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Farming as Heritage

March 6, 2013

When the Sap Runs Free By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

In the spring of the year, It was always so. When the sap in the trees began to flow, Father would know when the time had come, To tap the trees so the sap would run. Pails were hung beneath each spout, To catch the sap as it trickled out. We gathered and cooked till the sap bubbled down, And turned to Maple Syrup, sweet and brown. Just a little more cooking and it would be ready, To pour into the pans that Mother held steady. We worked and sang and laughed a lot, Such great fun in the sugar plot.

Memories of Winters Past By William Bender

To me, we don’t get the winters we did when I was going to school. I remember one day Uria shut the school down, sent the boys home to tell the parents to come and get their children. It was a long time till Dad came for us. Old Fred Hubbord was the Township man. A lot of the time, it was three days before our road was plowed. I still can see him come up the road with the V plow on the maintainer. We were the only house on Pioneer Road between Clay Street and Princeton Road. We were the last road to be opened. Here is a story of a snowstorm back in April 19, 1901. It snowed for three days. Eli Borkholders lived north of Hayes Corners where John Henry Yoder now lives. The snow drifted so high between their house and barn that they couldn’t get through. So they dug a tunnel under the snow from the house to the barn. They led their stock through the tunnel to water them, I heard Yost Hostetler say. Yost Byler (Pinky) said some farmers had their oats sowed, left the grain drill out in the field and it was covered with snow. I forget what date it was that Pinky threw a snowball from that storm. In my growing up years, that farm was the Joe Schmucker farm.

I wish again that I could be, In the sugarhouse when the sap runs free. (Our Sugarhouse was located on Donley Road at the top of the hill. It is now owned by Deacon Willy and Barbara Byler (Aggie Joes Bills Joes). It holds many memories.)

Spring Recipe Contest

Get out the aprons, the mixing bowls, measuring cups, and oven mitts. Spring is here, and the Middlefield Post /Plain Country is having a recipe contest to find Geauga County’s tastiest spring dishes! Share your recipes, whether they’ve been passed down from generation to generation or you’ve just invented your own.

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In Memoriam

Plain Country | March 6, 2013


Elizabeth B. Miller, age 82 of Mesopotamia passed away Feb. 25, 2013 at her daughter’s residence in Middlefield. She was born June 2, 1930 in Huntsburg, daughter of Eli E. and Nancy (Detweiler) Burkholder. She married David S. Miller. They were married 57 years before he died June 8, 2005. Elizabeth was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed dearly by her friends and family; eight children, John (Karolyn) Miller, Esther Miller, Andy Miller, Mary (Joseph) Gingerich, Susie (Jake) Yoder, Eli (Angie) Miller, Barbara (Allen) Byler, and David Jr. (Missy) Miller; one sister; five brothers; 43 grandchildren; and 43 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, David S.; two daughters, Nancy and Betty; and her parents. Burial was at Yoder Cemetery in Parkman Township. Online condolences to www.

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Happy Birthday!! Mar. 6 Katie Kurtz (Dan) Mar. 7 Robert Yutzy (7) Mar. 7 Nelson L. Miller (41) Mar. 8 Melvin D. Byler (40) Mar. 10 Lorene Gingerich (Mrs. Bill) Mar. 10 Barbara Hostettler (Mrs. Fred) Mar. 11 Lukas Mast (Marty) (5) Mar. 11 Jacob Mast (Marty) (16) Mar. 12 Bobby Miller (21) Mar. 12 Mrs. (Harvey) Katie Byler (70) Mar. 13 Mrs. Vernon Hershberger (44) Mar. 13 Mrs. Noah N. Hershberger Mar. 13 Caitlyn A. Yoder (7) Mar. 14 Mrs. Elizabeth Miller Mar. 14 Jonathan Yutzy (1) Mar. 16 Matt Miller (Bills) (16) Mar. 16 Matthew Miller (Amos) (16) Mar. 17 John W. Detweiler (19) Mar. 18 Wally Yoder (Bills) (8) Mar. 18 Maria Byler (Urie Jr.) Mar. 18 Albert L. Miller (45) Mar. 20 Betty (Mrs. Bill) Miller Mar. 20 Marty Mast

Mar. 20 Vernon Hershberger (46) Mar. 20 Barbara Ann Hershberger (19) Mar. 22 Linda (Mrs. Wayne) Gingerich Mar. 23 Eve Kristine Yutzy (3) Mar. 23 Andy D.S. Miller (56) Mar. 24 Robert F. Mullet (4) Mar. 25 Marty Miller (9) Mar. 25 Cindy Yutzy (11) Mar. 26 Barbara (Mrs. Albert) Mast Mar. 26 Emma (Mrs. Dan) Shrock Mar. 26 Mrs. Barbara Mast (67) Mar. 27 Sarah Ann Miller (19)

Emma B. Mullet (nee Byler), 66, of Parkman, entered eternal rest Feb. 21, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 24, 1946 to the late Dan S. and Katie (Burkholder) Byler. Emma married William E. Mullet on Oct. 8, 1964. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. Emma was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed by her loving husband; children, William Mullet Jr., Esther Ann (Melvin) Yoder, Martin (Betsy) Mullet, Linda Mullet, Sarah (Harvey Jr.) Weaver; 15 grandchildren; three brothers; four sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Emma is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters. Emma’s final resting place is in Detweiler Cemetery in Garrettsville. Online condolences may be sent to

Feb. 16 Mrs. Willie (Ada) Byler (50) Mar. 4 Aaron Shetler (50) Mar. 5 Jonas V. Miller (7M

In Memory of:

Emma Mast, Mar. 22 Samuel E. Barkman, Mar. 24

Plain Country’s Community Events

(Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Eat in or Take Out

Benefit Auction

Amish District 31 will hold a benefit live and Chinese auction on March 15, with proceeds going to the medical bills fund. Donations welcome. Food will be available at 4 p.m. and the auctions begin 5 p.m. Middlefield Market Sale Barn, 15848 Nauvoo Road (44062). For information or to donate call 440-272-5179 or 440-693-4278.

