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Foods from the Master Gardener By Jacquie Foote In the days before modern grocery stores, what happened when the seeds have not yet sprouted and the stored food grows short? The answer, succinctly put was, “Look around and use the food the Master Gardener provides.” They believed that in early spring, before gardens are ready to produce much at all, the One who cares for the birds of the fields, provides foods for His children. Passing from father to son, from mother to daughter, information on how to identify and prepare early spring wild plants was essential for good end-of-winter health. Before we take a look at some of these truly “natural” foods, remember; don’t go hunting for them unless you have someone who can really identify them with you. A misidentification could leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, or worse. Having said that, let’s start with one of the most easily identified spring foods, a lovely flowering plant that, we are told, was imported to pre-revolutionary America as a bedding plant, the dandelion. The tender young leaves are excellent as a salad but the important word is YOUNG and applies to the whole plant. Once the first blossom buds form, the plant leaves become quite bitter. At that point the leaves may still be gathered and eaten, but it is advised that you boil them in salted water first and consider them an addition to a dish such as potato salad. The young roots can be peeled and sliced like carrots. To remove the characteristic bitterness, boil the roots in salted water twice over. Dandelion roots are particularly nourishing and have been credited with having saved people starving during famines in Europe. Be careful of overeating them, however, as they do contain taraxacum, a laxative. If you like asparagus, this next gift from the Master Gardener will be right up your alley. It is a favorite browse of deer, was known and used by Native Americans. It is so common and easily identified that it has provided life saving nourishment for many. It is usually the first spring source of Vitamin C. This food is the new shoots and twigs of the willow tree. These twigs are slim, round

and, although often brittle at their base, pliable in general. Young willow shoots can be gathered at the beginning of spring weather. The outer bark can easily be peeled off and the tender insides eaten raw. Some gather, peel and boil the shoots and serve them as a side dish with wild game such as rabbit. The young leaves which are 10 times richer in vitamin C than oranges (but not as sweet) are also edible raw and make a nice salad with dandelion greens. continued page 3 Foods from the Master Gardener continued from page 1 Last for this time, is the ramp, sometimes called wild leek. The ramp is a wild onion native to North America. Though the bulb resembles that of a scallion, the beautiful flat, broad leaves set it apart. According to John Mariani, author of “The Encyclopedia of American Food and

Bits and Pieces from the Past Submitted by Rachel Miller April 27. 1984 A son was born to the Harvey H. Freys on Good Friday weighing 7 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces. Little Adam’s grandparents are Lizzie Frey and the Daniel Farmwalds. He has four brothers and two sisters. The Joseph J. Millers moved to a 60-acre farm they bought on Roswell Road in Carrollton. A son Homer III was born to the Homer Jr. Yoders. Grandparents are Nannie Yoder and the Lester E. Hostetlers. They have one other son and a daughter. Some church women were at Milo Mullets Tuesday to quilt a quilt for the Fireman’s Benefit Auction In June. Elizabeth Detweiler had a quilting for a quilt to be donated to the Firemen’s Auxiliary. A dead filly was born to a mare of John S. C. Miller’s and, then, a day later, the mare died. A couple from Alaska (Mark and Mabel Ulrich) who used to be neighbors to the Millers in New York State stopped in for a visit Saturday. On the same day, Dad’s buggy horse (also named Mabel) had a newborn filly (her 4th, all fillies).

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Apr. 30 Raymond I. Miller (50) May 1 Aden Byler (Lester) (17) May 1 Mrs. (Dan) Esther Hostetler (65) May 3 Mrs. Steve Yoder (30) May 3 Mrs. Martha (Mat) Miller (72) May 3 Marvin Miller (40) May 3 Mrs. Anna Marie Miller (37) May 4 Kathleen Mills May 4 Regina Troyer(11) May 4 Jonathan Hershberger (14) May 4 Cindy J. Hershberger (5) May 5 Mrs. (Andy) Sarah Burkholder May 6 LeAnna Miller (9) May 6 Rachel R. Miller (11) May 7 Robert A. Weaver (28) May 7 Mrs. Crist Kathryn Yoder (41) May 7 Betty G. Bender (16) May 8 Mrs. Alan Miller (Clara Mae) (48) May 8 Rosanne Miller (Marvin) May 8 Andrew Troyer (17) May 8 Mrs. (John) Marilyn Borkholder (71) May 8 Isaiah Ebersol (76) May 10 Mrs. Ruth Miller May 11 Mrs. Albert Detweiler (59) May 11 Mrs. Kathryn Miller May 11 Sarah Kuhns May 11 Daniel Yutzy (19) May 11 Rebeka O. Yoder (5) May 12 Allen E. Weaver (53) May 13 Wayne (John) Byler (18) May 14 Allen (Mel D.) Byler (17)

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Raymond M. Miller, 81, of Burton, entered eternal rest peacefully April 14, 2014 at his home. He was born in Uniontown, Ohio on Dec. 19, 1932 to the late Monroe S. and Lydia (Weaver) Miller. Raymond married Ada N. Hershberger on April 16, 1957. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by: his loving wife of 56 years and 11 months, Ada; children, Abner (Ellen) Miller, Allen (Elizabeth) Miller, Samuel (Miriam) Miller, Lydia Miller, Raymond Jr. (Edna) Miller, David (Emma) Miller, Kathryn (Harvey Jr.) Kempf, Esther (Ervin) Miller, Harvey Miller, and Mervin (Susan) Miller; 59 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his brothers; Henry, Andy, Melvin and Allen Miller; his sisters; Emma Miller, Sara Schmucker, and Anna Hershberger. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Raymond’s final resting place is in Hershberger Cemetery in Burton.

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Drink,” the word ramp comes from “rams,” or “ramson,” an Elizabethan dialect rendering of the wild garlic. Members of the onion family, ramps, or wild leeks, have a pungent garlic-onion flavor Ramps are one of the first wild edible plants to appear in the spring. They are considered a spring delicacy and so valued that there are numerous festivals that highlight this garlicky flavored herb. (West Virginia is well known for their many festivals and events in celebration of the ramp.) Since ramps aren’t cultivated in the way leeks are, they’re much easier to clean. Just cut off roots, rinse thoroughly, and scrub off any excess dirt on the bulbs. The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a combination of onions and garlic, and the garlic odor is particularly strong. Strong enough, in fact, that even ramp-lovers will advise caution. But, cautions aside, ramps add a wonderful and uniquely pungent flavor to soups, egg dishes, casseroles, rice dishes and potato dishes. You can use them raw or cooked in any recipe calling for scallions or leeks, or you can cook them in a more traditional way, scrambled with eggs or fried with potatoes. Geauga is lucky enough to have fresh ramps in spring but be warned, ramps aren’t available for long. Their season is March through May so you still have time to gather some. Moreover, this vitamin C-rich plant can be chopped and frozen for later use in cooked dishes. The green tops are milder in flavor and are usually used along with the bulbs. Think of using them instead of leeks in Potato and Leek Soup, or in Scalloped Potatoes, or fry them up with bacon and hard cooked eggs, or even just fry them with potatoes as a side dish for dinner. Sources: “Feasting Free on Wild Edibles” by Bradford Angler “The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink” by John Mariani

