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his month, let’s take a look into the fringes of Ashland County and explore a few of the historical facts about the townships. The County of Ashland is comprised of fifteen townships consisting of many villages or maybe simply, a crossroad community. In this article, you will learn about a few of these small towns and their humble beginnings. Savannah. Savannah in Clear Creek Township was originally known as Vermillion because of its position near the headwaters of the Vermillion River, which flows north to Lake Erie. At times, it went by the name of Haneytown, after its founder John Haney, who laid out the community on his land in 1818. The name was

Inside the Hayesville Opera House in 1886.

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changed to Savannah in 1836 when the need for a post office arose. Several efforts were made between 1830 and 1840 to create a new county with Savannah as the county seat. After that failed, the town declined for several years. New life was brought to the town in 1856 when the Savannah Male and Female Academy was started in the village by Rev. Alexander Scott. The academy was located in the hall above Samuel Gault’s storeroom on the northwest corner of the square. Growing to nearly 100 students by the end of its first year, the academy had great success and eventually settled into a new campus on the northeast corner of the square. In 1914, the academy’s doors closed, as private school education became less important when free public education was made available to children by the state legislature. After falling into disarray, the school was dismantled in 1928 and the land was used for a community park. Hayesville. John Cox was appointed postmaster at Hayes Crossroads in 1827. Cox and Linus Hayes auctioned off 40 lots of their own property at a town meeting in 1830 to form the village of Hayesville. Fighting for the title of the county seat in 1846, Hayesville lost to Ashland by 680 votes. The cornerstone for Hayesville Academy, also known as the Vermillion Institute, was laid in 1845 and opened its doors in 1846. Chartered by the Ohio General Assembly, the institute initially struggled until the Wooster Presbyterian

early as 1810, stagecoaches traveled Mifflin’s main thoroughfare between Wooster and Mansfield, stopping at the watering trough, referred to as the best spring water in Ohio. In 1925, the trough was removed to allow room for the construction of the Lincoln Highway, which was completed in 1928. In 1933, the end of Prohibition brought three taverns to the village. After that, along with a population increase and social activities brought about by the construction of the Charles Mill dam in 1934, the need arose for a jail. McKay. The area known as McKay is located six miles north of Loudonville on Route 60 in Green Township. A flourishing crossroads in the early 1900s, McKay provided produce to area markets and had a blacksmith shop, church, cemetery, and general store. The general store housed a post office, which was merely a cabinet with 72 slots with the names of area families. H.E. Neptune served as postmaster in 1889. We hope you’ve enjoyed the beginning of our journey through the townships of Ashland County. Be sure to grab January’s Issue for part two of this local look back.

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Church stepped forward to help. At its height, enrollment was nearly 600 students. Lawyers, doctors, ministers, legislators, and others earned diplomas from this distinguished institution. A rival to other schools such as Oberlin, Kenyon, and Denison, the success of the school was credited to Rev. D. Saunders Diefendorf, who served there for many years. Hayesville’s town hall was built in 1885 on the southeast corner of the square at Routes 30A and 60. The town hall was home to the mayor’s office, township trustees, office space, an apartment, storage room, and on the second floor, an opera house. The operetta Genevieve was the first show performed there in 1886. Most villages had opera houses, which were gathering places for weekly community events, including concerts, lectures, and other activities. A signature of Buffalo Bill is scribed on the dressing room wall of Hayesville’s opera house, dated October 25, 1888. Jeromesville. The town of Jeromesville was laid out on February 14, 1815 by Christian Deardorf and William Vaughn on land purchased from a Frenchman named John Baptiste Jerome. Although the town was originally called Jeromeville, the spelling later changed to include an s. This spelling, which seems to have come about by accident, is now accepted in all official business transactions, and the village is officially known as Jeromesville. Richard Hargrave came to Jeromeville in 1818. Seeing the need for meals and a drink or two for weary travelers, Hargrave built what was reportedly the first tavern west of the Allegheny Mountains. In business for 75 years, the Hargrave Tavern was also an important relay station for stagecoaches, providing fresh teams of horses for the continuation to the next scheduled stop. The Jeromeville Cemetery is on the southern end of Jeromeville, on the west side of Route 89. The earliest marked grave is dated 1823; however, there are many unmarked memorials there, as some graves were relocated from other burial grounds. Polk. Polk is on the northern part of Ashland County, near the western boundary line of Jackson Township. First known as Oak Hill, it was founded in 1849 by John Kuhn and built on the southeast corner of his farm. Upon application for a post office, the village name was changed to honor Pres. James K. Polk. Mifflin. Originally known as Petersburg, Mifflin was founded in 1816. The name was changed in 1827 to honor the settlers that moved there from Mifflin Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. As

