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Radio Spots Submitted by CHRISTINE HICKMAN BOX DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS ASHLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
shland County has a rich and interesting history. Beginning in 2015, at the start of Ashland’s bicentennial year, snippets of the past have been shared with folks listening to radio spots broadcasted on WNCO and Y105 several times each day. The following is a sampling of those commercials that continue today informing listeners of the history of the county. For those that haven’t heard these snippets, it’s a pleasure to share them with our “Now and Then” readers. Enjoy! History books tell us that in 1782 a band of Native Americans sought refuge in Ashland County. They were peace-loving farmers, descendants of the ancient turtle tribe of the Delaware. These Delaware Indians built their village along the Black fork in what became section 18 of Green Township. Their village was known as Greentown and their chief was Captain Armstrong. We also know of a very old Indian by the name of Katowa, who often slept in his tent and fished near a stream that ran from Polk, to Ashland, and into the Jerome fork. Legend has it that to this day Katowa’s headless ghost, wanders along those streams on dark and foggy nights. Ashland County began settling in the early 1800s. Let me share with you some of the first things that happened in this area during that time. Except for the Native Americans, the first white settlement was along the Clearfork river in 1807. Before the courthouse was built, court was held in a store in Jeromesville. The first church, the Hopewell, began in 1817. In 1834 Loudonville had the first newspapers, the Mohican Advocate and the Hanover Journal. Because of an epidemic among horses, a Newfoundland dog carried the mail between Ashland and Hayesville in 1872. The first railroad was the Atlantic and Great Western. And in 1913 the first
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airplane flew across the Ashland sky. Survival in those early years of Ashland County was not easy. The first shelter of pioneer Elias Ford of Clear Creek Township was a 5X6’ cabin. Ford slept with his bed suspended by ropes, from the roof, to protect him for rattlesnakes. A fire was built in front of the open door to frighten off wolves and drive away mosquitos. His only protection was his tomahawk, his knife and rifle and his faithful dog, Colonel. And imagine this man’s surprise when he realized he built his cabin within the distant sight of an Indian camp. So, to avoid trouble, Ford quickly made friends with his neighbors. Leidigh’s Mill was Ashland County’s first gristmill. It was located near 511N in Orange, which today is known as Nankin. Martin C. Mason served as the gristmill operator and was referred to as the miller. There are very few gristmills left today in Ashland County. Two of those mills, one in Polk and the Wolf Creek mill, in Loudonville, are being restored by faithful preservationists. And by the way, if your last name is Miller, your ancestors most likely operated a gristmill, grinding grain for the families in their communities. Through the years, when local streams started to run dry because of drought, gristmills, which were run by water power, began to shut down. When this happened, area farmers loaded their grain on wagons drawn by oxen and headed toward larger cities where the canal system had opened up markets. One early Ashland pioneer tells of staying overnight at Ruggles Corners where he counted 100 teams of oxen, whose owners were stopping off to rest for the night. These farmers were on their way to Milan, which at one time was known as the second largest exporter of wheat in the world.
