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now then magazine August 2016

History of the Ashland Sanitary Dairy Harold Kirkpatrick, Life of a Hometown Boy CELEBRATING TODAY...REMEMBERING YESTERDAY



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Health Column Managing Prediabetes or Diabetes

Health Column Omega 3 Powerhouses

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Local Look Back History of the Ashland Sanitary Dairy

My Daily Life Hometown Boy

Preserving History Preserving History at the Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast


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Opinion What Happened to Summer?

Home Maintaining Bird Feeders and Bird Baths Essential to Avian Health

Did you Know?

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Calendar of Events

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Local Look Back



his is the history of the Ashland Sanitary Dairy, as told by Florence Faye Budd who was married to Cliffton P. Gongwer, co-owner of the Dairy. Florence Faye Budd was born in 1892 to Franklin and Elizabeth Budd. On November 25, 1915, she married Cliffton P. Gongwer. Both were 23 years old when they married. The early years of their marriage were busy ones. 1917 was a year of ups and downs. Cliff Gongwer and David M. Reed purchased a half interest in the Ashland Sanitary Dairy which was owned by WD Cummings and Stewart Whitcomb. Sadly, that same year Florence gave birth to a stillborn baby. However, in 1918, she and Cliff became the proud parents of son Kenneth. In 1919, Cliff and David became the sole owners of the business. The Dairy was listed in the 1920 trade publication “Refrigeration,” volumes 25-26 as having purchased a 6-ton vertical single acting belt driven enclosed refrigerating machine and high pressure side complete from York Manu1892 Florence Faye Budd Born

1915 Florence Faye Budd married Cliffton P. Gongwer

1913 Ashland Sanitary Dairy Opened

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facturing Co. In 1920, their daughter Elizabeth was born. They owned a house at 523 Chestnut Street. Tragedy struck in 1925 when one of their employees, WB Fellenbaum, was involved in a head-on collision while driving one of their delivery trucks. The driver of the other vehicle, Frank Baum, was killed instantly. For some reason, the Ashland Press thought it necessary to report that out of the 4,400 bottles of milk that were on the truck,

1918 Florence and Cliffton became proud parents of Kenneth

1917 Cliffton and Mr. Reed purchased a half interest in the Ashland Sanitary Dairy

1920 Florence and Cliffton became proud parents of Elizabeth

1919 Cliffton and Mr. Reed became sole owners of the business

only eight were broken, which seems trivial in comparison to the loss of a life. Mr. Fellenbaum suffered minor injuries to his legs. It was also in 1925 that Cliffton and Mr. Reed purchased Florence’s parent’s farm, 65 acres within the city limits on which grazed the company’s herd of pure bred Guernsey cows. Those cows produced the Dairy’s well-known “Grade A Milk.” Florence’s mother Elizabeth Budd died in 1926 at the age of 59, and her father Franklin died the following year at the age of 60. Both are buried in Ashland Cemetery. By 1930, Cliff, Florence and their children moved to 510 College Avenue. They owned a radio, and opened their home to Ashland College student Hattie Cordray. Early history of the Ashland Sanitary Dairy: The Dairy opened in 1913 at 161 Center Street. The Dairy made creamery butter and Quality ice cream that was labeled as the smoothest and richest ice cream on the market. The Dairy also sold pasteurized and clarified milk, buttermilk, and cottage cheese. In 1914, the Elgin Dairy Report listed the following: “For sale, No. 3 Simplex churn (cast frame) has been used but for a short time. Will sell cheap.” Now back to the 1930s… In 1931, Cliff and Florence began construction of a house at 1740 Circle Drive West in the Countryside neighborhood. Cliff and Mr. Reed added a retail store in 1934. The combined wholesale and retail trade extended within a 100 mile radius of Ashland. The estimated annual output was 300,000 pounds of butter, 75,000 gallons of ice cream, and a daily sale of milk of 1,500 gallons. Approximately 30 people were employed and the Dairy owned a fleet of nine trucks. In 1948, Cliff bought Mr. Reed’s interest in the business. They remained close friends and are even neighbors in the cemetery! In 1951, an eleven-year-old named Jim Witmer won the Ashland Soap Box Derby in a car sponsored by the Ashland Sanitary Dairy.

