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his article is the continuation from last month’s “Now and Then” story ... it tells of little-known facts about Ashland County’s history. The facts were compiled by Ashland historian Sid Boyd, who wrote and submitted this article for the Times-Gazette on February 21, 1974. The Ashland Times-Gazette came into its present form of organization in 1903; the times having been established in 1852 and the Gazette in 1887. The front part of the Gilbert Furniture Store was a well-known hotel, The McNulty House, for many years. It was founded in 1850. George Gilbert bought the building in 1914. The Ashland Cemetery has been in use since 1857. Prior to that time, the town burial ground was on the site of the present St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Cottage Street. The old YMCA building erected in 1909 stood on the site of the present J.C. Penney Store. The present building was dedicated January 13, 1957. Ashland’s population in 1900 was 4,087; in 1920, 9,249; in 1940, 12,453; in 1960, 17,419; estimated in 1974, 20,500. Ashland held a Centennial celebration in 1915; a CenQuar celebration in 1940; a Sesquicentennial in 1965. Pageants were held as well as parades and other events in each celebration. The 1915 pageant was held in a tent on the site of the old post office at Cottage and W. Main Streets; the 1940 celebration in Redwood Stadium at Ashland College; the 1965 celebration at the bandshell at Brookside Park.

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Brookside Park was started in 1917 around a quarry pond. This summer, visitors to the park can enjoy free concerts at the Guy C. Meyers Memorial Band Shell, pictured above.

The Redpath Chautauqua, a sevenday afternoon and evening program done by traveling professional groups, was held in tents each summer between 1915 and 1930 on grounds along Luther Street

Topping and Ernie Beam as pitchers. The Johnny Appleseed Monument on E. Main Street was built during the Ashland Centennial in 1915 from stones brought to the site by Ashland County children. It was suggested by Ashland’s historian Will Duff. The Ashland Military Band acquired colorful uniforms with white plumes and gold braid in 1899. These uniforms were burned up in the Opera House fire in 1903. Brookside Park was started in 1917 around a quarry pond formed when stone was taken from it to provide a base for the paving of W. Main Street. Ashland has been represented in baseball’s big leagues by pitcher Eddie Wells in the 1920’s, and by catcher John Roseboro in the 1960’s, as well as by area players Dean Chance in the 1960’s and Fred “Topsy” Hartsel in the early 1900’s. Ashland High School went to the state basketball tournament four times; reaching the semifinals in 1932 under coach Rosey Starn, and getting to the tournament in 1936 and 1937 under Tony Lonero and in 1941 with A.L. Buckner.

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and on a vacant lot on Broad Street. People attending used season tickets. Ashland was founded in 1815 by William Montgomery, a native of Uniontown, PA. It was called Uniontown until 1822 when it was named Ashland after Henry Clay’s estate in Lexington, Ky. There are 23 Ashlands in the United States. The mayor of Ashland, Ill. rode in the Ashland, Ohio Sesquicentennial parade. In the only impeachment trial of a president of the United States, that of Andrew Johnson in 1868, the deciding vote that acquitted him was cast by Sen. Edmond Ross of Kansas, a native of Ashland County, born near the intersection of U.S. 250 and Ohio 89. Sen. William Allison of Iowa narrowly missed the nomination of the Republican Party for the presidency in 1896 in a sure Republican year. The nomination was won by William McKinley of Canton, Ohio. Allison was born near the birthplace of Sen. Ross in Perry Township, Ashland County. Redwood Stadium, a football field on the Ashland College campus, was built in 1924 and its use was discontinued in 1962. When lights were installed in 1931, it was the first lighted college field in Ohio. The second musical produced by Ashland High School was “The King and I” in 1957. It was the first amateur production of this great favorite produced in the United States. Dr. Louis E. Pete was the musical director and William Mast was the dramatic director. The Korean Independence Conference was held in McDowell Auditorium January 21-23, 1944, with Provisional President Dr. Syngman Rhee presiding. It was brought to Ashland by Dr. James Shinn, a Korean living temporarily in this city. A religious group known as the Millerites stationed themselves on a hill northwest of Savannah in the mid19th century, dressed in white robes to await the coming of the Lord. Ration books used in World War II were originally issued by relays of teachers in the girls’ gymnasium at the present junior high school at various times. The Ashland High School band and 550 students were transported to Marion to a football game in 1954 in a special Erie Railroad passenger train. It was managed by this writer, then athletic director at Ashland High School. An Ashland baseball team won the national amateur championship at Rock Island, Ill. in 1882 with Jack