By Sarah Miller April 17: Ahhh … Spring came back … hopefully to stay this time. But my poor daffodils got “creamed”. BUT, with some more sunshine, maybe they will perk up again. The purple martins are coming back. Will we be lucky this year and get some to stay? Today was the funeral of Raymond M. Miller of Jug Road. Many friends and relatives attended. After the funeral, my sister Emma Weaver from Jasper, N.Y., sister Edna Byler of Nauvoo Road, cousin Fannie Detweiler of Smicksburg, Pa. and I visited at sister Fannie and Mel Yoders. Fannie still has her arm in a sling from her fall down their upstairs. She also had a gash in her forehead needing stitches. Slow down there, Sis!! Son Richard may put a little weight on his broken leg. But will still need to wear a boot for a while. Also grandson Paul got his cast removed from a broken arm. His older brother is still wearing a cast, also from a broken arm. Maybe one more week. This past Monday, their younger brother Chester was sliding into base playing baseball at school and sprained his ankle. So he’s also sporting a cast. Born to son Mark and Fan, a son, Mark Allen. He has two brothers and two sisters to welcome him home. They live on

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It’s house cleaning time! Clean curtains are flapping on the line. Walls are scrubbed and painted. Now it’s time to think about gardening and enjoying the warm summer-like sunshine after the long hard winter. Our daughters bought us some potted white Easter Lilies … beautiful on the table. (The symbol of the Risen One.) Another friend was called away last night, Preacher Lester J. Mast, husband of first cousin Mary (Andy D.C. Miller) Mast. We are so sorry and our hearts and sympathy go out to the family. Mary has had a long battle with cancer. We heard that Lester passed away at the hospital and had C-Dif, a bad infection. But I really don’t have many details yet. R.S.V. is going around again in this area amongst the babies. Three-month-old Isaac, baby of Ike and Erma Miller here on 534 is up at Hillcrest hospital for almost a week now with it. Son Marty and Lori Detweiler went up to see him tonight. Grands are Atlee Bylers and Junior (Henry) Millers. We babysat Marty’s five children. Jake (Jenny) Byler on Georgia Road and more of the relatives went to calling hours for Ben, son of Wallie and Clara Detweiler (who are also deceased). I think Ben’s age was 84. Ben would also be my first cousin; our dada were brothers, He was not Amish. Ben was a brother to Willies Jake who passed away recently on Newcomb Road. Daughter Leah has a habit of losing her bonnet. It happened again! After accusing several ladies and making several phone calls, she decided to just buy a new one, again, until she emptied her wastebasket. Lo and behold! There was the bonnet in that wastebasket! And don’t ask how it got there. Spending Friday and Saturday in Holmes County last weekend were Eli and Alta Byler and daughter Kathryn, John and Barbara Byler on Coffee Corners Rd., Rudy, me, Leah, Miriam, and Kathy. Harvey (Dan E.) Miller is gaining well from his hip surgery and can do some light work. Visiting them Tuesday p.m. was Joey and Mary Esther Detweiler and us. Daniel Fisher Sr. is recovering from a stroke he had and was planning to go fishing. Rudy and son Marty, Aden Yoder, Homer Yoder, and David Hershberger went to Lake Erie on their first fishing trip of the year and had their nice big limit of walleye by 2 p.m. They came home early today. Maple syrup season is over and was not quite as good a year as last year, but it was still a “fair” year. Enjoying Tuesday with widow Milo Mullet Mandy and daughter Martha was widow Enos Schrock Mary, the Detweilers, Elmer Mary, Joe Ada, Sam Maryann, Milo Mary, Joey Mary Esther, myself and daughter Leah, Willis Laura, Joe Slabaugh Mary and John Miller Ruth of Guernsey County. They have their home at their son Milo Jr. and Esther Mullet in Bloomfield, moving there from Guys Mills, Pa. Y’all enjoy this beautiful spring!


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By Linda Weaver April 17… Hello Everyone! We hope you are enjoying the warmer weather! It’s so nice to hear the birds sing their springtime songs. Monday was the large funeral of Lester Mast, 71, who passed away from many health complications. He was Jake’s cousin and our hearts go out to his wife Mary and family who loved him and will miss him so much … as will the church and neighborhood … and all who knew him. Our sister-in-law Mrs. Bert (Lena) Weaver is in Horizon Hospital in Greenville, Pa. for rehab after suffering a stroke several weeks ago. The Weaver family siblings and a few nieces were out to visit her Sunday evening. Her left side is paralyzed, but they have hopes of bringing her back to walking again and, with time and hard work, using her left arm again. Her daughter Freida is here from Virginia, staying with her father at this time. We hope to attend the wedding today of Mervin Miller to Nancy Yoder on Parks-West Road. Happy Birthday to grandsons John Paul Mast, 16, and Andrew Weaver, 10. Yesterday and today were their birthdays! Easter Blessings to all! Till next time!

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By William Bender Here we are; spring is here; the peepers are singing their spring song. We have Good Friday and Easter this week. Don’t know what we will do on Good Friday. Another of our good friends was laid to rest the first part of the week. Lester Mast was 71. Back in 1965, we worked in Sunny Acres. This is number six of the Sunny Acre boys to leave this world. Lester was a Huntsburg resident most of his life. It is now 5 weeks that sister Anna passed away. Time goes on. Anna isn’t home today. It is her Holmes County get-together at Sara Esther. Hope I will be back to work in the morning. I went for an MRI yesterday and today I got my reports. They want to do surgery on my knee. I don’t like to think about it. If it feels like it did the last few days, forget it. But, if it is like it was a few weeks ago, I’ll get it done. My mind goes back to the hardware in Huntsburg. I often think of Paul Johnson and his dog, King. When I came in the store, he would get up and come over to me so I would pet him. Paul used to say it was my fault. If I wouldn’t pet him, he would stay put. Anna is home now. She says everyone was at the gathering, all eight of them. I bet Sara Esther’s house had more talking in there than it did for a while. Jacquie was just here. She will be back Friday. That gives me a little more time for this letter. I have a little story to share about how hard us men have it. I picked up this story in South Dakota a few years back. It goes like this: As your wife gets older, be patient with her. It is important for men to remember that as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to yell at their spouses. My name is Bob. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Nancy. When I was laid off from my consulting job and took “early retirement” in April, it became necessary for Nancy to get a full time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. It was shortly after she started working that I noticed that she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I try not to yell. Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she finally does get dinner on the table. She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. Now, it’s not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they aren’t cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed. Now that she is older, she seems to get tired so much more quickly. For example, our washer and dryer are in the basement. Sometimes she says she just can’t make another trip down those stairs. I don’t make a big issue of this as she finishes up the laundry the next evening. I’m willing to overlook it. Not only that, but, unless I need something to wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday’s or Saturday’s poker club or to Tuesday’s or Thursday’s bowling, or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some of those odds and ends like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting. (To be continued … next time.)