Cliff’s brother-in-law Jack Lentz, Sr. worked at the Dairy and some of his duties included making hot fudge, butterscotch, bittersweet fudge, and other toppings (known as “dope”), roasting the nuts, and freezing the popsicles. The Ashland Sanitary Dairy was a popular hang-out and food was served in addition to their delicious ice cream. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were a favorite. They sometimes printed “feature recipe” cards. There may be a copy or two of their “wonderful cream of tomato soup” recipe still in circulation. In 1965, the Dairy joined with the Boyer Dairy to form the All-Star Dairy and was located at 725 Clark Street. Sadly, about this time, the original Ashland Sanitary Dairy suffered some damage due to a fire, but the vacant building was used as the headquarters for Ashland’s Sesquicentennial celebration. In 1967, Earl Hawkins opened a Hawkins market on the site of the former Ashland Sanitary Dairy. Throughout his life, Cliff was an active member of the Ashland community belonging to the Elks Lodge and the Ashland Country Club. He also served on the board of directors of the Home Savings and Loan Company. He was proud to be a democrat, and he and Florence both belonged to the Methodist Church. In their later years, they moved to a house on Center Street. Florence died in 1973 at the age of 81, and Cliff passed away two years later. They are buried in the Gongwer family plot in Ashland Cemetery.

1934 Cliffton and Mr. Reed added a retail store 1925 Cliffton and Mr. Reed purchased Florence’s parents farm

1948 Cliffton bought Mr. Reed’s interest in the business

1975 Cliffton died

1965 The Dairy joined with the Boyer Dairy to Form the All-Star Dairy 1973 Florence died at age 81

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Managing Prediabetes or Diabetes


iabetes and its precursor is a major problem, both in the United States and across the globe. In 2015, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that nearly 50 percent of adults living in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes, a condition marked by higher than normal blood glucose levels that are not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reports that the global prevalence of diabetes figures to rise from 8 percent in 2011 to 10 percent by 2030. Preventing diabetes should be a priority for men, women and children, but management must take precedence for the millions of people who have already been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, making healthy food

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choices is an essential step in preventing or managing diabetes. Making those choices can be difficult for those people who have never before paid much attention to their diets, but the AHA offers the following advice to people dealing with prediabetes or diabetes. • Limit foods that may worsen your condition. Some foods, including fiber-rich whole grains and fish like salmon that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, can help people with prediabetes or diabetes. But many more foods must be limited, if not largely ignored. Limit your consumption of sweets and added sugars, which can be found in soda, candy, cakes, and jellies. It’s also good to limit your sodium intake and resist fatty meats like beef and pork. • Document your eating habits. The AHA recommends that people with prediabetes or diabetes maintain a food

log to see how certain foods affect their blood glucose levels. Within 60 to 90 minutes of eating, check your blood glucose levels to see how your body reacts to the foods you eat. As your food log becomes more extensive, you will begin to see which foods match up well with your body and which foods you may want to avoid. • Plan your meals. Hectic schedules have derailed many a healthy lifestyle, but people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes do not have the luxury of straying from healthy diets. Plan your meals in advance so your eating schedule is not erratic and your diet includes the right foods, and not just the most convenient foods. Bring lunch and a healthy snack to work with you each day rather than relying on fast food or other potentially unhealthy options in the vicinity of your office. • Embrace alternative ingredients. Upon being diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, many people assume they must abandon their favorite foods. But that’s not necessarily true. Many dishes can be prepared with alternative ingredients that are diabetes-friendly. In fact, the AHA has compiled a collection of diabetesfriendly recipes that can be accessed by visiting www. A prediabetes or diabetes diagnosis requires change, but these conditions can be managed without negatively affecting patients’ quality of life.




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mega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that play an important role in relation to many functions of the body. The fatty acids EPA and DHA are well-known and found in fatty seafood, such as tuna, salmon and some shellfish.These fatty acids may be added to different foods as well, including dairy products and infant formulas. Studies have shown that diets rich in omega-3s may reduce a person’s risk for heart disease. Omega-3s have been associated with lower triglyceride levels, which can

contribute to heart health. Consuming seafood or fish oil supplements also may be helpful in curbing the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, fatty acids may promote neurological health that can ward off depression and anxiety and may help people with ADHD manage their symptoms. Omega-3s also are crucial in the development of brain health for young children, which may translate into decreased risk of developmental delay and improved communication and social skills.

