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Vol. 3 No. 3


March 9, 2011

Remembering Winter

Looking for Spring Signs of Spring 


The first signs of spring is hearing or seeing a robin. The second sign is seeing shoots of green growing out of the ground’ sometimes even through the snow. Also, when you see maple trees being tapped, you know spring is just around the corner.

Summer is a time, That we like a lot. We like it during June, And when it’s very hot.

By Barbara Detweiler

By Linda Weaver

Georgia Road School mothers treated teachers and pupils to a pizza lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 16. This grandma enjoyed it too, as well as the singing afterward. Teachers, eighth graders, and several parents went visiting other area schools. This is always an interesting day for everyone.

By Laura Detweiler

Autumn comes next, When the leaves fall. Children like the leaf piles, Especially if they’re tall. Winter is a season, For ice and snow. To ride sleds and skis, While the wind blows.

By Sarah Miller

Sawmill Lane School is having a Pancake Breakfast on March 11 at Joe’s Window Shop starting at 5 a.m. There will be homemade donuts! For details see page 2 of this issue.

Spring is after winter, When the flowers grow. The sun comes out and, NO MORE SNOW!!

By Rachel Miller

Tinker Creek School had their hundredth day of school and the children had to bring 100 of something. Leah Miller took 100 miniature cupcakes! On Feb. 11 the Spelldown for this area was held at Lakeview School. Leah was the best speller in English and also the loudest or clearest speller.

By Barbara Detweiler

Windsor Mills School had two winners in the annual eighth grade spelldown. Uria Kempf won second prize in German spelling and Esther Yoder won third prize. Esther also won second in English spelling. The Chicken Dinner and Auction Benefit has been moved to March 25 and is still at Joe’s Window Shop from 5:00 to 7:00 with Carryouts available from 3:30. Any donations for the auction are very much appreciated.


By Katherine Detweiler

Amish Proverb … winter Nothing lasts forever, not even winter. Amish Proverb … winter to spring In autumn sunshine, prepare for winter’s cold. In winter’s cold, read seed catalogs! Japanese Proverb ... One kind word can warm three winter months.

I don’t really like school, But I have to go. If I’d ask,”May I stay home?” My Mom would say, “No!” We do English and Geography, And vocabulary, too. I’d much rather visit, The animals at the zoo. I think I like some things, About school, too. But not a lot of stuff, Maybe YOU do!

Our next issue of Plain Country is March 30. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 14. Advertising deadline is Monday, March 21. Please send the information that you’d like to share to Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. You may also call 440-632-0782 or fax to 440-834-8933.

Plain Country


March 9, 2011

In This Issue ...

Benefits...............................................................02 Birthdays.............................................................02 Bits and Pieces of the Yesterday.................07 Bookmobile News...........................................08 Books in Review...............................................08 Children’s Immunization Clinics.................02 From Our Schools............................................06 Greetings from Garrettsville........................07 Greetings from the Plain Community......04 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner............06 Hello from Huntsburg....................................06 Katherine’s Korner...........................................05 Lines From Linda.............................................07 Mom’s Diary.......................................................05 News from Windsor........................................08 Obituary..............................................................02 Parkman Pathways..........................................08 Plain Community Events...............................02 Plain Fun.............................................................09 Recipes................................................................03 Seasonal Influenza Immunizations...........02 Spotlight On... Weaver Bedding.................04 Understanding Horses...................................06 Wanted................................................................02

{AMISH COMMUNITY NEWS} Publisher: the Fontanelle group inc Editorial Coordinators: Jacquie Foote and Joe & Sarah Miller Staff Writers: Katherine M. Byler, Barbara Ann Detweiler and Donnie Miller Contributing Writers: William Bender, Daniel Fisher, Ellen Hershberger, Rachel Miller and Linda Weaver Mailing Address: P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 Phone: 440-632-0782 v 440-834-8900 v Fax: 440-834-8933 Published Every Three Weeks – Free of Charge v Subscriptions are available for $25 per year

Happy Birthday!! March 9 March 9 March 10 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 11 March 12 March 12 March 12 March 12 March 12 March 13 March 13 March 15 March 15 March 15 March 16 March 17 March 17 March 17 March 18 March 19 March 19 March 19 March 19 March 20 March 20 March 21 March 21 March 21 March 22 March 22 March 23 March 23 March 24 March 24 March 25 March 25 March 25 March 25 March 25 March 26 March 26

