassed in Ashland. There were many out-of-town guests. The men have the credit of making old Ashland ring with gaiety for one day in 1884. Leap Year Party. On February 5, the ladies who were
first two offices were to be filled by men elected for terms of two years, but the night watchman was to be appointed. Hanging of Horn and Gribben. Many Ashlanders remember May 16, 1884, the day of the hanging of Horn and Gribben. They were indicted and tried for murder in the October term of court in 1883, were found guilty of murder in the first degree, and were sentenced by Judge Campbell to be hung. The crime for which Horn and Gribben paid the full penalty of the law was committed at Polk. The inhabitants of that town came to Ashland almost en masse. Out of the hanging of Horn and Gribben, grew a sentiment that resulted in the legislature at Columbus passing a law that all capital punishment should be carried out in the penitentiary at Columbus. The date of this hanging, May 16, 1884, thus records the last execution in the state outside of Columbus, in obedience to this law.
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How to Improve Alertness During the Workday
long workday can be both mentally and middle of the day. The University of Rochester Medical physically draining. As a result, office Center notes that the body digests and absorbs high-fat workers and professionals whose jobs foods very slowly. That means workers who eat high-fat are more physically demanding may find foods for lunch won’t get the afternoon energy boost themselves less alert at the end of the workday than at that low-fat, healthy lunches will provide. the beginning. • Snack healthy. Professionals who find themselves A loss of alertness as the workday draws to a close needing a snack in the mid- to late-afternoon can sate might be unavoidable. But professionals whose sense of their hunger and give themselves an energy boost by alertness begins to dwindle in the thick of the workday snacking healthy. Avoid snacks like potato chips that might need to take tend to be high in fat steps to improve their and low in nutrition. alertness to protect Foods that are high in themselves from fiber and/or protein injury and to ensure can provide a longer the quality of their energy boost and quell work does not suffer. the afternoon hunger • Avoid caffeine in pangs at the same time. the late afternoon. Fresh fruit and Greek Some professionals yogurt fit the bill. rely on caffeinated • Change your beverages such as workout schedule. coffee or energy Regular exercise drinks to combat improves short- and afternoon drowsiness. long-term health While that afternoon while also increasing caffeine fix might Professionals who find their alertness levels waning in the daily energy levels. provide an immediate, afternoons can combat such drowsiness in various ways. Professionals who if temporary, jolt of include exercise in their energy, it might also affect a person’s energy levels the daily routines yet still suffer from a lack of alertness in following day. A 2013 study published in the Journal of the afternoon may need to alter their workout schedules. Clinical Sleep Medicine found that caffeine consumed A 2011 study published in the Journal of Occupational as early as six hours before bedtime can significantly and Environmental Medicine found that participants disrupt sleep. Professionals who reach for a cup of coffee who were assigned afternoon exercise programs during in the late afternoon might get a sudden boost of energy, work hours reported increased productivity versus those but their energy levels the following day might be lower who were not assigned afternoon workouts. If working due to a poor night’s sleep. out in the afternoon is not feasible, avoid working out •Avoid high-fat foods at lunchtime. Foods that are too late at night, as the National Institutes of Health high in fat should always be avoided thanks to their note that exercising within two to three hours of bedtime connection to a host of health problems. Such foods also can disrupt sleep, ultimately having a negative impact on negatively affect energy levels when consumed in the energy levels the following day.
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25 Bird Walk At Byers Woods When: 7 - 11 a.m. Where: Four miles south of Ashland on County Road 1754, east of State Route 60 Bird walk with the Ashland County Park District. Meet in the parking lot. Join us on any of our bird walks. They are free and open to the public.
