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{ AMISH COMMUNITY NEWS } Vol. 3 No. 8

July 13, 2011

My Mom’s Diary, 1950

From Grandpa’s Diary

Submitted by Donnie Miller

Submitted by Rachel Miller

Friday, Feb. 21, 1941 18 degrees at 7:10 a.m. Dr Barton is here to give Pa a treatment, also Anna Mary. She stayed for dinner. Thursday, March 6, 1941 18 degrees at 6:35 p.m. A little girl was born to Ellis. The fan plant had a flower. Friday, March 7, 1941 16 degrees at 6 a.m., 38 at 4 p.m. Dr. Baxter was here to give Pa a treatment. Eli went to Meadville. Saturday, March 8, 1941 27 degrees at 5:30 a.m., 29 at 4 p.m. The fan plant had a flower. Urie H. Byler and wife came here this evening. Snowing and blowing.

A Postcard. 1928 Submitted by Donnie Miller

From a postcard sent home from Kansas by Enos Miller (my Dad) June 20, 1928: “Yoder Kan. June 20 We got to Reno last night and were at Shem Yoders last night and he promised us all jobs thrashing and Dan and I have jobs partly promised to drive tractors for combines before thrashing ?????. Reno County sure is beautiful, regular oceans of wheat. I am not settled yet, but if you want to write me in care of Shem Yoders, Yoder, Kansas, it will reach me for the present. Eastern Kansas is very wet. We waited 1 1/2 hours yesterday for water to go down between El Dorando and Wichita.

Enos”

A Miracle at the Mine

Submitted by Ellen Hershberger It was about midnight, summer of 2002, and Lori’s foot was hurting from her recent surgery. Next to her was her husband, Bill, sleeping soundly after another day of hard work in the heat on their organic farm. They had run out of money; it hadn’t rained in about two months and they were carrying hay out of the barn to feed the cows. And then the dog started to bark and bark and bark. After 15 minutes, Lori shook her husband awake. “Oh, why would you wake me because the dog barks?” asked an exhausted Bill. “Because he’s been barking so long,” replied Lori. So Bill got up and looked out the window. Seeing men and flashlights, he thought they were being robbed! He had tools and valuable things in the big shed. He threw on is clothes, raced down the steps with Lori hobbling not far behind. Their four children were sound asleep in their own rooms. What they found outside changed their lives for the good. They were told that nine miners were trapped and believed to be somewhere under their farm.

July 20 We went to Niagara Falls. Had a good time. All went. Rain in evening. July 21 We slept nearly all day. Enos went to Warren. July 22 Went to town in forenoon. Levi and Clara here for dinner. Nice. July 23 Girls had wiener roast. Were to church at Freeman Bylers. July 24 Rain this morning. All day rain. We sewed. July 25 We washed and ironed. Enos started cutting oats.

Three days before this, Bill and Lori had finished the rest rooms in another large shed they had built. These would prove to come in handy for the next 3 1/2 days. There are many stories about how each man knew about something that would help such as who to call to get the cage to bring the miners up trucked to the site, how to get the best digger in the state (they ended up with more than one), what bits to use and how to find exactly where those miners were. By 5:30 a.m., Lori wondered how she was going to feed all the men who were coming to help. After a few phone calls, by 7 a.m. there were 30 dozen donuts plus coffee delivered to the shed. Later in the day 100 pizzas were delivered. This continued every day until the miners were rescued. And there were a lot of other foods and drinks from the nearby grocery stores and fast food restaurants, and other people. They used two different gadgets to pinpoint where the miners were and came to within six inches of them. A pipe was put in the center of this six inches and soon those up on the ground rejoiced to hear nine taps!

(Continued on pg. 3)

Our next issue of Plain Country is August 3. Deadline for submissions is Monday, July 18. Advertising deadline is Monday, July 25. Please send the information that you’d like to share to Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062. You may also call 440-632-0782 or fax to 440-834-8933.


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July 13, 2011

In This Issue ...