Sadie B. Miller (8) Aden (Susie) Miller (23) Karin W. Miller (8) Maribeth Miller (11) Marlene Miller (11) Mrs. (Wally) Barbara Miller (57) Mary Lou (David) Miller (15) Allan W. Miller Bobby Miller (20) Paul D. Miller (16) Joey M. Miller (9) Yost W. Byler Barbie Frey (14) Mrs. Anna Hershberger (68) Nora Mae Kurtz (21) Billy M. Miller (16) Mrs. (Wally) Ann Byler (56) Samuel E. Byler (13) Mrs. Barbara Detweiler (28) John W. Detweiler (17) Ruthie J. Gingerich (17) Mary Ann Miller (Hayes Rd) (76) Erma Mae Miller Lester W. Byler (60) Mrs. (Joe) Melinda Kurtz (68) Mrs. (John) Lizzie Bricker (73) Nathan Miller (7) Vernon Hershberger (44) Mrs. Albert (Lydia) Kurtz Philip Miller Jr. (11) Elizabeth (Daniel) Byler (27) Linda J. Yoder (18) Nathan R. Mast (1) Eve Kristine Yutzy (1) Mrs. (Ray) Sara Miller (56) Andy D. S. Miller (54) Norman Bender (5) Mrs. Ray (Judy) Miller (38) Mary Ann W. Miller (23) Allen W. Byler (58) Ray D. Byler (57) Mrs. (Dan) Savannah Miller (56) Mrs. Andy (Elva) Miller Cindy Yutzy (9)

March 26 March 26 March 26 March 26 March 26 March 26 March 27 March 27 March 27 March 27 March 27 March 28 March 29 Match 29 March 30 March 31 March 31 March 31 March 31

Mrs. Marty (Ruth) Gingerich Sam Miller (62) Dan Miller (62) David Miller (56) Eli D. Miller (77) Mrs. (Albert) Barb Mast (65) Sarahann Miller (17) Daniel U. Slabaugh (37) Stephan C. Yoder (33) Maribeth C. Hershberger (5) David L. Yoder (9) Chester C. Hershberger (45) Rebecca S. Yoder (13) Mary Ann (William) Byler (44) James E. Troyer (26) Edna Mae Miller (16) Kaylie Yoder (1) Kristina M. Miller (15) Kaylie Anne Yoder (1)

Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 21 Feb. 23 Feb. 25 Feb. 25 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Feb. 27 Feb. 29 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 4 March 7 March 8 March 8 March 8 March 8

Robert L. Hershberger (19) Christopher Yutzy (12) Marlin Yutzy (11) Esther Lou Miller (74) Barbara Edna Yutzy (15) Steven Lee Miller (twin) Sally Marie Miller (twin) Eli D. Yoder Mervin Kuhns (30) Ervin Yutzy (7) Carol N. Miller (11) Adam M. Miller (2) Jacob R. Schlabach (24) Aaron Shetler (48) Jonas L. Byler (24) Robert Yutzy (5) Joseph C. Yoder (19) Linda Miller Albert (Catherine) Yoder (25) David L. Byler (20)


for Our Next Issue Please write in and tell us what works for... -Making a Spring Garden -Pepping up children who get “Spring Fever” Share with us … News from your schools (benefits, events, children’s works) Recipes to help cure “Spring Fever” Stories of Spring Gardens Anything from the past that you think others would be interested in Birthdays and anniversaries. Information must be received by: March 14 to be in the next edition. Send to: Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 . You may also call 440-632-0782 or fax to 440-834-8933.

Happy Belated Birthday

Thanks to all who sent in birthday announcements and other information for us to share with the community. Thanks to our advertisers ... Plain Country was able to donate $366. to your Amish Community Aid Plan (ACAP) from the revenues collected in the last quarter of 2010.

In Memoriam

Chester M. Mullet, 56, of Mesopotamia, entered eternal rest early Saturday morning, Feb. 26, 2011 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was born April 3, 1954, to Milo and Amanda (Troyer) Mullet. Chester married Sara J. Yoder on Nov. 6, 1975. He was a lifelong resident of Mesopotamia and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Chester was a machine operator at Great Lakes Cheese. Chester will be sadly missed by his loving wife; mother; children, Roy (Arlene) Mullet of West Farmington, Alan (Linda) Mullet of Middlefield, John (Leona) Mullet of Troy, Chester Mullet Jr. of Celina, Tenn., Martha (Marty) Gingerich of Windsor; 10 grandchildren; and many other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father and stillbirth daughter. Funeral services were held March 1 with Bishop David J.S. Miller officiating. Chester’s final resting place is in Wilcox Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Arrangements were entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH. 440632-0818. Online condolences may be sent to

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 Second Wednesday, March 9 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at: St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Rd., (Route 87 east), Middlefield. Third Wednesday, March 16 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at: St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Rd., (Route 87 east), Middlefield. Third Thursday, March 17 from 3 – 6 p.m. Clinic will be held at: St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Rd., (Route 87 east), Middlefield. NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC Wednesday, March 23 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at: Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Rd., Newbury.