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April 14, 2014: A friendly hello to all! Yikes! Almost forgot about this letter. Lots of friends and relatives are planning to go to Kentucky for the wedding this week of Wally Byler Jr. and a daughter of Jonas Farmwalds. The newlyweds plan to live in this area. Our twin granddaughters, Amanda and Annamae, recently had kindergarten day at Stagecoach Run School in Farmington. Son Norman and family plan to move soon to the home they bought from Mel Hostetler Mary on Ensign Road. This is the same place my brother Davids live at one time. It’s finally thawed enough that we could throw some lettuce and radish seeds in our early bed a little later than last year. May 1 is the wedding of Cora, daughter of Eli L. Millers and Robert, son of John E. Troyers. May 8t is the wedding of Martha Yoder (daughter of Dan and Rachel) and David Fisher (son of Willies). Congratulations to both of these couples! Today is to be the funeral of Lester Mast. His widowed wife, Mary, suffers from cancer. Send her cheer at 16421 Burton Windsor Rd, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. God “goes” to those who “come” to Him … Till next time, be happy!

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April 14: Greetings to all readers. Well, we cannot write about the cold weather anymore. Now what do we complain about? We already are thinking about gardens. We will not put out such a big garden anymore. But there is nothing better than a big fresh tomato or that first ear of sweet corn. It is time to look after the strawberries. I always look forward to that favorite berry. Today, the 14th is the funeral of Lester J. Mast, age 71. Lester was born Sept.17, 1942. Lester had asthma and breathing problems for many years. He was retired from Burton Hardwoods. Survivors are his wife Mary Anna (daughter of the late Andy D. C. Millers), five sons and three daughters. One daughter deceased. Weddings among the Amish are going on. We are invited to three in Munfordville, Ky. Don’t think we can travel down there, but there are more in the family this year yet. Our son Dannie from Indiana paid us a visit over the weekend of March 29. We visited family and had brunch here on Sunday the 30th. Not all the children could attend. Dan raises produce and works in a RV factory. He has planted some early produce already. Maple syrup season is past with another good year. The Gingerich family Sugarbush had a very good year. Jr. is hanging in there. Has to deal with his cough, but was able to spend more time in the sugarhouse. Today a charter bus is leaving for a wedding in Kentucky at Jonas Farmwald’s.

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By Rachel Miller Friday eve, April 10: Today was a beautiful day. It went up to 72 degrees. Tulips, daffodils and lilies are coming up. Crocuses are blooming along with pussywillows. It was a nice laundry day; clothes dried nice. I had a time keeping them on the lines. We also drove to Garrettsville. They have started to clean up from their March 22 fire when the historic buildings burned to the ground. There were 13 businesses in the buildings. The food bank moved to the corner of Route 88 and Route 305 now. They said it’s overwhelming all the food that has been donated. The foot and ankle clinic is starting up at the TLC building. That’s where I go and I did have an appointment for that Wednesday. I have to call for another appointment. I haven’t heard if all the others have gotten set up or not; there was the heat and health store, antiques, an insurance agent and a bookstore. Barbara and I had just browsed in some of these stores about a month ago. A week after the Garrettsville fire, a big storage barn on Ely Road burned. It was from the turkey farm. Don’t know what was stored or if they have any idea what started either one. Wednesday, John Mat and I were to Ray Miller Rachel for the day. From Sparty were Mrs. Ben Hostetler and Mrs. Jonas Miller and more from around here. Ray passed away after having a kidney transplant from his son and seemed to be dong O.K. He either got a blood clot or had a heart attack. Rachel is Ivan’s niece. Last night my sisters, the Mose Millers and Albert Detweilers, and brother Ervins were here to remind me I’m a year older. Tuesday, Barbara, Ivan and I took supper over to Marvin Kurtz’s for grandson James’ 17th birthday. We had birthday cake and ice cream for dessert. Yesterday morning, we had seven deer walking in a row up to the road. Then a tractor came down the road and they turned around and ran for the woods. A new Amish schoolhouse will be going up on Parkman Nelson Road this summer.

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Korner By Katherine Byler

Whoosh! Bang! Crash! It doesn’t take long to hit the cement floor if you hit a grease spot near the washing machine. I found out the hard (yes, HARD) way. Glad to still be able to donate blood, though, at Mespo Fire Hall. They were pleased to get a total of 24 good pints. We were very privileged to travel to Kentucky with a busload for a wedding. It was so good to visit with so many old and dear fiends, spending a few hours with Alvin and Mary Byler at their home. The best part of the trip was when we stopped for a delicious breakfast buffet at “Der Dutchman” in Belleville, Ohio. Uria D. Byler was excited to have tomato gravy for his fried mush (YUCK!). Come to find, the waitress brought it on a plate and it consisted of four or five slices of fresh tomatoes! The memory of the look on his face is priceless! Another wedding memory of which I can’t really recall it, but have it written down in black and white, so it must be true. “June, 1993: I drove our horse to Joseph and Laura Detweiler’s wedding, picking up Aunt Mary S. Miller and Mrs. Mel (Maurine) Shetler on the way.“ (Hubby wasn’t along or I would not have been driving!) That evening, Mrs. David E. (Sarah) Miller passed away in Horse Cave, Ky. We went down then for the funeral, a very, very warm day. Visiting night was at the Andy Burkholder home. So precious to spend time with them and three special children. John and Mae Bontrager chose them to visit. Others going were David and Marianne Miller, Robert and Barbara Stoltzfus and writer and hubby. Have you ever heard of a cremestick without crème? It’s just too sweet for some people. A friend of mine said her husband squeezes out the crème, but it’s not “wasted”. (Or is it?) She takes care of it, being quite fond of such. Ten-year-old Rosanna Stoltzfus needed eight stitches in her arm after suffering a gash from an ax while trudging through the woods and slipping and falling. (Playing MRS. Daniel Boone, maybe?) She is the daughter of Emanuel Jr. and Liz. It didn’t take the grass very long to turn green, nor for the daffodils to pop into bloom. Then, it snowed on top of all that, giving me the shivers. And we appreciate the April rains, so needed to get things growing. Did I tell you about the time Mrs. Albert (Emma) Yoder received a precious piece of “pink candy” when she was a little girl? When asked why she was not eating it, she stated, “I’m waiting till I get home to share it with the others.” What a change in this day and age! Or did I tell you about the time I melted my timer? It was stuck to a bread pan and went into the oven to bake along with the bread. Then, the next time, the bread had a rectangular sized dent in it. For some reason, the timer’s magnet was stuck to the INSIDE of the pan. Whew! Try to do a good deed and it turns out every which way! Oh dear! Wham! Bang! Crash! Also, it WAS a deer, a real one. It was a first for driver Dan Casterline to hit a deer with his van. And he did a super job of keeping it under

