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Hunter’s Moon

October 3, 2012

Bits and Pieces From the Past Welshfield, Ohio July 10, 1899

From an Old Budget Letter March 15, 1899

The weather is nice, but a little cool after the rain. Wheat is about all on shock, which is a fair crop. David Troyer and wife arrived here last Sunday night from Holmes County, making the trip in a buggy. Jonas C. Miller has hired to Spencer Brown for a half month for $12.50. I would advise J. C. M. to attach a cyclometer to his thousand mile shoes so he can tell when it’s time to grease them! I will close wishing God’s blessing to all. D. S. Miller.

Phineas V. Yoder and Peter Barkman arrived here with their household goods to make this (Geauga County) their future home. J. N. Byler is all smiles since that baby boy came to greet him. Born March 12, 1899, the boy was named Benedict. * (*He eventually married and moved to Mercer County, Pa. but has numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren in the area. Oh yes, and even a daughter-in-law.)

Submitted by Sarah Miller

Submitted by Katherine Byler

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Benefit for Saw Mill Lane School Bar-b-que Chicken Dinner and Auction Friday, Oct. 26 Carry outs from 3:30. Dine in starting at 5 p.m. Live and silent auctions follow. At Joe’s Window Shop. Corner of Shedd Road and Route 168.

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Happy Birthday!!

From Our Schools By Linda Weaver

Belated Happy Birthday

Sept. 11 Donnie Miller (69) Sept. 11 Mervin Miller (40) Sept. 15 Alan P. Weaver (76) Sept. 16 Steven Weaver( Bobs) (8) Sept. 21 Esther Bontrager Sept. 24 Adam Bontrager (Lee) Sept. 24 John Henry Miller (57) Sept. 26 Dan Kurtz (Kate) Sept. 27 Bonnie Ward Sept. 27 Kathryn Weaver Oct. 2 Mrs. Anna (William) Bender (65) Oct. 2 Anna Mae Miller (Allen) (6) Oct. 2 Wayne Bender (Dan) (5)


By Katherine Detweiler School has started, Once again, For teachers, pupils, And our friends. Get your book bags, Lunches, too. School has started, For me and you.

Answers to Number Game: 3) 2 4) 2 8) 600 9)12

5) 8 10) 7

David RS Sharp

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, Oct. 10, 9 to 11:30 a.m. n Third Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m. n Third Thursday, Oct. 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, Nov. 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Clinic will be held at Grace Evangelical Bible Church, 14951 Auburn Road.



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This year’s First Graders are: Adam (Al) Frey Aaron (Paul) Gingerich Adam James (Al) Miller Adam (Al) Miller Sammy (Sam) Detweiler Michael (Erwin) Slabaugh Sara Ann (Bill) Miller Sheila (John) Slabaugh Teachers are: Sisters, Lydia and Barbara Miller

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Michael M. Schmucker, age 3, of Middlefield, was granted his angel wings Sept. 26, 2012 at UH Geauga Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born May 11, 2009 to Mark and Miriam (Kuhns) Schmucker. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Michael will be missed by his parents; siblings, Billy, Karen, Sarah Mae, John Mark, Regina; paternal grandparents, David A. and Fannie Mae Schmucker; maternal grandparents, Freeman F. and Sarah Kuhns; great-grandparents, Andy R. and Sara M. Schmucker, Jonas S. and Martha Yoder, Freeman M. and Martha Kuhns, and Crist Hershberger; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by greatgrandmother, Fannie Hershberger; and two uncles. His final resting place is in Clark Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Online condolences may be sent at

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Oct. 20 Elizabeth Detweiler (83) Oct. 20 Laura J. Mullet (46) Oct. 21 David L. Miller (16) Oct. 21 Rebecca L. Hershberger (6) Oct. 21 Mrs. Rachel Hershberger (48) Oct. 23 Mrs. Barbara Miller (38) Oct. 23 Linda A. Burkholder (38)

Bits and Pieces from the Past....................01, 04 Bookmobile News................................................06 Books in Review .................................................. 06 Children’s Immunization Clinics .................... 02 From our Schools..................................................02 Greetings from Garrettsville.............................03 Greetings from the Plain Community...........06 Happy Birthdays ................................................. 02 Hello from Amish Crossing Corner.................03 Hello from Huntsburg.........................................07 Howdy from West Farmington........................07 Katherine’s Korner................................................05 Lines by Linda........................................................03 Local Amish Business Directory......................08 Mom’s Diary............................................................05 Nutrient Dense Gardening................................06 Parkman Pathways...............................................07 Plain Community Events ...................................02 Plain Fun..................................................................09 Recipes.....................................................................04 Wanted ....................................................................02 Words from Windsor............................................07