Plain Community


Sawmill Lane School Benefit Pancake Breakfast

Friday, March 11, starting at 5 a.m. Joe’s Window Shop – (Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Homemade donuts! Carryouts available.


Saturday, March 12 – Joe’s Window Shop – (Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168)

Craftsmen Open House Saturday, March 19 – Joe’s Window Shop –

(Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) 14 or more Amish Craftsmen Something for everyone!

Windsor Mills School Benefit Chicken Dinner Friday, March 25 * Joe’s Window Shop

(Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Carryouts at 3:30 p.m. Sit down dinners 5 – 7 p.m. Live and silent auction will follow. Donations for auction are very much appreciated. Come spend a fun evening. *Date changed from March 4

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Crescent Roll Chicken Breast Casserole Submitted by Sarah Miller

8 boneless breasts, boiled 20 minutes. 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can milk 1 package crescent rolls 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded 1 bag frozen peas, semi-thawed

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1 pound ground beef 2 cups chopped green pepper 1 (8.8 ounce) pouch ready to serve rice 1 cup chopped onion 1 jar chunky tomato pasta sauce 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

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Put olive oil, sour cream, onion powder and cheddar cheese powder in a “Fix and Mix” bowl and mix well. Put crackers in a roaster. Pour mix over crackers, stirring very carefully. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, stir crackers and mix carefully. Put back in oven for another 15 minutes. Great after school snack. Just as good any other time.

Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef, green pepper and onions until beef is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce, tomatoes, broth and prepared rice. Heat through.

Deluxe Potato Ham Bake Submitted by Sarah Miller

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Submitted by Rachel Miller

Mix the above together and add : 1 medium onion 2 cups cubed ham

1/3 cup oil 3/4 cup popcorn 1/4 cup white sugar Put everything in popper at once, pop and enjoy. (Good as an after school snack or anytime.)

Top with one large bag hash browns, shredded. Bake until hot at 350 degrees. Stir all together and top with: 4 tablespoons butter, melted 3/4 cup corn flakes, crushed Bake for 5-10 minutes longer.

Taco Dip

Submitted by Barbara Detweiler 8 ounces cream cheese 16 ounces sour cream 1 package taco mix

Hot Oriental Chicken Salad Anon

Mix ingredients and spread on a plate. Grate cheese over top if you wish. Dip tortilla chips or crackers into it and enjoy!

2 cups chicken broth 1 package Ramen noodles 3 marinated cooked chicken breasts 2 tablespoons chopped onion 1/2 cup slivered almonds 1 bag coleslaw mix 1/2 cup oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons vinegar 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 package Ramen noodle seasoning

Treat Squares

Submitted by Rachel Miller 10 cups corn flakes 1 cup white Karo 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup peanut butter Nuts, if desired

Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Spread Ramen noodles in a casserole dish; top with chicken pieces, onion and almonds. Pour chicken broth evenly over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Combine oil, salt, sugar, vinegar, pepper and seasoning package. Heat in saucepan until seasonings are mixed. Remove chicken casserole from oven. Sprinkle coleslaw mix over chicken mix. Pour oil mix over all and return to oven for 15 minutes. Can be eaten cold or hot.

Mix Karo, sugar and peanut butter together and cook for one minute. Pour over corn flakes. Cool and cut into squares, (Our dear older neighbor on Nauvoo Road, Rube Mattie Byler, used to give this treat to our children. They loved it. Mattie has passed away.)


Coconut Cream Pie

Submitted by Katherine Byler 1 baked pie shell 1 package instant vanilla pudding 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (12 ounce) container cool whip 3/4 cup cold water 1 can Eagle Brand milk 1 cup toasted coconut* (*Brown in pan on low heat, stirring constantly until tan in color.) Mix pudding and water with wire whisk. Set aside. Add milk to cream cheese; then add 8 ounces of the cool whip and beat until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients (including pudding mixture) except coconut and 4 ounces of the cool whip. Beat until fluffy. Put into pie shell. Top with cool whip, then toasted coconut. Chill until firm.