Parkman Pathways By Ellen Hershberger

Wednesday, March12: Did the bookwork today and finally finished the second coat. Thursday, March13: Today, my neighbor passed on to the other side, and so another change in life. Friday, March 14: My last Friday at this job and friends picked me up, stopping for a fish dinner on the way home. Saturday, March 15: Mary Ellen and I were at the library this morning a while. There are some challenges getting a drain fixed here. Betters days ahead. Sunday, March 16: After church today, we enjoyed family suppertime together. What can be better? Monday, March 17: Did the usual Monday banking, etc. for the business, got a treatment and finished the last of binding the eight lap robes. And … the drain is open! Tuesday, March 18: Six of us gave friend Marian a happy birthday lunch surprise today. Then, this evening, the singles gathered by Sarah Kuhns. Wednesday, March 19: This was catch up day before going on an overnight. I did payroll. Thursday, March 20: It’s a girl! Emily was born this morning to Mike and Miriam, here. So, this evening, we took the 3 siblings to the Care Center to all eat supper together. Friday, March 21: The children are, of course, very excited to have Mom, Dad and baby home. I cut and worked on sewing a coat for nephew. Saturday, March 22: Did laundry, sewed on a coat, and made supper for Mikes. Sunday, March 23: Seven of the ones “out back” had waffle brunch up here by Mikes, while the rest went to church in Orwell. Monday, March 24: A pretty normal day of treatment, to town and fixing supper. Went to viewing of Eli Miller. Tuesday, March 25: Worked on payroll, and was still sewing on coat… plus this and that. Wednesday. March 26:Finally got nephew’s coat finished, baked cookies, ironed, and then, after the Tupperware party at Kathy’s, I went on my overnight shift. Thursday, March 27: This is the first day where I stayed from overnight to 3 p.m. Friday, March 28: Worked a 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift, came home and baked a big batch of ginger cookies for church. A load of family here went to the Exotic Animal Sale in Holmes County. Saturday, March 29: Again doing a daytime shift and enjoying it very much. I got home before the storm hit tonight. Sunday, March 30: Some of our family went to church in Holmes County today, at the home of their co-workers. Monday, March 31: So, we’re out like a lamb. This was my usual Monday with errands and treatment. We came home by way of where the accident was and saw the marks still on the road. Tuesday, April 1: Did odds and ends and had a dental appointment this afternoon. Not good news on an infected root canal. No wonder my ear hurts. L

Saturday, March 8: Wayne is enjoying his gifts, cards and everything he’s received. Junior turned 17, not 14. My hours at neighbor’s helping were enjoyable today. Sunday, March 9: This month is “Marching” on, already. We had a quiet day at home. Took a walk in the sunshine, but the wind was surprisingly chilly. Monday, March 10: While waiting on taxi tonight, I got a call to fill in on a case in town, so, after hours it was to the store and then home. Tuesday, March 11: Plenty going on here at home. But in the p.m. I helped at neighbors until time to go singing. We sang by Ray and Christine, and then I went back to the neighbor overnight.

control. This happened before dawn on the way to Ashland Horse Sale. Billy (Paul) Mast sat in the front passenger seat. Others along were the John Bylers and three children, the David S. Miller Jr. family, Dan and Sally Miller and Ray Mast, all from Dead End Shedd Road. It was DEAD END for the deer! Whew! Another buggy not stopping at the corner, that horse not learning anything! It happens all the time. A car was coming from the south and gave a mighty HONNNK! Doubt that it sunk in. Yes, weddings are joyful, but not good for the ever-expanding waistline. And, I wouldn’t weigh myself with shoes on like the doctor does! Hubby insists we need to start a walking regimen, and include the dog. It would also help clear the brain’s cobwebs. We bought the last Little Buddy heater on the shelf at Wal-Mart. It was sort of late in the season and we should have had it months ago. We’ll carefully store it and have it ready in time for some heat, maybe at Christmastime? Only 238 more days. Whoops! Pardon me. Some folks are light eaters; as soon as it’s light out, they start eating. The 9-pound boy born June 28, 1923 announced in “Plain Pages” is none other than Jonas J. Miller, Madison, who turns 90 ere long! Seventy-four pints of blood were obtained at the recent blood drive operated by the Red Cross. There were only two deferrals. Next one is slated for June 28, again at Mespo School. Mrs. John S. C. Miller, Milo Schlabachs, Andy S., Jake C. and Joseph N. Bylers and John P. Weavers were all at Dan C. Bylers Good Friday evening to let him know we realize he is now 55 years old. Peter E., David E. and John S. C. Millers are among those who will be taking a 1-day vacation to Niagara Falls when Grand River Valley and Shady Lane 8th graders and some of the parents go. Anna Mary (Alvin A.) Byler took over 3 days teaching duties for daughter Barbara Ann when she went to Washington D.C.


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Wednesday, April 2: Enjoying these nice sunny days. Today, I did some baking, did payroll, took a walk, cut out patterns, etc. Then it was soon time to get ready fro nightshift. Thursday, April 3: After my shift today, it was hard to stay awake, so I went to bed early. Friday, April 4: Forgot to write that Wayne (with the broken foot) stumbled in the sugarhouse, slamming his hand on the hot chimney. It is healing with burdock and B & W. I spent most of the a.m. writing letters and cards for showers and, in the p.m., cleaned my front room. Tonight we attended the benefit at Joe’s Window Shop. Sunday, April 6: We all here had brunch together, and then in the p.m. we visited the neighbor whose mother recently passed. Monday, April 7: This was the usual Monday of treatment and to town. Sister accompanied her sister-in-law to the E.R. Tuesday, April 8: I spent most of this morning doing payroll. Got my 38 tomato plants transplanted into larger cups. Wednesday, April 9: Some of our Pennsylvania cousins joined us for lunch at Aunt Fannie Yoder’s on Agler Rd. Fannie fell the whole length of the stairway and is in a hospital bed with a broken shoulder and other bruises. Thursday, April 10: After my day shift in Middlefield, we visited Linda. She’s still in the ICU with cellulites in both legs. Friday, April 11: I needed to make a 2-hour round of errands this morning. Then, tonight, after the Parkman Fish Fry, we joined a singing group by Robert and Miriam Millers’. Saturday, April 12: Ah, spring peepers, crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips renewal of life after a long winter. After a 6-hour shift, I enjoyed dinner with a group at niece Ada and Nelsons’. Sunday, April 13: We had all day services today and family time tonight. Monday, April 14: Almost middle of April already. Did my usual treatment and town with errands today. Old time growing up neighbor Raymond Miller passed this morning. Tuesday April 15: I had baked two pies last night and the one got soaked with the juice. So this morning, I baked two more. Before a doctor appointment in Chardon, a couple friends and I met for lunch. In the process of getting their pies in the car, the one flopped upside down on the parking lot. So much for my efforts. Guess it was still edible, being packaged. We were to Raymond’s viewing. Wednesday, April 16: Sure doesn’t seem like I got much done today. Treatment (getting better!), cut off a pattern, fried fish for supper for us here … did payroll. Thursday, April 17: This was a pleasant overnight/day shift. Our group enjoyed supper at Sarah Byler’s. GOOD FRIDAY: Just taking it easy today, commemorating what CHRIST did for us.