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bout four years ago, Carol Wilson was given a challenge. Two of her elderly relatives, Mamie Heffelfinger and Grace Arnholt, asked her to take over day-to-day operations of a euchre club they founded in Loudonville years before. Heffelfinger, who has since passed away, and Arnholt, formed a Monday afternoon euchre club, then called the Loudon Perry Euchre Club since members played in the old Loudon-Perry Lanes. First day of play for the club was Dec. 7, 2007. The club was modest in participation, as there was only room for four tables, but members played happily for years. Then, after the bowling alley was destroyed by fire, the club moved briefly to the Loudonville Youth Center. “Problem there was the building was uncomfortably hot in the summer, so Grace Arnholt approached Dave Hunter of the Loudonville Lions Club about using the Lions Building as a site for the club,” Wilson said. “In the agreement hashed out by Grace, the Lions would allow us to use their hall for the Monday games at a fee of $1 per player,” Wilson said. “I think that is a tremendous deal, because the building has good heat and air conditioning, there is room for many more tables and it has a kitchen where we can set up for serving food.” In the time since Wilson took over, she said, “It seemed like the biggest crowds we would have is about 20 people (five tables). Then I asked my friend, Bev Leedy, to help drum up interest. She went around town talking the game up, putting a notice on it in the LoudonvilleMohican Shopper and having it announced on the local radio station, WZLP. More folks started coming. On consecutive meetings in late January and early February,

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Carol Wilson, in middle, registers weekly participants in the Loudonville Euchre Club, played every Monday afternoon in the Loudonville Lions Building. The club was founded by two of Carol’s aunts, Grace Arnholt and the late Mamie Heffelfinger, in 2007. Wilson has been managing the group, which has been attracting 40 or more players each day for the past few months, for four years.

we had 43, 44 and 47 players, all records.” Most of the players, Wilson noted, “are Loudonville area senior citizens, but we get folks from further away, including a couple from Bladensburg, in southeastern Knox County, a full 25 miles away. We have several others from Knox County, including the DanvilleMillwood area, and Mount Vernon.” Loudonville’s Monday Euchre Club is by no means the only euchre club in the area. “We have a lady from Mount Vernon who plays three times a week, Monday in Loudonville, Tuesday in Mount Vernon and Thursday in Mansfield,” Wilson said. “A weekly game is set up in Wooster, and Danville has one on a monthly basis. And there are other games around.” Loudonville’s euchre club begins promptly at 1 p.m.,

Among the 40-plus folks who play euchre on Monday afternoons in the Loudonville Lions Club Building are, from left, Judy Plank, Glenna Hoff, Betty Jones, and Donna Wolf, part of the Loudonville Euchre Club regulars.

among my favorite childhood memories was playing euchre with my dad and brothers or sister,” she said. A life-long Loudonville resident, she started her work career working for her aunt, Grace Arnholt, at the DariEtte in Loudonville. She held jobs at Truax Printing, The Flxible Co., the old Hitching Post restaurant, where she cooked, and finally Sealand in Big Prairie, where she retired five years ago. She and her late husband, Kenny Wilson, had four children and a number of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. In addition to euchre, she enjoys a monthly bus trip to casinos in Ohio and neighboring states. She is also an avid reader, and enjoys exchanging books, including at Euchre Club. “One of the most satisfying things about euchre club is the number of players who have loyally played week in and week out since Mamie and Grace started it,” she said. “Among them are Glenna Hoff, Shirley Reeder, Will Warner and Grace Arnholt, who is still here almost every Monday.”

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Players settle at the tables, If the total playing leaves two or three at one table, they play two- or three-handed euchre. When four are playing, players play eight hands. The winning pair advances to the next table, and both the winners and losers then switch partners. Players never have the same partner two games in a row. Before games begin, Wilson and her helpers, including Bev Leedy, Carol Spreng, Jean Rice and others, collect a $3 fee from each player. Of this, $1 goes to the Lions Club, and the remainder is given out in prize money. Players play 10 games. Players who are in the top three or, if there are more than 40 players, top four, receive prizes, as does the player with the lowest score. The remaining money is then given out like a raffle, with each person who gets a loner through the afternoon eligible for a drawing ticket. “By giving prizes on loners, everyone has a chance to win something,” Wilson said. Wilson grew up in Loudonville, the daughter of Carl and Stella Huffman, growing up with four brothers and one sister. “I learned to play when I was in the fourth grade, and