Chocolate Torte

Submitted by Katherine Byler Chocolate cake mix (your choice) 1 box instant vanilla pudding (if desired) 1 1/2 packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup brown sugar 8 ounce container Cool Whip 1 stick butter 1/2 cup water 3 cups powdered sugar Mix the chocolate cake. You may add the vanilla pudding to the mix. Bake in two pans, sprayed and wax papered, according to directions. Cool cakes. Place one layer on a rectangular cake plate or pan. Mix cream cheese, brown sugar and Cool Whip. Spread 1/2 on the cake layer. Melt the butter. Add water and heat to boiling. Remove butter mixture from heat and add powdered sugar. Stir well. Drizzle half over first layer. Place second layer onto first. Cover with the rest of cream cheese mixture and, then, rest of icing. Cool and enjoy!

Fruit Dessert

Submitted by Barbara Detweiler 1/2 gallon Sunny Delight 12 ounces pineapple juice 1/2 cup sugar Cook ingredients together. Thicken with clear jel. Cool and serve. (This is also a good baby food.)

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March 9, 2011


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Weaver Bedding By Jacquie Foote

When you turn onto the driveway by the Weaver Bedding sign, you will pass a large white building on the Bedding also sells boxsprings, waterbed inserts, headboards and right that Eli says is used for work overflow, family gatherings metal bed frames … everything you need for a bed. and such. You will go on a little further and stop at the next white Across from the display room is a door that leads to the building. It is trim and attractive … and the home office and Weaver large, bright work area where the mattresses are actually manufactory of Weaver Bedding. Nearly 20 years ago Eli and Ada Weaver started a Bedding manufactured. The various machines housed there aid Eli in his work. Custom made is the rule here. Eli can unique little company, one that actually makes the fine Eli and Ada Weaver, make not only queen and full size mattresses (the most mattresses it sells. At 17, Eli began work at the Burton owners. popular) but also king and twin sizes. He can even make Station Leggett and Platt Company. Eli says that They feature comfortable, long wearing mattresses for RVs, campers although Leggett and Platt were … and are … huge fine bedding and and boats. in the bedding industry, few people have heard about custom made mattresses, There are more than six styles of mattresses that them even when they were a Fortune 500 company. boxsprings and waterbed You see, they produce the components in mattresses. inserts at affordable prices. Eli makes. On the beds in the display room, he keeps a pillow top, a super soft, a deluxe extra plush, a deluxe Their work is hidden, as it were, and people only see 13341 Princeton Rd., plush, a deluxe and a firm for you to try. In addition, the names of the brands of the mattresses that hold Huntsburg he makes an economy firm and even a memory foam Leggett and Platt parts. 440-636-5859 mattress. Each of his standard and better mattresses During the 14 years Eli was employed at Burton Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. comes with an extra insulator pad in the center so it Station’s Leggett and Platt Company, he not only learned Closed Thursday resists sagging. Since each mattress is custom made, you how the parts of a mattress are made and how various and Sunday can get extra supports on the sides of your mattress at very mattresses are actually constructed, he became impressed little cost. with how a mattress is priced. He became aware of how the Eli’s intent is that you have the mattress you order no later system of mattress makers selling to wholesalers selling to than a week from ordering. He keeps some of the more popular retailers selling to customers caused the high price of mattresses. mattresses in stock; these are immediately available. If he gets too He realized that each new mattress has been sold two or three many orders for him to fill in a week’s time, Eli has “a homecoming” times and each step of the way, the one who sells the product (his words). His children gather and make both buildings ring with must raise the price to cover his expenses and allow him a living. the sounds of mattress making … and, no doubt, with cheerful chat Eli dreamed of what a benefit to the Amish community a local and laughter. shop where mattresses were not only sold but also manufactured Part of the concern for the customer getting good value would be. He planned a high quality product to be had at a for the money spent on his products is reflected in Eli’s policy of reasonable price. providing delivery (free within a radius of between 10 – 12 miles He started that very business in 1991 and has since attracted and reasonable further out). and satisfied many non-Amish as well as Amish customers. Whether you visit Weaver Bedding for a mattress or for the fine When you enter Eli’s shop, you enter the office/showroom. At sheets, pillow cases or mattress pads … or for a headboard, box least six beds are aligned along one wall, each holding a different springs or frame, you will never feel hurried or pushed into making style of mattress so you can sit, lie and/or bounce to try out the a purchase you aren’t sure of. You will be in a place where Eli’s quiet mattress choices before coming to a decision. There are displays friendliness and expertise make a real difference. of the sheets, pillows and mattress pads sold there. Weaver