Pancake Breakfast For Maple Madness Drive –It-Yourself Tour Saturday, March 16 Joe’s Window Shop (Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Eat in or Take Out

John J. Miller, 92, of Burton, entered eternal rest Feb. 5, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving children and friends. He was born June 25, 1920 to the late Joe J. and Sara (Burkholder) Miller. John is now again reunited with his loving wife, Ada. He was a lifelong resident of the Middlefield area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. John worked many years as a harness maker. He will be missed by his children, Albert A. (Mary Ann) Miller, Joe J.S. (Sara) Miller, Clara E. (Crist) Hershberger, John J. Jr. (Esther) Miller, Perry J. (Lydia) Miller: daughter-in-law, Saloma Byler; two brothers; three sisters; 51 grandchildren; 262 great-grandchildren; 136 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by: his wife; children, Mary Ellen Miller and Levi E. Miller; son-in-law, Jake J. Miller; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four brothers. John’s final resting place is in Hershberger Cemetery in Troy. Online condolences may be sent to

Plain Concerns

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Children’s Immunization Clinics Geauga County General Health District hosts local children’s immunization clinics. Immunizations for children and adolescents are free of charge for all Geauga County residents regardless of income. For non-Geauga residents, there is a $5 fee per child, per visit.

MIDDLEFIELD CLINICS n Second Wednesday, Mar 13, 9 to 11:30 a.m. n Third Wednesday, Mar 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. n Third Thursday, Mar 21, 3 to 6 p.m. Clinics will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east).

Bits and Pieces from the Past...........................07 Bookmobile News................................................06 Books in Review .................................................. 06 Children’s Immunization Clinics .................... 02 Coffee Break with Sue.........................................05 Greetings from Garrettsville.............................03 Greetings from the Plain Community...........06 Happy Birthdays ................................................. 02 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.................03 Hello from Huntsburg.........................................08 Howdy from West Farmington........................05 In Memoriam.........................................................02 Katherine’s Korner................................................08 Lines by Linda........................................................05 Local Amish Business Directory......................09 Mom’s Diary............................................................04 Nutrient Dense Gardening................................04 Parkman Pathways...............................................08 Plain Community Events....................................02 Recipes.....................................................................07 Wanted ....................................................................02 Words from Windsor............................................09


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Belated Birthday

Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Sawmill Lane School Friday, March 15 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Joe’s Window Shop

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NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC n Wednesday, Mar 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road.


Please write in and share some . . . - School news - Benefits to be held after Mar 27 - Favorite recipes for snacks - Bits and Pieces from the past* - School Stories - Tell Us a Story Information for next edition must be received by Feb. 18 to be included. Send to: Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 * If it is not included in our next issue, it will be included in a future issue.

Middlefield Court Outreach Program

This court will be open the last Monday of each month from 8 a.m. to 1p.m., Tim Grendell presiding. We will be located at the Middlefield Municipal Center 14860 N. State Ave. in Middlefield. The Juvenile Court is conducting proceedings for cases that involve individuals who have committed delinquent or unruly offenses in the Middlefield area prior to their 18th birthday. The Probate Court is accepting marriage license applications and accepting Probate Filings. The probate court will also hold hearings such as Adoptions, Name Changes, Correction of Birth Records, Delayed Registration of Birth Records, Estates, Guardianships and Minor Settlements. This program is designed to make the Probate and Juvenile Court more accessible to county residents. We can be reached at 440-279-1830 for further questions regarding this program.