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Using Creative Expression

In A Caregiving Relationship Story & Photo by JOANN SHADE ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE COLUMNIST


riting in a newly published resource, Creative Expressions for Caregivers, (available at Local Roots in Ashland), former Ashland resident and Kroc Center “Mother Teresa” Judy McLaughlin tells of her mother’s decision to determine the direction life would take as she entered her tenth decade. “It was all Mom’s idea … at 91 years old, her visits to her doctor or the emergency room naturally increased as she experienced episodes of declining health due to “Old Ah-gee” (Old Age) as she called it. Finally, during an appointment with her primary care physician, she confided that she wanted to stop the process and be taken care of in her home with no more hospitalizations. That is when our family entered into the caregiving relationship with our mother.” Judy’s experience is not unique. As we age, we discover that we are not always able to care for ourselves, and may need to enter into a cooperative care arrangement with family, friends, neighbors and/or agency staff, either as the patient or the caregiver. As Reinhard, Given, Petlick and Bemis report, the numbers are telling. “Those caring for someone 50 years old or older are 47 years old — on average — and working at least part-time. If they are providing care to an elder who is 65 years old or older, they are, on average, 63

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years old themselves and caring for a spouse; one-third of these caregivers are in fair to poor health themselves. In many cases, they are alone in this work. About two out of three older care recipients get help from only one unpaid caregiver. In the last decade, the proportion of older persons with disabilities who rely solely on family care has increased dramatically — nearly two-thirds of older adults who need help get no help from formal sources.” For some individuals, a decision to enter into some kind of care relationship may feel like a death sentence (patient) or a terrible burden to have to accept (caregiver). But both research and experience tell us that the decline that leads to the need for extra care can be enhanced in a number of ways. As in all human relationships, clear communication is vital. When the person in need of care is mentally able to participate in conversations regarding their care, their input is invaluable. While we may hesitate to speak of end-of-life topics, making those choices in advance of a crisis is a precious gift to be given to the caregivers. The partners in care, both the patient and the caregivers, need to learn to ask for help. For the person who has lived independently, paid their bills faithfully, and “pulled their own weight” through the daily challenges of life for decades, acknowledging the fact that they can’t do

relationship at a workshop on “Journaling for Caregivers” at the Ashland Public Library on April 17 at 1 p.m. Offered free of charge to the public (with prior registration), the facilitators (Diana Spore, Judy Reber McLaughlin and JoAnn Streeter Shade) will encourage the use of the journal to increase personal resilience and creative well-being on the part of both the caregiver and the partner in care. As the New Jersey Creative Aging Network understands, “The arts are the key. They enable us to communicate effectively within and between generations, making sense of and reconciling life experiences, understanding and celebrating the present, and creating a legacy for the future.” Here’s to the commitment to celebration and One of the ways to “broaden the horizons” of both the caregiver and the partner in care is by intergrating the creation through the arts and literature that can be ours, arts and literature. even in our senior years. it anymore is tough. But asking for help earlier rather JoAnn Shade can be reached at gracednotes-ministries@ than later can ease the various transitions that age and illness bring to the individual and family. A good place to start is the regional Area Agency on Aging, which is tasked with providing advocacy, assistance, and answers SHLAND OUNTY on aging to Ohio residents. Also, countywide agencies OMMUNITY OUNDATION such as the Ashland County Council on Aging can be of great help in gathering information and accessing ...ordinary people doing extraordinary things needed support and services. ...for generations to come One of the struggles of decreased mobility for the elderly is the loss of activities that have enriched their COULD THE KIDS GET BY ON 95%..? lives in the past, including travel, work, exercise and social activities. When a person is housebound, especially Just think if only 5% of all the assets If those assets could be placed during the winter months, the days are long and lonely. being transferred into permanent endowment funds, Finding new ways for the partner in care to socialize from one generation to the next AND with only the earnings being distributed or to remain active in their place of residence can be in Ashland County to worthy causes challenging. But when they do find interaction beyond could be captured for charitable interests… In Ashland County… the television screen, they can feel more involved, whole and capable. Your gift costs you nothing during your lifetime One of the ways to “broaden the horizons” of both the while providing a lasting legacy…for generations to come caregiver and the partner in care is by integrating the arts and literature into the daily routine. The National Center for Creative Aging recognizes the value of a Please consider an estate gift to create a named fund world where all individuals flourish across their lifespan at the through creative expression, as they work to foster Ashland County Community Foundation an “understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to develop Call today at (419) 281-4733 programs that build upon that understanding.” Call today at (419) 281-4733 or visit online or visitat online at On a local level, there will be an opportunity to for moreinformation. information. for more explore the use of creative expression in the caregiving