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By Barbara Ann Detweiler

Friday, Feb. 4: Rose and Laura were both gone to jobs today. Norma gets bored being alone with me. She doesn’t play anything. She just follows me around and begs me to read her stories, which I do for a while. Saturday, Feb. 5: I have this nagging cough that wants to linger now that my sore throat and achiness is gone. It’s snowing and windy. It’s been a long, cold winter, and the groundhog says six more weeks. There’d be six more weeks anyway, even if he hadn’t said so! Sunday, Feb. 6: Wayne and some of the children went for a pony ride this afternoon. It seemed like it was going to be a long day, then Dad and Mom drove in. That was a treat! We played games then. Monday, Feb. 7: The girls and I went down to cousin Ida’s for the evening and Katherine fell down the stairs and hurt her back. The wind was knocked out of her for a while. Tuesday, Feb. 8: Cold all day and by tonight it was down to 1 degree. Katherine feels pretty good but is still very sore. No running or anything strenuous for a few days. Wednesday, Feb. 9: It feels like it’s Christmas all over again. I have a new sewing machine and it works like a top! My old one was worn out. Maybe my mountain of sewing will get smaller pretty quickly now! Thursday, Feb. 10: Very cold! Went to my Mom’s for the day. Friday, Feb. 11: The temperature showed 3 degrees below this morn. Laura substitute taught at a school for a friend. She loves to teach.

Saturday, Jan. 29: Wayne and John went to help move a greenhouse at Windsor Greenhouse. There were over 50 men and boys there and they carried it across the drive to a different location. This afternoon the children and I went to the Middlefield Library and checked out lots of books. Sunday, Jan. 30: Went to church. Then, this evening, Wayne’s cousin Robert and Katie and two of their children came for a visit. The thermometer is going down, down, down! Monday, Jan. 31: I made supper for a church family, so that pretty much took up my day. It was cold this morning, so Wayne got out his toe warmers. His fingers and toes get so cold since he’s on blood thinner, but I guess, he’ll have to learn to live with it. He’s also sore and achy at times and we blame that on his cholesterol drug. Otherwise, he’s doing quite well. Tuesday, Feb. 1: Rose Edna had a dentist appointment today to fill some teeth and extract one. She almost passed out in the dentist’s chair, but they hurriedly laid her flat. After that she was OK. Wednesday, Feb. 2: I am sick! I ache all over and my throat hurts terribly. I tried to stay down and rest but had to get up every so often. Moms can’t be sick! Thursday, Feb. 3: Five degrees this morn! Brrrr! I went to the doctor this afternoon. She checked my throat and prescribed an antibiotic. She doesn’t think it’s strep

Greetings from the Plain Community


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Saturday, Feb. 12: We went down to Wayne’s parents for the day to visit with his sister Ada and her husband who were there from Missouri. Sunday, Feb. 13: On our way to church this morn I fell on the ice on our driveway and hurt my leg. I kept on going, but after I got there my leg was all weak and shaky. What happened to those days of youth when “falls” didn’t faze me! Monday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day. I limped around for a while this morn ‘cause my leg hurt badly from my fall yesterday. The school children had a piñata at school today, so they came home with baggies of candy. We all went to bed early because we were all very tired. Tuesday, Feb. 15: Hot lunch at school today. I made pudding and Rose, Laura, Norma and I went. The children sang for us afterwards. Betty had a fever tonight and headache. Wednesday, Feb. 16: Betty felt better this morning. Laura substitute taught at a school for a friend. She loves it! Thursday, Feb. 17: It warmed up to 50 degrees! The children think it’s summer. Lots of mud around, though. Norma went outside with Wayne and slipped and fell in the mud, so she needed a change of clothes. Wayne is still feeling good and putting in full days of work. Friday, Feb. 18: Another mild day. Tonight we went to a benefit auction for one of my uncles. So we got to see a lot of relatives whom we don’t get to see very often.

 Every mile is two in winter. George Herbert

By Katherine M. Byler

“Here we go again!” The words strike terror in my heart. I start shaking, and hurry to get dressed in case we have to go for help. The chimney starts making popping sounds. “We” left the stove door open too long again! One of these days, we may work on relining the monster. It was a very cold morning and hubby says, “I don’t know if I can get up on the roof or not.” “Well, don’t look at me,” I’m thinking, “I’m helpless!” He did manage, carrying hot water along up to pour down the chimney, and all’s well that ends well. He finds it hard to accept that he can no longer jump up the five foot rise from porch roof to main roof. Thinking aloud, he also wondered why “Fred” isn’t spelled “Phred”. The English language is a strange one, as everybody knows. Many thousands of people don’t even know the difference between its and it’s or to and too, to name a few! Oh, the rocking horse looks so lonely out in the snow and ice. Our winter isn’t over yet. We have had a “taste” of mud already, just as much fun for the grandchildren to play in as it is in snow! This issue, I’m enclosing a recipe for a yummy cake (page 3), a good one to make

