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July 10, 2013

After the warmth of a summer sun, we rock on our porch when day’s work is done.

And we share in the laughter! Chuckle

During a visit to a mental hospital, a visitor asked the director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. “Well,” said the director, “we fill up a bathtub, and then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.” “Oh, I understand.” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.” “No.” said the director. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

Wasting Time Fussing



A young woman went to her doctor complaining of pain. “Where are you hurting?” the doctor asked. “You have to help me; I hurt all over,” she said. “What do you mean, all over?” asked the doctor, “Be a little more specific.” The woman touched her right knee with her index finger and yelled, “Ow, that hurts.” Then she touched her left cheek and again yelled, “Ouch! That hurts, too.” Then she touched her right earlobe, “Ow, even THAT hurts” she cried. The doctor checked her thoughtfully for a moment and told her his diagnosis, “You have a broken finger.”

A couple of young siblings were sitting together in church. Finally the six-year-old sister had had enough of her little brother’s giggling and talking out loud. “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church,” she hissed at him. “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” the little boy challenged. The big sister pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”


A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “ I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!”

By Sarah Miller An old lady from the country went for the first time in a railway journey of about 50 miles through an interesting and beautiful region. She was so happy to see so much and enjoy it all so greatly. But, it took her so long to get her basket and parcels adjusted, her seat comfortably arranged, the shades right, that she was just settling down to enjoy her trip when the conductor called out the name of her station and she had to get up and hustle out. “Oh, my,” she said, “if I’d only known that we would be here so soon, I wouldn’t have wasted time fussing.” Dear friends, the wheels of time are flying; the last station is near at hand; these things are all so trifling. Live as you would wish to be living when the porter calls out the last station and don’t waste time “fussing”.

Here is something I found in my desk the other day … From William Bender A 6-year-old girl submitted the following composition on people to her teacher: People are composed of girls and boys, also men and women. Boys are no good at all until they grow up and get married. Men who don’t get married are no good either. Boys are an awful bother; they want everything they see except soap. My ma is a woman; my pa is a man. A woman is a grown up girl with children. My pa is such a nice man that I think he must have been a girl when he was a boy.

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Happy Birthday July 10 July 10 July 11 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14 July 14 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 17 July 17 July 18 July 18 July 20 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 24 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 July 31 July 31 July 31

Matthew C. Yoder (11) Mrs. Elwin (Linda) Troyer (68) Sara Ann Troyer (Roberts) Rachel Yoder Noah G. Bender (19) Mervin C. Miller (15) Susan Bender Marlin Miller (20) Steven Slabaugh (Johns) (13) Noah Yutzy Sr. (65) John Paul Miller (16) Leona E. Byler (11) Marian B. Miller (13) Andrew Troyer (Roberts) (19) Robert L. Miller (29) Marty Miller (41) Verna A. Weaver (17) Mrs. William (Sara) Byler (63) Allen Miller Ida Bontrager (60) Billy Bender III (3) Matthew Yutzy (35) Nathan C. Yoder (18) Carol M. Miller (20) Mrs. Linda Yoder (23) William Detweiler (10) David D. Kurtz Jr. (19) Mrs. Susan Bender Crist S. Yoder (58) Paul J. Hershberger (31) Linda Yoder (6) Mrs. Melvin Fannie Yoder (84) John Troyer (79) Mrs. Laura Yoder (23) Ruthie Detweiler (11) Allen Miller Jr. (11) Wilma R. Hershberger (14) Alma E. Byler (19) Andy M. Miller (66)

Belated Birthday

Aaron Weaver (35) Carolyn Miller (14) Aaron Miller (21) Aden Ray Slabaugh (Johns) (10) Ivan L. Miller (75)

In Memory

Sadie Hershberger Born 8 – 29 – 17 Died 11 – 15 – 05 Saloma Hershberger Born 8 – 14 – 42 Died 7 – 29 – 2000 Jacob Miller Born 8 – 5 – 53 Died 1 – 4 - 13

In Memoriam

Mel Mast on North Bundysburg Rd. Start serving at 4:30 Auction at 7:00 Donations appreciated.

Agnes Schmucker (nee Bender), 82, of Huntsburg, entered eternal rest June 12, 2013 at home. She was born March 25, 1931 to the late Noah G. and Elizabeth Bender. She is now reunited with her loving husband of 35 years, Joe Schmucker. Agnes enjoyed quilting, spending time with her family and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed by: children, William (Elizabeth) Schmucker, Ruth (Elmer) Yoder, Susan (Albert) Miller, Sara (Amos) Miller, Allen (Ida) Schmucker, Noah (Katie) Schmucker, Lester (Ruth) Schmucker, Joe (Jemima) Schmucker, Simon (Mary Ann) Schmucker, Jonas (Barbara) Schmucker; daughter-in-law, Ada Schmucker; 72 grandchildren; 110 great-grandchildren; two brothers; five sisters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Agnes is preceded in death by: her parents; husband; sons, Daniel Schmucker and David Schmucker; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to Robert Ray Miller, 18, of West Farmington, entered eternal rest June 27, 2013 at Metro Health Medical Center. He was born November 26, 1994 to Robert R. and Miram Miller. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by parents Robert R. and Miriam Miller; his brothers Adam Lee and John Paul; his sisters Rebecca Lynn, Lydia Marie, Linda, Sarah Mae; his grandparents Jake and Sarah Yoder and Chester and Ella Miller. He is preceded in death by grandparents John and Ella Kauffman and Robert Miller. Robert’s final resting place is in Weaver Cemetery in West Farmington. Online condolences may be sent to www.

