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May 8, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!

Dining Out at Grandmother’s

Memories of Dining Out

By Barbara Ann Detweiler

By William Bender

When I was growing up, my favorite place to go for a meal was to my grandparents’. Grandmother was such a good cook and she did a lot of it. She had 10 boys and only 2 girls, so you can imagine the big meals she made. There was always some kind of meat and potatoes and everything that goes with it. And the best part was the pies. She had a whole counter full and you could choose which kind you wanted. Yummy! I just long for those days at times and I cherish the memories.

I don’t have many memories of eating out when I was growing up because we never did. If I went with Mother to Middlefield, I was lucky to get a 5¢ ice cream cone to eat on the way home. In my Sunny Acres days, I ate a lot of Manner’s Big Boys. If we went down to eat and they had some things that didn’t appeal to us … it was Manners here we come! Now, today, there are no more Manner’s Big Boys. And on my trips to Holmes County, I used to stop at a Red Barn. You don’t find any of them any more either. But going to Grandfathers for dinner, we always got a good cooked meal. Grandmother made the best chicken and dressing you ever ate.

Dining Advice:

After dinner, rest a while; after supper, walk a mile!!

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Benefit Auction for

Albert J. and Mary Miller, District 24 Friday, May 17, 5:00 p.m. Middlefield Sale Pavilion To help Albert and Mary Miller pay medical bills. Live auction 5 p.m. Chinese Auction with many gift baskets. Also Silent Auction. Lunch Stand. Barbecue chicken sandwich, grilled hamburger, sides and desserts. Come for the entire evening. Middlefield Market Pavilion, 15848 Nauvoo Road (44062).

Happy Birthday May 8 May 10 May 10 May 11 May 11 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 15 May 15 May 16 May 16 May 16 May 17 May 17 May 17 May 17 May 18 May 18 May 18 May 18 May 19 May 19 May 20

Rosanna M. Miller (Marvin) (1) Rebekah O. Yoder (4) Mrs. Ruth Miller Mrs. Kathryn Miller Sarah Kuhns Daniel Yutzy (18) Mrs. (Jonas) Martha Yoder Wayne J. Byler (17) Allen (Mel D.) Byler (16) Jonathan A. Mullet (Al) (11) Wallace J. Miller (63) Mrs. Miriam Yutzy Mrs. Sylvia (Albert) Miller (68) Mary R. Slabaugh (12) Michael John Yutzy (33) Cindy J. Yoder age (12) Mrs. (Albert) Mary Ann Yoder (68) Rose Edna Detweiler (18) Amanda (Mel D.) Byler (11) Mrs. (Melvin) Dorothy Troyer (41) Crist D. Yoder (42) Sarah Detweiler (58) Joseph Detweiler (Mahlon) (7) Myron C. Hershberger (5) Mrs. (Ray) Sarah Hostetler (48) Marvin Kurtz, Sr. (43)

Children’s Immunization Clinics Geauga County General Health District hosts local children’s immunization clinics. Immunizations for children and adolescents are free of charge for all Geauga County residents regardless of income. For non-Geauga residents, there is a $5 fee per child, per visit. MIDDLEFIELD CLINICS n Second Wednesday, May 8, 9 – 11:30 a.m. n Third Wednesday, May 15, 9 – 11:30 a.m. n Third Thursday, May 16, 3 to 6 p.m. Clinics will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east). NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC n Wednesday, May 22, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical

Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road.

May 20 May 20 May 22 May 22 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 25 May 25 May 26 May 26 May 28 May 29

In Memoriam

Marvin Kurtz, Jr. (21) Allen A. U. Byler (44) Carol D. Slabaugh (9) Ivan Miller, Jr. (46) Mrs. (Emanuel) Sara Hershberger (76) Andrew G. Bender (14) Nathan Yutzy (6) Nancy Bender Mrs. Kathy (Mervin) Wengerd (62) Mrs. Mary N. Hershberger Joseph W. Byler Jr. (45) Mrs. Crist N. Hershberger Melvin Ray Bender (Dan) (9) Mrs. Rachel Kempf Michael Yutzy Jr. (5) Sam L. Miller (27)

Jonas A. Troyer, 72, of Middlefield, entered eternal rest . April 18, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born Sept. 17, 1940 in Milford, Ind. to the late Andrew A. and Ida Mae (Kemp) Troyer. Jonas married Fannie D. Byler on Nov. 19, 1964. He has lived in Middlefield since 1962 and is a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Jonas enjoyed going to auctions, tending to his garden, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Jonas will be missed by his loving wife; children Linda Marie (Robert) Miller, Raymond (Edna Mae) Troyer, Leona (Daniel Ray Jr.) Bontrager, Laura (Melvin) Byler; 28 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jonas is preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Jonas’ final resting place is in Clark Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Visitation will be anytime until the time of service. Online condolences may be sent to www.

Belated Birthday Apr. 24 Mrs. Al Sarah Miller (44) May 2 Florence Mullet (60)

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Housecleaning By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler My Mom went on a cleaning spree, For almost two long weeks, And in our attic things are piled, In awful stacks and peaks. My Dad said he could open a shop. With all that’s in that place, Make a garage sale in our town, That would make the women race. Our house is turned clean inside out, Mom’s busy as a bee. I’m sure she never stops to think, It’s tough on Dan and me. (Should we have a pity party?)