Birthdays............................................................02 Bits and Pieces of the Yesterday................01 Bookmobile News..........................................08 Books in Review..............................................08 Children’s Immunization Clinics................02 From Our Schools...........................................06 Greetings from Garrettsville.......................06 Greetings from the Plain Community.....06 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner...........06 Hello from Huntsburg...................................07 Katherine’s Korner..........................................04 Letter to the Editor .................................. ....02 Lines From Linda............................................07 Mom’s Diary......................................................05 Obituaries..........................................................02 Parkman Pathways.........................................07 Plain Community Events..............................02 Plain Fun............................................................09 Recipes...............................................................03 Spotlight On Orwell Windows and Doors........................04 Tell Me a Story ............................................... 01 Understanding Horses .................................04 Wanted...............................................................02

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

Happy Birthday!! July 14 July 14 July 15 July 15 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 17 July 17 July 17 July 18 July 18 July 20 July 20 July 20 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 22 July 22 July 23 July 23 July 24 July 24 July 25 July 25 July 26 July 26 July 26 July 26 July 28 July 28 July 28

Maria R. Miller (11) Marlin N. Miller (18) Rachel A. Weaver (5) Noah Yutzy (63) Lester A. Mullet (22) Robert L. Miller (27) Leona E. Byler (9) Marian B. Miller (11) John Paul Miller (14) Marvin Byler (twin) (16) Martha W. Byler (twin) (16) Verna A. Weaver (15) Marty A. Byler (39) Adam Lee Mullet (2) Mr. Owen E. Mullet (61) Philip Martha Miller (28) Mary Ann Miller (18) Linda Marie Weaver (10) Linda Troyer Nathan C. Yoder (16) Matthew Yutzy (33) John E. Shrock (57) Crist (Kramer) Byler (50) Carol M. Miller (18) Marty Weaver (23) Laura M. Shetler (22) Linda A. Miller (21) Emma A. Mullet (13) David Kurtz Jr. (17) Crist S. Yoder (56) Jeremy Weaver (3) Cindy A. Weaver (15) Sara Jane Byler (25) Sara Weaver Paul John Hershberger (30) Mrs. (Mel) Fannie Yoder (82) John Troyer (77) Mrs. (Mel) Fannie Miller (59)

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Regina R. Miller (16) Laura V. Hershberger (21) Dan Shrock, Jr. (49) Mrs. (Jonas V.) Mary Ann Miller (71) Andy M. Mullet (64) Alma J. Byler (17) Wilma R. Hershberger (12) Martha Shrock (twin) (14) Maurine Shrock (twin) (14) Steven Roy Yutzy (9) Mrs. (Nelson) Ellen Byler (34) Ferdinand J. Miller (60)

In Memoriam

David J. Mullet, 39, of Mechanicstown, entered eternal rest Friday afternoon, July1, 2011 unexpectedly. He was born Nov. 13, 1971 to John O. and Betty (Hostetler) Mullet. David married Mary Ellen Miller on Oct. 28,1999. He was a lifelong resident of Middlefield prior to his recent move to Mechanicstown. David was a self-employed carpenter who loved horses and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. David will be sadly missed by his loving wife; parents; children, Rachel, Marcus, Sara Ann, Karen, David Jr.; five brothers; two sisters; and many other family and friends. His paternal and maternal grandparents, and two nephews precede him in death. David’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery in Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com

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Belated Happy Birthday Jan 29 Albert Coblentz June 5 Nate Weaver (19) June 5 Norm Weaver (19) twins June 11 Mrs. Albert (Mary) Miller (73) June 14 Robert Troyer June 14 Benjamin Yutzy (4) June 23 Edwin Gingerich, Jr. June 24 Aaron Ray Weaver (12) June 26 Mrs. Kathy Yutzy (36) July 4 Aaron Weaver (33) July 5 Leir C. Byler (13) July 5 Wilma Coblentz July 6 Paul C. Byler (11) July 7 Aaron Miller (19) July 9 Miriam Detweiler July 9 Ivan Miller (73) July 10 Jason Paul Weaver (2) July 10 Ida Mae Bontrager

Benefit Fish Fry and Auction For Meadow Brook School Friday, August 5 Joe’s Window Shop (Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Carry- outs at 3:30, sit down at 5:00. Chinese auction and live auction follow. Benefit Haystack and Auction For Grand River Valley School Friday, August 19 Joe’s Window Shop (Corners of Shedd Road and Route 168) Carry- outs at 3:30, sit down at 5:00. Chinese auction and live auction follow.