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Two Marines Connect: Remembering The Battle of Iwo Jima Story and Submitted Photos by IRV OSLIN ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT


ledith Skeen sat in a plush recliner in his Belmont Tower apartment in Ashland. In a chair to his left sat Tom Winemiller, clutching a wooden cane tipped with a shiny brass knob. “Until I met this fella, in 72 years I had met only two other Marines who served in Iwo Jima,” Skeen said, gesturing toward Winemiller. “I don’t know if there’s many of us left.” “I’ll bet you’re correct,” Winemiller agreed. “There can’t be very many. I hate to say this, but we left a lot of them on that island.” part,” Skeen said. “I don’t “That’s the sad want credit. Any honor, any credit, goes to those guys who laid it down, almost 7,000 o f them didn’t walk away.” and Skeen, 90, Winemiller, 91, met for a brief interview last week. They h a d visited each other twice before after discovering a few months ago that they live less than a mile apart. Skeen, formerly of Canton, moved to Ashland a year ago with his wife, Margaret. She passed away in April. Winemiller and his wife, Jeanne, are longtime Ashland residents. They live just outside the city on Township Road 853. Skeen described how they met. His daughter, Nancy White of Ashland, had taken him to a dental appointment. A receptionist at the dentist’s office took notice of his Marine Corps cap and asked where he had served. When she learned Skeen had fought in Iwo Jima, she

mentioned that she knew another local man who had served there. A meeting was arranged. “It was just a blessing for me to meet him,” Skeen said. “And being so close,” Winemiller added. “Only about a half-mile away, as the crow flies.” During the interview, they didn’t reminisce very much. No crowing about the good old days. No war stories — at least none glorifying their experiences on the eightsquare-mile hell that was Iwo Jima. In the 36-day battle, nearly 7,000 U.S. Marines were killed — along with more than 20,000 Japanese soldiers. More than 19,000 Americans were wounded. For the Japanese, that wasn’t an option. For them, it was a suicide mission from the start. Only 216 were taken prisoner. Skeen grew up in Hopedale, a little town in eastern Ohio between Cadiz and Steubenville. His father was a coal miner. Skeen had no desire to go into the mines. After the war, he went to work at the Timken Co. steel mill in Canton. He worked there for more than 36 years. Skeen lived in Canton most of his life, where he and his wife raised three daughters. He has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren — going on eight. He enlisted in the Marines in January 1944. He was 17 when he signed up and 18 when he went in. “I was a young kid and a spirit of patriotism prevailed in our nation at that time,” Skeen said. “As a young kid, I wanted to serve my country and I saw a picture of these young Marines in their dress blues and heard the Marine Corps Hymn and it got me all excited. Needless to say, I never had a pair of dress blues and I didn’t hear the Hymn very much.” There was