Plain Country | March 6, 2013

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and Ada Yoder and I left for Ossineke, Mich. for Friday morning and it’s raining. With the the funeral of Jerry, special son of the Albert temperature at 28 degrees, we might have Millers. We came back Tuesday night. freezing rain. This week Joe had two days of doctor Where do I begin? So much has happened appointments to prepare for his since my last letter. Grandpa John had knee replacement on Monday, another heart attack and he just . Feb. 25. He needs to go got weaker every day. His attack to Cleveland University was on Tuesday evening, Jan. Eddie had such a Hospital as the doctor 26, the night of my sister miserable toothache he said it would be a Ellen’s funeral. And, by complicated surgery thought he was going to die. the following Monday due to two previous evening, Grandpa John “What can I do to relieve this surgeries. had passed away. suffering!” he asked a friend. Mrs. Bill Mullet His son John Jr. “I’ll tell you what I do,” of Parkman was of Mio, Mich. was his friend said. “When I have a relieved from her with him on Tuesday toothache or any other kind of pain, suffering Thursday while we were at my afternoon. She I go to my wife. She puts sister’s funeral, coming suffered from down with my sisters her arms around me and caresses cancer. who came for Ellen’s and soothes me until I forget Sister Sylvia funeral. On Saturday all about the pain.” called this morning afternoon, sons Albert, “Gee, that sounds like a from Mio, Mich., Perry and grandsons wonderful idea,” Eddie said, saying they rushed John Ray and Laban came brother-in-law Joe “Is she home now?” from Tennessee, staying Yoder to the hospital with until Sunday afternoon. By breathing problems. then, Grandpa was confined to the Born to Albert and Ellen hospital bed. On Monday afternoon, son Detweiler on Tuesday, Feb. 19, a son, John and Esther came again. Grandpa John David. Three sisters and one brother welcome passed away that evening. him home, the youngest being 5-years old. The funeral was held here in our window Grandparents are John and Sylvia Detweiler shop with relatives coming from Pennsylvania, and Melvin and Fannie Miller. Tennessee, Michigan and New York. He will The Bill Stutzman Tour left for the “Sunny be greatly missed in our home, church and South” for a two week vacation on Monday, neighborhood. He moved here in May of 2004 Feb. 18. Among those going were Minnie and was a widower for 9 years. He was 92 Byler, Mrs. Mahlon Fisher and Crist and Clara years and 7 months old. Hershberger, plus many more On Monday morning, Feb. 18, Saloma, You all have a good week. Mary Ellen, Ray, Albert, Mrs. Ada Weaver, Crist

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Mom’s Diary Saturday, Feb. 2: We had some major excitement which started when next door neighbor Laura Mast yelled to Wayne to call the fire department. They had a bad chimney fire with flames coming out of the thimble hole in the kitchen. The house was filled with smoke. It was a scary experience for them and afterwards the house was very dirty and smoke damaged. Laura and Katherine and other neighbor girls went over to help with clean-up. They did the floors, walls, ceilings and furniture. Sunday, Feb. 3: Wayne and I went with the two little girls to my cousin Sue (Plain Country writer) and Norm’s church district today. This afternoon, after we got home, we heard of the accident on the corner of 322 and 534. A car crossed the corner and hit a van full of people. There were quite a few taken to different hospitals, but no lives were lost. Tim and Laura Mast came over for the evening, ‘cause they didn’t want to sit in their house, which smelled of smoke. They still have lots of cleanup ahead of them. Monday, Feb. 4: No logs at the mill, so Wayne and the boys couldn’t work today. Wayne worked on a project in the house. Laura and Katherine went to Teacher Rachel’s house to sled ride. Tuesday, Feb. 5: I made pizza for the teachers’ supper, ‘cause they stayed after school for the parent-teacher meeting tonight. Andrew, Katherine, Betty and Norma started making a snow tunnel tonight. Wednesday, Feb. 6: I sewed today! What an accomplishment! I can only sew so long, though, before my feet start hurting badly. Thursday, Feb. 7: I went to Mercer, Pa. with Mom and her cousins to another cousin’s house. Tonight, I went to a practice spelling bee at the school. I helped spell German words, and then pronounced the English words. Wayne and the boys dressed three hogs tonight. Friday, Feb. 8: We had a busy day with cutting up the meat of the three hogs. Now, we’re all set with pork for a while. Saturday, Feb. 9: I canned a bunch of sausage. Rose Edna did what seemed like a ton of laundry. Laura and Katherine did the cleaning and the little girls helped Andrew outdoors. Sunday, Feb. 10: My feet are feeling horrible again. They really hurt around my ankles and they’re swollen and inflamed.

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Monday, Feb. 11: Wayne and the boys went ice fishing and caught 68 fish. Tuesday, Feb. 12: I went to get groceries and, by the time I got home, I was in lots of pain and could hardly walk. So, down I went and the girls did the work when they got home. Wednesday, Feb. 13: I had an appointment at my Rheumatologist’s today. He says the last test for rheumatoid arthritis shows normal numbers, but there’s another test that’s way above normal … He needs further blood tests, though, to determine exactly what’s going on. In the meantime, he doubled my meds. More waiting … Thursday, Feb. 14: I puttered around the house. I like it to look presentable when Rose Edna gets home from work, so she doesn’t think we don’t do anything around here!  Friday, Feb. 15: Rose Edna was doing some cleaning and found a heart shaped box with candy in it. She asked Wayne about it and he had forgotten he had bought it for me for Valentine’s Day. So, I got a belated gift, but that’s OK. Sunday, Feb. 17: We were home all day today … resting, reading and playing games. It got very cold tonight. Our thermometer showed five degrees. Monday, Feb. 18: Wayne and the boys went ice fishing and came home with a mess of fish. Our freezer is becoming packed. We’ll need to have a fish fry soon! Tuesday, Feb. 19: Betty had a bad earache during the night, so I kept her home from school today. She also has a cold and cough. Wednesday, Feb. 20: Betty’s ear started draining, so I kept her home from school again. She says she is bored and ready to go back to school. The girls washed off the living room walls tonight. It’s getting very cold again, so I stirred up some homemade popsicles. Thursday, Feb. 21: Betty stayed home again today. Her ear is still bothering her a bit. At least Rose Edna was home and that kept Betty entertained somewhat. My pain wasn’t so bad today. I even managed to bake cookies. Friday, Feb. 22: A normal day of cleaing and laundry. Tonight, the big girls and I went to my brother Joes’ to a stamping demonstration.