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Greetings to all! Hi, I’m Betty Gingerich and this is my fifth term at Sunny Acres. The last 4 years, I had children from the ages of 6 to 8. Now, I have two little boys at the ages of 3 and 4. Their names are Joseph Byler and Lucas Miller. We start our day with prayers, singing and exercises. Then we go to our classrooms. Each child has goals that we try and do every day. Some of the goals for my children are learning to trace circles and lines, to match colors, to do puzzles, to work on speech and walking and going potty. At 11:30 a.m., we all meet in the kitchen and eat together. Older children are usually done by noon and then it’s recess time. For younger children, it’s potty time. For Joseph, it’s naptime. Around 1:15 p.m., we head back to class unless we do art. In that case, we usually head back to class about 2 p.m. In class, we do a few papers with each child. We call them fun papers. After papers, we have gym, circle time, stories, puzzles, games, etc. Around 3 p.m. We bundle up and sing. (It’s time to go home.) Then, our day is done. I really enjoy teaching these special children. They put lots of joy in our days. Days go by, but memories stay. Wishing you all the best! Visitors are always welcome. Teacher Betty

Hi, I’m Barbie Miller (age 17). This is my first term here at Sunny Acres School. I really enjoy teaching my four children: David Detweiler (age 8), Nathan Byler (age 8), Danny Rat Yoder (age 7) and Ruthie Miller (age 7). In the morning after they eat a snack, we sing a few songs and do exercises. Then, we go to our classrooms and my helper does writing, cutting, tracing and other worksheets with them while I take turns doing goals with each child. David is working on his speech, alphabet and sight words. He also does well with the colors, numbers and shapes. Ruthie is working on recognizing the numbers 1 to 5 and counting to 10 without help. She also knows colors and shapes, sight words and the letters A to F. Nathan has started doing the word starters and he also knows the number words, alphabet and is working on the reading words for “First Steps”. He also likes working with colors, shapes and sight words. Danny Ray can’t talk much but is working on the alphabet, sight words, colors and shapes. He’s also working on how to write his name. Then, on each day we do special things: Monday – sing ABCs Tuesday – colors and shapes Wednesday – practice “Days of the Week” and “Months of the Year” Thursday – sight words Friday – counting numbers 1 to 20 Afternoons we also do either art, therapy or circle time with the children, We have a lot of fun here at school. J Will close wishing you all God’s Blessings! Teacher Barbie

From Teacher Marie Hello, I’m Marie Miller (age 18). I really enjoy my job at Sunny Acres School. Have three children age 7 and 2 at age 5. Our goal right now is teaching them colors, ABCs, counting, numbers and speech. After we’re done with morning class, we eat lunch and the children play for a little while. Then we go back to class and do papers or other work. Then, after that, we play games, do therapy or have circle time. By then, it’s usually time to go home. J Best wishes to all! Teacher Marie

From Teacher Miriam Hi! I am Miriam Miller (age 20). Artwork by I’ve been at Sunny Acres since January 2011. I really enjoy working with these special children. I have four children: Andrew, Rachel and Lori are 9 years old and Robbie is 8. My helper is Rachel Stutzman. We teachers come to school at 8 a.m. to get ready for our day. The children get here at 9 a.m. First, they have a snack, and then we sing, say prayers and do exercises. Then we have class until 11:30 a.m. We do goals with the children. Each one has different goals depending on how much they can do. Helper Rachel does writing, cutting and tracing papers with the children while I do their goals. We all eat together in the kitchen at lunchtime. The older children are usually done eating by noon. Some of the smaller ones, it takes longer. We have recess until 1:15 p.m. We play games, do puzzles, etc. Then, we have art some days. After that, we’ll go back to our classrooms to do fun papers, games and lots of different things. Sometimes we do circle time in the afternoon. On Wednesdays, the older children have gym in the morning and the younger ones have it in the afternoon. Will close wishing you all God’s Blessings. Teacher Miriam

From Teacher Arlene Hi, I’m Arlene Miller (age 17). This is my third term at Sunny Acres School. The first two terms, I was with the smaller children. This year I am with the older children. Ages 16 to 19. I have five pupils. We teachers come to school around 8 a.m. every morning and the children are usually there by 9 a.m. The children all sit down at the tables and eat a snack. After they are done, everyone lines up in the gym and we sing and do our exercises. Then, we have class. We do writing, math and spelling. On some days, we do English, on other days we do phonics or “Learning through Sounds”. We eat lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then we have recess until 1 or 1:15 p.m. After recess we do reading and then we play games or race with flashcards. On some days, we do art before going back to our classrooms, about 2 p.m. in that case. Closing time comes at 3 p.m. I really enjoy teaching and we usually have happy days. Wishing you all a happy ending to your school year. Teacher Arlene

Fom Teacher Laura Hi, I am Laura Miller (age 18). This is my second term at Sunny Acres School. I was helper last year for Teacher Arlene with small children. This year, I have Class A, five children from ages 21 to 24. I really enjoy teaching these Special Children. After exercises, we go back to class. We do writing, math (working with numbers, part 2), addition and subtraction facts up to 8, and spelling (“Learning to Spell”. Then it’s lunchtime. We have 1 hour 15 minutes for recess. We do puzzles and play games. Then, back to class. We do reading (one on one). While I help one, the others do work papers or play games. Then, we play Uno, the children’s favorite game. Sometimes, we have a story. Then our day is done and it’s time to go home. We look forward to Workshop Days when the children paint items for the store. We have many fun filled and happy days. Best wishes to all of you! Teacher Laura


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From Our Schools Hickory Grove School

Submitted by Susan Yoder Hickory Grove School recently had Kindergarten Day for the upcoming first graders. Those attending were: Marcus Miller (Andrew and Krissy), Christopher Kurtz (Dan and Nancy), Ada Miller (Al and Nancy), Cathy Troyer (Jr. and Betty), Esther Hershberger (Andrew and Ruth) and Wanita Detweiler (Freeman and Lena). Teacher Regina had the scholars at her house recently for an Easter Egg Hunt. Eighth grade graduates this year are: Marlene Troyer (Noahs), Rosanne Hershberger (Matthews), Robbie Stutzman (Johns) and Marvin Troyer (Jr.’s). The school picnic is planned for May 3.