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did virtually nothing to reduce the enemy’s numbers. They were waiting in ambush, hunkered down in hundreds of caves and pillboxes — some of them interconnected by 16 miles of tunnels. “What they didn’t know was how much underground stuff there was on that island,” Winemiller said. “That’s what scared the hell out of all of us; there were more Japs underground than there were on top of that island by far.” “There was no safe place,” Skeen added. “You’d go right over those caves and there were a lot of guys Cledith Skeen, left, and Tom Winemiller talk about their military experiences that got shot in the back.” recently at Skeen’s Belmont Tower apartment. They both served in Iwo Jima “I remember early on that there during World War II. Photo Credit: Irv Oslin was a couple of guys who saw a cave no time for spit and polish then. Skeen, who served in the opening and they decided they were going to go in and 5th Marine Division, took basic training in California. see what was in there,” Winemiller said. “They thought On Feb. 19, 1945, he found himself aboard a landing craft there’d probably be some dead Japs because they’d poised to hit the beach at Iwo Jima. thrown a couple hand grenades in there. Well they never Winemiller served in the 3rd Marine Division. His came out. They got blasted.” was a reserve division. There were more than 2,400 U.S. The conversation turned even more somber. They casualties on the first day of the invasion, so he was sent recalled seeing and hearing about torture and other ashore a few days after it started. atrocities on both sides. Like Skeen, he went through basic training in California “These things happened,” Skeen said. “I wish I could and quickly found himself headed for Iwo Jima. The forget it, but I can’t.” movie “Guadalcanal Diary” had inspired him to join the “You’re doing all right,” Winemiller assured him. Marines. He enlisted in December 1943. They talked about their initial landing, the most “It (the movie) was quite a stimulation at the time,” dangerous part of the operation. Skeen explained that Winemiller said. “You were going to be in some sort of the Japanese strategy was to allow the Marines to land, service if you were 17 years old in 1943. I knew I didn’t then gun them down while they were assembled on the want to be a sailor. I was always kind of uneasy about the beach. The sand and loose volcanic ash made for slow fact that you’re on a ship. You’re a target every minute of going. the day and night.” “Going in, I could see the smoke and hear the noise, Winemiller grew up in Sydney in western Ohio. He but I didn’t have fear in my heart,” Skeen said. “I didn’t lived in town, but developed a keen interest in poultry know what was going to happen. We hit the beach, that farming. After military service, he earned a degree in ramp went down and we went into that ash. It was like poultry science at Ohio State University. That led to a getting into a bin of wheat and it got into your shoe tops. career in agricultural advertising. He moved to Ashland After you went over the top of that, you heard a few live in the early 1950s after landing a job at Hess & Clark, rounds and a couple more shells went off. I thought, ‘I’m a livestock supply manufacturer. He retired from there going to die.’ in 1980, but continued to work in advertising part time “It never dawned on me until then. I dove into a shell before retiring for good about 15 years ago. hole when the mortars went off and about four or five He and Skeen talked about arriving at Iwo Jima — part guys came in on top of me. I said, ‘Keep coming, boys.’ I of an armada of 880 ships. The U.S. had been bombarding thought they’d give me more protection. the island for a couple of months. All that pounding

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“I didn’t realize death could be so real, so close, until rations in it and they’d be nice and warm by lunchtime.” that moment. When you start hearing those live rounds “It was so hot underground, it was 90 degrees all the going by your head and the mortar shells go off.” time,” Skeen added. Talk of life and death naturally led to talk of religion. Skeen, a corporal, served with a recon company on Iwo “It wasn’t a very pleasant thing, but the good Lord Jima. He spent 38 days on the island. When it was all over, decided to let us hang around for awhile,” Winemiller he returned to Hawaii, where his division regrouped said. and prepared to invade Japan. However, after the U.S “When I hit that first shell hole, when I dove in there, dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I said, ‘Oh God, if you get me off this island alive, I’ll Japan surrendered. give my life to you’.” Skeen recalled. “They talk about “I don’t know how a lot of people feel, but I think that foxhole religion. Believe me, I meant what I said.” is one of the best decisions that President Truman made,” “I do believe that and I think that’s wonderful,” Skeen said. “It was very, very bad that they had to drop Winemiller said. “It took me a lot longer to do that, but those bombs and kill those people but, from what I saw that was an important part of it.” over there, we would have probably lost millions on both “I was afraid I was going to die and I knew I wasn’t sides because they were suicidal. They had no regard for wanting to die or ready to die.” Skeen said. “Those anything — their own lives or anyone else’s.” things are memories that are almost like they happened He compared Japanese soldiers, who were expected to yesterday.” die in battle, to modern terrorists. “You’re never going to get rid of it,” Winemiller From the fall of 1945 until May 1946, Skeen served in responded. Japan with U.S. occupational forces. “No. I pretty well got over most of it for awhile, but I “We went in and basically our job was to destroy all had a difficult time with it,” Skeen said. “But I’ll tell you their military installations, their coastal guns and stuff one thing, I am proud to have served my country. I don’t like that,” he said. “For awhile, we saw no people (except know that I did anything really to win the war, but I was for what he believed to be Japanese police officers). The there attempting to help and I’m thinking of all those women and children were taught that the Marines were who died there.” the most savage men in the world, that all they did was Story continued on Page 12 “You did your share,” Winemiller responded. “That’s all you can say.” Both recalled seeing the American flag flying atop Mount Suribachi, a 550-foot volcanic cone at the southern tip of the island. Six members of a Marine patrol hoisted the flag on Feb. 23, 1945. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event in what would become an iconic image from World War II. At the time it also boosted the morale of the troops as well as civilians on the home front. They also talked about steam from subterranean volcanic activity seeping through cracks in the ground and filling the air with a stench of sulfur. “It was so hot a lot of times, our foxholes were very warm,” Tom Winemiller, left, and Cledith Skeen both served in Iwo Jima during World Winemiller said. “You could bury C War II. Photo Credit: Irv Oslin