A Grand Feeling By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler When you wake in the morning, And the sun is bright, And you have slept through a long dark night … It’s a grand feeling. When you go for breakfast, And you have a pot of creamy cereal, All sweet and hot … It’s a grand feeling. When you sit in the garden, And pick a rose, And a butterfly comes and sits on your toes … It’s a grand feeling. When spring is here … IT’S A GRAND FEELING! HOORAY!!

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Spring, the time to ‘sharpen-up’ everything!

April 21, 2013: A beautiful Sunday morning, although we had a hard frost earlier. Purple Martins are back. We haven’t put up our house yet. We keep trying to get them to nest, but haven’t been lucky, yet. Saturday, April 20 was the funeral of Jonas Troyer of Nauvoo Rd. He was 72 years old. He died of cancer. His wife is Fannie, a sister to Mose D. Byler who also suffers from cancer. Mose was not able to attend his brother-inlaw’s funeral as he was having more pain. Our sympathy to the family. Monday April 22 is the funeral of Noah Troyer of Carrolton, Ohio. He was formerly from Geauga County. Most of his family still live here. The dinner and auction for Austin Hunt, cancer patient, on Friday evening April 19, raised around $10,000. Thank you to all who helped and donated thngs. Joe and I were invited to son Richard’s for brunch today. A very delicious meal of pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, toast, and coffee. Thanks, Rich and Sue. Coming back from Florida after spending most of the winter down there

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were Karen and Nathan Miller. They were taking care of a friend’s house. Also coming back was Karen’s sister Cynthia. They arrived back on Saturday, April 20. Going to a horse sale in Indiana, leaving Friday afternoon April 19 and returning Saturday evening were Dan and Sylvia Miller and family, their daughter Rosanna and Aden Troyer and son Adam, son Danny Ray and Betty, and Mr. and Mrs. David Miller. Joe and I visited neighbor Mose Byler this afternoon. Also there were Noah and Annie Hershberger, Marty Mullet, John Detweiler, and Noah Schrock Edna and children. Neighbor Kathryn Yoder also stopped in. Mose felt a little better than he did yesterday. The family is taking turns to stay the night at present. Monday morning and it’s a beautiful day to dry laundry outside. Then I want to work in my flowerbeds. They are getting weedy. Have a good week.

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Submitted b y Barbara Ann Detweiler 6 cups bread cubes 1/4 cup diced celery 1 tablespoon onion 1 tablespoon parsley flakes 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup butter, melted Salt and pepper to taste Combine all above and add enough water to moisten. Place in a greased casserole. Cream Topping 1/4 cup butter 4 tablespoons flour 1 cup chicken broth 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can evaporated milk 2 cups cooked chicken Melt butter; thicken with flour to make a paste. Add chicken broth, soup and milk. Cook until a thick gravy, stirring constantly. Add chicken and season to taste. Pour over dressing in casserole. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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Date Pudding

Submitted by Sarah Miller

Submitted by Rachel Miller

Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler

6 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup cubed ham 1 cup cheese, shredded 2 cups cubed bread

3 pounds potatoes, cooked, mashed and hot 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs beaten well 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup chopped onion Pepper to taste

1 cup chopped dates 1 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon soda 1 cup white sugar 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon oleo 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla Stir together dates and water. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Bake at 350 degrees in a cake pan until done. Sauce 2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs (well beaten)

Place bread cubes in casserole dish. Mix other ingredients and pour over bread cubes. * Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done. * Can be mixed in the evening and baked in the morning.

Place mashed potatoes in bowl. Cut cream cheese and butter in small pieces and mix with potatoes until melted. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs and milk. Mix well and add to potatoes, mixing well. Add salt, pepper and onions. Beat well. Pour mixture into a greased casserole or a 9X12 pan and refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. You may, then, garnish with Velveeta cheese slices and paprika and edge with parsley.

Goulash Submitted by Rachel Miller 1 pound homemade noodles 1 1/2 pounds hamburger 1/2 cup chopped onion Butter 1 can tomato soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup sour cream Velveeta cheese to taste

Combine sauce ingredients and cook over low heat until thickened. Serve over the pudding.

Bits and Pieces … (Continued from last issue)

Cook noodles until fork tender. Brown hamburger with onions in butter. Add tomato soup and cream of chicken soup. Add sour cream. Mix all in casserole and place slices of Velveeta cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until hot.

Submitted by Sarah Miller At first (in 1924) grandpa had a shop at one end of our tool shed. One evening. he filled his engine with gas and spilled a bit. When he started it, it backfired, causing a fire. Shop and tool shed were burned down. Then, he got permission from Henry Shrock and Solly Infield, who owned the property across the street, to build a shop there. As long as he cared to use it, these owners never charged any rent for the land. Later, Henrys sold the farm to Howard and Minnie Clark. Howard was kind and also never charger any rent. Daniel made a folding bushel crate and had it patented in 1914. At one time, he made lots of those crates. Around 1930, Allen Byler was our hired man and he had a piece of furniture, a combination desk and wardrobe. My sister Clara, when she was around 10 years old, played for many an hour in his shop. Once, Clara asked him to make her one just like it, only make it smaller for a little girl. So he did and the rest of the family didn’t know anything bout it until it was all finished. He was quite hard of hearing. I was 10 when grandpa came here. Later. My parents were also a bit deaf and I was in the habit of somewhat raising my voice. And to this day I am apt to do that with older people. But it isn’t always necessary. To my knowledge, there is only one other Amish farm or home in Geauga County that has been continually in the same family’s hands. That is where Raymond Millers live on Jug Rd. My great grandparents Mose C. Yoders came up from Sugarcreek, Oho and purchased this farm around in the year 1902. This was my mother’s grandparents. Since 1902, the farm has been in our family.