Mary B. Hershberger, age 77 of Garrettsville passed away June 30, 2013 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born Jan. 20, 1936, daughter of Crist D. and Mary (Gingerich) Byler. Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed dearly by her friends and family; her husband Owen J. Hershberger; daughter Lynda (Mel) Schmucker of Garrettsville; sixgrandchildren, Malvern, Marty, David (Shirley), Mark, Phillip Schmucker, and Rose (David) Zook; and two great grandchildren, Caleb and Evan Zook; three sisters, Martha Coblentz, Lydia Kurtz, and Barbara Ann (Crist) Miller; and brother, Dan (Mary) Byler. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Emma Byler; and three brothers, Mahlon, Andy, and Lester Byler. Burial was at Detweiler Cemetery in Garrettsville.

John Henry Shetler, 80, of Middlefield, entered eternal rest June 23, 2013 at UH Geauga Hospital. He was born June 2, 1933 to John L. and Magdelina Shetler. John married Clara Hostetler on Nov. 7, 1957. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by his wife Clara, daughter Sarah (Jerry) Miller, eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two brothers, three step-brothers and four stepsisters. He was preceded in death by his son Benjamin, five brothers, six sisters and three step-brothers. John’s final resting place is in Wilcox Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Online condolences may be sent to www.

Betty C. Schmucker, 72, of Middlefield, entered eternal rest June 20, 2013 at home. She was born Sept. 15, 1940 to the late Jake Coblentz and Martha Miller. She will be missed by her husband of 53 years Neil F. Schmucker. She enjoyed gardening and, spending time with her family and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed by: children, Carol (Melvia) Miller, Donnie (Viola) Schmucker, Neil Jr. (Martha) Schmucker, Albert (Elizabeth) Schmucker, Martha (Daniel) Hostetler, Marvin (Esther) Schmucker, Mary (Sam) Kurtz, 47 grandchildren and 34 greatgrandchildren. Betty’s final resting place is in Wilcox Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia.

Mose Byler, 76, of Burton, entered eternal rest June 20, 2013 at home. He was born July 24, 1936 to the late Dan S. and Katie Byler. He is now reunited with his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy M. Miller. Mose enjoyed woodworking and , spending time with his family and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by his children, Esther (Enos) Byler, Edna (Noah) Schrock, Betty (Bill) Byler, Barbara Byler, Emma (Albert) Miller, Ray (Catherine) Byler; 33 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nine step-children, and 28 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, and three sisters. Moses’ final resting place will be in Yoder Cemetery in Parkman.


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This is a list of organizations that help with low cost spay/neuter surgeries: n Rescue Village.....................440-338-4819 n Geauga Dog Warden........ 440-286-8135 n Fix It in the Farmland....... 440-338-4819 n Angels for Animals............ 220-549-1111 n Valley Save a Pet................440-232-9124

Allen Yoder, Jr 17326 Newcomb Rd. Middlefield

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Benefit for Grapevine Creek School pizza, wings & salad bar. Live & silent auction. Friday, July 19

Bits and Pieces from the Past........................04 Bookmobile News.............................................08 Books in Review.................................................08 Children’s Immunization Clinics...................03 Coffee Break with Sue......................................05 Greetings from Garrettsville..........................05 Greetings from the Plain Community........09 Happy Birthdays................................................02 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner..............03 Hello from Huntsburg......................................06 Howdy from Farmington ............................. 07 In Memory ......................................................... 02 Katherine’s Korner.............................................06 Lines by Linda.....................................................05 Local Amish Business Directory...................09 Mom’s Diary.........................................................07 Obituaries ...........................................................02 Parkman Pathways............................................06 Plain Country’s Community Events.............02 Recipes..................................................................04 Tell Me A Story ................................................. 01 Wanted..................................................................03 Words from Windsor.........................................06

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n Coleman Lanterns & Campstoves n H.C. and Lancaster Lanterns

Parts & Repair Service

n 12 volt L.E.D. Lamps,

Fluorescent Bulbs & Flashlights n Bulk Food

By Sarah Miller

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 nonGeauga residents, there is a $5 fee per child, per visit. MIDDLEFIELD CLINICS n Second Wednesday, July 10, 9 – 11:30 a.m. n Third Wednesday, July 17, 9 – 11:30 a.m. n Third Thursday, July 18, 3 to 6 p.m. Clinics will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east). NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC n Wednesday, July 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical

June 25, 2013: Rain … we got rain. That will make the vegetables grow, but I feel sorry for the farmers who have hay down. Today, I had an interesting day. I went to Boardman with neighbor Roman Schlabach and son and wife Rebecca to help in getting things ready for the market. They are hoping to open up by July 11, 2013. There will be over 20 different vendors. Each has a display according to what they will be serving or selling … everything from fresh meats to produce to pizza, soft pretzels, doughnuts or candy. An Amish restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will also be homemade ice cream, a coffee shop, other drink stands plus much more. Also there will be furniture. This market will be run by almost all Amish merchants. We received word today that Joe’s aunt, Mrs. Anna Mary Wengerd died. She lived in Cottage Grove, Tenn. If plans hold out, we will go to the funeral, leaving on Thursday morning and returning Saturday. Those planning to go along are Mr. and Mrs.

Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road.


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Ron Andio Livestock

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Bill J. Miller, Jonas Sr. and Jonas Jr. and wife Carol, and Mrs. Crist Hershberger Sr. This Friday evening there will be a fish fry here for Meadow Brook School. A silent and live auction will follow the dinner. We will have to miss out due to the funeral, but our sons will help out. Saturday, June 22, was the funeral of our neighbor Mose D. Byler. He was 76 years old. He had one daughter still living at home. Am sure mail and visitors would be very welcome. Her address is: Miss Barbara M. Byler, 15049 Shedd Rd., Burton, Ohio, 44021. We are getting ready to have a work bee for the family here tonight, cleaning out the shop where Grandpa had his shoe and repair shop. Then, we need to get the window shop ready for the Benefit Friday evening. We will treat all the helpers to pizza, ice cream and strawberries. Happy birthday to sister-in-law Clara Hershberger today! Enjoy time with your family, making memories, as when life is over, that is all we have left. So, let’s make them “good” memories.

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Hello from Amish Crossing Corner

Children’s Immunization Clinics

July is the seventh month of the year on the Gregorian calendar. July was named after the Roman Julius Caesar who was born in July. Prior to that, the month was known as Quinitilis (Latin for fifth) because it was the fifth month of the year before January and February were added. Interestingly, July begins on the same day as April each year, and January in leap years

Indeed Bad Times . . .

“What time is it by your watch,” asked Arnie. Ben: “Quarter to.” Arnie: quarter to what? Ben: “I can’t tell. Time got so bad, I had to lay off one of the hands.”

Historical July events and fun news items: 1785   The Dollar becomes the monetary unit for the USA. 1804     In a duel, Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury. 1832   The first wagon train made it across the Rocky Mountains led by Benjamin Bonneville. 1863   The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1 to 3 in the American Civil War. 1870 The start of the United States Department of Justice. 1881 The World’s first international telephone call occured between the U.S. and Canada. 1881   Billy the Kid was shot dead. 1914 Babe Ruth played in his first Major league baseball game. 1921   Former US President William Howard Taft became the 10th Chief Justice of the


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US Supreme Court. He is the only person to ever be both President and Chief Justice. 1933 Congress passed the first minimum wage law in the US at 33 cents per hour. 1955     The phrase In God We Trust was added to all US currency. 1962 The first Wal-Mart store officially opened for business. 1963   The US mail started using ZIP Codes. 1969     Apollo 11 took off and becamethe first manned space mission to land on the moon, and Lance Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. 1990     The Minnesota Twins became the first team in Major League Baseball to turn two triple plays in a single game.

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Best Yet S’mores Submitted by Myia Norris Fudge striped short bread cookies. Marshmallows Roast marshmallows. Place between the bottom sides of 2 fudge striped cookies. Enjoy!

Campfire Pizza Caramel Rice Krispie Bars

(for when it is too hot for the oven) Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler 1 1/4 cup butter, divided 8 cups miniature marshmallows 8 cups Rice Krispies (divided) 14 ounces caramels 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk Melt 1/4 cup butter and 4 cups marshmallows over low heat. Add 4 cups Rice Krispies. Press into lightly greased 9X13 inch pan. Melt caramels with 3/4 cups butter and Eagle Brand milk and pour over the layer of Rice Krispies. Again, melt 1/4 cup butter and 4 cups marshmallows over low heat and add 4 cups Rice Krispies. Spread over caramel layer. Cool. Cut into bars.

Strawberry Glaze Pie Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler 3 cups water 1 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup clearjell (not instant) 4 1/2 ounces strawberry Jell-O 2 prebaked pie crusts (your recipe) Bring water and sugar to a boil, add thickening made of clear jell with enough water to make a smooth paste. Remove from heat, add Jell-O. Add 3 or 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries and pour into prebaked pie crusts.

Strawberry Pie Submitted by Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons Karo 3 tablespoons strawberry Jell-O 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (or more) hulled, washed and sliced 1 prebaked pie crust Cook and thicken sugar, water, cornstarch, Karo and Jell-O. Remove from heat and cool. Add berries. Pour into prebaked pie crust. Top with whip cream.

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Submitted by Rosanna Miller

Submitted by Katherine Byler

Bread buttered on one side Pizza sauce Pepperoni Shredded Mozzarella cheese Bread buttered on one side Prepare sandwiches in order given, as you would make grilled cheese sandwiches. Place in sandwich pie maker and heat over campfire coals until toasted on each side. You can make toasted ham and cheese sandwiches by using ham and cheese and omitting pizza sauce.

