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A Year To Remember A Family Ford to Restore Do You Have A ROMEO?




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Health Column Explaining Atrial Fibrillation

Health Column Exploring the Amazing Health Benefits of Reading

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Local Look Back The Copus Massacre

Preserving History A Year to Remember A Family Ford to Restore

My Daily Life Do You Have a ROMEO?


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Cars A Trip to Nashville Continues the Mikla Family Tradition

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Local Look Back



he morning of September 10, 1812, broke had lied to them, sought revenge. Early on the quietly, but what few realized was that a morning of September 10th, 1812, a servant of situation that started weeks before, was the Ruffner’s saw a party of Indians in the woods coming to a head. headed toward the Zimmer homestead. Mr. Ruffner The Frederick Zimmer, Martin Ruffner and James made quick tracks to the Zimmer home to alert and Copus families came to settle in what we now know protect them. The Zimmer’s had an older couple, as Mifflin Township in Ashland County, around 1803. a younger man and several children living in the There seemed to be harmony between the settlers house. The younger man, Phillip, was convinced to and the Native Americans. But other parts of the leave the home and to round up help from his friend state did not enjoy this kind of relationship and and neighbor, James Copus. He believed there were strife became more common. As time marched on, only five Indians to worry about. The reality was the military informed the families that there could more like 45, and shortly after Phillip left, the attack be trouble in their neighborhood. The Commander came. spoke to Mr. Copus telling him that the Indians When Phillip returned home with James, the house would have to move “temporarily” until things settled down. Copus was asked to speak to his native friends. James Copus had spoken to the Indians many times. He insisted these Indians were not violent, but to no effect. Mr. Copus and the Commander held a meeting, explaining that the Indians could soon return to their home and that their possessions and land would be undisturbed. The Indians trusted Copus and moved along peacefully. It was then that the Army ransacked their camp, packed up everything they thought worth saving, and burned the village to the ground. The Indians were still close enough to see the smoke rising from their homes. They were enraged. James Copus and some of the other settlers were angry as well, not only because liars had been made of them, but because this put their families at risk. Several Indians escaped from under the Army’s watch, and assuming that the settlers 1882 - The Copus monument is erected to honor the families and soldiers who died during the massacre.

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Present Day - The Copus monument, located just south of Mifflin.

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was dark and quiet. James sensed something was not right. He was concerned there could be Indians waiting in the house for Phillip’s return. He crept up and looked in the house and observed the Zimmers and Ruffners lying dead. Despite anger and grief, Mr. Copus knew he had to get his family to safety. The Copus family went to the blockhouse in present day Jeromesville. After staying there several days, he reluctantly listened to the military who assured him the Indians were gone. The Copus family returned to their home and found everything undisturbed. They were accompanied by soldiers with the promise of more protection the next day. Mr. Copus insisted the soldiers sleep in the house, but they declined. Just before dawn on the morning of the 15th, the soldiers decided to go to the creek to wash. James tried to tell them something was wrong and they should stay close. As soon as the soldiers entered the spring, the Indians attacked. Though James Copus was killed immediately, the battle went on for five hours. Those inside the house had found places to shoot from, keeping the house covered. The Indians stayed back a respectful distance and continued to fire upon the house. Just after 11 in the morning, the Indians retreated taking their dead with them. The family inside watched and waited and began to feel that it was over for now, but knew they were still in danger. They were sure that when darkness fell, the Indians would be back. One family member was sent up through the roof to run for help; legend has it that it was young Sarah Copus, barely a teen. Some say that Sarah came upon Johnny Appleseed in the woods, and that he carried her to the Jeromesville blockhouse for protection. This would be reasonable, as he was well known to all the families in that area. Regardless, we know that the surviving Copus members were rescued and taken to the blockhouse for the winter. On September 10, 1882, monuments were erected to honor the families and soldiers who died that day, and to honor the valor and bravery of those that protected the living. Sarah was there, then 83 years old, and as she walked away from the ceremony, she was overcome with grief yet 70 years later. The Copus Monument stands today and is located on Mifflin Township Road 1225, off of SR 603, south of Mifflin.