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Oct. 4 Mrs. Barbara Yutzy Oct. 4 Leah Miller Oct. 4 Samuel Detweiler (Mahlon) (1) Oct. 5 Mrs. Rebecca (David) Bender (38) Oct. 5 Kathy C. Miller (36) Oct. 7 Ken Byler Oct. 9 Ruth R. Hershberger (20) Oct. 11 Mrs. (Mel) Maurine Shetler (74) Oct. 12 Mrs. Nancy Yoder Oct. 12 John Henry Yutzy Oct. 12 Mrs. Rhoda Hershberger (21) Oct. 14 Mrs. (Lester) Kathryn Miller (51) Oct. 14 John C. Detweiler (66) Oct. 15 Marvin M. Miller (29) Oct. 15 Laura A. Kauffman (24) Oct. 17 Esther E. Byler Oct. 17 Crist J. S. Miller (73) Oct. 17 Matthew Byler (12) Oct 18 Mrs. (Owen) Ella Miller (52) Oct. 19 Mrs. (Joas) Barb Troyer (47) Oct. 20 Lester Miller Jr. (18)

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Plain Country | October 3, 2012

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Hello from the Amish Crossing Corner

By Linda Weaver

By Sarah Miller

Sept. 21, 2012: We sure are enjoying the sunshine and summer days. Looks Like the weekend may have some rain and cooler temperatures for us. Daughter Sara Jane has been helping me get my upstairs fall-cleaned. That is sure a good feeling. An added incentive to getting it done is that company is coming from Kentucky. ď Š Namely my brother Dan and Betty Byler. They will be here next week from Wednesday evening until Saturday morning. They have a chance to come with others going to a wedding in Kinsman, Ohio. We rejoice with Bill and Mary Lou Yoder whose son Billy Ray came home from Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital after a 21 day stay. He had a serious bout with bacterial meningitis. He still needs to be watched carefully. There are new babies to report and all boys! On Monday, son number three was born to Mark and Sally Kuhns. He has been named Mark Adam and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. His grands are John Sr. and Mary Slabaugh and Henry and Linda Kuhns. Greats are Edna Kuhns and Chris and Mandy Coblentz of Indiana. The same day, Sally’s cousin Ellen and Owen Miller had son number two who they named James. He is welcomed by a sister, his brother Matthew having passed away with heart problems as an infant. Grands are Erwin Jr/Ida Gingerich and Lee/Ada Miller.

Miller and two children. Cake and ice cream Sept. 21, 2012: were served for Dan’s birthday. Beautiful fall weather ‌ already the Announced for marriage on Thursday, leaves are starting to get their pretty colors. Oct. 4, are Linda, daughter of Joe and Saloma There is a nip in the air mornings, and it feels Miller, Shedd Rd. and Marlin, son of Nelson good to sit around the campfire. All too and Ada Miller of Tavern Rd. We will soon, we’ll need to put away the The have church services here for the summer things. fight started wedding. We are busy getting ready The benefit dinner and when she asked him how for the benefit here tonight. auction for Grand River Valley It is for the Bill Bender family he liked the meatloaf and to help with hospital and he said it tasted just like the School raised over $15,000. SamWeaver of Newcomb other expenses due to him one his sister-in-law made Road had hip surgery and falling at work and having before his brother left wasn’t feeling great with a lot serious injuries in his ankle. home. of pain. We hope he will soon be We are glad to hear Mrs. feeling much better. Fannie Mullet is home and feeling Here is something interesting I read the other better. The children are taking turns staying day: with her. How do you read? Our trip to Mio, Mich. last week for the It has been discovered that in words wedding of Joe’s nephew Paul Miller and Carol of four or more letters, it deosn’t matter in Hochstetler was a nice trip. Son Ray and Judy, what order the ltters in a word are, the only and Joe and I stayed at daughter Betty’s and imrmoetnt thing is that the first and lsat the rest stayed with John and Esther Miller’s. litteer be in the right pclae. The rset can be We left on Wednesday morning, Sept. 12 and a total msrs and you can still raed it wouthit returned Thursday, Sept. 13 in the evening. a porbelm. This is bcuesae the human mind Guests at Dan and Sylvia Miller’s on Friday deos not raed ervy lteter by istlef, but the evening for a fish fry were brothers Mark, word as a wlohe. Amazanig, huh? Wayne and children, and Matthew and Betty Good luck. You all have a good week!