Cake batter: 3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 egg 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/8 cup milk 3 cups flour 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups chopped rhubarb Crumbs: 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Sauce: 2 eggs beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups sugar 1 can cream or evaporated milk 1/2 stick butter Cream together butter and sugar; add egg, milk and all dry ingredients, reserving 1 -2 tablespoons flour. Dip rhubarb in reserved flour and fold into butter and sugar mixture. Spread mixture in 9X13 inch pan. Mix crumb ingredients together and sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 degrees until done. While cake is cooling, make sauce. Combine eggs, sugar and cream in a heavy saucepan over low heat until boiling, stirring all the while. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Serve sauce hot over the coffee cake.

(large amount)

Submitted by Katherine Byler 5 pounds peanut butter 3 pounds brown sugar 3 cups hot water 2 cups Karo 1 pound melted butter 1 gallon or more marshmallow crème Combine all above ingredients. Use as a spread or in recipes. Delicious!

Peanut Butter Mixture (smaller amount)

Submitted by Katherine Byler 1 1/4 pounds peanut butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup hot water 1/2 cup Karo 1 stick melted butter 1 quart or more marshmallow crème Combine all above ingredients. Use as a spread or in recipes. Delicious!

Pepper Poppers Submitted by Barbara Ann Detweiler

Good Ole Summertime

Submitted by Katherine Byler

The earth is God’s creation, He who owns this land. Whenever we tend our gardens, He lends His helping hand. If he would never send us sunshine, If he would never send us rain. We’d never have our food, We’d never have our grain.

A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn’t want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. 
So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn’t notice her. The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.
The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week. 

As the two kids walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy ‘s little friend noticed the same lady was following them, as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, “Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?”

 Timmy nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, I know who she is.’”
 The little girl asked, “Well, who is she?”

 “That’s just Shirley Goodnest,” Timmy replied, “and her daughter Marcy.”

 “Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?” 
”Well,” Timmy explained, “every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, ‘cuz she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm, it says, ‘ Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life’, so I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!’” (May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always.)

David RS

Sharp Shop

Spring, the time to ‘sharpen-up’ everything! Lawn Mower Blades Electric Clipper Blades n Knives n Scissors n 4” & 6” Jointer Knives n Drill & Wood Bits n Hand Saws n Chisels n Meat Grinder Knives and Plates and more! For your convenience drop off at Midtown Variety 15970 E. High Middlefield n n

Banana peppers (whole) Cream cheese, enough to fill peppers Bacon, whole pieces, one per pepper Toothpicks Wash peppers, trim off tops and cut out seeds. Scrape and rinse well to get all seeds out. Stuff cream cheese into peppers, using a table knife. Wrap a piece of bacon around each pepper and secure with a toothpick. Grill over a fire until bacon is done.

Bits and Pieces of Yesterday 1971 Big news from all directions this week. Top of the list: David D. Miller Jr.’s team of Belgian Mares, coming on 3 years old, topped all other Belgians in price when he sold them at the Draft Horse Sale in Columbus last Wednesday. They brought $6500 and Dan R. Byler said it was worth the trip down there just to stand beside the stunned seller and watch his face as the bidding proceeded.

Peanut Butter Mixture

Shirley Goodnest


A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “ I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!”

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Greetings from Garrettsville

Coffee Break with Sue

By Rachel Miller

T R OYMillworks ER formerly “The Spindle Shop”

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By Susan Yoder June 24, 2013: A friendly hello to all! We are having warm days, “nice” summer weather. On Saturday, we attended the funeral of Norm’s Aunt Betty Schmucker (Neil), a fairly large size funeral. Betty had been ill with COPD for some time, but had been fairly well when we saw her 5 days before. We always enjoyed visiting there and have lots of memories to treasure. Their grandson, Danny Ray, son of Daniel and Martha Hostetler, is marrying Susan, daughter of Dan and Leona Bontrager on June 27. We hope to attend, at least in the evening. Saturday was the day some of the Sams John family traveled to Carroll County to a gathering at Levi Miller Jrs. of the Sam Miller relatives. Maybe Katherine will give the inside scoop from her “Korner”. Great Aunt Mary S. Miller was a visitor at Dads one evening recently. She also spent a day at Uncle Wally and Barbara’s. She isn’t too bad for being 91 years old. Published to marry on July 11 are Missy, daughter of cousin Ada Mae and Mark Moore and Aaron, son of Marty and Wilma Miller. Sarah C. Byler and Sara Miller (Jonas) recently spent a weekend visiting the Farmwald sisters in Jasper, N. Y. (Lizzie, Emma and Clara) and Mary Ann, of course. My cousin Esther and Ray Gingerich are currently on a 3 week Canadian Rockies tour. Talked to them last night and it sounds like they are having a good trip. Mahlon J. and Barbara Miller purchased a home next door to Henry Frey. They plan to move by August. They would be in our church district. A thought: “Only one life t’will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Till next time! Enjoy summer! And iced coffee! J