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plan 50. Recorded 52. Paddle 53. Dormouse 55. Officially prohibit 56. Wrongly 57. Yves Rocher 58. Weakens 63. An evening party 65. Containing salt 66. Semitic gods 67. Grand in scale CLUES DOWN 1. Very long period of time 2. Boston-based Celtic punk band (abbr.) 3. Final month (abbr.) 4. Scottish island 5. Merchandiser 6. Elected leader (abbr.) 7. Brews 8. Linear accelerator (abbr.) 9. Lawrence Taylor 10. Upstate NY college 11. Schemer 13. Even more shaggy 15. Electronic funds transfer 17. Currently popular

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Explaining Atrial Fibrillation


n late 2013, the World Health Organization released results from a data analysis that examined atrial fibrillation and its prevalence across the globe. The results were troubling, indicating that 33.5 million people worldwide have the condition. If those figures don’t raise an eyebrow, that’s likely because few people are familiar with atrial fibrillation, in spite of its prevalence. A broader understanding of atrial fibrillation, often referred to as AF, may help people reduce their likelihood of developing the condition. What is atrial fibrillation? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute notes that atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. AF occurs when rapid, disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers, known as the atria, to contract very

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quickly and irregularly. What happens when a person has atrial fibrillation? The heart is not functioning properly when a person has atrial fibrillation. That’s because blood pools in the atria when a person has AF, and because of that pooling, the blood is not pumped completely into the heart’s two lower chambers, which are known as the ventricles. As a result, the heart’s upper and lower chambers do not work in conjunction as they do when the heart is fully healthy. Are there symptoms of atrial fibrillation? Some people with AF do not feel symptoms and only learn of their condition after physical examinations. This highlights the importance of scheduling annual physicals for all people, but especially for people with a personal or family history of heart trouble. According to the American Heart Association, the most common symptom of AF is a quivering or

The NHLBI also notes that AF is more common in people who have: • High blood pressure • Coronary heart disease • Heart failure • Rheumatic heart disease • Structural heart defects • Pericarditis • Congenital heart defects Can atrial fibrillation be prevented? There is no guaranteed way to prevent AF, though certain lifestyle choices can reduce a person’s risk for the condition. A heart-healthy diet that’s low in cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat and also includes daily servings of various whole grains, fruits and vegetables can lower a person’s risk for AF. Daily physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking also can lower a person’s risk. Atrial fibrillation is a rising threat across the globe. More information about AF can be found at www.


fluttering heartbeat, which is caused by abnormal firing of electrical impulses. Anyone who feels such a symptom or suspects their heartbeat is abnormal should consult a physician immediately. In addition to a quivering or fluttering heartbeat, the AHA notes that people with AF may experience one or more of the following symptoms: • General fatigue • Dizziness • Shortness of breath and anxiety • Weakness • Faintness or confusion • Fatigue when exercising • Sweating • Chest pain or pressure The AHA warns that people experiencing chest pain or pressure are having a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Whether or not symptoms of AF are detected, the condition can still increase a person’s risk for serious medical problems, including stroke. Who is at risk for atrial fibrillation? No one is immune to atrial fibrillation, though risk of developing the condition rises as a person ages. Men are more likely than women to develop AF, which the NHLBI notes is more common among whites than African Americans or Hispanic Americans. People suffering from hyperthyroidism, a condition characterized by excessive amounts of the thyroid hormone, are at greater risk for AF than those without the condition. In addition, people who are obese and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or lung disease are at greater risk for AF than those without such conditions.