employment in a wholesale dry goods house. He then bought that business naming it William L. Strong and Co. Strong was also president of the Central National Bank and became a millionaire! Now that’s one hard working man! Many communities had private academies before free public education beyond the eighth grade was available. The Savannah Academy opened in 1859 and continued for nearly 50 years, until the Savannah/ Clear Creek High School opened in 1914. Among the subjects taught were French, Latin, German and Greek, as well as calculus and the Constitution The Green Line ran through Cleveland to Ashland and would end in Mansfield of the United States. The Vermillion and Seville. Institute in Hayesville was in Ashland County Republicans sent Willard Slocum to operation from 1846 - 1886 graduating many prominent the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1860. citizens, including Loudonville’s William L. Strong. In Slocum pledged for Ohio’s favorite son, Salman P. Chase. 1886 it became the Hayesville High School housing However it was Abraham Lincoln that was nominated students until 1929. Today, The Vermillion Institute is for the presidency. Slocum was the son of Elias Slocum, being restored by preservationists. one of the first settlers in Ashland, who had a tavern Construction of Ashland’s trolley car system began on the corner of Main and Center Streets. The younger in April of 1907, when 25 men and 25 mules arrived in Slocum, attended Kenyon College and practiced law town to begin assembling the tracks. Once completed, in Ashland. Devoted to his country, Slocum served as the trolley was enjoyed by many who traveled between a lieutenant colonel in the Civil War, worked in the Cleveland, Ashland and Mansfield. Though the trolley department of interior, and was an inspector general of was popular, Ashland’s milk man, Ed Leader, wasn’t so the third army corp. fond of the tracks in the middle of the street. In 1918, his Can you imagine a secretary desk made from over milk wagon tipped over on Cleveland Avenue, when his 135,000 pieces of wood? Uriah Eberhart of Savannah, wheels got stuck in the groove of the tracks as his horse built such a desk in 1897. Eberhart, who was a barber was turning, spilling milk and dragging the wagon 40 feet by trade, constructed this 6 foot masterpiece, from before stopping. 550 different types of wood from around the world, Through the years there have been several devastating taking nearly four years to complete it. What made industry fires across Ashland County. A 1906 fire at this combination desk and bookcase so unique was the Myers Pumps, in the plant’s storage and shipping rooms, inlaid work of fruit, flowers, animals, and even the White caused an estimated damage of $150,000 dollars. It House, along with numerous other features. This desk destroyed 20,000 pumps and 200,000 pulleys, as well was so unusual that it was once placed in the Ripley’s as many other items ready for shipment. In 1947, a Believe it or Not odditorium in NYC. carelessly discarded cigarette is said to have been Ever heard of William L. Strong? He was one of the cause of a million dollar fire at the Flxible plant Loudonville’s rich and famous citizens. Strong’s claim to in Loudonville. Brave employees avoided injury by fame was being the 92nd Mayor of New York City from jumping out of the windows, as fire and smoke blocked 1895 to 1897. His was a real success story. When Strong the exits. It was an explosion near the paint shop that was 14 years old his father died, leaving him to support touched off the blaze, destroying the plants ambulance his mother and siblings. He worked in a dry goods store, and funeral car divisions. and eventually moved to NYC, where Strong found
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Simple Ways to Cut Back on Sodium
alt is widely relied on to give foods some added flavor. Many people may feel that unsalted foods are not as tasty as their salty counterparts, but it’s important that people of all ages understand the threat that excessive sodium consumption poses. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, kidney problems may result from excessive sodium consumption. In addition, the American Heart Association notes that excess sodium and salt in the body puts a person at risk for a host of ailments, including stroke, heart failure, stomach cancer, and osteoporosis. Cutting back on sodium should be a goal for anyone who hasn’t already done so. But the HSPH notes that people over age 50, people Resisting the urge to sprinkle salt on meals when dining who have high or slightly elevated blood can help diners reduce their sodium intake. pressure, diabetics, and African Americans are labels before taking items home from the grocery store. at high risk of developing the health problems related The AHA recommends that adults consume no more to excessive sodium consumption. Because sodium is so than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, and shoppers prevalent, some people may think that cutting back on should keep that in mind when reading labels and its consumption must be nearly impossible. However, planning meals. there are some simple ways to cut back on sodium. • Opt for low-sodium condiments. Salt is not the only • Ask for low-sodium recommendations when dining condiment on restaurant or kitchen tables that can add out. The AHA notes that the average person consumes flavor to a meal, but it’s one of the few that can have 25 percent of his or her overall sodium at restaurants. a devastating effect on long-term health. Forgo table Some places now require restaurants to list total sodium salt when sitting down at the dinner table and opt for content alongside offerings on their menus, and diners low-sodium condiments instead. Balsamic vinegar, living in such areas should choose only those meals horseradish and the juice of a lemon each pack a that are low in sodium. Diners who live in areas where flavorful, low-sodium punch. sodium levels are not listed on the menu can ask for low- • Read vegetable packages as well. Shoppers who sodium recommendations or if existing menu items can do not buy fresh vegetables from the produce aisle or be prepared without sodium or with lower amounts of farmer’s market should read the packaging on canned or sodium. frozen vegetables to ensure their veggies are not being • Read labels. According to the AHA, 75 percent of the doused in salt. Some manufacturers may use salt to sodium in the average American diet comes from salt preserve canned and frozen veggies. Diners who do not added to processed foods. Diners who have resolved to have access to fresh vegetables or the time to buy fresh push away the salt shaker at the dinner table might still veggies each week should compare packaging on canned be exceeding their daily recommended sodium limits and frozen vegetables and choose the product with the if they are eating prepackaged foods with high sodium lowest amount of sodium. levels. Food manufacturers use salt to give prepackaged Sodium can make meals more flavorful, but cutting foods longer shelf lives, so concerned diners should read back on sodium intake can improve long-term health.