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My Daily Life



very community, large and small, is filled with people with interesting jobs, hobbies, interests, experiences and stories. New London’s Harold Kirkpatrick is one of these people. He was born and raised on the family farm in 1927 just a couple of miles outside the village in the house where his father was also born in and raised. The youngest of five children, Harold grew up during the Depression but said although he heard the term, it did not mean much to him because, “Everyone was in the same boat.” He said living on a farm meant there was always enough to eat and the kids he knew all dressed the same, although he does remember some having cardboard in the soles of their shoes to make them last. Entering high school around the time World War II began, he said, “The entire environment was oriented toward the war effort.” School kids were asked to buy war stamps for 10 cents each and once they totaled $18.75, they could be traded in for a $25 war bond. Ration stamps were needed for gasoline and commodities such as sugar and canned goods. “Almost everything you bought in the grocery took ration stamps,” he said. Harold remembers his mother and others canning peaches without sugar, hoping by the time they were eaten the war would have ended, and sugar would be freely available.

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Rubber was in short supply because it was needed for military vehicles, and he said a person had to take his car into a designated garage to have the serial numbers on the tires registered. Then every six months the tires had to be examined to see if they could be repaired or if the owner had gotten replacements through the black market. Harold also remembers posters saying things such as, “Uncle Sam needs you,” “Loose lips sink ships” and Rosie the Riveter saying, “We can do it.” Teachers were in short supply because many had gone off to war and many from small towns moved to bigger communities where the pay was better. He said in his freshman year a young lady from Kentucky (Miss Long) came to teach but only stayed for a year. Around the same time, another young woman (Miss Short) came and actually stayed for years until her retirement. He chuckled and said, “Miss Long’s stay was short, but Miss Short’s stay was long.” After high school, he worked at Lehman’s Bakery

for a few months until he was drafted into the Army where he served in the signal corps at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After he was released from the Army, he used the GI Bill and enrolled at The Ohio State University, where he studied engineering for a time and then business. He graduated in 1952 with a business degree. Although he could have moved pretty much anywhere he wanted, he came back home because, “I never liked the thought of living in a big city.” He worked at Waldorf Engineering Studio, a company that made rubber stamps for industrial printing, for three years engraving and vulcanizing. His next job was in the accounting department at Firelands Electric Cooperative in the village, where he did “a mixture of jobs,” and after seven years was promoted to office manager and eventually to director of finance and accounting. He met his future wife, Lillian Davidson, when a barbershop quartet he was in was asked to sing at the Rochester Fourth of July homecoming. They were married in 1954 and recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. Music came naturally to Harold because he was surrounded by musically inclined family members. His sister played piano, a skill she used throughout her life, and several of his brothers loved to sing. Harold is a baritone and sang in the chorus in school as well as the men’s glee club. Also, he was part of the barbershop quartet, along with Mark Chase, Chuck Bricker and Paul Howsman. He laughed and said, “We weren’t very good, but the girls seemed to like us.” While at Ohio State he sang in the men’s glee club and throughout his life has been part of the New London Methodist Church choir. He has also performed with the Ashland College Community Chorus and the Choral Spectrum in Oberlin. He got into acting in 1967 when he and one of his brothers were asked to be part of the cast of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” to be performed by the Shoestring Players to help celebrate Norwalk’s sesquicentennial. His brother declined, but he agreed. He said he had two words to say, and although he

cannot remember exactly what they were, he was “scared to death.” This led to acting in 50 productions around the area with the Shoestringers, the Mansfield Playhouse, the Mansfield Renaissance Theater, the Mansfield Academy of the Arts and on the Mansfield campus of Ohio State. He was also part of two shows presented at the New London Reservoir Park Amphitheater, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “The Fantastics.” His two favorite roles were Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls” and the character of the stage manager in “Our Town.” Why spend so much time and energy in the theater over almost 50 years? He said, “At first I couldn’t imagine myself having any talent, but it was fun, although there are things I don’t like to remember. I wouldn’t give up the experience for anything.” He added, “By playing different characters, I got to see how other people might think and act. I also met a lot of nice people, and I liked helping to bring enjoyment to those who attended community theater.” Harold retired from Firelands in 1986 after 30 years and said, “I still have not finished all the projects around the house that were on my list at that time.” With a lifetime interest in photography, Harold has photographed the major happenings in the area for many years and occasionally gives programs documenting local history, such as the building of the reservoir and the history of the Firelands. Genealogy is another of his hobbies, one of which he shares with a nephew who works with him researching family history. He and Lillian own and use a computer (which he calls a “necessary evil”) and this is helpful in his research, as well as in keeping in touch with family and friends. Lillian graduated from Brighton High School and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She and Harold are members of the New London Grange, the Methodist Church and the New London Area Historical Society. They adopted two boys, one of whom is deceased, and the other who lives in Norwalk.