26 Winter Choral Concert When: 4 p.m. Where: Jack and Deb Miller Chapel
456 College Ave., Ashland Ashland University Department of Music presents the Winter Choral Concert featuring vocal selections from the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley. Free & Open to the Public
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My Daily Life
Local 90-Year-Old Woman Has a Passion for Quilting Story by JIM BREWER ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT
etween her passion, quilting, her church and community groups, and a ﬂock of five children, 14 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren, Norma Snyder is a very busy
Beauty School in Mansfield, and then worked at the beauty shop operated by Francis Rose Addison for several years. Husband Robert, following in the footsteps of his lady. father, worked in the construction business and, in 1951, And that busy-ness can be underscored this month as he and his brother, Ross, who happened to be married she celebrates her 90th birthday. to Norma’s sister, Dorothy, built the building that today Norma is a life-long resident of the Mohican area, still serves as Modern Home Supply, a building supply growing up on a farm northwest of Loudonville and business, and Norma worked there, always part time, attending, till fourth grade, the old Greentown country for many, many years. Robert and his brothers built school, located at the intersection of Ohio 95 and many homes in the Loudonville area, including two County Road 775 (Honey Creek Road) northeast of of them they lived in, one on Campbell Street now Loudonville. owned by Oris and Ruth Nickles, and the second, in Norma was the youngest of nine children of Edward 1964, on Snyder Drive, named for the family. “It is hard and Ada Strang Stitzlein, one of just three surviving, to imagine that we have been in this house for over 50 the others Wava Armstrong of Hayesville and Clovis years,” Norma noted. Stitzlein, who lives northwest of Loudonville. Norma and Bob had five children. They are Kathi From a big family already, her family ties grew and Mike Paullin of Delaware; Connie McGowan of exponentially when she married Robert Snyder of Columbus; Mike and Claudia Snyder of Lexington; Loudonville in 1946, shortly after he returned home Crystal and Joel Blight of Delaware; and Jon and from the Pacific Theater of World War II. Robert was Lynn Snyder of Columbus, along with their many one of 10 children, including five other brothers. grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Prior to meeting Robert, Norma had an interesting As far as avocations go, quilting has evolved into high school experience, working in the Flxible Co. a passion for Norma. She started quilting modestly factory her last year of school (1944). enough, beginning work on a full-sized cross stitch quilt “You could say I was a Rosie the Riveter, but actually, kit in 1960. I drilled holes for the rivets on a military project Flxible “I’d work on it feverishly for a while, then set it had landed as part of the war effort, building the lower aside, once I think for three whole years, and then aft fuselage for the C-46 cargo plane,” she remembered. start working on it again,” she said. “The quilt was two “Several of my fellow classmates and family members colors, made of embroidery ﬂoss, and I finally finished also worked at Flxible, but I was the only one in the it in 1980,” she said. “I started slowly, but that huge family who had an actual factory job.” project, done when I was busiest raising our children, After graduating, Norma attended the Minnich got me started. In the time since I have made over
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participating regularly in a Bible study, serving on the Mina Powell Scholarship Committee and serving on the memorial, historic and archive committees. One activity she has gotten lots of satisfaction out of is making fabric banners displayed at the church. She also, from memory and from photographs, made a fabric banner of the E Award received by Flxible defense workers for outstanding production achievement during World War II that is displayed at the Mohican Historical Society museum. “That piece was the biggest such fabric piece I made, nearly 8 feet long,” she said. She is a member of the Society of the Friends of the Loudonville Public Library and the Library’s Cookbook Club. She served for many years as the co-chair of the Quilt Department of the Loudonville Fair, and two years ago was on the Boss Kett Statue Committee that erected a statue of a young Charles Kettering in Central Park.
Quilting has evolved into a passion for Norma Snyder, who turns 90 on Feb. 16.