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Post-War Legacy of
John Finley Feasel Story and Submitted Photos by CHERYL WESTFALL DIX COMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
n our last issue of Now & Then, we met John Finley John Ashbrook. (John & John) He was loved and Feasel and traveled with him through his time in respected by all and was proud to have been re-elected the service during WWII. In this issue we will learn every time he ran for office, usually unopposed and often about what life was like for John as a Veteran unanimously elected. In 1983 the Ohio Postal Workers coming home after the war to raise a family, build a career Union “roasted” John and Velma at a testimonial dinner and help others as he worked to leave a quiet legacy for held by union folks from all over Ohio at Kings Island his fellow man. Resort. The hall was packed Following the war, John with all their best friends. returned to Ashland and During his terms of office married a girl he met on a he was presented the Francis blind date, Velma Mauritz, S. Filbey Award as the on November 17, 1947. Three most outstanding member years later they gave birth to of the OPWU. This was me, Cheryl, their only child. presented during the 1978 They settled into a small house State Convention. He was in Ashland to be near family presented a plaque at the 1982 and soon after John took the convention in appreciation for Civil Service Exam and began his many years of dedicated a new job with the Ashland service to the OPWU. He Post Office. was pronounced Honorary He worked a total of 28 years Treasurer upon his retirement, for the local Post Office, but this the first person ever given job led to a whole new lifestyle this privilege, and was invited as John became involved in to attend all future board the Postal Union and learned functions in this capacity. to use his basic principles of Throughout these same honesty and compassion to years, John remained active in assist as Treasurer of the Ohio his old Mansfield Boy Scout Federation of United Postal group, called Rover Scouts, Clerks, later to be renamed the only Rover Scout Crew in Ohio Postal Workers Union. the United States. They met John wrote letters every day. twice a year until it became He wrote to friends, he wrote too physically challenging. to congressmen; he kept up John Feasel and Velma Mauritz on their wedding day. John enjoyed his high a constant correspondence school reunions so much that with everyone he knew. He learned how to be a better after retiring, he helped to organize a monthly Brunch union man through classes at Ohio State University and Bunch which met with less and less members. He was the he went many times to Washington D.C. as a lobbyist. He attendance keeper at their meetings, and wrote to former became known on a first name basis by our congressman, classmates, encouraging them to attend. They would get
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John Feasel sorts local mail at the sorting station.
together to share reminiscences and stories and update each other on what they were up to now. He belonged to the VFW and American Legion but didnâ€™t take active part in their organizations. His life was too full already.
John Feasel with Congressman John Ashbrook.
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Caricature sketches of the officers of the Ohio Postal Workers Union, which John Feasel was the treasurer at that time.
He was nominated to join the honorable fellowship of Kentucky Colonels and he was proud to have been a member of their elite organization. John was presented a simple piece of cardboard f r o m Secretary of John Feasel retires after a 28 1/2 year State Bob Taft career with the U.S. Postal Service. Photo was in the Ashland Times-Gazette.
that made him very proud. It congratulated him on his perfect voting record for a 50-year period. He enjoyed crafts almost as much as he loved his letterwriting and his books. He did paint-by-number paintings until there was no wall space left! He took up latchhooking and asked me to design some unique patterns. His rugs depicting the postal patches worn over the years were hung proudly in the lobby of the Ashland Post Office. When he attended his Army Reunions, he would always take some rugs or pillows representing their winged 8 patch.
John Feasel holding his granddaughters Crystal (left) and Caryn (right).
needed to combat dizzy spells and fainting. He suffered through two leg amputations. But when life handed John a lemon, he went on to work for the good of others in Mansfield’s rehab unit, volunteering his time to help others deal with the anger and frustration over their own loss, being an inspiration and a soul who truly understood their plight. His prosthetic doctor impressed it upon me that he knew of no other 80-year-old individual who was still able to walk with two prosthetic devices. Soon after that John’s eyesight began to fail and I would find him reading his large-print Bible with a magnifying glass. John died at the age of 82 on December 9, 1999. His mark upon this earth was a quiet one, but it was filled with love John Feasel with his wife Velma. To the right of John is his for his fellow man. brother Merle and his wife Dottie.