“I never liked the thought of living in a big city.”

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Calendar of Events August 26-27 Dutch Harness Horse Sale

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Ashland County Fairgrounds 2042 Claremont Avenue, Ashland The American Dutch Harness Horse Association is a registry for high stepping show horses with the Dutch Harness Horse as a founding element. ADHHA also has a system to record the pedigrees of all equines. Any breed, cross product and unregistered equine can have their pedigrees recorded.

26 Sundown Sounds Concert Series

When: 5 - 7 p.m. Where: PNC Park Downtown Ashland, Ashland We have Jeff Ritz playing. Secondly, our friends at Whitaker-Myers Group, are raising money for their United Way pacesetter fundraising by running our bar. They even invited Charcoal Mafia BBQ to serve food Friday! So, be prepared to hear some great music and support a great cause while you buy your sweetie a great dinner. MainStreetAshland/

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27 Bird Walk

When: 9 - 11 a.m. Where: Byers Woods 675 County Road 1754, Ashland Bird walk at Byers Woods with Ashland County Park District. Four miles south of Ashland on County Road 1754, east of State Route 60. Meet in parking lot. All Greater Mohican Audubon bird walks are free and open to the public. Mohican Audubon Society

28 Olde Wrestling’s Extravaganza

When: 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Where: Huron County Fairgrounds 940 Fair Road, Norwalk Barn doors open at 2:30pm and the first bell is at 3:00pm. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 the day of the show, children (10 & under) are free with a paying adult. Tickets are also in Norwalk at: Joshua White Tattoo Company 134 Cleveland Road, Suite A Miller’s Norwalk (formerly Gardener’s Supervalu) 117 Whittlesey Avenue Get tickets at: Contact:

31 Downtown Farmers Market

When: 3 - 5 p.m. Where: City lot B 211 Claremont Avenue, Ashland MainStreetAshland/

September 1 Interrupted Art Exhibition Opening Reception

When: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Where: Coburn Art Gallery 401 College Avenue, Ashland Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will be hosting an exhibition entitled Interrupted featuring a selection of works that address the theme of longing and loss within our lives. The exhibition includes 35 artworks from 26 artists from across the United States. Exhibition runs through September 25. coburn-gallery

5 Labor Day Parade

When: 10 - 11 a.m. Where: Main Street Parade lineup will be on Broad Street. Parade will travel east on Main Street. Lineup will begin at 8am. Parade will disband at Main

Street and Union Street. 419-289-3553

8 A Stroll Through the Center Street Historic District

When: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Where: Manor House Lawn 420 Center Street, Ashland Join the Ashland County Historical Society for a leisurely stroll through the Center Street Historic District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, and experience the charm and history of some very unique historic homes. During this walking tour, our guides will highlight the most colorful stories of the people who have lived in these majestic homes. Guests will meet on the Manor House lawn and set out in three groups. The first group will depart at 6:10, the second group at

6:20, and the third group at 6:30. We hope you can join us for this special event! 419.289.3111

10 One Voice Heroin Awareness Walk

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18-24 Ashland County Fair

When: 2 - 7 p.m. Where: Ashland County Courthouse 142 West 2nd Street, Ashland The walk will begin at 2pm at the Ashland County Courthouse and we’ll walk down to the Corner Park where we’ll have live bands, speakers, food trucks and more! Together, we want to bring awareness to addiction, focusing on heroin in Ashland County and many of the other surrounding counties. This event supports families, those struggling, first responders and many other entities in our community being

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.