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Plain Country | March 6, 2013

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Feb. 16, 2013: We are having nice winter days, being teased with an occasional spring-like day giving us “spring fever”. Aunt Lydia Kurtz hasn’t been feeling so well lately (congestive heart failure). Send her cheer at 15388-A Madison Rd., Middlefield. Lord willing, she’ll turn 83 on March 21. Mrs. Dan O. Miller (Kathy), my Mom and sisters and I recently spent an afternoon with Aunt Martha at her daughter Margaret’s home. She is pretty well at the present. Sister Betty was overjoyed when their son Jonathon and Emma had their first child and named it after her, Elizabeth Ann. John and Edna Mullet are the other grands. Greats are Mrs. John H. Mullet (Fanny), Mrs. Dan. (Nancy) Wengerd, Les Detweilers and Crist J.S. Millers. My Mom, Mrs. Crist J. S. Miller, recently spent a few days in the hospital. She had a bad kidney infection and slight heart failure. She s feeling much better with medication. Mrs. Neil Schmucker was also back in, suffering with C.O.P.D. Crist Martha Miller is also very sick at this writing. We are sad with all the sickness, etc. that surrounds us. We don’t know God’s plan for us; we just want to appreciate what we have! Dad and Mom had plans to go to Florida for a few weeks, but had to give it up on account of Mom being sick. But, hey, spring is right around the corner! Hang in there! Til next time …

Feb.16, 2013: Hello Friends! A fresh cover of snow this morning makes everything look clean again. It came down in huge flakes at times. Neighbor, Mrs. John (Mary) Slabaugh, was in the hospital overnight with a blood clot in her leg. She came home again, with orders to take it easy and with shots of blood thinner to administer herself. I sure don’t envy her those!  Church is there tomorrow, with her daughters and granddaughters going ahead with the duties. The above Mary, and also Mrs. Rudy (Mary) Yoder and I went to Burton Health Care recently to visit with Irene Wengard. She is a widow and suffered a stroke. She also fell and broke her hip about a year ago. Before this goes into print, she will have had a birthday … number 93! She has a very cheerful attitude

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Syrup Season

Vermont Winter Diary

Syrup season is always an exciting time. We have 4 neighbors who make maple syrup, so the boys and Wayne help out at one place or the other. They like to take eggs to boil in the hot sap or hot dogs to roast in the fire. Andrew also has his small arch that he likes to cook on and usually gets enough syrup to drink right away. The little girls keep him company.

Oct 14: Moved to Vermont, beautiful fall weather. Can’t wait till it snows. Nov. 1: It’s really cooling off, but no snow yet. Can’t wait till it does. Nov. 3: It snowed 6 inches. It’s beautiful. I just love it. Nov. 6: Had 2 feet of snow, had to shovel out driveway. It’s beautiful. I just love it. Nov. 20: Had another 3 feet of snow. Had to shovel out driveway. Just when we get done snowplow comes through and have to do it again. It’s beautiful. I just love it here. Dec. 15: It’s been snowing every day for a while and had another foot of that white stuff this morning. Every time we shovel out driveway snowplow goes through and have to do it again. Jan. 10: Finally got to town today, first time in 2 weeks. Don’t have no idea where all that white stuff comes from. Jan. 28: Had another 3 feet of that white stuff. That snowplow man must sit behind curve till he sees we got driveway cleaned, then comes through and pushes it shut again. Feb. 17: we’re shoveling that white stuff every day – stupid snow. Feb. 24: had another 2 feet of that white stuff. Snowplow got stuck coming around curve then had the nerve to come here and ask for a shovel. I told him I broke 6 shovels cleaning out snow you pushed in my driveway. Broke seventh over his head – stupid snow. May 5: moved to Georgia. Don’t know why anyone in their right mind would live in Vermont!

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Howdy from West Farmington By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Feb. 7, 2013 We won’t complain about the weather, Just give thanks to God we’re all together! The Ruler of the Universe. Big news in our neighborhood and church are twins named Miriam and Marlin born to Preacher Marlin and Fannie Kauffman. They have eight children to help enjoy them and, of course, grandparents Preacher Mel and Alma Kauffman and Preacher Monroe and Katie Schmucker will do the same. We were sorry to hear Bishop Mel Yoder of Parkman was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. He passed out when he was taking a wheelbarrow load of wood to the house. He was in the ICU. We heard he had a blood clot close to his heart. Rudy has been enjoying his mail and visitors. He is pretty bored by now of being inside looking out. His lungs got weak from the bad case of pneumonia, so he is still on oxygen and has been since Jan. 14. We hope it won’t be much longer. Our church ladies are taking supper to Homer and Martha Yoders, Aden and Marcia Yoders since Mrs. Aden Nancy Yoder passed away. Milo Detweiler, Mary and Lester Hostetler, Sara and Robbie Mast, Laura, my daughter Leah and I visited Homer Martha Tuesday. A load from Guernsey County had planned to come (daughter Ruth, etc) but they got a bad storm and couldn’t make it. They planned again for Wednesday. Our sympathy to the families of Preacher John J. Miller (92) of Shedd Road who passed away Monday, Feb. 4. He was father of Sawmill Joe whose wife Sarah writes Amish Crossing Corner in the Plain Country. We had two welcome singing groups here. Wednesday it was our church singing group and Thursday it was Marvin and Emma Kauffman, son John and Laura Detweilers, Firman and Esther Wengerd, Daniel and Betty F. Wengerd, Dan Kurtz, widow Mrs. Joe Kurtz Malinda, son Marty and Lori Detweiler, and Danny and Marcy Troyers. We are looking for a houseful of visitors tonight. Rudy’s side of the family was here for his birthday (number 65). I would like to name all the other visitors, but space does not allow … Our thoughts of sympathy are with Aden Yoder and his 11-year-old daughter Marcia since dear wife and mother Nancy (32) passed away having suffered cancer for two years. She was lovingly cared for at Heather Hill Nursing Home in Chardon where she died. We picture her now as a beautiful angel where we hope to meet again. Grandparents are Lester and Sara Hostetler, and Emanuel and Sara Hershberger. Aden and Marcia are staying at Homer’s, 9500 Clark Road, West Farmington, OH 44491. They are in Bishop Sam Kemph district.