But his greatest legacy to all were his scrapbooks. We would see him sit at a card table quietly working with newspaper scraps and photos and notebooks and never really questioned what he was up to. When he died, we discovered there were twenty-five scrapbooks put together for many of his friends and organizations. Some were delivered to the Ashland Historical Museum, where they were delightedly exclaimed over before I was out the door. Some were given to the classmates he left behind. Some were recently delivered to his Army Reunion friends. I am still working with the State of Ohio Archives and with the National Postal Workers Union to find homes for the rest. During his active life, John’s body began to break down. Diabetes was a constant struggle. A pacemaker was
John Feasel with his wife Velma.
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My Daily Life
Julie Grassman Has “Loved Every Minute!”
Story by JIM BREWER ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT
ast Friday, Oct. 28, Julie Grassman of Loudonville retired from Mansfield Plumbing Products in Perrysville, ending a career that totaled 55 years. Grassman’s career started on Dec. 21, 1956, just six months after graduating from Loudonville High School. It was interrupted for five years, from 1960-66, when she stayed home to raise her four small children. Work at the company was always a family affair for Grassman, who at one time or another worked with her mother, her stepmother, husband and son, and for the past 13 years, has worked alongside her granddaughter Kat. “I actually handed in my resignation 20 years ago,” she noted, “but my boss tore it up. He knew I wasn’t ready to retire, and he was right. I’m actually not sure I am ready now. I really love dealing with the consumer and customer callers, entering orders and handling problems. I have the most fun with the tough challenges that the sales reps bring my way.” Grassman’s first three years were spent in the plant mail room, and then she became the plant receptionist. “I remember Bill Yeager, our personnel director back then, calling me ‘the Golden Voice of MPP,’ but unfortunately, over the years, my voice got hoarse. “I spent a total of 20 years as the switchboard operator-receptionist, including taking care of some accounts payable and payroll details, and handling some of the personal business items for company executives Wilson and Larry Drouhard. The company was very much a family deal back then. “Then, in 1994 or 1995, Customer Service Department Head Ed Grose asked me to join his department, and I have been working there ever since,” she continued. Grassman said Mansfield Plumbing has always been
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about the same size, around 500 employees, including the Big Prairie plant and the old Sealand operation in Big Prairie, which was sold off and now operates as Dometic Inc. She also worked at the Merillat building in Julie Grassman celebrates a 55-year Loudonville for three years, career. at the time when MPP leased parts of that building and moved the customer service offices there. “That facility was very nice,” she said. “I liked it there.” She said only one MPP employee, “that I know of, has worked here longer than me. That was Ron Kline, who had been with the company one year longer and who retired last year. Another co-worker, Gene Oswalt, had 54 years under his belt.” The then-Julie Riynock met her husband Andy at a church-sponsored dance in Rittman in 1958, and they were married in 1959. They have four grown children of their own and a fifth adopted son. The eldest, Andy, 56, lives in Loudonville and works at Heffelfinger Meats in Ashland, and for Kerry Rich Lawn Care Services. The second, Jackie Grassman, 54, is now retired and lives at their home and “helps take care of both Andy and I,” she said with a smile.
Ron, 53, lives in the Johnstown/Alexandria area and works at Carr Supply, “among other things selling MPP toilets.” Terri Gamble, 51, lives in Massillon and is a travel agent, mostly doing corporate travel account work. Finally, adopted son Jim, 56, actually Andy’s nephew who came to live with the family in 1978, lives and works in Gahanna. The Grassmans have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A point of pride for them is that two grandsons, a son of Ron’s and son of Jim’s, now play for the University of Buffalo football team. Sports have played an important part in the Grassman family life, as Andy served as president of the Loudonville-Perrysville Athletic Boosters for about eight years in the 1970s. “If seemed like, in that era, we worked all the time, either at work or on Boosters things,” she remembered. “And it wasn’t all just sports things. We spent hours, for instance, lining up volunteer workers for the concession stand at football and other games.”