Interesting Age Math Submitted by Laura Kaufman Write your age. Multiply by 20. Add today’s date. Multiply by 5. Add your shoe size (if half size, round up). Subtract 5 x today’s date. The hundreds is your age; the rest is your shoe size. Example …Today is July 10; you are 11 and your shoe size is 6 ½ (rounded to 7) (Age x 20) 11 x 20 = 220 (Add date) 220 + 10 = 230 (Multiply by 5) 230 x 5 = 1150 (Add shoe size) 1150 + 7 = 1157 Subtract 5 X date) 1157 - 50 = 1107 (11 is your age “07” or 7 is your shoe size )

~Laboring times at the Middlefield Care Center ~ By Jaime A. Fisher Happy to see the weather has turned the corner. According to the Farmers Almanac, Ohio had many rainy days in the forecast for the month of April. Of course it would, April showers bring May flowers. I welcome the rain as long as doesn’t turn into a full-blown snowstorm. Please continue on with all spring-cleaning activities, it’s working. So don’t let your spring clean-up guard down or winter could creep back in. Middlefield care Center (MCC) is happy to announce 15 more healthy Amish babies welcomed at the birthing center, bringing us close to the 3000th Baby. I predict the 3000th baby will honor us in July. That delivery will be without charge (FREE), followed by a community celebration/benefit in support of the ever-changing needs and growth of the Care Center. Details to follow next month. Two newborns were admitted to MCC for phototherapy in March, bringing our March total to 17 patients. Did you know you do not have to deliver your baby at MCC to use other services offered? Services such as post partum care for mom; phototherapy and nursery care for your newborn. Ask your MCC participating doctor or contact MCC directly for eligibility details. Our One Year Anniversary, March 31, completed the inaugural one year mark for the pilot project called “Continuum Care Nursing” offered to all patients here. The board is looking at the possibility of expanding this program to all Amish women in our area who have recently delivered at the hospital, birthing center or at home. As always patients would have to be an eligible candidate to receive any services. Some services currently offered are a 24-hour nurse hotline for questions and concerns, at home visits to check the progress of moms and newborns and lend support, breastfeeding help with a lactation consultant, and Childbirth Educator just to name a few. This program helps promote and strengthen healthy Amish women and newborns, bridging the gap between discharges and first follow up visits with pediatricians and OBGYNS. Details will soon follow as this program expands. I want to personally thank everyone for the overwhelming positive responses that have been received. Although unbudgeted for the fiscal year, this program was offered to all home-going patients from MCC, allowing our patients to have unlimited access to nursing support. This has lowered the number of occurrences for hospital admissions, urgent care, ER and unnecessary trips to doctors’ offices. Over 780 nursing hours, and 8,760 24-hour nurse hotline hours were dedicated to making this program work. Our key ingredients in the recipe for success are to see people when they need to be seen, allow 24-hour access to a RN willing to assist with problems, questions, concerns, and decision making. Our policy of unlimited visits always works toward healthy resolutions. The Middlefield care Center (MCC) is located at 14999 Lenny Ave. in Middlefield (44062). Call 440-632-1900. Q. What can you never eat for breakfast? A : Dinner. Q. What gets wet with drying? A : A towel

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Mom’s Diary By Barbara Ann Detweiler Saturday, Mar. 8 to Wednesday, Mar. 12: I’ve been feeling terrible. Everything hurts and it’s so hard to move. Norma is constantly asking me, “ Does it hurt a lot, Mom? I can’t help but pity you. “ And Betty calls me Granny! L They’re only 9 and 10 and it’s hard for them to remember me being completely healthy. I managed to bake cookies tonight before taking a hot shower and heading off to bed. Thursday, Mar. 13: Mom called and said niece Barbara and Ben Yoder’s new house burned to the ground. What a mix of emotions stirred up inside me! They had been living with her parents (my brother Joe’s) while Barbara recovered from surgery, so we are thankful that no lives were lost. Friday, Mar. 14 and Saturday, Mar. 15: We are getting ready for Laura’s group of friends to gather here Sunday, so the girls were busy cleaning the house. Sunday, Mar. 16: Laura’s friends were here and everything went well. Monday, Mar. 17: John’s 20th birthday. Where had the time gone? Tuesday, Mar. 18: I went to the Farmington Senior Center with Mom. ‘Twas an enjoyable day. Wednesday, Mar. 19: Went to Aunt Betty’s for the day. Mom and others were there also. Thursday, Mar. 20 & Friday, Mar. 21: A busy time with getting ready for our school benefit. We had a fish dinner and auction at Mast Metal. It was a very good turnout. I was stiff and sore tonight. Norma won a basket from the Chinese Auction and she was so happy. Saturday, Mar. 22: Sugaring time, so Wayne, Betty and Norma went to visit some of the neighbors who are cooking down sap. Sunday, Mar. 23:To church and then home to rest the rest of the day. Monday, Mar. 24: Cold. Went to get groceries. Norma was in a whining mood, so I told her I don’t think I ever did that when I was little. She said, “Mom, you were always so perfect! J” Tuesday, Mar. 25: Norma had a bad toothache all night and we hardly got any sleep. I took her to the dentist today and he extracted two teeth and the roots of another. Now, for some peace and rest! Wednesday, Mar. 26: Norma slept better last night, but I’m not caught up yet, so didn’t feel up to par today. I puttered around and did odd jobs.

Thursday, Mar. 27: I think I can say my feet feel better than they have for a year. I sewed today. I’m making curtains and I could actually use both feet to pedal … and no pain! What bliss! Friday, Mar. 28: I finished my curtains and other mending and sewing. Saturday, May 29: Katherine and I were alone to do our work as the older girls both worked out today. We did the best we could and we got most of it done. Sunday, Mar. 30: Went to church way over on Mumford Road. and then to neighbor Davids for the evening tonight. Monday, Mar. 31: An uneventful day. Tuesday, Apr. 1: My birthday … I went to Holmes County with Mom, Aunt Betty, Uncles Allen and Wally and cousin Esther. What a crazy day. We went to different stores, ate two times and talked nonstop! Wednesday, Apr. 2: Wayne and I went to visit school this afternoon. We took along a sky lantern to shoot into the sky. Thursday, Apr. 3: Rose Edna is sick, so she stayed home from work today. Friday, Apr. 4: We went to the benefit at Joe’s Window Shop. Saturday, Apr. 5: A normal cleaning day and laundry day for the girls. Sunday, Apr. 6: To neighbor Reubens for church and also supper. Monday, Apr.7: My arthritis is traveling into the joints in my hands now and I can’t turn or grip anything. Wayne says he wishes it would just keep on traveling out of my body. J Tuesday, Apr. 8 – Friday, Apr. 11: A normal week for us. We heard that Lester Mast died. He was our neighbor Tim’s Dad. Saturday, Apr. 12: A beautiful spring day! It was like letting the little girls out of jail. They drove the pony, played croquet and just had fun! Sunday, Apr. 13: Another warm day. Wayne and I went to the viewing tonight. Monday, Apr. 14: Back to being cool and rainy. Wayne went to the funeral. Tuesday, Apr. 15: We work to snow n the ground and it snowed a bit off and on all day. Wednesday, Apr. 16: I went down to my parents for the day. Sis Elizabeth was there also was sis-in-law Laura. Was nice and sunny, but a little on the cool side. Thursday, Apr. 17: It’s getting warmer! Sunny and pleasant. We dried lots of laundry today. The girls are starting to clean the extreme corners of the house so everything that can be picked up gets washed and everything else gets scrubbed where it is. Friday, Apr. 18: Good Friday. We went down to my parents this afternoon.