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rape and kill. They were very fearful of us. But it wasn’t very long before they realized we weren’t what they’d been told and they warmed up to us.” Winemiller, who also made the rank of corporal, was assigned to the Joint Assault Signal Company. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, he worked on the front lines, communicating by radio or telephone to the ships, directing naval gunfire. “I heard a good many shells go over my head,” he said. “Thankfully, they all went over. These weren’t always naval shells; there were artillery shells. At the end of their trajectory, they’d start to wobble and you could hear them coming. I don’t tell you that because it was an exceptional experience. I’m sure every guy that was in the frontline situation had that experience.” He acknowledged that it could be unnerving, but he and the others didn’t dwell on it. “I think most Marines I was around were dedicated to the job that needed to be done and weren’t just sitting around worrying about whether they were going to get killed,” Winemiller said. After the Battle of Iwo Jima and Japan’s surrender, he was sent to north China to help repatriate Japanese soldiers who had been stationed there. His unit also helped Chinese nationalists, who were being threatened by Chinese communists active in the region. As the interview wound down, Skeen and Winemiller talked about being grateful for their longevity and having survived Iwo Jima. For 72 years, they’ve carried the burden of painful memories. In the twilight of their lives, they have been blessed with a newfound friendship that allows them to share that burden and reflect on lives well lived. Their experiences have given them a deeper appreciation of life — and for what lies beyond.

“The best is yet to come,” Skeen said.

The Battle of Iwo Jima The following is background information on The Battle of Iwo Jima and additional facts relating to WWII. Iwo Jima History A small island 4.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, Iwo Jima is part of the Volcano Islands. The islands were Japanese territory, administered by the City of Tokyo. Prior to the Battle of Iwo Jima, about 1,000 civilians inhabited the island, living in six settlements. Most were involved in sulfur mining. Some harvested fish from the ocean or raised meager sugar cane and pineapple crops on what little arable soil there was. The civilians were forcibly evacuated just before the U.S. invasion with the exception of about 400, who were detained and pressed into construction duty.

Picture of Iwo Jima.

Before the Battle Japan had a naval installation on the island before World War II. In anticipation of the U.S. invasion, they built two airfields and were working on a third. Strategic Importance Located about 650 miles from Japan, the island served as a base for Zero fighter planes, which harassed U.S. bombers conducting raids on Japan. It also provided Japan with two hours warning of impending aerial attacks. Iwo Jima was halfway between the Mariana Islands and Japan. Seized from Japanese forces in August 1944, the Marianas served as a base for U.S. bombers. American forces planned to use Iwo Jima for emergency landings