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Hello from Huntsburg By William Bender April 20 and, yes, the snow is flying. The Purple Martins must be getting cold. And my wood supply is getting low. I thought spring was here and summer is on the way. Today is the funeral of Jonas Troyer, 72 years old. His wife is a daughter of Dan. S. Bylers. Dan came from Mercer County, Pa. when he was single. Found out this morning that Noah Troyer died in Carrolton, Ohio. They used to live in Huntsburg, a little south on 528. It was a few years ago that they moved to Carrolton. He was an old logger. He logged with mules. One time, one of my mules got hurt in the woods, then Noah gave me one of his mules to use. I never got along with mules, as they knew more than I did. I think this is the last of the Uria Byler inlaws or children. I met his brother Ben from Coalgate, Okla. Last winter at the funeral of brother Joe’s wife Martha. A few weeks ago, we went with some of the children to visit schools; I really enjoyed the day. We were at the schools that we have grandchildren attending. At the one school where we stopped, I knew the one girl was a Blind Mervin granddaughter. She looks like her grandmother. I don’t know who the parents are as two of her daughters have children in that school.

Written by Mrs. John J. Miller P.S. This farm is now owned by Joseph and Betty Yoder. They bought the farm from Crist and Ada Yoder. Ada was a granddaughter of John and Ada* and is grandma’s namesake. So, the farm is no longer owned by family. P.P.S. This John died on Feb. 4, 2013 at the age of 92. Ada died in 2003.

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Tornado months (April and May) always bring memories of the tornado almost 27 years ago, on May 31, 1985. Scribe Katherine Byler mentioned it in December’s “Plain Country”. We were going up 524 with taxi driver John Stiltner and up by Dan M. Detweiler’s people were standing by the road. A building was off the foundation. Then, we saw that a tornado had passed through on the east … down 87. John lived on Gates Road and wanted to go see if his two girls were OK. When we were going up Gates Rd., we met Sams Johns Allen running towards 534 to use a phone. He said they needed a taxi to take some people hurt from the tornado to the doctor. It had hit Sams Johns house where people were cleaning, getting ready for church. So, we stopped in and picked up Dan J. S. (Maryann) and (Katherine and Joe Bylers) son Wallace. Maryann had a kerchief on her head and laid her head on the dash. They were cut from flying glass. John Stiltner took off his shirt and tied it around Wallie to stop the bleeding. (I can’t remember where they were cut.) We had a terrible time getting them to the doctor in Middlefield as trees and wires were down over the roads. By the time we got there, Wallie needed help to walk into the doctor’s office (Middlefield Clinic). It was a frightening night. Sirens could be heard all the time we were in town.

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By Rachel Miller April 18, 2013: Thursday evening had a shower and I want to write my letter so I can Mail it tomorrow. Today was a nice day. It went up to 85 degrees! And it was windy. We were to the wedding of William Yoder and Dora Miller on Pioneer Road. Dora’s mother is a widow, I think for 4 years now and has 9 children. Dora is the oldest. She had a nice wedding and good food. We came home at 4 p.m. and I did my laundry. I have one of those clotheslines that go around and the clothes dried fast. Barbara hung them out and had a hard time hanging them up. But we love our clothesline. She also mowed lawn tonight. We found out today that Jonas Troyer of Nauvoo Road. passed away last night or early this morning. He had cancer and maybe something else was also wrong. He was 73 years old. Joe Millers and we want to go to the viewing tomorrow evening. Ivan also has to get the horse shod. On last Wednesday was our Sisters’ Day at Brother Ervin Linda’s. Sister Anna Mary (Melvin) Detweiler of Atlantic came. More came on the load that went other places. Mrs. Albert Detweiler, Mrs. Mose Miller and I were also there. The other Sunday, we had a window open and a finch hopped in and sat on the couch a little. Then he went back out. We have a bird feeder close by that window. My yellow and white daffodils are blooming in the tree line. Wish they would last longer. April 26 and 27 is the machine sale at Marty Miller’s on Bundysburg Rd. It draws a lot of people as he has lots of stuff to sell. The schools have a lunch stand Friday evening and Saturday. Also, there will be a benefit auction at Middlefield Sale Barn on Friday, May 3 for Sawmill Joe to help pay for his knee replacement. John Henry Yoder of Hayes Rd. had a stroke and was in the hospital, but is at home now in a hospital bed. His left side is paralyzed.

Submitted by Susan Yoder April 20, 2013: Hickory Grove School has their last day on April 26. The school picnic is planned for May 4.

Windsor Mills School Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler The spelling words were “winner” and “kinder”. Here are a couple sentences Teacher Laura’s pupils wrote: I can’t wait till the winner roast. I am kinder like a man.