Books in Review By Jacquie Foote “One Child” was written by Barbara Cameron and published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tenn., copyright 2009. This story was published in “An Amish Christmas, December in Lancaster County” as one of three novels. “One Child” is, like so many good novels, a story within a story. Sarah and David Fisher lost a child through Sarah’s miscarriage the year before this story starts. It is Christmas Eve and the couple is still trying to find God’s plan for their lives. They are still trying to find how to share their burden of loss and how to let God carry the sorrow for them. The night is cold. Family who come to share Christmas Eve with them have left early to avoid what promises to be a major snowstorm. Sarah and David begin the process of turning in for the night when a stranger, a Yankee, pounds on their door seeking help for himself and his pregnant wife. Their car has slid off the road, their cell phones won’t work and the bitter cold is a danger. Although Sarah is a bit hesitant, David goes with Jason Stevens to get and bring back Kate, Jason’s wife. The two stories unfold, one a charming, sometimes funny, tale about two young couples from very different cultures learning to know each other. True, the Amish Fishers are much more acquainted with Yankee culture than the Stevens are with the Amish. However, while the Stevens (especially Jason) must learn the basics of being Amish (“What! No electricity??”) Sarah and David will learn more than they ever knew about the ins and outs of a modern Yankee marriage. Each will come to appreciate the many samenesses more than the differences. The second story centers around the coming of a child into a family. From the beginning Kate and Sarah are more comfortable with each other than Jason and David. One awaits the birth of her child, innocently declaring that the child (due in a week) could not possibly be born in this Amish farmhouse in a snowstorm because a hospital was the only suitable place for a baby to be born. The other struggles to stop asking God “Why?” and prays for the right words and actions to be of help to two others, the expectant mother and her baby. Although the plot twists are not entirely unexpected they are not trite and the interactions between the two couples are entertaining enough to make up for a minimum of surprises. Well plotted with interesting characters, this book is a pleasure to read and, with the way the cold weather has hung on, a Christmas story seems entirely appropriate. It is intended for readers 7th grade through adulthood. “Life with Lily” was written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher and published by Revell, Grand Rapids, Mich., copyright 2012. “Life with Lily” is the first of a series about Lily Lapp, a 6-year-old Amish child growing up in a small Amish community in New York State. It is the first of three novels about Lily, the others being “A New Home for Lily” and “A Big Year for Lily”. It is, basically, a novel about being raised Amish. “Life with Lily” follows Lily through a year. Events happen … Lily gets a baby brother (she’d prefer a sister, she has a brother already!), Papa gets a new barn, the family gets a cow (who is an escape artist), brother Joseph tries to fly (with the expected results), wonderful Teacher Ellen is injured and is replaced by Teacher Kate (a different kind of person altogether), Lily has her seventh birthday and the family contemplates a move to another state. One seminal event occurs and, as seen through little Lily’s eyes, does not seem as significant as it was. The superintendent of education visits little Amish Pleasant Hill School and insists evolution be taught. This kind of interference cannot be tolerated (and would, indeed be the cause of Amish communities leaving certain areas for places where they could freely teach according to their religious convictions.) Was the visit of Superintendent Wilt the reason for the Lapp family’s interest in an Amish community in Kentucky? Or was it Teacher Kate? In each phase of Lily’s life, in each adventure, the authors have written of a “real” little girl, with real reactions. Like all children, she gets confused (why not put the bread bag through the wringer?), wonders why things are as they are (why do other children follow Mandy Mast’s bad ideas and let her get away with unkind behavior?), and makes mistakes. The real meat of the book is how Lily and her brothers are gently, firmly and consistently led to the right way by their parents, other family members and members of their community. From the book, it is obvious that it is best to teach a “way of life”, first and foremost, by constant example. Lily’s parents are wonderful at doing just that. Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish (like Lily) and folds many of her warm memories of that childhood into her writings. She has the gift of showing an event through the eyes of the child who is the main character and, by the reactions of the adults in the story, of putting that event into a more complex context. This book can be used to reinforce good behavior as well as providing an “inside view” of the childrearing practices of those in many Amish communities. It is written at the upper elementary level and would be of interest to small children if parents or older family members read it aloud to them.


A meek little man in a restaurant timidly touched the arm of a man putting on an overcoat. “Excuse me,” he said. “But do you happen to be Mr. Smith of Newport?” “No, I’m not!” answered the man impatiently. “Oh – err- well.” Stammered the first man, “You see, I am and that is his overcoat you’re putting on.”


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Zucchini Potato Patties

Mom’s Angel Food Delight

(for later in the year)

Submitted by Jacquie Foote

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler

1 angel food cake 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped 2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups potatoes, shredded 1 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 eggs, beaten Toss potatoes, zucchini, onions and flour. Mix in rest of ingredients. Form into patties. Fry patties in oil or butter. Can top with shredded cheese if desired.

Mix sour cream and powdered sugar until completely blended and of desired sweetness. Fold in whipped heavy cream Frost Angel Food cake. Keep it cool until serving it.

Recipe for Dandelion Flowers

(My Mom was a wonderful cook, but she never baked. When company came, she bought an angel food cake and made her frosting for it. The cake was a real hit, especially served with strawberries on top.)

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler

Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad

Pick nice big dandelion flowers. Wash them and trim off all the green you can. Dredge the flowers in flour and fry them in butter, first on one side and then, carefully turning them to fry on the other side. Delicious!

Submitted by Katherine Byler Combine: 9 cups lettuce, shredded 9 ounces grilled chicken breast, cut up 2 cups Doritos, crumbled 1 cup shredded cheese 2 tomatoes, diced Mix and add dressing just before serving: 2/3 cup French dressing 2/3 cup salsa 1 Tablespoon Taco seasoning 1/2 cup sour cream

Overnight Casserole

Submitted by Rachel Miller

Pickled Ramps* Submitted by Kelly Whitney in 2010 *This is for 1 pint; you can make a larger batch. Just increase quantities of water, sugar, and vinegar. Ramps 1 cup water 1 cup vinegar 3/4 cups sugar Alum Clean ramps. Set aside the greens, and use only the bulbs for this recipe.**

Pack tightly in jars. Add 1/4 teaspoon alum to each pint. Bring water, vinegar, and sugar mix to a boil. Pour over ramps. Put sealed jar in water bath.   Process 3–5 minutes. **You can save the greens and dry them, then crumble up and store in a Baggie or old spice jar. They make good seasonings for potatoes, meats, soups, etc. Try mixing with salt, pepper, and garlic!!!