Grassman said she graduated from LHS in early June 1956, and after returning from a week-long senior class trip to Washington D.C., went to work at the Flxible Co. in Loudonville the following Monday. She worked there until December, when she got a call from Joe Allerding of Loudonville, asking if she would consider coming to work at MPP. “I was really honored, because the company had a great reputation as a good place to work,” she said. “My first day was Dec. 21, 1956, and just two days later I attended the company Christmas party and won one of the big prizes given away that year, an electric skillet. It was a great start for a job which I have loved every minute of, for 55 years.” MPP manufactures sanitary ware and bath ware at its plants in Perrysville and Big Prairie, and in Henderson, Texas. The company was founded in 1929, and is owned by Corona, a leading producer of top-quality, high-design plumbing fixtures for residential, commercial and institutional markets.
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Appreciation For History Alive In New London Story by ELLEN SIMMONS ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE CORRESPONDENT
Photo of the front of the New London Historical Society.
he New London Area Historical Society is another one of the village’s small but mighty groups that have achieved amazing results over the course of its short history. Founded July 16, 1985 by Martha Sturges and Tom Neel, the organization began with 37 charter members and original officers of Sturges, president; Neel, vice president; Pam Warthling (now Hansberger) secretary; Harold Kirkpatrick, treasurer. It was given non-profit status with an IRS exemption letter June 23, 1989. The purpose of the organization was “to promote and support individual historical research; to create and build interest in preserving and collecting historical records regarding New London, New London Township, Ruggles Township, Fitchville Township, Clarksfield Township and larger geographical areas relative to our history; to encourage active membership in this society; to encourage publication, and to publish, if advisable, historical material compiled by society members and to copyright this material if necessary; to encourage preservation of existing historical structures and items in the communities we serve; to educate the members and the public in historical matters, and to work with other area groups in achieving our purposes.” As the organization began receiving donations, members soon decided a museum was needed to house the growing collection of memorabilia, and with guidance from Kenneth
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Kirkpatrick a museum fund was established a museum fund in 1990. Since then the museum has moved twice, first from the former jail behind Marett Insurance and then to what had been the News Centre. The third move was into the former Burner-Sutherland Hardware or NAPA store at 13 East Main St. where it remains today. That site was purchased in September of 2007 from Barry Cassell and Richard Smothers, partners in Shared Vision Investment Corporation, and the mortgage today is around $17,000. Besides creating the museum, the list of what the society has accomplished goes on and on. A newsletter called “Times Past” goes out three times a year to members and includes information on the organization’s activities, as well as historical material gathered from newspapers, court documents, manuscripts and accounts that surface. The society participates in Hometown Holidays (Dec. 3rd this year) and has displays at each New London High School Alumni banquet, as well as the Firelands Labor Day Festival. Historical information for other community groups
Vaughn Neel, treasurer of the New London Historical Society and his wife Lois stand in the museum in front of a large spinning wheel that once belonged to the Hackett Family.
society. It was led by the society president Tom Neel. The group’s next projects are selling New London Bicentennial T-shirts for Hometown Holidays, purchasing an awning and banner for the front of the building, wiring the upstairs so the displays can be expanded and hosting a cemetery walking tour in the spring. The society participates in the Firelands Council of Historical Societies and the Ohio Local History Alliance. The group recently received an award for being a charter member of the Firelands group at their 25th anniversary dinner. According to Neel, the society has collected a large amount of local material and tries not to accept anything unless it has a tie to the New London area. Some of the Body basket from Sackett’s Funeral Home. holdings include a body basket from Sackett’s Funeral is provided as needed, including a list of questions for Home, a tile bust of CE Ward sculpted by John Guthrie, the New London monopoly game sponsored by the a collection of women’s hats from Ella Marlowe’s store, a Community Club, as well as a list of Civil War soldiers killed collection of old traffic tickets issued by the New London in service for the recently redone Veteran’s Monument. Police Department, a nearly complete run of New London Members did an inventory of the local and