On Wednesday, Bob and Tina Mast had their second son, Robert John Jr. He also has one sister. His grands are John/Barb Mast and Fannie (Mrs. Mose) Miller; the great is Emma (Ms. Dan) Shrock. Coming here for supper Friday evening were Alan Srs., Alan Jrs. and children, Amanda, Ava and Daniel, all Wards, Pattie Hess, Rhonda Wynn, John and Jean Baird, John and Mary Slabaugh, Marty Masts, our sons Pauls, Bobs, and all our grands except four. The occasion was to do something for the Ward family as Alan Srs. father passed away in Toledo and we weren’t able to be there with the family. John Slabaughs and our family planned this together. We enjoy getting together and showing appreciation for everything they’ve done for us. We can’t repay them, but we can show our love and sympathy. Our renters Roy and Karin Burkholder and children also joined us. To send them a “thinking of you/ sympathy� card, their address is 15052 Georgia Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. Alan’s father Wallace Ward was 95 years old. We had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions. On a sad note, Paul and Mandy Gingerich had a stillborn girl this week. They have five boys and one girl, so the new little one would have been very welcome. Their address is 14809 Georgia Rd., Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. I’m sure mail would be welcome. Grands are Erwin Jr./ Ida Gingerich and Chris/ Mandy Coblentz of Indiana. Love to all till next time!

Greetings from Garrettsville By Rachel Miller

Sept. 14, 2012: It’s time to add my sheet again. We have 58 degrees this morning. They are saying rain for today. Ivan mowed some of the yard last night. I still have a few humming birds around on the flowers. I took the feeders down over a week ago, the bees were so bad. I decided it’s time to go south. I felt sorry for them, but I have lots of flowers yet. We are glad to hear that James Kurtz doesn’t have lymphoma after all. All tests came back clear. But he still doesn’t feel too good, and they are doing more tests. We still have tomatoes and green peppers in the garden. I sent some tomatoes home with the grandchildren last night. I might can more juice. We picked a whole wheelbarrow load of butternut squash this week. Daughter Sadie will help with those when we’re ready to can. I said she could have some, too. (At least half of them!)

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Bits and Pieces From the Past Oct. 26, 1983 Burton Ohio, Burton Station Area

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Beautiful fall day after an all day rain Tuesday. Our fourth generation has started, which makes Olin and I great-grandparents for the first time since a son was born to Melvin Ray and Linda Shetler on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The annual draft horse sale here at Burton last Wednesday drew a big crowd, with the Belgian stallion consigned by Dan N. Gingerich bringing top of $2,600. Last Thursday we attended the wedding at Olin’s niece’s (Jake W. Detweilers’) of their daughter Leona and Melvin, son of Mart H. Millers. The newlyweds will stay with her parents yet for the time being. They have made new living quarters in the back of their home and moved in there now. Their son Paul will move in their other home soon. Thursday was also the wedding of Ray, son of Dan N. Gingerich (Bishop) and Laura, daughter of Dan Shrocks at the Shrock home. Some of the married children are at their parents’ home (Ervin J. M. Millers’) today husking corn and canning chickens. Our maples in the woods have their most beautiful array of colors. The gas and oilrig has moved in on the farm where Olin Yoder Jrs. live (the Gamble farm) and started drilling. Mrs. Olin A. Yoder

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By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler Canning is a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it. It makes meal planning so simple. You can literally have a home cooked meal ready in minutes if you happen to come home late and it is suppertime. And nothing is more nourishing and healthy than a bowl of this “Chicken Breast Soup”. 8 large boneless chicken breasts 1 1/2 quarts diced potatoes 3 packages frozen mixed vegetables 3 tablespoons salt

1 bunch celery, diced 3 packages dry chicken soup mix 1 cup chicken base

Put chicken breasts in a kettle. Cover with water and boil until done. Cook celery and potatoes until half way soft. Bring vegetables to a boil. Dice chicken and mix with potatoes, celery and vegetables and their broth and juices in a big bowl. Dissolve chicken base in 2 quarts of boiling water; add salt. Stir until dissolved. Add to rest of ingredients in the big bowl. Wash and bleach 10 quart jars in hot water to sterilize. Fill jars with soup mix from big bowl. Cold pack for 3 hours. Enjoy when the snow flies! We like to add some fine noodles when you open a jar and heat the soup. Serve with a salad and warm homemade bread. Baked apples make a fine dessert with this soup!