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and is so interesting to visit with. She is the mother of our dear friend Betty Miller who died of cancer 14 years ago. A card and mail would surely brighten Irene’s days, so get one ready today! The address is Burton Health Care, 14095 E. Center St., Burton, Ohio, 44021 (Room 43). This community lost a well known friend to all, John J. Miller, 92, who lived with Sarah Miller (Amish Crossing Corner writer) and her husband Joe (John being Joe’s father). He will be dearly missed by all who knew him, and, especially, by his family. Also at Burton Health Care was Mrs. John (Marilyn) Borkholder. She broke her leg and had been there almost a month for therapy. She planned to go home the day after we were there. Til next time …

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Books in Review By Jacquie Foote

Bookmobile News

“Daybreak” by Shelley Shepard Gray was published by HarperCollins Publishers, New York, copyright 2013. According to the section of her book entitled Meet Shelley Shepherd Gray, the author wanted to write stories about “regular, likeable people” who “just happen to be Amish” and are in “extraordinary situations”. And this is exactly what she has done in this book. The Keim family, New Order Amish living in Berlin in Holmes County, discover that the Grandmother of the family was born and raised “English” and became Amish sometime after her high school years. Most disturbing to them is that she kept this secret until it was accidentally discovered by the son and grandchildren who were cleaning out old boxes in her attic for her. The story dwells on the effects this secret has had … and continues to have … on various members of the family. Shelly Shepard Gray is a gifted story teller, so much so that it is easy to forgive the fact that the Pennsylvania Dutch words thrown in as part of the conversations seem done so randomly and that the characters communicate with each other often in a simple but well educated way, but sometimes using words with ”hillbilly” truncated ending syllables, and sometimes in modern pop psychobabble … these styles also being randomly mixed. The characters are well developed enough that the reader will find them interesting. Their actions and reactions might be confusing to someone not familiar with the differences between the Old Order Amish and the more recently formed (mid-1960s) New Order Amish. There are very few New Order Amish characters who are not embroiled in the “extraordinary situation” in this book and so the reader is likely to believe that the main characters in the book represent the norm for that group. However, in spite of all this, the story is well written and interesting to keep you intrigued to the end. “Daybreak” is written at the 7th to 8th grade level and is the first in a new series called The Days of Redemption.

By Jane Attina

By the time you read this we will know if the month of March came roaring in like a lion. If that has happened then perhaps the rest of the English proverb of going out like a lamb will come true. Time certainly does move along at a quick pace or so it seems to me. I sometimes hear people complain that their days go by too slowly. That is certainly not true at the bookmobile. The thirty minute stops fly by as we take care of the many great readers we have come on board! Our bookmobile staff members are not ones to sit idly so this is the perfect job for all of us. Keeping busy and serving the community makes us happy workers! And for that we thank you, our patrons..... We have made a small scheduling change on Wednesday. Our Soltis road stop has moved to Parkman Nelson road. This is closer for the majority of patrons that come to the bus and we may get some new readers too.The new stop is at the corner of Parkman Nelson and Doty roads at Miller’s Top Shop. This change begins on Feb. 27. Personally I prefer reading true stories to fictional ones but I do have an author or two whose books I really enjoy. One of these is Lisa Scottoline who is an American author of legal thrillers. Her novels have been translated into 25 languages. She has written 19 novels, including her latest, “Come Home”. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she worked for a law firm and this plays into many of her books. She has a great series: “Rosato & Associates” whose characters carry over from book to book in separate adventures. She also has stand alone novels one such being ” Dirty Blonde” which I just finished readingand  I would like to tell you about. The main character in “Dirty Blonde” is Cate Fante who worries that at 39 she’s too young to become a judge. But she’s even more worried that a dark life she keeps secret will come outwhich, of course, it does. At one point Cate flees, the city going back to her childhood home of Centralia to visit her mother’s grave and to view what little is left of her ruined hometown. It is in this town where Cate rediscovers her childhood unearthing new information quite different from what she believed was true. Lisa Scottoline describes in some detail the story of coal bootleggers during the depression and how the underground fires in Centralia’s came to be. This was so interesting to me I began to search to see if any of it was true and what I discovered both amazed and sadden me. Centralia lived and died by anthracite coal. On May 7, 1962  the town’s landfill was being tidying up in preparation for the Memorial Day Celebration. The volunteer firefighters scooped up the trash and lit a planned fire. The trash was burned and the fire which appeared to be out was doused with water. It didn’t take long however  to realize that what had seemed like a good plan was ultimately the beginning of the town’s end. The fire had secretly moved underground and was burning in the rich anthracite below Centralia. By 1981, some 19 years later the fire was sending deadly gases into homes making people sick. One day a twelve year old boy dropped into a steaming opening in the ground and almost died had it not been for his friend who pulled him from the hole that was swirling with hot white vapors. It was not long after this event that the Centralia residents fought for and were relocated to another town. In my searching for information about Centralia I came across a 70 minute documentary that I watched with great interest and amazement. It appears that it is available on DVD and our library will be purchasing a copy. I also ordered some books for those interested. Two of them have arrived and are titled; “Fire Underground The Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire” by David DeKok ( who Lisa Scottoline hired to check her manuscript for accuracy) and “The Day The Earth Caved In, An American Tragedy” by Joan Quigley. Thisbook tells the tale of Todd Domboski, the young boy who fell into the hole in his grandmother’s back yard. Books, what wonderful things! Inspirational books coming in April: “Fire in the Night”, Lancaster Burning Series #1 – Linda Byler “When a Secret Kills”, Deadly Reunions Series #3 – Lynette Eason “Adoring Addie”, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #2 – Leslie Gould “Letters to Katie”, Middlefield Family Series #3 – Kathleen Fuller