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for American B-29 bombers. After the U.S. took Iwo Iwo Jima Today Jima, 2,400 B-29 bombers carrying 27,000 U.S. airmen The U.S. returned possession of Iwo Jima to Japan made emergency landings there. in 1968. The island, marked with shrines honoring American and Japanese soldiers, is open only once a year for a guided tour limited to veterans, their family and a limited number of journalists. Last year, American and Japanese survivors were brought together to the island to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle and to honor those who died there. Cledith Skeen passed on an opportunity to visit Iwo Jima last year. “I could have gone, but I had no desire to,” he said. Other Facts • In “Guadalcanal Diary,” the movie that inspired Tom Winemiller to join the Marine Corps, several Marines appeared as extras. Some of them were among the Marines who invaded Iwo Jima. Also, parts of the movie were filmed at Camp Pendleton in California, where Winemiller and Skeen took some of their military training. • Mount Suribachi derives its name from a Japanese term for “grinding bowl.” • Iwo Jima has no streams, ponds or lakes. The Japanese relied on wells and collected rainwater to survive. • The large flag raised over Mount Suribachi, which replaced the smaller one originally placed there, had been recovered from a sinking ship in Pearl Harbor. • The flag raising was also captured on 16mm film by Map of the island before the battle. Sgt. William Genaust, a Marine Corps photographer. According to Skeen, he didn’t live to see the footage he Japanese Strategy shot. Genaust was killed in action nine days later while Led by Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Japanese troops searching a cave for Japanese soldiers. planned to die on the island — at the hands of the enemy or by suicide. Each man was ordered to sacrifice his own Sources: “World War II Pacific Island Guide: A Geolife and take 10 American soldiers with him. The plan Military Study” by Gordon L. Rottman, World War II was to inflict heavy casualties so the U.S. would lose Database, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, its resolve and be reluctant to further its attacks on, “Combat Camera” by Patrick Brion, “Iwo Japanese territory. The Marines sent in 70,000 troops Jima: Combat to Comrades,” a PBS documentary, Tom and lost nearly 7,000 men. Kuribayashi knew what he Winemiller and Cledith Skeen. Numbers of troops and was up against. He had been educated in Canada and casualties vary slightly, depending on the source. had served as a military attaché there and in the U.S. It’s assumed he was killed March 21, 1945. In his final official dispatch Kuribayashi commented, “The strength under my command is about 400. The enemy suggested we surrender through a loudspeaker, but our officers and men just laughed and paid no attention.” His body was never found.

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My Daily Life

Custom Car Is Inspiration for Healing ‘Simple Elegance’ hood. Ford Motor Co. produced 124,101 of them and they sold for $490. Today, people will pay thousands of dollars to restore them to original specification. What DAVE MIKLA Local Columnist my friend Dick didn’t hear was the word “original.” Back in the mid-1960s, Dick had built a 1923 Ford Bucket T but had to sell it to pay medical bills. he other day the writing bug bit me so I decided Fast forward to the year 1999 and once again health issues entered Dick’s life. He was diagnosed with stage 2 it was time to write about another car. I went out to my garage, looked in and saw Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Not being able to work, Dick nothing new in there. Now what? I’ve exhausted all stories on automobiles that I own. I thought a short while and came up with what has always impressed me as a show car. Now, from the stories I’ve shared with my vehicles you know all my cars are factory stock or close to it from visual appearance. I’m not one to take a masterfully sculptured machine and slice, dice and chop it into something else. On the other hand, my friend, and former work mate, Dick Mumaw, did just that with a 1932 Ford Victoria. The 1932 Ford was the first Ford off the assembly line with a V8 221 cubic inch “Flathead” engine under the


Dick Mumaw standing next to his 1932 Ford Victoria.

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Dick Mumaw customized this 1932 Ford Victoria, which he wins many awards for at car shows.

needed something to do. He had a 401K that wasn’t doing anything so, with his wife Linda’s blessings, he took that money and started his 1932 Ford Victoria project. Together they searched and researched a body to begin with. Original steel bodies were rusted and, if not, very expensive. They finally decided to go with the Downs Mfg. Co. out of Michigan. They manufacture, on order, fiberglass bodies. After a 13-month wait, it was finally finished and Dick was really ready to start in. Dick had help along the way from different people but what he wanted, Dick got. He wanted the suspension to be equipped with a shock wave air ride (four air bags on each corner of the frame). He was told it had never been done on a ’32. Dick did it. The car can be lowered two inches from the ground. In the engine compartment you won’t find the original Flathead V8. Instead, you will see a Pontiac Formula Firebird LT1, 350 cubic inch 400 hp engine. That is teamed up with a 700 R-4 Economy/ Sport shift automatic transmission. Custom headers, front end, radiator, grill, rear end, exhaust, four-wheel disc brakes, stainless steel gas tank and brake lines. In other words, nothing that was on this ’32 Vicky when it rolled off the assembly line at birth. The body was made with the 21/ 2 inch chop on it. Painted with “House of Color” A back view of Dick Mumaw’s customized R a s p b e r r y 1932 Ford Victoria.