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Preserving History

A Year to Remember A Family Ford to Restore




Photos by TOM E. PUSKAR


he year was 1941. In our nation’s consciousness introduced that year, along with a new toy called a Slinky. there are years and dates that stay with us our Comic books were all the rage with characters named entire lives — September 11th in New York City, Green Lantern, Aqua Man and Captain America. November 11th (Veterans Day) and where you were on Popular children’s books were Curious George, watched November 22nd, 1963 when President Kennedy was shot. now on cable by my grandson (yep everything old is new Certainly 1941 stands out as one of our nation’s most again), and Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. The iconic years. first television commercial produced was a 10-second Events happening overseas were troubling, but many ad for Bulova Watches and cost $7. The songs of the day Americans were struggling with unemployment, which were “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glen Miller, “Green was almost 10 percent of the workforce. Eyes” by Jimmy Dorsey and “I’ll Be With You In Apple If you wanted to Blossom Time” by The buy your family a new Andrews Sisters. home in 1941, it cost On Sunday, December $4,000, which seems 7th, 1941 the world inexpensive but not would change, with the when you consider that attack on Pearl Harbor the annual income at by Japan. This attack the time was only $1,700 would spur on the a year. beginning of World War If you couldn’t afford II for the United States, a new home, you could which would change rent for $32 a month. history. A new car in 1941 The 1941 Ford cost $800, with gas at The 1941 Ford 12 cents a gallon. In the was updated in White House, President Reid Firestone inherited this 1941 Ford Sedan from his father in preparation for a time 2003 and began restoring it in 2004. His grandfather bought the Franklin D. Roosevelt vehicle new in 1941. of unpredictability was sworn in for an surrounding World War unprecedented third term and the national debt was $57.5 II. It’s design would continue into 1942 when Ford ended billion. production on private vehicles in order to concentrate “Citizen Kane” was released in May of 1941 and is still on the war effort. Ford would then produce tanks, trucks regarded as one of the greatest films ever produced. If and other war machines, not making another civilian you were born in 1941, you share a birthday with Neil automobile until 1946, a year after the war ended. Diamond, Dick Cheney, Bob Dylan, Martha Stewart and The 1946 Ford followed the same lines as the 1941 Ford the Rev. Jesse Jackson. (If you were born in the ’80s or and didn’t see any major power plant or body changes ’90s, you may not know who any of these people are). until 1949. Many of the 1941 and 1942 Fords produced Kids in 1941 enjoyed Silly Putty, which was accidentally were used as staff cars and general-purpose vehicles discovered when a General Electric engineer was trying within the United States and overseas. This makes these to create synthetic rubber. Tonka trucks were first early Fords harder to find and more collectible.

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If you went out to Donley Ford and purchased a brand new Ford back in 1941, would it have been on your mind to hang onto the car in order to pass it on to your grandson 73 years later? Because that’s exactly what Reid Firestone’s grandfather, Melvin, did when he purchased his brand new 1941 Ford Super Deluxe four-door. Not only did Melvin keep the 1941 Ford, he also kept a 1946 Dodge which he purchased new. Melvin’s grandson Reid now owns both. (With guys like Melvin holding onto their classics, the auto industry might have had a problem selling new vehicles on a regular basis). Reid Firestone Pastor Reid Firestone was born in New London and had been a lifelong resident of Spencer until moving to Ashland after his retirement several years ago. Graduating from Black River High School in 1976, Reid attended and graduated from then Ashland College, now Ashland University, with a major in Finance. Reid worked in the insurance and finance industry for 16 years until he received his calling to the Lord in 1990. Reid became a full-time pastor in 1996 and retired in 2015. Reid still fills in where needed as a pastor at local churches, but now enjoys his time with his family and his two classic cars. In 1955, Reid’s grandfather Melvin sold the 1941 Ford to Reid’s father, Bruce, who drove the it until 1970 when things started to go wrong with the car. Bruce then stored the Ford in a barn with a dirt floor until his death in 2003. When Reid inherited the car from his father, it was in need of a total restoration. A 1946 Dodge that was in a little better shape was also inherited by Reid and his family and he made up his mind that he was going to save the family Ford.

Front view of car

Side view of car

The Project The restoration began in 2004 and took six years to complete. Reid spared no expense in bringing the old Ford back to the same condition it was 73 years earlier when his grandfather purchased the car. D and D Classic Restoration of Mansfield assisted Reid in doing a complete restoration of Melvin’s old Ford. The car was reconstructed exactly as it would have been when it rolled out of the factory in 1941. In the short time since the car was completed, it has won second place in the open category at the Ohio Region Classic Car Show in Akron. Reid received 1,900 points out of a possible perfect 2,000-point award, due to a small dent in one of the Ford’s hubcaps. Reid doesn’t plan to turn the Ford into a trailer queen and drives the car on a daily basis and will continue to attend local car shows. Reid remembers going to Florida in this car with his dad and adds: “One day, my son or daughter will be driving the Ford or Dodge and Melvin would approve.” Family history is important to Reid and his family, and the cars will continue to be passed down and enjoyed. Reid and his wife, Terri, enjoy their two grown children and four grandchildren. Reid indicates there might be another vehicle in the family’s future, a vintage pick-up truck. Reid shares that “the committee” (Terri) has not yet approved of this plan, but he is optimistic as to the new project. After all, they are a car family. Remember, your car doesn’t have to be old to be cool... but it helps. Brooks Whitmore is a local classic car buff and owner of Whitmore Motors. His column regularly appears on the Ashland Times-Gazette Cars Page, which runs the first Tuesday of every month.