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Please write in and tell some . . . - Ideas to get rid of and/or prevent ants, flies, etc from getting into the house - Benefits that will be held after July 13 - Birthdays and anniversaries - Recipes for homemade cleaning products and gardening aids as well as canning recipes - ‘Tell Us a Story’ – send in stories of the past, stories with morals, or Bible based stories. Stories you like to tell, or stories that have been told to you - Write to the editor with questions or comments you have. Please include your name (we will withhold your name from print, if you wish) We will print as many of these letters as space permits. Information for next edition must be received by July 18 to be included. Send to: Plain Country, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, OH 44062 . You may also call 440-632-0782 or fax to 440-636-9842.

A bald man took a seat in a beauty shop. “How can I help you?” asked the stylist. “I went for a hair transplant,” the guy explained, “but I couldn’t stand the pain. If you can make my hair look like yours without causing me any discomfort, I’ll pay you $5,000.” “No problem,” said the stylist and she quickly shaved her head.

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 CLINIC Second Wednesday, July 13 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east), Middlefield. Third Wednesday, July 20 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east), Middlefield. Third Thursday, July 21 from 3 – 6 p.m. Clinic will be held at St. Lucy Mission, 16280 Kinsman Road (Route 87 east), Middlefield. NEWBURY TOWNSHIP CLINIC Wednesday, July 27 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road, Newbury.

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John R. Schmucker, 75, of Burton, entered eternal rest Thursday evening unexpectedly, July 7, 2011 at home. He was born June 4, 1936, to the late Roman J. and Edna (Hershberger) Schmucker. John married Annie Miller on September 12, 1957. He was a lifelong resident of Burton and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. John enjoyed farming, fixing wheels at his buggy shop, and spending time with his family. John will be sadly missed by: his loving wife; children, Raymond Schmucker of Burton, Erma Miller of Middlefield, Nancy (Melvin) Shrock of DeFord, MI, Lucy Schmucker of Burton, Susann Schmucker of Burton, Emma (David) Miller of Burton, Rudy (Rachel) Schmucker of Burton, Judy (Albert) Kuhns of Greenfield, OH, John Jr. (Mary) Schmucker of Burton, Cristina (Harvey) Miller of Burton; 4 brothers; 4 sisters; 61 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other friends and family. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, 1 sister-in-law, and 1 son-in-law. Funeral Services were held at 9:30 a.m., Sunday July 10 at 15116 Patch Road, Burton Township with Bishop Noah Hershberger officiating. John’s final resting place is in Hershberger Cemetery in Burton Township. Arrangements were entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent to www. bestfunerals.com.

Letter to the Editor

Hi Jacquie, I have some solid leads on my“picture” story. I will conclude the investigation in next month’s newsletter. It has been fun! Thanks for publishing it. Jane Attina (The Bookmobile Lady)


July 13, 2011

Tell Me A Story

Dad and the Blue Racer Told by Rachel Miller

When my Dad was a little boy, they lived on Donley Road and were putting up hay. Dad was sitting on the ground beside the wagon. His Dad (my Granddad) noticed he wasn’t acting right and wasn’t moving. Granddad went to see and there was a Blue Racer Snake and it had my Dad hypnotized. Granddad killed the snake and my Dad was OK.

The Snake House Told by William Bender

Back in 1947 when Dad and Mom moved here on Pioneer Road, there was an old barn where son Urias live. We just called it the Snake House. I don’t know how it looked on the inside, as I was too scared to get too close to it. It wasn’t a big barn. I don’t think they used it any more then. Dad and Mom called it the Burton Barn and, at that time, Cliff Moss owned it. How did it get the name of Snake House? I don’t know, but that name was enough to keep me away.