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Boil fruits together until soft, barely covered with water. Strain through a jelly bag. *Allow to each cup of juice, 1 cup sugar. Cook no more than 4 cups at a time until the juice has thickened into jelly consistency. Place in hot sterile jar and cap immediately.

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Put all into large kettle. Simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Put into jars and cold pack for 45 minutes.


Green Tomato Pickle Anon

Mix with 1 cup coarse salt: 1 peck green tomatoes, washed and cut into thin slices 12 large onions, cut into thin slices Let mixture stand for 12 hours. Then wash in clear water and drain. Heat 3 quarts cider vinegar to boiling point. Add: 12 green peppers, seeded, sliced thin 6 sweet red peppers, diced 12 minced garlic cloves 4 pounds brown sugar Tomatoes and onions Tie in a cloth bag: 2 tablespoons dry mustard 2 tablespoons whole cloves 2 sticks cinnamon 2 tablespoons powdered ginger 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon celery seed Add spice bag to vinegar and vegetables and let simmer until tomatoes are transparent, about 1 hour. Stir frequently. Place vegetables in sterile jars and seal immediately.


Mixed Pickles

Submitted by Rachel Miller

April 6, 1985

Submitted by Katherine Byler Bishop John N. Detweiler services will be held at Steve D. Bylers’ the 14th. Visiting ministers in the Bishop Harvey J. Kempf district were Minister Melvin N. Wengard, Minister Crist J. Weaver, Minister Andy A. C. Miller and Bishop Monroe M. Miller. Their services will be held at Dannie Weavers’, also the 14th. Mrs. Mike Troyer (Mary Ann) returned home from the hospital on March 29th. Mrs. Alvin M. Byler (Mary) was in the hospital a week with breathing problems. Dan J. Masts are moving in the new house that Eli Ed Troyers built on their property. Mrs. Sam V. Gingerich (Fannie) and Mrs. Crist P. Miller (Mary Alice) went to Florida on a 2 week visit. Attending the quilting at my granddaughter’s (the Raymond A. Millers’) last Tuesday were: Mrs. Mahlon J. E., Mrs. Eli J. Byler, Mrs. Eli Ed Troyer, Mrs. Dan J. Mast, Mrs. Noah J. Schmucker, Mrs. Andy A. Miller Jr., Mrs. David J. S. Miller, Mrs. Robert Burkholder, Miss. Alta Byler and the writer. Monroe and Rhonda Hostetler have moved in Albert L. Miller’s apartment house, south of Middlefield. Esther (14), daughter of our neighbors, Bill J. Millers, had surgery as an outpatient last Tuesday. My Grandson, Mahlon W. Byler, was in the hospital Friday the 5th for tests, as he has stomach pains. He goes for more tests on Monday. A third son was born to my grandson, Eli W. Byler, and wife, Betty, April 4. The grandparents are Minister William J. E. Bylers and Eura J. P. Millers. The other great is Minister Jerry P. Miller. They have named him Andrew. A week ago, Henry Gingeriches accompanied Mrs. Jonas L. Miller (Ruth) to her home in Texas. Mrs. Jerry E. Byler

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Tuesday, Sept. 11: I was on my feet till noon. They’re still hurting a bit. But I felt good enough to go to the parent/teacher meeting at school tonight. Wednesday, Sept. 12: I went to help get ready for cousin Emma Weaver’s wedding tomorrow. I forgot to take my meds before I left and by the time I got home, I was hurting. I rested all evening then and felt better by bedtime. Wayne and some of the children cleaned out the garden and so, now we are ready for winter! Thursday, Sept. 13: I went to Emma’s wedding. She got married to Steven Stoltzfus. Twas a beautiful and enjoyable day. I saw lots of friends and relatives. Friday, Sept. 14: I tried to stay down and ignore the dirt today, but I couldn’t, so I got up and washed the furniture and floors. If I do it real fast, it doesn’t take too long! And the, of course, hubby and children think they have to scold me! ď Œ Saturday, Sept. 15: Lots and lots of work to do and here I sit! The girls did get things done in record time. I did the baking this afternoon. Betty and Norma are into playing store in the woods. They use stones for money and empty containers and pop cans for merchandise.