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Calendar of Events September


18-24 Ashland County Fair

1 Ashland Symphony: Timeless Tchaikovsky

Where: Ashland County Fairgrounds 2042 Claremont Avenue, Ashland Vets free with ID on Monday September 19. Senior citizens are only $1 on Tuesday September 20.

24 Oktoberfest

When: Noon - 11:30 p.m. Where: Wolf Creek Grist Mill State Route 3 South, Loudonville RAIN OR SHINE – 3 LARGE HEATED TENTS ON SITE! Enjoy nearly 100 foreign & domestic beers, wine, live music, & great food! All beer & wine available for purchase separately by sample tastes, glass, bottle, pitcher, or growler. Food available for purchase from multiple food vendors. Live music ALL day! Televised Ohio State Football Game on the big screen. Beer Olympics & Stein Hoisting Competition. Ample free parking onsite. NEW this year: additional shuttle bus added. Admission: $5.00 – All Adults Ages 21+ (purchased online or at the gate on Sept 26) (Must show valid ID). $1.00 – Ages 10-20. Under 10 – FREE html#oktoberfest

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When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Archer Auditorium 1440 King Road, Ashland Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, op.35, D major Aaron Berofsky, violin Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6, op.74, B minor (Pathétique) Soloist sponsor Packaging Corporation of America Tickets available online or by visiting or calling the AU Central Box Office at 419-289-5125.

1, 2 Ashland County Farm Tour

Ashland County Farm Bureau Drive it Yourself Farm Tour will be October 1st from 10-6 and October 2nd from 12:30-6. This years tour will feature the central part of the county. AshlandCountyFarmBureau/home

4-8 Loudonville Street Fair

When: Noon - 10 p.m. Where: Downtown Loudonville Our small town hosts a big fair that

is truly an old-fashioned, familyoriented event. We offer five days of free admission, free entertainment, free exhibits, free livestock shows and auctions, free power pulls, rides, food and more. State routes 3 and 60 are closed during the event.

6 Ashland County Juried High School Art Exhibition Opening Reception

When: 5 - 7 p.m. Where: Coburn Art Gallery 401 College Avenue, Ashland Exhibition runs through November 6. coburn-gallery

7, 8 Choreography Showcase

When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Opus Rehearsal Hall Second Street, Ashland Opus II Dance Studio presents this annual event at Opus Rehearsal Hall. Tickets - General Seating $10 Adults & $8 Students/Sr. Citizens Available at Opus II Dance Studio during class-time hours or at the door. Opus families may charge tickets to their studio account. Doors open at 7:00.

8 Oktoberfest

University Jazz Orchestra will perform a wide variety of selections at a free public concert in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are welcome to grab a snack, enjoy a beverage, and listen to some great jazz music.

When: Noon - 5 p.m. Where: Mitchell’s Orchard & Farm Market 1217 Township Road 1153, Ashland $20.00 per person gets you unlimited fun, including beer and wine samples, lots of food, polka music by NorthCoast Mix, a free glass, and other giveaways. No advance reservations. Bring your friends. Mitchells-Orchard-FarmMarket-130975270267477/

11 Jazz At The Nest

15 Autumn Fiber Festival

When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Eagles Nest/Hawkins-Conard Student Center King Road, Ashland Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, Professor of Music, the award-winning Ashland

When: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Ashland County Fairgrounds 2042 Claremont Avenue, Ashland Local fiber producers, craftsmen and artists will be brought together to display and sell their wares, demonstrate their skills and educate the visiting public about natural fibers and their importance to our community and culture. Featuring: Raw Fiber, Yarn, Finished Fiber Items, Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Crochet, Knitting Supplies,

Fiber Related Crafts, New and Used Fiber Equipment, Fiber Animals, Sitn-Spin or Knit or Crochet Free Admission

Do you have a family friendly event in or near Ashland? Contact Now & Then Events at 212 E. Liberty St. Wooster, OH 44691 or email editor@spectrumpubs. com. Please include the date, time, contact information and a brief summary.