Is everyone as anxious for spring as I am? We sure enjoyed the warmer weather when it came! As our snow melted, we had huge amounts of water everywhere. But with the sunshine and wind it dried very fast. Maple syrup makers are busy this time of year. What is better than pancakes and fresh maple syrup? To me, there is nothing better tasting than that first batch of new maple syrup! Mrs. Bob Hershberger (Sara) was in a Cleveland hospital for open-heart surgery Tuesday, Feb. 22 to replace or repair her Mitral valve and have a possible bypass. Sara is the daughter of Simon and Clara Gingerich. She is 49 years old and has a family of four girls and two boys, with two girls married. Daughter Susan and her friends went to Arizona, on Feb. 25, traveling by train. They plan to call on Esther, daughter of Henry and Rhoda Miller. Esther is 21 years old and stays in Arizona in the winter because of severe allergies. I have recovered fairly well from my surgery and have been able to drive my horse and buggy to town for shopping again. Am not able to lift more than 20 pounds. There is always a chance that the adhesions or scar tissue can grow back. It helps if I can keep my weight down, but it is difficult if I am not active.

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March 9, 2011

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Visitors with Mrs. Bob Hershberger, What a winter wonderland! The trees, Tavern Road, this forenoon were, Mrs. telephone wires and everything were Sylvia, Mrs. Saloma, Mrs. Judy all covered with ice. Making a very Millet’s and Mrs. Leona Gingerich. beautiful landscape. Now, when Bob’s Sylvia recently had foot the sun shone, it was even more Two women were surgery, and may not walk on it beautiful. driving downtown and for at least 12 weeks. Hope she We are into March … and were hailed by a traffic Cop. likes to read and put together thinking SPRING. “Hey you!” he shouted, puzzles. She’s lucky to have two With all the snow melting, “Pull over!” girls and a son out of school, to we have a pond in our front lawn. They did. The next day the judge help out. Planning to visit Mrs. Joe J. Visitors with us and fined the woman who had been Miller of Jug Road. tonight are, grandpa John, Sunday evening diving $25 for speeding. Feb. 20, were Philip and Martha The lady was anxious to keep grandpa John J. Miller, Joe and I and sons Perry, Joe, Richard, Miller and sons Nelson, Betty and this from her husband. Norma Wengerd, and Ray and Since he regularly checked Ray and Wayne and wives and daughter Sylvia and Dan. Judy Miller and children. We had the checkbook, she Son Richard had a sale Feb. 25 homemade ice cream and snacks marked the stub: in our shop, to sell his carpenter tools for grandson James 14th birthday. It “One pull-over, and miscellaneous items. He plans to so happened it was also Nelsons 60th $25”. get out of construction and have a home birthday. Congratulations to both. business making stable blankets, horse collar Still lots of flu going around, making pads and more. some absentees in church.

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I am not sure what year we moved up here on Pioneer Road, somewhere around 1947. And I am not sure what year Dad put up the sugarhouse. It was not the first few years we were there. We got the arch, an IXL, from Dan S. Miller, where Eli Mast lives today. I always looked forward to sugaring, but was real glad when it was over. I never liked to gather sap when it was snowing and blowing. We carried a screwdriver along to poke holes in the ice to get the sap out. It seemed if it happened to be nice and warm one day, that night it would turn cold and snow. It was fun when it was 60 degrees and the buckets were full. Then I tried to flood Dad with sap and get the storage tank full before we were done gathering. I don’t think I ever got it so full we couldn’t finish. The last few years Dad had the sugar bush, when Reuben came home from Johnson Rubber he would walk up and take over the boiling for Dad. (Reuben lived behind our woods.) I used to sit in the sugarhouse till he was done, just to keep him company.

From Grandfather Enoch Byler’s diary: Monday, Jan. 18, 1943 – 28 degrees at 7 a.m., wind in the south; 27 at 9:15 a.m. and raining; very foggy all day. Telegram came. Mrs. Magdelena Schlabach Troyer died. Funeral Wednesday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 1944 – 28 degrees at 9 a.m., sun is shining. Pa has the Grippe. Dr. Faust was here for Pa and Irena’s children. They have flu, $1.50.

News from Windsor By Barbara Ann Detweiler

The benefit for Windsor Mills School has been changed to March 25. For details see page 2. A daughter, Hannah, was born Feb. 18 to Ray and Ann Hostetler. Grandparents are the Eli Hostetlers and the Joe Weavers.