Greetings from the Plain Community By Donnie Miller

Feb.14, 2013: It is time for the next news letter. I wonder if everyone is as ready for spring as I am! We just have to be patient and we have to get out of the house as much as we can. It takes extra effort to harness up the horse, hitch up and, when coming home again, put the horse away and make sure he is fed. The maple syrup farmers are just tapping and making that sweet syrup. I sure do miss those days of being in the sugar bush. I also remember getting tired and wishing I could be out plowing instead! Those were the days of growing up on the farm. Our community has had eight deaths since the New Year. The latest was Uncle John (92) who passed away on Feb. 4. John was known as Dauwy John and had much good spiritual advice for us all. Check Joe Sarah’s letter as John was her father-in-law. Sarah’s husband Joe faces his second knee replacement surgery. Hope Sarah keeps us posted.

We were able to attend our grandson’s baptism at Bishop Bill Byler’s on Sunday, Feb. 10. Our namesake, Donnie Ray Hershberger, was baptized along with Linda Weaver and Lena Troyer. Twas a rewarding day. Daughters Nora Mae Hershberger and Sara Jane and Loma Miller along with their Troyer cousins spent Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb 13 in Munfordville, Ky. visiting with their cousins who live in that settlement. Dan Linda and Ernie Kathryn also went along visiting their children. Have a feeling that settlement will never be the same! Danny Ray Bylers have bought vacant land on Georgia Road almost across from Bill Detweiler and are busy building their new home. Dan Katie Troyer spent a few days in Geauga Hospital with heart rhythm problems again. After some testing and seeing a rhythm specialist, she was given a new drug in hopes that will correct it. If not, she might face ablation. We hope for the best for Katie.

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Spring Recipe Contest

TO ENTER: • Email recipe to: or, mail to: RECIPES, PO Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. • Include your name, address and phone number (if available). • Entries must be received no later than March 15th • One entry per person. In the case of identical recipes, we will print the first one received. Recipes will be published in the March 27 issue of Plain Country. Our readers are asked to try the recipes and submit their votes to the email or address listed above. PRIZES: Two of the best recipes will be chosen; First prize is a $35 gift certificate* Second prize, a $25 gift certificate* Winners will be notified before April 15, and will choose their *gift certificates from the merchant of their choice who advertised in the March 27 issue of Middlefield Post or Plain Country. Be prepared ahead of time, so you know which merchant you want your gift certificate from when you get the phone call saying you’ve won.

from the neighbors

Maple Syrup Pudding Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

1 3/4 cups milk 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 teaspoon salt 2 egg yolks, beaten 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup white sugar Mix everything except whipping cream, vanilla and sugar together in a heavy saucepan, beating well with beater. Put on low heat and stir well so it won’t burn. Cool. Whip whipping cream until thick, add vanilla and sugar and whip in. Fold whipping cream mixture into cooled pudding mix in saucepan.Fold whipping cream mixture into cooled pudding mix in saucepan. ≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥

Peach Oatmeal Cobbler From Anna Mae Auker Submitted by Sarah Miller

1/2 cup oleo or butter melted 1 1/3 cup oatmeal 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/3 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 quart fresh or canned peaches Mix all ingredients except peaches together. Pour over peaches. (If you use fresh peaches be sure they are peeled and pitted.) Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Good with ice cream or whipped cream. ≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥

Delicious Maple Syrup Oatmeal Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Oatmeal: 4 cups water 3 cups oatmeal 1 cup maple syrup Crunchy topping: 1 cup pecans 1/2 cup coconut 2 tablespoons butter Boil water, oatmeal and maple syrup. Meanwhile, combine pecans and coconut in melted butter and toast in oven or broiler. Serve topping warm on oatmeal. You may serve with raisins, honey and/or milk. ≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥

Mother’s Applesauce Muffins From Mrs. Paul Weaver Submitted by Sarah Miller

4 cups flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon allspice 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup margarine or butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 cups applesauce 2 tablespoons vanilla 1 cup raisins Combine flour, cinnamon, allspice and baking soda in mixing bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, applesauce and vanilla. Stir creamed mixture into dry mixture just until moistened. Fold in raisins. Fill greased or papered muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until done.