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(Miracle - Continued from pg. 1) The Hershey Company sent bars of chocolate that could fit into the pipe that was put down 240 feet for the miners to receive water and nourishment. They had to drill a hole big enough for the cage to be put down so the men could be brought up to the surface. When one bit broke, they went to another site, meanwhile two men spent the night making this special bit, so when the second bit broke, they went back to the first site. This is where the rescue took place. (Each bit broke at the precise depth that the men would have drowned had the digging continued.) The first man brought up was the largest and sickest – he had chest pains. After a thorough check up at the hospital, he was told he had a case of indigestion. By the last few men, it only took about five minutes to pull each one up. When they were down to the last two, it was decided to squeeze them both in, so as not to leave one alone. But one named Mark said no, h he’d like five more minutes down there by himself. Later on, in an interview, he was asked why he wanted those five minutes and his reply was he wanted to thank the Lord God for saving them.

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Combine sugar and Karo in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and mix well. Add Rice Krispies and stir until well coated. Melt chips together and spread over all (All time favorite. Kids and adults love these bars and they are easy to make.)

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Understanding Horses By Daniel Fisher

I’ve been in the natural health business for quite a few years now. The problem with being in the natural health food business is that people will not change their junk food diet, don’t want to take supplements or say, “Oh, that’s way too expensive.” But in later years, all these different diseases set in and I guess doctors and hospitals are cheap. But, most generally, if you tell that same person to change his horse’s diet he won’t hesitate to do so. If you tell him garlic is food for the horse’s immune system and so is selenium and vitamin E, he’ll feed them to his horse. Selenium and vitamin E also help the horse to relax his muscles and keep him from tying up or getting azoturia*. The same is true for humans. For example, when you recover from the flu you feel stiff and sore. You’ve used up your selenium and vitamin E and need to supplement. Until next time. (* severe muscle cramping)

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By Katherine M. Byler Ficky Stingers with the slingshot? That’s what he said; was he talking about his brother’s poor aim with his minor weapon? Meow! Meow! A tiny white kitten is at home (for the moment) in our haymow. Where did it come from;

where will it go? Then it says something in the song about “Cotton-eyed Joe”. Which is what hubby will be if he keeps the kitten. Kittens don’t stay kittens and cute. Let’s leave it at that. Talk about cute! Another baby is in the neighborhood. Marcus was born on Father’s Day to John and Mae Bontrager. That makes three boys plus five girls now. Almost forgot to put in my “news” article a new definition of cardiac. And a better one, not involving the heart directly. When friends gathered for a fun day to yak and make cards, we came up with a card-iyak day! (No names mentioned, ‘cause Hap will never let her hear the end of it.) Horse and buggy drivers, check your taillights and blinkers. Sometimes they’re burned out and you don’t know it. In the case of a blinker not working, you may be going down the road with one light flashing, looking like a turn signal, thus slowing and perplexing traffic from behind. Also, coming up to the intersection of 608 and 528, for example, if you are on 608, you must ease over to the centerline so you’re not in the shoulder lane when turning, be it right or left. Just a word of caution from concerned citizens. Grandchildren are coming to help with mowing grass and brush hogging. Think I’ll feed them pizza, and then ask if they want to sweep cobwebs down in the basement. A bribe’s a bribe, but I do believe they enjoy the togetherness with their cousins. A sweet little baby girl has come to make her home with new first time parents, Raymond and Mary Lou Mast. Her name is Marcia Mae and she was born on her mother’s birthday. John Mark says his little cousin looks half like her daddy and half like his mama. World’s Best Cobweb Sweeper – 5,000 spider webs removed in 3 minutes – John Mark Byler, Shedd Road!