June 21, 2013: We are having nice weather. Today was the longest day of the year. I planted my pickle seeds. My Aunt always said that the longest day is when to plant pickles. I also have a few celery plants that I want to plant tomorrow. They were hardly big enough before. I picked a few quarts of peas and a half quart of strawberries. That’s the end of them. I made two batches of jam and we ate a lot fresh. The black raspberries are starting to ripen, too. We were to a wedding over Thursday of Daniel J. Byler and Barbie Miller. We drove our horse over, about 8 miles. They had a nice wedding. After a good dinner, we drove on to Middlefield, about 12 to13miles from here. We shopped and drove home, getting here about 3:45. Wednesday, we had sisters’ day at Sister Sarah. Sister Anna Mary of Atlantic came, as did niece Miriam. Sarah’s three married girls came besides Sister Clara and Sis-in-law Linda. Then, yesterday, we were to another wedding. This one was of Mark, son of Dan Millers and Carolyn, Daughter of David Millers. They had a big wedding and good food. Had a great visit with some from Pennsylvania. I came home and did my laundry. We, then, got company. Ivan’s brother Elis came. And Wednesday night, son Allens were here. Today, Granddaughter Rachel was here to help me. The neighbor must have taken the calves away from the cows. They sure are bawling for their babies. But this is the country and we love it. Tomorrow is the funeral of Mose Byler who had cancer. Also, the funeral of Mrs. Neil Schmucker was that day. She had breathing problems. Annie, daughter of Marty Bylers, was hit by a car on Tuesday when she ran across the road. The car’s side hit her. She got a broken leg and some other injuries. She is 6- years-old, and a lucky little girl.

Lines by Linda By Linda Weaver June 25, 2013: Dear Friends, Summer had arrived with some very warm days already. Looks like maybe rain is in the forecast for today. The roses are blooming beautifully but could use a good shower. We rejoice with Roy Jr. and Karen Burkholder on the birth of a daughter, Rachel, on Friday the 21st. Grandparents are Roy Sr. and Sarah, and Henry and Linda Kuhns. Greats are Edna Kuhns, Ray Burkholders, and Owen Millers. Rachel is welcomed by brothers Davey, Donnie, and sister, Beth. Baby Rachel spent a few days at Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital along with the parents, but was able to come home Monday afternoon and is doing well. Erwin Gingerich Jr. had his first week of treatments now and was feeling OK, except very tired till Saturday evening when he didn’t feel so well. He was able to come to church Sunday, but because of the warmth and his illness, he passed out during services. Several menfolk carried him out in his chair and the fresh air revived him right away. He was very weak and went home with our kind neighbor Alan Ward instead of with horse and buggy. Sunday eve, we helped Erwin Jr. celebrate his 61st birthday. Others there were Johns, Pauls and son, Ray, Elmer Jr., and Martys all Masts, John Slabaughs and daughter Kathryn, Erwin III and Barb, and Enos Slabaughs. Jr. was able to enjoy his cake, ice cream and other snacks after a good nap in the afternoon. This week started with more chemo again, a 5 hour session Monday and 2 hours daily the rest of the week. Daughter Sara Jane and Marty Mast are on vacation this week and left her “babies”, four toy poodles, here with us. They are super cute and one lady wanted two, so we only have two left and possibly another one going today. The mother and another older dog are being taken care of by Anne Gingerich (Waynes). Too many dogs for this grandma! J Happy birthday to our grandson Jesse who turns 2 today. He belongs to son Paul and Lydiann. A group of Jake’s work buddies from Geauga Industries, namely Bill and Joyce Fisher, Don and Marilyn Spencer, Elwin and Linda Troyer, and Don’s daughter Donna and Bobby Lee ate at Dutch Family and came here for dessert afterward. It was an enjoyable evening of reminiscing. We are all invited to Elwin and Linda’s on Aug. 4, as we all want to continue this special friendship. Geauga Industries closed in 2006. My brother Dan and Betty Byler from Guthrie, Ky. were here from Tuesday evening to Friday morning. Betty’s mother Anna Kauffman was along and stayed at her sister’s. Anna and Betty attended the wedding of their nephew/cousin Thursday. They (Dans) came to visit with Erwin Jr. and Ida Gingerich and we accompanied them to Guys Mills, Pa. Thursday evening to see our friend Willy and Kathy Gingerich. Willy is also facing health issues. Our hearts go out to all the bereaved in this area. There were funerals Saturday of Mrs. Neil (Betty) Schmucker and Mose Byler. Now, we have heard that John Shetler Jr. passed away. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all and God’s blessing to everyone till next time.