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100 quilts. Today, I concentrate on smaller quilts, and I won the best of show small quilt award last fall at the Loudonville Fair. I am a charter member of the Mohican Quilters, a local quilt making club that started in 1983. “Just a few years ago, I took on a project to make lap comforters for all of my offspring, and others, a total of 53 of them,” she added. “Today, I am working on what I call ‘hexies,’ piecing together small hexagonal pieces of cloth into a quilt--which hopefully, if I get it done, will end up as a full size quilt. “My real love in quilting is hand applique, a process that involves a lot of work and therefore is time consuming, but very satisfying to me.” Several other activities keep Norma busy as well. She is a lifetime member — since being baptized as an infant — of Zion Lutheran Church in Loudonville. Her regular duties there include working with a committee every Thursday to fold bulletins for the Sunday service,
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Adjusting to the Retired Life Retirement In The 21st Century Is As Varied As TV Channels Story by JOANN SHADE ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT
etirement. In our parents’ world, when the gold watch was presented, a longtime worker would simply stop going to work, heading home to the boredom of daytime television, the proverbial “honey-do” list, afternoon naps and occasional trips to Florida. But in this second decade of the 21st century, retirement is as varied as the numerous channels on our televisions. For some, it’s a blessed, long-awaited opportunity to play golf, watch all the home improvement shows on cable, or share coffee and doughnuts with the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). For others, it’s a time to discover new interests or work part time in a different kind of position. Still others struggle with what feels like a forced dismissal from an identity of value, from a work life of fulfillment and impact. Over the hill. Out to pasture. Finished. Now what? My friend Lauren Hodgson and I wrestled with that question as we’ve entered retirement after many years in active ministry within The Salvation Army. How do we say goodbye, grieving our losses? As still relatively young women, can we find a focus for the days ahead? Our initial conversations on these topics led us to co-author a book for women in ministry who are experiencing retirement, but the lessons we’ve learned cross both career and gender lines. We tossed around a lot of ideas for our title, but we
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settled on a three-word phrase: “to be continued.” Rather than seeing retirement as the end of the road, we’ve chosen to reframe it as the opportunity to turn the page to new chapters in our lives; in fact, a whole new library of chapters. Here’s some of what we’ve learned in the process. It’s essential to take time to grieve. Even when we’ve made the decision to step away, it isn’t without sadness. We are like Carol Burnett singing her signature line for the last time with tears in her eyes. “Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say ‘so long.’ ” Depending on circumstances, retirement may involve leaving friends behind (especially if we relocate), coming face to face with losses of all kinds, being stripped of a cherished identity or realizing that dreams we’ve held dear for many years haven’t come true – and won’t. It takes time to work through grief’s first four stages, described by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross as denial, anger, bargaining and depression, but when approached with honesty, will lead us to an acceptance and a sense of possibility. For retirement is also a time when we can look for the possibilities that lie ahead. While physical limitations in retirement may keep us from climbing Mount Everest, we’ve potentially got a lot of years ahead of us. Retirement extends the invitation to us to ask ourselves, “What do I want?” “What
brings me joy?” Life coach Martha Becks gives us encouragement: “If you stay loose and relaxed as you’re conjuring possibilities, you’ll notice that some of them leave you feeling intrigued, curious, a bit lighter.” Paying attention to our body’s reactions, our thoughts, and our feelings will help to provide direction for the days ahead.
Yet change doesn’t come easily, and to thrive in our retirement years, we must reach for courage. It might seem that courage is a word primarily for a young man or a young woman, for after all, as E.E. Cummings suggests, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” He’s right, of course, for young people face life choices that determine what the rest of their lives will look like. But it’s never too late to make courageous adjustments, unexpected detours and even radical changes in direction on that life path. As Myrna, the psychologist turned bookseller in the Inspector Gamache mystery series (author Louise Penny) understands, “Life is change. If you aren’t growing and evolving you’re standing still, and the rest of the world is surging ahead.” Retired pastor Chick Yuill testifies to his experience: The 10 years since retirement have “gone faster than I would even have thought possible. But it has been probably the most productive and fruitful period in my entire life, one in which I have learned a great deal at a profound level of heart and mind.” He adds, “I can still do just about everything I did forty years ago … I just need to pace things and take regular rest.” I’m blessed with retired friends who are finding
courage for new adventures: traveling around the globe, writing books, taking university classes, joining protest marches, running for political office and even bungee-jumping on their 80th birthday. Add to that list those who regularly pour themselves into their grandchildren, serve their church faithfully and are genuinely good neighbors, and it’s clear that the “over the hill” label of retirement is “a bunch of baloney!” Instead, the rallying cry for life post-retirement sounds out loud and clear: “to be continued.” JoAnn Shade can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ashland’s 1928 Seagrave Firetruck A Wonderful Piece Of History
y far one of the most historic pieces of local fire history in Ashland would be the 1928 Seagrave firetruck. According to a variety of differing records, in approximately midJune to late July of 1927, the Ashland Fire Department purchased this beautiful piece of antique machinery from the Columbus Seagrave dealership. It was one of 190 fullservice pumpers of its kind to be built during the 1927 and 1928 build cycle. A mere three days after the Seagrave arrived at the fire station, she assisted in battling her first fire. The ‘28 Seagrave was the third motorized vehicle for the department. It’s predecessors at the station were a 1919 White and a 1923 Reo. When the Seagrave was in full service, her bronze pump could deliver a whopping 500 gallons of water per minute. The modern pumpers used today at the fire station are rated at 1,500 gallons of KANDI COOPER Local Columnist
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The 1928 Seagrave firetruck in its original state.