A preacher looked out from the pulpit one Sunday morning and was shocked to see only one parishioner. He looked at the cowboy and said, “Well, son, since we’re the only ones here, why don’t we forgo services today?” The man replied, “Sir, if I took a load of hay out to feed the cows and only one showed up, I’d still feed her.” This so inspired the preacher that he gave a sermon like he’d never given before. For the next two hours the word of God flowed from him. When he finally finished, he looked at the cowboy and said, “Well, what did you think of that?” The cowboy replied, “Well, sir, I don’t mean any disrespect, but if that one cow showed up, l sure wouldn’t dump the whole load on her!

Feb. 21, 1900; Middlefield, Geauga County, Ohio Nice weather with a little snow on the ground. Cutting logs and stove wood is the order of the day. Some of the farmers are getting ready to open their sugar bushes. John I. Troyer of Holmes County is here to rent a farm. Peter J. Gingerich of Iowa and Isaac and Eli E. Gingerich of Illinois were here to visit their many friends, but on Tuesday morning they bid us farewell and started on their trip home. We wish them a safe trip home. John B. Detweiler made a flying trip to Lawrence County, Pa. this week. Church services were held at Jacob Coblentz’s last Sunday. Next Sunday at J. E. Millers. This leaves us all well. Yours truly, Daniel D. Gingerich.

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Feb. 24 … Hello Friends! We are surrounded by ICE! I can’t remember it hanging on the trees like it has all week creating a beautiful sight with the sunshine making it glitter and shimmer. This weather has put syrup making on hold for this week. The Gingerich family sugarbush has a total of almost 150 gallons already from the first run. Erwin Jr. is much improved from his bout with pneumonia but still needs to take care. Last week we received the sad news of my cousin Monroe Gingerich’s son Casey’s death by drowning. This happened in Puerto Rico on a mission trip with friends. He was their only son and the oldest in the family at 24. They live in Leon, Texas. This week word came of a serious accident in Mio, Mich. My cousin Paul Gingerich’s daughter and daughter-in-law were badly hurt when someone hit their stopped minivan. The daughter has a badly broken back and the daughter-in-law needed surgery on a badly broken leg. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families as they adjust to these changes in their lives.

Greetings from Garrettsville By Rachel Miller

Feb. 17 … Aren’t we having beautiful weather! We had 45 degrees this afternoon. I did a big laundry this morning, then we went to town. When we came home, the laundry was almost dry and ready to fold. Everything was so soft and fluffy. Some of you may have hung your laundry out this winter, but mine was in the basement. We have a stove down there and laundry dried in a day. The birds are busy at the feeders, but no cardinals at the new one. They like the pine trees in the front. But the Finches, Chickadees, Titmouse, Nuthatch and Woodpeckers came. We also have Bluebirds at the feeders, especially where there is suet. Urie Bylers and we were to Andrew Millers Saturday evening to see little Becky. She is a healthy little baby. I was busy this week cleaning closets and the pantry. I did get a shirt made for Ivan. And I did send my seed order out. I saw the Pussy Willow tree starting to get buds. I think they do come out in March.

Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender

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Bookmobile News By Jane Attina

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Greetings! The big blue bookmobile is happy to be wanted by so many of our county’s avid readers. We currently have 84 total stops on our schedule. While this is a good thing it does not leave any extra time during the eight hours a day we are on the road Monday through Saturday. We have had several families recently ask if the bookmobile can come to their house. Though our immediate desire is to say yes, we have to be realistic and at this time unfortunately there is no additional room on the schedule for new stops. Please know that we take your request very seriously and keep a file so if in the future we can fit you in we will. Some of our ‘sister’ libraries throughout Ohio have recently donated books to our bookmobile. We have received several good used copies of the Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Happy Hollisters.

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“The Life of a Farmer’s Wife, Volume 1” by Lena Yoder was published by Legacy Press, Winesburg, Ohio, copyright 2010. It is the first in the series of books of collections of Lena Yoder’s monthly articles previously published in “The Connection” magazine. Volume 1 contains the articles published from October 2004 through December 2007. Lena chronicles the events in the life of a mother of six who is also the wife of an Amish farmer in the twenty-first century. She tells of the tasks a farmer’s wife has and of the events in the lives of her husband, her children and herself. She writes of the visiting and frolics and church services she and her family have part in. But most vividly of all, she speaks, through her writings, of her deep love of God, belief in the Amish way, and her struggle to walk that way consistently. Lena muses on the need to take time to meditate no matter how busy your life is, the need to recognize peer pressure and deal with it, and, perhaps