metallic pearl with a black overlay and then clear coated. On the body you won’t find any door hinges. The brake lights and turn signals are LED equipped. Dick had the interior done in a burgundy, seven cowhides of leather, contrasted by suede. This car has electric windows, air conditioning, heater, defroster and keyless entry. Along with everything else, the dash instrument panel is custom and all switches are hidden. There was a panel added under the dash to hide the wires and hoses along the interior of the firewall. Under the back seat is hidden the battery, air compressor, the computer that electronically controls the engine and transmission with the aid of the Telorvek system, a 900w. stereo system with 11 speakers. All this described here rolls down the road on Billet custom aluminum wheels.

An inside view of Dick Mumaw’s customized 1932 Ford Victoria.

When it becomes “car show” time, Dick entrusts only his wife, Linda, with the detailing preparation. This vehicle has won many awards. It, along with some wonderful doctors, helped Dick beat the cancer that had invaded his body. Staying busy on this project kept his mind off his condition and stress free. It was either that or the fact that he didn’t work with me during that time! All in all, the value of this custom automobile today probably exceeds what his 401K was worth. Good investment Dick! When asked to describe his Vicky, Dick says, “simple elegance.” Dave Mikla is an Ashland resident and classic car enthusiast. He can be reached at mikla51@zoominternet. net.

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Flavorful shrimp makes an ideal app The right appetizer can add style and substance to homecooked meals. Hosts who want to impress their guests with a delicious first course can try the following recipe for “FingerLickin’ Shrimp” courtesy of Bob Blumer’s “Surreal Gourmet Bites” (Chronicle).

Finger-Lickin’ Shrimp Ingredients:

12 colossal shrimp, shells on

of the shrimp. Devein them, but do not remove the shells. 1⁄2 cup kosher salt or coarse sea 5. In a medium bowl, add Yields 12 bites salt remaining 1⁄4 cup olive oil and the 3⁄4 cup best-available olive oil shrimp. Toss the shrimp in the oil, then sprinkle salt overtop, and toss 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed 1. Preheat grill to medium-high thoroughly so that the shrimp are lemon juice heat. coated in salt. 2. In a small bowl, prepare dipping 6. Grill shrimp directly over 2 cloves garlic, minced sauce by whipping together 1⁄2 the heat or pan cook for 2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian cup of the olive oil, the lemon approximately 3 minutes per parsley juice, garlic, parsley, and oregano. side, or until shrimp are opaque throughout. Serve with dipping 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano 3. Reserve. 4. Using a paring knife, make a sauce. or thyme or 1 teaspoon dried 1⁄4-inch incision down the backs


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Try baked wings for the big game

Sporting events provide great opportunities to gather with friends and family and enjoy some time together while watching a favorite sport or big game. Such gatherings are not complete without food, and some foods are widely considered staples of gameday get-togethers. Chicken wings are among the most popular gameday foods.While many chicken wing afficionados might insist on frying wings, this beloved dish can be baked. In fact, Chef Kevin Gillespie, author of “Fire In My Belly” (Andrews McMeel), felt like he could create a baked chicken wing dish that even the most ardent wing connoisseur could not resist. The result is the following recipe for “Baked Hot Wings,” which home cooks can whip up in time for this year’s big game.

Baked Hot Wings Ingredients: Makes 2 full servings 24 chicken wings, a mix of drums and flats, about 2 pounds 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil 1⁄3 cup sriracha chile sauce 1⁄4 cup malt vinegar 1⁄4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 1⁄4 cup scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal


1. Preheat the oven to 500 F. 2. Pat the wings very dry with a paper towel. Heat a large (14-inch) cast iron skillet or two smaller cast iron skillets over high heat until smoking hot. Add just enough of the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Using tongs, set the wings in the pan in a single layer with the meatiest side down. This will help render the fat. Cook the wings for 2 minutes, then transfer the skillet to the oven for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and, using tongs, flip the wings over. Continue baking until the wings are cooked through and

the juices run clear, another 10 minutes. 3. Combine the sriracha, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cut the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce into a large bowl and toss in 1 tablespoon of the scallions. 4. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and, using tongs, transfer the wings to the bowl and toss with the sauce. Transfer to a platter and garnish with the remaining 3 tablespoons scallions.