Georgia Road School News Submitted by Linda Weaver

To My Teacher

April 20, 2013: Kindergarten Day was held last week with seven excited pupils attending: namely Adam Detweiler (Sam), Jason Miller (Andrew), Matthew Miller (Amos), Jon Michael Gingerich (Marvin), Marcus Yoder (Bill), Leah Ruth Coblentz (Leroy) and Leah Grace Gingerich (Walter) Closing Day is April 26 and the picnic is planned for May 2 afternoon and evening.

Summer Days have come at last, This fun school year has gone so fast. We went to the park, And you went with me, A lot of children we did see. And now the picnic, Which is best. Goodbye to you, And all the rest.

By Betty Detweiler, age 9

Coffee Break with Sue By Susan Yoder April 20, 2013: Well, my seeds I put in my raised bed have sprouted … YAY!! Can’t wait for fresh garden veggies … nothing like it. Our thoughts go to Cleveland Clinic where Danny Kauffman (cancer patient) is having another surgery in his rib cage, Don’t know if it is just exploratory or what. Let’s all say a prayer for him (and his family). The way it sounds, we’re getting a new church family. Nelson R. Millers are selling their place to Eli A. Weavers from Princeton Rd. If plans hold out now, Nelsons want to build close by. Their daughter Marie and Adam recently built a new home there, too. I, along with some others, helped Al Freys clean and organize their wedding wagon for another season. It’s amazing what accumulates that doesn’t belong. So, if you had a wedding and are missing anything in the line of kitchenware, you might want to check with them. (There even was a deep frying outfit on there!) The families of Ray and Christine Miller recently organized a pizza fundraiser for Rays, putting together and selling about 1500 pizzas with the help of friends and Rays’ church family. Ray is scheduled to have another back surgery soon. They feel the other 2 were successful. This is in an area that hasn’t been done. It sounds very serious. They have to collapse his lungs to do it. Send them encouragement to 9220 Pritchard Road, Garrettsville, Ohio, 44231. They have 5 children. Also, Christina has a heart condition. Teacher daughter Regina was happy to get a summer job at John’s Country Nursery. She loves digging her hands in the dirt. (She takes after Grandma. J) Congratulations to Urie Byler (Mel’s) and Marcia Gingerich (Jake’s) on their upcoming wedding. I believe it’s May 21. Also congratulations to Kenny Miller (Eli and Angie’s) and Maria Byler (William’s) on their upcoming May 23rd wedding. See y’all next time!

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In the late 1940s, Uncle Andy (Andy R. Byler) sold his farm on Huntley Road to Pete Dan (Dan P. Miller) and moved to Delaware. A few years later, he moved back on the McNish Farm on Clay Street where Dan S. Yoder lives today. A year later he moved back to Delaware again. We were always glad when Andys came for the night. I spent a lot of time on his farm with Andy Jr. in my early twenties. I well remember when Huntley Road between Clay Street and 528 was just a cow path. There wasn’t a house on that mile. And Burton Windsor Road … one half was concrete from 608 to Burton. I don’t remember if it was the right or left side going to Burton. But when I went with father to Elmer Bylers, he always drove on the gravel side.

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Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | May 8, 2013

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Parkman Pathways By Ellen Hershberger Saturday, April 6: This was a day filled with baking and cleaning at home. Baked the cake a bit too long and the pie was thick. The bedroom door got locked, but it was easily solved by Michael (4) crawling in through the window. Sunday, April 7: Is the temperature really 70 degrees? After a day of resting and sleeping, we had a delicious family supper by sister and hubby. Monday, April 8: I heard the lovely sounds of the spring peepers last night. I wish they’d last all summer. Tonight, after work, I assembled the casserole for tomorrow. Tuesday, April 9: 13 of us traveled to Pennsylvania with the noon meal and visited with Mrs. Mose Miller. We were former neighbors, cousins and friends. Came home just in time for the singing in the Noah Detweiler home. Wednesday, April 10: Today was filled with duties at home before embarking on a very long shift. The sudden rainstorm that came up at 5:30 had me just standing in the house watching it. Nephew Mike had just gone up the road and I thought the wind seemed strong enough to blow a buggy over. Alas, when he had rounded the curve on Bundysburg Road, he came upon Danny Yoder whose horse and buggy had rolled several times and way lying in the south ditch. Mike quickly drove into John Troyer’s driveway, tied his horse and came back to help. Now, John’s horse seems to be recovering from having the ends of the shafts poked into his flank. When I got to Chardon, there was no power from a big tree limb having blown on a main wire across the intersection. So, my coworker went to Wal-Mart and bought us a battery light. I just could not see my aged client stumbling in the dark through the night. But, 3 hours later, oh wonderful! We had lights and heat again! So, we thank GOD for His provision and for the workmen who were out in the rain. Saturday, April 13: After sleeping this morning, nephews Ervin and Robert and I went to town. On the way, we also visited friend/driver Marian in the hospital. The boys wondered how the automatic doors know when to open and close, and how can an elevator go up and down in a building. J Sunday, April 14: Church was at Owen and Marian Mullet’s home.