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Monday, June 6: Warm again. I did oodles of laundry … that’s my job these days since Rose Edna and Laura are both gone 5 days a week. Katherine helps me out! We still haven’t gotten our garden in. It was so wet; it’s taking a while to dry out. Tuesday, June 7: We had quite a storm this morning. It got very dark and windy. I worried about the girls at work at the nursery. Then tonight they told me they worked right through it. Why Mothers get grey! The children got involved in playing games since they couldn’t go outside. Wednesday, June 8: Very, very warm today. It was hard to feel energetic. Finally, tonight we went to the pond to try and cool off. We got our garden worked up – just not planted yet. Thursday, June 9: Laura had an appointment at the dentist this morn to get teeth filled. I went with her. A beautiful day … not so warm. Wayne and the boys laid plastic for our garden plants. Wayne’s sis Sally, Steven and family came up for the evening. Friday, June 10: It was actually a wee bit chilly today, but I loved it. It’s so much fun to work around the house when it’s not so warm Wayne, John and Andrew went fishing tonight. They caught quite a few, but only one “keeper”. The girls and I spent our time doing outside work … pulling weeds, mowing lawn, weedeating, etc. A hot shower felt good after all that “dirty” work! Saturday, June 11: Laura’s fifteenth birthday. Wayne and the children got our plants in finally. I was busy with cooking and baking. Sunday, June 12: Laura and some friends slept in the tent last night. It rained and water seeped in, but they stayed out anyway. I made breakfast, and then relaxed the rest of the day until supper. After supper, we went over to visit neighbor Andy. Monday, June 13: This morn when I went to get a dozen eggs out of the ice chest, I dropped the whole dozen and had an oozy mess all over the floor. What a way to start the day. I just calmly cleaned it up and didn’t even tell anyone!

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Mom and Dad came up for the eve and while we were sitting around the fire, we saw a coon go through the woods. Katherine had been planning to sleep in the tent, but she changed her mind very quickly! I got 31 quarts of strawberries today, so I made jam and chopped some up to put in the freezer. Tuesday, June 14: Grocery day and a nice chilly one at that!  Wednesday, June 15: A very uneventful day. Just the three youngest girls and me around. Thursday, June 16: I went yardsaleing today and bought a used bedroom set for Laura. We need the drawer space desperately. Friday, June 17: A busy day with laundry and cleaning. Katherine misses the big girls ‘cause she has to work harder. Tonight, we went to a cookout at Dan and Esther Hostetlers. It was nice to see Uncle David and Mary Ann there too. He kept things lively there for a while and, after they left for home, someone remarked how quiet it was! Saturday, June 18: Wayne, John and Andrew went to try their luck at catching more fish. They caught a lot and brought about 30 home. It’s a good thing we like fish. (The bad part is cleaning them.) Sunday, June 19: To church, then to Dad’s for a Father’s Day cookout. Monday, June 20: A perfectly beautiful day. The little girls played doll a lot of the time and Andrew was helping at the mill, so I had a calm, peaceful day. It would be nice to have more of them! Tuesday, June 21: It rained and now there’s water in the basement again. It doesn’t even try to go down the drain! We had to move the washing machine outdoors and, then, of all things, it conked out on me! I had to wring out some laundry by hand.  Wednesday, June 22: I went down to Mom and Dad’s today and helped weed a flowerbed. It rained again tonight. Thursday, June 23: Wayne pumped the water out of the basement and John fixed the washer for me. We need to dig down to the pipes and figure out what’s going on. Friday, June 24: Wet and soggy around here. We moved the washer back downstairs. Lines are full of laundry that doesn’t want to dry in this weather … and just as much more to wash. Saturday, June 25: More rain and it’s getting to me! There’s laundry all over! We went out to the soggy backyard and grilled hot dogs tonight. Sunday, June 26: Finally, a nice day. Very pleasant, but a day of rest, so no doing laundry today! Norma was eating Honeycombs for breakfast and she piped up with, “Mom, I wouldn’t want to be a Honeycomb. I wouldn’t want to be eaten.”