water per minute. To this day, the old pumper retains her original wooden ladders and large pump inlet hoses that are secured along the side of the truck. Over the years, this red engine has seen and experienced her share of upkeep, work and restorations thanks to a variety of local individuals and firehouse crews. The most recent and notable upgrades are the gold leaf lettering and art that was meticulously done by local artist, Matt Lamborn. Lamborn used his incredibly talented artistic skills to achieve a nearly perfect rendering of the fire trucks originality. Having such incredible beauty adorn the Seagrave was the icing on the cake, and Lamborn’s work was made possible in 2015 for the bicentennial parade from the Sidle family with A & M Fire & Safety Equipment, in honor of Donald Sidle. Donald Sidle, an Ashland firefighter from 1956 to 1981, originally founded the A& M family business in 1957. For the local Sidle family, New Year’s Eve of 2010
Though the truck is vastly beautiful and a modest amount of restoration has been done to the exterior, she has her leaks and several kinks. The dream of most local firemen would be to see her in full working order with water streaming through the pumps. It would be a spectacular presentation that one can only begin to imagine. The Seagrave is currently scheduled to appear this year at the annual Downtown Ashland Dream Cruise & Car Show on Main Street on July 9 and the fourth annual Kandi’s Kustoms llc Hot Rod Shop Cruise In benefiting the Ashland Fire — Local 1386 is scheduled on July 22 and will be What the 1928 Seagrave firetruck looks like now after its share of upkeep, located at the hot rod shop at 500 Virginia Ave. Spectators are encouraged to come work and restorations over the years. out to the events and ask questions about was the night they lost their beloved father and local the Seagrave and local fire history. hometown hero. The impact Donald Sidle had on the lives Car enthusiast Kandi “Blaze” Cooper is a co-owner at of many and the respect from fellow firefighters could be Kandi’s Kustoms in Ashland. felt strongly the day he was laid to rest in 2011. His son, John Sidle, literally gave me chills while he told me of the funeral procession for his father. I held back tears as he described to me how the 1928 Seagrave led the way and other firetrucks from the station would stop to block traffic for the procession to proceed. John reminisced about how the guys would jump out of the firetrucks and place their hands in proper solute. All the while, the 1928 Seagrave firetruck was still leading the way. This and so many other fire-related memories played a vital role in the importance of this truck to the Sidle family and many others as well. At nearly 90 years old, the restored pumper draws the attention of locals when she is featured in downtown parades and special events, especially wide-eyed children who eagerly hope for a chance to climb aboard the seemingly majestic piece of machinery and ring the shiny fire bell. Capt. Rob McCrea of the Ashland Fire Department is one of the truck’s main drivers and recent care takers. You’ve likely seen him driving the firetruck during a wide variety of downtown events. It was truly an honor to ride “They are the best you can get.” as a passenger on several occasions last year with Capt. - Joyce D. McCrea, including the Ashland Downtown Dream Cruise and Car Show, and the annual Kandi’s Kustoms Cruise “We could not have gotten any better service and it was done In. As a gear head and lover of antique machinery, my quickly and efficiently.” experience was beyond thrilling. It takes a bit of patience - Mr. & Mrs. George P and a special touch to drive something of this caliber.