Submitted by Rachel Miller

Mix all together and put in refrigerator overnight. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

2 cups sugar Butter the size of a walnut 1 cup milk 3 eggs 5 heaping cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon soda Pinch of salt 3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed Add milk to potatoes, sugar and butter. Mix well. Mix in all other ingredients. Roll out and cut with donut cutter. Fry in hot oil. Roll warm donuts in powdered sugar if desired. Makes 45 donuts.

Mother’s Cake

(a family favorite)

2 cans mushroom soup 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese 2 packages dried beef or ham 1 pint milk Chopped onion if desired 7 ounce package cooked macaroni

Mom’s Cake Donuts

Oven Roasted Asparagus 1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional) Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F

Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving. Parmesan cheese adds a salty, savory component to sweet, tender asparagus.

Sugar Spread Submitted by Katherine Byler

Wisdom from Senior Citizens

Into 3 inch saucepan, place: 2 cups white sugar 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup light karo 1/2 cup water

Submitted by Katherine Byler • If all is not lost, where is it? • It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser. • The first of holes: if you are in one … STOP DIGGING! • Some days you’re the dog and some days you are the hydrant.

Bring to a boil, then cool to lukewarm. Beat 1 egg white until stiff, stir in until creamy. Add 1/2 cup marshmallow crème. Stir well. Good on homemade bread!


Submitted By Ellen Hershberger 1 1/2 sugar 1/2 cup hot water 4 eggs, separated 2 teaspoons cold water 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla Beat yolks. Add sugar, cold water and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add flour and baking powder alternately with hot water. Add salt. Beat and set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk and flour mixture. Bake in ungreased tube pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until done. Invert pan 1 hour to cool. Frosting: 3/4 cup milk 1 egg 3/4 cups sugar 1 scant tablespoon flour 1 stick butter 5 teaspoons fine ground sugar Beat egg with sugar and flour. Add to milk and boil until thick. Let cool. Beat butter and fine sugar real well. Add to custard mixture. Beat until light and fluffy and spread on cake.

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Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | April 30, 2014

Fun Across

1. Wine holder 5. Bean counter, for short 8. Destiny 13. The “A” of ABM 14. Part man, part goat 15. Betelgeuse’s constellation 16. Favoring neither side in a dispute 18. Move, as a plant 19. Ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck 20. “___ to Billie Joe” 22. “___ moment” 23. “Flying Down to ___” 24. Fertilizer ingredient 26. Anger, e.g. 27. Challenged someone to do something 29. “Beg pardon ...” 30. Big ___ Conference 31. Quark flavor 33. Outer covering of eyeball 36. Indiscriminate in selection 38. Dravidian language in central India 40. Madagascan prosimian primate 41. “Tarzan” extra 42. Antares, for one 44. Mountain summits 48. Bird’s beak 49. Embankment to prevent shore erosion 51. “Sesame Street” watcher 52. Trick taker, often 53. Infomercials, e.g. 54. Baton wielder 56. Kind of trip 58. Minnesota’s capital (2 wds) 60. Clear, as a disk 61. “... or ___!” 62. Bad marks 63. Tear with violent force

American Asking Assigned Attic Brought Crest Crews

64. Undertake, with “out” 65. Comparative word


1. False rumor 2. Deficiency of red blood cells 3. Daze 4. Friends and neighbors 5. Cooked squid 6. Afghan monetary unit 7. Tom, Dick or Harry 8. “M*A*S*H” setting 9. “___ we having fun yet?” 10. Retorts quickly 11. Sillier 12. Feeler 14. Kind of team 17. Obstructive driver 21. Chinese brunch with tea 25. V=IR, physics (2 wds) 28. Almond 32. Pleasingly entertained 34. Two of the same kind 35. Artificial bait 36. Lacking refinement 37. Potter 38. American songbird 39. Gourmet 43. Armor plates protecting the upper thighs 45. Hook up 46. Monetary unit of Czech Republic 47. Hot 49. Fills 50. Channel 55. Clash 57. “Acid” 59. A pint, maybe

Crust Dearly Eighty Exotic Fists Float Flown

Hoped Identification Intend Magnet Nines Noises Nurse

Orderly Organisms Porch Pronounced Rafts Rather Reporting

Responsibility Reveal Roast Rolls Seesaw Select Settle

Shots Stray Threw Uncle Visitor Wanted Wishes Worry

SUDOKU (difficulty: medium) Puzzle 1 (Medium, difficulty rating 0.49)


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Local Amish Business Directory If you are an amish business and want to be included on our map, call kim 330-389-0094

Rt 88 South to Garrettsville

AMISH WOOD CRAFTSMEN 3. C A Miller Custom Woodworking 17090 Jug Rd. 44021 • 440-834-1540 9. Country Side Furnishings 16403 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 800-819-6160 • 440-632-0248 4. Fisher Flooring 16115 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 • 440-632-1957 51. John Byler, Flooring 9310 Laird Rd 44062 • 440-693-4386 54. Mid Park Metals 16654 Hosmer Rd 44062 • 440-548-2512 21. Pine Craft Storage Barns 13650 Madison Rd. 44062 • 440-632-0174 46. Pleasant Valley Woodworking 13424 Clay St 44062 • 440-636-5860 5. Troyer Millworks 16201 Pioneer Rd. 44062 • 440-636-5577 Bakery | GROCERY | Salvage

1. Amish Home Craft Shop 16860 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-632-1888 10. B & K Salvage 5515 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-693-4617 15. Nauvoo Family Market 15979 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 440-632-5584 Rental | REPAIR | SUPPLIES 49. B & M Tool 15357 Georgia Rd 44062 440-632-1944 24. Coffee Creek Weld Shop 9120 N Girdle Rd. 44062 440-693-4478 17. D & S Farm & Garden Supplies 4738 Gates East Rd. 44062 440-693-4632 25. David RS Sharp Shop


Rt 322 East to ORWELL

15480 Burton Windsor Rd. 44062 440-632-9600 40. Frey’s Paint 8220 S. Girdle Rd. 44062 440-693-4689 50. Honest Scales 15535 Burton Windsor Rd. 44062 • 440-632-3083 45. Miller’s Herbs & Variety 13015 Hayes Rd 44062 440-636-5659 SHOES | BOOTS | VARIETY 29. Cross Cut Country Store 16161 Nash Rd. 44062 440-548-2259 20. Mullet’s Footwear & Country Cedar 4853 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-693-4363