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By Katherine M. Byler

We have again lost special ones from our midst. We think it can’t be, but God’s ways are not our ways. Guess, we wouldn’t want to live forever, but how we’ll miss those gone forever. Never again will I tell myself at the Senior Center, “Remember to heat water for dear friend Agnes S.” She always appreciated the steaming cupful brought to her at the table, but she felt it was a bother. Not so! A great number of friends from the Center are now no longer with us, but we’re ever so glad for the ones who’ve started coming. (It’s the third Thursday of every month.) We don’t get folks visited as we should and want to. However, two very important ones got a bit of our attention recently. Visitors’ Group was at Elizabeth Detweiler’s home on a warm summer eve. Then we also visited in the Mel Byler home with them, Aunt Mary S. and a caregiver. Katie D. Miller, of course, one can send best wishes by mail if one sits down and stays with it. It’s enjoyable at this end as well. A new lease on life? Our horse’s, that is. All along (3 or 4 years) we thought he was really old and about ready to be made into fertilizer. Looking at his tattoo a little more clearly, “we’ve” decided he’s only 12 and has a few more good years in him, hopefully. Now we don’t feel sorry for him when he travels so fast, although it’s not fun to go bouncing over the holey roads. Talking about roads, spent a day in Carroll County recently at daughter Elizabeth’s along with daughter Barbara Ann Detweiler and two girls. My, their roads are nice and smooth. Of course, there’s hardly any traffic on them, that’s probably why. Mrs. Freeman E. (Betty) Detweiler

By William Bender and Mrs. Jake (Liz) Miller went to Mrs. Dan (Naomi) Detweiler’s for the day and asked us to go along. Oh yes, with the passing of Mrs. Neil (Betty) Schmucker, we’ve lost an old friend. She used to come to the center when she was in better health. Reunion rime … it’s a fun time, but not everyone’s cup of tea. Some of the Millers had a nice time AND barbecued chicken and “tons” of other food recently at our Uncle Lair’s home in Carroll County. We missed those who weren’t there. Mrs. Dan (Aunt Liz) Weaver and daughter-in-law Nancy were able to be there, for which we are thankful. Liz will be 80 in August, Lord willing. Speaking of Christmas (you mean we weren’t?), wonder how old Jim Weaver was when he was found opening hidden Christmas presents after a chimney fire! Did he think, “Here’s my chance; no one’s looking?” By the way, if you really need to know… there are only 167 days to Christmas! A thought … Arthritis: Twinges in the hinges.

The last day of spring is here. Tomorrow is the longest day … well, it will be 24 hours … daylight is what they are talking about. A lot took place since my last letter. Daughter Lizzie is in Rainbow with a 3 pound 7 ounce baby boy named Raymond. He was born on June 11. And sister Agnes passed away June 12 at the age of 82 years 2 months and 17 days. She was the second oldest in the Noah Bender family and a widow for 25 years. She leaves six sons and three daughters. One son, Daniel, died November 1 in Kentucky. We missed the wedding at Benny Bylers last week. Want to go to Joe Susie’s on the 25th for her daughter Emma and Marts John’s Johnny. Anna is invited and I have to take her so I might as well stay for dinner. Susie and Anna are in the Holmes group. Also on the 25th, we will have a wedding in Clymer, N.Y. at Owen Benders for their daughter Barbara and a Lesline boy. Time will tell if we will go there. Friday, the cousins are planning to go to Eli Masts. It is now 20 years that we had our first wedding, Raymond and Elsie. It was our first and Melvin Yoder’s last child. Grandmother Byler wasn’t able to be here; she died 5 days later. I am now a few days close to as old as she was. Mose Byler died last night; he was a cancer victim. His wife died a few years ago, also of cancer. Brother Uria wasn’t able to be at Agnes’ funeral. Tom and Dorothy want to Back to school sale take us out to Clymer to see him Saturday. 10% off all fabrics It’s been a while that we saw him. Lizzie had July 16, 17, and 18 a double knee replacement a month ago. A few days later … I see this typewriter • Fabrics and Notions misspelled a few words. You might think I hit the wrong button. Want to get this done. • Wooden Plaques & Signs Daughter Lizzie and baby Raymond • Coats in most sizes are still in Rainbow. Raymond is now out of the incubator and has started to gain. • Baby Coats Hopefully, they will come home before too • Baby Blankets long.