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hile breakfast and supper are generally meals eaten with family lunch is usually shared with others, in a cafeteria, in a corporate lunchroom or even at a service club such as Kiwanis, Rotary or Lions. When retirement arrives on our doorstep, not only do we have to find a new rhythm for our days, but we also have to change the way we eat lunch. Some may be glad for an additional meal with a spouse or a companion, or simply enjoy the solitude of a cup of soup and a slice of crispy bread. Others may be like my friend, Don, whose wife suggested she wasn’t prepared to serve him lunch just because he was no longer going into the office every day. If my observations are valid, it appears as though


a number of men in our community got that memo as well; thus the ROMEOs. Retired Old Men Eating Out. The great thing about the ROMEOs is there are no registration forms or dues needed to join the club. Just show up some morning at Hawkins, Wendy’s, McDonald’s or even the hospital cafeteria, grab a coffee and pull up a chair. At least I think that’s how it works, as I haven’t had a chance to officially join the ROMEOs, only observe them. Perhaps, like third grade, there is some kind of hierarchy in the table assignments, or they may be segregated by color (orange and brown versus yellow and black), but my guess is they’re open to whoever wants to join them. Not all ROMEO gatherings are exclusively male, as I’ve noticed a courageous woman in their midst from time to time. Mixed gender groupings can especially be found in places such as the Ashland Kroc Center, where participants gather around the table for coffee and sweets following their early morning exercise. The thread running between the various ROMEO gatherings is simple: regardless of our age, we need Some of the members of The Romeos sit and talk over the world’s problems over coffee at people in our lives. When we join others UH Samaritan Medical Center Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Pictured are (l-r) Harry Hudkins, Lloyd Weygant, Dan Stone, Don Earlenbaugh and Guy Krueger. The group is there every weekday at the ROMEO tables, morning with a variety of members showing up.

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take a class for life enrichment or volunteer in some way, we acknowledge we are created to be with each other. In Ray Oldenburg’s book, “The Great Good Places: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts and How They Can Get You Through the Day,” he suggests that in every neighborhood, there are “third places,” where locals gather to visit, share news and be among others. “Third places” references that for most people their “first place” or where they spend the most amount of time is their home and “second place” is a place of employment. “Third places” generally are on neutral ground, which acts as a leveler. Conversation is the main activity, there are regulars, they have a low profile, the mood is playful and they can feel like a home away from home. Some of these “third places” are designed to function in that manner, such as the Senior Center,

the Council on Aging, the YMCA and the Kroc Center. Others are based upon shared interests, such as the knitting circle and the New Adventures band at the Kroc, the Silver Sneakers exercise program at the YMCA, or our neighborhood garden club. As we age, loneliness and isolation become health risks, so the value of the ROMEOs and other gatherings for seniors can’t be underestimated. Yes, some days it is difficult to get out of bed. Leaving the house is challenging when our driving privileges have been curtailed, or when we have to make the trek to the gathering hole on our own. It’s tempting to become a recluse, but definitely not good for our health. Studies suggest that socially active older adults have better overall health, face less depression, are less likely to suffer elder abuse and may even experience lowered blood pressure. Although, I’m not sure those blood pressure studies factored in the impassioned discussions fueled by the current political climate.

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Recipes Hispanic

Hispanic cuisine is beloved the world over, and much of that infatuation can be traced to Mexico. Mexican cuisine is flavorful and can be enjoyed any time of year. But even ardent Mexican cuisine enthusiasts may never have tried authentic Mexican food. Many Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico offer only a hybrid form of this beloved cuisine that, while delicious, does not reflect traditional Mexican recipes. For those who want a taste of something more authentic, consider the following recipe for “Classic Rolled Tacos” from Kelley Cleary Coffeen’s “200 Easy Mexican Recipes” (Robert Rose).