family history school yearbooks as well as graduation class photos, files material found in the meeting room at the New London from many local social groups and lodges, the original Public Library and then purchased two lateral filing volumes of the New London Record, Bicycle Johnson’s cabinets for that collection. One member, Nancy Harner, bike, a nice display of items portraying New London’s had earlier provided funds for the wooden shelves and railroad history and a wide array of paper documents, cabinets that line one side of the room. ephemera and photographs. The society has hosted two Eagle Scout projects. Adam The museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Kitts constructed shelving in the back room of the museum Saturday afternoons and at other times by arrangement for about 400 New London High School sports trophies, with any of the officers. Besides Neel, they are Martha and Kevin Philipps restored a room upstairs, pulling down Sturges, vice-president; Jean Myers, secretary; Vaughn Neel, damaged plaster and installing a bead board ceiling. Jon treasurer. Patterson-Sowards, an EHOVE student, wired the two New members and financial donations are always back rooms for his electrical class project. welcomed by the society. Membership is $10 for an The society has published “A Schoolchildren’s History of individual and $15 for a family. Meetings take place at 1:30 the Firelands,” “New London High School Alumni 1882p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the museum. For 2004,” “New London — A Sports Town,” and the “New more information, contact Neel at 419-750-4061. London Historical Cookbook.” In addition, members commissioned 15 miniatures of old New London buildings they sell to collectors. Members also submitted applications for two historic markers and secured grants for both. The first commemorates the 1963 Golden Age Nursing Home fire in Fitchville (located on Ohio 13 near the U.S. 250 intersection) and the second remembers John Corey, in 1816 the first New London settler, and the fact the village was once known as the Ferret Capital of the World (located on SR 60 at the southern entrance to the village). A recent project was a walking tour of downtown points of historical interest sponsored by the library and the These Kilburn chairs were made in New London around 1840.
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Host a delicious holiday brunch Many people host friends and family during the holiday season. Holiday dinners may garner the bulk of hosts’ attention, but overnight guests need to eat breakfast and lunch as well. Brunch can save hosts some work and give families a great opportunity to break bread without some of the formalities that may accompany holiday dinners. This holiday season, consider serving this ideal brunch recipe for “Farfalle with Crabmeat, Asparagus, Scrambled Eggs, Garlic, and Herbs” from Norman Kolpas’ “Buongiorno! Breakfast and Brunch, Italian Style” (Contemporary Books).
Farfalle with Crabmeat, Asparagus, Scrambled Eggs, Garlic, and Herbs 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh Ingredients: chives Serves 4-6
1 pound farfalle 1⁄2 pound asparagus, trimmed and sliced diagonally, 1⁄4-inch thick 10 extra-large eggs 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, minced 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1⁄2 pound cooked lump crabmeat, picked over to remove any bits of shell or cartilage
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2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley Freshly ground black pepper
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the farfalle and cook until al dente, following the manufacturer’s suggested cooking time. About 2 minutes before the pasta is done, add the asparagus. 2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a fork or whisk until slightly frothy. Set aside. 3. When the pasta and asparagus are done, drain and set aside. 4. Immediately melt the butter in
a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. 5. Add the pasta and asparagus and toss briefly to coat them with the butter mixture. Pour in the eggs, add 1⁄4 cup Parmesan and the cream, and stir and toss the mixture until the eggs just have begun to form moist curds, about 2 minutes. 6. Add the crabmeat, chives and parsley and continue cooking and tossing until the eggs have formed more solid curds that cling to the farfalle, 1 to 2 minutes more. 7. Serve immediately, passing freshly grated Parmesan and black pepper for guests to add to taste.
Simple meal tailor-made for busy families Many families strive to eat dinner together every night, but family schedules tend to be hectic. Still, simple recipes can make it that much easier to routinely sit down to family meals no matter how busy everyone’s lives become. While award-winning cookbook author Diana Henry admits she’s never eaten the following recipe for “Turkish Baked Eggplant with Chile, Feta and Mint” in Turkey, she insists that lack of authenticity does nothing to affect the meal’s flavor. This and many additional Henry recipes can be found in her cookbook, “Pure Simple Cooking: Effortless Meals Every Day” (Ten Speed Press).