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Preserving History

Preserving History at the Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast Story By SAMANTHA PEKO ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE SPECIALIST



he Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, ter Street one day. They had wanted to operate a bed circa 1859, Where History Comes and breakfast, and the home seemed right, the couple Alive!” reads the headline on the said. bed and breakfast’s homepage. “She [Dianne] called me and said ‘you have to see Built in 1859, the Civil War-era home is one of three this house,’” Kenneth recalled. oldest homes in Ashland. The three bed and three Shortly after, renovations were in progress. Kenbath home can sleep six for a cost of $105 a night neth lived in the house as it was being restored, while per room. The cost includes standard lodging and Dianne lived in a nearby apartment. To prepare the breakfast, but home took a the amenities lot of work, in this hotel and the aid of are unique. For professional an added fee electricians and of around $75 plumbers. guests may find “We put evthemselves eaterything we had ing breakfast into it. We tore with Johnny down walls and Appleseed. ripped out fireKenneth and places,” Dianne Dianne Hamsaid. montree bought The home the historic features historihome in 2004. cal fixtures, and Kenneth is a even period local historical crown molding impersonator, called “ribKen and Dianne Hammontree are pictured outside of their Jenny Wade House Bed who can dress bon molding.” and Breakfast on Center St. in Ashland. as 28 differRenovations ent characters. also led to He taught Ohio history and geography in secondary some surprising discoveries. schools for years, and said he started impersonat“We didn’t find any dead bodies or money, but we ing characters because he said it helped engage the did find 111 lottery tickets,” Dianne commented. students. The house was open to guests in just five months. The Hammontrees purchased the historic home, The Hammontrees decided to dedicate the establishnow the Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast, after Dianne ment to civil war icon Jenny Wade, who was killed saw a for sale sign while driving down Ashland’s Cen- during the three-day battle of Gettysburg while

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Dianne Hammontree speaks with a Times-Gazette reporter at her Jenny Wade House Bed and Breakfast.


making bread for union soldiers, because they liked her story. Since then, many have stayed at the Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast. A search online was conducted, but only one review, for five stars, was found on Trip Advisor posted by Christa H. The lodgings are only advertised through Facebook and their website, Dianne said. The number of guests range from month to month, some months there are up to 50, Dianne said. “I can wash up to 27 loads of laundry a day,” she added. Despite additional chores, the couple said owning a bed and breakfast is ultimately rewarding. Dressed as Union soldier Jack Skelly, Ken Hammontree is pictured “We get to meet people from all over the in front of a Currier and Ives print of Abraham Lincoln in the library of the Jenny Wade House. He is an impersonator of historical figures. world,” Dianne said. The couple mentioned that even some celebrities have stayed, such as the 1960s pop group Martha and the Vandellas. But the ultimate perk of running the Jenny Wade Bed and Breakfast is being able to preserve a little piece of history.

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Specialty Chicken Breasts Ingredients:


knife with a 1-inch blade into the center from the end of the breast, Move the top oven rack so it’s creating a pocket. Be careful For the roasted red peppers: about 5 inches from the broiler not to pierce the outside. If the 2 red bell peppers element. Preheat the broiler and breasts are small, butterfly them 2 cloves garlic line a baking sheet with aluminum out flat, cover with plastic wrap, foil. Place the whole peppers 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil and pound flat. on the sheet and broil, turning Freshly ground black pepper Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter them every few minutes, until in a small sauté pan and briefly their skins are entirely charred. For the stuffed chicken breasts: cook the mushrooms until they’re Transfer to a bowl large enough 4 boneless, skinless chicken soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Fill the pocket to hold them, and cover the bowl of each chicken breast with a breasts with the foil. Allow the peppers to strip of pepper, then some of 3⁄4 stick (6 Tbsp.) unsalted rest for 20 minutes. the mushroom, then the cheese, butter Uncover the bowl and use a and repeat until it can hold no 1⁄4 pound hedgehog mushrooms paring knife to remove the skins, more. Close the opening with a stems and seeds, while capturing toothpick, season to taste with 3 to 4 ounces truffled cow’s the juice and flesh in the bowl. salt and pepper, and dredge in the milk cheese Cut or tear the peppers into flour. Salt 1-inch-wide strips. Using the flat Melt the remaining 4 side of a large knife, crush the Freshly ground black pepper tablespoons butter in a large garlic cloves and remove the skins. 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour ovenproof sauté pan, add the Add the garlic, olive oil and salt olive oil, and cook the breasts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil and pepper to taste and allow turning until lightly browned. the roasted peppers to marinate Transfer the pan to the oven and at room temperature for 2 hours, bake the chicken until cooked stirring occasionally. through, about 20 minutes. Serve Preheat the oven to 350 F. If the immediately. chicken breasts are large, insert a