Monday, April 15: Tax day and payday. Suits me. J Friend June and I here in Pennsylvania are enjoying this beautiful spring day, digging into spring-cleaning her living room. We are distressed at the news of the bombing in Boston. Tuesday, April 16: More cleaning today, though it is easy for us two seniors. She took me out for lunch at Perkins where we had the best beef stew. Wednesday, April 17: We really dug into the big room today, sorting, dusting, reminiscing as we looked at old photos of her family, etc. I’m being spoiled for my work as she took me to lunch again. Today it was catfish … sehr gute. Thursday, April 18: We’re enjoying the warm spring day and flowers while taking drapes, etc. to the Laundromat. We got a lot done, getting into more rooms. Friday, April 19: In addition to cleaning today, we grocery shopped and, because we’re too tired to cook, we ate out before we shopped. She paid it, of course. Saturday, April 20: SNOW! All morning, it snowed here in Pennsylvania … and it looked beautiful. But it didn’t stick for long. We stayed in all day. We’ve now cleaned 4 rooms plus 2 baths and a hallway. The car’s battery is dead, so the neighbor bought one and installed it. Monday, April 22: The daffodils hung their heads and when we felt them, they were encased in ice! But, later when the sun came out, they perked up. Friend Susan came from Atlantic and we had time to chat and have lunch together. Tuesday, April 23: We did the last room today, so the rest of the week we can do easy things. The neighbor came home from Florida and said it’s in the 80s down there, Wednesday, April 24: A cold, rainy day with even some snow flurries here in Pennsylvania. When we met with some of her old high school friends, we saw an Amish crew pick up their tools and leave to get out of the cold rain. The Troyer girls met us for supper tonight. Thursday, April 25: I spent most of the day mending, until we took an early supper break. Friday, April 26: Still frost on things this morning. We shopped at some area stores and then enjoyed an Amish Benefit dinner tonight. Saturday, April 27: Home again after a stop to visit friend Marian at Briar Hill.

Submitted by Jane Attina n May is one of the most beautiful months of the year in the North Temperate Zone. Usually the snow and ice are gone and the hot temperatures haven’t arrived. The first garden begins to sprout in May. The wild flowers are blooming, and the trees and grasses have turned green. Wild flowers that bloom in different parts of America are the forsythia, dogwood, violets, and jack-in-the-box. Many birds have built their nests, and mother birds are sitting on the eggs, which will soon hatch. n Memorial Day or Decoration Day is observed, in most states of the United States, the last Monday in May. It is a legal holiday and is observed in memory of those who died while serving the United States in war. The graves of the war heroes are decorated with flowers. It was first observed in 1866. n Mother’s Day was first observed in 1908. It was designated by Presidential proclamation, and was recognized officially by Congress and the President in 1914. It is celebrated in honor of Mothers on the second Sunday of May. n The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. It is the most famous horse race in the United States. n Many Mexican Americans celebrate what they call Cinco de Mayo, on May 5th. It is the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. It is a national holiday in Mexico. n Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley are the flowers for the month of May. n Emerald is the precious stone for the month of May. n Empire State Building opened May 1, 1931. n Memorial Day first observed, May 5, 1866 n A German submarine sank the passenger liner Lusitania in World War I, May 7, 1915. n Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was born in Lamar, Mo., May 8, 1884. n Mother’s Day became a public holiday, May 9, 1914. n First transcontinental railway completed in Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869. n Minnesota admitted to the Union May 11, 1858 n United States declared war on Mexico May 13, 1846. n Edward Jenner, a British physician, performed the first vaccination against smallpox in May 14, 1796. n Lewis and Clark began trip up Missouri River, May 14, 1804. n U.S. began first regular airmail service May 15, 1918. n Homestead Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, May 20, 1862. n Amelia Earhart began the first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean May 20, 1932. n Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross May 21, 1881. n Charles Lindbergh finished first transatlantic solo flight May 21, 1927. n South Carolina became the eighth state May 23, 1788 n First permanent English settlement in America established in Jamestown, VA. May 24, 1607. n Golden Gate Bridge opened at San Francisco May 27, 1937. n Patrick Henry, American statesman and orator, born May 29, 1736. n Rhode Island ratified the Constitution, becoming the 13th state, May 29, 1790. n Wisconsin became the 30th state, May 29, 1848.


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Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | May 8, 2013


Mom’s Diary

By Katherine M. Byler

By Barbara Ann Detweiler Saturday, April 6: Our school had a lunch stand at Dan R. T. Byler’s auction. I went and mostly sat and watched people! Sunday, April 7: Church was at neighbor Philip and Lori’s. We went back for supper. Nice and warm today. Monday, April 8: A beautiful day. I couldn’t stand it that the laundry wasn’t done, so I went and did it this afternoon, then, of course, I suffered for it. Tuesday, April 9: Wayne, Katherine and I along with others went to Clymer, N. Y. to visit Wayne’s brother David and family. Wednesday, April 10: I felt horrible today. I’m supposed to be starting on injections and the special pharmacy hasn’t sent them out yet. So, I called my doctor. She couldn’t figure it out. So she said she’d call them. Thursday, April 11: Betty was cleaning out a few cupboard drawers and found some kind of spray with the nozzle off. She pressed the nozzle back on and happened to spray a little bit. It turned out to be pepper spray. It must have been strong stiff because my throat burned and Betty’s nose and throat also got it. A few of the others also got a bit of it. At least, we know it works! Friday, April 12: I was trying to explain to everyone in the family what “deja’ vu” means. Nobody understood what I was talking about except Laura and Katherine. Maybe tomorrow, they’ll experience it and know what I’m talking about! Saturday, April 13: It was dreary today, so I did laundry and just hung it in the basement. The girls thoroughly cleaned the house, then did errands this afternoon. Tonight, Laura was telling the girls spooky stories and were they ever wide eyed! I hope they don’t have nightmares. Sunday, April 14: We drove down to my parents this afternoon. We had a heart stopping moment when on the way home by the covered bridge. Some burly looking tough guys stopped us and asked for a lighter. We didn’t have one and, then, couldn’t get out of there fast enough! I feel thankful to God for keeping us safe. Monday, April 15: I’m trying not to get discouraged, but this pain and inflammation is startng to get me down. It is in my hips, back and neck now.