Turkish Baked Eggplant with Chile, Feta and Mint Ingredients: Serves 4 as a starter or side dish 4 eggplants Olive oil Salt and pepper 2 onions, thinly sliced 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 medium fresh red chiles, halved, seeded and thinly sliced Juice of 1⁄2 lemon 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 3⁄4 cup Greek-style yogurt
1 handful of fresh mint leaves, torn oil until soft and golden. Add the garlic and chiles and cook for Extra virgin olive oil another 2 minutes, until they are soft as well. 3. When the eggplants are tender, 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Halve put them on a serving plate, the eggplants lengthwise and then cut-side up, and squeeze lemon score a diamond pattern into juice over them. Gently press the the flesh of each half on the cut cooked flesh down to make a bit surface, being careful not to cut of room for the onions. Fill the all the way through. Pour about 10 eggplant cavities with the onion tablespoons of olive oil over them and sprinkle the feta on top. and season with salt and pepper. 4. Daub the yogurt over the Turn them over to make sure they eggplants and throw on the mint are well coated. Roast for 40 to 45 leaves. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil minutes. over the top before serving. You 2. While the eggplants are cooking, can serve this warm or at room sauté the onions in 1⁄4 cup olive temperature.
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24 Thanksgiving Day Buffet
When: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Where: Pump House Catering & Event Center, 400 Orange St., Ashland Reservations Required. Call 419-207-3900. Adults $18.95. Children 5-10 years $9.95, 4 and under Free. Drinks (Beer, Wine, and non-alcoholic beverages) 7% tax, and 20% gratuity not included. To Go meals available @ $6.95 per lb. 7% of all sales will be donated to the Ashland Pregnancy Center. Menu available at www.pumphousecatering.com
26 Holiday Shop Hop
When: 9 a.m. Where: Downtown Ashland Please join us for our Annual Downtown Shop Hop!!! You can pick up your punch card at Annetteâ€™s Victorian Garden, 220 Center St or Enjoy! Gourmet Gifts, 145 West Main St. All of our participating retailers, are so excited to welcome you to their store, and to show you why Ashland Downtown is truly someplace special!! For any additional information please call 419-207-0245. www.facebook.com/events/1603509979957029/
27 Ashland Symphony: Holiday Pops
When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Archer Auditorium, 1440 King Road, Ashland
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Ashland High School A Cappella Choir and other area choruses. Concert underwritten by Barbasol and Buehler Fresh Foods Music sponsor Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland Poinsettias Buehler Fresh Foods www.ashlandsymphony.org
30 - Dec. 4 41st Annual Madrigal Feaste
When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Redwood Hall, 401 College Avenue, Ashland A dinner theater based in sixteenth-century England, the Madrigal Feaste provides constant entertainment throughout the evening. The Ashland University Chamber Singers perform ceremonial music, Christmas carols, and madrigals while the Players present a new comedic play along with improvisational theatrics. Fanfare trumpeters, the Court Jester, and Butler round out the cast. Performer costumes are designed as authentic reproductions of period apparel, and the four-course meal culminates in flaming bread pudding, a traditional dessert. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request at the time of purchase. Tickets on Sale Monday, September 26 at Noon. To secure the best seats during opening day sales, online purchasing is the best option, but you will incur additional fees. You can also come to the Box Office in person, but the line typically begins forming before 11 a.m. Performance Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Box Office: 419.289.5125 www.Ashland.edu/Tickets Open 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday Pricing: $28 adult, $24 group of 10 or more, $18 children under 12, $11 AU Students on opening night ONLY
December 3 TubaChristmas
When: Noon - 2 p.m. Where: Hugo Young Theatre, 401 College Avenue, Ashland All tuba, euphonium and baritone players are wanted for Ashland University’s TubaChristmas. Musicians will begin registration for the event at 10 a.m. followed by a rehearsal at 10:20 a.m. The public performance which is free and open to the public will be held at Noon. TubaChristmas is an idea conceived by Harvey Phillips, Professor of Tuba at Indiana University. Mr. Phillips wanted to demonstrate to the public what a beautiful sound a mass ensemble of tubas and euphoniums could make and to provide an opportunity for fellow low brass players to celebrate the season with the community. TubaChristmas is dedicated to the memory of Mr. William J. Bell. It’s a fun, holiday tradition the whole family can enjoy. The registration fee for participating musicians is $10.00 and includes a 2016 TubaChristmas button. The TubaChristmas carol book is also available for $20.00. Musicians are asked to bring their own folding stand. For more information, contact Professor of Music Dr. Scott Garlock at 419.289.5134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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! www.facebook.com/events/851344868300493/
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11 Festival Of Lights
When: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: Miller Chapel, 401 College Avenue, Ashland Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the annual Festival of Lights. The candlelight service symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include scripture readings, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus, and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Center for Religious Life, the Festival of Lights will conclude with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony. Canned food for needy families of Ashland County will be collected at the event and donated to Associated Charities of Ashland.