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Slabaugh on July 7. Amanda is planning to move to Milroy soon after the wedding. We wish them much happiness. June 30 is the wedding at Vernon Hershberger’s for their daughter Laura and Lester, son of Allen and Saloma Yoder. I didn’t go as we are having a bake sale tomorrow, so I need to bake bread and pies. Bill J. Miller of Madison Road By Sarah Miller is in the hospital as he had a heart attack. His brother-in-law, Sonny June 30, 2011: Detweiler, is also in the hospital. What truly beautiful weather we are Judy Miller, wife of son Ray was in the having. Perfect for having weddings, as it is hospital three days last week after having a not so warm for the women cooking or for light stroke. She is home but tires easily. If the guys playing baseball and volleyball. you want to send her a note of cheer, Our family reunion in Mio, Mich. is mail will reach her at 15280 Shedd now history. Another day to cherish Chuckle Road, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. and many memories to tuck _______________ The Downs Reunion will away and reminisce on later. A city man visiting be in Graybill, Ind. this year on There were around 30 people a dairy farmer asked, July 15. There is a bus going, there, coming from Kentucky, “Do you really like leaving at 3:30 Friday morning New York, Pennsylvania milking all these cows?” and returning that evening. and Ohio. We were served a “Oh, I don’t mind it,” Jacob J. Miller chicken dinner with all the the farmer replied. of Jug Road spent several days trimmings at noon, and then “Sometimes I get a kick in the hospital recently, having also a light supper before folks out of it.” pneumonia. A note of cheer left for home. The weather was would be very welcome. The perfect for playing volleyball and address is 18081 Jug Road, Hiram, baseball. In the afternoon, they had Ohio 44034. Jacob is a special needs boy a horse and man pull. Between 30 and 40 and loves mail. men couldn’t pull those big Belgian horses Visiting Andy J. Miller in Hartville on back! Quite interesting. Tuesday afternoon, June 28, were brothers Tuesday we had wedding services John and Jacob as well as Susie. They took here for neighbor Marian Miller and Benny Andy out to dinner at Hartville Kitchen. Slabaugh. It was a perfect day. Food was You all have a good summer. Take time simply the best. Coming from Milroy, to smell the roses!! Iowa was Crist Coblentz, a widower who is planning to marry widow Amanda

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with not so good results. Further testing is needed. I also spent four days in the Cleveland Clinic for a partial small bowel obstruction. After a nose tube to drain my stomach and to rest my bowels, the pain went away and I’m feeling OK again. Son Donnie of Indiana along with wife Joanne and five daughters arrived for a visit Thursday evening, June 16. They traveled with the Fred Millers of Goshen, Ind. who overnighted at Melvin Shetler’s and then traveled on to Lancaster, Pa. to attend a circle letter gathering. They traveled back home, leaving Sunday evening. Grandson Philip had his three front teeth broken off by a blow from a bat and must see a dentist. Fortunately, he does not have that much pain even though his nerves are exposed. Stutzman’s Tours left June 27 for the Twenty Day Western Circle Tour and intend to arrive back home on Saturday, July 16.

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June 27: Hope everyone is enjoying the warm summer. It is hard to believe that summer is about half gone already! Our garden (along with the weeds) is growing. Farmers are having a hard time drying their hay. Strawberries are past and I miss them already. Weddings and more weddings among the Amish community! Also, many are ailing. John H. Slabaugh underwent a colonoscopy