April 22, 2013: A sunny Monday morning and time for the “news”? Hubby’s cultivating the garden, no tiller needed this year! The forsythia bush is showing off its golden glory, finally, after I was taken seriously and the horses were roped off from it. They kept “trimming” the bush at the wrong time. Hyacinths look and smell nice in spite of the 25 to 26 degree night temperatures (weekend of April 20 to 21). We got another horse at Bloomfield Horse Sale. Were very surprised when the address label on the envelope with the horse’s papers gave my brother David’s name as previous owner! The looks of this steed and the one we just sold (with lame leg) are strikingly similar. Are they related? They wondered. To me a horse is pretty much a horse (with slight differences). Of course, if they are reined up pretty high and are looking at the clouds instead of the road, they stand out a lot. Have to pity the poor animal; have heard others explain this as well. By the way, upon enquiring as to our new horse’s name, Mrs. David said they called him “Dobbin”, although David called him “Doofus” at times. Thanks, brother! Am afraid all too soon, we’ll be complaining about the heat, and, maybe, the “skeeters”? Read somewhere that someone who was visiting in Michigan, perhaps a long time ago, heard about the huge mosquitoes out there. When he spied a hummingbird, it scared him silly and he hurried for home. He thought it was one of those “skeeters”! Every 3 to 4 weeks, the road crew goes by, filling up some holes on Parks-West Rd. Would like to tell them to save our money; it’s not going to last. They wouldn’t want us to tell them how to do it. But it’s quite sad that we have VERY few decent roads in the Middlefield and surrounding areas. This is 2013, last time I looked. A pleasant evening of visiting was spent recently with Joe’s uncle, Noah J. Detweiler and the Melvin B. Bylers. This included Joe’s brothers and sisters, some from Atlantic, Pa. Next, we want to visit Joe’s 89-year-old Uncle Alvin in Prattsburg, N.Y. Some nieces and a nephew spent a day recently with Dan C. and Sarah Byler for his 84th birthday. All went well, till … after a good-sized meal, said nephew caused a thunderous crash to the floor, breaking a leg of the lawn chair in 3 pieces. He had to have help to get up again. It took only about 2 seconds to see he was all right, and the humor began to bubble over. We were all glad it was my brother Crist J. S. and not one of us. All’s well that ends well, thankfully, because he does have a pacemaker in his chest! Was not happy to hear Eli J. Mast had to have heart surgery, but, still glad he could be fixed up and hopefully avoiding further troubles. Maybe he’ll get a lot of mail and visitors through it all; always a highlight.

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Tuesday, April 16: I tried to sew, but didn’t get much done. About all I can do is putter around the house, if that. Wednesday, April 17: Every evening after school, Betty and Norma run to the barn and get Tony, the pony, to ride. They ride him through the trails in the woods. Thursday, April 18: Some of the children went to the library tonight to get “fresh” books to read. They had oodles to take back, too. We’re all bookworms. Friday, April 19: Tonight, Wayne and I, along with Laura and Katherine, went to a benefit dinner at the Windsor Community Center. Saturday, April 20: The girls did the laundry and cleaning. I managed to bake cookies, and then down I went. I am so tired of sitting on my easy chair! Sunday, Apr. 21: To church, then we walked over to Reuben and Laura’s for the evening. Monday, Apr. 22: Nice, but a little cool. Rose Edna will be home all week, so she’s planning on sewing and cleaning. This afternoon, we went out to the school to celebrate Teacher Rachel’s birthday. Tuesday, April 23: Rose Edna went with me to get groceries and it was wonderful to have a helper. Wednesday, April 24: It drizzled all day. John came home from work early because of the rain, Rose Edna is on a roll with her cleaning and sewing. She painted the little bedroom, sewed a dress, put the bedroom back together, and is still going strong at 10:30 p.m. I went to bed and let her do her thing! Thursday, April 25: My parents came up for the day. Rose Edna sewed a dress for my Mom. Tonight, some of us went down to Wayne’s Aunt Savilla. The children and Wayne mowed her lawn wile I visited with her. Friday, April 26: Still a bit on the cool side. Rose Edna washed most of the bedding, then back to her sewing! I hurt, even to the touch today. L I’m still waiting on those injections! This takes so much patience!

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Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | May 8, 2013

Bookmobile News By Jane Attina

We have a winner!