diagnosed with staph infection and wanted me to talk to my doctor about that possibility. I got out my “doctor’sâ€? book and read up on it and it did sound like it could be. To make a long story short, I broke out all over my body with welts and I told Wayne there’s no way I can wait for my appointment on Wednesday. So he took me to the ER and I was diagnosed with staph infection, cellulites and hives. They put me on IV for a number of hours, then sent me home with antibiotics, prednisone and painkillers. Saturday, Sept. 8: Today was the first time in weeks that my feet didn’t hurt. I would love to thank the person who called Jacquie. I am so grateful. My hives wanted to keep breaking out today, so I kept on with taking Benadryl and by tonight they were pretty much gone. It’s a good thing I have the girls, though I hate to have them work too hard in the evenings. They don’t complain and I do appreciate that. Surely, this too shall pass! Sunday, Sept. 9: I stayed home from church and Katherine and Betty stayed home to take care of me. ď Š I had a good day. Monday, Sept. 10: Very cool today. I was alone again while everyone else was off at work and school. I enjoy the peace and quiet!

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THE END! (of our 2012 garden!) All is “bushwhackedâ€? now, but for some posies. The melons on the manure pile did better than the ones in the garden. Tasted better, too! ď Š A beautiful wedding day was enjoyed on Sept. 13 by cooks and guests alike ‌ in addition, of course, to the special couple and families ‌ when Steven Stoltzfus and Emma Weaver tied the knot. They bought Mel D. Byler’s home, which the Bylers left when they went to make their home at 10236 Durst-Colebrook Rd., N. Bloomfield, 44450. It’s actually in Greene Township. We wish Mels the best in their new endeavor, but will miss them greatly. Aunt Mary S. Miller will move with them. Hubby and I were blessed with a supper invitation recently with a supper club at brother Joe’s home. Twas a delicious roast beef and mashed potato feast with all the trimmings. Bruce Daniels brought the load consisting of Henry and Sadie Miller, Jonas and Esther Schmucker, Crist and Susan Miller, Esther, Nelson and Jacob Miller, (Eli) Katie Yoder, Henry and Viola Shrock, and Robert and Nora Miller, with the latter having chosen to convene there. It was much appreciated by Joe, the visit in addition to the food and the gifts. It is now six months that he lost his dear companion. Someone told me of a man who was hard of hearing. He fastened a wire to his glasses and slipped the other end into his shirt pocket. Now, he can hear better because people speak up when talking to him, thinking he wears a hearing aid. It really is a hearing AID, in that sense. ď Š Am SO afraid I’ll forget to remind you ‌ only 82 days to Christmas!

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Sunday, Sept. 16: A lazy day at home, then tonight, we went to visit with Crist Burkholder, the Lyme’s Disease patient. He still has lots of bad days and it makes me thankful I only have these hurting feet! Monday, Sept. 17: I ran out of antibiotics today, so I have to see a doctor. Tuesday, Sept. 18: I went to the clinic and they refused to see me since they don’t do follow up! So I have to make an appointment somewhere. And my feet are hurting pretty badly again. Wednesday, Sept. 19: I got an appointment for tomorrow. Today, I went to sister-in-law Mary Jane’s for the day. Niece Barbara was there too with her newborn baby. Also there were my Mom, sister Elizabeth and two other sisters-in-law, Laura and Miriam. Tonight, I took Rose Edna to the chiropractor. She’s been having back pain, probably from working at the nursery. Thursday, Sept. 20: I had my appointment. I got more antibiotics, but I feel like I’m starting all over. My feet are so swollen and red again. This is taking so long and I’ve never been good at being patient! I’m going to try hard to stay off my feet more, though. Friday, Sept. 21: A beautiful fall day! I’m tired of the same old view from my chair! I’ll have to move things around or go outside and sit in the sun.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story Time with Aunt Sarahâ&#x20AC;? by Sarah Brubacher was published by Vineyard Publications, Wallenstein, Ontario, copyright 2011. Sarah Brubacher was three years old when her Rheumatoid Arthritis began. Before she reached adulthood, this disease had crippled her to the extent that she had to spend most of her time in her wheel chair or on the sofa unable to even chase a fly from her face. However, her gift for story telling was mighty and the little ones often encircled her begging, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aunt Sarah, please tell us a story.â&#x20AC;? Over the years, Sarah wrote three books filled with the stories she had told, and began another. After her untimely death in December of 2008 at the age of 55, Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family was urged to finish the book with her stories. Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tales are teaching stories based on her own life and on what she, keen observer as she was, noticed about others. These tales