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re you confused about Medicare options? Is your mailbox overflowing with ads, your phone ringing off the hook with sales people and everyone giving you conflicting advice? Sound familiar? Take a deep breath – it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 tips for getting the help you need to get started in Medicare. First, use the website. It is a fantastic resource for questions and answers about Medicare. The best thing about this website is Medicare isn’t selling you anything. Their job is to inform you what your options are and define the laws in an unbiased way. This is a great place to get answers about when to sign up and how it all works with Social Security. Second, do your research early. You will receive a “Medicare and Me” book when you sign up for Medicare. Don’t toss it aside. This is one thing you should read over. As you read, wirte down any questions you may have. Take your time and do your homework. When you wait until the last minute you will feel rushed and no one should make insurance decisions feeling rushed.

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Joke Corner

When you wait until the last minute you will feel rushed and no one should make insurance decisions feeling rushed.

Operation Before going in for surgery I thought it would be funny if I posted a note on myself telling the surgeon to be careful. After the surgery I found another note on myself. ”Anyone know where my cell phone is????????”

Third, listen to what others are saying about their Medicare choices, but always fact check. Your friends and family mean well, but they are not professionals. What may be good for your brother, may not be good for you. Where you live now and later, where you may stay in winter vs. summer, your medical history and the prescription drugs you currently take all bear a factor in what Medicare plans will be the best for you. Next, don’t allow yourself to be bullied. In Ohio it is illegal for an insurance carrier to contact you in any way about Medicare except through the mail, unless they already have an established business relationship with you. If they do call and you give them permission, remember they want to sell you something. If they only offer their carrier’s plan, keep in mind there are many choices out there that you should explore. Last, don’t do it alone. Navigators and independent insurance agents can sit down with you, face to face and explain your options for Medicare all at no cost to you. Find someone who will give you an educational overview of Medicare and will take time to answer questions for you. They should be able to explain the parts of Medicare, Medicare supplements and prescription drug plans. You don’t have to become an expert, but you should have someone on your side who is one. Signing up for Medicare usually comes at a time in your life when big changes are happening all around you. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Take one step at a time and you will reach your destination.


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My Daily Life

A Sportsman’s Guide to



sat shivering in a deer blind with temperatures hovering at 4 degrees Fahrenheidt. The thought occurred to me, “Why am I freezing my butt off when I could be home, warm and watching Fox News?” As I pondered the question, I started to think about all I have put my poor butt through these many years. As a child my butt got beat, as a student it was paddled and, in the Army, the drill instructors chewed on it. When I became a lawyer, Judge Paul Chorpening taught me what a real butt chewing was all about. (He was sort of the gold standard in that area.) Yes my poor butt has been kicked, dragged and frozen. Until recently, however, the one thing it had never been was examined. For a man of my generation and modesty this is the most dreaded of all procedures. Most of us would rather take a butt whuppin than face the “C” word. Colonoscopy. Unlike women, most men can avoid embarrassing medical probes until later in life, but eventually we

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must all face the indignities of old age. I avoided this procedure for as long as I could but even iron wears out and succumbs. After last year’s muzzleloader season, my doctor set up the appointment for a colonoscopy. Mine, not his. The night before the procedure, I took a dose of modern medicine’s version of castor oil. I arrived at Dr. Tomato’s (name changed to protect the innocent) office early in the morning. I felt like I was on death row headed for “Old Sparky.” The first thing my female nurse said was to undress. I said “my pants too?” and she gave me the fish eye and said “yes, your pants too.” They gave me a dress to wear with no back side and I just knew things were going to go downhill from there. They wheeled me into the “procedure room” on a hospital gurney. There were two female nurses in the room. We waited for the doctor to arrive. The silence was awkward as we waited. What do you say to two women who soon will be doing the unthinkable, and filming it on TV? They sensed my discomfort and