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Mango Ginger “Beer” Ingredients:


1 cup diced ripe mango 1 4-inch piece unpeeled fresh ginger, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper 1 cup still water 6 cups chilled sparkling water

1. Place the mango, fresh ginger, ground ginger, white pepper, and still water in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth, for about 1 minute. 2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Add the sparkling water, stir gently, and serve.

Clafoutis Ingredients: 2 cups whole milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 vanilla bean Pinch of salt 3 large whole eggs 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups cherries, pitted 1/4 cup sugar for topping

Directions: Preheat the oven to 425°. Butter a 10-inch ceramic quiche mold or pie dish. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt. Place over medium heat and heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, to just under a boil. While the milk mixture is heating, break 1 egg into a heatproof mixing bowl, add the flour and whisk until the mixture is free of any lumps. Add the remaining 2 eggs and whisk until smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Slowly ladle

the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture into the prepared mold and add the fruit, making sure that the fruit is evenly distributed. Bake until just set in the center and slightly puffed and browned around the outside, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the custard from the oven and turn up the oven temperature to 500°. Evenly sprinkle the sugar over the top of the clafoutis. Return the custard to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to caramelize the sugar. Watch carefully, as it will darken quickly. Let the custard cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature. Far Breton Variation: Omit the cherries. Soak 2 cups pitted prunes in equal parts water and brandy for about 1 hour; the timing will depend on how dry the prunes are. Drain off any remaining liquid before adding the prunes to the custard. Note: You may use any fruit that is well balanced with acidity and sweetness, such as raspberries, apricots, or peaches. Sauteed apples or pears are delicious variations in fall.

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What Happened to Summer? group we played baseball in the field. “Play school” would be over at noon and we kids DAVE MIKLA would go to the full bike racks and head off to play Local Columnist around the town creek or explore woods. I was really into baseball cards so I rode my bike around the city looking for empty discarded pop bottles to cash in to buy more cards. aving a job that requires me to be outWe chased the ice cream man down streets and, in doors all summer long I’ve noticed some- the evenings, we followed close behind the city bug thing missing. spray truck covering ourselves with the mosquito What that is, is the absence of children mist. playing in the neighborhood. On Saturday, we filled the movie theater for the It’s something that I’ve noticed getting worse every afternoon matinee. passing summer. We got into dad’s tools and built tree forts or I used to dread school being out as the kids would ground forts. be playing in yards that I had to mow or wanting to Baseball watch me as I worked and even climbing up in my games were truck. the favorite. For safety reasons I didn’t want them around. One sumNot a problem anymore. mer a field Where are they? Inside watching television, playing caught fire video games or on the computer? Why would anyone and before want to go outside? the firemen Let me tell you, back in my day things were differcould put it ent. Mothers had it made. We kids were gone from out a couple home sunrise till the street lights came on. of acres In the community I grew up in they had such a pro- had burned. gram as “play school.” Local schools and some parks Weeks later, would open and we could go there to play. Older the grass high school-aged people would be hired to run the started to show. grow back We could sign out board games to play at tables in from the the gym or take them outside to picnic tables. The blacken creative helpers had art classes and we made things ground. to take home. Basketballs could be signed out to This time, shoot hoops in the gym and if we had a large enough we kids got