Classic Rolled Tacos Ingredients: Makes 24 tacos 2 cups shredded cooked beef (see below) 3⁄4 teaspoon salt 24 6-inch corn tortillas, microwarmed (see note) vegetable oil

Directions: 1. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine shredded beef and salt. 2. To build tacos, place 11⁄2 tablespoons of meat at one end of each tortilla, shaping the filling into a short, straight line. Gently roll tortilla and secure with a toothpick (you do not need to seal the ends; the taco looks like a small flute). Deep-fry immediately or place rolled tacos in a resealable plastic bag to keep

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moist. Refrigerate until ready to cook for up to 2 days. 3. Fill a deep fryer, deep heavy pot or deep skillet with 3 inches of oil and heat to 350 F. Using tongs, gently place 3 to 4 tacos at a time in the hot oil and deep-fry, turning once, until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Lightly season with salt. Serve 3 or 4 per person. Note: Micro-warming corn or flour tortillas gives you a very pliable and soft tortilla and allows you to roll the tacos tightly, so it’s perfect for preparing rolled tacos and taquitos. It is also quick and easy for soft tacos.

Ingredients: boneless beef 2 to 3 pounds boneless beef, chuck or sirloin roast

1 onion, quartered 3 cloves garlic 3⁄4 teaspoon salt

Directions: 1. Place roast in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the meat by 2 inches. Add onion and garlic and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to mediumlow and simmer until meat is tender and falling apart, 11⁄2 to 2 hours. Remove meat. Discard broth or use in another recipe. Let meat cool for 12 to 15 minutes. Shred meat into strands with your fingers or two forks. Add salt and mix well. Let cool completely. Measure out amount needed for recipe and place remaining beef in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Many people love to add a little kick to their meals. Various spices can add flavor, but Indian spices tend to pack a more powerful punch than ingredients that are not quite as bold. Indian dishes vary with regard to how much kick they deliver, and many people find dishes like the following recipe for “Saag Paneer” from Jill Lightner’s “Edible Seattle: The Cookbook” (Sterling Epicure) is spicy but not overly so. Those who want a little more kick than this recipe provides can substitute mustard greens for a portion of the spinach.

Saag Paneer Ingredients: Serves 4 1 pound fresh spinach 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 3⁄4 teaspoon garam masala 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄4 cup ghee 1 medium onion, minced 2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger 1⁄4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk 3⁄4 pound paneer, cut into 2-inch cubes


uncovered, until most of the water has evaporated, about 15 minutes. 1. In a food processor, alternate 4. Stir in the cream, add the adding handfuls of spinach and paneer and cover. Cook for tablespoons of water, up to 3⁄4 cup about 5 minutes, until the paneer water, blending between additions. is warmed through. Adjust the When you have a wet, smooth seasonings to taste and serve hot. puree, whirl in the salt. Serve the dish with basmati rice 2. In a small dish, combine the and grilled naan or pita. garam masala, coriander, turmeric, Edible tip: The best spices are and cumin. recently purchased and freshly 3. Set a large, heavy skillet over ground; the older your spices, the medium-high heat and add the more likely the final dish will taste ghee. Once it is thoroughly hot, muddy. add the onion and ginger. Stir constantly, frying until the onion is soft and medium brown. Pour in the spice mixture all at once and stir until the spices are slightly fried and completely coating the onion. Slowly pour in the spinach puree, stirring to blend with the spiced onion. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer,

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Exploring the Amazing Health Benefits of Reading


t can be hard for some people to pick up a book when there are so many distractions at the ready. But while books might not be as flashy as the latest must-have gadget, they can provide benefits that might surprise even the most avid readers. In addition to the intellectual benefits of reading, indulging in a good book can also boost physical health. According to Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research at Haskins Laboratories, which is devoted to the science of language, when a person is reading “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging.” Just like muscles in the body, the

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brain benefits when it is pushed beyond its normal abilities, and reading is a great way to push those limits. But the benefits of reading do not stop there. Reading can help reduce stress, benefitting the body in numerous ways. A 2009 University of Sussex study found that turning to a good book can be an effective relaxation strategy when things become too stressful. Reading fiction can stimulate the imagination and distract a person from the stressors in everyday life. Choosing a humorous or uplifting story can boost mood and help people relax, particularly when reading before bedtime. Reading also can help men and women get