As I write this, the official start of Autumn is just a few days away. The cooler temperatures have arrived; the school routine has settled in and it seems like more books are being checked out on the bookmobile. Perhaps with the crops harvested there is more time to read these days. We really notice the seasons changing while driving out and about in the countryside and not just because of the colors of the trees. Each week we are out, we notice the days getting shorter by the lack of light as the evening wears on â&#x20AC;Ś and we know â&#x20AC;Ś whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoy the fall season for now. This is the perfect time for a nice long walk. Personally, I like to go to one of the parks in Geauga County and walk among the trees and hear the crunching of the leaves under my feet. I would much rather walk through the leaves than rake them! Walking not only gives one time to reflect on the beauty that so often goes unnoticed, but it is good for our overall health as well.   A simple exercise such as walking is more beneficial than we realize.  It works to increase circulation. With each step, our calf muscles actually work against gravity by pumping the blood back up to the heart, and you use 200 muscles to take one step. A library patron recently asked me for books on exercises for her elderly parents who have a hard time getting around. She was happy when we brought her the following two books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Fit While You Sit: Easy Workouts From Your Chairâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chair Yoga: Seated Exercises for Health and Well Beingâ&#x20AC;?. She plans on working with her parents to get them moving a bit more and on the road to a healthier life. The library has a great collection of books and magazines to help with a healthy lifestyle, everything from exercising to eating healthy. The bookmobile has a display of some of these books; check them out next time you visit! Our favorite author, Karen Kingsbury, has a new book coming out October 23. It is amazing how fast she writes them! In the

are cheerful, wise and often unexpectedly deep. They address such problems as how to be cheerful when life seems gloomy, what to do about fear and how to reconcile accepting a legitimate compliment with practicing humility. Her quiet wisdom is even directed to helping a child accept the death of a loved one, person or animal. The characters in her stories are real as are their situations. These things make the lessons she seeks to teach easy to swallow. Aunt Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family calls her inspiring, honestly humble and filled with a shining faith. They speak of her perseverance and â&#x20AC;&#x153;listening earâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story Time with Aunt Sarahâ&#x20AC;? can be read easily by children in the intermediate grades and its stories are real enough that children in the primary grades, both boys and girls, will love them. This book is a fine teaching tool and, for Yankees, a chance to see how the lessons needed for the Plain Life are taught.

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but, this time, they really got me! Sister Ada Byler also shares a September birthday with me, so the girls treated us to Chinese. I feel spoiled. Our family took in the Creation Museum, leaving Thursday evening, Aug. 30. We made a short visit with Ervin E. Bylers and Joe Schrocks in Hillsboro, Ohio. Later in the evening, we took in the Tecumseh show in Chillicothe, Ohio. We arrived at our motel 12:30 a. m., a tired bunch. We slept late Saturday and had a nice visit with brother Waynes and family in Glenford, Ohio. Vacationing in Estes Park, Colo. this week are Barb Raber and Ida, Sally, and Anne (all Bylers). Hope it is a bit warmer there than is it here this week.

Autumn â&#x20AC;Ś Fall â&#x20AC;Ś most peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite season of the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a toss up with me, as I love the spring when we are looking forward to the summer! We are sure glad for our late summer moisture for the farmers. Hay was in short supply and now, the third crop was good. One farmer remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153; If we get enough third crop, I will not have to sell as many cows, as I keep as much as I have feed for.â&#x20AC;? Most farmers cannot afford to buy additional grain! The family sure pulled a surprise on me for my birthday. The wife lured me out to dinner and wanted to drop a bag off at son Eddies and the whole family was waiting to surprise me! All were there except son Mikes as they had other plans. The family always has a hard time surprising me as I always catch on;