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into dad’s garage and took lawn mowers, sickles, rakes and shovels and built ourselves a ball field. We went to the local furniture store and took unwanted wood crates from the back of the store and built a back stop. We dug up dirt and made a pitchers mound. We weren’t just imaginative, we made it work. In the life of today’s child, Netflix has replaced the movie theaters. Other than some programs at the Kroc Center, there are no such free “play school” setups that I’m aware of. It seems to me that kids don’t have the energy or burning desire to get outside and do something. There are few bicycle racks around town and, when I do see them, they are usually empty. As a kid I rode my bike on the sidewalks. Now they want you in the Photo submitted by Dave Mikla of him and his friends playing baseball when he was a kid. streets. The cars on the road want you off the road. I can see it’s a no-win situation. I used to make a point of stopping at a young entrepreneurs lemonade stand, but I don’t see them anymore. I drive through the parks in the afternoon and hardly see anyone around. The community pool even looks sparse in population. I used to stand in line at the miniature course and now it is deserted. The tennis courts are full but I think it’s the high school girls team playing. Ball fields lay vacant. Kids, get away from those screens and air conditioners. Go outdoors! Go climb a tree, scrape a knee, get a sunburn, sweat, roll down a hill and get dirty. Do something you can go back to school and brag to your classmates about what you did this summer.


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Maintaining Bird Feeders and Bird Baths Essential to Avian Health



ird watching is a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people trek into the woods to see their favorite birds, homeowners can take steps to entice these fascinating and feathered friends right to their backyards. Homeowners who want to attract birds to their

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properties can do so by providing the birds food, shelter and places to wash up or cool off. Installing a bird feeder and a bird bath in your yard is one way to attract a bevy of winged creatures that can provide hours of enjoyment. Establishing a bird-friendly environment may seem as simple as hanging a feeder on a pole or tree and erecting a bird bath nearby. But a certain level of maintenance is needed to keep birds healthy and happy. According to the experts at the Bird Watcher’s Digest, recent research indicates feeders can sometimes be a source of disease for the birds visiting them. The Audubon Society echoes that warning, saying that bird feeders and baths can serve as transmission stations for diseases such as aspergillosis, avian pox and salmonellosis. Recently, scientists noted that the spread of trichomonad protozoan parasites is on the rise, especially among mourning dove and band-tailed pigeon populations. Such warnings are not meant to deter budding birding hobbyists. Organizations like the Audobon Society hope that such warnings send the message that disinfection and maintenance is necessary to maintain sanitary environments for birds. Doing so is relatively easy and well worth the time for birding enthusiasts. • The Humane Society of the United States advises cleaning hanging feeders once every two weeks or more often if they’re heavily used. Ground-feeding designs should be cleaned every two days. Feeders can be

immersed in a very-diluted solution of bleach to water (nine parts water to one part bleach). Let soak for a few minutes, and then scrub the feeder with a stiff brush or scouring pad before rinsing. Allow the feeder to dry completely before refilling it with seed. • Bird baths should be emptied of water each day. Brush or wipe the bath clean, then rinse and refill with fresh water. Do not leave standing water overnight; otherwise bird baths can easily become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other parasites. • Frequently collect discarded seed hulls and clean bird droppings from beneath feeders. If the area around the feeder has become especially soiled, relocate the feeder elsewhere and clean its initial location. • Follow proper instructions with regard to seed and other bird food. For example, reduce the amount of suet offered in hot weather. Heat can cause suet to spoil, and sticky suet can become stuck in birds’ feathers and make it hard for them to keep clean. • Try to provide more than one feeder and bird bath to prevent overcrowding. Crowding can contribute to the

spread of disease. • Do not situate feeders and bird baths under perches where they can be soiled by droppings. • If you notice birds look sick or are not acting strangely, halt feeding and bathing to prevent healthy birds from becoming ill. Wait a week before resuming feeding and notify wildlife officials if you find dead or sick birds around your property. • Locate feeders and baths at least 30 feet away from windows so birds do not get confused by reflections and collide with the glass. • Store seed in a dry container with a tight-fitting lid to prevent mold from forming and moisture from getting in. Creating a thriving habitat for bird watching is easier than one might think. But once birds begin visiting a yard, homeowners must diligently maintain clean feeders and bird baths to ensure the birds stay as healthy as possible. Any questions about wild-bird care can be directed to a local Audubon Society chapter or by visiting a pet store or bird hobby center.

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Did You Know?

The arrival of cooler weather marks a prime time to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring and summer. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, ideally when temperatures average between 40 and 50 F. Just be sure to plant bulbs at least six weeks before the ground freezes for optimal success. Always follow the bulb distributor’s guidelines for planting, including suggestions regarding spacing and soil depth. Remove any weeds and loosen the soil to get started. In addition, think about mixing in compost or other organic matter to enrich the soil if it lacks nutrients.

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