Some 523 entries were received for the baseball bubblegum guessing contest. We had many guesses of 500 and 525 but only one young patron guessed 555, the exact number! Mark Kauffman who comes to our Princeton Road stop on Saturdays now has 555 gumballs to chew or hopefully share with his friends and family! Mark will receive his prize the next time the bookmobile visits his Saturday stop. Oh, and by the way he also is receiving a large package of toothbrushes, as we do not want to be responsible for tooth decay as a result of gum chewing! A second place winner Sarah Ann Wengerd from our Saturday Burton Windsor stop who was only two numbers off will receive a smaller jar of gumballs. Many thanks to our Bookmobile Friends group for providing monies that made this popular contest a success! And thanks to all who took a guess! On National Bookmobile Day we handed out “Why I love the Bookmobile” coloring pages. Children have been returning them to the bookmobile and we are very much enjoying the messages they wrote and also admiring the artistic way they colored and decorated the pages. There are two bookmobile staff members that you do not see on the bus. Megan and Liz are our office workers and they have the very important job of getting the bookmobile loaded up and ready to go each day. There are times at the end of the day our shelves are very empty, thanks to our great readers. Megan and Liz fill the bookmobile using the Middlefield library’s books. We are fortunate we have such a vast collection from which to choose materials and are thankful that the girls do such a great job having the bookmobile ready for each day’s patrons! Liz was recently telling me that a personal friend had written a children’s

Books in Review By Jacquie Foote “America the Beautiful” by Ben Carson, M.D. with Candy Carson, was published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, copyright 2012. This is the 5th book by Dr, Carson who is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Pediatrics and also the Director of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. He and his wife, Candy co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund that identifies and rewards students in the fourth through eleventh grades who are academic role models and who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. This, his latest book, dwells first on what principles and qualities made America great … the most successful country in the world whose rise to prominence happened in an astonishingly short time. He, then, examines what changes have happened to diminish America’s strength and goodness. Like any careful doctor, he diagnoses what has caused the changes we struggle with (or against) today, changes that have brought us to the brink of losing the freedoms that have been won for us through the scarifice and bloodshed of those who came before. And, finally, Dr. Carson writes a prescription that can, in the words of Franklin Graham, “ … cause the heart of our nation to beat once again with hope for the future”. … shedding light on what we need to do to become, once again, what was called, “the last, best hope of the world”. Occasionally using his experiences growing up in a fatherless family, in far less than affluent neighborhoods, but blest

with a mother determined that her sons would become moral, educated thinkers who would be able to provide good lives for their families when the time came, Dr. Carson shows, through his own experiences, the sort of attitudes and work needed to lift oneself to the heights one aims for. His chapters are short and interesting. But, be warned, each sentence has a lot to think about in it. Most of the chapters are titled with questions such as “Are We a Judeo-Christian Nation or Not” (Ch. 3), “Socialism: Whose Pot of Soup Is It?” (Ch. 6) and “What Do We Believe and in Whom Do We Trust?” (Ch. 14). Dr. Carson reminds us that our nation was the first in human history envisioned as “of, by and for the people” and that this meant that there would be a great deal of individual, family and community responsibility, not government responsibility. This outlook also meant there would be unprecedented freedom to live one’s life without interference. He asks whether we can learn from mistakes of our past and advance the “great experiment” that is the United States of America, a free and prosperous nation meant to be “of, by, and for the people”. Easy to read by seventh graders to adults, with many pages suitable to read to children, “America the Beautiful” is a book written by a proudly Christian, proudly American man. It is filled with hope and wisdom … and when you finish reading it, you will find yourself sharing that pride and hope.

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler Mrs. (Betzy Dan) Allen, Barb, and more of the late Davis J. S. Miller married girls spent Thursday with Mrs. Homer Martha Yoder along with Lester Sara Hostetler, Kathryn Hostetler and others. I picked up Sara there to go along to the chiropractor. If plans hold up, Rudy and I, Emanuel and Maryann Staltzfus, Mike and Emma Slaubaughs, and maybe Enos Schrock Mary will travel to Kentucky from April 22 to April 26 to take in the wedding at Albert (Neil) Schmuckers. Emanuels plan to visit her sister Kate; the John Mullets, Mikes plan to visit her brother Melvins and sister Lester Sara Gingerichs. We’ll stay at son Roberts and my sister’s. I feel we should appreciate our good health more since our group went singing Friday night to Levi and Sarah Yoders on Girdle Rd. Two of their boys are on wheelchairs, Aaron who is 17 and Robert who is 30. Wayne who died at 16 was also on a wheelchair. I’m sorry; I can’t name their illness. It is inherited. Sarah’s sister, Albert and Martha Miller on Hayes Rd. also have sons Joseph and Rudy on wheelchairs. Is it Muscular Dystrophy? How many of us can walk and do not appreciate it? It makes me feel ashamed. We were shocked and sorry to hear Nelson, son of Robert and Emma Stutzman, was hurt in a logging accident in Pennsylvania. His wife is Mae, daughter of Bishop Mel R. Bylers. He was transferred to Erie Hospital with severe facial injuries, etc. We had a short day today when son John and Laura and children Myron, Mary Kay and Seth came for brunch. Son Marty, Lori and children, Amanda, Marty Jr., Shirley, Marianne and Laura Rose came also. A lot of changes were made at the Mike Slaubaugh residence. Crist and Cindy now own the Blueberry Patch and moved back where Mike and Mary Lou were. Three renters will live at the other two houses. Mikes moved where Bill and Katie were; they have a big roomy house. There on Wednesday were daughter Kathy and I, Ray Slaubaughs’ two married daughters Lorena and Karen, widow Mose Barbara and her married daughter Lydia, and Crist Cindy. It was fun to be that close to B & K Salvage Store where we shopped and didn’t have to hurry as we do when we go with a taxi as usual. Have a happy Summer! Smell the roses!