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Calendar of Events December 17 & 18 The Nutcracker

When: December 17 - 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. December 18 - 2 p.m. Where: Hugo Young Theatre, 401 College Avenue, Ashland ASHLAND REGIONAL BALLET once again returns to Ashland with its full production of the beloved classic. Become a part of the Ashland Regional Ballet Nutcracker tradition. Join us in December when mice and soldiers battle the brave Nutcracker, and ballerinas dance in the snow. This is a show the entire family will enjoy at family friendly prices! The Ashland Regional Ballet Nutcracker It’s like coming home!

19 - 20 Masquerade Ball

When: 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. Where: Redwood Hall, 401 College Avenue, Ashland Enjoy the festivities of Ashland’s own Masquerade Ball - a night of dancing and fun! Dress in your best. Food

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and drinks will be provided. What better way to start the holiday season in a fun fashionable way! Tickets are $10. Pre-order with an early bird special of just $5 (ending November 30th) or purchase at the door regular price. All are Welcome!

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When: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Pump House Catering & Event Center, 400 Orange St., Ashland Reservations Required - Call: 419-207-3900. Adults: $26.50, Children: $13.50 (5-10 yrs.), 4 and under: Free. Cocktails, Champagne, Beer & Wine available. Drinks, 7% tax, and 20% gratuity not included. Please visit www. for more information and menu! Special Entertainment: Kelly Knowlton Singer & Pianist.

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Best Buys for the New Year towels, sheets, bedspreads, and more at a discount. • Motorcycles: Riding a motorcycle is a fair-weather hobby, and retailers are aware of this. The easy riders of tomorrow might be able to find great deals today. • Video games: Those who haven’t purchased their fill of video games for the holidays can benefit from postholiday drops in price. • Furniture: Many furniture manufacturers begin to churn out new inventory in February, so last season’s items will need to move quickly. Shoppers can often negotiate some good deals now and upgrade their homes’ decor. • Wedding-related services: Couples who don’t mind the chilly weather can enjoy steep savings by hosting their weddings in January. Spring and summer are by far the more popular seasons to tie the knot, but reception halls, musical acts, florists, and other vendors may heavily discount their services in winter.




mart shopping involves making budget-friendly purchases. Never paying full price is a mantra shoppers can follow to help keep their finances in check. In addition to coupons and other discounts, shoppers can usually score deals based on which time of year they shop for particular items. Each year, various consumer resources offer advice on the best time to buy certain items. The beginning of the year is often an ideal time to purchase certain items. Consumers who take advantage of sales offered at the start of the new year can save substantial amounts of money. Now that the holiday season has passed, consumers can begin to find deals on items for themselves. • Clothing: Post-Christmas sales are booming, and stores are looking to sell what’s left of their inventories to make room for spring and summer selections. Even though the weather outside is still cold, sweaters, pants, coats, and more are usually available at a discount come January. It may take some digging through the racks, but there’s an excellent chance to discover some great items. • Boats: Wintertime is boat show season, but it’s also the offseason for boaters who live in cooler climates. These factors combine to make it easier and less expensive to find a new boat. According to boat-buying retailer Boatline, consumers can probably get one of last year’s models at a good price. • Air conditioners: If the warm-weather season was particularly steamy this past year, it might be time to revamp the HVAC system or invest in some new portable units. Bankrate offers that the first few months of the year are prime times to shop for air conditioners. While you may not get the latest model, it’s likely you can find a reliable unit at below-market cost. • Theater tickets: January and February are not especially busy seasons for theaters, which means there will be greater opportunity to get discounted seats for many popular shows. • Linens and bedding: John Wannamaker was a retail entrepreneur and had a few department stores in New York and Philadelphia. Wannamakers held the first “white sale” in 1878, and since then many stores have continued the tradition. January is a great month to buy