Bits and Pieces from the Past

Taken from the Geauga Republican Newspaper, Wednesday, August 22, 1934 Submitted by Robert Miller, Jr.

A Notable Amish Reunion in Troy; 11 of 12 Sons Present, 115 in All On March 8, 1888, Daniel D. Miller, his wife and seven children arrived in Middlefield from Holmes County, O., and settle a south of Middlefield Center by the B. & O. Railroad, and lived there two years, during which time their eighth child was born. In the Spring of 1890, they moved to Troy township, locating two miles east of Troy Center, on the Spencer farm, where their ninth child was born. They have since lived in Troy. In 1894 their 10th son was born. Twin sons were born in Holmes Country previous to their coming here, making 12 sons in all. Father Miller was for the first two years engaged in the manufacture of cheese in Middlefield. Later he was in the slate roofing business, and did much carpenter work and building in the community. He also operated a sawmill for several years. On June 24, 1924, mother was laid to rest after a short illness at the age of 75 years. Since then father has made his home with his son Levi in Troy, where on Monday, August 13, 1934, on his 83rd birthday, his sons, grandchildren and other friends to the number of 115, gathered for a family reunion. The sons were all present with the exception of Andrew of Kokomo, Ind. There were 9 sons, 18 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Unable to be present were 43 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. The beautiful day was spent at visiting for the most part. Come of the younger ones played various games, and we were all bountifully fed and refreshed by the generous host, Mrs. L. E. Miller. It was a day that will not soon be forgotten by those present. Father Miller has one brother and two sisters living. One brother, Jacob of Sugar Creek, O., died a few months ago, living to almost 88. There is a sister in Illinois, aged 85, with the same birthday as father, Aug. 13. Another brother in Illinois is nearly 81. Mrs. Fanny Hershberger of Troy, aged 79, was the only one of his siblings present. He is still in good health, and actively engaged in his shop where he manufactures a bushel crate on which he has a patent, and makes, and repairs various articles of furniture. The many friends and guests left wishing him many more happy birthdays like the one just celebrated. His sons, names, ages , and residences are as follows: Menno 59, Charm, Holmes County; Eli, 58, Norfolk, Va.; Levi, 56, Burton; Valentine, 54 and Jonas, 52, Norfolk, Va.; Daniel, 50, Hicksville O.; Stephen, 48, Arthur, Ill.; Andrew, 45, Kokomo, Ind., not present; Noah, 43, Alden, N.Y.; and Peter, 40, of Norfolk, Va. Jonas C. Miller


Toffee Cookies

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 package vanilla instant pudding 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups flour 1 cup Quick oats 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon soda 3/4 cup toffee bits Mix all ingredients in the order listed. Bake at 350 degrees until brown. ≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥

Snowball Doughnuts

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon melted oleo Sugar for coating Beat eggs; add sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir in all dry ingredients. Add melted oleo. Drop by teaspoons into hot vegetable oil. Drain on towels and roll in sugar. ≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥



Plain Country | March 6, 2013

Parkman Pathways


By Ellen Hershberger

By Katherine M. Byler

CLOSED … Yes, that’s what the sign said; CLOSED. Not just for today, not just for the weekend … it’s the end. The sun shone brightly when I was there showing respect for a dear departed fellow who could have written a book or two with what he could remember and relate. John Miller from Shedd Road and Tavern Road corner was blessed with a good mind and a long life. Living to be 92. We had a visit recently with Daniel and Betty Burkholder on Nauvoo Road. Crist J. S. and Barbara Miller, Wallace and Barbara Miller, Jonas V. and Mary Ann Miller and Dan P. and Esther Hostetler were along. Then, another evening, these same ones were at Eli D. and Martha Miller’s and son Joe in Mespo. Also learned interesting history there. The day after that, Mrs. Crist Barbara Miller had to go to the emergency room with lots of pain. She was in the hospital from Wednesday until the following Monday with a kidney infection and a touch of congestive heart failure. We hope she’ll have better days ahead. We’ve had some very cold winter days, but it seems we can’t “keep” our snow very long. Need to make some ice cream again. Maybe I’ll get hubby to turn the crank and, when it’s ready, I’ll say, “Happy Birthday!” Our next visit was with the Jacob and Rebecca Gingerich family. We substituted brother David and Mary Ann for Crist and Barbara. It was very interesting for all. The very next morning at 4:30 Yogi and Mary Ann Miller had to be ready for a quick jaunt to Munfordville Ky. area to Dave and Marilyn Mlller’s home. Marilyn’s family planned this as a birthday surprise for her. It will be a real teat to have old friends, the Millers, along. Oh, six degrees below zero! Teeth chattering! It was a very good morning for a huge bus to start its trip to Florida with tour