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book. She brought her personal copy for us to look at. “Grandpa Popsicle” was written by Debby Warren Miller. The book has been ordered and will be on the bookshelves in a few weeks. Grandpa Popsicle is always ready for silly antics. In the small country village where he lives, nothing moves too fast or too slow. In fact, everything is just right. But one morning, as he drives to the Ice House to begin his daily deliveries to the Amish people, Grandpa Popsicle has no idea he is about to experience an unforgettable adventure. Grandpa Popsicle is strong. After he loads blocks of ice into his truck, he goes to the first house, where he is greeted by Snowball, a dog with the wiggliest tail ever. As he moves along his route to the second house, he sees a sign advertising free kittens. When he sees four fluffy little balls of furry fun inside the barn, Grandpa Popsicle decides he needs a pal to ride around with him in his truck. As one playful kitten runs and slides on an old feed sack, Grandpa Popsicle smiles and laughs. In this delightful tale, Grandpa Popsicle soon discovers that both he and a tiny kitten have the power to teach an entire village about unconditional love, friendship, and the special bond humans and animals can share. May will bring changes to the way we check out materials on the bookmobile, as we will have the new computer system up and running toward the end of the month. Please remember to bring your library card to the bookmobile, as it will be more important than ever. Staff will need to scan in your card to find you quickly in the computer. Thank you for helping us to do our jobs in a more efficient way! Happy reading from the bookmobile!

Funny, funny!

Patient: “How much to have this tooth pulled?” Dentist: “Ninety Dollars.” Patient: “Ninety dollars for just a few minute’s work?” Dentist: “I can extract it very slowly if you’d like.”

By Linda Weaver April 20, 2013: Hello Friends … We thought spring had sprung … but guess we’ll still have a few chilly mornings. From a high of 69 degrees yesterday to a low of 39 degrees was quite the change. It was also very windy. This morning at 8:00, it’s still only 35 degrees. We are glad the maple syrup season is over with. Several days this week were spent cleaning up equipment, etc. The menfolk say they are already looking forward to next year. They spent a morning with the Gingerich menfolk, here on Georgia Rd., having coffee and donuts with Jr. and his boys. I’m sure the main topic was surgering’s ups and downs, and ways to improve production. The Gingerichs had to cancel their open house because of Erwin Jr.’s illness. He will be going for a biopsy next Wednesday, the 24th. We spent Thursday eve there with the family and his sister Mary Slabaugh. The boys and grands were busy grading syrup which people from all over bring to send by truckload to Wisconsin and New Hampshire. A lot of work goes into this process. I’m sure they’ll be glad when it’s all done. We were sorry to hear of the two funerals. Jonas Troyer, 72, has been battling cancer for quite some time. His funeral is today. Noah Troyer of Carroll County passed away and his funeral is tomorrow. He was formerly of this area and has most if his children living here, along with grands and greats. Jonases lived on Nauvoo Rd. close to our son Bob’s. Our sympathy to the families. John Slabaugh went to see about his hernia this week. Surgery is scheduled for May 2. Hope you all have a good week with God’s blessings to all! 8

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Greetings from the Plain Community By Donnie Miller April 19, 2013: Having a nice rain shower at the present. “April showers bring May flowers” and our tulips are blooming this morning. Why are letters and conversations all started on the subject of the weather, and why do we say, “How ya doing?” instead of, Hi.” Or “Good morning.” Do we really want to know how every one is doing or how they are feeling? Again, another death in the community. Jonas A. Troyer, age 72, passed away Thursday early a.m. after a battle with cancer. Survivors are his wife of 48 years, Fannie D. (Byler), also 1 son and 3 daughters. Funeral is on Saturday the 20th. Also, word was received on the death of Noah B. Troyer, age 85, of Carroll County, formerly of Huntsburg. His wife Catherine passed away some time ago. Noah’s funeral is on Saturday, April 21. Visiting with Reuben E. Yoders on Monday evening April 1, was the Troyer family. Ruben has his health battles and is totally dependant on oxygen. But he does enjoy visitors. On Thursday mornings, his friends and neighbors gather at his house for a coffee break. Had the privilege to join on the 18th along with Jake, John and Joe Yoder and Jake Detweiler. Old times at Burton Rubber were discussed. Surprising Sister Sally for her birthday on Tuesday evening were daughters Sara Jane, Katie, and Saloma and her husband David. Ice cream and goodies were enjoyed. Just like we needed more calories, but how can birthdays be celebrated any other way? Tonight is the benefit for Austin Hunt at the window shop. We hope they have a good turnout. It is up in the air if we can attend. It is getting harder and harder to go away in the evening any more. Is our age catching up with us?

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