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Traditions Bring Balance in a Changing World Story by JOANN SHADE ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE LOCAL COLUMNIST


t was time to prepare the ham for the holiday dinner. The mother reached for the butcher knife and cut off the end of the ham. Her young daughter asked, “Why did you do that, mama?” “Grandma always did that. Let’s ask her.” Her answer: “That’s how my mother fixed the ham.” “But why?” asked the granddaughter. “Let’s ask your great-grandmother.” Here’s the answer they got: “Because I didn’t have a big enough pan.” Tradition! When we think of the holidays strung together between the fourth Thursday in November and the first day of the new year, we each have traditional ways of celebrating those special days. We must have cranberry sauce on the Thanksgiving table, even if no one eats it. We must play the dreidel game so that Hanukkah has actually arrived. Christmas carols by candlelight, take-out Chinese on Christmas Eve, or cookies and milk for Santa, (even if there are no longer any believers in our house), may be part of our essential traditions for Christmas. In our household, it isn’t truly Christmas until my husband watches “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the 43rd time. As for our New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations, it’s

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not the proper start of a New Year without the ball dropping in Times Square, a short list of resolutions or pork and sauerkraut (yum!). It’s tradition. In the film, “Christmas with the Kranks,” Luther and Nora dread having an empty nest for the first time at Christmas. They decide to forgo all their usual decorations and party preparations and book a cruise instead, unleashing a series of slapstick misadventures accompanied by angry neighbors. The reaction to their attempt to throw tradition to the wind was summed up in young Spike Frohmeyer’s words: “You’re skipping Christmas! Isn’t that against the law?” Those familiar with Broadway musicals can hear the notes and rhythm in the word itself: tradition. In “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye values the traditions of his Jewish heritage but his daughters are less than enchanted when faced with the prospect of a matchmaker choosing their new spouse. Tevye makes his argument: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years … and because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to do.”

There is something comforting in Tevye’s explanation, this idea that our traditions help us to balance our lives. For no matter how young or old we are, the changing world around us can leave us with an absence of balance at times. While I’m not advocating for the return of the matchmaker, family traditions help to bring us together, invite us to ritual and connect us to our roots. Writer Ardis Whitman says it well: “We must cherish our yesterdays, but never carry them as a burden into the future. Each generation must take nourishment from the other and give knowledge to the one that comes after.” That’s why we will light the candles together, of Hanukkah, Advent and Kwanzaa. That’s why we’ll trudge into the woods to cut the tree, and hang the glitter-encrusted macaroni ornament on its branches. That’s why we’ll gather ‘round the piano and sing of twelve days, three kings, and silent nights. That’s why we’ll bake spritz, baklava, lebkuchen or biscotti. For in the rolling of the dough, in the repetition of

familiar melodies, in the scent of pine, and in the flickering flame of faith, we are taking nourishment from generations who have come before and extending that same nourishment to the generations who are still to come. Our pans may be bigger than the one our greatgrandmother had, but as we prepare the traditional ham or tell the ancient stories once again, we give our children and grandchildren a sense of belonging in a disconnected world. The passing on of valued tradition keeps the story of our heritage alive. That, indeed, is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Did You Know?


he year 1916 was a significant one in world history. World War I, was raging, involving more than 70 million military personnel around the globe. In Ireland, the Easter Rising would end in defeat for the Irish Republicans, but go on to have long-lasting and far-reaching impacts on the United Kingdom. The month of December 1916 in particular was no stranger to meaningful events. The end of the year is a time of reflection for many people, and those interested in world history can use the end of 2016 to reflect on what the world was thinking about when the calendar turned a century ago. • December 13: White Friday occurs along the Italian front of World War I. Roughly 270 soldiers are killed when an avalanche strikes the Austrian barracks on Mount Marmolada. Hundreds more are killed later in the day when avalanches also strike Italian and other Austrian positions. Reports indicate both sides were intentionally firing into weakened snowpacks to bury their enemies. • December 18: The Battle of Verdun, which began 10 months earlier and became one of the largest and longest battles in World War I, ends. The battle averaged 70,000 casualties per month, claiming the lives of more than nearly one million French and German soldiers, according to recent estimates. • December 30: Influential Russian mystic Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin is murdered by Russian nobles. A Siberian-born peasant, Rasputin had gained considerable influence over Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra. Though some historians now believe Rasputin’s influence over the royal couple has been exaggerated, the Russian nobles were nonetheless threatened and tried to kill him, first with poison and then by shooting him. When each of those efforts failed, Rasputin was bound and tossed into a freezing river.

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