pretended to go about important menial chores to kill time. I studied them. One appeared to wear a nurse’s gown advertising a local muffler shop on the back. I thought it was a great marketing idea by the doctor until I saw that it was her sweatshirt underneath her gown showing through. The overpowering silence continued with all of us avoiding eye contact. Then it happened. Out of the blue the silence was broken. One nurse asked the other if Dave “Whitey” Hoover had killed any coyotes at their farm this year. The nurses then began talking about Whitey, coyotes and deer hunting. Then Andy McClure’s name was brought up. That’s when I jumped into the conversation. All of a sudden, I am laying there almost naked having an enjoyable spirited conversation with these two nurses about coyotes and deer hunting and Andy McClure. Hearing us in another room, a third nurse came in and asked if I owned the farm on 1035 where her relatives used to hunt. She then began to reminisce about my farm. I hate to admit it but, I was having a great time at my first colonoscopy. Then the atmosphere was spoiled when Dr. Tomato arrived. I remember thinking, “Hey this guy is interrupting us.” I rather resented the doctor’s interference, however I sensed this was time to now get serious. To my surprise, the first thing Dr. Tomato said to me was, “Bob, do you still have any Pheasants

Forever Banquet tickets available?” There laying on my back awaiting this dreaded procedure, I sold my last two tickets to the banquet. In the long history of the Pheasants Forever Banquet, I bet these were the only tickets ever sold in the colonoscopy procedure room. The doctor then proceeded to talk to me about hunting and only interrupted himself to ask if I wanted knocked out during the “procedure.” That was a “no brainer.” My last thought was that this whole experience was like being at deer camp. I woke up 30 minutes later with a clean bill of health. I can hardly get myself to say this but this procedure I had avoided for so long actually turned out to be an interesting and amusing experience. Of course, only in Ashland could this happen. My brother Rick from Cleveland fails to understand my fondness for Ashland, which he calls “Hickville with a Cheesebarn.” I tell him it is the small-town environment where everybody-knows-everybody that attracts me. I do have a suggestion for Dr. Tomato. To calm future reluctant sportsmen awaiting their first colonoscopy and stimulate ice-breaking discussions, I think he should hang five pictures in the colonoscopy “procedure” room. One would be of Dave Hoover, one of Andy McClure, one of a coyote, one of a big buck deer and the last, one of Grandpa’s Cheesebarn. These pictures of colorful characters and subjects are bound to elicit lively responses or stories from the hometown patients, and take their minds off the big “C.” They say you don’t dream under sedation, but perhaps the right stimuli would invoke dreams of tracking a big buck across a golden field. Plus, what could be more comforting in such a difficult moment than to have the last thing you see before you close your eyes be the image of Andy McClure’s face? After reading this article, I doubt if sportsmen will flock to get colonoscopies, but all those who do might be in for an interesting time and fun conversation. Finally, sportsmen should know colonoscopies are not that bad, and could save your butt. So don’t delay, remember, you are going to get one in the end anyway. Bob DeSanto, retired Ashland County prosecutor, is an outdoor enthusiast and commissioner of the Ashland County Park District.

Face the facts and don’t delay the “C” word.

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April Calendar of Events April 20 Senior Student Art Show When: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Where: Coburn Art Gallery, 331 College Ave, Ashland

21 U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

24 Greenhouse/Farm Market

6 Run With The Stars 5K

When: 10 a.m. Where: Honey Haven Farm, 1327 County Road 1475, Ashland

When: 7:30 a.m. Where: Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Avenue, Ashland Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and race begins at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and in part with United Way’s “Ring In Spring.” All proceeds donated to the Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven. Race registration fee is $20 – Preregistration at http://www.

25 Jazz at the Nest When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Eagles Nest/Hawkins-Conard Student Center, King Road, Ashland Presented By: Ashland University Jazz Orchestra,

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Archer Auditorium, 1440 King Road, Ashland For up to 6 free tickets, visit Mike’s Music Corner, the Ashland High 29 School office or mail a self addressed stamped envelope to the address above Ashland Symphony – Bravo attn: Marty Kral. For more information Beethoven or group tickets email: makral@ When: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free Admission www. Where: Archer Auditorium, 1440 King Road, Ashland Presented By: Ashland Symphony 22 Orchestra,