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June 23, 2013: June brings the longest day of the year and the season passes by too quickly. Lots of good green hay has been put up by the farmers. Strawberries are plentiful and are selling for $3.00 a quart. I apologize to all for not sending my last letter. I had it all ready and lying on my desk! I am not yet 80 … so have no excuse. Sorry! Yesterday a load of us attended the huge 15th annual Benefit Auction in Atlantic, Pa. at son David Mullets farm. On our load were us, Ray Burkholder, Emanuel Staltzfus and Yogi Miller. Several more van loads attended from our area and many surrounding areas. There were 4 or 5 auctioneers selling at different auction rings. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. Verna and 2 other ladies were busy all day in their fabric and variety store. We were sorry we couldn’t attend the funeral for Mrs. Neil Betty Schmucker on Saturday. The family has our sympathy. She was 72 years old and was in Bishop Andy Yoder’s district. She leaves her lonely husband, 3 daughters and 4 sons. You can send cards and notes to them at 5223 Donley Road, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. Yesterday was also the funeral of Mose D. Byler, age 76. He was in Bishop Enos Byler’s district. He was a cancer patient. Tuesday was the wedding of Barbie (Nelson and Barb) Miller to one of (Betzy Jake) Jonas and Sara Byler’s sons. They were married by Bishop Betzy Dan Allen. Andy and Laura Hostetler who live at the late Norman Bender place had wedding church 3 times, 2 weeks apart. The late Noah Detweiler reunion was held at sister Albert and Alma Kauffman’s, June 15 with 220 attending, including a busload chartered from Kentucky. Bishop (Poor Dave) Junior and Barbara Miller of Munfordville, Ky. came home with us overnight and the next morning went along with us to church at Milo Dan Detweilers. Also, sister Joe Martha Byler was our overnight guest and went along to church. Other visitors were Bishop Joe Bricker, Preacher Danny Weaver of Parks West Rd., and Andrew and Ruth Hershberger, Dan and Linda Byler, and Harvey and Barbara Miller. A baby girl, Sara Lynn, was born to Rudy’s brother John and Sara Detweiler here on 534. Their next youngest is 9 years old, so she will no doubt not lack attention by her 5 sisters and 4 brothers. We hope to go see the little dishwasher tonight. Friday night was a cookout at Preacher Elmer and Mary Yoder’s on Ensign Rd, for Elmer’s birthday with the Detweilers and some others attending. Little Andrew Byler who almost drowned, (the 2 year old son of Andrew R. and Maria in West Farmington), is very low and back in the ICU. The family needs to decide today when they want the doctor to take the machines off. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. We just received the sad news that my uncle Junior (John) Shetler passed away. Will write more later.

Saturday, June 8: I baked whoopee pies and cinnamon rolls while the girls did laundry and other jobs. Sunday, June 9: My Mom and Dad’s anniversary. Wayne went to a neighboring church. Katherine’s birthday twin friend was here for a while today. Monday, June 10: Katherine found a bunch of balloons with a note attached and was all excited about it. It turns out that it was a letter someone wrote to her Mom who had died. Very touching. Rose Edna went to bed real early; she woke up abruptly at 8:45 and came down and asked if her driver to go to work had been there yet. I had to convince her it was evening, not morning. Tuesday, June 11: Laura’s 17th birthday. Some of her friends came and surprised her with ice cream and cake. Wednesday, June 12: I felt very stiff and sore today, especially my neck, shoulder area and also my hips and thighs. It’s hard to get comfortable anywhere and lying in bed is the worst yet. So I just sleep in snatches. Tonight, Wayne gave me a shot and, by bedtime, I was somewhat less stiff. Thursday, June 13: I felt pretty good today and could move about pretty freely, but, by tonight, the shot had worn off, so it’s back to hurting again. Friday, June 14: I managed to bake cookies and wash dishes … minor tasks to help the girls out. Saturday, June 15: A beautiful, sunny day. The girls worked outside a lot. Sunday, June 16: I didn’t go to church ‘cause I could hardly walk. By tonight, I felt a little better, so we hitched up the pony and went over to neighbor Davids for a while. Monday, June 17: Laura’s school children and parents came for her birthday tonight. She was surprised. Betty and Norma are spending the night at a friend’s house. I hope they get some sleep! Tuesday, June 18: Katherine went with me to buy groceries. I didn’t do much of anything else the rest of the day.

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Books in Review By Jacquie Foote “Amish Freinds Cookbook Vol. 2” by Wanda E. Brunstetter, was published by Barbour Publishing, Uhrichsville, Ohio Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee, copyright 2009. Wanda Brunstetter is best known as the award-winning author of 45 (and counting) light romance novels, many set in Amish communities. So successful is she, that she is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. But, this book (as you can guess by the title) is different. It was born of the fact that Wanda and her husband love to visit the friends they have made in Amish settlements in various states. And, of course, they are served wonderful food in each place. Wanda collected the recipes and this is the second book of them she has published. There are beverage recipes (including “Wedding Punch”), recipes for breads and rolls (including one for “Esta’s Doughnuts” that’s really worth trying) and breakfast food recipies (I can’t decide whether the “Schnitz un Knepp” or the “Cheese Potato Breakfast Casserole” is my favorite … but, then, I am partial to schnitz (dried apple) recipes.) The most recipes are to be found in the dessert section … humm … wonder if Wanda is partial to something, too! There are 83 recipes including cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, candies, ice cream and popsicles. These include old time favorites such as “Old Fashion Ginger Cookies” and newer favorites like “Frozen Mocha Maple Loaf” and “Strawberry Pizza”. Other sections contain recipes for jams and jellies (ever had zucchini jelly?), main dishes (try a truly savory “Savory Meat Loaf”), Pickles and Relish (“Summer Squash Relish” is an unusual treat for most of us), Salads and sides (including unusual things like “Dreamsicle Salad” and “Good Pink Stuff” as well as favorites such as “Hot Chicken Salad”) and snacks (some healthy, some just delicious). The section called Miscellaneous is interesting for its recipes for homemade soaps, air fresheners and cleaners as well as for its home remedies. Each section is preceded by a page or so of information about several of the Amish communities around the nation. The space devoted to this is limiting, but the reader gets an idea of the similarities as well as the differences of those communities. The photos accompanying these informational pages are beautiful; many will make you ache to frame them. This is an excellent and fun to read cookbook. The spiral binding makes the book easy to keep open to the recipe you are using. The index at the back is a quick reference to the recipes in each section. The photography alone makes “Amish Friends Cookbook, Vol. 2” a great gift book idea.