June 25 This letter should be in the mail! Time slips by fast. It’s Saturday evening, 10:00 already! I hear the fireworks at the Summer Fest in Garrettsville. Today was cloudy with a few sprinkles and some sunshine. Ivan mowed the lawn with the Haflinger, did the trimming and the weedeating. So he was tired tonight. I had cleaning and baking to do and Barbara had to baby-sit at a job, so we couldn’t help. We have several new babies in the neighborhood. A daughter, Hannah Beth, to Dave Burkholders, a son, Paul, to Melvin Burkholders and a daughter, Sara Lynn, to Ray F. Millers. My hummingbirds are back. I have to fill feeders every other day. They say hummingbirds are gone about a week when they build their nests. I’d love to see a nest and eggs. The Baltimore orioles are busy at the grape jelly and so are the orchard orioles. The garden is growing and so are the weeds. I have lots of lettuce and radishes. We got strawberries from son Allen’s and made 5 batches of freezer jam. We had some of our own to eat fresh. Our raspberries are turning black now, so we will have that to eat. Last Saturday, a car drove out of a driveway into a minivan that Donnie and Jonathan Hostetler were in. Jonathan wasn’t hurt, but Donnie was in the hospital until Wednesday. His hip socket was out of place and they also had to take some bone chips out. He also had a cut on his head. Donnie is a bleeder. The taxi driver had to be cut out and as of this writing, she’s still in the hospital sedated. She has a lot of injuries. Mrs. Lizzie Yoder died June 18 at home. Her funeral was June 21. Her husband, Joe Jay Yoder died a couple years ago.

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Hello Friends, Hope this finds everyone enjoying these summer days. Just now, we are again experiencing rainy and much cooler weather. Jake’s aunt, Mrs. Dave (Lizzie Ann) Troyer, 94, spent several days in the hospital following a stroke. She came home to her son Marvin’s as her right arm is still numb and she isn’t able to be alone at this time. We wish her a speedy recovery. She is our oldest Amish woman in this community. John Mast, 72, was taken to the hospital after seeing his doctor yesterday. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and also needs a catheterization. They plan to transfer him to University Hospital for that procedure. Friends of Erwin Gingerich, Jr. helped him celebrate his fifty-ninth birthday, Thursday eve, June 23. We had the usual cake and ice cream, plus other goodies. There for the party were Elvin Troyers, Lee Bontragers, John Slabaughs, Marvins, Erwin Gingeriches III and us. An enjoyable evening around the firepit. John Slabaugh went for some tests Thursday, June 23, and didn’t get a good report from his doctor. He will have further testing Tuesday, June28. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they face these unknown days and what lies ahead. Mary was waiting to hear from her doctor about her back surgery. So they both are looking at major surgeries. The flea market at the corner of Newcomb Road and Nash was pretty wet and muddy yesterday. There was also an antique auction last night. This was at the John Jr. (Buster) Miller residence. They had a lot of things to sell, but we didn’t stay for the sale so we don’t know what things were bought. Published for marriage, both for July 7, are widow Amanda Slabaugh and Crist Coblentz of Indiana and Miriam (Eli) Yoder and Danny (Jerry) Miller. Congratulations! Hayes Road

Sunday, May 29: We attended church at Linda By Miller and her Ellen Hershberger girls’. After resting in the afternoon, I had an episode with such severe dizziness that we sought care at the ER (because no Urgent Care we called was open on Sunday evening). The diagnosis was Vertigo and, after tests and treatment, we were back home before 11 p.m. Mose and Anna Marie Troyer were also at the ER. They had an accident involving a wagon on their way home from church. She had surgery later in the week to replace the broken ball in her shoulder. Monday, May 30: Everyone here is bustling about doing the work so that we can enjoy a family picnic later today. We chose the revamped area of Chickagami Park on Route 168 where the Boy Scout Camp used to be. It is quite nice and, hopefully, a children’s play area will be added. The little ones filled their water guns in the creek … and some of the older ones did, too.  The Jonas Yoder clan was there, too. I went to my job this evening. Tuesday, May 31: A good day of catching up at work today until 4 p.m. when I left to join my singles group for supper. No one had remembered to schedule a taxi, so, after a few calls around, our neighbor rescued us and we had supper late. I returned to my job afterward. Wednesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 2: June already? These two days are the norm at work; coming home to my own bed was good. Friday, June 3: I did some sewing and tried to sleep some before filling in all night with baking and cleaning at the other job. Saturday, June 4: I finish packing for vacation, sleep, and then work 9 hours again. Sunday, June 5: Cousin Fannie’s birthday! We are five months apart in age to the day. Mine is November 5. Monday, June 6: Vacation in Pennsylvania! Today we drove through the cemetery in Meadville where bus tours go to view the many beautiful rhododendrons. They are in their prime right now. Later, we met friends who took us out to supper. Tuesday, June 7: By about 7 a.m., we boarded a bus for a one-day trip to Somerset and other points of interest. The driver missed the exit and we drove 90 miles extra and were late for the next tour and lunch.