book,â&#x20AC;?The Bridgeâ&#x20AC;?, Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with a heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships. Reserve your copy next time you visit the library. Some folks have told me they like the little facts I sometimes include. Here are a few for October and if you are interested in trivia of this sort check out â&#x20AC;&#x153;15,003 Answers; The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopediaâ&#x20AC;?. These are sure to keep you and your family amused for hours with thousands of useful facts on hundreds of various subjects. October Trivia: n Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday every October. n Did you know Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October? n On Oct. 18, 1867, Alaska became an American territory. n In October 1903, the first game of the first baseball World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Pilgrims. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher, in a world Series Baseball Game, but Boston did win the series. n More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month (6). They are: 1735 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John Adams, 1822 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rutherford B. Hayes, 1829 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chester Arthur, 1829 - Theodore Roosevelt, 1890 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dwight Eisenhower, 1924 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jimmy Carter. n The Moon in the month of October is called  â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moonâ&#x20AC;?. n On Oct. 14, 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was first published: written by A.A. Milne. n Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flower is the calendula, also known as the marigold. n Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gemstone is Opal and is symbolic of faithfulness and confidence. Happy Reading from the bookmobile.

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Steven Stoltzfus and Emma Weaver were married on Sept. 13. Robert and Mary Sue Detweiler have a little son, Nathan, who was greeted by his 5 sisters. Jonathon and Miriam Miller moved to Lanese Drive in Windsor. Uria Kempf, age 15, son of Samuel and Barbara, had appendicitis surgery. He ended up back in the hospital with complications. David C. Burkholder needed stitches in his knee area from a chainsaw accident.

Rain is the weather! Started for work, went as far as the B.P. gas station in Claridon. So, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good day to get this off my chest â&#x20AC;Ś The way it looks, the bait store on 322 by the East Branch is closed, probably because the owner passed away. Saw a dumpster sitting there a few weeks. I remember going there with brother Reuben as a schoolboy. We fished a lot north of 322 along Kile Road all the way to Black Bridge. (Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Reuben called the bridge on Stillwell Road. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where he got the name, or if it was really called Black Bridge.) He always stopped at the bait shop and got some snacks and hooks, bobbers and sinkers. We were big fisherman if we went with big brother Reuben. (If Uria and I went fishing alone, it was to Joe Yoderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creek.) Saw Lester Masts in Giant Eagle last Saturday and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know she has health problems. When I said something to Anna, she told me Lesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Mary Ann has cancer and they took a tumor out of her stomach. Sorry, Mary Ann, that I talked so smart. We have plans to go to the Ortman Clinic in South Dakota the week of Oct. 22. Albert and Susan Miller are getting the load together â&#x20AC;Ś or should I say they GOT the load together. This is only about half as far as Boulder, Montana. Anna got good results out there and we made seven or eight trips. Now, we have gone to Ortman for a few years. This will be trip number eight there. These arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pleasure trips; I call them Health Trips. Why do we go so far for a doctor? I asked Dr. Lon why they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just send some doctors here, so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go so far. He told me, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work, as we would take a treatment, go home and work, and have tocome back the next day for the same thing. Must say, out there we have a lazy week! I think I did enough of a health talk.


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Howdy from West Farmington By Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