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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!
17 & 18 The Nutcracker
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Organist Joan Ronk Expressing Joy Through Worship Story by KRISTI SCHWEITZER ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE STAFF WRITER
very Sunday, the sanctuary of Park Street dependability,” Bebout said. Brethren Church comes alive with beautiful Her love for the organ began in college when she mixtures of sound as a longtime organist greets majored in music education at then Ashland College. friends and visitors into the worship service. Learning the basics of all major instruments, she picked the Joan Ronk, 90 years young, has been playing the organ organ as her focus. at her church for over 51 years, and enjoys gracing her “It has so many possibilities and I just like the way it congregation with her gift. responds,” Ronk said. “And being an organist, God gave “It’s an aid for worship and it gives me an opportunity to me this gift, and I just am happy to keep sharing it with express my joy,” Ronk said. It’s my way of praising God.” other people.” Ronk starts and ends After graduation, each service with her she taught music for a pieces. year in Marion County Every Sunday before marrying her morning Ronk arrives late husband Dorman at 8:30 a.m. and starts and teaching another her prelude five year in Sullivan. minutes before the Dorman was the 9 a.m. service. She secretary for the stays up front to play benevolent board of a hymn during music the Brethren Church and resumes at the for a few years, taught end of service with school and worked in her postlude for about construction in town. five minutes as the The couple joined congregation exits the Park Street in 1961 service. when Phil Larsch was “She is one of the pastor and his wife, Joan Ronk sitting at the organ in Park Street Brethren Church. those ladies who is as Jean, played the organ. consistent as the sunrise,” Park Street senior pastor Nate When the Larschs left a few years later for Florida, Ronk Bebout said. “She just is always here and ready to serve took over as organist and has been playing services ever when you need her. She has an ability to anticipate what since. you need before you even know it and help you get there.” Besides Sunday morning, she also plays for funerals or Practicing three or four times a week, she spends about weddings held at the church and occasionally other places. an hour each time preparing for Sunday and the next “Joan has always been dependable, supportive of several weeks. She picks uplifting classical pieces for the ministries, (and has) worked with us a hundred percent,” prelude and postlude, and works to perfect hymns chosen Park Street children’s pastor Sherry Van Duyne said. “She for each service. gives all she is.” “She’s there for every worship service and every funeral Van Duyne has worked with Ronk for many years and and every thing that we ever need … She’s just a model of has appreciated her help during service rehearsals and
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Christmas plays and other special programs. “I admire her, I respect her deeply. I just have such a high regard for her,” Van Duyne said. Even though she’s been playing for many years it never gets old, Ronk said. New music is always being composed as well as new ways to play old favorites. “I don’t repeat anything within a year,” she said. Ronk likes to experiment with pieces by changing the registration, or “whether I use strings or flutes or diapasons or a mixture of them — different combinations of sound.” “The organ has these stops that have a string sound to it like a violin or other stops like a flute,” she said. “We have an obo and then we have base petals for the feet which can copy or duplicate the sound or be an instrument all by itself, an octave lower or two octaves lower than what the usual base note in a song would be in a tune.” Her love for music continues to inspire her family to pursue their musical passions. In 1973 the Ronks were named Ashland County Music Family of the year. Each of her four children played a different stringed or
percussion instrument and she and her husband sang in several area performances. “Music is very important in our family,” she said. Today her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Sue sing in the praise team every Sunday at Park Street. One of her daughters teaches stringed instruments in Elmira, New York and helps her husband, the pastor, with music at her church. Her other daughters who live in Maryland and Illinois continue to enjoy music, too. When she’s not playing the organ, she helps out in other ways at her church. She prepares meals for shutins or funeral dinners. She also enjoys sending cards of encouragement to church members. Outside of church, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, knitting and embroidering. She takes every opportunity to travel out of state to visit her daughters and extended family, including 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “I pray for each one every day by name and that helps keep them in (mind),” she said.
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The BIG Cheese
THE LAST WORD
Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West, From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest, When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board The old broken links of affection restored, When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the warn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
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