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The driver was quite humbled and redfaced, but the day turned out all right in the end. The first stop was at the Quecreek Mine where the 9 miners were rescued in 2002. What numerous stories of miracles the guide, Lori, told us! Next stop was at the Shanksville field where Flight 93 went down on 9/11. There are lots of workers hoping to finish the Memorial by the end of August. It reminded me of the Vietnam Memorial because of the white wall with the names engraved on it. The park guide told us there are 100 trees surrounding the area that are imbedded with debris from the terrific explosion. They plan to cut them down and preserve them. Back home by friend June by about 9 p.m. and a good night’s sleep. Wednesday, June 8: The peaceful sounds of cardinals and other birds are such a pleasant way to wake up to in the morning. June has many different kinds of birds here in her yard that she feeds every morning. Today, we planted flowers and did odd jobs. Thursday, June 9: Our plans for an outing today were abruptly cancelled when June became very sick during the night. She was in bed all day with food poisoning from the leftover macaroni salad from the birthday party over the weekend. How glad I am I chose the potato salad instead last night. I busied myself with cleaning and daily chores here. Friday, June 10: Friend June is still sick, so we won’t be gadding today. I did more cleaning for her and took care of her “three boys” (cats) and did some writing. Saturday, June 11: June got up this morning feeling great! But then, after a while she decided to let the neighbor bring me home and she rode along. Sunday, June 12: We were in church at Melvin and Kate Miller’s Monday, June 13: I am so dizzy this morning I cannot walk without holding on to the walls. It took about two hours until it passed and I’m at work. The rest of the day went OK. Tuesday, June 14: A normal work day and home tonight. Wednesday, June 15: Went to the doctor and then sewed and worked on my flowers outside. Thursday, June 16: Had an enjoyable day at the wedding of great-nephew Mark Hershberger and Ruth Miller, Friday, June 17: This morning I went for x-rays, and then in the afternoon I fiddled around with odd jobs. Tonight we took in the benefit auction at Melvin Yoder’s. Then I was off to a 24 hour shift. Sunday, June 19: A peaceful day of rest. It was quite warm and muggy to walk far, so I came back home. PS Thanks, Barbie Frey, I like your Pathway drawing!

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Thank you for the many fine entries in our Summer Drawing Contest. The judges had a hard time deciding (especially in the 11 and up category)! The winners are: Ages 5 – 7 Cristy M. Miller (Burton Windsor Road) Joseph Miller (Pioneer Road) Ages 8 – 10 Aaron Byler (Chardon Windsor Road) Carol Gingerich (Madison Road) Ages 11 and older Marie Bender (Bridge Road) Paul Bender (Clay Street) Marie Schlabach (Parks West Road) Kyle Sirb (Glen Valley Drive) Special Honorable Mention to Robert Miller (Hayes Road) Winners have been notified by mail.

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Arcadian, Barn, Bucolic, Cattle, Chickens, Countryside, Cultivate, Dairy, Ducks, Estate, Farm, Field, Fodder, Geese, Goat, Harvest, Homestead, Horses, Livestock, Meadow, Mill, Pastoral, Pasture, Provincial, Ranch, Rural, Rustic, Sheep, Silage, Silo, Stable, Tractor.

This will be an interesting challenge, there are so many things in the picture! You would probably do best using color pencils or crayons with a point on them. If you use crayons, you might not press down very hard since that makes the crayon put down a thicker line. Categories are ages 5 – 7, 8 – 10, and 11 and up with 2 winners in each category. The prize is a set of color pencils and a box of crayons. Enter by coloring the picture below include your name, age and address in space provided. Send your entry to Plain Country CONTEST, P.O. Box 626, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062 to arrive by July 20. Good luck! Have fun.

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