Sept. 9, 2012 … Orange pumpkins in the cellar, red apples in the bin. Many families were camping over Labor Day. Eli and Alta The birds will soon fly southward, their journey to begin! Bylers’ married children as well as the Wilmers and Willies Wonder how many of you readers are looking forward families of Guernsey County were there. Our group camped to cooler weather? (I hopefully will be able to relax at the at Marvin’s and Emma Kauffmans’. Joe Lint and we only went sewing machine! We all need new dresses bad!) on Sunday. The benefit auction held at Mel Mast Sept. 16. 2012 … October’s singing forth its lullaby, Metal Shop for Bill and Mary Burkholders I love the peace on Sundays, the Tells the year is going by. of Clymer, N.Y. was well attended and we calm well being of a day of rest. Only four See the wild geese southward bound. enjoyed the delicious fish fry. They were months ago, the garden was prepared There is autumn in their sound. selling way after dark. Many attended and planted. Already frost seems to be in As they fly across the sky, from other communities. the air, reminding us it is time to get the It seems they are bidding us good-by. Henry’s Mart Miller on Laird Road last tomatoes, melons, peppers, etc. taken They know their old familiar lane, finally got a stint put in after going back care of. Pumpkins are already seen piled That will bring them back north again! to the doctor’s three times. He has to get up. Leads to thinking of pumpkin pie and it changed every two and a half months due to something a glass of fresh apple cider . in his back. We wish you better days, Mart. You’ve gone The crew that works at Trumbull CountyHardwoods through a lot. on Bundysburg (probably 30 guys) enjoyed a day of fishing I’m sorry to report one of our good circle letter (perch) up at Lake Erie yesterday in Ashtabula instead of friends, widow Crist Sylvia Miller of Ossineke, Mich. is at having a picnic for all us families as they usually do. This was home in Lancaster County from depression. Her address is in their favor and, I’m guessing, much less a headache. Conestoga Retreat, 881 Crooked Lane, Ephrata, Pa., 17522. Last week, out family was lucky enough to relax around Our daughters Leah, Miriam and Kathy are back from a campfire three evenings as it became chilly. Monday night, their week’s vacation to Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Rudy’s side (Detweilers) were at Elmer and Mary Yoders on Ohio. They stayed at a cabin with Pats Freemans Sadie and Ensign Road for Elmer’s birthday. Widow Sim Yoder Mattie and Iva Hershberger. son Joe and three married joined us. On Wednesday eve, Joeys Lester and Sara Hostetlers married children were all and Milos and we reminded John Hershberger Rachel (Milo’s) home on Labor Day to make their winter supply of wood. I of her birthday. They recently bought the Paul R. Burkholder wish it were me; it’s always such a big job! home on Parks Wes Road, so we got to see their cozy new home. Thoughts and prayers from us to James, 24 year old John is the son of widow Wallie Barbara Hershberger. Saturday son of Mel and Betty Kurtz who was diagnosed with cancer. night, Homer and Maryann (Eli’s) Yoders and we had a barbecue We feel so sorry for him and his girlfriend. We hope God chicken dinner and the warmth of a campfire at son Marty’s. will work miracles for them. Widow Jack Mary Detweiler would enjoy some late Our group visited widow Joe Weaver Katie at her son birthday cards. She can’t do much due to painful shoulders Preacher Danny Weavers on Parks West Road. The Dannys that she thinks comes from arthritis. She is 88, but sure doesn’t are adding to their house for Katie to live in. She is not well look it. She lives at her daughters Andy Junior and Sara Millers and has an enlarged heart. Her two sisters joined: widow who give her lots of TLC. Spending Tuesday afternoon were Unes John Mary and widow Andy Emma Miller. Sam and Nancy Kemph, Emmanuel and Maryann Stoltzfus, I am a little bit older than I was yesterday; my walk is a Lester and Sara Hostetler Rudy and I. bit slower, my hair is turning grey and no wonder after the Baptized in our church Sunday was Christopher (Allen) birthday bash my sisters pulled off on me! Eight of us and Kemph by his grandfather Sam Kemph. Church has held at two sisters-in-law were all together at Sister Ida’s place. Enos Miller Jrs. Visitors were our old time neighbors Enos All the ones form Kentucky came. They took me to Crist and Sara Miller, Dan and Linda Miller, Andy and Erma Miller, and Ida’s place Tuesday overnight and Wednesday after a Andrew and Laura Ann Miller, Chris and Clara Troyer, and delicious supper, we all went up along the pond with white Steven and Martha Millers. Council meeting is planned to be swans and sat by the campfire most of the night. They at Mel (Freeman) Millers threw 70 rolls of toilet paper over me with a one dollar bill Y’all enjoy these vibrant fall colors, crispy evenings, and in each one, and then they gave me 70 gifts. I’m sure I’ll the warmth of those extra blankets on the bed! Tis the climax never forget my 70th birthday! of the fall.

Bible Number Game

(Answers are on page 2)

You will find the numbers that are the answers to these questions in the list below. You may use a number more than once!

Answers: 1, 2, 4, 7, 1. How many days was Lazarus in his tomb before being resurrected? 2. How old was Abraham when his son’s birth was foretold? 3. How many criminals were crucified with Jesus? 4. How many royal employees shared a jail cell with Joseph? 5. How many sons did Jesse have?


8, 12, 50, 99, 600 6. How many kinds of cakes did Abigail bring to King David? 7. How often was a Jubilee held? 8. How old was Noah when God sent the flood? 9. How old was the daughter of the synagogue official that Jesus raised to life? 10. How many demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene?

Plain Country October 3rd. 2012  

Plain Country October 3rd. 2012

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