Parkman Pathways By Ellen Hershberger

Tuesday, Feb. 1: This is my first winter in Chardon and we watch the snow pile up. Tonight, after I came home about 5, I had a few hours to recoup, then did an overnight with no sleep. Wednesday, Feb. 2: I go to another assignment and, in the p.m., try to catch a few winks. Thursday, Feb. 3: I’m feeling sleep deprived, but it’s amazing how one can function on a few hours sleep. I miss my family and the activities at home, but am thankful for work at my age! Friday, Feb. 4: Got home in the a.m., with about one hour before heading off to cook. Hope they like my meal tonight. Saturday, Feb. 5: This morning nephews and I went to town, then I did a little sewing. This evening an enjoyable time was had by our singles group when we gathered to celebrate a birthday. Homemade ice cream was on the menu. Sunday, Feb. 6: Today we attended church at Dan and Sara Byler’s home. Resting, reading, eating popcorn and family fellowship filled the rest of the day. Monday, Feb. 7: It seems my gears head to the kitchen where cooking, baking and cleaning up are good therapies. Tuesday, Feb. 8: This p.m. after work we headed off to vote, then sister and I had a most enjoyable evening visiting with our Mom’s old friend, “Candy Mary”. Wednesday, Feb. 9 & Thursday, Feb. 10: We caregivers have a great responsibility and especially when it involves end of life care. Hospice is wonderful and I’m learning so much from them. God bless them!

most important, the benefit of trust in God. Several times Lena wonders whether the teachings and love in her family and in the Amish community will be enough to keep her children safe from the snares of the modern, non-Amish world. She worries that as Amish families move away from farming as their major occupation, the children will have too much time on their hands and also will not feel as vividly how important their place in the family is. “The Life of a Farmer’s Wife” is, in many ways, a serious book. But it is neither a boring nor a sad book. The daily adventures are told with a bright sense of humor and fun. Readers from the 6th grade up will find it a hard book to put down and adults will find passages to reread and meditate on as well as passages to chuckle over. This, and Lena Yoder’s other books, are available at S & E Country Store on Newcomb Road.

Though many of these titles are still available for us to purchase others are out of print and unavailable. We are grateful to the other Ohio libraries and we let them know the books will be enjoyed by our many patrons! When materials you request are not available in our library collection we may borrow books from libraries throughout the United States.  These books come to you with a special sticker on the front that says either MORE, or INTERLIBRARY LOAN. When you receive these special order books, please make sure to return them in three weeks as they cannot normally be renewed and we have to return them in a timely manner. Thank You! The following titles will arrive soon: “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts “44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel “I’ll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark “Judgment” by Beverly Lewis “Miles to Go” by Richard Paul Evans “Night Road” by Kristin Hannah “Sixth Man” by David Baldacci “Quicksilver” by Amanda Quick Until next time, stay warm and curl up with a good book!

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Friday, Feb. 11: Again home in the a.m., off to cook in the p.m. and then spending a few evening hours singing with a group of friends. Saturday, Feb. 12: I pull a six hour shift (not bad!) and then, what else (?), I bake some brownies and prepare a batch of raspberry filling to take to work to make into pies. Sunday, Feb. 13: Today my Dad would be 94. He passed on a very warm July 26, 1976 at age 59. We had family brunch, rested in the p.m. and then had friends visiting this evening, playing games and eating popcorn. Monday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day and a 93 year old I know still is enjoying giving his wife a valentine. Tuesday, Feb. 15: Coming home a bit earlier from work gave me time to repack in time to join our singing group at Mrs. John Yoder’s home on Hosmer Road. Such uplifting songs give one a good mood booster. From there I went to the overnight. I’ll want to sleep tomorrow. Wednesday, Feb. 16: I’m home a few hours this morning, trying to sleep, but the stove kept puffing and waking me up. So I gave up, made some lunch and soon packed for a doctor appointment. Thursday, Feb. 17: Some changes in my schedule are enabling me to have a few days off, so I am spring cleaning. What fun! Time to enjoy the “little people”, meet friends for lunch, etc. The men have tapped the maple trees. With that I bid you adieu.

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And the Winners Are … Thank you for your great response to our coloring contest. So many fine entries! We couldn’t remember ever having so many before. The judges took a long time, but finally chose six winners. Just a reminder … if you do not follow the directions, we cannot consider your work in the contest. Our winners are: Ages 5 – 7 Joseph Detweiler (Hayes Road) Amanda Miller (Sweet West Road) Ages 8 – 10 Miriam W. Byler (Bundysburg Road) Raymond Miller (Bundysburg Road) Ages 11 and up Sara Weaver (Kinsman Road) Linda N. Yoder (Hayes Street) The winners should have already received notice by mail.

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