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eciding to donate to charity involves careful should die in the dawn of life.” Thomas chose Memphis consideration of causes that prospective because it was the hometown of Roman Catholic donors feel connected to. For example, when Cardinal Samuel Stritch, who had been a spiritual advisor families deal with an illness, very often the to Thomas and presided over his confirmation. focus of their charitable efforts are raising awareness Thomas worked diligently and with a group of Memphis of a disease or helping to find a cure for that particular business leaders. Worldwide fundraising initiatives also affliction. That is why some of the best known and most were implemented, with Thomas and his wife, Rose Marie, widespread charitable groups available deal with prolific personally asking for support. Thomas also solicited other diseases, such as cancer. Americans of Arabic-speaking descent to help support One philanthropic organization that the St. Jude effort. In turn, he and others has been quite influential and very formed the American Lebanese Syrian well-known for more than 50 years is St. Associated Charities (ALSAC®), Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. which would be instrumental in raising Founded in 1962, St. Jude’s is located funds to fuel the St. Jude dream. Today, in Memphis, Tenn., and focuses on ALSAC® is the nation’s second largest pediatric treatment and research into health care charity and is supported children’s catastrophic illnesses. by the generosity of nine million St. Jude would not be in existence donors and the efforts of more than if not for Danny Thomas. Thomas, one million volunteers nationwide. whose real name was Amos Muzyad Those volunteers come from all ethnic, Yakhoob Kairouz, was an entertainer religious and racial backgrounds, who was having trouble finding steady according to the 2014 Philanthropy and profitable work. At the end of 400 ranking from the Chronicle of his rope and in great despair at not Philanthropy. being able to provide for his family, St. Jude Children’s Research St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thomas, a Maronite Catholic, turned Hospital® is helping the world opened its doors on February 4, 1962. to prayer one night in a Detroit church. understand, treat and cure Since then, the hospital has recruited childhood cancer and other lifeHe prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, the threatening diseases. the world’s top doctors and has studied patron saint of hopeless causes, that and introduced new and improved he would be able to earn enough income to take care treatments for a variety of illnesses, including childhood of his family. In turn, Thomas put his last few dollars in cancers. The hospital helped improve the rate of survival the church donation bin. He vowed to St. Jude that if he of childhood cancer from 20 percent when Thomas first became successful, he would build a shrine to the saint. came up with the idea for the hospital to 80 percent The power of prayer worked, and Thomas soon began today. In addition, children with acute lymphoblastic to find employment, eventually becoming one of the leukemia, or ALL, which was once a veritable death biggest stars of television, film and radio in his day. sentence, now have a 94 percent survival rate. Thomas used his fame to fulfill his vow to St. Jude Patients of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Thaddeus and to change the lives of thousands of children never receive a bill for treatment, with all of the funding and families. In the mid-1950s, he began investigating coming from donations. Learn more about St. Jude by the possibilities of building a children’s hospital in the visiting www.stjude.org. southern United States under the premise that “no child
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Recipe This savory staple found in Italian bakeries can serve as a perfect alternative to pizza for game days or weekend get togethers. And if you really want to jazz it up, break out the artichokes.
Homemade Italian Spinach Flatbread
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (about 10 ounces) Dash of sugar 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons) 6 tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°) 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°) 1/2 teaspoon salt Corn Meal 1 package frozen spinach 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in 6 tablespoons warm water; stir in 1/4 cup flour. Let stand 30 minutes or until bubbly. 2. Add 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup warm water, and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes) add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands. 3. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. 4. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Makes 2 ,10 in. pizza crusts
5. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. 6. Meanwhile cook frozen spinach in sauce pan on stove according to directions on pack. Drain if needed. 7. Split dough into two loaves and place onto a well-floured surface with both bread flour and corn meal. 8. With rolling pin, roll each loaf into a 1/4 in. thick crust. 9. Dust baking sheet with corn meal and place crusts on it. 10. Brush crusts with olive oil, and top with chopped garlic, spinach, artichokes and a dash of salt. 11. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 12. Remove from oven and top with grated parmesan cheese.
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his time of year brings to mind evenings spent warming by the fire, after a long day in the bitter cold. One way to enjoy these brisker temperatures is skiing, which can trace its origins to what is now Norway and Sweden. Cave paintings dating back to 5000 B.C. illustrate a skier with one pole in the Nordland region of Norway, while remnants of a primitive ski were found in Hoting, Sweden. The term "ski" was actually derived from the Norse word "skio," meaning "split piece of wood." It is generally believed skiing evolved from snowshoeing, and the ski poles were developed from the walking sticks snowshoers used for balance. Skiing was initially a method of efficient transportation over the snow. The first skis were likely similar to the cross-country skis used today. Skiing as a sport came much later, and it wasn't until the mid- to late-nineteenth century that downhill skiing developed.
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