Wednesday, Jan. 30: We were privileged to have a very informative meeting with the Fire Marshall. It helps to ease the fears of being in a large facility. Saturday, Feb. 2: More snow and so more birds to enjoy at the feeders. I slept in my own bed after a 3-day shift. Sunday, Feb. 3: We attended church at Chris Fisher Jrs. and sister trekked home to retrieve my morning pill that I forgot to take. Some people just need to add spice to life, it seems.  Monday, Feb. 4: This morning, I finally had cataract surgery … after a 3-month hassle to get clearance. This evening when Noah, Barbara and I visited 92-year old John Miller, he passed away not too long after we arrived. Tuesday, Feb. 5: Today, our thoughts are in Wisconsin where Uncle Menno’s family gathered for the funeral of 17 year old drowning victim, Lester Mullet Jr. They were putting away ice and he went under. After a happy eye check-up, we spent the evening at home. Wednesday, Feb. 6: My first day back to work, but no heavy lifting allowed. The kind co-workers helped with what needed to be done while on the cooking shift. Thursday, Feb. 7: We tried a new lunch menu today at a place with a nice salad bar. Friday, Feb. 8 – Saturday, Feb. 9: I stayed over at work and did a double on Saturday. Sunday, Feb. 10: Today was spent with friends and family … plus sleeping, of course. Tuesday, Feb. 12: Because of changing coats and for other reasons, my ducks were not all in a row today. At the checkout in town, my purse was devoid of cash, checkbook and credit card. The driver bailed me out, thankfully. Wednesday, Feb. 13: Today, my Dad would be 96.

guide, Bill Stutzman. By the time this is in print, their 12-day stay will be at an end. Maybe some will decide to stay and come back later! Rudy Detweiler had to take his oxygen along, hope he makes out all right. Some Geauga and Trumbull countians have plans to spend a few weeks in Pinecraft, near Sarasota, Fla. in March. Sad to say, we are not included in that number! Perhaps it would put an end to allergy problems (my diagnosis) for hubby. It’s been dragging on ever since we started heating with hard coal in October. Any suggestions? We missed Mrs. Dorothy Byler at the Senior Center in February. Of course, it was her birthday that day (number 85) and perhaps she celebrated with someone else. Was sorry to miss her open house the next day. We’re down to one horse and he’s quite old; so until hay prices come down … or we find a cheap horse … or summer comes (which ever comes first), we will just drive less. I didn’t say, “stay home” … though sometimes that’s nice, too. Remember the poisoned Tylenol scare? This happened 30 years ago last October. I don’t believe they ever found out who did the cruel deed. Lives were lost and what did the person gain by it? So many unhappy people, yet there are still lots who live not just for self, but to help others. That reminds me, grandsons are helping in a Sugarbush on Dead End Shedd Road. They talked of being in partnership even. No, it’s not with Jonas Gingerich Jr., but it happens to be Paul Mast’s son-in-law, Noah Miller, Jr. It sure is a learning experience. A thought: “You know you’re over the hill when you give up all your bad habits and you still don’t feel well.”  There are 14 days until the official beginning of Spring!!! And remember … March 14 begins Fast Time! So, put those clocks ahead! 

After a morning appointment, I took the broken glass on my heating stove door to the repair shop. How nice to have clear and safe glass! This p.m. was the last check-up on my eye and my sight is much clearer … enough so that I saw my dirty house more clearly and did some cleaning. I can only hope the aunts had merciful thoughts when they were here overnight.  Thursday, Feb. 14: We had a delightful lunch with friends, ran errands and, in general, got our ducks in a row. Friday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, Feb. 16: I guess today could be called doing double or even triple duty. Two people called in sick early this Saturday, so, after I had done my double shift, we had a scramble of phone calls to find enough help. I finally arrived home today (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m. The rest of the day was mostly spent sleeping, tending the fire, eating and holding little ones. Sunday, Feb. 17: How about this big, beautiful surprise of SNOW this morning? Snowplows were going past about once an hour. We attended church and, in the evening, had a nice family supper. Monday, Feb. 18: This morning, I had the second eye surgery done and took it easy the rest of the day. Tuesday, Feb. 19: After a morning check-up, my eyesight was clearer as the day progressed. Tonight, we had joined friends to take advantage of the 2 for 1 special in town. Wednesday, Feb. 20: It was back to work today, although my helpers did the heavy lifting. We took a very cold walk up to Bonnie’s to buy cards.


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My mother-in-law was going to spend the holidays with us. Before her arrival, my husband, Barrie, and I debated whether or not she should accompany us to a party on New Year’s Eve. Barrie wanted her to attend, but I worried she might feel out of place. I turned to my 21-year-old son, who had been listening. “I agree with you, Mom,” he said. “You shouldn’t take her.” Surprised, as he always agrees with his dad, I was basking in his approval when he added, “That would be like me taking you to a party with me.”

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I might as well get this done while I am hibernating. It warmed up today. I might try and go to work in the morning. When it gets cold, I stay where it is warm and feed the Bakers Choice. He has been real hungry the last few days. Here on the home front, we didn’t have zero so far this winter. But I know a few places where they had below. This time they want sugaring memories. My first memory is when Dad tapped only 30 or 50 taps and we used milk cans to haul the sap up to an old shed close to the house where he had an old cook stove and a sap pan. We just had enough for our own use. Now, I don’t know how many years we did this till he moved the shed back in the woods and turned it into a sugarhouse. I would say we had around 50 taps then. When Dad sold the woods we had 800 taps. The last years brother

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