Bookmobile News By Jane Attina Greetings from the Bookmobile! It is almost mid July and our children’s reading program is winding down. Please be sure to turn in completed reading forms to the bookmobile or to the Middlefield library should you miss the bus. The program ends on July 13 and prizes will be handed out the following few weeks depending on when we see you next. Thank you to all of the children who make reading an important part of summer and to those family members who read books to the younger ones. Reading is proven to make a difference. As all of us know the importance of a good workout to stay fit, the same thing is true with our brain. Studies have been done that prove reading is the workout that the brain needs to stay in its optimal health. No matter what your age may be there is just the right book for you waiting here in the library, all you need to do is come on in and choose one! Our adult reading program began on July 1 and runs through Aug. 11. For every book you read, just fill out an entry form for a chance to win a prize. Three grand prizes will be awarded as well as several smaller prizes. Names will be chosen randomly from our entries. The more books you read the better your chances so let the reading begin! Several months ago, I began corresponding with author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Suzanne writes both adult and children’s books that are extremely popular and include the series, Lancaster County Secrets and Stoney Ridge. Suzanne lives in California but has family in Pennsylvania and does visit them from time to time. In her first letter I told Suzanne about our bookmobile and how much our patrons loved reading her books. I invited her to stop by if she was passing through and also gave her the idea to perhaps include a bookmobile in one of her stories. She thought that was a good idea and so we might even see a bookmobile make an appearance in one of her books in the future! Since the original correspondence, Suzanne has been sending bookmarks and postcards to me whenever a new book is about to be published. This week I was excited to find a package from Suzanne’s publisher with a copy of her newest children’s book in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. “A Big Year for Lily” is book three and further continues the adventures of Lily and her cousin Hannah. The book was processed and ready for eager readers. The library also purchased several other copies, as we know it will be popular. Suzanne has a new series coming out titled: “The Letters”, Inn at Eagle Hill Series #1. Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined

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Plain Country of Northeast Ohio | Juuly 10, 2013

Greetings from the Plain Community By Donnie Miller June 22, 2013: AH! Good old summertime!! June! The summer begins and so does time for weddings. We … or I … attended two last week. On Tuesday, Abner Hershberger Jr. was wed to Dorothy Byler. Dorothy is the daughter of Eli J. Bylers of Peters Rd. Wife Nancy was fighting a cough and sore throat and could not attend. Then, on Thursday the 20th, we attended a wedding at Marty Gingeriches where their daughter was wed to John, son of sister Linda and Dan. Both were nice days and the sermons were good as was the food and the fellowship. Abner Jrs. built a new house on Butternut Rd. in Burton. Johns will live with her parents in Farmington. This has been the most excellent week for our farmers to put up some nice hay. With no rain and nice sunshine, it is what we need for a nice hay harvest.

Strawberries are at their peak and we have had our share so far. Gardens are also doing good this year. Was at the Clinic on Wednesday the 19 th. Every Wednesday they have a farmers’ market on the grounds, and what a crowd they had! There was an Amish vendor (organic) there from Holmes County. Countryside Bakery of Mumford Rd. also has a stand. They said they are doing well. Two deaths in the community last week, Mose D. Byler and Neil Schmucker Betty. The other scribes will have more details. There is more serious sickness among the people … but also more cures. Sometimes you hear of someone who has undergone treatment and after 5 years is cancer free. Be careful before you give your opinion on what you would do or should do for treatment or etc. Once you yourself have a sickness, then you can relate..

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ORWELL AMISH CRAFTSMEN 03. C. A. Miller Custom Woodworking 17090 Jug Rd. 44021 440-834-1540 09. Country Side Furnishings 16403 Nauvoo Rd. 44062 440-632-0248 36. Joe’s Window Shop 15028 Shedd Rd. 44021 440-834-0326 05. Troyer Millworks 16201 Pioneer Rd. 44062 440-636-5577 44. Yoder’s Buggy Wheels 17326 Newcomb Rd. 44062 440-548-5267 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 Rental | REPAIR | SUPPLIES 24. Coffee Creek Weld Shop 9120 N. Girdle Rd. 44062 440-693-4478 40. Frey’s Paint 8220 S. Girdle Rd • 44062 440-693-4689 SHOES | BOOTS | VARIETY PARKMAN 29.Cross Cut Country Store 16161 Nash Rd. 44062 26. Dangler & Williams 42. Erbs Variety Store 30. M & W Coleman 43. Yoders Fabric & Variety Rt 88 South to Garrettsville 440-548-2259 Orthotics 13924 Bundysburg Rd. . 16786 Madison Rd. 15768 Burton-Windsor Rd. 16885 Kinsman Rd. 44062 440-632-0376 44062 440-548-5486 44062 440-632-1935 44062 440-632-5557



Plain Country July 10th, 2013

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