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a better night’s rest. People who are accustomed to reading books before going to bed actually train their mind and body for relaxation. Picking up a book can send signals that it is time to settle down and get ready for sleep. Health experts often recommend developing a sleep routine to people who struggle to fall asleep at night, and reading for 30 minutes before bed each night can be an integral part of such routines. Research has shown that reading and engaging the brain in other ways, such as through intellectual games and puzzles, can stave off dementia. These activities stimulate the cells in the brain to grow and connect, increasing the power of brain tissue. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, keeping the mind active through reading can strengthen connections between brain cells and build up brain cell reserves. Mental activity might even generate new brain cells. All of these factors can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to a paper from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, reading can stimulate the brain to produce more white matter. White matter works together with gray matter and is responsible for sending sensory and motor stimuli to the central nervous system to stimulate a response. Healthy white matter keeps the central nervous system working effectively and may reduce risk of learning disabilities as well as impaired motor functions. The educational benefits of reading are widely known. But reading also provides a host of other benefits.

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Dave Mikla’s grandson, Colton, bought this 1963 F-100 Ford truck with his father on a trip to Nashville and shows it at local shows.

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y dad started car collecting back in the 1950s. I caught the fever from him in the 1970s and I was pleased to see my son-inlaw, Perry, purchase his 1958 Buick in the 2000s. My grandson, Colton, liked going to shows with Perry and decided he wanted something classic when it came time for him to get his license. Not being very knowledgeable in the auto body field, Colton and his dad decided to look south for a solid vehicle. Word came to them that there was a 1970s Ford Maverick priced at $3,000 in Nashville,

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Tennessee. Unless you buy a hand-me-down car from another collector in Ohio, a rust-free car at an antique age is hard to find in these parts. The salt solution they use on Ohio highways starts eating the metal on cars like Pac-Man going after pac-dots in a video game maze. Colton and Perry decided to take a fun, father and son trip to Nashville and found the Maverick. The owner was honest enough to tell them that he had gotten the car running, but couldn’t promise

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anything else. He also told them of a better vehicle for sale nearby for another $500. So off they went, and just down the road they discovered a 1963 F-100 Ford truck. Solid it was, and even better - it had Pocahontas, Arkansas inscribed in the back bumper. Even with all the classic cars in the Mikla family, none of us had ever had an antique truck before. The Ford truck was rust-free and just the right size for Colton, so they decided to bring it home. Clear back in 1900, Henry Ford started tinkering around and came up with his first pickup truck, but it wasn’t until 1925 that he became serious and started the first pickup truck assembly line. The 1925 vehicle came with a cargo box and adjustable tailgate, four stake pockets and heavy duty rear springs. The F series that Colton brought home was introduced in 1948, and ranged from 1/2 to 3-ton. In 1959 Ford added four-wheel drive, and in 1965 the company came out with its first four-door crew cab. The Ford truck has always been marketed as being made for the working man. In the early 1980s, Ford engineers realized that people were buying Ford trucks as the second family vehicle and began finishing the cab for more comfort. Colton’s truck is still basic inside with a standard, three speed, fully synchronized transmission and six-cylinder engine. The 1963 truck was the last model with a solid, heavy duty frame as it was soon changed to its everpopular twin I-beam suspension, and Lord knows we all spent many years watching commercials about that. Colton’s truck is from the last year the engineers used chains to secure the tailgate. It has been jazzed up with a new paint job and fancy wheels that really make it stand out on its own, and I for one think it was a better choice over the Maverick. Perry and Colton are having a good time showing their vehicles at local shows, including the Cleveland Auto Show at the I-X Center. Dave Mikla is an Ashland resident and classic car enthusiast. His column regularly appears on the Ashland Times-Gazette’s Cars Page, which runs the first Tuesday of every month.

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he Ford Motor Company’s Model T was offered in several styles, not unlike how vehicles of today are offered in various models. Among the Model T styles available was a two-seat runabout, which can be considered a precursor to the coupe style popular today, and a seven-seat town car, which might be considered an ancestor of today’s SUV, at least with regard to passenger capacity. While prospective Model T drivers had some options when choosing which Model T they wanted to purchase, between

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Ashland Now & Then - September 2016  

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

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