Relay For Life Vendor/Craft Extravaganza

When: March 29, 30, 31, April 1 at 7:30 When: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Where: Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave, Ashland Lunch available. All money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Open to the public. Stop out and see what our vendors and crafters have to offer. Presented By: Team Ripple Effect RippleEffectRFLT/?fref=ts

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May 2nd & 4th Mohican Sailing Club Sailing Lessons

When: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where: Mansfield Library – Ontario Branch, 2221 Village Mall Drive, Ontario Sailing lessons for ages 12 and up. Sailing fundamentals, sailboat rigging, common knots and water sport safety. Two lessons for $25, reservations required. Contact Joe Murr at 330-4658692,

6-7 Ohio Civil War and WWI and WWII Show

When: 9 a.m. Where: Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 North Home Rd, Mansfield 40th Annual Show – perfect for history buffs, veterans and all ages. Admission is $7, children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is included in the cost of admission. 380 exhibitors from 38 states participating. Cannon fire demonstrations on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. And 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. www. Know any events coming up? Contact Now & Then Events at 212 E. Liberty St. Wooster, OH 44691 or email editor@ Please include the date, time, contact information and a brief summary.


Enjoy this delicious taco recipe that combines the refreshing malty aroma of ale with smooth and tasty avocados.

Beer Battered Avocado Tacos


Serves 6 to 8

1 cup grated Asiago cheese (Optional) Chopped parsley garnish

Salsa Fresca 11⁄2 cups seeded and diced plum tomatoes 1. To make the Salsa Fresca: Combine 1⁄4 cup diced yellow onion the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, 1⁄4 cup seeded and finely diced lime juice, and cilantro in a bowl jalapeño peppers and stir to combine. Season with 1⁄4 cup lime juice salt and pepper to taste. Cover 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh the bowl with plastic wrap and cilantro leaves refrigerate for at least 30 minutes Salt and freshly ground black pepper or up to 3 days to allow the flavors Beer Battered Avocados to mingle. 2. To make the batter: Pour the 2 cups Ale, chilled ale into a narrow, high-sided 3⁄4 teaspoon Cajun spice blend container. Stir in the Cajun spice 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dried chipotle blend, chiles, garlic, salt, and chiles paprika. 1⁄2 teaspoon granulated garlic 3. Sift the flour and baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt together in a small bowl, then add 1⁄2 teaspoon smoked paprika them to the beer mixture slowly, 1 cup all-purpose flour whisking well until the ingredients 1 teaspoon baking powder are thoroughly incorporated. Add 41⁄2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and more flour if necessary to create a quartered tempura-style batter for coating 2 cups panko breadcrumbs the avocados. Set the batter aside. Salt 4. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Prepare a deep fryer or pour 2 to 3 inches Tacos of oil into a deep cast iron or 1 cup Barbecue sauce heavy pot that is at least 4 inches 18 small corn tortillas






deep. Heat the oil to 360 F. Pour the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Use tongs to grab the avocado quarters and dunk them in the prepared batter. Shake off any excess and roll the avocados in the breadcrumbs to coat all sides. Fry the avocados in batches until golden brown, 1 to 21⁄2 minutes each. (Do not overcrowd the pot, as this will lower the temperature of the oil significantly.) Transfer the cooked avocados to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Season with a sprinkling of salt and keep them in the oven until the entire batch is ready. Assemble the tacos: Heat the barbecue sauce in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Warm the tortillas on a griddle or in the oven, if desired. Place one avocado quarter on each of the tortillas. Top each avocado with the warm barbecue sauce, salsa, cheese, and parsley. Serve immediately.

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Did You Know? CUTTING CALORIES WHILE CUTTING THE LAWN If you think that the only way to exercise and burn calories involves gym equipment, think again. Yard work can be just as challenging as a thorough aerobics workout at a nearby fitness club. To reap the greatest benefits, gardeners should use as little motorized machinery as possible. Manual tools will get you moving and can burn a substantial amount of calories. Try to vary positions and alternate which hands you use to reduce strain and get an even workout. Fitness experts say that gardening can improve strength, increase endurance and assist with flexibility. According to a report in the UK publication The Telegraph, clearing a pond or weeding can burn some 300 calories in an hour. Forty-five minutes worth of gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics.

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Now & Then Ashland April 2017  

A publication dedicated to enlightening, entertaining and encouraging mature readers in Ashland County.

Now & Then Ashland April 2017  

A publication dedicated to enlightening, entertaining and encouraging mature readers in Ashland County.